The Monthly Meow : Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain Canned Cat Food

Welcome back!

Today’s post is a personal monthly favorite of mine, The Monthly Meow, where we review a feline product sent to us by Chewy.com!

Before we get into things, let’s take a peek at today’s talent.

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You can see her here in her natural habitat, curled up in a pile of blankets. Something tells me she wasn’t appreciating the impromptu photo shoot.

This month we had the opportunity to try out the Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Canned Food.

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This is available in two options; 3 oz cans in a case of 24 ($17), and 5 oz cans in a case of 24 ($31) on Chewy.com

The key benefits of this food are as follows;

  • Grain-free diet with real salmon, chicken liver and roasted venison
  • Supplemented with vegetables and fruits, this formula delivers antioxidants to help give your furry friend a healthy lifestyle
  • A great-tasting complement to the Rocky Mountain Feline dry formula, or a stand-alone diet for your special cat
  • Perfect combination of animal proteins will provide your cat with ideal protein nutrition for a lean body and optimal amino acid nutrition
  • Lowers carbohydrate intake and increases water intake, both important features in feline nutrition

I’m relatively familiar with Taste Of The Wild, as it’s what we were feeding the puppies before we decided to make the switch to American Journey. The brand is typically known for having very high quality grain free food.

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As you can see, there’s a really interesting array of ingredients. However, the highest concentration of ingredients are all meat and meat products which I greatly appreciate.

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This food isn’t a solid pate as you may think, but actual chunks of meat suspended in a thick broth.

As for the price, this is on par with other foods of this quality.

If you’ve been here for any length of time you’d know Daechir has become exceptionally picky when it comes to food, and I think I figured out why. After doing a little research a lot of people have noticed their cats having addictive responses to Friskies, so as a result of that, Daechir wasn’t super interested in this which I found strange, since something like this is usually right up her alley. Because of that, I take no points away from this food for that and I will be working to wean Daechir off of Friskies. If anyone has any helpful tips on doing so, please let me know!

Check back to my blog in a few weeks, because I’m going to have a kitty guest star try this out and give you his thoughts on this food, along with other things Daechir hasn’t particularly enjoyed in the past.

When it comes to quality and price, this food gets a HUGE thumbs up from me! I’m really a fan of the Taste of the Wild brand. If you have been looking for a good grain free food for your furry friend, this definitely has my seal of approval!

That’ll do it for today’s post, thank you for reading and thank you to Chewy.com for sending this to us!

-Samantha

 

*Post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent via Chewy.com for honest review. No affiliate links used.

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Growing Up With Chewy: Hill’s Science Diet Jerky Snacks

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Welcome back!

Today will be another installment of Growing Up With Chewy, where we check in on how Saoirse and Jefferson are growing and talk about a product specifically for our canine friends.

First things first, let’s take a look at the puppies.

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They’re officially 9 months old now, and Jefferson is weighing in at 80 lbs, while Saoirse has remained a pretty steady weight for some time now. I don’t think Saoirse is really going to get much larger, but that’s okay. Jefferson certainly makes up for what she may lack in size.

 

As for our product this month, we’ll be talking about the Hill’s Science Diet Jerky Snacks*.

Jerky snacks These retail for $3.99 for a 7.1 oz bag on Chewy.com.  

The key benefits are listed as:

  • Real beef is the #1 ingredient, all natural formula
  • Naturally preserved with no corn, artificial colors or flavors
  • Helps build and maintain lean muscle
  • Delicious, natural treats made from only the best ingredients
  • Great taste & great nutrition in perfect harmony  

Right away, this treat appeals to me from an owner’s standpoint on two levels. All natural ingredients, and only $3.99 for a 7 oz bag. Seriously affordable for a quality treat.

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These are a really convenient treat size, especially if you want to take a few with you on a walk or something like that, very portable.

As for the puppies’ thoughts, they really enjoyed these. Possibly more so than other treats we’ve tried recently.

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This was Saoirse’s face when I was photographing the treats, and yes, there was drool involved.

Overall, these are a total hit. Highly affordable price point, great ingredients, and the dogs really enjoyed them. If you have picky snackers, these seem to be very appetizing so they could definitely work for them.

