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Laura McLaw Helms & Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Viva

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Laura in Kay's garden wearing Viva and vintage

Laura in Kay’s garden wearing Viva and vintage

I first met Fashion and Cultural Historian Laura McLaws Helms in true 21st century-style, colliding on twitter via  a mutual love of the same visual references.

Now, whenever she comes to London for research (she’s currently writing a book and curating an exhibition on cult British designer of the 60’s/70’s, Thea Porter), she stays at my house.

Who better to review this hot new Rouge Coco Shine shade by Chanel? Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in VIVA

“Since so much of my work as a fashion historian has me looking through old magazines at beauties of the past, it’s inevitable that I find my makeup inspiration in those pages.… Read more...

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Sharmadean Reid’s Melted Lipstick in Marshmallow by Too Faced

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In 2008, WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid had an inkling that the nail art she and her friends had been wearing for years was about to hit the mainstream. Then, when a nail salon refused to do the ‘Dior Double French’ she decided to open her own salon where you could have “Whatever you wanted on your fingertips” .

WAH started ‘life’ as a fanzine Sharmadean created with her friends about girls in hip-hop who “loved their Nike sneakers as much as their Prada wedges”. It became a cult East London nailart destination.

Now, WAH Nails is in Top Shop’s flagship London store in Oxford Circus and Dublin’s Harvey Nichols.… Read more...

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DisneyRollerGirl and her Jungle Queen lipstick

Navaz in Jungle Queen Lipstick

Navaz wears Jungle Queen. Shirt by Kenzo, hair by Hayley at We Are Cuts London

Navaz Batliwalla set up her blog DisneyRollerGirl in 2007, when the Internet was more of a wave of chat rooms, where aside from established fashion sites such as, there was little in the way of style edits or online features on ‘just under the radar’ fashion brands.

Navaz is also a freelance journalist and stylist and has worked with Dior, GAP and Chloe.

“Lipstick Queen’s ‘Jungle Queen’ is my favourite subtle coral-red for when I need a bit of colour but don’t want a full-on scarlet mouth.”


We agree, it’s a perfect daytime coral-red, it’s sheer, with a modern, non glossy finish and as easy to wear as a lip balm.… Read more...

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Fairy Drops Mascara

Millie Kendall OBE, formerly of trailblazing brand Ruby & Millie, is one half of expert ‘online beauty product edit’ BeautyMART alongside Anna-Marie Solowij, former beauty director of Vogue.


“I swear by this mascara and it is one of those products I am so proud to have launched in the UK.

Fairy Drops Mascara in Scandal Queen. I have “lash issues” from years of sleeping in my make up, and this just lifts and separates without making my lashes feel stiff. And it is easy to remove (should have learnt to do that 2 decades ago!).”

Kay says: ‘It’s the unique brush that seems to automatically do what my conventional ‘left-to right at the root before sweeping upward’ manouvre does, without the manouvre’

Bibi Eyes

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The Low Down on Natural Beauty Products by Rose-Marie Swift of RMS Beauty

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Rose-Marie SwiftI met Make-Up artist and founder of RMS Beauty Rose-Marie Swift when I first moved to NYC aged 26 when we were at the same agency. It’s of particular interest to me when another make-up artist becomes an outspoken advocate for women (or anyone else in general) and in her case, protecting them from the toxic chemicals found in products that we use on our bodies daily. She and I have been exposed (& expose others) to a myriad of beauty-related ‘substances ‘on a greater level than most and several years ago, Rose-Marie began to experience some health issues that were causing many problems physically, mentally and emotionally.Read more...

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Talking about ‘The New Face of beauty’ for US Marie Claire

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Our interview for Marie Claire is out!

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The May issue with this interview is in stores now.

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Many thanks to Jennifer Goldstein for transcribing a loooooong conversation so well!… Read more...

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Thandie’s Half of a Yellow Sun premiere m-up

Chiwetel-Thandie HOAYS Premiere

Chiwetel & Thandie in Osman

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After a long drive across London to the south of the river, we all arrived in Streatham for the UK premiere of Half of A Yellow Sun, adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s much-loved novel. The press reception was large and welcoming which was no surprise seeing as both Chimamanda and Chiwetel Ejiofor were there too. I’ve always loved the immediacy and vicarious excitement of the red carpet, and seeing as Thandie’s my favourite make-up muse, it is always fun.

Odenigbo and Olanna

Chiwetel (Odenigbo) & Thandie (Olanna) in HOAYS


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Lupita in Emerald

Lupita cartoon

Illustration by Holly Shorthall

Posted by Kay

I first met Lupita Nyong’O in London when we did press together for 12 Years A Slave in London last October (you can read all about that here).

She has since become the darling of 2014 awards season, not only because of her phenomenal performance in the film, but how she seems to scene-steal every red carpet event she walks upon!

Before I tell you about the make-up details, I must say that one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is spending time with a talented woman in the first glorious rays of recognition, and being fortunate enough to play a small part of how they are forever remembered at that special time, via the paparazzi’s lens.… Read more...

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The Eyes Have It – Ilia Mascara

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Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 12.25.14 copyMascara! How we love you! In any form; smudged morning eyes, perfect blinking doll, heavy goth, clumpy 60s, multi colored 80s, even streaked after a good laugh or cry. Where you go we follow, applauding with a chorus of wildly batting lashes. ILIA MASCARA.FULL

So it didn’t surprise me really when I came across the gorgeous Ilia brand in Vancouver this year. The founder Sasha Plavsic has concentrated her ethical expertise on hero products of mascara, lip color and multi-sticks. I was struck by how her organic, ethical brand easily competes in a market where healthful ingredients are a slow second to performance and sales.… Read more...

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Making Up Lupita Nyong’O

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Last October I had the pleasure of working with a very special newcomer- Lupita Nyong’O, who was in London for the press and screening of Steve McQueen‘s much anticipated ‘12 Years A Slave‘ starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.

I was thrilled when I got confirmed as I rarely get to make-up someone with Lupita’s skintone for the red carpet. The chance to be able to do something glamorous (rather than editorial which is usually more conceptual or ‘urban’) using my favourite new products was a fabulous opportunity.

I ensured that her skin was moisturised but not oily.… Read more...

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