Monday, July 16, 2018

USA Wine Tasting #WeekendWinedown

A to Z Pinot Gris 2016 (Oregon, USA) - Notes of under ripe peach, apricot, green apple, ripe pear, honey, honeysuckle, candied lemon, crushed rock, and a hint of confection on the nose. On the palate this wine was dry with medium plus alcohol and acidity, and medium body, length, and complexity. Notes of grapefruit, golden apple, honey, peach, ripe pear, apricot, and crushed rock.
La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016 (Sonoma Coast, USA) - On the nose almond, popcorn, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel apple, sugared grapefruit, cream corn, confected lemon, apricot, peach, honey, honeydew, mushroom, and wet stone. On the palate this wine is dry with medium plus structure. Toasty, nutty, creamy, smoky notes as well as mirroring the nose. Tartrate Crystals from being acidified due to hot climate.
Omero Pinot Noir 2015 (Willamette Valley, USA) - On the nose cherry cola, cherry, strawberry, forest floor, black pepper, beef root, cranberry, red licorice, vanilla, backing spice, smoke, and confection. On the palate this wine is dry with medium plus alcohol and acidity, medium body, length, and complexity, and soft tannin. Notes of riper/fresher fruit, such as strawberry, cranberry, and blackberry, beef root, black tea, vanilla, baking spices, forest floor, and black pepper.
Tuli Pinot Noir 2016 (Sonoma County, USA) - “Wagner” family known for Belle Glos and Meiomi. Notes of cherry cola, cranberry, mocha, cherry cough drop, raspberry, blackberry, beef root, menthol, sweet vanilla, new leather, black tea, black pepper, forest floor, confection, and savoury. On the palate this wine is dry with medium plus alcohol, acidity, length, and complexity, soft tannin, and medium body. Notes of strawberry, chocolate, baking spice, cherry, vanilla, caramel, raspberry, blueberry, forest floor, and cherry cola. Nose mirrors palate.
Cowhorn Syrah 21 2013 (Applegate Valley, USA) - Notes of blueberry, violets, cherry, strawberry, plum, blackberry, mocha, black tea, black pepper, savoury, olive brine, dried herbs, smoke, menthol, dried earth, and graphite. On the palate this wine is dry with medium tannins, alcohol, and body, high acidity, and medium plus length and complexity. Notes of fresh/ripe fruits, such as blueberry, blackberry, and plum, mocha, black pepper, smoke, charcoal, and dried earth.
Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Napa Valley, USA) - Notes of tomato, beet root, green pepper, jalapeños, dill, dried cherry and strawberry, SmartFood, cheese, leather, cedar, black tea, black pepper, baking spice, coconut, vanilla, tobacco, plum, blackberry, clove, cassis, black current, forest floor, and graphite. On the palate this wine was dry with medium plus structure. Notes of fresher fruit, such as cherry, strawberry, plum, and blackberry, black tea, baking spice, coconut, leather, cassis, smoke, coffee, blue cheese, and forest floor.
Col Solare Collector's Society Red Wine Red Mountain 2013 (Washington, USA) - Tomato vine, green pepper, menthol, stewed cherry, strawberry, blackberry, smoke, baking spice, anise, violets, vanilla, cassis, black current, cherry cola, graphite, and a combo of forest floor and dried earth. On the palate this wine is dry with high alcohol, full body, medium tannins, and medium plus acidity, length, and complexity. Overall soft/plush. Notes of cherry, strawberry, blackberry, plum, vanilla, black tea, cherry cola, cassis, chocolate, mocha, baking spices, confection, and forest floor.
DeLoach Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2014 (Russian River Valley, USA) - Notes of menthol, cherry cough syrup, fennel, licorice, black tea, oregano, black pepper, raisin, dried plum, fig, cranberry, cherry cola, and dried earth. On the palate this wine is dry with high alcohol, medium tannins and complexity, high acidity, medium plus body, and medium minus length. Notes of sour cherry, strawberry, and spice.

