10 Things I Hate About You (not really)…

Thank you so much for this tag Lenka, it’s a really nice post for me to write on a hungover Sunday. Check out her blog guys, she’s awesome.

So here’s my list lovelies, I had such fun doing it, here is how you take part. Make a list of 10 things you love and 10 things you hate. Tag 10 awesome bloggers that you love so they can take part and you’re done. How easy is that?

Love

1. My family, they are the best. I know everyone says that about their family. However, here are some facts why mine are the best. My mum is the best lip synca- she uses a straw bent round her ear as a microphone. My dad is the reigning crash bandicoot champ in the household- probably in Kent haha. My brother is just amazing and makes BEAUTIFUL metal and precious stone jewellery- let me know if you ever want a link to his facebook 😉

2. My friends and boyfriend. I just LOVE them, there are no words to describe my group of friends, they are just my absolute rock and without them there would be no sunshine in my life. Cheesy right? James of course, is my wonderful boyfriend and without him I think laughter would just die. 3 Years in and he still makes me smile from the minute I wake up to the minute we go to sleep. Hopefully there will be many more years like this.

3. Cookbooks. I love cookbooks they are my ultimate bed time reading. I have loads and loads from old ones from the 60’s inherited from my nan to nice modern ones that I love trying new recipes from.

4. Buying make up. Right ladies? We all know this feeling too well. It’s an addiction but I love it, I don’t plan on seeking help.

5. Nice Smellies. I love nice smelly things, from candles to bubble bath. If it has a nice pong- I’m buying it. I have far too many room diffusers and bowls of pot pourri.

6. Cheese. I love cheese especially with wine. All cheese is good, I don’t discriminate, I’ll give it all a go. I love making homemade bread to go with it.

7. Shoes. I have a massive shoe collection. I worked in a shoe shop for 6 years, I bought two pairs of shoes most months so you can imagine how many pairs I have. Some of them have probably only been on my feet once.

8. English Breakfast Tea. I drink all sorts of tea but bog standard tetley tea (other great brands are available) is the BEST. I like it in a builders mug with two sugars, just incase I pop round yours, now you know how I like it 😉

9. New stationary. Who can resist a cute notebook or pen, am I right?

10. Blogs, obvs! I love it all- reading new material, meeting new people and getting inspiration to be creative. It’s an awesome world and you really feel like you’re part of something.

Hate

1. Liars. There is no need for lies, it gets you nowhere and people always get caught up in their lies sooner or later.

2. Ignorance. People who are not aware of the world around them- there is no excuse.

3. The Dentist. This is probably a big fear of most people I know, no one likes someone else’s finger in your mouth. Right?

4. Wednesdays. I hate Wednesdays, it’s the middle of the week not quite near enough to the weekend. It’s generally a really slow work day for me. Not a fan.

5. People who push religion on others. Just stop, we all believe what we want to believe, just stop it. It’s rude and invasive.

6. Bad breath. Brush, chew chewing gum. There are so many products on the market, there is no excuse peeps.

7. People who push in. I know I sound sooo british. There is a queue just queue in it, if we all abide by the queuing system, it will move a lot faster. 

8. Ex on the Beach on MTV. You applied for a show called Ex on the Beach and you’re shocked when your ex turns up on the beach (face palm)

9. Pessimistic people. Im’a cup half full kinda girl. It makes life easier.

10. People who drive like dickheads. Just drive like an normal person, you’re not cool by speeding or cutting someone up on the motorway. In fact, you could kill someone. Think about it!

Phew, that felt a bit ranty but good. Hopefully my Loves cancel out my Hates. 😉

I’m gonna tag….

Aimee at Aimee Writes
Rachel at A Double Jointed Girl and Her Dog
Charlotte at Scarlet Slippers
Carly at Blog with Love
Laura at Loved by Laura
Victoria at Rose Gold Dream
Kirsty at Natterly
Hayley at Shift My Booty
Danni at Gingerbread Smiles
Rach at Rachael Rites

I have tagged bloggers that I love and blogs I love reading. So I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Always welcome to leave me a comment as always.

