[img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Gift-Set-5.jpg I picked up the Pinrose Rollerball Wardrobe Gift Set ($60) which is limited edition Holiday set that comes with 10 perfume rollerballs in a festive gift box. This is a great way to try the entire Pinrose Fragrance Collection without over splurging on a larger size. My perfume sales associate at Nordstrom convinced me to try these out about a year and a half ago when they had a little iPad on counter that helps you select a fragrance that fit your personality. I picked up Gilded Fox even though I wasn't recommended it. I actually ended up liking it but after trying a few of the other scents I was disappointed at the shorter wear of the fragrances and ended up not exploring the line further. [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Set.jpg Fast forward and now Pinrose is available at Sephora.com and this gift set launched and I felt like it was a perfect excuse to try the rest of the scents.
[img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Gift-Set.jpg This was actually a solid purchase and I'm glad I got it. It'll make a rather nice gift for a younger girl as well who might like fragrance. I think they missed the boat by not including suggestions for fragrance cocktailing though. Pinrose has always promoted combining their fragrance to create a unique scent all your own. However, this set didn't have suggestions for combining any of these fragrances. A simple card like Commodity includes with their fragrances that gives a few layering tips and tricks would have this gift set perfect. The box these come housed in is a very pretty and ready for gifting! Slap a tag on and you're good to go if you're a bit lazy about wrapping. [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Gift-Set-8.jpg [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Gift-Set-3.jpg [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe-Gift-Set-4.jpg Scents you get are: [list] [*]Merry Maker is a refreshing nectarine blend to help you distress. [*]Tambourine Dreamer is an avant-garde bouquet of white lily for a sense of peace and quiet. [*]Wild Child is a flirty bouquet of white flowers to engender a happy feeling. [*]Secret Genius is a romantic blend of vanilla and caramel with a spirit of playful sensuality. [*]Gilded Fox is a warm and sexy potion with notes of cocoa and hot buttered rum for an aura of mystery. [*]Cuddle Punk is a playful mashup of apricot and vanilla for silly and sexy combination. [*]Pillowtalk Poet is a fresh laundry mix of powder and musk for a cozy and comforting sensation. [*]Treehouse Royal is an elegant mix of fig and moss notes for a focus on chic. [*]Pinrose is an unexpected rose and leather blend with romantic tones. [*]Garden Gangster is an invigorating and fresh citrus blend with an energizing lift. [/list] [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pinrose-Rollerball-Wardrobe.jpg As I said I already own Gilded Fox and always felt it was the strongest and longest wearing scent from Pinrose. Their scents seem a little weak to me with a short wear. However, the set surprised me. Maybe blame it on the rollerballs and the fact I'm wearing these a little closer to my skin versus misting on my clothes and you end up with a bit of a stronger and longer wear. I wasn't disappointed in the least with these as they seemed to wear a little longer and a little stronger than the larger bottles. Count me surprise as that was unexpected. I also found some new Pinrose scents to love here like Merry Maker! I could see myself wanting a full bottle of that (but I might just stick to the rollerball just in case the larger size disappoints)! I'm glad I purchased this. It was worth being able to try out the entire Pinrose Collection and seeing what I would and wouldn't like plus the rollerballs travel easily should I need to touch up throughout the day. The Pinrose Rollerball Wardrobe Gift Set is available now at Sephora.com or you can try out the other Pinrose Set which contains 35 Eau de Parfum Wipes and comes housed in the same box. This is available from HSN.com for $25.
[img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Sephora-Favorites-Beauty-After-Last-Call.jpg There's a new Sephora Favorites Beauty After Last Call for Spring 2017 available now at Sephora.com. This set includes three full size items and four deluxe sizes inspired by post-party ways to spoil your skin and prep you for a night out on the town. You get all of the following items tucked into a collectible, reusable box for $36: [list] [*]0.68 oz Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Opal [*]0.1 oz Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Tinted Primer in Mink Â¬Brown [*]0.084 oz Bobbi Brown Retouching Face Pencil in Illuminate and Sharpener [*]1 oz Dr. Jart+ Dermask Intra Jet Firming Solution [*]0.28 oz Hum Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Blend in Mint Chocolate Chip Infusion [*]1 oz Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water [*]0.10 oz Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue in Nude [/list] It's bound to sell out fast so grab up the Sephora Favorites Beauty After Last Call now at Sephora.com.
