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AbOvo Skincare

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Tina and Thandie

Make up artist Tina Roesler Kerwin founder of  AbOvo skincare has spent years making up famous faces. She says she realised that beautiful make-up is only as good as the canvas.

The better the skin, the better the make-up.

I had the enormous good fortune of working with Tina on my last film (directed by Nash Edgerton with Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton). Shooting in freezing Chicago and reliant on indoor heating, my skin quickly became dry and sensitive. Tina’s skincare was the perfect aid –  I became a diehard fan of her, and her line.

Abovo’s Enriched Eye and Delicate Day creams feed the complexion with natural goodness. The idea is simple: a cocktail of natural and organic ingredients to protect, treat, nourish and renew. The key to the products is Emu Oil.

After stumbling on the unique benefits of Emu Oil, Tina discovered a powerhouse of skincare benefits: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial (great for spot-prone skin) and the tiny molecules cleverly carry other ingredients deeper into the skin (most oils sit on TOP of the skin, Emu oil penetrates deeper).

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The hero duo by Tina’s AbOvo

The formulations are clean and pure – no petrochemicals, no artificial colours or ingredients and no water added -which removes the need for a preservative, in particular parabens.

The considerations of this product don’t stop there; there’s a firm commitment to the environment which makes the packaging recyclable and all printed materials are produced via renewable power and using non-toxic inks.

Tina told me that once they’d created a recyclable label she realised that the GLUE was not bio-degradable. So, despite further frustration and expense, she found a recyclable glue; which makes this packaging truly 100% enviro- friendly!

And if that wasn’t enough, a portion of profits go to American Forests which is all about protecting and restoring our trees.


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Photograph by Jackie Dixon




Ayo – Salute the Sun

Pampering our skin isn’t just about relieving dryness. It’s also the contact we give our bodies – the massaging strokes, the warmth of our hands smoothing nourishment into the skin suit we carry our bodies around in.thandiekay.com


I love that Ayo describe their products as a ‘polishing ritual to renew your spirits, revive your soul and polish your skin’.

The care we give our bodies when we moisturise might be the only time in a day when we lavish physical love onto ourselves – so it makes sense that we do it with an elixir that compliments our intention.

I started with The Body Polisher (a gift from Wilma May Basta from The Gathering Goddess, when I gave birth to my third baby). Now I’ve gifted myself the full ritual including The Body Cleanser and The Body Cream.

The brilliant Perfume Designer Azzi Glasser  created Ayo’s signature scent – which smells like a tropical  garden at dawn. It’s rich, earthy and tantalising.

No surprise that Ayo means ‘joy’ in the Yoruba language.

Salute The Sun!

Salute The Sun!

The ingredients Cacoa and Rhodolia Rosea Root boost your endorphins, literally creating happy molecules.

And if your mood isn’t brightened enough – relax in the knowledge that Ayo’s products are free from parabens, sodium laureate sulphate, petrolatum, silicones, synthetic colours and fragrance, or animal by products.

Pure, loving, happy Ayo.

See their website!




Aurelia Miracle Cleanser

Post by Kay

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser and cloth

With so many cleansers and their claims to choose from, it’s no wonder that most of us find one and just stick to it.

But due to those unpredictable hormones, age (yawn) and the weather, our skin has changing needs in order to stay balanced- and that means understanding how to adapt our skincare accordingly. For instance, a lighter moisturiser and foaming cleanser (less creamy) if your skin is becoming spotty or oily, a richer moisturiser and creamy cleanser is your skin is dry.

I am fortunate in the sense that being a make-up artist AND a ‘blogger’ means I do get sent a lot of stuff – that means I do try new things out that perhaps I otherwise wouldn’t. In this case I’ve discovered products that suit my skin’s changing needs.  But even then I will often return to old favourites for good reason-they work for me.

Recently I got my paws on this cleanser by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, a brand I’d never have heard of, probably because I just don’t have time to look at magazines or beauty blogs.

As soon as this creamy cleanser anointed my face with Eucalyptus I knew it was a keeper.  I LOVE the way it’s vapours clear the nasal passage and act as a natural disinfectant.

