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 223 | Chanel Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Shade 152, Insaisissable 

If you caught yesterday’s Tom Ford post, you will know that it’s my birthday weekend, yay! And for me, the best way to celebrate is by wearing some seriously luxurious high-end lipsticks.


Yesterday for my actual birthday, I tried out my first Tom Ford lipstick, and today, I got to try out my first Chanel one. Because you know, why not?! 


Because of the weekend that was in it, I decided to treat myself to something very special in this Chanel lippy, and the colour I chose I’m sure will be no surprise to my long term followers – a gorgeous pink toned coral that I just adore.


Coral shades are my favourite, especially for Summer, and this lipstick quite honestly, has everything you could want and more. The pigment is divine, and the formula is creamy and blendable, with a gorgeous satin finish to give your lips a lovely sheen glow.


The colour pay off is excellent and it just feels so smooth on your lips, almost balm like but with all the richness of the perfect lipstick. It is full coverage which I love, and the lasting power is perfect as satin finish lipsticks go.


I have fallen totally and utterly in love with this, and I think it may be one of the most perfect lipsticks I have ever tried or worn! What’s more, at €35 it is cheaper than my Tom Ford offering yesterday and I think I might love it even more than I did that!


Of course a lipstick like this is a complete luxury purchase, so I won’t be able to buy these all the time. However, I am so excited to be able to wear this again once my challenge is over.


I don’t often say that you should go out and buy something, but my god if you do have a hankering to splurge on something luxurious and you like a satin lip, then this lipstick is the perfect purchase.

Sorcha 💋

Resolution Time

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In keeping with all things New Year, it’s time to write my list of New Year’s resolutions. I know I’m a little late to the party, but better late than never eh?!

I wouldn’t say I have the best track record when it comes to keeping New Year’s resolutions or goals that I set for myself, I always have the best intentions but one thing leads to another throughout the year and more often than not, resolutions get forgotten. Yes there are the old reliables that appear on my list every year such as losing weight, getting fitter, managing to squeeze into those size 10 jeans that have been sitting in my wardrobe for the past five years… But let’s call a spade a spade here, they aren’t much craic as resolutions go, so this year I’m focusing on positivity.

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For 2016, I’ve decided my resolutions are all going to be things I REALLY want to do and I’ve narrowed it down to four, achievable goals. Would I say no to having a body like Beyoncé? Of course not! But while I’m waiting for that to happen, I’m going to push on with these:

1. Write More

Tick! Well, this blog is the first step and you all know by now I’m so nervous I might pee my pants. But I’m writing, and that’s a helluva lot more than I was doing five days ago.

2. Experience the Year of the Holiday

Ahhh the Year of the Holiday. This is something a good friend told me about before I got married. A couple she knew spent their first year of marriage travelling to all the places they wanted to see before they settled down, bought a house and started on the baby making. I told Dave about it not long before we tied the knot and we both agreed we had to jump on board that bandwagon and have some fun before it’s time for the serious stuff.

With that in mind, we plan on spending the next year visiting new places we’ve never been (or been to together) while also revisiting some of our old favorites near and far. The list is a work in progress, but I think you’ll agree there’s plenty to get us started! We’re currently at twelve locations and counting:

  • Paris
  • Ibiza
  • Rome
  • London
  • New York
  • Nashville
  • Kerry
  • Bali
  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • Thailand
  • Washington DC

Now let’s be honest, unless we win the lotto sometime soon, we’re most likely not going to get to all of those places in the next twelve months and we also have to try squeeze it all in, in between work and real life. But our flights to Paris are booked and I’m hoping I’ll have our Ibiza and Rome flights boxed off shortly too. Yippee!

3. Buy Something Fabulous I Can’t Afford

I’ve had my eye on a new Chanel quilted lambskin flip bag for quite some time now and I think this year is the time to purchase (but shh, don’t tell Dave!).

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4. Worry Less

I’m a divil for the worrying but this year I’m making a conscious effort not to sweat the small stuff. I’m not gonna lie, this could be a toughy as each year brings its own stress. But hopefully I’ll be so busy writing and having fun travelling that I won’t have time to worry!

So there we go folks. It’ll be a challenge but I’m moving full steam ahead.

Have you any fun New Year’s resolutions for 2016?

Sorcha x