Door Buddy Review

Picture taken from Amazon

Do you have a dog that indulges in your cat’s food? If you do… isn’t it the worst!? I have a dog who loves to feast on everything and anything that resembles food. Louie, my pug, absolutely loves to sneak into his sister’s room and eat her food when nobody is watching. It caused him to have an upset stomach and to gain weight. I couldn’t figure out how to get him to stop doing it and I tried all of the tricks out there! Soon, it became very annoying having to pick up the cat food, place it on a desk, and remember to put it back down when I was able to watch Beatrice (the cat) eat.

Picture taken from Amazon

I was googling solutions and that is when I came across the Door Buddy . It is SUPER easy to install and has prevented Louie from entering the room. Therefore, no more cat food snacks, stinky gas and stomach pains for him! The strap is adjustable to make the door space larger or smaller depending on your cat’s size. Beatrice has had zero issues entering the room and leaving when she is done eating. It is the perfect solution for my home! Who knew this tiny little knick knack would work!

But, this doesn’t just prevent dog’s who eat cat food… it also prevents them from entering the litter box and having a cat poop snack as well! Yes, some dogs eat cat poop and it is super disgusting. Louie, thank goodness, has not indulged in that delicacy. But, for dog owners who’s dogs love that type of thing, just move their litter box into the room that has the Door Buddy!

Louie and Beatrice 2019

Here’s The Skinny On These Skinny Jeans

Okay. Let me just start by saying we ALL love those one, very special, super comfortable and amazing jeans. You know– the ones that keep the FUPA (upper p**** fat) at bay and lift your hiney so high it can reach the heavens!? Well, I have found those perfect pair of jeans and their brand. Madewell.

Madewell makes the most perfect 10″ high waisted skinny jeans that not only make heads turn but holds everything in and up in all of the right places. They’re absolutely amazing and SO comfortable. Not to mention, they come in a wide variety of washes. I swear their jeans have been a god-send! No more camel toes, no more flattened backend and no more stumpy looking legs (which are ALL common irritations and massive annoyances that comes along with wearing high waisted jeans).

The best part? I have ALSO tried their 9″ high waisted jeans and Roadtripper jeggings as well and they are just as fabulous. They have the perfect amount of stretch and comfort without causing a saggy a** dip in the back. I mean, really… who wants that? Not me.

They’re flattering and made with such a high quality that has been unmatched.

I personally have not found an equal match in the jean department with other brands (and I’m a jean addict and snob to say the least). I own over 30 pairs and Madewell jeans are by FAR my favorite.

Here’s the thing, I wasn’t even paid to give this raving review… I just love the jeans THAT much I couldn’t help but share my excitement with the world. These puppies are too great to keep hidden and I personally feel everyone should own a pair.

This is also a first… I don’t have a favorite! I have different pairs of their skinny jeggings, 10″ and 9″ skinnies and you can’t go wrong with any of them. So there you have it… the honest to goodness “skinny” on these amazing skinny jeans and brand. So do yourself a favor and don’t “waist” anytime adding these jeans to your wardrobe. They’re a staple item for sure! Happy shopping–You won’t regret it!

Miele Vacuum Review

Thinking of investing in a Miele? If so, read below. This is an honest and open review of their pet c3 series vacuum.

If you have pets, especially pets that shed, you know how difficult it can be to get their hair out of carpets, furniture, clothes, the bed, drinking glasses, etc. There are times I find Louie and Beatrice’s hair in places I didn’t even think was possible! I have tried numerous vacuums and pet hair cleaning products but none of them seemed to work in gathering all of the hair.

A little fact about pugs is that they shed…A LOT! Before I got Louie, I didn’t realize how much of a tiny little fur ball he would be. You see, pugs have a double coat and I swear– you can literally blow on them and POOF! Hair flies everywhere! Once we adopted Bea, the hair amounts in our carpet just kept building and building until finally the carpet looked like a different color. I would vacuum twice a day with my Shark and it still wouldn’t pick up all of the dog and cat hair.

