Simply Lippy Challenge Day 151 | Catrice Shine Appeal Fluid Lipstick in Shade 060, Marry Berry

I’ve been feeling very under the weather and a little sorry for myself over the past few days, and in need of something to cheer me up. So this morning I thought, what better way to do that than with a gorgeous bright lippy colour.

The lipstick I chose was a gorgeous blackberry shade, Marry Berry, from Catrice’s shine appeal fluid lipstick collection, a range which I have worn a few shades from recently on both Day 138 and Day 142 of the challenge.

The consistency of these liquid lippy’s is thick with a vinyl-like finish that is soft and smooth on the lips. The bold pigment gives the lips a dramatic pop of colour and the thick consistency allows for a very even application that doesn’t drag or pull the colour underneath too.

The downside to this gloss if I had to choose something, is the lasting power as you only really get an hour or two out of it per application, and it’s probably less if you’re eating or having a cuppa in between.

However, I did love the colour so much that really I didn’t mind having to reapply and will definitely be wearing it again in the future!

Have you tried these lippies? If so then let me know by commenting below!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 150 | Penneys PS… Sheer Lipstick & Gloss Lip Duo in Shade Modest

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all getting through the week okay. Unfortunately I seem to have picked up some sort of cold or flu, so I missed posting yesterday’s lippy for Day 150.

The lipstick I wore is a sheer nude from the Penneys PS… Lip Duo collection, a range which I’ve worn before in the challenge and quite liked.

This shade is a caramel nude, and the lipstick part has a sheer finish so the pigment isn’t amazing. However, unlike the previous duo’s which had a glitter/shimmer gloss to accompany the lipstick, today’s lip gloss is more of a full coverage gloss in that the gloss isn’t shimmery.

Because of that, the pigment is a lot better on this version, and the gloss really adds an extra pop over the quite light lipstick colour.

As lippy’s go, it’s fine. It’s drying but not moisturising either, and it does have to be reapplied often enough. But while it’s fine, I wouldn’t say I love it.

Having said that, the colour is nice and it does have a lovely smooth texture that feels nice to wear.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 149 | DuWop Venom Gloss in Shade Lantana 

You may recall me wearing three different DuWop mini lipsticks over the past few months, and although I really liked one of the shades, Plum, I wasn’t a massive fan of the lipstick in general.

The minis were part of a trio set I bought, and when I got them, I was also sent one of their venom lip glosses as a free gift with purchase to try out in a bubblegum pink shade called Lantana.

Given my feelings on the lipsticks, I didn’t have high hopes for the gloss so was very pleasantly surprised to find that I actually really liked it! 

The gloss itself was thick and creamy in texture, and gave a lovely high shine coverage to the lips. The pigment was also very good for a sheer finish gloss, and I definitely got a great pop of colour when I applied it which I really liked.

The shade as I mentioned above, is a bubblegum pink so not really my usual kind of shade, but the sheer finish made it quite soft and not too pink. Not only did it look like bubblegum, but it smelled exactly like bubblegum too which I thought might become bit overpowering or sickly throughout the day, but it didn’t at all, and I actually found it quite fun to wear because of that!

All-in-all, I’m really glad this gloss surprised me and I think it’s a great budget gloss option that brings a little something fun with it!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 148 | NYX Butter Gloss in Shade, Peach Cobbler

If you’ve been keeping an eye on my challenge, you will know that over the past few months I’ve become quite the fan of NYX Butter Gloss, mainly due to its soft vinyl-like glossy finish.

Yesterday I tried out my third butter gloss shade, Peach Cobbler, which definitely had more of a red undertone than peach or coral, but was a gorgeous orange red shade nonetheless and one that I loved wearing.

Lip glosses have never been my preference over lipstick, but I’ve definitely begun to like them more after trying products like this one because, the dreaded sticky lip hair dilemma isn’t an issue at all.

I think over the years that’s what maybe put me off gloss, but now that better options exist on the market, you can achieve a very high-shine lip look without the annoyance of getting blinded by the hair stuck to your lips, which, if you haven’t already guessed, really was a pet hate of mine!

But apart from zero stickiness, the texture of the gloss is very smooth; the consistency is thick without being too thick, and though sheer, has a nice pigment to it which glides on so easily.

I find these glosses great for every day wear especially when you’re out and about and want a subtle on-the-go lip look. They have just enough pigment to give a gorgeous pop of colour but won’t overpower your makeup which means they can easily be paired with either a bold or neutral eye too.

