Simply Lippy Challenge Day 31 | Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour in Shade 420, Berry Seductive

I did it! I made it to the end of month one and didn’t miss a single day. What a fun month it’s been: I’ve worn some old favourites, found some new favourites, and had a few so-so options too. It’s been such a brilliant way to make the most of my lipstick obsession and focus on my blogging, and instead of feeling daunted by the next eleven months ahead, I’m actually full of excited anticipation for all the lipsticks I’ve yet to wear and try out.

I still have some real gems in my collection not yet worn, and I’m going to start buying a few bits here and there, so that I don’t completely run out and find myself stuck with nothing to wear. 31 days, 31 shades; each different in formula, texture and colour. Here’s to the next 334 days!

I’ll be putting a video together on some of my highs and lows of the challenge so watch out for that in the coming days too.

Now on to today’s lipstick… Obviously as my preference is a strong lip, I had to wear a nice bright shade to finish off January’s colours. To do this, I chose one of the Rimmel Provocalips lip colours in a lovely red berry shade, Berry Seductive.

You may remember I tried out my first Provocalips lippy back on Day 11 of the challenge, and while I absolutely loved the pigment and lasting power of the formula, by the end of the day my lips felt very dry and I did notice that a little bit again today with this shade.

In case you missed my last post, the Provocalips lip colour range is semi-gloss, liquid lipstick that has a two-step application process.  It claims to be kiss-proof, food-proof and transfer-proof, with a lasting ability of up to 16 hours. And let me tell you, this lipstick lasts. It’s not going anywhere unless you want it to and that’s amazing. For me however, it’s not my favourite long lasting lipstick because it did slightly dry out my lips.

The two-step process works like this: firstly, you apply the lip colour side of the tube all over the lips and let it dry, then finish off by applying a layer of Lock & Shine from the other end which sets the colour and gives it a gloss finish. Now, in order to keep them from going very dry, you can keep applying the second Lock & Shine step as the day goes on which does act a little like a balm. However, because the pigment is already on the lips, I find it doesn’t completely penetrate the lips enough to properly hydrate them.

In saying that however, this could be a good option to choose if you have a busy day ahead and won’t have time to worry about reapplying your lipstick. Plus, there are some gorgeous shades in the range and like I mentioned above, the colour pay off is fab.

Have you tried this range? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts. And don’t forget to come follow my journey over on my social media pages too, or you can just search for the #simplylippy and #365days365shades hashtags on InstagramTwitter and Facebook either.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 22 | Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Shade 810, The Matte Factor

For today’s Simply Lippy lipstick I went for a new favourite offering from Rimmel. You’ll have already seen me use lipsticks from their Only 1 Matte range throughout the challenge, and today’s shade is another gorgeous option.

As I’ve mentioned before, the matte finish on these lipsticks is super soft and they have really great staying power. The formula is creamy and non-drying, and best of all the pigment is on-point. When applied to the lips, each shade really looks exactly like you expect it to look, except maybe this one: but let me explain…

On first appearance The Matte Factor is a deep berry shade, but the best thing about this shade is, it takes on a different tone when you wear it with different colours. For example, I wore this with a bright berry dress for my girls Christmas lunch in December and it had a purple, berry undertone. However, today as you can see from the photos, I’m wearing a bright coral top and the lipstick has a kind of red, burgundy undertone. You really couldn’t get more versatile than that, could you?!

In terms of budget lipsticks, these have to be my favourite new release of 2016. You’ll all know by now that my overall favourite release of last year was the new YSL vinyl lip cream, but if you don’t want to splurge and are looking for something a little more affordable, then this range really won’t let you down.

Have any of you tried this range yet? If so, I’d love to hear whether or not you’re loving them as much as I am so comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Don’t forget, 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 InstagramFacebook 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 11 | Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour in Shade 410, Not Guilty

Today’s Simply Lippy challenge lipstick is another Rimmel offering, but one I’ve never used before. I was sent this just before Christmas and loved the look of it but didn’t get around to trying it until now.

The Provocalips lip colour looks like a gloss in terms of packaging, but is actually a long lasting, semi-gloss, liquid lipstick that has a two-step application process.  It claims to be kiss-proof, food-proof and transfer-proof, with a lasting ability of up to 16 hours. Whoa! With claims like those, I was very excited to put this lipstick to the test and find out whether it really lives up to them.

After wearing if for the day, am I impressed? In a word – yes. And let me explain why…

Firstly, you start by applying the lip colour side of the tube all over the lips and let it dry for a few seconds. Then, to finish off the look, you add a layer of Lock & Shine from the other end which sets the colour and gives it a gloss finish. Initially I thought this was a bit gimmicky, but actually, it gives the lips a lovely soft, glossy look and really holds the colour in place.

The shade, Not Guilty, is a gorgeous berry shade, just the kind of shade that I love, and the pigment is insane. We’re talking about a full coverage, opaque formula that literally does not budge off the lips. I applied it on my lips this morning after breakfast, it’s now evening time and it’s still going strong. I’ve had two cups of tea and lunch since then, and yet it looks pretty much perfect.

I don’t know whether it’s thanks to the Lock & Shine step, or whether the colour formula is just brilliant, but this lipstick definitely lives up to the claims for me. It’s almost a lip stain, but doesn’t have the drying effect that some lip stains have, and for that I am now a convert.

Before lunch…
…after lunch!

