Simply Lippy Challenge Day 333 | Dose of Colours Lip It Up Satin Lipstick in Shade, Toast

The last time I wore and reviewed a Dose of Colours lipstick, I fell completely in love with it. From the gold packaging, to the formula, to the brown burgundy shade, Lava Cake, I honestly loved everything about it. Because of that, I was very excited to try another lipstick from them today only, it has left me feeling a little disappointed.

The packaging is as gorgeous as ever, but the shade Toast, isn’t what I was expecting at all. From the packaging and the bullet, I was expecting it to be a soft beige with a pink rose undertone; the kind of shade that I have loved wearing recently.

However, the shade is actually more… I can’t even describe it. It is beige but with a kind of yellow brown tone? I really don’t know but you can judge for yourselves! It just didn’t translate on my lips how I wanted or expected it to and because of that, I’m not sure I like it that much.

The formula was smooth like the last time, and thank god for that because I can’t imagine loving something so much then being so let down by it in a different colour. The satin finish is creamy and glides on the lips easily, and my lips are particularly dry at the moment from the cold weather.

Because of the rich creamy texture, the staying power is pretty good and it keeps your lips feeling very soft while you wear it. However, I honestly didn’t really care too much about staying power given that I wasn’t that fond of the colour which is definitely not a good sign.

I’m honestly pretty disappointed by this because I was so excited by it first time around. I’m don’t see myself wearing the shade again so it’s a thumbs down overall.

Sorcha 💋

Review: This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up | Mask, Moisturiser & Primer In One

A couple of months back, I got a sample of this In Transit Camera Close-Up face product from This Works in a GlossyBox, and as I had heard so many great things about it, I was excited to try it out. Word on the street is that this is one of Victoria Beckham’s favourite skincare products so you know, if it’s good enough for Vicki…!

The interesting thing about this product is that it’s not just a primer; it’s a face mask, moisturiser and primer all in one. Now, it’s very hard to be good at all those things separately, let alone together in one formula so I was a little skeptical about how well I would get on with this.

The formula is quite thick, much thicker than I would ever usually like in a primer and I really wasn’t sure about it at first. But surprisingly, it blends so well into the skin and actually feels incredibly light on. I thought the thickness might make it cakey or sticky, but once it dries in, it kind of melts into the skin, leaving it feeling very soft and smooth.

However for the purposes of my review, I want to specifically address the three big claims it makes, and how well I think it works in relation to those. As a result, I have broken it down into three parts…

Mask

The purpose of a good face mask in my opinion, is to hydrate the skin and leave it free of any nasties or impurities that we pick up day-to-day. As my skin is on the drier side, I also tend to prefer masks that have a brightening element as a lot of the time my skin looks dull.

From this point of view, while I’m not sure that this tackles nasties and impurities, it definitely leaves my skin feeling plumper and brighter. It contains Bio Boost which is a blend of repairing plant oils; which along with hylauronic acid and caffeine, really help to give the skin a boost of hydration.

Moisturiser

One thing this product is without a doubt, is moisturising. The thickness of the formula means you only need a very small, pea sized amount as a little goes a long way with it.

As I mentioned above, it contains some amazing ingredients including Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Lemon Balm and Hylauranic Acid, all of which are known for being super hydrating and kind to the skin whilst also making it look more radiant too. And, I have to say for me, it really lives up to these claims. My skin feels so soft when I apply this, and I can feel it becoming more hydrated the minute I put it on.

I tend to get some redness around my nose area, and it definitely helps to combat that too, but overall, I just love how my skin feels when I use it.

Primer

So far this product is working for me; I like it as a mask, I like it as a moisturiser, but I love it as a primer!

Like I mentioned above, I tend to opt for primers that have a brightening element, and I love the dewy glow that my face gets when I wear this. Because it’s thick, I tend to wash my face, apply the cream and then let it dry in for a few minutes so that it’s settled into the skin before applying my foundation.

It’s neither oily nor mattifying, but it’s one of the best primers I’ve used for keeping my makeup in place all day long. I’m lucky in that I don’t have oily skin, but I honestly think this would work well on all skin types because of the filter-like finish it gives to your face when you wear it.

Of all the things this product claims to do, for me, it is best as a primer. It brightens the skin, and smooths out blemishes and dryness (especially at the moment when my skin is extra dry from pregnancy). But best of all, its smooth finish also means my foundation glides on so easily without any patchiness.

I find myself reaching for this more and more these days, and I’ve really grown to like it a lot, hence why I decided to share my thoughts with you all. Obviously the tube I have is a sample size but the full size bottle costs €39.50 for 40ml. So yep, it’s spendy.

