Best eye shadow A well deserved first place goes to Beam Cream Eye Shadow from B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful, the only UK company to carry an entire colour cosmetics line suitable for vegans. The range boasts a myriad of colours from natural shell pink all the way to lime green – and it’s environmentally green too. A real winner.
the benefit of being non-comedogenic, meaning that it does not block your pores. In addition it acts as natural sun protection as well.
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WINNER Australian brand NVEY ECO (pronounced na-vay) picks up a highly commended award for its certified organic Organic Eye shadow. It is free from parabens, preservatives, SLS, GM and talc, instead containing chamomile, jojoba oil and carrot oil. It is precisely this kind of natural, yet effective product, that shows green isn’t just the new black. Make up can be more than colour; it can nourish, condition and protect your skin too. Elysambre once again delivers an exceptional product in their extensive Eye Shadow collection that comes in a rainbow of colours, rightly earning them a highly commended award. They contain 100% natural ingredients, and at least 3.35% plant based active ingredients. They have high pigment content and a velvety texture, which gives long lasting wear.
Aveda’s expertise in the skin and hair care realm extends into cosmetics and its Petal Essence Cheek Tint receives a highly commended award. It comes in an easy to apply swivel cream stick giving a light finish. It is infused with certified organic lavender giving a gentle fragrance. The second highly commended goes to another mineral range, GloMinerals, for their gloBlush. This blusher comes in 14 stunning shades and gives skin a radiant glow. GloMinerals products are also talc free, non comedogenic, and free of perfumes and chemical dyes, making them suitable for the most sensitive of skins, including those with acne and rosacea.
aroma and flavour it carries, which is derived from organic spearmint and vanilla. The second highly commended is awarded to Afterglow Mineral Cosmetics for its Organic Lip Love Lipstick. Afterglow Beauty Awards combine mineral extracts 2008 with certified organic WINNER antioxidant ingredients such as grape seed extract and pomegranate extract that have age-defying properties. The range is also PETA and Leaping Bunny approved.
Best nail varnish
The clear winner in this category was Zoya for its incredible collection of Nail Polishes in an array of fabulous colours. The company was founded by Zoya Reysiz. As a pregnant aesthetician and salon owner in 1984, she realised the need for a healthier and more durable solution for her nails. Zoya Nail Polishes are free of toxic toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
Best lipstick/lip gloss
Developing a completely natural lip gloss is one of the greatest challenges faced by natural cosmetics companies, but it is one that has been successfully overcome by Lavera with its Trend Sensitiv Lip Gloss. It contains oil of vitamin E and jojoba which are repairing moisturisers but do not leave a sticky finish. Crushed natural minerals add shimmer and it has a subtle scent with natural berry aromas. Aveda has triumphed again with the creation of its Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Colour, which is highly commended. It is infused with plant and fruit waxes to smooth fine lines and hydrate and plump lips. Its name comes from the subtle
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Best blusher / bronzer
Inika is at the front of the mineral cosmetic revolution, made from the earth of its native Australia. The range was founded as a response to the lack of natural Australian cosmetics available, and Inika guarantees that its products will be chemical, paraben, perfume, talc and GM free. They are also certified 100% vegan and cruelty free. The Mineral Bronzer lives up to the mantra of ‘naturally decadent’ as it comes in a range of rich colours giving great coverage, but has
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Elysambre is highly commended for its range of Nail Polishes, which gives results as good as those of any conventional nail polish but without the harsh, smelly chemicals. The other highly commended is awarded to the Priti Organic Spa for its range of Priti Nail Polishes, which is offered alongside a varnish remover made of soy.
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Body Mist range. These are based on the practice of Ayurveda, a traditional system of healthy living principles and therapeutic practices originating in India over 5000 years ago. There are seven different aromas to mirror the Ayurvedic belief in the seven chrakas, or energy centres, of the body. Lifescape particularly liked Intention and Harmony. A highly commended award goes to The Body Shop for its Aqua Lily Body Spray. This is a fresh floral fragrance with top notes of green apples, a floral heart and cedar wood and musk base. The Body Shop continues its animal rights work with The Body Shop Foundation and is committed to seeking and sustaining natural materials and ingredients. The other highly commended award goes to Liz Earle Vital Oil Body Spray, unusual in that is an oil. It has a base of organic apricot kernel,
A close contender and deserved receiver of highly commended is the Inika make up range. Inika delivers an impressive range of colours in its Mineral Foundation so everyone should be able to find a suitable colour. These are best applied with Inika’s superb vegan certified range of brushes, which feel soft against the skin and are specially formulated to work with its make up. Our final highly commended is awarded to Urban Decay.
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Scent plays a distinctive part in the female beauty ritual and fragrance develops differently on all women. We have therefore chosen an age old classic fragrance as a winner in the form of Body SPA eau de toilette Wild Rose from Lavera. This fragrance is made from the finest quality essential oils and is completely free from synthetic fragrance. It gives a subtle yet lasting aroma. The Jo Wood Organics collection contains two eau de toilettes, each with 95% certified organic ingredients. Amka, meaning “to wake” in Swahili, has a rose and jasmine base with neroli and bergamot notes, while Usiku, meaning “night”, is a warmer scent with a hint of cardamom and hot ginger – it is suitable for men and women. Inspired by Wood’s passion for Africa and the Art Nouveau movement, the beautiful, recyclable glass bottles are adorned with distinctive etchings. For these she is highly commended. The second highly commended is awarded to The Berkeley Square Cosmetic Company for its Fig and Cherry eau de toilette. It is a warm fragrance evocative of autumn, with notes of Sweet Soft Figs and Cherry Blossom on an exotic base of cedar wood, amber and musk. The company is inspired by the 1920s and each range contains original illustrations from the lllustrated London News.
Best body spray
For those who find perfumes too strong, a body spray provides a great alternative. Aveda wins this category for its unique new Chakra Balancing
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borage and passionflower oils, which nourishes skin, whilst the aroma soothes the senses. We found this excellent for use instead of a moisturiser as well.
Best range for black or Asian skin
The winner of this category is GloMinerals for its extensive range of make up. It has 21 shades of foundation in its gloPressed Base range, and a further 16 shades in its gloProtective Liquid Foundation range - an unusual formulation in mineral cosmetics. It also carries a wide array of colours in its eye shadows and lipstick ranges. GloMinerals products are formulated using highpigment minerals and an advanced antioxidant complex of vitamins A, C, E and K and green tea extract. These help provide a broad spectrum UV protection and defend against free radical damage.
Its cult product is its Eye Shadow, which comes in a dazzling array of striking colours with over 50 different shades to choose from! These are perfect for a night out, especially as the range includes vibrant shades that contrast well with darker skin tones. Urban Decay has always been cruelty free and is PETA and Leaping Bunny approved. It has created its own symbol, ‘Marley Approved’, to identify products suitable for vegans, and is working to convert as many of its products as possible.
Further information about all our winners can be found by referring to the Stockists on page 113 www.lifescapemag.com 27