Rolls-Royce Wraith Premiere at the Geneva Motor Show

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO

“I am delighted to unveil a new Rolls-Royce model that promises to draw superlatives from its audience. In launching Wraith we present the boldest design, the most dramatic performance and most powerful Rolls-Royce that has ever played host to the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine.

Naturally, the starting point is luxury, refinement and exclusivity, traits that have made Rolls-Royce the world’s pinnacle luxury brand for the last 109 years. But this is also a car defined by a timeless elegance, one that encapsulates a sense of power, style and drama – and just a hint of the noir. The launch will revive one of the most famous Rolls-Royce names first used in 1938 and one which perfectly expresses the character of our new car. Wraith alludes to an almost imperceptible force, something rare, agile and potent, a spirit that will not be tethered to the earth. And I can assure you that performance delivers on the promise of its dramatic exterior styling, while of course remaining steeped in hallmark luxury, refinement and exclusivity.

Our new car will boldly shape the years ahead for Rolls-Royce, building on the success of Ghost, bringing more new customers to the marque. For Wraith is the ultimate gentleman’s gran turismo; it is the car we believe our great founding forefather and adventurer the Honourable Charles Rolls would have chosen to drive were he alive today.”

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Caprices Festival – VIP Competition

We have a fantastic skiing/music festival VIP prize up for grabs for the upcoming Caprices Festival in Crans Montana, Switzerland!

Click on the image below for more details and the entry form.

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London Collections: Live Stream

Please bookmark this page for our live streaming of the London Collections. Let us know what you think of the shows via Twitter using hashtag #urbanlifemag or by posting on our wall on Facebook.

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London Collections: Mens AW13 Teaser

London kick starts the menswear calendar with a biannual showcase of British brands and businesses embedded in a cultural programme. London Collections: Men emphasises both the creative and commercial importance of Britain’s brands and emerging talent as well as the rich cultural landscape that contributes to the inspiration and success of this sector. All events on the schedule are designed to showcase the breadth of British fashion talent, from the world’s most innovative emerging talents to global menswear brands and Savile Row tailors.

HRH The Prince of Wales hosted a reception to celebrate the launch of London Collections: Men on 14th June 2012 at St James’s Palace.

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The Privileged Life Black Card 10K Project

We are preparing to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Urban Life Magazine with a special promotion with our very own consumer lifestyle product, the Privileged Life Black Card.

The Black Card is a membership concept, designed to give our members privileged access to discounts, promotions, special offers and value-added services at a wide variety of partner businesses in the fashion, beauty, retail, lifestyle, restaurants and hotels sectors, with more businesses being signed up under a new partnership drive.

We are currently planning our big 10th year anniversary of Urban Life, our flagship product, in October 2014. And to celebrate in spectacular style, we will be running various promotions, special offers and competitions between now and then.

Our first promotion is to achieve our target of 10,000 members for the Black Card by October 2014 with a reduced rate annual membership fee of £19.99 (a saving of £30.00 from the normal rate of £49.99).

Membership of the Black Card will secure numerous privileges at our growing roster of partners. It will also give our members exclusive access to our new travel club, launching in the spring of 2013. For a full list of offers and promotions, please visit the website and follow the Black Card across the social media channels.

* restaurants * hotels * spas * private clinics * retail outlets * Galleries * track days * and more… *

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Urban Life Magazine announces media partnership with Top Marques Monaco

For immediate release (updated 30/11/2012):

2013 marks a special year for Urban Life and Top Marques Monaco. Top Marques will celebrate their 10th year anniversary with the next edition of the show in April; whilst we start to prepare for ours the following year (Urban Life was founded in 2003 but first published in 2004).