You will have to reapply as the day goes on like you would any gloss lippy, but the staying power isn’t bad and I think they are a great versatile, all-rounder lippy option.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 147 | Urban Decay Jean-Michele Basquiat Comfort Matte Lipstick in Shade, Exhibition

Urban Decay’s most recent limited edition collaboration collection with Jean-Michele Basquiat, is one of the most exciting collections to be released in a long time. In fact, I think it’s my favourite collab collection since NARS’ Andy Warhol one from a few years back.

Funny that both my favourite makeup collabs are for two of the world’s most famous artists; I have been a huge fan of Andy Warhol for as long as I can remember –  I’m obsessed with how he took everyday ordinary things and made them seem special and different. 

Jean-Michele came from a similar place with his graffiti style art, and both him and Warhol worked together on many projects, as well as having a close friendship.

So, as you can imagine, when this collab was announced a few weeks back, I was so frickin’ excited to get my hands on it because I just knew the shades and pigments would be insane! And that, they are.

While I’ll be reviewing the blush palette in a separate review, for today’s lipstick choice, I opted for this amazing pink / purple from the collab called Exhibition and it is simply divine.

Comfort Matte finishes are my favourite of all the Urban Decay lipstick finishes so from the beginning I knew I would love this. The formula is incredibly creamy, and the pigment is to die for. With just one layer, you get a very dramatic colour pop and I love how this shade is something different to my usual choices.

Because of the semi-matte finish, the lasting power on this lipstick is brilliant. I put it on early in the morning, had breakfast and spent the day in the spa, and even after the jacuzzi and steam room, it was still pretty much in tact!

I knew I would love this, and I wasn’t wrong; it’s such a gorgeous shade especially if you’re looking for something a bit different and the colour pay off is everything you want it to be and more. 

Do you like collaboration products? Sometimes they can be a bit gimmicky, but I can assure you, this one is definitely worth it!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 146 | MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Shade, Love At First Bite

My Day 146 lipstick is an absolute gem of a lipstick from MAC’s Fruity Juicy limited edition collection, and one that I think has become one of my favourite lipstick shades of my challenge so far.

It’s no secret that I am a MAC lover in all aspects of makeup, but I particularly love their lipsticks. They are such good quality, they last, and their pigments are always so on point.

Cream finish lipsticks are my favourite after semi-mattes, and everytime I wear a lipstick from MAC’s Amplified Creme range, I realise more and more how much I like them and how gorgeous they are to wear.

Today’s shade is a very creamy, rich pink, and yes, I’m not usually a pink girl but there’s something about this one that I just love. It has a hint of salmon so it’s more salmon than bright pink, and the rich creamy texture just gives it a luxurious finish that feels so great to wear.

The pigment as you can see from the photos, is just gorgeous, and the rich texture means that this lipstick will really last one your lips even though it has a cream finish.

The best thing about this shade for me though, was the fact that I could wear it all day with a casual outfit, then was easily able to transform it into a more dramatic night time look by changing my outfit and pairing it with a soft brown eye. 

Shades that are versatile are the best kind of investment because you can wear them with so many looks and they look fab regardless, and that’s why this lippy gets top marks from me today.

It really was love at first sight for Love At First Bite!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 145 | Clinique Lip Duo Long Last Glosswear Lipgloss in Shade 4, Sunset

Last week I wore one of these lovely Clinique lipstick and lip gloss duos for the first time in a raspberry shade and really liked it.

One thing I noticed about it at the time however, was that both the lipstick and the lip gloss elements were lovely colours individually and so today, I decided to split the duo up and try one element on its own.

The shade I opted for is a lovely shimmery gold lip gloss shade called Sunset, which has a caramel tone to it and gives a lovely soft metallic shine to the lips when you apply it.

It’s one of those lip products that’s hard to photograph because though it is shimmery, it’s not glittery, and tends to look different in different light. Today was a gorgeous sunny day in Dublin and at times, it really looked like I had a metallic lip which I absolutely loved!

Because of the sheer finish, the pigment itself isn’t amazing, but that’s where the shimmer particles help because in this case, they add another dimension to the gloss.

It is a little sticky to wear which can be annoying, and after trying this separately, I do think I prefer the impact you get from pairing the gloss and lipsticks together, especially as the lipstick reduces the gloss ever so slightly giving it more of a semi-gloss finish.

