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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.
I’m just back from my trip to the UK and already suffering in the Italian heat! The good news is that last night I bought some mosquito screens for my windows so I can sleep with some fresh air and not wake up covered in bites! The weather was very pleasant in the UK and I slept really well! I’ve just heard that they are having another heat wave but I couldn’t have been happier with how the trip went! I had a great time in London. Not only was it wonderful to see my family and my GMA friends but I managed to sneak in a couple of concerts too and even a musical in the West End!
Anyway! Today I would like to tell you a little more about some of my favourite winners from the 2022 USA Global Makeup Awards.
First of all we have Juice Beauty who went home with the Gold Award for Best Primer
With their Illuminating Primer. Let’s take a deeper look into Juice Beauty’s beginnings and goals!
Juice Beauty was founded by serial entrepreneur Karen Behnke who, after falling pregnant and taking extra care about the ingredients in the wellness and skincare products she was buying, wanted to make sure she used only organic products that couldn’t potentially damage her or her baby. She has been passionate about environmentalism since she was a teenager in Michigan and her lifelong passion for wellness stems from this period when she battled a rare blood disorder.
With Juice Beauty, Karen wanted to create the kind of product which she had been desperately searching for herself! Her goal was to create luxurious and organic products which worked better than their conventional counterparts which were almost always filled with chemicals. In 2005 she started the company and spent 5 years working with top scientists to solve complex formulation challenges. Her products have been thoroughly tested and she can take great pride in achieving and surpassing the high standards she set for Juice Beauty!
Another of my favourite winners from the USA Global Makeup Awards is NeoNaturelle who won Best Serum for their C-Major Vitamin C Serum 23%.
Neonaturelle are committed to honouring their principles and lay them out clearly. The first is that they care a great deal about their customers and also the world which we share. They have made the decision to only use recyclable packaging, to avoid plastic and encourage customers to reuse the glass jars that their serum comes in. They are also dedicated to continuous innovation and treat each new formula with care and respect while ensuring that they are safe and effective. Neonaturelle are based in Richmond, British Columbia and have a wonderful blog which goes into great depth regarding information on organic ingredients and advice for vegans who are concerned about ethical options and ingredients to avoid!
Thanks again for joining me while I took a look at the background behind these worthy winners. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about them as much as I have!
I’ll be back soon!
Ciao for now!
I hope you’re all good! After tidying my garden, I then realised I had a lot of washing to sort out before my trip to the UK. Neverending washing! The good thing about this heat is that it dries super quick though. This heat wave reminds me of the great times I’ve had visiting Asia, where I was unprepared for the humidity and the monsoons that seemed to come out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly!
In my last blog I promised that today I would write about some of my favourite winning brands from the 2022 ASIA Global Makeup Awards and I am a man of my word!
I’d like to begin with the Best ASIA Beauty Brand Gold Winner which was Nature Tree. Founded in 1981, this Taiwan brand has developed and manufactured raw liquids to supply professional skin care salons for over 40 years, and is known as an expert in the use of raw liquids. Natural, professional, and affordable these guys have a wide range of projects as well as posting engaging and useful social media content.
Now, let’s take a look at the Gold Winner for Best Toner which was awarded to new Taiwanese brand L’oiseau Bleu for their International Suprême Doux. This product is especially good for those of us with sensitive skin since it includes amino acids and plant extracts. The result is hydrated skin which doesn’t feel at all tight! Much like other European brands which I have written about, the inspiration for this company came due to its founders (who are sisters) frustration at not being able to find a product which was suitable for their own suitable skin. Demonstrating an understanding of the uniqueness every one of us has when it comes to skin products, the sisters offer a try before you buy option, so you can test the products for yourself and see how it works for you.
The third brand I’d like to tell you about is THETREE who took Gold for Best Hair Product with their super Purify Hair & Scalp Tonic Treatment.
