February Chit Chat


Ooh hasn't the end of the month come around quickly, it literally feels like yesterday I was writing my January favourites.

I considered doing a February favourites post but to be honest this month I've been sticking to what I know and love beauty-wise so I haven't really used any different products, which means I wouldn't have anything to write about. So today I just thought we could just have a little natter, as little posts where I ramble on about anything and everything seem to go down well with you lovely lot, so why not.

So what have I been up to this month?

The past month has been a tad on the exciting side for my little blog. I feel like I've had lots of blogging motivation so I've been able to produce higher-quality content for all you lovely people to read, which is always good. It's been the first full month that I've had my blogging planner to help me be the well organised blogger I should be (would you be interested in seeing a post where I share my blogging diary/planner with you?) and that's really helped me stay on track with my blogging schedule.

My personal favourite posts of mine that have appeared on here over the past month have included my Vintage Haul and this months Beauty Wishlist so go have a little read if you haven't already. When it comes to the posts I have planned for next month, you're going to be seeing a bit more variety, as I'm fingers crossed going to be branching out a tad more into the exciting world of fashion blogging (expect a couple of OOTD style posts), and possibly lifestyle blogging too, if all goes to plan. I also have two lovely bloggers who are going to be writing guest posts for you all to enjoy.

I'm also so so happy to announce that during March my little blog is going to be advertised on Lauryn's lovely blog. Lauryn writes one of my favourite blogs so I'm so happy to get the opportunity to share my blog with her readers. She's offering lots of fab advertising packages so if you're looking for a good blog to advertise on, go have a nosey.

March is also going to be a month where I'm going to be focusing a fair amount of my attention on guest posts. I have a lovely variety of bloggers writing me posts for me to pop up on here, and I'm in talks with a couple of bloggers about me writing posts for their blogs, so keep your eyes peeled for my ramblings popping up on other spaces of the internet. If you're interested in writing a guest post for this blog, drop me a quick email (realityleaveslotstoimagination@yahoo.co.uk) and we can have a natter.

School-wise, February has been a busy little month for me but I'm slightly sad to see it end, because for me it means I'm one month closer to May and the joy that is my GCSE exams.

I literally have only 9 weeks left until my exams start and the pressure is really starting to kick in. My revision schedule has started but I'm actually feeling a lot more prepared and relaxed about everything than I thought I was going to be. Not sure I'll be able to say that in a few weeks or so, but for not I'm staying positive. I'm aiming to achieve A's and B's in all my subjects, and so far I'm on track to achieve those grades, so I've just got to keep up the good work, and hopefully I'll be happy when I recieve my results in August.

Whilst all this revision is going on, I'm also preparing for next year. I've chosen to stay on at my school, and I've been given a conditional place - which is fab. If you remember back to my 'Let's Have A Little Catch-Up' post from a few weeks ago, I said I was considering changing my A Level Options. Initially, I had chosen English Lit, History, Sociology and Philosophy+Ethics but I was considering changing Sociology to Maths, and I'm happy to say that I went through with that plan. It's going to be a struggle but I'm excited to give it my best shot.

And I think that might be everything...

I have so many things just waiting for me to blog about in the next few weeks, so be prepared to see me appearing on your dashboard fairly reguarly!

What have you all been up to over the last month, and what's to come for you in March?



Little Mistress Wishlist

A week or so ago a little email popped up on my laptop from the lovely people at the etailPR blogger network telling me about a competition the UK brand Little Mistress are holding. The contest is to create a wishlist filled of a couple of your favourite pieces, to try and win a possible price of £500 to spend on their lovely site. Being a huge fan of the beauty that is Little Mistress I could hardly pass up an opportunity like this could I? So I'm here today to share with you lovely people, all the items on my wishlist.


