Spread The Love: July

Ooh look at this; it’s a new fancy-pants series here on realityleaveslotstoimagination. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls: Welcome to ‘Spread The Love’, the new monthly post where I share with you a couple of the posts by fellow bloggers I’ve been loving over the past month. I thought this would be an oh so lovely way to wrap up the month, as well as giving a selection of bloggers the recognition they truly deserve and introducing my readers to their blogs.
Enough chat; let’s get cracking:

“Wanderlust is an all consuming metaphorical wave. It invades your being, coating each and every cell and nerve and every electrical impulse flowing through your body with this resolute desire. To backpack across Thailand. To camp out under the stars in California. To ride around Italy on a mint green moped and eat pizza, lots of pizza.”
As terribly cheesy as it sounds, words can’t describe how madly in love I am with Lauryn’s blog. She has such a beautiful way of writing that I’m completely in awe of and all her posts are so detailed and personal that they just pull you in instantly. I could literally post a million links to posts of hers that I loved, but this one holds a special place in my heart. “Wanderlust” is such a wonderfully written post and I can definitely relate to her desire to travel; to see the word; to experience new cultures. The feeling when you’re at an airport, waiting to board the plan that will take you to a new mysterious magical location is just incredible. I don’t want to go into too much detail about the wonders of Lauryn’s beautiful post because I really want you to be able to experience every ounce of it, but honestly just go read it.
You can find Lauryn here:

“I know how easy it is to get caught up in the stresses of general everyday life and forget about the little things that can make a difference each day, its scaring to think how quick each day goes so I thought I would share some of the little things that have made me happy this week!”
On the whole, as a nation, Britain is so darn good at moaning. It’s a bit of a British trait isn’t it really; moaning about anything and everything? We spend most of our lives focusing on the negative things rather than appreciating the positive. I’m a sucker for a good ‘what makes me happy’ style post. It’s so lovely to see people really appreciate the good things in their lives, which is why I absolutely loved Gemma’s “Because I’m Happy” post. I can definitely relate to a fair few of the points she made in this post, in particular ‘getting post’ (who doesn’t love it when the postman delivers something for you? Unless it’s a bill of course), ‘talking to friends’ (if you know me you’ll know I love a good old natter, particularly those conversations that can go on forever and ever without you running out of something to chat about) and ‘taking late night walks on the beach’ (something I’ve definitely been taking advantage of since I’ve been in Greece). Gemma’s blog is a personal favourite of mine. You can definitely tell through her writing, just how passionate she is about blogging and the topics she’s discussing. Do make sure you head on over to her blog and give it lots of love, she really deserves it for being such a fantastic blogger.
You can find Gemma here:

"I was asking myself this on the long car journey over to Northern Ireland. I've never really questioned why I blog and just accepted that I do."

I am completely in awe of this post. Honestly, I don’t think a blog post has ever made me think as much as this one did. What’s crazy about it is, it’s just a mere 5 sentences, but those 5 sentences left me thinking for so long. Why do I blog? Where did this passion for blogging come from? To be honest, I don’t know. But I do know that blogging is something I’ve fallen completely and utterly in love with, and I can’t imagine my life without sitting down at my laptop three times a week to write. My blog is the one place I can truly express myself without feeling judged and really, blogging just relaxes me. I really recommend you pop on over to Beth’s lovely blog and have a think for yourself; why do you blog?
You can find Beth here:

What have been your favourite blog posts this month? Let me know so I can have a read too.

Airport Outfit Of The Day

As you read this, I'm basking in the glorious sunshine in Greece. I thought I'd make the most of the oh so beautiful scenery around the villa so I have an outfit post for you lovely lot today. And what's more fitting than an airport OOTD, sharing what I wore on the flight to Athens?

I'm always one to set aside a 'travelling outfit' a few days before I leav,e to avoid a mad rush in the morning (hurrah for crack of dawn flights), and (of course) I always like to look as presentable as possible just in case I spot any foreign (or British for that matter) eye-candy. We all know we're never going to look like Victoria Beckham when we step off the plane, but it's worth putting a bit of effort in anyway.

When travelling, everyone wants to wear something comfy, and something not too hot, not too cold; in true goldilocks style. I'm not going to lie, if I could travel in my jarmies I totally would, but I think this outfit is the next best thing.

On my top half, I have my 'go-to' summer top: a simple sleeveless crop top from H&M. For only £3.99, these tops are such bargains so I 'accidently' purchased five of them (in a selection of colours) ready for my adventures abroad.

Trouser-wise, I have these little wide leg beauties. I actually purchased them from Depop but they're originally from New Look. The floral print is so perfect for the summer months and they're very light which makes them super comfy. I paired them with a simple brown Primark belt just to jazz the look up a bit.

For my shoes, I wore some gladiator-style sandals, which I picked up from River Island in a end of summer sale last year. They have a slight wedge-heel to them but are still really comfy, so you can have glamorous looking feet without being in pain when walking the - what seems like - 1000000 miles from the concourse to the gate.

I didn't want to go O.T.T with accessories because of the faff of taking it all off and popping it back on again at airport security. So, I went with a simple with a hat from Topshop (£10 in the sale; what a bargain for Topshop) and two bohemian-style necklaces, but I can't for the life of me remember where I brought them from. I'm also wearing three rings but again, I have no idea where they're from.