You can catch me here, here and here 😉

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)

Feeling fresh, Neutrogena 2-in-1 Review

Today I wanted to share with you a 2-in-1 product that I have been LOVING at the moment and it’s a bargain around £4.00. What more could you want?

The Neutrogena Visibly Clear is a 2-in-1 daily wash and weekly face mask> Here it is ready for my bath, along with my jammies and Liberty of London print scrunchie 🙂



The consistency is quite thick as you would expect a face mask to be but as soon as you give it a rub under the water, it turns lovely and foamy. It feels really luxurious which I wasn’t expecting when I first started using it.


It starts tightening straight away, ‘scuse the trout pout! haha. I thought I’d better take a photo mid application. Again, it feels so luxurious and goes on nice and thick. It has a cooling effect which feels great, it states to leave it on for 5 minutes but I left mine on while I was in the bath. The mask is designed for a deep clean and to tighten pores, which I totally think it does.

The lighting isn’t great but my skin was left feeling super clean, my pores reduced and this morning my skin had the healthiest glow. I would say this mask is best for combination to oily skin, which mine is, especially if i’m hormonal.

What beauty post would be complete without a Lush product, this is Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. Just take it into the shower or bath with you, apply over your wet skin and wash off just like a hair conditioner for your skin.

Seriously, thank me later! 🙂

You can catch me on Twitter, Instagram anndddd if you have time I would really appreciate it if you would follow my blog on WordPress or Blog Lovin’. Thank you, you’re the best!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post my lovely. If you have a face wash or mask you swear by let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)

Lift me up…

Another recipe for you guys today and it’s an Italian classic that I love. I’ve just put my usual twist on it to make it how I like it.

So I’m making Tiramisu, which in Italian apparently means ‘pick me up’ or ‘lift me up’, so perfect for making if you need a little lift. With this weather I think we could all use it!

I made this one for James’ grandad’s 80th birthday party and it went down a treat. I was really impressed with how it turned out, so here’s the recipe for you guys…

  • 568ml pot double cream
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 75ml Disaronno
  • 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300ml strong coffee, made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water. I used my costa coffee and brewed it first in a cafetiere.
  • 175g pack sponge fingers
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

First I put the cream, mascarpone, sugar and liqueur in a big bowl and give it a whisk until it has the consistency of thick whipped cream-see picture on the left- You want it so you will be able to spread it over the sponge fingers later.

Get your serving dish ready, you don’t have to grease it or anything! Pour your brewed coffee into a shallow dish and dip in a few sponge fingers at a time, turning for a few seconds until they are nicely soaked, but not soggy.  If they’re soggy you will end up with a mush when you try to serve 🙂

Layer these into your dish until you have used half the biscuits, then spread over half of the creamy mixture. Using the coarse side of the grater, grate over most of the chocolate. You can always use more chocolate if you have a real sweet tooth.

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Then repeat the layers (you should use up all the coffee), finishing with the creamy layer.

Cover and chill for a few hrs or overnight. This can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. To serve, dust with cocoa powder and grate over the remainder of the chocolate.

Here’s a few pictures from the bash 😉

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you give this a go, post a picture in the comments or send it to me on Twitter. You can follow me there or on Blog Lovin’ I would love to hear from you…

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)

Eight Photos of Happiness

Today I was tagged by the lovely Megan over at Lazy Thoughts to do the eight photos of happiness post, you may have seen it floating about in the blogosphere. This is a lovely thing to be involved in so thanks Megan for the tag. It means I get to show you guys a bit more about my life and the people I share it with. My photos make me happy to look at which is why I’ve chosen them, they may not look like the typical ‘happy photo’ but they mean so much to me!

I hope you enjoy the post…

The first is from the first time I went up to the Gin Festival– give the link a click, you won’t be sorry! Anyway, amazing F4F52A14-BB98-4355-85F8-071337F873F9weekend spent with an ex work colleague and a dear friend. We had the best time sampling all the different types of gin and I even managed to meet a blogger from up North I have admired for ages. It makes me smile to look at, I was so excited and had never been to such a lovely taster evening.

