Review: Clarins SOS Primers

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Clarins. The brand consistently releases great, innovative products both in skincare and makeup, and over the past few years, has become one of my go-to brands for both. Their lipsticks have the most incredible pigment which you will know if you followed my lipstick challenge last year, and I honestly couldn’t live without their Double Serum which saved my dry skin over the past nine months of pregnancy.

Their latest release is no exception and comes in the form of six new colour correcting primers to combat dull, uneven skin complexions and focus on promoting ‘a fresh balanced skin tone with maximum radiance’. Each of the six primers targets a different problem area of the skin ranging from fatigue, to redness, and dark spots to dullness, so whatever your issue, rest assured there’s a primer for you.

A couple of weeks back, Clarins very kindly sent me some of the primers to try out and I’ve been putting them to the test ever since. Given that these are part of their SOS range, I had very high hopes for them as I completely fell in love with their SOS nourishing balm face mask released last year and use it all the time. Thankfully, I can honestly say, I have not been disappointed.

I was sent four from the collection to try out, all of which have brilliant pigment, a very smooth texture, and, they blend like a dream into the face allowing makeup to stay in place all day long. However, while my initial impressions are excellent, really, only two of the primers are relevant for my skin tone.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll already know that I have dry skin which tends to get very dull at times, particularly in winter or when I’m feeling a bit under the weather. Therefore, I am always drawn to products that boost radiance, give me a nice glow and leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. And that’s where shades 00 Universal Light and 03 Coral come in.

Universal Light as you can see from the photos, has a white, pearlised finish to it and instantly I knew this was going to be right up my street. It is lightweight in consistency, and blends into the face very easily without leaving any stickiness or wetness behind. As soon as I apply it, my face takes on a very subtle glow that isn’t shimmery in any way (I hate that in a primer), and gives it a well-needed boost of radiance that is really hard to come by in this cold weather!


Primers tend to be needed most around the t-zone area of the face, but I love this primer so much, I’ve been wearing it all over to give me a proper glow. The pump applicator makes it very easy to use, and you need very little too. Just one pump is enough to cover the entire face and believe me, it will keep your makeup perfectly in place too.

The second shade that has been working wonders for me is Coral, which helps to combat dark spots and patches, which I tend to suffer from due to dryness. I’ve been loving the warmness this shade brings to my skin; it gives a tint of colour not dissimilar to a tinted moisturiser, only it’s much more lightweight and gives a lovely glow to my skin too.


I don’t think I would use this shade as often as Universal Light, it’s more of a product I would reach for on a particularly bad skin day for example.  Having said that however, I’ve been switching back and forth between both over the past few weeks and am loving the results that I get from each.

While my concerns are dryness and dullness, we all have different concerns when it comes to our skin so here’s a breakdown of the full collection:

  • 00 Universal Light – This primer reproduces light on the skin’s surface to enhance radiance and boost skin tone
  • 01 Rose – Pink pigments in this shade combat signs of fatigue by giving the skin an energy boost and revitalizing your complexion
  • 02 Peach – This primer focuses on targeting problem skin issues such as visible veins and acne scarring by minimizing imperfections and giving it a ‘touched-up’ finish
  • 03 Coral – Best for targeting dark spots, the orange light pigments in this shade will help to even out skin tone
  • 04 Green – Already receiving rave reviews, the green primer is perfect for anyone who suffers from redness. It re-balances skin tone to remove redness, without making the skin look dull
  • 05 Lavender – This shade is best suited to those with sallow skin in need of a boost of freshness. The lavender pigment helps to give the skin a clearer appearance and combats the effects of day-to-day pollution.

As I mentioned, everyone’s skin tone is different and that’s why it’s so important to try before you buy. For example, if your skin is more oily than dry then I would say the Universal Light shade probably isn’t for you as it does make the skin look very dewy. But that’s the best thing about this collection, there is one for everybody in the audience so to speak!

One of the best things about Clarins as a brand, is the fact that they are always willing to give you samples of products to try out, so if you’re interested in investing, I would suggest popping to your local counter and getting some samples to see which best suits your needs.

Each primer costs €31 and they are on sale at all Clarins counters now.

Sorcha x

Review: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Hey everyone! It’s been quite a while since I last shared a blog post with you all, but after blogging and writing for almost every day of last year, and about to have my first baby, I needed a little time out to refocus and nest.

However, after a few weeks of me-time and staying off the blog, I’m back now and I have so many great products I want to tell you about.

If you follow my social media pages, you will already know that I’m a huge fan of This Works’ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I’m using it for almost two years now, and talk about it so much, that I thought it was finally time to give it, its own dedicated review post.

