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What have we taken away from 2020? Maybe that we are looking to pamper ourselves at home a bit more, and also that we are more aware of our health, wellbeing, body and environment. One product which takes all of that into account, is giving yourself a mini manicure at home with the green and clean brand called S'N'BIO.
S’N’BIO’S mantra is one for all of us to remember. We’ve had some of their super nail varnishes on tests and believe us when we say we would have been full of praise for this company just reviewing their products without being aware of the scientific pluses to complement production .
First, the product. S’N’Bio Natural Origin intense Gloss Lasting Wear varnish glides on the nail perfectly with each stroke. Some of us can hardly see our toes when applying and yet the end result was a perfectly even application. Top marks just for that. The colours are amazingly complementary, the gloss finish spot on. And it really lasts the course. So that’s the positives on the actual product but the production process really backs it up. One of our favourite shades is the taupe / mink natural shade that is very subtle. Another favourite is a bit more va va voom and is the ruby red shade.
HOW IT'S GREEN AND CLEAN
This plant based nail varnish is based on a vegan revolutionary formula combining the power of nature with an extremely rich long lasting nail colour. The natural composition is certified 85% vegetable origin ingredient. The double patented formula includes potato, corn, wheat, manioc, sugarcane and cotton. No damage to our nails or cuticles. They won silver in the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards for best Vegan Hand / Nail Product.
The umbrella brand, Safe 'n' Beautiful has more than just S'N'Bio. In fact, we were so impressed by the product that we are going to order their Snails products for our own little Princesses. This is a range of products specifically formulated for use by little ones and also includes a range of beautiful little hair accessories. The packaging is going to be particularly alluring to young beauties. For us this company can do no wrong.
Let’s say goodbye to. 2020 and look forward to 2021.
It’s not been all bad news. Coronavirus has seen such a lot of bad and sad news but the one positive aspect of it has been the world having to focus on where we have been going wrong and what we, as curators of the world, can do to endeavour to secure a much healthier life for our children and their descendants.
Let’s admit that some of us have had our eyes opened to what’s been going on around us. We know we have got to be much more proactive in positivity towards the planet. Some countries have always been much more aware of their environments and how to respect nature.
So keeping positive thoughts in mind the team have been really impressed by the Icelandic entrants to the Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards. Taking a pride of place on the winners shelf is Taramar. Their mantra is Working with Nature, not Against It. Founders of the company are two professors from the university of Iceland. One from the Faculty of life and Environmental Sciences and the other from the Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition. This is a company that does not mass produce their products at the expense of the environment and their workers. This is the Marine Superfood for the skin, based on compounds that are isolated from seaweed and kelp in an extract named Arctic Complex.
Their research has shown that the bioactives from the seaweed promote anti-inflammation and anti-oxidants. Taramar contain no toxins or hormone disrupters. The company also promise they only use food grade ingredients in their formula. The end result on a time scale level is only achieved by using extractions that in some case can take months to achieve. This reflects their increasing interest in slow cosmetic methodology. No quick fix here and we appreciate the way the company don’t promise immediate overnight results. The best things in life are worth waiting for!
Now to the nitty gritty! What did our judges think. Well, it was everything they could have wished for. From the classy packaging which is dark colours to protect the natural ingredients from being damaged by sunlight to the results the products actually achieve. We loved the wonderful tightness of Taramar The Serum and the cooling relaxing effect of Taramar The Eye treatment. Definitely a brand to look out for.
Hello you beauties,
This December brings the last month of the whirlwind that has been 2020, and we are choosing to go out with a bang by announcing tomorrow our last beauty awards for the year: The 2020 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards.
In this beauty magazine, you can read all the winners for 2020. It is so much fun doing our makeup and beauty awards region by region. In this year's Scandinavia region, we see the hottest brands from the brassicaly cold Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
The Nordics opt for a cleaner, and more eco friendly type of beauty - with product packaging often being recyclable, and the products itself often organic, non toxic and also usually non harmful to the environment. The products themselves are usually of extremely high quality and they tend to prefer a more minimalistic approach to beauty. Less is more, and the Scandinavians tend to prefer less bottles over more. Packaging, like the number of beauty products in their cabinet, is scaled black. There is more monochrome, more simplicity and yet more style.
There was a myriad of entries in this years 2020 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards and we had so many notable winners. For Hair and Body brands such as Rosenserien, to Sweden Eco, Eleni & Chris and Zenz Organic to makeup brands such as IDUN Minerals and Karmameju's beautiful new BB suncreams. We were excited to welcome this year SkinChemists, Dr Botanicals and Esse to the skincare categories along side past winners such as Barr Sweden and FOREO (who have launched their incredible beauty gadgets BEAR and UFO2.