This impressive brand develops professional salon-level hair products tailored for Asians, and aims to create a safe product without adding any toxic ingredients. Their objective is to help millions of women to have beautiful hair and to feel good about themselves. Although this is an asian brand they have strong connections to Europe, particularly Norway and endeavour to make sure that all their products meet the strict EU quality standards. Their social media pages demonstrate excellent customer communication and a steady flow of new products joining the range. Definitely well worth a closer look!
Oh my goodness, I'm out of space again. After writing a few blogs on winners from the UK Global Makeup Awards, it’s been a real treat to look further into some of the winners from the Asia Global Makeup Awards. At first glance, the brands seem so different, in terms of marketing material, but once you really get into it, it's quickly apparent that we all want the same things from our beauty products!
Thanks again for joining me,
Ciao for now
Albus and Flora - SPF lip balm and winner in the 2022 Global Makeup Awards (a must-have for your holiday this year)
Phew! It's 37 degrees here in Italy. We are all struggling and even trying to sleep is really difficult! I’m lucky to live near the beach though so I’ve had some nice, refreshing dips in the lake although as soon as I get out I’m all sweaty again! I’m excited because I’m flying back to London this Friday and I can't wait to see my family and my Global Makeup Awards colleagues who I really miss! I’ve been looking forward to the UK’s cooler weather and I know it’s been pretty hot there too but I’ve just checked the iphone app and it’s looking like mid-twenties in the day and much, much cooler at night! Woohoo!
Last month I wrote a blog about winners of the Best SPF Beauty Products and how important they are not only during heat waves but even throughout winter. If you are heading anywhere hot this summer - it's crucial to remember an SPF lip balm as lips are so delicate and are better protected with a balm than sun lotion. A true holiday beauty must have.
In today’s blog I would like to look at some other great products which have the added benefits of including protection against UV rays.
The Best Lip Balm winner at the 2022 UK Global Makeup Awards was for SNOWBERRY RED Multi-active balm UVA|UVB SPF30 by Albus and Flora.
Albus and Flora was founded by physiologist Rachel Williams BSc(Hons), MSc(Dist) who previously had a 10 year career in academia which also involved publishing research and consultancy roles for Team GB at 3 olympic games.
Rachel’s inspiration for starting the brand came after skiing in the French Alps where she witnessed first hand the damage UV rays could cause to the lips. This led to her combining her expertise in physiology and science-backed research with her passion for natural botanics.
The brand also shares really valuable information and advice on how to protect our skin from sun damage. UV rays and pollutants create free radicals in the skin, which cause oxidative stress that can break down collagen. After a weekend in the sun, it's really important to counteract the damage free radicals can cause with plant-based antioxidants. Serums and moisturisers that have ingredients like green tea, vitamin C, and turmeric extract are the best for treating skin after sun exposure.
A look at the brand’s ingredients policy also shows a real commitment to natural ingredients and a solid understanding of the chemicals which are commonly used in cosmetics and the harm they can do to us. In addition to finding natural alternatives to harmful chemicals, the products are also fragrance-free. Furthermore they also strive to use ingredients which are sourced in a sustainable manner and are devoted to using 100% recyclable cardboard in their packaging. Naturally they also avoid any kind of animal testing.
If you haven’t already checked out their lip balms, I urge you to do so! This blog has also been a great reminder for me to take care of my lips, especially during this hot period! You guys look after yourselves too! It’s so easy to forget about these things when we’re having fun in the sun!
I’ll be back soon!
Ciao for now
Official Press Release from Marina Miracle
NATURAL, ORGANIC, VEGAN, PROBIOTIC, CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE
MADE IN NORWAY
UK LAUNCH - 21st June 2022 for Marina Miracle
''The world's best face oil and it's from Oslo! This is definitely a beauty product worth testing!'' -
COSTUME Magazine says of our Herbal Face Oil, they also call our Argan Night Serum
a “Miracle of the Night!"
