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Dan's must-haves of award winning S-Beauty Brands
Hi again everyone,
Today I want to share some more information with you about last year’s winners at the Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards. Two of these brands are repeat winners while one is a brand new company that has made a huge impact on the industry!
Let’s start with BEST ANTI AGEING PRODUCT GOLD WINNER which was Founders Formula with the their marvallous Australian Botanicals Pro-Aging Treatment Concentrate Serum
Founder, Annie Holden launched the company last year after being inspired three years earlier after visiting the Cosmoprof beauty trade show in Bologna with her friend. Noticing that Australia was badly under-represented in the beauty world she made a decision to change that, especially as she knew that Australia’s plant-life is renowned for their active ingredients and their potential for skincare.
BEST TONER GOLD WINNER was Bruns with their N°103b Green Mist Unscented. This Swedish company was initially created by Johanna as a hairdressing salon. Later, another experienced hairdressing professional Cecila bought into the company. The duo wanted to make safe, natural hairdressing products and avoid the chemicals and their effects which they’d seen too much of over their careers. Their objective was to make hair products that were free of harmful chemicals and with help from Johanna’s 75 year-old father Per, an expert in the composition of raw materials, they created their first products
Then, we have Eleni & Chris who were BEST CONDITIONER GOLD WINNER with their CurliMin Defining Conditioner.
This brand is the result of a mother-daughter collaboration and despite having very different approaches, Inger Ellen and Christinah Nicolaisen share a strong drive to create the best products possible, taking great inspiration from the Scandinavian roots.
Whilst they differ in their background and approach, Inger Ellen and Christinah share an extraordinary level of drive, passion and creativity, rooted in and inspired by their Scandinavian home. The partnership of these women is founded in mutual respect of the strengths that they each bring to the creation of beauty products embodied by their unique spirit. The brand began in 2015 when the pair made the decision to use local ingredients, particularly berries to create a range of products. I have visited Scandinavia several times and I love how passionate the inhabitants are about their berries. Cloudberries in particular are particularly precious, almost impossible to find outside of Scandinavia and difficult to find even there. However, research and laboratory analysis showed that the cloudberry is full of vitamins as well as calcium and magnesium. This is a truly unique product and a wonderful example of Scandinavian Ingredients.
Thanks again for joining me as I learn more about the people and the stories behind last year’s winners. Each company has their own unique raison-d'etre yet we all share common ground with our love for good-quality beauty products. That’s one of the things that makes running these awards so rewarding and fun!
We cannot wait for the 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards, we just know that its going to be even bigger and better than previous years!
I’ll be back soon! Ciao for now!
Gold Winners from the 2021 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards - NIOD, Swati Cosmetics and Mantle
I enjoyed writing the last blog so much that I started this one right after finishing it. Today we’ll look a bit more at brands which were successful at the 2021 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards. As you may have guessed from the last blog, I really enjoy learning about the stories behind the brands and understanding what motivated them to start their own business, no mean feat, and try to enter an already crowded and competitive market! The three companies I’m looking at today all have their own unique stories to share and learning about them really helps me to understand the passion and the people behind the products that we use every day! So, with that said, I bet you can’t wait to see what these stories are so I won’t waste any more time!
GOLD WINNER for BEST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT was NIOD for their Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1
NIOD (Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science) say that they have one goal “to be at the very edge of science). Founder, Brandon Truaxe” also states that the company is not influenced by trends but strives to always be at the forefront of new discoveries and technologies, with a commitment to a client base that are inspired by quality and innovation rather than marketing or price. NIOD is part of the Deciem Brand which has a partnership with The Estee Laude Companies. Brandon posted a very interesting open letter detailing the background of the partnership, a real insight into how important the company’s values are to him (and co-founder Nicola Kilner).
Let’s now take a look at the EDITORS CHOICE GOLD WINNER which was Mantle with their fantastic Dream Mask.
