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Xmas Gift Guide: £10 and under

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Considering it is now December, it’s time to get buying presents for your loved ones if you haven’t already…

However, with grans, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, mums, dads and friends and colleagues to buy for, it can get rather expensive! This is why I’ve created this gift guide for 10 items at £10 or under to mean you can get more pressies for your money!

It’s also the perfect solution for all those secret santas you end up getting roped into!

Happy shopping and I hope you find something you like!

Sam x

1. ‘Dream Big’ neon notebook, Topshop, £3.50

2. Jack Wills mug, £9.50

3. Photomug, Mustard, £10 

4. Hot Cookie mug warmer, Mustard, £10

5. Snap fish eye lens, Topshop, £5

6. Korres Wild Rose Mini Brightening Kit, Debenhams, £8.50

7. 12 Portly Penguins, Hotel Chocolat, £7 

8. Cubic Zirconia Triangle Necklace, Miss Selfridge, £10 

9. Alphabet scented candle, NotOnTheHighstree.Com, £6.99

10 Pug Mug, IWWOT, £7.99

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Barry M introduces Nail Care Range

barry-m-cosmetics-launches-nail-care-range-300x222Barry M is known for its great nail polishes and now the brand have brought in a new range to make sure your nails are well looked after too.

The Nail Care Range comprises Super Mani (£3.99), a 7-in-1 treatment which offers seven benefits; hydrating and protecting enamel for healthy, nourished nails; Iron Mani (£3.99), a basecoat and treatment which strengthens, smoothes and protect nails from breakage; and Mani Mask (£3.99) which camouflages, colours and conditions nails and is available in two colours – Bashful (a light baby pink) and Birthday Suit (a creamy nude) for a semi-matte finish.

The collection will launch in high street favourites Boots and Superdrug on 20 January, so you’ll be able to start the year with lush nails!

Happy shopping 🙂

WATCH: J-Lo’s epic AMA performance

 

So, I know the American Music Awards (AMAs) were like a week ago, but I needed to share this video for all of you who missed J-Lo‘s EPIC performance as the show.

Not only was Jenny from the block hosting the show and dazzling with her gorgeous array of outfits, but she also showed of her amazing dance skills in the 7-minute-medley of the best tracks of the year, including Bruno Mars‘ ‘Uptown Funk’ and Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Anacona’.

The sexy singer also showed off her vocals at the start of the performance with a slowed-down version of her song ‘Waiting for Tonight’.

Honestly is there anything this lady can’t do – I actually think she’s Superwoman!

 

M&S and Misguided win at Drapers Awards

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Winners at the 2015 Drapers Awards last night (26 November) included Marks & Spencer’sMisguided and House of Fraser. 

The awards, which are in their 25th year celebrate those in fashion retailing. They took place at at Old Billingsgate in London and were attended by more than 800 people in the industry.

House of Fraser took home the best store design award for its Jolly’s of Bath premises, whilst Misguided won the fashion pure-play etailer of the year. 

Marks and Spencer’s meanwhile was triumphant as fashion retailer of the year – consumer choice and White Stuff was named as best place to work.
You can see a full list of the winners here.

Well done to all the winners!

Fashion post: So I’m currently sports obsessed

my nikesSo the title speaks for itself really, I am currently obsessed with buying and wearing sportswear.

It all started when I got a new pair of Nike trainers for the gym. At the same time, I also bought a sports luxe blazer that I happened to stumble on in Primark too. Those two combined started this dangerous new fixation with all these sports.

For the first time ever, instead of Topshop and Asos, I was scanning the online stores of Nike and Adidas religiously and I still am a few weeks on!

Today I bought some Nike Air Force 1’s from Schuh (see right) as well as some hi tops off Ebay, however it hasn’t stopped my craving. As soon as I got home I went on the Adidas website, adding about five pairs of shoes to my ‘shopping cart’ as well as some cute jackets. I just can’t stop myself!

Luckily, I didn’t actually purchase these latter items that I put in my bag, otherwise I really would be broke. Instead I decided to write this blogpost to share my new found sporty favourites with you and lust in them online, rather than raid my purse again.

At least buying sports items are practical I guess, especially as this time of year as trainers are always good for festivals and outdoor stuff, as are jackets when it gets cold in the evening.

Anyway, check out my favourite must-have sports items below and know that if you buy any I will be immensely jealous!

Much love,

Sam x

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(L-R) Adidas Supergirl Hip-Hop Track Jacket – £60, Nike Dunk Sky Hi Print – £71.89, Adidas Chiffon Flower Jacket – £37.

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(L-R) Nike Blazer Mid iD – £90, Colorado Windbreaker – £23, Adidas ZX 700 Shoes – £65

 

Product Review: Barry M Nail Paint – ‘Berry Ice Cream’ (308)

purpleEveryone who has read my nail reviews on here before knows how much I love Barry M nail paints. In fact, I don’t even think I’ve reviewed any other brand yet!

However, all my reviews previous have been for Barry M’s Gelly range, whereas I’ve decided to go back to the original paint. This wasn’t really a concious decision to be honest. The fact was that I was looking for a summery pastel shade & I don’t have all the Gelly colours yet as I already had lots of existing colours in the normal paint version & I didn’t want them to go to waste.

Ideally I was thinking about a pale pink colour, however I stumbled across this shade & it grabbed my attention, so I decided to go ahead and use it.

As you can see from the photo, it is a lilac shade, however has a pink undertone too. The colour does come out really nice & coincidentally matches in with the purple/pink colours on the top I am wearing today perfectly. If you are looking for a definite lilac or pink shade however, instead of a combination, I would suggest either opting for the Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in ‘Lilac’ or in ‘Pink Lady’.

The Gelly shades also need fewer coats and dry a lot quicker than the standard paint. I found that I needed several layers until the ‘Berry Ice Cream’ shade looked thickand did have to wait quite a while for it to dry.

As I said however though, I am pleased with the end result, but would have preferred one of the Gelly shades if I’m honest. Maybe it’s time for me to clear out my nail drawer and start investing!

What are your opinions on nail paint – do you use the standard versions or are you Gelly all the way now? Let me know below!

Sam x

Sam Blogs goes global!

globalSo I thought I’d share something with you all that I found a little bit exciting…!

When looking at my blog stats for the end of the day yesterday, I found that my blog was read in a total of seven different countries!

I know that might not sounds amazing for some, considering how many countries there are out there, but I think this is the most I’ve had so far, so it really made me happy to see that people across the world are reading my blog.

I honestly couldn’t believe that my posts are being read by people as far away as Saudi Arabia & Hong Kong! It’s crazy, but in a good way!

Of course I still appreciate everyone in the UK that reads my blog too, but I just found it exciting!

But yes, thank you to everyone reading my blog, wherever you may be!

Sam x

P.s. Fellow bloggers let me know what gets you excited about your blog! Either below, or catch me on Twitter @sammyloubelle.

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