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 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 273 | Lip Junction Lip Balm in Shade, Cherry

Today’s post is one of the more random ones of my challenge so far in that I’m trying out a lip product from a brand I’ve never heard of, and also because it’s a tinted balm.

I’ve tried a few tinted balms over the course of my challenge, mainly because I want to show how you can get colour on your lips, even if you’re not a fan of lipstick or lip gloss. Some tinted balms have gorgeous pigments and give the lips a lovely pop of colour; it all just depends on what you’re looking for in a lip product.

When I was in the chemist last week stocking up on some pregnancy bits, I saw these tinted balms up at the counter beside the till. Of course when I saw they were tinted, I had to buy one and give it a try to see what it was like.

The shade I chose was Cherry, and it definitely has a Cherry look about it when you open it. But more importantly, it also definitely gives the lips a subtle red-pink gloss of colour when you apply it.

In terms of formula, I found it quite moisturising; not as creamy as I was expecting but it made my lips soft nonetheless and lasted pretty well on the lips too.

My only real issue with it is that I can’t find anything out about it online. I searched high and low but unless it’s trading under a different name that I’m unaware of, it has no website or social media pages that I can find. So it’s kind of a mystery really!

I’m not sure I’d use it again, but for a day when I wanted something easy and carefree, it wasn’t a bad choice.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 258 | Benefit Hydrating Tinted Posie Balm 

It’s been a long time since I’ve worn one of Benefit’s lip balms and I almost forgot how much I liked them until I decided to wear Posie Balm today.

Very excitingly, today we hopped on a plane to come away on our holidays, so I wanted something very easy to wear that would also keep my lips hydrated while flying. I don’t know about you, but I always get very bad dry lips on flights, so Posie Balm was the perfect travel choice.

These balms have a very slight tint; this one gives the lips a soft peach-pink tone which is lovely for a natural, understated makeup day. The colour is subtle so don’t expect a pop, but it does give them a nice soft lift.

Jojoba is one of the main ingredients in these balms making them super hydrating and moisturising, and my lips felt amazingly soft all day long.

The formula is thick enough to let you know you’re wearing a balm, and has a lovely richness to it while also being very smooth and easy to apply.

Now that I’ve remembered how much I like these, I’ll definitely be repurchasing some of the other shades for my challenge. They are the perfect lippy for a day when you want something easy, low maintenance and moisturising.

What do you guys think, have you ever tried one of these balms? They are the perfect addition to any autumn makeup bag, especially if you’re prone to dry lips from the colder weather!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 187 | & Other Stories Lip Balm in Paille Blush 

After many years of waiting, & Other Stories finally arrived in Ireland at the end of last year and I have quickly become a fan of their clothes. Until today however, I hadn’t tried anything from their beauty range but first impressions are definitely good.

When deciding what lippies to buy, I was intrigued by their tinted lip balms and so decided to buy this lovely soft peach shade to put to the test.

The balm itself is very creamy and quite thick in consistency. I actually quite liked the thickness because it gave a richness to the balm that was lovely, and also meant that it stayed in place pretty well throughout the day.

Where it falls down for me a little however, is the pigment. I was really hoping this would give a lovely peach pop to my lips, but really there wasn’t much of a colour tint at all. That could just be down to the fact that I chose a pale shade so I may have to try some of the bolder shades to judge it properly.

Aside from the colour however, I did really like the formula and how moisturising it is, so I’ll happy try it again in a bolder shade to see if the pigment is any better.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 73 | Burt’s Bees Tinted Replenishing Lip Balm in Pomegranate 

Today’s post is a quick one because I’ve had a crazy busy day – I don’t know where the hours in the day are going at the moment!

For today’s lippy, I decided to give myself a lipstick break and chose a tinted lip balm from Burt’s Bees instead. I’ve had this balm for a while, and find it great for giving my lips a burst of hydration when they are feeling dry or dehydrated.

The shade, Pomegranate, has a very slight berry tint which just lightly colours the lips and is the perfect lippy choice for a relaxed, neutral makeup look.

Have any of you tried Burt’s Bees lip balms? I’d love to hear your thoughts so let me know what flavours/shades you’ve tried!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 70 | MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm in Shade Candy Wrapped

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s been a busy one for me so today’s post is a little shorter than normal, but once again I’m wearing a lippy that I really like.

Because I knew I was going to be on the go all day, I wanted to wear something that was going to require little or no effort to wear, and so I decided to go for something a little different and wear one of MAC’s Tendertalk lip balms in a lovely pale pink shade called Candy Wrapped.

