Eyes Like to Party

Whatever the decade, whatever the style and whatever the woman, there are SO many variations on the ultimate party make-up look, the ‘if all else fails to bring a look together’ number one default setting, the smoky eye. Eyes Like To Party And boy, did Thandie bust one of her most smokin’ looks at the Vanity Fair Oscar party...

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Meet Beauty Blogger Hafsa Issa-Salwe

I first came across Hafsa through our friend Millie Kendall. Hafsa was doing some work there and Millie said, “you have to meet Hafsa, you’d find her really interesting’. I’ve since followed her award-winning blog and have been meaning to write about here for ever-so finally, meet the lovely Hafsa! Where are your parents from? My parents are from Somalia...

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Natural Beauty Products by Rose-Marie

I met Make-Up artist and founder of RMS Beauty Rose-Marie Swift when I first moved to NYC aged 26 when we were at the same agency. It’s of particular interest to me when another make-up artist becomes an outspoken advocate for women (or anyone else in general) and in her case, protecting them from the toxic chemicals found in products...

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Electric Pink Lip

Hair, M-Up & styling by Thandie. Photo Jonathan Leibson Here’s a look I put together for a red carpet event last year. I wore a black 50s style vintage cocktail dress from The Gathering Goddess. I wanted to accent the refined, understated glamour with something modern. Lips seemed the way to go. Red would have been predictable and might...

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Get Ready To Rock!

Of all the Red carpet looks we’ve done together, this is definitely one of Thandie & I’s favourites The event was the Baftas in 2008 and Thandie wore a stunning asymmetric Alexander McQueen dress. Make-Up For the base, see post here. We love blush, and it’s especially complimentary when applying dark make-up as it adds an appearance of health and vitality to the...

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For Every Skin In Between

While en route to a shoot for EX1 Cosmetics yesterday with ‘Our Girl Friday’ Rose Miyonga, she turned to me and said “I’ve never really worn foundation.” She went on to say, “As a mixed-race teenage girl growing up in white, rural England, there wasn’t really much on offer when I first wanted to wear make-up. It was pretty much...

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Talking with John Masters Organic

Being ‘the change you wish to see in the world‘ is not necessarily the motivation for many entrepreneurs. They have vision, courage and are not frightened of doing something that hasn’t been done before, in fact, that’s a large part of any brand’s success: filling a void, establishing a niche. But how many entrepreneurs use these visionary strengths...

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Kerry Washington’s Power Make-up

Lucky me got to finally work with the divine Kerry Washington recently while she was in London to pick up her ‘Woman of the year’ Glamour award. Her role as crisis management’ lady boss Olivia Pope has ensured Kerry a firm foot in the door of many a home’s consciousness and making her up got a chorus of ‘Ooh I love her‘-s...

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To Shave Or Not To Shave…

Is there even a question? Well, not so much questions as ‘options’: hair removal cream, bic razor, electrolysis (is that still available?), the dreaded waxing. Do we stop at the knee? Or go all the way up over the thigh? And why stop there when we can go full-power right on through the bush, via a hairy nipple,...

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About Me

Thandi Kay

Actress, Blogger & Traveler

Actress Thandie Newton and make-up artist Kay Montano met nearly 10 years ago on a shoot for UK Vogue (see ‘Our First Shoot Together’ post here). Since then a strong friendship has grown out of countless professional collaborations in fashion, beauty, red carpet, on stage and screen.