Friday, August 29, 2014

New Limited Edition Total Beauty Collections + 20% Off Coupon!

http://www.totalbeauty.com/beauty-gems/special-sale-offers

Total Beauty is having a huge sale right now and you can get up to 85% off beauty items!

They've also added a whole bunch of limited edition beauty collections:

"We LOVE a good grab bag. Whether it's a box of chocolates or a box of beauty products, there's something so decadent and freeing about trying a little bit of everything all at once. So many ways to please your palate (or your pallette)!

That's exactly what you'll find in [these] Grab Bags by Total Beauty - a greatest hits roundup of our very favorite, top-rated beauty products. These are the products we can't get enough of - a kit packed with the skin care and makeup essentials that do it all, from hydrating and protecting to adding a pop of color to your eyes. This bundle of joy includes full-sized products, deluxe samples and other beauty basics!"

  $50 value / 8 products.
 $70 value / 9 products
 $65 value / 8 products
 $50 value / 9 products
http://www.totalbeauty.com/shops/collections/anti-aging $80 value / 7 products


All collections are $20 with FREE shipping. And there are codes, my friends!

SALE20 - Get 20% off one collection
2FOR30 - Get 2 collections for $30

The above codes work with all collections except Total Beauty Favorites Sampler Collection.

Also, get the Summer Prep Collection for just $10 with the purchase of any of these select items!

Are you getting a collection? I just picked up the Illuminating Grab Bag. Checkout said the free shipping doesn't apply to AK and HI but it didn't charge me for shipping so score!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A-TRUE: Korean Skincare - Sampler Haul Review!!

A couple of months ago I started seeing lots of positive online reviews about a Korean skincare company called A-True, who recently made an appearance in the Memebox Mini series. And I got curious. A-True specializes in black tea skin care, something I've never tried before. I love tea, so naturally I wanted to find out more.


There are also lots of benefits to using black tea water in a skincare regimen:


Furthermore, A-True products are cruelty-free and only use safe ingredients. Their products do not contain parabens, phenoxyethanol, benzophenone, triethanolamine, talc, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic pigments, or sodium lauryl sulfate.

I checked out their website (it's available in several languages and I thought the English site was impressive) for products available for purchase but there weren't any prices on the English site. I contacted Jason, the general manager, as well as Leesoo, the communication coordinator, and found out they don't currently ship to US (but if you really want to buy something, they are more than accommodating and will work something out with you). It is my understanding that they're planning to sell some products through Memebox so keep your eyes open for that. Leesoo generously sent me some samples to try before committing to a full size purchase. I thought that was so thoughtful of them! I don't know why everything seems to ship uberfast from Korea, but I was holding the box in my hands within 3 days (and that's spanning a weekend)!


Unboxed. Sort of.
They requested a list of stuff I wanted to try. Of course I wanted to try everything but I limited myself to a select few. But what I pulled out of the box was way more than what I asked for. Wowww. So excited to try it all!



Violet Petal Black Tea - for Normal Skin

A-True uses various blends of Compagnie Coloniale black tea to target specific skin concerns. Violet Petal Black Tea is intended for normal skin: "With Mallows and Violets, they help to restore the natural skin balance by preventing excess oil from the T-zone and dehydration from the U-zone."

Violet Petal Black Tea Hydrating Toner - Skin conditioning Mallow and Violet extracts help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier and protect it from damage against harmful elements to maintain its overall health. A slightly acidic balanced hypoallergenic toner with plenty of organic acids from black tea helps control the pH balance maintaining and even skin tone.
This toner had no scent as far as I could tell and didn't burn like my normal toner. It absorbed quickly into my skin and left it feeling soft.

