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May 06 2018

The Best & Worst of Guerlain Rouge G Lipsticks 2018

I’ve just finished reviewing the last of the Guerlain Rouge G Lip Colors ($32.00 for 0.12 oz., refill only), which means it’s time for a summary of the best and worst within the new, 30-deep shade range.

April 08 2018

Where to Put Your Instagram Hashtags

The age old debate as long as Instagram has been around: where should you put your Instagram hashtags? Should they go in the caption? Or should they go in a subsequent comment? Does it matter? Does one perform better than the other? Do people care? These are all the questions I hear all. the. time! […]

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March 18 2018

The Four Pillars of Modern Alcohol Regulatory Reform

The modern American alcohol regulatory system was dreamed up and implemented in the early 1930s by a group of men whose most recent experience with alcohol was thirteen years of national Prohibition, violent bootleggers and the pre-Prohibition moral squalor of the “Tavern”. Eighty-five years later the system that was created when school segregation was the law of the land, when child labor was largely unregulated and when there was no constitutional right to a minimum wage. remains mainly unchanged. The…

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March 04 2018

Five Things You Should Know About Pinterest Traffic

Pinterest traffic is up and Facebook referrals are diving. How are you making changes to your blog promotion? More Pinterest, am I right? [hint…I’m right] According to a new report by Shareaholic, the percentage of website traffic coming from Facebook has already declined drastically in the second half of 2017. As you can see in the…

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February 18 2018

Best & Worst of ColourPop Lux Lipsticks

ColourPop Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be a “creamy-matte” that “glides on like butter, doesn’t feather or bleed, and lasts so long you’ll forget you’re even wearing it.” The majority of the shades were quite pigmented with full color payoff in a single stroke with a few in the more semi-opaque coverage range. The texture was, on average, smooth, lightly creamy, and not too thick or too thin, so there was no tugging during application but the color didn’t feel slippery while worn, which made them easier to apply straight from the tube and low-maintenance on Continue Reading…

Carlos Serres Crianza

This runs through a whole palate of red fruits, with great florals and firm structure. Drink with clay oven roasted lamb. Recommended. 88 points.

February 11 2018

How to Master Blogging Skills And Be Successful

Whether you’re thinking about starting a blog, just getting started, or have had a blog running for a few years it’s important to look for ways to boost your blogging skills. Blogging is an important tool for anyone wishing to grow an online brand. It’s not enough to have social media accounts because these can…

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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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