Simply Lippy Challenge Day 316 | Revlon Colourburst Lipstick in Shade 030, Fucshia

As beauty brands go, I really haven’t tried all that much from Revlon over the years. When I think of the brand however, I immediately think of lipstick; I’m not sure why but I always just associate them with it.

This lipstick is on loan from my Mum for the purposes of my challenge, and one I have never tried before today. Immediately, I was drawn to the shade which is a deep fucshia, and straight off I knew I’d like that at least, if nothing else.

When I applied it however, not only did I love the shade, but I also loved the pigment and formula. The pigment is rich and bold, with great colour pay off and a full coverage finish. The texture is creamy and not too light, meaning it blends very easily without any dragging, and leaves a lovely smooth finish on the lips.

The finish itself is cream, maybe with a slight satin element to it. It’s not too glossy which means it stays in place pretty well throughout the day, and I loved the texture of it too.

I have to say, I really didn’t have high expectations for this lipstick, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I liked wearing it. So much so, I might be robbing it from my Mum for good!

Have you tried any Revlon lipsticks? I’m beginning to feel like I’m missing out on some great lippy choices so if you have any recommendations, make sure you send some my way!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 315 | Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Shade, Dream Huge

Some of you may recall I first tried these liquid lipsticks from Smashbox back in September while on holiday and completely fell in love with it. It is by far, one of the best liquid formulas I’ve ever tried and the pigment is to die for.

The last shade I tried was a gorgeous bright coral, Thrill Seekerand today’s shade, Dream Huge, is an equally as gorgeous rose shade. It’s funny because rose shades weren’t really on my radar before this year, but after reds, they might just be my second favourite, or at least joint second favourite shade along with berry shades.

The pigment as I mentioned is incredible; it is a full coverage, opaque pigment with amazing colour pay off and the lasting power is unreal. It lasts so well throughout the day, and even though it has a matte finish, it doesn’t crack or flake as you wear it either.

The formula itself isn’t hydrating, but it does have a creaminess to it that helps keep your lips soft and smooth. I didn’t have to apply any balm with it as I do with some liquid mattes, and because of that, it’s definitely in my top five liquid matte formulas and comes very close behind my all time favourite, Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid mattes from theBalm.

Smashbox do so many great products; I adore their Photo Finish primer for example, but I don’t use them nearly often enough. If anything, this lippy has reignited my love for the brand and I can’t wait to try out some more lippies!

It is quite simply, perfection in a lipstick and one I would definitely recommend trying, especially if you’re a liquid lipstick fan.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 314 | NYX Butter Lipstick in Shade BLS30, Tan Lines

Of all the lipstick ranges that NYX have, the Butter Lipstick range quickly became my favourite of the brand this year. I’d never tried any NYX lipsticks before my challenge, but I’m so glad I’ve discovered them as the majority of them are very nice to wear.

The butter lipsticks are incredibly creamy, and today’s shade is a rich caramel shade. I was heading out tonight and went for a dramatic bronze smokey eye look, and therefore wanted to pair it with an earthy, warm tone lipstick. And this was the perfect accompaniment.

The pigment is rich with good colour pay off, and though the shade isn’t particularly dark, it has a lovely tone to it. The creamy texture makes it very easy to blend, and the finish is lovely and smooth too.

The finish is what I would describe as a satin gloss; there is a slight shine to it when you apply it but it isn’t sheer which is one of the things I like most about it.

Because of the finish, the staying power isn’t amazing. It will last a while on the lips, but after eating or drinking you do need to reapply it. Having said that, it’s much better than some other satin finish lipsticks and it feels lovely and smooth to wear too.

The shade is so versatile as it’s perfect for either a day or night time look, and I can see this being a go-to for me over and over again in the future.

Have you tried NYX lippies? If so, what’s your favorite? Send on some recommendations that I can add to my list!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 313 | Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick in Shade 02, Flaming’rose

Today’s lippy choice is another of the gorgeous new Rouge Velvet lipsticks from Bourjois, and really, after my previous two reviews on this range, I’m sure this needs no introduction. I just love everything about them and they definitely are one of my favourite lipstick collections that I’ve tried this year.

Today’s shade is a pink rose shade, probably slightly more pink than anything, but once again, the pigment is very good. The opaque coverage gives a gorgeous finish to the lips, and the colour pay off is equally as good too. You only need a very light layer, and the smooth formula is very blendable.

