Pixiwoo beauty vlogger Sam Chapman on star signs, YSL stilettos and the sweet scent of nostalgia

By Victoria Woodhall

Pixiwoo beauty vlogger Sam Chapman reveals her most treasured possessions and the memories they evoke

Pixiwoo beauty vlogger Sam Chapman reveals her most treasured possessions and the memories they evoke

I’ve re-bought Marianne Faithfull’s autobiography Faithfull so many times, as I keep loaning it to people. I am fascinated by women who are strong but don’t hide their flaws. She forged her own path and is brutally honest about her mistakes

I’ve re-bought Marianne Faithfull’s autobiography Faithfull so many times, as I keep loaning it to people. I am fascinated by women who are strong but don’t hide their flaws. She forged her own path and is brutally honest about her mistakes

 

My first boyfriend Adam and I went out for about nine months when I was 14, and he became one of my best friends. He wrote me these letters at 19 when he travelled the world for a year. Letter writing is such a lost art

 

My first boyfriend Adam and I went out for about nine months when I was 14, and he became one of my best friends. He wrote me these letters at 19 when he travelled the world for a year. Letter writing is such a lost art

 

It took me a long time to figure out my style. I’m 40 this month and have discovered that simple cuts and classic shapes suit me. I have hundreds of pairs of shoes, but wear these Yves Saint Laurent stilettos most days. This YSL Lou camera bag is a great size – you can fit a book in it

It took me a long time to figure out my style. I’m 40 this month and have discovered that simple cuts and classic shapes suit me. I have hundreds of pairs of shoes, but wear these Yves Saint Laurent stilettos most days. This YSL Lou camera bag is a great size – you can fit a book in it

 

Labyrinth was the first film I saw in the cinema. I love it and have watched it with my daughters Lily, 12, and Olivia, eight, too. I buy anything Labyrinth-inspired, including this hand-sewn Etsy doll of David Bowie as Jareth and these Pop! vinyl characters

Labyrinth was the first film I saw in the cinema. I love it and have watched it with my daughters Lily, 12, and Olivia, eight, too. I buy anything Labyrinth-inspired, including this hand-sewn Etsy doll of David Bowie as Jareth and these Pop! vinyl characters

 

I bought this picture on my first trip to Paris when I was 17. It’s a page from a 1950s French magazine by fashion illustrator René Gruau. Since then, I’ve become obsessed with vintage icons

 

I bought this picture on my first trip to Paris when I was 17. It’s a page from a 1950s French magazine by fashion illustrator René Gruau. Since then, I’ve become obsessed with vintage icons

Dior J’Adore L’Or is a sweet scent that I find so nostalgic as it reminds me of my first fragrance, Aramis Tuscany Per Uomo, from when I was about 14. I often rave about it online and Dior sent me this engraved bottle as a gift

 

Dior J’Adore L’Or is a sweet scent that I find so nostalgic as it reminds me of my first fragrance, Aramis Tuscany Per Uomo, from when I was about 14. I often rave about it online and Dior sent me this engraved bottle as a gift

 

I recently discovered that I’m a Virgo after an astrologer read my chart. I always thought I was a Leo as I’m on the cusp. When I saw this ring with its tiny diamond Virgo constellation in New York, I had to buy it. It makes sense to me now why I’m so analytical

I recently discovered that I’m a Virgo after an astrologer read my chart. I always thought I was a Leo as I’m on the cusp. When I saw this ring with its tiny diamond Virgo constellation in New York, I had to buy it. It makes sense to me now why I’m so analytical

 

This photo of my siblings [Nic, now 36, and John and Jim, both 29] and I was taken in the pre-digital age when I was about 19. We’ve all gone on to have our own YouTube channels, but I love pictures like this because they captured the moment and were not polished – unlike social media today

This photo of my siblings [Nic, now 36, and John and Jim, both 29] and I was taken in the pre-digital age when I was about 19. We’ve all gone on to have our own YouTube channels, but I love pictures like this because they captured the moment and were not polished – unlike social media today

 

Nic and I travel a lot for work to promote our Real Techniques make-up brushes – we are stocked in 60 countries. I buy one of these Starbucks mugs wherever I go. I have 20 or 30, each from a different city

Nic and I travel a lot for work to promote our Real Techniques make-up brushes – we are stocked in 60 countries. I buy one of these Starbucks mugs wherever I go. I have 20 or 30, each from a different city

 

I bought this Hermès Les Léopards scarf for the Hollywood Icons film that my younger sister Nic [who makes up the other half of Pixiwoo] and I shot for the BBC last year, in which we re-created legendary looks. We filmed in Jean Harlow’s open-top Packard, wrapped scarves round our heads and added sunglasses for a classic Hollywood vibe

I bought this Hermès Les Léopards scarf for the Hollywood Icons film that my younger sister Nic [who makes up the other half of Pixiwoo] and I shot for the BBC last year, in which we re-created legendary looks. We filmed in Jean Harlow’s open-top Packard, wrapped scarves round our heads and added sunglasses for a classic Hollywood vibe.