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Nu Skin, Vintage Beauty and Chitocare Beauty - a look into some winners from Scandinavia 2022 Global Makeup Awards
Nu Skin, Vintage Beauty and Chitocare Beauty - a look into some winners from Scandinavia 2022 Global Makeup Awards
We have a busy year planned here I have lots to write about and I really want to talk a little more about the 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards before we move on to our next adventure!
So, last week I wrote about some of the winners from the 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards which we announced before Christmas but just before I signed off I promised that today I would write a blog which focuses on the haircare gold winners.
Let’s begin by looking at the Gold Winner for Best Shampoo which was Nu Skin and their Smoothing Shampoo. The Smoothing Shampoo helps detangle and smooth frizzy hair for a sleek, flawless finish. Its carefully selected blend of mild plant-based surfactants gently removes buildup leaving your hair delightfully clean. They are also conscious with their packaging. All their shampoo and conditioner bottles are made with 100% post-consumer resin (PCR) and caps with recyclable materials. Nu Skin have a great track record at the Global Makeup Awards and I’ve written about them extensively in previous blogs so I won’t repeat myself here but it’s safe to say that they continue to hold their position as a major brand in the hair and beauty industry.
So, let’s move on to the Best Conditioner category! This year the gold went to Vintage Beauty for their Vital Dream Deep Care Conditioner with Karanja Oil. It is 100% vegan, not tested on animals, it is also GMO and paraben free. It has a pleasant and refreshing orange scent and leaves hair feeling cleansed and deliciously scented. I wrote briefly about the Vintage Beauty Brand when we first announced the winners last month as they have such an interesting and inspiring story as well as an excellent range of anti ageing products. Have you tried their Day and Night Firming Eye Contour set (a Golf Winner in the 2022 UK Global Makeup Awards) as it provides anti wrinkle effects in just minutes. I’m eager to write more about them but there just isn’t space today. If you happen to have time, I do recommend checking out their website where they proudly describe their journey!
So now let’s move on to the gold winner for Best Bath / Shower Product which went to ChitoCare for their Beauty Shower Gel. Formed in 1999 in Iceland, all Chitocare products are produced in Siglufjörður by Primex Iceland. They clearly have a strong ethos and are extremely innovative, often using raw materials that were previously considered waste while always following science and maintaining a strong respect for nature. Sigríður Vigfúsdóttir, founder of ChitoCare, was recently interviewed for the mbl.is website where she proudly spoke about the Gold win at the Scandinavian Global Beauty Awards! She said "This is a great recognition for this newest product in our ChitoCare Beauty product line". She added "This is a bioactive shower soap loaded with natural ingredients that cleanse, refresh and rejuvenate the skin. It contains antioxidants and a combination of active ingredients from the sea and Icelandic geothermal water, which protect the skin. But the shower gel contains precisely the patented ChitoCare chitosan that we produce ourselves and geothermal silica from GeoSilica."
The Gold award for Best Hair Masque / Treatment went to Eleni and Chris for their Scandimin The Blonde Hair Mask, This scandinavian mother and daughter team was founded in 2015 and have gone on to become one of the most exciting brands in the industry! This is another story I’m keen to write about in more depth in the near future! There just isn't space to do them justice in today’s blog but they are deserved winners of their gold!
In fact, I’ve already gone over my word limit! I’ll love you and leave you now but don’t worry, I’ll be back again soon with another blog!
Ciao for now!
UK 2023 Global Makeup Awards open 6th January
Hi everybody and Happy New Year to you all!
I’m back in Italy now but I had a really great Christmas in the UK and it was so good to see my family and also pop in and visit the rest of the Global Makeup Awards team. We ate, we laughed and we just enjoyed spending time together. It didn’t matter that the weather was foul or that we all seemed to pick up the flu, it was still a wonderful week!
Anyway, before Christmas we announced the Scandinavia Global Makeup Award Winners from the 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards and I gave a quick lowdown on a few of the brands who took gold.
Today, I’m going to do the same. I’ll save in-depth blogs for another day but right now we’ll just take a flying look at who won in some makeup categories and in a few cases check out some interesting stories behind their products.
First of all, the gold winner for Best Primer went to INIKA Organic for their marvellous Radiant Glow Veil. This brand was originally founded in Australia in 2006 and has gone on to huge global success, including major features in Vogue and Grazia. It comes as no surprise that they have been so warmly embraced in Scandinavia since they clearly share a lot of similar values regarding clean, toxin-free ingredients, sustainable business ethos and cruelty-free certifications. In fact, their current mission is to achieve pure plastic neutrality; hopefully this inventiveness and positive mindset will catch on!
