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Beauty Haul

I, like many consumers want to know about the products I want to purchase before I actually make the purchase. Often, we find ourselves asking for the opinions of others, and looking at YouTube video reviews. With that said,  I’d like to share my thoughts on 10 beauty products that I’ve bought over the past few months. You’ve may have felt tempted to try these products, and needed a trusted opinion before making the purchase. So, here goes…

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1. Clean & Clear Morning Burst Detoxifying Facial Treatment

I am not the biggest fan of this product. It claims to detoxify, but I don’t feel the detoxifying at all. When I use this product, I don’t feel as if my face is getting a deep cleanse. This treatment also claims to wake you up. Not to sure about that because I feel the exact same after washing my face.

2. Clean & Clear Morning Glow Moisturizer with SPF 15

This is another product that I could careless about. The consistency is real thick, and goes on white. This moisturizer claims to brighten your face  because it’s infused with gold shimmer. I’m not a big fan of that. The only reason why I chose this product is for the SPF 15. I am currently using the Clinique dark spot treatment, and I’m required to use an SPF. I’ll provide feedback on the Clinique product at a later date.

3. Equate Ultra-Gentle Facial Moisturizer

This is actually my favorite moisturizer. It’s not oily, and leaves my face feeling moisturized. The best part about it is that it’s half the price of other facial moisturizers out there.

4. Maybelline Ultra Lash Mascara

I love this mascara. It doesn’t leave my eyelashes clumpy. It’s long-lasting, and makes my eyelashes appear very long. I didn’t purchase this that long ago, but I’m just about out. I use this mascara everyday, and would definitely recommend it.

5. NYX Jumbo  Eye Pencil in 604 Milk

I like this product so far. I’ve only used it once or twice, but I liked how it turned out. It’s long-lasting, and perfect for those hard to reach spots. I’ve worn it in the tear duct area, and it went on really smooth. It’s pigmented, and works will with darker complexions  I’ve read that people have used the pencil for a shadow base. So, I plan on trying that in the near future.

6. NYX Skinny Black Liner

I use this product multiple times a week. It slides on smoothly, and is long-lasting. I can do thin lines, or thicker lines if I choose. It’s very dark , which is something I really like when it comes to black liners. Sometimes black liners are too light, and look like charcoal.  It’s retractable, too. No sharpening!

7. Maybelline 635 Very Cherry Lipstick

This is my favorite red lipstick. It long-lasting, and doesn’t smear throughout the day. It’s very rich in color, and looks wonderful against my complexion. It’s really hard to find a good red lipstick, but I’ve found mine!

8. NYX Eyebrow Shaper

I use this everyday. This product is made of wax, and is used to keep your eyebrows in place. It does just that. Those stray eyebrow hairs have no chance with this product.

9. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

This is another product by NYX that I use everyday. I like my eyebrows dark, and this Eyebrow Cake Powder is just the right color. I use this alongside the next beauty item.

10. Loreal Hip 807 Poppy

I don’t really use the yellow eye shadow in this duo. It’s not very pigmented or true to color. When applied, it’s white. That’s definitely not the look I wanted when purchasing this. However, I use the brown everyday. I blend this into my eyebrows along with the NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder. I don’t have black hair, so I use this to give my eyebrows a black-brown look.

Hope this helps. Happy Beauty Buying!

 

Atlanta Travels

I recently took a trip to Atlanta as an early birthday celebration. I traveled to Atlanta for a family reunion a few years ago, but this trip was completely different. I was able to make my own itinerary. Atlanta is a city full of rich history and entertainment. With that said, there were quite a few things I wanted to do while visiting. Below you will find the attractions I visited while in Atlanta.

Updated to add Martin Luther King  Jr. National Historic Site


Underground Atlanta:
Well, this has been around for an extremely long time. I’d have to say this was the least favorite attraction I went to. All of the clothing stores seemed to have the exact same products. The prices didn’t really vary between the stores either  Not to mention, there was an unexplained stench. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this place for a must-do attraction, but if you’re looking to purchase trendy clothing, this may be a place you want to go to.

Centennial Olympic Park: This park is amazing. It’s crazy to think of all the exciting things that happened there in 1996. Before the park was built, it was considered to be the rundown part of downtown. There are no remnants of that now whatsoever. It’s well-kept and a great place for families. I’d recommend visiting this park!

