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4.23.2014

Flight Song Wines by Brancott Estate

Disclaimer: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

In the past few months I have had tried a few different wines, both white and red. However, I quickly learned that I am NOT a fan of red wine. Thankfully Brancott Estate shares my passion for white wine and has created a new line, Flight Song featuring two white wine varieties: Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.

These wines were created just in time too considering I started my blog 3 years ago today. Yep, that means today is my blogging anniversary! If you want to celebrate with me, pour yourself a glass of white wine and let's toast to another fabulous year!

Flight Song Wines by Brancott Estate | framedfrosting.com

These wines originate from Marlborough, New Zealand. They are 20% lighter in calories because the grapes are harvested earlier in the Summer when their sugar levels are lower. How cool is that?

Sauvignon Blanc - "On the nose this wine presents pink grapefruit and passionfruit notes, while a ripe lemon acidity excites the palate." (88 calories per 5 oz. serving)

Pinot Grigio - "On the nose this wine presents an array of floral notes with nashi pear and sweet lemon, while white peach and guava create a full palate with ripe, citrus-like acidity." (87 calories per 5 oz. serving)

Flight Song Wines by Brancott Estate | framedfrosting.com
Flight Song Wines by Brancott Estate | framedfrosting.com

A few of my favorite wine pairings include:

1. Brie cheese

2. Dark chocolate

3. Pecans

Flight Song Wines by Brancott Estate | framedfrosting.com
Flight Song Wines by Brancott Estate | framedfrosting.com

Next time you need an idea for date night, grab a bottle of Brancott Estate wine and put on a bright shade of lipstick. Then, cook a gourmet meal together and enjoy dinner with a big glass of white wine. It's as simple as that!

Do you prefer white or red wine?
What are your favorite wine pairings?

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4.21.2014

My Night Time Skincare Routine

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I have been terrible about sticking to a routine for as long as I can remember. As a kid, there were many nights where I went to bed without brushing my teeth because I simply forgot to do it. Skip to today and although I brush my teeth daily, there are other things that I forget to do routinely...like skincare.

I was blessed with clear, acne-free skin and have yet to have a pimple or zit. However, if I don't implement a skincare routine, I have a feeling those pimples will catch up with me. I tend to forget to remove my makeup before bed which I have heard can age you twice as fast - yikes! I am also pretty terrible about remembering to exfoliate once a week. In an effort to improve my skin, I have developed a night time skincare routine for my dry, sensitive skin.

I prefer to do most of my skincare at night because I'm usually in a rush in the morning and don't have time to complete all the steps. I also prefer to have serums and moisturizers on my face at night when they have the most time to absorb into my skin. I use all of these products nightly except for #3 which I use once a week and #9 which I use every two weeks.


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You'll notice that most of the products are high-end and here's why...
a. I believe that when it comes to skincare, it is totally worth it to splurge on better quality products.
b. I have very sensitive skin and the last time I used a drugstore face lotion, I had a terrible allergic reaction.
c. I do not use skincare products that contain parabens, SLES, and other harmful chemicals. High end products usually don't include these ingredients, but there are a few that do...just make sure you read the label.

1. Take the Day Off Makeup Remover

I have been using this makeup remover for 7 years now and I don't think I'll be switching anytime soon. It gets everything off in a few swipes and doesn't sting my eyes.

2. One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

I started using Clarins products last year because I needed a break from my Clinique 3-step program. I received a sample of this (which is almost gone) and I have loved it so much that I will be purchasing the full-size soon. The smell alone is amazing and I love that it's a daily exfoliator in case I forget to use product #3.

3. Bright Plus HP Gentle Brightening Exfoliator

I use this exfoliator once a week, especially when I'm noticing a lot of clogged pores. I haven't noticed brighter skin but that's because I only use this once a week and don't combine it with any of the other Bright Plus HP products.

4. Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

If you have really dry skin, this product is a must-have! It's a gel-like consistency which I love and it absorbs into my skin rather quickly. I slather this on my face and neck after toning but before moisturizing.