The second -on the right- is a photo of me and my uncle Tim, I love this photo so much as it reminds me of why I am so close to my family. They are a bunch a loons just like me! He is the best uncle, he was the last to have children but he is a natural born parent as is the evidence lol. My Nan still has that bowl btw.

My third photo is of my best mates gorgeous little girl Bonnie. Nic is the first of my best mates to have a baby and I just love her. She is like a little mini Nicole.

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Isn’t she cute? This photo literally makes me grin ear to ear ❤️

The next is of most of my friends in one photo. These bunch of girls are the best mates anyone could ask for. We’ve been through a lot together and we are all a complete support for each other. I wouldn’t change anyone of them.

Onto the next and it’s me and my lovely fella, James. This is us queuing at Alton Towers.


I treated us to a weekend away there for his 30th it was such a lovely trip and we stayed in the most adorable B n B just outside the park. We’ve been together for 3 years and I’m not gonna gush but I just loves him.

This is Jasmine, she is the cutest little doglet! I have so many photos of pets and they all make me smile. This cutie is James’ mum’s dog and we frequently steal her for sleepovers. She is perfect company if your feeling a bit blue her energy is just infectious.  
She doesn’t stop which is quite an achievement for a dog that’s 10!

This is a photo of my late uncle David and my little brother Liam. Two of the most favourite men of mine! My uncle was an amazing, intelligent and successful man who was taken away from us way too soon. He doted on us as he didn’t have kids of his own.

I didn’t see him as often as I liked as he lived in New York most of his life but when he did come over you can bet we were spoilt rotten! So here’s him and Liam wearing some very fetching silk jammies.

My last photo  is James again just because he looks so happy eating his cheat day, waffle desert on his birthday. He makes me endlessly happy not just for this post but always 😘

So there you go guys my eight happy photos and a little look into who I spend most of my time with when I’m not on the internet.

I’m going to tag: Carly, Lenka, Kate and Emily.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Any comments, please get in touch. I love hearing from you.

P.S: Gis’ a follow over here. Thanks 🙂

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)

The Leibster Award!

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Well, I had the BEST day yesterday. I had good news on the job front and I got nominated for a Liebster award- how bluddy amazing is that? Thank you so much to Liz who nominated me, you can check out her blog at http://makeup-fashion-lifestyle.blogspot.co.uk. Definitely check her out and you can find all of her social media bits there too.

This award is great because it’s for bloggers with 200 followers or less on Blog Lovin’ or Google+, so it helps us lovely lot find new exciting blogs to read and to get people interested in our own blogs. I know, amazing idea! Thank you again Liz for the nomination.

The Rules:

  • Once nominated, make a post thanking and linking your nominator’s blog.
  • Include the Liebster Award’s sticker in the post as well (you can copy it from above).
  • Nominate 10 other new bloggers that have 200 or less followers who you think are worthy of this award and include their links in your post. Also, make sure that you let them know they’ve been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 10 questions asked to you by your nominator (these questions should be on their post). And make 10 questions of your own for your nominees to answer.
  • Finally, copy these rules onto your post.

Liz’s Questions:

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I used to write a lot when I was in Uni and kind of got out of the habit when I started work. However, once I got made redundant 2 months ago, I thought why not start again. It’s really helped with my anxiety about being unemployed.

What is your favorite song and why?
My favourite song is UB40 Cherry Oh Baby. It reminds me of my other half, driving around in the summer all over Kent.

If you had to choose one place to live for the rest of your life and you didn’t have to worry about leaving your family/friends where would you live and why?
Oh that’s a good one. I think I would choose Cornwall, I love it there. It’s so beautiful and peaceful, I love the beaches and all the greenery. I could never live in a city for the rest of my life.

If you had to choose one of the following as your favorite: makeup, hair or fashion what would it be and why?
I think I would choose make-up. I am by no means a make-up artist but I do love finding new products and I’m a sucker for a new lippy.

