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Lottie London bring the Rainbow to our Make-Up bags

Post by Kay

Lottie Brushes in clear pot thandiekay.comLike many British women, when buying my basic beauty supplies, I often find myself in Superdrug.

With essential, non-luxe stuff like tissues, cotton buds, nail files and other miscellaneous must-haves, you don’t need the posh chemists!  This is where I discovered Lottie London and their ‘Rainbow Best of Brushes’ collection.

That was it, off I went to the cash till in pride for getting a beauty bargain. We are aware that not everyone can afford a lot of the mid-luxe and luxe price point of some of the stuff we post about, so I’m please to find something I love that’s affordable.… Read more...

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Oil

Post by Thandie.

Neals Yard Beauty Oil _edited-1Good health is beautiful, and that’s the great thing about Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Oil.

It contains a combination of hemp, flax, avocado and evening primrose oil – harnessing the omega fatty acids essential for healthy skin, hair and nails. Use in a smoothie/NutriBullet or pour it over your favourite salad instead of Olive Oil. It’s never been easier to supplement your diet and get your daily serving.

Omega oils are the life force of plants and can lend us healing properties for both skin and health. Choose the right edible oils and you’ll feed the skin with vitamins, nutrients and essential fatty acids that plump up the complexion and keep cells healthy and hydrated.… Read more...

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‘Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm’ and Angela Bassett

Post by Emeline Nsingi Nkosi


Emeline and Angela 800Informed by her daily work as a German aesthetics doctor and her scientific research, Dr. Barbara Sturm has collaborated with Golden-Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett to develop a luxury skincare range.  Angela had used Barbara’s skincare, and together they decided to do a spin-off especially formulated to tailor darker skin tones. It took two years of research to create a line of products that would address specific characteristics including inflammation, hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone.

When Thandie and Kay asked me to report from Dr Barbara Sturm and Angela Bassett’s brunch held at the Mandarin Hotel in Knightsbridge in London for the launch of their darker skin tone range, I was very curious to find out about this collaboration.… Read more...

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Spring Clean and Reboot your Eye Shadows!

Post by Thandie.

I discovered the gorgeous Surratt palettes on a rare trip to Sephora. The rich pigment (nearly 10 years in the making by make up artist Troy Surratt in Japan) and velvety soft texture almost justified the expense! I decided to invest in Artistique Blush in Rougeur, Artistique Eyeshadow in Cuivre, and Marron for my palette; it inspired my Oscar party make-up look.

Thandie's Surratt Blush and Eyeshadows thandiekay

Before. My sad Surratt pallette :-(

Before. My sad Surratt pallette 🙁

Only days later on a work trip, I unpacked my make-up bag and groaned – suspicious plum coloured powder covered everything.

Another palette had bitten the dust.…

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Irene Shelley of Black Beauty & Hair magazine talks to Thandiekay

When Kay told me she was going to interview the wonderful Irene Shelley of Black Beauty & Hair Magazine, I remembered my first correspondence with them 20+ years ago. I was 15, and my Mum had a copy of the magazine. I saw that they were running a competition for wannabe models. It seemed easy – just fill out the personal details and send a photo. My Dad took a few pictures of me in our back garden (bless!) and I sent it off. A few weeks later I got a letter back telling me I’d got through to the final round!Read more...

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A Recipe for Beauty: Liha Skincare

Kitchen Shot LIHA interview on ThandieKay.comWe discovered LIHA Beauty on Instagram (where else!) and had to reach out after trying the beautifully aromatic coconut oil infused with tuberose flower. We’re not the only ones that love it as it was recently featured on

The founders are Liha Okunniwa and Abi Oyepitan who champion natural ingredients in skincare but also want to shine a light on traditional Yoruban beauty, where women make their own beauty products and learn how to prepare natural ingredients from a young age.

Luckily we got both Abi and Liha  for the interview.


Where did you grow up? Where do you live / work now?


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Mindful Beauty by Rutendo Wazara

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou

Rutendo's MumMuch of what I know about beauty and self-love, I have learned from my mother.Rutendo

From always keeping red lipstick in my handbag and having a signature scent, to making regular manicure and facial appointments.

One of the most important lessons she has taught me, however, is that beauty can be personal therapy, that it’s about taking care of yourself inside and out.  I’m not talking about booking yourself a spa treatment or having a shopping trip every time you are upset – although I am guilty of doing both of those things-I mean taking the time to stop and meditate on what you’re going through, and ‘beauty’, although it’s usually considered surface, can be a pretty useful medium for that.… Read more...

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AbOvo Skincare

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Tina and Thandie

Make up artist Tina Roesler Kerwin founder of  AbOvo skincare has spent years making up famous faces. She says she realised that beautiful make-up is only as good as the canvas.

The better the skin, the better the make-up.

I had the enormous good fortune of working with Tina on my last film (directed by Nash Edgerton with Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton). Shooting in freezing Chicago and reliant on indoor heating, my skin quickly became dry and sensitive. Tina’s skincare was the perfect aid –  I became a diehard fan of her, and her line.

Abovo’s Enriched Eye and Delicate Day creams feed the complexion with natural goodness. … Read more...

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Skin Superhero Murad

It’s no surprise that our skin, the largest organ of the body, reflects our wellness or lack thereof. This tender yet powerful coating is a wonder of complexity. And yet we expect it to do its job AND look good!

Thandie on the beachBy caring for our skin, we directly affect the health of our organs, and vice versa. A good diet, well functioning digestive system, hydration and gentle cleansing – all these create a balance that can glow from our skin.

Obviously, hormones and environmental factors are more difficult to control. Which is why a little help from fantastic skincare brand Murad goes a long way.… Read more...

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Eyes Like to Party

Posted by Kay

Whatever the decade, whatever the style and whatever the woman, there are SO many variations on the ultimate party make-up look, the ‘if all else fails to bring a look together’ number one default setting, the smoky eye.

Eyes Like To Party

Eyes Like To Party

And boy, did Thandie bust one of her most smokin’ looks at the Vanity Fair Oscar party the other week, all without my help as I was in London! If this acting lark doesn’t work out Thandie, this make-up artist’s in TROUBLE.

Thandie Newton Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016Stepping out in Jimmy Choo’s, and with the help of the fabulous stylist Rosemary Kokuhilwa Thandie pulled in a pretty black ‘slip-inspired’ dress by Dennis Blasso (is it a slip, is it a dress?Read more...

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