Simply Lippy Challenge Day 353 | Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquified Metallic Lipstick in Shade, Metallic Chocolate Diamonds

Given the time of year, and the fact that I’m totally obsessed with all things Christmas, this week as you may have seen, I’ve been trying out a good few metallic lippies. You may also know that I’ve a love/hate relationship with metallics, and this shade today is the perfect example of why.

Of all the Too Faced products I’ve tried, I’ve never come across one I really don’t like, until today. Given their lip products are usually so gorgeous, I had high hopes for this but was completely let down.

Now maybe I just was expecting something different, but to me, this is not a metallic lip but a glitter lip. There are hundreds of glitter particles in the formula, so much so, I may as well have just poured a tub of glitter all of my face.

While I love a subtle glow or shimmer as much as the next person, I’m really not a glitter fan so the minute I applied this, I knew I wasn’t going to like it.

The formula itself is fine but you can feel the graininess of the glitter so the texture isn’t smooth at all. While there is a good bronze pigment, I couldn’t get past the sparkle on my lips to try find any other real positives with it.

If you’re a glitter fan, then I think you’ll love it because once applied, it’s almost impossible to get the glitter off straight away! My lips were glittering all day long, even though I was happy not to reapply it after it started to wear off.

You win some, you lose some as the saying goes and today, I lost. This lipstick just isn’t for me!

Sorcha đź’‹

Review: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow

A couple of months back, the lovely ladies in Debenhams Ireland sent me a voucher to spend in the beauty department and as you can imagine, I pretty much squealed with excitement when I received it! Apart from it being so incredibly generous, I knew exactly what I wanted to buy with it which made me even more excited.

You may recall, the first thing I bought was a Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick which I wore on Day of my Simply Lippy challenge, and fell totally in love with. And the second thing was this Sweethearts blush from Too Faced which I have been dying to try for so long now.

Apart from the super cute heart shaped packaging, over the last year or so, I’ve heard lots of great reports about this blush range, and as I’m a sucker for anything coral and dewy, I was so excited to finally get my hands on it and try it out. 

I think the summer is always the best time to try a dewy blush and the best thing about this one is, there are three blush tones in one: a bright pink, a salmon coral and a kind of champagne shade which on its own looks like an incredible highlight shade.

When I first swatched each shade separately, I was a little concerned by how sheer they are but I really needn’t have worried because once you blend the shades with your brush and apply on to the cheeks, it gives the most gorgeous coral glow.

The blush is baked so you will find that it’s quite powdery when you first go to apply, but don’t panic, because the formula is incredibly light and blendable and has no fallout at all which I was very pleasantly surprised by. What’s more, the champagne shade gives an almost shimmer finish (without being glittery), which means you really don’t have to use a separate highlighter on top of the blush unless you specifically want to.

Another thing to note is that the pink shade is quite a cool tone which may not be to everyone’s taste. But, for me, once blended with the other shades I found it became much warmer and gave a warm flush of colour to my cheek bones in the only way a lovely blush can.

Overall I really loved both the finish and pigment, I have olive toned skin that is quite sallow, but I actually think the combined shades means this would be good on almost all skin tones.

I tend to go for blushes that have dewy or sheer finishes, mainly because I love anything that makes my skin glow, so maybe that’s why I love this so much. And though it doesn’t give an opaque coverage, the pigment is really lovely and can be easily layered to be worn lighter or darker depending on the time of day.

There’s nothing worse than when a product doesn’t live up to expectations, so I’m very happy that this didn’t let me down. Too Faced products aren’t the cheapest and this blush will set you back €29 so there are definitely cheaper options on the market that are just as good.

In saying that, the price point is in line with similar high end brands on the market and you get a lot for your money because a little will go a long way with this one. As always, make sure you swatch before you buy! 

