Etsy – House Of Nika

For our second Etsy post, I am delighted to introduce to you ‘House of Nika’. 

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The owner of this gorgeous store is Anika Moore and in her store you will be able to find beautiful handmade items including hair bobbles, flower hair clips, as well as handmade paper flowers which are perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift. 

A little bit from Anika…

In my short bio I stated that I had been diagnosed with a few disabilities that left me unable to work in the conventional way. I lived with support from the government for a few years, but decided to try starting my own business. It gives me a sense of pride in myself and I love doing crafts and making things anyway, so my hobby is now my job. The name “House of Nika” started as a joke. “Nika” is the nickname my lovely boyfriend gave me and its always been my “alter ego” I guess. I had been making some jewellery and posting photos on facebook a few months before the idea to start my own business came about. Alot of people were urging me to do so, but I lacked the confidence. I had posted so many photos on Facebook I started jokingly saying “Here is another installment from the House of Nika” as a heading. So when I finally got some confidence and listened to friends and family, House of Nika was the only name for the business in my mind. 

We are glad Anika found her confidence and took the final steps to having her very own Etsy store. Anika generously sent us three of her items from her store for us to test out and present to our lovely readers.

First up is a beautiful large red Poppy styled hair clip. It is made out of red felt with black accent felt pieces as well as tiny beads and a sequin in the middle. With such a generous sized hair clip, I thought it may have felt quite heavy when in my hair, but as it is made from felt it was so light I could barely feel it. The actual metal part of the hair clip is a simple silver clip which didn’t catch in my hair, which can happen with some alligator style clips.

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Secondly, is a pretty turquoise coloured Dahlia style hair clip. This one can actually also be made as a brooch if you speak to Anika when ordering. The small petals are beautifully shaped and layered to give a real life effect and are finished off with a silver sequin and turquoise faceted bead. This hair clip has the same style metal clip as the poppy hair clip and so again is comfortable to wear and would look fabulous in winter with black clothing or in summer for some tropical brightness.

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Last but certainly not least is one of my favourites… The Red Rose hair clip. This is a perfect three dimensional design and looks just like a true rose pinned in your hair. There are green leaves also made out of felt, at the base of the rose and again has the very comfortable silver snap clip attached to it. Anika states that this can be made in a variety of colours, and again also be made into a brooch. I shall definitely be taking this to Florida with me :)

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All three of these hair clips can be purchased for just £3 each so be sure to check these out along with all of the other sweet items at

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HouseofNika?ref=shopinfo_shophome_leftnav

Love, 

Kathryn xx

Girls’ Pamper Night

Now I don’t know about you but I’m a bit of a fair-weather girl when it comes to going out on a weekend. I live in a small town where not a lot happens and so my winter weekends are often spent going for meals, spending time at a friends, having sleepovers with my Goddaughter Willow and a good girly night in pampering myself. This post is all about showcasing some amazing traditional and new products for that perfect pamper sesh.

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With all make-up and beauty products, it is important to have the correct tools. I’m starting off by telling you about ‘The Konjac Sponge Co’ Konjac Puff Sponge. Konjac is reputed for its health giving properties, used by the Japanese for over 1500 years (can’t argue with that), having originally starting out as a medicine in the sixth century. The Konjac Puff Sponge is great for deeply cleansing and gently exfoliating the skin, as well as being perfect for sensitive skins too as it has a natural pH balance. It is also great for removing make-up (the first step in a pamper night) and is suitable for all ages, so whether you’re a teen or a more mature age, this sponge will be fantastic.

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Please check out http://www.konjacspongecompany.com where you can get the Puff Sponge for £6.99 as well as the other products in the range.

The Face

Naisture Collagen Mask Pack

If you haven’t tried a paper face mask before, then you are in for a treat. Gone are the days of sticky face masks, or gloopy creams, these paper face masks are super easy to use, and the results are amazing. Just unfold, and apply the paper mask (you look a little silly, but it’s worth it! Emily actually thought I looked like I was an extra in a horror movie), then the amazing moisturising mask with collagen, gives your skin a direct dose of active ingredients that work hard and fast to improve skin’s elasticity and firmness. What’s inside? Vegetable collagen derived from carrots strengthens skin, improves elasticity and has anti-ageing properties. This wonder-mask also contains one of the most friendly acids – hyaluronic, which is a natural part of our skin’s matrix and binds moisture in. Other ingredients include Shea Butter and Raffinose which help promote smoother, silkier and more radiant-looking skin.

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You can purchase these from retailers such as Amazon, where you can get 5 masks for £10.

Anatomicals Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches

Here at The Kats Paws you may have noticed we LOVE Anatomicals products, they are so kooky and always cheer us up. As I have done with previous Anatomicals reviews, I’ll start with what the company says about this product…

“You know the blood curdling screams you hear in horror films when vampires sink their teeth into the white fleshed necks of virginal nieces of 18th century noblemen? Well, they’re the same blood curdling screams that can be heard when young ladies (as this is the 21st century, let’s skip the virginal bit) who have bitten off more than they can chew party wise, stare in the mirror, at their pale, drawn complexions, and baggy, tired eyes. If you’re one such young lady and have always wished there was a product to make you look less (un)dead, then these collagen under eye patches are the Count’s (as in Dracula) cojones.” (Or The Kat’s Paws!)