Violet Petal Black Tea Hydrating Moisturizer - Skin conditioning Mallow and Violet extracts help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier and protect it from damage against harmful elements to maintain its overall health. A multitude of minerals are available, from black tea to natural moist factors which draw moisture to improve hydration. The silky texture of the moisturizer smoothly absorbs delivering moisture deep into the skin without any sticky feeling.
The consistency of this moisturizer is thinner than most others I've tried so it spreads very easily - one 2ml foil was enough for two applications. It has a faint flower petal scent but it's not bothersome at all. It's not greasy or oily either - yay!


White Snow Tea - for Whitening

A-True uses various blends of Compagnie Coloniale black tea to target specific skin concerns. White Tea is intended for whitening: "White Tea was once only exclusively reserved for Emperors of China. The extract of White Tea protects the skin from dark spots, helping maintain a crystal clear and clean skin tone."

White Snow Tea Brilliant Toner - White Tea improves the skin’s overall radiance and tone by minimizing the appearance of discolorations. In addition, Willow bark helps neutralize surface impurities and dead skin cells to promote the skin’s turnover. This helps the following steps of skin care to be effectively absorbed into the skin.
Like the Violet Petal Toner, this one had no scent and didn't burn my skin either. I can't vouch for its whitening effects as I only used it for a couple of days, but overall I couldn't tell the difference between this and the Violet Petal one.

White Snow Tea Brilliant Essence - The whitening and moisturizing properties of the brilliant essence help the skin to be resilient and glow with both a pure and natural radiance. The brilliant essence has been formulated using *Oriental Beauty Fruits Newplex. This special formula is attained by extracting four different kinds of medicinal fructose using low-temperature ultrasonic extraction methods to maximize efficiency.
In case you're wondering, those four fruits are pomegranate, fig, ginko, and mulberries, and all are great antioxidants. This is where I got kinda confused. This essence looks more like a runny lotion. It's scented, but not overpowering. Since this was on the thicker side, it took quite a while to sink in. Or maybe I just used too much. Since they sent a generous sample, I'll continue using it as part of my routine and report back on any effect it has.

White Snow Tea Brilliant Aurora Cream The brilliant cream helps lock in an optimal moisture level, preventing overall loss of moisture whilst simultaneously delivering comfort and nutrition. It hydrates the skin, protecting it from dryness by helping it maintain its moisture for long periods of time. This improves the skin’s overall radiance and tone by minimizing the appearance of discolorations.
Again, I can't comment on its whitening effects, but I do like this cream. It smells like the White Snow essence and for me a little went a long way. What I liked most about it is that it wasn't greasy at all. My face didn't feel suffocated or oily afterward, yet it still felt well moisturized.


Real Black Tea True Active - Radiant/Firming/Hydrating/Toning/Brightening/Boosting

True Active Real Black Tea is A-True's top grade black tea. Tea leaves are double fermented using Saccharomyces (the "fermentation" bacteria) and A. xylinum (produces cellulose for binding/thickening/moisturizing), enabling their natural ingredients to be easily absorbed into the skin and revitalizing it with its nutrients. "By selecting the finest tea leaves only, F.T.G.F.O.P (Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) is harvested within Castleton Tea Garden, placed in Darjeeling, India. We present the precious value of the top grade black tea which holds the first golden buds of spring."

Real Black Tea True Active Essence - A bottle of double fermented True Active Essences acts by filling every single layer of the dermis and epidermis to improve the natural vital power of the skin and to restore its original rhythm. Technologically advanced essences with 6 multi-functions continuously feed moisture into the dermal layer enabling the skin to glow with a pure and natural radiance. Anti-oxidant properties found within black tea help eliminate the free radicals of skin and prepare it for the daily routine of life by improving absorption.
This unscented essence is like water but more slippery. And it's refreshing. I don't have too much experience with essences, but are they usually kinda sticky? It seems like the Korean essences I've been trying are slightly sticky and remain that way for a while.

