Ways to Help Animals in Need

I love dogs and cats and get sad anytime I see a Facebook post or a Tweet from a shelter with a dog or cat looking for a home.  I wish I could rescue every animal and bring them into my home, but that isn’t possible.  According to the Petco Foundation, 6-8 million dogs and cats enter shelters every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized.  That is a lot of animals.  Cats are less likely to be adopted and are euthanized more often than dogs.  I couldn’t find a current statistic for Canada but I’m sure it is relative to the US stats.

I know that not everyone can adopt an animal.  Many people live in places that don’t allow pets or travel often for work and there is no realistic way even adopt.  I can’t adopt an animal at this time in my life and will adopt a dog when the time is right.  But there are a lot of other ways we can help animals without adopting them. 

Ways to Help Animals in Need. Ways to Help Animal Shelters

Donate Supplies

Animal shelters and rescues are always in need of supplies such as pet food, blankets, towels, food bowls, cleaning supplies, cages and much more.  Most shelters will take used items that are in good condition as well.  

Volunteer

Animals shelters always need volunteers, specifically cat people.  They need volunteers to help with various things such as; cleaning, walking dogs, socializing with the animals and showing the animals to possible adopters.  They even need help maintaining their website and social media so if you are techie then you might be able to help out that way.  Visit your local animal shelter and see how you can help them.  Any of the shelters I’ve been to just make you attend an orientation and then you are free to come and go and volunteer whenever you want.

Get Social

Most shelters have Facebook Pages and they tend to post pictures of newly adoptable animals.  Visit their pages and help share the photos so they gain more exposure.  Hopefully more people will see the posts and more people will adopt.  Several adoption sites also have share icons on their websites, so make sure to help spread the word and share.

Foster Animals

This option might not be for everyone but it is a great way to lend a hand.  Most shelters don’t always have enough space to house all the animals they are saving.  Often times they have to turn down animals coming in because they just don’t have the space or resources.  You can help out by fostering an animal until they are adopted or until they have space for it in the shelter.  The shelters typically provide all the supplies while you are fostering but you could provide the supplies to help out even more.  Sometimes shelters may even need help fostering sick animals back to good health, and they tend to recover better in a home then in a cage.  So if you have the time  and the space then this is a great way to help out temporarily.

Taking Pictures

Animals are more likely to get adopted if their online profile includes photos.  Since shelters are so busy taking care of the animals they often times don’t have time to take pictures of them all.  You could volunteer some time and even your camera to take some pictures of the animals at your local shelter.  You could even take it a step further and offer to add them to their website and social media channels. 

Donate Money

Shelters always need money, so if you have been looking for a place to donate money to then an animal shelter/rescue is a great place.  You can go into your local shelter and give them money to their program. Or often times they have donate buttons on their websites where you can make a donation. 

There are lots of ways you can help out less-fortunate animals, and the ones I listed above were just a few.  Have you ever helped out at your local animal shelter or rescue?

Share this post with others so we can help spread the word and save more animals. 

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Amie Bright Eyes Very Gentle Eye Make-up Remover Review

Amie Naturally Kind Bright Eyes Very Gentle  Eye Make-Up Remover ReviewI have been trying out a few products from Amie’s line of skin care products.  So far I have liked everything I’ve tried and you will be seeing some more reviews of this line soon.  I am about half way done my bottle of Amie Bright Eyes Very Gentle Eye Make-up Remover and really like it.  My go-to makeup remover for the past few years has been the Sonia Kashuk Remover and Amie’s works just as good.

Amie’s Bright Eyes Very Gentle Make-up Remover is made of 98.9% natural ingredients and has a gentle formula that is easy on the eyes.  The remover is 100% oil-free and terminologically tested.  It is also free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, petrochemicals and animal extracts.  This makeup remover is safe to use if you are a vegetarian or vegan.  The meadow cornflower and chamomile sooth and decongest while the grape water cleanses.  The cucumber then helps hydrate and refresh. 

Amie’s is a UK brand and is available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada.  I think the bottle runs for $7.99 Canadian.  It is £4.75 on their website and you get 125 ml of product in the bottle. 

You use Amie’s remover just like any other eye makeup remover.  Apply a small amount to a cotton pad and wipe make-up away gently.  Repeat the process until all your makeup is removed.

