Spring into Summer – The Everyday Make-Up Look

After posting this picture on Instagram a few weeks ago, I received a record amount of requests for a full blog post on the make-up look. During the summer, I tend to wear less and less make up – there’s nothing worse than sitting in the office at work, while your make up slides off your face and into a pool on the keyboard. It seems that lots of you feel the same way, and are looking for more information on the products that I reach for when I’m attempting to create this look.

My make up in the above image is really subtle, to create a “barely there” look. The image hasn’t been filtered or edited in any way so it should work as a pretty accurate guide. Here are the products and application techniques that I used:

 

Base:

 

Alpha-H “Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+” (€32.95) – Available Here from Cloud10Beauty.com:

If you were watching my Insta-stories last week, you’ll know that I got sunburned at Body & Soul. It was cloudy all day, without any sign of sunshine and that goes to show that we REALLY should be wearing SPF every day. Usually, I’m really good at remembering to apply sunscreen and this product from Alpha-H is probably my favourite facial SPF. Every morning after cleansing, I apply a generous amount to my skin and allow it to sit for 5-10 mins before applying my make up. The formula is really lightweight and absorbs into the skin really quickly. I know that some people avoid using facial SPF products because they tend to leave a white residue on the skin, but this one definitely doesn’t – you won’t feel it on your face after about 10 mins. I think that this product would be suitable for all skin types.

Catrice “Prime and Fine Beautifying Primer” (€4.95) – Available Here from Meaghers Pharmacy:

This primer is a cheap as chips and it’s one of the best on the market. You can apply it to your entire face with or without foundation to create a radiant glow or, you can apply the formula to the high points of your face (cheek bones, cupid bow etc) and use it as a highlighter. I usually use it all over my face before applying foundation and then set with a powder. “Prime and Fine” creates the illusion of a good night’s sleep and holds your make up in place for the entire day.

Diego Dalla Palma “BB Cream 5-in-1” (€28.50) – Available Here from Diego Dalla Palma:

Alright, so I know that lots of people have mixed feelings when it comes to BB cream and to be honest, I’m one of them. I love the idea of a lightweight formula that provides minimal coverage, while evening out your skin tone but often, I find that BB Creams wear off the skin very quickly leaving a patchy effect. However, this product from Diego Dalla Palma is gorgeous. The formula applies really well and although it won’t last for the entire day, it wears off evenly and subtly. If you want more coverage after a few hours, you can simply top up at lunch time. Unfortunately, there are only 3 shades in the range so if you’re super pale or really tanned, you’ll probably struggle to find a match. In this photo, I’m wearing shade “50 Natural Beige” and although it’s a bit dark for my skin, I think it brightens up my complexion and gives me a healthy glow.

 

Eyes:

 

Too Faced “Brow Quickie” Brow Gel (€20) – Available Here from Debenhams:

Keeping in mind that I have “HD Brows”, maintained by Olivia in Allure Salon in Drumcondra, I tend to use very little brow product during the day. This brow gel from Too Faced is so easy to use. You simply comb the product through your eyebrows and the formula tints them and adds fibres to thicken them out slightly. The gel holds your eyebrows in place throughout the day and at €20, it lasts for ages so it’s a bargain.

Buxom “Lash Mascara” (€20) – Available Here from Debenhams:

Buxom is a new brand to Debenhams and I have to say that so far, I LOVE all of the products that I’ve tried. This mascara is simply divine. It’s a dark shade of black, separates all of my lashes and adds lots of length. If you love mascaras that create plenty of volume, this one probably isn’t for you but if like me, you love a natural look, Buxom’s “Lash Mascara” is a must-have. The formula isn’t waterproof but it’s really long-wearing and doesn’t clump or smudge at all. The mascara applies really smoothly so if you want to apply a few extra coats for added drama, you can coat the lashes evenly.

 

Cheeks and Lips:

 

Sleek Make Up “Blush” (€6.49) – Available Here from Boots.ie:

I’m always raving about this blush in the shade “Rose Gold” from Sleek. It’s an excellent dupe for Nars’ cult favourite “Orgasm” and at €6.49, it’s a fraction of the price. This blusher is highly pigmented and long-wearing so a little goes a long way. You’ll literally have this product for years before you need to replace it. There’s also a fleck of gold through the formula so it doubles up as a highlighter. I can’t get over the quality of this blush, at such a low price point.