UPDATE Project Pan: 18 in 2018

As promised here is my 3 month update, a tad late I know. I have been some great progress with my Aster Palette by Mario, and some not so great progress with my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow. Its promising to know I still have 5.5 months left! Check out my progress below!
1. Britney Spears: Curious 2. Redken: Pillow Proof Blow Dry 3. ColourPop Super Shock Shadow: Smash 4. ColourPop Super Shock Shadow: Amaze 5. Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick: Amethyst 6. Comptoir Sud Pacifique: Vanille Coco 7. Stila Convertible Color 8. LUX: Blood Orange 
9. Dior Skin Airflash: #200 10. Fresh Sugar: Rosé 11. M.A.C  
12. Macadamia: Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Mist 13. Boxom: White Russian 14. MAC Pigment: Goldenaire 15. YSL Rouge Pur Couture: Rouge Rose 16. MAC Ultimate Lipstick: Catharina 
17. Anastasia Beverly Hills: Master Palette by Mario 18. Hourglass Ambient Light: Dim Light

Product Progress
1. Hourglass Ambient Light: Dim Light - Daily use has definitely made a larger dig, however no sign of pan anytime soon.
2. Stila Convertible Color - The pan size has grown slightly, I have been using it more the last month and will continue throughout the remainder or July and August. 
3. MAC Ultimate Lipstick: Catharina - Not much progress. Have used a handful of times.
4. YSL Rouge Pur Couture: Rouge RoseNot much progress. Have used a handful of times.
5. M.A.CNot much progress. Have used a handful of times.
6. ColourPop Super Shock Shadow: SmashNot much progress. Have used a handful of times.
7. ColourPop Super Shock Shadow: AmazeNot much progress. Have used a handful of times.
8. MAC Pigment: GoldenaireNot much progress. Have used a handful of times.
9. Laura Mercer Mini Caviar Stick: Amethyst - 1/2 an inch left. Should be able to use up by the end of Summer.
10. Anastasia Beverly Hills: Master Palette by Mario - Probably the most surprising because its been the most used. You can see how 5 shades are showing great pan, with the bottom left 3 shades close by.

11. Buxom: White RussianNot much progress. Have used a handful of times.
12. Britney Spears: Curious - Only a handful of uses left. Great progress and my main perfume focus until complete. 


Products That I Cannot Track Usage: 
13. Dior Skin Airflash: #200Have used a handful of times.
14. Macadamia: Weightless Moisture Dry Oil MistHave used a handful of times.

Empties!!!
15. Redken: Pillow Proof Blow Dry
16. Comptoir Sud Pacifique: Vanille Coco
17. LUX: Blood Orange
18. Fresh Sugar: Rosé 

