Pour Decisions | Bask Pinot Noir

I recently tried something totally new on the market – I’m talking just launched this summer, basically no online presence kind of new!

I am not typically a red wine drinker. I will occasionally enjoy a Pinot Noir, Merlot or Red Blend, but it’s not really what I reach for most often. I reeeally enjoyed this pinot! I definitely drank it a little slower than I would drink a white, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It is a Canadian wine. It’s super smooth and flavourful; definitely taste those black cherry notes. Plus, this wine has also zero grams of sugar per serving!

Bask Pinot Noir has an alcohol content of 13.5% and sells for a whopping $12.

Pour Decisions | Ruby Blue’s Winery Pinot Gris

I recently tried the Pinot Gris from Ruby Blue’s Winery and I can not recommend this wine enough! Ruby Blue’s Winery Penticton. Ruby Blues opened as Ruby Tuesday Winery in 2008 and became popular with visitors to the Naramata Bench. They changed the name to Ruby Blues Winery two years later.

The Pinot Gris features flavours of passion fruit, citrus and soft pears and apples. It is really nicely balanced, neither sweet nor dry and it’s just lightly crisp. This has definitely become a favourite of mine and is a frequent purchase.

Pour Decisions | Longshot Rose

Hello friends! A new series on the blog – Pour Decisions. Follow along as I try all kinds of new wines and share some of my staple favs.

I recently tried the rose from Longshot. Longshot is a winery out of California and they describe their rose as dry and crisp with fruity flavours and floral notes. I did not find it to be quite as dry as I was expecting. It is crisp, and very flavourful. It’s also a little buttery.

This rose has an alcohol content of 13.5% and I paid just over $16 dollars for the bottle, so super affordable for a great tasting wine.

I would definitely drink this one again!

Fenty Beauty Review

Hey friends! It’s been quite a while since Rihanna released her cosmetic line, Fenty Beauty. But lately I have found that I am SO comfortable with my cosmetics and I have finally found products that really worked for me, so I haven’t wanted to step outside of that niche. Well, thanks to the fact that you can only get Shape Tape from the Tarte website, a recent trip to Sephora had be trying new things. I picked up three products from Fenty Beauty; Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer and Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer.

Starting with the primer, I did find that this primer gave my complexion a nice matte finish instantly after application. However, I did find that my regular primer (The Mattifying Poreless Primer from Tarte) makes for a smoother foundation application. And I really didn’t feel like it did my pores any favors. I did try mixing the two primers together and I liked that; I got the more mattifying finish from the Fenty primer and then the poreless look and easier foundation blending from the Tarte primer. It is also very strongly scented, which some people may find irritating.

I didn’t get as full of coverage from the foundation with just one layer as I would have liked. If you prefer a foundation that is buildable rather than giving full coverage right off the bat, this is a good one for you. They don’t offer a shade for “fair skin with cool undertones” so I got the 110 shade for “very fair skin with cool undertones”. It is VERY light, but with blush and contour I can make it work. It also didn’t give me as smooth of a complexion as you would think, it seemed to sink into my pores. By the end of the day half of my makeup was gone, it wasn’t a good look.

I feel pretty apathetic towards the concealer. I had used it before and I really liked it but it doesn’t seem to work very well with the other Fenty products, which is super odd. I did have some major issues with it not staying in place to cover some spots once I applied a powder over it. I also found that the packaging resulted in quite a bit of product waste; there was product left at the bottle of the tube and I couldn’t fit a concealer brush into the tube to reach it.

Overall, the products didn’t seem to work very well as a collective which was a huge disappointment. I would maybe use the concealer again if I’m in a pickle but I have really hated my experience while using these products.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation

I recently had the opportunity to try the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation and while I don’t have a lot to say, I did want to share my thoughts with you before it’s launch on August 29th.

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I hated the packaging. The metallic detail reminds me of the makeup I remember in my grandma’s bathroom when I was growing up. I got the Cool 2 shade for fair skin with pink undertones, it went on super orange. You are supposed to let it dry for 10 minutes to see the true colour and coverage, I don’t know who has an extra 10 minutes to wait during their morning routine but I know I don’t. It did get less orange but I don’t feel confident enough to say there was zero orange. I applied it with a beauty blender and I wouldn’t say they were 100% compatible. At the end of my work day, I didn’t feel like it held up any better than my usual foundation. Good coverage but overall I just don’t see the hype. Considering it costs $53, I think I will just stick to the Tarte Face Tape.

I received this product for free from Influenster to test and review.

 

Brand Feature | Eatable Inc.

Alcohol Infused Candy Coated Popcorn. What a genius idea. A genius idea that Charlene and Vince had and brought to life! Eatable produces all natural, whole grain, air popped popcorn with a variety of delicious alcoholic infused coatings. Even the flavours that sound bonkers are so, so good.

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Pop The Champagne is my personal favourite flavour. This is creamy Belgian white chocolate infused with champagne. It also has little crystal candies that pop in your mouth.  I don’t normally like white chocolate because I find it too sweet, but this is delicious! It is so smooth with just a little crunch.

Whisky on the Pops is a whisky infused caramel coated popcorn. It is a really creamy tasting caramel but it isn’t overly sweet, it’s almost smoky. There’s a lot more crunch to this flavour.

Merlot PB&J is peanut butter and merlot infused jelly. I found the flavour on this one to be a little more subtle, and all I tasted was peanut butter. I do love peanut butter though. This flavour was crunchy as well.

