Sam’s Christmas Wishlist 2016

With Christmas round the corner I thought I’d put my Christmas 2016 wishlist together. I’ve never done one before but have often got stuck when people ask me what I’d like – so this is just an aid to give you an idea if someone asks you!

Makeup and Skincare wishlist:

Filmstar Bronze and Glow -Medium to Dark – Charlotte Tilbury £49

I’d absolutely love to get this for Christmas – I love Charlotte tilbury makeup and I love a contour and a beautiful peach blush. The compact is just beautiful in Charlotte’s trademark rose gold packaging. Ooooh la la – you’d see my cheekbones from space with this palette!


Rest & Recharge Gift Set £35 Origins

I’m a faithful origins customer. I’ve been using the plantscription range for the past 2 years and I’m converted. Now that I’ve tried and tested this range, I’d like to try other creams from Origins. The Christmas gift sets are the best value for money and last year I may have picked up 4 gift sets which lasted me the entire year. So this time around I’d really like to try this set:

origins rest and recharge set sam loves

Merry and Bright Chritmas Cracker – Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel SpaceNK £18.50

This is a much hyped and beauty blogger fave so I’d really like to try this out and see what all the fuss is about. Plus, how cute is the cracker packaging?!

Renaissance Cleansing Gel christmas cracker sam loves


Elf Studio Bronzer £4.56 Amazon

I’ve been wanting to try the American brand Elf for ages and I really like the look of this bronzing palette as the brown shades look quite ashy and light. This is ideal for me as I tend to be heavy handed with my makeup so I’d be interested to try this out. I see this as a soft sculpting palette that’s easy on the wallet.

elf bronzing palette sam loves


elf bronzing palette sam loves




Clothes glorious clothes:

Mango Pussy Bow Blouse £35.99 ASOS

I need this – my love of tie neck blouses knows no bounds. Granted it’s a bit Austin Powers, but I’m sure I can pull it off!

asos pussy bow tie neck blouse sam loves


asos pussy bow tie neck blouse sam loves


Mango Lace Shirt £29.99 ASOS

This is equally gorgeous – a lovely blend of black lace and tie neck. Tres sexy!



Joanie Printed Roll Sleeve Shirt £18.00 Boohoo

I love this – the red and floral pattern means that you can either dress this up with a skirt or down with jeans. It’s lovely.

joanie roll up sleeve shirt boohoo sam loves

joanie shirt boohoo sam loves


Sculpting Legging Set £25 Marks and Spencer

So if you watch my weekend vlogs and follow me on instagram you’ll know that I recently joined a gym and have been going to a few mid week classes. Unfortunately I don’t think that my primark ‘camel toe’ gym leggings are quite going to cut it as they have been slipping down my waist the more energetic (and toned – I wish!) the exercises become. So, I could really do with some new gym leggings – these are great as they are quick dry.



Long Crossover Coat £119 Zara

I don’t own a smart black coat so when I was in Zara and tried this on in a Medium I instantly wanted to buy it. I love the gold buttons – I think this makes the coat look more expensive and I love the double breasted design. Very chic and looks great with skinny jeans and boots. I’d love this for Christmas.

zara long crossover coat with gold buttons

zara long crossover coat with gold buttons


Kimberly Purse in Rose Gold £15 Dune via ASOS

I’ve been looking for a small wallet since my last one fell apart. I really like the compartments in this purse, plus it’s rose gold – what’s not to like. I also like small sized wallets as I tend to carry smaller bags at the weekend. This is so pretty!

kimberly dune purse sam loves

kimberly dune purse sam lvoes

kimberley purse sam loves dune


Food for the mind:

Letters to My Fanny £5.59 Amazon
I used to watched Cherry Healey when she presented thought provoking and often controversial lifestyle documentaries on the BBC. She is smart, quirky and intelligent. For me, she’s a strong woman and I like her.  If the title is anything to go by, her book is going to be a real hoot and I really want to read this.