So, okay we are getting far too scary for my liking, I promise it will get girlier! You get 2 sets in the pack, they feel really weird when you first put them on, like a second, cold and wet under eye skin…but once you get over the first few minutes you can completely relax with them. You leave them on for half an hour, I sat with them for a little longer whilst I was laid in the bath, with some gorgeous Sanctuary Spa Bath Oil and my A Child’s Wish Yankee Candle and felt very relaxed. These patches claim to reduce dark circles, puffiness and restore moisture. I don’t really suffer from dark circles too badly, but have puffy under eyes and I have to say these really did the trick. I looked refreshed, felt refreshed and I would highly recommend these for a little under eye pamper.

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You can purchase these from online retailers such as ASOS.com for £6

MOA Daily Cleansing Ritual

Whilst you have your eye patches on, I recommend trying the MOA Green Balm Daily Cleansing Ritual pack. It comes in a cute cardboard container and inside there is a luxurious bamboo face cloth and 50ml of the Green Balm. Bamboo fibre is naturally anti-bacterial and is one of the most eco materials on the planet. The Green Balm enables you to give your skin a balancing deep cleanse, remove excess oils and impurities by following the few simple steps on the container. Green Balm is is ideal for oily, acne skin, as well as dry and sensitive types and so it is something you can use all year round. This balm is also safe to use around the eyes and even removes the thickest of eye make up and left my skin balanced and glowing.

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You can check this set out at http://www.thegreenbalm.com where prices start at £4.99 for 15ml of the balm up to £14.99 for the set.

LEOR Facial Exfoliate Creme

Next step, is exfoliation. Exfoliation should only be done 1-2 times a week as otherwise it can be too harsh for the epidermis layer of your skin and may end up damaging the dermis layer. The Leor Facial Exfoliate Creme is infused with my favourite scent lavender, so it has a delightfully fresh, floral fragrance to it. The consistency is a thick cream, with smooth and quite small pumice to naturally and gently exfoliate. The idea of exfoliating is to remove dead skin cells and leave behind fresher and more vibrant skin and this is something I’m definitely after at the moment after bracing the horrid cold and wind that is the British weather. Boooooo. I applied a small blob of the creme onto my slightly damp forehead, cheeks and chin and massaged in small circular motions, rinsing with warm water. It left my skin feeling and looking a lot more radiant and squeaky clean. 

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LEOR products are available at http://www.myleor.co.uk  and this Creme is £11 for 100grams and comes in a variety of fragrances as well as unfragranced.

 

 Nair Soothing Facial Wax Strips

These Wax Strips are perfect for eyebrows and the upper lip area. I tried them out on my eyebrows. I have naturally thin eyebrows and as I use an eyebrow powder, if my brows aren’t kept in shape the powder makes them look dreadful. The strips work well at removing all the hair from the area it has been applied to. Obviously it hurts a little when you pull the strip off but if you follow the instructions it really isn’t that bad. The results are worth it to me for the 1 or 2 seconds of tender tingle-y skin. This pack also contains some post-wax soothing wipes to abolish the not-so-lovely shade of red waxing leaves. I must admit I do prefer to go to the salon for my eyebrows doing but these are a great alternative for when you can’t get an appointment or have a last-minute invitation for a night on the town.

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Nair products are available in stores such as Boots, Tesco and Superdrug, with these particular strips costing around £4.99

The Body

Find Sculpted Silhouette Inchwrap Firming Gel

Spa finds is a British brand that started small but their products have now gone global and are sold in over 26 countries. They specialise in mineral based skincare and all of their products are full of healing dead sea minerals making them great for all skin types. I’ve never tried a product designed to tackle cellulite before but this actually claims to do a great deal more than just that which makes it a very interesting and appealing product indeed. It detoxifies the body, improves stretch marks, firms and tones skin, boosts circulation and soothes muscular aches and pains. Phew, that’s a lot! This is a seriously multitasking product and it sounds just lovely. And this isn’t tested on animals either! I have been using the product for just under a month now on the tops of my thighs and can honestly say that there is a definite change in texture and tone.

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Check out http://www.spafindskincare.com :)

Nails

100% Pure Nail Polish in Juice

100% Pure is a cosmetic company that sells natural, vegan and cruelty-free products. Juice is a gorgeous, tropical coral pink shade and perfect for brightening up those winter days! Generally speaking, I think people often believe that natural products do not always give a brilliant performance but upon applying this nail polish, it was luxuriously creamy rather than watery and two coats gave a perfect finish. I didn’t even need to apply a top coat as this polish gives a lovely shine when dry.
 
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100% Pure sells a variety of cosmetics, which you can check out at http://www.100percentpure.co.uk 
 
Lilac & Thyme
 
Lilac & Thyme products are handmade in Northumberland by Bernice Drummond. A cabin crew member for over 25 years, Bernice formulated skincare products to help combat the effects that flying had on her skin. Using the finest of ingredients and aromatherapy blends, every product is designed to promote your wellbeing. All Lilac & Thyme products are free from Parabens SLS/SLES and Petrochemicals.
 
Lavender & Geranium Face Food

This wonderful face cream is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants essential for anti ageing.  Formulated with Rosehip Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Jojoba and Vitamin E, it will leave your skin velvety smooth and wonderfully moisturised with no greasy film. It is suitable for all skin types and smells and feels heavenly, as well as putting plenty of moisture into my parched skin. The jars are the cutest things, a glass bottom with a matte metal screw lid, with pastel coloured labels, which look beautiful on my dressing table.

