Mini bank holiday haul

Happy bank holiday! So excited for this to be my first post on my own domain and on my shiney new blog design.

Today I wanted to share with you my little haul I had this weekend. 


I have a bbq and drinks to go to today so while I was out and about this weekend I picked up some new summery shoes and a cute, folksy white top.

I seem to see these tops EVERYWHERE, at the moment. This embroided style blouse from  the Falmer Heritage collection at Matalan is gorgeous. At at £20 it’s an absolute steal. 

I’m just going to pair this top with some simple rose gold jewellery, my Olivia Burton watch (you can see it on my Instagram) and the chunky white shoes pictured above, also from Matalan. 

These shoes are going to be my new fave, I can already tell. Again at only £20 I am thrilled with them. I’m sure they are going to be really comfy, for a day filled with non stop dancing and gin drinking. 

Last in my haul are two hair products, if anyone has met me or flicked through my pictures you can see I have an insane amount of hair. 

Trying to maintain it, is a full time job. I’m going to straighten and curl the ends of my hair for the party. So first of all I will be prepping my roots with some of this new Elvive Clay Dry Shampoo. It makes my hair tacky enough to get some oomph into and curl it nicely.

It’s not the cheapest by any means at £3.99 but the smell is to die for, most dry shampoos smell quite chemical but this is flowery and musky. Which is right up my street. 

Before I apply any heat styling to my hair, I will give it a once over with a product I have used time and time again Vo5 Smoothly Does It, Tame & Shine spray.

This for me is a god send, smooths down my flyaways while protecting my hair from heat styling. It also gives my barnet a really nice sheen without leaving lots of residue.

There you are, that’s my mini bank holiday haul. 

Please comment and let me know anything that you’ve picked up this weekend that you are excited about…

Libby xo

(The girl who never wears white) 

High street steals…

I love a good bargain me, so I wanted to share with you 5 make up items I’ve picked up this week for a steal of the century total of £26.00.

I know, amazing! So here we are ladies…

  All of this for 26 quid! 

I know not everyone likes Collection 2000 but the two bits I bought this week are well on par with some MUA and Nars items I have bought and loved, I know I never thought I’d here myself say that. 
The nude bronze palette at £3.99 is lovely, not as big as other pallets I have but it’s great for a small one and has all the tones I love. I’m addicted to nude and bronze colours at the moment. I’m off here, there and everywhere for work so ideal for carry on bags and handbags. 

   
 The Collection 2000 ‘Gorgeous Glow’ bronzer is a revalation too, it has a gorgeous highlighter included which is super shimmery so you don’t need that much of it, the only criticism I have is the colour isn’t as rich as some bronzer blocks I have had in the past, but you get what you pay for.

  For the money, at £4.19, it’s really something. It covers evenly so it doesn’t streak and the highlighter is worth the whole palette. 
My next two buys were the Rimmel lasting finish 1000 kisses lipliner and Rimmel Kate Moss lasting finish lipstick. The lipstick was £5.49 and the Lipliner £2.99. The lipstick is shade 08, I would say it’s on the pink spectrum but comes out a lovely rich, nude tone with the 011 spice lipliner it’s the perfect combo for me.

  The big criticism on this one is that it doesn’t last 8 hours as advertised but it does put up with a lot, I drank wine, ate lunch and licked my lips and it stilled stayed somewhat there. I would defo buy other shades, I’m already eyeing up a brown/bronze shade. 

The last item on my haul is my Wilko make up brushes. These are an absolute dream! Finished in matte black and rose gold they look like the real McCoy and to be honest they work like the real McCoy too. In my 10 or so years love affair with make up these are some of the best brushes I have used AND at £4.00 or so each I think a steal!  

 Sorry scuse’ the dog fur, I couldn’t get her off my lap for this shot! Haha.

The angle on the blusher brush is great for wide strokes and I use just the tip to drag some highlighter across my brow bone or nose. The stippling brush is good for my skin as it really helps getting my foundation looking even (I suffer from large pores- sigh-) 10/10 for these guys, go buy them, thank me later.

That’s me all done for today, I hope you enjoyed my high street steals. If anyone has anything they feel is a steal, please do comment always looking for new make up to try…

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Thank you for reading, following and just generally being awesome! 

Libby xoxo

(the girl who never wears white)

The search for the perfect foundation…

So, I haven’t posted in quite a while. I got a new job and moved in with my boyfriend which means I have been super busy. 

However while sorting all of that out I’ve been taking my time to find the perfect foundation. For years I have used high street brands and have found I few that I really love, for example Rimmel ‘Wake me up’ foundation. I have used this foundation for a number of years and it does generally work for my skin. 

But and its a big but, I have suffered in my mid 20’s from weird combination skin- which I never had when I was younger FYI. 😤 This means what I need out of a foundation has changed. 

To cut a long story short my friend suggested I try Clinique foundations. She swears by them and suffered with her skin like some women through her pregnancy and after. I went off and found some testers and got cracking. 

I tried a couple but ended up deciding on the ‘Beyond Perfecting’ foundation and concealer in 2 Alabaster. At £25 for 30ml it’s not cheap ladies but oh so worth it.

  

I love the packaging the bottle feels heavy and worth the money.  

 

The wand is nice and big so apply it with this straight to your face, it doesn’t hold too much product which is good because just a tiny amount of this goes far! 

I apply it a dab on each cheek, a tiny swipe down my nose and on my forehead and use a stippling brush to blend it around my face and work a bit down to my neck. Here it is on my slightly red face (I’ve been tangling with bed sheets) this is the 8th hour of wear.

  

I hope you enjoyed this post ladies, let me know what you think and if you have found your perfect foundation. 

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)

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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