Juvi Designs – The New “Coral Collection”

Any long time followers of Rouge Writing Hood will already know that I’m a big fan of Irish jewellery designers, Vincent Tynan and Julie Danz, who are the creative masterminds behind Juvi Designs. A few months ago, I wrote a post detailing their “Initials Collection” and it got lots of lovely feedback, with lots of you buying the fabulous designs for loved ones during the Christmas season. With this in mind, I thought that you would all be interested in hearing about Juvi’s brand new launch – their SS17 “Coral Collection”.

Vincent and Julie draw inspiration for their designs from different parts of the the world to which they have traveled and the “Coral Collection” is inspired by the Philippine Islands. The inspiration is reflected in the beautiful gemstones that represent the country’s turquoise seas and stunning sunsets – there are stones to suit everyone in this collection from moonstone to ruby. The “Coral Collection” is also the first collection from Juvi that is available in rose gold, a trend that I know lots of you are excited about.

So, enough of my chatter – let’s see the pictures!! The entire collection can be found here, but for the moment, here are a few of my favourite picks:

 

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This collection speaks for itself – and after popping in to Arnotts to have a sneaky browse, I can confirm that the jewellery is just as gorgeous in person as it is in the pictures. The Juvi team have wowed me again!

The prices of the pieces in the collection start at just €55 and are available from Juvi stockists nationwide including Arnotts, House of Fraser, Weirs, the Kilkenny Shop, Avoca and online from the Juvi website.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section or over on Instagram!

Rouge x

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Benefit “Ka-Brow” – Review.

“There are two ways to look younger: arch your eyebrows and find older friends”. – Benefit.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that recently; Benefit released a huge collection of new eyebrow products. Now, anyone who knows me personally will already know that I’m a really big believer in the power of good brows. And, one of my favourite products has always been Benefit’s “Gimme Brow” so as you can imagine, I was majorly excited to find out what the new collection has to offer.

 

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For me, the stand out product of the new collection (which is very impressive in its entirety) is “Ka-Brow”. “Ka-Brow” is a gorgeous, creamy gel product that can be layered to provide anything from soft and natural looking eyebrows, to bold and dramatic arches. I have fallen in love.

 

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Firstly, let’s talk about the gorgeous packaging. The silver and pink tones are sleek and sophisticated while also appearing totally fun and feminine. The product detaches into three parts to reveal a very nifty little brush that can be flipped upside down and slotted into position to become a full sized brow brush – magic!

The formula itself comes in six different shades. I’m currently using shade “3” which is perfect for auburn tones. “Ka-Brow” is completely waterproof and sweat resistant which will come in really handy when I travel to New York in early July. I have to say, I’m definitely not looking forward to the humidity – I’m too ginger for that!

I apply the formula by applying tiny amounts of the product to the brush provided and stroking lightly, following the natural shape of my eyebrows. I tend to avoid the “over done” look so as far as I’m concerned, less is more. To finish the look off, I sweep through with a spoolie or a clear eyebrow gel and ta-dah, eyebrow perfection.

 

 


 

Benefit’s “Ka-Brow” retails at €26 and you can purchase it online from Debenhams, at the Benefit Boutique on St William Street, Dublin or in selected retailers nationwide.

What do you think of the finished look? Have you tried any of the new eyebrow products from Benefit? Let us know in the comments!

Rouge x

Billion Dollar Brows “Universal Brow Pencil”.

“I catch feelings for like an hour, and then go back to thinking about more important things; like my eyebrows”.

Eyebrows are a tricky business. Use too little product, and they look sparse and uneven. Use too much product, and they look drawn on and unnatural. Ugh, does anyone really have time for these shenanigans?
Luckily, I’m here to solve all your brow problems. Let me introduce Billion Dollar Brows “Universal Brow Pencil”. This product is what dreams are made of!
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As a ginja ninja, the main issue that I have with finding effective eyebrow products is shade matching. However, Billion Dollar Brows promise that this one product, “The Universal Brow Pencil” matches all hair shades and skin tones and do you know what? It really does! We’ve tried this pencil with blondes, brunettes and red heads and by some mystery make up magic, it seems to suit us all!
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The pencil is ridiculously easy to use, so much so that even my Mammy, who is a brow-phobe, loves it. To apply, start light. The more product that you apply, the darker the effect. Follow the shape of your natural brow and fill in accordingly. The next step is the most important. You MUST brush the product through using the spoolie attached to the pencil. Otherwise, you will look like an extra from Geordie Shore.  Afterwards, I like to coat with a clear brow gel. And tah-dah, you have flawless brows.
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I’ve been using this pencil non-stop for approximately 3 months, and I’m only half-way through the product. So, it’s definitely value for money. In fact, I can’t recommend this product enough. You can find it, along with the rest of Billion Dollar Brows’ products here at feelunique..com.
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So, what do you think? Have you tried this brand before? Or, do you already have a favourite brow product? 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!