After extensive research, I decided to invest in a Miele.

Miele makes a ton of products for the home. Their vacuums come in a wide range of types: canister, bagless, stick, upright and robot. Miele vacuums are known for being durable, long lasting, compact and for having a great suction– something that is absolutely necessary when cleaning dog hair out of carpets.

After lots of research on Miele http://www.mieleusa.com I decided to purchase the Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum Cleaner because it was important to me that it was made specifically with the pet owner in mind! I kid you not– it is honestly a god-send. It is pricey, yes, but let me tell you… it is WORTH it!

Within the first use I was hooked. The canister was easy to assemble and what I love the most is that it has an active air clean filter and lots of different heads for the vacuum. The air clean filter and bag might seem like a pain in the butt for some people, however, I personally loved it! It collects and traps all of the dust, dirt, hair and dander instead of spreading that awful burnt smell throughout the air. It keeps the air smelling fresh and clean!

The Electrobrush has five levels of heights for different carpet adjustments and it literally SUCKS everything up out of your carpet. My “white/gray” mixed dog hair carpet finally returned back to its rich black color. I was amazed! Truly and utterly in awe at the power of this vacuum head! I have different carpets throughout the house and each require a different level of suction and height. I love that the electrobrush allows you to change the height depending on the carpet piling.

Then there’s the hardwood floor tool– the parquet twister. It is so easy to use and lightweight. It glides across my kitchen floor, picking up dirt between every crack. Lastly, my third favorite brush head is the mini turbo. I use this on my stair carpeting as well as cleaning my microfiber couch! Again, the suction power of the Miele makes vacuuming hair super easy. It puts my old Shark to shame!

I do not find this vacuum to be too heavy. Sure, it is a lot different than a standup vacuum but once you adjust to the canister it really isn’t too much of a difference. I don’t mind it at all and I don’t mind carrying it up the steps. For me, it is actually easier to get our narrow steps and makes it easier for me to turn.

I highly recommend this vacuum and all of its features! My house rugs look brand new and I always get compliments on how fresh and clean my home is–even with two very furry pets!

Taken from Amazon’s description:

Miele’s Complete C3 Cat & Dog vacuum cleaner features an Electro Plus electro brush. With a five-level height adjustment and an independent motor, the Electro Plus delivers the ultimate in cleaning power. A perfect choice for larger rooms with medium to deep pile carpeting. The Cat and Dog also includes the Parquet Twister – providing 180 Degree rotation for the agile, yet gentle care of smooth surfaces. It also has an Active Air Clean Filter with active charcoal layers to neutralize and absorb unwanted pet odors. A telescopic, stainless steel wand and long electrical cord, with one-touch automatic rewind, provide a total cleaning radius of 36 feet. The Cat & Dog is also equipped with a Deluxe Comfort Grip handle and six-stage suction control via a +/- foot switch. In addition to the three standard accessories – a dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice nozzle – the Cat & Dog features a Mini Turbo Brush that easily removes pet hair from furnishings and a 3D bumper. Do not use the vacuum cleaner to vacuum toner dust.

Dog Harness: For The Escape Artist

Louie wearing Ruffwear Dog Harness

Yep! You read the heading right. There is a dog harness for our little fur baby butts who tend to escape out of the regular joe-schmo harnesses. Since Louie was little, he has pulled on the leash. Now, before you think to yourself, “get him trained”- I did. Lots of times! We tried everything to get him to stop pulling and each time he would either escape, pull harder, or break the harness all together.

How does such a tiny pug break a harness!? Hell if I know! But, it happened and he has escaped numerous times. Each time, I age from baby strokes and heart attacks. However, I FINALLY found the holy grail of harnesses for dogs and its called RUFFWEAR – Web Master, Multi-Use Support Dog Harness, Hiking and Trail Running, Service and Working, Everyday Wear

The harness is designed to be super sturdy and padded in all of the right places to make sure your dog is comfortable. It has two points on the back where you can clip the leash, and there are two buckles that go under the stomach. Unlike traditional harnesses that only have one strap (which Louie would downward dog and pull out from it), the Ruffwear harness has a second strap to act as a security measure incase the dog pulls out of the first! However, we never had an issue of Louie escaping or even trying to pull out from this one!