I’m glad I tried the gloss on its own as I’ve never worn a Clinique lip gloss before, and I did like the natural gold shade. It’s definitely a handy one for when you want a shine neutral lip look.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 144| Benefit Double The Lip Lipstick in Shade, Pink Thrills

The Benefit dual, double the lip lipsticks were one of the hottest beauty releases of Spring this year, and if you’ve been following my challenge up to now, you’ll know that I have tried two so far, one of which I really disliked and one of which, I really loved.

So in a nutshell, it’s pretty safe to say that I have a love/hate relationship with them.

The first shade I tried Flame Game, was a complete let down: I didn’t like the shade and for me, there was no distinction between the liner and lipstick. However, Lusty Rose, the second shade I tried, had a much bigger impact.

Because of my conflicting feelings, I didn’t know how I would get on with this shade, Pink Thrills, but I’m happy to say, it was pretty good.

First things first: there is very clearly both a liner and a lipstick element which is the whole point of these lippies, so obviously I was happy with that. It also blended very nicely, and felt quite creamy on the lips which was also good.

Where this falls down a little for me though is the shade, and that purely comes down to personal preference. It’s nice, but I just found the lighter part, very ‘pink’! 

I’ve never been a pink kind of girl, but I have tried several pink lippy shades over the past few months which I’ve really liked. This one I’m just not that sure about though.

My other slight gripe with this is that Benefit claim it has lasting power of 8 hours, but for me, it just doesn’t. I got a couple of hours max before having to reapply; granted, I did have a cuppa or two in between, but still, I think the claim is a little over-reaching.

Aside from that, it is has a very smooth consistency and it does feel lovely on the lips as you wear it. I wouldn’t call it hydrating but it is moisturising and that’s always good when it comes to lipstick.

This is my third lippy to try from the mini set I bought and I’m still trying to decide whether I think it’s worth the investment. Right now, I’m veering towards no, but I’ll wait until I try my final shade to make my decision.

As always, I’ll keep you posted!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 143 | Penneys PS… Liquid Lipstick in Shade 15, Nude

Eeek I know, I’m a little late with my posts this week, so sorry guys but I’ve had one helluva week in work. Thankfully, things are calming down a bit now so I can get back to my challenge posts.

On Tuesday, I wore one of Penneys’ (Primark) liquid lipsticks in a lovely nude shade. If you caught my post from the last time I wore this lippy in a gorgeous Hot Pink, you will know that the thing I liked most about the formula was the colour pay off. 

The pigment in this is just so good, even in a nude shade, and it gives a lovely caramel-like pop to the lips which has a warm, almost orange tone to it.

As for the formula, the texture is smooth and quite thick, but like any gloss lip, does need to be reapplied throughout the day. So I wouldn’t say the staying power is great, but to me, that’s its only real downfall.

There is some slight stickiness to it, but nothing too annoying, and I think the shade is a great all-year round shade which would work well in any season.

For a budget lippy, you really can’t go wrong with this, especially if you’re someone who likes a high-shine gloss look!

Do you prefer lip gloss or lipstick? I want to hear your thoughts! I never would have worn much gloss before my challenge but it’s definitely been growing on me over the past few months so if there’s any you think I should try then let me know.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 142 | Catrice Shine Appeal Fluid Lipstick in Shade What-a-Melon

Well everyone, Monday is over and for that, I am grateful! Why is it that no matter how old you get, or how many weeks or months go by, Monday never gets any easier or funner?!

Anyway, this Monday called for something fun and bright to get me through the day and what better way to get that than with a coral lip.

Coral; probably my favourite shade – in everything! Whether it’s blusher, clothes, nail polish, or of course, lipstick, coral never fails to put a smile on my face and make everything feel a little brighter and better.

Today my coral loveliness was courtesy of Catrice, in another of their Shine Appeal Fluid lipsticks which you may recall, I tried out for the first time last week.

The consistency of these fluid lipsticks (or lip glosses as they should really be called), is silky smooth and they have a lovely, rich thick formula that gives a luxurious high shine, glossy finish to the lips.

There is no stickiness with the formula as you sometimes get with high gloss products, and the pigment although sheer, is still pretty strong. So much so, that I don’t even know if you could really call it sheer.

I just loved wearing this today; the colour is exactly what I was hoping for from looking at the packaging, and it lasted pretty well for a gloss finish too.

What’s your favourite lipstick shade? Are you a coral lover like me or do you prefer something softer? Let me know by commenting below!

Sorcha 💋