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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What’s in my Bag? ‘YSL’ Black croc with silver chain

One of my very lovely viewers spotted that I had recently acquired a new bag and requested that I filmed a video about my new YSL Black croc silver chain bag. First of all, how beautiful is the bag? It’s totally me and I’ve been wearing it non stop. I love the black croc and silver hardware and the bag itself is really well made. As I explain in my video, I picked it up in a London Market stall – it’s not an exact replica but it’s pretty close. I hope you enjoy taking a peek at what goodies I like to cram in my bag.

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New in – Office Lucky Charm Studded Boots in Black Leather and Gold Hardwear Review

I’ve been lusting over the Chloe Savannah boots for a couple of years and I’ve finally found an affordable dupe from Office. Their Lucky Charm Studded Boots are SO edgy, biker and well, totally me. I must say that the photos on the website weren’t all that helpful as the studs appeared really cheap and in your face but I’m so glad I ordered these, as in real life they are less ‘obvious’.

They come in gold or silver hard wear and leather and nubuck finishes.

If you’re on the market for some new boots for winter then check these bad boys out. OOOh I should say that they are SO comfortable and the heel height is perfect for someone who does a lot of walking around the city. I find the soles thick and well made- this is a boot that’s going to last for ages.


office lucky charm stud boots dupe similar chloe savannah boot


office stud boots black chloe savannah 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.

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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 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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MAC Lady Danger


Sam Loves

MAC Lady Danger – a phenomenal matte lipstick.

I just can’t get enough of this – it’s a bright, vivid, orangey red that adds a perfect pop of colour. I’ve been wearing this look a lot during the day – with a bit of eyeliner, usual lashings of mascara and blush.

I’m happy to report it also wears off really nicely leaving a slight stain on the lips. I’d also recommend prepping the lips beforehand with lip balm to prevent lips from drying out.

Tip– orange based red lipsticks like Lady Danger look best with a peach blush and for this look I used NARS Orgasm on my cheeks.

I must add that the lipstick is slightly more orangey than my camera has managed to capture.

Yep, a total show stopper!

Lips: MAC Lady Danger – available at MAC and Debenhams
Foundation: Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation – Boots
Blush: NARS Orgasm – Sephora and Nars
Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies – Boots
Eyeliner: Maybelline Gel Eyeliner – Boots




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Arm Candy – Alexander Wang Rocco Rose Gold Bag

Alexander Wang Black Rocco Rose Gold Hardware Studs Sam Loves

Alexander Wang Black Rocco Rose Gold Hardware Studs Sam Loves

I saw the Alexander Wang Rocco Rose Gold Bag and it was love. at. first. sight. I could not resist and here it is in all its glory. Mine. ALL mine. *claps hands*

I love rose gold – it’s metal made pretty and I was so struck with the rose gold hardware at the bottom. It screams edgy rock chic and Alexander Wang is renowned for his hard edged glamour.

It’s made from thick pebbled effect leather which makes it sturdy. I like the fact that it’s made from pebbled rather than smooth leather as it will age well and won’t scratch easily.

It’s been well documented that Rocco bags tend to be heavy (because of the hardware). It’s forced me to be sensible about what I choose to carry around on a daily basis – this is not a bad thing. Hello organised Sammy!

I am also very pleased to report that the main leather handles have stretched (ever so slightly) so that I can wear it over my shoulder and not just on the crook of my arm.

Rocco packs a mean punch and I’m now eyeing up other colours…… oh.dear.

Available at Libertys and Net-a Porter.

Alexander Wang Black Rocco Rose Gold Hardware Studs Sam Loves


Alexander Wang Black Rocco Rose Gold Hardware Studs Sam Loves



Alexander Wang Black Rocco Rose Gold Hardware Studs Sam Loves



Alexander Wang Black Rocco Rose Gold Hardware Studs Sam Loves

Alexander Wang Black Rocco Rose Gold Hardware Studs Sam Loves

Alexander Wang Black Rocco Rose Gold Hardware Studs Sam Loves

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It’s all about the jacket…


All things bright and beautiful! – and this jacket certainly is. I picked this up on a recent shopping trip to Zara in Covent Garden.

It’s such a versatile jacket – and I’ve been wearing it a lot, styled with dresses, jeans, maxis and in this photo with my Forever 21 Trumpet Skirt. I love the bright lemon sherbet colour – great if you are in a crowd and want to stand out! I’ve also noticed that it completely lifts my complexion and makes me feel so summery and fresh.

Summer chic with a slight edge.

Jacket: Zara
Skirt: Forever 21
Top: TopShop
Necklace: Accessorize

Here’s how I styled it at work today: – thanks to Shumba for the photos! x








The jacket and skirt also featured in my latest video here:


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The Obsession – Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set

Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set Sam Loves

Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set Sam Loves

How pretty are these brushes?

I have a thing for all things Rose Gold so when I saw the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set, I was sold. Not only do they look chic and elegant but they are actually great quality and affordable.

The collection consists of 8 brushes – 4 face and 4 eye brushes which are each wrapped in beautiful rose gold. They are made from natural hair and synthetic taklon bristles, so they can be used with cream and powder based products. The set comes in an equally gorgeous clutch bag with protective cloth pouch. Luxury all the way.

My faves are the 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek for perfect contours, 110 Face Shape for precision concealing and the 227 Luxe Soft Definer (MAC 217 Dupe).

106 Powder: Apply loose and pressed powder
102 Silk Finish: Apply and blend foundation
110 Face Shape: Contour the face shape with cream and powder products
127 Luxe Sheer Cheek: Apply powder blush
142 Concealer Buffer: Apply and blend concealer

227 Soft Definer: Softly blend and smooth eyeshadow
231 Petit Crease: Accentuating and blending in the crease
317 Wing Liner: Detailed eyeliner strokes and a perfect wing

Not only do the Zoeva brushes look absolutely gorgeous, they are are affordable good quality makeup brushes which is difficult to find on the high street. My MAC and Real Techniques Brushes will be having a well deserved rest.

Available to purchase at Zoeva for 58 Euros and Love Makeup for £53.50.

Which are your faves?

Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set Sam Loves

Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set Sam Loves

Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set Sam Loves


Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set Sam Loves

Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set Sam Loves



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