For those of you not already familiar with it, this pillow spray has become somewhat of a cult product of late, mainly because of its ability to help you fall asleep, and get some well-needed shut eye after a long day. Not only does it help you sleep better however, its combined natural ingredients of lavender and chamomile are incredibly calming, and help to make you feel more refreshed when you wake the next morning too.

I was always a big advocate of lavender when it comes to keeping myself calm and relaxed; I used to use lavender essential oils a lot around the house and still use lavender products in my bath, and I absolutely swear by its ability to help me destress and leave the day’s worry behind me. Because of that, when I first read about this a few years ago, I was intrigued but also a little dubious as to whether or not it would really work. But let me tell you, it absolutely does.

I’ve suffered with anxiety on and off over the years, and anytime I’m feeling a lot of stress, tension or worry, I know I need some downtime and a few days of good sleep. During a particularly bad patch a few years ago, in desperation I decided to give this a try and quite honestly, I haven’t looked back since.

Not only does it help me sleep better, but I adore the smell of it so much that some nights I spray it for the scent alone! Just a quick spritz or two is all you need so a little goes a long way, and I find it works best when I spray it about a half an hour or so before I want to go asleep.

I don’t use it every night, especially as I’ve been sleeping so well for most of my pregnancy. So on average, I would say I use it a couple of times a week, some weeks more than others, and I never let a bottle run out before stocking up on another. I even have two bottles packed in my hospital bag for when the baby comes!

Now don’t worry, I’m not under any illusion that I’ll be getting a lot of sleep once bump arrives, but I will definitely be spraying this in the delivery room and on my ward bed simply because of the lovely calming effect that it has.

I’ve read some reviews that suggest it’s all a placebo effect, but for me, that hasn’t been the case at all and in my experience, it’s one of the best natural sleep aids I’ve tried.

How about you? Have any of you tried it? If not, it’s one I definitely recommend investing in, even just to make your bedroom smell deliciously of lavender if nothing else!

The 75ml bottle costs €22 and is available in several pharmacies around the country both in store and online.

Happy sleeping!

Sorcha x

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 365 | Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Shade 34, La Raffinèe

Well, the day has finally arrived. Today marks the last day of my 365 day lipstick challenge. I don’t know how I got here, some days were very tough that’s for sure. But, I persevered and am so happy and proud to have made it to the finish line. Whoop!

I promised you all a great lipstick for my last day, and this one certainly is great. I don’t want to say I saved the best till last because I’ve tried so many incredible lipsticks over the past year, I feel that might be slightly unfair. What I will say however, is that I adore this particular one.

I only wore one other Chanel lipstick over the course of my challenge, Insaisissable, from the luminous intense lip colour range. I loved it and it was one of my favourite lipsticks of the year so because of that, I decided to end on another Chanel.

Today’s lipstick is from the Rouge Allure Velvet collection so the finish is quite different to the last one I tried. It has more of a matte finish than sheer, but with a rich creamy texture that feels lovely on.

The shade is a gorgeous warm rose shade, and those of you who followed my challenge will know that I became a big fan of rose tones this year. It was probably one of the more surprising finds of the challenge because I’d never really worn a rose shade lippy before, but have now grown to love them.

Unfortunately I am smothering with the flu and quite honestly, the last thing I wanted to do today was put on a face of makeup. But, I had to go out on a high and this gorgeous lippy has helped me do that.

Of course I have had several days over the past year where I wasn’t in the mood, or wasn’t feeling well, particularly during the first few months of my pregnancy when I had some bad morning sickness. Nevertheless, I soldiered through and now I’ve made it!

This lippy is one of the most versatile shades that I’ve tried; the warm tone makes it very flattering to all skin types and the formula is very moisturising on the lips too. So it’s definitely one that I would recommend splurging on.

But now it’s time for me to bid farewell to my challenge and the exciting, crazy, whirlwind year that was 2017. I will be sharing a round up post of my Top Ten lipsticks of the year later in the week, but for now, I’ll bid you all a very Happy New Year and wonderful 2018 ahead.

Yours always in lipstick…

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 364 | Tom Ford Ultra-Rich Lip Color in Shade 24, Emma

As my lipstick challenge draws to a close, of course I had to leave a very special lipstick for the penultimate day. While you’ll have to wait just one more day to see what my final choice is, today’s lippy might just be my favourite of all the Tom Ford lipsticks I’ve tried to-date.

This lipstick is from the Ultra-Rich lip colour range and is possibly one of the creamiest formulas I’ve ever come across in a lippy. It is rich in texture, thick without being too thick, and has the most luxurious feel, more-so than most other lipsticks I’ve tried this year.

Aside from the fab formula, the shade is a gorgeous raspberry pink; my perfect kind of berry shade, with incredible pigment and great colour pay off. Initially from looking at it, I thought it would be more red than berry, but was so happy to discover the raspberry tone once I applied it.