Australia and New Zealand Wine Tasting #WeekendWinedown

Morgan Sémillon 2016 (Hunter Valley, Australia) - On the nose grass, peach, under ripe pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, dry straw, honey, almond, white flowers, apricot, orange peel, something chemical, and steel minerality. On the palate this wine was dry with medium minus alcohol, body, and complexity, medium plus acidity, and medium length. Notes of fuzzy peach, white grapefruit, lemon, apricot, butter almond, orange peel, lemon pith, and steel minerality. The vegetal in the nose disappears on the palate. (Hunter Valley Riesling) 
Babich Black Label Pinot Gris 2016 (Marborough, New Zealand) - On the nose lemon, grapefruit, honey, honeysuckle, peach, pear, golden apple, apricot, melon rind, and wet stone minerality. There’s also something confected - subtle vanilla. On the palate this wine was dry with medium structure. Notes of peach, pear, apricot, melon, grapefruit with sugar, golden apple, lemon pith, and wet stone. Oily texture possibly from the lower acidity and fresher fruit.
Woodside Park Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills 2016 (Adelaide Hills, Australia) - Notes of cherry blasters, strawberry jam, black current, blackberry, black current, perfume, sandalwood, olive brine, cranberry, toast, beetroot, floral, and forest floor. On the palate this wine was dry with medium alcohol and length, soft tannin, medium plus acidity and complexity, and medium minus body. Notes of cherry blasters, fresh strawberry, blackberry, black pepper, beetroot, cherry pit, potpourri, and forest floor. Overall very elegant.
Invivo Pinot Noir 2016 (Central Otago, New Zealand) - On the nose blackberry, ripe cherry, ripe strawberry, tomato, beetroot, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, baking spices, popcorn, leather, black pepper, black tea, nutty, and fresh-turned earth. On the palate this wine was dry with medium plus alcohol, acidity, and complexity, medium minus tannins, and medium body and length. Notes of ripe cherry, strawberry, blackberry, vanilla, baking spices, chocolate, leather, black pepper, coffee, black tea, cinnamon hearts, cedar, and fresh-turned earth.
Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Coonawarra, Australia) - On the nose green pepper, tomato, beetroot, vanilla, chocolate, mocha, cedar, cherry, strawberry, blackberry, violet, black pepper, graphite, and dried earth. On the palate this wine was dry with medium plus alcohol and body, medium fine/dusty tannin, length, and complexity, and high acidity. Notes of green pepper, cherry, strawberry, blackberry, cassis, black current jam, coffee, tomato, black pepper, violet, and dried earth. A great Bordeaux-esk Cab Sauvignon.
Ring Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (Margaret River, Australia) - On the nose cooked strawberry, cherry, mint, espresso, chocolate, blackberry, black pepper, graphite, and dried earth. On the palate this wine was dry with high acidity and medium plus structure. Notes of black pepper, ripe cherry, strawberry, blackberry, mocha, cassis, black current, smoke, cedar, dark chocolate, and dried earth. Very fruit forward and rich. 
Kim Crawford Corner 50 Vineyard Merlot-Cabernet 2013 (Hawke's Bay. Australia) - 🍷My 200th Wine @ GBC!🍷 On the nose jalapeño, cherry cola, violet, eucalyptus, green pepper, savoury meat, mocha, coffee, vanilla, baking spices, graphite, chocolate, blackberry, cherry, strawberry, and rotting leaf. On the palate this wine was dry with medium plus alcohol and tannin, and high/full acidity, body, length, and complexity. Notes of chocolate, mocha, green pepper, jalapeño, cherry, strawberry, baking spices, blackberry, violet, cedar, vanilla, raspberry, smoke, black pepper, and rotting leaf. 
Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz 2014 (Barossa Valley, Australia) - On the nose blueberry pie, Prosciutto, smoked meat, black tea, cedar, chocolate, mocha, mint, green pepper, coffee, vanilla, cherry, strawberry, roses, cassis, blackberry, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, graphite, and fresh-turned earth. On the palate this wine was dry with high/full structure. Notes of blueberry pie, salted chocolate, saw dust, cherry, strawberry, plum, violet, spice, black pepper, vanilla, smoke, mint, graphite, and fresh-turned earth. Notes: Grippy tannins and jammed fruit.

