Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Purrfectbox July 2015 Review

It has been a busy few months for me which is why I've been absent from the blog recently. Last Thursday was an important day, the 23rd July marked Samhain's 1 year anniversary since adoption. In lieu of an actual birthday, I haven't really a clue how old he is, this is the date we can celebrate and luckily his Purrfectbox arrive just in time to spoil him. So what did he get?

Being good before diving in

Pet Munchies - Gourmet Fish Fillet
We've had some other flavours before but hadn't yet tried the fish. He really loves dried snack food, these are smaller pieces than other brands but this doesn't make a difference to the taste, he really enjoyed them, I think they would have been better slightly bigger but as he struggles with the larger varieties this might just work in his favour, even if he ends up flicking out the little pieces every now and then. I love it when treats are actually good for them, these are 100% natural, wheat, gluten and cereal free plus they contain Omega 3.

Trixie - Delicious Happies
I have never tried Samhain on the Trixie snack food, I don't think I can get it locally but I must check as he went wild for these snacks. The smell for me was horrible but it worked for him. Now these aren't natural but he can have the odd treat, no matter how stinky. These are poultry and cheese flavour but without the lactose, naturally.

Gimcat - Multi-vitamin Paste
Now this is a multi-vitamin paste for cats , I haven't tried him with this yet but I'm looking forward to seeing his reaction. He recently had some pâté and loved it so I have high hopes, this paste contains 12 vitamins helping to boost a cats natural defences, it is to be used as a supplement along with their normal diet. Samhain has been having a stressful time recently due to new cats in the neighbourhood so hopefully this pick me up will help him get back on his paws.

Not quite getting into it just yet!
Happypet Glitterbal Interactive Toy
Samhain only seems to like to play with me and as I'm at work most of the week I do worry he is being neglected. There are others in the house with him but for some reason he'll only play with me. He was rather interested in this toy but didn't play with it how he should so for now I'll spray it with catnip and leave it in his usual play area and hope for the best.

Camon Litter Shovel
Samhain doesn't care at all for this product, I however think that's amazing. This litter shovel has a hollow handle so that you can attach a bag to the end and tip the messy contents of the litter tray straight into a bag with a mess. I told you, amazing!

Petbrands Catnip Toy
Samhain loves any toy that we can play together with, this is a soft catnip toy with an attractive feather for him to paw and lick, he's quite taken with this already so I can add it to his play routine.

A half empty box makes a good place for a stretch

*The box was sent complimentary to Samhain and myself for an honest and open review.

Purrfectbox costs £19.90 a month or sign up for half a year and pay the equivalent of £17.90 and an even better deal if you sign up for a year, just £15.90 a month. Not only that but you'll also be helping out a great cause. For each box Purrfectbox that is sent out the company donate part of the proceeds to help pet charities, so even better, you aren't just treating your own puss but also those less fortunate moggies. More information on this can be found on their website.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

NARS Dolce Vita Sheer Lipstick Review

Now I usually review a lipstick after a few wears but I haven't found the time up until now with this one and by the time I took some photos I had already worn the lipstick down quite a bit which is a rarity for me (I buy so many but never make my way through them all!). So I'm actually reviewing a lipstick that is now an essential item in my make-up bag.

I should also mention that I'm easily swayed by items that have names associated with film titles (NARS are great for this) so I picked up this shade, Dolce Vita, without concentrating on the shade, because I associated this with the Fellini film of the same name but you could look at the English translation of the phrase and see this as a luxurious lipstick which it really is.

It's a rather simple, beige/pink natural shade that is a perfect nude for me. It's a sheer lipstick so lightly fills in the patchiness of my own lips without being heavy. It's also a beautiful, moisturising balm and always leaves me lips super soft.

It lasts for a relatively long time for such a light shade, even leaving colour after blotting. It's such a soft shade it works well with heavy eye-make up or as just a quick boost to the lips for that no-make-up, make-up look!

Now it is a luxury lipstick with a luxury price tag but the fact that it works with everything, and is being used constantly, means I'm at least getting my moneys worth. 

Monday, 13 July 2015

Health & Fitness Update 06/07/2015 to 12/07/2015

Another week, another fitness update. I feel like I'm going from strength to strength. I'm not even focusing on food that much, I'm making wise choices, sticking to 80 good, 20 not so good, roughly. Steps wise, I'm not thinking as much about it but I'm doing much better with that, even closer to averaging 10,000 a day thanks to being more active at the weekend.

Now Ever since joining my local leisure centre I've pretty much been living there. I tend to swim 5-6 times a week and gym 3-4 times (I usually swim after the gym) so I'm really pushing myself. I'm increasing the weights I lift, increasing the time I spend on the rowing machine and recumbent bike and working on my stamina in the swimming baths. I've also added the leg press and plan to my routine. As you can see it's all going well, I've had to take two shots of my activity logs.

Now since James has moved out I've been busier at home, looking after Samhain, doing more housework but fitting everything in, full time work, gym, and swim, well it makes me feel alive, energised. I've always said if I'm having a lousy week, are super busy, then I'll take a few days off but right now I can't imagine not wanting to.

Well I hope everyone else is feeling motivated, despite the lousy weather! 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Health & Fitness Update 29/06/2015 to 05/07/2015

I have had a hectic week so I'm keeping this post brief, very brief.

Nothing exciting food wise, now James is out of the house I'm struggling to get a proper meal down me in the evening, mainly as when I return my mum is usually just destroying the kitchen meaning it isn't free until 9 which is way too late so I'm concentrating on eating proper meals for breakfast and lunch.

Step wise, well I don't actually know, I need to check my Fitbit report as I've been concentrating on exercise more than anything so let me just check the score....

Not too bad at all, actually very close to the 70,000 mark without even trying.

That's of course I have a new love, my local leisure centre. I've spent most of my time there this last week. It's great to get out of the house and focus on something other than everything else!

I had my gym induction last Wednesday and since then I've been on the Thursday and Saturday, both times I followed up with a swim and then swimming on Monday, Friday and Sunday! I've been incredibly busy.

My activity list is above! Although I do break down each part of the gym - although I don't include strength training. The main thing is I'm just having fun with it, it gives me something to do at the weekend and something to look forward to in the evenings!

I'm just feeling rather positive about the exercise at the moment so will continue to work hard at it.