You could potentially also wear this with a matte finish by skipping step two, as, when you first apply it, it does start to dry in a similar way to how liquid matte lipstick would. However, whether or not it would last as long without the Lock & Shine, I don’t know until I give that a try. I do have another of these lip colours so maybe I’ll test it out with that one when I wear it. Either way, I’ll keep you posted.

These lip colours have been on the market for a few years now and are so reasonably priced at just €8.49. Have you tried it, or know anyone who has? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Don’t forget to come follow my journey over on my social media pages too, or you can just search for the #simplylippy and #365days365shades hashtags on InstagramTwitter and Facebook either.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 10 | Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Shade 750, Look Who’s Talking

Today’s lipstick choice for my Simply Lippy challenge is a nod to the matte lipstick looks of the 90’s. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been noticing a big return of matte wines and browns in recent lipstick releases, and it’s bringing back so many memories of my teenage makeup years.

I remember those days well. Rimmel’s Heather Shimmer was the be-all and end-all of my early 90’s makeup looks; this lippy paired with a strong brown eyeshadow were the perfect pair. Many a teenage event was attended with Heather Shimmer, and it didn’t even matter if you ran out of pocket money because your bestie, or basically any girl you knew, had it too meaning you never went without. Am I just showing my age here or is anyone else with me? Anyone…?!

Anyway, aside from a trip down memory lane, I’m not actually wearing Heather Shimmer today, but rather a fabulous matte brown, Look Who’s Talking (shade 750), from the Rimmel Only 1 Matte collection.

I was sent this by the lovely people over at Rimmel and when I first looked at it, apart from invoking memories of time gone by, I was a bit dubious about revisiting a brown, matte lip. But, in all honesty, after wearing it for the day, I’m now kind of in love with it!

For the purposes of really channeling the 90’s, I paired the lippy with with a soft brown smokey eye, (albeit a lot more subtle that my original 90’s attempts), and I think it works pretty well. It may not be an every day look, but I’ll certainly be wearing it again.


What do you guys think? Would you brave a brown lip?

If you like this shade, or any of the shades I’ve worn for my challenge so far, make sure you come follow me over on my social media accounts.  You can search for my #simplylippy and #365days365shades hashtags or find me on InstagramTwitter and Facebook either.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 5 | Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in Shade 43

I can’t believe I’m already on day 5 of my Simply Lippy challenge, I had so many nerves and doubts about doing this challenge – whether I could pull it off, whether people would like it or not, but I’m so glad I took the plunge and decided to give it a shot.

I was up early this morning for a few appointments, and went back to Slimming World to kick start my healthy eating again, so I didn’t have much time to get ready. As a result, I went for a very light makeup look comprising of a little foundation, a sweep of blush and a quick dollop of mascara to brighten up my eyes. Because of this, I wanted to keep my lips simple too and therefore decided to wear one of my nude lippies from the Kate Moss for Rimmel collection.

For those of you not familiar with the Lasting Finish collaboration range between Kate Moss and Rimmel, it is a collection of varying nude shades ranging from the very pale to brownish-nude, all of which are very easy to wear.

The shade I’m wearing today, shade 43, is in the middle of the range and I would describe it as a soft or pale beige tone. Although both nude shades by Rimmel, this lipstick is very different to the Trendsetter matte nude I wore on Day 3 of this challenge as it has a silky, gloss finish with a peach undertone.


Psssst… Excuse the tired looking photos, I’m still fighting off a stubborn flu!

If you’re a bit weary of lipsticks and don’t wear them often, this is definitely a good shade to try out and ease you in. I love this shade for giving just a hint of a tint to the lips and it has a very creamy formula too. Because it’s pale, the colour isn’t super long lasting, but with nude shades I don’t really think that’s a huge issue.

How do you feel about lighter lips? Do you dare to go nude? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please comment below.

And, don’t forget you can follow my journey on my social media pages or by searching for the #simplylippy and #365days365shades hashtags on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

It’s Friday tomorrow and I’m going to get a bit more adventurous for the weekend so make sure you tune in then to see what I’m wearing!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 3 | Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lippy in Trendsetter (700)

It’s day three of my Simply Lippy challenge and I’ve gone for an earthy nude shade from Rimmel. I’m still feeling a bit ‘meh’ with this damn cold so I wanted something subtle for today’s makeup look.


Back in October, Rimmel sent me some of their new Only 1 Matte lipsticks which claim to be creamy and non-drying, with a matte finish and good staying power. So naturally with claims like these, I was very excited to give them a try.

I like the Kate Moss range from Rimmel so I thought these might be good, but they are not just good, they are amazing! After trying them out for a few days, I couldn’t get over how good the colour pay off was or how well they lasted on my lips.

Even though I was really impressed, I wanted to put them to the test a bit more as I always try things thoroughly before recommending them here so I can give you an honest review. Anyway, to get a second opinion, I gave one to my bessie to try out and she is loving them as much as I am. In fact, I think she may even love them a little more! So all in all, I think Rimmel are on to a winner here.

The shade I’m wearing today, Shade 700, Trendsetter, is one of my favourites in the collection and I’ve been wearing it a lot over the past few weeks. I would describe is as a beige-nude, but with an earthy undertone. So in other words, even though it’s a nude, it still gives good colour and definition to your lips. And as you can see from the photos, it’s pretty warn down already so I’m pretty sure I’ll be repurchasing this!

If you missed my Day 2 challenge post you can catch up here, and don’t forget you can follow my journey on my social media pages or by searching for the #simplylippy and #365days365shades hashtags on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

I hope those of you who are back to work today are surviving the post-Christmas blues and I’ll see you all tomorrow for Day 4.

Sorcha 💋