Monthly Archives: February 2014

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Beauty on the Streets

Beauty on the Streets: Trish Hosein

February 27, 2014

This week’s spotlight is on LA-based songbird, Trish Hosein. I first found Trish on a recent visit to Cali, when some friends and I decided to stop by Republic of Pie for some coffee and dessert. From the other room, we heard the most enchanting voice performing on stage. It wasn’t hard to see that this one-woman show was super talented, making her own music and expertly layering her beautiful voice over catchy tunes as she went along. We promptly moved up close and stayed way longer than we intended to just so we could listen to the rest of her set. Her songs are on heavy rotation on my iPod now. Look out for her new single, Swimming Pool (out on iTunes on April 15th) so you can get addicted too. In the mean time, read on to learn more about everything lovely and delicious this songstress keeps close: -Shy


Name: Trish Hosein

Age: 24

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - interviews

Molly Sims goes red with Nexxus!

February 26, 2014

Model Molly Sims recently made a bold move with the help of Nexxus celebrity colorist and ambassador, Aura Friedman, who transformed her from blonde into a redhead. I almost didn’t recognize the stunner when she walked in (the last time I met her she looked totally different!).

Molly Sims and Aura Friedman

About the transformation, Sims said she was “so nervous” about going from blonde to a copper red, but she said, “I turned 40 and I wanted a change.” Might I add, for 40-years-old, homegirl looked totally stunning in a floral Suno dress. The red tones somehow brought out her green eyes and she looked positively radiant. As a newly minted redhead, Sims also said her makeup routine changed completely.

Nexxus Color Assure line

As a redhead, I had to go darker on the brows,” she said. “I also mix foundation and apply it with a wet Beautyblender sponge for just a light coverage, and started using more gold and brown eyeshadow tones on on my eyes.” Also fun fact, the first person she sent a picture of her new hair to? “Believe it or not, it was my dad!” So cute.

To keep up the color, Sims, the new spokesperson for Nexxus’ new line Color Assure swears by their Pre-Wash Primer, which you use before you shower on your hair to form a protective film over each strand. This keeps the color locked in and shiny. In several tests, they showed us how the primer seals and microscopic holes in your strands so keep hair looking and feeling stronger. Their Radiant Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner are also sulfate-free so it won’t strip strands of color (and smells divine). Their Glossing Tonic is a finishing touch that Sims says she uses for even more shine.

Aura Friedman with Molly Sims

Aura Friedman was also on hand to talk about how platinum and reds seem to be the new trendy colors based off the runways this season…in case you’re looking for a change…

Before and after

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BATF Giveaways - Body

Giveaway: Bath and body products from Essence of Beauty!

February 24, 2014

Essence of Beauty products took me by surprise. The brand, exclusively at CVS/pharmacy, has beautifully crafted scents – so much so I leave two of their body mists in my bathroom at all times to spritz on after a shower (Sensual Night is one of my faves). And what I love, I share, so without further ado, this week TWO winners will win a bundle of these three products below:

1) Essence of Beauty Shea Indulgence Body Scrub – made with sunflower, apricot, macadamia nut, and avocado oils, it gently exfoliates with natural pumice for radiant skin.

Shea Butter Indulgence Scrub

2) Essence of Beauty Secret Woods Fine Fragrance Body Mist – with passion flower seed, aloe vera, and notes of red apple, pomegranate, golden quince, jasmine petals, purple violets, white chocolate, and vanilla, and

Secret Woods body mist

3) Essence of Beauty Secret Woods Body Lotion – hydrates and nourishes without any artificial dyes.

Secret Woods Body Lotion

TO ENTER: (Do either of the following to qualify, both to increase your chances):
1) LIKE Beauty and the Feast’s Facebook fan page and leave a comment on this giveaway’s post
2) FOLLOW @BeautyNDFeast and @CVSBeautyClub on Twitter and tweet “Follow @BeautyNDFeast and RT to win Essence of Beauty bath products from @CVSBeautyClub! #giveaway”

MAKE SURE to leave a comment below letting me know how you entered (either on FB or with your Twitter handle).
Winner will be selected and notified Monday, March 3rd. Open to US residents only. Thanks for entering and good luck!!

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Fashion

SDK by Sana Durvesh Khan

February 17, 2014


I don’t do too many style pics, but I’ll always make an exception for SDK by Sana Durvesh Khan pieces. Her gowns are so elegant and beautiful, so when she asked me to style this gorgeous black and gold beaded piece, I was happy to oblige.

Playing with this crosshatch overlay filter




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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Travel Beauty

Today’s flight essentials…

February 13, 2014

Another day, another flight. There are some things I don’t board a plane without:

Travel essentials

1) Perfume
, in this case Lovestruck by Vera Wang, a gorgeous gift from my friend Maryam. It’s a mix of pink guava, mandarin, tuberose, lotus and the cap is the prettiest lil bouquet. I also like to use those little perfume dispensers they give you at Sephora to spray perfume in to make it carry on friendly.

2) Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid
– I wish I could pass these out to everyone on the plane. Nothing worse than BO in confined places, but I digress. I learned at an event recently that there are three different types of sweat: from exercising, from heat/environment, and the last one is stress. Exercise sweat comes from the eccrine gland which is mostly water, but stress seat smells the worst cuz it’s cause from completely different gland, apocrine, which has more nutrients, which means more bacteria and odor. Running to catch a flight? You’re more likely to be emitting stress sweat. Not only does this deodorant have heavy duty protection, it’s also one of the smaller deodorants to throw in your purse.

3) Reach Total Care dental floss
– I’m kinda a weirdo about flossing. I can’t eat any snacks on a small flight without flossing right after. This one is more gentle on my gums too.

4) Acuvue Moist 1-Day contacts
– I can never sleep on flights so I just assume I’ll be up, in which case if I am going to wear contacts, it has to be a really moisturizing one to combat the dry plane air. These are the best. THE best. No contact case needed.

5) Lifeline Eye Firming Complex
– I’ve been taking the travel size amounts of this line with me in the last few travels, and it’s been keeping my skin so soft. It contains growth factors that help produce more collagen, as well as vitamin C, and super antioxidant Matrixyl 3000 and hyaluronic acid. (The full size eye cream is $97, but the travel kit which contains a mini eye cream as well as day and night cream costs the same).

6) Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
– Not only do I always always travel with this, I don’t even leave home without it. I’ve written about it before, but it keeps my skin so hydrated and soft. It’s a tad sticky, and it smells a tad medicinal, but it’s repairing properties makes it easily forgiveable for me. Probably why this is Elizabeth Arden’s award winning staples.

7) MAC Fix+
You should just have this in your makeup kit regardless. It refreshes your skin, or sets your makeup — whatever you want it to do really. When I met Bollywood makeup artist Mickey Contractor at the IIFA awards years ago, he always kept this handy to keep skin looking fresh after long travels and long days. I just learn from the best :).

What do you keep with you when you travel?

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American - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Homemade - Italian - Recipes

Recipe: Homemade lasagna

February 12, 2014

I was Garfield in another life. I’ve asked my mom to teach me how she makes her lasagna a million times over the phone, but there’s something different about actually being there and making it with her.

Homemade lasagna

Every time I make a trip to Chicago I try to cook one thing with her (which sometimes is a ginormous fail because she’ll start cooking without me and finish by the time I come downstairs). This time I brought all the ingredients home for the lasagna the night before, but when we were supposed to cook I left the house for a second to run an errand with my dad and my mom called me to tell me she already started boiling the pasta. I caught her in time to tell her to stop so I can take pics and bake with her. The hardest thing is measuring portions because you know how moms do everything ‘by eye.’ But since it’s one of my favorite dishes of her’s, I had to try:



1 box of lasagna pasta
1 lb of ground beef (recipe here!)
12 oz Cottage Cheese
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
8 oz Mozzarella Cheese
2/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 eggs
Spaghetti sauce (we used with carmelized onion and garlic)
Salt (to taste, about 1 tsp)
Pepper (to taste about 1 tsp)
Italian seasoning (to taste, about 1 tsp)
9×13 baking dish
1 tsp of butter, or cooking spray to grease baking dish


Cooking ground beef and pasta

1) Boil lasagna strips according to directions. Strain and set aside.
2) Cook ground beef (recipe here). Add sauce to the ground beef. Heat, mix together, and keep aside.


3) Pre heat oven to 375 degrees
4) In a separate bowl, mix 1 egg with ricotta cheese. Mix in Italian seasoning, pepper and pinch of salt. In another bowl, mix the egg and spices to the cottage cheese.


5) Grease baking dish. You can use a cooking spray, a little oil, or we just used butter.
6) Lightly coat the bottom of the dish with a little of the sauce from the ground beef mixture (about 4 tbs). This will keep the bottom moist.

Coating baking dish and layering pasta

7) Place first layer of lasagna strips. About 4 should do it – make sure there are no spaces and it’s well packed.
8 ) Next, spread a layer of the ricotta cheese/egg mixture.
9) Layer over the cottage cheese mixture next.
10) Then top with the ground beef/tomato sauce mixture.
11) Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over that.


12) Then, place the second layer of lasagna strips. Repeat the same with the cheese and sauce layer.
13) Top now with the third layer of lasagna strips.
14) For the final layer, just add ground beef/sauce, and mozzarella, and finish by sprinkling the parmesan cheese.

Before covering and placing in oven

15) If you like, you can add a pinch more of salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
16) Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Stick in oven and bake for 45 minutes.
17) Remove the foil cover, and let it bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Bake covered first then uncover for last 20 minutes

18) Let it cool for about 10 minutes before you cut into squares and serve.


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