Who is your favorite beauty/fashion vlogger?
My fave vlogger is Megs over at Wonderful U. I love her blog and videos, she’s a lovely girl with a wicked sense of humor and her outfits are always on point (sassy girl emoji here) I found Meg when I worked at my previous job and have followed her Blog and YouTube channel ever since, you can check her YouTube channel here.

Who is your favorite beauty/fashion blogger?
My favourite beauty blogger is Kate over at GhostParties I love her reviews, tips, well everything really. I think it’s a really cool blog, the layout is to die for and I have taken some pretty good recommendations from it. You should defo check it out.

What is the first blog you started reading?
I really can’t remember but I do recall the one that I first started religiously reading is from a extremely funny Northern, fellow gin drinker called Charlie over at Gin Fuelled Bluestocking. Her posts are a mix of everything really, she’s just awesome so check her out!

If you had to live in one other country besides where you live now where would it be?
I would have to say Portugal, I had some of the best holidays of my life there was I was a kid. The old town in the Algarve is so beautiful.

If you had to give one piece of life changing advice to somebody what would it be?
Fight through your bad days to earn the best days of your life.

What is your favorite TV show and why?
Sex and the City, my blog name is actually taken from a quote from the show “I will never be the woman with the perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it, and chair committees, and write thank you notes, and I can’t feel bad about that.” I love the show sooo much, I’m a proper addict. I think it does have some good messages in it about friends, relationships, being independent and love.

So that’s me guys, here are my lovely nominations:

Liz at Beauty Fashion and Lifestyle (who nominated me)
Anna S at Life of Anna S
Abbie at BeautyGardenx
Izzy at Izzy K
Teri at A Cup of T
Steph at Blossom and Bloom Sparkles
Bethany at Fashion Etc 
Kathryn at Chapters of Kat
Sophie at Shy Life Living
Alice at Alice Red

Questions for my nominees:

Who is your favourite small blogger?
What is your favourite thing to blog about? 
What item in your wardrobe or make up bag couldn’t you live without?
Why did you start your blog?
If you could have anyone at a dinner party who would it be and why? 
What advice would you give to other newbie bloggers?
If you could pick three things to take to a desert island what would they be?
If there there was a skill you could master in a day what would it be?
What is the one app you couldn’t live without? 
Where would you live if you had to choose to live there forever?

Off you go lovelys! Any comments you have, I would love to hear from you. Don’t forget to give me a follow on Twitter, Blog Lovin’, Instagram and WordPress.

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)

Get me to the Greek…

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of cheat, Greek recipes that I came across. They went down a treat with my guinea pig (my other half, James) so I hope you like them too.

I have two recipes for you, they are super simple, so give them a try and let me know what you think…

The first is my cheats moussaka. This is by no means a traditional moussaka for all you purists out there. However what it is, is a really good cheat version that I love.

You will need…

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  • 500g pack lean minced beef
  • 1 large aubergine
  • 150g pot 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp parmesan, finely grated
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp sun-dried tomato purée
  • 400g leftover boiled potatoes (or 350g/12oz uncooked weight boiled)

As you can see from the photo, I’ve added some spices. Just add some cumin, smoked paprika and all spice to your mince when browning. I used a pinch of garam masala, as I was out of all spice. This gives it a really nice aroma and feels more Greek to me 🙂

How to make it, it’s soooo easy…

Heat the grill to high. Brown the beef and your spices in a deep ovenproof frying pan over a high heat for 5 mins. Meanwhile, slice the aubergine and dry fry in a small griddle pan. Mix the yogurt, egg and parmesan together, then add a little seasoning.

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Stir the tomatoes, purée and potatoes in with the beef with some seasoning and heat through. Transfer into a dish (I’m using my mums old shepherds pie dish) layer the cooked aubergine in between your mince mixture and arrange the last of the aubergine on top. Pour the yogurt mixture over the aubergines, smooth out evenly, then grill until the topping has set and turned golden. I grilled for 10 minutes at 200 degrees celcius- but check on it! 🙂

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There you go- my cheat sheet Moussaka, I got this recipe from BBC Good Food and just tweaked it to how I like mine. It’s a must make and it easily feeds four people.

