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CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

While many spirits have seen some modern updates, vodka and rum come in many flavors, whiskies and bourbons come in new finishes, and wines are made with fruits other than grapes; one spirit that hasn’t much changed is Cognac. Until now! Until CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac! Cognac is a brandy variety specifically made from wine that comes from Cognac, France. It is required to meet certain production methods and legal requirements and CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac does meet all those requirements but it offers something a bit more. Something other cognacs do not offer, a double maturation in Oceanic and Tropical climates.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

Camus Caribbean Expedition is a one-of-a-kind small batch Cognac. It is stunningly amber-colored with golden highlights. You will immediately pick up on its fruit and spicy aromas of banana, pear, cocoa bean, and nutmeg. Side note: We’re looking forward to a later edition of this cognac will be after extensive aging in the barrels. Upon the first sip, this cognac opens up with a noticeable kick but then rounds out to an elegant mouthfeel. Expect lots of aromas, soft tannins, and more exotic fruit with this divine spirit.

The journey to this unique cognac is an adventurous one. In its 4th year of aging, 10 sealed casks were loaded on the De Gallant ship, which then sailed the Transatlantic route to Barbados. For 45 days, the cognac in these barrels was exposed to multiple environmental factors, like motion and variation in temperature, humidity, and air pressure, enhancing its intensely aromatic notes. A nod to the 18th and 19th centuries when the Cognac trade around the world was made by ship? During those times, oak barrels left their cellars in France and reached their final destinations after months of sailing. Here’s a breakdown of the ways motion, Oceanic climate, and air pressure affected the liquid.

  • The continuous movement of the ship while sailing, amplifies the contact between each molecule of the liquid and the wood staves, accelerating the extraction of aromatic components from the barrel.
  • As the ship crossed different climatic areas, entering into very warm zones, some of the crucial processes of maturation, such as oxidation with the formation of aldehydes, had the chance to happen sooner.
  • Lastly, the continuous change in the atmospheric pressure increased the mechanic effect of contraction and expansion of the oak wood staves, accelerating the process of oxygen consumption. While most of the 10 casks were loaded in the hold of the ship, two of these (no.5 and no.8) were deliberately tied down on the bow, in the open air, to maximize the exposure to external atmospheric agents.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

At the end of those 45 days, the Cognac was entrusted to the tropical conditions of Foursquare Master Distiller Richard Seale for 1 year of further maturation. The very unique climate of Barbados accelerated changes in color and flavor profile; this created a Cognac with a distinctive, highly aromatic taste that is an absolute first in the history of the category. The casks were kept in traditional Bajan cellars, stacked one on top of the other vertically. In the Bajan climate, the tannins from the barrels gave greater structure and complexity to the cognac compared to a cognac of equal maturation in a continental climate. The result is a cognac with higher aromatic components, more fruit and spice on the palate, and an array of flavors no European cognac possesses.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

This unprecedented and special finish in the highly distinctive environmental conditions is the fruit of an experimental vision by CAMUS; the brand is looking at exploring the boundaries of Cognac-making to enhance the intensity of aromas. This limited edition cognac is a must to experience, especially if you’re a cognac connoisseur. Forewarning, only 4500 bottles of CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac are currently available and it’s been obtainable since September 1st. To add the groundbreaking cognac to your home bar, visit the CAMUS e-shop, www.camus.fr.

 

Get a Grip: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Collection Sets Your Makeup for Hours

Get a Grip: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Collection Sets Your Makeup for Hours

One thing about the end of summer we are thankful for is the extremely high humidity. It’s like Kryptonite to a beat face. There’s nothing more annoying than sweating your makeup off. Even with blotting sheets and powders, the humidity can ruin a flawless face. Of course, just because the fall season is here, doesn’t mean humidity goes away. Although it is a bit less aggressive, humidity is here all year’ round. Luckily there are beauty champions to help combat the unwanted effects of humidity and give your makeup more staying power. With the Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Collection, you enjoy makeup that is set and locked in for hours; all you have to do is shake to activate.