The Muslin Cloth

Whatever I do happen to use (foaming cleanser in summer, humidity and if I get spotty) to cleanse my face, I always use a muslin cloth to wipe it all off with. This ensures that all product is removed PLUS with the added bonus of being a mild, daily exfolliant, keeping your skin smooth and therefore reflecting more light-and that really helps keep your skin looking healthy, vibrant and at it’s best.aurelia miracle cleanser

Aurelia says:  “It fuses probiotic and peptide technologies with BioOrganic plant and flower essences to hydrate and soothe dull and dehydrated skin promoting a luminous, dewy, radiant glow whilst helping to prevent skin ageing. Fragranced with an uplifting essential oil blend of Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Rosemary and Bergamot this creamy cleanser along with its soft antibacterial bamboo muslin cloth buffs away dead skin cells and make-up whilst helping to stimulate the skin’s natural renewal process. This in turn speeds skin cell turnover, resulting in a brighter complexion with fresher, younger skin cells ready for hydration on the surface”.

See this cleanser and more on Aurelia website



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. It absorbs into the skin like a skin food (which it kind of is due to it’s lack of petrochemicals and natural ingredients) and I love how that makes it an ideal base for applying make-up.

Antonia Burrell Cream & Mask Supreme


What better gift than the gift of good skin!

You can buy Antonia’s products from Wholefoods in the UK


Visit Antonia’s website here

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’. Antonia is a BABTAC-accredited practitioner as well as an Associate Lecturer in the Chemistry of Aromatherapy and it’s clear when you meet her that the skincare brand is a true labour of love with Antonia, the inspired, female entrepreneur at the helm.

Both of us enjoy using her uncompromised products not just because they feel, smell and look good, but because they are truly healthy to use on the largest organ of our body-our skin. Her skincare collection is an 100% natural blend of potent, predominantly organic, bio-active plant extracts and clinically proven actives that Antonia believes ‘harness nature’s most potent, nutrient-rich botanicals and bring you results-quick’.

Entirely free from the typical ‘nasties’ like parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance, SLS, PEGS, glycols and other synthetic chemicals, we’re happy to hear that Antonia’s range is also not tested on animals.

Ethically, ecologically and sustainably sourced, Antonia Burrell Holistic Skincare continues to support organic growers in the UK and throughout the world.


1.What is your earliest make-up memory?

Wearing an Elizabeth Arden lipgloss that came in a round, dark purple/violet case, with a mirror inside when you opened it. The colour was subtle and it smelt lovely.

2. I feel most beautiful when…

Usually most of the time…. for me, beauty comes from within and it’s about spirit and giving.

3. When you were a child, what was your Mother’s beauty routine?


Youth Dew

Ponds Cold Cream next to a crystal cut glass bowl with a lid Pond Cold Creamthat held coloured cotton wool balls for when she cleansed. She also used Estée Lauder serums in little capsules, Elizabeth Arden moisturiser (it used to smell so nice) and Youth Dew perfume.

I loved the scent, it made me feel comforted and it reminded me of when she used to sit at her white dressing table and get ready. When she wasn’t there I used to sneak into her room and smell it.

4. Is make-up a chore or a delight?

Delight. If I’ve got good make-up on I feel confident, sexy and womanly. I feel like I’m highlighting my best features – for example I love emphasising my big bright eyes. antoniaburrell006_800  jpg


5. Did your father refer to your Mother’s beauty, and how?

He didn’t used to say much but he just used to stare at her when she was dressed up if we were going out (which was a lot). I noticed it when we used to go to church, or to my uncle’s for Sunday lunch and often driving in the car on our holiday to Cornwall. He was very proud and made sure she was always dressed in the best clothes.

6. If you could give one beauty gift what would it be?

My Cream Supreme Moisturiser.

antonia_burrell_moisturiser_supreme_1I noticed that there had never been anything on the market like it before – a moisturiser that was hard working yet natural. My vision was to create a moisturiser that solved a whole host of common skin issues at the same time, to save women spending time and money on lots of different products that didn’t give the desired results. So I created Cream Supreme, a results-driven moisturiser that starts working from the first application. Ultimately I want women to feel more confident in their own skin and to feel beautiful for who they are, and the best way I can do this is by creating products that really work.

7. Where’s the craziest place you’ve done your make-up?

In a helicopter. I used to have a highflying boyfriend who had his own helicopter and he’d often take me out in it. I used to go along to his meetings sometimes, and so I would touch up my make-up on the go.

8. What would you like to see more of in the beauty industry?

antoniaburrell004 800I’d love to see more chic beauty boutiques that specialise in niche brands and have staff that can really educate the customer.

9. When was the last time your mascara ran, and why?

A couple of weeks ago. I was doing a facial treatment and a client’s skin was very congested and full of blackheads. I needed to steam for a while…


Antonia’s hero product is the Natural Glow Cleansing Oil from her range

Find out more about Antonia and book an appointment with Antonia at Wakeman Road

Follow Antonia on twitter and facebook

Check out photographer Lily Bertrand-Webb’s website

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All Photographs by Lily Bertrand-Webb

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