Pink Clay & Raspberry Face Mask

Clay has been used in cosmetics sinced ancient times, and it still found in many facial masks on the market. Unfortunately many contain perfumes and are laden with harmful preservatives. Clay has the ability to absorb excess oils, dirt and harmful toxins from the skin. The fruit powders are packed with vitamins and antioxidants and the honey will soften and moisturise your skin naturally. When I received this lovely little jar, I was slightly confused – on the label it said it was a face mask, but once I removed the lid, there was a gorgeous pink powder inside. I then read the instructions which state you need to add a teaspoonful of the clay powders with a little water, fruit juice or natural yoghurt and mix to a paste.  If you suffer from dry skin, you can mix it with a facial oil. Once again the smell is divine and reminds me of a really fresh raspberry yoghurt. I firstly used this Face Mask and then followed up with the Face Food and it left my skin beautifully fresh and well-moisturised without leaving an oily film on the top layer of my skin.

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The Face Mask is £4.95 for a 50g jar and the Face Food is £9.95 for a 50ml jar. These products are really well priced as you do not need to use a lot of the product and I will certainly be taking the Face Food on holiday with me in March. Check Bernice’s other products out at http://www.lilacandthyme.com

Lastly…. 

No girly night in would be just that without sweets! Hope and Greenwood sent The Kats Paws some festive treats in December and we couldn’t wait to tuck into these. We received the Mince Pie Bonbons, which are made from the chewiest, creamiest toffee and powdered with the very essence and spice of Christmas and the Jolly Christmas Sweet Shake. The Shake included so many different types of sweets, including a candy cane, chocolate coins, jelly beans, marshmallows, my personal favourite a pink sugar mouse, and more. Christmas may have been over a month ago, but sweets are sweets and these certainly went down a treat. Hope and Greenwood sell a wide variety of traditional sweets, which will no doubt take you back to your childhood days of flying saucers and midget gems. They currently have a sale on as well as a Valentine’s range so make sure you check them out at http://www.hopeandgreenwood.co.uk

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What products can you recommend myself and Emily to try out for other pamper night treats? Let us know!

Love,

A very relaxed and pampered Kathryn xx

 

 

 

ETSY – Dirty Rotten Rags

Recently I discovered Etsy. It’s been around for ages and for those that haven’t heard of it, it is a site where individuals who are amazingly creative and crafty are able to sell their homemade items. I downloaded the App from the itunes store and started having a browse….I was still browsing 3 hours later…there are SO many gorgeous things to buy, at decent prices, and for everybody and anybody from all over the world!

The first store I came across was Dirty Rotten Rags… Rayon is the owner and creator of this Etsy store which sells some AMAZING “mashed-up 80s/90s vintage”. There are jewellery items, clothing and more, all hand-customised, with the opportunity to add your own customisation and personalised stamp on the items. My particular favourites are the old-style acid-washed Adidas tops and the dripping Chanel jewellery.

We recently received these stunning earrings…

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These beaut earrings are made from a gold mirrored acrylic in the style of a dripping Chanel emblem. Emily and I recently went out for our friend Josh’s leaving dinner and I wanted to be dressy but it was wayyyy too cold for a dress and so i threw on some black skinny jeans and a grey top with Topshop heels and then to really add some fabulousness to my plain outfit I added these earrings.

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They are so unbelievably light I could barely feel them – long drooping earlobes are a big no no in my book – yet I had so many comments that evening on the sparkle of the earrings. I was able to wear a large cool earring without having the weight of large metal earrings all night. 

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You can check Rayon’s store Dirty Rotten Rags out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/dirtyrottenrags as well as checking out her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/dirtyrottenrags as well as some cool pics on Instagram…. ID @dirtyrottenrags

As a special treat, Rayon has generously given us a 10% discount to pass on to you all… simply visit her Etsy shop, add everything you love and enter the code thekatspaws14 before 30/4/2014

Here are a few sneak peeks from Dirty Rotten Rags….

 

 

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Hope y’all had a great weekend!

Peace,

Kathryn xx

Get To Know Us!

The Kats Paws has been blogging for a few months now, and we can’t believe how popular it has been- we’re really grateful to you all for making our project a success :)

As you know, we are Emily and Kathryn, but we thought it would be a great idea to take this opportunity to let you know a little bit more about us and what we like!

We also did this separately so our answers may be similar or they may be completely different! Who knows, let’s find out!

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Full name:

E: Emily Faye Pawson

K: Kathryn Joanne Watson

Age:

E: 23 with the mentality of a 17 year old!

K: 29

Where do you live?

E: On the outskirts of Hull, East Yorkshire.

K: Goole, East Yorkshire, UK

Height:

E: 5ft 5/6ins I think. I think I have some form of height dysphormia though, as I see myself as a lot taller!

K: 5ft 3ins

What do you do in your spare time?

E: Mainly blogging! We both work 9-5 so this takes up most of our evenings (it’s just as well that we love it!) I also get dragged to the gym a few times a week by my friend Holly to take part in Zumba, Body Combat and Body Jam classes. I did try spinning once but I got cramp in my foot then fell off my bike… It wasn’t my finest moment and I haven’t returned. At the weekends I like going shopping (when the funds permit it), going for lunch with my friends and having a few drinks with the girls! I’m also learning to drive so have a few lessons a week, and write articles and book reviews for work. I like going to concerts too, last year I saw Robbie Williams and Olly Murs, and this year it’s all about ONE DIRECTION!

