Simply Lippy Challenge Day 31 | Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour in Shade 420, Berry Seductive

I did it! I made it to the end of month one and didn’t miss a single day. What a fun month it’s been: I’ve worn some old favourites, found some new favourites, and had a few so-so options too. It’s been such a brilliant way to make the most of my lipstick obsession and focus on my blogging, and instead of feeling daunted by the next eleven months ahead, I’m actually full of excited anticipation for all the lipsticks I’ve yet to wear and try out.

I still have some real gems in my collection not yet worn, and I’m going to start buying a few bits here and there, so that I don’t completely run out and find myself stuck with nothing to wear. 31 days, 31 shades; each different in formula, texture and colour. Here’s to the next 334 days!

I’ll be putting a video together on some of my highs and lows of the challenge so watch out for that in the coming days too.

Now on to today’s lipstick… Obviously as my preference is a strong lip, I had to wear a nice bright shade to finish off January’s colours. To do this, I chose one of the Rimmel Provocalips lip colours in a lovely red berry shade, Berry Seductive.

You may remember I tried out my first Provocalips lippy back on Day 11 of the challenge, and while I absolutely loved the pigment and lasting power of the formula, by the end of the day my lips felt very dry and I did notice that a little bit again today with this shade.

In case you missed my last post, the Provocalips lip colour range is semi-gloss, liquid lipstick that has a two-step application process.  It claims to be kiss-proof, food-proof and transfer-proof, with a lasting ability of up to 16 hours. And let me tell you, this lipstick lasts. It’s not going anywhere unless you want it to and that’s amazing. For me however, it’s not my favourite long lasting lipstick because it did slightly dry out my lips.

The two-step process works like this: firstly, you apply the lip colour side of the tube all over the lips and let it dry, then finish off by applying a layer of Lock & Shine from the other end which sets the colour and gives it a gloss finish. Now, in order to keep them from going very dry, you can keep applying the second Lock & Shine step as the day goes on which does act a little like a balm. However, because the pigment is already on the lips, I find it doesn’t completely penetrate the lips enough to properly hydrate them.

In saying that however, this could be a good option to choose if you have a busy day ahead and won’t have time to worry about reapplying your lipstick. Plus, there are some gorgeous shades in the range and like I mentioned above, the colour pay off is fab.

Have you tried this range? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts. And don’t forget to come follow my journey over on my social media pages too, or you can just search for the #simplylippy and #365days365shades hashtags on InstagramTwitter and Facebook either.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 30 | No7 Lovely Lips Lip Balm in Parisian Pink

Well, there’s only one more day left in January and I’m so excited that tomorrow I will reach the one month milestone of my Simply Lippy challenge. I’m having so much fun doing it, and have to be honest, very reassured at how achievable it’s been so far. So here’s hoping that continues until the end of the year!

Today I went for a soft lip with a No7 Lovely Lips Lip Balm which I got as part of a present for Christmas, and actually didn’t realise was a balm until I applied it this morning. The shade, Parisian Pink, is a very soft shimmery pink, and as you would expect from a balm, is very light and natural.

The one thing I was hoping for with this was that it would be super hydrating as my lips felt extra dry this morning, but I’m a little disappointed to report that I was applying this over and over again throughout the day. After only a short time it would wear off my lips allowing them to become dry and cracked which is not really what you want, or expect, from a lip balm.

While it was a nice shade to try, and perfect for a soft makeup look, I don’t think this is a lippy that I’ll be rushing to use again. But, as I always say, it’s good to try out everything and that’s the whole point of this year’s challenge.

Make sure you come follow me on my social media pages too for all my challenge updates. You’ll find me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Oh, and if you feel like joining me for a cuppa and a chat then I’m over on snapchat as well. Just search for @imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha  💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 29 | Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick in Shade 440, Hugs and Hibis-Kisses

Today was busy day of running around but also a very dull, dreary day in Dublin. The weather was meh, I was feeling meh, and it was just one of those days where I needed to do something to cheer myself up. And so, what better way to do that than by choosing a bright lippy for today’s challenge?!

Today’s shade, Hugs and Hibis-Kisses, from the Catrice Ultimate Colour collection, is a rich salmon, coral shade and it is simply to die for. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little disappointed that I won’t get to wear this shade again during the year as it would be beautiful on a Summer’s day.

It is exactly the kind of shade that just makes me feel great. It’s opaque, it’s highly pigmented, and it’s bright. I’m sure you all know by now that I love a bright, coral lip and to me, this shade is basically happiness in a lipstick!

