Lifestyle

Ipsy Glam Bag – August 2017 Reviews

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Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Each month you get full-size or deluxe-sized beauty products, plus a cute makeup bag. It is perfect to know new products and brands. The bag is customized to you, Ipsy sends out many different variations depends on your beauty quiz that you do in the begging of your subscription about skin tone, eye color, makeup and brand preferences. The cost is $10 each month with free shipping and it ships to U.S. and Canada.

Ipsy also offers its clients great products with highly discounted prices that they release every day at 9AM from nail polish to contour palates. The company also has a new service, called ‘Ipsy Shopper’, which provides personalized shopping recommendations and provides 10 to 30% cashback on every purchase.

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This was my first bag and I had a really good impression, I received one makeup bag, two full-size items and three deluxe-sized products. Now let’s look at the items I got:

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Firma Beauty – 103 Angled Contour Brush – Value $14.99

The design of this brush is just so minimal and cute, I loved it! It is contour brush, it is perfect for highlighting and contouring. The quality of the brush is good and it is the perfect size.

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First Aid Beauty – Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser – 1.0oz Value $5.10 (Full-Size 4.7oz $24.00)

My skin is oily and after using this deep cleanser my face felt so refreshed and soft, the only thing I didn’t like was the smell of it, but I’m easily annoyed by smells when it comes to products that I use on my face.

Seraphine Botanicals – Ginger + Gold Frosting Blush – Full-Size Value $14.00

I love to try new blushes and I was super excited when I saw that I got this one.  The color is beautiful, it has a pretty glow and it is great for summer and a natural look.

theBalm Voyage Vol. II Eyeshadow – Willkomen – 0.021 oz Value $2 (Palette $39.50)

This eyeshadow is highly pigmented and the color is in bettween copper and brown, it has a good amount of sparkle. Just thought that the sample was a bit too small.

Steve Laurant – Precision Tip Liner – Black – couldn’t find the sized to see the value (Full-Size $24.00)

I just use pens liner, for me it is much easier to apply than the regular ones. I loved this product just starting on the rose gold packaging and it went on very smoothly and it was well pigmented.

This box value was $36.00 without the Steve Laurant liner, which is a really good value for a $10 bag, I got full-size items and good-sized samples, so I am really happy. I cannot wait for the next Ipsy Glam Bag!

Lifestyle

All about my wedding – Wedding Dress

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Let’s say that choosing your wedding dress is the hardest part of the whole planning, of course the venue, food, drinks and everything is important, but you, as the bride, need to fell the most beautiful woman on earth on your big day.

When I started looking at dresses I already knew what I liked and what I didn’t, but sometimes you really like some clothes but it didn’t show your best features, so the best thing to do is to go to a bride dresses store and try all types, shapes even the ones you think you don’t like, you can be surprised!

The first store that I visited had a lot of stunning dresses, it was pricy but was good to see how I looked in different kinds of dresses. I really liked some dresses that I tried but all of them had something that I wanted to change, I didn’t think that I found the dress yet.

I think that I had in my mind something so clear of what I wanted, that none of the dresses would satisfy me completely. I went to some others stores to see if I would find what I was looking for but in the end, I decided to have my dream dress tailored by a fashion designer, Valdir Nicolau.

I just had two and a half months to get my dress, that really made me nervous, what if would not be ready on time, or not be how I really wanted, but after talking to Valdir and looking at the drawing of my dress, he made me fell more confident and that he would do his best to be exactly what I wanted.

Because I had so limit time to do my dress I had to try it almost every week to see how it was going, if it would need to be adjusted or if I wanted to have something changed. During all the process, I changed a couple of things and in the end, it  turned out to be even better than the dress I was dreaming of.

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Dress – Valdir Nicolau

Photos – Rodrigo Cypriano

 

Lifestyle

My new favorite: Micellar Water

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Micellar water has been gaining popularity over the past few years and to me, by far is the best makeup remover to use on your everyday. But what exactly is the micellar water and what it does to the skin?

