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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 until 2005. It’s a half bottle, which equates to around two glasses, and just…I loved it. It was the first “real” wine I’d ever had, and is still my favorite. There are a few places where you can buy it online in the United States (Timeless Wines, wine-searcher.com), but if you like sweet or semi-sweet wines, I would strongly recommend that you consider trying this particular Muscat de Beaumes de Venise. And if you do, please let me know how you like it!
For more information on Domaine des Bernadins, and the wines that they produce, check them out at Domaine des Bernadins.
*this is not a sponsored post in any way. I just love wine! 🙂
Happy New Year!!! The holiday season officially marked Gift Set Season at Sephora! 🙂 I picked up the Tatcha Bestsellers Set, and decided to do a few videos on it. Let me know if you’ve tried it, or which Tatcha products you want to try, or that you love!
Tatcha Bestsellers Set Overview:
My Skincare Routine with Tatcha:
*This is not sponsored.
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 product, until I read the ingredients.
Every product that I’ve ever used on my face or body that had glycolic acid as an ingredient has had the percentage of glycolic acid involved written somewhere on the product. Whether it’s 2%, 5%, 8.8% or beyond, the percentage is always there.
Not this time.
As a matter of fact, outside of saying “Glycolic Acid” on the front of the bottle, this ingredient is nowhere to be found. It’s certainly not in the list of ingredients. I checked. Multiple times.
Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Alcohol Denat, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (anti-caking agent), Fragrance, Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate.
So, my question is…did the company include glycolic acid and neglect to put it in the ingredients list, or is it actually not in the product at all? Because if that’s the case, well, misleading doesn’t even begin to cover it. Interestingly enough, this product (along with the lactic acid, hyaluronic acid and a few other products in the same type of bottle) are nowhere to be found on the Measurable Difference website. I found a cached version of the lactic acid one, so I know that they did in fact sell it at one point in time. Also, information of any sort about the glycolic acid product is few and far between. I found a couple of websites that sell or have sold it, but no real conversation on the subject. Maybe the presumed lack of glycolic acid is the reason that it isn’t sold anymore, and why it’s hard to get any info on it.
Will I continue to use this product? Maybe, because 1) I paid for it, and 2) my skin responds well to it. Will I buy it or any other Measurable Difference product again? No, because I don’t trust that what’s written on the front of the label is actually in the product. And if I can’t trust what’s on the front of the label, I probably can’t trust what’s written on the back of it either. I normally read the ingredients list on everything before I buy it, but I neglected to do so this time. Shame on me. Honestly, if anyone has an answer as to why the glycolic acid is missing from the ingredients list, please let me know, because at this point, I can only go with what I see.
*Product mentioned above was sealed when I bought it, which is kind of important when buying skincare (and other!) products from these types of stores. Saving money is great, but not at the cost of your skin. Buy wisely! 🙂
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 butter into my coffee. Butter has little to no casein, and it worked out fine…until I remembered how much coffee I drink daily. That…is a lot of butter. So I talked to one of my best friends (hey Grace!) about the type of almond milk that she uses, and she directed me towards a brand that I was aware of, but had never tried. Needless to say, after buying and trying it, I haven’t looked back since.
Califia Farms Creamy Original Almond Milk…is a lifesaver. I have finally found my holy grail of almond milks. The best part about it? Unlike other almond milk brands that I’ve tried, this one does not separate in coffee, nor does it taste overly nutty or…off. Those of you who have tried almond milk in your hot coffee at home know what I mean. So for it to not do that? *heart eyes* It. Is. PERFECT for me! It is creamy, it blends well, and again, you can barely taste the almonds when mixed into coffee.
This particular almond milk is soy-free, gluten-free, carrageeenan-free, dairy-free, BPA-free, non-GMO, and is kosher and vegan. Whew, that’s a lot! The packaging also states that it has 50% more calcium than milk, and is only 60 calories per 8 oz. serving. It tastes delicious by itself, and actually is a good milk substitute.
A quick stop on their website (califiafarms.com) shows the many different types of products currently available, from various types of almond, coconut, and cashew milks, enhanced milks, regular and flavored creamers, juices, and…coffee! When I’d originally come across the brand at a Target store in Arizona, I’d only seen their cold brew coffees. I had no idea that they made anything else! But now I know that there’s a variety of products to choose from. I plan to try the coconut milk next!
In all, this is a great product for me. Like anything else, some people will love it, some may not like it at all, and others may be undecided. I just know that it has been a great fix for my current needs. And with that being said, Califia Farms, y’all better not EVER go out of business, you hear me? I don’t know how I’ll make it without you! LOL!