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December 31 2017

What We're Drinking – Talbott “Kali Hart” Pinot Noir

This is a rich, complex Pinot that drinks well above its price point. Drink with duck. Highly Recommended. 90 points.

December 24 2017

The Best & Worst of ColourPop Pressed Powder Blushes

ColourPop Glass Slipper Pressed Powder Blush ColourPop Pressed Powder Blush ($8.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to go on “smoothly” and have a “natural and healthy flush” that has “long wear” and “can be layered to your desired intensity.” It is a lightly to moderately powdery powder blush with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. The consistency has a drier, thinner feel and though it feels silky to the touch, I found it the type of powder blush can be tricky to blend out evenly on the skin, depending on one’s skin type or base preferences. The drier the skin/base, Continue Reading…

December 10 2017

Fake Wine Reviews: Peer Review Sites vs. Wine Critics

Can the wine and food world trust the conclusions of the crowd? Recently an Italian paper created a TripAdvisor profile for a fake restaurant. Then they went about submitting fake reviews. In no time, the fake restaurant was the highest rated restaurant on TripAdvisor in Italy. When the newspaper finally called TripAdvisor to tell them what they had done and to get a statement, TripAdvisor took down the profile for the restaurant along with the reviews and stated: “As the…

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November 26 2017

What We're Drinking – Dry Creek Vineyard “Heritage Vines”

This is a big mouthful of wine that calls for a big mouthful of steak to go with it. Pair it with anything you want, as long as it starts with “cowboy” and ends with “ribeye.” Highly Recommended. 90 points.

November 19 2017

Etude House Play Color Eyes Wine Party Review & Swatches

I purchased the Etude House Play Color Eyes Wine Party Eyeshadow Palette several weeks ago when it launched for Fall 2017 and I literally just got around the using it earlier this month. It seems like the Holiday season came fast and hard this year so I didn’t have a chance to enjoy all the Fall makeup I hauled. None the less, regardless what stores are telling us, it’s still Fall and I can still make a lot of use out of this yummy burgundy eyeshadow palette.

I have a love hate relationship with Etude House Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow Palette. The quality isn’t nearly as good as their single range of shadows but I always end up buying their palettes because the color combos are always so outstanding plus if you’re willing to put the work in you can actually get some rather nice looks out of them. However, prepping, priming, a good cream base, and other tools are needed to get the best performance out of the shades in these palettes.

As with all the Play Color Eyes Palettes, Wine Party has a specific theme of shades. The shades here are deep wine hues, burgundies, and they even throw in some shimmery golds and browns. It’s a selection of shades that pair up very, very well together. This is why I have so much love for the Play Eyes Palettes! They aren’t the type of palette you’ll pick up and be confused about which shades match up with which. Etude House takes all the guest work out of pairing shades as they fit together shades that work well together and compliment each other. I’m sure if you’ve read my reviews on past palettes like Juice Bar, In the Cafe, and Beach Party you understand exactly what I mean.

I think the shadows run a little firmer and drier which makes them swatch poorly. Some shades are sheer which means you need a good cream base on your lid to intensify the colors The palette is dominated by mattes but does have two sheerer, chunkier shimmer shades that work as overcoats of a sort. I just think overall, you need to be able to donate a little time, love, and patience when using these. The good news is if you do dedicate that time you can get some good looks out of it. But don’t expect a silky, brilliant blendiable formula. I suggest a cream eyeshadow base, primer, and sponge applicators for good application.

Etude House Play Color Eyes Wine Party is wonderful selection of shades but the formula isn’t the best that the brand has to offer. I don’t regret the purchase though as I really liked some of the looks I got out of this palette.

Etude House Play Color Eyes Wine Party is available now from sellers as well as from

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Apple's War on Harmless Vice…Is Wine Next?

I found 5 different apps at the Apple App store that promote marijuana.  I found 3 different Grand Theft Auto apps in the Apple App store that promote….well…everything. I found NarcoGuerra in the Apple App store, which allows you to “try taking control of a cartel”. I found WeedTycoon in the Apple App store, which allows you to…become a Weed Tycoon. However, I learn today that Shaken Communications’ (Wine Spectator) “Where To Smoke” App has been banned from the Apple…

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What We're Drinking – Silk Bush Altitude 2014

This is an interesting wine for somebody curious about South Africa wines. Drink with stewed game. Recommended. 86 points.

November 12 2017

What We're Drinking – Roco “The Stalker” Pinot Noir 2013

This is an earthy and interesting glass of wine. Drink with duck confit. Recommended. 88 points.

Corvina, my first love

A chance encounter with a demure Italian red becomes a life-altering event.

November 05 2017

Star Wars and Makeup!

It’s not makeup but Star Wars fans should know that Sperry x Star Wars Slip-On Sneakers are on sale at for $37 bucks. I paid freaking $75 for the two pairs I purchased a few months ago.


I thought I’d give my fellow geeks a heads up as that’s a great deal. If you get one pair you won’t quality for free shipping so you can head to the beauty sale section and maybe something will grab you and that will tip you into the Free Shipping zone.

Orders $49 or more ship free!


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Week in Review | October 28th through November 3rd

Happy Saturday! I always enjoy seeing what makes up the week’s top ten highest-reviewed products, so I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well! :) What was your week in review like? My skin tone/coloring: Favorite look you worn: Most used product of the week: Any new beauty discoveries: Week in Review

October 22 2017

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Debunking wine myths: What to look out for

Why they may not be true after all….

Pouring Wine

Debunking wine myths

Myth: Wine legs mean a better wine

wine legs

Do legs or ‘tears’ mean better quality? Credit:Credit: PhotoAlto sas / Alamy Stock Photo

The reality is that 'legs tell you relatively little about the wine’, says Matt Walls.

