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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Coping with the Death of a Beloved Pet -- Ariel Answers



 Losing a pet is no easy thing they are key members of the family, we have supplied them with food and comfort throughout their life and seen them on an almost 24 hour basis. The bond many feel with their animals is totally unique, pets are a constant source of comfort and something to come home to that is totally un-judging and devoted to you.  It is no wonder when they pass that people find it so difficult to cope with.

To be honest the death of my childhood cat is one of the hardest things I've ever been through. I had him for 19 years and he grew up with me. When he died I was devastated and found it difficult to deal with. One thing I noticed was that most of those that who had never had a pet didn't understand why I was so upset and thought my reaction was over the top. It doesn't matter whether the pets a Guinea pig to a dog to a horse all people feel the loss of their pet differently, and it greatly depends on how much of a bond that person had to the animal.

Things you can do to help yourself when dealing with the passing of a pet:
·         Allow yourself to be upset, just because it is a pet doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to feel sad, you looked after that animal for years and it became a big part of your life its only natural to find its passing distressing
·         Don’t feel guilty, there is absolutely no point in looking for things you ‘could have done better’ most accidents or illness are totally unpredictable and unrelated to you as an owner. Focus on the good life you gave your pet and the happy memories.
·         For some people holding a small funeral or goodbye ceremony helps as it’s a chance to say goodbye and move on.
·         Try not to replace the pet straight away, you are trying to replace the beloved animal you had. No pet will be the same and it’s good to wait a few months to leave the grieving process and see if you are ready for that commitment again.
·         Some find keeping a memento helps; whether that is cremation ashes, a lock of hair, the collar, photos or a toy they particularly liked.


Helping others deal with the loss of a pet:
·         Understand it is not easy, they have lost a very important part of their life. Let them be upset and don’t say things like ‘I don’t understand why you are so upset’ or ‘it’s just an animal, get another’ just be there to talk.
·         Offer to help out with a small ceremony if that’s what you think they would like.


Thanks for reading,
Ariel

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

House of Comarre series by Kristen Painter -- Book Review


There are five books in this series written below in order:
1.       Blood Rights
2.       Flesh and Blood
3.       Bad Blood
4.       Out for Blood
5.       Last Blood

In a world with thousands of vampire based books it is rare to find something with a completely original take on it. Kristen Painter has managed to create a story line that is both original and quite complex. She has created a well-rounded paranormal world with intriguing politics, elaborate rules and enchanting characters.

This series centres around Chrysabelle who was born a comarre, a breed of human whose only job and purpose is to serve the noble vampires with their sacred and powerful blood. Chrysabelle finds herself on the run fleeing into the mortal world, wanted for the suspected murder of her patron. While on the run she enlists the help of a cursed vampire named Mal who is also an outcast, the two find themselves linked by accident, but mutually attracted and repulsed.

As with most good stories all it not as it appears and those who are after Chrysabelle are seeking more than her death, something that may bring terror and chaos to both the supernatural and mortal worlds alike.

One thing I have to say that is refreshing about this series and that I particularly like in a good novel, is that both the hero and heroine are relatively equal in terms of strength and competence. I cannot stand books in which the heroine is useless, can’t hold her own and must be protected constantly.

One thing I wasn’t so fond on concerning these books were that they were written from the point of view of a few characters, and to be honest I personally only really found those of Mal and Chrysabelle interesting. I was always slightly disappointed to turn a page and see it was no longer their point of view I would be reading from.

Overall however I was deeply in love with this series, it is fantastically written with great detail. The main characters are very engaging making the books extremely hard to put down. I would highly recommend the House of Comarre series for those that love supernatural fantasy with magic, vampires and romance.


Thanks for reading!
Ariel

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Lush Lips -- Oxford Street Exclusive Lipsticks Review

My new current obsession has to be the new Lush Oxford Street exclusive lipsticks!




So summer has arrived and everyone seems to be whipping out their nude and pink toned lipsticks. I have to be honest nude pinky lip colours have never seemed to compliment my skin tone. I think it’s due to the yellow undertone my skin has or simply because I’m not used to wearing them.

Just because it summer it doesn’t mean you have to leave those dark colours behind just wear what flatters you! Personally I love a dark lip and my favourites have to be these four from the exclusive makeup range in Lush Oxford Street:

From top to bottom; Trust, Secure, Just and Amazing

Why I love them!
·         They are incredibly pigmented and long lasting.
·         These lipsticks fade beautifully, you don't get the patchy aftermath that looks like some sort of rash. It just fades in colour till it's gone.
·         The base is castor oil, so they are lovely and moisturising.
§  I suffer from eczema flare ups around my lips so sometimes wearing a lipstick exaggerates this as it sinks into the cracks when my lips are dry. I find these lipsticks don’t do this due to how moisturising they are.
·         Lastly of course because it's Lush it's all natural and you can be 100% sure it has not been tested on any animals.  So it's guilt free shopping!

I will also express my love for the lip barrier Lush offer (shown at the top of the 1st photo). Gone are the days of your lipsticks bleeding out. Simply draw around the outer edge of your lips with this waxy crayon and your lipstick will stay beautifully in place. 

I do think these lipsticks are on the more expensive side for a ‘high street’ store coming in at £14.50 each and the lip barrier costing £6.50, but they are so worth it and I think more than match up to their high end competition. These lipsticks and lip barrier cannot be found online unfortunately, only in the Lush Oxford street store. Which is definitely worth the day out to visit, and believe me once you go in you will be leaving with more than just lipsticks!



Happy shopping,

Ariel