Other notable winners are Icelandic luxury skincare brand Taramar - which uses algae at the forefront of their science. Primex Iceland - which uses Chitosan as its unique ingredient (sustainable prawn shells from the Atlantic Ocean). Marina Miracle showcased their incredible range, from their lash and eyebrow serum which was a winner in previous awards as well as showcasing their skincare range - we loved their sweet and creamy oil cleanser. Aiia was also a strong winner in this years awards with its high end skincare founded upon water based serums.
Winners in our beauty awards receive an entry on our website, an image and text in our online magazine and a certificate. Brands can even choose to further promote their win with a perspex trophy. The 2021 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards will return September 15th 2021. With over 300 entrants it's impossible to name them all in one post, but we hope you enjoy reading our favourites in Global Makeup Magazine.
Who knows what next year will have in store for us and the world. We were so impressed with all the brands ability to go with the flow all with the backdrop of a global pandemic which impacted staff working from home, warehouse organisation and postage logistics. In the face of such uncertainty, we know next year will be bigger and brighter as we saw such an impressive range of products entered. Products that can provide that much needed pick-me-up for those who have had to close themselves up at home with lockdown after lockdown enforced.
To all our readers - Thank You! We are so happy so many of you tune into Global Makeup Magazine, and we wish you the happiest of Christmas Holidays and New Years. The Global Makeup Awards commences again from January 1st, launching with our biggest region for the Global Makeup Awards and then followed shortly after by Global Green Beauty Awards - which celebrates all green beauty and eco beauty award winners.
Wishing you a safe December
Editor of Global Makeup Magazine
So we’ve all heard of K-Beauty which has become over the years an umbrella term for skin-care products that are derived from South Korea. However, a newer term in the world of beauty is S-Beauty - which stands for Scandinavian Beauty or Scandi-Beauty. Whereas K-beauty became famous in Europe as we were intrigued by their 10 step skincare regime - S Beauty is quite the opposite - looking at more minimalist products that have a higher efficacy.
In this year’s 2020 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards, we thought it would be interesting to delve deeper into the intricacies of S-Beauty. At its core, S-Beauty is about an all natural beauty look, often using natural products. When it comes to makeup, S-beauty favours a more subtle look using natural and earthy colours that enhance your own natural beauty. Packaging is minimalist, futuristic and bang on trend, much like their renown Scandi decor.
Self care while going through lockdown 2.0 is what is really important right now, and Scandinavians known how to hunker down and enjoy time indoor in the warm and cosy while it’s cold outside. In fact, Scandinavian winters are known for being sub-zero, and that can take a toll on the delicate skin on your face. S-Beauty with regards to skincare really looks at protecting your skin from the harshness of external factors like weather and pollutants while keeping it moisturised and nourished. An intensive serum is an absolute must for providing your skin with the protection it requires.
What are the other traits of S-Beauty? Minimalism goes a long way, and you won’t find a Scandinavians bathroom counter filled with thousands of lotions and potions. Quality and functionality are paramount. Less products which DO more. You’ll also notice more moisturisers with SPF, and also even up to 50SPF as they take protection against sun damage very seriously. Scandi’s aren’t known like brits for being abroad and sporting a bright lobster pink sunburn.
So who are the big names in Scandi Beauty right now? Perhaps the most well known in S-Beauty in the makeup world is Kkaer Weis, famous for high-performing, luxury makeup that is both certified organic and sustainable. In skincare, there is a myriad of names, as Scandinavians take their skincare routine very seriously. Despite being known as a nation of minimalism, they don’t skimp on the steps in skincare routine. Big name players are Rosenserien, FOREO, Eleni & Chris, Barr Sweden, Skogen Cosmetics, Primex Iceland and Mette Picaut, just to name a few.
S-Beauty goes further than just the products that you put on your skin and the earthy tones of the makeup you choose. It is a way of life. Balance is central to all things Scandinavian, which is part of their appreciate of ‘Hygge’. You need to balance the modern world with nature, and balance also your own like. A balanced and colourful diet is very important to them as well as finding time for themselves, and of course time to exercise. It is all tied in together - makeup, diet, exercise, inner wellbeing, in helping them to feel like the best versions of themselves.
