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A Brief Break…

February 22, 2017

I know, I know…I KNOW. It’s been a while since I’ve been updated this thing. If you follow me on Instagram, that sort of turned into my micro blog so you probably know more or less what I’ve been up to. The truth is, after so much time passes, it starts to get anxiety-inducing to start blogging again. Because to be honest, blogging takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of dedication and a lot of hours after work. I would be up until 3AM every night sorting through photos, writing, linking–and that was normal to me. And not to say the passion isn’t there, it’s just a few major things took some adjusting and in effect the blog took a backseat.

One is as a beauty writer, that meant I had to prioritize working at a magazine and other publications over the blog. I’ve been working at/freelancing at Allure, Fashionista.com, Refinery29.com, and will be at a few more pubs to come. I’ll keep you updated on those writings here going forward.

But another major reason for the brief absence was relocating to Dubai for almost a year. I thought I’d continue blogging while I moved abroad, but moving to another country takes a lot of time adjusting, and my priorities were setting up my life there first. Working and freelancing took up so much of my attention that I didn’t get to post here. But now that I’m back in NYC, I’ve made it my goal to keep the blog updated. I guess there was an option to nix this and start a whole new site, or re-vamp it totally and start fresh (which is still in the cards), but it was hard to let go of my baby. I felt like Beauty and the Feast was so much a part of my journey into New York, food blogging, and beauty writing that I don’t think I’d ever just scratch it completely. Even if it sits hopelessly idle for a few months.

So thanks for all of you who have followed me this far, and who will stay up to date here. I am cooking a LOT more so I’ll be sharing those recipes, and still the biggest beauty junkie ever, so not too much has changed. Just thought I’d start by saying hello again :). Blogging always has a way of making your feel like you’re typing away to open air, so to that end, don’t be shy to comment — I’m excited to hear from you all again!

Now let me see if I still remember how to do this…


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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)

As soon as I snapped a sneak peak of my freshly coated nails, there were immediately questions following, screenshots taken, and people asking about placing their orders. A common question I got was: how does it hold up against the other [halal] brands out there? Personally, I thought the quality was much richer, lasted quite longer, and had a better color payoff compared to another “breathable” brand that has been circulating in the U.S. for the past few years–and that I had been using regularly before getting a hold of these ones. Also, major bonus points to them for how quickly the polishes dry, which without is a deal breaker for someone like me who is always on the run. You can tell that the lacquer is high quality and has a gel-like finish, without any of the damage to my nails. Even without the top coat, it took a number of days, many dishes and many handwashes later to see any signs of chipping.
Maya Cosmetics Dahlia Nailpolish

Maya Cosmetics Pepto Pink Nailpolish

Maya Cosmetics Plumberry Nailpolish

Maya Cosmetics Ruman Nailpolish

Maya Cosmetics Top Gloss Coat
Overall, it is definitely a product that I will buy again and also strongly recommend, especially for women who want to wear nailpolish but has a preference for or needs the breathable kind–it’s healthier for your nails too. Next on my list: Early Grey, Black Seed, Seashell, and the Top Coat Matte. You can’t blame me for wanting the whole collection! And don’t forget to share which ones are on your wish list in the comments below.

To check them out yourself, visit their website: maya-cosmetics.com. They even have a section of how to perform wudu/ablution when wearing their nail polish!)


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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.”

So lots of tape and elegant walking? “Exactly. Just a lot of trying to stay balanced so it doesn’t look like my boobs were all the way up here.”

Do you have a drugstore buy you’re obsessed with? “Half the stuff I buy is from the drugstore! I can’t live without Neutrogena’s makeup wipes. I cannot. It’s the only thing that works for me to take my makeup off.”

Do you have a beauty guilty pleasure? “Something my mom passed on to me is that she thinks Vaseline works for everything and I’m starting to find that it does too. Taking makeup off, moisturizing. If you saw my mom before she goes to bed, you’d think, ‘What’s on your face?’ She’s greased out in Vaseline! My mom’s never had Botox or anything and her face is flawless. She’s like, ‘I just stick to my Vaseline.’ That’s become my thing too now.”


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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

The fettuccine has a swish of perfect flavors (mushroom lovers, pay attention) with its portelini mushrooms, black truffles, brown butter, and parmesan. A super tasty pasta that was one of my favorites.

Scallops

Scallops


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We also ordered scallops that normally comes with smoked lardons. I had it without, but the mix of truffle potato puree, potatoes, and black truffle was satisfying in itself (Pepe said they salted it a bit more to compensate for its missing ingredient). They also base it in butter seasoning that gives way to a soft, succulent goodness and a delicately mild, sweet flavor. The truffle only enhances it without overpowering the flavor. A definite must-try.
Fries

Fries


I know this sounds strange considering it follows the mention of elegant dishes like the scallops, but don’t miss ordering the french fries (trust me!). Their fries are thick but still have crisp and cooked with a perfect blend of herbs like lavender, rosemary, salt, and sage. Consider it the grown up version of your usual fries that you can still enjoy like a kid.


Restaurant Info:
Dominique Bistro

14 Christopher St.
New York, NY 10014
(646) 756-4145
West Village
REPORT CARD
Meal: Dinner
Occasion: Checking out a new restaurant
Price: $$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes



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