Too Faced products are available in Debenhams Ireland’s Henry St store or online.
Sorcha x

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 206 | Too Faced Sweet Peach Lipgloss in Shade Pure Peach

When I was in Madrid, I finally got to pick up one of the lip glosses from Too Faced’s Sweet Peach range. I’ve been admiring these online for ages so naturally, was very excited when I finally got my hands on one.

As with all glosses, I was dubious about whether this would be sticky, but it is quite the opposite. It has the most gorgeous creamy finish and because of its oil based ingredients of peach oil and coconut oil, it feels more vinyl like with absolutely no greasyness.

The colour itself is probably a little on the pale side for me as I do prefer more prominent colours, but, I’ve been wearing a lot of bold shades over the past week, so this was a welcome change and it was nice to wear something a bit more natural and less full-on.

My lips felt so smooth all day while wearing it and while it does need to be reapplied for to it’s glossy finish, I didn’t really mind that because it felt so good applying it.

I’m definitely sold on these and can’t wait to try another shade, only next time, I think I’ll buy one a bit darker in tone.

Sorcha đź’‹

Bridget Jones’s Baby with Glossybox

Last night I was invited to go along to a screening of Bridget Jones’s Baby hosted by the fabulous Glossybox to celebrate their fifth birthday. For those of you who don’t know about Glossybox, it’s a monthly beauty subscription box that sends samples each month of new products coming to the market, and even sometimes has some full size products and cult favourites included too.

The boxes are extremely cute and at last nights event, we were all given one of their special edition Red boxes for September. This box was created in conjunction with Red magazine’s Beauty Director, the fabulous Annabel Meggeson, and contains six absolute gems of products.

Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask

This mask contains a patented AMF (Artificial Moisturising Factor) – I’m not sure what that means to be honest, but apparently it enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture. It claims to keep the skin hydrated for up to two hours, which makes me very excited to try it so I will keep you posted.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Okay, I’m a little bit squealy excited about this! These body shop masks are everywhere at the moment, I’ve seen so many bloggers testing them and talking about them, and all accounts so far seem to be very positive. You know me, I love an ‘aul glow to the skin, and this mask claims to give you just that, so I reckon this one will be getting put to the test tonight. I can’t wait any longer!

Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster

I only became aware of what great lip products Catrice make a few months back when I fell in love with their Ultimate Stay lipstick range. This volumizing lip booster claims to give your lips volume and shine, as well as hiding any fine lines, so I’m really looking forward to giving this a go.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Now, let’s begin by saying, anything that claims to be ‘Better Than Sex’ has got to be pretty feckin’ amazing – right? It’s a pretty big claim to make so I’m looking forward to using it and seeing how much it lives up to its claim. I have read and heard so much about Too Faced products over the years, but I’m ashamed to say I’ve never actually tried anything of theirs before, so I can’t wait to give this a try.

Rodial Smokey Eye Pen

I love a good eyeliner and Rodial products are generally quite good so here’s hoping this is good too. My cousin told me she’s tried it and really likes it so again, I will keep you posted.

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

I haven’t heard of The Organic Pharmacy products before so I’m intrigued to do some research and read what they are all about. This lip balm is a really handy handbag size and it smells gorgeous too. It contains Shea Butter and Rose Hip so that’s always a good start for keeping lips moisturised. As some of you may know I got my lips very severely sunburnt when I was younger so I constantly have lip balm on my lips, so if this is good, I will be very excited.

These subscription boxes are such a great idea for trialling and testing products before going out and buying them, especially if you’re a beauty fanatic. I’m very excited to give all of these a try, and as always, I’ll report back and let you know how I get on.

On a side note, Bridget Jones’s Baby was absolutely hilarious. The girls and I cried laughing the whole way through, it’s that funny. So if you’re looking for something fun to do with your girls, then I highly recommend going to see it. I’d even go so far as to say, it’s better than the last one.

If you’ve tried any of these products, please let me know what you think as I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’d equally love to hear what you thought of the movie if you’ve seen it too. I came out feeling great after it, sometimes all you need is a good belly laugh!

Sorcha x