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‘Supernatural’ Make-Up Tutorial for The Edit/NetAPorter

Posted by Kay

Last November, I flew to NY to visit Thandie in the midst of filming The Slap (and nursing her boy..).

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TK Selfie on set of The Edit shoot with Style Supremo Tracy Taylor in the background

I’d bumped into the marvellous Lucy Yeoman (Editor-in-Chief of PORTER magazine & Content Director of NET-A-PORTER) a month before in London along with her enviable team: Ezzie Chidi-Ofong, Vassi Chamberlain and Liam Freeman. There followed a fabulously fun powwow with NetAPorter TV and Video Editor Ezzie and –bang- it was organised.

Cut to a divine Greenwich Village Townhouse, a roomful of our favourite designers courtesy of NetAPorter Style Editor Tracey Taylor, Ezzie holding it ALL together while directing us beautifully, plus Ben Skervin on hair and handfuls of helper-outers.… Read more...

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Let’s Make-Up The Rules

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“What I loved about shooting these diverse women was that not only are they all exceptionally talented, which was really inspiring, but they were all really comfortable in their own skin.
When asked the question for the film, ‘What does beauty mean to you?’ they all had really intelligent and insightful answers.  I deemed from them that being yourself, and being more than happy by being yourself is what beauty means, and that is truly powerful stuff.” Photographer Nicole Nodland.

When one of our favourite UK Sunday supplements – Stella Magazine (from Sunday’s Telegraph newspaper) asked Thandie for an interview, she suggested tagging along a beauty shoot with some ideas we’d been wanting to showcase -and so we joined forces to create the pictures below.… Read more...

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Antonia Burrell Skincare

Those famiiar with our site will know about Antonia and her deluxe, natural skincare brand antoniaburrell002

from a recent post-but if you missed it, read all about her here.


We’re both so pleased to have discovered her brand, Thandie has been raving about Skin Polishing Powder and as I type I’m using her Mask Supreme for my rather fatigued skin which Antonia calls a ‘7 in 1 product’, read all about the superb active botanical ingredients and what they do here.

As for her Cream Supreme Moisturiser, since discovering it, nothing comes close to it’s perfect hydration to oil ratio.… Read more...

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Gift Idea: Stoned perfume by Solange Azagury Partridge

To step inside of the world of jeweller Solange Azagury Partridge is to trip into the coolest club in Alice in Wonderland in the small hours. It’s run by the hookah-smoking-caterpillar dude and is a place where pastel, beige, and hairbands like Alice’s won’t pass the velvet rope. Unless they’re wearing Stoned of course..

In the world of Solange, all is sumptuous and red velvet-clad and as you walk upon carpets of rainbows you’ll discover walls decorated with solar systems and neon rather than repeating florals and old portraits. And the jewels!  Collections with names such as ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Unwearable Jewels’, ‘Platonic’, ‘Tough Love’ and ‘Zodiac’,  I mean-where and how do I begin to describe them?… Read more...

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Q+A with Facialist and Skincare expert Antonia Burrell

Antonia Burrell by Lily Betrand-Webb

Antonia by Lily Bertrand-Webb

Posted by Kay

Thandie and I met Antonia Burrell when she came to listen to a panel that we were on, discussing the beauty industry and how women of colour were being represented. For me, the best thing about the event was not only getting a chance to meet our readers, but the unexpected amount of inspired entrepreneurs such as Antonia, all of whom made Thandie and I feel hugely warm and fuzzy inside, like we were really on the right track with our site.

As well as having her naturally-derived skincare collection, Antonia is a big favourite with beauty editors who love treatments such as her ‘Natural Lift Facial’.Read more...

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Naturally Liplined

Posted by Kay

Lipliner. Such a misunderstood and much-maligned product.

For many it brings up the image of the porn-influenced make-up style of the 90’s, lips heavily overdrawn in crude brown pencil, or the ‘heavy-natural‘ make-up look of 90’s R n B/Rap stars, born from the cosmetic DNA of Make-Up Artists like Kevyn Aucoin, who practically ‘rebuilt’ faces using contour and liner. 19feb58f28af466596e7a32798d1e71b

Then there’s the ‘edgy-femme’ of the Chola sub-culture where girls used black pencil around a frosted pink inner lip in sync with extreme brow pencil, to make one thing very clear- ‘I got attitude’.

Sub-cultural trends aside, a good, natural lipliner that’s close to your own lip colour is a product I think that every woman without completely perfect lips can benefit from.… Read more...

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Smokin’ Eyes

Posted by Kay

The Smokey eye is one make-up look that never goes out of style,  pop some heels in your bag in the morning, along with some eye make-up and boom-who need’s to go home to change after work? You have all you need to go from day to night.

Be sure to conceal your under-eye area (see our post here) and wear a little blush.

Once skin is prepped, apply black pencil onto the upper lash line, plus a little on the bottom (if you are fair, use a brown pencil) and smudge in. Apply Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Sparkle in Topaz over your lid-this stuff is so idiot-proof that all you need is a clean finger!… Read more...

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Dija Ayodele on Facial Hair-stigma, shame & solutions

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Facialist & Skincare Consultant Dijas Ayodele

Facialist & Skincare Consultant Dija Ayodele

Dija Ayodele has been a facialist and skincare consutant for almost a decade, she enjoys helping people learn about their skin and how to get the best out of it. Thank you for yet another informative piece Dija!

Each morning when Karen* wakes up, she runs her fingers out of habit across her chin and around the sides of her jaw to check for stubble. A quick mental assessment is then taken as to whether she needs the hair removal cream- could she simply get away with tweezing? Paranoid that someone will notice her condition at work, Karen often disappears to the bathroom with a hand mirror and tweezers and pluck away at her skin until she is confident that there are no hairs showing.… Read more...

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Antipodes Skincare

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Lily Betrand-Webb holding on to Antipodes Hand and Face Cream

Lily Betrand-Webb holding on to Antipodes Hand and Face Cream

I’m often to be found in natural foodstores as I love to keep my fridge full of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit. It’s also where I find a lot of my skincare and toiletry supplies; my deodorant (Weleda Rose), my skincare (Ren, Jurlique, Pai and Nude) and the baby section for the loveliest body moisturisers, baby wipes and cotton buds for use at work.

This is where I stumbled upon New Zealand brand Antipodes. I have very dry hands and sneakily used their tester hand cream because I had none on me that day.… Read more...

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Q+A with Misty Copeland

meme12Ballerina Misty Copeland is the second black woman to gain solo status with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), becoming the first black woman ever to play The Firebird in 2012. Misty did not start ballet dancing until the age of 13, when her ballet teacher (and later mentor) Cindy Bradley, spotted her talent.  Misty has triumphed over adversity in a predominantly white world, and her achievements include performing with Prince, commercials for Coach and Dr. Pepper, developing her own line of sports clothing and becoming national ambassador of the year for the Boys & Girls Club.

This year Misty released her memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina”, which chronicles her journey growing up in poverty in San Pedro, California, to the ABT.Read more...

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