Atlanta History Center: This Center was pretty interesting. There were several rooms dedicated to different eras. Each room has a ton of information that I had no idea about. I learned a lot about Atlanta from this center. The only thing I didn’t like about the center was that some of the displays were recreations. Although I know it may be difficult to obtain real artifacts, I think using recreations take away from the purity of the display. The biggest and most elaborate exhibition is the Turning Point: The American Civil War. For obvious reasons, it was a lot to take in. However, I gained a lot of insight on how this war was fought. The center also had to a nature trail that led to a playhouse, gardens and old houses. The Swan House, an old mansion, was simply beautiful. The yard leading up to the home was well-kept. I would recommend visiting the Atlanta History Center mainly because it’s nice to be educated on the places you visit.

Six Flags: Well, let’s just say that it wasn’t what I expected. It was packed, and the lines were significantly long. We got on all the major coasters except the Goliath. I would have to say that the Superman coaster was one of the best rides I’ve been on. It was awesome! The food offered at the park was absolutely ridiculous. Every restaurant offered the same things. There was no variety whatsoever. The park I think was a bit dated, but overall I had a good time because I am a roller coaster junkie. However, I must say some of the rides need better restraints. My head was shaking pretty bad on a few of them. If you like theme parks, do check it out. However, make sure you eat before.

Margaret Mitchell House: This a pretty neat museum. I learned a lot about Margaret Mitchell, and what she stood for. I thought it was really commendable on how well her apartment was kept. The museum did a really good job preserving it, and allowing visitors to get a glimpse at how she lived, and where she wrote Gone with the Wind. If you’ve read Gone With the Wind or watched the movie, I would recommend visiting this attraction. You’ll definitely take a lot from it.

Georgia Aquarium: This aquarium was amazing! I absolutely loved it! All the tanks were clean and full of beautiful fish. I’ve never seen Beluga Whales or Whale Sharks, and low and behold, they had them on display. I saw a lot of species of fish I’ve never seen or heard of. There were several opportunities to get close to some of the animals, which included stations that allowed visitors to touch some of the species of fish. A dolphin show was included in our admission. Let’s just say that I was completely amazed at the things the dolphins did. The dolphins were trained to do some amazing tricks! It was wonderful show. This aquarium definitely lives up to its reputation. It’s the best one I’ve ever been to. The Georgia Aquarium was my most favorite attraction I visited while in Atlanta. I would highly recommend visiting!

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site : Although I did not visit the site on my last visit to Atlanta, this is a must-do while in Atlanta. I learned so much about him while visiting here. It was a very amazing and humbling experience. He fought so hard for equality, and endured so much throughout his life. The MLK Jr.  National Historic Site gives visitors a very vivid look at his life, and all that he’s done. It also reminds us of the injustices people faced, and had to overcome so that people of all backgrounds could live (more) freely today. This site will leave you informed and enlightened. It’s very tantalizing; it will heighten a lot of emotions.

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Beef & Brandy [Chicago]

Sigh, where do I  begin?

The atmosphere and set up of this restaurant was the best part of my entire dining experience. It is set up like Ruby Tuesdays. Like Ruby Tuesdays, it has a bar, a lot of dark wood, and pictures on the wall. I wouldn’t suggest going here for a romantic date, but if you must try it, go for a lunch outing or to catch the game. There was very casual, laid back atmosphere, which is something I enjoy when dining out with friends.

Upon sitting down, we were greeted by our server in a timely fashion. She didn’t seem to be very interested in serving us though. I observed how she interacted with her other tables, and she treated them a lot better. She was cheerful, and helpful. She checked on them regularly, and made sure their glasses were filled. When it came to our table, she never checked on us nor did she keep our glasses filled. She was quite dry and totally not energetic. That really bothered me, especially after observing how she interacted with her other tables. Then to top it off, she left and someone else picked  up our table. It took him forever to come to our table at first, but at least he was a bit more energetic and helpful.

I ordered the chicken sandwich. It was served on Cuban bread, and came with the regular garnishes, avocado and fries. I like Cuban bread, so I thought this sandwich was going to be really good. Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I hoped for. The chicken was tasteless. Not even my avocado could save this sandwich.  I don’t think they added any type of season to it nor did they marinate it. I had to order honey mustard to give it some type of flavor. The fries were good, but  it’s hard to mess that up. Overall the food was mediocre.

While visiting Chicago, I just knew that we wouldn’t eat anywhere bad, but this place definitely ruined that idea. To make matters worse, it was the first place we ate while in Chicago. Thankfully, none of the other restaurants we visited disappointed. I’ve mentioned before that I will always try a restaurant again, but I don’t really see myself trying this place again when I go back to visit. Needless to say, I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. There are so many other great restaurants in Chicago to eat at, and this just isn’t one of them.

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