Lifestyle | February Pins of Interest

I'm rather unsociable. From the amount of time I spend on my phone, it may look like I have a billion and one people to be texting and countless sassy tweets waiting to be sent, but albeit that is occasionally the case, I'm probably just on pinterest. Pinterest is my one true love in the app world.

Who could have possibly thought pinning countless pictures to a selection of boards could be so god damn satisfying? I definitely didn't have a clue what a wonderful world pinterest is when I first clicked download, but I'm hooked.

Here's just a handful of the beautiful pins that have particularly taken my fancy over the past month:

1 - Getting all my summer outfit preparations done a few months early. I can already tell I'm going to be loving dungaree style playsuits this summer season.

2 - Amen. This quote is so perfect for really instilling a bit of girl power.

3 - I'm really getting back into doing lots of DIY bits and bobs, and I'd do love to combine my love of crafting and photography by creating my own version of this stunning polaroid photo map. It would look so pretty feature piece in a bedroom or reception room in a house.

4 - Isn't this ponytail just envy inducing?

5 - Another pinterest love of mine is wedding boards. Yes, yes, I know, I'm sixteen and weddings probably shouldn't be on my radar at all but I've always been one of those girls who knows exactly what they'd like from their big day.

6 - I've become rather addicted to pinning pictures of stylish little tattoos as of late. I'll be the first to admit that this is indeed rather out of character for someone with a needle phobia like myself who would never ever ever even consider choosing to set foot near a needle. But I will say that I do think little tattoos like this one are beautiful, even if the process in which they are produced makes me squirm.

If you fancy having a nosey at a further selection of my favourite pins, you can find my pinterestprofile here.

Are you a pinterest addict?

Beauty | The Library of Fragrance "Sex on The Beach"

It's been a little white since I treated myself to a new perfume. I tend to fall in love with a fragrance and use it to death, pretty much completely ignoring anything other scent in my stash. But recently I've introduced a new brand to my little perfume collection.

The Library of Fragrance is a brand I've had my eye on for a fair while now, even before the likes of Zoella began to mention their scents and the world went crazy for them, so I'm ever so chuffed I've finally got my hands on one of their fragrances. They bring a whole new take on fragrances, offering scents you'd never believe you could find in a perfume bottle.

Shall we have a little history lesson?
The Library of Fragrance products are produced by New York-based company, Demeter Fragrance Library Inc. Originally established in 1996, Demeter set out to create fragrances that captured all the wonderful smells that surround us every day, but are too often under appreciated in our busy, pressured, multi-tasking world. The first three scents belonging to the collection – Dirt, Grass and Tomato – were launched at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. With the brand quickly gathering a loyal cult following, the concept soon expanded to include an even broader range of smells – no matter how odd or unusual – and scents such as Gin & Tonic, Baby Powder and even Play-Doh began to populate the library.

A recent purchase for me was a bottle of the scent "Sex on The Beach". As with all of their fragrances, the distinctive scent displayed on the label is exactly what your nose is treated to. The "Sex on The Beach" scent holds similarities to - of course - a sex on the beach cocktail: "an inviting and refreshing combination of Vodka, unsweetened Pineapple Juice, a touch of Raspberry liquor, a hint of Melon liquor and a splash of Cranberry". It's a delicious scent, almost drinkable. Although "Sex on the Beach" is fairly summery scent, I can still see it making an appearance in the colder months also.

The beauty of these fragrances is the way a single spritz can transport your senses back to times gone by. This particular aroma brings back memories of past holidays and enjoying a few drinks on the beach as the sun sets. Even after a single spritz the scent lasts really well on the skin so you'll get to experience this nostalgia all day long.

If you're after a more unique fragrance, the scents can be layered to form a cocktail of colognes, creating a bespoke scent. This isn't something I've tried as of yet but I'm thinking that "Sex on the Beach" will work really well with a scent such as "Vanilla Ice Cream".

One of my favourite aspects of the Library of Fragrance range is how handbag-friendly the bottles are. They're easily portable and will may even fit in a clutch bag if you're off out of an evening.

Each of the bottles holds a price tag of £15.00 (although Boots are currently offering a 2 for £25.00 deal if you fancy a bargain), which is incredibly reasonable if you consider the cost of other popular fragrance brands. I do believe Boots stock just under 30 of the scents but a wider collection of 101 available on the Library of Fragrance website.

I've got my eye on so many more of the Library of Fragrance scents, with "Marshmallow", "Chocolate Chip Cookie" and "Gin and Tonic" at the top of my list for when payday comes around again. I'm also intrigued by the likes of "Play-Doh" and "Paperback" so I'll make sure to keep you updated on my fragrance experiments.

Have you tried any of the Library of Fragrance scents?

Style | “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

I'm such a huge fan of monochrome pieces. There's something about the simplicity of black and white that when styled together makes them look so elegant. No matter the occasion, with monochrome you'll always have the guarantee that your look will be sophisticated and stylish.

Playsuits hold a special place in my heart, and I fell in love with this Pyjama Style Playsuit from Boohoo at first glance. It's so effortlessly stylish and such a versatile piece. As with all Boohoo playsuits, it fits ever so well and I've found it to be incredibly flattering.