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Emily with her friend Laura and mum Karen at the Robbie concert!

K: The blog takes up quite a bit of my spare time, but I love doing it, it stops me from munching on too many chocolate bars whilst I’m sat at home on an evening. Apart from that I love spending time with Willow, my 4 year old Goddaughter, we usually go shopping or out for lunch. I also go to Old Trafford to watch my beloved Manchester United and love spending summer weekends at Butlins in Skegness where I once worked for a summer a few years ago. I enjoy geeky things such as reading, writing to my pen pals and going out on my beautiful old fashioned bicycle, as well as playing golf with my Dad and spending time with my cute black and white cat Daisy-May.

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Kathryn and Willow

Is your hair naturally straight or curly?

E: Curly. Oh so curly and unmanageable!

K: Naturally lank, a bit wavy. Neither poker straight or curly.

Natural hair colour?

E: a dark brown colour. A bit mousey, a bit boring.

K: A medium bland brown

Do you dye it- at home or at the salon?

E: Yep, at home. I decided to go lighter for the summer and still striving for the perfect colour so am often putting dark blonde / light brown colours on. I particularly love the foam dyes you can get now- they’re so easy to use!

K: A bit of both, depending on the amount of money I have spare, I also hate having to sit in a chair for 3 hairs straight, it bores me to death as I don’t have a great attention span.

How do you wear your hair?

E: I prefer to wear it down with my extensions in which are quite natural looking but add length and thickness. During the week for work, I usually whack it up in a messy bun.

K: At work, I usually wear it up in a scruffy bun as I much prefer to have an extra half hours sleep, but on weekends etc I usually wear it down, or curl it with the straighteners (however bizarre that sounds) and often clip back my fringe with whatever flowery, spotty dotty, rainbow coloured clip I can find. (Willow and I often share hair clips and Next Kids section does a great selection haha)

What is your favourite hair product?

E: Definitely Neal & Wolf Silk Balm! It’s a miracle worker!

K: I’m not a massive fan of hair products as I hate the greasy feeling most leave behind but I do use Batiste on a daily basis as I love the texture it gives. Best hair product invented ever!

How often do you change your nail colour?

E: I am rubbish at painting my nails so hardly ever! I also pick my nail varnish off when I’m concentrating or am bored!

K: I’ll be honest I’m quite a lazy person sometimes and I always have the good intentions of painting my nails but then daily activities/sleep/tv often get in the way.

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Favourite nail varnish brand?

E: Probably Nails Inc, as it’s so easy to apply and I love the consistency, but am also a fan of Barry M colours!

K: OPI are the longest lasting in my opinion, but Nails Inc do really funky shades and trends.

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How long does it take you to do your make up?

E: this depends, but usually about half an hour! If I’m in a rush, I can do it in 10-15 minutes, but if I’m doing it properly then definitely longer. It’s also a lot longer if I’m experimenting with new products or styles or getting ready for a night out.

K: Depends on what/where I’m going/doing….can be anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour!

Do you do your eyes or face first?

E: I do my primer, foundation and brows first, followed by my eyes, then go back to my face at the end with concealer to fix mascara mistakes, bronzer and blusher, then finish with the lip colour of the day.

K: Face, as I often get mascara around my eyes and so I wipe this off and then touch up with concealer.

Do you collect make up products or do you just buy it when you need it?

E: I used to be a one at the time girl but recently my collection has been growing. I’m currently using about 6 mascaras, 3 foundations, 3 blushers, 4 eyeliners and umpteen lip products but only have one of each of my higher end products- MAC powder, Bobbi Brown bronzer and Benefit Brow Zings. I also love to try out new products on the stands of Boots and Superdrug, so grab them when I see them!

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K: I am such a hoarder! I buy more than I need! I can’t resist a bargain, new product or trend and love trying them out.

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(This is HALF of Kathryn’s wardrobe… Just as evidence of her hoarder tendencies!)

How often do you wear false eyelashes?

E: Quite a lot! I love wearing falsies and wear them usually on the weekends and definitely for a night out! The only time I don’t wear them is in the office.

K: I have really short thin straight lashes and I really dislike them and so I used to wear them on a daily basis but they were making my natural lashes look dreadful from all the glue and so now I just wear them when I’m going out. We have a few products to help with poor lashes so keep an eye out for those reviews!

Do you prefer high end or drugstore make up?

E: a mixture of both! I’ve kind of answered this question above. I’d love to use all high end products but I can’t really afford to, plus drugstore make up can be brilliant. The ranges are a lot bigger too, so you can test out all sorts without breaking the bank.

K: I definitely prefer designer make up, call me a snob, but I always get a special feeling when purchasing a cosmetic item that is presented in a glossy box and then popped into a bag and tied with a ribbon. You also more often than not get chance to try out higher end cosmetics and get assistance and tips as they have counters within department stores where you can visit.

Favourite brand?

E: It differs for each product, but if I had to choose one it would probably be Rimmel, as they have such a wide variety to choose from and I love their foundation, powder, mascara and lipsticks which is all you really need in life :) I also love Benefit and Bobbi Brown.