We live in a society that is more environmentally conscious than any generation before. We
constantly hear the words ‘Organic, Natural, Vegan, Sustainable’ - often though, these words are used very loosely when it comes to some beauty products currently on the market. Many products contain synthetic chemicals, additives, and perfumes, which can be unwanted ingredients for some
consumers and can be irritating to those with sensitive skin.
That’s what really sets Marina Miracle apart from anything currently on the UK market. We can honestly say the following statement: Marina Miracle is Scandinavian Skincare at its finest: Natural, Organic, Vegan, Probiotic, Eco Friendly and Cruelty-Free. All ingredients we use are plant-based, renewable and degradable. We do not use microplastics, nano-ingredients or any synthetic ingredients that influence the planet or health in a
negative way. As a company, we are proud of our high environmental and sustainability standards,
and we have been Green Dot members since 2018.
All our products are vegan and cruelty-free; we do not use animal-derived ingredients of any kind, and we never use ingredients that have been tested on animals. We are proud to say that our brand is approved by the official Green List of
Dyrevernet (Animal protection in Norway).
The company founder, Marina Elisabeth Engervik, was born with atopic eczema and she tells her
story: ''The eczema got so bad that I was hospitalized at only 4 years old. And as a teenager and
young adult I struggled a lot with acne, sensitive and irritated skin. I tried different treatments and
products, but I could not find anything that kept my skin in a healthy balance. I realized that I had to
solve this myself. After personal study of formulation processes, skin science and ingredients, I was
equipped to formulate a facial oil. And my skin finally became healthy and balanced. I perfected the
formula and shared the product with friends and family with different types of skin problems and
everyone saw improvement in their skin. The good news spread quickly, and people started to ask for the ''miracle oil'', that's why I named the brand ‘Marina Miracle’”.
Since then, Marina Miracle has been a firm favourite amongst customers, beauty bloggers and
skincare professionals throughout Scandinavia and Europe. At long last the products will be available
to the UK market from 21st June 2022.
We've won over 50 other international Beauty awards. We are a small, close-knit family at Marina Miracle with under 20 employees worldwide, but for a small brand, we’re making a big impact! In 2022, Vogue Scandinavia included us in a recent article entitled “14 female-founded Scandinavian beauty brands to know”.
General availability through our website: marinamiracle.co.uk
Press contact and retailer enquiries: Olivia Shaw
email@example.com – 07849 893618
Benny Hancock - winner of Best Men's Grooming product in the UK 2022 Global Makeup Awards
Hi again everybody!
So in the last few blogs I’ve been looking into the stories behind some of the winners at the 2022 UK Global Makeup Awards. I really enjoyed learning more about the reasons the founders had for starting their brand, what their values are and why they mean so much to them. I find that knowing this extra information and background behind a product gives the customer experience so much more meaning. It’s a bit like really enjoying a book, some poetry or art and being able to appreciate it at a deeper level because you know the context behind the piece and have a better understanding of its meaning and the creator’s message.
I’d like to do the same today, although it will be slightly different because this time I would like to learn more about the Best Men's Grooming Product Gold Winner which was Benny Hancock with the brilliant Eclipse Full Collection Set.
First let’s find out more about Benny Hancock and his background. He is well known as a leading professional make-up artist and has over 10 years’ experience working closely with top celebrities and supermodels. As such, he is seen as an authority on working with men’s skin and has often been looked to for expert guidance from colleagues within the industry and featured in major style magazines. Benny really understands the fundamental differences between men and women’s skin as well as the differing aesthetic objectives. In a video posted to the company website, Benny explains that he wants men to feel empowered and confident in their looks. He believes that if they have a blemish that makes them feel uncomfortable, they should be able to conceal it just as women do although the ethos of the company is to enhance rather than to conceal.He goes on to explain that the most popular product in the range is the beard definer.
