Review: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Hey everyone! It’s been quite a while since I last shared a blog post with you all, but after blogging and writing for almost every day of last year, and about to have my first baby, I needed a little time out to refocus and nest.

However, after a few weeks of me-time and staying off the blog, I’m back now and I have so many great products I want to tell you about.

If you follow my social media pages, you will already know that I’m a huge fan of This Works’ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I’m using it for almost two years now, and talk about it so much, that I thought it was finally time to give it, its own dedicated review post.

For those of you not already familiar with it, this pillow spray has become somewhat of a cult product of late, mainly because of its ability to help you fall asleep, and get some well-needed shut eye after a long day. Not only does it help you sleep better however, its combined natural ingredients of lavender and chamomile are incredibly calming, and help to make you feel more refreshed when you wake the next morning too.

I was always a big advocate of lavender when it comes to keeping myself calm and relaxed; I used to use lavender essential oils a lot around the house and still use lavender products in my bath, and I absolutely swear by its ability to help me destress and leave the day’s worry behind me. Because of that, when I first read about this a few years ago, I was intrigued but also a little dubious as to whether or not it would really work. But let me tell you, it absolutely does.

I’ve suffered with anxiety on and off over the years, and anytime I’m feeling a lot of stress, tension or worry, I know I need some downtime and a few days of good sleep. During a particularly bad patch a few years ago, in desperation I decided to give this a try and quite honestly, I haven’t looked back since.

Not only does it help me sleep better, but I adore the smell of it so much that some nights I spray it for the scent alone! Just a quick spritz or two is all you need so a little goes a long way, and I find it works best when I spray it about a half an hour or so before I want to go asleep.

I don’t use it every night, especially as I’ve been sleeping so well for most of my pregnancy. So on average, I would say I use it a couple of times a week, some weeks more than others, and I never let a bottle run out before stocking up on another. I even have two bottles packed in my hospital bag for when the baby comes!

Now don’t worry, I’m not under any illusion that I’ll be getting a lot of sleep once bump arrives, but I will definitely be spraying this in the delivery room and on my ward bed simply because of the lovely calming effect that it has.

I’ve read some reviews that suggest it’s all a placebo effect, but for me, that hasn’t been the case at all and in my experience, it’s one of the best natural sleep aids I’ve tried.

How about you? Have any of you tried it? If not, it’s one I definitely recommend investing in, even just to make your bedroom smell deliciously of lavender if nothing else!

The 75ml bottle costs €22 and is available in several pharmacies around the country both in store and online.

Happy sleeping!

Sorcha x

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 365 | Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Shade 34, La Raffinèe

Well, the day has finally arrived. Today marks the last day of my 365 day lipstick challenge. I don’t know how I got here, some days were very tough that’s for sure. But, I persevered and am so happy and proud to have made it to the finish line. Whoop!

I promised you all a great lipstick for my last day, and this one certainly is great. I don’t want to say I saved the best till last because I’ve tried so many incredible lipsticks over the past year, I feel that might be slightly unfair. What I will say however, is that I adore this particular one.

I only wore one other Chanel lipstick over the course of my challenge, Insaisissable, from the luminous intense lip colour range. I loved it and it was one of my favourite lipsticks of the year so because of that, I decided to end on another Chanel.

Today’s lipstick is from the Rouge Allure Velvet collection so the finish is quite different to the last one I tried. It has more of a matte finish than sheer, but with a rich creamy texture that feels lovely on.

The shade is a gorgeous warm rose shade, and those of you who followed my challenge will know that I became a big fan of rose tones this year. It was probably one of the more surprising finds of the challenge because I’d never really worn a rose shade lippy before, but have now grown to love them.

Unfortunately I am smothering with the flu and quite honestly, the last thing I wanted to do today was put on a face of makeup. But, I had to go out on a high and this gorgeous lippy has helped me do that.

Of course I have had several days over the past year where I wasn’t in the mood, or wasn’t feeling well, particularly during the first few months of my pregnancy when I had some bad morning sickness. Nevertheless, I soldiered through and now I’ve made it!

This lippy is one of the most versatile shades that I’ve tried; the warm tone makes it very flattering to all skin types and the formula is very moisturising on the lips too. So it’s definitely one that I would recommend splurging on.

But now it’s time for me to bid farewell to my challenge and the exciting, crazy, whirlwind year that was 2017. I will be sharing a round up post of my Top Ten lipsticks of the year later in the week, but for now, I’ll bid you all a very Happy New Year and wonderful 2018 ahead.

Yours always in lipstick…

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 364 | Tom Ford Ultra-Rich Lip Color in Shade 24, Emma

As my lipstick challenge draws to a close, of course I had to leave a very special lipstick for the penultimate day. While you’ll have to wait just one more day to see what my final choice is, today’s lippy might just be my favourite of all the Tom Ford lipsticks I’ve tried to-date.

This lipstick is from the Ultra-Rich lip colour range and is possibly one of the creamiest formulas I’ve ever come across in a lippy. It is rich in texture, thick without being too thick, and has the most luxurious feel, more-so than most other lipsticks I’ve tried this year.

Aside from the fab formula, the shade is a gorgeous raspberry pink; my perfect kind of berry shade, with incredible pigment and great colour pay off. Initially from looking at it, I thought it would be more red than berry, but was so happy to discover the raspberry tone once I applied it.

The creamy formula makes it very easy to apply and blend, and it layers up to give a rich, deep colour that I just love. As with all Tom Ford lipsticks however, you really don’t need to apply much at all because the pigment is so good.

You may recall in some of my Tom Ford posts, I’ve questioned whether or not they are really worth the hefty €49 price tag. They are gorgeous of course, and I’ve been lucky enough to get mine as gifts from my family, but €49 is a lot to spend on a lipstick unless you absolutely adore it.