Co-founder Josefin Landgård was experiencing a difficult time during her personal and professional life before starting Mantle. Suffering from a lack of sleep and an extended period of stress as well as looking after her family, it must have been a really tough period for her until she discovered the health and skin benefits of CBD and met her co-founder Stina Lönnkvist. This really turned things around for her and Mantel are now a well recognised and respected company and were favourites of our judges who eagerly chose them as their Editors Choice winners!
Finally, we have Swati Cosmetics who were the BEST VEGAN BEAUTY BRAND GOLD WINNERS.
Swati proudly share the beautiful story of how two people falling in love led to the creation of this excellent brand! Swedish entrepreneur Vishal Nanda met Indian Make-Up artist Swati Verma and they quickly fell for each other! Vishal was mesmerised by how she managed to change her look until learning that the secret was her coloured contact lenses. This lightbulb moment and dream team partnership resulted in the launch of Swati Cosmetics in February 2019, a new beauty brand which celebrates diversity, inclusivity and fun!
Well, I think you’ll agree that those are three really unique stories behind the winning brands. It’s really great to know just how much creating the best possible products means to the people working on them and it's wonderful that we get to appreciate and recognise their effort with the Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards.
Thanks for joining me on this little trip, I’ll be back very soon but until then…
Ciao for now!
Hi again everyone!
Yikes, January is already over! That was quick!!! I am enjoying watching the evenings gradually get lighter though! As much as I am always disappointed when, after all the build-up and excitement, Christmas is over, I can’t wait for spring and summer to arrive!
Big News! The 2022 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards have been announced! We are receiving entries from new brands who haven’t entered before and, as always, we are so excited to assess the increasingly impressive products which enter. We also have sent our their gorgeous winner's trophy - the pespex looks so great sitting on glass to promote your win to your customers and clients.
Today I’d like to remind you about some of the 2021 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards winners!
Let’s start with BEST CLEANSER GOLD WINNER, Dr.Ankerstjerne with their WASH The Day Off facial cleanser. On their website, the company leads with the following line “
Developed by Norwegian doctors for Scandinavian conditions”. I love this as I think it beautifully and succinctly represents the brand while also reinforcing trust in the quality and research behind the cleanser! Additionally, it’s reassuring to know that skincare products which are designed to work in the cold scandinavian winters will also work for our team members based in London and Northern italy!
Founders Stine and Andre Ankerstjerne prefer to run a small line of products and to concentrate on making them as effective as possible. The couple spent five years conducting research and performing testing before launching the brand in 2018.
Meanwhile, BEST MOISTURISER SILVER WINNER was Transderma M for their Moisture Serum. Having spent over 30 years researching natural antioxidants and vitamins, Dr. Alvin Ronlán applied his wealth of knowledge and expertise to create the vitamin skin serums which make this Swedish brand one of the best products on the market. One of the main objectives for Transderma M is to support long-term healthy skin. Recognising that as we age, the vitamins that reach our skin via the food we eat gradually reduce, this company aims to provide a targeted approach, directly applying vitamins to skin cells to provide a revitalised and healthy look.
The Gold Winner for BEST HAIR PRODUCT went to Owow Kit - which also happens to be 30% off in their January sale! Founder, Georgiana Grudinschi believes that the key to looking good lies in products which are simple, convenient, healthy and ethical. In her story she explains how she used to love getting conventional chemical treatments on her hair but began searching for a more affordable alternative! Through her research, she discovered how damaging some of those treatments she had been using could be for her health and became determined to create a solution that would give great results but not at a price to her health or indeed to the health of the planet.
OK! That’s just a quick look at three marvellous brands which I urge you to check out! Also, don’t forget that the UK, ASIA and USA Global Makeup Awards for 2022 went live earlier this month and there is still time to enter!
I’ll be back very soon with a look at some more success stories from the 2021 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards.
Until then, ciao for now!
Winners showcase for the 2021 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards
Hello everyone and Merry Christmas,
It's Dominique here :)
Just a super quick post to say that the 2021 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards have been announced today.