Let’s look now at the gold winner for Best Foundation which was Lavinde Copenhagen and their NATURAL GLOW Liquid Foundation Cool Ivory 201 30 ml. This Danish brand was founded with the purpose of creating hypoallergenic skincare products and cosmetics free from parabens and perfumes. They especially enjoy creating products for pregnant women or breast-feeding mothers as well as anyone who wants to take good care of their body and avoid toxins.
Best Eye Product was a particularly competitive category but Purodoré Natural Skincare managed to take the gold with their Ceramide & Gold Firming Eye Cream. This independent, family-owned Finnish brand aims to create products which are both luxurious and sustainable. I’m quickly running out of space so I’ll just list a few other gold winners below!
Best Eyebrow Product
Alba Beauty Golden Bombshell Eyebrow Gel,
Best Eye Shadow
Alba Beauty mr mermaid Mineral EyeShadow,
Best Bronzer / Illuminator
Ecotan Coral Bronzer
Alba Beauty Just Browsing False Lash Mascara,
Best Lip Balm
Marina Miracle One & Only Lip Balm
Best Lip Product
Eco by Sonya Driver Lipstick Miami Rose
In my next blog I will focus more on some of the haircare winners from the Scandinavia Global Makeup Award Winners. In the meantime, thanks for joining me for a little look at some of the makeup winners, I’m looking forward to going into a bit more depth over the coming months!
Until then, have a great day and a wonderful 2023!
Ciao for now
It’s been a really busy period for us but working on the 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards has been so much fun and we’re so excited to announce the winners! It's snowing in London today, and it feels so appropriate to announce our Nordic awards with the views outside looking reminiscent of Scandi fjords.
The full list of winners is published in our free Global Makeup Magazine (just click the photo above to open in full size)but today let’s take a quick look at some of the skincare gold winners!
I’ve written about Icelandic brand Taramar in a previous blog so I won’t repeat myself here but it’s great to see this fantastic (and relatively new) brand continue to go from strength to strength, winning Gold for Best Moisturizer with their Taramar Hydration Treatment.
Another winner is one of my favourites, the Estonian brand Nurme. Using natural products, they also use beautiful packaging and are deserved Gold winners in our Best Night Cream category for their NURME Collagen renewal Night cream 50ml.
Let’s now look at the Gold Winner for Best Cleanser - AiiA Cleanser. This fantastic Danish brand was founded by an inspirational lady named Trine. Her story is so interesting though, that I wouldn’t do justice to it if I tried to tell it now but I’d love to dedicate a whole blog to it in the near future!
Taramar - The Gold for Best Serum went to Taramar for their Arctic Flower Treatment. Taramar has a long history of success at the Global Makeup Awards and this year was no exception as they continue to bring their unique method to the beauty industry. They are another brand which I have covered in greater depth during previous blogs so I’ll just give a quick synopsis of them here. Proudly Icelandic, all of their products are designed around isolated natural compounds found in their local seaweed and kelp. Really unique and interesting stuff!
Let’s look now at Gold winner for Best (Face) Mask -which was Purodoré with their Natural Skincare Regenerating Sleep Mask. This family-owned, Finnish brand also proudly uses local ingredients in many of their products! Amazingly (and coincidentally) , that ingredient is gold, but not just any gold! Previously, I had no idea that the planet's purest gold was found in Finland! There’s one for your family Christmas quizzes!!! In fact, the name Purodore translates into English as Gold Stream, inspired by the beautiful, clear rivers found in Lapland.
Finally, for today’s blog, let’s look at who took Gold for Best Anti Ageing Product which was Vintage Beauty and their Volume Serum 40+. This family business comes to us from the suburbs of Rotterdam via Budapest. The Szakonyi family consists of two successful entrepreneurs and 4 naughty children and have a fascinating story behind their wonderful brand. I wouldn’t do it justice to try and squeeze it all in now, it's definitely deserving of its own blog in the near future! I can’t wait to do it!
So, there we have just a very quick snapshot of some of the wonderful winners at the 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards. Working on these awards has been really fun and rewarding! Thank you so much to all the participants for once again pushing the benchmark higher! We’re so happy to recognise your hard work!
I’ll be back soon but until then, ciao for now!
Green Beauty Christmas Gifts
Green Christmas Gift Ideas
In the last blog we looked at ideas for shared family Christmas presents as well as experiences and days out as alternatives to gifts.
Today I’m thinking more about how we can give ‘Green’ gifts. You may already know from my previous blogs that I’m a big supporter of businesses that not only seek to make their products in an environmentally friendly way but go beyond that, carefully choosing suppliers with similar values and ensuring that their business practices in general align with the ethos that they are promoting. Similarly, it makes sense that if we are trying to live more greenly ourselves, this may extend into the gifts that we choose for others.