As you can tell from the photos, this is a barely there pink shade, but the formula is very hydrating and moisurising, with a lovely smooth consistency which feels so soft on the lips.

But apart from liking the formula, the star of the show with this lippy for me just has to be the gorgeous packaging. I mean, just look at that metallic, holographic-like tube! 

Over the years, I have been known to buy products for the gorge packaging alone, and this is exactly the kind of packaging that draws me in – I’m just obsessed with it!

If you’re a MAC fan and need to stock up on some products then I would suggest running to the shops now because MAC are currently giving away a free Tendertalk lip balm when you spend over €75. That might seem like a lot, but these babies usually retail at €20 so it’s a bargain (but only if you have €75 worth of products that you have to stock up on!).

The balm is a really good option for days when you don’t feel like wearing much and want to keep your look very natural. It’s hassle free, easy to apply, and keeps your lips looking glossy and soft throughout the day.

I’m sharing all my challenge photos and progress over on my social media pages so come follow me over there. You’ll find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and if you feel like joining me for a cuppa and a chat then I’m over on snapchat too. Just search for @imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 30 | No7 Lovely Lips Lip Balm in Parisian Pink

Well, there’s only one more day left in January and I’m so excited that tomorrow I will reach the one month milestone of my Simply Lippy challenge. I’m having so much fun doing it, and have to be honest, very reassured at how achievable it’s been so far. So here’s hoping that continues until the end of the year!

Today I went for a soft lip with a No7 Lovely Lips Lip Balm which I got as part of a present for Christmas, and actually didn’t realise was a balm until I applied it this morning. The shade, Parisian Pink, is a very soft shimmery pink, and as you would expect from a balm, is very light and natural.

The one thing I was hoping for with this was that it would be super hydrating as my lips felt extra dry this morning, but I’m a little disappointed to report that I was applying this over and over again throughout the day. After only a short time it would wear off my lips allowing them to become dry and cracked which is not really what you want, or expect, from a lip balm.

While it was a nice shade to try, and perfect for a soft makeup look, I don’t think this is a lippy that I’ll be rushing to use again. But, as I always say, it’s good to try out everything and that’s the whole point of this year’s challenge.

Make sure you come follow me on my social media pages too for all my challenge updates. You’ll find me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Oh, and if you feel like joining me for a cuppa and a chat then I’m over on snapchat as well. Just search for @imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha  💋

My Faves Part 9: Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm

It’s been two weeks since I last shared a My Faves post with you all, but this week I’m back with one of my favourite lip products, Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm.

As many of you will know by now, when it comes to beauty and makeup I’m a sucker for lipsticks, lip balms, lip oils, anything lip related really, and that is particularly true of these Rimmel lip balms.

So many brands have balms similar to this, Clinique’s chubby sticks are high on my list, as are MAC’s PatentPolish lip pencils, but for me Rimmel ever so slightly has the edge on them, particularly given their great price point.

The balm is similar in size to other market alternatives, it is a chubby pencil and has a swivel applicator at the bottom. The rich vanilla scent that you get as soon as you open it is just to die for, but thankfully you don’t get a strange taste from it once on your lips. Because as I’m sure many of you will agree, there really is nothing worse than a lipstick or lip balm that tastes horrible!

On application, the balm is super moisturising and has a light, smooth texture meaning it is very easy to apply. Not only that, but the pigment on these is just brilliant, and their smoothness allows you to build colour very well without having to use too much product.

There are fifteen shades in the range but my favourite is 710 Drive Me Nude, a kind of nude brown which I’ve been wearing for about two years now. I love applying this on my lips for light makeup days, particularly as it is so long lasting. I wouldn’t go so far as to say these have a lip stain element, but the colour does last very well whilst being hydrating too.

I never leave the house without lip balm, in fact I always have one to hand no matter where I am, but when you want a subtle pop of colour, these are the perfect alternative to a clear balm.

While I’m not a fan of all Rimmel products, I do love these balms and am also a fan of their Kate Moss lipstick range. So as far as the lippy business goes, they get a big thumbs up from me – they really do know their lips!

Have you tried these balms before? If so then let me know which one is your favourite by commenting below. Or if you haven’t tried them and you’re a lippy fanatic like me, then next time you’re on the search for a good balm why not give them a try.

