Simply Lippy Challenge Day 352 | Ciaté Lip Locked Tint & Balm Lip Duo in Shade, Sobe

Ciaté is a brand that I’ve admired from afar but until today, had never tried anything from them. I only recently discovered that they did makeup products as they are better known for their fab nail polishes, but when I saw this lip duo in the shop a few weeks ago, I decided to buy it and try it out.

One thing I’ve discovered throughout the year is that in general, I’m not a huge fan of lip duos. Rimmel’s Provocalips range is the best I’ve tried, and even at that, I think I prefer a regular lipstick really. Having said that, I was intrigued by the fact that this was a lip stain with a balm as opposed to a gloss, and thought it might be my kind of lipstick. I was wrong!

On one side you have a lip tint which is more like a lip stain, and is liquid in formula. It is very wet, and doesn’t apply well at all because of that. It’s hard to layer it as it pulls all the colour underneath and therefore you don’t get an even application. The shade is bright and the pigment isn’t bad, but that’s kind of irrelevant when it doesn’t apply well.

I thought that maybe the lip balm would even things out, so after a few minutes of leaving it to dry, I applied the balm side over it, which in all honesty just made everything worse! It dragged the colour even more and the finish just became patchy.

To try rectify the patchiness, I layered some of the pigment back over the balm which made it a little better but the back and forth was not ideal and annoyed me more than anything else. Plus, it didn’t make it that much better in the end.

I was so disappointed by this, especially as I’ve heard good things about Ciaté products before. But this is definitely not worth the spend, or the time, so unfortunately it’s a big thumbs down from me

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 351 | Catrice Velvet Matte Lip Cream in Shade 020, Rose Your Voice!

When I’ve had a disappointing lipstick day, I like to try something the following day that I’m pretty sure I’ll like and there’s no safer brand for me to do that with, than with Catrice. I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a huge fan of the brand and have a particular soft spot for their lipsticks, most of which I adore.

It’s been a while since I’ve worn one of their velvet matte lip creams however, so I decided it was time to take another one out. The last time I tried one of these in shade, Hazel Rose-Royce, I wasn’t overly impressed, and while it was nice, it wasn’t one of my favourite Catrice lipsticks.

Because of that, I didn’t know how I would get on with today’s shade, Rose Your Voice, but I needn’t have worried because I love it.

First off, the shade, while it looks like a pink-rose in the tube, it actually applies like more of a coral or peach rose. I didn’t mind that because the pigment is very good, and it’s a great all rounder shade, especially for days when you want a relaxed makeup look.

The formula is creamy, and while it’s not particularly moisturising, it doesn’t dry out the lips and keeps them soft all day. The colour pay off is very good, it blends well, and has a lovely smooth texture to it too.

Catrice describe it as having a satin matte finish, but for me, it’s a bit too wet to be described as a matte. It does dry slightly after applying, but the creamy element is much more prominent and I kind of like that.

I think after having a bad lipstick yesterday, I really liked wearing this today, it’s easy and hassle free, and I loved the soft shade too. For me, you just can’t go wrong with a Catrice lipstick.

What do you guys think, have you tried any Catrice lippies?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 349 | Urban Decay Vice Cream Lipstick in Shade, Ravenswood

For all us lipstick fanatics, I don’t think there’s any better feeling than when you rediscover just how much you love a lipstick. For me today, that’s Urban Decay’s vice cream lipstick. For years I have loved the formula of this and no matter how much I wear it, it never gets old.

Obviously with my challenge this year, there has been less time for wearing my favourite lippies, in fact, I’ve missed some of them a lot – especially for events or nights out when I’ve really wanted to wear them. But today, I tried out a new shade in one of my favourite formula’s and let me tell you, a new love affair has begun.

This year I discovered a love for rose shade lipsticks that I never had before, and this particular one, might just be my favourite after Make Up For Ever’s Rose Wood shade which I wore back at the beginning of the year.

Apart from the gorgeous rose shade, these lipsticks have incredible pigment. They are full coverage with amazing colour pay off, and the tone is lovely and rich too. The minute you apply this, you get a gorgeous pop of colour that you can’t help but love.

The formula is thick and creamy, but very easy to apply and blend, and it feels very luxurious on your lips as you wear it. It is hydrating and moisturising, and left my lips feeling smooth all day.

The other great thing about this formula is the staying power. As much as I adore cream finishes, the staying power isn’t always as good as I’d like, however with this, you don’t need to worry about having to reapply much at all. Today I caught up with my gorgeous cousin for lunch and it stayed put all afternoon through eating and lots of chatting!

So, if you haven’t guessed already, I love it! I really didn’t expect to be still discovering new lipsticks that I love so late into my challenge but it just goes to show how many great lipsticks there are out there! This one is without a doubt a new favourite and I’ve only got fifteen or so days to go until I can wear it again. Hooray!