One of the best things about these lipsticks for me however, is the creamy formula. For a matte finish, you really don’t expect them to be as creamy as they are, and you’d be forgiven for thinking they had a satin or cream finish when you first apply it.

However, after a few seconds, the formula dries in to leave a lovely soft matte finish with a super smooth texture that feels so nice to wear. It is moisturising, doesn’t dry out the lips, and the staying power is brilliant.

Several shades have been released in this new collection and I’m pretty sure I’m going to have every single one worn by the end of the year. I already know I’m going to wear these over and over again, and definitely recommend purchasing one to try out.

The price point, as with all Bourjois products, is very affordable, and you’re really getting a good quality product too.

Have any of you tried these yet? They are getting great reviews all over social media but I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 312 | Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump Lip Gloss in Shade, Cherry Up

Soap & Glory is a brand that I’ve really liked over the years, and of the lip products that I’ve tried from them over the past year, I’ve been a fan of pretty much every single one. Up to now however, I’ve only tried their lip crayons so to mix things up a bit, today I decided to try their Pillow Plump lip gloss.

Now, if you’ve been following my challenge since last January, you’ll know that I’m partial to a lippy product that gives your lips a tingle. I don’t know why, but something about a tingly formula makes me feel like it’s working some magic on my lips!

This one however, is by far the most tingly of all the products I’ve tried – so much so, at one point I was a bit concerned I was having a reaction. Throw pregnancy into the mix, and I was almost at the point of panicking until it calmed down! So really that was more me overreacting than anything else! But, if you’re not a fan of a tingle plumping product then I would advise steering well clear of this one.

The gloss is a very high shine gloss, but with a thick enough consistency to have an okay lasting power. As glosses go, it was probably one of the better ones I’ve tried in that regard, but you can’t really ever compare the lasting power of a gloss to that of a lipstick because there is a big difference.

The pigment was very good, better than I was expecting, and I loved that it gave quite a full coverage to my lips too. The pink was dark enough to have an impact, and it definitely made my lips feel fuller when I wore it.

I quite liked this overall, and can see myself reaching for it again in the future. It’s definitely an acquired taste though so it might be good to try the tester version of it out before purchasing!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 311 | Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Shade 775, Liqueur

I’ve tried a few of these True Colour lipsticks from Sleek over the past few months in matte and sheen finishes, and overall, have really liked both the formula and the shades.

Today’s shade is a very neutral, nude shade; slightly paler than I would usually wear but with a warm undertone. It’s not quite caramel, but I found myself really liking the  slightly rose tone to it.

It gives the lips a medium coverage, and although it has a sheen finish, it has a relatively thick texture which makes it feel very creamy and smooth on. It has a rich feel about it which I liked, and because of that, the lasting power was pretty good too.

My lips are incredibly dry this week, and I found that this really helped to keep them moisturised throughout the day. While I wouldn’t say that it was completely hydrating, it definitely helped to keep them soft and prevented them from drying out.

As budget lipsticks go, the formula in this is definitely one of the better ones I’ve tried over the past year. It doesn’t have the same luxuriousness that some higher end brands have, but it’s a great budget alternative.

Have you tried any Sleek lipsticks? Make sure you send me on your favourites if you have!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 310 | Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Shade, Man Hunt

I can’t even tell you how long it’s been since I tried anything from Seventeen. To be honest, I didn’t even know the brand was still around until I spotted a stand in a big Boots near me the other day. Of course, that meant only one thing; I had to buy one of their lipsticks and put it to the test.

I chose a bright orange, coral shade from their Stay Pout range, and my first impressions of the colour are that I love it! It’s not quite what I was expecting as there is a shimmer to it, but not the kind of shimmer that I don’t like.

The shimmer element is more like a metallic or extra dimension finish in that it’s not glittery or sparkly at all, and it gives the colour an extra pop when you apply it. You can see the shimmer particles in the formula which worried me initially, but instead I found myself really liking the finish.

The texture is creamy and glides on the lips very easily, blending in to leave a full coverage. It is thick enough in feel, and leaves a nice soft finish on the lips that also has pretty good staying power.

Maybe it’s because I didn’t have high expectations, but this lippy really impressed me. I was very pleasantly surprised by how well it wore throughout the day, and the colour is definitely my kind of shade.

