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02 September 2014

The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs?!

There are so many beauty subscription services, and even food subscription boxes but there is now a new subscription service for cats and dogs. Animalbox is Europe's market leader in pet boxes and have now launched the Pawsome Box (for dogs) and the Purrfect Box (for cats). They are a monthly subscription service where you'll receive 5-6 products which could include high quality treats, unique toys, hygiene products and even accessories that are all customised based on your pet's size and preferences.. with a different theme every month.

You can choose to have a monthly, 6 month or annual subscription and when you sign up you'll fill in a profile for your pet to include its size, breed, preferences and allergies. By filling in the profile it helps the Animalbox team create a box perfect for your pet. The subscription costs £19.90* when choosing the monthly subscription, and you're guaranteed to receive products with a value of much higher than the subscription fee. Plus there's no chance of monotony as each month's box has a theme such as the World Cup Box, Halloween Box etc (see past boxes here) and you can cancel your subscription at any time, should you wish to.

The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs!
The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs!

I was very excited when the Animalbox team asked me if I'd like to receive a Pawsome Box* for Daisy, my ten year old Westie. I love buying treats and toys for Daisy, but they're so expensive and she has an habit of destroying her toys very quickly which is pretty heartbreaking considering how pricey toys are from Pet's At Home. When the bright blue box arrived, Daisy knew instantly it was for her as she must have been able to smell what was inside, and she was desperate for me to rip it open for her to investigate, with her tail wagging ten to the dozen.

The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs?!

I knew the Pawsome Box was going to contain 5-6 products, but I was so impressed by the quality and size of everything inside, and just like a beauty box. August's Pawsome Box's theme is 'Summer' and the box came with a magazine, which I think is a really nice touch. The magazine included a recipe for doggy friendly icecream, as well as tips on protecting your dog during the summer.

The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs?!

The first item which Daisy snatched from the box, and her absolute favourite was this Karlie Squeaky Egg toy. She is seriously obsessed with it, and it's still alive which never happens.. usually squeaky toys die a quick death as she kills them. This is such a cute toy, which when squeezed, a chicken pops out of the egg which is probably why she was so fascinated with it as she's constantly trying to get the chicken. I've never seen a dog toy like this one before, and I love how happy it's made her. I've also never seen the brand Karlie before, but after doing some research it's a German pet brand.

The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs?!
The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs?!

Any rustling packet is always a massive hit for Daisy as she's food obsessed, the little porker. The packet was a 90g bag of M&C Creamy Centres with Yoghurt and Banana.. when I first clocked these, I did assume Daisy wouldn't be remotely interested as they contained banana, but I couldn't have been more wrong. When I opened the packet, she was like a possessed animal trying to get them and she absolutely loves them. They smell so strongly of banana, and are little wheat pillows with a creamy centre.. I'm not going to lie, they smell and look so good and not remotely like dog food. They contain no added sugar but do contain omega 3, calcium and vitamin E.

The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs?!

The next item in the box is a Karlie High Frequency Whistle which is for dog training and obedience which might be perfect for puppies, but it's not something we'll use with Daisy. It can be supposedly heard upto 218 yards.

The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs?!

Next up there was an 8 in 1 Dental Delights Bone in size S which is ideal for Daisy's size. They are described as being a mix of dental product, jaw workout and great taste with good quality chicken wrapped within tough premium rawhide. Even though this bone was sealed, Daisy could smell it through the packaging and again was very excited, so she must have been able to smell the chicken. Within an hour, she'd managed to pull the chicken from underneath the rawhide but now she's demolished all of the chicken, she's now making her way through the rawhide which is keeping her very busy. 

The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs?!

The next item we got was the Flamingo Toothpaste and Brush which I was really happy to see as Daisy had to have some of her teeth removed during an operation recently so I've been worrying about her teeth. This set includes a tube of toothpaste as well as dual-ended toothbrush.. suitable for both cats and dogs. I'm not sure she's going to enjoy having her teeth brushes, but I think I'll designate my other half chief dog tooth brusher.

