Simply Lippy Challenge Day 59 | PS… High Colour Lip Crayon in Shade Red

First things first, happy Pancake Tuesday everyone! I’ve just finished eating some very bold, but very delish pancakes and I’m not one bit sorry!

Anyway, today’s lippy choice is another of Penneys’ PS… lip crayons, which if you read my Day 38 post, you will know I was pretty impressed by.

These lip crayons have great pigment – today’s bright orange shade really proves that. Although I do have one issue with it, and that is: this shade claims to be red, so much so it is simply called, Red. But to me, it is undoubtedly orange. And I don’t mean red with an orange undertone, but a bright orange-orange!

Even still, I do like these lip crayons in general. The formula is creamy and blendable, and although they aren’t the best long last lippies that I’ve tried, the lasting power isn’t too bad considering they are a budget buy and very affordable.

As you all know by now, I do really love a bright lip colour, especially orange shades, so I think I’m sure I’ll use this again. However, it is very similar, almost identical in fact, to the Penneys orange matte shade Fizz that I wore on Day 53 of the challenge; the only different being this has a cream gloss finish as opposed to matte.

So, if had to choose between the two, I think I’d have to choose the matte lipstick over this, simply because the formula is so good on the matte and I really like the finish. But, as orange lipsticks go, it’s not a bad choice and I enjoyed wearing it today. 

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 58 | Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Shade Criminal

How are we all this evening? I hope everyone survived Monday okay, I know I’m glad that it’s over now and we’re already one day closer to Friday!

Today’s lipstick is a new shade that I bought recently from Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick range. If you caught my last Vice lipstick post from Day 28 of the challenge, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of these lippies, as I am with so many Urban Decay products.

Today’s shade, Criminal, is an opaque dark bubblegum pink with a comfort matte finish, and has managed to live up to all the high expectations I had based on how much I’ve loved other shades I’ve worn before from the collection.

This lippy, along with all the other Vice lippies I’ve tried, has great pigment and great colour pay off, application is smooth with no dragging or pulling, and the texture is so nice to wear too. I’ve said before how much I like their comfort matte finishes, and thankfully I still feel the same after trying this out today.

It’s pink which is not usually my go-to shade, in fact I tend to avoid pastels in all aspects of beauty and fashion, but the shade is very versatile and one that I think would suit most, if not all, skin tones.

It is warm and rich toned, and though I don’t think it’s a shade that I’ll wear all the time, I’m enjoying pushing my lipstick boundaries and experimenting with different shades. I’m always going to be drawn to strong, richer colours over pastels, but it was nice to give this a try.

Are any of you Vice lipstick fans? If so, what’s your favourite shade and finish? I want to know what to try next!

In the meantime, 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 57 | Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Creme in Shade C211 Rose Wood

Throughout my Simply Lippy challenge so far, I’ve discovered lots of new lipstick shades and formulas that I hadn’t tried before, and it’s safe to say, many of them have been really gorgeous and become new favourites.

However, very few of them have made the same impression on me as today’s lipstick has.

Rose Wood, from Make Up For Ever’s Artist Rouge Creme range, is possibly one of the nicest lipsticks I’ve worn in a long time in both colour and formula.

The shade is not one I would have usually chosen but after wearing it, I’m just totally obsessed. It is what I would describe as a purple mauve, with a slightly grey undertone and I honestly fell in love with it the minute I put it on.

As well as that, the formula is brilliantly opaque and so creamy – it has the most luxurious rich creamy finish that I really wasn’t expecting, and application is so soft and smooth too. It has a thick consistency whilst feeling light, and the colour really holds up as you wear.

I feel like I can’t even put into words how much I like this, and I’m so excited to have discovered such a gorgeous new lippy collection thanks to the lovely ladies over in Make Up For Ever who sent this to me to try out.

