Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wine + Mask Wednesday! (Elephant Island Pear Wine + The Face Shop Sparkling Wine Face Mask!)

Who doesn't love Wine Wednesdays?! I personally love nothing better (well, almost nothing better...) than relaxing with a face mask on and a glass of wine in hand - so I thought, why not combine 2 awesome things into 1 weekly post?! So, here is the start of Wine + Mask Wednesdays! Now to be honest, I'm neither a wine nor a skincare expert - these will simply be my opinions! 

Before we get to the wine, you should know what I love: fruit wines, light white wines and light red wines! I will drink darker reds, I just prefer something a little lighter! I also love buying "local" and when I drive to B.C. we always come back to Alberta with a trunk full of Okanagan wines!

Now, let's start with this week's wine:

I thought I would start off these posts with my favorite wine - Pear wine from Elephant Island Orchard Wines! If you haven't tried a fruit winery, they are nothing short of amazing!
Elephant Island is probably my favorite winery, the specialize in a bunch of different fruit wines (and dessert wines too!). Here is a little description of the winery:

"Elephant Island began as a family haven, a place of summer picnics, orchard adventures and magical holidays on the Naramata Bench. Today the elephant has grown into a 6,000 case winery specializing in wines made from fruits other than grapes. Wines that sing with the unconventional voice of vanguard fruit. Wines that are balanced by a reverence for traditional winemaking practices. Wines that are rooted and inspired by family history."
If you ever visit the Naramata Bench on a wine tour, this place is highly recommended! 

Now back to the wine:

Sorry the first picture is a little blurry - the description is perfect, it is a nice light sipping wine (perfect for a patio - or for now, my couch since it's waaay too cold outside!).

Even Mephisto is waiting for a glass! 

There is no other way to describe this glass of wine - it is perfect! Again, if you are ever in the Okanagan, this winery is not to be missed! 

For the perfect pairing, I thought it would only make sense to use a wine face mask as well:

The Face Shop Sparkling Wing Face Mask! This mask is $3 in stores (I buy a ton of their regular sheet masks for $2 a piece so I thought this one sounded so cool!. 
I am happy to see The Face Shop in stores in Canada - it is an affordable brand and I have liked every product I have tried of theirs so far! Here is a little bit about The Face Shop:
"THEFACESHOP is a beauty destination offering affordable prices on high quality products made with the finest ingredients from nature to enhance every woman’s natural beauty. THEFACESHOP brings you the benefits of nature to meet all your beauty needs."

The Sparkling Wine Mask is "formulated with sparkling water and grape ingredients for resilient skin." Here is a look at the ingredients and instructions:

The mask is fairly easy to use! Start by washing and toning face, then open the tube (you must use scissors, there was no rip-open tab!) and push/pull the mask out:

I like that this mask is not dripping with excessive essence, but it is saturated - it just won't have a bunch of extra product pouring down your neck! 
Once it is out, just unroll and apply to face:

I thought this mask fit good too - it had lots of darts on the side and chin so that it folded really nicely around the side of the face and under the chin. You just leave it on for 15-20 minutes, remove, and pat in the excess essence. Then complete your nightly skin routine! 

Thoughts: this mask left my skin feeling super soft! When you first put it on, you can feel the sparkling very lightly and then it turns into a cooling sensation! I will defiantly be re-purchasing this mask - I have tried many more expensive masks that do not leave my skin this soft - this mask is great! 

I would love to know what you think of this new weekly post? Can I make any improvements? Also, any wine or masks to recommend? I am always looking to try new goodies! 

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