With all the uncertainties right now with the coronavirus pandemic, we could all do with taking a leaf out of the Scandinavians book, and look at enjoying the smaller things in life and taking a more balanced approach. The next time you make a beauty purchase, why not try S-Beauty, and look for better ingredients, a more natural approach and see if it is an all rounder that can do more.
Just a quick blog post from the team here at Global Makeup Awards! We were all together and talking about our favourite beauty products that have entered our beauty awards over the years, and a special product popped up for all of us. Maybe because it is for a very specific part of your body, but we love looking after our chest, as it is one of the first places to show the signs of ageing, and we haven't seen many products that tackle the problem of a wrinkly decolletage!
The delicate skin of the neck, breast and décolletage is unique, as the skin in this area is thinner than the skin on the rest of your body and constantly under stresses from gravity, movement, abrasion and perspiration. It contains fewer oil glands, therefore pores here remain smaller and more narrow.
Elixir Extraordinaire Dry Oil Mist from Stellar Decolletage has been designed for just that! The mist is a dry oil that your spritz on your chest and it absorbs easily and doesn't leave you or your tops greasy. Not only does it help to diminish wrinkles, but it helps with the appearance of stretch marks too. Its secret lies in its blend of ingredients. It is enriched with a blend of Inca Inchi oil, rich in vitamin A, vitamin E and amino acids, macadamia oil containing omega 6 and 7, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, borage oil and shea butter.
Last year judges were wowed by this product - hence us all talking about it today. It won Gold in the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards. The oil helps to restore moisture balance, limits dehydration and helps to strengthen and rebuild your skin's natural barriers.
It also has anti-ageing properties because it is rich with antioxidants. The Elixir Extraordinaire Dry Oil Mist conditions and protects, leaving your skin soft and supple.
We all saw results after a couple of weeks of using and in fact, it claims to have long lasting effects - so fingers crossed from using this our chests will keep up with looking younger for longer. The product costs £68.00 RRP and is available from their website. To complete the set - they also have a gorgeous looking Velvet restore sleep complex. This is an overnight treatment for the Décolletage providing a plumping, anti-ageing and conditioning treatment. We haven't tried this second product for ourselves, but it looks like the perfect complimenting product to use at night for a totally smooth chest.
After a long, steamy summer the nights are drawing in earlier, heating is going on and time for a bit of cosy on down.
The Danish and Norwegians have a word for this. Hygge. A hug for the soul, mind and consciousness. Giving yourself a pamper and creating a feeling of ease and contentment. Hard in the current climate. It’s not just the weather assaulting our mind and body but the current pandemic is making us all keep to our homes whether by choice or legislation.
It seems an appropriate time to look at beauty products coming from our colder cousins, as they are the pioneers of S-Beauty aka Scandinavian Beauty. Think of all things Nordic, including the people, and the ability to keep fresh and strong comes to mind. People who have known how to take care of themselves in extremes of weather, keep safe, well and healthy. Great respecters of their environment and of themselves, and known for natural, clean beauty products. In fact, this is why we created the Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards - as those from the Scandinavian countries, have a wholly different approach to skincare and cosmetics, keeping things clean and natural.
We may not want to run naked through the snow to throw ourselves into a natural hot geyser but we would all like to know what pleasure is aroused buy this act. Because there must be a pay off!
So, we must look to the Skandi natural resources that we can use and indeed practice the respect they ave for our living world.
The judges have been long been admirers of SKOGEN products, who were winners in the 2019 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards and the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards. Not just because of Skogen Cosmetics fabulous packaging which in itself is worthy to grace the shelves of any discerning designer led aficionado but the contents are truly amazing. Our judges have had The Jasmine Collection on test.
Giving or receiving these products is an act of hygge in itself. The outer packaging is an extremely well manufactured box in royal blue but on opening the inside has been decorated with beautiful photographic scenes from the countryside. Just to get you in the right frame of mind. Every products differs with its interior. And sitting regally inside this gorgeous presentation box sit a violet blue capsule which seems to float inside a transparent outer covering. Even the men sit up and notice the beauty of the presentation of the SKOGEN Range.
The underlying theme of the serums and creams is Jasmine. This is a beautiful fragrance for those who don’t like their products too earthy. And luckily we are all different so it's lovely to have a fragranced option.