Get a Grip: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Collection Sets Your Makeup for Hours

The Hydro Grip Set + Refresh Spray ($36.00) and Hydro Grip Primer ($30.00) make up the beauty power couple that is the Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Collection. Once these two products are applied to your face, your makeup is staying put, humidity be damned. As the newest member of this must-have beauty duo, we’ll highlight the Hydro Grip Set + Refresh Spray first.

Get a Grip: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Collection Sets Your Makeup for Hours

This clean, alcohol-free setting and refreshing spray sets makeup for up to 12 hours, hydrates skin, and leaves you with a breathable, gleaming glow. Don’t worry, you won’t be left looking greasy, just wonderfully dewy. The setting spray features a dual-phase formula you shake to activate. It contains blue agave extract to grip and set makeup while hemp-derived cannabis seed extract, hyaluronic acid, aloe, and niacinamide hydrate, refresh, and provide antioxidant benefits for blissed-out skin all. day. long. The Hemp-derived cannabis seed and moringa seed oils add an extra shot of hydration to lock in moisture for that dewy glow. It forms a weightless invisible layer so you can also use it before your makeup application to prep your skin. We love the fact that you can use it throughout the day as needed to refresh and revitalize your skin.

Get a Grip: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Collection Sets Your Makeup for Hours

The award-winning, hydrating, Hydro Grip Primer is also formulated with hemp-derived cannabis seed extract and blue agave extract. Especially great for dry skin, you’re going to need this makeup-gripping gel primer as the cold, drier air of the colder seasons starts to deplete the moisture in your skin. Aloe makes it smells wonderfully fresh, a bit like morning dew. It glides on smoothly and remains tacky enough to hold your makeup, whether you apply light makeup or a full face. The aloe water and Hyaluronic Acid also hydrates, soothes, and calms your skin. Together with the Hydro Grip Set + Refresh Spray, your makeup and skin will be untouchable.

this duo has helped us so much; we always had to carry blotting sheets in our purse (if blotting sheets were currency, we’d be rich) and we usually use at least 3-4 a day. This was our routine until we tried the staying power of this Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Collection. We are now leaving our blotting sheets at home without feature of looking oily. Both Hydro Grip Set + Refresh Spray ($36.00) and Hydro Grip Primer ($30.00) are available now on www.sephora.com.

 

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

We all know how essential hand sanitizers have become. It is now the most important personal care item to have in your bag. While we’re reaching for this essential product more and more during this pandemic, we definitely see continued use after Covid-19 is long gone. We anticipate lots of growth in this category, especially as on its own, hand sanitizers are very drying and have quite a very overpowering scent.

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

Of course, changing hand sanitizers a bit to be more skin-friendly is the next logical step; a step that will most likely move this personal care item to the skincare category. Some brands are already taking this step. We see the addition of ingredients to moisturize the hands and as well as making hand sanitizers more nose-friendly. Check out how Truly, American Provenance, and Every Man Jack are changing hand sanitizers to become more user friendly.

Truly Hand Sanitizer (Germ Killin’ Gel), $6.00

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

The Truly moisturizing hand sanitizer will leave your hands feeling cleansed, refreshed, and hydrated. With its 70% alcohol and Aloe Leaf ingredients that work as a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, it helps to protect your skin. It hydrates hands while the gel continues to fight off, and kill germs; plus its chic design will fit perfectly in all on-the-go accessories!

American Provenance Hand Sanitizer, $5.00

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

Made with 80% Ethyl Alcohol, American Provenance’s NEW Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer exceeds the World Health Organization’s standards, all while supporting our American Farmers! Additionally, it’s the perfect travel size (meets TSA guidelines) while you’re on the go-to. Pop in into your car console, purse, and backpack. It is effective against 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, and because it is unscented, you can be protected without the overpowering scent all day long.

