The Monthly Meow: Evanger’s Nothing But Natural Gently Dried Beef Heart Treats

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Welcome back to the next installment of The Monthly Meow! Can you believe we’ve been doing these for almost a year? Crazy!

If you’re not familiar, The Monthly Meow is when we review a product for our feline friends, courtesy of Chewy.com and my cat, Daechir.

This month we’ll we talking about the Evanger’s Gently Dried Beef Heart Treats.* These are not only for cats, but dogs and ferrets.

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This 3.5 oz bag retails for $8.39 on Chewy.com, very fair for 100% whole meat hand cut treats, in my opinion.

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As you can see, the only ingredient is beef heart, which is exactly what I want to see from pet treats.  Now, let’s look at some of the benefits listed from Chewy.com.

  • Single ingredient beef hearts are nutrient dense treats that can be a treat, training award, food topper, or reconstituted in warm water for 3-5 minutes for a savory snack.
  • Grain-free, gluten-free product, endorsed by the cRc Kosher for Passover.
  • No additives or artificial ingredients
  • Highly palatable treats are perfect for finicky or picky pets
  • Suitable for both dogs & cats  

Now I initially thought ‘gently dried’ meant that they would still have a bit of softness to them, and completely neglected the fact that they say “extra crunchy” on the front of the package. Let me tell you, that is 100% true. These say they can be reconstituted in warm water, but it didn’t really work for me.

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Because of the extreme crunchiness, Daechir just really didn’t have any interest in them. She would maybe lick them, but they were just a little much for her. However, the dogs LOVED these. They absolutely couldn’t get enough, and loved the super crunchy texture. So if your cat (or pet) has dental issues, I wouldn’t recommend this for them. But for our 7 month old puppies, these were a smash hit.

As you can see in the photo, these are actually very large treats. Before giving them to the dogs I would snap them in half, because one per each seems like a lot to me and a possible choking hazard, but that’s up to your discretion.  If your dogs don’t double as Dysons, that may not be a concern to you.

Overall, my cat had zero interest in these. But, I think they’re an excellent value for quality, and the puppies were head over heels for these super crunchy beef heart chunks. Even though Daechir wasn’t a fan, I still give these a big thumbs up, and am interested in trying more from Evangers.

 

And with that, we’ll end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have, be sure to subscribe to see more like this.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Treats were sent to me by Chewy.com for an honest review.

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Growing Up With Chewy: True Chews Sirloin Steak Dog Treats

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Welcome back to another installment of Growing Up With Chewy, where we take a look at how our Rottweiler/Mastiff puppies are growing, and talk about a puppy product courtesy of Chewy.com!

We did miss December, but it’s 2017 and we’re back! So let’s take a look at the stars of this post.

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The puppies are now 7 months old! It’s so hard to believe it. Jefferson (AKA Fat Baby) is weighing in at a whopping 67 lbs! Saoirse is slightly more petite at 48.6 lbs. Jefferson is very talkative and still convinced that he’s a lap dog. We just don’t have the heart to tell him he’s not. Saoirse is the most intense cuddler on the planet. They have learned how to open the porch door and let themselves in and out into the yard as they please. Needless to say, they have very big personalities and even bigger appetites. For fun, let’s compare the puppies from the first GUWC post to now.

saoirse then and onw.jpg I honestly can’t believe Saoirse was ever this tiny!

jefferson then and now.jpg Jefferson is still just as handsome as ever, and has finally grown into his ears and jowls!

Speaking of appetites, our product to review this month is the True Chews Sirloin Steak Dog Treats.*

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This is the mini 4 oz bag, but this comes in a 12 oz option ($8.79) and a 22 oz option ($17.47).

The benefits are described as follows: (copied from Chewy.com)

  • Made with real steak
  • Delicious aroma & tender, chewy texture dogs love
  • Easy to tear for treating convenience
  • Convenient re-sealable bags for freshness
  • No grains, corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors or fillers

And a look at the ingredients.

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As you can see by the ingredients, all claims they made are true. No artificial colors or flavors. I would consider ground potatoes a filler, but it’s not an ingredient that bothers me. So big thumbs up there!

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Let’s just address the elephant in the room, there was no attractive way to photograph this treat. This is torn in half, which is how I fed it to the dogs. As you can see, this is real meat. For an affordable treat, I really wasn’t expecting to see such high quality come from it.

The dogs really loved these treats. To be fair, they’re not exactly very picky. But they heard the bag rustle from a mile away and came running. I’m telling you, depending on the day, a hurricane could destroy our home and they wouldn’t wake up, but they hear anything that even remotely sounds like food and they’re right at your heels.

To sum it all up, I think these are great. They’re very affordable and high quality. I’m really interested to try more from this brand! If you’re considering a fun new treat for your furry friend, look no further!

And with that, we end today’s post. Thank you for reading, and if you like Growing Up With Chewy, subscribe for a new puppy post once a month!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. This product was sent to me via Chewy.com for an honest review.

 

 

Best In Beauty 2016 – Top 5 Best Skincare!