Our respective and continuous growth, based on diversity and innovation, is testament to our enduring appeal amongst the jet-set elite who value and appreciate the best in luxury lifestyle. Urban Life is more than a magazine; it’s an attitude based on the lifestyle choices our readers make. Similarly, Top Marques is more than just a supercar show. It is a platform for some of the most creative minds in automotive design to present their wares to an eagerly awaiting audience and showcase the most exciting engineering advances in automotive technology, with safety, development and green technology at its core.
Top Marques also hosts a number of world premieres each year, thus setting the stage for the exotic and luxury car manufacturers to show their latest models to enthusiasts, buyers and collectors from around the world. And with the addition of the superboats and watches categories, it makes for a must-attend show each and every year attracting high-profile visitors from around the world.

“Top Marques Monaco is delighted to welcome on board our new media partner Urban Life. Not only will we both celebrate our 10th year in 2013 and 2014 respectively, but we both push the boat out when it comes to highlighting the most exclusive supercars, limited edition watches and deluxe objects for those who enjoy an elite luxury lifestyle. Top Marques reigns supreme as the industry choice for launching cutting-edge new models. Still five months before the event’s 10th edition four pioneering brands have chosen to world premiere their 2013 launches at this ground-breaking show. The only car exhibition where visitors can: See it, Drive it and Buy it. The exclusive extra is that Top Marques offers test drives on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit and this is just the beginning of our birthday announcements. Urban Life will keep you informed of our news. See you at ‘Top Marques Ten’ taking place 18th-21st April 2013 at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco” Steven Saltzman, Owner & Director – Top Marques Monaco.

As a media partner, Urban Life Magazine will have unique and privileged access to the latest news from all the exhibitors taking part in the show and will be featuring these across all our channels – print, online and through our social media outlets. We will also feature exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage before, during and after the event for our audiences in London and around the world.

“I am very excited to announce our media partnership with Top Marques Monaco in 2013. Ever since we first covered Top Marques in 2004, the year Urban Life was launched, I have always kept a keen eye on the growth and development of the show, which is now firmly established as the most exclusive and prestigious supercar event in the world. I am proud of my team’s achievements in the continuous growth of the Urban Life brand, and am honoured to be able to share the platform with such an illustrious group of our peers in the media from around the world. Furthermore, it seems quite fitting that we both prepare to celebrate our first ten years as we grow and expand into other niches, particularly with our move in to broadcast TV with a high-end motoring show, which we will announce formally in due course. My team and I are very excited to be associated with Top Marques and I am looking forward to working with Steven and his team, and together celebrate the best of luxury lifestyle in its spiritual home – Monaco” Ataur Rahman, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief.

Top Marques Monaco is held at the world-famous Grimaldi Forum in Monaco each year under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, its most distinguished patron and supporter. Yachts, watches and jewellery also form a part of the show, which enjoys the support of some of the most coveted luxury brands in their respective sectors. We are extremely proud to be a media partner of this exclusive annual event, and look forward to sharing this with our loyal readers and partners who have supported us over the years. We will be featuring exclusive articles with interviews in our Top Marques themed motoring pages throughout the year, as well as posting regular news items online. Please keep an eye on our social media streams for these.

For more information on Top Marques Monaco, please log on to

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L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme Sport

Issey Miyake just added a new fragrance to their product line; L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme Sport. The launch took place at the Issey Miyake store on Conduit Street recently.

“Intended by its creator Jacques Cavallier to embody “the deep breath of satisfaction that a mountain climber takes when he reaches the summit,” L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme Sport is a fragrance inspired by life. THE vital breath that sparks and impels every movement, from the roughest gesture to the most polished sporting manoeuvre. With bergamot and grapefruit, L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme Sport takes on the freshness of the open air and high altitudes. The middle note emanates a spicy note of nutmeg like a winning embrace.

Although Air is its element and Water its active principle, it is from the Earth that L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme Sport derives the smoky notes of vetiver roots and the woody essence of cedar to impart character and elegance. A fresh, woody eau de toilette that enriches the L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme line with invigorating energy.”

We like it!

