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Oct 17, 2016

The best must-have apps to edit your Instagram pictures

There are a lot of reasons why I edit my pictures on the iPhone, but for some reason it has a therapeutic effect on me. Sitting on the couch, on the train or in the restaurant or wherever I want and editing my pictures always calms me down. I’m a huge fan of Instagram and it serves as some sort of visual travel diary for myself. But to my own surprise, I actually never use Instagram to edit my pictures. I only use Instagram to either browse through other people work, or post my own pictures.  
With this short post I want to introduce you the apps I use to edit my pictures that you see on my Instagram account. Happy Editing!

   Most of my pictures are edited with the following apps:
·         VSCO 
·         FaceTune
·         SnapSeed
·         YouCam Makeup 

Oct 8, 2016

The One Thing About Life You Have Forgotten

Your life consists of daily, seemingly trivial actions and choices. Although, those tiny commitments are not likely to make a huge impact, sometimes you face the situations that require major decisions that are going to leave a trace and determine the trajectory of your life. Needless to say, that not all your decisions will be right. Some of them will be a perfect fit for the person you would like to be and things you would love to accomplish. Meanwhile, some of them will prove to be wrong or even destructive. The harsh truth you need to embrace is that some of the things you will decide to commit to will do nothing but hold you back. They will never allow you to be satisfied. You will never feel happy about them. No doubt, there will be things that bother you and make you feel depressed. They will make you regret your past decisions and be willing to have the second chance and correct all the mistakes. The feeling of dissatisfaction is going to follow you as long as you stay committed to the choice that has appeared to be wrong. The bad news is that you cannot make the right decisions all the time. The good news is that you do not need to. Because we are all people — we are not perfect. And you are not an exclusion. Regrettably, there is no “magic bullet” or 1–2–3 solution to always making right decisions. The thing you need to learn is that mistakes are an integral part of your life. Your job, relationship, education, business… these are spheres where you are required to make huge commitments. And sometimes they are not likely to work out. However, you do not need to live with your mistakes forever. You do not need to force yourself to settle for something you do not like. You do not need to make yourself bury the dreams about your ideal life.

You are not a tree. You can leave and find a better place, where you feel happy to live; a better workplace, where you can uncover your talents; a better partner, that will love and treat you well. However, the more you procrastinate to change the things, the more difficult will it be to change them. The longer you’re keen on postponing, the more accustomed you become to the life you do not like. Do not settle for the things that bother you and make you feel depressed. Do not settle for the life you do not like, knowing there is a chance to fix it. Do not give up chasing your dreams. Design your ideal life and do your best to start living it now.Shoot for the best and never settle for less. Because you deserve more.

"Because the thing about life you have forgotten is that you always have a choice." - Lukominskyi

Sep 22, 2016

If you want to be happy, get real with yourself

I guess getting older come up with tons of responsibilities, less time for ourselves, lots of hard work, losses or heartbreaks. Life´s a tough challenge, a road full of tiny curves - I must say. Besides that, getting older also means time to get real with yourself! There´s nothing more I regret than lying to myself. But waaait, I´m no talking about casual lies, those implicit lies we all tell to some friends, sometimes, like how nice is your home when actually it looks like crap or sorry about arriving here too late but my mom needed me. In fact, I´m referring to automatically accept people´s invitations when I would rather stay at home and self-entertain. I believe it´s hard to refuse any invitation to people we´re genuinely attracted to. A person you´ve just become friends. A close friend. People with high influence. Because, the truth is: we do not want to disappoint anyone and as human being we have the need to fit in with everyone and show our best selves. The main topic of today´s post is to be real - it is barely impossible to always pretend that we´re free or even interested in whatever invitation or proposal that comes our way. First of all, this automatic behavior is not healthy nor mandatory. It´s living a lie. Although, I´ve just come up with this conclusion but I´m willing to challenge myself and break free from this mindset, about pleasing everyone´s need, except mine!