We had an astonishing number of entries - a whopping 150 Scandinavian beauty products were entered into this year's award. You can read the full winners showcase in our free online magazine called Global Makeup Awards in the link above. Feel free to share with friends too: https://www.flipsnack.com/globalmakeupawards/scandinavia-2021-global-makeup-awards.html
We had some great new brands enter this year such as The Ordinary. One of their Gold Wins included:
BEST FACE MASK GOLD WINNER -
The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque -
The Global Makeup Awards team loved how refreshed our skin felt after using this Salicylic Acid facial mask.
Another new brand entering was Transderma - they had two silver wins
BEST MOISTURISER SILVER WINNER
Transderma M Moisture Serum.
BEST NIGHT CREAM SILVER WINNER -
Transderma Vitamin A nighttime Serum
This is a lovely Danish brand with hard-working moisturisers and serums that really work to tackle the effects of anti ageing while leaving skin feeling nourished.
Another great new brand entry was Swati Cosmetics who achieved a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze wins in this year's 2021 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards. With their range of coloured lenses (which won gold!) and their eyelash glue / liners and fake lashes, they had a myriad of incredible pieces to make you glam in seconds. They are also a vegan friendly brand and Swati Cosmetics won gold for Best Vegan Brand in this awards too.
Another win for them was for :
BEST MASCARA SILVER WINNER -
Swati Cosmetics OYNX Lash Booster Mascara
What an incredible deep black mascara that stays all day. It looks even better when used with their colours lenses.
One of our gold winners for Editor's Choice was - Mantle's The Dream Mask. This is a night time dream product which presses the reset-button for for your skin and aids recovery and the regeneration process. The night mask helps to boost collagen production, promotes longevity and restores plumpness.
This is just a little sum up for some of our new entries, but do read the free magazine to learn more about all the incredible brands who entered for the Scandi region this year. Our Nordic cousins are known for their minimalist, high quality ingredients, and this year definitely did not disappoint with the incredible range of high quality entries.
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, and see you on 6th January for the opening of our Global Makeup Awards for UK, ASIA and USA.
Peace and love
Foreo - Scandinavia's cult classic beauty device
Wow! We are amazed at how many entries have been coming in for the 2021 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards. If you haven’t entered your brand yet, don’t worry there’s still time as you can enter until November 25th 2021.
Then on December 20th 2021 the winners will be announced online (in our free online magazine and on the website). We can’t wait! It’s even more exciting than Christmas for us! Really! Well, as exciting then!
Much like in previous years we have received a very high calibre of products. As I mentioned in the last blog, Scandinavia is known for high quality minimalist products so expectations for these awards are high! We really love the Scandinavian approach to beauty and to business so we are really happy to put on these awards!
To warm us up for the imminent awards, let’s look at one of the most famous Scandinavian beauty brands, Foreo, which specialises in electronic cleansing devices.
Why is Foreo a cult beauty classic? Famous across the world, in last year’s Global Makeup Awards they took Gold for Best Beauty Tool with their wonderful UFO 2.
In case you are wondering what UFO 2 does, here are some more details. Described on their website as “A beauty spa in the palm of your hand” the UFO 2 devices provides instant warming which enables mask ingredients to infuse deep below the skin’s surface before cooling which assists the shrinking of the skin’s pores. It also features a full spectrum LED light which reduces signs of aging and helps to revitalize skin. Finally, it also includes a massage function which relaxes muscle tension points and boosts skin radiance.
Founded in a little office in Sweden in 2013, Foreo has quickly grown from a team of two to a worldwide team of 3000! They’ve sold over 36 million products to date and have customers in more than 75 countries. Their first product, LUNA, a sonic and silicone facial cleansing brush, was launched in 2013 and revolutionised the beauty industry by incorporating technology into people product application regimes.
