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Last Minute Gift Ideas… For Your Cat!

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With only three sleeps to go until Christmas Day, I’m sure we’ve all got our shopping pretty much done and dusted by now.  But have you forgotten anyone?  What about your pets?  I always, always buy my pets a couple of little treats at Christmas, and this year I was kindly gifted a few bits and pieces by Pets at Home to give to my cats, Moo and Moth.  Here’s what they received, and here’s what the cats think of them…

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Door Hanging Santa Face – £6.00 / Reindeer Cat Teaser – £3.00 / Webbox Cats Delight Tasty Sticks – £1.00 / Catnip Flavoured Santa – £2.50

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Moth always loves chasing anything dangly, so her favourite toy is the Reindeer Teaser, even if she’s too lazy to get up off the sofa to play with it!  This toy seems quite robust so hopefully it will last a bit longer than their toys usually do, and at £3.00 it’s reasonably priced too.

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The Door Hanging Santa Face is a firm favourite with Moo, although we aren’t too keen on having his claws near the wooden door, so we hold it up for him instead!  This toy is quite large and has multiple, well made strands hanging from it that the cats love to attack, as you can see.  This one costs a bit more at £6, but given its size and quality it’s well worth it.

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The cats have had these Webbox treat sticks before and they always enjoy them.  They even pull them out of the packet themselves if you open it for them first!  I can’t find these on the Pets at Home website but I think they come in at £1 a pack, which if you don’t want to spend much is ideal.

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When I first opened this Santa treat all hell broke loose!  It’s catnip flavoured and the cats could smell it straight away, and were all over the packaging whilst I photographed it.  When I gave it to them they pounced on it and had a nice little munch before I took it away from them.  They can have more of that at a later date!  These are £2.50 each and they’re a good size, and will last a while if you limit how much you give at a time.  It’s such a good idea too, being able to give your pet a ‘chocolate’ santa at Christmas along with the rest of the family.

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Pets at Home also have a fab Cat Christmas Stocking available for £5.00, which contains a few toy mice, balls and pom-poms, two packets of treats and a carton of cat milk, as well as other gifts for cats, dogs and small pets, to suit all budgets.  So, if you still need to pick up some Christmas presents for your pets, Pets at Home is the place to go!

Naomi x

*These Pets at Home cat Christmas gifts were sent to me for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Batcat Necklace from TrueCutie

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Earlier this week I received a very special delivery in the post from a fantastic independent jewellery brand called TrueCutie.  TrueCutie is owned by Chatch, who has been making and selling cute, kawaii inspired jewellery and accessories since 2011, and she is extremely talented.  Chatch and I had been talking on Twitter, and she offered to create a piece for me to review based on my suggestions, and what I gave her to work with was bats and cats.  In no time at all, Chatch had worked her magic and made me an absolutely gorgeous Batcat hybrid necklace, and I couldn’t be happier with him!

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Batcat is extremely well made, and it is obvious that Chatch puts a lot of love and care into her work.  He is also very detailed, with heart melting eyes, blushing cheeks, pink ears, a quiff of hair and a curly tail, all of which add to the little guy’s cuteness.  The pendant is quite large (around 1 inch high and 1.5 inches wide), and comes on a 24 inch chain, so it really makes a statement.  I really like how the necklace sits too, as the angle of the bat wings keep Batcat straight, and the length of the chain means he hangs quite low.

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The necklace is also really versatile.  I think it looks great with bright, colourful clothing, such as the dress pictured above, but it also works well with plain outfits and helps to jazz them up a bit, adding a fun, quirky edge.

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Because Chatch’s accessories are all handmade, they are all unique.  She is also happy to do commissions so you really can have a one of a kind piece that is special to you, which is hard to find these days in a world of high street monotony!  Every time I wear Batcat I get so many compliments, and people always ask me where I got him from because they’ve never seen anything like him before, which is what I love about wearing individual pieces.  I just love him so much!

If you want some TrueCutie goodies for yourself, or as a gift for a loved one, you can view the TrueCutie Etsy shop here.  Everything is so reasonably priced (ranging from £2 to around £15), and if you’re looking for a commission you can get in touch with Chatch at cgulashart@gmail.com.  You can also find TrueCutie on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and Chatch will be holding a stall at London Comic Con in May for the first time, which is really exciting!  Chatch is a lovely, friendly girl and her products and service are amazing, so please help support a very gifted maker.  She’ll be making more hybrid pieces soon too, so keep an eye out for those.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the TrueCutie Etsy store.