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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 Technical Launch 2012

Woking, UK, February 1 2012 (press release – edited version)

The continuation of our double world-champion driver line-up, further consolidation of our championship-winning engineering team and a subtle, yet deep-reaching technical update of our car all underpin the world-class strength, experience and ambition that exists at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ahead of the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. This morning’s technical presentation of the MP4-27 at the McLaren Technology Centre showcased a natural evolution of last year’s six-race-winning car and underlined the message that the new season is very much one of growth through strength and continuity.

McLaren_MP4-27_Technical_Launch_2012_.jpgAfter finishing second in both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2011, our aim for the new season is to fight for both world titles from the very start of this year’s campaign. Evolutionary design of MP4-27 masks overhaul of all major systems
While the all-new Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 closely resembles last year’s multiple race-winning car, the 2012 chassis has been substantially revised from the ground-up, with all major systems updated or re-designed for the new season. The most evident visual differences include more tightly waisted rear bodywork, developed to improve flow to the rear of the car, and a revised cooling system, which re-directs the gearbox oil-cooler. Last year’s U-shaped sidepods have also been re-designed – a legacy of the FIA’s new exhaust regulations that redefine the shape of the rear bodywork.

Best driver line-up in Formula 1 retained for third successive season maintaining the belief in the validity of strengthened continuity, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is the only team in Formula 1 whose driver line-up consists of two world champions: Jenson
Button and Lewis Hamilton. Between them, they have scored 22 grand prix victories for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and are the strongest and most consistent driver line-up in the sport. Maintaining the partnership into a third successive season was merely a formality. Strength drawn from consolidation of engineering and race teams. On the technical front, our exemplary engineering trio Tim Goss (director of engineering), Paddy Lowe (technical director) and Neil Oatley (director of design and development programmes) once more remain at the forefront of the drawing office. For 2012, they will be joined by sporting director Sam Michael, whose arrival coincides with the re-organisation of our trackside personnel roster to ensure both growth and development within the group.

Away from the track, the team continues to develop, too: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes last year became the world’s first carbon-neutral Formula 1 team, efficiently managing its carbon footprint and purchasing carbon credits to completely offset its emissions. As well as continuing relationships of record-breaking length with partners such as Hugo Boss (31 years), TAG Heuer (27 years), Kenwood (22 years), ExxonMobil (18 years), MercedesBenz (18 years), Hilton (eight years) and Vodafone (six years), our new strategic partnership with GlaxoSmithKline continues to gather pace. Development and planning continue on the McLaren GSK Centre for Applied Performance, while GSK’s Lucozade scientists are busy developing a groundbreaking cockpit drinks formula to hydrate our drivers during grands prix in 2012.

Finally, in a year when the world’s spotlight will shine on London and the 2012 Olympics, we’re proud that equipment and technology pioneered at the racetrack by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and developed by McLaren Applied Technologies will be used by Team GB’s athletes in their quest for Gold this summer. Following a one-day private shakedown, Jenson will begin track testing of the MP4-27 at Spain’s Circuito de Jerez on Tuesday February 7.

Driver Line Up:

Age 32
F1 highlights:
Titles – 2009 world champion
GPs – 208
Wins – 12 (five for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)
Poles – 7
FLs – 6
Points – 811
Websites –
Twitter – @jensonbutton

Jenson Button joined Vodafone McLaren Mercedes as the newly crowned world champion at the end of the 2009 season and re-signed a new multi-year deal with the team last autumn. His runner-up position in the 2011 world drivers’ championship, including victories in Hungary and Japan and a career-best last-to-first final-lap win in Canada, along with nine further podium finishes, underlined his credentials as one of the most respected and complete drivers in Formula 1 history. The 2012 season will mark his 13th season in Formula 1.

Age – 27
F1 highlights:
Titles – 2008 world champion
GPs – 90
Wins – 17 (all for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)
Poles – 19
FLs – 11
Points – 723
Websites –
Twitter – @lewishamilton

Lewis Hamilton made his Formula 1 debut with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes in 2007, immediately making headlines for his supremely assured blend of speed, wisdom and sheer audacity on the racetrack. A world champion at the age of 23 and, uniquely, a race winner in all of his five Formula 1 seasons, Lewis remains one of the fastest, most gifted and compelling drivers in F1 history. At the end of 2011, he threw himself into a series of intense preparations ahead of the new season, training at high altitude in Colorado and at home in Switzerland.