Up first we have this stunning Black Embellished Scallop Detail Chiffon Skirt. This has to be one of the most gorgeous skirts in the history of the world. It has a little bit of a 1920's Gatsby style to it, so who can resist that? You could dress this skirt down by pairing it with a lovely little simple jumper and boots or dress it up with a nice top, blazer and heels.

Next it's this lovely Black Lace Frill Detail Sleeveless Top. This has an amazing high neckline and the lace detail is just lovely. It's another piece that's very versatile - you could dress up or down, either with jeans for day wear or with a smart skirt for the evening.

Then it's the Multi Colour Floral Print Panelled Detail Kimono Jacket. Can this piece get anymore perfect? The floral patten is so beautiful and the colours are perfect for the Spring/Summer period. It's such a statement piece you can just go for really simple clothes to complete the look, black jeans and a plain black top would look just lovely. Alternatively, it would look great worn over a LBD to dress it up a tad.

Finally we have the Nude & Black Lace Frill Detail Shift Dress. Similarily to the first piece, this has got a bit of a 1930's style to it hasn't it? I'm a huge fan of shift dresses and lace so pop them together and it's perfect. It's definitely more of an evening piece, and because it's such a statement piece you could just pop on some heels and you're good to go.

What's on your Little Mistress wishlist?





Vintage Haul

Yesterday I popped down to Peterborough Town Hall to visit Lou Lou's Vintage Fair. As a vintage fanatic, a collection of rooms full to the brim of vintage clothing and other vintage nik naks was just paradise, and it was a spiffing opportunity to rummage through lots of lovely pieces and unleash my inner granny.

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair is the number one vintage fair in the UK and it stops off at so many locations up and down the country. Each fair features 30-100 of the best vintage traders in the UK, selling bits and bobs from back in the 1940's right through to the 1990's. It costs just £2 per person to get in and although I had to queue for just over 10 minutes to get in (it was very popular), it was completely worth it.

Despite the temptation to completely empty my purse and pick up lots of lovely new things, I managed to rein myself in and only buy 3 items - one item of clothing and two jewellery pieces.


Firstly I brought this stunning oversized vintage running t-shirt, with a tie-front. You don't see enough vintage pieces that are really for casual wear so I couldn't give the opportunity to purchase a beauty like this a miss could I? I really love the usa-style sports tops and it's so nice to find one that isn't your stereotypical american football jersey style top. This is definitely going to be a top I'll get a lot of use out of, and in my head I'm already planning out all the things I can pair it with.



I brought it from a lovely vintage trader running a business called "Marneys Vintage" and they had some amazing pieces that I found it so hard to tear myself away from (I especially loved the mens shirts they'd chopped away at and turned into dresses - if I had had more money on me I would have definitely picked up a fair few). You can find their ebay store here. All of their gorgeous pieces are so affordable and I'd definitely recommend you go have a little nosey around their store, if you're a fellow vintage lover. Let me know if you get any good finds!


Next I popped over to a stall selling slightly more modern, yet equally stunning jewellery pieces. My eyes immediately went to the beautiful rings they had to offer and I couldn't resist buying one or two.


The first of the two rings I brought is a lovely very dainty small rose ring. Believe it or not, this ring was only £3, which was a complete bargain, as the likes of Topshop and Miss Selfridge would probably sell an item like this for a fair few pounds more. This ring is adjustable, which is fab if, like me, you have teeny tiny fingers and normally struggle to find rings in small enough sizes to fit you. I fell in love with this beauty of a ring as soon as I saw it and it's going to be well loved.


The second ring I brought is on a larger, and slightly grander, scale and it depicts, in an sort of  victorian-esque style, the profile of a lady. It has beautiful detailing around the outside of the ring, which reminds me slightly of a tudor rose, but I'm not entirely sure why. As with the other ring, it's adjustable and cost only £3 - another bargain. This ring is much more of a statement ring, but I love it just as much as the other ring and I can see it being equally as well loved.

