Secrets of a Rose

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Holiday Essentials

Finally my holiday has arrived and I'm currently sat here feeling like a giddy child on Christmas Eve! I find packing one of the most stressful things and I'm forever writing lists way in advance to make sure I don't forget anything and even then, there's always those sneaky last minute purchases! If you're yet to go away and you're not too sure whether you've got the ultimate essentials packed, then here's a little post to help you out.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Things I've Learnt Since Graduating

As I sat scrolling through my Facebook news feed the other day, reading all the grades that people got from uni, it suddenly hit me that it's nearly been a whole year since I graduated. A year that has gone incredibly fast. Seriously, where does the time go?! I remember the panic of what to wear, worrying about falling as I went up on stage and the exact emotions I felt during the ceremony so vividly, like it was just last week. I also remember writing a good old blog post about the day itself which you can read here. With a lot of people graduating in the weeks to come, I felt that it was the perfect time to have a little ramble about post-graduation life and some of the things that you come to realise.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Revlon Strawberry Shortcake and Hibiscus


When it comes to gorgeous yet affordable lip products, you can't beat Revlon. On a recent shopping spree I fell in love with these two lipsticks and within 5 minutes I'd manage to swatch them, ooh and ahh over how pretty they were and hand over the cash. Impressed? I thought so. As a huge fan of Revlon Lip Butters with their moisturising formula and glossy colours, I decided I needed a new one in my life and I loved the look (and name) of Strawberry Shortcake. It's the prettiest light pink colour, so subtle that it could literally go with any makeup look. In contrast, Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Hibiscus with its creamy texture and coral colour isn't exactly the most subtle of lipsticks. However, what it is, is completely gorgeous. I love love love this shade! The silver packaging is stylish, the colour is super summery and I just can't see it leaving my makeup bag any time soon.

What do you think of Revlon's lipstick and lip butter range? Do you have a favourite shade?

x x x


Sunday, 7 June 2015

A Day At The Races & Outfit of The Day

Last week I went to Haydock Races! Having never been to the races before, as you can imagine, I was pretty excited. Any excuse to get dressed up ey! My boyfriend's dad had hired out one of the boxes there which meant a three course meal and a free bar - I can't say mixing drinking and betting together is the best of ideas though! The day involved losing money and winning well, not a lot. Oh well, all part of the fun I guess! All in all though, it was such a fun day so I thought I'd share with you everything from my outfit to some beautiful horses and the odd cheesy coupley pic! 

Friday, 29 May 2015

April & May Favourites

Can you believe it's actually June in a couple of days?! This year has just flown by. I'm so excited about the next few months. I go away to Barcelona right at the beginning of July so June is going to consist of a whole load of holiday shopping and that giddy pre-holiday excitement. I can't wait to finally be in the sun and get a much needed tan and break from everyday life! Seen as though I clearly didn't have my blogging act together last month, I've combined my April and May favourites into one beauty-filled and lengthy post.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

KIKO Rosewood

Although it's nearly summer and I guess our lips should be covered in glossy corals and pretty pinks, I'm still sat here obsessing over my favourite winter lipstick. Then again, the weather here in England is pretty wintery. I went back and forth to the KIKO store in Leeds 3 times to be told that this was sold out. Yes, 3 times - that's just how desperate I was to get my hands on Rosewood. Coincidentally, the name also fits in perfectly with my blog which of course meant that I was totally meant to have this in my life...

Friday, 15 May 2015

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer; a Highlighter, Shadow & Shimmer in One

When it comes to makeup, there are some things I'm slightly obsessed with, one of them being highlighters. So when a fabulous new addition made its way into my collection of glow-getters, I just had to share it with you. When a product has been on my wishlist for quite some time, when I do get round to actually purchasing it, my expectations are pretty high to say the least. Was it worth the wait? Worth the money? Did I really need it?! Okay, let's ignore the last one, of course I needed it! Luckily, The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer failed to disappoint.

Friday, 8 May 2015

It's a Beauty Haul...

I pretty much spend half my life in Boots and Superdrug these days. Those naughty 3 for 2 or buy 2 for £14 deals are forever catching me out. Even if I walk in needing just one product, about 9 times out of 10 I'll end up convincing myself that one thing definitely isn't enough and it's a far better deal to buy at least 3...Then again, when it comes to makeup, I don't take much convincing. For a high-street makeup haul with a mixture of new purchases and repurchases, keep reading...
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