I sometimes think about how much progress Greta Thunberg had made, forcing world leaders to discuss the environment even though some of them clearly didn’t want to or at best paid lip service to caring about the health of the planet and its future. Yet, just as it felt like we were really turning a corner we were hit first by the Covid pandemic, then by the Ukraine conflict and now the living costs crisis. It sometimes feels like the governments once again pushed the Green Agenda to the bottom of the scrapheap so it's reassuring to work on the Green Global Makeup Awards and be able to see that despite current challenges, green companies continue to stick to their environmental principles.
If you are in need of inspiration for green gifts this Christmas, then look no further than the winners list from the 2022 Global Green Beauty Awards. This year there were over 400 entries, so you’re guaranteed to find something that will be cherished to whoever you give it to.
Here are the Top Editor's picks but check out our full winners list to find the winners in each specialist category!
Editor's choice are the Editor's favourites from the 2022 Global Green Beauty Awards
Well, those are today’s thoughts! Thanks again for joining me and I hope to see you again soon!
Ciao for now
Family Christmas Gift Ideas
I can’t believe it’s nearly December! Time to start thinking about what gifts to buy!
Speaking with Vienna earlier, she mentioned choosing a gift for the whole family. I think that’s a really beautiful idea as I feel it encompasses the spirit of the time to get a gift which can be shared and hopefully remembered, whether it’s a product or an experience! It’s also usually more cost effective too and I know we’re all having to be more careful with our spending.
As I look for inspiration through different ‘Best Family Gifts’ lists that have been published in the last couple of weeks, there are some nice ideas, like a home ice-cream parlour set but on closer inspection it seems like a fancy and overpriced (£81) way of adding chocolate and ‘hundreds and thousands’ to shop-bought ice cream. The same goes for the taco-making kit and the pizza making kit! I liked the ideas but I’m sure my money could be spent more wisely!
Now, something that has really caught my eye is the bluetooth karaoke microphone. Despite not being from a family of gifted singers, I can really imagine this being a fun way to spend the Christmas period together, especially in those days after Christmas where we’re all cooped up inside together after eating too much, watching too much TV and not getting enough daylight!
As for family activities, a trip to the theatre provides a memorable night that the whole family can enjoy. In London, there's some grips West End shows on such as Matilda, Lion King, Frozen, or for adults The Book of Mormon is always very funny! There is a lot on at the Royal Albert Hall - if you have kids then I can reccommend the Royal Albert Hall's Christmas Orchestral Adventure. If you are a bit older - then Home Alone in Concert sounds like a real Christmas cracker. I also enjoy visits to the zoo and although I haven’t been for years, there are more Christmas ice-skating rinks than ever!
Alternatively, perhaps your family would enjoy a spa-day together? It’s a great way to have a mini-holiday together and pamper yourselves, getting out of the house and drastically reducing the chance of any quarrels! I know that I get really excited about Christmas and I really enjoy the long build-up but then, after Boxing Day it’s suddenly all over and I can get a bit down. The short days don’t help but in recent years I’ve made sure to organise fun family days out during those days between Christmas and New Years and they’ve been much better!
However, if a spa day is not something that all your family would really enjoy, you could still treat them to some home pampering!
A good family face mask session might be a fun way to spend an evening! If you’re in need for inspiration then look no further than the Best Face Mask winners at the 2022 UK Global Makeup Awards:-
Best Face Mask Gold Winner
ARgENTUM apothecary - le masque infini
(the whole site also currently has a brilliant Black Friday deal of 20% off site wide with code BF2022 - perfect for such an exclusive brand as ARgENTUM apothecary!)
Best Face Mask Silver Winner
Templespa - Most Revealing
(Black Friday Beauty Hint - why not go for the TempleSpa Time to Glow Gift Set which is £60 which includes Just Revealing which alone has an RRP of £40. The gift set is also part of their promotion of 30% off if you buy another gift set!)
Best Face Mask Bronze Winner
Fusion by Danielle Collins Pro Lift Mask
So, there we have a few ideas for family presents and activities this Christmas! You might have your own suggestions! Please do share your ideas and stories in the comments! I’d love to hear them!
I’ll be back again very soon but until then, ciao for now!
More of our favourite beauty Christmas advent calendars
I hope you managed to get your entries to the Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards in on time! We’re going to have a really busy time in the run-up to Christmas but it’s absolutely worth it because these awards are so much fun to do! Then we can all have a well-deserved Christmas break!