SKOGEN is a Swedish/US collaboration. Definitely a high end product the products have given great results. We love the fact that these luxury products still retain the criteria of being healthy and environmentally friendly. The Face Serum and Day Moisturiser leave the skin feeling wonderfully fed and radiant. Using the serum in conjunction with the Night moisturiser results in skin ready to face the day! SKOGEN EYE SERUM and EYE CREAM definitely helped this delicate area of the face minimising dark circles and invigorating this part of the face that many of us need help with. Especially when sleep has been hard to find!
Last but certainly not least the Judges loved the non surgical Face Mask. King Tut would have loved this product. Looking like a gold mask this product contains a full set of 12 treatments which are soaked in a highly concentrated serum. Ingredients include hyaluronic acid, algae extract, we carat gold and vitamins to leave the skin rejuvenated, deeply nourished and radiant. This product also importantly stimulates cell vitality to enhance firmness. Use it post procedures to stimulate healing. Use it to minimise redness and even skin tones. Or just use it for a bit of your own hygge!
Be sure to look out for other Scandi brands in the upcoming 2020 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards, where the winners will be announced on 10th December in Global Makeup Magazine. These beauty awards celebrate all things beauty and Nordic.
When the cutest of boxes filled with letters, info, stickers and products arrived on our doorstep we just had to sit up and take notice.
Open the box. And you immediately have the means to pass on a personalised gift to your own friends. Want to write a letter with a little gift. Of course you can! Something for you and something for them. What could be nicer. Life is for living and sharing isn’t it! You could bake a little Vegan dish for a favourite friend or maybe press some flowers. Some seeds from your flowers in the garden, maybe some veg you’ve grown. So many options and a beautiful on the move face cleanser!
You could have Christmas every day with Deardot. The ideas contained in the box give so many options. But keep with the idea of being organic, sustainable and natural.
We’ve had the box of Deardot Yuja Cleansing Seals to test. Beautifully presented in the sturdy re-useable cardboard box the seals are an absolute must to put in your overnight bag. Each small sachet contains a leaf of face cleansing seal (although they are great for emergency hand washes too). Just add a touch of water to the seal to activate and you have a ready made Vegan face cleanser without the fuss of carrying a bottle of liquid. We also think this a wonderful way to introduce youngsters to the concept of cleaning their faces properly at nighttime. No more pillowcases full of make up. A great way to get into the routine of thoroughly cleaning off the days grime.
But much more than this the company are committed to the future of the Dangyuja Seed, the extract from which is the unique ingredient collected locally on Jeju Island, by donating seeds to the seed Vault to ensure it’s survival. This plant has been used historically as a medicine and now its natural qualities are used to produced this Dear Dot product. Even better, if you inadvertently drop one of the sachets on the ground it will just become a part of nature within 6 months. The company also offer Yuja Sparkling Clean Powder, for a water spa in your own home for healthier, brighter skin and Hydro-Brightening Serum, a dropper of low-molecular hyaluronic acid for an instant brightening effect.
With the ethics behind this brand, and the quality of the product, we are proud to say that the Deardot Yuja Cleansing Seal won gold in the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards for Best Ethical Beauty Product and Most Innovative 'Green' Product.
We are going to pop one of these sachets into a letter to our friends and family. Maybe decorate it with a sticker and even use the string to make it something special. Deardot. You gave us some wonderful inspiration to keep in touch with our body, mind, soul and friends. You say it well, A letter from nature, letter to nature.
The 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards winners have been announced. Celebrating the best in Green & Clean beauty, the awards looks at the best beauty products from brands making an active effort to make their beauty products more eco friendly.
There are a number of categories recognising the best of Natural, Organic, Vegan, Sustainable, Plastic Free and Ethical products. From skincare, to cosmetics, from hair care to body care, you can now see which products are excellent and green and clean at the same time!
With over 300 entries, it was a competitive year for the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards. Read the winners in the list below, or read more about them in the e-magazine Global Makeup Magazine.
Winners list for the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards.
Best ethical beauty product
Gold - Dr.PAWPAW Scrub and Nourish
Gold - Deardot Yuja Cleansing Seal
Silver - EK Sunscreens Kawakawa & Tamanu Certified Natural Sun Protection
Bronze - Lavera Hydro Sensation Cream Gel
Green and clean beauty awards.... our entries close today!
Hi everyone and especially our green beauty lovers.
Just a quick update to all our blog followers that the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards close today for entries, 5pm GMT 15th July 2020. You have just a couple of hours left to cast your brand's entry in to this years eco friendly beauty awards which looks to celebrate those green beauty products, vegan products and ethical beauty ranges.
