Saturday, 25 July 2015

Summer Accessories

I've been loving neutrals, nudes, golds and bronzes so far this summer.

After a pretty wet and grey summer season so far I've given up on waiting for the sun to emerge and instead I have discovered the best sunless tanner ever! Click here for how to get the most natural fake tan ever.

So despite the weather not cooperating I've been sporting a gorgeous golden glow and it's been the perfect opportunity to match up some summer time accessories.







The first summer addition that I have had glued to my arm since I got it is this Kurt Geiger Saffiano Summer Tote in Biege. It the perfect every day size, nice and roomy with lots of compartments but not so big I'm toting the kitchen sink around with me every where I go!






The Saffiano leather is beautiful and it's firm structure means even with only a few items in, this bag looks great.

The shoulder strap means you can go hands free, but my favourite way to wear it is in the crook of my arm to show it off to its full potential.


I wore it here with my New Look shorts which are so comfy by the way as well as looking smart, Caramel Swatch watch, Bouton Rose Gold Joie bracelet and Rose Gold Wishbone ring.



Another accessory I've been loving is this new Olivia Burton watch I got for my birthday, I've been wanting a watch with a leather strap for ages and the rose gold watch face gives it a lovely warm glow. There are so many options when it comes to Olivia Burton watches, I've got my eye on some of the other colours to add to my watch collection! I've paired it here with my Buckley London Elegance bangle, gorgeous rose gold with a hint of sparkle and definitely saves time on layering!


A more recent purchase was this Riviera bracelet from Bouton, (again! I just love their items!), with rose gold and simulated diamonds. I love the wraparound quality to this and how unique looking it is. I got it in the Bouton summer sale which is on now with 50% off all their lines. There are some really beautiful pieces, and I've got a list a mile long of things I love!




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Monday, 13 July 2015

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Mousse Medium

I don't think you're ready for a tan this good. 




There are not enough positive adjectives in the English language to describe how good this tanner is. I kid ye not. 

I love being tanned, and I really hate self tanning. That is why after trying nearly every tanning brand you can think of I gave it all up and started using sunbeds.

 Worst decision of my life. 

Sun damage is real people! Luckily I stopped punishing my skin pretty quickly once I noticed the tell tale signs and since then I've been at a bit of a loss. I just really hate looking like I'm wearing fake tan, I hate the orangeness, the smell, the bits around heels and wrists where its really obvious that my skin tone has come straight out of a bottle. (I also hate applying it, never truly feeling dry, looking ridiculous whilst it dries, worrying about the results... the list goes on).

I have never, ever tried anything this good before. Vita Liberata has changed the game in the self tanning world. It does everything the other tanners claim to do but never deliver. 

Here's what they say :

For the longest lasting, super-fast drying natural tan result - perfect for normal, combination and oily skin types. 

•Lasts up to 4 times longer than regular self-tans 

•Incredibly easy to apply even for the novice tanner 
•Super-fast drying so you can redress immediately 
•Contains Odour Remove™ for zero smell 
•Certified organic botanicals and Moisture Lock system guarantee a perfect fade back to nothing .

Do not moisturise prior to tanning. Use a tanning mitt or latex gloves to protect palms of hands and apply to skin in sweeping movements. For extra-long lasting 2-3 week results shower between 3 and 24 hours after first application and reapply.





Ok so after I had a lovely long bath and exfoliating, I resisted the urge to dive straight into a tub of moisturiser like I normally do, I dried myself off and grabbed my bottle of Vita Liberata pHenomenal tan mousse and a mitt. It advises not to moisturise but I put a teensy bit of cream on my elbows, knees, feet and hands as these are the places I get very dry. 
I did one pump of of the mousse onto my mitt and started on my shin and calves and I couldn't believe how far one pump went. It showed up straight away as a beautiful bronze colour, not orange at all, and dried instantly. And I mean instantly! 

