Simply Lippy Challenge Day 338 | MAC Frost Lipstick in Shade, Tease Maker

Today’s lipstick shade is the final shade from my MAC mini snowball lipstick set which I bought in the airport last week. While the first two shades, Love Buddy and Dangerously Red, were matte shades, this shade is a frost shade, and not one of my favourites I must admit.

If you’ve been following my challenge for the year, you’ll already know that frost finishes are my least favourite of all. I’m not much of a shimmer person, and frost finishes just remind me of bad lipstick choices from the late 80s!

Having said that, this shade does have a slight metallic look to it which I didn’t mind, and while I’m wearing it on its own for the purposes of the challenge, I think it would be best worn on top of a deeper shade to add an extra dimension finish.

The formula of this isn’t anywhere as creamy as other MAC finishes, and therefore the lasting power isn’t as good either. It is soft on the lips and relatively moisturising, but doesn’t have that same rich texture that I usually love in a MAC lippy.

As frost finishes go, it’s not the worst I’ve tried, and the pigment surprisingly, is pretty good considering. You definitely get a hint of pink when you apply it, so that one thing to like about it at least.

I don’t love it and I doubt I will wear it again on its own. But if you like a shimmer lip, then this could be right up your street.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 336 | MAC Matte Lipstick in Shade, Dangerously Red

Following on from yesterday’s lipstick, today’s is another from my MAC Mini Lipstick snowball set that I picked up in the airport on my way over to London. I came to spend the weekend with my family as it’s the last weekend I could fly before bump arrives in the New Year!

Yesterday’s shade, Love Buddy, was a soft pink shade which was fine but I didn’t love it. Today’s shade however, I absolutely adore! Dangerously Red to me, is really more of a pink than a red; it has a gorgeous raspberry undertone and is fabulously bold and bright. I love shades like this at any time of year, but they are particularly nice on a dull and miserable winter’s day when you want to brighten up your makeup look.

The finish once again is matte, and as you all know by now, I just love MAC matte lipsticks. I put this lippy on in the morning and only needed to reapply it a couple of times throughout the day. It leaves my lips feeling soft when I wear it, and the full coverage is just perfect too.

For me, MAC mattes are just creamy enough to not dry out the lips, and the rich creamy texture is very smooth which makes application so easy too. It is blendable, moisturising and definitely one of the better mattes on the market in my opinion.

Usually a MAC lipstick will set you back €20 so these mini’s are a great way of trying out some shades for a lot less money if you’re not sure about what kind of shade or formula you like best. They also come in a super cute silver sequin bag which is the perfect accessory for the silly season!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 335 | MAC Matte Lipstick in Shade Love Buddy

It’s been a while since I’ve worn any MAC lipsticks, but I’m sure you all know by now just how much I love them, so when I saw this cute little mini lipstick set while going through the airport, I knew I had to have it!

The set is a trio of matte lipsticks, released just in time for Christmas, and as MAC mattes are my favourite lipstick finishes, I knew they would be right up my street. I’ve never come across the shades before which obviously is unusual for me, but I loved the look of them so was excited to try them out.

Today’s shade, Love Buddy, is the first from the set, and although I initially thought it would be a rose shade, it’s actually more of a pink than rose. So really, it’s not my ideal kind of shade but it was just rich enough for me to like it.

The finish as with all MAC mattes, is an opaque, full coverage finish with a lovely smooth texture. The colour pay off is brilliant and although I wasn’t totally in love with the shade, the pigment was perfect as always.

A lot of mattes can be drying, but one of the reasons MAC mattes are my favourite is because they are very creamy and don’t dry out my lips at all. I know a lot of people find them uncomfortable to wear, but if you prime your lips beforehand that definitely helps to keep them soft throughout the day.

Because of the rich creamy texture, the lasting power is also very good, and you really won’t need to reapply this too much at all. I would have liked a slightly darker undertone to it but overall it is a lovely lipstick and if you’re a pink fan then I think this is definitely one checking out.

And, on an even better note, if you’re going through the airport before Christmas or know someone who is, then you can pick the set up in the Loop Duty free for €25.95. It costs €30 in Brown Thomas so you’ll be saving yourself a few pennies if you do!

Sorcha 💋

My Christmas Beauty Gift Guide

Well, it’s that time of year again, my favourite time! I have to admit, I do love Christmas, and I’m one of those annoying people who starts getting excited about it in October. Anyway, as a result, I have been thinking about the perfect gift guide for a couple of weeks now, and have decided to put together a quick post on some of my favourite items and recommendations for you this Christmas.

