Product Rave: Amika Nourishing Hair Mask

As the summer ends (ah- cue sad face) my hair needs some serious TLC. In effort to do this, I decided to chop off my hair– well not all of it– but 5 inches of it.  So now my hair falls to around my shoulders, and let me tell you- my hair feels a thousand times better.  In order to upkeep this new healthy ‘do, I have started used Amika’s Nourishing Mask.

I tend not to venture into trying new hair products because I like what I like- and I’ve been liking the same things for the last three years.  So when I was told by my friend that Amika’s hair mask is a game changer-  I was a bit hesitant.  I decided to purchase it off the Birchbox website and let me tell you– she was right, it is a game changer.

First off, this mask is super easy to use. Just apply a generous amount after shampooing and let it sit for 2 to 5 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly and you’re done! I was able to notice a difference in the texture of my hair right away.   Once my hair dried, it felt significantly softer and shinier which is largely due to it’s main ingredient: sea buckthorn berry. The essential oil from the sea buckthorn berry fortifies and smooths the hair shaft.

It can be used as a daily conditioner or as a weekly treatment– like I do. It has a very pleasant smell– very fresh and clean. I cannot say enough great things about this mask! So if you’re in the market for an amazing hair mask- I would definitely give this one a try!

I would love you know if you’ve tried this mask and your thoughts about it. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @passtherouge and check us out on Instagram at passtherouge for more!

Til next time, 


Product Rave: Truman’s The Finisher Grooming Paste

So this post is a bit different because I finally convinced by boyfriend, Alex, to write a little something on a hair product I recently gave him. So let’s jump into it:


“Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers” is a new take on the old-fashioned men’s shave and grooming shops. The look and feel of their two Manhattan barbershops is a mix of Boardwalk Empire-style sophistication and modern luxury. This theme is continued with their new line of men’s grooming products, which feature a stout English Bulldog wearing a pointed crown on the bottle. The “Finisher” is, as you might guess, the last stage of a three-product grooming line, which includes shaving cream (the “Protector”), Shampoo (the “Cleaner”), and, of course, control paste (the “Finisher”). These are the three essentials of men’s grooming according to Truman’s, and I happen to pretty much agree – just don’t forget about conditioner.

image (25)My hair is unruly and this is partially my fault since a haircut is a bit overdue. It is also very much the fault of my genetics. My hair has been described as anything from “course” and “stiff” to my favorite, “whoa, this feels like a brillo pad”. Therefore, in order to show up for work without looking like Doc Brown, I am forced to seek assistance.

The product itself is packaged nicely, providing 2.5 fl. oz. in a tall cylindrical bottle with a “pump” function at the top. I found this “pump” to be quite useful. Over time – I have had the “Finisher” for two weeks now – I became very accustomed to the timing and pressure necessary to get my desired amount of paste.

The paste is actually very effective. As I have alluded to throughout this post, my hair can be difficult to shape and style. For the first week with this grooming cream my hair was quite long, but Truman’s did its job through an entire workday and late night dinners – all while I was using the recommended “two pumps” for thick hair. For those of you with more manageable hair you should get the same effectiveness with less cream.

The product has a very subtle, clean smell. Just enough to let you know there is something there but not enough to announce your presence to the entire subway car. The scent doesn’t linger and is likely gone after the first hour or so of wear. One of the things I enjoy most about Truman’s came as a surprise. By the end of the day my hair was – for the most part – where I left it in the morning, without the brittle or greasy feeling that often comes from using other products. The cream seems to absorb into my hair naturally during the course of the day, leaving me with healthier looking hair.

I would recommend this to guys hoping to give their hair more shape while adding a bit of healthy shine, but who don’t want to go full Gordon Gekko with a tub of gel. Using Truman’s, my hair looked much more natural than it has with other creams and gels that I have used previously, giving me an understated professional look which better fits my style. For $18 this product is priced right and should last you a few months with once a day use.