If this sounds like the founders have a trailblazing attitude then you won’t be surprised to hear that the ethos at Foreo is built upon a ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude and the ever-growing team is carefully selected based on traits including a commitment to innovation. However, another important aspect of their philosophy is a commitment to kindness, decency and having fun. I think this really comes across in their brand and their products. The products are exciting so naturally the company is an exciting place to work!
If you are already a Foreo fan then probably not much of this is news to you but if you haven’t yet checked them out, please do so! You won’t be disappointed!
So once again don’t forget that entries are still open for the 2021 Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards. You have until November 25th 2021 to enter!
Thanks again for joining me for another blog and see you again soon!
Ciao for now!
Award winning American Beauty brands from the American Beauty Awards
Hi again everybody.
Dan here! We are absolutely delighted to announce the winners from the USA 2021 Global Makeup Awards. To see the full list of winners please check our magazine or visit our website here.
In the meantime, I would like to share a little more from behind the scenes of some of the winners.
First of all we have Pickle’s Potions who were the BEST CLEANSER GOLD WINNER
with their Strawberry smoothie cleansing balm as well as BEST EYE CREAM GOLD WINNER for their Raspberry Eye Gel. They also took SILVER for their Chai tinted lip butter in the BEST LIP PRODUCT category.
Devoted to #CleanBeauty this company pledges to only use 100% natural ingredients and avoids chemicals, artificial fragrances and colours, and of of course says no to animal testing. Before starting the Pickle’s Potions, their founder Kristin Mutchler was a self-confessed “skincare junkie” and amassed a wide range of different products for different situations. One day, while assessing the ingredients of the products which she had bought she realised that she did not know much about all the different chemicals and ingredients which she was using on herself! Her baby daughter also suffered from skin problems and needed skincare products to help, a doctor once prescribed a cream which included steroids, something that Kristin really didn't want to use on her baby’s skin!
So, she was inspired to set up Pickle’s Potions, where the products are clean, natural and safe for babies (and adults). I love Kristin’s story behind her products (it's clear how much the brand means to her), so please check out some of her wonderful products!
Another super brand which was recognised at the USA 2021 Global Makeup Awards was Organic Works. They were BEST NIGHT CREAM GOLD WINNER - for their Renewal Night Cream and were also voted BEST VEGAN BEAUTY BRAND GOLD WINNER.
While it’s great that there so many new companies championing #CleanBeauty, Organic Works are old hands, having been founded 50 years ago. They describe themselves as a clean, green, vegan, cruelty free, brand and don’t believe that natural beauty should be at the sacrifice of standards, quality or results! They also understand the strong correlation between Clean Beauty and Green Beauty, demonstrating a sound understanding of their customers and a commitment to listening to them. It is not surprising then that they have recently adopted business practices which ensure that ingredients are traceable, sustainably sourced and that packaging is minimised and recyclable
Finally, let’s take a quick look at BEST MASCARA GOLD WINNER, which was Dome Beauty with their Magnetic Mascara.
Founder, Mar Callone grew up in a diverse family environment and incorporates a 360° beauty concept into the company, a story which started with a commitment to clean living, natural ingredients and a love for animals and our environment. As a consequence, DOME BEAUTY products are made with clean ingredients and we can be confident that all packaging is recyclable and carefully chosen.
So, there we have some great brands whose fantastic work was recognised at the recent USA Beauty Awards.
In the next blogs we’ll look at the upcoming Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards which are now open!
Until then, ciao for now!
American Beauty Awards 2021
Read our free beauty magazine by clicking below:
We announced the winners to the USA Global Makeup Awards and as ever we were astounded by the entries from so many American Beauty brands who entered this years American Beauty Awards. All winners are promoted in our beauty magazine Global Makeup Magazine, and you can read each edition for free by clicking the above image.
Looking at the full scope of 'Made in USA' beauty brands, this season's magazine looks at America's best beauty brands. We also look in detail at what 'Made in USA' really means.