5. Maracuja C-Brightener Eye Treatment

I have only been using this eye treatment for a few weeks, but I am really loving it so far. I ordered the sample size to try first and it has lasted longer than I thought it would. I apply this after product #7.

6. Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion

I love that Clarins makes different toning lotions so that you can find the one that works best for you. I have noticed in the past that if I use a toner for normal or oily skin, it leaves my face feeling dried out...whereas this toner is specifically for dry skin.

7. All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage

I love applying this product simply because the steel rollerball feels so cold on my skin. I have been using this for about 4 months now and have definitely noticed that it works for my puffy eyes.

8. Lip Exfoliator

Most lip exfoliators come in a pot or tub which I've never been a fan of. I love that this one is the shape of a lipstick which makes it really easy to apply and leaves your hands mess-free! I apply it to my lips before bed and follow it up with my favorite lip balm, Maybelline Baby Lips.

9. Fango Delicato Active Mud

I use this mud mask every other week to help draw toxins out of my skin and to clear my pore. It's great for sensitive skin but it is expensive. However, I have found that a little goes a long way.


Do you have a bedtime skincare routine?
If so, what products do you use?

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4.17.2014

Easter Basket Idea for The Aspiring Baker

Disclaimer: Some items in this post were sent to me by Wilton. However, this is not a sponsored post and I'm not being compensated to write this. I just wanted to share a simple Easter basket idea with you! This post also contains affiliate links.

Easter is right around the corner and if you're like me, you still have lots of shopping to do. Luckily I don't have kids to worry about, but I enjoy putting Easter baskets together for friends and family. This year when I was thinking about what to put together, it occurred to me that most of my friends are Aspiring Bakers. What gift could be better than an Easter basket filled with baking supplies?

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Easter Baskets are not just for kids anymore. This basket is perfect for any aspiring baker you know - no matter the age. I love that this basket can also be adjusted based on their age or level of baking expertise. If they are just starting out, start with some simple baking supplies like the ones below. If they are more of an experienced cake decorator, you could include some fondant or gum paste tools.

Easter Basket Idea for The Aspiring Baker via framedfrosting.com
Easter Basket Idea for The Aspiring Baker via framedfrosting.com
Easter Basket Idea for The Aspiring Baker via framedfrosting.com

Supplies Needed:

1. Large Mixing Bowl (similar) - instead of a traditional wicker basket, opt for a mixing bowl that they can use time and time again.

2. PEEPS - an Easter basket isn't complete without a package of PEEPS bunnies or chicks. Am I right? These blue chicks would make amazing cupcake toppers!

3. Marshmallow Candy Melts - any flavor of Candy Melts will work, but these are my favorite. The have the gooey, marshmallow flavor without the sticky mess! Use these to make my Bunny Tails Popcorn Mix.

4. Silicone Cupcake Liners (similar) - I love making muffins with silicone cups because you can pull them off easily. Plus, these flower-shaped liners are perfect for Spring!

5. Silicone Spatula (similar) - I believe in getting every last drop of cake mix out of the bowl and these spatulas are perfect for doing just that.

6. Sprinkles - who doesn't love sprinkles? They are the easiest way to dress up cupcakes, cookies, and anything else! I included this cute Spring Chick set as well as Pink Colored Sugar.

7. Mini Fondant Cut-Outs Set - this set is great for anyone who is new to fondant. Simply roll out your fondant and use these plungers to cut out shapes. Let them dry and then adhere them to your cupcake! This set is also great for making decorations to put on top of Petit Fours.

8. Icing Decorations (exact) - Wilton makes a ton of different icing decorations and they are so versatile. I've seen them used on marshmallow pops, on sugar cookies, and on top of pretzel bites!

9. Ready-to-Decorate Icing (exact) - Sometimes you don't want to whip up a homemade batch of buttercream and that's when these come in handy! The bottles come with 4 different tips to make leaves, stars, etc.

As an aspiring baker myself, I would be over-the-moon to receive a gift like this from a friend or family member. If you have someone in your life who loves to bake, I highly suggest buying some new baking supplies to give them. This gift is simple to put together and doesn't cost much, but it packs a great punch!

Do you know an Aspiring Baker?
What are your favorite baking items?


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