Welcome back to the final installment of my Best In  Beauty 2016 miniseries. We’ve already done top 5 best makeup products,5 worst makeup products, and today will be my top 5 skincare products. as I’ve mentioned in the previous two posts, I am limiting myself to either new releases of 2016, or products I’ve discovered in 2016, so let’s dive right in to number five.

#5 – Little Pea Soaps Tunnel Vision Coffee Body Frosting.  

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This is a really unique body moisturizer. It actually has the texture of cake frosting, which I think is really cool. The scented version smells like maple bar donuts, and this makes my skin feel absolutely amazing.  It’s so incredibly hydrating without being greasy at all. If you can’t tell by my blog name, I live in Montana. And it’s cold out here. Like super cold. It was -26 F when I took this photo, not including wind chill.

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Point being, my skin is already naturally very dry, and the unending winter doesn’t exactly help the situation. This has really helped my skin stay nice and smooth during the winter, and I highly recommend it to any and everyone. The only reason it’s in my number 5 spot is because I didn’t buy it until December, but it’s a winner nonetheless.

Funny story with this, turns out it’s edible. Our dogs ate a sample of it and I messaged the Little Pea Soaps owner somewhat frantically to make sure we weren’t going to have to induce vomiting or anything for the dogs, and she informed me that she actually makes her products edible because her child and pets have both gotten into them before. Can’t blame them, if I didn’t know better I would eat them too. They look delicious.

#4- Tarte Maracuja Oil  

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(Sample size is $15, full size $48)

If you’ve been here for any length of time, you know that I have very dry skin, so I live for face oils. This one is very expensive, but really makes a big difference with the hydration and texture of my skin. I am die hard for my jojoba oil, but this just does something more for my skin that that can’t. If you want a splurge-y skincare product, try this out. I am so dreading when I run out of my current sample because I know I’m going to have to buy more.

#3- L’Oreal Detox & Brighten Charcoal Pure Clay Mask.  

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When I initially did my review of these, this one was by far my favorite, and that hasn’t changed. This mask really helps draw impurities from my skin and leave me with smoother, healthier looking skin. Totally worth the $13!

#2- Replenish Soap Co. Lip Balms.

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These are by far my favorite lip balms I’ve ever used. I’ve gone through 3 tubes since March, and I’m working on my fourth.

They are super hydrating, and really save my lips from the dry weather in Montana. If you’re a lip balm junkie myself, you NEED to try these. Peppermint is my favorite!

And finally, my #1 skincare product is probably something you’ve all seen coming if you’ve been a reader for awhile.

#1 – Little Pea Soaps Breast Milk Rose Clay Charcoal Facial Soap.  

breast milk soap ($10) 

I’ve talked about this ad nauseum, and that’s because it’s truly the best skincare product I have ever encountered. If you’re interested in learning about the very different ingredients in this product, read THIS review.

To sum it up, this does for my skin what no other product can. It hydrates, softens, gets rid of texture, it’s basically magic. When I stop using this, I can see a huge difference in the overall integrity of my skin. If you have dry or mature or if you have skin at all, you need this. It’s currently out of stock, but I’m hoping it’ll be back soon!

And with that, we end today’s post and this miniseries. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my favorite (and least favorite) products of this year. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for the beauty world.

Thank you so much for reading today’s post, and if you’ve liked it, be sure to subscribe to make sure you never miss a post.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy 2017!

-Samantha

 

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Best In Beauty 2016 – 5 WORST Products!

Welcome back to my Best In Beauty 2016 miniseries!

Last time, we covered my Top 5 Best Products of 2016, and today we’ll be talking about the 5 worst products I discovered this past year. I’m limiting myself to products that were new releases in 2016, or were new to me. We’ll count down from 5 to my  number one worst product, so let’s get started!

#5 – Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)

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(Sample size; $30 for full size)

I feel like I may be one of the few people with this opinion in the beauty community.

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The meme says it all. They go on super creamy and pigmented, but for a cream lipstick, dry my lips out so badly. I wore this for about 4 hours one day and had to take it off because of how incredibly uncomfortable it was.

Now you’d think that since it’s so dry, it would have good lasting power. Wrong. It lasted maybe two hours with no eating or drinking. I had to reapply, which just made my lips feel even worse.

For $30, I expect so much more out of a lipstick. I have affordable lip products that perform better than this does.

Maybe it’s just the shade I have, but I’m not in a hurry to try any other shades, that’s for sure.

#4 – TheBalm Mad Lash Mascara

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This mascara really doesn’t look that bad on my lashes, my issue with it is how it makes my lashes feel. This makes my lashes feel so crunchy and stiff. And it smudges and flakes horribly. If you read my last post, you’ll know that my favorite mascara is the Covergirl Super Sizer Fibers, and it’s much better than this one. Save your money!

#3 – Covergirl TruNaked Palette (Goldens)

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These received really good reviews, but this one in particular really left me unimpressed.

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It’s not that the colors are necessarily bad, but once you start blending it really just becomes a muddy mess. And for $12 for a drugstore palette, nope. Hard pass on this one.