For me, it really holds its own against some of my favourite luxury brands, including my holy grail YSL Rouge Pur Couture, but is almost €10 cheaper which is a major bonus. But really, price doesn’t matter here, because I would happily pay the €24 price tag to purchase this in other shades. It is worth every single penny in my view.

I am loving everything about this, and I mean really loving it. So much so, I think it is my favourite new discovery of the challenge so far and I can’t wait to try some more shades in the range very soon. 

Has anyone else tried this Make Up For Ever range? How am I only discovering it now, I feel like I’ve so much to catch up on with this collection!

If you have tried it, then make sure you comment below and let me know what shade I should try next!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 56 | Catrice Lip Cushion in Shade 030, Coraline’s Crush

It’s a lovely sunny day in Dublin today which made me want to wear a bright Spring shade for today’s Simply Lippy lipstick. I don’t know what it is about sunshine, but it makes everything seem happier, brighter and better, and this gorgeous coral shade from Catrice was the perfect choice for that reason.

I recently saw these new lip cushions from Catrice on social media, and they looked so nice, I knew I had to buy one and try it out as soon as possible. Only released a few weeks ago, they are already receiving rave reviews and I can see why.

The shade, Coraline’s Crush, is a rich salmon coral and the soft cushion brush allows for even application which leaves the lips smooth and perfectly covered with lipstick. I was expecting a sheer gloss finish, but while it is glossy, the pigment is more opaque than sheer, and I am just so impressed by it.

I love every Catrice lipstick I’ve tired and I’m very happy to say I love this one equally as much now too. The gloss is non-sticky, has great lasting power, and the colour is just gorgeous. 

For a budget brand, Catrice manage to release quality products over and over again and are fast becoming one of my favourite go-to brands. Once again, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about their lipsticks and that makes me very happy!

There are six gorgeous shades in this range and I can see them becoming very popular. In fact, I can’t wait to try out the other five to see if I love those as much as I am loving this one, so watch this space.

I hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday. Don’t forget to come follow me over on my social media pages too; I’m on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Sorcha 💋

Review: BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

If you are a beauty lover and follow some of the world’s biggest beauty You Tuber’s, then I’m pretty sure you’ll know who Jaclyn Hill is (if not then go look her up, NOW!).

Apart from being a makeup artist and incredible at doing makeup tutorials on her You Tube channel, she has recently become more well known for the creation of current cult favourite powder highlighter, Champagne Pop, which she created in collaboration with beauty brand, Becca Cosmetics.

Champagne Pop was released in 2015 and quickly became a favourite of many beauty bloggers and makeup lovers alike, including myself. So when she announced the release of an entire face palette last year, I was very excited!

If you love a good highlight and you haven’t seen the Champagne collection face palette yet, then be prepared to fall in love! 

The palette contains five powder shades including two Highlighter shades Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop:

While both are gold in tone, Champange Pop has a more peachy undertone to it, whereas Prosecco Pop is a warm yellow gold. Both are both very finely milled meaning application is super smooth, and the colour pay off is absolutely amazing.

Just look at that glow in the swatches:

The palette also contains two Mineral Blush shades, Amaretto and Pamplemouse, which are like your everyday blush with incredible pigments. You can use these on your cheeks as you normally would a blush, or you can use the Amaretto shade for contouring as well. 

Finally, the last powder in the palette is a luminous blush called Rosé Spritz which has a very shimmery glow to it and makes your regular blush or highlight pop that little bit more when applied over it. 

Ms. Hill recommends using this shade to add a highlight over your blush like I just mentioned, or for highlighting smaller areas of the face like the nose or brow areas. But really, you can use this to highlight anywhere on the face – with or without the other shades because it is so versatile and blendable, and looks absolutely gorgeous on!

In the photos below, you can see step by step how each shade can be used to build and transform cheeks into having a soft dewy glow.

