A very berry lip – Clinique Grandest Grape Chubby Stick

This is my go to autumn shade and I absolutely love the rich dark berry colour. I love wearing it lightly as a stain or full on to give me that sultry look. It’s so appropriate for the London weather right now! A the formula is really moisturising, it doesn’t make your lips look dry and chapped. I’ve been loving how moisturising and easy to apply Clinique’s Chubby Stick in Grandest Grape is. I’ve been really impressed with the colour intensity and how easily it glides on to the lips. There’s a nice sheen and it instantly gives you this vamped up – sexy siren look.  It’s a must have if you’ve got dry lips but like to wear a statement lip. Such a gorgeous colour. I picked mine up at Boots.

clinique grandest berry chubby stick swatch lip sam loves

clinique grandest grape swatch blog sam loves

 

 

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Lip Lover’s Heaven – Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret

NARS DIGITAL WORLD LIP COLLECTION IBERICO DESCANSO YU CRUELLA TORRES DEL PLAINE SAM LOVES

NARS DIGITAL WORLD LIP COLLECTION IBERICO DESCANSO YU CRUELLA TORRES DEL PLAINE SAM LOVESOn a random pit stop to Spacenk, I spied this absolute gem at the Christmas counter. First of all, Nars’ Lip Pencils have been on my radar for a while, but they never quite made it in to my basket- until now. The eye pencils on their own cost £18 each but the joy of this set is that you get 5 for £32. So that’s 5 pencils for the price of less than 2. That’s good economics – I had to have it.

Say hello to the Digital World Lip Pencil Confrette.

Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret NARS sam loves

Who could resist these 5 shades?

  • Satin Lip Pencil Torres Del Paine
  • Satin Lip Pencil Descanso
  • Satin Lip Pencil Yu
  • Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Iberico
  • Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella

Now my love for a bold lip is well documented and I am so impressed with the range of colours – from everyday nudes to sumptuous reds. The pencils are so versatile. The colour intensity on the first swipe on to the lips is insane and they all have really good staying power – even after eating.

A lip colour for every occasion:

sam loves nars digital world lip Descanso
Nars Descanso – umm the perfect nude!
sam loves nars digital world lip iberico
Nars Iberico – LOVE!
sam loves nars digital world lip yu
Nars Yu – I’m feeling this!
sam loves nars digital lip pencil cruella
Nars Cruella- what a sultry shade!
sam loves nars digital lip pencil Torres Del Paine
Torres Del Paine- peachy perfect!

I am so happy I snapped these up before they sold out and can I also shout out the lovely presentation box – just love it and will reuse to store lipsticks in.

Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret NARS sam loves

Nars’ Christmas Collection always has the WOW factor and this year they’ve outdone themselves.

Available from Spacenk and Sephora.

Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret NARS sam loves

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Top 5 Red Lipsticks

TOP 5 RED LIPSTICKSI love rocking a red lip and what better time than Christmas party season to show you my Top 5 Favourite Red Lipsticks. I honestly think that red isn’t just for parties but a really great colour to throw on to add something special to any everyday makeup look. Hope you enjoy x

 

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The Rock Star Pink – Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 20

sam loves kate moss rimmel 20

I bought this shade months ago after being inspired by this Kim Kardashian photo. The lipstick she is wearing is Nars Shiap but after I tried it on in Space NK, I found that it was quite drying on the lips. I resolved to hunt down a Nars Shiap dupe and found a near perfect colour match in Rimmel’s Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in Shade 20.

This is a high intensity cool pink fushia lipstick and the colour is insane.

rimmel kate moss lipstick 20

Does it emphasise your lips? Erm yes! and that means that all other makeup should be toned down in order to maximize the focus on the lips.

Would I recommend? Definitely – goes on easily, lasts well, affordable and most importantly -I feel like a rock star wearing this!

Available to purchase at Boots and FeelUnique.

sam loves rimmel kate moss lipstick 20

 

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MAC Morange Lipstick – The Brightest Orange Lipstick I own!

sam loves mac morange lipstick

If you love orange lipsticks, then you’re going to fall in love with MAC’s Morange. Check out how bright it is! It is insane! On first appearance, it can look intimidating as it’s so orange and vibrant but I urge you to give it a go it you are a bold lipstick lover. You will love it!

I really like it on my olive skin tone and it goes on really smoothly as it’s a cream sheen finish. It’s highly pigmented and is definitely a summer lipstick shade. It can definitely try and compete with the rest of your makeup so I’d recommend dialing down the eyes and not going to heavy on your base. Finish off with a touch of peach blush to tie the whole look together.

I picked mine up here.