Real Black Tea True Active Mask - Our superior mask is formulated using up to 73% of Compagnie Coloniale Black Tea Fermentation and 3-activator. The mask itself comes with all the benefits of the Real Black Tea True Active Essence. Using the True Active Mask just once can deliver a natural vital power to the skin which helps restore its vitality giving it a more natural and radiant glow. Our 100% bio-cellulose is cultivated from acetobacter xylinum bacteria yielding fermented fibers from natural sources. They are safe and gentle to your complexion. The nano-sized fibers closely conform to your face with superior moisture retention abilities.
This mask is great. It's pretty much the True Active essence in mask form so you get the longer contact and absorption time. Masks are fun, but with most of them I cannot tell a before/after difference since my skin is pretty hydrated to begin with (I know, toot). I kept this one on for 20 minutes then massaged the excess into my skin. It took a while, but I could definitely see a difference. My skin looked more radiant after just one application!


A-True also sent some cleanser samples:


Earl Grey Black Tea Refresh Foam - Calamine, which flawlessly removes and cleanses sebum and impurities on skin's surface, helps protect the skin barrier after facial wash and minimize dryness. Try using this cleanser formulated for low irritation to care for those irreversible pores on your sensitive, irritated skin stressed from external aggressors.
This cleanser is for blemishes. You remember putting calamine lotion all over yourself when you had the chicken pox? Same idea. It's not only anti-itching, but also a mild antiseptic. This has that same subtle yet sweet scent present in most of the other samples (is that what tea smells like in cosmetic form?). It foams a bit and doesn't leave skin feeling tight or irritated.

Sweet Song Black Tea Miracle Cleansing Foam - The cleansing foam provides a rich lather to gently dissolve dirt, makeup residue and any other everyday impurities. Fruit acid is contained within *Multi-fruit Complexes, which softens dead skin cells whilst moisturizing and hydrating you leaving a softer and cleaner texture.
I think we have a winner! Now this is what I'm talking about. This cleanser kind of looks like Clearasil and really does foam considerably and really did take off my face makeup. It smelled faintly of rose petals but not enough to turn me off of it. The "Multi-fruit Complexes" that moisturize and soften(?) dead skin are bilberry, sugar cane, orange, lemon, and sugar maple extracts. This cleanser made my face soft and supple. Also, as with other foaming cleansers you only need a little bit so one foil packet was enough for two uses.


And even more samples!:


Black Tea All Day Long Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++ - ‘RONDE DU SOLEIL’ represents ‘round the sun.’ Blended by using the golden ratio of black teas; Orange peel and Cinnamon which itself has many Anti-oxidants, helping improve the skin’s complexion whilst respectively calming it.
I guess if you reeeally don't want any sun getting through to your skin then this is the way to go. It's very thick and creamy, but rubs nicely into the skin without leaving whiteness. They also did a great job of hiding the sunscreen smell. Unfortunately, this is way too thick for me, especially for my face. If anything I'll use it on my arms when I'm planning on spending the day outdoors.

Himalaya Black Tea Watery Gel Cream - The active ingredients of ‘Darjeeling Himalaya,’ which are grown in arctic conditions, effectively hydrate the skin, increasing its overall moisture. This fresh and lightweight gel cream helps you maintain a radiant and revitalized skin. It relaxes tired skin by moisturizing it after it has been negatively affected by adverse environmental effects.
Another one I love! This actually looks more like a moisturizer than a cream. It's not too thick and spreads evenly. I love how it feels light and velvety when you apply it. It's also very hydrating but not sticky. It's a win!



A-True also included a couple of teas with the samples. I didn't drink them yet, but it looks like one is Darjeeling and the other is Earl Grey? No matter, I love black tea so I know I'll enjoy both of them!


I am sooo thrilled with everything I received! I've corresponded with two A-True representatives and both were extremely kind and helpful. I also think they have the most responsive customer service of any company I've ever dealt with. Not to mention their products are amazing! Right now they are not selling in the US, but I hope they do soon! I'm sure American consumers would go nuts over what they have to offer (I know I would). I'm gonna see if there's a way I can purchase the full size of the Sweet Song cleanser and maybe the Himalaya gel cream. I also hear really good things about the Sweet Song cleansing water. I didn't get to try it but I'm totally interested! Thank you again to Jason and Leesoo for being very gracious and generous. This company is definitely a win!!


