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How I got over my fear of fake lashes

January 17, 2016

Hey all! My latest article is up about how I got over my fear of false lashes! Read it here: http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2016/01/false-lashes-how-to.html

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Latest article: Going through Huda Kattan’s makeup bag

December 18, 2015

Check out my latest article for Allure: What It’s Really Like to Hang Out With International Beauty Mogul Huda Kattan

Photo: Mary Richanne Suarez

Photo: Mary Richanne Suarez


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Featured on Style Girlfriend

December 16, 2015

I did a fun interview with StykeGirlfriend for their “What a Woman Wants” series…check it out!
http://www.stylegirlfriend.com/what-a-woman-wants-shyema-azam-allure/

Style Girlfriend interview

Style Girlfriend interview


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Holiday gift ideas for coffee lovers from KitchenAid

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If you follow me on any of my social channels, you probably know by now I’m an unapologetic a caffeine addict. My favorite part of the morning is starting with my cup of joe. One of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten was my pour over for my birthday because I use that every single day and it changed the way I look at and drink my coffee (straight up black, no sugar for the record).

With the holidays coming up, I figured you guys would know fellow coffee-lovers that you’re looking for a gift for. KitchenAid actually has a sleek line of products that fit the bill and your coffee fiend will get a lot of use from. Case in point:

KitchenAid Brewer

KitchenAid Brewer


KitchenAid’s Pour Over Coffee Brewer heats and pulses the water, so the grounds bloom and you get the most flavor for your coffee and the push of a button. If you ever tried brewing coffee manually (like I do at home!), you know that you have to pour water over the grind steadily and slowly to get the best flavor. This does the work for you.
KitchenAid Siphon Brewer

KitchenAid Siphon Brewer


KitchenAid Siphon Brewer, ($199)

This is a different type of brewing method that comes from the vapor pressure pushing the water down the tube. Then a vacuum suction draws the coffee through the grounds. The difference is it extracts a little more distinct flavors from the beans you use. Next level stuff things. Plus, it looks like a conversation piece it itself, no? It brews 2-8 cups of coffee, so perfect if you entertain guests often. Makes a medium-bodied and complex flavor.

KitchenAid grinder

KitchenAid grinder


KitchenAid Grinder, ($250)

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8 beauty lessons we learned from DJ Khaled

December 7, 2015

Check out my latest article at Allure: DJ Khaled Just Snapchatted 8 Hilariously Unexpected Beauty Rules

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A peek inside my holiday beauty Babbleboxx

November 19, 2015

I was so excited to open my very first Babbleboxx, a delivery with generous-sized beauty samples that inspires posts like this one. I wasn’t told what was going to be in the box but was pleasantly surprised when it showed up with products that I already loved and new ones I’ve never tried before. Here’s the break down:

My holiday Babbleboxx

My holiday Babbleboxx



MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD FOUNDATION

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation and primers

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation and primers


This is a preview to a post I’m going to write about my current favorite foundations for medium skin, and I’ve already been obsessed with Make Up For Ever’s new Ultra HD Foundation. A little goes a long way and it looks like you’re wearing nothing. The new formula gives a lightweight Photoshopped finish that I’ll save for special occasions. The package also came with small sample sizes of their Skin Equalizer primers which keeps your foundation in place longer. Just lightly tap the foundation where you need coverage. ($43 at sephora.com)

JESSICA SIMPSON TEN

Jessica Simpson's Ten

Jessica Simpson’s Ten


For Jessica Simpson’s 10th anniversary as a fashion label, she released the fragrance Ten, a fruity floral with a mix of clementine, jasmine, vanilla, and sandalwood. It’s a beautiful day-to-night fragrance that starts off light and builds. The bottle itself is a work of art. They also threw in some of her gold flash tattoos — I’ve loved these ever since I got to play with them at Governor’s Ball this year. ($67 for a 100mL)

LAQA & CO. LIP LUBE PENCIL AND CHEEKY LIPS

Laqa & Co. lip and cheek pencils

Laqa & Co. lip and cheek pencils


I’ve seen the NY-based Laqa & Co. products before but this is the first time I’ve ever tried their face products. Their packaging is so cool because they use local artists to design them so they can present their talent to a larger audience, but the product themselves are really high quality. Their lip lube in Golly Gee Whiz looked like an intense red on the outside, but it goes on smooth with a semi-sheer, just-bitten finish. It also has a hint of peppermint and shea butter to soften. If you want something more intense and matte though, their Mixtape and Humblebrag are GORGEOUS shades of red and pink that do double-duty — swipe it on your cheeks and blend for a flush of color.

($20-$22 each at laqaandco.com but get an exclusive holiday offer of 30% discount in November using code: HOLIDAYLOVE)

WAY TOO TAN DARK HYBRID TANNING SILICONE

Way Too Tan sunless tanner

Way Too Tan sunless tanner


Finally, I was sent a sample and full sizes of sunless tanning Way Too Tan’s Dark Hybrid Tanning Silicone. The only time I use anything tanning is for my legs which don’t see enough sun (especially now in these colder months). The pump bottle is perfect for a non-messy application of the neutral-colored cream that that you apply before outdoor and indoor tanning and helps get your tone even and deep. It also has antioxidants like grape seed extract to help protect the skin. (Check out waytootan.com for more info).

Anyone try these products? Let me know what you think — you might be seeing me sport more of Laqa & Co products on my IG

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Tips and How-To's

How to: Messy waves for short hair

November 8, 2015

I’ve been team long-hair for so long, that when I finally chopped my hair a few months ago, it took me a while to figure out how to style it. A few of you have asked how I do the messy waves in my pictures, so I did a quick video on Instagram on it. Check it out:

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Beyond pizza at California Pizza Kitchen in NYC

November 2, 2015

I know what you’re thinking. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if I could tell you something new about a chain restaurant like California Pizza Kitchen either. I don’t write about a lot of chains mostly because NYC has so much variety. That’s not a knock on chains, but I personally feel like you come to NYC to try all those quaint, unique places that make the city so exciting to experience. But when I was invited to check out CPK’s new menu, and it really did exceed my expectations, mostly because this time I tried dishes beyond just their pizza.

California Pizza Kitchen in Gramercy, NYC

California Pizza Kitchen in Gramercy, NYC

Strawberry cooler

Strawberry cooler

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Learning to style my hair with Ouidad

September 21, 2015

So this haircut is REALLY new. I can’t remember the last time I had short hair but I’m loving the change for a little bit. As a result of me being on Team Long Hair for so long though, I feel like I’m learning how to style hair all over again. Luckily, I was in good hands with the team at Ouidad, who specialize in hair products for curly and wavy-haired peeps (ME!).

At Sixty Soho with Ouidad's team

At Sixty Soho with Ouidad’s team

I met with Ouidad stylist , Chadwick Pendley, at SixtySoho during Fashion Week, where taught me about my new friends: Ouidad’s Wave Create Texture Taffy and PlayCurl Curl Amplifying Styling Spray.

Ouidad's Texture Taffy and PlayCurl Amplifying styling spray

Ouidad’s Texture Taffy and PlayCurl Curl Amplifying Styling Spray


Styled by Chadwick Pendley

Styled by Chadwick Pendley

The Texture Paste has little pliable fibers that you can use on wet hair to give your curls (or in my case, waves) shape before you dry it. He used a curling iron to define my waves a more, before using Ouidad’s PlayCurl styling spray, which gave my hair a little more grit and beach waves. Finally, he showed me their Texture Smoothing Frizz & Flyaway Fighter Spray which helps get rid of any excess frizz.
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