After I'd got my share of vintage joy I popped over to T K Maxx to have a browse of all the lovely clothes in their 'Mod Box' section. Mod Box always has lots of lovely pieces with a bit of a vintage style to them and I always struggle to resist the temptation to buy multiple items, but luckily for my bank account, this was something I managed yesterday.


I picked up this beautiful black and white patterned dress for £11.00 (reduced from around £16.00 I think but I'm not too sure how much the discount was). It has a lovely buttoned collar, very similar to that of a shirt, and its shape really accentuates natural curves, which is a big tick from me.



So those were all my vintage esque finds from yesterday. If you like reading posts with a bit of a vintage theme, let me know because I'd love to feature them more frequently.

If you're a fellow vintage fan, I'd really reccomend you go have a nosey at the website of Lou Lou's Vintage Fair to see when and where there's one near you, and try your best to go along - you'll love it. In March they'll be visiting locations all over the UK, so you'll be sure to find one to fit your whereabouts. Just make sure you have lots of pennies to spend though, as trust me, you'll need them.

Have you brought anything vintage recently?


Review: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation


The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation has always been a product that has intrigued me. I'm a liquid foundation kind of girl so the idea of a mousse foundation did leave me a tad on the curious side. As someone who suffers badly from breakouts, it's always been important that I've worn a foundation that provides a good coverage, and having no past experience of mousse foundations, I wasn't sure what level of coverage this product may provide. But back in November I decided that I could no longer control my curiosity so I jumped right in and picked up this foundation to give it go, and I've never looked back.

Let's get straight to it; this foundation is amazing. I honestly really regret not trying out this little beauty sooner. It has all the qualities I look for in a foundation and I don't think I have a bad word to say about it.

I have it in the shade Ivory, which obviously is the closest shade to my skin tone, but there are twelve different shades on offer, ranging from Champagne to Cocoa. You don't typically see this many shades on offer in the cases of most foundations, so I'd really recommend giving this product a try if you're one of those people who struggle to found a foundation to fit your skin tone, as there's lots of shades to choose from.

The packaging is surprisingly nice for a foundation. As it's a mousse foundation, the product is packed in a little jar rather than a bottle and it does look nice on my dressing table, if I do say so myself.

As the "mousse" element of this product suggests, it's very soft and lightweight on the skin. Unlike some foundations, it doesn't feel (or look) cakey and once it's on your skin you can hardly feel its presence. I apply it mainly using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush but I occasionally use my ring finger to apply small amounts of it around small detail areas such as my eyes, mouth and nose, as I find the brush struggles to cover those areas (I am on the hunt for a smaller face brush that will help me with this issue if anyone knows of any?).


I find this foundation to be very buildable, which is so good if you're looking for something that provides a good coverage. The first application of it does a good job to help to even out your skin tone and start conceal those pesky blemishes and I've found after applying a second layer I don't really need a whole heap of concealer on top, because the foundation has done that job itself. The best part is, it does this without looking orange and cakey, so you can get a good coverage without resembling a wotsit; win win.

Maybelline claim that this foundation has a matte finish, and I can confirm that this is the case, although I found that my skin was left shiny after I applied my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer so keep it in mind that the finish will change if you apply other products on top. To solve this issue I just brush on a bit of my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder to remove the shine, leaving me with a  gorgeous natural finish.

This product is priced at £7.65, which I think is very reasonable for such a high quality foundation. I believe that one jar lasts a few weeks (with daily use) so it's definitely a good investment.

Overall I couldn't recommend this foundation more and it's perfect if you want a foundation that has a lovely natural finish and feels almost weightless on your skin. The product lasts a good six or so hours at a time, but even after that, you'll only need to do a tiny touch up if anything at all.

This foundation has definitely converted me to a mousse foundation kind of girl, rather than the liquid foundation lover I used to be, and I'm quite excited to see what other mousse foundations are on the market.

What's your current favourite foundation?