This is a rather superb product and it's no wonder that it’s popular as I can see a lot of men who would love it. The great thing about the beard definer is that when we have different colour tones in our beards, it blends them to one single colour, yet washes out easily. A real game-changer in men’s cosmetics! Great for those of us who continue to find a rainbow of different tones in our beards! Benny goes on to demonstrate a thorough understanding of men’s attitudes towards cosmetics, from packaging to a light effect which enhances rather than changes their look. This range is clearly developed by a guy who really knows his stuff and is a deserved winner at the 2022 UK Global makeup Awards! I also love this quote from the website: “ I believe when you invest in yourself and look and feel your best, you can conquer anything thrown your way.”
Once again, I have really enjoyed finding out more about one of the winners and learning what immense passion and expertise there is behind a quality range.
Thanks again for joining me!
Ciao for now
Hi again everyone,
Of all the winning brands at the UK Global Makeup Awards, the one category I probably find most fascinating and exciting is that of the Editor’s Choice Awards. There is so much stiff competition for this category as literally every brand involved in the awards could be a possible winner and so to take Gold is no mean feat! You have to beat all the other brands in all of the other categories too! In today’s blog I would like to take a closer look at the joint Gold-Winner in the Editor's Choice category which was won by Reverse Life with their super Marine Collagen 10,000mg. Taking a deeper dive into the background behind the founder and brand has been really fascinating and I’m excited to share some of the information I found with you all today!
The product itself is a collagen supplement which helps to boost metabolism and energy as well as helping to promote healthier joints and bones. It has also has vitamin B5 to help skin stay smooth and soft. So this product was absolutely adored by the editor as not only does it help how your skin looks on the outside as well as helping to strengthen hair and nails, but it also helps you feel good on the inside by helping you feel energised and keeping your joints in check.
The story behind Reverse Life is a very personal one. The company was founded after Mark Shepherd sought to bring relief to his mother who has arthritis. He couldn’t bear seeing her in agony with joint pain and losing much of her independence and mobility. He wanted to do something and went about researching ways to help. As part of his research, Mark spoke with several of the UK’s top specialists and learned that once we reach 40 years old, we will already have lost more than 33% of our collagen. This leads to a weakening in our skin and bones.
This spurred Mark to work on developing a liquid collagen formula which would not only help his mother but with others. More and more people became interested in the benefits of the formula, not only for reducing arthritic pain but also as a way to keep skin looking young.
Amazingly, the ReverseLife was launched during the Covid lockdown. Mark and co-founder Chris Niebel defied the negative voices and concerns of people who thought they were crazy to start a business during a period of such uncertainty but as Mark said “ my argument was that we’re providing something to the people who can’t go to see the doctor and can’t go to see the beauty therapist because of the lockdown and shielding. In a way, it really was the perfect time to start this.”
Recently the company was awarded NHS Partnership status, having been a front runner in offering Covid tests to their staff (at company expense) before the government introduced free testing kits.
As for values, the company is committed to supporting people’s physical and mental health while continuing and extending its research into collagen and its health benefits. They are devoted to using the most advanced ingredients available and work closely with scientists, doctors and nurses to continue developing their expertise and products.
That really was a fascinating story for me to look into and write about. I hope you’ve enjoyed it too. A huge congratulations to Mark, Chris and the rest of the team for their success at the UK Global Makeup Awards and for their fantastic work in general!
I’ll be back again very soon!
Ciao for now!
It’s been hotter here in Northern Italy this month than in previous years. Usually, May is a little colder and rainier than I’m hoping as I eagerly and impatiently await the arrival of the summer! This year, though, I’ve been out paddleboarding and swimming in the lake nearly every evening. I have to admit that in the past, I only really thought about sun protection when I was at the beach but this year I’ve been much more conscientious about applying SPF to my face and neck, even if I’m just out and about for work or running errands! Choosing which SPF to use is not always easy, we want to make the right choice for our skin while still taking into account price, natural ingredients and how well it works!