 

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Mini Brushes to Go – Japonesque Beautiful Eyes Touch Up Set

Japonesque Beautiful Eyes Touch Up Tube Set

 

This was a lovely birthday present given by my friend Ling. I’m one for carrying brushes in my makeup bag for retouches and for transforming from a day to night look. The compact tube is made from metal and keeps the dinky glass brushes clean.

The set includes

  • Angled Brow Brush
  • Flat Eyeliner Brush
  • Shadow Fluff Brush
  • Eye Smudger Brush

I really like the shadow fluff brush and eye smudger brush as they are very soft and blend eyeshadows nicely. I’ve found the bristles on the angled brow brush and flat eyeliner brush a little rough and haven’t used these as much.

I really like the idea of compact brushes to go rather than packing full length brushes into my daily makeup bag – less to carry around!

Available for £12 at Amazon and Ulta.

 Japonesque Beautiful Eyes Touch Up Tube Set

Japonesque Beautiful Eyes Touch Up Tube Set

Japonesque Beautiful Eyes Touch Up Tube Set

Japonesque Beautiful Eyes Touch Up Tube Set

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A winter blush – Illamasqua Cream Blush in Seduce

Illamasqua Seduce Blush

Illamasqua Seduce Blush

 

I’m going to fess up and admit that it’s taken me a while to use Illamasqua’s Cream Blush in Seduce because quite frankly I found the colour quite strong and scary. It’s described as a warm rosy pink -I’d also add that it’s a dark raspberry shade with a creamy consistency. Illamasqua is known for colour intensity -a little goes a long way so I applied a little to the apples of my cheeks using a stippling brush. Surprisingly, I actually ended up adding another layer and even dabbed some on to my lips. You can wear this blush 2 ways – sheer or opaque and there is definitely an art to applying it – build the colour up one layer at a time. It’s really easy to blend and leaves the cheeks with a rosy dewy finish- not oily or shiny.  It just melts in to the skin.

I’ll definitely reach for this more come winter time when my skin feels dull and is drier because it really livens up my complexion and will be a good alternative to a powder blush if I’m suffering from any dry winter patches. The blush wore off after 4 hours on my normal to dry skin, so not the greatest staying power but I like the dewy finish enough to top up during the day.

Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush would look phenomenal on women of colour, I’d also recommend it for medium to deep skin tones.

Available for £21.50 at Illamasqua

 

Illamasqua Cream Blush Seduce

Illamasqua Cream Blush Seduce

Illamasqua Cream Blush Seduce

 

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Bourjois Peach on the Beach Color Boost

bourjois peach on the beach

 

bourjois peach on the beachFollowing in the footsteps of the Clinique Chubby Sticks, high street beauty brands like Revlon and Bourjois have released their own better and cheaper crayons.  My favourite so far has to be Bourjois Peach on the Beach – a peachy shade. Really glossy but not in a sticky or gloopy way more like a moisturising lip balm with gorgeous colour. As with most balms, I don’t find this lip crayon long wearing as it tends to wear off during eating and drinking but topping up is so easy and you don’t need a mirror. I love the shade – it’s so pretty, universally flattering and a fab everyday shade.

Available for £7.99 at Boots and Amazon.

Bourjois Peach on the Beach Lip Crayon

Bourjois Peach on the Beach Lip Crayon

Bourjois Peach on the Beach Lip Crayon

Bourjois Peach on the Beach Lip Crayon

Sam Loves Bourjois Peach on the Beach Lip Crayon

 

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YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review

 

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review

I’ll keep this short and sweet – the Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation is beautiful. I’m shade B50 and the colour match is spot on. It’s a medium coverage foundation which evens out my skin tone nicely without completely masking my freckles – see photos above.  I was actually quite impressed with the coverage – even though it’s medium coverage it doesn’t look cakey as YSL have used a soft focus gel in the formulation rather than an opaque powder which tends to mask the skin. If you want a lighter finish just use less than a full pump. It feels lovely and light on the skin, blends easily and gives my skin a natural radiance without being too dewy or greasy. It lasted 8-9 hours on me and I didn’t need to touch up.  It’s not as dewy as Vitalumiere and is similar to Vitalumiere Aqua in terms of a semi matte finish.  Even though it’s SPF19 I haven’t experienced any flash back and damn, it does photograph well.

I’d say this foundation would suit all skin types except really dry or really oily skin.

Love that it’s available in a whopping 22 shades which have been split into 3 groups depending on your skin tone -rose, beige and gold. When the sun actually re-appears in London, I’ll probably have to pick up BR50 which has a more golden undertone. The glass bottle and gold cap screams luxury and we all know I am a sucker for that.

It gets a massive thumbs up from me and has earned a coveted place on my beauty shelf.

A fabulous foundation.

Available for £30.50 at Boots and Sephora.

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YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Sam Loves

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

Sam Loves YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

 

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