K: Make up wise at the moment I’d say Lancome for skin and foundation, MAC for their Skin Finish powder, Benefit or Too Faced for Blusher, HD Brows Pallette for eye brows, Yves Saint Laurent and Lancome for eye make up.

If you could only wear one make up item, what would it be?

E: Definitely mascara!! I don’t leave the house without it!

K: Mascara without a doubt. I would have said foundation not so long ago but my skin has recently improved after using a few different products and my Magnitone Pulsar!

How often do you change your handbag?

E: Not that often. I carry so much stuff around with me that when it’s all in one home, it’s so much easier. I usually use a bag until it’s on it’s last legs. I have tonnes of bags but never use them. I think if you swap and change you kind of forget what you have or they go out of fashion and you much prefer your newer purchase to one you bought years ago! I am, however, DESPERATE for a Mulberry- one day, eh :)

K: Weekly I guess. I love my handbags, they’re some of my favourite material possessions. I have Chloe, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Miu Miu, Dooney & Bourke and my recent faves Kate Spade.

What clothing item couldn’t you live without?

E: This is a toughie but probably leggings as I seem to wear them more than anything else, with long tops or little dresses. They’re just so versatile and you can dress them up with heels or down with Uggs and a hoodie! My favourites at the minute are a green tartan pair from Topshop.

K: A hoody. Not in a chavvy way, but they are so versatile and comfy. I have lots, including one my friend did with a painting of me on :)

Heels or flats?

E: I’d love to be one of those people who wears heels every day but a) I’d feel a bit too dressy and b) I can’t actually walk in heels very well! I’ve actually got a really damaged ankle at the minute from cockling over in some killers. It now keeps clicking when I walk! Can anyone diagnose this?

K: If I could avoid frostbite in winter, I would totally wear flip flops 365 days a year! I hate having shoes on my feet for some bizarre reason. But obviously I love the feeling of having a bit of extra height when wearing heels on a night out, and I totally cannot dance in flats!

Do you wear an item of jewellery every day?

E: Most days I wear my silver Pandora bracelet which is starting to really fill up with charms and my tan rope Pandora bracelet which I like to keep plain. Also, I wear a gorgeous bracelet that Kathryn bought me for Christmas quite a lot!

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K: Pretty much everyday but not necessarily the same item. The jewellery I am wearing most at the moment, is some black and gold Marc Jacobs stud earrings, a gold and cream ring from River Island, my Tatty Divine Januzaj necklace and my Michael Kors watch collection.

What time do you go to bed?

E: I usually head to bed at about 10pm-11pm on a week night but don’t often fall asleep until midnight as I spend time checking social networks and blogs for post ideas and new products that people are testing out.

K: During the week I like to be in bed around 10ish but I am a rubbish sleeper and can be laid awake until 2am some nights :( obviously on a weekend it is when I get in, or feel tired.

Who are your favourite bloggers?

E: I read and watch a lot of bloggers, with my absolute favourites being Zoella and Tanya Burr. I also like watching Louise (Sprinkle Of Glitter), Alfie (Pointless Blog), Jim Chapman and Fleur De Force, oh and Daily Grace is hilarious!
And of course, Kathryn of the Kats Paws :)

K: Emily Pawson of The Kats Paws!

And finally… How did you come up with the name of your blog?

Well Kathryn is Kat, Emily is Paws and together we make THE KATS PAWS :)

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Thanks for reading the post and hope you enjoyed it!

Love,
Emily and Kathryn xxx

Method Cleaning Products

Who thought something as mundane as cleaning products can be glamorous? Read on for our review on Method Cleaning Products…

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Multi-Surface Non-Toxic Surface Cleaner

Firstly the scent of this is French LAVENDER (Woohoo) and it smells gorgeous, subtle and pleasant without being overbearing or chemical smelling. Not often can you describe cleaning products in this way, but it’s true. The ingredients are natural, derived from corn and coconut, the lavender oil is from French Lavender and not tested on any animals. Method products are ‘green’ products – environmentally friendly and I thought that using ‘green’ products would mean that I would be working harder to scrub, and that they wouldn’t work as well as the usual chemical sprays. But this cleaner was amazing, you spray it on, leave it for a minute and then wipe and the grime and gunge is actually gone! I have used this in the kitchen, hob, stainless steel, bins, skirting boards, windows, table tops and lots more. Definitely 5 out of 5 for this beauty, and maybe even an extra point for it smelling of lavender.

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Emily’s Verdict:

I’ll admit it now, I’m not a very good cook. I have two specialities- spaghetti bolognaise and fajitas- and both of those are prepared with a little help from Dolmio and Old El Paso.

I’ll also admit that I am rubbish at cleaning. I’m just not very good at it! It’s so boring and time consuming and when you get that bit of dirt that just won’t shift it drives me INSANE.

Basically, I’d be an awful housewife… which is just as well, as I’m destined for a life as a cat lady.

However, all in aid of research and reviewing, I did a spot of cooking, then cleaned up after myself using the Method Daily Kitchen Cleaner.

This bottle of orange beauty is an absolute miracle worker. We have a glass hob at home which really picks up dirt and water marks when the pan over boils (I told you I wasn’t good at cooking).

This product wipes stubborn stains away so easily and there’s no need to scrub the work tops as this is so powerful.