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Louis Vuitton: La Dolce Vita

Louis Vuitton are opening ‘Roma Etoile’, their new maison in the historical Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, 20 years after they opened their first store on San Lorenzo in the city’s Lucina Square.

The iconic building has been completely transformed to offer visitors a visual and sensory experience housing some of the most prestigious creations of the house.

Handmade Cinema, a documentary produced by Luchino Visconti di Modrone and directed by Guido Torlonia, is also being made to mark the start of the project, and celebrate the association with Louis Vuitton and the art of cinema.

The formal opening will take place on 29th January. For more information, log on to:

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SIHH 2012 – Cartier Interview

Salon de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2012 – Interviews

Bernard Fornas, CEO of luxury jeweller and watchmaker Cartier, talks to CNN’s Monita Rajpal.

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SIHH 2012 – Roger Dubuis Interview

Salon de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2012 – Interviews

Jean Marc Pontroue, CEO of luxury watchmaker Roger Dubuis, talks to CNN’s Monita Rajpal.

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SIHH 2012 – Baume & Mercier Interview

Salon de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2012 – Interviews

Alain Zimmerman, CEO of Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier, talks to CNN’s Monita Rajpal.

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SIHH 2012 – Van Cleef & Arpels Interview

Salon de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2012 – Interviews

Stanislas de Quercize, the CEO of luxury jeweller and watchmaker Van Cleef & Arpels talks to CNN’s Monita Rajpal.

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Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie 2012 Preview

VCA_Montre_Midnight_Poetic_Wish_timepieceThe 22nd Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is well and truly underway!

Taking place in Palexpo, Geneva between January 16th to 20th, with eighteen fine watch brands and an unprecedented exhibition of clocks, this intimate, invitation-only event attracts over ten thousand visitors eager to get a first view of the latest novelties from a stellar line up of brands.

Urban Life will be covering the SIHH with a substantial post-event feature in the magazine. In the meantime, we will be bringing you regular updates with news and interviews, courtesy of our friends at CNN.

The story of Poetic Wish – Van Cleef & Arpels

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Wireless Sound for Today’s Lifestyles

Blue Aura Launches its Sound Designs for Today’s Lifestyles.

It’s time for a new name in the UK audio market and that name is Blue Aura. Its founders have capitalised on their more than 30 years in the Hi-Fi industry to bring a totally fresh approach to new products that appeal to the most discerning music fan whilst fitting neatly, practically and elegantly into today’s lifestyles. The love of music and faithful rich sound hasn’t changed but the way we get our songs – whether via the internet, computer drive or MP3 – has. That’s why Blue Aura has developed these new exciting alternatives to the conventional audio system that also recognise how we now want our homes to look.

Blue Aura’s UK debut features two must-have products: The first of which being the WS80i Wireless Loudspeaker System. The ultimate in space-spacing and sound fidelity, the WS30i Active Monitors provide the perfect compact multi-use listening experience. Fitting neatly on desktop or tidily sandwiched on a bookshelf, these advanced multi- media speakers close the gap between computer speakers and home audio, enabling you to get the most out of sound – and space. Perfect for your iPod, TV or your computer, Wireless joy, the WS80i Wireless Loudspeaker System allows you to send the signal from any device – be it your MP3, your computer or your traditional Hi-Fi to the speakers which you can place anywhere in your home. With the amplifier integral to the unit, there is no need for external amplification. Priced at just £399, the WS80i delivers not only the most faithful sound but also a clean, elegant design – without the mess of cables – anywhere in the home. Thanks to its styling and luxurious finish, the WS80i stands out not only in performance but also design.

With a firm belief in providing great performance and exceptional build quality whilst incorporating the latest technological developments in electronics and manufacturing, Blue Aura will feed your passion for music and design excellence.