UpCircle Beauty only recently released their SPF 25 mineral sunscreen after a long period perfecting the formula, determined that it would be of the highest quality before hitting the market. Well, this hard work paid off because not long after its launch, they took Gold at the 2022 UK Global Makeup Awards for Best SPF Beauty Product. Not only that but on their website they also give some great advice on different types of SPF and how to choose one which suits you personally, some great info on using SPF during the winter months and some really interesting information regarding natural ingredients.
Behind the scenes, Upcircle is a really fascinating company. Its team is clearly passionate about their work and the brand’s values. Those values include minimising waste and using inventive and ingenious ways to use existing materials and upcycle them rather than buying new and creating all the environmental problems that go with it. The company name is even inspired by the practice of upcycling!
Another thing I really love about UpCircle is their transparency and courage regarding their stance on inclusivity and body positivity. They stand for natural beauty and prefer to use real customers, friends and families in their strictly unphotoshopped photos and advertising materials. A real breath of fresh air!
Finally, and this is another aspect of the company that we really love and relate to, the brand was founded and is run by two siblings, Anna and Will. Anna is in charge of the business communications while Will is the expert in number-crunching. The pair, who started the company six years ago while in their early twenties, are both passionate about making ethical and environmentally-friendly products affordable and accessible by everyone and it's clear that the whole team shares their values.
Clearly I’m not the only one who is impressed. UpCircle have received glowing reviews (sorry!) this week in The Independent for their SPF and in Cosmopolitan for their body scrub.
Well, I could go on but maybe it's better if you check out their website where they happily share a lot more info about their team and their methods or read the recent reviews which I mentioned above. I also want to mention quickly that our 2022 Global Green Beauty awards have just 2 weeks left for entries. If your brand is organic / natural / vegan / zero waste / ethical - why not enter it in to this year's awards to see if it makes the cut as one of 2022's best green and clean beauty products. There are no launch date restrictions and is our biggest beauty awards of the year.
That’s enough for me though, I’m going to SPF up and get back out on the lake for another paddle!
Ciao for now
We have been so busy and excited recently since we announced the Winners of the UK 2022 Global Makeup Awards. We received over 250 entries into this year's UK 2022 Global Makeup Awards, there was fierce competition among the best brands in the industry. We were so impressed with the quality of the products which entered!
The products were judged over a period of several months by our judges who eventually decided on the best beauty products for 2022 within the UK. There is a full winners list within Global Makeup Magazine on this website, but in today’s blog and in the next few blogs I’m going to take a closer look at the people behind some of the winning brands.
Carter Beauty were Gold Winners in the Best Primer category for their wonderful Youth boost primer and serum. You probably already know about Marissa Carter, who is extremely popular on social media for her fantastic tutorials and the brave and honest way she shares all her challenges and successes with her followers. If you don’t yet know much about Marissa then I’ll just briefly outline her career! She has over 20 years’ experience in the beauty business and has a reputation for driving innovation, being behind nearly 150 make-up products, many of which are sold across the 1500 Walmart stores across the USA. The first Irish brand to reach this amazing achievement. Furthermore, her products are stocked in 23 countries, and sales average three bottles per minute. The great thing about Marissa’s social media pages is that we see directly the hard work and passion behind the scenes as well as the ups and downs! Sometimes we’ll see the glamorous side such as appearances at the Oscars and sometimes she’ll share her struggles and frustrations in a way that we can all relate to.
Let’s take a look now at Gold Winner for Best Lash / Brow Product which went to Marina Miracle for their Eyelash & Brow Serum. Founded by Marina Elisabeth Engervik who aged just 4, ended up in hospital due to her eczema. If you’ve read my previous blogs then you’ll know that deeply personal experiences similar to this are often the catalysts behind the creation of the best brands. Moving into her teens, she then struggled with acne, sensitive and irritated skin and continued to struggle to find any treatments or products which would work for her. Deciding that she wanted to solve the problem herself, Marina began her journey of testing and researching ingredients and formulas, eventually perfecting the product which we have today.