Onto the next part of this feast

Hummus! This recipe is Jamie Oliver’s and all you need is the ingredients and a food processor. That’s it! Again, for you purist cooks, I’m not sure it’s entirely Greek, it’s not I checked lol. Hummus actually originates from the Middle East. Anyways, I loves it with Greek food. It goes so well with moussaka and a bit of bread. I love it with any chargrilled meat too.

What you will need…

(This recipe is just for James and I, as a SUPER generous portion)

  • 1 x 400g cans of chickpeas
  • 2 tsp tahini
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp crushed sea salt
  • 3 or 4 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
  • 3½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Paprika (optional)
  • Coriander or parsley leaves (optional)

I rinsed the chickpeas in cold water, I don’t like the taste of the water they are kept in, for me it’s a little stagnant. Then tip into the food processor.

I give these a little blitz first just to get it going, as its whizzing round I feed in the garlic, salt, lemon juice and tahini paste. Add olive oil as you go, get a good extra virgin olive oil, it’s so worth it- I promise.

If it’s a little gloopy I add a tiny bit of water to thin it out.
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Serve it any way you like, mine is in a simple bowl with hunks of pitta bread. I’m not a fancy pants…

Hey presto, you’re done. How easy was that?

This was a loooonnnggg post but you’ve got two great really, easy and quick recipes there, I hope you enjoyed them. If you do try them out, comment and let me know. Send me pictures, I would love to see some of your takes on them.

Libby xoxo

(the girl who never wears white)

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My top 5 best buys, I can’t live without…

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I want to start with saying that this weather is playing havoc with my skin, hair…well everything really. So I wanted to show you some of my favourite beauty essentials I reach for at this time of the year.

So I’ll jump right in!

The first buy this time of year for me is from VO5’s ‘Smoothly does it’ range This is the Tame and Shine spray and it also acts as a heat defense when you are styling your hair. The heat activated formula is great for your hair before you use your straighteners and it manages my frizzy bits after I’ve blow dried.

My second must have is Rimmel’s 60 Second Super Shine Nail Polish and my one is in the colour ‘Rose Libertine’. I love this colour as a transitional shade from Summer to Autumn. The dusky tone suits a lot of the clothes that I wear this time of year.

The third on my checklist is Pantene’s Argan Oil Hair Treatment. This stuff is like hair elixir, I swear! I don’t know about you but at this time of year my hair feels dull and dry, it really needs some life put back into it. I apply this liberally to wet hair, mostly mid length through to my ends. Once I have blow dried it, my hair feels so smooth it’s unreal. I also rub a bit through my ends when my hair is dry if they are looking a bit fried.

My fourth fancy is Lush’s Vanilla Dee Lite, now unfortunately this moisturiser has been discontinued 🙁 (Lush fans despair) This is the perfect blend of fragrance for me, I often find vanilla tones in body butters or mositurisers smell really fake. This is perfectly musky! Also as a bonus it doesn’t leave behind a yucky oily residue you might have experienced with moisturisers before. I do have a recommendation as you can’t get hold of this one anymore

and it’s Lush Body Lotion, Dream Cream. This has the same sort of texture and ingredients, so it soaks up on your lovely skin just the same. Give it a go, you won’t be sorry.

My fifth and final buy is my most loved Baylis and Harding Foot Cream. I love Baylis and Harding anything really so I’m not too precious on what scent I have. This sweet manderine and grapefruit scent is to die for. This time of year my feet really suffer, I think it’s my reluctance to give up sandals and flip flops 🙂 This cream is super moisturising and feels so luxurious. Best of all, it lasts flipping agessss because you only need a tiny bit on each footsie. Bargain!

Well there you go my lovelys, click on the product name links to whisk you away into internet land to buy these goodies if you like. I don’t think you would regret it. I’m fairly frugal so nothing on there is gonna make your recoil in horror at the price 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post, leave me any comments about your best buys. I’m always on the lookout!

Libbyxo

(the girl who never wears white)

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