1 December 2014

goodbye Ted

Sadly on the 17th of November my little hamster Teddy Bear suddenly passed away. It was an awful shock and really affected me more than I expected. He was such a sweet little man, so gentle and friendly. He provided me with hours of entertainment and I absolutely adored him. I just wanted to do a little post dedicated to him with my favourite photos, so I can come back and look at when ever I feel down.



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30 November 2014

iconemesis phone case



As you all know I absolutely love rabbits and I'm addicted to buying iPhone cases, so when Iconemesis contacted me asking if I would like to choose one of their phone cases I obviously had to pick one of Fifi Lapin's designs! Fifi makes beautiful art work focusing around super trendy bunnies (check out her blog here). There are lots of other artists work that you can get phone cases of, such as Gemma Correll who has cute pug designs, Lily X with gorgeous food collages and Boyarde Messenger with fab pop art inspired designs! It was such a hard decision to choose this phone case as I loved all of Fifi's designs, but I'm so glad I chose this one. It is so perfect and I've got so many compliments on it. The quality of Iconemesis phone cases are amazing, they are made with such thick material that protect your phone really well, I've accidentally dropped min a few times since having this case and my phone is still healthy! There is a glossy coating on the case which protects the design so it is not going to fade or rub off. The design goes all the way around the case onto the sides which most phone cases don't do! I think this just finishes off the case nicely and makes it look a lot more expensive than it is! For the iPhone 5s this case costs £19.99 and varies for which type of phone you have, but they currently are on offer with 50% off, now would be a good time to get one if you're interested!
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7 November 2014

jewel candle - sweet cupcake & giveaway



Two of my favourite things have came together and joined as one! Jewel candle is a candle with a piece of jewellery inside it! How amazing is this idea?! Inside every candle there is piece of 925 sterling silver jewellery and you can choose between ear rings or a ring. You don't know what style of jewellery you're going to get in your candle and each one is worth from £10 to up to £250. It takes about 10-15 hours of burning your candle until you get down to your jewel, the piece of jewellery is inside a heat resistant foil to protect it, the idea is to wait for it to come to the surface but I was impatient and scooped mine out. The candle itself smells amazing and not at all artificial. The candles are all handmade with natural products and come in a large variety of scents. Jewel Candle have just came out with their Christmas scents which look amazing! They would make for a perfect gift! The only thing I would like more would be if they had the option of gold jewellery as I personally much prefer it.

If you're interested in purchasing one of these candles you can use my discount code 'calvirose10' to get 10% off!

From 5pm on Friday the 7th - 14th of November I am running a giveaway on my instagram with Jewel Candle where you can have the chance of winning one for yourself, for more information make sure you check out my instagram (@calvirose) - UK residents only.

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5 November 2014

younique 3D fiber lash mascara


Ever since starting to wear make up in my early teens I have been conscious of my eyelashes. I longed for long dark fluttery lashes but unfortunately mine are nearly non existent! I quite often get clumps of eyelashes falling out and leaving gaps along my lash line which looks so weird, so when Jess from Younique contacted me asking if I fancied trying their 3D fibre lash mascara my prayers were answered! I have tried loads of different mascaras over the years and none of them really wowed me apart from the Benefit They're Real mascara, that is the only mascara that seems to make my eyelashes look half decent. Jess explained to me that the concept of the 3D fibre lash mascara was to make you look like you're wearing false eyelashes or eyelash extensions without having to undergo the tricky stage of applying them. 


The mascara consists of two products, the transplanting gel, which is quite like a normal mascara but it is a wetter consistency to ensure that the fibres attach onto your lashes. You also get a tube of the fibres, these fibres are made from 100% natural green tea fibres. At first I was worried about putting these near my eyes as I always get my rabbits fur in my eyes and it is so irritating, but you can not feel the fibres at all. They are so soft and really make your eyelashes look so much thicker. 

You can use the product on its own or over your favourite mascara, I tried both techniques and below are my results


First of all I tried out the product on its own, I curled my eyelashes and as you can see they are so short and barely even noticeable! I then applied one coat of the transplanting gel from the 3D lashes kit and before that has a chance to dry you apply the fibres. Applying the fibres is simple, it is just like applying mascara. I found the best technique for me was to coat the back and front of my eyelashes, this really increased the volume. Then you seal in the fibres with another coat of the transplanting gel, I've found that waiting until the first coat of gel and fibres are dry, then sealing them in works better than putting another coat of gel on straight away. I think this is because the fibres will be stuck into the gel and dried they won't just slip back off your lashes when applying another coat. You could leave it as that, just applying one coat of the fibres or you can apply as many coats as you would like, it all depends on your personal preference and how dramatic you are wanting to go. I applied two coats as that is usually how many coats of my normal mascara I would apply.


