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Kaleidoscope Eyes

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Lotte ‘I love cheap make-up’ Andersen in Acne Longline Denim Shirt

You may have noticed London’s coolest party organiser Lotte (featured here) and Phoebe appearing a lot in our site at the moment, thats because I invited them to the HQ (presently my house) for a day’s shooting for ThandieKay, the idea being that they would style themselves (they’ve got oodles of it) and choose a whole bunch of make-up and hairstyling products for a good day’s collab.

Lotte ‘I love cheap make-up’ Andersen chose Top Shop’s Smokey Eye Palette and Barry M’s Super Soft Eye Crayon in No3 and No7 which turned out to a huge hit when worn together.


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Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush

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I discovered this bright little product via our friend Millie Kendall from BeautyMart. It’s non-oily, non- pore-clogging formula is very different from any blusher I’ve ever used, and perfect for those who love the natural appearance of cream blush, but want something with more staying power and less shine.

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Artist Phoebe Collings-James wearing TRIP


Our model, fine artist Phoebe Collings-James, is wearing it here in Trip. I love this tangerine shade, it looks very bright in the bottle, but is great on tanned, or darker skintones.

Use with a ‘Stippling Brush’ as shown.


See Daniel Sandler’s website

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Phoebe is also represented by Premier Models

Make-Up and Photo by Kay, hair by Phoebe 🙂… Read more...

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Moroccanoil Treatment Light

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The Moroccanoil story is that co-founder Carmen Tal was inspired to bring this treatment oil to the wider market after a bad colour service damaged her hair. Whilst travelling in Israel, she was taken to a salon that used an oil-based treatment that transformed her hair from damaged to shiny, smooth and manageable.


Lotte Andersen using MorocconOil. Necklace-worn as a bracelet by MADE

The brand has been said to have ‘kicked off’ the retail trend for hair oils, and has established itself as an effective, at-home, luxury treatment for hair that has a tendency to be dry, course or damaged.… Read more...

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Nude Skincare

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I’ve been a fan of Nude Skincare ever since it was founded by Bryan Meehan and Ali Hewson in 2007 and believe that even if you’re not an advocate for ‘natural skincare’, that most of us will at one time or another find the need for gentler products, and perhaps adopt them into our skincare somehow.

After all, who hasn’t had irritated skin, or dry and sore lips? This is the where the door to the world of natural skincare often opens, and where many people who want relief and results will find themselves.

Not convinced? What if I asked you if you’d prefer perfumed petrochemicals on that little patch of itchy, inflamed skin or something so natural you could practically eat it, maybe that might?… Read more...

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Under-Eye Concealer-as easy as 1,2,3!

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The most underrated make-up ever? COVER-UP. Thandie and I both have dark under-eye circles (hello-who sleeps enough?) and our jobs have meant that we’ve had plenty of trial and error, trying to find the best products and the best technique for our skintones.

Your lipstick may pop, your eye make-up might smoulder as your cheeks reflect a wash of coral shimmer that all culminate fabulously with a delightful outfit-but if you, like us, have dark circle under your peepers, you can just look tired.

It always surprises me how many women are truly mystified, even clueless about under-eye concealer, and the difference in tone and texture to the cover up that you use on blemishes (drier, more neutral-toned).… Read more...

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Estée Lauder – Double Wear Light

Post by Thandie.

Photo Nico Parker

Photo Nico Parker

Many, many women live and work in sunny climes. Which means that make up needs to be up to the temperature challenge. A stable base is obviously going to be more tricky when sun and sweat are jostling for position. I had that experience shooting in Nigeria on ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ in 2012 – my wonderful make up artist Sharon Martin warmed up my skin tone at the start of the shoot – but honestly, after one week in the heat of Calabar my skin had tanned to a good shade, and we pretty much abandoned foundation.… Read more...

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Tara Okeke talks to founder of DooBop Jodie Patterson

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Tara Okeke

Tara Okeke

I was about to interview this extraordinarily inspirational entrepreneur myself when I thought, how about getting the next generation of mixed heritage to ask the questions! We’re very keen on building a community here at ThandieKay and we hope you enjoy Tara and Jodie‘s thoroughly engaging conversation on the inclusiveness of beauty, family, the future of retailing and much more.

Tara Okeke is a 16 year-old student studying Art, English Literature, Philosophy & French at A-Level at City Of London School For Girls. She hopes to study architecture at university.

Jodie Patterson is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Doobop, the first beauty entail site to edit specifically for brown women.Read more...

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Laura McLaw Helms & Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Viva

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Laura in Kay's garden wearing Viva and vintage

Laura in Kay’s garden wearing Viva and vintage

I first met Fashion and Cultural Historian Laura McLaws Helms in true 21st century-style, colliding on twitter via  a mutual love of the same visual references.

Now, whenever she comes to London for research (she’s currently writing a book and curating an exhibition on cult British designer of the 60’s/70’s, Thea Porter), she stays at my house.

Who better to review this hot new Rouge Coco Shine shade by Chanel? Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in VIVA

“Since so much of my work as a fashion historian has me looking through old magazines at beauties of the past, it’s inevitable that I find my makeup inspiration in those pages.… Read more...

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Sharmadean Reid’s Melted Lipstick in Marshmallow by Too Faced

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In 2008, WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid had an inkling that the nail art she and her friends had been wearing for years was about to hit the mainstream. Then, when a nail salon refused to do the ‘Dior Double French’ she decided to open her own salon where you could have “Whatever you wanted on your fingertips” .

WAH started ‘life’ as a fanzine Sharmadean created with her friends about girls in hip-hop who “loved their Nike sneakers as much as their Prada wedges”. It became a cult East London nailart destination.

Now, WAH Nails is in Top Shop’s flagship London store in Oxford Circus and Dublin’s Harvey Nichols.… Read more...

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FeNail Nailwraps

Phoebe at a Fenails/Nailwrap event

Phoebe at a Fenails/Nailwrap event

Posted by Kay

Thandie & I met artist Phoebe Davies at one of Eve Ensler‘s One Billion Rising Events in London’s Southbank center (where she also shows various artwork).
“I was working as an artist with a group of at-risk teenage women in South London who didn’t necessarily identify themelves as artists or ‘creative people. Yet every week when I returned to work, these women were revealing their artistic output by wearing extraordinarily detailed nail art”.
Whilst exploring current attitudes to gender equality, feminism, female expectations and their aspirations, and drawing upon the culturally-based trend for ‘nail art’, Phoebe was inspired to to collaborate with these young women to create a series of printed nailwraps depicting people of personal influence and significance.… Read more...

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