Posted by Kay
Thandie and I will often be found in natural foodstores, we love unprocessed food and you’ll often find us in the kitchen-the best room in the home!
This is how I have chanced upon many natural brands such as Antipodes Skincare, Giovanni as well as Jason’s Haircare, John Masters Organic Haircare (we’ve featured these before), Lavera, Weleda and many more.
So the other day while I was stocking up in Planet Organic in London’s Westbourne Grove I discovered another lovely brand full of non-petrochemical suprises called Inika.
I loved this Rosehip blush so much that I bought two: one for my make-up kit and one to try on Thandie- cream blush is a staple in her kit and for us, dewy-looking cheeks are healthier and more vibrant looking than flat matte. Whether it replaces Thandie’s old faithful Julie Hewett Cheekie Lip and Cheek Shine we are yet to see but it’s surely a worthy rival..
The dual purpose crème colour is infused with Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and hypo-allergenic organic Carnauba Wax for blendability. Certified Organic. Certified Vegan. Certified Halal. Certified Cruelty-Free.
Certified Beautiful by us! Apply to lips and cheeks with your fingertips or a brush and you’re good to glow.
Posted by Kay
“Beauty is health, health is beauty’ Dr Perricone MD.
Nicholas Perricone is a board-certified Dermatologist, world renowned healthy aging expert who became known from his research into inflammation being the leading cause of ageing and disease- which is now part of mainstream thinking.
He pioneered the idea of utilizing nutrient antioxidents into ‘cosmeceutical skincare’ and created a successful brand based on his discoveries.
I came across his ‘no make-up make-up’ recently so I brought it to LA to try on Thandie..
Look at the results! That perfect ‘something but nothing’, ‘you but better’ look that screams ‘what’s not to love?’ and ‘who needs photoshop?’
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.
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. Who doesn’t have lips that are just a teeny bit wonky, or have an overly small or large top or bottom lip? Personally I like to ‘flesh out’ my top lip a little, and create definition where there isn’t on my bottom lip, I find it makes a huge difference plus as you get older (unlike our thighs) our lips lose their volume.
This is not as easy as it sounds as most brands seem to see lipliner as lipcolour, which unless you are using a strong red lipstick to wear on top of it, looks very obvious.
Here are some of my favourites, modelled by one of our contributing photographers Lily Bertrand-Webb.
Lipstick Queen Lip Liner in Nude
Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Cocoa
Lord & Berry Lip Crayon 20100 Matte in Prelude
Diego Dalla Palma Lip Pencil in 75. Nude
Make-Up & snaps by Kay
View Lily’s site to see more of her photography work