June Beauty Empties + Mini Reviews

Another month has come and gone, which means another month of trash! Doing this each month really makes me realize how many products I use up in a month and helps me see progress of my collection clear out. However, I may have a beauty/skincare problem? How many products do you use up on a monthly basis? Check out last month's beauty trash and read mini reviews on each of the items below.
1. Bioderma Sensibio H2O: My go to cleansing water - you'll see empties month after month!
2. Sand & Sky Purifying Pink Clay Mask: I liked the sample I received from IPSY enough to purchase the full sized. However, I was never as impressed as I was with the sample. It definitely cleaned out pores and resurfaced my skin, but I missed that fresh-face cleansed feel I first got.
3. Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum: This serum claims to reduce lines and wrinkles, however with only a sample size lasting 5-6 days I can't really verify those claims. What I can say is that it felt nice on my skin, making moisturizers go on smoothly, and added that additional umph that my skin craves from serums.
4. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub - Coconut Lime: As good as all the reviews out there. This scrub was intense yet gentle, giving my skin a good scrub without damaging or irritating. I will definitely be purchasing more in the future.
5. Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Foaming Cleanser: My go to cleanser when my skin is prone to blemishes. It clears up and keeps my skin spot free, without dehydrating my skin. The sample size is perfect for spot cleansing then regular use for me, so I always have a mini in my collection.
6. Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil Hairspray: Another one of my favourites. This dry hairspray is perfect and easy to work with. It goes on dry and does not leave that crunchy after feeling like most hairsprays.
7. Dior Show Maximizer 3D: Another beauty go to, I need this mascara primer in my daily life, well whenever I wear mascara. It helps fill, curl, and add length to my lashes, without adding additional clump or weight.
8. Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer: This may be my next full-sized daily moisturizer purchase. They moisturizer is so light weight it doesn't even feel like you're wearing anything. And bonus, it feels great under both make up and SPF.
9. Tend Skin: Great drugstore option for razor rash and irritation. Would repurchase, however it does not have a long shelf life and you do not need a lot of product when using.
10. Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer: Finally a bronzer that isn't muddy or grey. This is the first bronzer that I have actually be able to use without looking weird - I have since repurchased and is now my go to bronzer.
11. Real Chemistry Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser: Cleansed my face, however very drying. My skin cried out for moisture immediately after washing.
12. Butter London Double Decker Lashes: This mascara was a great surprise. It lengthened, curled, added volume, and thickened but didn't clump. I would repurchase, however I have a drawer full of other mascaras to get through.
13. Beauty Chuck Bouquet Gabni - Rose: Hydrating and left my skin feeling nice and plump. Nothing revolutionary, however a great value-friendly mask.
14. Whamisa Organic Flowers Hydrogel Mask: This mask was amazing. I did it on a transatlantic flight and my skin has never felt so good afterwards. It hydrated my skin leaving it plump with a natural dewy look. Loved this mask - if only it was easier to get (from Glow Recipe).
15. Dearpacker Rice Sheet Mask: This was awful, the sheet wouldn't even stay on my face as it continuously slid off. I had to take it off after only 5 minutes because of this.
16. Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel, and Bubble Bath - Candy Cane: I buy one of these every year around Christmas time and then use it for the year to come. I don't know why but this is the most long lasting body wash ever. You do not need a lot and has a great lather. I love it and as much as I hate using it through spring and summer I will be repurchasing this winter.
17. Vichy Laboratories Pureté Thermale 3 in 1: This cleansed my skin, however left a weird oily texture after. It made my skin overly hydrated to the point of greasy when used in combination with my daily moisturizer. Would not repurchase, however if you have dry skin you may enjoy this.
18. Just For You Hand & Body Lotion: Took from a hotel when I realized I forgot my body lotion. It added the necessary moisture for the short time I was away. Like most hotel lotions it was watery and took time penetrating into my skin.
19. Glamglow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer: This is the second sample I have used up. And I am slightly disappointed, as it is not the same as I remember. It was still nice for a daily moisturizer, however left my skin a little greasy and was not make up friendly.
20. City Color HD Powder: I loved this power to lock in my day cream, as well as any foundation/concealer used. It was truly transparent and easy to put on in a rush.
21. Batiste Dry Shampoo - Original: My go to dry shampoo which I cannot live or travel without. However, these travel sizes are great but run out so quickly.
22. Sephora Eye Mask - Pomegranate: I found these slightly did as advertised, however I believe when they re-branded their masks they also changed the quality of the product. The masks were not as thick as I remembered, making them harder to work with.
23. Sephora Eye Mask - Cucumber: Hydrated and de-puffed, however same issues as #22. These also dried very quickly on my eyes, not allowing the product to sit and sink into my skin.
24. Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel: Another empty that was better as a mini. This wowed me when I got a sample from Sephora enough to purchase the full size... and super disappointed. I tried to use it for a while, thought maybe it would get better with use but that didn't happen. This isn't quite empty but I just couldn't use it any longer.
25. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream - Vanilla Citron: This cream was thick, moisturizing, and saved my skin in the winter months. Now into summer it helps my sun exposed skin get back to normal. Definitely a repurchase once I've used up all the other lotions in my collection.
26. Glamglow GravityMud Firming Treatment: A great firming/tightening mask from Glamglow. I love that this one actually peels off easily without pulling your skin and hair with it. This does everything it claims and more. I can't wait to open up the new one in my bathroom drawer.
27. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair: I loved this serum. It made my skin feel amazing before bed and made my night creams go on smoothly and penetrate into my skin. I definitely see why this is one of Estée Lauder's hallmark products. 

