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These sisters are doing it for themselves

Keonna and Kayla Davis

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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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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