Buxom “Big And Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick” (€18) – Available Here from Debenhams:

I’m going to write a full review post on this product because a few lines really can’t do it justice. The “Big and Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick” from Buxom has quickly become my favourite lipstick formula on the market. Yes, you read that right – my favourite. Anyone who reads Rouge Writing Hood regularly will probably have noticed that lipstick is my favourite kind of make up and this product is the best that I’ve tried. The shade that I’m wearing is “Rebel Rose” which is very like Tom Ford’s “India Rose”. The formula applies like a dream and just glides on to the lips. It’s really moisturising, even though it has a semi-matte finish and it’s basically all that any lipstick lover could ask for. If you could only treat yourself to one product from this post, I would tell you to choose this one!

 

And, there you have it – all of the products that I usually reach for to create a “barely there” make up look. I always set the products with a translucent powder and then I’m good to go.

What do you think? Do you prefer natural or dramatic make up looks? Let us know in the comment section or in the corresponding Instagram posts..

Rouge x

Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Cancer is something that touches everyone’s lives” – Ellen Pompeo.

 

When it comes to cancer, everyone has a story. Unfortunately, the disease is one that touches everyone’s lives. 1 in 10 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. And, sadly, every year around 2,900 cases are diagnosed and 660 women die from the disease in Ireland. But, it isn’t really about the statistics. It’s about your mother, your granny, your sisters and your daughters. For me, it’s about my fabulous aunt and godmother, Geraldine, who passed away after a long battle with cancer the year before last. She’s the reason that I’ve become a supporter of the cause.

So after a prolonged break from blogging, I thought I’d start back at Rouge Writing Hood with a really positive post. As most of you will already know, October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and, I thought I would share a little info on how you can donate to the really worthwhile cause whilst stocking up on your beauty buys.

 

Make Up Forever: 

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For the month of October, Make Up Forever will be donating 10% of the price of any lip products purchased to Breast Cancer Ireland. They have simultaneously launched a new collection of lipsticks, their “Artist Rouge Collection”. Said collection consists of 48 new shades – 33 cream formulas and 15 matte. You couldn’t find a better excuse to treat yourself! You can check out their selection on the MUFE website.

Make Up Forever are also encouraging the general public to pop into the store at 38 Clarendon Street, Dublin during the month of October to choose a lipstick shade and place their kiss mark on the ribbon shaped wall with a suggested donation of €2. If you do so, please tag me in your selfie with the hashtag #anotherkissonthewall – I would love to see them!

Cloud 10 Beauty:

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For the third year running, Cloud 10 Beauty have partnered up with the Irish Cancer Society to donate €1 from every order placed on their website to breast cancer research. So what are you waiting for, get over to their website right now! If you would like me to write another post on my recommendations for purchase, just let me know in the comment section.

Again, if you purchase anything from Cloud 10 Beauty, why not tag me in a picture and let me know what you got using the hashtag #cloud10paintitpink – I would love to see your beauty hauls!

For more details on how you can help, or to donate directly to the Irish Cancer Society; you can visit their website here.

Rouge x

 

Juvi Designs – The “Initials” Collection.

“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.” – Mae West.

 

After interviewing the lovely Julie Danz, as part of my “Irish Girl Boss Series” (view interview here), it’s safe to assume that I have become even more obsessed with Juvi Designs than I was before. If I had to choose one thing that I love most about the brand, it would be the fact that every piece is created with love and sentiment. Both Julie and Vincent really put their heart and soul into their creative brand. So, when I heard a few weeks ago that the dynamic duo were releasing a new collection, named the “Initials” collection, I sort of already knew that I would love it before I even got a glimpse of the pieces. I just didn’t realise how much I would love it – eeeek!

