Beauty - "The Lovely" - Nails

Review: MAYA wudu-friendly nail polish

June 24, 2016

By Munia IslamMaya Cosmetics

With the weather warming up and sandals in tow, summer is always the time when I pay a little extra attention to my nails. Admittedly, I’m really picky about my nail polishes, but once I was introduced to Maya Cosmetics, I knew I would be adding it to my collection of polishes fast. As part of the newest, popular crop of health-conscious polishes, these are breathable (read for my Muslim sisters: wudu/ablution-friendly!), free of harsh and harmful ingredients (no toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor), 100% halal/PETA-certified (no prohibited alcohol, animal derivatives or animal testing), and physician approved. What more could you want in a nail polish? Oh right…
Maya Cosmetics Nailpolish

Gorgeous colors. (From left to right above: Dahlia, Americana, Plumberry, Ruman, Pepto Pink, and Top-Coat Gloss)

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - interviews

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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