However, given that you’re getting three good products in one, for me it’s worth the spend, especially if you like your morning skincare routine to be quick and easy.

I don’t think it’s going to replace any of my face masks, I have a particular love for the ones I’m currently using, but as a moisturiser and primer go, I’m definitely sold on this and will be using it for a long time to come.

Sorcha x

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 332 | Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Shade, Patina

A few months ago I tried out my first Stila Stay All Day lipstick and I completely fell in love with both the formula and the staying power. While most liquid mattes have fairly good staying power, this one is definitely a step ahead of the rest as it really does stay all day.

But aside from unbelievable staying power, the pigment and formula are both equally as good. The last shade I tried, Rubino, wouldn’t be my favourite choice in a lippy shade, but the pigment was incredible, as it is again with today’s shade, Patina.

This shade as you can see, is a rich rose with a slightly cool undertone. It has amazing colour pay off with a full coverage, opaque finish that I just love. The minute you apply this you get a brilliant pop of colour, and therefore you don’t need to apply very much at all which is always a good sign in a lipstick too.

The formula is quite wet initially, but it dries in quickly, and it also has a delicious vanilla caramel scent. In terms of comparison, its not dissimilar to theBalm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes range which I also love and comes a close second place.

I bought this as part of a mini lipstick Christmas set that Stila have released for Christmas and I can’t wait to try the other two shades. I love nothing more than when I try a lipstick range for a second time and end up loving it even more than the first.

This is definitely a must try for any liquid lipstick fans out there and the set is great value too!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 331 | NYX Full Throttle Long-Lasting Lipstick in Shade FTLS10, Locked

Throughout the past year, I have tried so many different NYX lipsticks from gloss to matte, liquid to lipstick, but up until now, I hadn’t tried the full throttle lipstick range. To be honest, it somehow managed to escape me and I only spotted it for the first time the other day when I was doing some shopping in Boots.

Of course, I was intrigued so had to buy it to try it out, and I’m so glad I did because I absolutely love it! I honestly think it’s my favourite NYX lipstick that I’ve tried to-date.

First off, the shade is exactly the kind of shade I love to wear in the winter. It is a rich berry tone with an opaque coverage and the pigment is incredible. Not only that, but the colour pay off you get as soon as you apply it is equally as good.

The formula is smooth with a slight creamy texture, but with a super matte finish. The minute you put this on, it dries in and literally does not budge at all. In fact, it is one of the best lipsticks I’ve ever tried for great staying power that doesn’t dry out your lips in the process.

The lipstick bullet itself is quite thin which I wasn’t sure about at first, but it actually allows for a very precise application which believe me, is a good thing as this dries in so quickly. To be honest, I just loved how easy the whole application process was in general.

I like this so much, I’m genuinely gutted I can’t wear it again over the festive season. The formula, finish and colour are all brilliant and I can’t wait to try out some more shades in the range soon!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 330 | Sleek Lip VIP Semi-Matte Lipstick in Shade 1003, Backstage

This Lip VIP collection from Sleek is one of my favourites, if not my favourite of all the Sleek lipsticks. I love cream and matte finish lipsticks, and this has the best of both worlds by being semi-matte.

The last shade I tried, Show Off, was a gorgeous autumnal brown shade that’s perfect for this time of year. Today’s shade however, is a little more summery, as it’s a bright creamy coral but I’m loving it nonetheless!

The formula is so creamy on these lipsticks; it has a super smooth texture that is moisturising and hydrating, making it very easy to both apply and blend.

The pigment is bold with excellent colour pay off, and you get a gorgeous full coverage finish from just one layer. I have to admit, I do love full coverage lipsticks and that’s one of the big reasons why I like this so much.

The matte element to it makes the staying power pretty good, and you won’t need to reapply it too much during the day. It’s not as good as a full matte or liquid matte because of the creaminess, but I really can’t fault it either because it’s one of the best cream finishes for lasting power that I’ve tried.

I really loved the shade of this today and I can’t wait for spring to arrive so I can get lots more wear out of it! What do you guys think?

Sorcha 💋

Review: Clarins Double Serum

I’m a huge fan of Clarins as many of you already know by now I’m sure. Their products are such great quality, from their makeup to skincare, and it’s very rare that I try a Clarins product I don’t love.

I’m always discovering new things from the brand, and a few months back, they very kindly sent me their new reformulated Double Serum to try out. It launched back in August but I didn’t get around to trying it until September, and wanted to have enough time to really test it out before reporting back to you lovely lot.