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If Sex and the City had aired in 2016, Ms Bradshaw would be sporting one of these beautiful necklaces instead of her famous “Carrie” chain. They’re so much more delicate and pretty than the initialled designs that we became sick of seeing in the late 90s. The chain and charms that make up these beautiful necklaces are sold separately, so they can be customised to create a unique piece. The picture above displays my initial and birthstone and as you can see, can be purchased in either sterling silver or gold vermeil. This would be a beautiful gift for ladies of all ages.  And, you’ll be surprised to hear that prices start at only €25.

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No Juvi collection would be complete without the addition of some bright and beautiful rings. Just look at those gorgeous gems! Pictured above are the new stacking rings which are the perfect compliment to the pretty initial necklaces. Available in both sterling silver and gold vermeil, with an array of gemstones to choose from; these rings can be worn alone or stacked.

Personally, I would stack these rings using the different birthstones which represent members of my family tree. This would be a lovely gift for mums or, the rings could be used as a grown up version of “friendship” rings (as could the necklaces). And finally, I think it would be a really cute idea to use these rings as gifts for your bridesmaids, choosing the gemstone associated with the month of your wedding. The possibilities are endless.

For more information on the collection, and a look at the different shades of gemstones, you can pop over to the Juvi Designs website. In the meantime, I will be adding these beauties to my Christmas wishlist – yes, I said the “C word” again!!

Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Rouge x

Too Faced “Born This Way” Foundation.

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” – Sophia Loren.

 

The “natural” look never goes out of fashion but very often, creating this look becomes quite time consuming. It’s difficult for even the most talented of make up artists to make a full-coverage foundation appear as though it’s “barely there”, while also concealing any blemishes and imperfections. Too Faced have recognised this problem and presented us with a solution; an “undetectable” medium to full coverage foundation called “Born This Way”. But, does this formula live up to the brand’s promises?

 

 

 

 

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

“Born This Way” is an oil-free foundation which is infused with coconut water. The coconut water, together with hyaluronic acid, hydrates the skin which helps to maintain a healthy, youthful appearance throughout the day. I definitely think that this formula helps to maintain the illusion of radiant skin, even when I am depending on buckets full of coffee to help me through the week.

As I said, the formula is oil-free so I think that this foundation would be a great choice for those with acne-prone skin. Also, the coverage is great for concealing imperfections – even acne scars.

To apply this foundation; I like to dispense the formula directly on to a flat-head brush before applying it to my face in circular motions. This helps to create a flawless, even finish. I’ve found that the formula lasts really well throughout the day, lasting up to eight hours without any noticeable fade.

Too Faced “Born This Way” foundation is available here from Debenhams in 12 different shades. The shade that I’m wearing in the picture above is “Porcelain”.

So, what do you think? Have you tried this formula? Or, do you already swear by a different medium-full coverage foundation? Let us know in the comments.

Rouge x

Code Beautiful – Is It Time To Forget Fake Eyelashes?

“I’m killing you with them legs. Better yet, them thighs. Matter of fact it’s my smile, or maybe my eyes?” – Beyoncé.

I don’t know about you but I really struggle with false eyelashes. They’re messy and difficult to place correctly. Not to mention the fact that they often make a break for it during a dance off in a nightclub and end up stuck somewhere along your cheekbones – lovely.

So, for many years now, I have been searching for a mascara that gives a genuine false lash effect. And, I have found many, many great formulas but, definitely none as impressive as Code Beautiful’s “Forget False Lashes” and “VLM Mascara” combo.

Code Beautiful “Forget False Lashes” (Available Here):

 

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Code Beautiful’s “Forget False Lashes” is an eyelash primer which is designed to plump up sparse and short hair. The formula is a beige/grey colour but becomes invisible upon applying a top coat of black mascara. “Forget False Lashes” is used to coat the eyelashes from root to tip by wriggling the wand back and fourth during application. I always pay particular attention to tips of my lashes in order to achieve the illusion of long lashes.

I was amazed by the results provided by this formula. The micro-fibres in the product cling to lashes, genuinely giving instant volume. Now, this step does add a minute or two to my make up routine in the morning because I like coat my lashes precisely and evenly, to avoid clumping but, it’s definitely not as time consuming as applying eyelash glue!