We have been absolutely flabbergasted with the amount of entries. As editor for the awards, I'm truly humbled to see so many brands, big and small, looking towards a more green ethos within the beauty companies. We have already had hundreds of brands enter into this years awards and we are hoping in the next few hours to see even more before the deadline rings in.
Beauty companies have already led the way with the LGBQ community, and now they are leading the green revolution too. We have seen so many brands which use sustainable packaging and have removed virgin plastic from their packaging. Other's use zero waste packaging and have everything completely disposable, from packaging to its carton.
Other brands look towards having greener ingredients, and have natural or organic (and sometimes both) within their ingredients list. We also have categories this year for those primal elements from nature which have huge benefits for the skin - shea, charcoal, aloe, honey to name just a few. We also have ethical categories - for those brands with a more ethical stand-point on beauty and perhaps look at sustainable farming, or how to give back to the farmers or the land / plants where the products have been made from.
We also have categories for vegan and cruelty free, as many brands are now making sure this is a fundamental step within their product creation in order to maintain a more clean and animal friendly company.
Our team is looking forward to judging the best of the best of these eco friendly beauty products with our green beauty awards. We are of course looking at products efficacy, but also the green and clean ethos around the beauty product and the beauty brands themselves.
The gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced in our magazine Global Makeup Magazine which you can read on our website home page www.globalmakeupawards.com which is the umbrella company for the Global Green Beauty Awards 2020. The awards will be announced online on 10th August and we cannot wait to show you who this year's winners have been. There has been such a mix of brands, we know you will be delighted to see such a range and to discover the best of the new eco friendly products.
Good morning! Daniel here!
It is a beautiful day here in Italy. Lake Garda is so much fun during the summer. There are lots of small festivals at each town with great food, drink, and music. The midday sun is so strong during July, I normally try and avoid going out as it can be quite exhausting and instead work on the Global Makeup Awards (the USA is currently open for entries!) and the Global Green Beauty Awards. However, on Monday I broke my own rules and went to the beach with my SUP board to cool off. It was great but later I noticed that my shoulders were sunburnt. They really seem to suffer, no matter how much sunblock I apply but I’ve been moisturising them regularly since and they feel much better! I better return to my trust favourite by EK Sunscreens - and put on their SPF factor 50 Kawakawa & Tamanu Certified Natural Sun Protection to prevent myself from any future damage!
Last night I skipped the AC/DC tribute band playing in the park across the road because this morning
I had an early start. A free 1-hour yoga session down by the lake at 6:30am. Such a perfect spot and
the air was still nice and cool.
Anyway, today I want to shine a little light on a couple of winners from the last beauty awards - the UK 2020 Global Makeup Awards. I would like to begin with BEST MOISTURISER GOLD WINNER: Primex Iceland for their amazing ChitoCare Face Cream.
Naturally I’m drawn to moisturisers with a high SPF number anyway but these guys are so much
more than that. With their Headquarters based in Iceland, it is inevitable that Primex Iceland is influenced by its geographical surroundings and embraces the rich natural products which are native to the area.
In 1999, they opened a hi-tech factory in Siglufjordur dedicated to the production of chitin and
chitosan which promote skin-healing and protection. In 2012 they were awarded “The Icelandic
Innovation Award” for creating popular, commercial products underpinned by solid, rigorous
scientific research and testing.
Recently, Primex has provided emergency staff in Iceland’s national hospital with ChitoCare Medical
products to relieve the pain and discomfort from cracked skin after using strong hand sanitizers and
to protect them from irritation.
Now for another winner. This year’s BEST SHAMPOO / CONDITIONER GOLD WINNER in the UK 2020 Global Makeup Awards was Biovène Barcelona for their Argan Oil & Mint Hydrate Repair Conditioner In-A-Bar.
Here at the Global Makeup Awards, we really loved this innovative company and product. Rather
than using the traditional conditioner design, this product comes in a bar containing natural Argan
oil, Peppermint, Macadamia oil, Beeswax and Shea butter. Not only is it plastic-free (always a good
thing), it also reduces water waste and increases efficiency (1 bar provides 50% more treatments
than a typical bottle).
Additionally, the company has a strong no-cruelty ethos as well as supporting vegan lifestyles and embraces the beauty of diversity across the globe.
Please, please do try their conditioner in-a-bar. This is a wonderful idea which should really catch-
OK, thanks for reading another In the Spotlight Blog. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I
enjoyed writing it. These guys are deserved winners of their beauty awards and I’m sure we’ll all be
hearing much more from them in the future!
Until next time, CIAO!!!
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