Wet n Wild “ Mega Slim Skinny Mascara” – Review.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I’m a big fan of Wet n Wild. It’s been one of my favorite budget beauty brands since way back in the day when I started blogging. I’m obsessed with their blushers, highlighters and lipsticks and you’ll often hear me chatting on my Insta-stories about old favorites and new releases. However, I have to say that I’ve just never gotten along with their mascaras. I’ve tried a few and I’ve just never been wowed by them, particularly the “Max Volume” formula which got lots of praise from the blogging community but just wouldn’t stay on my lashes for more that 20 minutes, without transferring to my cheeks and transforming me into Alice Cooper. So, as you can imagine, I was apprehensive about their new launch; the “Mega Slim Skinny Mascara”. But, apprehension never stops me from trying a new product out and in this instance, I have to say that the packaging had me really intrigued.

So, let’s talk about the packaging then. As you can probably tell from the product’s name; it has a teeny, skinny wand which means a few things: a) the formula applies easily to every single lash and b) it’s not messy to apply and you won’t have to worry about smudging your eyelid with a clumsy, big wand. However, it also means that you have to apply a few coats if you want both length and volume because the wand doesn’t dispense enough product in one swipe to create a major amount of volume.

The formula itself is a gorgeous shade of jet black and applies evenly without clumping. I’ve been wearing this mascara for weeks now and haven’t experience any flaking or clumping, even after approx 12 hours of wear. It just doesn’t budge. This is exactly what has me sold – the “Mega Slim Skinny Mascara” is a €5 Mascara that doesn’t slide down your face throughout the day. How could you go wrong?

There’s a little unedited (as always) snap to demonstrate what my lashes look like after application of the mascara. You’ve probably all seen my natural lashes a million times before on Instagram but for those of you who don’t know, they’re extremely fair but naturally long-ish. I think that this mascara really helps to create the illusion of extra length though. I also love how well it applies to my bottom lashes and makes them loom full, without smudging or transferring. I’ve been getting a surprising amount of compliments on my eye make up lately and I have to say, I think that this product from Wet n Wild is the one making the difference.

You can buy Wet n Wild products in pharmacies nationwide but upon a quick Google, I just realised that they’re also now stocked on Beauty Bay who have the mascara in stock.

So what do you think? Have you tried products from Wet n Wild before? If so, let us know your favorites – I’m always looking to add to my shopping list.

Rouge x

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Armani “Lip Magnet” – Review

If you’ve watched my Instastories lately, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with Armani beauty products. They’re one of my favourite make up brands, simply because their products are fuss-free and easy to use. With this in mind, when I’m buying new products, the Armani counter is usually my first stop and a few weeks ago, I went on a little bit of a shopping spree. I picked up some of my usual favourites, including the Armani “Luminous Silk Foundation” which I reviewed here but I also picked up a newbie.

 

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Let me introduce you to the newest member of my lipstick family; Armani’s “Lip Magnet” in the Shade “No. 508”. Now, I fell in lust with the “Lip Magnet” formula last winter, when the first batch of shades were released and wore “No.602”, a stunning deep plum shade, religiously over the Christmas season. So, when the sales assistant at the Armani counter in Brown Thomas informed me that Armani released new shades of the “Lip Magnet” formula for Christmas 2017, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. However, I didn’t expect anything nearly as gorgeous as the shade “No.508” – I think I’ve finally found my “perfect” nude shade.

The “Lip Magnet” is a really high-end, matte lipstick. It glides onto the lips and if you apply a very thin layer, it feels weightless on the lips. I know that some people are concerned about wearing matte make up products during the cold weather months but they’re ideal for nights out and you’ll see plenty of those over the festive season. The “Lip Magnet” stays put ALL night, not just for a few hours and it’s neither drying nor moisturising. It does fade but it doesn’t crack or bleed like lots of other matte formulas and for this reason, I’m content to pay the hefty price of €33.

Did I mention that the “No.508” shade is perfection? As a pale skinned ghost girl, I really struggle to find nude lipstick shades that don’t create the illusion that I’m a cast member of The Walking Dead. For that reason, I steer clear of light nudes and opt for rose shades instead. However, this shade is a beautiful light pink shade that’s actually pretty close (but nicer) to my natural lip shade.

 

To summarise, the “Lip Magnet” is my new go-to party lipstick and even though I am a fan of the classic Christmas reds, I think I’ll be opting to wear “No.508” at every opportunity over the next few weeks! If you’re at an Armani counter over the next few weeks, have a swatch and you won’t regret it!

 

What do you think of the shade? And, have you tried the “Lip Magnet” formula before? Let us know in the comment section!

Rouge x

Too Faced “Melted Matte” Lipstick – Review.

“Sweetie, if you’re going to be two faced; at least make one of them pretty.” – Marilyn Monroe.

So by now, most of you will already know that I’m the Queen of matte liquid lipsticks. The love affair began when I was introduced to theBalm’s “Meet Matte Hughes” collection which you can read about here. But, although I adore that collection, the shade range is quite limited so I was bound to look elsewhere for more options. As always, Too Faced recognised my problem and presented me with a solution. Meet their “Melted Matte” liquid lipsticks.

 

 

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Love at first sight does exist, and I’m here to prove it. These babies come in 16 different shades so there’s definitely at least one to suit everyone. And, eeeek, aren’t they gorgeous? Too Faced always hit the nail on the head when it comes to packaging and these liquid lipsticks are no exception to the rule. The products are a good size so pretty decent value for money at €23 and the doe-foot applicator eliminates the need for lip liner.