Fruit Clip

Five-a-Day Fruity Hair Clip – £12

Ice Cream

 Strawberrylicious Ice Cream Cone Necklace – £8.50

Red Crab

Red the Crab Necklace – £7.50

Fondant Fancy

Fondant Fancy Necklace – £10

Which TrueCutie piece do you like best?

Naomi x

Avon Glow Lip Gloss in ‘Ultra Violet’

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For a while now I have been looking for a decent but affordable summer gloss, and whilst browsing the last Avon brochure I came across this one – Avon Glow.  The gloss comes in four shades; Pink Sunset, Ultra Violet (the one I went for), Coral Oasis and Sunskissed Nude, and has an SPF of 15 to give protection from the sun.

As you can see, the packaging is very basic, but sometimes simple is better and I think the gold detail and little sun logo are quite nice and summery.  In the tube and on the brush, the gloss looks quite highly pigmented in a bold pink with purple undertones, but this doesn’t translate onto the lips!

The picture above shows two layers of gloss.  The colour isn’t very strong at all, but it does have a delicate tint to it and a lot of shine, which gives it the ‘glow’ that the name suggests.  I think it’s quite pretty, really.  The Avon brochure says that this gloss ‘gives lips luscious moisture without the stickiness’, but I found it to be quite a bit stickier than a lot of other Avon glosses.  It felt quite thick after two coats, but with one it was just about bearable.  Having said that, it is definitely moisturising and the moisture lasts a long time.

I really like how subtle this gloss is…  It may not be bold, but it is perfect if you want to create a fresh, girly, neutral look.  I wore it on saturday to my friend’s wedding.  If you want to see the look I went for, I posted it about it here.  Though I wouldn’t say this is my ultimate summer gloss, I am very happy with it and would probably repurchase.  All four shades are currently on offer for just £2.99 – turn to page 12 of my personal online brochure to see the offer!

Naomi x

PS. Here is a bonus photo of my kitty, Moth!  She was being nosy whilst I was taking the above photos so I took some of her too :)  She looks a bit bedraggled because we had storms all day and she was prancing about in the rain haha.

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes Break-Out Mask

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This is the third review in my series of Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes reviews, and today I’ll be featuring the Break-Out Mask!

Like most of the Skin Heroes range, the Break-Out Mask comes in a sachet containing two different products.  Stage 1 is the green tinged ‘Cleansing Mud Mask’ (Left), and Stage 2 is the ‘Rapid Action Moisturiser’ (Right).

What hit me first about this mask when I tore open the sachet was the scent.  The Tea Tree and Willowherb smell gorgeously refreshing, almost minty, and are both present due to their calming and soothing properties – exactly what you want from a mask which is meant to reduce break-outs! :)

As the instructions suggest, I washed and cleansed my face before applying the mask.  Once again, I found the sachet contained too much mask for one application… I must have a freakishly tiny face!  Either that or Montagne Jeunesse are very generous.  The mask felt nice and creamy and smoothed on so easily, although I did get a bit messy with blobs of mask in my hair and all over my hands!  I left the mask on for 15 minutes, and took the opportunity to pose for some photos with one of my cats, Moth.

She doesn’t look amused does she? haha.  She approves of Montagne Jeunesse products really though, as they’re all vegetarian and animal friendly!  Approved by the Vegetarian Society, BUAV and PETA :)

The mask had a cooling effect on my skin and felt slightly tingly, but not uncomfortably so.  After 10 minutes, as it dried, it got quite stiff and started to crack.  I was worried it would be difficult to get off because of that, but as soon as I wet it it went creamy again.  Having said that, it did take a while to get off, but after some persistence with a wet flannel my face was left squeaky clean.

I was very pleased with the results after using this mask.  I’ve experienced redness, soreness and tightness after using other mud masks in the past, but other than a fresh, tingly feeling, my face looked and felt fine.  The Rapid Action Moisturiser was a lovely consistency too and settled the tingling down, leaving me with baby soft skin.

This is my favourite Skin Heroes product so far and I would definitely use it again.  If you’d like to try this mask, or any other Montagne Jeunesse skin care products, you can buy them on their website or in ASDA, for just £1.49 (RRP) per sachet.  Trust me – they’re well worth it for a little pampering session!

Naomi x

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