Hello Friends, It’s Been A While…

I haven’t written a personal post like this for quite some time now, between my Simply Lippy challenge and other things going on, general blogging has had to take a bit of a back seat over the past few months.

Apart from working full time and trying to fit in blogging in the evenings after work and over my weekends, for the past few months I’ve had something else going on – something that’s kept me, distracted let’s say.


I’ve been thinking about whether or not to share this online with the world, and all you lovely readers, as I’ve been a bit nervous about putting it ‘out there’. But you may have noticed that on Sunday I posted my first non-Simply Lippy related post in a long time. Until Sunday, I hadn’t done a beauty review post since back in May and I wanted to tell you all why. 

The reason I’ve been a little MIA is because… Dave and I are expecting a new little addition to the family! That’s right, I’m pregnant. Eeek!

We are very excited but it’s been a tough few months of sickness and tiredness as many of you Mum’s and pregnant ladies will know all about. So needless to say, it’s been hard trying to keep up with my lipstick challenge, let alone doing any other blogging for the past while.

I’ve somehow managed to keep Simply Lippy going, believe me there have been days where I’ve wanted to pack it all in while my head was stuck over the toilet bowl! But in the end, I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t power through and now, I am at Day 248. I don’t know how I got here, but I did, and I’m so glad I did.

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My regular followers may have noticed that my posts have been a day or two late here and there because really, I just haven’t been able to write some days – and my bed has been a lot more appealing! But, I kept it up, every day of this year so far, I’ve worn a different lipstick, photographed it and shared the journey with you all.

I’m currently 17 weeks pregnant and thankfully the dreaded sickness is starting to pass and I’m beginning to feel more like myself again. Now that I’m getting back to normal, I’m very excited to get back to my blogging especially as I have so many beautiful products that I’ve been using that I’ve dying to tell you all about.

With so much going on, I don’t know that I’ll have as much time for social media as well as writing, but I’m going to give it all my best and hope that you’ll all join me on this new adventure I’m going on. No doubt there will be lots of pregnancy related beauty posts coming too, mostly because my skin has been a mess for the last few months, and that alone has taken some adjusting too.


But it’s all a happy learning curve and I’ve lots more to learn still, so if you’re a mummy or are currently pregnant then please send all tips and advice my way!

Thanks for sticking with me, I hope you’ve been enjoying my lipstick challenge, and I promise to have lots more beauty blog posts coming again soon.

Sorcha x 

Hello August, Hello Blog

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It’s been a few days since I’ve blogged so apologies for the lack of contact and communication but Dave and I were away for a few days in Spain with some close friends of ours and I decided to take a few days off.

If you read some of my posts last week, you’ll know that for the first time since I started blogging, I’ve been experiencing some writers block, and just doubting my blogging content and writing overall really.

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Starting a blog was a scary endeavour, mainly because I began sharing my life with the world. So sometimes I wonder whether I’m doing the right thing. The right thing by me, the right thing by you, my readers.

When I’m going through times like this, I always come back to one thing – I love writing. But blogging is so much more than just writing. It’s photo taking, it’s idea making, it’s finding ways to write good, interesting content, it’s trying to find your niche, it’s trying to find a following. And that’s not always easy, it takes time, it takes patience, it takes effort, but most of all, it takes passion.

My little blog has been around for seven months now and sometimes I can’t believe I’ve got this far. I’m averaging about 2,500 views a month with about 1,500 unique visitors so it’s doing pretty well. I’m by no means up there with some of the brilliant bloggers that I love and follow, but I’m pretty proud of what I’ve achieved so far.

I do question myself, I do worry that I’m doing the right thing, I do wonder where it’s going to take me, if anywhere. I hope it takes me somewhere. I suppose the sky is the limit as they say, I just need to believe that it is so that I can reach for it.

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But I’ve had a few days off to reflect, to think, to reevaluate, and now it’s time to get back to writing, and sharing my thoughts, loves, likes, interests and adventures with you all.

So on that note, I’d really love for you to comment below or get in touch on my facebook, twitter or instagram and let me know your thoughts on my little blog, what you like reading, what you don’t like reading, and help me steer it back on course so I can keep on growing.

I so appreciate all of you who take the time to stop by and read or like or comment, without you there wouldn’t be a blog. So from me to you… Thank you!