 

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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

Dealz Winter Wonderland.

Maybe Christmas he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to preview the Dealz Christmas collection. Now I know what you’re all thinking – Christmas in October, really? However, as the saying goes; fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

Now, I didn’t know much about Dealz before I attended the event other than the fact that everything costs €1.49 and that my mother absolutely loves the store. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to discover an array of bargain buys – sure, I could fill a basket for under €20. What’s not to like? Whether you’re looking for decorations or stocking fillers, check out these Christmas steals!

Christmas Gift Bags

Every single Christmas Eve, I find myself running around the house in a panic, searching for gift bags. Usually, after all the shops have shut. Dealz have some really cute options such as the duo pictured above. Two gift bags for €1.49? Sure, that’s practically making money.

Christmas Red Wine Glass

If you have lots of visitors in your home over the Christmas season, your dishwasher will be in over-drive. Dealz have lots of home-ware options so why not stock up on some extras? These festive wine glasses are my personal favourite. Red is my self-declared power colour so I think I will be using them all year around.

Christmas Sack

If you have children in your home, you need to run to your nearest Dealz store and purchase as many of these sacks as you possibly can. My inner child is squealing with delight at the notion of personalised sacks, straight from Santa’s workshop.

Dealz Candle

Festive candles are a must in my household, and my mother’s scent of choice has always been cinnamon. Now, usually we purchase a few luxury candles, ranging in price from €15 to €40 but after smelling the candles which were burning in the Dealz Christmas showroom, I will be saving my money for other treats instead. Available in a few different scents, these candles are really fragrant and long-lasting – SOLD!

Jewellery Gift Box

If you’re on a bit of a tight budget for Christmas, a great option is to purchase some affordable accessories in high street stores, remove them from their plastic packaging, and deposit them into swish jewellery boxes. Nobody need ever know that their gorgeous necklace came from the sale section in Penneys. This two pack of jewellery boxes is available in stores nationwide for €1.49.

Frozen Santa Stationary

The reality is that Christmas is all about the kids and at the moment, almost every child in Ireland seems to be obsessed with Frozen. I know a particular baby brother who would be delighted with this Frozen stationary set for writing his letter to Santa.

Frozen Anna and Elsa

Alright, I know I said “kids” but you’re never too old for Disney, right? Could I please have these baubles for my Christmas tree?

Minion Cracker

I thought that these individually packaged Christmas crackers would make fabulous stocking fillers.

Peppa Pig Advent

And, it isn’t Christmas without an advent calender. I have very fond childhood memories of scoffing all 24 chocolates in one go, only to mourn the loss for the remaining 23 days so maybe it is wise to purchase a few back-ups for any greedy chocolate monsters.

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And, if that wasn’t enough chocolate for you, Dealz have a huge range of Christmas sweet sets. Smarties, Freddos, Malteasers – calories don’t count at Christmas!

Everything pictured in this post goes on sale in Dealz in November for €1.49. Will you be stocking up on any of the goodies?

Rouge x

Inglot’s AMC Eyebrow Gel – Review.

Don’t worry about me, worry about your eyebrows.

After posting a few too many selfies onto my Instagram account, I have been getting lots of questions about which products I use to shape my eyebrows. Eyebrow sculpting is a precarious art – if you do it properly, your face will appear more defined but if you use too much product you look RIDICULOUS. Yes, if you are smearing powder, gel, wax and liner all over your brow area, you probably do look ridiculous. Less is more in this instance.

As many of you already know, I am very pale with a definite ginger gene. So, it took me a long time to discover products which matched my hair and skin tone – there is nothing attractive about red hair paired with black eyebrows.

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However, a few months ago, my fabulous friend gifted me Inglot’s “AMC Eyebrow Gel” and I haven’t looked back since. With a range of 12 shades, Inglot have gone out of their way to accommodate those who like to match their hair colour with their eyebrows. There is one for everyone.

To use this gel, grab a small angled brush and dip it lightly into the product. Then, use the formula to sculpt the natural shape of your eyebrows. I always start from the arch and draw out towards the ears, then use the excess product on the brush by blending it in to the rest of the brow. This formula is waterproof so it is long lasting, and won’t budge from your face throughout the day.

  

 

 The above picture shows before (right eyebrow) and after (left eyebrow). It does take a few practice runs to perfect the technique and if you are unsure of your shade, I recommend visiting your local Inglot counter for a consultation with one of their well-trained staff.

Inglot’s “AMC Eyebrow Gel” is €16 and available here. Check it out and let me know what you think.

  

What products do you use to shape your eyebrows? Are you a fan of powder, gel or wax consistency?

Let me know – I love to hear your recommendations.

Rouge x