And that’s it for today’s post. Keeping it short and sweet. I hope you’ve enjoyed watching the puppies grow up with us, and thank you to Chewy.com for the opportunity!

-Samantha

 

*Post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent via Chewy.com for an honest review.

American Journey Puppy Food: New Chewy.com Exclusive Brand – Final Thoughts

Welcome back!

Today is the final part of my little miniseries about the new Chewy.com exclusive brand, American Journey.  If you missed parts one and two, they’ll be linked HERE and HERE.

To catch you up to speed, the puppies and I had the awesome opportunity to try this new food, and the puppies really loved it!

jeffy eating food (Daechir was also interested, apparently) 

I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet, but to sum it all up, we are totally over the moon about this food! Once we ran out of the bag we were sent, the puppies really had less of an interest in the food they had previously been eating. Even now, they’re not even remotely as excited come meal time as they were when they were eating this.

In my follow up post I noted that the puppies’ coats had become incredibly shiny, and after the American Journey food had run out, their shininess has actually diminished since not eating it.

The price point for this food is on par with what we typically purchase for them, and we’ve decided to start purchasing the American Journey food instead. The puppies loved it, we loved the ingredients, and we saw positive changes in them after eating it. It hits all of our parameters for what we want out of their food, and it’s by far the best food we’ve tried for them!

All in all, this is a fantastic food and I really highly recommend it to any and everyone!

 

Thank you to Chewy.com and American Journey for giving us a chance to try this awesome food out, and thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent to us via Chewy.com for honest review.

American Journey Puppy Food : New Chewy.com Exclusive Brand – Follow Up

Welcome back to Makeup In Montana!

If you missed my first impression and explanation of this new product and the miniseries I’m going on it, please check it out here! 

Today, we’ll be doing a quick follow up on the new Chewy.com exclusive brand, American Journey. If you’ve read my first impression, you’ll know that Jefferson and Saoirse both really enjoyed this food. Enjoyed is probably an understatement, they absolutely adored it!

smiley pupper Few things in life are better than a puppy smile!

The puppies have steadily eaten this food for about a week, and there have been some definite differences to note.

First and foremost, they’re always really excited to eat this food, and they have yet to become complacent about it. Every time the food hits the bowl there are two very happy, smiling puppies around.

They’ve both seemed very energetic, and this food has 2% more crude protein than their food they usually eat, so I’m guessing that the extra protein boost has been giving them a little more energy to work with.  As for digestive changes, nothing to report there.

The biggest change I’ve seen since the puppies have started eating this food is their coats. Both Jefferson and Saoirse have relatively coarse fur with a bit of wave to them. This food has made their coats so incredibly smooth and shiny! I can barely believe how much a difference has been made in a week.

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If you compare past photos of the dogs in previous posts, you would notice that they weren’t nearly as shiny as this! Even in the photo I posted above, you can see that was taken in the house with no direct sunlight and no flash and they’re still so shiny!

So far, we’re incredibly happy with this food and can’t  wait to share my final thoughts with you soon!

Thank you to Chewy.com and American Journey for this opportunity!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent to me for honest review via Chewy.com No affiliate links used.

 

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Worth The Hype?

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Welcome back!

Today is another ‘Worth The Hype’ post, where I talk about a product that has gotten a lot of consumer and media attention and tell you if I really think it’s worth the attention it’s getting.

Today we’ll be talking about the infamous Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder*.

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If you’re new to the beauty community or you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, this powder is used by some of the most prominent beauty influencers and is raved about for being mattifying and setting makeup, as well as being great for use with the baking method.

This is available in two color options (Translucent, Translucent Medium Deep) and retails for a whopping $38. My favorite powder is the Elf Cosmetics Prime & Stay Finishing P0wder, and that’s a $2 powder, so this really has to amaze me in order to actually be considered worth it’s hype and price tag.

For starters, I have very dry skin. I know what you’re saying, “If you have dry skin, why would you review a powder that claims to be mattifying?”. Great question. My answer to it is because I’ve heard people of all skin types raving about this powder, even saying that it works for dry skin. So I’m here to tell you if I find that to be true or not.

As for the packaging, you’re getting 1 oz of product and it comes in your typical sifter jar style packaging. It’s decently convenient and keeps product from getting all over the place. I generally shake some of the powder into the lid of the jar and use from there.