Double Serum was first formulated in the mid-80s and its unique formula of water-soluable and oil-soluable ingredients have been a favourite among beauty lovers ever since then. It has been reformulated several times, each time bettering the quality of the product, and this formulation is said to be the best yet.

This year’s version is packed full of the the same 20 plant extract ingredients as the original formula, but also contains one very important new ingredient: Tumeric. Tumeric is known widely for its antioxidant and healing properties, and is also said to help boost skin hydration, minimise the look of fine lines and increase skin vitality. Big claims, I know!

So now we get down to the real question, is it any good? Well, in a word or two; hell yes!

I never used the previous versions of Double Serum so I can’t compare it to that, but what I can tell you about is, the dramatic effect it has had on my skin over the past two months. I have completely fallen in love with it for so many reasons.

When I started using it, my skin was in pretty bad shape due to pregnancy hormones. You’ll have heard me talking about this already in previous posts so I’m not going to bore you with the details, but generally, my skin was incredibly dry, lumpy and very patchy. I had been trying out several different products in order to find something that would help, but the minute I started using this, I knew I needed to look no further.

The ‘Double’ in this serum refers to the water and oil elements as mentioned above; both of which are contained in separate parts of the bottle. With just one pump, they are released together leaving the oil part in the middle surrounded by the water element on the outside.

To apply, once you’ve pumped onto your hand, you blend the formula together then lightly press into the skin all over your face and neck.

There are two pump dispenser options, one small and one large; I tend to use the large option as I need quite a lot of product, and I also love how it feels on my face so I don’t use it too sparingly. Having said that, I only use this once a day at night time so the bottle still lasts me quite a while.

Despite what you’d initially think given the oil element, there is absolutely no greasiness to the product, and as soon as you apply it, you can feel your skin becomming more hydrated. It penetrates the skin quickly to leave it looking plumper, fresher and feeling incredibly smooth, and somehow manages to break down any dryness on the skin’s surface, removing lumps and bumps, and leaving a lovely smooth texture.

One thing to note with this is that serum is generally the step in your skincare regime in between cleansing and moisturising, but in all honesty, I don’t like to put anything else on my skin once this is on. I really don’t feel like it needs anything else. In fact I find it so good, my skin is still as hydrated and smooth the following morning, and therefore needs less product then too.

Now for the serious part – the price. This baby is expensive! The 30ml bottle which I have is priced at €72, but there is also a 50ml bottle which costs €92, so this is definitely an investment buy should you choose to purchase. It’s a lot of money to spend on one product, but it is full of so many good ingredients and works so well, I honestly can’t fault it in any way.

Before Application

The staff at Clarins counters are always incredibly helpful, so I’d suggest trying out some of this on your face in store to see if you like the formula and texture before purchasing. Bare in mind however, the best results with this serum come from using it over time so you need at least a week to see the full benefits on your skin.

My bottle is two months in use and still going strong, though I will have to replenish soon. However, I will most definitely be repurchasing it and even have it on my Christmas wish list this year!

Double Serum has won a host of beauty industry awards over the years and is a favourite among beauty editors and makeup artists alike so I’ve no doubt this version will be just as popular. But the question is, will you be trying it out? Or have you already invested? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Sorcha x

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 329 | Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick Lip Shine in Shade, Technicoral

I have become quite fond of these Soap & Glory lippies over the last few months since I tried my first one over the Summer. I’ve tried both matte and gloss finishes, and while I prefer the matte, this gloss version is still pretty good too.

The last gloss shade I tried, Pink Punch, was a rich raspberry shade with a medium coverage, but today’s shade is very different in both colour and formula.

Today’s shade is a very pale coral; it has enough pigment to give a tint of colour but it’s not bold by any means. It also has a kind of shimmer element to it that makes it feel more sheer, even though the colour looks much stronger in the bullet.

My lips are very dry at the moment but the good thing about this is the balm-like formula. It is moisturising and hydrating, and does make your lips feel very soft when you wear it.

To me, this is very much more of a lip balm rather than a lipstick because of how neutral the shade is. And there’s nothing wrong with that per se; just don’t be expecting a lipstick effect if you decide to try it.

Overall I don’t think it’s my favourite Soap & Glory lippy, but it did feel nice to wear and I do love the other shades I’ve tried from the range so far.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 328 | Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Shade 810, Plum This Show

When Rimmel released these liquid lippies a few months back, I was very excited to try them out, mainly because I’m a big fan of Rimmel lipsticks in general. I’ve tried both light and bold shades from the collection up to now, all of which I have liked, but I definitely have more of a preference for the bolder shades.

