Beauty | Bath Mama Bath Roses*

I love a good ol' pamper session. The chance to put your feet up and have a bit of me time is something every girl should have on a regular basis. I'm always on the look out for products that are going to spruce up a bath and I think I've found a little beauty.

A brand that has recently made an entrance into my life is Bath Mama, a bath and body brand who note themselves as the "one stop shop for your all beauty needs". They sell many a luxurious yet affordable beauty product with everything from bath bombs to soaps, skincare to candles. One of the highlights of the brand is just how British it is. I've always been a lover of all things home-grown here in the UK so products that are sourced from the heart of the British countryside are right up my street.

I was lucky enough to be able to try out their bath roses. Bath Mama sell their bath roses in five different scents: lavender, jasmine, rose, ocean and peach, and they are available in the tiny packs of three up to packs of twenty if you fancied something extra-special.

I received the ocean scented roses which seem perfect for a summer pamper evening; the gorgeous slight aroma that lingers in the bathroom leaves you feeling like you're relaxing in a pool abroad as opposed to lying in your bathtub at home. 

To be honest, I was slightly hesitant when it came to using the product for the first time as I've always been more of a bath bomb kind of girl than someone who's in to the more 'fancy' bath products. But the roses have definitely converted me to the fancy bathtime ways.

The individual petals really easily break away from the rose and can be scattered throughout the bath in a confetti-esque style. Pop them in whilst the water is still streaming and they'll work to create a tiny collection of bubbles whilst breaking up to form a layer of blue cream on the surface of the water.

Bath Mama's bath petals come packaged in a tiny little heart shaped box embellished with a pastel blue ribbon to make it even more special. The beautiful packaging means that they'd make a wonderful little gift for someone special.

Overall I've found that they make such a lovely addition to the bath. Not only do their look beautiful and work to create an instagram-perfect bath but their slight ocean aroma adds to the relaxation and charm of any bathtime.

The Bath Mama Bath Roses retail at £3.00 for a pack of three and can be purchased online here.

Do you have a product that adds a little extra touch to your bath?

*Disclaimer: This product was kindly gifted by Bath Mama,  for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions shared on realityleaveslotstoimagination are always honest and unbiased regardless of whether or not the product has been gifted to me.

Beauty | Lush Oxford Street Haul

I turned seventeen a couple of weeks back and spent my birthday exploring good ol' London town. Whilst in the capital it was only right that I took a trip to the new Lush flagship store on Oxford Street. As a self proclaimed lush addict, not taking a visit would have just been rather impolite on my part don't you think? 

A three storey store is just a Lush lovers paradise and I was overwhelmed with excitement as soon as I stepped (or leaped, if truth be told) through the doors. The new store plays host to a array of new exclusive products (they have over two hundred to their name) whilst still offering all of your usual favourites.

I simply couldn't wait to get my hands on some of the new beauties the gods over at the Lush Kitchen have been busy creating. My basket was soon full to the brim with a selection of their exclusive products (with many a 'normal' one thrown in for good measure). There wasn't a new product in sight that wasn't right up my street so choosing which ones I was going to have to part ways with was something I really rather struggled with.

I did pick up a good selection of some of the more traditional lush beauties as well as some of the new arrivals to the world of lush and I truly can't put into words how excited I am to try them all out.

The Olive Branch Shower Gel

Sugar Scrub
(pictured product purchased from the lush website as I've already used my Oxford Street purchase)

I began my time in the Lush store on the street level which is home to all of the Lush lotions and potions: skincare, haircare, bodycare and make up. I dilly dallied around this floor for rather a long time, making sure I smelt every bottle of shower gel and admired every shampoo bar (even though I do currently have two on the go at home). I'll put my hands up and admit, I did come ever so close to buying one of the huge bottles of the new Comforter Shower Gel. At almost £30 I'm sure my bank balance very much appreciates my friends determination that I wasn't going to make the splurge. I ended up picking up two of my favourite shower products: a teeny tiny bottle of the Olive Branch Shower Gel and the Sugar Scrub Shower Scrub.

Top Row: Guardian Of The Forests Bath Bomb (exclusive product) and Phoenix Rising Bath Bomb
Middle Row: Dragons Egg Bath Bomb, May Day Bath Bomb and Fizzbanger Bath Bomb
Bottom Row: Frozen Bath Bomb (exclusive product), Lava Lamp Bath Bomb (exclusive product) and Intergalactic Bath Bomb (exclusive product)

The new selection of bath bombs was definitely at the top of my list of the exclusive products I wanted to explore. The top floor of the new store is dedicated to bathtime products and everything is as beautifully layed out as ever. With the new bath bombs the Lush team have definitely gone all out with the colour; I seriously can't even imagine the colours they'll reveal in the bath.

Dreamtime Bath Oil (exclusive product)

Happy Thoughts Bath Oil (exclusive product)

Ginger Bath Oil (exclusive product)

Bath Oils are something that Lush have never broken into before now but boy have they done it in style. At only £2 each they are such a steal and they're so dainty and cute that you simply can't not fall in love with them at first glance. The guys and gals over at the Lush Kitchen have also really outdone themselves with the names. With titles ranging from "Monsieur Gustav" to "Razzle Dazzle" and "You've Been Mangoed" to "I Am A Radiant Being" heaven only knows where they came up with them, but as with every single Lush product their names suit them to the T.

Popcorn Lip Scrub

The lip scrubs hold their place up their in my list of favourite Lush products and it's not easy to guess why. Not only do their work wonders, they also taste amazingly. I like to have a few of these little beauties on the go (one in each flavour if truth be told) so there's always one nearby when my lips are in need of a little T.L.C.

Sandstone Soap

Over The Rainbow Soap

Soap is pretty self explanatory. You can never have too much soap; especially when it looks this pretty.

Each Peach Massage Bar

Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar

Although I only picked up two of the massage bars that are readily available in Lush stores nationwide I thought it's only fitting that I pay homage to the incredible massage bar paradise that is located in the basement area of the store (which is also home to the spa and the Gorilla perfume exhibit).  

Fingers crossed at least some of these exclusive products will spread their wings and make appearances at some of the other Lush stores in the country.

Have you visited the new Lush store?

Thoughts | The Grand Return

Guess who's back, back again.

It feels quite odd to be sitting down and writing this, as all has been rather quiet on the blog front over the last month or so. I've taken a bit of a blogging holiday, if that's what you'd like to call it.

The break was longer than anticipated, I must admit. A few days turned into a week, a week into two and before I knew it it had been a month. Then exam period hit and a further break was inevitable.

 As per usual it was down to the old cliché of life getting in the way. Everything's been a bit up and down recently and I was finding it ever so difficult to balance blogging on top of everything else. So I had to leave my little blog on the metaphorical doorstep for a while.

As it turns out, this little breather has done me the world of good; a chance to recharge my blogging batteries was just what I needed. I've come back feeling refreshed and newly motivated and inspired, with a mind (and notebook) full to the brim of new ideas of blog posts I know I'm going to love writing.

So now I'm back in the blogging game and ready to give you your dose of all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle three times a week. Ready to finally give this little space the love and attention it deserves. I really want to push this blog further and further now it's back in action and I'm so excited to see what the rest of the year brings. 

Here's to future!

Chloe x