I love nothing more than when a product surprises me, and this surprised me in the best possible way today. I really enjoyed wearing it and think this shade will be fab for Spring!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 309 | Blistex Lip Brilliance in Rosy Glow

Today’s lippy choice is a lip balm, mainly because out of nowhere I woke up with incredibly dry, sore lips this morning. Blistex intensive moisturiser is usually my go-to balm on days like this, but as that’s not tinted, I decided to try out their Rosy Glow Lip Brilliance balm instead for the purposes of the challenge.

And I’m just going to come out and say it… Flavoured and tinted balms just don’t do the trick for me at all when my lips are this dry. This balm is moisturising, but it doesn’t have them same intensive hydration that my lips were craving and because of that, I’m not sure how much I’ll use this.

The shade is a very slightly tinted rose pink with a kind of shimmer finish to it, and as tinted balms go, in terms of pigment it’s not the worst I’ve tried. It’s by no means bold or strong, but adds a very subtle colour to the lips.

The shimmery element also makes the balm feel kind of coarse. It’s not exfoliating, but you can definitely feel something in the texture when you first apply it. Once blended, that does disappear to leave a smoother finish, but still not as smooth as you would expect from a balm.

I didn’t really like or dislike it overall; it really just left me feeling a bit ‘meh’. It’s fine, but it didn’t give my lips the hydration that they needed and for that reason, I’m not a big fan.

Sorcha 💋

Review: My Pregnancy Skincare Guide | For Body

Now that I’m 25 weeks into my pregnancy, I’ve been learning a lot about my skin particularly as it has changed so much over the past few months. I’ve always been very lucky in that I don’t get a lot of spots or breakouts, and my skin has always been more dry than oily.

However, when I became pregnant, like most people, I had to completely change my skincare routine as a lot of the ingredients in the products I’d been using up to then, aren’t pregnancy friendly. As a result, my skin became dryer than ever and not only did I have to change my face routine, but also had to find some new products to use on my body too.

I don’t know about you, but I found pregnancy skincare a complete minefield when I began researching what I could and couldn’t use. I knew what ingredients to steer clear of, but I couldn’t find a good comprehensive list of products or brands that are recommended to be good for pregnancy skin.

Anyway, because of that, I’ve decided to share the products I’ve been using for the past few months, in the hope that if you’re also trying to find your way through the minefield, it might help you out!

I’ve broken my skincare routine in two blog posts; the first, today’s post will focus on body products, and my second post which will follow shortly, will focus on my face products.

I don’t know about all you Mummies and pregnant gals, but I honestly can’t believe how much my skin has changed. I know everyone tells you to expect it, but I wasn’t prepared for the sandpaper-like dryness that I’ve been having. Granted, my skin is much better now and feels more like itself again, but it has taken me months of trialing and testing a mix off different products from scrubs, to oils, to creams, to finally come to a happy place with what I’m using.

I’m not an expert on skincare by any means, but these are just some products that have worked for me and helped to keep my skin smooth and hydrated as it goes through a million different changes.

Voya Time To Shine Gentle Body Polish

I’ve always been a fan of body scrubs and exfoliating my skin, but I usually would have only exfoliated every week to two weeks. Recently however, I’m exfoliating at least twice a week, sometimes more, and I found some of the products I previously have used, weren’t cutting it for me anymore.

Voya is a brand I’ve always really liked, their ingredients are organic and very natural so when I spotted this body scrub over the Summer I decided to try it out and see if it would do the trick for my coarse, dry skin.

I started using it a few months ago, and not only does it help to lift all the dry dead skin cells, but the mix of seaweed, ground walnut shells and almond oil combine to buff and polish the skin, as well as leaving it feeling nourished and hydrated too.

After only using this for a few weeks I was totally hooked and it’s now firmly part of my shower routine during the week. I already loved their hand wash and spa products, but I’m so glad I’ve discovered this now too because it’s definitely going to be a staple product in my bathroom for a long time to come.

I paid €30 for this bottle in Avoca, but it’s also available from Kilkenny Design and online from the Voya website too.

Bloom & Blossom Indulgence Bath Oil

Bloom & Blossom is a pregnancy skincare brand created by two sisters in the UK. Strangely enough, although it is my first time pregnant, I had already tried this bath oil a few years ago when my cousin gave it to me as a gift.