[img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Burts-Bees-Flavor-Crystals-Lip-Balm.jpg Burt's Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm is a new lip balm hitting drugstores for Spring 2017 that's available in three shade selections with â€śa burst of crystallized fruit juiceâ€ť! For some odd reason or another as soon as I saw the Burt's Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm I instantly think of Lip Freak Buzzing Lip Balm, the whole burst of crystallized fruit juice had me thinking that something amazing was going to happen when I applied this to my lips. Remember Bubbaloo Gum? As a child, there was nothing more awesome than sinking your teeth into a soft piece of Bubbaloo and having the juicy sweet liquid explode in your mouth. Crystals Lip Balm sounded exactly like that! A burst of fruit juice? If I applied it would I get a juicy burst of yummy flavor? Or the buzz of Lip Freak? [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Burts-Bees-Flavor-Crystals-Lip-Balms.jpg Nothing happened. No buzz, no burst of juicy fruit flavor. Oh well! The good news is my lips are chapped as hell this week so trying out Burt's Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm was a good idea. I moseyed into Walgreens last week because I was hopeful they'd have a flu shot available. I typically get a flu shot in September with my yearly physical at my Doctor's office but this season I was so busy I didn't have a second to go. So, realizing I missed my flu shot and also my yearly appointment I called my Doctor and asked for an appointment but he's booked until after Christmas. I had this horrifying dream I'd be lying in bed with the flu (because you can sneeze in California and I'll get sick here in New York) so, I ran over to Walgreens. I didn't know what to expect as I never got a flu shot at a drugstore before but the procedure was friendly, simple, and quick plus I didn't realize it but my medical insurance covered it. I thought I would have to pay $20 or $25 for the shot, I had no idea flu shots at the drugstore were covered by insurance! Ha, learn something new everyday!
[img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Burts-Bees-Flavor-Crystals.jpg Burt's Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm are currently available in three flavors but I'm sure there are plans to expand with more flavors when they become a permanent part of the brand's collection. I picked up Red Raspberry which is 0.16 oz in size and set me back $4.99. It comes in a rather cute plastic round plastic barrel which is considerably different compared to the Chapstick-like tubes of the original Burt's Bees Lip Balm. I thought maybe the shade would be tinted but it isn't and it applies sheer. I actually didn't really like the formula because it reminds me of the Chapstick formula from the 80's. It's really thick, slightly grainy because it has small specks of what they call â€ścrystallized fruit juiceâ€ť, and it feels quite waxy on my lips. The flavor is disappointing as well since it leaves a bit of a bitter after taste in my mouth. There's subtle hints of raspberry here but it is overpowered by a waxy flavor element that isn't pleasant. If you ski or you're out in the cold for long hours on end this is a good product to prevent chapped lips since it lays down a thick layer of silicone-like waxiness on lips which will protect them from the cold. I personally found it uncomfortable to wear and gross feeling on my lips. It provides light moisture but I wouldn't say it was highly moisturizing! [img]http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Burts-Bees-Flavor-Crystals-Balm.jpg Burt's Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm sounds like a little bit more of an exciting product than it actually is. If you like the old school Chapstick formula you might love this but for those who aren't into waxy, thick lip balms, I'd skip! Burt's Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm isn't yet available online but I imagine Ulta.com will likely get it soon or check your local Walgreens!
Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from the Decanter design team...[img]http://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/11/Foursome-2-300x198.jpgHow to understand tasting notes: Do you really know the meaning behind 'petrol' and 'leather'â€¦? [img]https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/11/Leather-Cooked-fruit-2-630x417.jpg Petrol Petrol notes in wine are caused by a chemical, trimethyl-dihydronaphthalene (TDN), whose precursors are naturally found in the juice and skins of the Riesling grape. Generally, aged Rieslings can have a petrol aroma as the precursors in the wine combine over time to form TDN. When this note is found in young wines, it is considered by some, notably RhĂ´ne and Australian producer Michel Chapoutier, to be a fault due to over-pressing during harvest. [list]
[/list] Mineral This common description can be used to describe both red and white wines, although it is more common with whites. It is a positive attribute that can be associated with the acidity of the wine, but also the aroma; for example slate, gun flint or wet stones. The use and meaning of minerality is hotly debated and there is no chemical evidence that shows a mineral aroma or flavour is related to a specific mineral or nutrient in the soil or in wine. Therefore, while we use mineral or minerality often as a descriptor it is still quite a mystery as to what causes this sensation. [img]https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/11/Leather-Cooked-fruit1-2-630x417.jpg Leather An aroma often found in red wines that have been aged in oak. Either a secondary or a tertiary aroma, it is associated with the winemaker's influence and a wine's ageing process rather than a grape's varietal characteristic or primary aroma. It is often used as a descriptor in conjunction with vanilla, toast and cedar, which are all associated with the use of oak in red wines. It can also be a savoury characteristic indicative of a wine softening and ageing, losing some of its primary fruit and gaining complexity and depth. [list] [*] Note to self: write your own tasting notes
[/list] Cooked Fruit A 'cooked wine' can be considered a fault. It can refer to a bottle that has been exposed to extreme heat. This can occur during shipping and is evident to the consumer as the cork can protrude and the wine quality will be greatly diminished. However, when a person refers to 'cooked fruit' when tasting, this means that the grapes have had too much hang-time on the vine or too much sun exposure and are in fact overripe or even sunburned. This leads to a wine that has lower total acidity, which will make it taste less fresh; it will usually have jammy characters. This jamminess can be coupled with a higher level of alcohol, which can create a flabby mouthfeel. [img]https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/11/Lead-image-630x417.jpg Don't get caught out at tastings â€“ know your 'flinty' from your 'vinyl' winesâ€¦ [img]https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/11/Mint-Vinyl-630x417.jpg Minty Mint, or menthol aromas can be common in varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon grown in cooler climates like Bordeaux, Chile and Coonawarra in South Australia, but can also be found in other varieties such as Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet. A mint aroma differs from a eucalypt note, which normally comes from contamination by nearby eucalypt trees. It has recently been discovered that mintiness in wine is caused by the compound piperitone, which is also found naturally in mint plants. [list]
[/list] Vinyl Not your typical aroma or tasting note, but it is used to describe this almost sweet, intriguing plastic quality. It may be a sign of reduction, where in the winemaking, lack of oxygen creates a growth of chemical compounds called mercaptans. These can be extremely unpleasant, creating notes of rotten eggs, cabbage or struck matches. However, if a balance is achieved in this reductive technique, desirable notes can be created, such as quince, smokiness, peardrop or even vinyl. [img]https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/11/Smoky-Vinyl-630x417.jpg Smoky Smoky notes generally come from oak. Normally the intensity of smoky aromas and flavours in a wine will be determined by the toast of the oak (how charred it was), how many times the barrel has been used and how long the wine spends in the barrel. If the wine is put into a new barrel that has had a heavy toast then the likelihood of having smoky notes will increase. This can be desirable if the wine has the structure to handle the oak. [list]
[/list] Sometimes heavy toasting and too many new barrels can lead to an overtly smoky wine, which may integrate with time, but can be difficult to assess when the wine is young. Smoke taint can also happen, when forest fires occur between veraison (when the grapes ripen) and harvest time. This has been a problem for winemakers in Canada's Okanagan Valley, California and throughout Australia. Flint This term is derived from the French phrase 'goĂ»t de pierre Ă fusil', which literally means tasting of flint stone. Flint, flinty or even gunflint are terms used to describe the minerality note that is found in dry, austere white wines, notably Chablis and Sancerre. If you want to experience what flint smells like, next time you are walking in the South Downs, pick up two pieces of chalk and rub them together. If this isn't an option, think of wet pebbles. [list] [*] Grape expectations â€“ the tasting notes quiz