On my other eye I tried it on top of my normal mascara (Benefit they're real - which is almost empty) I curled my eyelashes again and as I was saying before how I get gaps in my eyelashes, I actually have a gap going on at the moment, right in the middle the eyelashes are much shorter than the rest of my lashes. My benefit mascara didn't make them blend in, if anything it made the gap more exaggerated. I did the same as before and applied two coats of the fibre lashes and the results are amazing! It totally concealed where my lashes were missing and made them really defined and dark.

I think I prefer how the 3D fibre lash mascara looks on top of my normal mascara as they look darker and more defined. But both ways produces amazing results!

If you want to get your hands on this mascara you can purchase it from Jess' website here, or email her directly for more information - jessevansyounique@hotmail.com. They are currently available to buy in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
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17 October 2014

purple plaid


jacket - topshop
shirt - new look
jeans - miss selfridge 
boots - topshop

First of all I absolutely hate the first photo, it makes me feel sick to even think about people seeing it but I'm sick of cutting my head off full length photos because it just looks even more ridiculous than my actual face. So if you could please try to ignore my horridly round face today that would be fabulous!

I have been trying to dress 'smarter' and put more effort into my appearance and outfits lately because college just has me wanting to dress in t-shirts, jeans and a hoodie but when ever I wear them, although I feel so comfy, I always feel like an absolute tramp so I can't win! This day I thought I looked a tiny bit more put together, even though I'm still wearing jeans I think my boots make the whole outfit look a slight bit better! I bought these boots recently and I love them! I feel so much better in boots rather than converse! Im pretty sure all I've been wearing for possibly a year is converse, I think this is why I always felt so undone. Anyway this outfit looked much better in my mirror but on these photos it looks still kind of casual so I really have no idea if this is even a decent outfit post haha! Oh well enough complaining, I hope you enjoyed it anyway, I will speak to you all soon!
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12 October 2014

my hair care routine

Hello everyone, this post is going to be my hair care routine, I promised to do this months ago but never got round to it, but it is finally here! This post will include general information about my hair and a bit of my hair history, the products I use on it and how I style it.



My Hair

How it is
My hair is naturally quite thick, wavy and very textured it's really lovely when I can control the frizz, the underneath section is the best, it's goes into really smooth glossy waves but the top section doesn't curl as much and can go quite frizzy and poofy. I have to sleep on it when it's wet to get it to all go nice and wavy. I don't often let my hair be natural because it's quite a hassle to get it to go right so I usually just do that in the summer.


Colour
I have dyed my hair since I was 13 I started off with a few highlights and gradually built up to being totally blonde, I loved it for a while but in the past 3 or so years I haven't liked it as blonde so much, so I would keep going back and forth from my natural colour which is a very dark blonde / light brown weird in the middle colour, to being a very light blonde. I don't think being a dark brown colour suits me, I personally don't think really bright blonde suits my skin colour either, I think warmer colours like caramel and honey colours look best on me. The sun on holiday this year really lightened my hair and at the moment it is lighter than I would like.
I would say my hair is relatively healthy, it's gone through some major colour changes like when I kept wanting to be brown when I was blonde or blonde when I was brown it managed to keep in good condition even when it was being put through a lot of colour changes.
I used to get my hair dyed at a hairdressers but they never got it how I wanted it would either go to dark or to light I couldn't win. Recently I've been getting my cousin to do it who is a hairdresser, but my cousin does it perfectly, exactly how I want, were on the same wavelength when it comes to colour!

Cut/style
As for the cut, I have been growing my hair out for as long as I can remember, I've always wanted super long hair and been jealous of those who did have long hair. The last major cut I got was in 2008 and I got a bob and I've been trying to grow it ever since. I used to have a heavy side parting with a side fringe, you know when they were all the range, pretty much every one in my high school had that hair style with like short layers as well I remember me and my friends trying to get 'scene' hair, I'm so glad I never managed to get my hair as big as I had wanted it! In 2012 to be precise I changed my parting to a middle one and have stuck with it ever since, I think it looks so much better on my face shape and I really like it.
I don't have layers any more my hair is pretty much all one length, just the front bits are a bit shorter than the rest to frame my face.

