Simply Lippy Challenge Day 13 | PS… Matte Long Last Lipstick in Bronco

Happy Friday everyone! Although, it is Friday 13th and me being a superstitious kind of person, I’m never really that fond of Friday the 13th. Ridiculous, I know! It might explain why I’ve been feeling a bit lethargic today though, I feel like I never really woke up this morning. Does anyone else get days like that?!

Anyway, if you follow me on snapchat, yesterday you will have seen me talk about the amazing box of lippy goodies that the lovely ladies in Penneys sent me, to help me along on my Simpy Lippy challenge (Primark for my non-Irish followers). I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of lipsticks I got, and I’m so excited to get using and showing them all to you.

You may have heard me talk about some of the PS Pro beauty products before – for me, last year Penneys completely brought their A-Game when it came to some of their beauty releases. Their powder contour palette is brilliant, their highlighting pens are to die for, and their lipsticks really stand up against some of the best in the business. Us Irish girls love a bit of Penneys, and when it comes to beauty, it’s no different.

The only lip product I have tried up to now was one of their lip crayons, so for today’s challenge I’m testing out one of their long lasting matte lipsticks in a caramel brown shade called, Bronco. When I first opened this lipstick I loved the warm-toned look of it, and was very pleasantly surprised to find that the colour pigment is equally as good when applied. It gives your lips the most gorgeous, rich caramel tone and smells deliciously of caramel too!

I’ve become a massive fan of matte finishes over the past few years and this lippy is a great option. It is a very creamy matte, isn’t drying on the lips, and, the lasting power is pretty good too.

But the biggest plus about this lipstick? It costs €2. Yep. No, seriously yep, only €2. I mean lads, where would you be going? A budget beauty bargain at its finest!


If you’re enjoying my challenge so far, I’d really love for you to please come follow me over on social media too. I post pretty pictures on Instagram, chat all things beauty releases and favourites on Twitter, and share weekly lipstick videos on Facebook. And I’ve got my very own challenge hashtags as well – #simplylippy and #365days365shades, and you can follow my journey by searching for those too.

Tomorrow I’ll be reaching the two week mark so make sure you watch out for my weekly round up video on Facebook which will be uploaded in the morning.

Sorcha 💋

 

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 12 | Clarins Lip Oil in Shade 2, Raspberry

I don’t know about you but I’m constantly freezing at the moment. The weather in Dublin took a turn over the past few days and it’s bitterly cold outside. Unfortunately for me, that always means I’m going to have to up my hydration game when it comes to my lips as they become very dry and sore in cold weather.

Apart from it being time to use some of my natural lip scrub (you can find the recipe here), for today’s Simply Lippy lipstick choice I knew I had to pick something that was soft, hydrating and moisturising on my lips in order to help improve them, and prevent them from becoming any worse. And that’s where the Clarins Lip Oil comes in.

I first tried this lip oil last Summer (if you missed my review post can catch up here), and I was really impressed by its hydrating and non-greasy formula, that leaves your lips feeling very soft and smooth. The formula is usually a little more clear than this, but I’ve used my one a lot hence why it’s looking a bit cloudy!

This shade, Raspberry, has just the very slightest hint of a tint, but enough to give your lips a colour lift whilst still giving the look of a neutral, clear gloss. And although the finish is glossy as I just mentioned, it somehow manages to be non-sticky and long lasting both at the same time. Hence why this became a firm favourite after I first discovered it back in July.

You can probably tell from the photos that my lips aren’t looking their best, but the difference between the before and after photos I think is pretty great. The lip oil manages to disguise my dryness and red patches, and is helping them heal in the process.

Of all the lip products I’ve written about so far, I think this might just be the one most worth having in your makeup bag (apart from YSL Rouge Pur Couture of course!).

If you’ve missed any of my challenge posts you can catch up now by heading over to my social media pages InstagramTwitter and Facebook. Or you can simply search for my challenge hashtags #simplylippy and #365days365shades to see all my latest posts, images and of course, lipsticks!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 8 | MAC Satin Lipstick in Snob

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. Our weekend has been spent with family; my brother and his girlfriend are home for the weekend so yesterday we had a delicious family lunch followed by a few drinks – so much for dry January, hey?!

Today, for day eight of my Simply Lippy challenge, I’m trying out a new lipstick shade that I’ve never worn before. My gorgeous sister-in-law bought this for me during the week to help me on my journey of wearing 365 lipsticks on each of the 365 days of 2017. It was so thoughtful of her because god knows, I’m going to need all the help I can get to pull this off!

As I’ll be spending the day with her today, I decided to wear this lipstick in her honour and I’m very excited because as you all know, I love trying out new lipsticks.

This lippy is a satin finish lipstick from MAC, in a shade called Snob, which I’d actually never heard of before. As with all satin lipsticks from MAC, the consistency is very creamy, the colour pay off is strong and it isn’t drying on the lips. Just some of the many reasons why I’m such a huge fan of MAC lipsticks.


I would describe it as a pink shade with a purple undertone, and therefore slightly stronger toned than a regular pastel pink. The opaque formula is buildable too meaning you can wear it quite pale, or you can layer it up to make the colour stronger.