Note: I received these complimentary samples from A-TRUE. I am not affiliated with A-True in any way. I just wanted to share my newest finds with you all!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Birchbox Review - August 2014


You know it's gonna be a fun beauty sub box day when both Ipsy and Birchbox are waiting for you in your mailbox. Birchbox left the warehouse one day before Ipsy and took 18 days to get here, losing the shipping battle to Ipsy, but not by much. 

What: Birchbox contains 4-6 samples of high-end beauty and lifestyle products
When: Ships on the 10th of each month
Cost: $10/month or $110/year upfront
Fun fact: Birchbox has an awesome points system where you can review products or make purchases from the Birchbox shop to earn points. Every 100 points gets you $10 credit in the BB shop.

August's theme is Lighten Up. It's hot outside so Birchbox reminds us to lighten up in terms of beauty routines as well as our approach to life. I get lots of laughs on the daily so I don't think I'm in any dire need of changing my chuckle frequency. But as far as keeping cool, I could probably use a hand.

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Yes, ice cream is a great solution. We're already working on our 5th carton this summer. And there are only two of us in the house! Great but really not so great when I remember I still have to fit in my dress for the wedding. (insert happy-turned-frowny face) My first impression was, Wow, the theme of this box should've been pink. The tissue paper was even back to pink, albeit a lighter shade of pink.


Benefit Cosmetics Posiebalm (Sample Value: $1.80)

This is a poppy-pink tinted lip balm that contains mango butter to condition and hydrate your lips. It also has sodium hyaluronate for extra hydration. I know I say I have too many lip balms, and I do, but I must keep this one. Plus, LOOK AT THAT ADORABLE TUBE!! It's got flowers! It smells (and tastes) like roses which isn't my favorite, but I can deal. It is indeed very hydrating, and the pink tint is very subtle so I think I can get away with wearing this to work without everyone saying "Ohmygosh Sheri, are you wearing MAKEUP???" (Fyi, no one wears makeup around our office. Au naturel, yo.) Oh, and this is actually a pretty tiny size. It's twisted all the way up in that picture. Yup. It'll be gone in a couple of weeks. But at least it's enough to know whether I'll like it or not (I do!). This will go in my purse next to my other teensy Benefit Fake Up sample. Seriously. I think the packaging costs more than the sample itself.


Noir Cosmetics Long-wear Eyeliner (Full Size Value: $15.00)

I believe this is a full-size product. This pencil combines the ease of a pencil liner with the look of a liquid liner. Personally I think liquid liners are more crisp and precise, but this is still a good pencil. It glides smoothly and has a creamy texture. It's also waterproof and smudgeproof, but like most other pencils, if you rub your eyes a lot it will budge. I currently use a Julep gel eye glider and love how smudge resistant it is so I think I'll be passing this one along to someone else.



Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream (Sample Value: $0.92)

It seems like Harvey Prince has made an appearance in every Birchbox for the past 6 months. So far I haven't been a huge fan of any any of the scents I've tried, but now I may have to check out Ageless. I love the grapefruit-mango-sandalwood combo. Performance-wise it's the same as any other mass market lotion, but it smells sooo gooooood.


Ojon rare blend oil Moisture Therapy (Sample Value: ~$1)

Well this is fun. I tried Ojon oils before and they left my hair kinda heavy and greasy. But look, this one's got layers! You ever did that experiment as a kid where you pour all the liquids of differing densities into a bottle and shake it up then let it separate into a rainbow? I was thrilled with that experiment and here it is again! Unlike your typical hair oil treatment or serum, you only need one drop of this blend of "oils from around the world" to hydrate, smooth, soften, boost shine, and de-frizz. I'd imagine you'd need a bit more than a drop to cover all your split ends (well mine anyway), but this little vial should be enough for multiple uses. And in case you were wondering what makes this oil so worldy, it's because it contains Ojon oil (Central America), monoi oil (Tahiti), ximenia oil (South Africa), and Mexican aloe vera.