I’m also very impressed by the formula which is creamy and hydrating, and has a lovely soft, satin finish. This is only my second Catrice lipstick to try but I’ve become a big fan of their products over the last year. I’m sure you’re all sick of me talking about their Don’t Worry Be Berry lippy by now, but I think this shade might just become a new go-to for me as well (after the challenge is over of course).

Have you guys tried any of Catrice’s products, or do you have a fav coral shade? If so then let me know by commenting below.

As you know, I’m sharing my challenge journey over on all my social media pages too so make sure you come follow me over there. You’ll find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Sorcha 💋


Simply Lippy Challenge Day 28 | Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rock Steady

I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy for a Saturday to arrive than I have today. It was a busy week as you all know, and a bit of a stressful one too, so I’ve been looking forward to some chill time. And while it’s been a busy day, I did get to have some ‘me’ time in the hairdressers which was great.

As you’ll see from the pictures below, my hair was tied up in a a complete mess this morning. It’s been driving me crazy lately because I hadn’t got it done since before our trip in October, but thankfully today, I finally got it done. I don’t know about you but I just feel so much better about myself when my colour and cut are freshly done!

Today is kind of a special day because it marks the end of the fourth week in my Simply Lippy challenge which means I’ve almost hit the one month mark. While it’s been four weeks today, on Wednesday it’ll officially be the end of month one, and I can’t believe it! I’ll be putting together an end of month review post during the week so make sure you keep an eye out for that if you want to find out my favourite and least favourite choices of the last few weeks.

Anyway, for today’s lip choice I was craving a bold shade after my neutral week. I just love strong lips as you know, and keeping it tame during the week for work was a challenge in itself! But today, I finally get to be bold again and I chose the most stunning shade from Urban Decay to do it.

Rock Steady, from the Vice collection is the most beautiful creamy, deep berry red shade and I am just totally in love with it! I have this lipstick since last September but have been saving it for a rainy day (I’ve no idea why!). So although today isn’t a rainy day, because I wanted to wear something bold and strong, it felt like the perfect day to take it out.

I’m sure many of you will know that Urban Decay is one of my favourite beauty brands; they do everything so well, especially eyeshadow and lipstick, and this lippy is a prime example of that.

There are so many things I love about the range: the application is soft and smooth, it doesn’t drag on your lips, and, the colour pay off is amazing! Honestly, the pigment on every single shade I’ve tried is just insane, and once this baby is on your lips, it’s not coming off unless you want it too. It also contains Aloe Vera and Jojoba oil making it super hydrating and moisturising to wear. So seriously, what more could you want?!

Obviously throughout this challenge I’m going to be trying so many different brands, textures and finishes; some I’ll love, some I’ll like, but it’s very rare that I’ll really loath a lipstick. It would have to be very, very bad for me to not find any positives. So because of that, I’m not going to suggest you go out and buy something unless I’m totally and utterly obsessed, or very impressed by it.

And let me tell you, I am obsessed with this!

If you haven’t tried a Vice lipstick before and love a good lipstick then is definitely a range I’d recommend. At €18, I think they are so well priced, and there are six different finishes to choose from. My preference is either the cream or comfort matte finish, but really, they are all lovely. So you can expect to see a lot more of these lippies throughout the year!

Don’t forget, I’m sharing all my challenge photos and progress over on my social media pages so come follow me over there. You’ll find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and if you feel like joining me for a cuppa and a chat then I’m over on snapchat too. Just search for @imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha 💋


Simply Lippy Challenge Day 27 | theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Lipstick in Committed


I don’t know about you guys, but I am so frickin’ happy that Friday has arrived. I’m exhausted after my first week back working, but I survived – yay! It was actually a really good week and all the nerves have gone now which is great.

I’m going out for a few drinks later with some friends, so for today’s lipstick choice, I wanted to pick a shade that would work well for a day-to-night look and so I opted for one of the Meet Matt(e) Hughes lipsticks from theBalm. 

I wore one of the shades from this range of Day 16 of my challenge and really loved the liquid formula. It was my first time to ever use one of theBalm lippies, and I was so impressed that I couldn’t wait to try another one out which leads me on to today’s shade…

Committed, is a kind of red-pink shade, I think! It’s officially described as a pink nude but to me it has more of a red/orange than a pink undertone, and it’s really not that nude either, so it’s hard to clarify what colour it actually is. I think it might be one of those shades that looks different on different toned lips as I’ve seen lots of pictures of it online and they all seem to have a different hue. What I do know about it however, is: I really like it.

The formula is liquid as I mentioned above, and the finish is super matte and long lasting too. I’m obsessed with the pigments on these liquid lippies, and although they aren’t hydrating, they don’t dry out the lips too much either. One thing I do find with this though is, it kind of cracks on your lips after a while, but I have extremely dry lips so it might just be me that this happens to. Adding a balm over it does help, but that ruins the matte finish so try to avoid it if that’s the look you want. 