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

South America & South Africa Wine Tasting #WeekendWinedown

Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2017 (Casablanca Valley, Chile): Notes of ammonia, cut grass, green pepper, asparagus, under ripe pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and lime. This wine was dry with medium alcohol and complexity, high acidity, medium minus body, and medium plus length. Notes continue on the palate with fruit taking the front seat. 
Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016 (Stellenbosch, South Africa): Caramel, underripe pineapple, ripe pear, yellow apple, lemon, ginger, white pepper, wet wool, mushroom, and smoky flint. On the palate this wine was dry with medium alcohol, body, and length, and medium plus acidity and complexity. Notes of pear, lemon, apple, green melon, ginger, white pepper, caramel, toasty, and pineapple. Slight oak/potential lees aging give a creamy texture.
Cono Sure Reserva Especial Pinot Noir 2015 (Casablanca Valley, Chile): On the nose tomato, violet, green pepper, coffee, chocolate, mocha, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, spicy, smoky, forest floor, graphite, and cedar. On the palate this wine was dry with medium alcohol, length, and complexity, soft tannins, medium plus acidity, and medium minus body. Notes of sour cherry, fresh strawberry, coffee, mocha, cedar, spice, graphite, and forest floor. Very unexpectedly light and elegant. 
Don Cristobal Bonarda 2016 (Mendoza, Argentina): Lavender, ripe cherry, strawberry, plum, black pepper, blueberry, and turned earth. This wine was dry with medium plus alcohol and acidity, medium minus tannins and complexity, and medium body and length. Notes of blueberry, cherry pit, black tea, blackberry, black cherry, and turned earth.
Porseleinberg Red 2014 (Swartland, South Africa): Notes of green pepper, jalapeños, blackberry, blueberry, cured meats (Prosciutto), smoky (campfire), violets, dried earth, and chocolate. On the palate this wine was dry with medium plus structure, length, and complexity. Notes carry over onto the palate with addition of plum, cocoa powder, and black pepper. 
Trapiche Terroir Series Coletto Malbec 2013 (Mendoza, Argentina): Fig, strawberry, black tea, blueberry, menthol, cherry, violets, baking spice, clove, forest floor, graphite, and vanilla. On the palate this wine was dry with high alcohol and acidity, full body, medium plus tannin and complexity, and a long finish. Notes of black tea, blueberry, cherry, plum, black current, blackberry, fig, black pepper, violet, forest floor, and graphite. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

My Summertime Secret

Summer is now in full swing and if you're like me then your "summer bod" isn't quite ready yet... Well ladies, I've found an answer that doesn't take you away from enjoying a glass of rosé, ShapeOn Shaper. I have worn a lot of different styles and brands of shapewear over the years and none compare to ShapeOn.  With 16 Benefits, which you can see below, the true star of the show is the overall comfort, using ultra-thin, breathable, sweat-wicking, and smart-knit technology fabric it creates the perfect lift and support without compressing your tummy and thigh area.
I have been wearing my pairs for the better part of the month and I can't see myself stopping. Whether under light or dark colours or a cocktail or slip dress it is so invisible you can literally wear it under anything! And saving the best for last, *DRUM ROLL PLEASE*, it doesn't roll, the none-rolling waist and thigh bands will stay where you put them! Hallelujah!
Celebrities such as Chrissy Tiger, Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, and Serena Williams are wearing them and so should you! Be sure to visit their website to get the "summer bod" you were hoping for!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Northern Italy Wine Tasting #WeekendWinedown