If you’re looking for a last minute treat for Christmas then this one is a must buy for me!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 347 | H&M Lip Collection Lip Gloss in Shade, Maroon

If you’ve caught some of my posts over the last week, you’ll have seen me writing about this set of mini lip glosses that I picked up in H&M. There are five in the packet and while two of them wouldn’t usually be my choice of shade, the shades that I do like, I absolutely love.

Today’s shade, Maroon, is probably my favourite shade of all, mainly because it is a gorgeous winter berry shade, and you all know I love a berry lip.

The finish on this shade isn’t as full or opaque as some of the others; it is more sheer than anything else, yet the pigment is bold and colour pay off is very good. A light layer gives great coverage, and the colour is fab too!

The formula like with all the others, is thick and rich, and very easy to apply. It blends well, has a nice smooth texture and smells just as delicious as all the others.

The lasting power isn’t amazing, it’s fine but does need to be reapplied after eating or drinking. And as it was a very windy day, I did notice a little stickiness which I hadn’t notice before and found a little annoying.

Having said that, I had a girly day out today with some of my girls and it was the perfect lippy choice for a festive day out. I loved wearing it and it’s definitely going to stay in my makeup bag to use once my challenge is over.

Sorcha 💋

Review: IsaDora Stretch Lash Mascara

IsaDora is a brand that I’ve always heard good things about, but until recently, it had been a long time since I used any of their products. You may remember however, a few weeks back they relaunched in Ireland and I was very kindly invited along to the launch party to discover some of their latest and greatest products.

At the event we were given a goody bag of products, one of which was their Liquid Lip Cream which I wore on Day 275 of my Simply Lippy challenge and loved. And another product we were given, was this new Stretch Lash Mascara which I also am loving.

The brand describe this as a ‘mascara with a twist‘ and when they say with a twist, they mean it quite literally! It’s unlike any mascara I’ve used before because the applicator head twists and expands to give both a long and a short brush for a very precise application.

First things first, the brush head is silicone with very fine needles, and over the past while, I’ve become a big fan of this kind of mascara brush. I find product doesn’t clump as easily on the finer needles, and it also helps to distribute the product thinly and more evenly over the lashes. So straight off, that’s a big plus for me.

But what I really love about this, is the volume it gives. I start by extending the brush to it’s longest length and applying all over the lashes. Then, after leaving it for a couple of seconds to dry in, I twist the brush to it’s shortest length and go over my lashes a second time.

The shorter brush allows you to cover every single lash, giving more volume to the root and thickening your lashes in the process. What’s more, you can then use the shorter brush to cover your bottom lashes without worrying about the product transferring on to your face.

The pigment is very black, exactly the way I like it as I don’t tend to wear mascara in any other colour. The formula itself is light enough that you can easily build up the mascara, which in turn allows you to have either a natural coverage or full, dramatic coverage depending on what makeup look you’re going for.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is gimmicky, but in all honesty, it’s really not. It works so well and has become a go-to for me over the past few weeks.

Sorcha x

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 345 | elf Cosmetics Velvet Matte Lipstick in Shade, Blushing Brown

I’m sure many of you will know by now that elf Cosmetics finally launched in Ireland a few months back. So far, I’ve managed to try a few of their different lip colour crayons, all of which have been pretty nice. Today however, for something different, I decided to try a shade from their velvet matte range.

You all know how much I love a matte lip, and a cream matte lip is even better so I was very excited to give this a try. All the elf lipsticks I’ve tried up to now have been relatively creamy, but this one is definitely a cut above the others. There is a lovely richness to the formula that is so smooth, making application very easy.

The pigment is bold and strong, and though I wasn’t initially sure about the shade itself, it grew on me during the day and I ended up loving it. It has a rich brown, warm undertone with great colour pay off, and it wore very well throughout the day.

Because of the cream matte finish, the staying power was very good, and though I did need to reapply after lunch, it held up pretty well overall. There is no flakiness with it, and it kept my lips moisturised and soft during the day.

I have been so impressed by these lipsticks given their budget price point, but today’s shade is definitely my favourite so far. I’ve yet to try any of their other products, but given how much I like these, I’m excited to try some out.

As always, I’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, if you’ve tried any elf products then I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 342 | IsaDora Lip Desire Sculpting Lipstick in Shade 66, Mulberry

Mulberry; a word that brings sweetness to my ears when it comes to lipstick! I’m sure most of my regular readers already know how much I adore a berry lip, and today’s lipstick choice is no exception.

I first tried an IsaDora lippy a few months back in the most stunning warm red shade, Loving Red, which I loved for so many reasons but mainly, because of the insanely good pigment.