Sorcha x

Wednesday Writing

For the first time since I’ve started my blog, I’m properly experiencing writers block or more specifically, bloggers block. I knew it would happen, I knew it would come, but still I’m finding it so hard. Writing is my thing, it’s my escape, it’s my passion, it’s how I currently fill my days but as I sit here trying to write, nothing is coming to me – zilch, nada, diddly squat.

There’s so much I want to write and talk about, my travels, our big trip coming up at the end of the year, beauty products I’m currently trialling and testing, my anxiety that reveals its ugly mug every so often, my journey on trying to make a living doing what I love… I know I’ve a lot to say, but today I just don’t know how to say it.

I think I’m just having a weird week, maybe I’m overwhelmed by the fact that now I actually have the chance to do what I want to do, I don’t know. It’s one of life’s little tricks isn’t it; finally giving you the chance to discover, to excel, to grow, to be great, then testing you to see if you can live up to the challenge? Damn, I’m not doing too well so far.

I’m going away tomorrow for the bank holiday weekend so my plan was to write as many blog posts as possible and schedule them for while I’m away. But alas, the universe has decided that’s just not meant to be today.

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So instead, I’m going to have a coffee, go for a walk, meet some friends, try find some inspiration, then come back to my laptop and my thoughts later on. And, if you see a post popping up from me tonight or tomorrow then you’ll know I survived!

In the meantime if anyone feels like sending me some bloggers block tips I would really appreciate it. Or if there’s anything specific you’d like me to talk or write about, then please let me know that too.

I need all the help I can get today!

Sorcha x

It’s The Little Things

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If you read my Monday Motivation blog post yesterday, you’ll know I was having a bit of a meh day. I was feeling a bit blah and in need of a lift somehow. And I got it!

Yesterday afternoon I got a notification from Elizabeth Arden that they loved one of my photos of their new Eight Hour Miracle Oil and wanted to use it on their social media sites. I was so excited! I’m certainly no photographer, in fact, the whole world of photography is a real learning curve for me, but given my love of Instagram, I try to make an effort to create pretty pictures.

Anyway next thing I know, they had shared the photo on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and it made me feel great. It’s such a small thing, I mean it’s only a photo I know, but there is something in a small victory that helps you to keep going.




You see, I’ve been having a bit of bloggers block the past few weeks. I’ve been questioning and second guessing myself, asking myself is there even any point in doing the blog. It’s a confidence thing I guess, plus sometimes you just worry that you’re boring people or that they are not even reading at all. So this really gave me the lift that I needed.

My blog isn’t specialised like other blogs, I love makeup so I write about beauty products; I love shopping and eating out so I write about what I buy and restaurants I go to; I love going away so I write about travel; I just got married so I write about weddings; and, sometimes I just love writing about random thoughts in my head. I’m not just a beauty blogger, or travel blogger or lifestyle blogger, I’m a little bit of everything, maybe that will work for me, maybe it won’t.

I’m still figuring it all out and have no idea where I’ll end up really. But yesterday gave me that small little push to keep going. What’s more, Charlotte Tilbury then also contacted me to say they wanted to use this picture in their social media and marketing materials.
So if ever there was a sign from the blogging gods, I think yesterday was it!

I’m sure I’ll have days like this again, there will be many of them no doubt. But like yesterday, once I realise that there are victories in the little things, and not to take things so seriously, then hopefully I’ll be able to snap myself out of it and keep writing.

Afterall, it’s the little things that mean the most.

Sorcha x

Let’s Get Social

So as you may know by now, I’m a big fan of Social Media. I’m one of those people who probably spends a little too much time on my phone, but all in the name of blogging I say.

Having multiple social media platforms has really helped me to grow my blog, and every day I’m gaining new followers which I’m so grateful for. But in order to do that, you need to put time and effort into creating, sharing and editing great posts and images on your social pages.

There are many arguments that suggest we are all too ‘plugged in’ and need to make time to switch off from the digital world. While I understand the arguments, and agree with them to some extent, without social media my blog wouldn’t be getting nearly as much growth or exposure as it is. So what I’m really saying here is that I’ve decided to embrace it and I hope you all come join me over there too.

So please come follow me if you’re not already, have a look at my pages and let me know what you think. You can find all my social details here:

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Sorcha x