#2 – Elf Cosmetics Acne Fighting Foundation 

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A lot of people really love this for a good affordable, full coverage foundation. Not only was this not even remotely full coverage, it was so cakey. It made my skin just look and feel gross. Elf makes much better foundations than this one (Moisturizing stick, Flawless Finish). Unless you want a light medium coverage and you have very oily skin, this will probably not look great on you. And the shade range is awful, to top it all off.

And now, my number one fail of 2016.

#1 – Coty Airspun Extra Coverage Translucent Powder.

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This is an old, cult classic powder. I bought this specifically for baking the smile lines of my mouth and what a huge mistake. Not only does this smell absolutely disgusting (there is an unscented version, but it isn’t easy to find) it’s super cakey and breaks me out. If you’ve got very oily skin, maybe this would be okay for you. But for me, this was by far the biggest loser of 2016.

 

And with that, we end today’s post! Stay tuned, because the last installment of this miniseries will be my top 5 favorite skincare products of the year.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

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Best In Beauty 2016 – Top 5 Best Products!

Welcome back!

Since 2016 has (finally) come and gone, let’s talk about my top 5 favorite products of this year. Narrowing it down to only 5 products was a huge challenge to me, but that’s how you find what products are truly your favorites, by what pops into your head first.

This is totally inspired by Emilynoel83‘s annual  Emily Awards. If you’ve never watched those, you’re so missing out!

There will be 3 posts in this “Best In Beauty 2016” miniseries; this one, 5 worst products, and top 5 skincare products. I’m only including products that were either new releases in 2016, or products I discovered in 2016. We will count down from #5 all the way to my #1 recommendation, so let’s get started!

 

#5 – Manic Panic Dreamtone Foundation (Vampire White) 

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The only reason this takes the bottom place in my top 5 is because it snuck in at the very end of the year. This is a pure white foundation that I use to lighten foundations that are too dark for me. If you’re very fair skinned like myself, 9 times out of 10 the lightest foundation in a range is not light enough. This product has helped me get so much more use out of my foundations, and I no longer have to limit myself to the brands that do cater to my skintone.

before and after mixer.jpg (Before and after using 1 pump of Dreamtone in the LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation in “Porcelain”…don’t mind the cat scratches.)

I don’t find that this alters the formula of my foundations, it only changes the color. If you’re a pale girl, this is an essential product that you need to have in your arsenal.

 

#4- Too Faced Lip Injections Extreme Gloss 

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This is not a product I would ever have seen myself loving. I personally think my lips are fine and don’t really feel the need for a plumping gloss. However, I received this in an Ipsy bag and cannot stop using it. I put it on while I’m doing my makeup and it does plump a bit, but it leaves my lips feeling hydrated, and helps reduce the appearance of lines in my lips. If you’re someone who wears a lot of matte liquid lipsticks, you know that any little line in your lips is greatly exaggerated by them.  Putting this product on beforehand just really helps solve the issue of lip products sinking into lines. I have to say, I think after using this continually for several months now, I’m seeing actual permanent results. My lips are just more plump and smoother than they were before.

As for the pain level of this product, I would rate it at a zero. I feel no pain at all, and actually really enjoy the tingling sensation I get from it. If you’ve got very sensitive lips, this may not be for you, but otherwise, I think you’d be fine. If you’re in the market for a product like this, definitely go try this one!

 

#3- Too Faced Born This Way Concealer.  

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I’ve already done a full, in depth review of this product, so I won’t rattle on about it. To sum it up, this has excellent coverage,is very hydrating, and lasts all day on my under eyes.

btw before and after (Before and after using Born This Way Concealer) 

This does retail for $28, but I absolutely think it’s worth it. If you’ve got very dry or mature skin, I think this would be an excellent concealer for you. My only gripe is that the shade range is seriously lacking. I have the shade “Very Fair” and its not light enough to highlight on me, and come dead of winter it’s a little dark. But I love it nonetheless!

#2 – Covergirl Super Sizer Fibers Mascara.   

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Again, this is another product I have reviewed, so if you want more information about this product, check that out.  This has become my absolute favorite mascara. Nothing gives me more length and volume than this one can.

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As you can see from this before and after, this mascara is no joke. It stays all day without smudging or flaking, and I honestly can’t say I’ve ever used another mascara that even compares to this one.

And finally, my number one product of 2016.

 

#1 – Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette.  

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I have raved endlessly about this palette (review here), just like many others have. And that is because this is by far the best palette I own. The quality is phenomenal, every single shade performs just like it looks in the pan, and I find myself wanting to use this and only this every day. Palettes are my weakness when it comes to makeup, and I haven’t even felt the urge to buy a new one since I bought this.

If there was only one product I could recommend to you, it would be this. Go pick it up, you will NOT regret it.

And those are my top 5  best products of 2016. I cannot wait to see what kind of releases 2017 will hold for us!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and stay tuned for my 5 WORST products coming next!

Happy New Year, and thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored, some links are affiliates.