For the first set of photos I’ve used Amaretto, Pamplemouse and Champagne Pop:

Before application with only foundation applied
Shade Amaretto applied as contour
Shade Pamplemouse applied for blush over Amaretto
Champagne Pop applied as Highlight

For the next set of photos, I’ve used the remainder of the shades Rosé Spritz and Prosecco Pop along with Amaretto for contour: 

Amaretto applied as contour
Rosé Spritz applied as blush
Prosecco Pop applied as Highlight

As with many other products, I had been lusting over this for quite some time but wasn’t able to buy it in Ireland when it came out. So of course, when I was in Sephora back in November, this was on the top of my list to purchase (along with my Anastasia brow pencil and lip gloss!).

I’ve been using it so much since I bought it, so much so, that I’m trying to not use it all the time now because I REALLY don’t want it to run out! Well, that is, until I know I’ll be in another Sephora again soon. What am I like?! But this really is just an absolutely perfect face palette in my view, and I reckon it will be a firm favourite of mine for a long time to come yet. It’s just so pretty!

Have you tried this face palette or Champagne Pop? If not, I want to know what your favourite highlighters are so comment below and let me know! 

Sorcha x  

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 55 | Clinique Crayola Chubby Stick in Wild Strawberry

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I have a soft spot for Clinique’s Chubby Sticks and have done for many years now. The first shade I ever tried about six years ago was a lovely soft coral pink shade called Melon, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Naturally then, when I saw Clinique were releasing limited edition Crayola inspired chubbies in January, I knew I needed to have them in my life – immediately!

Now, when I first heard about this collection, I was under the impression they had created new limited edition shades, but actually, they have just rebranded existing shades with Crayola inspired packaging. Hmmm.

Okay, I actually don’t really mind that too much because I’ve never been one to shy away from a little nostalgia. And let’s be honest, not many things invoke childhood nostalgia like Crayola do.

Anyway, enough of that, now back to the lippy itself…

Chubby Sticks are essentially moisturising lip balms in a lip crayon format, and are one of the best lip products I’ve ever used for keeping lips smooth and hydrated. The pigment is strong enough to give you a nice soft colour on the lips and the sheer finish is lovely too.

Throughout my challenge I’ve been very honest about what I like or don’t like, and I also know that what I like might not be what other people like. Beauty is such a personal thing and everyone has different preferences. But, I have yet to meet someone who has tried these and not liked them.

What do you think? Have you tried them? If you haven’t then they could really be worth adding to the wish list!

Plus the ladies in Clinique are so helpful, and my lovely blogging pal, Andreea from helped me choose this shade which I love. Ps. If you’re not familiar with Andreea, you should really go check her blog out too because she’s just fab and so knowledgable about all things beauty.

Anyway, it’s Friday and the weekend is finally here so I’m off to have a glass of wine and relax for the evening. Hope y’all have a lovely weekend.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 54 | NYX Matte Lipstick in Shade Butter

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of butter? For me, it’s the  rice creamy, and that’s exactly what came to mind when I tried out today’s shade, Butter, from NYX.

Generally I really like NYX products, I’ve tried a few of their lipsticks and I’m obsessed with their vinyl liquid eyeliner, so I had high hopes for their matte lipstick which I used today for the first time. 

I’m happy to say that the formula is very creamy which is always a good thing when it comes to lipstick, and I also like the matte finish that it leaves on the lips. The shade however is just not for me. 

Here’s the thing: when I first applied it, I didn’t like it at all. I wish I was cool enough to pull off a grey toned lip but I’m really not! Though it did start to grow on me a little throughout the day, I don’t think it will become a regular wear for me, but it was fun to try something a little out of my comfort zone.

 The fact that I didn’t like the shade kind of made it hard for me to decide what I really think about the formula too. Overall it wears well, the pigment isn’t bad, and it’s non-drying. But did I love it?  Did I even like it? Well, I suppose I lind of liked it, but that’s where it ends for me.