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I’ve been using the shade “Cool Girl” which is advertised as a “true nude” colour. Now, I’m not going to lie, I was terrified of the brown tones in this shade when I first tried it on but now, I’m embracing the 90s vibe. The shade would probably be categorised as a “true nude” for darker skin tones, but on my ghostly pale self, I would categorise it as a soft brown. My friends really like this one and, I received lots of compliments when I posted a picture on Instagram so, I’m definitely a convert to the shade.

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Now, I hear you all sitting asking your screens if the formula is drying on the lips. Winter is fast approaching and our lips will be chapped enough without bearing the burden of matte lipstick. Well, the formula isn’t ultra moisturising but I would say that it’s probably the least drying matte formula that I’ve tried to date. The product is infused with non-sting lip plumping agents so, even if your lips are chapped underneath; it works to plump them up, making them appear healthier. There’s also avocado oil and Vitamin E in the formula to help rejuvenate lips while you wear it.

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Overall, I love this lipstick and, I hope to add many more to my collection. Wear-time extends to practically the entire day, with occasional top-ups after eating. Next on my wishlist is the shade “Queen B”.

Too Faced’s “Melted Matte” lipsticks are available here, from Debenhams. Why not check out the link and let us know what your favourite shade is in the comment section?

Rouge x

10 Star Products Under €10 for AW16.

“Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.” – William Buffet.

 

Sometimes I feel as though this blog is probably guiding followers down the road that leads towards bankruptcy. I’m a “high-end” make up kind of girl and I refuse to apologise for that – we all deserve a little luxury now and then after all. However, I do enjoy a bargain as much as the next person so, I’ve complied a little list of my favourite bargain buys for you. These products deliver “high-end” quality, without the crazy price tag!

 

Sleek Make Up Blush (Shade: Rose Gold) – €5.99:

Available here from Cloud10Beauty.com.

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This one is a brilliant dupe for Nars’ cult classic “Orgasm” blush. I reach for it time and time again, even over other blush formulas which have cost a small fortune!

Catrice “Camouflage Cream” – €3.50:

Available in Penneys/Primark and pharmacies nationwide.

Catrice Camouflage Cream Review

This one is a heavy duty concealer, perfect for blemishes. Catrice’s “Camouflage Cream” gives Benefit’s “Boi-ing” formula a run for its money.

NYX “Butter Gloss” (Shade: Creme Brulee) – €7:

Available here from Meaghers Pharmacy.

NYX Butter Gloss Review

I’m usually not a huge fan of lip gloss and generally opt for matte lip formulas but, this gloss from NYX is irresistible. The formula is soft, moisturising, non-sticky and smells gorgeous.

Catrice “Ultimate Nail Lacquer” (Shade: Love Affair in Bel Air) – €2.99:

Available in Penneys/Primark and pharmacies nationwide.

Catrice Nail Polish Review

I adore Catrice’s nail polish formulas. They last 3-4 days without chipping which I find remarkable at this price point.

Flormar “Illuminating Primer” – €9.95:

Available here from Meaghers Pharmacy.

Flormar Illuminating Primer

I LOVE this formula. It’s as good, if not better, than any “high-end” primer that I’ve tried over the years.

P.S “Matte Long Last Lipstick” – €2:

Available in Penneys/Primark stores nationwide.

Primark Lipstick Review

At €2, I didn’t expect much from this product but, I was pleasantly surprised. The formula is really long lasting and the shades are very pigmented. I would recommend wearing a moisturising lip balm underneath, as with all formulas.

Wet Brush “Midi” – €7.95:

Available here from Cloud10Beauty.com.

Wet Brush Review

Anyone with tangled hair will know well the struggle of brushing knots out of freshly washed hair. The Wet Brush does all the work for you and, it’s pain free. The “midi” size is also perfect for travelling!

Nía “Firming Scrub Bar” – €9.95:

Available here from Nía.

Nia Firming Soap Scrub Review

This product is new to my beauty collection but wow, I have fallen fast for it. Made by an Irish company, this soap provides natural exfoliation and leaves skin soft and bump-free. I will be writing a full review in the next week, so keep an eye out.

Bioderma “Atoderm Intensive” Moisturiser – €9:

Available here at Meaghers Pharmacy.

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Review

This is a great moisturiser for really dry skin. I find myself reaching for it constantly at this time of year when the weather becomes colder and skin becomes chapped.

Catrice “Deluxe Trio Eyeshadow” – €5.39:

Available in Penneys/Primark and pharmacies nationwide.

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As you can probably tell by now, I’m a big fan of Catrice products. This eyeshadow trio is lovely for creating a nice, neutral look. The shadows are soft, pigmented and easy to blend.

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): 
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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):

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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):

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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

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish – Review.

As many of you will already know, I recently had my acrylic nail extensions removed. Although I loved them dearly, my natural nails were squealing for mercy. Acrylic extensions often weaken nails and cause them to split and become damaged so I’m giving mine a little time to repair. However, this doesn’t mean I am willing to go without nail polish – not even for a single day!
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I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with nail polish. I love the freshly manicured look but I hate chipped polish more than I hate the sound of fingernails on a chalk board. It looks messy and unprofessional but, that’s where CND Vinylux Weekly Polish steps in to save the day. I was introduced to the brand in my local salon and admittedly scoffed at the idea of long lasting nail polish which doesn’t require UV light to dry. Boy, was I wrong.

I’ve had my nail polish on for over 7 days and even in their weakened state, my nails don’t possess a single chip as of yet. I chose the colour ‘Cake Pop’ which is a pretty powdered pink – perfect for summer. The polish doesn’t require a base or top coat according to the manufacturers but my salon did apply a top coat, to be on the safe side. The formula takes approximately 8-10 minutes to dry completely and the best part is, it can be removed using regular nail polish remover – no more pesky acetone soaked foils.

Irish supplier Dolledup.ie stock CND weekly polish at €11.95 per unit. ‘Cake Pop’ can be found here. Let me know if you try it.