Code Beautiful “VLM Mascara” (Available Here):

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I am in LOVE with this formula! It’s blacker than black, glossy and adds serious volume. “VLM Mascara” is created using wax and vitamins, so the product promises to be kind to eyelashes and promote growth. The mascara is also paraben free.

I use this product by adapting Code Beautiful’s “Roots, Wriggle and Roll” technique and again, concentrate on the tips of the lashes to add extra length. I’m really impressed by the anti-clumping, waterproof formula which actually lasts all day, unlike some high-end mascaras that advertise “12 hour wear”.

Together, the combination of “Forget False Lashes” and “VLM Mascara” is every beauty addicts’ dream! See the results below:

On another note, I’m off to NYC tomorrow morning and Code Beautiful actually sell a mini version of their “VLM Mascara” for holidaymakers. You can find it here from Meaghers Pharmacy for only €15. It might be a great excuse to try the product before you buy the full size!

Now tell me, have you tried these formulas or do you already have a favourite mascara to recommend? Let us know in the comments!

Rouge x

Moschino “Fresh Couture” Fragrance.

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Jimmy Johnson.

As any regular reader of Rouge Writing Hood will already know, I am a self-confessed fragrance fanatic. In my opinion, the beauty of scent is found in its ability to resurrect memories. For me, choosing a new perfume is a very intimate process.

Keeping that in mind, let me introduce you to Moschino’s “Fresh Couture” – the fragrance that I will forever associate with summer ’16. It is simply divine!

 


First of all – check out that packaging. Moschino have stated that “the concept of this fragrance was to juxtapose the most mundane and commonplace of all products, the household cleaner, with something so precious – the juice of a luxury brand’s fragrance”. And, by doing so they have elevated a seemingly ordinary item, moulding it into something extraordinary. I adore the quirky, contemporary interpretation.

I’m a huge fan of strong, masculine scents so I was rather sceptical of the electric blue liquid wrapped up in this fun bottle. For some reason, I assumed it would be a very sweet, sugary fragrance. But, I couldn’t have been further from the truth. This is a gorgeous woody fragrance, with scattered floral notes. Base notes of white patchouli and ambrox give a sensual undertone to the scent while top notes of mandarin, bergamot and ylang yalng bring soft, femininity to the party.

 

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“Fresh Couture” is a gorgeous, fresh fragrance. This one will be perfect for anyone who adores dark, sensual fragrances during the winter but wants to shake things up for summer. It should also be noted that the scent has impressive lasting power – I don’t feel in necessary to carry this one around in my handbag with me.

Moschino “Fresh Couture” is available in pharmacies nationwide and here at Debenhams. At the time of publishing, Debenhams are offering a “Try it First” sample with every online order, giving you a chance to test the fragrance before you decide to fall in love with it like I did.

What do you think? Do you usually change your scent for summer? Let us know in the comments section.

Rouge x

The Irish Girl Boss Series – AYU Make Up’s Suzanne O’Neill.

A “girl boss” is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. – Sophie Amoroso.

 

Growing up the the late 90s / early 00s; we were content to paint our faces with slightly orange tinged foundation, a slick of cerise pink lipstick and a dusting of powder blue eyeshadow. Our application tool of choice? Why, our fingers of course. Professional make up brushes were far too expensive for any teenager’s liking. If only someone had noticed the gap in the market sooner, I would have been saved a series of mortifying pictures uploaded to a marginally more mortifying “BEBO” page.

 

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Let me introduce you to Irish entrepreneur, Suzanne O’Neill. Having worked in the beauty industry for over 10 years, she knows all there is to know about make up and application tools. During her time spent as a make up artist, she noticed that a large number of her clients were reluctant to invest in essential tools for their make up kits because high quality brands always seemed to attach an equally high price tag. So, in true “girl boss” fashion, Suzanne spotted a gap in the cosmetic market and pounced on it.

 

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Photo credit: RSVP Magazine.

Together with her sister, Suzanne has developed “AYU Make Up”. AYU is an Irish owned company, based in Ireland and they strive to provide professional quality make up brushes at an affordable price point. And yes, I mean REALLY affordable. The brushes are sold individually or as sets so, they’re perfect for treating yourself or somebody else.

