My first ad with Olay in the November issue of Cosmo!

Exciting news! Cosmo just came out with their November issue with Nicki Minaj on the cover, which also marks my very first advertorial with Olay!

November issue of Cosmopolitan magazine
My Olay advertorial!

I’m so grateful that the blog has been featured a few times previous to this, but this one is so different for me — I’m still having a hard time believing it’s real! Thanks to Olay and Cosmo for working with me on this!! You can pick it up to read more details, and I’m going to post a full review of their Smooth Finish Duo here as well. But one thing some people have been asking me to do is a quick makeup review of what I used in this photo.

First of all, when I found out I’d be working with Olay, I was SO excited but had zero headshots. I had one weekend to get them done, and the first person I thought of was my friend Rowa. She did all the pictures for my cousin’s bridal shower so I knew her work (ie I knew she was amazing). I emailed her to ask if she could do the pictures that Saturday, and she wrote me back from Singapore, saying that she’d be coming off a plane THAT same day from JFK but could still swing it. I did my makeup myself that morning and a few hours later when Rowa was back in Jersey, we rushed over to my aunt’s backyard to take the pics. It was sweltering hot that day and we could barely sit outside too long, so we did the best we can in less than an hour. It was just a crazy whirlwind, and it’s surreal to see it in the magazine now!

But I’m so lucky she was able to take the pictures for me (even though she was deathly tired) because she has such a great eye. So, I can’t say for sure if it’s the makeup or the photographer but here goes πŸ™‚ :


Mehron CelebrΓ© PRO-HD makeup
TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer in Medium/ Dark
Cargo Bronzer in Medium
CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach 200 (I use a brush to just dab this on the apple of my cheeks…makes for such a natural finish)
Ruby Kisses HD Set N Forget setting powder in 02
– The no’stache courtesy of Olay Smooth Finish Duo πŸ˜‰


Guerlain Khol Kajal in Black Friday
Napoleon Perdis Neo-Noir Liquid Liner
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara in Very Black


Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Dani


– To be honest, I can’t remember if I used Ojon’s Swa+ Hair Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner or Philip Kingsley’s Moisturizing Duo…but they’re both a few of my favorites!
Jose Eber Clipless Curling Iron to make my waves (tutorial here)

So there you go. Ask and ye shall receive. Thanks again for all your support and reading the blog! Means a lot!! <3
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Recent Comments


  1. Shakun wrote:

    Amazing Shyema!

    Congratulations πŸ™‚

    Posted 10.19.11
  2. Archana wrote:

    This is so awesome Shy! So happy for you!! xoxo

    Posted 10.19.11
  3. Jennifer B wrote:

    This is awesome and exciting!! Congrats!

    Posted 10.19.11
  4. Natasha wrote:

    Congrads! I think some shoes are in order for this celebration!

    Posted 10.19.11
  5. shyema wrote:

    Aww that’s a sweet reference Natasha πŸ™‚ Cute that you remembered that from our dinner!

    Posted 10.19.11
  6. S. wrote:

    Brands finally started to notice the killer combo of brains+ beauty+ kindness!!
    So refreshing to see…

    Posted 10.19.11
  7. Ritu wrote:

    You are such an inspiration! xoxo

    Posted 10.19.11
  8. Bunnie wrote:

    Shy, you’re amazing mA πŸ™‚ Miss you!!

    Posted 10.19.11
  9. Elvin James wrote:

    Congratulations! Hooked on your blog and glad to see that others notice as well. Keep up the fantastic work!!

    Posted 10.20.11
  10. shyema wrote:

    Thank you all so much for the kind support, ya’ll know how to make a girl smile

    Posted 10.20.11
  11. mehak wrote:

    shy you never cease to amaze, mA <3

    Posted 10.20.11
  12. shazia wrote:

    dang girl daaanggg. thats one of my favorite shots of you.

    Posted 10.25.11
  13. Anum wrote:

    Shy this is amazing! You look amazing!

    Posted 10.25.11

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