I loved the last shade I tried, Fire Starter, however, I think I may just love this one a little bit more. I mean, just look at that pigment! It is bold, rich and the colour is stunning; it is right up my street when it comes to a lippy.

The colour pay off with these lipsticks is incredible; definitely one of the best I’ve ever tried, and the pop of colour you get from one light layer is brilliant. I love dramatic shades like this, especially in winter, and this lippy is definitely dramatic!

One thing I did notice which was a little annoying, was that it didn’t layer quite as well as Fire Starter, and the colour did slightly drag when I was applying. I think that’s probably because the formula takes a few minutes to dry in, so you’re probably better waiting for that to happen before applying another layer.

The formula itself feels creamy when you apply, and has a nice smooth finish to it that is lovely to wear. However, this is a super matte formula so your lips could become a little dry throughout the day if they are generally on the dryer side.

I spent the day in town Christmas shopping followed by a night out tonight, and this was the perfect lippy shade to accompany me. It’s a stunning bold winter lip choice.

How do you feel about bold lipstick shades like this? Do you love them or loath them?!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 327 | NYX Butter Gloss Lip Gloss in Shade BLG15, Angel Food Cake

If you’ve been a regular follower of my challenge, you’ll know that I am a big of of NYX’s Butter lip glosses. As lip products go, before my challenge I wasn’t a big lip gloss person, but these have definitely changed my mind as they just feel so nice to wear.

Today’s shade is a pink mauve shade, and though I probably wouldn’t like the shade as much if it was a lipstick, I actually kind of love it in a gloss.

It is slightly sheer but has excellent pigment given the fact that it is a gloss, and the colour pay off is much better than you’d expect it to be too.

The formula is more thick than thin which I like, and has a lovely vinyl-like feel to it that feels quite luxurious on the lips. It is also very blendable and doesn’t drag any of the colour which is also surprising given that it’s a gloss.

The staying power isn’t much to write home about, but it is much better than a lot of other glosses I’ve tried, and there is also no stickiness with it at all which I love. You will need to reapply it throughout the day, but it wears off well and leaves your lips feeling nice and smooth too.

I love these for an easy on-the-go makeup look, and will definitely continue to wear them once my challenge is over. They are also very reasonably priced too which always helps!

Sorcha 💋

My Christmas Beauty Gift Guide

Well, it’s that time of year again, my favourite time! I have to admit, I do love Christmas, and I’m one of those annoying people who starts getting excited about it in October. Anyway, as a result, I have been thinking about the perfect gift guide for a couple of weeks now, and have decided to put together a quick post on some of my favourite items and recommendations for you this Christmas.

I’m sure you’ve been inundated with gift guides on social media, and I understand sometimes too much bombarding of information can be a bad thing. But just in case you’re looking for a few last minute ideas, and given that it’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend, I thought this might come in handy…

Beauty

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Lipstick Set

€29 but on offer for €26.10 this weekend in Debenhams

Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be a gift guide from me without a few lipstick suggestions after my year of Simply Lippy! These liquid lipsticks from theBalm were my favourite liquid lippies of the year and this mini set is brilliant value. It contains six gorgeous shades from light to bold, and will transform any makeup look.

Benefit 3 for 2

Available from Debenhams, Brown Thomas & Boots all weekend

Benefit are running 3for2 offers in several department stores and online beauty sites over the course of the weekend. Obviously, they have a lot of great products to choose from but I’ve put together my top three favourites to help you decide:

  • That Gal Primer, a gorgeous brightening primer which gives the face a glow
  • Galifornia Blush which has a lovely coral tone for lifting the cheek bones
  • They’re Real Mascara, is one of my favourite mascaras for giving life and volume to the lashes

Needless to say, you can’t go too far wrong with any Benefit products, but these are the ones I’ll be treating myself to over the weekend!

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Palettes

Naked 1, 2 & 3 Palettes – €47.50 but on offer for €40.37 in Debenhams

When it comes to eyeshadow, you can never go wrong with a good palette and Urban Decay palettes are my favourite. Debenhams currently have 15% off Naked 1, 2 and 3 palettes, and my top choice is definitely Naked 2. It’s a great all rounder palette for different skin tones with a mixture of matte and shimmer shades.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

€47.50 but on offer for €42.75 in Debenhams

Of all the Naked palettes, Naked Ultimate Basics has been my go-to since its release last year and includes some gorgeous shades from nude to bold. This is a full matte palette and is a great alternative to Naked 2 for those who don’t like or use shimmer shadows.