How often I get it cut/coloured
I am really bad when it comes to maintaining my hairs appearance, I only get it cut about two times a year, which you could say is bad but my hair isn't too damaged so I think I can get away with it! I usually get it cut before Christmas and before I go on a summer holiday. I really don't like getting my hair cut as even an inch off the ends feels like loads to me! I love the look of roots so I don't get it coloured regularly, usually 4-5 times a year. I try to wait as long as possible before washing my hair, I can usually last about 3-4 days with out washing it (with the help of dry shampoo) but that is because as I'm sure you all know it is not good to wash your hair too often. I think not washing it as much has helped me keep it in a good condition and helped with growing it. I no longer straighten my hair with straighteners, I just blow-dry it straight once after washing and curl it once or twice between washes, that is all the heat I use on my hair.


Products



Ever since I went cruelty free I've been waiting to switch to Lush hair products, I just had to use up all of the shampoo and conditioner that I already had, I have finally done that and now only use their products. My favourite things are the shampoo bars, they're just like a bar of soap for your hair! All you do is wet your hair, wet the bar and rub it on your hair, the lather you can get off them is incredible! (Heres a video to show you how) The two I have currently are Jumping Juniper and Ultimate Shine. Every time I wash my hair I switch up which shampoo I use, I use Ultimate Shine when I want really sleek soft hair and I use Jumping Juniper for when I want more of a textured look. I have been converted to the shampoo bars as they clean your hair so well, they leave your hair squeaky clean and I haven't been able to get a clean like that for ages with liquid shampoos. Not only are they made with a lot more natural ingredients than most shampoos, they are the equivalent to 3 bottles of shampoo, which will save you money and save on the use of plastic bottles!



My current conditioner is 'Veganese', even though it is a light formula it still moisturises your hair extremely well! I only put this on the lengths and ends of my hair to avoid weighing down my roots but I'm sure since this is so light you could get away with using it higher up your hair as well, I just prefer to keep all conditioners away from my roots. The smell is so fresh and clean it matches which ever shampoo you want to use. My hair can get really tangly and this helps with detangling it a lot!



These are my 'sunday' shampoo and conditioner, I use a clarifying and detoxing shampoo once a week to rid my hair of any buildup and excess products that I may have put in. This just totally takes your hair back to being fully restored and basically naked of any thing, with out striping it of goodness. The brand 'Naked' is cruelty free also and have a lot of vegan products, they always use natural ingredients which is why I think my hair benefits from using it so much! I use a hair mask or deep conditioner once a week along with the clarifying shampoo just to keep my hair in good condition. The one I am using currently is by Bleach London and you can instantly feel how much softer your hair is went washing it out!


naked little miracle | bumble and bumble undressing creme

These are the products I use after I get out of the shower, these change all the time and I don't usually go back to the same one when I have ran out of it but I am cuttingly using the Naked little miracle leave in conditioner and occasionally I add in some Bumble and Bumble undressing creme when I want texture and volume. 



I brush my hair with a tangle teezer, my hair can get very knotty so this is a total life saver. In between washes I use Batiste dry shampoo, I like the 'blush' version as feel like this one is the only one which gets rid of excess grease the most.

Tools 


To blow dry my hair I use a Nicky Clarke hair dryer with the thin nossle on the end, I use a wide toothed comb and a round bristle brush to dry it straight and sleek. I also use hair clips when sectioning my hair.



The curlers I use are the Babyliss Boutique Waves and the Enrapture Totem Styler. My favourite is the Enrapture Totem Styler as you can achieve so many different styles of curls with it! As it has 3 sections to the barrel you can choose how hot you want each of them to create amazing curls. I usually keep mine on settings 221.


What I do


As you can see after a few days my hair gets very tatty underneath and at the back of my head, before I go in the shower I brush it all out with the Tangle Teezer this makes it much easier to manage once it is washed.


Once I have got out of the shower I roughly blow dry it until it is about 95% dry.


I will then section off my hair and concentrate on the underneath section


I then use a round bristle brush and on the highest heat setting I blow dry it straight. I learned how to do this by watching Lauren Elizabeths hair routine video.

I do the same on the rest of my hair and it is finished! I usually then just leave it as it is or curl it depending on how I feel.


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10 October 2014

favourite autumn nail varnish


purple grey | red red wine | beccas brown | nude beige | utopia

Autumnal colours are my all time favourite, I love especially olive, nudes, deep purples and reds. The majority of my nail varnish collection is made up of models own polishes and they have some beautiful autumn colours. My favourite five are, purple grey, red red wine, beccas brown, nude beige and utopia. They are all such unique colours, my favourite being 'utopia'. It is the loveliest pale lilac/white/grey colour, so unusual but beautiful! Like I have said hundreds of times before, Models Own polishes are such good quality, they are extremely opaque and can last me 8-10 days before having to reapply, and they're only £5 each, you can't go wrong! This post is so short but I'm not really sure what else to say, I just mainly wanted to share my top autumn nail varnish picks with you! What are your favourite autumn nail colours?
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5 October 2014

I'm quitting youtube? an explanation


Hi everyone, I feel like I just need to explain things that are going to be happening and what I am doing, to you all and to just get it all planed out in my head so the things I have planned can run smoothly.

