Category Archives: Make-Up

Kerry Washington’s Power Make-up

Lucky me got to finally work with the divine Kerry Washington recently while she was in London to pick up her ‘Woman of the year’ Glamour award. Her role as crisis management’ lady boss Olivia Pope has ensured Kerry a firm foot in the door of many a home’s consciousness and making her up got a chorus of ‘Ooh I love her‘-s from women I mentioned it to.

Olivia Pope

Loosely based on Judy Smith (George W Bush’s Deputy Press Secretary), Shonda Rhimes created the first lead role for an African American woman on a primetime network drama since Diahann Carroll in 1968’s  ‘Julia’ and Teresa Graves starred in ‘Get Christy Love’ in the early 70s.… Read more...

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Inika Organic Lip & Cheek Creme in Rosehip

Posted by Kay

Thandie and I will often be found in natural foodstores, we love unprocessed food and you’ll often find us in the kitchen-the best room in the home!

This is how I have chanced upon many natural brands such as Antipodes Skincare, Giovanni as well as Jason’s Haircare, John Masters Organic Haircare (we’ve featured these before), Lavera, Weleda and many more.

So the other day while I was stocking up in Planet Organic in London’s Westbourne Grove I discovered another lovely brand full of non-petrochemical suprises called Inika.

Organic Lip & Cheek Creme in RosehipIniko Organic Lip & Cheek Creme in Rosehip

I loved this Rosehip blush so much that I bought two: one for my make-up kit and one to try on Thandie- cream blush is a staple in her kit and for us, dewy-looking cheeks are healthier and more vibrant looking than flat matte.… Read more...

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Dr Perricone’s ‘No make-up make-up’

Posted by Kay

“Beauty is health, health is beauty’  Dr Perricone MD.

Nicholas Perricone is a board-certified Dermatologist, world renowned healthy aging expert who became known from his research into inflammation being the leading cause of ageing and disease- which is now part of mainstream thinking.

Illustration by Ripley Parker

Illustration by Ripley Parker

He pioneered the idea of utilizing nutrient antioxidents into ‘cosmeceutical skincare’ and created a successful brand based on his discoveries.

I came across his ‘no make-up make-up’ recently so I brought it to LA to try on Thandie..

Look at the results! That perfect ‘something but nothing’, ‘you but better’ look that screams ‘what’s not to love?’ and ‘who needs photoshop?’

Thandie No M-Up M-up800

No Make-Up Make Up!


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Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation

Words by Thandie – photos by Kay.

Thandiekay.comI love serums. I use them like a physician – different serums for the different moods of my skin.

I like a serum because of the intense properties but lightweight feel of them. Also because they create a delicate film across the skin which is illuminating and concealing all at Bare Minerals2 800

So,  I was immediately curious when I came across Bare Minerals Serum Foundation. It has a good range of colours – the pigments are more intense without the heavier creaminess of regular foundations. It has a liquid consistency but don’t let that fool you into using too much – a little of this goes a long way.… Read more...

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Dark Skin Pale Lip

Post by Thandie.

Lipstick color – the options are endless. Some people have their signature shade – like my friend Polly who rocked Rimmel’s ‘Heather Shimmer’ all through Uni. The irridescent mauve colour was as much ‘her’ as her ringlets, smile, friendship. Eve Ensler – that RED mouth – giving added power to the final “CUNT!” of her one woman show The Vagina Monologues.Eve Ensler The Vagina Monologues

I noticed at this year’s launch of One Billion Rising in NYC, that Eve replaced her signature red mouth with silver. We all approved, and interpreted the move like we were reading poetry. Which we were.… Read more...

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Q+A with MDMFlow beauty entrepreneur Florence Adepoju

Posted by Kay

‘Influenced by the glamour associated with mid 90s–00s hip hop culture’, 

Florence Odepoju MDFlow

Florence Adepoju

MDMFlow is the concept of Florence Adepoju,  a Scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Cosmetic Science from the London College of Fashion.

Having spent undergraduate life studying and working in luxury beauty retail, Florence (Flow) decided upon graduating in July 2013 to do what was in her heart, to create the brand she’d always wanted. All MDMflow lipsticks are handmade and cruelty-free.



INTERVIEW with Florence Odepoju





1. What is your earliest beauty memory?

I remember being about 10 mixing my mum’s red nail polishes on a piece of tissue, then putting it on the radiator to dry and being so fascinated by the texture when it dried, but disappointed at the colour. … Read more...

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Nuxe Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

Posted by Kay

I first came across this lip balm on a Ralph Lauren ad job when the model I was working with had very sore, cracked lips and insisted I use this. It was the only lip balm that didn’t make her lips irritated.

I then discovered another aesthetic bonus-the lip balm wasn’t glossy-which doesn’t work so well in photographs-plus it had a pleasant, honey-flavoured beeswax texture that was much easier to wear than gloopy, petroleum-based balms.


the ’20 ans’ anniversary edition

Since then it’s been by my bedside every night for me to use before bed, and is forever in my kit to keep my models and actresses lips looking, and feeling soft.… Read more...

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Make Up for the BRRRRRRR

Post by Thandie


Me and the cold don’t get on. I turn into a cranky old crow instantly – all hunched over with a face like I’ve eaten something nasty. And my skin! Cold and wind are probably the worst enemies to a glowing complexion – and while shooting in NY this year I had to find ways to combat this skin/weather stress.

Extra moisturiser is an obvious go-to, but the build up under foundation encourages clogged pores and an over made up face.

Bobbi Brown came up with my answer. Her Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation – at first I dismissed it as another name for yet another ‘alphabet’ cream (BB, CC, EE sigh…) – but I was wrong.… Read more...

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Isra’a, a woman of our times

Posted by Kay.

Forward by Susannah, a friend of ours who visited Beirut recently and met with some of the Syrian women who are among at least one and a half million people who have been forced to leave their homes and flee to camps in Lebanon.

Hearing her experiences while there were precious and fascinating, I was hearing stories untold by the media who are no longer even there. And like many places in times of war, fear and displacement, she discovered a community longing for creativity, passion and expression.

Susannah: “In 2014 Isra’a was one of a group of Syrian women who performed in a production of antigone-1the Greek play Antigone in Beirut.Read more...

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Pretty Powerful Blush by Bobbi Brown

Femi and Pretty Powerful Cream Blusher

Femi and Pretty Powerful Cream Blusher

One of our favourite brands Bobbi Brown is partnering again with Smart Works, a non-profit that helps out-of-work women find employment by providing them with a set of interview clothes, styling advice, and interview training. Proceeds from the Pretty Powerful campaign will help maintain the two Smart Works centres in London, and help Smart Works to open more centres around the UK. That’s Pretty Powerful, and makes you Pretty with a purpose—100% of the £19 cost (less VAT) of your Limited Edition Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge will be donated to Smart Works* – the chosen charity for this year’s Pretty Powerful Campaign in the UK

This versatile Cream Blusher is great on practically all skintones and can be used on Lips as well as Cheeks!


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