Micellar water gets its name from the science behind the product, it is made of “micelles” (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in water. It is a perfect blend of multi-vitamins and skin loving ingredients. It is a great option to leave the skin always clean and to remove the basics makeup, such as blush, a light foundation, concealer and lipstick, the makeup would come off nicely and doesn’t leave the skin oily or sticky but it really boosts the skin’s hydration.

You can use it whenever you need to clean your skin and it also could be a great addition to your morning cleansing routine, always applying a small amount of micellar water in a cotton pad and gently apply to you face.

Interested in giving micellar water a try? I picked my 5 favorites, all of them are really easy to find and with a great price.

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1. Vichy 2. L’Oreal 3. Garnier 4. La Roche-Posay 5.Bioderma

Lifestyle

Tuesday Favorites: Lipsticks

When it comes to lipstick, I tend to always find an excuse to buy a new shade, it is never enough even when you already have too many! There are so many types, shades and finishes that always makes you want to buy one more. Daily, I’m usually wearing a nude or pinkish color or some tinted lip balm, but I also love adding a pop of color on my lips when I am wearing basic clothes or solid colors. I love a lipstick that can really transform your look!

I decided to put together a list of my 5 favorite picks:

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1. MAC Lipstick, Diva 2. Revlon Ultra HD Matte, Seduction 3. MAC Lipstick, Flat Out Fabulous 4. . NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Roman Holiday 5. MAC Lipstick, Russian Red

Do you have a favorite lipstick? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Decor · Lifestyle

All about my wedding – Wedding Venue

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Today I am going to tell you a little bit about my engagement, the planning of my wedding and of course choosing the wedding venue.

Me and my husband are together since the beginning of 2011, by the year of 2014, he got a job opportunity in the Netherlands, so he moved and I stayed in Brazil but we kept a long-distance relationship. On the New Year’s Eve of 2017 he surprised me with the most beautiful words, a gorgeous ring and we got engaged. We didn’t want to stay apart anymore, we planned our wedding for April of the same year, it was a really short engagement, little time and a lot to do until the wedding.

The first thing we decided was that we wanted a small wedding, just with the most important people of our lifes and that we were going to get married in our hometown, São Paulo. That was the kick off to choose the wedding venue, we started looking for places that did mini/small weddings for maximum of 150 guests, we checked several places on the internet and we really loved one place, the Espaço Quintal, so we scheduled a visit there.

Just as we entered, we fell in love with the venue, the things that we wanted fit perfectly in the Espaço Quintal, we wanted the ceremony in the same place of the reception. They had a beautiful space outside, an indoors dancefloor and we could fit our 150 guests. We didn’t want a traditional and formal wedding and this venue had a lot of special details. It was perfect for us!

We wanted our wedding in such a short time, specifically in April, we didn’t have a lot of choices on the week day, we ended up booking the venue for a Sunday afternoon.

It was perfect, the weather on our big day was sunny, but not too warm and with a beautiful sky. The wedding venue looked even more gorgeous with the decor that we choose, the white flowers and every little detail was just perfect.

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Wedding Venue – Espaço Quintal

Photos – Rodrigo Cypriano

Food

Seafood Dinner at The Optimist

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My husband’s family was in town so we got the opportunity to go to new restaurants, one of them was The Optimist and I might say that until now is one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta! Not just the food was delicious, but the whole experience was great. The chef-owner is Ford Fry, is a well-known chef who owns 10 restaurants, most of them are in Atlanta, for example JCT Kitchen, no. 246 and King+Duke.

As appetizers we ordered the “Opportunist” Plateaux for the table, it had oyster, king crab, shrimp and ceviche, everything was super fresh and delicious. They also served a very tasty bread that was similar to a brioche.

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For main course, I ordered the Georges Bank Scallops that was one of the best scallops I have ever had, just to think about it my mouth start watering! My husband ate the Redfish which was also really good, the Whole Grilled Fish and Cioppino were other dishes served to our table, all the plates had a great presentation and tasted delicious.

