Sunday, March 13, 2011

FridayLight looking to crown woman with $1,000! Do you know her?

FridayLight ( is a global campaign focused around Shabbat candle lighting, celebrating the power women have to illuminate their surroundings and bring world peace. In honor of the upcoming festival of Purim - which is highlighted by the heroine Queen Esther - the "For Women, By Women" organization has launched a contest looking for modern-day Jewish Heroines. 

Women of the world are invited to nominate themselves or someone they know. Their merit need not be epic (they don't have to be eradicating world hunger or anything like that!); any women you find deserving is a fine nominee! The winner will get $1,000 to be used towards her heroine cause! 

It's quite simple:
1. Think of a women you know that deserves some recognition (it may even be YOU!).
2. Send a bio/profile of any length as well as a picture to by midnight [12:00 am EPT] Wednesday March 16thMake sure to include what she would do with the $1,000 prize if she won! 
3. Once your nominee is posted and open to voting/"likes," tell everyone you know about it and encourage them to "like" FridayLight on Facebook and vote on your nominee! 
4. On March 27th, the nominee with the most votes will be crowned "FridayLight Purim Heroine" and win $1,000! 

Click here for the FridayLight blog announcement details.

And check in here for updates on the contest as well as to read about our current nominees!

E-mail with any questions! 

And make sure to pass this on to any women you know! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

How to get those smokey eyes!

By Chava Rosenbaum
Chava is a 26 year old mother of two girls living in Kensington, NY.  She has been a practicing makeup artist for nearly seven years and recently began doing makeup for the exploding field of religious women's which she also loves to perform! Chava offers lessons to women, teaching them how to apply their own makeup like a professional. In addition to makeup, her passions are singing, comedy and keeping her kids out of her shoe rack. Chava is available to do makeup for simchas and productions in New York. You can contact her to book a consultation or job by e-mailing
Mention LadyMama when you book me for any occasion and get a 20% discount on TWO faces(including the Kallah's). And as usual, kallahs get a free trial! Spread the word! Call me at 718-986-1211. 


The classic, sultry smokey eye is the holy grail of makeup. I'm gonna give you a big deep dark makeup artist secret: pretty much any look that involves blending a color away from the eye, can be called a smokey eye. There are many variations, from the classic charcoal and carbon black version to simply smudging a creamy black eye pencil around the eye. (I plan to make a video demonstration a smokey eye when time allows!)

I'm gonna give you instruction now for a basic version that can work with almost any color eye shadow. If you have small eyes, work with lighter colors and you may want to skip the first step. This version works especially well for those with hooded lid, or who don't have defined creases.

This version involves three colors of eye shadow, preferably in the same color family; like brown, copper and champagne, or for smaller eyes; taupe, greige and nude or vanilla.

1. Start with black eye liner pencil or gel. Line the upper lid close to the lashline, but don't wing it out at the ends.
2. Apply the darkest shade from the lashline up about halfway up the lid.
3. Apply the middle shade from the middle of the lid up to about halfway onto the browbone, but not over it.
4. Apply the lightest shade, your highlighter, right under your eye brow.
5. Use a soft eyeshadow brush to blend the edges of each color together.
6. Take an angles eye liner brush and smudge just a bit of the darkest shadow underneath the lower lash line.
7. Finish with a couple coats of mascara and...voila!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What does Passover mean to YOU? Tell us!

What does Passover mean to YOU?
Attention high school and college students:
**Get your essay published in the Jewish Week!**

Matzafun Tours wants to know what Passover means to you! We're running an essay contest, open to all high school and college students, with submissions due March 18th at noon!

1) In 500-750 words, please tell us what Passover means to you. It can incorporate a personal experience, a historical event that inspires you when celebrating Passover, text from the Hagaddah that stands out to you, or an idea totally your own!

2) A strong command of the English language will be a factor upon the decision.

3) If you have been to our program before, incorporate that experience into the essay.

4) Part of the contest is to update your FB status, invite at least 5 friends to the FB page and Tweet (if applicable to you) about the contest, helping to promote Matzafun’s program. Here is the Facebook link and the Twitter link
The deadline for the essay is Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 12:00 PM.
The winning essay gets published in the Jewish Week!
To submit your work, ask questions about the contest or get information about Matzafun Tours, please e-mail
Don’t forget to visit our blog on all things Passover!
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