However, after wearing this shade today, I think I can safely say I will happily spend €49 on this shade again – I love it that much! Plus, I’m feeling very under the weather with the flu and this was exactly what I needed to cheer myself up today!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; never underestimate the power of a great lipstick to make you feel amazing!

Have you splurged on a Tom Ford lippy yet?! If so, I’d love to hear all about it.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 363 | Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Shade 40, Berry Boost

Maybelline do some great lipsticks, especially liquid mattes, so when I saw this bright berry shade in the shop the other day, I of course bought it to try it out.

It’s no secret by now that I love a berry lipstick shade, and while this is more pink than anything else, it still has a lovely rich tone to it that was just deep enough for me to like.

The matte formula is very smooth and though it’s wet when you first apply it, it dries in very matte and doesn’t budge once on. The pigment is bold and strong with great colour pay off, and leaves a full coverage, opaque finish on the lips.

Sometimes with mattes your lips can get very dry, especially mine, but I was quite surprised to find that this didn’t dry them out too much at all. It wasn’t hydrating, but I didn’t need to worry about applying balm over it during the day which is always a good sign.

The texture is smooth which makes it easy to blend and apply, and the thin brush head allows for quick application too. Because of the thin tip, you can line the lips easily then fill the colour in with just a light layer.

Although it was slightly more pink than I had expected, I really liked wearing the shade and think it will be a fab shade for summer too. It certainly helped to lift my tired looking face today anyway, and god knows, I need all the help I can get with that right now!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 362 | Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Shade 200, Latino

Over the course of my challenge, I’ve tried one other lipstick from Rimmel’s moisture renew range and though it had a sheer finish, I was pleasantly surprised by the formula. I didn’t love it but it wasn’t bad, and as a result I decided to try one more shade from the range before my challenge finishes up.

Unlike the last shade I tried Pink Rules, this shade didn’t have a very sheer finish, but what it did have was a kind of frosted look to it which I’m not a big fan of as I’m sure most of you know by now.

This frosted feel to this reminds me of bad lipsticks from my teenage years that I’d really rather forget than revisit! The pigment is nice, but the pink tone isn’t really my thing either so overall, I wasn’t loving this today.

The formula itself is very creamy and moisturising which lives up to the claims its title suggests. It feels hydrating to wear and the texture is nice and smooth too.

The coverage is medium and the colour pay off is good too, so there are some positives to this in terms of formula. For me however, I just couldn’t get passed the colour and finish, so I don’t think I’ll be wearing it again.

How do you feel about frosted finish lipsticks? They can look great on, but just aren’t for me.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 361 | YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Lipstick in Shade 22, Neon Coral

You all know by now how much I love both a YSL lip and a coral lip, so it’s fair to say that today’s lipstick is a match made in heaven. I’ve wanted to try out the YSL Tatouage Couture range since it was released back in September, and now that I’ve finally had the chance, I’m not disappointed.

YSL make the most incredible lipsticks; some of my all time favourites are from YSL and I adore every single one of them so needless to say, I wasn’t surprised to find that I loved this today too.

Unlike their other lipsticks that I’ve tried, this lippy is a matte stain in the very truest sense of the word. It applies very similarly to their vinyl liquid lip cream, and has the same creamy texture, only once dried in, gives the full effect of a matte lip.

As mentioned, the formula is very creamy with the same delicious scent that all YSL lippies have. The pigment is strong and flawless, and the colour pay off is excellent too.

The matte finish does make it a little less hydrating than other YSL lipsticks but that’s to be expected from a lip stain. I did find myself preferring the moisturising element that you get from the vinyl lip creams or regular lipsticks, but I still loved the colour and finish nonetheless.

The colour itself is a salmon coral rather than an orange coral, but I loved it as I’m sure you’ve already guessed! And, what’s more, it’s a perfect day-to-night shade for any time of year.

We were out tonight for a friend’s 40th birthday celebration and I loved how this worked equally as well on out and about during the day, as well as for a night out on the tiles tonight. What’s more, the stain element means the staying power is excellent so I didn’t need to worry about reapplying it during the evening.

Of course as with any brand, there are some lipsticks I prefer more than others, but this one is definitely going up there with my current YSL favourites. It’s smooth, creamy and gorgeously luxurious – I literally didn’t want to take it off!

Have you ever tried a YSL lipstick?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 360 | Sleek Lip VIP Semi-Matte Lipstick in Shade 1002, Private Booth

Throughout the year, I’ve tried two lipsticks from Sleek’s Lip VIP collection, Backstage and Show Off, both of which I really liked. Their formula is very creamy, almost balm like but a lot richer, and as we were having a cosy movie day and not moving very far from the couch, it was the perfect choice.

One of the things I really love about these lipsticks, is the fact that they require little or no maintenance at all. The rich creamy texture makes them very easy to apply, and they leave your lips feeling soft and smooth from the minute you apply.

Initially from looking at the lipstick in the bullet, I thought it would be a lot paler than it actually is. I wanted something very neutral and this shade has the perfect balance for a relaxed makeup day. It is neutral while still having a lovely caramel tone and I loved the warmness of it too.

Sleek is definitely one of the better budget brands that I’ve tried this year, and I’ve always been very impressed with the pigment in their lippies. Though shades like this wouldn’t usually be my preference, I really loved the wearability of this today.

It’s not unlike Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk in tone, just not quite as pink, and it’s definitely a great option for a relaxed makeup day.

As the light wasn’t great today, I took images both with and without the flash to give you a true idea of what it looked like on. I don’t know about you, but to me, it was the perfect accompaniment for a cosy day on the couch!

Sorcha 💋