I am not the only one who loves this harness. The reviews on amazon speak for themselves. If you need a super heavy duty harness that is intended for trail hiking, working, everyday wear, security, etc. then this is the perfect solution.

As always, this is my own personal experience. I advise people to do their own research and talk to the company with any questions before purchasing.

Only Natural Pet: Immune System Strengthener

As pet parents, it is our job to make sure our little fur babies and their health are in tip top shape! Over the years, I have gotten asked if I give Louie any supplements. The short answer- Yes! Louie, my pug, has had many minor health issues since he was a young pup. He was the runt of the litter and was very tiny when I first brought him home. He suffered from mange, kidney issues and was extremely food sensitive. After many vet visits and thousands of dollars later, I realized taking an alternative approach might be my best bet for finding a cure for him.

Now, mange is normally treated with scary chemical treatments and different medications which can have a lot of side effects. I was worried about these side effects and did not want to expose Louie to them! But, his poor skin was red, inflamed and he was losing hair in patches. It wasn’t cute. I began researching different supplements and products to help boost his immune system. You see, mange isn’t just an exterior problem…it is an INTERNAL problem as well in young animals. I realized if I wanted to cure his mange it would have to be both external and internal.

That is when I found Only Pet Immune Strengthener and began giving it to Louie in his food. The results were outstanding! His kidney levels went back to normal after switching him to a lower protein food and while giving him this supplement. His mange completely healed within a few months. I was shocked! On the outside, I rubbed a paste I made from apple cider vinegar, yogurt and coconut oil and then I simply broke a capsule of the supplement open and poured it over his food. After consistency of doing this a couple of weeks, I noticed massive improvements!

To this day, I give Louie and my kitten, Beatrice, this supplement in their food to keep their immune system healthy and strong!

There are man other solutions such as using borax, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, and other methods but the above method worked for me! As always, check with your veterinarian as this is just what I did after my own research.

Beatrice and Louie

Milk: Product Review

Product Review:


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Over the weekend I was a hair model for a company I absolutely love. I won’t say their name because I truly do love their products but as I have stated before, I have REALLY sensitive skin. Well, for hours my hair was pulled, sprayed and fixed with different products, overlapping each other and building up on my scalp for hours.

Anyways, I broke out in a reaction later that night. It was painful, itchy and I freaked out thinking we had bed bugs or fleas! I washed the sheets, cleaned the dog and even told Jon (my fiance) I was really worried it was some sort of bug bites. We didn’t have bugs. In fact, we rarely even see any sort of insect in our home.

 Soon, once I calmed down, I realized it was all of the products mixed together and sprayed over and over for hours onto my neck area and scalp that was causing the reaction. As soon as I re-washed my hair, the rash subsided but wouldn’t go away regardless of trying Benadryl and Hydrocortisone cream.

I use Milk as a night moisturizer and it has done wonders for my skin in terms of moisurizing; however, I read Maskcara Milk cream was also being used for skin reactions, eczema, etc. so I figured why not try it. No joke— two days later and my neck/ scalp are almost completely cured. I couldn’t believe how quickly it worked and how it worked better than the typical medication for such a reaction. I am honestly in owe and taken back by the powers of this cream! It is no secret I am a fan of Darphin products because they’re great for sensitive skin.

Honestly, Milk is a miracle cream and it has now become a daily product added to my Darphin skincare. 

ps. it works better than La Mer in my opinion. Yes, I’ve tried both their regular cream and soft cream. Milk still takes the cake!

Honestly, Milk is a miracle cream and it has now become a daily product added to my Darphin skincare. 

ps. it works better than La Mer in my opinion. Yes, I've tried both their regular cream and soft cream. Milk still takes the cake!


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Written by Cara Brook, Maskcara Founder