I also hate the way chemicals feel on my skin from cleaning products but this didn’t irritate my hands what so ever!

Method Pink Grapefruit Hand Wash

Without boring you beautiful people about my sore dry chapped hands again, washing them in soap that strips them is an absolute NO SIR! This handwash smells luscious, with a gentle perfume that isn’t overly strong but softly lingers after you have dried your hands.

Method’s hand washes are Triclosan-free and as safe as they are pretty. The bottle is a teardrop shape and looks great on the bathroom or kitchen side, almost as if it is a decoration or ornament.

This hand wash is in a fresh, invigorating pink grapefruit scent, but this range of hand washes is also available in French Lavender, Sweet Water and Waterfall as well as there being two foaming hand washes in Sweet Water and Green Tea & Aloe.

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Method Washing-Up Liquid – Cucumber

I am a huge fan of this washing-up liquid, and this bottle looks really nice on my sink (tres important!). I have used this for a few months now and haven’t had any problems with the pump clogging, spraying myself or worse. The pump dispenser allows for guess-free portioning of the liquid and is also as effective as petroleum-based washing up liquids, but without the petroleum. Simply let the dishes soak for 15 minutes, grap a cup of tea and relax, and then scrub the dishes gently with a sponge and rinse. I have NEVER smelt a washing up liquid that actually smells like the scent it is supposed to, usually all you can smell is soap and that horrid chemical smell, but this cucumber fragrance smells as fresh as cucumber scented facial products. Simply gorgeous!

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Emily tried out the Laundry Liquid:

This smarter, easier and greener innovative liquid has a sleek little bottle and a plant-based formula they call smartclean technology.

I tested this about a month ago when my friend Laura came to stay with me. She had a creamy peach coloured camisole from Topshop that she wanted to wear, but she had accidentally put it in a dark wash and the colour had turned a mucky grey!

She asked me if I had anything that would get stains out, when I remembered this product was in my blog bag and thought it would be the ideal situation to put it through it’s paces.

I stuck it in the wash with a few squirts of the liquid and was shocked at how well it worked! Yes, the cami wasn’t back to it’s original form, but the greyness had come out significantly and it was wearable again!

Not only that but the smell was fresh and using it reduced my carbon footprint by 35%- win/win situation!

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Please check out Method’s other gorgeous products on http://www.methodproducts.co.uk where you can also purchase the Multi-Surface cleanser for just £3 for an 828ml bottle, the Washing-Up Liquid for only £3 for a 532ml bottle and the Pink Grapefruit Hand Wash for £2.49 for 354ml. These products may be slightly more price-wise than the offers you see in the supermarket, but they last ages and are environmentally friendly :)

Love,

Kathryn xx

Proactiv Solution Daily Oil Control

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I recently discovered another perfect product to take on my holiday and thought I would share it with you lovelies. Personally in warm weather, nights out, things like that, I suffer from a really oily t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) which can look really unattractive. Yes, even at the grand old age of 29 and 10 months old I suffer from teenage skin occasionally. 

In preparation for Florida, I tried out the Proactiv Solution Daily Oil Control Moisturiser. Proactiv is HUGE in America and is renowned for being used by a variety of celebrities. This product feels cooling to the touch and absorbs into the skin within a minute to make you feel like you aren’t wearing anything at all, which to me is important because I dont like to feel too much gunk on my face.

I wear foundation daily, even in the summer, and this had a noticeable effect on my oiliness and my foundation’s staying power in warm conditions, as well as making my face feel less sweaty. It also reduced some of the spots that were brewing and make my skin look much nicer than usual and a few days I had the confidence to just wear a bit of MAC Skin Finish powder which is a light face powder to just dust over the skin. It also has an SPF of factor 15 and so can be used in the sunshine too, you can never protect your skin too much.

You can purchase this from Amazon for around £10 :)

Love

Kathryn xx

Viridian Ultimate 100% Organic Beauty Oil

Apologies for another reference to the weather but the cold, wind and rain certainly does nothing for our luscious locks and glowing skin, instead it leaves us with brittle hair and nails and chapped skin. SO not a good look! I was extremely interested to see how Viridian Beauty Oil would help me with these problems. 

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Viridian is a British brand, founded in Northampton back in 1999 by Cheryl Thallon who had worked in the natural products industry for many years in different guises from being editor of Natural Food Trader Magazine to UK Managing Director of Solgar Vitamins. Viridian now has a range of over 180 products.

A great source of 3:6:9 fatty acid and anti-oxidants, Vitamin E and carotenoids including alpha-carotene, beta carotene and lutein, it contains ingredients such as golden flax, hemp, avocado and evening primrose oils. It is suggested that you take 2-3 spoonfuls a day with food, and if you’re not particularly keen on taking it from the spoon, you can drizzle it over a yummy salad or add it to a milkshake or smoothie.

I’ve found that this product really seemed to have given extra life to my hair which beforehand had been breaking quite easily and felt very dull but has now taken on a much healthier shine, my nails are feeling stronger and even my skin seems to have found some of its long departed glow. I must admit I am not in love with the smell but I am definitely a fan of the results and this will be something I shall be adding to my daily routine. 

