Tom Ford “Lips and Boys” – Review.

“I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford” – JayZ.

Tom Ford is the love of my life. End of conversation. I would live happily ever after in a mirage of “Velvet Orchid” scented happiness, should fate let me have my way. However, for now it seems I have to settle for the odd, very expensive treat. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce “Lips and Boys”.

 

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During my FE1 exams, I experienced a particularly bad day. I sat a diabolical exam, probably failed it miserably and knew I had to return for more torture treatment the next day. Irritated and aggravated, I set out for Brown Thomas to make myself feel better. Upon entering the department store, I made a beeline for the Tom Ford beauty counter where ultimately, I met the man of my dreams. Or at least, the lipstick of my dreams named after a presumably very handsome fella!

The lovely sales assistant, Zara, introduced me to Tom Ford’s “Lips and Boys” collection. Said collection consists of 50 gorgeous shades named after 50 dreamy guys, each showcased in sleek luxurious packaging. These lipsticks are a smaller version of Mr. Ford’s original offerings, designed specifically for clutch handbags. I love this idea – mainly because I never actually finish a lipstick and the idea of using an entire tube, opens up the possibility of justifying the purchase of more.

I purchased the shade “Addison”, a beautiful “your lips but better” type neutral with a dusty pink undertone. I wanted something that I could wear every day, even to work. The formula of this lipstick is created using soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil which means that it’s really hydrating.

 

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Like all Tom Ford lipsticks, the “Lips and Boys” offerings are shaped specifically for easy and flawless application. This means that there’s no need to use lip liner, saving us a few minutes in the morning. The finish isn’t quite as long-lasting as you may expect because the formula is very moisturising, but I’m getting about 3 hours wear before I feel the need to reapply.

 

So, is it worth the price? Definitely! All in all, this is currently my favourite lipstick of a very extensive collection (34 to be precise). I just think that they hydrating formula is worth the investment and the shade “Addison” is universally flattering.

You can shop the “Lips and Boys” collection here from Brown Thomas. Would you justify the price-point of these mini lipsticks? And if you could choose any, what shade would you pick? Next on my wishlist is the shade “Henry”, a gorgeous 90s style bronze neutral.

Rouge x

Vichy “Dermablend” Corrective Foundation – Review

“The best thing is to look natural but, it takes make up to look natural” – Calvin Klein.

 

Recently, I have had so many readers requesting my recommendations for full-coverage foundation. Problem skin is a nightmare and while mine is usually clear, I find any breakouts really difficult to conceal because often heavy foundation creates a caked, mask effect.

 

 

Vichy Dermablend

 

Thankfully, Vichy have recognised my issues and formulated their “Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation”. This product is a camouflage foundation which provides flawless coverage but feels light and fresh on the skin. Vichy’s promises that the “Dermablend” formula wears for up to 16 hours comfortably. But, does it live up to expectations?

Well, I have been sampling this foundation for over two weeks now and I have to say that I am hugely impressed. I spend an awful amount of time trying to conceal redness and uneven skin tone but this foundation just eliminates the need for huge amounts of concealer. Anything that saves me 10 minutes preparation time in the morning, is an immediate must-have in my make up bag! Here’s a picture of the formula after approx 8 hours of wear, in natural sunlight (no filter, of course):

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The “Dermablend” foundation doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and because it is a water based formula, like most of Vichy’s offerings, it doesn’t clog pores. Generally, heavy foundations cover breakouts but have a high oil content which means that they really just contribute to more skin problems in the long term.

The only issue I have with this product is that the shade range is pretty sparse. To date, Vichy have only released 5 different shades of this formula. Luckily, “15 Opal” is a good match with my skin but it has a very strong yellow base, so those who tend to have a strong pink pigment in their skin may struggle to find a match. Hopefully Vichy realise the demand for expansion and introduce more shades over time.

Next on my agenda is sampling the concealer from the “Dermablend” range and having heard so many good reviews already, I have high hopes for it! Have you tried this range yet? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.

Rouge x

Cocoa Brown “Golden Goddess Oil” – Review.

A goddess is somebody who shines both inside and out.

Anyone who follows me on InstagramTwitter or Snapchat (username “rougewriting”) will know that Marissa Carter is a huge idol of mine. I couldn’t be more impressed by the woman’s work ethic, creative mind and successful use of digital marketing – Marissa is the definition of a “girl boss”.

Therefore, when Joyce Bonelli (MUA to the Kardashians) announced that she is a fan of Cocoa Brown, I wasn’t one bit surprised. However, I was intrigued when I heard that Joyce’s favourite product was not the cult favourite “1 Hour Tan”, but rather a new release – Cocoa Brown’s “Golden Goddess Oil”. So, off I popped to my local pharmacy to purchase the new formula.

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I don’t even know where to begin praising this product. In my eyes, it really is liquid gold! “Golden Goddess Oil” is a dry shimmering body oil which promises to add a luminous sheen to skin. This formula is a multitasking one so you can:

  1. Apply as a highlighter over cheekbones, collarbone etc.
  2. Apply over false tan for a shimmering effect.
  3. Apply without false tan to brighten and illuminate skin.