I don’t know if I mentioned this in my previous post or not, but they have a gorgeous vanilla mint scent and the mint gives a soft tingle to the lips on application. I don’t know why, but I love a lippy that gives a tingle effect, maybe because I feel like it’s really working or something?! Who knows! 

I bought this shade in a set of six minis so it’s super handy for throwing in your handbag when you’re out and about, but you really won’t have to reapply that much at all which is always a bonus.

I think theBalm could definitely become a new favourite brand of mine, their packaging is so fun and the products that I’ve tried so far have really impressed me. Have you tired any of their products? If so, then send me some tips below!

Make sure you come follow me on my social media pages too for all my challenge updates. You’ll find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and if you feel like joining me for a cuppa and a chat then I’m over on snapchat as well. Just search for @imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 26 | MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in Whoops!

For today’s Simply Lippy choice I’ve chosen one of my oldest favourites: one that has been part of my makeup collection for many years now, and more years than I can even remember!

You may have read my Day 15 post on how MAC Rebel was one of my first dark lipstick purchases, but today’s shade came even before that. I’m pretty sure I bought this for the first time about ten years ago but that could be a slight exaggeration. Let’s just say it’s been a very long time!

Anyway, the lippy is a MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass and the shade, Whoops!, is the most wonderfully, bright coral colour. Yes, it’s not a shade I would normally opt for in Winter, but the weather has been so lovely and sunny the past few days, and after all my neutral shades so far this week, I really wanted to add a strong pop of colour to my makeup today.

The Pro Longwear Lipglass formula is incredibly long lasting, and the colour pay off is insane! I mean, it’s perfect. The finish is a high shine gloss which can sometimes affect lippy longevity, but this lippy really doesn’t disappoint. And that’s probably the reason why it’s been a favourite of mine for so long now.

Although I don’t tend to wear glosses as often as lipsticks, I love that you can easily build your colour with glosses too. Whether you want a light or strong application, both are very easy to achieve by layering, especially with this product. 

In the photos the colour does look a little more orange than coral, so I’ve taken one photo with flash and the other without flash to try give you a better idea.

If you’re a big MAC fan chances are you have tried one of these glosses, and if so, I’d love to hear what shades you’ve worn.

Don’t forget, I’m sharing all my challenge photos and progress over on my social media pages so come follow me over there. You’ll find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and if you feel like joining me for a cuppa and a chat then I’m over on snapchat too. Just search for @imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 25 | Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Very Victoria

Happy hump day everyone, isn’t it great that we’re over half way through the week already? It’s flying by for me, mostly because I’m so busy with my new job but it’s been great so far.

For today’s Simply Lippy lipstick I chose one of my favorite lipsticks of last year, Charlotte Tilbury’s Very Victoria, from her Matte Revolution range (you can have a read of my original post on this shade here). Now, I probably didn’t think this shade through this morning as it’s very similar to the shade I wore yesterday which is a little bit of a fail so you’ll have to forgive me. I’m still getting used to having very early starts again!

Anyhow, it doesn’t really matter because this shade is really gorgeous and although it is similar to yesterday’s shade, this has a matte finish rather than gloss, and is one of the most beautiful matte formulations I’ve ever worn.

It is so creamy and hydrating, and leaves a silky smooth finish on the lips after every application. The pigment is also great and it’s such an easy to wear shade too. Definitely worth the investment if you’re looking for a neutral everyday lippy. And, randomly, it apparently was inspired by Victoria Beckham, hence the name, Very Victoria.

Do you like neutral lip shades or have you tried this? Let me know by commenting below.

Don’t forget, I’m sharing all my challenge photos and progress over on my social media pages so come follow me over there. You’ll find me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Oh, and if you feel like joining me for a cuppa and a chat then I’m over on snapchat too. Just search for @imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha 💋



Simply Lippy Challenge Day 24 | NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick in Cocoa Cacao

First things first, I’m very happy to announce that I had no embarrassing falls today in work, hurray. Let’s all have a big joint round of applause for my ability to walk properly today! If you missed yesterday’s post I’m sure none of this is making sense but don’t worry, you can catch up here.

For today’s Simply Lippy lipstick choice, I figured I could go a bit bolder with my shade (seen as I’ve already made a total fool of myself) so I opted for a gorgeous dark brown shade from NYX. The shade, Cocoa Cacao, is a deep caramel brown and is from their Extra Creamy range.

I’ve never used this range before so I was glad to find that the formula was most definitely creamy and the pigment is pretty great too. The downfall with this lipstick however, is its staying power: it lost its hold pretty quickly and I did have to reapply it a lot throughout the day. In fact, this is probably my most reapplied lipstick of the challenge so far.