I paired it with a simple black blazer from H&M and my current footwear love; my Primark heeled chelsea boots. To top it all off, I popped on a gorgeous black wool bowler hat from H&M.

Playsuit: Boohoo
Blazer: H&M
Boots: Primark
Hat: H&M

How would you style a monochrome playsuit?

Beauty | Eyova Hair Nutrient*

I'm going to put my hands up in the air and admit it; I don't give my hair as much T.L.C as it probably deserves. Aside from the every other day shampoo, condition and blow dry, I just let my hair do as it wishes. The world of hair masks and nutrients was completely unknown to me so I did embark on my journey with the Eyova Hair Nutrient with no idea what to expect.

"Eyova is a natural hair oil derived from egg yolks, that treats hair damage, prevents premature hair loss, hair graying, and makes your hair naturally conditioned and shiny."

I'm obviously not one who has issues with hair loss and hair graying so I was using this product from a more deep-root conditioning side, and I was pleasantly surprised as to how well it worked.

"EYOVA is a natural remedy for hair loss and hair maintenance. It repairs the damage that is inflicted upon your hair by modern lifestyle. The omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in EYOVA help nourish the hair from the roots while the cholesterol helps in absorption of the nutrients on the scalp to support hair restoration.

This natural oil is rich in antioxidants like lutien and zeaxanthin that aid effective circulation in the scalp due to increased oxygen uptake in blood and hence plays an important role in treating damaged hair, promoting hair growth and preventing premature baldness. The natural conditioning treatment of EYOVA makes hair shinier and softer."

I rather loved the application of this product. It sounds ever so strange when discussing a hair mask but the process was so simple and easy that it was so enjoyable. I just popped some on the very top of my head and massaged it well into my scalp; which provided a scalp massage on top of doing lovely things to my hair. I then wacked my hair up in a messy bun at the top of my head and left it overnight. In the morning I did my usual shampoo and conditioning routine and was left with silky smooth hair. It's super easy to wash off and my hair was left with no signs of the pamper treatment it had experienced the night before.

The product has a suprisingly nice scent, which is obviously so important with a treatment that you use overnight. One of the best suprises with this product is just how little oil is visible on your hair, for an oil based product. It wasn't overly noticeable on my hair, which was so amazing.

You're supposed to allow at least a month before you notice this product working its magic and this is the cause. Although I've only been using it for just under a month, I can confirm that it does take a little time before you notice the effects the nutrient is having in terms of sorting out any dry scalp issues. It's only been after the last couple of uses that I've noticed a real change. But, I've found that it does work at increasing the shine and softness of the hair right from the word go.

What's your go to hair treatment?

*Disclaimer: This product was kindly gifted by Eyova,  for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions shared on realityleaveslotstoimagination are always honest and unbiased.

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Lifestyle | Groovy Smoothies*

One of my current favourite things in the whole world is Boost. If you're yet to experience the wonder that is a boost smoothie bar, you're really missing out let me tell you. I love smoothies rather a lot; they're such a quick and easy way to get a couple more portions of fruit and veg into your belly.

A little birdy from Boost HQ has informed me that they are currently running the first 2015 round of their legendary "What's Your Name Game".

The game is easy peasy lemon squeezy. All you need to do is keep an eye on the Boost social media accounts (you can find their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts here; oh I am good to you) to see if your name pops up. Three names are chosen each day: two chosen by the Boost team and one chosen at random from names entered by the public via this site. If it does then you can head on over to your local Boost, whip out some I.D to prove that you aren't telling any name fibs and collect your favourite smoothie on the house. We're talking any size smoothie here, might I add.

This is running from Wednesday 5th February until Thursday 4th March so you've still got plenty of time to potentially get your hands on a free smoothie.

If you're new to the world of Boost and would like some smoothie recommendations, here's a selection of my personal favourite Boost beauties:

"Passion Mango": Mango, Passionfruit, Tropical Juice, Sorbet, TD4 Mango Yoghurt & Ice.

"Blueberry Blast": Blueberries, Banana, Apple Juice, Sorbet, TD4 Vanilla Yoghurt & Ice

"Energy Lift": Mango, Banana, Tropical Juice, No Fat Milk, TD4 Mango Yoghurt & Ice + an Energiser PLUS Booster

Do you have any Boost recommendations?

*Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Boost but all views and opinions shared on realityleaveslotstoimagination are always honest and unbiased.

Thoughts | The January Happy List

It's fair to say that January was a tough old month. If you follow me on twitter (self-promotion moment: @Chloe_Bellamy) you might know that I had a bit of a particularly rubbish-y week last week. This particular post was drafted to go up last week, so to be honest the relevance of it in the second week of February is arguable. But let's just pretend for a couple of minutes that it is still January. Sound like a plan?

Now a new month is upon us, I've decided that I'm going to stop being such a negative Nancy. I think a large amount of happiness comes from appreciating the little things in life so that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to make more of a point of remembering the little things in life that don't seem to be of any real significance at the time but still manage to put a smile on my face.

So without further ado... here is my January happy list.

Snow at last
Finding a beautiful bargain.
Vintage Shops
Spending a lazy morning in bed reading.
Blanket forts.
Lovely dreams that leave you with a smile on your face in the morning.
Student discounts.

"Paying attention to life - to its beauty, oddity, wonder - is what happiness is all about".