Secrets of a Rose

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

A Budget Beauty Haul: Rimmel

When your bank balance isn't looking too promising but your makeup bag is in need of a revamp, it's safe to say, the only place to head is the high street. Although I love the luxury of high end products, sometimes, there's nothing better than discovering some amazing beauty buys for a fraction of the price. Recently scanning the aisles of Boots, I found myself gravitating towards the trusty Rimmel counter. As one of the first makeup brands I ever used, I feel like Rimmel is a brand I've always relied on throughout the years for those makeup essentials that always do the job and a seriously good and cheap one at that. After swatching left, right and centre, throwing items into my basket and using up the remainder of my Boots advantage card points, 5 new exciting products made their way into my life...

Thursday, 1 October 2015

A Trip to Croatia: Hvar and Spilt

It's that time of year again where I find myself flicking back through holiday pictures and wishing I was sat by the pool with a cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other. There's literally nothing I love more that travelling and this summer I was lucky enough (although my bank balance might disagree...) to visit three beautiful countries; Spain, Croatia and Italy. In case you haven't seen it, you can read all about my trip to Barcelona here and here - prepare yourself for a tapas, scenic and fashion filled ramble! After Barcelona with my boyfriend though, it was time for a holiday with the girls...

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Monthly Favourites

It's crazy to think that it's October in a couple of days. Like seriously how fast did summer go?! Although I'm still super depressed and longing for another holiday in the sun, I do love this time of year. The pretty coloured leaves, cosy nights in, oh and of course Autumn/Winter fashion...surely I'm not the only one loving this suede and fringe trend? Amazing. Mixing it up with a bit of skincare, toiletries and makeup, here's a selection of beauty bits and bobs I've been loving lately...

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Ladbrokes Ladies Day & Outfit of the Day Featuring Boohoo

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to join some other lovely local bloggers at Doncaster Races courtesy of Branded 3 in Leeds. The event landed on a beautiful sunny day and consisted of a delicious 3 course meal, unlimited prosecco and watching all the horses I had bets on arriving at the finish line just a tiny bit too late...I can't say I'm the luckiest when it comes to betting! Despite that, it was such a lovely day out and I got to wear my gorgeous new Boohoo midi dress.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Natural Bronze Makeup Routine

Due to a very hectic summer and one too many trips away, blogging has sadly taken a backseat for the last couple of months but with a little less hectic few months ahead, this is set to change! Seen as I haven't done a beauty post in what feels like forever, I thought I'd share with you my current makeup routine. Having only arrived back from Italy a week ago, I'm very much still in summer mode despite the glum British weather and so I'm dragging out my natural bronzed makeup look for as long as I possibly can...well, until my tan fades at least! So these are some of my ultimate favourite makeup products for achieving a healthy bronzed look.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Ladbrokes Ladies Day Outfit Inspiration

There's nothing more exciting than a day at the races. Getting all dressed up in a posh I-can-only-wear-it-once outfit, eating fancy food, drinking a bit too much and occasionally winning a penny or two is just so much fun, so when an email recently landed in my inbox inviting me to the fabulous Ladbrokes Ladies Day in September, I literally jumped at the chance. And then panicked about the lack of suitable clothing hanging in my wardrobe...story of my life ey. There's that 'I can't look too casual at the races' dilemma followed by the 'but I don't want to look too OTT at the races' dilemma and then it all just merges together into one big 'I haven't got a clue what to wear'. However, after scanning the pages of pretty much every clothes site on the web, I think I've finally put together my perfect race outfit.
Dress: Michelle Keegan at Lipsy // Shoes: River Island // Clutch Bag: New Look

Friday, 31 July 2015

Barcelona Part 2: The City, Hotel & Spanish Food

After searching long and hard for somewhere nice to visit this summer, my boyfriend and I finally settled on Barcelona. Although I went there years ago with family, I couldn't really remember anything about it and so it has been on my travel bucket list for a long time now. With its beach and plenty of sights, we thought it was the perfect destination for a much needed break. A whole load of delicious food, beautiful views and one too many sangrias later, I'm so glad we booked it and although I'm depressed writing this, I can't wait to share it all with you!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Barcelona Part 1: Holiday Outfits Featuring ASOS, Inthestyle, River Island & New Look

There's nothing more depressing than arriving back home after the most amazing week on holiday. And then there's the first day back at work where you find yourself daydreaming about the sunshine and the cocktails and it suddenly feels like a millions years has gone by since you were there. Well, not quite a million but you get the gist. Before I fill you in on the beautiful city of Barcelona (Part 2 coming soon...) I thought I'd share with you my holiday outfits for a little fashion inspo.
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