Once again, I’ve loved researching and sharing the fascinating stories behind some of my favourite products. Both Marissa and Marina are clearly passionate about their brands and work so hard to make them the very best they can be. Knowing the backstories makes using the products a much more meaningful experience too!
By the way - we also have entries open for our 2022 Global Green Beauty Awards which celebrates the best in green and clean beauty brands. If your brand is organic, natural, ethical or zero waste - why not enter for a chance for showing off your green credentials!
I’ll be back again soon looking at some more winners! I can’t wait!
Thanks again for joining me!
Ciao for now
First of all, a little reminder that the 2022 Global Green Beauty Awards are open and we are very excited to receive your entries! So please don’t miss out as these are great fun and a wonderful way to receive recognition for your hard work!
Last year’s awards were fantastic with so many top-quality brands involved. All of them were really striving to be as green as possible and I loved learning about all the ways they were making a difference! Today I’d like to just briefly mention some of the winners for the 2021 Global Green Beauty Awards, their products and what they do to bring us green and clean products that we can trust!
First of all we have Kear who took silver for BEST NATURAL BALM for their Natural Soothing body balm. Kear, or κέᾰρ®, means heart in ancient greek and that’s probably the best possible name for the brand as the brand proudly draws great inspiration from ancient greek skincare using classic natural ingredients and formulas. Heart also fits because it's clear how much passion the team has for the country of Greece, its rich culture, history and contribution to the world. Kear clearly love what they do and and have high expectations for their skincare products and the customer experience.
Their natural balm is 100% natural, made from 5 ingredients and is not tested on animals. It contains a unique blend of arnica with extra virgin olive oil, natural beeswax and sweet almond oil, The end result is an analgesic body balm to calm even the most uptight body. It helps to heal bruises and warms stiff muscles and joints.
Silver winner of BEST NATURAL MAKEUP PRODUCT was Jane Iredale with her PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation. 25 years ago Jane had a vision for clean, natural beauty; she was way ahead of her time and a real forerunner in the industry, largely responsible for inspiring a lot of brands which have come after but all these years of extra experience have honed the products into pure makeup products which are also good for our skin! Thank you Jane! This foundation is great for use alone or for pressing on top of a liquid foundation to reduce shine.
Next we’ll take a quick look at BEST NATURAL SKINCARE PRODUCT Silver Winner which was ARgENTUM apothecary with their excellent La Lune De Velours. Founded by Joy Isaacs who grew up in South Africa and later moved to London where she started a family. After major surgery in 2010, Joy realised that colloidal silver spray, an ingredient her own mother had used on her scrapes when she was young, could provide extraordinary healing qualities. She had a dream and so began an amazing journey that included meeting some important people who would help her realise her ambition of putting out beauty products which she really believed in.
A side note about this excellent cleanser - La Lune De Velours. It truly is a lovely shower must-have. The whole product exudes exclusivity and luxury from the moment you open the packaging. We love their signature black containers with no labels. This cleanser comes with a natural sea sponge and the cleanser is light, creamy and removes makeup easily. A beautiful treat and we would highly recommend it from ARgENTUM apothecary. It has an RRP of £98.00 so it is on the high end, but again, it is a truly delightful cleanser.
And finally, there is BEST NATURAL DEODORANT Silver Winner Nurme Deo with their Mandarin Orange. With their name taken from the Estonian word for meadow, Nurme uses the beautiful feeling we get when we are surrounded by nature, spring air and flowers and puts it into their products. Preferring to use ingredients local and native to Estonia rather than some of the more exotic ingredients we see, Nurme provide clean beauty which is also environmentally friendly and aim to make us feel relaxed, content and energised! Their natural deodorant is in a cardboard container, has a lovely scent, and lasts all day. The essential oils contained in the deodorants have odor-neutralizing properties and, in addition, the baking soda in deodorants prevents the spread of odorous bacteria.
So, that was just a very quick look at some of last year’s winners, all fantastic brands with fascinating stories behind their products!
I’ll be back soon with a look at some more previous winners!
Ciao for now!
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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