I’m sure you’ve been inundated with gift guides on social media, and I understand sometimes too much bombarding of information can be a bad thing. But just in case you’re looking for a few last minute ideas, and given that it’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend, I thought this might come in handy…

Beauty

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Lipstick Set

€29 but on offer for €26.10 this weekend in Debenhams

Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be a gift guide from me without a few lipstick suggestions after my year of Simply Lippy! These liquid lipsticks from theBalm were my favourite liquid lippies of the year and this mini set is brilliant value. It contains six gorgeous shades from light to bold, and will transform any makeup look.

Benefit 3 for 2

Available from Debenhams, Brown Thomas & Boots all weekend

Benefit are running 3for2 offers in several department stores and online beauty sites over the course of the weekend. Obviously, they have a lot of great products to choose from but I’ve put together my top three favourites to help you decide:

  • That Gal Primer, a gorgeous brightening primer which gives the face a glow
  • Galifornia Blush which has a lovely coral tone for lifting the cheek bones
  • They’re Real Mascara, is one of my favourite mascaras for giving life and volume to the lashes

Needless to say, you can’t go too far wrong with any Benefit products, but these are the ones I’ll be treating myself to over the weekend!

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Palettes

Naked 1, 2 & 3 Palettes – €47.50 but on offer for €40.37 in Debenhams

When it comes to eyeshadow, you can never go wrong with a good palette and Urban Decay palettes are my favourite. Debenhams currently have 15% off Naked 1, 2 and 3 palettes, and my top choice is definitely Naked 2. It’s a great all rounder palette for different skin tones with a mixture of matte and shimmer shades.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

€47.50 but on offer for €42.75 in Debenhams

Of all the Naked palettes, Naked Ultimate Basics has been my go-to since its release last year and includes some gorgeous shades from nude to bold. This is a full matte palette and is a great alternative to Naked 2 for those who don’t like or use shimmer shadows.

Kiehl’s Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Radiance Mask

€35 but on special offer for €28 this weekend in Arnotts

Some of you may have caught my review on this Kiehl’s mask last year – I fell in love with it the first time I’ve tried it and it has remained one of my favourite face masks since. If your face is feeling a bit tired, dull and dry with the cold winter weather, then this is brilliant for brightening skin and giving it a boost of hydration.

YSL All Hours Foundation

€42 but on offer of 10% off this weekend in Debenhams

This purchase may be more a treat for yourself than a gift for someone else, but if you like a medium to full coverage foundation then I definitely recommend. I have a review post coming shortly, but in a nutshell, I am in love with it! You’ll need to get colour matched before purchasing, but if you do decide to buy, then you’ll get it for 10% cheaper in Debenhams this weekend than you normally would. It’s pricey at €42 so as the saying goes, every little helps!

This Works Deep Sleep Lavender & Chamomile Candle

€33 from Meagher’s Pharmacy and selected pharmacies nationwide

I’m a huge fan of This Works’ products; apart from smelling incredible, they are packed full of great ingredients and more importantly, they work too! Their Deep Sleep range has been a go-to for me for quite some time; I use their Deep Sleep pillow spray almost every night and love it, and have recently discovered their Deep Sleep Heavenly candle which is divine too.

Candles are always a great gift in my opinion, I love receiving them as well as giving them, and this one not only looks lovely, but will help keep you calm and relaxed all winter long, as well as helping you catch up on some well needed zzzz’s. What better gift than the gift of sleep this Christmas!

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Bath Oil

€54 from Brown Thomas

This beauty is a bit pricey, but if you can’t indulge a little at Christmas time then when can you?! Jo Malone bath oils are so luxurious; they leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth, not to mention how amazing they smell too. They come in a variety of different scents, but Lime Basil & Mandarin is my personal favourite.

StylPro Rose Gold Makeup Brush Cleaner

€69 but on offer for €51.75 from Meagher’s Pharmacy

This limited edition rose gold version of the original StylPro makeup brush cleaner is so pretty and perfect for anyone who has a multitude of makeup brushes like I do but doesn’t always have the time to spend hours cleaning them. The StylPro takes the hassle out of washing and drying your brushes, and is so easy to use too.

Gift Sets

MAC Mini Lipstick Snowball Kit 

€95 in Brown Thomas

You all know my love for lipstick by now, so just in case you have any fellow beauty lovers in your lives then this set of MAC lippies is the perfect present. It contains 12 shades including three of my all time favourites; Mangrove, Velvet Teddy and Rebel.

Sleek Bring on the Night Makeup Set

€39 in Boots Ireland and also part of a 3for2 offer

Sleek is one of the better budget brands out there and their products are such good quality for the price point. This set contains some of their best products including their Solstice Highlighting palette which is a gorgeous trio palette. This, along with the eye shadow and blush palette, will have you makeup ready for the entire festive season.