Kiehl’s Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Radiance Mask

€35 but on special offer for €28 this weekend in Arnotts

Some of you may have caught my review on this Kiehl’s mask last year – I fell in love with it the first time I’ve tried it and it has remained one of my favourite face masks since. If your face is feeling a bit tired, dull and dry with the cold winter weather, then this is brilliant for brightening skin and giving it a boost of hydration.

YSL All Hours Foundation

€42 but on offer of 10% off this weekend in Debenhams

This purchase may be more a treat for yourself than a gift for someone else, but if you like a medium to full coverage foundation then I definitely recommend. I have a review post coming shortly, but in a nutshell, I am in love with it! You’ll need to get colour matched before purchasing, but if you do decide to buy, then you’ll get it for 10% cheaper in Debenhams this weekend than you normally would. It’s pricey at €42 so as the saying goes, every little helps!

This Works Deep Sleep Lavender & Chamomile Candle

€33 from Meagher’s Pharmacy and selected pharmacies nationwide

I’m a huge fan of This Works’ products; apart from smelling incredible, they are packed full of great ingredients and more importantly, they work too! Their Deep Sleep range has been a go-to for me for quite some time; I use their Deep Sleep pillow spray almost every night and love it, and have recently discovered their Deep Sleep Heavenly candle which is divine too.

Candles are always a great gift in my opinion, I love receiving them as well as giving them, and this one not only looks lovely, but will help keep you calm and relaxed all winter long, as well as helping you catch up on some well needed zzzz’s. What better gift than the gift of sleep this Christmas!

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Bath Oil

€54 from Brown Thomas

This beauty is a bit pricey, but if you can’t indulge a little at Christmas time then when can you?! Jo Malone bath oils are so luxurious; they leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth, not to mention how amazing they smell too. They come in a variety of different scents, but Lime Basil & Mandarin is my personal favourite.

StylPro Rose Gold Makeup Brush Cleaner

€69 but on offer for €51.75 from Meagher’s Pharmacy

This limited edition rose gold version of the original StylPro makeup brush cleaner is so pretty and perfect for anyone who has a multitude of makeup brushes like I do but doesn’t always have the time to spend hours cleaning them. The StylPro takes the hassle out of washing and drying your brushes, and is so easy to use too.

Gift Sets

MAC Mini Lipstick Snowball Kit 

€95 in Brown Thomas

You all know my love for lipstick by now, so just in case you have any fellow beauty lovers in your lives then this set of MAC lippies is the perfect present. It contains 12 shades including three of my all time favourites; Mangrove, Velvet Teddy and Rebel.

Sleek Bring on the Night Makeup Set

€39 in Boots Ireland and also part of a 3for2 offer

Sleek is one of the better budget brands out there and their products are such good quality for the price point. This set contains some of their best products including their Solstice Highlighting palette which is a gorgeous trio palette. This, along with the eye shadow and blush palette, will have you makeup ready for the entire festive season.

Clarins Holiday Anti Aging New Double Serum

Was €72 but on offer for €57.60 this weekend in Brown Thomas

Let me tell you, this is one of the best Christmas gift sets I’ve seen on the market so far. It’s amazing! It contains a 30ml bottle of Double Serum which is my current favourite skincare product and usually retails for €72 just on its own.  If you buy this set however, you get the 30ml bottle of Double Serum as well as a 30ml bottle of their Instant Eye makeup remover and one of their deliciously gorgeous lip oils – which I’m sure most of you already know, is one of my favourite ever lip products. This is definitely one not to miss out on if you’re a Clarins fan!

For The Men

Kiehl’s White Eagle Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream

€17.50 but on offer for €14 this weekend in Arnotts

Kiehl’ss do some incredible products as we all know, and their men’s range is equally as good as their women’s. This shave cream is their most popular men’s product and contains menthol to sooth the skin while shaving.

Clarins Men Moisturising Essentials Kit

€38 but on offer for €30.40 this weekend in Brown Thomas

This Clarins Men set is a brilliant option for men on the go and contains some of their best selling products. There are three products in total; a 50ml Super Moisture Balm, a 30ml Active Face Wash and a 30ml Shampoo & Shower Gel in one.

Happy Socks Gift Box

€30 but on offer for €24 this weekend in Brown Thomas

If the man in your life is anything like the man in mine, they will love these quirky and very comfy socks from the Happy Socks company. These gift boxes are a staple each year in our house and come in a range of styles and colours too.

So there you go, a few ideas to get you started this weekend. I hope it helped, happy shopping!

Sorcha x

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