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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Just call me Polar Bear – get ready with me

In this week’s episode of the weekend vlog, I introduce you to the real Sam aka Polar Bear. This weekend was so busy with birthday parties on Saturday and Sunday. I hope you liked the intro – I tried to make it a little bit arty at the beginning and am quite pleased with it. It kinda turned into a get ready with me …



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Weekend Vlog – Let’s try this!

Good afternoon!

So I’ve made my first attempt at vlogging my weekend – thought it might be fun to share what I get up to during the weekends so you can see a more day in the life of, in addition to the more formal hauls and beauty videos. I really hope you like this – it was so much fun taking you around with me and also documenting what we get up to in the vlog journal that is YouTube. I decided to film my weekend as to be honest my week days are pretty mundane – going to work and the gym lol. If you’d like to see more stuff during the week, I’d be happy to perhaps include my snapchat stories during the week on here. Let me know- it’s good to get your feedback.

Thanks for being such supportive and encouraging viewers.



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New In!


I’ve been a bit busy and have bought some new shoes and clothes recently. I love filming try on hauls and hope you enjoying the pieces I have picked up. My faves are my office boots and red top from H&M. I’ve also decided to film up in my bedroom as it’s a little more cosy and personal – I hope you like the new background and be sure to check back for more videos.


Sam x


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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.

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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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Our Wedding and Honeymoon Videos

I’m so happy to share our wedding and honeymoon videos with you. We celebrated our wedding at a local church and held the wedding reception at Westerham Golf Club in Surrey. It was the most special and precious day and it was so fun putting the photos together for this video


Our honeymoon was such an adventure as it was a multi- destination honeymoon – I like to call it a USA West Coast extravaganza as we visited San Francisco, Hawaii – Maui and then Las Vegas. It was beyond our wildest dreams and we got to experience the paradise of Maui along with the bright lights of Vegas and the city bustle of San Fran.

Here’s a rundown of our honeymoon hotels:

❤ San Francisco – 2 nights at the Handlery Hotel

❤ We flew to San Francisco first from Gatwick and stayed at the Handlery hotel for 2 nights. It’s right next to Union Square and was a really convenient central location to go sight seeing around the city. I did struggle a bit walking up those steep hilly streets so I’d defo recommend taking comfy walking shoes.

❤ Mauii Hawaii – 7 nights at the Andaz

❤ We then flew to Maui via LA and stayed in Maui for a week. Maui is PARADISE! We stayed at the Andaz and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The hotel overlooks the sea and we watched the sunset every evening. It’s the most perfect hotel – boutique style. If you visit Hawaii I recommend going from November onwards as the whales migrate back to the Hawaiian islands so you have a good chance of spotting these magical beasts.

❤ Las Vegas – 4 nights – The Cosmopolitan Hotel

❤ We then flew to Las Vegas and lived it up in the city that never sleeps for 4 nights. I never appreciated how long it takes to walk from one hotel to another – an average of 10 minutes! We ended doing a massive hotel crawl and visited nearly every hotel on the strip. We stayed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel which had phenomenal views of the Bellagio fountains. I did a lot of beauty shopping at MAC and Sephora and there are lot of shows to see and places to visit.

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New videos on Sam Loves!


There has been lots of new content over on my YouTube channel so if you fancy a catchup binge, grab a cuppa and I’ll list the videos down below. As always thanks for checking out my blog. At the moment I’ve decided more on making videos rather than blogging as I’ve found it difficult doing both – what with having a full time job as well.

Thanks for popping by.

Love Sam x


September Faves and Fails!


Fun Boohoo Try on Haul!


Primark Haul & Try on

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