Poppin Peach Bellini is made with peace wine from Konzelmann Estate Winery in Ontario. It’s like throwing a bag of fuzzy peaches in your popcorn. The peach coating is like a sweet, juicy peach bursting in your mouth.

Pop The Salt and Tequila was one I was scared to try, but I was pleasantly surprised! This is popcorn covered in a crunchy coating of tequila infused caramel with lemon salt. Sounds crazy right? It’s actually really good! It’s a smooth, sweet caramel with just a touch of sour lemon.

Save $5 on your order of Eatable alcohol infused popcorn with the code KelseyProblemz. Free Shipping on Canadian Orders over $39.

Carbon Coco | Charcoal Tooth Polish

Any of you super paranoid about your teeth? I am crazy about oral health, I am always worried about enamel erosion, my tooth sensitivity, stuff I am doing to damage my teeth and any discoloring. I used to use whitening stripes but it was insanely painful, so I wanted to try a more natural approach to teeth whitening. I had heard amazing things about activated charcoal powders, but I had also heard that they are abrasive and damage your enamel. I decided to try Carbon Coco. It is a 100% natural, activated charcoal tooth polishing powder to whiten teeth.

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The Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish from Carbon Coco contains “100% Organic coconut shell activated charcoal with a hint of bentonite powder and lemon myrtle”. They also claim to be safe and non damaging while actually strengthening enamel and fighting plaque. They recommend you use this product once daily for 7-14 days and then reduce use to upkeep results. Each tub comes with about 2 months worth of product. Because I am so paranoid, I decided to only use the product 1-3 times a week.

I got the original, and there is absolutely no flavour and no smell. I think if I were to purchase it again I would get the Sweet Mint because I actually find it very odd to not have any flavour; I realize how strange that is. There is kind of a strange texture to it as you brush since it is such a fine powder, it feels kind of dry but not overly bothersome. It makes a HELL of a mess! Lots of black in my sink and definitely required a clean up.

I used this product for almost 3 months on and off and honestly, I noticed zero difference in the colour of my teeth. So that’s that.

 

 

 

Brand Feature | Kismet Essentials

I was recently fortunate enough to win a giveaway from Kismet Essentials and I enjoyed the products so much I wanted to share them with you!

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The Float Dead Sea Salt Soak is 100% natural and scented with eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. If you are a frequent reader you know that eucalyptus and peppermint is one of my favourite blends! I find this blend so relaxing, but uplifting at the same time. In my opinion, this is the ultimate scent for a spa like experience. It is also amazing while you’re sick, as a decongestant. The scent in these bath salts is quite potent which is great.

They also sent me their Flower Child Floral Mist Spray. I find the name kind of redundant, since mist and spray are kind of the same thing, but I digress. This spray can be used as a room spray or a facial toner. It’s scented with rose and peppermint waters, which isn’t a blend I had ever seen before but it is actually so lovely! The rose is stronger than the peppermint; overall the scent is a very light and fresh. It contains witch hazel which is one of my absolute favourite ingredients for facial toners. Rose water is also super common in skincare products to help with inflammation. Of course, peppermint is an amazing way to refresh. I would definitely suggest light misting if you use this as a toner. I sprayed far too much my first use and I found the scent was too strong and I felt a little burning on my skin and my eyes.

Overall, I am so thrilled to have won this Instagram giveaway because it introduced me to a another all natural Canadian skincare/bath company!

Kat Von D Beauty | Vegan Love Eyeshadow Palette

Hey Guys! It’s been quite a while since I shared new makeup with you and I am super excited to share the Vegan Love palette from Kat Von D Beauty. This palette is obviously vegan and cruelty free but they also donate 20% of the retail proceeds to Mercy For Animals, which is an international non-profit that is dedicated to preventing cruelty towards animals. This palette is available at Sephora and it retails for $53 CAD. It contains 10 vibrate, metallic shades.

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The packaging is super beautiful but it is so hard to compete with Kat Von D’s Gothic yet clean designs and black packaging. It has a very luxurious look to it and it isn’t at all cheesy or over the top (Looking at you, Tarte) .

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I think that it goes without saying that these shadows are intense. They deliver great pigmentation with all day wear. Kat Von D Beauty is famous for their coverage and this palette is no exception. There is a sticker on it saying that it is best applied with your finger; if you do use your finger you will notice a greater pay off and far richer colour. However, if you prefer to use a brush you absolutely can. I do recommend you use a brush that is slightly dampened with a setting spray as it will give you better colour.

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I apologize for my super poor swatches; that’s really hard to do by yourself! As you can see, there’s a great range of colours in neons, neutrals and metallics; including a perfect highlighter shade; Equality is a a very light nude pictured below between the brown and red colours. There is such little colour to this shade it makes it a really great universal highlighter.

 

 

TooFaced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder

Hey guys! During a recent Sephora trip I decided to try out a new setting powder and I settled on the Toofaced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder. This setting powder is a loose powder, I typically prefer a pressed powder cause I find you get more control over the product but I had remembered seeing someone on Instagram raving about this powder so I wanted to give it a try.

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The powder says it’s translucent, with a universal peach tint that works to brighten skin. I have super fair skin and it absolutely leaves a peach/orange colour to my skin which is not good. Obviously, it’s meant to control oil and be mattifying. It smells amazing because of the peach and fig extract. I have had some poor experiences with the packaging for loose powders making it very difficult to actually get any product out, I didn’t have that problem with this packaging; it’s great packaging! The powder is incredibly silky, and it does feel very comfortable and light weight on the skin.

Overall, I thought the powder was pretty unremarkable; which is pretty much how I always feel about TooFaced products.