letters to my fanny sam loves christmas wish list gift ideas


Lisa Eldridge Face Paint: The Story of Makeup £12.91 Amazon

I love Lisa Eldrige’s style, the way she applies makeup and her general love of makeup as an art and creative form. I’ve wanted this book for absolute ages – I imagine that it’s a page turning book filled with informative historical narrative and beautiful imagery which documents the makeup of previous decades and ages. The beauty geek in me would love this.

face paint sam loves lisa eldridge gift wishlist


The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*&k: How to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do with people you don’t like £9.09 Amazon

Do I really need to say anymore?

life changing magic of not giving a fuck sam loves


#GirlBoss £6.99 Amazon 

I like the title and vibes of this book. It always bugs me when women are described as ‘bossy’ when in fact they just get things done. I think the writer is extremely successful and I too want to be a girl boss and be proud of it.



Techy Present Ideas

San Disk Ultra 64gb Class 10 up to 80Mbps £18.09 Amazon

Now that I’m uploading regularly and doing weekend vlogs, you can never have enough memory cards. You won’t believe that I only have 1 memory card and it’s 32G. I desperately need another to make my vlogging life just a little bit easier.

64GB is perfect as it will fit up to 320 mins of HD Video.

The higher the Mbps the faster it will write to your pc so it will be quicker to download the video footage onto your computer.



Instant Polaroid Camera -Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Intant Camera £64.95 Amazon

I’ve been wanting a polaroid camera in ages and I know that the refill film can be pricey, but I still want it. I’d use it when friends and family visit and pop the photos on our fridge to create a memory wall. I don’t really print out my photos anymore – they are all stored on my laptop and I really miss the feel and look of actual prints. It’s nice to have a physical photo opposed to something on my laptop.















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Tom Ford Lips and Boys – The lipstick of children

Let me introduce you to Collin and Franceso – 2 studs from Tom Ford’s Lips and Boys Collection. Are they gorgeous? Yes they are.

tom ford lips and boys

tom ford lips and boys collin Francesco lipstick

Are they tiny? YES THEY ARE.

tom ford lips and boys lipstick small review

This was my first dabble with TF lipsticks after Selfridges sent me a preview of the line, I liked the fact that they were smaller versions of the full size lipsticks and therefore more ‘affordable’ at £26 each. I also didn’t do my usual research, blindly ordered Colin and Francesco and when they arrived I was jaw- to-the-floor SHOCKED. I mean look at them – they are tiny. Teeny tiny. Look at them compared to a MAC lipstick. They are literally designed to be held in the hands of small children.

It doesn’t matter that the lipsticks are pretty. It doesn’t matter that they look and feel expensive. It doesn’t matter that the lipsticks are creamy, pigmented and true to colour.

Let’s face it, size matters and everytime I hold Collin or Francesco in my hands, I am reminded of how much I paid and the itty bitty lipsticks I got in return. This leads to frequent facepalming.

That being said, if you carry a small clutch bag all the time or for evenings out, they would be perfect as they are so compact.

Available exclusively at Selfridges.

Tom Ford Lips and boys lipstick collin sam loves blog

Tom Ford lips and boys lipstick Francesco Sam loves blog


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Long Lasting Sweat Proof Makeup


One of my friends asked me to make a video about the makeup I would wear on a hot summer’s day -something that could withstand the heat. As we are experiencing a mini heat wave in London I thought that was a fab video idea! So here’s me slapping on my most trusty makeup that are both long lasting and sweat proof. A lot of the makeup is the same that I chose to wear for my wedding day.