Bollini Pinot Grigio Trentino 2016 (Trentino, Italy) - Med Minus Straw. Notes of under ripe peach, honey, lemon zest, golden apple, green pear, flint minerality, and subtle flowers. On the palate this wine was dry with medium alcohol, body, and length, medium plus acidity, and medium minus complexity. Notes of apple, pear, lemon, under ripe peach, grapefruit pith (bitterness on the finish), honey, flint, and floral. Questioning whether or not there was a little lees ageing. 
Zenato Lugana San Benedetto 2016 (San Benedetto, Italy) - Med Minus Gold. Notes of pineapple, honeydew melon, apple, lemon, mango, peach, honey, steel minerality, and flowers. As well as a touch of confection. On the palate this wine was dry with medium alcohol and length, medium plus acidity, and medium minus body and complexity. Notes of honeydew melon, pineapple, mango, white peach, green apple, steel minerality, apricot, lemon, and honey. 
Marco Felluga Russiz Superiore Sauvignon Collio 2012 (Russiz, Italy) - Medium Minus Straw. Notes of subtle grass, tomato vine, and green pepper, ammonia, gooseberry, passion fruit, peach, apricot, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, pear, white pepper, guava, flint minerality, and fruit salad. On the palate this wine was dry with medium plus alcohol, acidity, length, and complexity, and a medium body. Notes of pineapple, peach, mango, pear, lemon, pomegranate, green pepper, white pepper, thyme, flint minerality, and grapefruit. Overall richness. 
Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2015 (Barbera d'Asti, Italy) - Medium Ruby. Notes of cherry, red current, black pepper, thyme, fresh berries, and forest floor. On the palate this wine was dry with medium plus alcohol, high acidity, low/soft tannin, and medium minus length and complexity. Notes of fresh/sour cherry, raspberry, and strawberry, black pepper, and forest floor. Definitely a wine that needs food!
Zonin Valpolicella Classico 2016 (Valpolicella, Italy) - Medium Ruby. Notes of forest floor, fresh cherry and strawberry, black pepper, tomato vine, black tea, and roasted red pepper. On the palate this wine was dry with medium alcohol, body, and complexity, medium minus tannin and length, and medium plus acidity. Notes of tomato, roasted red pepper, black pepper, fresh cherry, strawberry, and raspberry, iron, and forest floor. 
Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella 2014 (Amarone della Valpolicella, Italy) - Medium Plus Ruby with Garnet Rim. Notes of dried/candied raspberry, cherry, and strawberry, vanilla, smoke, cedar, soy sauce, olive brine, green pepper, eucalyptus, savoury, dijon mustard, dried earth, spice, chocolate, and mocha. On the palate this wine was dry with high alcohol and acidity, medium plus tannin, body, and complexity, and medium length. Notes of chocolate, mocha, vanilla, strawberry, cherry, raspberry, cedar, smoke, cinnamon, violet, dried earth, espresso, and something savoury. 
Demilano Barolo Liste 2012 (Barolo, Italy) - Medium Garnet w/ Faded Orange/Brown Rim. Notes of licorice, dried roses, chemical/plastic, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, fig, tomato, green pepper, vanilla, cedar, baking spice, mocha, chocolate, dried earth, and black tea. On the palate this wine was dry w/ high alcohol, tannin, and acidity, full body, and medium length and complexity. Notes of dried earth, dried red fruits and apricot, tomato, baking spice, black tea, cedar, green pepper, roses, and fig. Although already 6 years, it is still very closed.

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