In an effort to transform myself into Beyoncé; I have been applying this one directly to my legs for nights, out using a tanning mitt. However, my favourite way to use the product is as a highlighter on my cheekbones. If it’s good enough for Khloe Kardashian, it’s good enough for me!

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The formula is made easy to apply by the pump applicator which gives the user really good control over how much product they use – leading to less waste. My main tip would be to shake the formula really well before use, because the glitter and oil tend to separate in the bottle. I use “Golden Goddess Oil” as a highlighter by applying it across cheekbones in an upwards motion, using my “Real Techniques” make up sponge. I find that using a sponge, rather than a make up brush gives a more intense, pigmented effect. I also apply a little across the brow bone. Check out the results:

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It’s safe to say that I would bathe in this product if I could. Marissa, you have out-done yourself! I can’t wait to take my “Golden Goddess Oil” on holidays with me the end of April – the bottle is within the 100ml travel restriction so it’s perfect for holiday season!

Cocoa Brown “Golden Goddess Oil” retails at €11.99. I picked mine up here at carapharacy.com and it is available in pharmacies nationwide, Primark/Penneys and at Cloud10Beauty.com. What do you think? Have you tried this product or others like it? Let us know in the comments section.

Rouge x

 

Make Up Forever “Aqua Brow” – Review.

Did you know that it is possible to sweat your eyebrows off? Or, at least it’s possible to sweat your eyebrows off if you’ve over-plucked them as a teenager and now have less eyebrow, more cleverly placed brow product. Oh, bother!

 

Make Up Forever Aqua Brow

 

Thankfully, Make Up Forever have stood up and taken notice of the plight of girls-on-the-go worldwide. Introducing, the “Aqua Brown” waterproof eyebrow corrector. Yes, you heard me. WATERPROOF! This means that you can finally have eyebrows at the gym, at the pool and even at the beach. Finally!

Make Up Forever’s “Aqua Brow” is a gel formula which promises to enable the user to fill, define and lengthen brows. It’s long-lasting, smudge proof and absolutely waterproof – which particularly good news to anyone forced to experience “Irish weather” on a daily basis. The formula is a combination of volatile oil and carnauba oil which allow for smooth, even application.

Now, it took me a trail run or two to perfect the application process associated with this product. In order to do so, I’ve been using the following steps:

  1. Apply a small amount of “Aqua Brow” on the back of your hand or a spatula.
  2. Using the angled brush, start at the arch of the brow and trace down to the tail. Then
    connect the base of the brow to the arch.
  3. To fill in a gap, dot a small amount of product on to the skin with the tip of the slanted brush, then work it outwards using the full width of the brush.
  4. Use the spiral brush to comb through and soften.

In my opinion, the most important step is number 4. It is necessary to comb the brows through really thoroughly with a spiral brush in order to achieve a natural look. I absolutely detest really obvious brow pencilling so this product allows me to avoid the harsh lines that set my nerves on edge.

Apparently, this product can also be used as a tint for grey hair, moustaches and sideburns so, beware of your Dad “borrowing” it from your make-up collection. All in all, I think that this is a great product. It’s quick and easy to use with a pretty expansive shade range – even suitable for us “ginga ninjas”. At the moment, I’m using shade number 20 “Light Brown” and it’s a pretty spot-on colour match with my natural brows.

“Aqua Brow” retails at €20 and is available from makeupforever.ie. What do you think? Are you a pencil or gel kind of brow gal?

Rouge x

theBalm “Batter Up” Eyeshadow Sticks.

Regular readers of this blog will know that recently, I have become obsessed with theBalm. The brand are quirky, cruelty-free and boy, do they know how to create high quality formulas! If you haven’t already, you need to check out my review of their holy grail lip product “Meet Matt(e) Hughes”.

Now, that’s the self-promotion out of the way so, let’s chat about their newest release “Batter Up” eyeshadow sticks. As you may have noticed, I’m not a big fan of cream eyeshadow formulas in general. I find them sticky, difficult to spread and impossible to blend. Therefore, I didn’t know what to expect when theBalm kindly sent me samples of their new formula.

  

As per usual, theBalm have amazed me and I’m an official convert to this particular cream formula. The eyeshadow sticks, which come in a range of 8 new shades, are to die for! The consistency of the formula is creamy and non-sticky, which makes it easy to blend. Also, I know that creasing is a huge problem associated with cream eyeshadows so I’m delighted to report that I’ve worn the “Batter Up” formula for 10 hours, without any creasing at all – but note that I always wear an eye primer.

  

The shades have a really strong pigment so you can apply them directly from the stick to your skin for an intense colour. Or, for a more subtle finish, you can apply with a brush. Personally, I prefer applying the formula directly from the stick and blending it with my fingers. You can also apply the formula on top of your regular powder shadows before a night out for some extra oomph.

  

“Batter Up” eyeshadow sticks are available here from Cloud10Beauty.com and are priced at €18.50 each. What do you think? Would you be willing to convert from your powder palettes?

Rouge X