Myth: Putting a spoon in Champagne keeps it fizzy

spoon in champagne

Credit: Gunter Kirsch / Alamy Stock Photo

Really, there’s no evidence that proves this. You’re better off using a Champagne stopper.

Myth: Sulphites cause hangovers

Sulfur dioxide

Although a few people are allergic to sulphites, in most cases, hangovers are caused by dehydration from alcohol, not the sulphites in the wine.

Myth: A wine punt means a better quality wine

wine bottles punt

This is not a universal rule, and some styles like Riesling, for example never have a punt.

Myth: White wine doesn’t go with red meat

red meat with white wine, cordon bleu

Red meat with white wine? Do it, says Matthieu Longure MS.Credit: Le Cordon Bleu London

Take other factors in to consideration like acidity, age, oak rather than just the colour of the wine.

Myth: Only white wine pairs with fish

james bond, wine quote, decanter

'Red wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something.’ James Bond in 'From Russia with Love’ in 1963. Credit: Pen.

Again, there are other factors to consider. The main rule is don’t go for anything too tannic with fish.

Myth: Pale ros wine is better

pairing ros wines with food

Pale, delicate coloured roses from Provence have grown in popularity, and it’s become a trend for winemakers to try and keep the colour very pale. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that deeper coloured roses are worse quality wines.

Myth: Red wine should only be served room temperature

best reds to chill

Credit: Mike Prior/ Annabelle Sing/ Decanter

There are plenty of lighter style red wines that benefit from being lightly chilled especially in the summer months.

Myths: All Champagne should be kept to age

Champagne cellar

Credit: Cath Lowe / Decanter

Non-Vintage Champagne is generally made to be ready-to drink. Our experts say you can keep it a couple of years but not much longer. Vintage Champagnes are the ones that benefit from some cellaring.

Find more wine questions answered here.

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Finally! The Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette Arrives

After much waiting the Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette launched today at According to launch details the palette is exclusive to their website (I’m somehow not convinced that is true) and contains 18 brand new matte and shimmer shades as well as a how to get the look guide. They are donating $250,000 from sales of the palette to Best Friends Animal Society!

Of you want it, I highly suggest grabbing it as it’ll likely disappear in a few hours!

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September 24 2017

How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy From Scratch

This post originally published on July 16, 2014. We’ve updated it here with new research and statsand a cool new infographic.

September 10 2017

Kat Von D Holiday 2017 Featuring Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

The Kat Von D Holiday 2017 Collection has arrived and with it the soon to be released Saint & Shinner Eyeshadow Palette that has the beauty wold in a frenzy. Well, anything Kat puts out lately causes the beauty world to be sucked into her vortex. The Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette has been teased over the course of the last few months but don’t worry, it’ll finally be available come September 19th.

The good news? At least you can get your hands on some of Kat Von D’s other Holiday 2017 Gift Sets.

Here’s a look at the palette and other goodies.

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette $62 (Available 09/19 online and 10/6 in stores)

A limited-edition eyeshadow palette features 24 shades housed in a Gothic cathedral stain glass window-like compact. Each of the 24 shades are inspired by stained glass windows and are available in a variety of finishes including metallics, mattes, glimmers, and shimmers.

  • Saint shades: Absolution (ivory with gold super-glimmer), Worship (pearlescent eggplant), Immaculate (pearlescent olive), Chalice (metallic antique bronze), Sacred Heart (pearlescent coral), Amen (matte cream), Sanctuary (pearlescent nude coffee), Heaven (metallic silver), Crucifix (matte deep chocolate), Cathedral (gunmetal with silvery blue glitter), Rosary (metallic garnet), Baptism (matte pale pink)

  • Sinner shades: Rapture (rosy pink with pink super-glimmer), Sabbath (matte jet black), Ashes (taupe with gold glitter), Martyr (matte toffee brown), Devil (matte pumpkin orange), Revelation (brown with gold glitter), Vestment (shimmery maroon with blue-green shift), Ministry (metallic cobalt), Exodus (chartreuse with gold glitter), Exorcism (matte deep purple), Relic (metallic fool’s gold), Stigmata (metallic scarlet)

Kat Von D Find Your Nude Studded Kiss Lipstick Set $63 (Available Now)

A selection of Kat’s finest nude Studded Kiss Lipstick Shades (0.10 oz each) including bestselling shade, Lovecraft.

Shades include Magick, Noble, Lovecraft, Agatha, Cathedral.

Kat Von D Best Of Studded Kiss Lipstick Trio $38 (Available Now)

A selection of some of Kat’s bestselling Studded Kiss Lipstick shades in:

  • Vampira (burgundy)

  • Underage Red (fire engine red)

  • Lolita (chestnut rose)

You can shop select Kat Von D Holiday 2017 items now at

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Napa Valley's Appellations Are Near Meaningless

Richard Mendelson’s newish book, Appellations Napa Valley is a fantastic tome. Written in a personal, first person voice that reflects Mendelson’s vast experience with the development of the Valley’s various sub appellations as well as his obvious and genuine affinity for this part of the world, the coffee table-style book is a unique and necessary addition to the Napa Valley Wine bibliography. However, the subject of the book brings up an important question that has been asked before: Do Napa…

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What We're Drinking: 2016 Cave Robert et Marcel Saumur Les Pouches

An easy summer wine: mineral with a touch of lime and apricot.

Why Social Media Really Matters

One of my biggest commitments with this blog is to always answer your questions. And sometimes I forget how even the simplest questions need to be answered. I spend so much time focusing on the how and why of various social media topics, that I often neglect the most basic of questions. One of those []

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