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WINE TALK: MUSCAT DE BEAUMES DE VENISE

Wine is something that I don’t talk about a lot here in this space, and it’s not something that I have often anymore, but I still love it! It’s been on my mind lately, so I thought it was the perfect time to talk about my all-time favorite wine…ever. Muscat de Beaumes de Venise (blanc) by Domaine des Bernadins. According to their website, the aroma of the wine is more of a butterscotch with glazed fruits, depending on the year. Sometimes it’s baked fruits and tea, or maybe it has a hint of rose. Some people taste orange notes, some taste a mix of honey and fruit. I haven’t had this wine in a very long time, but I remember it vividly, it was just that delicious. The flavor is light, and has a lovely sweetness that keeps you going back for more, and then disappointed and upset when the bottle is empty and you don’t have a spare to open up!

The photo above is of the first bottle I ever had of this beautiful wine. It’s a 1995, it was given to me as a gift in 2000, and I didn’t open it un…

QUESTIONABLE SKINCARE BUYS?

I made a quick trip to TJ Maxx a few days ago, and one of the first things that I always do is peruse the skincare section. In case you haven’t noticed (lol!), I love skincare products. Love. I believe in taking good care of your skin! And sometimes TJ Maxx has skincare products that I know and love, while introducing me to brands that I may not have been aware of had I not taken a trip down the aisle. This trip introduced me to a brand called Measurable Difference (or MD Measurable Difference). I picked up a 1 oz bottle of the Glycolic Acid product, because glycolic acid products work well with my skin and you know I love exfoliation, and I’m always looking for new products to try. I tried it for a few days, and it worked beautifully in that short time period. I actually felt a difference overnight with regard to the smoothness of my skin. It felt pretty buttery, which is one of the key things that I always aim for with skincare/body care. I was feeling really good about this produc…

CALIFIA FARMS CREAMY ORIGINAL ALMOND MILK

As we know, I have a few food allergies. But to add insult to injury, I have a whole bunch of food sensitivities as well, and they’re confusing because sometimes I have a reaction, sometimes I don’t. Dairy is one of those confusing ones. There is a protein in milk called casein, and I realized that after thinking for years that I was possibly lactose intolerant, come to find out, that’s not the case. It’s the casein. Usually when I have dairy that has not been cooked into something, I have stomach issues. Not always, but I’d say about 90% of the time. Not sure why. Same with non-dairy creamer, which isn’t really non-dairy, but that’s another subject altogether. I’m a coffee drinker (you already know this!), and I usually just use non-dairy creamer. No sugar, no fluffy stuff, unless it’s a specialty drink. But it hurts too.

After trying lots of alternatives, including a few different brands of almond milk (which I use anyway) and almond milk creamers, I moved on to whipping a pat of b…

Sleep Number Beds – Smiley360 Mission

This…was the first time that I ever got to test out a bed for a company. Too bad I couldn’t take it home with me! Well, okay, I could have, but for a price. And I wasn’t about that life that day.

I have done a couple of Smiley360 missions, and have done lots of reviews for other companies, but this one for the Sleep Number store really stood out to me, as it was the first time that I actually had to go into a store and explain what the heck I was there for, and you know, can I lie all over your beds, please and thanks? But thankfully the whole mission went smoothly from start to finish, and it was actually fun! Plus, the associate who helped me out that day was super nice, which always helps.

I truly enjoyed the experience of testing out a Sleep Number bed. I wasn’t really skeptical, but I also wasn’t sure that it would completely live up to its claims. It did. It really did. The bed that I tried out was the p5, and the technology in these beds and the monitoring system allowed me to…

Ricky’s NYC Mini Haul

Now, what should have happened was…I should have bought a few things when the sale was at 75%, and left the rest until the 90% sale. Let me explain. When it was only (only. lol!) 75% off, my favorite, FAVORITE liquid lipstick was on sale for around $4 and some change. Normally they are $17 each. Yes, I’m talking about Roulette by Coloured Raine. The original plan was to buy three or four as backups, and also get Marshmallow and Soul by the same company, as they were also on sale for just over $4. But I messed around and waited too long. I waited. And I missed out on Roulette. Just gone. No more. Sold out.

I should have known that it would be gone quickly. I should have known!!! Since I couldn’t get the one that I really, really wanted, I left it all alone. Until that 90% off sale popped up.

There were only a few things that I wanted, but even if I’d only wanted one product, it would have been justified. Because 90% off. πŸ˜‰

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Brands: LASplash, Coloured Raine, Jane Carter Soluti…

Video: SK-II, Missha, and Erborian Comparison

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, Missha First Treatment Essence, and the Erborian Ginseng line. Which one do I like most? πŸ™‚


Cocofloss!

Timing is really funny sometimes, in a good way! I was thinking about floss and how my current one is too hard, if that makes sense,  when I was given the opportunity to try out a different type of dental floss called…Cocofloss. It is a high performance dental floss made of microfiber filaments (loofah floss!) infused with coconut oil that is designed to scrub your teeth clean.

Cocofloss is the brainchild of the Cu sisters (Chrystle, a dentist, and Cat). Their purpose for this product is basically to make flossing and cleaning your teeth fun and more rewarding. A different experience, if you will. 😊

I was sent all four Cocofloss flavors (Fresh Coconut, Fresh Strawberries, Delicious Mint, and Cara Cara Orange), and they all smell and taste like what they’re supposed to! πŸ˜‰ The scent and flavor of the floss is subtle, not overpowering,  which I can appreciate. Also, the floss itself is smooth and really soft, which was interesting, as I wasn’t expecting it! The regular floss that I us…