I started blogging when I was 15 years old, I'm now 20 and a lot has changed in that time, my style, my interests, what I want to do with my life and how I view the world. I would say I haven't blogged consistently since summer 2012. I think this is because of the changes I have gone through and whenever I blogged, it didn't feel like me.

I started a youtube channel last year and I didn't plan on doing make up tutorials, hair styles, fashion videos and hauls because I am not good at make up, my hair always looks the same, I am not at all fashionable and I don't go shopping for loads of things regularly. So I thought I would make different videos, I'm not even sure what kind of videos I was thinking of making at the time I just wanted to make a youtube channel to go along with my blog.

So because I didn't know what I wanted to do I just kind of went along with the flow and made those kinds of videos because I thought thats what people would most like to watch even though I didn't really feel comfortable making them. I am a huge perfectionist so when I made these types of videos I felt so uncomfortable as I felt they were really rubbish. Over the past few months I did think about stopping making videos all together, when ever I post a new video I always feel really anxious and embarrassed by them and that definitely isn't how I feel when I post a blog post. Blogging feels a lot more natural to me and I love writing, I feel like I can explain myself a lot more than when I speak out loud.

Making videos doesn't make me feel as good as blogging does, I can blog on the go, when I am out and about I can type up blog posts on my phone, currently since I am so busy with college this is much easier and less stressful for me. I'm not saying I am completely quitting youtube forever, just don't expect constant videos from me at the moment. Since it is a big process creating videos, you have to film them, edit them (which can take me days) and upload them, I feel like if I concentrated on youtube my college work would suffer dramatically. Last year I got a distinction star for my work and I want to keep up that high level of achievement this year, I absolutely love my course and I don't want to ruin all my hard work concentrating on something that doesn't make me feel good.

I feel like I need to concentrate on one or the other and I've tried YouTube and it's just not for me, I'm going to just post when ever I feel like it, those videos will mainly be in a vlog style. I'm sorry for those who liked my videos but I'm pretty sure I can make what ever video you wanted to see into a blog post.

Im wanting to get back into blogging and lean more towards the lifestyle side of blogging, and talk about my bunnies and hamster because these are the things I care about more than make up etc. Obviously I will still include beauty posts because I do still like that side of it, there will just be more of a variety of posts.

I hope this has all made sense! I just felt the need to let you all know how I'm feeling and I generally think I will feel better for letting this all out! Thank you for your support and encouragement it is much appreciated!
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23 September 2014

hello autumn

As much as I love summer I can't wait for crisp cold mornings, dark nights where you can see the stars sparkling and drinking endless amounts of hot chocolate. One of my favourite things to do for the beginning of autumn is make my bedroom a lot more cozy, warm and just overall more autumnal looking. One of the ways I do this by adding fairy lights and lots of cushions and throws over my bed.


This year I have the cutest bedding ever, it is from Primark and it is their woodland animal pattern, to me this is the ultimate autumn bedding! The cream throw is from Ikea and the grey throw is also from Primark. 


Another thing I love about this time of year is that it will be Christmas soon, meaning seasonal starbucks drinks, such a typical thing to say! I don't drink coffee or tea so even just adding cinnamon or nutmeg into soy hot chocolates make me feel super festive and cozy.


I recently bought these PJ's from Primark, these don't scream autumn but the style and material do! They are made out of a thick cozy material which will keep you warm through those crisp nights. Primark have loads of patterns in this style of pyjamas, I just got the Disney Thumper style as I love bunnies!


I never feel like burning candles in the summer but now the time has come to get burning! I have recently bought some new scents, my personal favourite being November Rain. I bought a mixture of end of summer and typical autumn scents, I feel like these are a nice mixture for coming into autumn and will all compliment each other well, scent wise. 


I received this book from my cousins boyfriend for my birthday in August, and I literally couldn't be happier with it. It is all about British wildlife with incredible photography, I am really into wildlife photography so this book is very inspirational to me and I just love looking at the amazing beautiful animals that we have in Britain. I definitely think I want to help with wildlife conservation in the future so this book is very helpful for learning about animals that I've never really heard about. This autumn I am going to get out into the country side and explore nature and try to see some animals while practicing my photography skills. Wrapping up warm and getting outdoors taking photos of beautiful scenery then coming back to a lovely hot chocolate, nothing could be better!
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