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

How I Style My Wavy Lob

February 23, 2017

I get this question a LOT, so I figured I’ll put it all in one place. Here’s the riveting story about how I style my messy lob, and what products I like to use.
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As a preface, I did this quick IG video tutorial about it:

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I start with wet hair and if I’m feeling more volume, I’ll use this Liss & Plump gel-cream styler from L’Oreal Professionel. Even if you’re not particularly doing this style but crave volume, THIS is it. It helps give you hair more body without being crunchy like you might using mousse. I use a dime-size for my hair and just finger brush it through.

Then I spritz my favorite Wave Spray from Ouai. I’ve tried other “waving” sprays but haven’t found one I like quite like Ouai’s yet.

Then I do a rough blow dry. No brush, no tools. My hair naturally, by the way, is wavy…ish. After I did a Cezanne keratin treatment years ago, I think it changed the structure of my hair and it veers more on the straight side lately (I never did a keratin treatment before or after this instance!), but I guess it’s naturally somewhere in between.

After my hair is dry, I use a 1″ FLAT iron. You can use a curling wand too, and when my hair was freakishly long that was my tool of choice. But I find using the flat iron makes it look a little more messy and undone which is more what I’m going for. I first part my hair and clip it up to do the bottom layer first. Starting from the roots, I twist my hair in the flat iron to make bends, leaving the ends straight (about 2 inches from the bottom). Then, I unclip the top layer and curl it the same way (you can see in the video how I do this). Then I’ll just go around and straighten the ends with the flat iron to make it look messy.

And the grand finale (and also how I came to appreciate this product): Texturizing Spray. It helps give your hair grit and look more worn in. Again, my favorite is from Ouai, but I also LOVE Amika Un.Done Texture Spray (and it smells like perfume!). Just spray it all over and shake your fingers through your hair.

And it'll end up something like this...

And it’ll end up something like this…

(You all have to bare with me as I continue to use some shitty Snapchat pictures until I get a new camera). Anyway, there you have it. Hope this helps!
wave products
L’Oreal Professionel Liss & Plump gel-cream styler, $26
Ouai Wave Spray, $26
1″ Flat Iron (I currently use Evan Professional’s, but you can use any that has a a beveled shaped)
Ouai Texturizing Spray, $26, or Amika Un.Done Texture Spray, $24


FOOD - "The Delicious" - Halaal - Homemade

Recipe: Rosemary Lamb Chops

February 22, 2017

Lamb chops are something I love to eat, but never took a hand at cooking myself. I’ve really wanted to for a while now, but could never justify just making chops for myself.

Rosemary lamb chops

Rosemary lamb chops

So when my friend ordered a rack of lamb from Honest Chops (my favorite halaal/organic butchery in NYC), I decided to take it upon myself to try. And honestly, it’s not that hard at all, but I’ve read different recipes that have different methods of doing it. You can bake it in the oven first, wrap it in foil — I didn’t do any of that fancy stuff. I first consulted with my friend Erica, who’s a chef and always posts the most delicious looking chops (check out her IG: @insta.eggy), and she sent me over some recipes she liked from Ina Garten and Giada. I took a look as a starting point, but ended up with this marination. I pretty much eye’d everything but this it was 1 tsp or so of everything:

Chopped rosemary
Chopped thyme
Sea salt
Black pepper
White pepper
Powdered garlic
Olive oil

Season before cooking

Season before cooking

First I sliced the 1 lb. rack of lamb to one bone each, and covered it in this mixture and let it sit in the fridge for an hour. Then I melted butter to baste and seared in a hot pan for 2-3 minutes on each side (any longer made some of them well done). I think it turned out pretty good!





I read in some of the recipes that they marinate the whole rack before cutting — I’m not sure what is better, but this one worked for me. If you’ve cooked chops before, what method do you use? I’d love to try cooking it another way, too!



A Brief Break…

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,,, 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…


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: 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!

PHOTO by: Patrick Lewis/courtesy Starpix

PHOTO by: Patrick Lewis/courtesy Starpix

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