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Eyeko and Alexa Making Eyes

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thandieEYELINERThandie: ‘Growing up back-stage (I performed with The Royal Festival ballet when I was 12) the image of ballerinas with striking black eye liner burned into my psyche. I’ve always been attracted to the strength of a sharply lined eye – it’s bold, daring, and can only be pulled off with a complete understanding of the drama in life. It’s the signature of the archetypal diva – Streisand, Callas, Ross, Loren. If you’re going to go there you have to go there with DRAMA – no close-to-the-lashes ‘heavy natural’, no, a painted eye liner is the face-script that says I Am Woman Hear Me Roar!  Read more...

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Nars Eye Paint in Solomon Islands

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Cream eyeshadow’s come a looooong way since I first smeared it on at an age too inappropriate to remember clearly.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre totally tops the smooth, shimmering cream eyeshadow, but now NARS have these wonderful new pots of flat, high pigment eyeshadow in similarly longwear form.

We think She’s Gotta Have It.

Bwalya Newton photographed by Jermaine Francis.

Hair Anna Cofone

Nails by Sabrina Gayle using Electric Indigo by Rococo Nail Apparel for L’Wren Scott’s S/S14 show

Make-up by Kay

Bwalya is wearing an Aretha Silk Gourgette dress by Sindiso Khumalo, a Savannah Chic Carnivale Bracelet and a hand-casted Lucky bracelet , both handcrafted in Kenya,  & available from




Solomon Island Eye Paint from NARS

Eyeliner L’Oreal Super Liner in Black

Mascara Rimmel London Lash Accelerator in Black

Bobbi Brown Even Finish Longwear Compact Foundation.…

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Becca Beach Tint

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Liquid blush, gel blush, crème stain-whatever this easily-blendable lips & cheek Becca product is, we love it.  I use Papaya on Thandie as the hot red pigment is perfect for deep olive and darker skintones. It also come in all of these shades and it’s formula make it suitable for all skin types. Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 10.18.40Read more...

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Global Neighbourhood Hair+Beauty Supplies

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Thandie and I often discuss a particular type of large hair and beauty supply store, usually Asian-run, that seem to be found on the perimeters of most city centres in many of the countries we visit. They’re the jam-packed, no-nonsense kind, with ranges of hair and beauty goods designed especially for ethnic communities who are presently not catered to within high street chemists/drugstores like Boots (in the UK) or Duane Reed and CVS (in the U.S). It’s not ‘experience’ shopping, it’s about necessities and getting what works. The only customer service needed is someone telling you which aisle has what you’re looking for and if it’s on the left or right.… Read more...

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A M-Up Metamorphosis starring Laura Bailey

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What a joy it was to be within Solange Azagury Partridge’s new brand temple a couple of weeks ago as a crew member, creating a stop-start animation film for her new collection Metamorphosis, all in colourful tandem alongside the official launch of her new London retail ‘home’ in Carlos Place.

Solange, Leigh, Laura & my make-up mess

Solange, Leigh, Laura & my make-up mess

Solange likes to keep it in the family, which has the effect of crystallizing her unique vision even further into the outer realms of imagination.

Like it is with most wonderful imagery, there wasn’t much fuss and over-analyzing over concepts, moodboards and casting.… Read more...

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Julie Hewett Cheekie Cheek & Lip Shine

Julie Hewett CHEEKIEPosted by Kay.

This has been Thandie’s go-to blush forever. Or at least since I’ve known her.

It’s unlike anything else-it’s not quite a cream it’s not quite a gel…it’s exactly like a true blush!ThandieJULIEHEWITT

Easy to apply with fingers, a brush or a sponge, this 2-in-one cult classic creates the perfect ‘just eaten cherries’ lip stain.

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Eos Natural Lip Balm


Naomi Shimada by Kay. in her garden.

Post by Kay.

You’ve probably heard the variety of statistics regarding the amount of lipstick women unsuspectingly ‘eat’ during an average lifetime.

But this is only one of the important reasons that I’ve always preferred natural lip balm over petroleum-based balms and it’s simple.

They work better.

I always have a Shea Butter-based lip balm beside my bed as a nightly ritual to give my lips an overnight softening ‘treatment’ because I so often forget in the daytime.

So when beauty maven Millie Kendall from BeautyMart introduced me to this bright, matte and extremely tactile little pink orb I was smitten.… Read more...

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My Lipstick Journey by Funmi Fetto

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I first came across Funmi when I read my favourite post ever on ‘black hair’ which she proudly called ‘I am not my hair’ (it’s in my old blog here) which was published in perhaps the most unexpected of places-within the pages of British Vogue.  She has over 13 years experience as a journalist writing across fashion, beauty and travel for many other publications such as Stylist, Stella Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Instyle, Marie Claire & more recently an Acting Beauty Director at Tatler Magazine. Married with two children. Likes African, Jewish and Indian literature… and Keeping up with the Kardashians.Read more...

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Estee Lauder’s Coral Halo

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I invited my friend Naomi Shimada over to my place today as I wanted to try out some new make-up and experiment..

When I first saw this lipstick I saw ‘the dreaded’ pearl so immediately thought maybe not.

But actually, on olive skin like Naomi (who is half Japanese), it actually looked really great in a retro-cool kind of soft coral way.

Naomi loved it so much I had to give it to her!

Naomi is on The Curve board at Milk Agency

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Estee Lauder Coral Halo

Estee Lauder Coral Halo

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Issey Miyake Me Line top Naomi’s own (but if you keep up with Issey Miyake onlineyou may find similar).… Read more...

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Lady Danger Lipstick by Mac

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Amber applying her Lady Danger in Claridges powder room.

This lipstick is an absolute classic amongst models and actresses. I can’t count the times I’ve asked  ‘I love that lipstick-what is it?’ only to find that it’s good old Lady Danger by Mac, a lipstick that hasn’t left my kit in years.

Amber Anderson is both an actress and a model, we work together a lot and last night we were at Claridges (for drinks with other Lady Danger-wearing ladies like our friend Erin O’Connor) and I took this snap of her within the floral walls of their gorgeous powder room.… Read more...

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