Clarins Holiday Anti Aging New Double Serum

Was €72 but on offer for €57.60 this weekend in Brown Thomas

Let me tell you, this is one of the best Christmas gift sets I’ve seen on the market so far. It’s amazing! It contains a 30ml bottle of Double Serum which is my current favourite skincare product and usually retails for €72 just on its own.  If you buy this set however, you get the 30ml bottle of Double Serum as well as a 30ml bottle of their Instant Eye makeup remover and one of their deliciously gorgeous lip oils – which I’m sure most of you already know, is one of my favourite ever lip products. This is definitely one not to miss out on if you’re a Clarins fan!

For The Men

Kiehl’s White Eagle Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream

€17.50 but on offer for €14 this weekend in Arnotts

Kiehl’ss do some incredible products as we all know, and their men’s range is equally as good as their women’s. This shave cream is their most popular men’s product and contains menthol to sooth the skin while shaving.

Clarins Men Moisturising Essentials Kit

€38 but on offer for €30.40 this weekend in Brown Thomas

This Clarins Men set is a brilliant option for men on the go and contains some of their best selling products. There are three products in total; a 50ml Super Moisture Balm, a 30ml Active Face Wash and a 30ml Shampoo & Shower Gel in one.

Happy Socks Gift Box

€30 but on offer for €24 this weekend in Brown Thomas

If the man in your life is anything like the man in mine, they will love these quirky and very comfy socks from the Happy Socks company. These gift boxes are a staple each year in our house and come in a range of styles and colours too.

So there you go, a few ideas to get you started this weekend. I hope it helped, happy shopping!

Sorcha x

*None of these links are affiliate links. I have just added them in to make the shopping search a little easier for you!

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 307 | MAC Lustre Lipstick in Shade, Lady Bug

Today’s lipstick shade is one of my Mum’s absolute favourite lipsticks so I decided I would try it out to see what she loves about it so much. She is currently coming to the end of this one as you can see, so I took it off her to add it to my challenge and see if I liked it too.


To start with, the Lustre range from MAC isn’t one that I wear too often. For me, the Creme and Matte finishes are just so gorgeous, I’m always drawn to those first. However, very early on in my challenge I wore a gorgeous soft mauve shade from the Lustre collection, Syrup, and loved how it felt on my lips. As a result, I was intrigued to see whether it would be as nice in a bolder shade.


My first impression was that, like most MAC lipsticks, the formula felt very soft and there was a nice creamy finish to it too. It blended well with good colour pay off, and it left my lips feeling nice and smooth.


The finish however has a sheer element to it which meant that the coverage was more light than opaque, and I did have to layer it a little to get a fuller coverage. There’s nothing wrong with the coverage at all, in fact, it’s nice to wear something light like this for a change, but it’s just not my favourite kind of coverage.


Given the slightly sheer finish, I was impressed with the lasting power, but then MAC lipsticks always have great staying power. It’s one of the many reasons why I reach for MAC lippies over and over again, and they are definitely one of my favourite lipstick brands. 


In terms of the shade itself, I liked the warm tone to the red, but as MAC reds go, I’d definitely choose my favourite Lady Danger or Mangrove over this any day!

Sorcha 💋

Review: MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour Foundation

When it comes to makeup, there are very few brands that do it better than MAC in my opinion. For years, my go-to foundation was Studio Fix Fluid foundation, very closely followed by Studio Fix powder. Both of these are full coverage finishes, and it’s only in the past few years that I have begun moving away from full coverage, to much lighter, dewy foundations.


As you get older your skin changes, and now I rarely wear a full coverage foundation unless I’m going on a big night out. I’ve grown to much prefer the feel and look of a lighter foundation, and that’s where Next To Nothing comes in.

I had read a little bit about this foundation in the Spring just after it was released, but it was only when I was in MAC back in June that I decided to swatch it and see what all the hype was about.


When talking to the makeup artist in store, she explained to me that this was MAC’s answer to Armani’s Luminous Silk and honestly, that was a very bold claim to make. As far as high-end foundations go, Luminous Silk has been my go-to since I discovered it around 18 months ago. It gives my face a perfect creamy coverage that smooths out my skin while also giving it an incredible glow (if you missed my review earlier this year you catch catch it here).

Given how much I love Luminous Silk, naturally I was intrigued to see if Next to Nothing lived up to its claims so I bought it, and have been putting it to the test over the past few months. Here’s how I’ve been getting on…


First off, Next to Nothing is extremely light weight, and MAC describe it as more of a tinted cream than foundation. The formula is quite wet, much wetter than you’d expect, and because of that, it blends very quickly into the skin. 

