Beauty Of The Vine

I’ll be perfectly honest – there are very few things I love more than wine. I adore wine. Unwinding after work with a glass full of pinot grigio or merlot is pretty much the highlight of my day. Aside from it’s delicious taste and ability to help us relax, wine is also packed full of antioxidants and other skin-beautifying properties. Everyone knows that a glass of red wine a day is good for your health, but who knew that it could do wonders for your skin as well? From diminishing the signs of aging to deeply hydrating and evening out one’s skin tone, there’s very little that this magical elixir can’t do beauty-wise. Now, I’m not suggesting that we all go home and start chugging cabernet sauvignon by the bottle (that will only leave you looking ruddy and bloated), but these six wine-infused products pack all of the beneficial vitamins and antioxidants as our favorite beverage, but with none of the calories or, ahem, other side effects. So here’s to having more vino in our lives, in our glasses and on our faces. Bottom’s up.

WINE BEAUTY PICKS

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1 // Vine Vera Resveratrol Skin Care – Merlot Collection Moisture Day Cream

Drawing skin-perfecting power from wine’s magic component – resveratrol – this splurge-worthy moisturizing cream deeply hydrates and evens out one’s skin tone. If you’re looking for a powerful anti aging cream that will even out discolouration, this is your best bet.

2 // DeAge – Red Wine Essence

Anything that claims to be the essence of wine has instantly captured my attention. Just a drop or two will penetrate deeply into the layers of your skin, improving tone, texture and elasticity. It also feels super luxurious and absorbs instantly!

3 // TONYMOLY – Pore Care Red Wine Sheet Face Mask

What could be more indulgent than sipping a glass of wine while donning a face mask? Well, this wine-fused sheet mask is here to answer that question. With antioxidant rich jasmine juice and resveratrols from red wine, this inexpensive mask works better than a ton of masks from luxury brands!

4 // Arcona – Wine Oil (Repair AM/PM)

Nothing quenches thirsty skin better than a facial oil, especially if it’s loaded with ultra-nourishing grape seed oil and extract. This lightweight oil is like food for your face with all of the proteins, carbohydrates, fats and polyphenols your skin needs to be healthy and radiant! It’s a splurge, but it’s worth every penny.

5 // Labiotte – Chateau Wine Lip Balm

Your lips will love the silky texture of this balm – not to mention the just-bitten berry hue! This moisturizing formula is enriched with hydrating grape seed oil and Chateau Margaux wine extract, which acts as a natural chemical exfoliant. If satin-smooth, lush lips are your beauty MO (and really, why wouldn’t they be), then this luxe balm is an instant add-to-cart!

6 // Holika Holika – Wine Therapy Sleeping Masks (White & Red Wine)

Whether you’re more of a red or white wine kind of gal, there’s a sleeping mask for you! First, the wine barrel-inspired packaging is adorable. Second, these masks smell delicious. Third, they actually do what they are supposed to. If you’re looking to reduce fine lines and discolouration, slather on a bit of the red mask. Is hydration your concern? A little bit of the white mask will do the trick in no time. If you’re feeling saucy, double dip both masks to address both issues at the same time!

Have you tried any wine skincare products? What were your thoughts on the results? Let me know what you think!

xoxo,

Alicia

Wino Forever | Wine Infused Treats

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There are few instances when I don’t feel like having a glass of red wine. And with evidence proving that wine is loaded with cancer preventing antioxidants and can even prevent heart disease and obesity (provided that one doesn’t over indulge), we all have even more reason to kick back with a decadent, relaxing glass of vin, with an occasion or without one. While it is nothing new to use wine in one’s cooking, I have come across a few recipes that have infused the drink into baked goods and unexpected desserts. I love baking, especially with unusual ingredients (floral waters, liqueurs and herbs take traditional flavors and desserts to the next level, like with my rosewater blondies) and these red wine infused treats have me intrigued.

1. Red Wine Chocolate Truffles

Truffle making is a fun but time consuming endeavor. I love playing with different flavor combinations (the banana white chocolate truffles I made last Christmas were really good) and there is something about the combination of velvety dark chocolate and rich red wine that is so elegant and decadent.

2. Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Berry Frosting

Cupcakes are a classic and nostalgic dessert that takes minutes to prepare and evokes all kinds of fun childhood memories. Simply add a little bit of wine into the batter for a much more grown up, sophisticated take on this traditional bake sale treat.

3. Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Is there anything better on a brisk Fall day than a creamy cup of hot chocolate? Maybe one with a kick of wine and spice. An adult take on the most comforting of all cold weather treats.

xoxo,

Alicia