Every Man Jack Citrus Hand Sanitizer, $8.00

Are Hand Sanitizers the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

The Every Man Jack hand sanitizer comes in a Citrus formula and protects against 99.9% of most common germs! It has a coconut oil base to help moisturize the hands and is scented with lemon and citrus essential oils for a refreshing aroma finish. This product was created for the purpose of an antiseptic, or preventative against the growth of disease-causing microorganisms, and is an alternative to washing your hands when you’re unable to do so. The Every Man Jack hand sanitizer is cruelty-free, boasts 50% PCR content, gluten-free, vegan, and recyclable.

NEW Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes

Matte Lips – Elevated: NEW Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes

Are you ready for the world’s most iconic lipstick in a matte? What better way to celebrate the Super Lustrous’ lipstick 80th Anniversary than with a new launch. Say goodbye to draggy, drying, heavy matte lipsticks and hello to the NEW Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes; With their modern take on matte lipsticks, Revlon delivers the most comfortable, true velvet matte lipstick with a virtually undetectable feel on lips.

Lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes Lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes

The light and creamy formula is infused with a botanical complex that won’t flake, feather, or dry your lips. Its ingredient list boasts Agave, Moringa Oil and Cupuacu Butter that softens without dragging while it saturates your lips with intense matte color. What makes this modern matte so wonderful? Check out these key features and benefits:

  • Microfine velvet pigments that provide intense, vivid and full-coverage color in one swipe
  • Indulge in a smooth, creamy feel that instantly smooths and hydrates your lips
  • A sleek matte to-the-touch black tube with slim gold ring detail
  • A precise bullet shape for easy application

Lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes Lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes

The range of 24 classic and trend-forward shades, ranging from nudes, pinks, reds, browns, and plums, allows you to create a dramatic lip look with a true matte finish. The stunning shades include:

Black Cherry – matte black cherry
Candy Addict – matte bubblegum pink
Crushed Rubies – matte candy apple red
Getting Serious – matte terracotta red
Heartbreaker – matte hot pink
If I Want To – matte apricot nude
Insane – matte deep raspberry
Make It Pink – matte cotton candy pink
Pick Me Up – matte toasty nude mauve
Shameless – matte dusty rose mauve
Show Off – matte ruby red
Wild Thoughts – matte rose mauve
Spiced Cocoa* – matte spiced cinnamon brown
Hot Date* – matte vibrant magenta
On Fire* – matte tangerine red
Kiss & Tell* – matte deep plum
Untold Stories* – matte rose nude
Hot Chocolate* – matte cocoa taupe brown
Rhythm & Blues* – matte vibrant indigo
Moonlight* – matte slate gray
Onyx* – matte black
After Hours* – matte deep Bordeaux
Cherries In The Snow* – matte creamy fuschia
Fire & Ice* – matte hot pink red

*Available Online Only

Ready for your new favorite matte red? looking for the perfect pink or nude? Are you bold enough to effortlessly wear matte vibrant indigo, slate gray or black lips? Then these elevated matte lipsticks are perfect for you. Find your new favorite matte shade now.

The Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes Lipsticks are available now for $9.49 at drug and mass retailers nationwide and www.revlon.com.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese Launch “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

We’d never thought two of our favorite things together, especially since they are not normally paired together. When one thinks of bourbon, it’s usually pertaining to strong, classic cocktails. Bourbon isn’t normally mentioned in the same sentence with cheese and we know when it comes to cheese, wine is the pairing go-to. Thanks to Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and Beehive Cheese‘s collaboration, we had the great pleasure of experiencing the unconventional pairing of bourbon and cheese. We enjoyed a wonderful evening at the official unveiling of their latest partnership, the Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese. The result is a one-of-a-kind bourbon-infused cheese that’s sweet and creamy with a hint of bourbon spice.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