I’ve always loved baths, but what used to be a soak every couple of weeks, has now turned into every couple of days. So, when my trusty Jo Malone favourite bath oil ran out, this sprung to mind and I decided to buy a bottle to see if it was as good as I remembered.

The short answer is, yes it is! Now, they recommend using one to two capfuls per bath, but I tend to use three just because of how dry my skin is, and that definitely does the trick.

The ingredients in this oil are just incredible; a mix of sweet almond, lavender, apricot and ylang ylang essential oils, not only make this smell divine, but makes your skin feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom too! They are also amazing for relieving stress and tension, and helping me relax and unwind after a stressful day at work. 

I’ve also been having quite a bit of back pain recently with my growing bump, and there is literally nothing nicer than a warm bath soak with this oil to help relieve that too. I really love it and definitely recommend.

The only downside for me is that the bottle is quite small; it’s just 100ml so it doesn’t last very long. In saying that, I do use a little more than what they suggest so if you stuck to the recommended amount, it would definitely last longer.

I buy mine in Mamas & Papas and the 100ml bottle costs €24 which honestly is a very good price in my opinion, considering other bath oils on the market.

Kiehl’s Soothing Oil to Foam Shower Cleanser

I first heard about this new shower cleanser from Kiehl’s back in August when I read a review about how good it was for pregnancy skin. I was on the hunt for it for weeks until I finally discovered that it hadn’t yet been released in Ireland. Thankfully however, it got released here on 4th October so I ran to the shop to buy it and have been using it religiously ever since.

The cleanser is part of the Creme de Corps range which I loved already, so I had high hopes for it and honestly, it has totally exceeded them. When I say this cleanser is luxurious, I mean it is luxurious!

The oil itself is thick and creamy, and smells absolutely divine. Oh dear god, I could smell it for hours it’s that good! When you apply it, the water from your shower turns the oil to a rich foam which makes it so easy to lather on the skin and you can feel your skin becoming softer and smoother by the second.

The blend of almond and vanilla gives it a delicious sweet smell, and Grapeseed and Castor oil help to bring back moisture to your skin to leave it very smooth.

Because of the rich lather that you get, you really only need a small amount of oil which was probably the best surprise of this whole product. I’m using it a month now and I’m still on my first bottle which for me, is always a sign of a good oil.

It’s not cheap at €31.50 for 250ml, but to me it’s worth every penny as I’ve never used a shower oil like it. My skin feels amazing every time I use it, and it’s definitely made a massive difference to the dryness.

I’ve also found that I need to apply much less moisturiser on afterwards which has never happened me before so this one is going to be another staple product for me even when I’m not pregnant anymore. I just love it!

I bought mine in the Kiehl’s shop in Dundrum Town Centre, but it’s also available from Debenhams in store or online either.

The Body Shop Mango Softening Body Butter

I’ve been using The Body Shop Body Butters for years now and they never let me down when my skin needs an injection of hydration. There are several different scents and they always release some limited edition ones at Christmas, but I always come back to either Mango or Shea Butter which are my absolute favourite.

The butter itself is quite thick so you’d be forgiven for thinking that you need a lot of product, but because it is so creamy, you really only need a small amount as it is very easy to blend and apply, and goes much further than you expect.

All their body butters are made using community trade Shea Butter, and their oil is organic so it’s very pregnancy friendly. That combined with the 24 hour hydration promise (which really lives up to its claim for me), means your skin feels so soft all day.

I tend to apply this once a day at nighttime, and I love how soft my skin still feels in the morning when I wake up. On a very dry skin day, I’ll also apply in the morning but I find I don’t need to do that much anymore at all because my new skincare routine is working so well for me (so far anyway!).

Another great thing about these is the price point. They cost €20 for a 200ml tub, and last you a good month or two depending on how often you use. Though that might seem a little pricey compared to other body lotions or moisturisers out there, believe me, this is worth the money because it will last.

Clarins Huile Tonic Body Treatment Oil

When the lovely ladies in Clarins heard I was pregnant, they very kindly sent me a bottle of their Huile Tonic body treatment oil to try and when I opened it, it was quite honestly, love at first scent!

I’m a sucker for a gorgeous scent and it was the first thing that struck me about it – it just smells so good. It is made from 100% pure plant extract and the combined mix of mint, rosemary and geranium smells divine! These ingredients are also great for helping to firm the skin and improve elasticity, while hazelnut oil keeps the skin moisturised, hydrated and feeling super soft.