Lots of love,


Una Brenan Rose Hydrate Cream

Clinique City Block 40SPF

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation (I use shade 30)

Sigma Flat Kabuki Brush F80

Maybelline Anti Age Eraser Concealer

Zoeva 142 Concealer and Buffer Brush – mine comes from this rose gold set

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder

Real Techniques Setting Brush

Soap and Glory Brow Archery I use shade Dark Chocolate

L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper

Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

No 7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define Pencils in Cool Mink and Coffee Bean

Maybelline Falsies Mascara

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream

MAC Give me Sun Mineralize Skinfinish

Rimmel Sculpting Palette Kate Moss

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick 04 Peach Club

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

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Bourjois 123 perfect CC Cream Sam Loves
Before (left) Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream After (right)

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream is akin to adding a second layer of pretty, natural, radiant skin and I really wasn’t expecting it to last all day – but it does. You’ll be able to tell from my ‘naked face’ photo above left that I have a generous sprinkle of freckles on my face. I also often suffer with fatigued and sallow looking skin so I was interested to try the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream because it claims to colour correct problem areas on the skin such as fatigue, redness and dark spots. I wanted to see how well it performed as I’m already a big fan of Bourjois Healthy Mix and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum.

First up is the packaging – I’m not a fan of the squeezy tube, it can get a bit messy if you don’t twist the lid tightly back on. I much prefer a pump dispenser. I squeezed a 20p sized blob on the back of my hand and blended it in using my Sigma F80 – Flat Topped Kabuki Brush.





The results: 9/10 – my new fave high street foundation!

It was really easy to blend and I immediately noticed that it provided medium coverage – muting down my freckles nicely. Even though it’s medium coverage, I must say that it looks really natural on the skin. You can’t see it.  I especially liked that it evened out areas where I have pigmentation (mouth and chin area) and even though my freckles are less apparent, you can still see them. It’s a satin finish and gives the skin a lovely natural and subtle glow and it wears really well during the day.  This is a really lovely base for normal, dry and mature skins. I also found that it’s also a good colour match on me – I have shade 33.

What I like most is that my skin still looks and feels like skin which is really important to me – check out the last photo to see what I mean. I’m really happy I picked this up and it will be a nice addition to my already growing Bourjois foundation collection.

I picked mine up at Boots for £9.99. Also available at Feel Unique.

Do you like these foundation before and after reviews? Let me know as I’d be happy to do more x

Before -My naked face
After – Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream Shade 33
My skin still looks like and feels like skin
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L’Oreal’s Color Riche Eva’s Nude

L'Oreal Color Riche Eva's Nude Lipstick Sam loves
L’Oreal’s Color Riche Eva’s Nude


L'Oreal Color Riche Eva's Nude Lipstick Sam loves

I picked up L’Oreal’s Color Riche Eva’s Nude on a recent trip to Boots- it was an impulse buy but I’d always wanted to try the range out as each lipstick is named after famous film stars and celebrities. I picked up Eva’s nude –  named after Eva Longoria.

L'Oreal Color Riche Eva's Nude Lipstick Sam loves

The packaging is nice – each lipstick is signed by the star it’s named after. The lipstick is really light and sheer and gives you a hint of colour – a nice healthy sheen. It goes on smoothly but the finish is a little uneven so you’ll need to rub your lips together after. I like the colour – it’s a dusky pinky nude and I’d recommend it if you don’t like wearing full on lipsticks and prefer a more natural look. It would be great for work as it’s nude and barely there.

I picked mine up at Boots for £6.99.

L'Oreal Color Riche Eva's Nude Lipstick Sam loves

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Makeup for my Wedding Lookbook


Today’s post is about the makeup that I wore in my recent Wedding lookbook video.

It was very much a peachy themed look and if you are looking for a long wearing makeup look I’d defo recommend starting with Illamasqua Skin Base foundation (I wear shade 04).  I have lots of freckles so I like it because it’s high coverage and evens out my skin tone and provides a really good base for my makeup. It’s a good foundation for normal and combination skins. If you’re dry like me, you’ll need to use a good moisturiser beforehand. I use Oilatum Natural Face Repair Cream because my face is dry as a desert.

I concealed with my favourite Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer  (I wear Custard)- this is not only good for under the eyes but also blemish concealing. I like it because it’s quite moisturising and not drying. It’s also really easy to blend which is a must for me.

I popped MAC Springsheen and Milani’s Luminoso on my cheeks. Recently, I like mixing my blushes together as when I blush I’m never just one colour. I like creating a bit of depth to the cheeks with two blushes.

