Dolly Rouge is an Irish beauty and lifestyle blog by real women, for real women. We have lumps, bumps, wrinkles, stretchmarks, scars and not much disposable income. We love to write about getting the best value for your euro and beauty science that REALLY works (not just that pretend science used for marketing).
I’m 27 years young, based in Carlow and I suppose I’m best described as a geek (sometimes I throw an “L” in there to become a GLeek too!). I do the tech stuff for the blog, wrangling the codez and hassling my software engineer boyfriend when “It just won’t work!” I can do science me, with an honours degree in genetics from University College Cork and I’m working towards my postgrad in medicinal chemistry. You got burning science questions? Stay awake at night wondering “Is silicone really the devil’s work?” Drop me a line and I’ll research the hell out of your question!
When I’m not doing science or arguing with a computer, you’ll probably find me on the floor with my fluffy bunnies Eva and Einstein, baking sweet treats, or singing and dancing along to some godawful musical.
Beauty-wise I love proper cosmeceutical ingredients, with lots of research to back up their effectiveness. I will withhold no wrath against products which make scientific claims with no evidence. Having worked in Lush in a past life I also adore natural and cruelty free cosmetics (the less bunny suffering in the world the better!). I’m in no way a slave to high-end products (and their sexy marketing and packaging mmm… snap out of it Kat!) and love testing budget brands to find what meets or beats the expensive ones. My own personal beauty struggles are managing my oily, temperamental skin ;and trying to inject some oomph into my limp mop of hair.
28 year old fun loving sales executive working in Carlow but from the bright lights of Dublin City originally. I’ve dipped my toes into many lines of work over the years including pizza making, insurance sales, loss adjusting and management but it’s really the other joys in my life that keep me going. I’m engaged to Rob (teenage sweethearts), pupster mammy to Roxy (terrier cross) and Sasha (Beagle x lab cross) and a beauty product WHORE. I’m sometimes mammy to foster dogs when time allows and chief banter and hug provider to all my family.
I am a huge Liverpool fan and have been since a child; indeed the highlight of my childhood was meeting Ian Rush, David James and errr a few of the actors from Brookside, lol. I love to kick my Crohns Disease ass in my spare time and I took up running over a year ago which I quite surprisingly took to like a duck to water. I’ve written my car off once, I’ve taken a fear of flying course and one of my foster dogs actually managed to suspend itself from my venetian blinds whilst I was at work.
From a beauty perspective I love nothing better than a good moan and feel it’s my duty to warn women everywhere whats hot and what’s shot. Why should you waste your hard earned money on products that just dont work, or salons that don’t cut the mustard?? Why I tells ya?!!!! ;I myself am on the eternal hunt for a HG hairdresser and I have a particular interest in things that make you feel good from the inside out! I also have a bit of a softspot for cosmeceuticals and beauty bargains. Simples really.
By our powers combined we are Dolly Rouge!
We came together when we were thrown in at the deep end in our new job many months ago. Striking up a conversation about beaut.ie one day, we discovered we were bosom beauty BFFs! Having different skin-types, colouring, styles and specialities, we hope to keep it interesting and post something for everyone.
All products we review have been purchased and paid for by ourselves unless otherwise noted. Any products provided by PR agents for our consideration, are reviewed with honesty and without bias.