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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.
If you want to see confirmation of the old adage that two heads are better than one, look no further than the story of FIINI skincare products. 20 years ago two young girls made friends at High School. Their common ideology became more and more entwined as they matured and had families and homes of their own. At the root of their shared passions was a belief in all things natural ranging from handicrafts to nature and animals.
In the search for finding a skin care solution suitable for sensitive skin these two passionate women created their own skin care range. Heidi had always used natural products in the care of her animals using long passed down family recipes. Essi was searching for the perfect combination of local products for her sensitive skin and thus was born their own skincare range. The resulting oat and honey cream is one of the company’s best sellers and the forerunner of the many products they now offer.
The ethos of staying close to nature as their approach to family life. Their products are biodegradable and are in harmony with their environment. The women promise honesty and naturalness. All the oils and fats used in their cosmetics are cold pressed and unpurified. All raw ingredients are natural. No industrial preservations, additives, perfumes or colourants are used. All the creams and liquids are packaged in recyclable aluminium and glass containers.
Given their love of animals, animal welfare is just as important. No product testing on animals here.
So let's take a look at the products this company has put forward to Global Make Up Awards in the category of ....
First product we have been testing Is FIINI Oat Sea Buckthorne Oil Serum. Not just a moisturiser but also helps inflammation and reddening. The oat content stimulates the skin’s metabolism, increases elasticity and stimulates collagen production. Ingredients include beta carotene, vitamins A, C and E, plus Omegas 3, 6 and 9 which promotes skin renewal. It can also be used in lightening the appearance of liver spots. We are also testing another of their droppers, the blackcurrant face oil particularly formulated for oily and combination skin. Ingredients include Jojoba, blackcurrant seed oil and rosemary. Another of their products with blackcurrant is is their Balm to Milk Cleanser with Blackcurrant.
This syrupy looking product literally changes shape and form with the addition of water and rubs into the skin with a milk consistency. Finally we are testing their 50 ml tin of shea butter. Great for the handbag or pocket when you go out on a chill day. Shea butter has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for centuries and is particularly effective for acne, cell regeneration and burns. Great for protecting your lips ain’t the cold weather and moisturising when sitting in central heating.
Fiini Naturally won multiple awards in the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards - you can read all of the winner's here on our past winners page. Judges were wowed by the ethics behind the brand, the simple natural ingredients and also their dedication to sustainable packaging. In fact, did you know all of their beauty products are packaged in recyclable glass or metal jars and their cardboard boxes are made of recycled cardboard. To ensure ecological logistics further commit to sourcing their ingredients in large batches and without plastic wrapping.
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.
Don’t let’s be coy. Our V area needs as much love and attention as our faces. Being a delicate area, often with sensitive skin, it is important to use products specially designed for 'down there'! And our team are loving THE PERFECT V product range which also happens to have been a winner in the 2019 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards.
Anyone who’s experienced an in-growing hair after shaving or a reaction to a soap or shower gel requiring a visit to the chemist will appreciate the use of a product dedicated for the vaginal area.
The ethos of this brand is to give women confidence and provide a positive image of themselves. Certainly being confident with your freshness at all times in this area is one less worry whatever age you are.
The ingredients are sourced from the Nordic home of this product featuring Arctic Cloudberry which has incredibly high levels of Vitamin C helping to enhance and brighten skin appearance. It also contains Omega -6 and -3 to promote healthy looking skin and vitamin A to rejuvenate the skin cells Bilberry extract is the skin conditioning agent containing anti ageing resveratrol and quercetin along with vitamins B C and E whilst it’s fruit has anti oxidant Properties.
The light fresh scent of elderflower also provides protection against free radical damage, lingonberries, the famous scandi super fruit, and sea buckthorn all contribute to the natural and soothing effect of the VV range. The judges loved the presentation of Vanicure essentials. Small enough to put in your hand luggage (30cc each item) the box contains one each of the VV Gentle Wash, the VV Gentle Exfoliator and V V Cream providing every step of your routine to moisturise and condition your skin. RRP $39.00.
Complement these with The perfect V Serum Very V which really calms irritated skin. The product may be for an area mostly kept under wrap but the packaging is so discreet no one will guess where it’s going to be applied. We all loved it !
The 2019 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards will be announced on 10th December!
December is an exciting month, we’re all looking forward to Christmas, presents, delicious food and
seeing our families and friends. What else could we possibly want? Well, for those who work in the
make-up industry, an award to acknowledge all the passion, effort and creativity they have put in to
driving forward their products would be a nice cherry on the top after a hard year!
Additionally, for millions of customers around the world, a stamp of approval on a product which
confirms its quality and value is a very useful tool when faced with a myriad of options! In a world
where it can be hard to know which the best option is, an award from a trusted source makes things
just a little but easier. Judges at The Global Makeup Awards have decades of experience in the
industry and know everything there is to know about what makes a great product!
It’s also been a busy twelve months for us, and we are also looking forward to finishing the year with
a bang! 2019 has brought a record number of entries, and we can safely say that the bar continues
to rise. The competition has been strong, and it warms our hearts to see the advances made in the
Makeup products are continuously developing, improving and adapting in an ever-changing industry.
This can’t happen without a lot of blood, sweat and tears behind the scenes. As we near the holiday
period and a well-earned chance to relax and re-charge it is time to assess the year’s achievements
and to recognise the passion and exertion that has been involved in creating amazing new products
that satisfy the highest of expectations in a fast-paced world.
Picking the winners has been a difficult task and our six judges have meticulously analysed every
product entered into the competition, ensuring that every entry has been scrutinised and tested.
They have had the pleasure of testing a wide range of quality makeup products from a number of
brands but then been faced with the arduous task of scoring and ranking the products.
Now, the time is here to announce the results, and, on the 10th December, we will name the
winners of the Gold and Silver awards.
A massive thank you to all the companies who entered, and to our six esteemed judges who
approached their roles with enthusiasm, professionalism and diligence.
We’re starting the festive season on a high, who will be a winner this year? Not only does a win
reward the company and employees with recognition of their efforts but they will receive added
promotion and exciting content on social media and improve their SEO. The Scandinavian Global
Makeup Awards certificate looks great in the office and the logo makes an eye-catching and
attractive addition to your website and promotional material. As a wise woman once sang – “All I
Want for Christmas is a Scandinavian Global Makeup Award”, who will be crowned winner this year?
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