Secrets of a Rose

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Brow Products Every Girl Should Own: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade & Zoeva 317 Liner Brush

I remember the days when no one even cared about brows. We'd just leave them to do their own thing and occasionally get a bit tweeze happy when we thought they were looking a little on the bushy side. Nowadays it almost feels like a sin to leave the house without doing your brows and well, truth be told I feel completely bare without doing them and it's become a vital and enjoyable part of my makeup routine. Yes, I actually enjoy filling in my brows... However, I was getting a little sick of searching for the right brow product. I'd been using so many different ones on and off and repurchasing them despite the fact they weren't really fulfilling my brow requirements if you get what I mean. Anyway, after searching high and low for a good brow product, I think it's safe to say that the search is finally over. I've found what I can only describe as the perfect brow product. A product every girl needs to own. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A Trip to Southern Italy: Calabria

If someone asked me where my favourite country was I'd have to say Italy. The culture, the food, the people, the sights, the weather, I just love everything about it and I can definitely see myself living there for a bit one day. Since Mary Kate and Ashley released When in Rome I was determined to move to Rome and work for a fashion company. I'm definitely still not ruling that out...My parents bought a house in Calabria in Southern Italy about 8 years ago now and I've been lucky enough to be able to travel to Calabria every year since they bought it and so it feels very much like a second home to me. My boyfriend had never been to Italy before and he was dying to go, so in late August we headed to Naples for our first Italian adventure together. 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Monthly Favourites

The days are getting darker, it's no longer acceptable to leave the house without at least three layers on and Christmas decorations are slowly but surely making their way into shops, which of course can only mean one's November. The month of fireworks, Christmas markets, Christmas shopping and cosy nights in by the fire. Weirdly enough, Bonfire Night is one of my favourite nights of the year and I'm not even sure why. There's just something so special about fireworks and I love piling on the layers and standing out in the freezing cold watching them. I've got so many exciting things lined up for next few months and I can't wait to blog about them all so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Oh and I'm also having Secrets of a Rose completely revamped so a new layout is on it's way very soon! This month though, I've tried out so many new makeup bits and bobs but I've fallen head over heels for these 5 beauty treats. They're seriously amazing guys...

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

REVIEW: Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation & Setting Powder

As a huge fan of Vichy, I was so excited when the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation and Setting Powder arrived in the post. Their Corrective Cream Stick (buy here) is my holy grail concealer and one I rely on when it comes to bad skin days as it hides even the ugliest of blemishes and lasts all day long. It's seriously amaaazing. However, I'd never actually branched out and tried any of the other products from the Vichy range until now and after a few weeks of trying the Corrective Foundation and Setting Powder pretty much everyday, I think it's safe to say I've been seriously missing out. If you're looking for an affordable foundation that conceals all your imperfections, provides a flawless finish without the mask-like feel and well, is just generally amazing, come and have a read...

Monday, 19 October 2015

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

As soon as I saw a picture of Sleek's latest addition; the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette, I just knew I needed it in my life. Eagerly awaiting it's arrival in store, as soon as I heard it had hit Boots, I headed straight there and managed to bag one of the last ones on the shelf. As a girl who is completely obsessed with highlighters (my highlighter collection has a makeup bag of it's own...), I fell in love with the gorgeous shimmery shades in the Solstice palette almost instantly and I couldn't wait to get it home to try it out for myself. 

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

A Weekend in London: Sightseeing, Shopping & Afternoon Tea at Oscar Wilde Bar

Not having a clue what to get my boyfriend for his birthday (why are guys so tricky?!), I eventually decided to surprise him with a weekend in London. I wanted to make it extra special so I didn't tell him anything about the weekend other than where we were heading. I loveee London. Although I have what I can only describe as a tube phobia, you can't beat the capital when it comes to shopping, great food and nightlife and so it's always a bit of a treat to head down south. Arriving at the train station in Leeds and heading to the first class carriage, we began a weekend of birthday celebrations.... 

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...
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