Simply Lippy Challenge Day 237 | NYX Matte Lipstick in Shade MLS24, Street Cred Authentique

NYX is a brand that I’ve grown to love over the past year or so. I swear by some of their products like their vinyl liquid eyeliner which is my current go-to eyeliner, and their matte lipstick range is quickly becoming my favourite lip offering from them too.


The matte finish in these lipsticks is matte without being super matte, and has a lovely creaminess to it when you apply. Because of that, you get all the blendability of a cream finish lipstick but the lasting power of a matte – the best of both worlds really.


The pigment is lovely and the colour pay off is equally as good. Just a few light layers gives your lips a full, opaque coverage which I love because opaque finishes are always my preference over sheer ones.


The shade itself is a raspberry pink, maybe ever so slightly more pink than I would like it to be, but its rich coral tone makes up for that, plus the fact that I just really love the formula.


For their price point, these lipsticks are honestly such great value and a great option if you don’t want to splurge on a more high-end brand.


What do you guys think? Have you tried NYX lipsticks? As always, send all your thoughts and comments my way, I love hearing about all your lipstick loves and loathes too!


And don’t forget, you can follow my lipstick journey on facebook, twitter and instagram too!

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Simply Lippy Challenge Day 236 | Penneys PS… Kiss Proof Liquid Matte Lipstick in Shade, Impose

I’ve tried many Penneys’ lipsticks over the course of the past eight months, most of which I’ve liked, some of which I’ve loved, and today’s shade I’m happy to say, falls into the ‘love’ category.


Recently, Penneys brought out a new range of matte lip kits which I’ve totally fallen in love with, but in the process, forgot how good some of their previous liquid matte offerings were.


Today’s shade is from their Kiss Proof range and is just divine! It’s a very bright pink which we all know can be dangerous territory for me depending on the tone, but actually, I found myself loving this pop of brightness all day.


The formula is quite wet on application allowing you to blend and get an even, opaque coverage before it dries in. Once dry, you’re left with a super matte finish that has really incredible staying power for a budget brand, and although it does get quite dry, my lips weren’t dehydrated after wearing it which was a pleasant surprise.


I’ve tried so many different lipsticks; 236 is a lot, and because of that, I sometimes forget about the lippies that I’ve really liked, but I don’t think I’ll forget this one in a hurry. I’m just obsessed with it!


It has to be said, Penneys are really giving some of the more expensive brands a run for their money in the beauty stakes at the moment and I, for one, am loving it!


If you’re a fan of liquid mattes and you love a bargain, then seriously buy one of these because they could be right up your street.

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Happy 100 Simply Lippy Days… To Me!

Well, if you caught my Day 100 lippy post which I posted a little while ago, you will know that the big day has arrived. Yes, today I reached the 100 day mark of my 365 day Simply Lippy challenge and I’m so excited!

I’m not going to lie, there were days over the past three months or so, where I really hit a wall with the challenge and didn’t think I could keep going. It’s tough doing a daily challenge – I wake up in the morning, take product shots and makeup photos, go to work for ten or so hours, then come home, write my blog post, edit my photos, then share my posts online and on social media. It really is a full time job, on top of a full time job!

In saying all that, I honestly have really loved it, and though I had a brief moment of wanting to quit, I’ve decided to keep going and see if I can make the 365 day mark. I’m running very low on lipsticks, and I’ve a long way to go still, but where there’s a will, there’s a way as the old saying goes…

Over the past few days, I’ve been looking back at all my posts to-date, and I can’t believe how many shades, brands, and formula’s I’ve tried. From high end to budget, from matte to gloss, from liquid to cream; I’ve tried them all! But a lipstick lover’s job is never really done, and there are a lot more for me to try still.

Of course I’ve had some favourites, and some least favourites, but instead of sharing them here, I’m going to do a round up video of my first 100 days seen as I haven’t got around to doing that before now.

In the meantime, here’s a look back at all the shades I’ve worn over the past 100 days…

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I have worn so many incredible lipsticks from some amazing brands including MAC, Armani, Catrice, Rimmel, YSL, Urban Decay, Penneys, Essence, Charlotte Tilbury, Clinique, NYX, Barry M, Sleek, Wet n Wild… The list goes on and on.