When I'd finished I popped my pyjamas on straight away, (as it was bedtime, I'm not a maniac!), and I had none of that greasy, clammy feeling I usually get with other tanners. It was instantly dry and totally even. There really is no smell either. Only if you put your nose directly on your arm or something and then it is only the faintest scent. 
I just can't stress enough just how amazing this tanner is. I've literally told all of my friends about it, every time someone compliments my tan I am bursting to tell them about it. I feel like this is the tan I've been waiting for all these years, it takes all of the horrible parts of  self tanning away and leaves a natural golden tan behind! 

You can apply it up to 3 times leaving a 6 - 24 hour gap in between each application to develop the tan to its fullest colour and longest lasting wear. The tan looks as if its coming from within your skin, not sitting on top like others do. - Can you tell how much I love it?


Ok, there has to be a negative right? Well, you get what you pay for. The tan I use is the Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Mousse in the shade Medium and for this baby it will set you back £37.50. However having said that the tan does last for 3 weeks so if your someone who usually reapplies weekly, or every few days then you definitely won't be using much product and a little goes a long way. Trust me. 






But the GREAT news is, thanks to Latest in Beauty if you use my link to purchase this holy grail tanner you can get the full size bottle for £30 instead of £37.50.. and you can get a FREE mitt! I've stocked up because you are not going to see this tanner at this price anywhere. If your thinking of trying, now is your chance! You will receive your bottle in a gorgeous box presented as above and sent straight to your door.  
(Just a note - I do not gain from purchases made from this link, I am not affiliated with the brand in any way, and I simply receive the best offers to share with you guys for being part of the Libbie Club.)




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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Book Review - Mr Holmes

Mr Holmes is the newly titled 2005 book A Slight Trick of the Mind by and has recently popularised by the film released in cinemas last week.



As a true lover of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock collection I was practically giddy when I heard about this book, but apprehensive as the original stories are so precious to me. I got my copy as soon as I could as I wanted to make sure I had read it before seeing the film. I love Victorian crime novels, I love a mystery, I love a book that has the ability to make me forget what it was I was supposed to be doing and keep me turning those pages until the conclusion.

I would describe this book as a page turner.. but only because I was hurriedly turning pages trying to see when the storyline would kick in. 

The blurb on the back describes the tale as 

"It's 1947, and the long retired Sherlock Holmes lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his house keeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind.

But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn't even know he was asking - about life, about love and about the limits of the mind's ability to know." 

When I read that, I was sold. It has all the makings of a great read but I'm just so disappointed. I really do not understand what the author was trying to achieve with this book. I don't know if I just didn't get it, but I felt like I was only reading the first few chapters of a book, nothing really seemed to happen and I was constantly wondering where it was going to go and it never went anywhere!

I think the idea of what happened next with Sherlock, is a great idea. The image of him on a remote farm, tending to bees is so starkly in contrast with the vibrant, dynamic, character from the original stories it is fascinating to me and I was just expecting so much more from this book. 

There is no mystery, no intrigue, no echoes of the past that seem genuine or interesting conclusions to some of the worlds most favourite characters. 

I feel that there was the potential to do so much more with this concept. It's a well written book, and the attempts at writing in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when showing flashbacks of an old case are believable and authentic. However, I feel that these flash backs are something that could be incorporated so much more to really give Sherlock fans something to enjoy.

To be brutal the book manages to be utterly boring and totally depressing at the same time. All the characters involved are lack lustre and from the aftermath of the atomic bomb in Japan to finding out what happened to Watson I'd rather not have known. 

This isn't a historical figure we are dealing with here, it's not an insight into the sad end of the days of a real person, there was free reign to make anything happen and tell any story at all and I feel a little let down that the legacy of Sherlock Holmes would be dealt with in this way. I think Sherlock's character is right, I like some of the things he says in the book and feel like this really is Sherlock, but I think the world in which he inhabits through the confines of the story are frustrating and left me feeling unsatisfied. 

The entire way through this book I was waiting for that moment, the bit where everything comes together and has a point. A nod to the Sherlock fans, a new revelation, a past case which suddenly now makes sense, or simply a visit to some well loved characters.. something!! 