Until next time,




Product Rave: Nails Inc’s Gel Effect Polish

Covent Garden Place

Covent Garden Place

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million time- I AM A NAIL POLISH ADDICT! I was recently introduced to Nails Inc’s Gel Effect Polish and ever since I have been hooked!  I have been sporting the shades Covent Gardens Place and Regents Place a lot this summer.  So let me tell you why I’ve been loving this particular line of polish– here we go!

Anytime I test out nail polish I look a three factors: application, finish and durability/longevity.

  • Application-the gel-finish takes two coats to become opaque and it goes on very smoothly.
  • Finish-I happen to  love the gel texture  because the finish is super shiny compared to their basic nail polish line.  Just out of pure habit I add a top coat, but you don’t really need one.
  • Durability/Longevity- I am happy to report that this polish lasted a WEEK before it chipped. I tend to wear my nails shorter so if you have longer one- you may chip them a bit sooner.
Regents Place

Regents Place

So there you go- my review on Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish! I would love you know if you’ve tried this line and your thoughts about it. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @passtherouge and check us out on Instagram at passtherouge for more!



In a New York Minute: A Shopping Trip at Clyde’s

We don’t know about you but one of our favorite things to do together is shop. So it was a given when Clyde’s on Madison invited us for a beauty shopping trip. For those who are unfamiliar with Clyde’s, it is an old school French pharmacy that is over 50 years old! It is a one stop-shop for all your beauty needs ranging from men’s grooming items to nail polish to skincare. Since they are located on the Upper East Side’s prestigious Madison avenue- don’t be surprised if you see Tom Hanks, Drew Barrymore or Derek Jeter strolling around the store. Our family has been shopping there for many years, so we were thrilled to be invited to meet the staff and shop for some of our beauty favorites.

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Shopping is always the most fun for us when we get to do it with our friends, which is why we wanted to bring you along on our shopping adventure. So here’s a look at some of the goodies we got at Clyde’s:

  • We have been raving about Coola products for the last year so we were so excited to try out their Lavender Chamomile Body Lotion Bar. We use this bar by warming it up in our hands for a few seconds and then apply it to our elbows, knees, cuticles-or wherever else you like. Also the scent is out of this world-it feels like you are walking through a field of lavender.
  • We have been eyeing Lipstick Queen’s products for over a year now.  This brand is flying off the shelves at Clyde’s and rightfully so! Luckily, we were able to snatch up the ever popular Hello Sailor which is a navy blue sheer lipstick that leaves behind a cool berry tint to your lips. Best of all, the lipstick is super moisturizing and hydrating because it has Vitamin E in it.
  • Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 10.17.22 PMWe love the makeup brand, Too Faced- we have been long time fans. We tried their two top selling mascaras: It’s Better Than Sex and Lashgasm. Both of these products worked amazingly well in different ways. It’s Better Than Sex  gives you those “va-va-va-voom” lashes, while Lashgasm really separated and lengthened your them. We also tried their Shadow Insurance range which really keeps our eyeshadows in place but also can be used alone for a shimmery wash of color.
  • A company called Pure Blends came out with a color depositing shampoo which we had to try. We also picked up the leave-in conditioner. The product claims to brighten and tone color-treated hair while repairing it– and it definitely did all of those things. We were so happy with the results as it really got the brassiness out of our hair color.
  • I was looking for a summer scent when I came across Kat Burki’s White Poppy & Peony. As soon as I smelled it I instantly knew this was a summer staple! I love that it has light, musky, and floral notes.

Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 10.18.23 PMOkay guys, here is where it gets good! The wonderful people at Clyde’s have offered you all 10% off any purchase you make at Clyde’s– all you have to do is mention Pass the Rouge.  Anyone can take advantage of this promo- even if you  don’t live in New York City- you can simply place an online orders through  Below are some quick recommendations of some of our favorites that you can find at Clyde’s:

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @passtherouge and check us out on Instagram at passtherouge for more! Also check out Clyde’s on Instagram at @clydesonmadison and on Twitter @CLYDES926.  

