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Coming soon: Buckhead’s healthy Sama cafe will have its own meditation studio

SAMA

Atlanta desperately needs more healthy fast-casual restaurants, according to Shannon Salter Sliger. Later this summer Sliger, who founded Dtox juice company, will take matters into her own hands: She’s opening a 40-seat Buckhead cafe called Sama, which is Sanskrit for “balance.” It will offer Ayurveda-inspired grain and vegetable dishes called “Balance Bowls” as well as customizable options. (Sliger’s favorite is the turmeric cauliflower “rice” with salmon, avocado, and fermented vegetables.) The 2,700-square-foot space will include a meditation studio; a shop selling nontoxic home and body products; and a bar offering cold-pressed juices, teas, and coffees (try yours with the house-made chocolate almond “Good Mood Mylk”). 56 East Andrews Drive

This article originally appeared in our August 2017 issue.

“I didn’t want to kiss my nephew with toxic lipstick!” So this Atlantan created a clean line.

Clove + Hallow

When makeup artist Sarah Biggers found out she was going to be an aunt in 2015, it made her take a harder look at her cosmetics. “I didn’t want to kiss my nephew with toxic lipstick!” she says. The Georgia Tech alum behind Biggers Beauty went to work on a cleaner line of cosmetics called Clove + Hallow. Her criteria: Products have to be cruelty-free, vegan, free of harsh chemicals, affordable, effective, and glam. This spring she introduced lipsticks and glosses. Expect foundation, blush, and more later this year.

Local Find: BeBella has probiotics for your face

BeBella
For a test drive, try a travel set with trial-sized bottles. $80, bebeandbella.com

Photograph courtesy of Bebe & Bella

You’ve probably heard that consuming probiotics—naturally occurring “good” bacteria—can help improve digestive health. But would you apply the friendly bacteria directly to your face? According to Rose Krebs and her daughters Allison and Linda, founders of Decatur-based BeBe & Bella, clinical studies show that probiotics can help fight skin aging, protect against UV rays, and maintain your skin’s moisture. (The Krebs family isn’t new to the biz; in 1954 they founded U.S. Pharmaceuticals, which has long focused on nutritional supplements.) The Krebses’ BeBella line is the first probiotic skincare system that combines oral supplements with seven topical products, from cleanser to eye cream.

This article originally appeared in our October 2016 issue.

Four reasons to visit The Makeup Show Atlanta Pop-Up this weekend

The Makeup Show NYC Pop-Up
The Makeup Show NYC Pop-Up

Courtesy of the Makeup Show

Atlanta’s beauty industry is on the rise, so it’s no wonder the city is the next stop for The Makeup Show, a traveling beauty event open to both pros and the public. So whether you’re a seasoned artist, an amateur dabbler, or just want some discounted cosmetics, here are four reasons to hit up The Makeup Show Atlanta Pop-Up Shop this weekend.

Get top beauty brands at great prices. Over 40 beauty brands, including Make Up For Ever, Nars Cosmetics, Crown Brush, Kevyn Aucoin, Alcone, Embryolisse, BeBe & Bella, Static Nails, Senna Cosmetics, and more will offer steep product discounts to all attendees.

Celeb makeup artists share local Atlanta stories. Celebrity makeup artists AJ Crimson and James Vincent will share their stories of going from department store counters in Buckhead and boutiques in Little Five Points to international careers with high-profile clients. Some of AJ’s clients include Fergie, Missy Elliot, and Angela Bassett. James’ clients include Liv Tyler, Lady Gaga, and Halle Berry.

“Kit Focus”: Saturday, June 18 11:15–12 p.m., hosted by James Vincent

“Beat to Perfection”: Saturday, June 18, 3:15–4 p.m., hosted by AJ Crimson

Beyoncé’s makeup artist spills beauty secrets. Aretha, Whitney, Beyoncé, oh my—these are just a few of the clients that have helped distinguish Reggie Wells as a legend in the world of makeup. He is a master artist who broke color barriers and has broken records in the business, having created looks for entire issues of Essence and over 200 covers of O magazine.

His seminar, entitled, “Facelology: The Art of Makeup,” is Sunday, June 19, 12:30–1:15 p.m.

Participate in hands-on workshops. Looking to improve your brush skills? Want to know how to contour? Workshops include Makeup for Photography, Fundamentals of Complexion and Contour, and Emphasize Eyes.

The Makeup Show Atlanta Pop-Up Shop is Saturday, June 18, 11a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, June 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m at the Westin Buckhead, 3391 Peachtree Road. One-day tickets are $28, two-day tickets are $44; available at themakeupshow.com/atl-pop-up/.

This year, give gifts that won’t create clutter

Laura Carson Miller
Photograph by Tim Redman

A few years ago I boldly announced to my family and friends that when they gave me gifts, I’d prefer things that weren’t going to stick around for the duration—in other words, things that could be used up, recycled, or repurposed. I also said that I’d be giving such gifts myself whenever possible. My proclamation went over better with some than with others. Go figure.

People who are in declutter mode (raises hand) or downsizing to smaller living quarters will savor presents that can be enjoyed and then lovingly released. Certainly this won’t be appropriate for every situation, but it’s a good rule of thumb that benefits many of us, not to mention the environment. Here are a few of my favorite sources for such welcome gifts.

Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts
Photograph by Tim Redman

Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts
Long known for elegant floral containers, this Buckhead gift shop has a large selection of potted orchids. Orchids thrive with very little care, and live plants clean the air and add life to a dull office. Place the orchid, a box of fertilizer, and a luxe watering vessel into a reusable basket.

Sugarboo & Co.
Photograph by Tim Redman

Sugarboo & Co.
With locations in Brookhaven and Cumming, Sugarboo offers a clever assortment of unique notes, both blank and with inspiring messages. No need to write a novel—a short note speaks volumes. Select a little bottle like those at left and pick a sentiment to stuff inside.

Williams-Sonoma
Photograph courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma
Everyone with a kitchen needs dish towels (the store’s linens look great wash after wash), and even if your friends eat only takeout, they will appreciate chic salt and pepper shakers. Pair a sturdy loaf pan with quick bread mix. Or present drinking glasses as flower vases, vessels for votive candles, or planters of succulents.

Nadeau
Photograph by Tim Redman

Nadeau
This shop carries hand-painted trays, pillows, and other whimsical accessories—in addition to its signature affordable, colorful furniture. Invite friends to an annual accessory swap to give such objects multiple lives.

Cacao
Photograph by Tim Redman

Cacao
Who doesn’t like chocolate? Not only are the treats at this locally owned confectioner delicious, the packaging is rock star level! I recommend Salame di Cioccolato or sipping chocolate. Brew a shot of espresso, froth up some milk, and add sipping chocolate for a spectacular mocha.

Ona
Photograph by Tim Redman

Ona
Owner Jenny Bronczek stocks this inviting store at the Shops Around Lenox with a wide selection of gifts, candles, and spa products, including natural and organic options. It is my go-to for baby gifts. I like to give Noodle & Boo bath products (the bottles are recyclable) and baby booties from the Bearington Baby Collection.

This article originally appeared in our Winter 2015 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

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