Hello Breathspray - Pink Grapefruit Mint (Value: $3.83)

I haven't used a breathspray in years. I usually chew gum or, you know, brush my teeth. Or talk. You'd be amazed how much bad breath you can prevent just by talking throughout the day. Or at least just opening your mouth if you aren't feeling particularly chatty. These sprays are alcohol-free (yay, no burn!) and flavored. Pink grapefruit mint does sound enticing, but I've already got my Harvey Prince grapefruit body cream keeping me occupied and I don't want to be grapefruit-ed out. Since it's sugar-free, this spray relies on xylitol for flavor and to keep your teeth healthy. Just be sure to keep it away from your doggies if you have any!


Overall, I am very happy with what I received in my Birchbox because it's got a great mix of products - lips, eyes, body, hair, mouth... This box had a value of over $22 and are all things I use or would use. I won't be keeping everything, but that's only because I already have something similar and has nothing to do with the product itself. I did think the August Birchbox and August Ipsy both had a nice curation, but if I had to pick a winner for August I'd choose Birchbox because I'll be getting more use out of the items.

Did you get a Birchbox this month? What kind of stuff did you get? If you'd like to sign up for a Birchbox, use my link and start discovering some awesome beauty products at the click of a mouse! They've also got some lifestyle and foodstuff too, so have a look around their shop - it's got (almost) everything!


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Ipsy Unboxing - August 2014


Why hello, Ipsy, how nice of you to show up.

Now I see why everyone talks about Ipsy shipping taking so looong. Last month I got my first box within a week and I thought that would be normal. Then this month it took only 4 hours to go from coast to coast, then another 17 DAYS just to get here from the west coast. What's the deal, Ipsy? Sorry, but my happiness with your shipping has just taken a nosedive. Now you can go hang out with Birchbox and Julep at the bottom of the list. My flammables from other places arrive within a week so I'm sure the boats don't move that slowly.  Something's not right when September spoilers are coming out before I even receive August's bag. Anyway. End rant.

What: Ipsy Glam Bags contain 4-6 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products in an exclusive makeup bag.
When: Bags ship monthly on the 10th
Cost: $10/month
Fun Extras: You can review your products each month to earn ipsyPoints, which can be redeemed for monthly bonus items.

This month's theme is Beauty Schooled. I need to be schooled in beauty. Maybe I'll learn a beauty lesson or two from this month's loot.

I like to be surprised so each month I resist the urge to peek in my glam room to see what I got. There wasn't anything I reeeally wanted from the spoilers, so I'm not wowed or disappointed in what I did receive.

August's Ipsy bag contents
Hel-looo reflection! Hashtag #photonoob


Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil - in Plushie (Sample Value: $15.00)



Purple. I guess if I had to choose between mascara and an eye pencil I would've chosen the pencil, but in a different color. I can't pull off purple, but it seems to be a season favorite. Too bad the quiz won't let you specify colors you don't want to receive. This pencil is supposedly creamy and smudgeable (for a little while) to give you the perfect nighttime smoky look. Confession: I really suck at creating a smoky sultry look. Usually I just end up looking like a raccoon. Besides, I don't go out often enough to justify making myself look smoking hot anyway. This will go into the trade pile.


Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (Sample Value: $6.45)

Alright so I sorta kinda but not really lied. I said I didn't have my eye on any of the spoilers in particular, but truth is I did want to try this dry shampoo. I've never tried a dry shampoo before and ever since I saw it floating around in Birchboxes I became a little curious. Not enough to put it on my wishlist, but still interested. Spraying your hair with this will absorb oil and dirt, leaving it soft and smelling good. I just hope this doesn't make my hair greasy as so many hair products tend to do.


Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion (Sample Value: $7.83)

Okay so this too. I also wanted to try this but not enough to be disappointed if I didn't get it. But here it is! A lot of shimmers make me look like I just fell into a tub of glitter so I wanted to see how this would look in comparison. It's surprisingly very light and subtle. I rubbed some on my fingers and even though this is a pointless picture because you can't see the glitters, they're there. (And because I don't know the first thing about photography and lighting) I actually like this shimmer a lot. It imparts a dewy look but not so much that you look oily and sweaty. That said, I'm not a fan of a dewy face so I'll probably only use this as a body shimmer.


Coastal Scents Eye Shadow Palette Sampler (Value: ~$2?)
Clockwise from top left: Peach Fuzz, Sea Spray, Sand Dune, Deep Viridian
This is a tiny palette sampler, but seeing as how I never finish my eye shadows I have no problem with the small size. (For comparison purposes each color is about the size of a dime.) These are actually very beach-appropriate colors. And all except sea spray are shimmery. Unfortunately, I don't have any swatches for you because while I do think this is a nice quad selection, I already have colors similar to it so I'll be giving this to someone who needs it more.


Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Balm - Mandarin Green Orange Ginger (Value: $5.50)

This is a full sized organic lip balm. I wish I could tell you how well it hydrates and whether it's long-lasting, but it's got ginger in the name and I don't like the smell or taste of ginger root. I love white ginger, but somehow I don't think this is referring to the flowers. I'm already up to neck in lip balms anyway and have even started passing them off to C.


The Bag

I've seen lots of negative reactions to August's bag, but I think the round shape would make it a great pencil case. It's got that cheap plastic-y smell but honestly the smell doesn't bother me at all. It reminds me of all the cutesy Hello Kitty/Sanrio novelties I would go insane over as a kid. The only reason I won't be keeping this is because I hate polka dots. My mom made me wear them one too many times when I was a toddler and I've avoided polka dots ever since. If it were a solid color or even a checkered design I'd keep it.


This month's glam bag totaled about $36. I think the items I received were great picks if it weren't for the colors/flavors. If I'd gotten a brown or blue UD pencil or the vanilla coconut flavored Mongongo lip balm I'd be keeping them. I guess I should also tweak my profile to not get anymore shadows because while I do like them, I already have way more than I need in all the colors I'll ever use. I'm already loving the Manna Kadar shimmer and can't wait to try the dry shampoo.

If you'd like a chance to try makeup you never would've seen yourself spending $$$ on otherwise, use my link to sign up for an account. You almost always get an insanely high valued bag without the hefty price tag. Once you get an account you can skip the wait by posting to Facebook and having a friend subscribe from your link.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

PetBox + iHeartRadio Collaboration Box Review


A couple of weeks ago I took advantage of a PetBox offer to get a free PetBox/iHeartRadio box. I think it's still available, so go and order one if you haven't yet! But you do have to pay shipping ($7.99), so I guess it's not very "free" after all. It shipped out on the 21st and arrived just two days later. Love it when my doggy boxes get here quickly; I think I get more excited about them than my dogs do!

This box promised 2-3 items with a $15.99 retail value so I was expecting some pretty high valued stuff in it. The box didn't come with an info card, but it didn't really matter since everything was pretty self-explanatory anyway.



100% Natural Water Buffalo Ear (Value: $1.99)

Macho likes rawhides and stuff, but he LOVED this. If you look closely you can see I jumped the gun and snipped off the label and gave it to him for a while before remembering to take the pic. Anything to get him to stop bugging me. That's how much he wanted this thing. Not really sure what made this so different from other chews he's had, but he was literally trembling with anticipation. He never looked so pathetic earning his treats. Poor excited guy. My little meerkat.


And he's not the only one. It must be a sibling thing. Meerkat wannabes ftw.


So while Pebbles was preoccupied with shredding her stuffed animals, Macho scarfed down the ear. Fast. It was gone in less than 10 minutes. A 6" ear! I've never seen him finish a chew that large so quickly.