If you would like to check out the other items in Viridian’s range, you can check out their website at http://www.viridian-nutrition.com where the Ultimate Beauty Oil can be purchased in a 200ml size for £9.50 or 500ml for £19.66

Love

Kathryn xx

Faith In Nature Lavender & Geranium Shower Gel & Foam Bath

Everyone is in a rush these days, we want everything not just yesterday but a week last Tuesday. Faith In Nature have brought out a product that is not just shower gel but is also bubble bath. I present to you Lavender & Geranium Shower Gel & Foam Bath…

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As some of you may know i LOVE lavender, it is one of my favourite scents, and certainly not just for cute little old ladies. (I’m not that old right?) Lavender and Geranium are known for their soothing qualities and this shower gel/foam bath/wonder product is also made with grape skin, which contains antioxidants and so this is the perfect for a relaxing hot bubble bath after a (VERY) stressful day at work. All Faith In Nature products are free from artificial colours and fragrances, contain no parabens or SLES, are biodegradable and are not tested on animals. So you can rest assured these are all natural products and you are doing your bit for the environment whilst indulging in a little relaxation at the same time. Who can say better than that? This product is perfect for those who only have showers, or only baths, or who are lucky enough to have both and so is a perfect pick me up gift for someone who may be suffering from the dreaded cold which is going around at the moment and great for if you do not know what bathroom ensemble they own! 

Please visit http://www.faithinnature.co.uk to find out more about these wonderful products. Lavender & Geranium Shower Gel & Foam Bath is available in a generous 400ml size at just £5.45. Check out their gorgeous new tropical fragrances Coconut and Pineapple & Lime :)

Love

Kathryn x

 

Get Ready With Me: Night Out

As the new year begins, everyone has two problems:

1) Present purchases, Christmas and New Year celebrations have completely cleared out your bank account. Like completely. You’re completely skint and raiding the piggy bank to buy yourself a Freddo to make life seem better (which by the way, used to be 10p. What happened to the world?!)

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2) EVERYONE is on a health kick- including me! The gym is rammed every time you go, the exercise classes have so many people in you’re surprised you haven’t gained a black eye from someone getting slightly TOO into the new Zumba routine and you open the fridge and sigh with disappointment when you prepare what feels like your 1526th salad of the month. Not only that, but everyone seems to have become Dryathletes, and, although the idea of raising money for charity by taking part in Dry January is brilliant, no one wants to play out anymore!
I even bought some new trainers last week! (I know, sexy right?)

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And for those who know me well, I’m never one to turn down a night out with the girls!

So, in light of this, I’ve decided to do a night out feature of all the products I love for your perfect party night. Because, you know, it’s good to be optimistic of all the nights out February is going to bring! I have my friend Stacey’s birthday night out on the 1st, then I’m heading up to Newcastle for my friends Laura and LC’s birthdays, then of course, it’s Kathryn’s 30th weekends in Butlins to prepare for!

Oh and be prepared, this may be pretty long! Perfection takes time, right?

Bath Time

I always love to have a bath if I have a while to get ready, as it leaves your skin feeling soft and ready for prep! It also leaves you feeling relaxed and ready for a late one.

I love quite a lot of different music, so usually let my phone or iPad play on shuffle whilst in the bath. Obviously, a favourite is still One Direction’s album Midnight Memories, but to get ready for a night out I love listening to dance and house music which have been holiday songs from the summer that remind you of having a great time!

I also like to burn some candles whilst in the bath, and as you can see, I’ve got a cute selection going on at the minute:

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I love the Faith In Nature bubble baths which I blogged about a couple of days ago. They have the most amazing scents and leave my skin feeling lovely and soft! My favourite for before a night out is the Grapefruit and Orange, which is really zingy and refreshing!

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To wash my hair, it depends on what products I’m using at the time. I have dyed hair which I use a lot of heat on, so I don’t like to wash it every day to avoid further damage. I love Herbal Essences shampoos, as each scent reminds me of certain times in my life, but at the minute I’m using Paul Mitchell products which are expensive, but leave my hair feeling gorgeous!

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Next, to get the perfect skin for fake tan, I exfoliate using one of my two favourite Soap and Glory exfoliators; Scrub Of Your Life and Flake Away. Both of these products smell divine and leave my skin feeling utterly gorgeous and smooth!

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Another ‘in shower’ product which I really like at the moment is Nivea In Shower Moisturiser. You’ve probably read quite a lot a out this product before, but it is the lazy girls solution to moisturising and I often use it in a morning when the whole moisturising routine flew out of the window when you hit the snooze button for the 17th time. It’s really cheap but effective and I use it all the time, even when I AM planning to moisturise properly!

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Prep Time

First up, I cleanse my face properly just to ensure its completely prepped for make up!

I’m using two different cleansers at the moment, one from a brand called Amie and one called Organic Surge which came in a Betrousse Box that we were sent.

Each have different consistencies, with Amie being creamier and Organic Surge being more watery, but both leave my face feeling squeaky clean and ready for moisturiser!

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To moisturise my face, I like to use a different cream than the rest of my body, as the skin is much more sensitive and libel to damage.

Another product received in the Betrousse Beauty Box was a Helenere 24 hour cream, which is in a minute size that is easy to carry around or take on your travels. The consistency of this product is brilliant and a little bit goes a long way, so it lasts for ages!

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Even after using the Nivea product in the shower, if I’m going to fake tan then moisturiser is a must! At the minute I really love more Soap and Glory products- particularly the Righteous Butter, which again smells gorgeous and leave my skin feeling brand new. I also like to use it when I’m still slightly damp as it locks on the moisture of your skin!