As far as consistency goes, I’m not sure how much I like it. I like that it is very easy to apply, and I like that a little goes a long way. However, the wetness means you have to be careful how you apply it. In general, I prefer stippling brushes to apply liquid foundation (MAC 191 is my favourite), but that doesn’t work well at all with this foundation. When I applied it with my stippling brush, it kind of dragged the formula rather than blended it, so a flat foundation brush or a beauty blender/sponge are your only real options for an even coverage.

Speaking of coverage, it is so light that it gives a ‘barely there’ look to the skin yet still manages to blur out skin imperfections. It gives a lovely smoothness to my skin which also softens it, so from that point of view, it is very nice. It is comfortable to wear, doesn’t feel heavy or thick in any way, and has a lovely hydrating element to it too which I wasn’t expecting.

I think maybe the thing I like about it most (and this is where it is similar to Luminous Silk), is the lovely sheer glow it gives to my skin. My skin is combination to dry, more dry than anything else, and because of that, has a tendency to look dull at times. I think that’s mainly why I’m so drawn to dewy foundations now, and this definitely brings a lovely soft glow to my face.


But, and there is a but with it; don’t be expecting a flawless finish. I have some red lines and broken capillaries around my nose area which it doesn’t cover very well, and due to pregnancy hormones my chin has been very dry and sandpaper-like over the past few months, which means I need a good amount of concealer when I use it. It doesn’t have the same creaminess that Luminous Silk has, and the coverage is maybe just a little too light, even for me.


One thing that struck me when I was researching the foundation was, that as well as using this as your stand alone base, MAC also suggest using it over your current foundation to give an extra glow to the skin – that just completely baffled me. I’m not sure why you should ever need to use a foundation, over your foundation?! That’s what primers and highlighters are for…

Also, when this was first released it was hailed as an ‘Instagram filter in a bottle’ because of its retouching quality and the sheer glow it gives the skin. While I’m sure that was just part of the marketing plan, I’m not sure I get that claim either.

Before
After
 

So how do I feel about it now? Well, I like it but I don’t love it. On a warm Summer’s day, or a day when you just want a light tint to the skin, it is the perfect option. It will give you a lovely glow and keep your skin soft and smooth. So, if you tend to prefer light foundations, then I would definitely recommend getting a sample in store to try it out.

But, if you want something a little creamier, longer lasting or have blemishes you want to cover, it’s not the best choice. And, although it has an oil-free formula, it probably isn’t going to work for you if you have oily skin either.

Before
After

I am wearing shade Light Plus, which is maybe a little too light for my skin tone, but the next shade up, Medium, was too dark. There isn’t a great shade range with there being only nine in total, but because it is so light and blendable, it is easy enough to work around that.

I think it will be great for when bump arrives and I don’t have the time to apply a full face of makeup every day, so I’m definitely going to keep wearing it for light coverage days. But overall I think this one is going to be a love or hate kind of product – the only question is, do you love it or hate it?!


If you’ve tried this foundation I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, so please comment below and let me know. Or similarly, if you have any lightweight foundations that you love, then share those too.

Sorcha x

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 266 | MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Shade, Crosswires

You all know by now how much I love MAC lipsticks. To me, it’s what MAC do best and while there are some shades that wouldn’t be to my taste, nearly every lipstick I’ve tried from MAC, I have liked or loved.


Today’s shade, Crosswires, is a kind of muted coral shade. It’s not bright like most corals, but has more of a caramel undertone to it which really grew on me the longer I wore it. I love the subtlety of the shade; it’s bright enough for a Summer or holiday lip, but it’s also not too dramatic if you want a more neutral or relaxed look.


Cremesheen finishes aren’t my favourite MAC finish, but I still like them nonetheless because of the soft, sheer glow they give the lips. The pigment is on point as always, and the colour pay off is also great, even though it has a slightly sheer finish.


The formula is creamy, and has that delicious vanilla scent you get with so many MAC lippies; I just can’t ever resist it because it’s sweet but not overpowering at all.


Lasting power isn’t as great as their creme or matte finishes, but is still pretty good and this one held up very well, particularly in the Tenerife heat which was a pleasant surprise. I thought the heat may have a melting affect on the lippy but it didn’t at all so that’s definitely a bonus if you’re still to head off on holiday.


I ended up really liking this shade and think it’s a great all-rounder choice for both day and night wear. It isn’t too dramatic, but has just enough colour to lift any makeup look.

Sorcha 💋