Moon Drop Grapes?

I came across these funny looking grapes at the market recently. The display in the store wasn’t labeled but I did a bit of Googling and I believe they’re called Moon Drops which are non-GMO grapes that are the result of selective breeding. I only got a small cluster because I wasn’t sure what these were going to taste like and I didn’t want to be stuck with a whole bunch of them if they ended up sucking. They cost $3/lb.

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CVS Haul

My local CVS finally reset their Physicians Formula display. I’ve been stalking the store these past few weeks for the new 2017 products, the new matte and shimmer Highlight & Contour Palettes in particular, and my waiting finally paid off. But, woah, are they pricey. I thought the Physicians Formula Argan Oil which I love was expensive at $15.99 but these new palettes are $16.29 apiece. Luckily I had coupons and ExtraBucks that helped bring my total down.

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Trader Joe’s 5 Cheese Greek Spiral

People all have different ways of rewarding themselves. In my case each week or every couple of weeks I like to treat myself to one new-to-me item from Trader Joe’s. I’m a bargain shopper and although I love Trader Joe’s it’s not the place I go to when I want to save on fresh produce and dairy. I save Trader Joe’s for special items that I can’t get anywhere else, like this 5 Cheese Greek Spiral ($3.99) that I ended up loving. Put simply: totally delish, highly recommend and would definitely repurchase.

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Flushing Chinese Bakery Crawl

You’ve heard of a pub crawl. Well, I don’t drink alcohol — not because of any moral/ethical/religious beliefs but because I don’t like the taste — but every once in awhile I like to do a crawl of all the Asian bakeries in downtown Flushing, NY. I just look up all of the Chinese bakeries in Flushing using the Yelp app on my phone and then walk a grid south-to-north between Cherry Ave. and Northern Blvd. and east-to-west between Kissena Blvd. and Main St.. There’s some leeway there, though, because there are a lot of bakeries on the side streets right off of Main St.. I do this once every 3 or 4 months because there are new coffee shop/bakeries popping up all the time.

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Influenster #FlawlessVoxBox Unboxing

My reasons for making this video were twofold. Firstly, I wanted to share with you all the products that I’d received from Inlfuenster to test and review this time around. The last time I was selected for a VoxBox was in February so it’s been awhile. Needless to say, I’m excited! Secondly, and most importantly, it was an excuse to test out the camera on my new smartphone. The image quality is all right — I shot it in HD — but it’s awfully shaky (sorry about that) and doesn’t compare to a dslr. My hands are pretty shaky by nature so I was hoping for a steady cam feature on the phone but, alas, I don’t believe there is one…unless it’s buried somewhere in the settings.

The items included in the Flawless VoxBox are:

  • Dr. Teal’s Eucalyptus Epsom Salt Soaking Solution
  • Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes (New Formula)
  • Simple Micellar Water Cleanser
  • Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Pure Satin Mattes Professional Nail Color Collection – Miss Klaws
  • Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted
  • Yogi Tea (Honey Lavender Stress Relief & Soothing Rose Hibiscus Skin DeTox
  • CoverGirl So Lashy! by blastPRO Mascara (Extreme Black)

As usual, I’m the most excited about trying the snack in this particular voxbox. I’ve heard of Harvest Snaps before but I’ve never gotten around to trying them. Funnily enough, my nephew who’s a toddler was just visiting and he was actually eating a baby snack that looked a lot like these Harvest Snaps.

I’ve tried Simple’s Refreshing Facial Wash Gel (not sure if they still make this) and their Moisturizing Facial Wash before, both of which I liked, but never the Cleansing Facial Wipes or Micellar Water Cleanser so I have high hopes.

I’m a bit leery about the Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt. As you know, my skin is ultra dry so whenever I see salt in a product’s name or list of ingredients it makes me cringe. I’m worried about the Epsom Salt drying my skin out but I’m always game to try something new.

I’ve owned Sinful Colors nail polishes in the past. They’re okay for a cheap thrill but they were never among my favorite drugstore nail polish formulas. However, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve used Sinful Colors so maybe the formula’s gotten better.

The Yogi Teas sound interesting. I’m hoping the floral flavors are on the subtler side and don’t end up tasting like perfume or potpourri in my mouth.

And I’m glad that there’s a makeup item to try. It’s been awhile since I’ve tried a new drugstore mascara. I’ve been pretty faithful to Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Waterproof mascara over the years. The only thing I’m worried about is the CoverGirl So Lashy! mascara that I received is non-waterproof. My eyes get pretty watery so it may end up being a total mess on me.