As stated, Pour Me A Slice is sweet and creamy. It boasts three ingredients – Vegetarian rennet, cow’s milk, and Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon. As you near the rind, the spiciness of the bourbon becomes more pronounced. This beauty will be enjoyed by bourbon and cheese enthusiasts alike. It pairs wonderfully with any of Basil Hayden’s premium bourbons, medium to full-bodied red wines, all ales, and ciders. Creating a platter, it’s recommended to be served with toasted nuts, chocolate, berries, and charcuterie.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Beehive Cheese’s production of deliciously unique and complex cheeses, make them number 1 in this category of American cheeses. With one taste you will surely understand why. Basil Hayden’s Brand Ambassador, Tim Heuisler, and Beehive Cheese’s Co-Founder, Pat Ford played host to our amazing night of bourbon and cheese pairings; a combination we highly recommend trying. We enjoyed three bourbon and cheese pairings concluding with the Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Our wonderful pairing started out with Basil Hayden’s Sweetest Sting cocktail paired with Beehive Cheese Promontory, a Beehive staple; this full-bodied, lively cheese offers snappy, citrus-like fruity notes to fans. It warms on your tongue and leaves subtle sharp notes in your mouth. The citrus notes of the cheese complemented the extra dry bourbon, white port, simple syrup, orange bitters, sage leaves, and orange peel ingredients of the delicious cocktail.

 Promontory Cheese

The next pairing was Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye paired with Barely Buzzed, an American original cheese that’s hand-rubbed with lavender buds and coffee to impart notes of butterscotch and caramel into the cheese; perfect with a full-flavored, sipping spirit like the Dark Rye. The beauty of this cheese is for some the coffee stood out while others picked up more of the lavender.

Barely Buzzed Cheese

Last was the classic Basil Hayden’s Bourbon paired with the special-edition Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice”. Made with Jersey cow’s milk, this semi-firm cheese infused with Basil Hayden’s Bourbon tastes sweet with a hint of spice.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

We ended the spectacular evening celebrating Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese with a wealth of knowledge of cheese and how wonderful it is paired with bourbon. We got to go home with a set of small, personalized plates thanks once again to the artistic calligraphy talent of Nancy Moy; thanks to her, we went home with these wonderful hand-lettering decorated plates.

Nancy Moy Calligraphy

Now, we know most of you are used to wine and cheese pairings, but after falling head over heels for bourbon and cheese, we highly recommend getting yourselves a wedge of Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese and a bottle of  Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whisky. We promise you won’t regret it.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products with Brand Ambassador Reuben de Maid

Brand Ambassador Reuben de Maid Launch NEW W7 Cosmetics Products

We love being introduced to new beauty brands, especially if they are budget-friendly and offer a vast variety. We can’t help but get excited when we are introduced to what could be our new favorite beauty find. And that is exactly what happened when we were invited to celebrate W7 Cosmetics and their new Brand Ambassador, YouTube sensation, Reuben de Maid.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products with Brand Ambassador Reuben de Maid UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products with Brand Ambassador Reuben de Maid

For those note familiar with brand ambassador Reuben de Maid, he is a 14-year-old UK-based, YouTube sensation and makeup artist who got his break on The Ellen Show. Created by two entrepreneurial young men from London, UK, W7 Cosmetics is known for its array of highly pigmented eyeshadow palettes, budget beauty dupes and playful, design-focused products. W7 Cosmetics delivers high-quality cosmetics at an affordable price.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products

The budget-friendly makeup brand boasts a collection of over 500 products, none of which are tested on animals. The product range includes nail polish, foundations, lipsticks and glosses, eyeshadows and palettes, plus an extensive offering of mascaras. We’re in love with their almost unlimited range of mascaras (we’re currently obsessing over their Glitter Flash gold mascara).

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products

On an even more personal level, we love the range of product available under their Ebony Collection, formulated for darker skin tones. Products in this range include Foundations, Concealers, and Powders.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Ebony Collection UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Ebony Collection UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Ebony Collection

But back to the palettes. We’ve never seen so many varieties from one beauty brand. W7 Cosmetics has every eye and lip palettes you can imagine. It’s like palette heaven. We had a chance to play a little with a few of the products and we love everything.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics

You’ll be addicted to the limited edition Socialite Eyeshadow Palette; this multi-textured pressed pigment palette features a range of 18 pressed nude pigments. It includes 10 creamy matte shades, 4 duo-chrome shades, 2 pressed glitter shades, 1 shimmer shade, and 1 concealer.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics

We also had the pleasure of speaking with Reuben de Maid about W7 Cosmetics, his favorite products from the brand and product collaborations between him and the brand.