Until Next Time,

Michelle & Valerie  


Back to Bronze: How to Keep Your Suntan Until September

I’m not going to deny it– I love being in the sun.  Nothing makes me happier than laying by the pool or beach on a beautiful summer day.  Don’t worry- I make sure to lather myself in sunscreen with at least SPF 30!  I love sporting a nice healthy tan over the summer and I do try my best to maintain it.

This leads me to the topic of this post- how to maintain your suntan, so let’s jump into it! I think it’s important to exfoliate your body before you decide to lay out in the sun.  (We like to use our favorite body wash with an loofah to get rid of any dead skin.)  In order to extend the “life” of our tan- we use the following products to help ensure our glowing tan lasts unAdobePhotoshopExpress_2014_07_17_21_28_32til September:

Avene After-Sun Care Lotion: I purchased this lotion while in Cannes this summer because I notice that it was almost sold out in every pharmacy I went to– I can see why now!  Here’s the 411 on this lotion: it’s a super light cream that really nourishes and cools your skin. I love that it’s non-greasy and has a quick-absorbing formula that really penetrates the layers of your skin.  Best of all- it’s part of their ever famous Avène Thermal Spring Water line which helps soothe and soften your skin.

Coola Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion: This aftersun lotion is a Birchbox find for me.  I was in search for an aftersun moisturizer last winter as I prepared for my trip to Hawaii- and I decided to try this one.  I happen to love this particular lotion and use it during the beginning stages of my tan (or sunburn depending how diligent I am with my sunscreen) because it really nourishes and rehydrates.  It instantly cools my skin and leaves behind the most amazing tropical scent.  Needless to say, this lotion will always have a place in my beauty cabinet.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Firming Lotion: Okay, I know what you’re thinking- this lotion isn’t really for aftersun exposure.  I tend to use this lotion at the end of summer–as the summer winds down I want to maintain a certain level of my tan and this product allows me to do so.  This is a really safe and foolproof way to extend and maintain your tan. Beware: there is super super fine shimmer in this product.

So there you have it my three go-to products that I use to help maintain my suntan.  I just want to stress the importance of making sure you all wear some form of SPF while in the sun — trust me, your skin will thank you in 20 years! I would love to know what summer beauty favorites you’ve been using– so tweet us at @passtherouge and check us out on Instagram at passtherouge for more!

Til next time!



How to Avoid Slips, Trips and Other Fashion Mishaps

We’ve all heard the old wives tales about how to deal with certain stains and other fashion mishaps- more often than not these “theories” never really seem to work. Sometimes it takes more than bottled seltzer water to take out a nasty stain.

photo (47)So we were lucky enough to receive Fashion First Aid’s Shoe Done It kit that gave us the best (scientific) methods to help us deal with the worst-case scenarios (& no freaking out necessary!). Fashion First Aid provides various kits which supply innovative solutions to avoid fashion mishaps ranging from helping you break in a new pair of heels from to sticking pockets onto your favorite dress! Personally, I have major issues with finding comfortable shoes so I’m always carrying around Band-Aid’s in case a (not so pleasant) blister decides to appear. This leads me to why I happen to love their Shoe Done It kit so much.  This kit provides you with a whole range of fun items which include Heel Seals: adhesive sole savers, Boot Stay: adhesive sag preventers, Flatliners: footwear odor killers, Ped Pens: shoe touch-up markers, Sole Glow: clean & shine shoe sponge, Kung Shoe Grip: inside/outside nonslip, WunderCover: tattoo & skin shields, and lastly, Heel of Steel: impenetrable heel shields. Honestly this kit has gotten me out of tons of binds over the last few months.  My favorite is the Kung Shoe Grip which has become my new best friend- it has helped me avoid countless trips and slips.

Michelle recently went to a wedding and brought along Heel Seals in her purse. She was wearing super high heels–that she did NOT break in at all–and wanted to avoid any sort of foot problems during the evening. After all, nothing is worse than your feet killing you after a long night of dancing- lucky for her she brought along these little gems. By the end of the night she was sharing her little shoe tip with all the other female guests.