The oil is thick in consistency and I only apply it at nighttime because it takes a good bit of time to properly soak into the skin. I’ve found it works best when I have five to ten minutes to let the excess oil dry – that way you don’t lose any of the product on your pyjamas!

I’m now on my second bottle of this which I bought recently, but the only downside with it is the price point. It’s quite spendy at €47, so it’s not going to be for everyone, and because of how pricey it is, I’ve gone from using it every evening to every few days so it doesn’t run out as quickly as the first bottle!

Although it’s pricey however, it’s been worth every penny as it’s definitely helped to keep my stretch marks at bay; they are growing and there’s no stopping them, but so far they are quite light in colour and I don’t have too many which is good enough for me! 

Of all the products I’m using, this is definitely my ‘treat’ product, so for the days I don’t use it, I’ve turned to Bio Oil which has been my saviour many times even before pregnancy.

Bio Oil

For years I’d heard that Bio Oil was the best product to use for scars and stretch marks, and I can really vouch for its effectiveness. A few years ago, I had to have surgery on my wrist and afterwards, used Bio Oil on my scar every day to help it heal. While my scar didn’t disappear altogether, it dramatically faded, all because I was so strict about using it every day.

It’s been a similar story with my growing tummy. Though people are telling me my bump is still quite neat, the stretch marks have slowly started to show themselves like I mentioned above, so I am lashing on the Bio Oil every day to help keep them at bay.

Bio Oil has some incredible ingredients including Calendula oil which is known for its skin healing properties, as well as Lavender and Rosemary Oil, which leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated. It again is quite a thick oil, but blends so well into the skin, and has no greasiness at all.

Unlike the Clarins oil, this actually dries in quite quickly, so it’s more like a dry oil in texture and it also has a gorgeous smooth finish. It’s also one of the very few oils that I don’t wash my hands after using because I love how it feels on my hands too.

I honestly think this is the one beauty product that everyone should have in their home because it’s so good for a multitude of things like scrapes and sunburn, as well as stretch marks, and without a doubt, it works too.

The bottle I have is the 60ml bottle and costs €12.99. I get mine in Boots but nearly every pharmacy or supermarket sell it so it’s very easy to pick up. It also comes in a 125ml and 200ml bottle.

Just one thing to note about these oils is; while they help to keep stretch marks from getting too bad during pregnancy, they will also help to make the stretch marks disappear quicker after pregnancy. Of course some will remain, but anything you read about stretch marks will tell you that if you keep your skin hydrated and soft with the right products during pregnancy, then they will definitely fade better afterwards.

Obviously, I still have a while to go yet before I can let you know whether that’s worked for me or not, but don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted!

Well, there you have it; my full body pregnancy skin routine! I know it’s been a long post, but I really hope it helps you if you’re in the same boat as I was.

But more importantly don’t forget, all these products will be equally as amazing on your skin even if you’re not pregnant. So if you’re in the market for some new skincare, then I definitely recommend all of the above!

Sorcha x

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 308 | Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick in Shade 06, Abrico’dabra!

If you’re a lipstick fan, I’m sure you’ve seen this new range from Bourjois which launched last month. Their Rouge Velvet liquid lipstick collection has been around for quite some time, but this new lipstick version is so much better in so many ways.

I liked the original collection don’t get me wrong, but the quality of these lipsticks is just so good. They quite literally, feel like velvet when you apply them and leave your lips feeling incredibly soft.

I tried my first shade from the collection a few weeks back in a gorgeous rose shade, Hyppink Chicand loved everything about it from the formula to the colour. And I’m very happy to say, I’m still loving the formula as much today.

One of the best things about my challenge has been discovering new lipsticks that I love, especially when I love them even more second time around. For me, that’s a real sign that a product is a winner.

Today’s shade is a kind of muted orange coral, and while I don’t love it quite as much as the rose shade, the pigment is still very good and it has great colour pay off too.

My favourite thing about it though is the formula which is very cream-like when you first apply it. But after a few minutes, it dries in to give a soft matte finish that has really great staying power.

I’d even go so far as to say, this might be one of my favourite new release collections of the year. Granted, there are still a few more shades to try, but judging by how much I like them so far, they are definitely up there in my top favourites of the challenge.

Have you tried these yet? If not, I think you might just have to add one to your Christmas wish list!

Sorcha 💋