I then cracked open my current eyeshadow palette Lorac Unzipped Palette and used a mix of Unattainable, Uncensored, Unspoken and Unreal on my lids. These shadows are highly pigmented so a little goes a long way and they are buttery and super blendable. This is my second Lorac palette and I’m a total convert.

I curled my lashes, wacked on a whole load of Maybelline the Falsies and a pair of false lashes. I wanted my lips to look a fuller so lined then with my faithful Boots No 7 Lip liner in Nude, followed by Limited Editions lipstick in Melba Blush and Tanya Burr’s Picnic in the Park gloss.

I think this is one of my favourite makeup looks that I’ve done recently. I am flirting with the idea of doing makeup looks on my Youtube Channel but don’t feel brave enough yet!

Sam x

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Top 10 MAC Lipsticks

Happy Sunday everyone!

If you’re a lipstick lover, you’re going to love my new video that I’ve just uploaded – my top 10 MAC lipsticks. There’s nudes, plums, oranges and reds so there maybe something that tempts you! Thanks for reading and watching x


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Pretty Nude Lips – Rimmel’s Coral Britannia

It’s great to get back into the blogging groove. I honestly think I’ve got my beauty mojo back. I’ve got loads of video and blog post ideas swirling round my head and I even made myself a weekly blog planner where I plan to post on at least once a week.  Woohoo, get me trying to get my blog act together!

Rimmel Coral Britannia sam loves

On to the lipstick….!

This little gem has become my go-to, easy to wear and just slap on during the day lippie. I love the creamy moisturising formula and I love how the peachy coral tone gives a really healthy brightening effect to the face. One of my favourite high street lipsticks for sure. I picked mine up at Boots.

Rimmel Coral Britannia sam loves





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The eyeshadow for brown eyes – Nars Isolde Eyeshadow Duo

nars isolde duo eyeshadow for brown eyes

It’s quite tricky to find eye shadows that really make brown eyes pop but I’m loving the bronze and gold shades in Nars Isolde Duo.  Now I usually veer towards traditional brown eye shadows and wouldn’t normally consider using such an orangey gold, but dam, it looks good and contrasts nicely with dark hair and eyes. Nars actually describe the duo as “frosted ginger and shimmering copper” and its the gingery – orange tone to the gold shadow that really makes brown eyes pop. I think Isolde would also look phenomenal on blue eyes and emphasise blue hues beautifully.

The shadows are incredibly pigmented – you don’t need much on your brush and the colour applies very vividly on the lids. I can see this lasting me years. The consistency is soft and buttery and it blends like a dream with little if no fallout.

I wear both shadows – the gold all over the lid, and the bronze in the outer corners and crease as well as the lower lash line for a smokey look. It’s an easy peasey every day smokey look that isn’t over done or too dramatic.

I love love this duo and if you’re looking for an everyday effortless smokey eye, definitely check out Nars Isolde.

Nars Isolde Eyeshadow sam loves blog reviewNARS ISOLDE EYESHADOW SAM LOVES





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A Nude New Year – MAC Pure Zen

mac pure zen lipstick sam loves

Happy New Year! I am incredibly excited about 2015 as it’s the year I’ll be getting married! Can’t wait to create lots of wonderful memories. To say I am excited is an understatement! I have been doing lots of ‘Wedding things’ and have thought about filming some YouTube videos to document my wedding journey – let me know if this is something you would like to see.

Seeing as it’s a brand spanking new year, I’ve also been breaking out all my nude lipsticks and I particularly love this combo of MAC Pure Zen with No 7 Precision Lip Liner in Nude. Lining lips is a must for me as it creates a much nicer shape and they look also look a lot fuller and plumper. I love the peachy coral tone of MAC Pure Zen – it’s a nude that just does something when worn. The creme sheen formula means that it’s quite moisturising and glossy on the lips – ideal for the cold winter months.

My base is YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat – aka dewy skin in a bottle.


sam loves mac pure zen


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