I understand that this is about showing a different Sherlock, a Sherlock that can't use his amazing analytical skills of the past, one who doesn't hold the key to every mystery firmly in his mind, however there's something just not quite there in accomplishing it. 

I was really looking forward to the film, until I read the book and now I don't even think I'll bother going to see it, not even for the popcorn (and I love popcorn). 

Let me know if you've read it and what your thoughts are as I'd love to know if you found something in it that I didn't. You can comment below, tweet me at www.twitter.com/k_elleblog or find me on Instagram - www.instagram.com/wanderlustandwonderlust
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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer - Top Treatment!

A treatment that feels like a treatment!

I'm always looking a great hair treatment and always getting disappointed. I always opt for the cheap offers as I never know what I'm looking for and then I'm surprised when I see no difference in my hair whatsoever. 

 As a long haired, blonde highlight kinda girl I am constantly battling with dry, weak ends and love to use treatments but I find some leave my hair greasy and weighed down. I've been looking to invest in a really decent treatment for ages and been hesitant, so getting the chance to try this treatment out was fantastic, and I am honestly converted for life! 

Enter the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.. Here's what they have to say about their product - 


Originally created for Audrey Hepburn, Philip Kingsley’s multi-award winning Elasticizer is an intensive, super conditioning, pre-shampoo treatment that delivers a rush of moisture to the hair’s cuticle; suppleness, elasticity and bounce appear instantly without weighing down or coating the hair. With an impressive celebrity following including Georgia-May Jagger, Cate Blanchett and Gwyneth Paltrow, Elasticizer is every beauty editor’s go-to treatment, for healthy, beautiful hair. Apply before shampooing. Dampen the hair and apply Elasticizer in sections to mid-lengths and ends, ensuring maximum coverage. Be generous with your application; use at least half of your sample tube. Cover with a shower cap or towel. Leave for a minimum of 20 minutes. Then wash hair as normal. Shampoo twice to ensure any residue is fully rinsed off. Hair will be left full of bounce and shine.

So bouncy, shiny hair right? Right! This treatment really does live up to its claims and I can completely tell the difference after I've used it. I can see why it is a celebrity favourite - those names don't lie!



The photo above is after using the elasticizer, can you see how smooth the ends are and how bouncy, and conditioned my hair looks?

Compare that to the shot below which is how my ends look normally when I don't use a treatment. See why I'm such a convert now?? 



I really liked that this was a "before shampoo" treatment as treatments I've tried in the past that have been 'super conditioning' and applied as the final step can really weigh my hair down. If I've put a treatment on my hair that works, I know it's going to go greasy again very quickly and for me it's just not worth the bother! I have very fine hair and products which don't wash out easily are a nightmare for me. 

Having this as a pre shampoo treatment means you can pop it on before you get in the shower. Perfect, no standing around wet in a towel for 20 minutes while you wait to rinse it off in between conditioning! Or you can light a candle, put it on, put your hair up and relax in the bath with a glass of wine for 20 minutes to have a real pampering treat. - I know which option I prefer!

I do love that it says you need to leave it on for a minimum of 20 minutes. I really hate it when a treatment says you can rinse it off in two minutes as for me the whole point of paying for a good hair product is that you need to give it time to work. Not only that but I want it to feel like a "treat" - ment. You know that in hair salons they would leave a  conditioning treatment on to really soak in and the results from this are as if you've just walked out of the door of the salon!

The Philip Kingsley Elasticiszer really does make your hair feel bouncy and, soft and conditioned. I'd love to see how much of an impact it makes when combined with the other products in the range.




If you feel like treating your hair I have an exclusive offer for you from the Libbie Club. 
For a 150ml tub of this beautiful stuff you can get 19% discount AND a FREE Maximiser treatment. How bloody good is that?? 

Click here for this exclusive offer, and for more offers on premium brands. 

(Please note - I am not affiliated with the brands in any way and do not benefit from any purchases made on the items listed. All opinions are my own and I will be upfront and honest about any product I receive to try)





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