Glow Get ‘Em – Must Have Highlighters for Summer ’16

“We are all worms but I believe that I am a glow-worm” – Winston Churchill.

 

If you’re an expert in Kardashian-esque contour, you’ll already know all about the benefits of highlighting your facial features. However, if you associate highlighting with the idea of looking like you fell face first into a disco ball, you’re not alone. Many women (particularly those with oily skin) recoil from highlighters for fear of extra shine but, what many don’t know is that when used effectively some highlighting products will provide a subtle, radiant glow. With that in mind, here are some of my favourite products at the moment:
Too Faced “Candlelight Glow” (€30): 
Too Faced Candlelight Glow
This gorgeous powder highlighter from Too Faced offers a fabulous rosy glow. I’ve been using the shade “warm glow” which is an irresistible combination of peach and champagne tones – perfect for sunny radiance.
This product is available  here from Debenhams.ie.
YSL “Touche Éclat Slogan Limited Edition” (€35):

YSL Touche Eclat Slogan Edition
If you constantly find yourself using copious amounts of concealer to fake a good night’s sleep then you need this product in your life. The formula works miracles on the under-eye area by concealing dark circles and replacing them with the illusion of radiance. I use this one under the eyes, on top of my cheek bones and occasionally over the “cupid’s bow” area of my lips. Well worth every penny and, I think that the slogan editions are divine – everyone knows that I can’t resist a good quote!
This product is available here from Brown Thomas.
Seventeen “Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter” (€8.49):

Seventeen Skin Wow Primer
Once you’ve braved the application of powdered highlighter, I recommend embracing a liquid version. Liquid highlighters tend to deliver more pigment and a stronger glow. This formula has a gorgeous pearl-like shade and it’s an absolute bargain! I apply it to my cheek bones, brow bones and cupid’s bow to create a gorgeous dewy effect. A tiny bit of the formula can also be mixed with heavy, matte foundations to give them a healthy luminosity.
This one is available here at Boots.ie.
Have you tried any of these formulas before? Or, have you got a favourite product to add to the list? Let us know in the comment section.
Rouge x
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Ziaja – “Goat’s Milk” Hair Care Range.

“Red hair, Sir, in my opinion, is dangerous” – P.G Wodehose.

 

Anyone who knows me personally, will also know that my hair is my favourite asset. I would choose my red gruaige over a bikini body any day. Which is just as well, considering that I haven’t darkened the door of a gym in approximately 3 years!

Although it seems that spring has finally sprung, many of you are still suffering from winter hair. Winter can be really harsh on hair due to constant changes in temperature which leaves it brittle and frizzy – an absolute nightmare! As a result, I’ve been getting loads of questions about my hair routine and the remedies that I recommend for stressed, dried out hair.

If you follow me on Snapchat (username: rougewriting), you will already know that I am a huge fan of Ziaja, an affordable Polish brand. So, when I heard that they were releasing a “Goat’s Milk” range for stressed out hair, I knew that I would fall deeply, madly in love. As a country girl, I already believe in the beauty benefits of goats’ milk, so I was really intrigued to see how it could be used to strengthen and revive hair. Subsequently, the Ziaja “Goat’s Milk” conditioner and hair mask have become staples in my hair care routine.

 

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Ziaja “Goat’s Milk Strengthening Hair Conditioner” (€2.99/200ml):

Firstly, check out that price point! €2.99? Say, what? That’s cheaper than most supermarket brand conditioners. This conditioner is gorgeous. And, don’t worry – it smells nothing like goats’ milk. The formula is enriched with keratin, a really important ingredient for improving the elasticity of hair. This means that after a few uses, you should notice that your hair has become less brittle and more flexible. I found that the conditioner had almost instantaneous effects, hydrating my hair and improving shine.

I’ve been using this conditioner for over two months now, and I won’t be turning back. I use a small amount (€2 coin sized) and massage it through the length of my hair after every wash. I then leave it to settle for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly. I tend to avoid applying conditioner to the roots of my hair unless my scalp is feeling particularly sensitive or dehydrated.

Ziaja “Goat’s Milk Strengthening Hair Mask” (€3.99/200ml):

Again, at €3.99, this product is a steal. The mask is a rescue remedy for heat damaged hair because it’s seriously hydrating. A little goes a long way, and you only really need to use this once every week or fortnight to see results. I find that it leaves my hair softer, and less prone to outbreaks of frizz. Plus, the vitamins in the goats’ milk formula add shine and vitality to hair.

All Ziaja products are available here. Overall, I can’t get enough of this range. I’m looking forward to trying the “Goat’s Milk Body Lotion” which was a winner at the 2006 Image Beauty Awards. Have you tried it? Let us know in the comments. And, if you recommend any other products from Ziaja, I would love to hear from you!

Rouge x

Read my Lips – Rescue Remedies.

Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock, you will already know that 2016 is the year of the matte lip. Thanks to Kylie Jenner and the launch of her “Kylie Lip Kit” collection, the world has gone mad – without regard for the consequences. And now? Well, we all have lips that are as dry as the Sahara desert!

At this stage, I have tried and tested almost every lip balm under the sun. So, here’s a list of my three favourite rescue remedies for dry lips. Don’t worry, you can thank me later.

Isa Dora “Nourishing Lip Oil” (€10.95):

Isa Dora Nourishing Lip Oil

At €10.95, IsaDora’s “Nourishing Lip Oil” is my most expensive pick but is also the most luxurious. This formula feels fabulous on the lips. It’s soft and buttery rather than sticky and creates a clear, glossy finish. Enriched with omega oils, vitamins and coconut oil, this product will hydrate you lips in no time at all. The “Nourishing Lip Oil” also contains avocado oil which can penetrate skin to increase collagen product, adding plumpness to your pout. King Kylie, eat your heart out!

IsaDora “Nourishing Lip Oil” is available from pharmacies and department stores nationwide.

 

MooGoo “Cow Lick Lip Balm” (€3.95):

Moo Goo Lip Balm

This lip balm from MooGoo is a “no frills” formula and contains entirely edible ingredients. This is great because as we all know; what goes on the lips, will be eaten. This is the first product which I tried from MooGoo and I have to say, it has inspired a love of the brand. The balm contains allantoin, an ingredient which soothes small cuts on the lips. I definitely recommend this one for anyone who suffers from painfully chapped lips. It’s gentle, effective and completely free of chemicals – what more could you ask for?

“Cow Lick Lip Balm” is available here.

 

Blistex “Intensive Moisturiser” (€3.79):

Blistex Intensive Moisturiser

I’ve been using this offering from Blistex since my school days. So, it’s safe to say that it’s cured many a bruised lip after prolonged kissing at the teenage disco. Blistex “Intensive Moisturiser” may taste hideous, but it works a treat on chapped, flaky lips. I always apply this one before I been my make up routine, and wipe it off before applying a matte lip. The shea butter in the formula works really well as a hydration barrier to protect lips. This one also boasts a SPF so it is really handy for travel.

Blistex “Intensive Moisturiser” is available in pharmacies nationwide and here at Boots.ie.

 

And there you have it, my foolproof remedies for chapped lips. Have you tried any of these products before? Let me know in the comment section!

Rouge x