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It is a little bit pricy but for a special occasion is the perfect spot! They serve a super fresh and delicious seafood, the decor is beautiful and the service was great!

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Photos – Andrew Thomas Lee

THE OPTIMIST
914 Howell Mill Road – Atlanta

Trips

8 things to do in Atlanta

My husband’s family is visiting us in Atlanta for a couple of days so I decided to do a guide about 8 things that you can’t miss while visiting the city.

1. Atlanta Aquarium

Located in downtown Atlanta, it’s the world’s largest aquarium and it is incredible. It features more than 80,000 animals, covering 500 species in seven galleries and exhibits, each corresponds to a specific environment. There you can find penguins, beluga whales, giant octopus, dolphins and a lot more animals. You can also enjoy the dolphins and sea lions shows. The admission is a little pricey but it’s really worthy.

Price: Adult: $39.95,  Senior: $36.95 and Children: $33.95.

Website: http://www.georgiaaquarium.org

2. World of Coca-Cola

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A lot of people know that Atlanta is the city of Coca-Cola and that host a museum dedicated entirely to Coke. Located by the Aquarium on centennial park, you can do both of attractions on the same day. The museum features exhibit on the drink’s historical milestones, the bottling process, the secret formula and a short film about Coke around the world. But the most exciting part of the museum is the Taste It! area, where more than 100 different varieties of Coca-Cola drinks from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America are available for unlimited tasting.

Price: Adults: $17.00, Senior: $15.00 and Children: $13.00.

Website: https://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/

3. CNN Center

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The behind-the-scenes tour at CNN, is a 50-minute tour starts with a ride on the world’s longest freestanding escalator and continues with a look at how each broadcast is produced, including how the teleprompter and the cameras work. If you are lucky, you can even see live broadcast during your visit, the live broadcast normally is on a weekday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Price: Adult: $15.00,  Senior: $14.00 and Children: $12.00.

Website: http://tours.cnn.com/

4. Botanical Garden

Located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown, the Botanical Garden is breathtaking, covers beautiful 30 acres. My favorite spots are the Fuqua Orchid Center, the Canopy Walk, Cascades Garden and the Glade Garden.  Soon I will do a full post about the Botanical Garden.

Price: Adult: $21.95 and Children: $15.95.

Website: http://atlantabg.org/

5. Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

At the Sweet Auburn neighborhood is located the house of the Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was once a pastor and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center where is the his grave and some exhibits on the Civil Rights movement. To visit Martin Luther King home, you need to book a tour, the tours are filled on a first-come basis, it lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Price: Free, including the home tour.

Website: https://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm

6. High Museum of Art

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Located in the heart of Midtown, the High Museum of Art has more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection and always a temporary art exhibition, when I went was the Vik Muniz exhibition which I really like, the visit was definitely worth it, now they have the Andy Warhol. If you have been to some museums like Louvre, you will not be impressed with their permanent collection, but the temporary exhibitions are worth the visit.

Price: General Admission (ages 6 and above): $14.50.

Website: https://www.high.org/

7. Margaret Mitchell House

If you are a fan of the Gone with The Wind or Margaret Mitchell, you must do the tour on Mitchell’s apartment where she wrote her novel. The tour is about how the Gone with The Wind links directly with Margaret Mitchell’s life story. There are also two exhibitions: Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character and The Making of a Movie Legend: Gone with the Wind.

Price: Adult: $13.00,  Senior: $10.00 and Children: $5.50.

Website: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/margaret-mitchell-house

8. Piedmont Park

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Atlanta’s bigget park is Piedmont Park. There are paths for biking, walking, and jogging, as well as sports areas for soccer, baseball, tennis and a lot more. You can also find picnic areas, playgrounds and a dog park. On Saturday mornings, me and my husband like to go to the Green Market in the park where you can enjoy local farmers, bakers, jams and some food trucks, and always some live music, the Green Market is normally on from March unil mid-December. The park also hosts some events and festivals, like the Music Midtown which will take place on September 16 and 17.

Price: Free

Website: https://www.piedmontpark.org/