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There is a velour puff available for purchase for $15 that is intended to go with the powder, but I’m really not a fan of it. It packs on way too much product and just makes my skin look very heavy and aged.

A pro to this powder is that it is incredibly finely milled and leaves a very silky feeling on the face. However, I’m gonna say it isn’t worth the hype, at least for my skin type. Every time I apply this as recommended or even lightly with a large powder brush, my skin ends up looking dry and cakey and emphasizing fine lines I never even knew were there to begin with.

I also tried to bake with this (If you’re not familiar, it’s a method of powdering where you heavily pack the powder onto the desired area and leave it to ‘bake’ for 5 or 10 minutes, then brush the excess powder off. The point of this method is to stop creasing and lock your makeup in all day.) and it really looked terrible.

Ultimately I can get use out of this if I use a very small amount, but using it like that really doesn’t make it worth the nearly $40 it goes for, for me.

To sum it all up, if your skin is very oily maybe this will be a good powder for you. But if you’re as dry as I am, I’d steer clear of this.

And on that rather negative note, we end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and be sure to subscribe to receive email notifications of future ‘Worth The  Hype’ posts.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

*This post is not sponsored. I was sent this product for free via Influenster  for review purposes.

 

 

Natural Dog Treats – St. Patrick’s Day Inspired!

Welcome back, or if it’s your first time, welcome to Makeup In Montana!

Taking a detour from our regularly scheduled programming to share a fun St. Patty’s Day recipe for your pups! This is an all natural, organic recipe, so it’s perfect for every doggy (unless they have specific dietary restrictions). Only takes a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, so let’s get started! I originally found this recipe on wholefoodsmarket.com, but did add a few extras.

For ingredients, you’ll need 1 cup of oat flour. I didn’t have any so I put oats in a food processor until they were very finely milled. Along with that, you’ll need 1 banana, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter (I prefer Adam’s Natural crunchy variety, since it doesn’t have any gross chemicals that could hurt your furry friend. 2/3 cup of rolled oats, 1 beaten egg, 1/2 cup of dried parsley, and I decided to up the green-ness of these by pureeing about 5 TBSP of spinach. added a little water to aid in the puree. (Full recipe will be at end of post.)

First things first, peel your banana, throw it into your mixing bowl, and mash it with a fork or potato masher. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

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Once it’s thoroughly mashed, add your oats, oat flour, and parsley and give it a mix.

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Lastly, throw in your spinach (I ended up using about 3 or 4 tablespoons), the beaten egg, and peanut butter. Mix together until it’s a cookie dough consistency.

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If the dough ends up a little sticky, just add a little more oat flour. A little sticky is totally okay though.

Once the dough is to your liking, use a tablespoon measure and ball up the dough, place on your cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

balled up.jpg (Another plus to using the Adam’s peanut butter, real peanuts in it!) 

You can leave them in this form of you so desire, but we just smushed these with the heels of our palms.

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Once you’re done, put these in the oven for 20 minutes starting, then rotate them and put them in for another 10, and rotate again for another 10. Once they’re done baking, leave them to cool.

When they’re done they’ll be slightly browned and crunchy, but not super crunchy. Mature dogs or dogs with dental issues could still eat these! Just do a little less time in the oven for a softer treat.

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These are sure to be a crowd pleaser, and a fun way to incorporate a little ‘green’, without any unnecessary food dyes for St. Patty’s day into your dog’s diet!

Store them in an airtight container or freeze them for later. Just be sure to defrost them before feeding them to your dog.

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As you can see, Saoirse is very enthusiastic about these, and they love them!

And that’s it for this recipe! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and your furry friends!

-Samantha

 

 

RECIPE:  

-1 Banana, peeled

-1 cup oat flour 

-2/3 cup rolled oats 

-1/2 cup dried parsley 

-3 tbsp peanut butter 

-1 beaten egg 

-Few tbsp of frozen spinach, pureed. Use your discretion. 

 

Preheat oven to 300. Put banana in large mixing bowl and mash. Once thoroughly mashed, add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter, egg and spinach and mix into a cookie dough consistency. 

