Secrets of a Rose

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...

Friday, 1 May 2015

Spring Skincare Routine Featuring Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser


For the past couple of months, my morning skincare routine has stayed pretty much the same. As someone who loves trying new products, this is quite a big thing for me, so big that it felt necessary to dedicate a whole blog post to my current spring skincare routine. If you're anything like me then getting up on a morning is one of the hardest parts of the day. It's such an emotional process parting with my duvet that it's now become the norm to hit the snooze button at least 3 times. Tell me I'm not alone? So once I've somehow talked myself out of bed, the first thing I do is splash my face with cold water to fully wake me up. Next up, it's cleanser time. After a friend (with ridiculously clear skin may I add) recommended the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, I just had to try it. 

Monday, 27 April 2015

Primark Haul

If any of you have been to Primark recently, you'll have noticed that it's full of gorgeous and ridiculously cheap summer clothes. So cheap that I just had to buy the same top in two different colours...I often find Primark a bit hit and miss. Sometimes I'll be in and out in ten minutes not being able to find a single thing I like and the next time I'll be in there for half a day throwing everything into my basket. This time it was definitely the latter! So if you want to snap up some bargains for summer, keep reading...

Sunday, 19 April 2015

New Delicious Tapas Restaurant with an Authentic Spanish Vibe? Leeds, Say Hello to La Rambla...

If there's one thing I love it's discovering new delicious places to eat out. Eating out is probably my favourite thing ever but the restaurants I love the most are those authentic traditional ones where if you hadn't just stepped off the streets of Leeds, you could easily imagine you were in a different country. Whilst looking for somewhere to eat on Friday night, we noticed an unfamiliar looking restaurant on East Parade in the centre of Leeds - 'La Rambla'. Intrigued, we headed inside. 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Contouring on a Budget: NYX Taupe

I recently got my hands on the highly sought after NYX Blush in Taupe aka the perfect contour shade. For those of us not blessed with model cheekbones, finding a contouring shade to perfectly suit our complexions can be a task and a half! Too light and you can't tell the difference, too dark or too orange and you definitely can tell the difference but maybe not in a good way...So, it was time to put down my beloved Benefit Hoola and see if the affordable NYX blush in Taupe could live up to it.

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