Aug 26, 2016

hair care with redken CURVACEOUS

I´ve wanted to write about my hair care routine for so so long, but I guess there´s always something going on that interrupt me somehow! But not this time....when I created this platform, back in 2008, most of your emails or fb messages to me were about my hair. How many times do you wash your day per week? What type of products do you use? Or, even, is this your natural hair or is a wig? Confess, the last one made me laugh out loud!! I have to confess that when I was a teenager I completely disliked my hair, I couldn´t brush it as my school fellows and, the worst part, I was using the wrong products for it. Believe me, since I stopped using random products and started investing some money on it, I guarantee you that it changed everything. But waaait, it took me some years to adapt the right products into my daily hair care routine and as a dear friend of mine taught me "Consistency is Key". First of all, less is more in any field, so if you think I use a bunch of products or if I waste a lot of time with´re WRONG! Nowadays, the beauty industry can overwhelm us with so many "miracle" products, my tip is to understand your needs and follow a brand that promotes your hair type, be loyal to them. Don´t change for new products every single month, unless you´re a beauty blogger or work in this industry, because products take a time to produce a real effect in your hair. I still remember when I wanted immediate results. So silly. It will not happen in a blink of an eye, however you´ll notice some good results that´ll give you the rest of confidence and attitude you had missed. From my point of view, good looking is a combination of physical and psychologic behavior. Adress a good hair day with an edgy outfit, because it´ll boost the right attitude and you´ll feel sophisticated and happy more than ever. The Curvaceous Redken line transformed my curls!I´ve been using these products (the high foam cleanser and the conditioner) for approximately 4 months.  Thanks to my beauty&hair adviser (also friend!), Aurica Coban, she managed to introduce me this Redken line and also to present her Wellness Center and Hair Salon - Yindi Beauty, which I´ll come into more details very soon. Particularly my hair is more healthy than ever. Both products have an exclusive technology that helps curls to retain moisture, coats the cuticle to smooth and reduce frizz, and strengthens each strand.   Honestly, the results are obvious in these two pictures below, I´ve never had my hair as much curly and shiny as today. By the way, I know Redken has also other amazing formulas for different hair types, check it out its website here!

You also can check it out the other products from the Curvaceous´ line here. 

Aug 22, 2016

Summer in New York City

New York City is my favorite city in the world. There´s no city like this one and the best word to describe is: jungle. Tons of tourists walking from West Village to Little Italy, businessmen showing off their tailored elegant suits, talented people performing their creativity in the streets, passionate couples taking selfies in Times Square and, then, there was me reading my favorite book I´ve recently bought from DVF "The Woman I wanted to be". I have attended a business program in Pensylvania, but I wanted to go to New York and spend some days there, thus I ended up postponing my flight and stayed there around 10 days. I had a blast!! The city is inspiring just by itself. I still remember getting out of a club at 2 a.m and going to Times Square and observing all those lights. They´re SO bright and I felt very emotional, as a consequence of this dream trip that was on my bucket list for so long. I wanted to make this trip memorable, most of my friends that I met in PA state were also in the city, so as we wanted to spend the last days together we made sure to make plans according to everyone´s desire. The weather was a bit crazy, between sunny days and some thunderstorms, never thought Summer in New York was so bipolar! Nonetheless, it was special. Every single day was magical and an adventure. Travel with me and read the Top 4 tips below:

(1) If you go to New York I advise you to buy a metrocard for the week, you´ll save some money and, believe me, the city is expensive as hell so every penny/cent saved might help;

(2) You have your metrocard but the subway lines are quite a lot and messy and you feel a bit "WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE NOW?"...I felt like it in the first hours, however, you can avoid a panic attack and, beforehand, install Citimapper App. It will get you everywhere by subway, but also by bus, rail or uber. Citymapper works as GPS app, it will help you to arrive anywhere you want, just follow its directions and voilà;

(3) During Summer, the temperature might increase until 34ºC, therefore be aware of what you are going to wear. Nothing is more uncomfortable than not to be outfit appropriated, I think. Fashion´s crossing my veins since I was born, but with the heat is almost impossible to look glamorous or fresh, I optioned to wear daily light clothes, like basic jeans shorts and plain t-shirts, paired with some nike sneakers. Furthermore, you can always look stylish with the right attitude and edgly look;

(4) Be open minded and get yourself inspired are the best tips I can give you. As Alicia Keys says, New York is the "concrete jungle where big dreams are made of"...have fun!

Jul 14, 2016

Hello from America!

 Don´t know exactly from where I should start. I have been keeping up this secret for a real long time (at least for my blogosphere followers)...but now it is time to share with you everything about my days living the America Dream..yey! I am currently in Bethlehem (PA) for Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry at Lehigh University. Besides my busy schedule attending classes from 8 am to 7 pm, I am also working on a Consulting Project for a company located in Florida. Almost 3 weeks here and I already met so many amazing and talented people from all over the globe, to be more precise, from 43 countries. Crazy, hun??! I have been trying to capture every single moment with my DSRL, because I am really looking forward to share, in depth, this experience with you guys. My lunch time is almost over, have to gooo! Do not forget that you can always follow my daily life on my instagram @joaosantoz. xx

Jun 29, 2016

Planning a Summer Trip to Rome? let´s go! #ItalianDays

Italy is definitely one of my favorite places to travel and have a good time. According to the previous post, last week I spent almost a full week in Rome area and besides the touristic meetings I also went to some #glam restaurants in the city! I´m going to suggest you my favorite restaurant: Pizzeria da Baffeto is a restaurant for all pizza lovers, it brings forward high quality with affordable prices. Summer time is just perfect for walking long distances while embracing new historic views (with an amazing italian ice cream, absolutely!). Please, enjoy the pictures and book your flight to Rome asap, I have no doubts you will have the time of your life. :)

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