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La La Anthony On How She Managed Not to Spill Out of Her Met Gala Dress

May 12, 2016

La La Anthony was recently named Residence Inn's Resident Mother Of The Year

La La Anthony was recently named Residence Inn’s Resident Mother Of The Year

La La Anthony’s multi-hyphenated title already includes actress, best-selling author, Kardashani-bestie, NBA wifey to Carmelo Anthony, and mother (which has earned her Resident Mom Of the Year by Residence Inn). We’re just going to add “magician” to that after seeing her physics-defying feat at the red carpet for the Met Gala. In case you missed it, her gorgeous Nicolas Jebran scarlet dress had all the sexy-cut outs reminiscent of a certain J. Lo Grammys number. But how did she manage to keep it all…ahem…together? I sat down with her on that and the drugstore buys she can’t live without:

Your dress for the Met Gala was beautiful—but seriously how did you keep your boobs from spilling out? “That was crazy! That was literally crazy. That was a lot of tape holding everything together. But I saw this one picture and I just wanted to kill myself because I was on the steps, and you know those steps are hard to walk on so one of my shoulders was higher than the other and it looks like my boob was just sitting up here [motions with hand up to collarbone]. But you know what, I loved the dress, I think it looked amazing so I’m not going to beat myself up about my taped up boobs.”

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - interviews - Men - Male grooming

Latest: Interview with Allegiant’s Theo James

March 24, 2016

I got to sit down with Theo James and grill him about his grooming habits…of course, he’s adorable about them. Check out the interview here! http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2016/03/theo-james-allegiant-interview.html

PHOTO by: Patrick Lewis/courtesy Starpix

PHOTO by: Patrick Lewis/courtesy Starpix



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BATF Giveaways - Beauty - "The Lovely"

Giveaway! Spring Travel pack with Dove, Herschel, more

Hi lovelies,

I know, it’s been a minute since I’ve done a giveaway but I’m super excited to share this one because it comes just in time for your spring travels :). One lucky BATF reader is going to win everything you see here:

Spring giveaway!

Spring giveaway!


Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant (goes on invisible and dry, and has 48 hour protection…honestly the only thing I’ve been using in the past few months myself!)
A beautiful Herschel duffel
A passport case
A portable phone charger from Poweradd
Dove Dry Spray

Dove Dry Spray


Pretty sweet, right? Want to win? Do either of these to enter, but doing all will increase your chances:

Like BATF’s Facebook page and comment on this giveaway post
Follow me on Twitter (@BeautyNDFeast) and tweet “Hey @BeautyNDFeast, I want to win the @Dove Spring travel giveaway! http://ow.ly/ZU91Z #giveaway”
Follow me on Instagram (@beautyndfeast) and comment on my latest post using the hashtag #dovespringtravel

Make sure you leave a comment below to let me know how you entered! Winners will be picked and notified by March 31st. Good luck! *Winners must have a US mailing address!

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - French

Dominique Bistro in the West Village

March 8, 2016

I’ve been cooking so much, it’s been a while since I’ve even been out to a restaurant (never thought I’d see the day…). But I was invited to check out a new French spot in the West Village, Dominique Bistro.

Dominique Bistro

Dominique Bistro

I haven’t tried too many French restaurants in the city but this one proved to be one definitely worth checking out. The restaurant is on a cozy Christopher street corner, and focuses on quintessential classics like souffles, bouillabaisse, and beef bourguignon to name a few. I even got to meet the head chef and owner, Dominick Pepe, briefly who emphasized the use of fresh, seasonal vegetables in every dish. The place itself is dimly-lit, small and intimate but every corner is put to use with plenty of table space so you don’t feel on top of each other. We tried a good selection from the menu:

Beet salad

Beet salad

The beet salad with heirloom beets, candied walnuts, and goat cheese is a good balance of all the ingredients with the candied walnuts being a nice treat.

Ahi tuna tartare

Ahi tuna tartare


Their ahi tuna tartare with avocado and lemon oil brings out the flavors of the fish with uncomplicated ingredients that lets the fresh tuna speak for itself.
Fettuccine

Fettuccine

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

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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interviews - RANDOM

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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Coffeehouse/Cafe - FOOD - "The Delicious"

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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