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I was invited to the Launch of ‘Davina Peace’ on Weds 20th October 2010, a luxurious but Organic Beauty brand! Luxurious and Organic are not words you hear in a sentence together, so.. wonder woman and eco- preneur ‘Davina Peace’ set out on her mission to prove to her critics that it could be done!! Whilst working at the soil association Davina gained a large amount of know-how on the wide world of organic products, she then pursued a career in marketing working at Saatchi and Saatchi! Being diagnosed with a chronic illness forced Davina to re-evaluate her lifestyle, she explored the benefits of nutrition and the impact it would have on her well-being and adopted a strictly organic diet, she also grew fond of using organic beauty products but being the girly girl she is, she did not find the luxury she wanted in the so-called Organic beauty brands she was using, that’s when ‘Davina Peace’ the luxurious and Organic beauty brand was born.

Let me introduce you to the fabulous Body and Home range from ‘Davina Peace’:

Body Cream 70% Organic (Soil Association certified) £55 175ml- Thick, rich and indulgent are the words used to describe this yummy body cream. On application it immediately moisturises whilst also giving the skin a more taut appearance. The luxurious feel and texture is achieved through the unique properties of UK origin Crambe Oil. Long term use will improve overall tone, texture and taughtness of the skin. Massage daily after bath/shower, concentrate of dry and concern areas. The smell is amazing and uplifting and in my own words this cream feels like butter when applied. Its thick and creamy and glides on with ease. Fragrances you can smell include: Organic Chamomile, Organic Geranium, Organic Vanilla extract and many more!!

Key Organic Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Indonesian Kendi Oil, Organic Cocoa ButTer, Organic Shea Butter and Organic Glycerin.

Body Oil 70% Organic (Soil Association certified) £45 100ml-

Davina says ” Like liquid gold for your skin, this year round skin beautifier contains powerful, natural repairing properties that are perfect for winter healing, sun soothing or everyday skin nourishment”

An all year round beauty elixir which contains the finest organic repairing oils such as: Organic Jojoba oil to help enhance skin’s elasticity, Organic Borage Oil, Organic Safflower which helps to replenish moisture and many more. UK origin Crambe Oil provides the product its luxurious glide on sensation without leaving an oily residue. Massage into skin after a nice hot bath or shower, great for evening usage as the smell is very relaxing. Apply a generous amount all over the body and problem dry areas.

Key Organic Ingredients: Organic safflower, Organic Borage oil, Organic Jojoba oil and Organic Indonesian Kendi oil.

Hand Cream 79% Organic (Soil Association certified) £28 75ml- A natural healer for your hands, this luxurious hand cream is softening, repairing and anti-aging. Contains black oat and soy active which helps to keep your hands moisturised all day. This intensely hydrating formula  shows an immediate response on application leaving dry, chapped hands feeling smooth, soft and more youthful. Ladies keep this hand cream locked up in your purse…it may just disappear once you have off some to a fellow friend, or work colleague!! Apply on to skin when needed, particularly after washing your hands.

Key Organic Ingredients: Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Borage Oil,  Organic Aloe Vera Leaf and Organic Green Tea.

Memory No.3 Spiced Punch £36 190g-

Davina says ” The comforting and hearty scent of sweet spices and uplifting orange will envelope your home with warmth even on the coldest winter’s day”

It’s like Christmas in a candle, this amazingly scented candle has a lovely warming smell which fills up the room. Great relaxing burner after a long day of work on a cold Winter evening. Curl up on the couch with a cup of hot whatever you like to drink, cosy socks, your favorite movie and this amazing candle burning in the background!! WOWZA Puuurrrffceccttt!!!

Here are some images from the launch evening-

The amazing box which states all the ingredients.. with the words.. “and that’s all” at the end!!

Myself and the Fabulous Davina Peace herself!!

Myself, Guest Blogger and Nutritional Advisor Dionne Cruickshank, Farrah Gray (Makeupitgirl) and the lovely Davina Peace!

The amazing cupcakes! :p

The Davina Peace range is available to buy online at www.davinapeace.com and will be sold exclusively at Harrods launching on the 1st November 2010!

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Shiseido is taking skincare and makeup to the next level in terms of technology by introducing the new ‘Makeup Simulator Mirror’ the first of its kind to be seen in Europe. Until now this revolutionary counter technology was only available in Japan and is exclusive to Selfridges!!

The new Makeup Simulator is a unique virtual make-up application device equipped with a camera that captures movement and expression in real time. This is the only machine which succeeded to reflect real movement of the user while virtually realising makeup on the face.

The Makeup Simulator automatically identifies the facial features of the user with the installed camera allowing the user to experience a virtual makeup application session by choosing from the selection of Shiseido Makeup colours available in the simulation menu. Users can then freely combine products for the eye, lip and cheek in multiple combinations to find an ideal look without having to wash their face. Shiseido will provide software updates twice annually in line with colours for the new season.

Initially launched in 1997 in Japan, the first Makeup Simulator utilised still-image technology innovated by Shiseido’s Beauty Solution Development Centre and in collaboration with Fujitsu created several versions of the device. In 2007, the first motion-sensitive camera version was achieved and subsequently introduced at Mitsukoshi department store in Ginza. Four units of the model are permanently installed at The Ginza retail shop location in Tokyo. (Some text taken from press release)

So ladies… what are your thoughts on the Virtual Mirror? Isn’t this just taking away from a Makeup artists job or making it easier?? Would love to hear your thoughts!!

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As the weather drastically changes from the rays of Summer to the crisp of Autumn, we notice one thing that always seems to suffer and that the havoc the wintery blows wreak on our skin and hands. As the weather changes so suddenly here in London I always find my skin suffers with the climate change.