The eye makeup remover comes in a simple bottle.  I really like the bottle as it appears that it will stand up to all my travels.  The picture to the right shows my bottle as of today, so it looks partially empty but it comes full to the top.  The eye makeup remover has a light scent which I can’t quite describe, it’s just a clean scent.  It almost looks like windshield washer fluid as it is blue in colour.  It doesn’t sting my eyes when applied like some other brands I’ve tried.  It removed as much of my makeup as my usual makeup remover does.  To be honest, I haven’t found a eye makeup remover that takes off every last big of my eye makeup.  

I haven’t worn waterproof mascara in a while so I can’t tell you how well it removes that, but it takes of my day-to-day mascara with no issues.  When I wear waterproof mascara I will update this post, but I don’t have any in my collection right now so can’t put it to the test. 

If you need an extra pick-me-up you can keep this eye makeup remover in the fridge.  If I get another cold this winter I will be popping this in the fridge for a nice cooling sensation all over my eyes. 

Overall, I like this makeup remover and would re-purchase it. :)  

What is your favourite eye makeup remover?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

As I mentioned above, after years of wearing makeup I still haven’t found an eye makeup remover that takes off every ounce of my eye makeup. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review

too faced better than sex mascara reviewI have NEVER purchased a high-end mascara before and only go for drugstore mascaras.  I’ve tried samples of high-end mascaras but have never been that impressed to spend 5-10 times as much as I do on a drugstore mascara.  I was given the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced for the purpose of review.  I was holding off on reviewing it because I wanted to use up some of my current opened mascaras but finally opened it for New Years Eve.  

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara claims…

  • That your lashes will be full after one coat of their carbon black, collagen-fueled formula.  
  • That it is smudge-proof and provides all day wear.  
  • To nourish, thicken and lock curl into place.
  • To provide 1,944% more volume.

You can find Too Faced Cosmetics online on their website and in stores such as Sephora.  I own their Natural Eye Palette and absolutely love it but haven’t purchased any of their other products. The Better Than Sex Mascara retails for 23 USD on their website, it is $30 in the Canadian Sephora and you get 8 ml total of product.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review

First off, I love the mascara bottle.  It’s pink and the name of the mascara is embossed on the bottle.  It’s very heavy and wouldn’t be the ideal mascara to take traveling or to leave in your purse. It feels very luxurious and it should for the price.  But personally I would prefer to have it in a cheaper container if it would lower the price.

The handle of the wand is the heavy part so it feels different when applying this mascara as opposed to my usual ones.  The brush is in an hourglass shape which is suppose to help separate and coat each lash for voluptuous perfection. 

After applying just one coat of the Better Than Sex Mascara I was truly amazed!  This mascara is awesome, my lashes look so full and long after applying just one coat.  I’ve never had a mascara work so well in my life!  I really only need one coat of this mascara to get a dramatic look.  I haven’t even tried three coats but the box says that three coats will achieve the most intense black, over sized, multidimensional lashes.  Two coats is the max I would probably wear on my lashes, even one coat is too much for a trip to the grocery store.  This mascara is truly fab!

I had been using Latisse for the past year and had super long lashes, but used it all up and am now back to my normal lashes.  I can’t image how insane my lashes would have been if I had paired the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara with Latisse. 

I must mention that I have this problem when I wear mascara and it happens every time, no matter what mascara I have on.  I’ve tried setting my mascara, I’ve tried waterproof mascara, I’ve tried expensive mascara.  I’ve tried everything.  My problem is that after a few hours of wearing mascara my eyelashes leave black marks on my brow bones.  Like black smudges, and it isn’t because I’m not letting my mascara dry.  It happens at least an hour after applying it.  I’ll look in the mirror and see black smudges and be like OMG!  They wipe right off, but I never know how long I’ve been walking around like that.  So now I’m in a habit of constantly wiping my fingers across my brow bone in case I have mascara smudged there. 

I’m ecstatic to say that the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara stays put all day!  I’ve worn it 5 times now and never has it transferred to my brow bone.  I even wore it on New Years Eve, and that was a long night.  I’m super excited about this and might just have to make this my regular mascara.  I am interested to see how it holds up in the summer as well though when my skin is on the oily side. 

I’m not sure how long the product lasts before drying out as I typically pitch my mascaras after 6 months.  I’ve never actually used up a mascara, I just end up tossing them when I feel that I’ve had them for too long. 

Like I said in the beginning of my post, I’ve never spent money on higher-end mascaras but the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara has won me over.  I will be repurchasing this mascara, it’s too good to be ignored.  Luckily I travel to the states a lot and can get it for $23 instead of $30.  I highly recommend this mascara if you are looking for a new mascara.  Trust me, you won’t regret it, although I don’t think it’s better than sex!