We also received the most practical book ever-The Dirty Side of Fashion. The book describes itself as “Your light and upbeat guide to an otherwise filthy subject” which is exactly what it is. Ever hear of a Knicker Sticker? Button wrappers? Garment Guard? Or a Crotch Shot? This book gives us the run down on how to avoid the worst, most embarrassing clothing issues- and if they happen what to do about it. The Dirty Side of Fashion gives us in depth steps on how to get rif of specific stains like sweat, deodorant, odor, and certain proteins. I’m definitely looking at my laundry in a whole new light.

What are some of your favorite tips and tricks to avoid any fashion faux pas-share with us twitter at @passtherouge and on Instagram at passtherouge for more beauty favorites.




Disclaimer: These products were gifted to us.  Our opinions are all our own.

Product Rave: MD Solar Sciences’ Mineral Creme SPF 30.

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect sunscreen.  I love being outside and I plan on taking full advantage of the outdoors this summer.  Being out in the sun can take a toll on your skin so it’s super important to wear sunscreen.  Many people think if they wear sunscreen they won’t get a tan- this is completely FALSE! Sunscreen acts as a barrier to protect your skin from the harmful UVA/UVB rays- your skin will thank you long terms as it also decreases signs of aging.  So make sure to slather some sunscreen on before you head out this summer.

photo (44)On a recent trip to Clyde’s on Madison, I got my hands on MD Solar Sciences’ Mineral Creme SPF 30.   I was told that this was one of the most popular and effective sunscreens currently on the market- so I, of course, had to try it.

When I first applied it to my face, I was definitely able to tell it had a mineral based texture.  It is extremely lightweight which I happen to love because it didn’t leave behind a sticky residue on my face.  Another HUGE plus is the scent- it doesn’t have one! It left my skin with an even, matte finish.  I would not recommend using this product on your body as it will leave ball up from sweat and seawater- but you should be fine as long as you just apply it to your face.

I will be sticking with this sunscreen this summer. I would love to hear of your summertime must haves–I’m always looking to try new products.  Follow us on Instagram at twitter at @passtherouge and on Instagram at passtherouge for more beauty favorites.

Until next time,


Summer Hairstyles Series: Braids

Our hair experiences major damage during the hot summer months and the NYC humidity makes it hard to style our hair how we want.  This is where our love of braids comes into play. Braids are a great option to keep your mane looking polished and neat regardless of the weather. Also, they’re a great way to create beachy waves without the damage of hot tools. Small, large, French, fishtail, we love em’ all!

IMG_20140622_092032We love using a texturizing spray to start. Give a good spritz to your hair focusing on the ends. Create a small French braid on the crown of your head, securing with a pin (for this part, we love fun, bold, statement hair pins like L. Erickson Crystal Vine on Tige Boule). With the remaining hair put together a simple, classic braid- we like to add the L. Erickson  Atelier Enamel Cuff Pony  to add a fun element. If you want the look to be extra polished, lightly hair spray your new look while combing back any loose strands. Personally, we like a slightly messy look. We tend to loosen up the braid a bit and pull out small strands by our ears.  This look is a double-whammy because it’s a great second day look as well! Once you take out the braids, you will have great beachy waves that will look awesome the next day (and cut your getting ready time in half!)

IMG_20140622_092919Our next favorite look, is for those of you who don’t mind keeping your hair down during summer or prefer a more feminine look. Start off with a middle part (a side part can work too), than begin doing a medium, sized French braid on both sides of your head. While creating this look pull the braid upwards, so it’s not directly on the crown of your head. Once both braids are complete, pin it underneath the rest of your hair, hiding the pins. Depending on our mood (and weather) we like creating loose, beachy waves with the rest of our hair.

We love effortlessly, gorgeous hair as much as the next girl but especially for the summer! It’s the perfect time of year to be creative with your hair! Be daring and don’t be scared to dress up your locks with fun accessories! Follow us on Instagram at twitter at @passtherouge and on Instagram at passtherouge for some hair inspiration.  Also check out France Luxe’s The Luxe Look for an extra summer hairstyle we’ve been loving, and follow them on Instagram and on Twitter!