The creamy formula makes it very easy to apply and blend, and it layers up to give a rich, deep colour that I just love. As with all Tom Ford lipsticks however, you really don’t need to apply much at all because the pigment is so good.

You may recall in some of my Tom Ford posts, I’ve questioned whether or not they are really worth the hefty €49 price tag. They are gorgeous of course, and I’ve been lucky enough to get mine as gifts from my family, but €49 is a lot to spend on a lipstick unless you absolutely adore it.

However, after wearing this shade today, I think I can safely say I will happily spend €49 on this shade again – I love it that much! Plus, I’m feeling very under the weather with the flu and this was exactly what I needed to cheer myself up today!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; never underestimate the power of a great lipstick to make you feel amazing!

Have you splurged on a Tom Ford lippy yet?! If so, I’d love to hear all about it.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 363 | Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Shade 40, Berry Boost

Maybelline do some great lipsticks, especially liquid mattes, so when I saw this bright berry shade in the shop the other day, I of course bought it to try it out.

It’s no secret by now that I love a berry lipstick shade, and while this is more pink than anything else, it still has a lovely rich tone to it that was just deep enough for me to like.

The matte formula is very smooth and though it’s wet when you first apply it, it dries in very matte and doesn’t budge once on. The pigment is bold and strong with great colour pay off, and leaves a full coverage, opaque finish on the lips.

Sometimes with mattes your lips can get very dry, especially mine, but I was quite surprised to find that this didn’t dry them out too much at all. It wasn’t hydrating, but I didn’t need to worry about applying balm over it during the day which is always a good sign.

The texture is smooth which makes it easy to blend and apply, and the thin brush head allows for quick application too. Because of the thin tip, you can line the lips easily then fill the colour in with just a light layer.

Although it was slightly more pink than I had expected, I really liked wearing the shade and think it will be a fab shade for summer too. It certainly helped to lift my tired looking face today anyway, and god knows, I need all the help I can get with that right now!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 362 | Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Shade 200, Latino

Over the course of my challenge, I’ve tried one other lipstick from Rimmel’s moisture renew range and though it had a sheer finish, I was pleasantly surprised by the formula. I didn’t love it but it wasn’t bad, and as a result I decided to try one more shade from the range before my challenge finishes up.

Unlike the last shade I tried Pink Rules, this shade didn’t have a very sheer finish, but what it did have was a kind of frosted look to it which I’m not a big fan of as I’m sure most of you know by now.

This frosted feel to this reminds me of bad lipsticks from my teenage years that I’d really rather forget than revisit! The pigment is nice, but the pink tone isn’t really my thing either so overall, I wasn’t loving this today.

The formula itself is very creamy and moisturising which lives up to the claims its title suggests. It feels hydrating to wear and the texture is nice and smooth too.

The coverage is medium and the colour pay off is good too, so there are some positives to this in terms of formula. For me however, I just couldn’t get passed the colour and finish, so I don’t think I’ll be wearing it again.

How do you feel about frosted finish lipsticks? They can look great on, but just aren’t for me.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 361 | YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Lipstick in Shade 22, Neon Coral

You all know by now how much I love both a YSL lip and a coral lip, so it’s fair to say that today’s lipstick is a match made in heaven. I’ve wanted to try out the YSL Tatouage Couture range since it was released back in September, and now that I’ve finally had the chance, I’m not disappointed.

YSL make the most incredible lipsticks; some of my all time favourites are from YSL and I adore every single one of them so needless to say, I wasn’t surprised to find that I loved this today too.

Unlike their other lipsticks that I’ve tried, this lippy is a matte stain in the very truest sense of the word. It applies very similarly to their vinyl liquid lip cream, and has the same creamy texture, only once dried in, gives the full effect of a matte lip.

As mentioned, the formula is very creamy with the same delicious scent that all YSL lippies have. The pigment is strong and flawless, and the colour pay off is excellent too.

The matte finish does make it a little less hydrating than other YSL lipsticks but that’s to be expected from a lip stain. I did find myself preferring the moisturising element that you get from the vinyl lip creams or regular lipsticks, but I still loved the colour and finish nonetheless.

The colour itself is a salmon coral rather than an orange coral, but I loved it as I’m sure you’ve already guessed! And, what’s more, it’s a perfect day-to-night shade for any time of year.

We were out tonight for a friend’s 40th birthday celebration and I loved how this worked equally as well on out and about during the day, as well as for a night out on the tiles tonight. What’s more, the stain element means the staying power is excellent so I didn’t need to worry about reapplying it during the evening.

Of course as with any brand, there are some lipsticks I prefer more than others, but this one is definitely going up there with my current YSL favourites. It’s smooth, creamy and gorgeously luxurious – I literally didn’t want to take it off!

Have you ever tried a YSL lipstick?

Sorcha 💋