My carry-on bag is this beauty from New Look. It's rather huge, which makes it perfect for a plane journey as I can fit in all the bits and bobs I need for the flight, along with any airport purchases (oh how I love you duty free). I'm planning a 'what's in my carry-on bag' post for sometime in the not so distant future, so keep your eyes out.

Top: H&M
Trousers: New Look
Belt: Primark
Shoes: River Island
Necklases: Unknown (sorry)
Rings: Unknown (sorry)
Bag: New Look
Hat: Primark

On my Nails: Essie 'Bikini So Teeny

Is anyone else heading off on their holidays soon?

Topshop Nails: "Flamingo Coral"

Summer is a time where my love of beautiful nail colours goes full steam ahead. I'm a sucker for a pretty summer nail colour - particularly if there's a pastel or coral shade involved; they're just bees knees - and the sunny season is the perfect time of year to release these colours to the world.

The shade in question today is Topshop's "Flamingo Coral". This shade was seen more often than not on my nails this time last year, and I'm so excited we've now got to the time of year where it can make a reappearance.

"Flamingo Coral" is one of the most beautiful pinky-coral shades in existence (at least in my books anyway) and it's a tough task to put into words how much I love this little bottle of coral goodness. Just look at it. It's just mesmerising. Imagine Topshop physically taking summer and just popping it into a little nail polish bottle of magic, and you have "Flamingo Coral". Also, whilst we're on the topic of nail polish bottles, topshop you've done a fabulous job of creating the cutest little bottles; well done you.

I'm not going to lie, the Topshop nail polish collection isn't high on my list of favourite nail polish brands practicality-wise. I find the longevity of the polishes isn't great as they chip a lot easier than the likes of Barry M, Rimmel and more expensive brands like Essie and O.P.I. Also, the consistency of the polishes is never that great, so it tends to be the colours (and the names; I'm a sucker for a lovely shade name) that draw me in to buying the polishes, rather than the practicalities. But to be honest, I'd much rather have a beautiful colour on my nails that requires a little more T.L.C, than an alright colour that's more practical. As silly as that may sound, 'tis true.

"Flamingo Coral" retails at £5.00 and is available from Topshop online (here) as well as in some of the bigger stores where they stock a larger variety of the nail polish shades (the store on Oxford Street in London is my go to store for anything Topshop makeup related, so I'd hit that one up if I were you).

Are you a coral nail kind of gal? What's your favourite summery nail polish shade?

Superdrug Detoxifying Dead Sea Mud Mask

My hunt for a face mask that actually achieves the results it claims to, has been going on for what feels like forever and a day. I've been looking for a mask that will actually do some good for my acne-prone skin, and I seem to be on a road to nowhere. Surely I'm not the only one who seeks a lot in a face mask only for it never to deliver?

However, I think my quest may have come to an end; a surprising one in fact. And this end comes in the form of a superdrug mask. I'll put my hands up and admit it: I actually purchased this product in a bid to get my superdrug online order total up to £10 so I could get the free delivery. We've all done it haven't we? Although it was brought on a bit of a whim, I haven't looked back since.

"This Detoxifying Mud Mask contains ultra-purifying Dead Sea Mud, which effectively unclogs pores and draws out dirt, oil and impurities, leaving skin feeling soft and revitalised. Dermatologically approved."

It was definitely the detoxifying element of the mask that intrigued me, as well as the fact that's it a mud mask, as I know that clay masks are the best at unclogging pores and targeting blemishes, as well has giving your skin an overall deep cleanse.

The mask is your typical mud grey/green colour, which does leave you looking like some sort of creature from doctor who, once it's dried. Consistency-wise, I found it to be much runnier than any mud masks I've used in the past. I was a bit apprehensive about this at first, but I found that it just made it that little bit easier to apply as it just glides onto your face.

I use this mask 2-3 times a week and I simply apply it all over my face (alternatively, you could just over your problem areas if that's what floats your boat) and leave it for a good 20-30 minutes, sometimes longer as I like to wait until I feel like it's gone stiff and worked all the magic it can. During this time, the mask dries and actually separates itself out around your face, with your 'problem areas' staying the dark colour and the not-so-bad areas of your face turning a much paler shade, so you know it's targeting the areas that need a bit more T.L.C. To remove it, I simply run a flannel under warm water and wipe it all off, and it's actually surprisingly easy to remove.

One of the things I like most about this mask is you can actually feel it working. Whilst it's on your face, there's little tingle every now and again that just assures you that your skin is in good hands, and the mask is working it's magic.

However, this might be a product to avoid/use with caution if you have sensitive skin. It does sting slightly for a minute or so after application (but it settles down eventually, don't worry), and although after this it doesn't really have any further negative affects on my skin personally, I'm not sure how well sensitive skin would cope, so tread carefully.

Another plus point (in my opinion anyway) is the smell. I do find that rather a lot of face masks have a rather bizarre scent, but this definitely is not the case with this mask. The smell reminds me of that of a spa (do spa's have smells? Is that a weird thing to say), with a bit of lavender and seaweed, and I think this really helps to relax you whilst you wait for the mask to work it's magic.

Overall, I'm thoroughly impressed with this facemask. It's one of the first masks I've tried that actually produces the results it's claims to. I've found it to do a really good job of unclogging my pores, reducing the size and redness of any blemishes and it just really leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed. Also, at £2.59 it's such a bargain. One things for sure, next time I want to treat my skin to a good ol' facemask, I know what I'll turn to.

What's your go-to face mask?