At €7.99 they are an absolute bargain and I really don’t think you’ll regret it. Oh and if you do try them out, be sure to let me know how you get on as I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sorcha x



Review: Battle of the (Lip) Balms

I am one of those people who suffers from severely dry lips, I have done for as long as I can remember. I literally cannot go more than a few hours without putting balm on before they start to get dry, cracked and sore. For the past few years, Carmex has been my go-to balm when I’m not wearing lippy. I have one beside my bed, one in my handbag and one on my desk in work. Ask any of my close friends what’s the one thing I can’t leave the house without and I’m pretty sure they would say my Carmex (well, maybe after my phone)!

I often read articles however, about how you shouldn’t use the same balms for long periods of time as your lips become so immune to them that the product eventually has no effect. Now whether this is true or not I don’t know, but it got me thinking. Maybe it’s time I tried some of the others on the market.

So in the interest of experimentation, I had a browse at some of the most popular alternatives to see how they would stack up against my usual. After a little research I finally decided on the following: Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm, EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm and Kiehls Lip Balm #1 Original. I tried each of them out over the past few days and here’s a look at how I got on…

Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil (€4.49)

My first opinion of this balm was that it gave my lips a lovely, very slight, tint on application. A balm with a tint that works is a hard combination to come by I thought, I haven’t had great experiences with flavoured balms in the past, but was hopeful that this could be the exception. It started off so well but I’m sorry to say just didn’t quite hit the spot…

Application is smooth and after a quick blend I was on my way. I liked the fact that although it’s flavoured it’s not too strong, but while it did keep my lips moisturised, I felt I had to reapply this so often – much more than I usually would throughout the day. I liked the tint but didn’t love the product. It was just a bit ‘meh’ so I have to say I’m a little let down. Score? I have to go with a middle of the road 6/10.

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Sweet Mint (€8.99)

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the beauty news recently, you may have seen that in the US there have been several cases of women who have had bad reactions to this EOS lip balm. As a result I was nervous to try it (as you might gather from my face in the picture above!). On the flip side, I had previously read some good reviews of this balm so decided to suck it up in the name of beauty and give it a go.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is super hydrating and moisturising, and felt very smooth on application. I also quite like the packaging and sphere shape. The tingly lip sensation from the mint was a nice little addition too and the flavour was not strong at all. I did have a moment of panic that the tingling may be the onset of a bad side-effect, but so far no reaction. I’m cautiously optimistic so I’m going to continue to use it in the hope that nothing bad will happen. My lips felt so soft I just couldn’t deny that this was a good choice (so far anyway). I would have scored this a nine but as I’m a little apprehensive about what regular use will bring, I have to reflect that in the score, so I’m going with an 8/10.*

*I will keep you posted on whether continued use has any negative side effects, in which case obviously my score will dramatically change.

Kiehls Lip Balm #1 Original (€11.00)

This Kiehl’s balm is a cult favourite and I know many people who swear by it. It’s very easy to apply and there’s a nice consistency to the balm itself. This was the one I had the highest hopes for but I just didn’t feel that instant deep moisturisation that I got with EOS, or that I get with Carmex. Nooooo!

The consistency is just much lighter that the other two which I’m not used to, so because of that I’m willing to give this one the benefit of the doubt and keep trying it for another while longer. The one big positive was that I didn’t need to apply it that often throughout the day which means it was definitely doing something good, and also means the tube may last longer than my Carmex usually does. It also gives a nice gloss to my lips too. Score: 8/10.

Carmex Lip Pot Original (€3.79)

Ah my old reliable. It’s true, I may be a little biased as I’ve been using this one for so long but as I usually use the Carmex tube, for the purposes of fairness, I decided to try the Carmex lip pot this time around. The first thing I noticed was the tingly effect that I used to love so much about Carmex actually pales in comparison to the one I got from EOS. Interesting.

To me, there’s no denying the moisture that Carmex gives your lips, it absorbs into them making them feel very soft, very fast. It also gives my lips a super glossy shine. But in terms of gloss, Kiehls is right up there with it now and actually thinking about it, I go through a lot so maybe it’s not as effective as I thought it was. Score? I would have without a doubt gone with a ten before, but now that I have some comparisons I think it’s more like a 9/10.

So, after all that will I be kicking my Carmex to the curb? Hmmm, I don’t think so. I have a very soft spot for it, but I think it’s got to be willing to share from now on. I’ll be continuing to test EOS and Kiehls over the next while and as none of these hit the ten mark, I’m now determined to find a 10/10 balm.

Any suggestions? If your favourites aren’t on here then please share them with me so I can add them to my test list.

Sorcha x