Have you ever tried the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara?  

What are your thoughts?

I’d love to hear in the comments what your favourite mascara is, although I think I’ve found my holy grail mascara.  

BH Cosmetics Flawless Brow Trio Review

BH Cosmetics Flawless Brow Trio in Light Review SwatchI’ve never been one to fill in my brows but would occasionally with powder.  I decided I wanted to start experimenting with brow products but didn’t want to spend a bunch on a high-end product to start.  I was placing an order with BH Cosmetics for their 6 Color Concealer & Corrector Palette and decided to add the Flawless Brow Trio in Light to my shopping cart with it.

The BH Cosmetics Flawless Brow Trio retails for $6.95 on their website but they always have sales and I think I paid around $3-4 for it.  The palette is black, small and sleek which I really like.  It’s sturdy and works well for traveling.  It includes a good sized mirror and a mini brush which I never use.  

You get three brow products obviously, since it is called a trio.  It includes a wax product (0.9 grams) and two powder products (1.5 grams total).  The one powder is on the lighter side and the other is darker.  I would say that the wax is a shade between the two and is a warmer brown.   Continue reading

Sleek Face Contour Kit Review

Sleek Makeup Contour Kit in Medium ReviewI was looking for a new contour product and didn’t want to spend big bucks.  Hoola by Benefit seems to be a popular one but to be honest I don’t really like the colour, I think it is too orange whenever I swatch it in store.  I did some research and asked around and decided to order the Sleek Face Contour Kit in Medium 885 over the summer.  My go-to contour product is actually a blush by NYX in the colour Taupe.  I tend to get quite dark in the summer and the taupe blush doesn’t quite work for me when I’m tanned.

I was in the states when I placed my order and the shipping was fairly quick.  The Sleek Contour Kit retails for $9.99 online but I can pretty much guarantee you that I used a coupon code or something to make it even less inexpensive.  I never shop online without a coupon code.

The Sleek Face Contour Kit contains 14 grams of product and has both a contour shade and a highlight.  I bought it for the contour colour as I already have a favourite highlight which is Maybelline’s Master Hi-Light in Nude.  

The packing is very sleek and feels quite sturdy and would be good for traveling.  The compact comes with a mirror as well which happens to be a pretty nice one.  It also comes with a little instruction sheet on how to use the product. 

I was a little concerned about this kit because I wanted a matte contour colour with no shimmer and seeing as this a duo I was worried that the highlight would mix with the contour.  To this day I only have a few specks of shimmer in my contour colour which seems pretty good, although I’m quite careful when using it.  Continue reading

Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

Easy Christmas Centerpiece IdeasAre you hosting your family Christmas dinner and stuck on the perfect centerpiece for your table?  Stop worrying as anyone can make a beautiful centerpiece for their dinner table.  Here are a few Christmas centerpiece ideas for your dinner table this year.

Use Ornaments

You put them on the tree so why not use them on your table as well?  Stack some ornaments decoratively together with some glue.  Add some sprigs of pine to it to hide the glue and to create a more festive look.  Then place it in a bowl at the center of your table and surround it with candles.

You could also pick up a glass votive if you don’t already have one and fill it with ornaments left over from your tree, no glue needed.

Use Cranberries

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BH Cosmetics 6 Color Concealer & Corrector Palette Review

BH Cosmetics 6 Color Concealer & Corrector Palette ReviewI have pretty dark under eye circles and am always looking for ways to conceal them.  I decided to order the BH Cosmetics 6 Color Concealer & Corrector Palette because it’s inexpensive and had decent reviews.  I waited for a coupon code and placed an order.  BH Cosmetics always has coupon codes so I suggest looking or waiting for one before placing an order.

The 6 Color Concealer & Corrector Palette is $8.95, but I think I paid half of that I can’t really remember now.  There are 3 different palette shades available; light, medium and dark.  I went with the light one as it looked like it would work best for me.  The palette contains a variety colours to help neutralize redness, brighten darkness and cover blemishes.

I was quite excited to receive this after reading reviews but wasn’t too happy with it.  But what do you expect when you pay like $5 for an entire palette?  The concealers feel creamy in the pan but when you start working with them they are more of a powder formula.  They don’t blend in very well and when I apply them I can notice it on my face.  I couldn’t really get the concealers/correctors to hide any of my dark under eye circles, redness or blemishes so that was disappointing.  The finish was really powdery and I was hoping for a cream finish like the description says. Continue reading

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