For further information, log on to the website:

(This is taken from a press release. look out for the speakers featured in the magazine shortly.)

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Montblanc – Collection Princesse Grace De Monaco

MONTBLANC Launches Collection Princesse Grace De Monaco at  the Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 1, 2011 in New York City

The Oscar winning actress Julie Andrews was honoured at a glamorous black tie ceremony hosted by The Princess Grace Foundation. The 29th Annual Princess Grace Awards Gala took place in the presence of T.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, in their first U.S. visit since their July wedding.

At the gala, there was a special tribute to the Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco, as it was premiered in the US for the first time demonstrating Princess Grace’s enduring style and sophistication.

VIPs and celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Natalie Cole, Olivia Munn, Martha and Rufus Wainwright enjoyed a spectacular evening of food catered by Cipriani, with awards and dancing to DJ Clockwork.

All images © Getty

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We are hiring!

Due to some exciting developments and the on-going expansion of Urban Life and related products, we are currently looking to increase on our roster of freelancers and contributors for the following:

* graphic and web designers
* writers/bloggers
* sales and marketing professionals

Experience is preferable, although we will be also be looking to fill some junior positions, therefore the right candidates will possess a can-do attitude and are able to show initiative in all they do.

All prospective applicants are requested to send in a covering letter with a current CV in the first instance to:

Please note: as we expect a high volume of responses, we will only respond to those that have passed the first round of our selection process.

Thank you

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Monaco Yacht Show 2011

We are covering the Monaco Yacht Show for the first time!

We will have a round-up of one of the biggest and most prestigious yachting events in the world, with plenty of news, analysis and expert commentary from this ultra-luxury sector.

Look out for the coverage in the next edition…

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Only Watch 2011

Only Watch - Van Cleef & Arpels De la Terre â la Lune LR ii

We are pleased to announce that we will have a special post-event feature of this year’s Only Watch, taking place in Monaco on the 23rd of September.

Our resident watch experts and contributors Watchonista, who also happen to be the social media partners for Only Watch, will be sharing all the nail-biting action from the high-profile auction on the night.

Only Watch - Van Cleef & Arpels From the Earth to the Moon watch
There are 40 exclusive one-off time pieces, from some of the most highly regarded luxury watch houses, that have been created especially for this auction. All proceeds will go to aid research in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a highly debilitating and rare neuromuscular disease affecting one out of every 3,500, meaning 250,000 children, teenagers and young adults globally.

The auction takes place during the Monaco Yacht Show, and is under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Look out for the coverage in the October edition…


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Sacramento Plastic Surgeon on the Possibility of Breast Implant Bombs!

Sacramento, CA August 11, 2011 (press release):
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was recently briefed by the federal government on new intelligence that shows terrorists could be using breast implants as surgically implanted bombs. At his Sacramento plastic surgery practice, Dr. Charles Perry discusses the likelihood of such an event, and how a terrorist could turn a procedure like breast augmentation into a potentially destructive threat.

The federal government recently briefed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on the potential threat of breast implant bombs [1]. While the information does not constitute an immediate threat, Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Perry says the ability to turn breast implants into bombs is a real possibility. “Conceivably, a sterile device could be manufactured that would detonate inside a breast implant. All it would need is a propellant, an igniter, and a detonating receiver.”

However, Dr. Perry says he finds it extremely difficult to believe any doctor would so blatantly ignore their Hippocratic oath to do no harm. He adds that even if a doctor were to cast aside his extensive training and commitment to helping people, the breast implants turned explosive devices would have a different appearance and feel.

Despite the ability to conceal a device from the naked eye, Dr. Perry believes the advanced body imaging devices used by the TSA would be able to detect a breast implant bomb. However, he adds that while a device someone had swallowed or implanted elsewhere on the body would look suspicious, a device within a breast implant may not warrant a red flag.

Regardless of the potential that exists for using cosmetic enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation to carry out a terrorist plot, Dr. Perry says he remains doubtful. While this may be a viable option conceptually, now that the TSA and federal government are aware of the threat, he says the ability to successfully implant and detonate a breast implant bomb seems unlikely.