ARK have created the perfect solution to look after those precious paws throughout the winter months and beyond. The fast absorbing formula instantly soothes dry, irritated hands whilst protecting them. This Hero hand cream’s concentrated moisturising action helps to reduce brown spots  caused by aging and excessive exposure to sunlight it also helps to diminish signs of dehydrated brittle nails. This product really does live up to its hype. The cream is lovely and soft and absorbs completely on application leaving no residue or stickiness, it deeply moisturises your mits keeping them well moisturised throughout with only applications needed after using the ladies room of course and those, who like me, like to excessively wash your hands!!

Ladies get your hands on ARK Anti-aging Hand & Nail cream (£18.55 75ml) to keep your paws looking fresh, sexy and smooth. visit www.arkskincare.com

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The Luxurious Lace Collection was apparently a hit on the Autumn/Winter runway shows so AVON are now giving you the chance to take the catwalk home with you and into your very own makeup bag!! The Limited Edition collection with custom Limited Edition packaging launches on the 28th October 2010 and prices start from a little as £6. So whats in the collection you ask?

Luxe Lace Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick-  Branded as the ultimate hero lipstick and available in 3 different hues for you to choose from. The Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick contains Jojoba and Vitamin E. Available in: Instant Mocha, Frostiest Mauve and Pout (£7 each)

Luxe Lace True Colour Eyeshadow Quad- As the ever so popular ‘smoky eye’ has returned to the fore front of makeup (blah) get your smoke on with this eyeshadow quad. The domed powder is well pigmented giving you colour that dramatically lasts up to 12 hours. Available in: Lace Hues and Lace Electric (£8)

Luxe Lace SuperShock Mascara- Achieve volumised lashes with this best selling mascara. It has a thickening base coat and plumping colour to make your lashes pop!! Availbale in: Black (£8)

Luxe Lace SuperShock Gel Eyeliner Pens- AVONS supersoft formula glides on easily leaving intense colour that lasts for hours. Available in Black (£6)

Ask your local AVON rep to enquire about the new range or visit  www.Avon.uk.com

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Founders Melissa Shabinsky and Alexandra Zanella created Revolution Organics to simplify their lives and make more healthy life style choices. Worried about how many products were being passed off as Organic their vision turned into a collection of healthy, pure and certified organic products which filler their beauty void. Are these two women amazing or what!!!??????!!!

I was sent some Revolution organics products and I have to say I was truly impressed. The formulation was strong, colours were perfect and above all the makeup actually lasted!!

Freedom Lipgloss- A range of amazing colours these Lip colours are Rich in Vitamins and antioxidants which leave your lips feeling lovely and moisturised with NO sticky residue. Formulated with 100% natural and 85% certified organic ingredients, the product delivers all the benefits of a lip treatment in a gorgeous gloss. The formula is free of chemicals, mineral oil, petroleum, artificial ingredients and parabens! I LOVE these lips colours… they glide of with ease and precision, the colours are perfect on first application and you do not have to cake your lips to achieve the colour you see on the box.

Freedom Glow Balm- A multi-tasking balm that can be used anywhere you like… (well not anywhere.. but you know what I mean) Suitable to use on cheeks, eyes, lips and décolletage this amazing formula provides a pop on colour when and where you need it without streaks. Great on the go products and the formula is hydrating and moisturising too. Made with 100% natural and created with 85% certified organic ingredients. Be good to your skin with Revolution Organics yummy Freedom Glow!!

To check out the range please visit Revolution Organics!

The range is very small and intimate with so much growing potential, It’s a brand I will for sure be keeping an eye on.. and am also very excited to hear that it will be launching in London very soon… so Melissa and Alexandra…. Hopefully ill see you London side very soon!! For now Keep fabulous, healthy and Organic… mucho love!!!

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In Honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) Suki’s new Exfoliate Foaming Body Cleanser will support breast cancer education and advocacy. 100% of sales of the new Exfoliate Body Cleanser in the month of October will be donated to Breast Cancer Action’s “Think Before you Pink” campaign.

Exfoliate Body Cleanser is a fabulous product with such an invigorating smell (As you know im a sucker for yummy smelling products). Suitable for all skin types and brilliant for pre sunless tan preparation. Key ingredients include: acai oil, aha from organic sugar, caffeine from and coffee beans. This product works well on dry patches and problem areas like knee’s and elbows, also brilliant on blemishes and also helps to smooth bumps and unclog pores. I am someone who suffers quite badly with shaving bumps and there are not many hero products that help with my overly annoying situation, PFB Vanish being my favourite product to help me combat this, I have now actually added this exfoliator to the small never growing list also. A very happy Lady indeed!!

Support a good cause and introduce yourself to a fantastic product by visiting www.sukiskincare.com

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As you may all know I’m a huge fan on Bronzer’s. It’s the one item of makeup for me that leaves you with that summer glow all year round. I can easily get up and swoosh a bronzer all over my face for that extra hint of colour and glow especially at times when I just cannot be assed!!!

Living Nature brings us this yummy pressed powder Bronzer, the colour is an amazing shade of what I would describe as mocha bronze. Not orange at all (unlike most bronzers which leave you looking like you’ve been slapped with a tango mit). It’s easily applied without any streaks or patches (make sure you use a decent brush though), brush over your cheek bones, chest and anywhere else you need a little bit of shimmer and colour. This is my NO.1 Bronzer at the moment!!

Living Nature Summer Bronze Pressed Powder £18 www.livingnature.com

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