One thing’s for sure, there will be a lot more from these brands to come, and many more brands as well so I hope you stick with me, and keep following me on my Simply Lippy journey to wear 365 shades in 365 days!

Don’t forget, I’m sharing all my lippy challenge photos and progress over on my social media pages too so come follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. And every so often, I’ll have a natter on snapchat at @imsimplysorcha, so why not come say hello there too!

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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 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.

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Simply Lippy Challenge Day 17 | PS… Liquid Lipstick in Hot Pink

Today’s lipstick choice for my Simply Lippy challenge is a bit of an ‘out there’ one for me. I’m not really a pink kind of girl, I never have been, but when Penney’s sent me one of their PS… liquid lipsticks in a super bright pink shade, I was a little intrigued to see how it would look.

As you’ll know if you’ve been following my challenge so far, I’ve been trying to keep my lipstick choices seasonal, in other words, so far wearing shades that are perfect for the Winter months. But, as January is almost coming to an end and we’ll be officially entering Spring soon, I couldn’t resist playing around with this shade today.

The shade, Hot Pink, is a vibrant neon fuchsia with a gloss finish. As with the Penney’s matte lipstick I tried last week, I’m so impressed by the PS… lipstick range mainly because the colour pay off is really brilliant which to me, is so important in a lipstick.

Now, there is one thing with this. And here’s that thing…  Because it has a gloss finish, it doesn’t have the same staying power that a matte liquid lipstick does, and, because it’s liquid, it doesn’t have the same staying power as a regular gloss lipstick. Therefore, I did have to reapply this several times throughout the day.

In saying that however, the lack of staying power doesn’t bother me too much because most gloss lipsticks have to be reapplied during the day. As well as that, the pigment is so good, it’s super affordable at only €2.50, and, because it’s a gloss finish it’s very buildable meaning you can wear it as pale or as dark as you’d like.

So what’s the verdict? Well, if this was a more expensive lipstick I’d be a bit dubious about purchasing, but because it’s just so affordable, I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying some more shades.

It was a misty, dull day in Dublin today and I did feel like this was maybe a little too bright for the time of year and trust me, I’m not one to shy away from a bright lippy shade! If you’re adventurous and a fan of bright lippies however, then this is definitely a fun option. It’s not for the faint hearted, but paired with a pretty dress and a simple lick of eyeliner in the Summer, I think it would look gorgeous on a sunny day.

What do you think of this shade, would you brave it?

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 Instagram, Twitter and Facebook either.

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Simply Lippy Challenge Day 15 | MAC Satin Lipstick in Rebel

MAC Rebel, the first dark lipstick shade I ever bought that wasn’t red, and one of my all-time favourite lipsticks, is today’s Simply Lippy challenge choice. I was hoping not to use this shade so early in the challenge as I wear it all the time, no matter the month or season, but, it’s a dull, gloomy day in Dublin and it just felt like the right choice for today.

Rebel is one of MAC’s most popular shades and has become a cult favourite over the years. It is a bright purple/plum colour, but its almost pink undertone is what makes this shade stand out against others I’ve tried. It is also the reason why I’ve been totally obsessed with it since I first tried it about six years ago! It has a satin finish, and like all MAC lipsticks, the colour pay off is amazing.


I don’t know what it is about this lippy, but it always makes me feel great. My face looks dull – it brightens it up, my mood is low – it brightens it up, the weather is gloomy – it brightens it up! In a nutshell, it brightens everything up and above all, it makes me happy.

I was out meeting an old friend for brunch earlier today and it somehow also felt appropriate to be wearing an old favourite, as I sat chatting to an old favourite!

Of course this shade won’t be for everyone, but if you love plum shades and you haven’t tried it, then I definitely recommend putting it on your lippy wish list!

Are you following me on social media? If not then don’t forget you can follow my journey over there too. You’ll find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, or you can just search for my challenge hashtags #simplylippy and #365days365shades either.

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday. We’re off out for dinner tonight so I plan on having a nice glass of red to go with my Rebel lip!

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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 â‚¬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.

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