Monthly Archives: June 2012

Beauty - "The Lovely"

CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Boxes!

June 29, 2012

This is pretty exciting: Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and have teamed up to create The Insiders’ Choice Beauty Box, which features 11 products selected as the industry’s most innovative picks during the 18th Annual CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards.

CEW/'s winner box

Beginning on July 16 and for a limed time only, the boxes will be available only at  The box is valued at $109, but you can get your own for $25. Now the hardest part is deciding if you’re gonna buy it as a gift or keep it for yourself ;).

The Insiders’ Choice Beauty Box contains the following products:
·         L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Serum Intense
·         L’Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara
·         Heidi Klum Shine Eau De Toilette, 0.5 oz.
·         StriVectin-TL Skin Tightening Neck Cream, Travel Size
·         L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream-1 oz.
·         Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion
·         Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm-Red Dahlia
·         Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Neutralizer
·         It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, Travel Size
·         Dr. T’s Supergoop! All-Over Everyday UV Lotion for Face & Body – SPF 30+ – 1.6 oz. Travel Size
·         Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Color Strips, Animal Instinct-16 count


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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Indian/Pakistani

Matt & Meera in Hoboken, NJ

June 27, 2012

By Munia Islam

I had my eyes on this place for a while. Every time I would see the paper covering over the windows, I wondered how many more days until it opened up. And then one day while walking by, we saw that the paper covering was gone, and the place was open—the place was Matt & Meera.

My South Asian heritage clearly had its biases, as I looked at the name and thought Meera…I wonder what kind of food they will serve?! As its name suggests, it’s a indo-fusion restaurant. Just opened in Hoboken, New Jersey on June 23rd, and is a comfortable home feeling with a contemporary twist.

pomegranate ginger ale

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Face - Product Review - Skin

Love: Fruit-infused skin savers

June 26, 2012

I always say it’s not easy to write about skincare products because everyone has such different skin and concerns. But these products are serious superstars and have a significant fruit-infused ingredients to help with its antioxidant (read: anti-aging) benefits.


The first couple that blew me away are from Caudalie’s newest collection, Vinosource. I’m always a little nervous to try something new, but creator Mathilde Thomas kept the dehydrated/sensi-skinned people in mind. There are no parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, irritating triclosan, petrochemicals…you get it. Their S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum loaded with antioxidant grape water (which increases hydration by 127%) and grape seed polyphenols to keep skin supple by blocking 100% of free radicals (plus they’re 10000x more effective than Vitamin E…yup). Use it with their Quenching Sorbet-Crème which also has polyphenols and soothing chamomile.

Caudalie Vinosource Quenching Sorbet-Crème and S.O.S serum

I swear, I noticed a difference the very next day. My skin was soft, brighter, and the two products worked consistently well. And it was surprising since the texture for both products are so light and non-offensive. The serum is not sticky or gross which I normally associate potent serums with, and the sorbet goes on like butter. I just haven’t gone wrong with the power pair, and going back for more soon!


S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum, $48
Quenching Sorbet-Crème, $38

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Middle Eastern - Moroccan

Lunch at Cafe Mogador

June 25, 2012

By Bilal Mohammad

If you need to take a quick vacation, but you only have a lunch break to spare…then Café Mogador, located in the East Village, is the spot for you. When I walked into the Moroccan restaurant, I was drawn to the authentic design of the place. A quaint terrace, rustic wall treatments, and tiled mosaics all work to give the place a certain je ne se quois. On the inside, the restaurant feels very airy and breathable, despite being fairly busy during lunchtime.

I’ve found that I’ve grown bored with the fashion in which seafood is typically served at many New York restaurants. You can only eat grilled salmon over caesar salad or a fillet doused in lemon dressing so many times. I wanted to find a seafood entrée that was refreshing and scrumptious. I think I’ve found this in the Sautéed Salmon Crab Cake sandwich.

salmon crab cake

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BATF Giveaways - Fashion

GIVEAWAY: Fibi & Clo new flats and shoe clip!

June 22, 2012

Remember I wrote about these beautiful sandals from Fibi & Clo? Well, I’m excited to announce that they’re launching even more pretty, sparkly things! They’re coming out with their first closed-toe flats and giving them away here in an exclusive giveaway! So you feel extra special, just know that these aren’t even available yet and you’d be the first one to own a pair :):

The latest from Fibi & Clo

The flats are sueded fabric with a rubber sole. How beauts?? Fibi & Clo will launch their full closed-toe flats line in early fall. Until then, to win a pair and the pictured heirloom shoe clip–which can be used to jazz up your other shoes as well–simply do one of the following (any gets you qualified, but doing more will increase your changes of winning):

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