About Charles Perry, MD, FACS
Dr. Charles Perry earned his medical degree from the University of Washington. He then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Arizona, and his plastic surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Perry is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Perry specializes in an expansive spectrum of cosmetic enhancement procedures, ranging from laser skin resurfacing to liposuction, to the mommy makeover in Sacramento.

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Ditch the Botox: The first collagen drink is launched in the UK to combat ageing skin

Pure Gold Collagen picPress Release: The first ever drink supplement to combine hydrolysed collagen, hyaluronic acid, borage oil and vitamins, to tackle ageing skin is being launched in the UK.

Pure GOLD COLLAGEN® is one of the new wave of nutracosmetics to be launched in the UK, which offers an alternative way to combat wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin from the inside out. Pure Gold Collagen combines hydrolysed collagen and hyaluronic acid, which work together to add moisture and plump the dermis; the deep levels of the skin. Hydrolysed collagen has been proven in clinical trials to improve the skin’s elasticity, moisture levels, smoothness and prevent the formation of deep wrinkles and fine lines.

Collagen beauty drinks are already being snapped up in Japan by women, but until now haven’t been available in the UK.

Pure Gold Collagen’s key ingredient is 5g of hydrolysed collagen, or Peptan, which is highly digestible and helps the skin preserve its strength elasticity and firmness. What makes Pure GOLD COLLAGEN® unique is the addition of hyaluronic acid which encourages the efficient adoption of collagen by the dermis (lower layer of the skin).

One of the main benefits of taking these ingredients orally, in a drink, is that they get to work on the lower levels of skin or dermis, so is far more effective than skin creams which only work on the epidermis (outer skin layer). Pure GOLD COLLAGEN® comes in 50 ml bottle and should be taken every day preferably for 4 weeks to see the best results.

Clinical trials that were carried out in 2008 in France, on the use of 10 ml per day of hydrolysed Collagen Peptan for 12 weeks, produced noticeable results. The 47 participants showed a 28 per cent increase in skin hydration, 19 per cent increase in skin suppleness, 26 per cent smoothing of micro relief furrows and 30 per cent decrease in wrinkles.

Pure GOLD COLLAGEN®contains 5g of collagen (and not the 10 ml used in the trials) and its next generation formula with several active ingredients including hyaluronic acid, borage oil and vitamins, increases the bioavailability of collagen and absorption into the dermis.

The benefits of drinking a supplement over tablets are that a drink can include about 50 times more nutrients and active ingredients than pills because it is bigger in volume. A drink is also more appealing than popping a pill and the taste is far more pleasant. This is because the process that is used to extract the ingredients is very advanced so the flavour from any ingredients, like fish is not present.

This is from a press release issued 11th August 2011. (We have not tested or reviewed this product)

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London Jewellery Week Special

This June, a week packed full of events will be taking place throughout the capital showcasing the best of emerging and established talent from the UK jewellery sector.

With plenty of activities and workshops being planned throughout the week, fashionistas and jewellery aficionados everywhere will get unprecedented access to designers and retailers showing off their wares to the trade and public alike.

There will be plenty of opportunities to meet with key designers and retailers – many of whom will be opening their doors giving unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the general public – as well as engage with, commission and buy direct from designers taking part.

Look out for our extensive coverage in the next edition in July; from the key events and VIP parties to award ceremonies, all taking place throughout the week. And of course we will also feature some amazing designers and their collections, so don’t forget to order your copy in advance!

In the meantime, we are running an exclusive competition for Urban Life readers in association with the organisers and sponsors of London Jewellery Week. Details and entry form on the opposite page to the right.

London Jewellery Week takes place between 6-12 June 2011.

For further information, list of participants and schedule of events, please log on to the website:

And don’t forget, we have three VIP prizes up for grabs with our competition with LJW! Click on the Competitions link on the navigation above to enter online…

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