Evanger's Chicken w/ Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Dog Food (Sample Value: $0.57)

About a year ago we switched to dog food that doesn't have corn as a first ingredient so that our dog can eat healthier than us. This one's grain-free (no corn or wheat) and has de-boned chicken at the top of the list. So far I'm liking what I see! I figured I'd give this to Pebbles since she's kinda tiny and these are tiny kibbles.

Pebbles is a scarfer. She eats dinner in under ten seconds. I'd like to get her a slo-bowl but they're kinda huge and she'd just think the maze walls are a playground for her to stick her feet in. Anyway, I thought she'd inhale these kibbles since they're teeny tiny, but she took a while to eat it. And Macho was all confused because he never finishes his food before Pebbles. He looked at me expecting more food because he thought something was totally wrong with the picture. Not sure why she took so long. Couldn't be the taste because they normally eat chicken & sweet potato kibble. Maybe the pumpkin threw her off since she's never had that before.

There was also a manufacturer's coupon for $3 off a bag of Evanger's dry dog food. I haven't seen any store carrying this brand around here (but honestly I haven't been looking), but I'll keep an eye out. I do like that real meat is the first ingredient in their foods.


Sadie's Sweet Potato Chips (Sample Value: $1.20)

Wow, these are some expensive chips! These chips are made of 100% sweet potato, nothing else. I don't know if I'd pay that much for something I can try making on my own, but the dogs do love it. Normally (ha, I say it as if it's something everyone does) I'd take a bite if it's made entirely of human-grade ingredients, you know, for QC reasons. But at $0.40 a pop I couldn't bear to take any away from the puppies so I have no idea how these taste. Well I'd imagine like sweet potato. Duh. Pebbles hasn't perfected patience for treats yet so here's more Macho humiliation for you:



Loving Pets It's Purely Natural Chicken Jerky Bone-Shaped Treats (Value: $7.99)

We got the beef jerky bars from this brand in August's PetBox Snack box, but these are from a different animal so I won't call it a repeat although the packaging does look very similar. I haven't given this to the furbutts yet but I have no doubt that they'll love it. Meat treats don't last very long around my carnivorous meerkats.


This "free" box had an $11.75 value, not quite what was promised, but my dogs still had a blast. At least it was worth the $7.99 shipping. I just wish they included something other than food in the box, like a toy or a grooming product because personally, I think a limited edition box should showcase what the company has to offer. I guess a chew technically isn't food, but my dog still eats it so... I also feel like for a box sponsored by iHeartRadio, they didn't make it known that they had a part in this at all. No cards, plugs, nothing. If it weren't for the packing slip I would've thought it was a regular PetBox. This was a one-time box, but I'm signed up for the 3-month plan of the snack box so I'm excited to see what we'll get next month!

If you want to get a PetBox, please use my link to make your dog one happy camper!



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Stuff Pebbles Chews: Part 2

A couple of months ago I posted some things that Pebbles destroyed. Macho has shredded his share of toys, but never with the voracity of my tiny terror. Here's an update on some of her work since then.

This came in our November Barkbox. Macho de-squeaked it within a couple hours then kinda forgot about it.

Then Pebbles found it and managed to chew through the thick rubber wall. 



This is the indestructible rope toy from June's Barkbox that I thought would finally beat Pebbles.


Clearly I was wrong. (At least the ball part's still sort of intact)

Here's a stuffed shark from last month's Barkbox.


I guess it doesn't look that bad, but he's pooping something awful. He's been pooping for two weeks now.


This adorable whale is from the Hear Doggy series of silent squeaker toys.



The cute and adorable whale now, beheaded and forever silent.


Here is last weekend's dinner. We ate instant noodles instead.


This is Pebbles when I woke up this morning. Why do you look so sad, girl?


Oh.


Guess who doesn't get a bed anymore?

I've come to the conclusion that Pebbles doesn't like stuffing and will do anything to get rid of it. Either that or she really, really likes clouds.

Hashtag #BadDog.