P.S: I'm currently trying to compose a list of bloggers who are interested in taking part in a low budget (I'm thinking betwen £5 and £15, it'll be up to you) Easter Beauty Box Swap. If you're interested in taking part, head over to this post, and leave me a little comment so I can add you to the list x




February Beauty Wishlist

Before I get to share all the fabulous products I have my eye on, I just want to make a public apology to my little blog for not really giving it the love and attention it deserves.


So far in 2014 I haven't done nearly as many beauty/lifestyle posts as I'd have liked to purely because I've actually been struggling with writing content that meets the high standards I set myself and I'm not one to post reviews if they're not up to scratch, so I've just been settling with doing tags and all that jazz. But I seem to be getting over this little glitch and the beauty blogger part of my brain seems to be getting back on track. I've got a whole heap of reviews just waiting to be popped up for all you lovely people to enjoy and I'm starting to get really excited at the prospects of what 2014 has to offer for my little blog. I'm hoping to really give my blog a big push and start to produce even better regular content, fingers crossed with a few other ventures in there too. This blog has done some big growing up over the last few months and I'm hoping this will continue into the Spring and Summer months too.


But that's enough of my rambles... on with the post!


I haven't done a wishlist post in what feels like forever, and recently I've been eyeing up so many wonderful products in Boots and Superdrug. so I thought now would be a good time to unleash a  brand spanking new wishlist for you. All these products seem to be products that most bloggers already have lying in their makeup bags, and they're products that I just can't resist the temptation to give them a try any longer.






Up first we have the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow in the shade "On & On Bronze". Now believe it or not, I'm yet to jump on the bandwagon with this one. I've heard so many amazing reviews of this product and all the fabulous shades that are on offer but when it comes to eyeshadow I'm one to stick in my comfort zone, with that being my Sleek "Oh So Special" Palette. However one of my new years resolutions was to try and escape my makeup comfort zone and try out some products I normally wouldn't have picked up, which is why I'm keen to try the colour tattoo eyeshadows. I've decided to try "On & On Bronze" first because it's the sort of shade I'd normally go for anyway so I'm not jumping in at the deep end when giving this product a try.


Next we have the Benefit POREfessional Primer. Now being a drug store makeup kind of gal, I'm yet to venture into the world of Benefit products other than my faithful "They're Real" mascara, but this has to be one of Benefit's most talked about products so I really want to give it a go to see what they hype is all about. I could really do with something magic that will minimise the look of my pores particularly around my nose, and this sounds like it will do just the trick.


Now it's the turn of the Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara. I've looked at this product up every time I've set foot in Superdrug since it came out (I've even stepped in occasionally simply just to have another look) but I've always managed to resist the temptation to buy it. If you're a long term reader of my ramblings, you'll know of my undying love of The Falsies, so you'll understand just how desperate I am to give this new product a try. I see my eyes as one of my best features and as I'm not one for wearing eyeliner I'm always looking for a good mascara that will help to make my eyes pop, and this seems to be a product that will do just the trick. It has a smaller brush to specifically target your lower lashes, which sounds amazing. If any of you lovely people have tried this product can you let me know what you thought? I always trust the views of fellow beauty bloggers so you may help me make the decision of whether or not to pop it in my basket next time I venture into the heaven that is superdrug.


Up next we have the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer. I've seen this product being raved about by a fair few bloggers and as someone who suffers from nightmare breakouts, concealer is my best friend, so I'm always on the look out for a new product that will help me win the fight of concealing blemishes. My trusty Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer has stuck by me over the last year or so but if this is a product that might help me that little bit further then I might just give it a go.


The 5th product on this months wishlist is the Essie polish in the shade "Eternal Optimist". I'm yet to try an Essie polish. I always say that next time I pop into Boots or Superdrug I'm going to pick one of their fabulous shades up but I've always found that I just can't spend £7.99 on a nail polish. But I've decided that I'm going to go for it. I'm going to try an Essie polish and decide for myself whether it's worth the price you have to pay, and the shade I've chosen is "Eternal Optimist". This is a stunning fairly neutral colour with a bit of a pink tint. I have to admit, I have fallen a little bit in love with the shade and I think it's perfect for this time of year.


