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By Rutendo Wazara

Rutendo WazaraThey say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but when one culture imitates another is that a line that shouldn’t be crossed or political correctness on overdrive?

I’ll begin with my own experience. When I was about 8 years old, my family moved to Lagos, Nigeria. Although it was the third country I had moved to, Nigeria was the first place where I experienced a steep learning curve in cultural exchange, bordering on culture shock,-and I loved it!

I was at an international school and one of my favourite traditions was the school’s annual Nigeria Day.… Read more...

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Dare to wear…Black Lipstick

It’s safe to say that having been all over the catwalks and worn by everyone from Rihanna to Kendall Jenner, that black lipstick is officially no longer just ‘a Goth thing’.

Ri Ri goes to the dark side

Ri Ri goes to the dark side

I wouldn’t say it’s the easiest colour to wear, plus you need an expert hand to get it right as every mistake shows. And the texture makes a big difference in both wearabilty and style. Too glossy and it’s more catwalk than club. Too dense and it dominates.

Make up for you alter ego

Illamasqua Pristine lipstick thandiekay.comSo when I came across Illamasqua’s Lipstick in ‘Pristine, I was impressed as this is a black lipstick for reality, rather than reality show.Read more...

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The Magic of Malachite

Post by Thandie

Malachite. Originally discovered in Egypt, this rich, deep green, copper-based stone has been used in jewellery and ornaments for thousands of years. Its patterned bands of contrasting green, like the dendrochronology of trees, are mesmerising. For some, malachite holds spiritual meaning too – thought to protect the wearer from evil spirits, it was often used as a guardian stone for children and travellers.

Most Malachite today comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo – also Zimbabwe, Zambia, Gabon and Namibia (always try and find out if your purchases are conflict-free. Under the Dodd-Frank Act you have the right to know the source of minerals).… Read more...

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Are we ‘Naturally’ brave? Asks Amy Lynch

Thandie was walking in her local neighborhood recently and chanced upon the lovely Amy Lynch, whose unique face caught her eye. We asked her to write something for us.

Amy Lynch thandiekay.comAmy is an up and coming actress and model. After graduating from Brighton Institute of Modern music, Amy stepped into the world of modelling using it as a gateway to pursue her real passion for acting and performance. After securing campaigns for the likes of The NBA and gracing the cover of several magazines, Amy continues to chip away at her acting career and hopes to land a recurring role in a TV show in the near future.Read more...

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A Crush on Coral

Post by Kay

Decorative coral

Decorative coral

Precious Coral, what an other-wordly looking material-what is it exactly? Although it resembles inert rock, surprisingly, coral is actually an animal, a colonial population of simple polyps, (similar to jellyfish but they don’t move) comprised of a group of tentacles, a mouth and a digestive gut. An accumulation of these ‘exoskeletons’ produce the coral reef, which is limestone, and both are the result of a symbiotic relationships between organic and inorganic chemistry.

Coral polyps start life as free floaters, eventually attaching themselves to a solid surface.  They reproduce both asexually and sexually by releasing eggs and sperm into the sea, called coral spawning. … Read more...

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Feeling Fervent Blue, by Chanel

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Natural

I’ll never forget spending the evening with Stella McCartney a few years ago. I turned up at her house red carpet ready;  her date for the premiere of the documentary Food Inc. It was dinner time at the Willis residence; they had 3 kids then, and all were busy eating pasta, hummus and veggie deliciousness. I was in awe of how easily she was raising her brood to be vegetarian. Stella had zipped back from work, was having a lark with her young-uns, and what felt like minutes later we were in the car on our way.… Read more...

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Q+A with Lisa Price

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This literally home-grown brand has been on the scene for EVAH. Thandie Carol's Daughter Hair MilkAfter working with sweet Will Smith on ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’, he and Jada sent me a basket of Carol’s Daughter products as a birthday gift. I still remember opening the box, and swooning at the release of rich, deep, sweet smells. Now, years later I’m reminded of Carol’s Daughter as Westworld’s (the HBO drama I’m currently filming) hair chief Joy Zapata sent me home with the Hair Milk plus a pot of the Marula Oil mask.

A combination of still nursing my 2 year old, and a lot of shooting, has left my hair in a sorry state.… Read more...

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These sisters are doing it for themselves

Keonna and Kayla Davis thandiekay.com

Keonna and Kayla Davis

The future is bright for women of colour, especially for those with a little business nous.

WoC are officially the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. with an unprecedented 322% rise black women-owned businesses all in less than 20 years..

We feel like proud Aunties introducing Nineteen-year-old Kayla Davis and her 21-year-old sister, Keonna, owners of KD Haircare Supply in Moreno Valley, California (ranked one of the toughest cities in the U.S. to find employment).

They were both out of work and one day their mother said: ‘Stop stressing about it and begging these people for a job and create your own business”.… Read more...

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The Brown and Silver Screen

Post by Kay

There are so many genres out there with highly questionable ethics, particularly genres of the past (which rather annoyingly have an enduring, appealing aesthetic). playboy-1971Take Blaxploitation – strong statements about the way women are seen, heard and portrayed, and of course the way people of colour are seen, heard and portrayed.

Then there’s the whole vintage Playboy thing; many of the photographs are fabulous, and their costumes (designed by African American Zelda Wynn Valdes) are often inspired. But when aesthetic brain catches up with ethical brain, we realise that women have been made into bunny rabbits! Oh.… Read more...

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Who do we ‘Make-Up’ for and Why? By Olivia Gagan

The thing that forced me into considering my stance on makeup – OLIVIA GAGANwho I wore it for, why I wore it – was an old boyfriend.

He lent against the kitchen doorframe one evening, enquiring into my face. “You’ve done that thing with make-up with your eyes,” he said, clumsily.

Fear and a touch of disdain was mixed into his voice. The words came out accusingly: you have purposefully altered yourself, to try and make yourself more appealing.

For who? Was the unspoken question in his voice. For him, hopefully. For another man, maybe.

Except I hadn’t. Men were not on my mind when I’d worked a soft black pencil into my lashes that day, flicking it out at the end, softening the line with my fingers.… Read more...

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