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
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 samloves.com at least once a week. Woohoo, get me trying to get my blog act together!
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.
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.
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.
Dune Torz Tan Boots. £159 now £79. I love the gold zip running up the back of the boot and the fact that they are leather means they will last a good few years. Love that I can wear them over the knee or fold the top over and have them on the knee. I have just bought these classic boots from Dune!
Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Makeup Christmas Gift Set £49.50 now £33 – For the beauty lovers out there- check out this gorgeous set from YSL . I can’t take my eyes off the black and gold makeup bag! I need to repurchase the YSL Le Touche Eclat and have been wanting to try the Youth Liberator Serum for ages so this is the perfect opportunity! Available from Debenhams
Origins Mini Superstars Gift Set £35 now £23.45 It’s always tricky recommending skincare products but I must confess that I have been seriously impressed with the Origins moisturisers – thick, creamy and intensely hydrating so now’s the perfect time to pick up their all star line up and try them out. Available from John Lewis.
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.
On 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.
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:
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.
Nars’ Christmas Collection always has the WOW factor and this year they’ve outdone themselves.
This is my first attempt at a Christmas Gift Guide – I love watching these types of video on YouTube and wanted to get involved. I love buying for other people so Christmas is the perfect excuse to spoil the ones I love.
What’s on your Christmas wish list? I would really love a GoPro so that I can film underwater. That would be so cool.
Wishing you a really lovely and special Christmas this year as well as a fantastic 2015!