Today’s lippy, though from a different range, has equally good pigment with brilliant colour pay off. The shade is bold, rich and just gorgeous, and I absolutely loved wearing it for my girls Christmas day and night out today.

The formula is creamy so it applies and blends very well, and though my lips are quite dry and cracked at the moment, the colour didn’t flake or drag at all.

It kept my lips feeling soft and smooth while I wore it, and while I did have to reapply it after dinner, the lasting power was still pretty good regardless.

The finish is a satin finish and because of that, I also loved the slight shine it brought to my lips during the day.

For me, it’s the perfect party lippy shade for the silly season and I’ll definitely be wearing it again in the future.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 341 | H&M Lip Collection Lip Gloss in Shade, Mauve

The other day I tried out one of these H&M lip glosses for the first time and was so impressed with it. I loved both the formula and pigment, both of which were such good quality for the budget price point.

As I bought it as part of a five mini lip gloss set, today I tried out my next shade in the set, this lovely soft mauve nude. To me it has more of a brown than mauve undertone, but it’s a lovely warm shade nonetheless.

The pigment on shade Chestnut which I wore the other day, was a lot more opaque than today’s, and I did have a feeling that might happen given that the colour isn’t as rich. It’s definitely got more of a sheer finish, but you do still get a soft hint of colour when you layer it up.

The formula is the same rich vinyl-like formula as before, and one thing I absolutely love about it, is the gorgeous caramel vanilla scent which quite honestly, smells delicious! It literally makes me want to eat it – but maybe that’s more the pregnancy hormones than anything else!

The texture is very smooth and is slightly on the thicker side which gives a good coverage to the lips and keeps them soft throughout the day.

The lasting power isn’t bad as glosses go, you will need to reapply throughout the day, but nothing more than I would expect from a gloss really.

As colour goes, the pigment was definitely better in the first shade I tried, but overall I quite liked this one again today and am very impressed by how well it wears too.

Have you tried any of the H&M beauty range?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 340 | Penneys PS… Colour Intense Lipstick in Shade, Ambition

You all know by now how impressed I’ve been with the Penneys beauty range over the past year, particularly their lipsticks. Over and over again, I try different shades and formulas, and for the most part, I really like them. But some, like today’s, I absolutely love!

This lippy is from a range I haven’t tried before but I like it for so many reasons. Firstly, the shade itself is a gorgeous orange toned red; the kind of shade that I’m always drawn to especially at this time of year. It has incredible pigment and the colour pay off is also excellent; as soon as you apply it you get brilliant pop of colour that blends so easily on the lips.

The formula is creamy and very balm-like, with a lovely smooth texture. The balm element to it is very moisturising and my lips felt instantly softer as soon as I applied it which doesn’t often happen with budget lipsticks.

Because of its balm like element, the finish has a slight gloss to it and while that isn’t usually my preferred finish in a lipstick, I do really like it in a balm. It gives a lovely shine to the lips that you wouldn’t get with other finishes and adds an extra dimension to the colour too.

The only downside to a gloss finish however, is the lasting power. Gloss or high shine finishes never have the same staying ability as that of a cream or matte, so you do have to be prepared to top up and reapply throughout the day. Having said that, the staying power isn’t too bad at all with this, and it wears off pretty well without cracking on the lips.

Overall, I love the brightness of the shade and definitely see myself wearing it again. My lips felt so soft all day so it’s also a great option for anyone who suffers from dry lips, especially with all the cold weather we’re having now.

Have you tried any Penneys’ lippies yet?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 339 | H&M Lip Collection Lip Gloss in Shade, Chestnut

I think one of my favourite things about my challenge so far, has been those moments where a lipstick has completely surprised me. Given that I’ve tried and worn 338 lippies already this year, it doesn’t often happen anymore, but today it did!

As it’s Christmas, a lot of brands have been releasing lipstick sets and I came across this one from H&M the other day. I’ve never tried any H&M beauty products before now, but as the shades in the set looked so nice, I decided to buy it and put them to the test.

In all honesty, I didn’t have very high hopes for this at all, but I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised for many reasons.

The gloss texture is rich and creamy, with an almost vinyl-like feel to it that is lovely and smooth. It is thick but very blendable, and also has a gorgeous caramel scent which I loved.

The shade itself is a gorgeous warm rose shade with incredible pigment, and I loved how good the colour pay off was too. When I applied it, it didn’t drag or pull the colour underneath, and I loved the smooth finish of it too.

It takes a lot for me to like a lip gloss so you can imagine my surprise at really loving this one today. While it’s not the most hydrating lippy, it wasn’t drying, and my lips felt soft all day while I wore it.

There are five mini lipsticks in the set and after today’s experience, I can’t wait to try the rest. The paler shades may not have as good a pigment, but as always, I’ll keep you posted when I try them out!

Sorcha 💋