Roll 1 tbsp of dough in your hand and put on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use heel of your hand to press down. Don’t get them too thin or they’ll burn easily. Bake until golden brown on the bottom and firm. Approximately 40-45 minutes total. Rotate every 10 minutes. Let cool completely once done. 

 

American Journey Puppy Food : New Chewy.com Exclusive Brand – First Impression

Welcome back to a very special edition of Growing Up With Chewy! Today, things will be a little different. We were given the opportunity to try a new food exclusive to Chewy.com, American Journey.

Today’s post will be a little about the product and our first impressions on the food.

First things first, there are 7 varieties and flavors to choose from, ranging from large breed to puppy, and 12-24 lb bag options. As for pricing, they range from $24.99-$39.99 and there is a special promotion to get 50% off of your first bag right now.

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We were sent the Sweet Potato & Lamb Puppy Food (24 lbs) to try and we already have a lot of thoughts on it.

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First off, I like the size of the kibble itself. The pieces are small, but large enough that the puppies won’t choke on it while they inhale their food. (these guys are around 80-85 lbs as of right now).

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The quality of the ingredients is really phenomenal in this blend, which I would expect for a food of this price point, with real meat as the first, second and third ingredients!

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Upon first impression, these guys absolutely LOVE the food. We typically feed them Taste Of The Wild because of the good quality ingredients, but they really seem interested in this. Even before the bag was open they were sniffing it and we were actually a little concerned that they would tear the bag open before we even fed it to them.

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The minute this hit their bowls, they went totally nuts for it and gobbled it up immediately. We all agreed that we have NEVER seen them get this excited over a food yet.

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So for our first impression, this seems like a HUGE win. I cannot wait to see how they end up liking it through the rest of the month!

Thank you to Chewy.com for giving us this amazing opportunity, we appreciate and love you! Stay tuned for follow up and final thoughts posts coming soon!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent via Chewy.com for honest review.

BARE By Karma Sutton – Review!

Welcome back, or if it’s your first time here, welcome to Makeup In Montana!

Today I’ll be reviewing these natural soaps from BARE by Karma Sutton.

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As we all know, I’m all about natural skincare. But what makes these special is that every bar is customized per skin type. With every bar option, you can choose your skin type and get a custom soap right to your door! Did I mention how affordable these are? Only $5.50, and there are a lot of promotions as well to get a few extra bucks off. I also want to mention how beautifully these were packaged, really love the extra touch.

The idea here is that nothing is one size fits all, especially not skin, and even come with an instructional sheet informing you how often to use each soap. I was sent two bars for my very dry skin to review, so let’s get into them!

First off, the Coffee Ground with Goat Milk Soap.

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The key benefits of this particular bar are as follows: (copied from barebykarmasutton.com) 

  • Goats Milk: Moisturizing, full of essential nutrients, and can treat acne.
  • Coffee Grounds: Exfoliates, soften, brightens and tightens skin, can reduce cellulite, can treat puffy eyes, dark circles and is anti-inflammatory 
  • Ingredients: coffee grounds, coconut oil, palm oil, glycerin, goats milk, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol, sorbitan oleate  

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One side of this is very gritty, and the other is a bit more smooth, so you can kind of customize exactly how much exfoliation you get when used, 3-4 times weekly as directed.

This doesn’t have the most intoxicating fragrance, it really just smells like wet coffee grounds. But I’m totally okay with that. I love my fragrant soaps personally, but I know people with very sensitive skin prefer unscented soaps, so it’s good in my book.

This has an incredibly silky lather, very reminiscent of a castile soap if you’re familiar with them. I just lather it in my hands being sure to pick up a lot of the coffee grounds from the gritty side and apply all over my face. It isn’t terribly abrasive, so sensitive skin folks would be fine to use this.

I find that it really does hydrate and initially made my skin feel very smooth. However, something about this formula just doesn’t jive with my face. I have KP, (basically tiny bumps on my face, chest, and upper arms) and this really exacerbated that, which does happen occasionally with certain products.

However, I tried this on my body and had the opposite effect. The coffee grounds really helped with the texture of my KP and made my skin feel great. This is a miss for using on my face, but a huge hit for my body.

Next, the Oatmeal Milk & Honey.