The Pawsome Box - a Subscription Box for Dogs?!

The very last item in Daisy's Summer Pawsome Box is the Pet Brand Rubba-Guma in the small size, again which is perfect for her small size. It's a natural rubber chew toy, which has a spearmint flavour and works as a toothbrush to help clean the dogs teeth whilst they chew it and help give fresh breath. This is such a good idea to get dogs to clean their teeth.. Daisy is really enjoying chewing it and it really does make her doggy breath slightly minty for upto an hour after chewing. 


Overall I really am impressed with the Pawsome box concept, and the box we received. From the six items we got, there was only one item we wouldn't use which I think is pretty good going and the value of all the items must be nearly if not more than double the £19.90 subscription fee. If you're like me, and love to spoily your pet then I think the Pawsome/Purrfect Box is an amazing initiative and it was so much fun having the box arrive and then having Daisy look through everything excitedly.. it was like Christmas had come early for her. I would definitely purchase another box for her myself, and I really like the balance in the box of toys, treats, healthcare and accessories. The Pawsome and Purrfect website has just gone live, so if you fancy subscribing and treating your own furry friend, then I'd really recommend giving it a try.. and like I said, you can cancel at any time should you wish to.


01 September 2014

Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder

Urban Decay had always been my favourite makeup brand, until I tried the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette which blew me away with its beauty and quality and now Too Faced have become my favourite makeup brand. My newest Too Faced addition to my makeup collection is the Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder which has been created to give the complexion the soft focus illumination of a candlelit room.

Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder
Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder

The Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder £25* claims to be a multi-tasking, breathable, vitamin-enriched powder that can be applied to both bare skin or over foundation to set makeup or impart a soft focused glow. It supposedly contains antioxidants to help protect and soothe tired skin, while its peachy tones warms the skin and complexion reducing the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. Too Faced even claims that this powder is made with 'real gold'.

Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder
Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder

The packaging of the Candlelight Powder is so gorgeous.. a circular, plastic compact with a yellow tinted pearlescent sheen with a candelabra on the top. Inside the box there is a thin, pink, foam puff which is a nice addition to have, but I don't think it's the most appropriate applicator for a product of this type. Inside the lid of the compact, there's a mirror and the overall packaging feels of really good quality and feels as if it would travel well within a makeup bag.

Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder
Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder

When I first opened the compact, I was taken aback by how 'glittery' the powder looked in the pan. It was almost sparkly, which really surprised me for something that is supposed to impart a natural glow. The powder is so silky and finely milled.. it's really beautiful. The first time I tried the Candlelight Powder, I tried it as a setting powder like Too Faced recommend and when I looked in the mirror, I looked like Edward Cullen and had to remove my makeup as I looked so ridiculous. The powder is just way too shimmery to be used as an all over setting powder.. it's very much an highlighting powder, and it did take a couple of uses for me to work out the best way to apply it.

For everyday use, I love to use the Real Techniques Setting Brush to dust the powder across my cheekbones and browbones in a light sweeping motion. I also like to use my Real Techniques Shading Brush to dust a little powder along the bridge of my nose and my cupids glow. The Candlelight Powder creates such an ethereal glow to the skin, it's unlike any other highlighter I've ever tried. It doesn't give a sheen to the skin like say MAC Lightscapade or theBalm's Mary Lou Manizer.. it's so much softer, and stunning. It's such a flattering highlighter powder and gives the skin a subtle golden glow, and luckily the glitter in the pan doesn't translate to the skin. I was worried that the peachy tones would be a little too warm for my skintone, but it works really well and doesn't add any colour to my skin as it truly is translucent. 

I really do love this powder, and it's just fueled my Too Faced obsession even more.. I love how it can be applied sparklingly for day to day use, or built up for a more intense glow for nights out - it's love.