It’s About to be LIT: Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo Launches

There’s an inspirational quote that’s been around for years that pops up on Instagram every few weeks, “Don’t Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle”.  This quote is the first thing we thought about when we were first introduced to the latest beauty, the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo. A single-step, aloe-based glitter product designed to highlight show-stopping facial looks that’s also a stunning body glitter. We couldn’t help but think, there’s no one that can stop the amazing sparkle we’ll be rocking with this must-have beauty product on.

The Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo launched in three shades:

Commander in Glitter – a multi-sized holographic silver with a blue silica base
Sergeant Sparkle – a multi-sized rainbow shimmer with a pink silica base
Major Gold – a multi-sized gold glitter with a silica base

Not only does the Glitter Camo look great on your skin, but it’s also great for your skin as well. The multipurpose, water-based glitter is vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, and free from parabens, alcohol, and propylene glycol. You’ll love it because it’s comfortable to wear, dries completely, doesn’t flake, is longlasting, and easy to apply and remove.

Lit Cosmetics at The Makeup Show NYC

While at The Makeup Show NYC, we attended Lit Cosmetics’ Glitterology 101 (the science of glitter) seminar. Hosted by Makeup Artist Amber Blanchard with Founder Jodie Perks, they shared everything you wanted to know about glitter. While there, we picked up a jar of the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo in Sergeant Sparkle. We’ve been waiting for the perfect time to rock it (check out on our Lit Cosmetics post on our @guestlistblog insta page)……we’re excited.

Founded in 2002 by Jodie Perks, Lit Cosmetics is a trusted brand; their products are available in top retailers like Sephora, Bloomingdales, and Beautylish.  Lit products are used by Cirque du Soleil and some of the world’s top makeup artists and celebrities. These include Derrick Rutledge on Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Moss, Sarah Nicole Tanner on Lady Gaga, Vittoriio Masecchai on Ke$ha, and Drag Race’s Trixie Mattel.

Time To Glow Up: Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils

We know Summer is months away but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sensual, glowing summer skin now. You don’t have to wait for the warm summer months to show off sun-kissed skin. You don’t have to go away to somewhere tropical either. With the new range of Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils, your skin can look summer-ready, right now. In Brazil, glowing skin is a year-round obsession, and Sol de Janeiro wants you to join in on this infatuation now. These oils come in an easy-glowing pump for perfect, no-mess application. You’re left with deliciously scented glowing skin, every day!

The skin-softening and hydrating glow oils, were originally available Copacabana Bronze (a warm bronze tint) and Rio Sunset (a translucent champagne shimmer); now they are also available in three special edition Summer 2019 shades: Samba Sway, Goldie Rocks and Master Flash! The best part? These limited edition shades smell incredibly delicious and you can mix them all for even more glow shades and effects.

There are many things o love about the Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils. It’s hydrating and leaves your skin feeling soft to touch. It’s non-sticky, super blendable, and transfer-resistant (your clothing is safe). The five unique shades is complimentary to a range of skin-tones and glow moods and it boasts the Brazilian Beauty Blend of Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí Oil, and Coconut Oil. We are obsessed with the Samba Sway, it smells heavenly, and gives our orange undertone a lovely rose gold-ish shimmer. Get to know the three limited edition summer shades below:

Samba Sway (Natural Sun-kissed Glow) – A natural for all skin tones, this luscious, illuminating light creates a soft, sun-kissed glow. No one will be able to resist this irresistible glow. It evens out skin tones and red undertones, too.

Goldie Rocks (Pop Icon Golden Glow) – A rock starry light shimmer that transforms into pop icon glow that’s amazing on all. Flecked with scintillating light for a golden-luscious sheen and skin-lit effect.

Master Flash (Hip Hot Kaleidoscope Glow) – This hip hot illuminator spins a see-and-be-scene glow with strobes of light and flashes of color for high-volume funk.

Get all five shades for $35.00 each on www.soldejaneiro.com.