Michelle and Valerie

Note: This post is a joint series with France Luxe.  Check out their site here. 

Product Rave: pur~lisse pur~protect SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer

First off we want to apologize for not posting in the last two weeks- if you follow us on Instagram and Twitter then you know we were away on vacation.  I wanted to write a post on a newly discovered favorite product– pur~lisse’s pur~protect Essential Daily Moisturizer.

photo (1)You all know how important it is to incorporate a moisturizer with SPF into your daily skincare routine– so it was a no brainer when we received this product from pur~lisse.  I wanted to really test out the effectiveness of this product so I decided to bring it along with me on my beach vacation.

This lotion has a really smooth texture and feels really nice when applied to your face.  While it does contain SPF 30- it does not have that traditional sunscreen smell.  It did not leave behind an oily or sticky residue on my face, and really left my skin feeling hydrated- but most of all protected.

I used this product everyday when I was away- I applied a generous amount all over my face and neck.  Between the sweat, and the seawater I reapplied the moisturizer once more during the afternoon.  I used this product everyday for about 8 days and I am happy to report I did NOT get sunburnt at all.

I really love this moisturizer and I have been using it daily.  However I would not recommend using this product if you are planning to take any pictures because the SPF will leave your face with a white cast.

All in all I highly recommend this product! Remember it’s summertime and the UVA/UVB rays are harmful on all skin types and skin coloring- so try a moisturizer with SPF for full skin protection!  We would love to know some of your summertime skincare favorites- Share with us on twitter at @passtherouge and on Instagram at passtherouge.



Note: The product mentioned was gifted to us from pur~lisse. All the opinions in this post are our own.

My 5 Beauty Must Haves

I was recently ask by a friend what are my five favorite beauty products—to be honest, I actually never thought about it.  I have so many favorites and I am loyal to many brands. I decided this would be a great post that I could share with you all.  After much deliberation, I have picked my favorites.  So here we go:photo (1)

Kari Gran Lip Whip: I must own over 60 different types of lip products- however a constant favorite of mine has been Kari Gran’s Lip Whip.  I love how this balm really nourishes my lips and doesn’t leave behind a waxy feeling that other balms do. Also the scents that they come in are so delicious- I have the cinnamon and peppermint flavors.  Check out our full review here.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre:  I first learned about this brand from Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site, goop.  I purchased this lotion about three years ago on a trip to Paris, and now 5 tubes later- I am still in love! This is a multi-use product- it can be a traditional lotion, makeup primer, and even, makeup remover—I know, it’s that amazing.   I’m so happy they are now selling it here in the US. Check out our full review here.

Bioderma Crealine C2O: Unfortunately this brand is not sold here in the U.S. so I buy this makeup remover in bulk when I head over to Europe- which I don’t do that often. This remover feels like water- it’s that gentle. I love that it doesn’t leave behind that oily residue that other removers do.  It really just an amazing product and I have yet to find something comparable here in the US.

Pür Minerals Dirty Girl Mudd Masque: I’m sure you all are sick of hearing me speak about my love for Pür Minerals.  Valerie and I have been lucky enough to try a whole range of their products and we happen to love them all- their standout product for me is their mud mask. I have tried countless masks and I love this one because it really gets in there and gets rid of all the gunk in your pores.  Check out our full review here.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealor: I really struggle with dark, puffy under eyes.  These bags appeared junior year of college and have never left me.  I’ve tried so many under eye concealors- hoping each time that this will be my magic product…then I purchased IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye.. and I never looked back.  This yellow based concealor is on the thicker side so I mix a very small amount with some eye cream and then apply it.  It does a great job of covering up my bags and blends really nicely into my skin. I recommend this product to everyone I know!

So there you go- my favorite five beauty products! As you can see, I have more skincare favorites than actual makeup favorites- I really believe if you put the time in to taking care of your skin, there is little to no need to wear makeup.  Natural beauty is the best kind of beauty.  With that, I wish you all wonderful day!





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