Speaking of Christmas fun, beauty advent calendars are becoming increasingly popular and make a wonderful gift to a loved one. As much as I love the chocolate ones, I think it's great that finally there’s some more creativity around the tradition and it makes a lot of sense because December is a month where skin can really suffer from the weather. Personally, I find the Christmas period is also a lot more social than the few months preceding it so many of us will want to feel more confident when we are seeing friends and family who we haven’t seen in a while and meeting up with colleagues out of work.
Now, having just checked the leading fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazines, all of a sudden I’m not feeling so original as just in the last few days, they have all posted their own lists of the top beauty advent calendars. And they are long lists too, illustrating how popular these have become. Here are some of the titles:
Glamour Magazine - 59 best beauty advent calendars of 2022 containing makeup, skincare, fragrance & haircare goodies
Hello Magazine - 60 best Beauty Advent Calendars 2022
Cosmopolitan - 58 Best Beauty Advent Calendars 2022
I like how these lists cover not only the major brands in beauty but also include independent companies. They are also very clear regarding prices so we can quickly make a decision as to whether something is in our price range. I have to say though, the standards of the advent calendars are really high. The packaging is beautiful and they would definitely make fantastic gifts. We do need to make sure we are aware of the sizes of the different products. Many of the products are in travel-size or sample size containers so make sure you check before you buy. They all boast of huge savings compared to buying separately - but be sure to check any special products you have your eye on are full sized before buying.
If you are considering buying one of these, remember that you need to get them quick! Kiehl’s stunning and limited edition offer is already out of stock although you can register for notifications on their new website so you can be alerted once they are available again.
If, like me, you tend to leave Christmas shopping until the last minute then getting advent calendars in time for December 1st is not quite as simple as it seems but I do love how these traditions add a little bit of love and magic to each day in December and no doubt these are really thoughtful gifts for people who we want to feel special!
Thanks again for joining me. I’ll be back again soon but right now I need to peruse all the advent calendar gift sets a bit more!
Ciao for now
I love Scandinavia
I love all things Scandinavia - S beauty, the countries , the expos the Hygge!
How are you enjoying the recent transition of the seasons! As I write this on Sunday morning I’m thinking about going out for a hike in the mountains later. I love the clean air, being in the middle of nature, and the view from the top of the mountain. One side looks out across the lake and today the air is very clear so we should be able to see for miles. The other side looks out across untouched forest, a completely different world.
But first, I have some important information!!! Entries close for the Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards on Monday 7th November so you don’t have much time to get your entries in.
I really love Scandinavia and I also really love their beauty brands. Actually, I think I love the countries and the brands for the same reasons I love walking in the mountains. The appreciation of nature, the clean air, the connection to the planet.
I’m always impressed at how Scandinavian brands seem to be ahead of the game when it comes to green beauty and business responsibility so these awards are fantastic to be a part of. The standards of all the brands are so high, I honestly feel that Scandinavia is right at the forefront of beauty innovation and an example of how brands should be run.
Last year’s awards were so exciting to be a part of. We celebrated success with some of the area’s top brands including Dr.Ankerstjerne, White Lotus, Glam of Sweden, Rosenserien, Henrik Vibskov, Haan, Humderkin as well as many others.
Just writing about last year’s events is making me excited about my next Trip to Finland in May. Last time I went I was amazed by the hospitality of the locals and the beauty of the area. I enjoyed authentic sauna’s, camping in the forest, great food and some of the cleanest air you can breathe.
If you haven’t visited yet, I can’t recommend it enough. Actually, there are also some excellent Beauty expos coming up, beginning in Sweden with Eco Life Scandinavia Malmö 16. - 17. November 2022 | The leading sustainable living trade fair in Scandinavia. This event is specifically for vegan and free-from products, an area which many of last year’s winners have a great deal of expertise in. Then, in March 2023 there is the Hair and Beauty Finland Expo (18.-19.03.2022) which will take place in Helsinki.
Those are just some ideas for those of you who may be interested in a trip to the homelands of some of the best beauty products on the market.
More pressingly though, is the deadline for the 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards which is tomorrow! So if your brand is based in Scandinavia or connected to the area don’t hesitate to get involved so that all your hard work can be recognised.
I’ll sign off here and start making some sandwiches for my hike but I’ll be back again very soon!
Ciao for now
It's the final countdown! Entries close in 3, 2, 1!
Hello Beauty Lovers!
It's November the fourth and that means there's going to be fireworks in the air for a number of reasons! We've got Bonfire Night tomorrow and on Monday 7th November, entries for the 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards officially close! This is the fourth year we've run this beauty awards and it is getting bigger and better each year! We've seen so many beauty, skincare, cosmetics and haircare brands enter for this year's Beauty Awards for the Nordic regions.