Finally we have the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, and this is a product that has been on my wishlist for what seems like forever and a day. I fell well and truly in love with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush back in November time and their Powder Brush followed suit, so I'm desperate to try more of their fabulous brushes. The Stippling Brush is a brush I've read lots of lovely reviews of and it seems like a brush that will really help me achieve a great skin look so I'm excited to give it a try.


So that is all that's on my makeup wishlist this month. I can't wait to get my hands on all these products, even though I know that I'm going to have to get saving my pennies if I'm to get them anytime soon.


If you've tried any of these products, let me know in the comments what you thought, or if you've actually reviewed any of them in a blog post, leave me a link so I can have a little peek.


What's on your makeup wishlist this month?




P.S: I'm currently trying to compose a list of bloggers who are interested in taking part in a low budget (I'm thinking betwen £5 and £15, it'll be up to you) Easter Beauty Box Swap. If you're interested in taking part, head over to this post, and leave me a little comment so I can add you to the list x

Prom Preperations: Guest Post by Natalie

Hi All, it's Natalie from Natalie's World here guest posting for the lovely Chloe today. If any of you saw her her post a couple of weeks ago about her up coming prom you'll know she was looking for guest bloggers to share their prom related stories, so here's where I stepped in. After a couple of emails back and fourth and here's my post.

My prom occurred last June which is quite unusual because I'm 20 but this is where my prom has a different spin on things - mines was a college prom, and as I left school at 16 I missed out on my school prom so I jumped at the chance to go to my college prom. 

I can imagine the stress of college and school proms are quite similar though so that's where I'd step in to help - 

I should inform you here I studied beauty therapy and the two classes consisted of all girls. Turns out the other class got to decide the theme of the prom - which was Las Vegas - although I was really hoping for it to be masquerade themed, so there's two themes for you if your school happens to go down the themed route.

I genuinely thought I knew the exact dress I wanted to go for (imagine a massive ball gown, like Cinderella style dress but multicoloured and in your face, yet still insanely pretty - that's the one!) and in the end I went for something completely different as the original dress I wanted didn't fit in with the theme - so watch out for this if you go down the themed route. 
Also, another thing to take into consideration is accessories, hair and makeup. 
For accessories I just went for earings and a ring with my bag and shoes - all in silver as my dress had some silver beading - my date whom I took, was my friend Mark and he bought me a corsage the same colour as my dress to wear on the night also, it was beautiful.
I knew straight away that I wanted to have a neutral smokey eye but with the colour of my dress I had no idea which lipstick colour so I took it upon myself to go to a makeup counter - I chose Illamasqua - showed them a picture of my dress and asked them to help me, explaining I knew I was going for a neutral smokey eye, they suggested a coral lipstick, so if you have this problem just approach a makeup counter, they won't have a problem with helping you out. 

When it came down to hair I knew I wanted it half down, half up and curly so I took to google and found the exact look which I knew would suit the style of dress I opted for - I went in to the hair dressers which I knew I wanted to go to and booked my appointment months in advance, they assured me I wouldn't need rollers in for the curls (although my hair being so long and thick) and said my hair would hold ghd curl - how wrong they where!! If you take anything away from this post let it be - make sure you have a hair trial before your prom - by the time I got home the curls had fallen out, on the day of my prom!! I was crying and all sorts not wanting to go to my prom - drama central in my house hold I tell you! haha. Thank the Lord for a talented cousin who came and saved the day for me - considering she's not a hair dresser, Amen.



In the end the Princess made it to the ball (well I felt like a princess anyway)

So I hope that has prepared you at least a little bit and made you think about things you may not have thought of so far.  I hope you all enjoy your prom may it be this year or in future years to come!