In saying that, the creamy base makes it non-drying and I do really like the shade so overall I’m not too disappointed. I’m a huge fan of the NYX matte liquid liner so I was hoping for more from this lipstick, but I’ve heard good things about their matte lippies so I’ll have to put one of those to the test soon.

If you’re enjoying my challenge so far, I’d really love for you to please come follow me over on social media too. I post pretty pictures on Instagram, chat all things beauty releases and favourites on Twitter, and share weekly lipstick videos on Facebook. And I’ve got my very own challenge hashtags as well – #simplylippy and #365days365shades, so you can follow my journey by searching for those as well.

Sorcha 💋


Simply Lippy Challenge Day 23 | Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster Gloss in Shade 010

Well, my first day in my new job is over and I survived! Well, kinda. I was so nervous going in this morning but after a few hours I started to settle and met some of my lovely new colleagues, so all was going well until after a meeting with my Director, when I spectacularly slipped and nearly face planted full force into the floor. WTF! WHY GOD, WHY?!

I was walking back to my desk, eagerly chatting away when next thing I know my leg went out from under me and he was holding my arm trying to prevent me from falling flat on my face. Like, can you imagine?! I have never been so mortified and couldn’t get back to my desk quick enough as visions of wobbling around, looking like a drunken ice skater kept running through my mind. Ground, open up and swallow me. NOW!

Needless to say, I’m not the better of it, but I hope it gives you all a good laugh on this Monday evening. I keep going between laughter and the verge tears since I got home so I won’t blame you if you’re crying some tears of laughter too!

Now back to the matter in hand: my lipstick choice for today. As I mentioned the other day, my lippy choices for this week are going to be a little more understated than what I’ve been wearing up to now, mainly because I want to get settled before I go in rocking a strong lip. God knows, my Director probably thinks I’m crazy enough already now after today’s events so I may have to regain some of my street-cred before playing around with lipstick shades.

Anyway, in the interest of playing it safe for my first day, the lippy I opted for was a soft pink lip gloss from Catrice, and one which I have to say, has really impressed me. The Volumizing Lip Booster lip gloss is one of the nicer lip glosses I’ve tried recently and I love the high glossy shine it gives. This shade, 010, is a natural pink shade so you only get a very slight colour on application, but nothing less than you’d expect from a neutral gloss.

The best thing about this however, is the plumping effect it gives your lips. The formula contains menthol so the second you apply, your lips begin to tingle and you can almost feel the plumping take place! It definitely made my lips feel fuller and its soft finish meant there was zero stickiness which made it so easy to wear.

I only discovered Catrice products early last year, but if you caught some of my previous posts, you’ll know that I’ve become a big fan of their Glam & Doll False Lash mascara, and their Don’t Worry Be Berry lipstick was one of my favourite shades to wear last year.

It was the perfect shade to get me through my first day of work, and if I had to fall and make a fool out of myself, then at least I did it with nice lippy on!

Don’t forget, I’m sharing all my challenge photos and progress over on my social media pages so come follow me over there. You’ll find me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Oh, and if you feel like joining me for a cuppa and a chat then I’m over on snapchat too. Just search for @imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 22 | Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Shade 810, The Matte Factor

For today’s Simply Lippy lipstick I went for a new favourite offering from Rimmel. You’ll have already seen me use lipsticks from their Only 1 Matte range throughout the challenge, and today’s shade is another gorgeous option.

As I’ve mentioned before, the matte finish on these lipsticks is super soft and they have really great staying power. The formula is creamy and non-drying, and best of all the pigment is on-point. When applied to the lips, each shade really looks exactly like you expect it to look, except maybe this one: but let me explain…

On first appearance The Matte Factor is a deep berry shade, but the best thing about this shade is, it takes on a different tone when you wear it with different colours. For example, I wore this with a bright berry dress for my girls Christmas lunch in December and it had a purple, berry undertone. However, today as you can see from the photos, I’m wearing a bright coral top and the lipstick has a kind of red, burgundy undertone. You really couldn’t get more versatile than that, could you?!

In terms of budget lipsticks, these have to be my favourite new release of 2016. You’ll all know by now that my overall favourite release of last year was the new YSL vinyl lip cream, but if you don’t want to splurge and are looking for something a little more affordable, then this range really won’t let you down.

Have any of you tried this range yet? If so, I’d love to hear whether or not you’re loving them as much as I am so comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Don’t forget, I’m sharing all my challenge photos and progress over on my social media pages so come follow me over there. You’ll find me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Oh, and if you feel like joining me for a cuppa and a chat then I’m over on snapchat too. Just search for @imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha 💋