AYU have been really successful to date, so I recently approached Suzanne to ask if she would share some of her tricks of the trade with aspiring entrepreneurs and my fellow make up addicts. I’m absolutely delighted to be sharing this interview with you.

1. How did you get your idea or concept for AYU?
I had been teaching “Beauty and Make Up” for years and always found the quality of brush sets that students were given was very poor. They also didn’t have the money to buy the big name brands so I wanted to create something that was excellent quality but affordable for them.

2. What does your typical day look like?
My days are quite erratic. I start each day by bringing the kids to crèche and then sending off all the previous day’s orders. Once this is done, if I am in the office I will answer emails, check in with all of our social media platforms, plan our marketing for the following days and do any admin. After this is done, I tend to go into creative mode which is my favourite thing to do – it’s when I plan and research all the new lines and brushes that we bring out. We have a whole new line and two new sets due out over the next 8 weeks so this has been keeping me very busy. I am also working on a spray cleaner and a few top secrets bits too. Not everything I work on will reach our customers but the process in creating what does is great!

3. Has everyone around you always been supportive of your business aspirations?
Yes. I have always been very entrepreneurial and have had two other successful businesses before this. I am very lucky to have a really brilliant support network. When I told my husband I was going to stop teaching to look after AYU full time, he was 100% behind me.

4. Do you take inspiration from other women in business and if so, who?
Yes. We are living in an age where successful women are all around us. I love to see what others are doing and sometimes when things are crazy and you feel smothered by it all it’s comforting to chat to these women and see that we all feel the same at times and that’s OK. It helps you to refocus and keep going. I think Sara Blakely who created Spanx is brilliant and love her story. Closer to home Marissa Carter is a big inspiration of mine. She is so successful and yet always willing to help others out which is such a lovely trait.

5. How would you describe your personal style?
Classic. I am not one to follows trends. I wear what I feel comfortable in and what suits me. Sometimes I think I’m a bit boring but if I have ever tried to wear something that is not me I just feel uncomfortable and awkward until I get back into my normal clothes!

6. Who is your style/beauty hero?
Olivia Palermo all the way. I love her style and she is always so naturally made up which I just love.

7. What item do you think every woman should have in her wardrobe?
A pair of stilettos. I find that when I have something big on and am a bit nervous, once I put my heels on I immediately feel more confident.

8. Tell us about your beauty essentials. Do you follow a particular regime?
I am very low maintenance. I use micellar water to clean my face at night and have a night cream and eye cream that I use religiously. I wear the 3D Skintech SPF 30 on my face every day. I would exfoliate 2-3 times a week and use a mask once a week. Other than that I get microdermabrasion done every 3-4 weeks. If a routine has too many steps I know I won’t do it. It needs to be quick and effective for me!

9. At this very moment, what’s in your handbag?
I have my wallet, a pair of the kids socks (not sure why they are there), 6 lipsticks (all pinks), 3 pens and some toffees (I have a seriously addiction to them that I am trying to kick!!).

10. With so many brands on the market at the moment, why should we choose to purchase AYU?
Our brand is focused on the everyday woman. We want women to enjoy the process of putting on their make up and not be intimidated by it, which I think can be the case for a lot of women out there. They get confused by all the different names etc. Our packaging is simple with clear wording and instructions. We also have a tips and tricks page on our website and a training videos page so women can revert back here for helpful bits of info. We want to communicate with our customers and help them where possible and I think that is what sets us apart – how accessible we are.

11. Any tips for aspiring business women?
If you have an idea that you think is worth pursuing and you have a genuine love for it, then go for it. You need to love what you do because working for yourself requires long hours and very little return in the beginning but it is all worth it when you are getting up each day to do something that you love and have created yourself. The good days always outweigh the bad. Also not to take things personally if someone doesn’t like your product – everyone has their own opinions and as long as you believe in what you are doing and can stand behind it, that is all that matters.

 

AYU Gold Brush Set

More information and the option to shop for AYU products can be found by clicking here for the AYU website. I’ve heard it through the grapevine that we can expect new collections to be released very soon.

Now, tell me. What do you think of the first post in our “Irish Girl Boss Series” and, who would you like to hear from next?

Rouge x