Category Archives: Beauty

Spring into Spring!

Posted by Kay

Yes the streets of London are dotted with canopies of pink blossom but shall I tell you how I knew that Spring had arrived?

I’ve got spots! Or zits as y’all say across the pond.

Just when I thought I was too old to get them, the pimples are having a last hurrah, sprouting up like dandelions on a Spring English lawn but a lot less pretty. Yes, that’s right, there’s nothing like a change in temperature-or more importantly moisture, that says to my face “you need to change the skincare lady”.

Skin gets dryer in the winter; brusque winds and central heating turn the dewiest skin into parched planes as the moisture (often mistaken for oil) is drawn out of the skin’s surface.… Read more...

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Make Up for the BRRRRRRR

Post by Thandie


Me and the cold don’t get on. I turn into a cranky old crow instantly – all hunched over with a face like I’ve eaten something nasty. And my skin! Cold and wind are probably the worst enemies to a glowing complexion – and while shooting in NY this year I had to find ways to combat this skin/weather stress.

Extra moisturiser is an obvious go-to, but the build up under foundation encourages clogged pores and an over made up face.

Bobbi Brown came up with my answer. Her Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation – at first I dismissed it as another name for yet another ‘alphabet’ cream (BB, CC, EE sigh…) – but I was wrong.… Read more...

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Q+A with Anti FGM campaigner Leyla Hussein

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Leyla Hussein by Lily Bertrand-Webb

Posted by Kay

Whilst catching up with online news a week ago, I happened to glance upon a filmed interview, based on misinterpretations of FGM that was performed (and written, so I later found out) with a total poker face by Leyla Hussein. The satire (with stand up comedian Bridget Christie watch it here) was based on actual questions Leyla has been asked.  Whether it was her satirical envelope-pushing or her headscarf’s attitude, I knew immediately she had to be on our site. One tweet later we were in touch and met in person last Friday when she came over to the HQ to be photographed by Lily Bertrand-Webb.Read more...

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Isra’a, a woman of our times

Posted by Kay.

Forward by Susannah, a friend of ours who visited Beirut recently and met with some of the Syrian women who are among at least one and a half million people who have been forced to leave their homes and flee to camps in Lebanon.

Hearing her experiences while there were precious and fascinating, I was hearing stories untold by the media who are no longer even there. And like many places in times of war, fear and displacement, she discovered a community longing for creativity, passion and expression.

Susannah: “In 2014 Isra’a was one of a group of Syrian women who performed in a production of antigone-1the Greek play Antigone in Beirut.Read more...

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Pretty Powerful Blush by Bobbi Brown

Femi and Pretty Powerful Cream Blusher

Femi and Pretty Powerful Cream Blusher

One of our favourite brands Bobbi Brown is partnering again with Smart Works, a non-profit that helps out-of-work women find employment by providing them with a set of interview clothes, styling advice, and interview training. Proceeds from the Pretty Powerful campaign will help maintain the two Smart Works centres in London, and help Smart Works to open more centres around the UK. That’s Pretty Powerful, and makes you Pretty with a purpose—100% of the £19 cost (less VAT) of your Limited Edition Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge will be donated to Smart Works* – the chosen charity for this year’s Pretty Powerful Campaign in the UK

This versatile Cream Blusher is great on practically all skintones and can be used on Lips as well as Cheeks!


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The Many Faces of Fashion

Fashion can really push people’s buttons.

Erwin Blumenfeld Vogue CoverOnce upon a time, top magazines such as Vogue and Bazaar were rather conceptual vessels that would sit, like coffee table books within the homes and waiting rooms of the well-heeled or those who’d quite like to be. They were aspirational and therefore never expected to represent ‘real life’ as such. Vintage Bazaar CoverAs for catwalk shows, the exclusive presentations of Haute Couture and even Ready-To-Wear were an industry spectacle to inspire the editors, and to influence and attract buyers. They were not the twice a year celebrity fro-frenzy, multi-level industry we see today.

The fashion world was like art in the sense that the images were more a highly artistic reflection of hopes, dreams and the zeitgeist than a presentation of clothing that was comfortable and easy to clean.

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How-To Get Thandie’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party M-Up

Posted by Kay

We-got The look!

It’s been a whirlwind for Thandie this last few months and while I type, Thandie is flying from L.A, to Toronto to shoot Season 3 of Rogue. Just before saying bye to the kids this morn, I got her to give me the skinny on the FABULOUS MAKE-UP job she did at the Vanity Fair/Oscars party last night.

Thandie has beyond mastered the smokiest eyes in town and I’ve decided to be big about it-I’m letting go of how much she didn’t need me (at all) and I wasn’t going to let her disappear into the on-set ether without telling you how she got that look.… Read more...

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Let’s Talk About The Tache…

Posted by Kay, inspired by Thandie’s Instagram last Tuesday…

Jolen, Jolen, Jolene Jo-le e ene...'My name is Thandie and I have a bit of a tache and I use Jolene Cream Bleach'

Jolen, Jolen, Jolene Jo-le e ene…’My name is Thandie and I have a bit of a tache. I use Jolene Cream Bleach’



















While While in my Uber en route to The Second Marigold Hotel premiere (Thandie’s hubby Ol Parker was the screenwriter) last Tuesday, I checked our instagram and saw that Thandie had posted the above self-portrait with strategically placed Jolene Creme Bleach while getting ready at Claridges Hotel in London.

Our Facial Hair Arsenal of choice

Our Facial Hair Arsenal of choice

I giggled to myself because I too had ‘dealt with my tache’ that day with my method of choice-Nair Facial Hair Removing Cream and having not seen Thandie since January, I loved that we were on the same wavelength, or rather, tache length.… Read more...

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Bad Blood Misfits

Post by Thandie

We’re loving these nail decals from the collaboration between DIY Nails and Bad Blood ClothingBBC-_Breaking_Blood

Nick Cocozza brings his counter culture wit to easy-to-apply design sets. From the many manifestations of Bowie, to a spectrum of fabulous misfits. These are mini statements that make ‘the finger’ a whole new deal! All you need are scissors, water and a top coat. Get busy!

Available online from DIY Nails or the Bad Blood site.

Follow them on Twitter @DIY_nails #diynailcals

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Oasis for the Skin – Jurlique

Oasis for the skin

What starts off on the skin quickly transfers in to the body

Post by Thandie

Jurlique‘ – organic by name (it’s a combo of the founder’s names) and nature (the duo combine botany, horticulture, biochemistry and naturopathy). I came across the skincare range when I was shooting Mission Impossible2 in Australia 16 years ago. Back then the bottles were milky white with simple blue writing.


The ingredients had been harvested and combined with utmost care, and were elixirs for the skin that felt sacred enough not to want to waste a drop. By regular standards they were expensive – but appropriately so.… Read more...

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