I think to really judge it properly I’m going to have to try it again in a much warmer toned shade so I can give it a fair chance so the jury is still out on this one for now. But, it’s nice to do something different every one in a while and I’m glad I did that today!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 53 | PS… Matte Long Last Lipstick in Shade Fizz

If you caught the last post I wrote about Penneys’ PS… Matte Long Last Lipstick, you’ll know that I was so impressed by both the pigment and formula.

I had wondered if this was just because I liked the colour so much, but today, after trying it again in a different shade, I’m still really liking it. In fact, I think I’m liking it even a little bit more now.

Today’s shade, Fizz, is a gorgeous bright neon orange shade and I’m absolutely loving it! It’s perhaps a little brighter than I would usually opt for mid-week, but I couldn’t resist trying it today and am so glad I did.

The formula has a super matte finish while still being creamy, the colour doesn’t drag or pull and the pigment is just brilliantly opaque. Aside from liking it for all those reasons, it also has great lasting power too.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I still can’t believe the quality of this range given its price point. At just €2 for me, Penneys have really outdone themselves with this lipstick range and I can’t wait to try out some more shades.

Have you tried any of these PS… matte lipsticks? I’m dying to hear whether you think they’re as good as I do so comment below and let me know!

Don’t forget you can follow my lipstick challenge over on my social media accounts too, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Sorcha 💋 

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 52 | Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in Shade E126 Rico Mauve

If you’re in the market for a super budget friendly lippy, then today’s lipstick choice could be right up your street.

I’ve tried Wet n Wild lipsticks before but had never tried this particular range until today, and I have to say, first impressions are that this is very good.

The Megaslicks Balm Stain moisturising lip colour is essentially a lip crayon. Many of you may know by now that I’m a huge fan of lip crayons when they are accompanied by a good pigment and a hydrating formula, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this  has both.

The application is very easy with the creamy formula, and the colour doesn’t drag or pull at all. I would describe the finish as a creamy satin, and the shade, Rico Mauve, as a pale purple/berry shade with a pink undertone. Although the shade is a little paler than the colour suggests on the packaging, I still really like it nonetheless.

I have to say, I didn’t have huge expectations for this lippy but am happy to have been proven wrong in this instance. It is moisturisung and very smooth to wear, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing another shade.

What are your favourite budget buy lipsticks? Send them my way so I can add them to my challenge list!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 51 | Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Shade Kristen

Anastasia Beverly Hills beauty products are hugely popular with makeup artists, celebrities and beauty lovers alike, but unfortunately, still aren’t available to buy in Ireland. So when I was travelling in Australia last November, I made it my mission to buy some bits in Sephora to bring home and try out.

I’ve heard so much hype about their lip gloss range over the last while, so of course me being me, I had to head straight to the shop the day I arrived in Sydney and pick up a few different shades. 

Today’s shade Kristen, is a deep nude, almost brown, with a pink undertone and a super high-shine gloss finish. The colour is opaque, and the pigment is absolutely perfect – exactly as good as I hoped it would be after seeing hundreds of photos over the past few months!

The formula while creamy, is very slightly sticky which bugs me a little, but because the pigment is so good, I think I’ll have to forgive that. It’s neither hydrating or dehydrating, it kind of just sits on your lips leaving no colour stain or moisture, yet still has pretty good lasting power. Plus it smells deliciously of vanilla too.

Though I really like this, I’m not as bowled over by it as much as I thought I would be. Yes it has a fab finish, yes the colour is gorge, yes it has lasting power. But there’s something leaving me a just bit underwhelmed by this.

I feel guilty even saying this because I wanted to be obsessed with it! I do have it in another shade and I am very in love with that one, so I think maybe it’s the colour leaving me undecided here rather than the formula.

Anastasia products overall are very high quality; their brow products and face palettes are to die for. So I’m a big fan. I just had this on such a high pedestal which is maybe why I feel a little deflated.

What do you guys think, gave you tried any Anastasia lip products? I’d love to hear your thoughts so as always comment below and let know! 

Sorcha 💋