Love Natalie xx

P.S Remember to take a camera I want to be seeing all your gorgeous pictures of your big day!

Prom Preperations Past Posts

T.M.I Tag

Ooh two posts in one day, this is new!

I was tagged by the ever so lovely Alex from Stella Etoile to do the T.M.I tag! This looked like such a fun tag so I thought I'd give it a go. Let's get cracking...

1. What are you wearing?
 I've just realised that everything I'm wearing is from Topshop! I'm wearing jeans, a baggy top and an oversized hoody. Very comfy.

2.Ever been in love?
Nope

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?
 Luckily no.

 4. How tall are you?
 Around 5"8 I think...

5. How much do you weigh?
 I actually never weigh myself because I'm happy as I am right now.

6. Any tattoos?
Nope

7. Any piercings?
 Just one set in my ears.

8. OTP?
 Zalfie always and forever.

 9. Favourite show?
 You can't beat a good bit of Friends can you?

10. Favourite bands?
 The Beatles and the four muppets that are McFly

11. Something you miss?
All the friends I haven't seen in like forever.

 12. Favourite song?
 At the moment it's Laura Palmer by Bastille

13. How old are you?
 15 - I turn 16 in May

14. Zodiac sign?
 Taurus

 15. Quality you look for in a partner?
Someone who can make me laugh and I'm completely comfortable around

 16. Favourite quote?
 I actually don't have one favourite quote, I love too many.

17. Favourite actor?
 Leonardo DiCaprio

18. Favourite colour?
 Mint Green or Soft Pink

19. Loud music or soft?
 Normally loud

20. Where do you go when you're sad?
 My room. Or I always like going out for a walk on my own with my headphones in when I'm sad.

 21. How long does it take you to shower?
10 minutes or so if I'm washing my hair.

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
 Around an hour normally.

23. Ever been in a physical fight?
Nope

 24. Turn on?
 Someone who can make me Laugh, Someone who's Tall and Someone with Blonde Hair and Blue Eyes.

 25. Turn off?
 Someone who acts differently around his friends to how he does when it's just us. It's a huge turn off.

26. The reason I started blogging?
 I was inspired by bloggers such as Zoella and I thought it would be a lovely way to share my thoughts.

27. Fears?
 Needles. Definitely Needles.

28. Last thing that made you cry?
 Best not get into that...

29. Last time you said you loved someone?
I said it to my sister yesterday.

 30. Meaning behind your blog name?
 It's a shortened version of one of my favourite quotes by John Lennon.

31. Last book you read?
 Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

32. The book you're currently reading?
 Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

33. Last show you watched?
 Friends

34. Last person you talked to?
 My mum

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
 One of my best friends.

36. Favourite food?
 For me it's probably something from the chinese takeaway.

 37. Place you want to visit?
 New York!

38. Last place you were?
 I've been at my house all day

39. Do you have a crush?
 Yep

40. Last time you kissed someone?
 And next question...

41. Last time you were insulted?
 Yesterday at school

42. Favourite flavour of sweet?
 Strawberry

43. What instruments do you play?
 I used to have flute lessons

44. Favourite piece of jewellery?
I love rings

45. Last sport you played?
 I currently have an issue with my hips so I haven't played sports since January 2013... wow I feel unfit.

46. Last song you sang?
 I Just Can't Wait To Be King from The Lion King... I'm not even sorry.

47. Favourite chat up line?
 You must be my horcrux, because you complete me.

48. Have you ever used it?
 Who use's chat up lines?

 49. Last time you hung out with anyone?
 Friday with my sister.

 50. Who should answer the questions next?
Anyone who wants to!




P.S: I'm currently trying to compose a list of bloggers who are interested in taking part in an Easter Beauty Box Swap. If you're interested in taking part, head over to this post, and leave me a little comment so I can add you to the list x