We had entries for skincare, beauty, hair care, body care and of course makeup. A range of incredible brands entered who we will be looking at in more detail over the next month from our blogger Daniel who reviews the brands who enter our beauty awards each year. As editor though, I really found the Best Shampoo / Conditioner entries really fun this year and loved all three of the following:
BEST SHAMPOO / CONDITIONER GOLD WINNER
Gold Dream Shampoo
BEST SHAMPOO / CONDITIONER SILVER WINNER
Graydon - Matcha mint hair smoothie (conditioner and detangler)
BEST SHAMPOO / CONDITIONER BRONZE WINNER -
Farmhouse fresh Rainbow Road® Body Wash
You can read the full list of winners from the USA Global Makeup Awards on our winners page here. Certain beauty trends we saw this year was the use of Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin hydrated. There was also a push towards green beauty, natural products and vegan, which seems to be a trend which is increasing year after year. Indeed, we have a whole green and clean awards dedicated to brands like this called the Global Green Beauty Awards which will be opening in March 2022 for our third edition.
Makeup is also a big innovation in the USA. In fact, Kylie Cosmetics which is made in the USA has become the global makeup leader. We had some fabulous entries for our makeup categories. Some notable Gold Winners from our American beauty awards are the following:
BEST MASCARA GOLD WINNER -
BEST PRIMER GOLD WINNER -
Silk Canvas Protecting Primer
BEST BRONZER GOLD WINNER
Stila Caribbean Dream Bronzer Duo
ALTERNA - winner in the 2021 Global Green Beauty Awards
It’s all about shine & smoothness this summer season... Our top product picks for creating the smoothest & glossiest locks The warmer weather can have damaging effects on our hair and can cause it to look dull and dry, as well as frizzy due to the humidity! With that in mind, we’ve put together our top product picks from ALTERNA Europe in order to achieve the healthiest looking locks this summer, which are free from frizz and flyaways and that are smooth with optimum shine! The kind of hair we all lust over! Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp and a good quality shampoo and conditioner are a must to help gently moisturise your hair and scalp.
The ALTERNA My Hair. My Canvas. Me Time Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner are the perfect duo for your summer hair care routine, helping to gently moisturise whilst enhancing shine, adding smoothness and improving manageability (which we all need more help with during the warmer months!). Switching your conditioner with hair mask every couple of days is a great way to give your hair further nourishment and conditioning too. Our ALTERNA My Hair. My Canvas. Cool Hydrations Nourishing Masque works to provide replenished strands with deep hydration, reducing breakage, frizz and static and improving the overall look and feel of the hair.
For if your hair is feeling extra parched and is severely damaged due to pollution and environmental over- exposure, add in some of our My Hair. My Canvas. Jelly Fix Repair Booster in to your mask to help reduce future damage, prevent breakage and to strengthen hair and improve manageability. Do you suffer with a lot of frizz over the summer months? The My Hair. My Canvas. Easy Does It Air-Dry Balm is one of our favourite products for frizz. A frizz-control balm, this product is great for helping enhance natural styles without heat application (which we all love to experiment with during the summer months!). It’s also lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down.
This product is also a handy staple to have in your handbag to fix your hair throughout the day/night if needed! If your hair does start to feel built up with products in the summer months, you can use a product like our My Hair. My Canvas. Meltaway No-Rinse Micellar Cleanser to absorb oil and sweat from the hair and break down product residue to make your hair feel shower clean! For shine our go to product is the My Hair. My Canvas. Shine On Defining Foam. This foam adds radiance, smoothness and manageability to heat or air- dried styles and is the perfect finishing product for your summer hair care routine. Alternatively, you can add our My Hair. My Canvas. Glow Crazy Shine Booster into your regular conditioner or hair mask to provide your hair with moisture, smoothness, manageability and an incredible high shine! There’s nothing well all want more in summer than Instagramable, super smooth, soft and silky hair that’s easy to manage! The judges loved this winning product range in the 2021 Global Green Beauty Awards.
British winners from the 2021 Global Green Beauty Awards
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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