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Unique, extraordinary and extravagant, these tantalising talons are like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Two Nail Quills per set, designed to be worn on either thumb, are a perfect matt black with a silver tip. Presented in a beautiful gift box they come complete with nail tabs and glue, these are set to become real collectors items.  To complete the look, the Nail Quills work best with matt black Nail Varnish in ‘Scorn.
 
Designed and hand-crafted exclusively for Illamasqua by one of the hottest names in nails Mike Pocock, who has worked with prestigious fashion titles such as Italian Vogue, British Vogue, W, Harpers Bazaar and Dazed and Confused. He has also complemented the aesthetics of visionaries such as Nick Knight, Steven Miesel and Katy England.
“I was inspired by the contrast between Illamasqua’s new black Nail Varnish in ‘Scorn’ and the bright metallic of the nail wrap I have developed.” Mike Pocock
 
False nails will never be the same again!

A set of ‘Nail Quills’: £35
Nail Varnish in ‘Scorn’: £13
 (text from prss release)
The Limited Edition Nail Quills are exclusive to illamasqua.com and the Flagship Store at 20 Beak Street, London from the end of November 2010

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The magic of Dr. Bronner’s is its affordability and versatility. Famous for its 18 uses from 1 bottle this liquid soap at £4.99 per 236ml bottle is worth a try.

So for me, being more of a lover of shower gels and creams, I was quite dubious whether to try Dr Bronner’s Bottle of Magic. Like many others, soaps have a tendency to leave the skin feeling dry and almost leather like, which is a horrible feeling after a soothing bath, when you should be feeling like silk….but here goes… 

 

Check out Dr Bronner’s “18in1” uses as listed on his products…..Impressive!

  1. Shave
  2. Shampoo
  3. Dental
  4. Soap bath
  5. Peppermint is nature’s own unsurpassed fragrant Deodorant!
  6. A drop is best Mint Toothpaste; brushes Dentures Clean!
  7. A dash in water is the ideal Breath Freshener & Mouth Wash!
  8. Peppermint Oil Soap for Dispensers, Uniforms, Baby, Beach!
  9. Dilute for ideal  Body Rub
  10. Foot Bath
  11. Douche
  12. Hot Towel-Massage the entire body, always towards your heart.
  13. Pets
  14. Silk, wool, washing clothes and dishes
  15. Body tingles head to toe – keeps cool!
  16. 3 dashes in water rinse most Sprays Off fruit & vegetables!
  17. 1/4 oz in qt H2O is Pest Spray!
  18. Dash, no rash Diaper-Soap!

It comes in 8 main varieties, the original being the famous tingly peppermint – followed by Lavender, Eucalyptus, Citrus, Almond, Rose, unscented Baby Mild and Tea Tree which can even be used to treat minor cuts. Dr Bronner’s Pure Magic Soap has NO synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances, dyes or whiteners. The soaps are made with certified Fair Trade and organic ingredients sourced from India and its packaging is completely biodegradable.

So ……with my bottle of the original Dr Bronner’s Peppermint liquid soap in hand, I took to the bathroom to test 2 of its recommended uses!!

Soap bath – standing up and washing at a sink is not my idea of relaxing so I moved this method from the sink to the bath! Adding just 3 drops to hot running water the fresh peppermint scent masked my bathroom! “Breathing deeply” as advised on the bottle I laid back, relaxed, inhaled and exhaled and was instantly relaxed. Almost like a decongestant, Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap opened up the sinuses, and made my nose tingle. This would be great natural product or clearing the mind if you have cold/flu symptoms. But…enough about relaxing and onto the cleaning! This magic liquid soap has a surprisingly rich lather for such a thin and initially watery product due to its very high coconut oil content and again just a few drops of the liquid onto a loofah, sponge or into the palm of your hand is enough for the entire body.  It cleans the skin effortlessly leaving body feeling fresh and tingling. With so many cleaning powers for the body and your home the soap is in no way abrasive as maybe expected. In fact its the complete opposite. Importantly for me it did not leave my skin dry or leathery. I wouldn’t say it was as moisturising as shower creams etc, but for a formula that is a soap and not promoted for its moisturising properties, my skin was surprisingly soft and the tingly sensation lasts once dry.

Shampoo  – I would recommend using Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap as a shampoo for cleanliness only.  It lathers well on hair and cleans just as well as any other shampoo. Being an “18in1” bottle it would be great for those travelling with the need for minimal luggage or those of you who place no emphasis on having silky/shiny hair. But for those who like to replicate that salon feeling, unfortunately I would not recommend this as a shampoo. It did the cleaning job, but it left my hair feeling dry and brittle which was not a good feeling. although my hair smelt fabulous, it was not so fab to touch.

Check out Dr Bronner’s magic Soaps at www.drbronner.com There is a wide range of goodies to buy! Feel free to contact me on Deeheartsnutri@gmail.com Twitter: DeeHeartsNutri

Dionne

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Here are some amazing REN Skincare gift sets, there is something for everyone at all budgets :).

Hand Duo Gift Set £25 – Citrus Limonum Hand Wash and Hand Cream are made with Organic Lemon Oil from Sicily. Just gorgeous in a fresh, citrus, clean and serene way.

Rose Duo Gift Set £35 –  Multi-award winning Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash is just one of those things that makes life a little sweeter. Here it is twinned with the silky, easily absorbed Moroccan Rose Otto Body Cream to leave your skin smooth, hydrated and lightly scented with roses.

Mini Body Gift Set £15 – A four piece set which contains 50ml travel sizes of our best selling body products, including our zesty and uplifting neroli and our relaxing and luxurious rose.

Moroccan Rose Gift Set £50 – For the perfect relaxing, escapist bath this gift set features our Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil and Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish to leave your skin glowing, renewed and lightly scented with roses.

Mini Rose Trio £15 – An introduction to the heavenly world of authentic Moroccan Rose Otto featuring REN’s acclaimed Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash, Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil and Moroccan Rose Otto Body Cream. A sublimely gorgeous stocking filler.

REN gift sets are available to buy online at REN! Also available from Liberty’s London!

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The Fabulous Danni Minogue is a major fan of LANOLIPS and the great new is it’s now available  to buy at Boots.com! Wow boots really are stepping up in the world!

LANOLIPS 101 Ointment is made with 100% ultra grade Lanolin and has 101  uses, some include: Dry skin,  Lips, Nursing nipples, minor cuts, rough cuticle’S and cracked heels. Danni Minogue used this throughout her pregnancy as its such a versatile product! Yummy mummies.. why not give it a go? I’m going to have to grab one to review for you all!

LANOLIPS ointment £10.99, available at www.boots.com www.victoriahealth.com LANOLIPS will be in store in Boots from Jan 2011 Also be sure to check out www.LANOLIPS.COM

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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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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 new Orly Cosmic FX Collection is an amazing colourful and vibrant collection. Infused with natural rock minerals, crystals and glass to give nails a special optical effect. Sparkle this coming party season with these fabulous Lighting nail colours!!!

The polish is long wearing and near enough completely chip free, there are 6 amazing shocking colours to choose from each with their own twist of individuality. I have been wearing ‘Galaxy Girl’ and ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’ which I have to mention are spot on to the colours I would have chosen for myself (Thanks Camilla) ‘Galaxy Girl’ is a fabulous aubergine colour with hints of blues and greens and ‘Its Not Rocket Science’ is an amazing Henna green with purple hues, both versatile colours that really pop. I have had so many compliments when seen out in the colours.

So ladies, If you’re looking for that extra sparkle check out the new Orly Cosmic FX Collection. You wont be sorry!!! www.orlybeauty.co.uk

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