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Benefits: (copied from website)  

  • Goats Milk: Moisturizing, full of essential nutrients, and treats acne.
  • Oatmeal: Removes dead skin cells. 
  • Honey: Boosts complexion, gives you glowing skin and is soothing!
  • Ingredients: Oats, raw honey, coconut oil, palm oil, goats milk, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol, sorbitan oleate. 

 

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This is similar to the other soap in that the bottom layer is more abrasive specifically for exfoliation purposes.

I’ve been using this one on both my face and body, and I really enjoy it. I haven’t broken out from this, and I like the soft, silky lather of it. This is very soothing and hydrating on my face and my body.

This one has an even richer lather than the previous one, and just makes my skin feel fantastic. So if you’re someone with very dry skin on your face and body, this soap is very nourishing and my skin really likes it!

I like both of these for different reasons. The coffee grounds soap is great for my body, and the oatmeal soap works well for my face and body, but my favorite of the two would have to be the oatmeal milk and honey bar.

I strongly suggest checking out Bare By Karma Sutton and try the bars that are suitable for your skin type. They’re affordable and I love how personalized the experience really is. This is a great concept, and I’m really happy that I had the opportunity to try these out!

With that, we end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have be sure to sign up to receive email notifications of my future posts.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored, these were sent to my via Bare By Karma Sutton for honest review. No affiliate links were used.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Worth The Hype?

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Welcome back!

Today is a long awaited post, we’ll be talking all about the very hyped up Tarte Shape Tape Concealer*.

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This concealer has absolutely taken the makeup world by storm. Every influencer and beauty guru is talking about and using this product. So naturally, I bought it. And I’m here to tell you if it’s really worth all the hype it’s getting.

This concealer has some huge claims. It claims to be hydrating, longwearing, full coverage (also lists natural and radiant coverage…) works for all skin types and softens the look of fine lines and pores. So basically, this is supposed to be God’s gift to makeup wearers.

Shape Tape retails for $24, which is $4 cheaper than my favorite Too Faced Born This Way concealer. However, this has .33 oz of product, which is .10 oz more than the Too Faced concealer. Shade selection is not terrible with 14 shades, and my shade is “Fair.”

Now, with all of the details out of the way, let’s talk about the concealer.

The applicator is a massive doe foot.

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I honestly don’t really get the appeal of such a large applicator, since it ends up depositing too much product at once and I have to scrape it off anyways. Very unnecessary in my opinion.

For some reason, I thought this would be a thinner formula, but no, it’s very, very thick. By far the thickest concealer I own.

Now, how does it perform on the skin?

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I don’t have absolutely terrible dark circles, but I do have some significant veining through my eyelids and as you can see, this does have pretty good coverage. Not incredible, but good. Keep in mind I am under studio lights so it can be a bit difficult to see those darker tones in my under eye, but I upped the contrast in editing so hopefully it’s visible enough. A plus though, the color matches my skin perfectly.

The biggest thing to note with this concealer is that a little goes a long way. If you over apply this, you will have some really unattractive texture on your under eyes. Less is definitely more. I find that the best method of application is a damp sponge. A brush makes it look way too heavy, and blending it out with your ring finger doesn’t look great either.  It does have decent coverage, but full coverage isn’t possible for me with this product because of how heavy it is.

I have much better luck using this under my foundation as opposed to on top like I would typically do. You really have to have a light hand with this and blend it out well or it looks very heavy and dry, though it does have good staying power and doesn’t fade throughout the day.

With that being said, I’m really not crazy about this concealer. It isn’t terrible, but it does crease and settle into lines even when set (I’m only 20, so fine lines aren’t a big issue for me), and it’s difficult to keep it from looking cakey. At least if you’ve got a skin type that’s dry like mine.

My suggestion is if you’ve got dry or more mature skin, spend the extra $4 and pick up the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. It doesn’t cling to dry skin and looks naturally beautiful. Maybe if your skin is more oily, the Shape Tape would work better for you.

To answer the question, is it worth the hype? My answer is no. I don’t see great coverage with it, it’s cakey, and just doesn’t look great on my skin. I hate to say it, but I have to give this one a hard pass.

I hate ending on such a negative note, but I gotta keep it real.

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-Samantha

*This post is NOT sponsored, I purchased this myself.