Beauty,  Body,  Make-up,  Nails

Hi, I’m still here

Hi everyone. Wow, what I month. I was going to do a review on two new products from Filorga, but thought I owed you a life update first.

The main reason I’ve been MIA is that I’ve had encephalitis, which slowed me down to the bare minimum for a few weeks, and I’m still not completely over it. This has meant that paying clients have come first, and then I have no energy left for the blog.

The other reason is that with all of the sitting in bed I’ve had to do this month, I’ve had plenty of time to get quite introspective, and I got thinking about where I want to go with Rouge and blogging in general. The upshot is that I’m going to be spending more of my time on my lifestyle site, Wild Rover, as this an area that interests me more and more. I still love beauty and will still be creating content here, but as I get older, I’m less inclined to take risks with testing new products (I’m talking mainly about skincare here, as make up is make up and will always be subjective). I’m in my mid-thirties now, and I know what works for my skin and what doesn’t. I’m obviously open to exciting new discoveries, but I’m far more selective about what I put on my face. While this is a wonderful place for me to be, it does mean that I have less content for you. It’s gotten to a stage where I only want to write about the VERY best products, as I don’t have time to write about products that I have lukewarm feelings about. I feel like most of my reviews are the same: this is a wonderful product, I love everything about it, and you should get it.

That being said, I promise I’m not going to stop writing them; there will just be fewer of them. Please pop me a mail or write in the comments below if there are any beauty posts you’d like me to do, or any beauty related topic you’d like me to investigate for you.

I do have a few favourites that I want to share with you. These five products have been such wonderful additions to my (very minimal) routine the past month or so.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lips (R100) is the ONLY thing that is helping my severely dry lips at the moment. It’s the holy grail of lip repairing balms.

optiphi Body Foliant (R782) is my hand savior at the moment. With everyone in the house being ill, our GP recommended we use medical grade hand wash until we’re all better. It works so well at keeping us safe from germs, but my word, can it dry out your skin?! I’ve been applying the Body Foliant every night to help keep my hands flake free.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment (R270) has been pretty much attached to me since I started with the hard-core hand wash. I apply it after every wash, and it manages to keep my skin hydrated and supple.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup (R600) is the total wildcard here, as I never thought a Double Wear product would ever touch my face. The original formula is a hideous, cakey mess on my dry skin, but this formula is super lightweight, delivers decent coverage and is so comfortable, it feels like you’re not wearing foundation.

OPI You’re Such A Budapest Nail Lacquer (R184) is the perfect periwinkle shade that is probably going to be on my nails until autumn.

What are your current favourites?