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For a real pamper session, hair removal is also vital, not only to your body but to your eyebrows.

I’ve been using a product which I was slightly dubious about but it’s a really quick and easy way to get perfect brows and that’s the Nair Face and Eyebrow Wax Roll On.

I thought I’d end up with odd shaped eyebrows, but this is great to get rid of all the unwanted strays and a lot easier than tweezing, which I am rubbish at. The roll on applicator glides smoothly on the skin after it has been sat in boiled water for a couple of minutes. Obviously, waxing is pretty painful but this one wasn’t too bad at all (and my pain threshold is horrendous) and it doesn’t leave unsightly red marks which is extremely handy! Just ensure you do a patch test first!

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Now for tanning. I love a variety of different tanning products and use different brands for different occasions. At the moment I love the St Tropez Instant Tan which was featured on The Kats Paws last week, and am also loving another well known brand- Fake Bake.

This tan is more of an instant body glow than a full on fake tan, and is perfect for this time of the year where you want exactly that- just a slight glow.

The pigmentation is gorgeous and shimmery, and the consistency is thin and body lotion like, making it extremely easy to apply.

I still use a mitt for this, just to get a more professional and even finish, and it washes off easily the next day.

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Hair

I’m not a huge fan of putting loads of products on my hair as it weighs down easily, so finding the right balance is needed for volume and long lasting style.

Firstly, I’m still absolutely in love with my Neal and Wolf Silk balm. I have honestly never used a product like this before, which works miracles on my unruly mane. I couldn’t live without it, as you can see from our blog post a couple of months ago now!

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And secondly, after styling I’ve discovered a brilliant spray for added volume, courtesy of my Boots Advent Calendar.

The Umberto Gianni Glam Hair Backcomb in a Bottle has been in my handbag ever since I opened the little card door, as it’s such an easy product to use when your hair is looking flat. You also don’t need to damage your hair backcombing- this does the job for you!

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Nails

I can never decide what colour nails I want until I’ve decided on an outfit, so what I choose always depends on that. Therefore I’m going to give a few examples of products I’ve used recently.

If it’s a big night out, I often like to use false nails as I have the horrible habit of biting mine.

A quick and easy solution are the Elegant Touch range, as they are so easy to apply with adhesive tabs rather than glue. You can literally press them on and go. Over Christmas I LOVED these Glitter nails in Tickled Pink, as the sparkle made them festive whilst the dusky pink kept them girly.

These ones are in the length Short, which I found to last longer as you’re less likely to catch them and knock them off like some of the longer fake nails you can buy.

These would look great with a little black dress to inject a bit of colour!

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Another, slightly wackier Elegant Touch product are these Polka-Dot It nails from the House Of Holland range. I love these are they’re something completely different to what I would usually wear, and add texture as well as monochrome colour to your nails.

Again, these are easy to apply but slightly more fiddly as you have to use Nail Glue. I do however feel that nail glued falsies last a lot longer than those with adhesive tabs, so you don’t have to worry about losing one half way through the night!

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If you just want to stick with painting your nails, my favourite brand is Nails Inc. The nail varnishes are so easy to apply and have no gloopiness about them, so look a lot neater than many other brands. A favourite of mine at the moment is Portobello, which is a neon coral shade that injects that little touch of summer into an outfit. Kat bought me this shade for Christmas and it will be a firm fave for a long time to come!

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To quickly mop up any mistakes, I also love the new Bourjois magic nail polish remover, which is a little pot that you dip your finger in, turn a couple of times and Voila it’s like nail varnish was never even applied!

I got mine just before Christmas when Boota had a Bourjois offer on, so also got a lipstick which I haven’t stopped wearing and a little round pot blusher, which is a classic product that is always reliable!

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And finally… MAKE UP

I’m not going to go into too much make-up related reviewing, as I’ve featured a lot of my favourite products on our Twitter and blog posts recently, but here are a few pictures and I’ll make a list of my go to products to wear for a night out underneath!

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Naked 3 Palette- Urban Decay
Real Techniques brushes
Nima Brushes
Mac Studio Fix Powder- NW20
Bourjois Blusher- 41 Bonne Mine
Body Shop Skin Primer- Matte It
Benefit Brow Zings- Medium
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation- 400 Natural Beige
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder- 1 Golden Light
Seventeen High definition liquid eyeliner
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascar
Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick- 21
Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush lipstick pen

And no look is complete without your favourite Eylure or Kiss false eyelashes!

Now, to choose your tipple of choice and party the night away!

I personally like a glass of Pinot Grigio or a vodka, lemonade and lime, but we were recently sent a whiskey sample from Drambuie, which our friend and colleague Josh Oldridge tried out for us!

“Usually when drinking whisky I have to mentally prepare for each sip and my jaw tenses as I gulp. But this is a game changer.

It’s strong but very smooth. It has a sweet scent but the taste is not overbearing. The touch of honey levels the bitterness which, as well as saving my jaw from locking, creates an intruiging tang with further hints of aniseed and even perhaps orange. Smooth and very drinkable, a lovely tipple.”

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A quick spritz of your favourite perfume (mines Marc Jacobs Daisy, which will be featured in our Fragrance Direct haul very soon!) and you’re ready to go!

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Happy partying everyone, and have a drink for me!

Love, Emily xxx

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