It is also our last awards for 2022 and winners will be announced in December. As ever, we try to give you as much as possible for your win. Entrants not only receive an e-badge, but also a printed certificate and also a free entry in our online magazine with text and image about your well deserved award winning product. You are also mentioned on Global Makeup Awards' website too as well as highly promoted across our social media channels.
If you've yet to enter, you still can do so via this page of our site.
This is such a cozy time of year, we love seeing all the Christmas beauty buys in the shops, the Christmas advent calendars brought out and getting ready for the big Black Friday Beauty Deals. We'll be mentioning some of those big Black Friday deals in next blog, but in the meantime, we'd thought we'd show off some of our favourite beauty advent calendars - perfect for yourself or maybe for your mum, sister or other half.
Our top two are:
SPACE NK BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR (worth £770) and available for £172 as of this moment on their SPACE NK website.
It's full of cult classics such as OLAPLEX, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, Drunk Elephant as well as 2022 Global Green Beauty Awards winner - The Ordinary's Niacinamide.
Second on the list we adore:
LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Advent Calendar 2022. Worth over £500, yours for £95.
It is jam packed with Global Makeup Award winning brands such as INIKA, Aroma Active, The Ordinary, and Revolution:
Calling all Scandi brands - it's your last chance to enter our last beauty awards of the year!
It's your last chance to enter!
We've seen some absolutely incredible entries already from Scandinavian beauty brands for our last beauty awards of the year - the 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards. We've been blown away not just by the number of new product launches, but also by the re-branding which has been done. Following two years of COVID, we are now seeing a boom in innovation with fresh and new ideas coming from the beauty world. Self-care is at the forefront, and Scandinavia has always been a market leader in high end products and self care which is central to their hygge philosophy.
If you're still planning on entering - entries are open until 7th November (and we need products 2 weeks after this date).This awards is open for all brands who either are Scandinavian or sell in Scandinavia (via shop or post). All winners are celebrated in our online magazine which goes live on 12th December with an image and text. Additionally all winners are sent a paper certificate. Winners also of course receive an online winners badge as well as mention on our website.
This is our last beauty awards of the year and we can't wait to see what incredible S-Beauty brands enter. We're seeing green and clean beauty, minimalism and high quality ingredients across the board.
Categories are not just for makeup, but for skincare, beauty, haircare and body care.
Prices are £135 inc vat for one product in one category or £800 inc vat to enter up to 10 products in multiple relevant categories for each product.
You have until 21st November to get products to us, but the sooner the better so judges have more time to use the products and see the results.
SOME PAST SCANDINAVIAN WINNERS
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Spa of Iceland
Eleni & Chris
Happy Autumn! It's been a while
The 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards have opened for entries!
So sorry it's been a while. It's Dominique the Editor of the Global Makeup Awards here. Don't worry - Danny will soon be back to giving you his reviews of some of the amazing entries we had in the 2022 Global Green Beauty Awards.
I just wanted to pop on here for our followers to wish you a happy Autumn. After a month off (after a very busy year with the Global Green Beauty Awards and our Global Makeup Awards for the Uk, ASIA and USA, I'm delighted to be back at the computer to bring to you our last awards of the year - our 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards.
The 2022 Scandinavia Awards are held in Autumn / Winter for our Scandi friends, as they symbolise all things Hygge - crunchy leaves, the wild, fresh air, pure and natural ingredients, cozy firesides. The awards for this region are now in their fourth year and it's been so great growing over the years and watching to see how the Scandi brands have been changing and adapting and also their response with COVID in 2020 and 2021. Self care and looking after ones inner wellbeing has always been central to Scandinavian way of life. The winters are long and hard, and sometimes, to pull you through the long winter, you do just need a little bit of self care, a nice long bath, a skin care regime then some cozy pyjamas in a warm living room - maybe with a favourite book....or who are we kidding a bit of celebrity junk TV!
So - to all our Nordic friends - please be aware of the short entry dates this year - it is all being squeezed in so you can celebrate your win by Christmas. Dates are here.
For everyone else waiting on the UK, ASIA and USA GMA awards, as well as our 2023 Global Green Beauty Awards - these dates will be announced in December.
Wishing you a lovely Autumn and I hope you get to have a bit of a slower pace now the year is winding to an end.
Danny's updates on the beauty awards
Read more about the great brands who win the Global Makeup Awards and Global Green Beauty Awards. Mostly written by Dan in Lake Garda, Italy!
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