Because this is a soft shade, I’ve kept the rest of my makeup very soft too, opting for my current favourite foundation, Armani Luminous Silk (review coming soon), and a soft highlight from my new Becca face palette (review also coming soon).


Have any of you tried this shade, or one like it? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please comment below!

Also, why not come follow my journey over on my social media pages too, I’m on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. Or you can simply search for the #simplylippy and #365days365shades hashtags.

For now, I’m off to enjoy another day with family so I’ll love you and leave you, but will catch you all tomorrow for day nine.

Sorcha 💋

How To Combat Dry Lips in Winter

I don’t know about you, but I suffer terribly with dry lips. Some of you may know this, but many years ago I got my face and lips badly sunburnt and ever since then I’ve had to battle non-stop to keep my lips from becoming dry, cracked and sore.

Most of the time I manage to keep them hydrated with some of my trusty go-to balms and lip protectors, but as soon as a touch of the cold winter air arrives, it becomes an up hill struggle and that’s where this blog post comes in…

I’m sure most of you by now are familiar with the Simply Lippy lipstick challenge I set myself this year; to wear a different lipstick on each of the 365 days of 2017. But apart from needing 365 lip products to do this, I also need to make sure my lips are hydrated and moisturised, otherwise I’m going to go nowhere, fast!

In order for me to keep my lips soft, smooth, and up to the challenge, I’ve been exfoliating them regularly with a natural, homemade lip scrub recipe I came across a while ago and thankfully, it is working a treat. It’s so easy to make and is the ultimate quick fix to combatting the cold winter days.

Here’s what you need:

1-2 tablespoons of brown and white sugar

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of coconut or olive oil

Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Directions:

To make the scrub, all you need to do is mix all the ingredients in a bowl until they become like a paste. Then simply put a bit on your fingers, apply to the lips and lightly scrub.

You could use a toothbrush or exfoliating gloves to scrub either, but using your fingers works just as well and is a lot quicker too!

After lightly scrubbing, leave the paste to sit on your lips for a minute or two and let your lips soak up the nutrients from the scrub.

Once the paste has rested for a few minutes and you’re ready to remove, all you then need to do is take a damp facecloth and gently wipe away to leave your lips feeling smooth, soft, and just like new.


Lastly to finish off the regime, apply a layer of good lip balm over your lips (I like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream or Paw Paw Ointment) and there you go!


I’m aware this may not be for everyone, but it definitely has helped me a lot and is such an easy, inexpensive way to exfoliate your lips. I still get dry patches and soreness from time to time, and I’m sure I always will, but this quick fix means it happens a lot less than it used to and that makes me very happy!

Have you any natural beauty remedies that you love using? This is the only one I’ve ever made but I’m definitely intrigued by the idea of using more.

Let me know your thoughts!

Sorcha x

Going to the Dark Side

Last Saturday I went out with the girls for a late lunch / early dinner / cocktails kind of night. As we were meeting early I didn’t want to go too heavy with my makeup but I wanted it to be strong enough to last from day into night.  I love a dramatic lip so decided to pair a soft brown smokey eye with one of my favourite lip colours, Dark Side by MAC.

This lipstick is a really creamy shade of burgundy with a gloss finish, and is the perfect night time companion to help you pull off a dramatic makeup look.

Using a combination of my usual go-to products, Bobbi Brown eyeshadows and my Dark Side lippy, here’s a look at how I put it together…

 

After applying my brow pencil and shaping my eyebrows, I started off my covering my eye lids with Benefit’s Passion Pearl highlighter eyeshadow to give my eyes a good base. I then applied even amounts of Bobbi Brown’s Rose Gold and Fawn shimmer eyeshadows to give a soft golden brown colour. By blending these two shades together, it meant that the colour wasn’t too dark for day time.

The look was completed by applying a thin layer of eyeliner to my upper eyelid, then some kohl eyeliner pencil to the waterline of my lower eyelid for that added punch.

 

 

Once my eyes were finished, I dusted some powder over my entire face to brush away any eyeshadow residue, and applied Benefit’s Coralista Blusher to my cheekbones in upward movements, ensuring I highlighted as I went along.

To finish off the look, I took out the star of the show, my Dark Side lippy and applied onto my lips. This colour is just perfect in my view, I love rich shades and this shade of burgundy works in both winter and summer.

You can never underestimate the power that a dark or dramatic lip colour has to totally transform your makeup. I don’t tend to pair dark lips with dark eyes often as I think it’s always best to focus on one or the other. There is a happy medium however, and I hope I’ve found that here! I think I have, and hopefully you’ll all like it too!

Here’s a full list of all the products I used:

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NW25)
  • MAC Studio Fix Power (C35)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher Concealer Pen (Shade 2)
  • Benefit Blush (Coralista)
  • MAC Brow Pencil (Spiked)
  • Benefit Eyeshadow Highlighter (Passion Pearl)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow (Rose Gold)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow (Fawn)
  • MAC Fluidline Eyeliner Pot (Black)
  • MAC Kohl Pencil (Smoulder)
  • Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara
  • MAC Lipstick (Dark Side)

I love any excuse to play around with different makeup looks and what could be better than a girls night out. My makeup lasted well into the early hours and apart from touching up my lips after dinner, I didn’t need to touch up at all!

Do you like a dark lip? If so, then why not have a go at this look yourself?

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