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So we’ve all heard of K-Beauty which has become over the years an umbrella term for skin-care products that are derived from South Korea. However, a newer term in the world of beauty is S-Beauty - which stands for Scandinavian Beauty or Scandi-Beauty. Whereas K-beauty became famous in Europe as we were intrigued by their 10 step skincare regime - S Beauty is quite the opposite - looking at more minimalist products that have a higher efficacy.
In this year’s 2020 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards, we thought it would be interesting to delve deeper into the intricacies of S-Beauty. At its core, S-Beauty is about an all natural beauty look, often using natural products. When it comes to makeup, S-beauty favours a more subtle look using natural and earthy colours that enhance your own natural beauty. Packaging is minimalist, futuristic and bang on trend, much like their renown Scandi decor.
Self care while going through lockdown 2.0 is what is really important right now, and Scandinavians known how to hunker down and enjoy time indoor in the warm and cosy while it’s cold outside. In fact, Scandinavian winters are known for being sub-zero, and that can take a toll on the delicate skin on your face. S-Beauty with regards to skincare really looks at protecting your skin from the harshness of external factors like weather and pollutants while keeping it moisturised and nourished. An intensive serum is an absolute must for providing your skin with the protection it requires.
What are the other traits of S-Beauty? Minimalism goes a long way, and you won’t find a Scandinavians bathroom counter filled with thousands of lotions and potions. Quality and functionality are paramount. Less products which DO more. You’ll also notice more moisturisers with SPF, and also even up to 50SPF as they take protection against sun damage very seriously. Scandi’s aren’t known like brits for being abroad and sporting a bright lobster pink sunburn.
So who are the big names in Scandi Beauty right now? Perhaps the most well known in S-Beauty in the makeup world is Kkaer Weis, famous for high-performing, luxury makeup that is both certified organic and sustainable. In skincare, there is a myriad of names, as Scandinavians take their skincare routine very seriously. Despite being known as a nation of minimalism, they don’t skimp on the steps in skincare routine. Big name players are Rosenserien, FOREO, Eleni & Chris, Barr Sweden, Skogen Cosmetics, Primex Iceland and Mette Picaut, just to name a few.
S-Beauty goes further than just the products that you put on your skin and the earthy tones of the makeup you choose. It is a way of life. Balance is central to all things Scandinavian, which is part of their appreciate of ‘Hygge’. You need to balance the modern world with nature, and balance also your own like. A balanced and colourful diet is very important to them as well as finding time for themselves, and of course time to exercise. It is all tied in together - makeup, diet, exercise, inner wellbeing, in helping them to feel like the best versions of themselves.
With all the uncertainties right now with the coronavirus pandemic, we could all do with taking a leaf out of the Scandinavians book, and look at enjoying the smaller things in life and taking a more balanced approach. The next time you make a beauty purchase, why not try S-Beauty, and look for better ingredients, a more natural approach and see if it is an all rounder that can do more.
Just a quick blog post from the team here at Global Makeup Awards! We were all together and talking about our favourite beauty products that have entered our beauty awards over the years, and a special product popped up for all of us. Maybe because it is for a very specific part of your body, but we love looking after our chest, as it is one of the first places to show the signs of ageing, and we haven't seen many products that tackle the problem of a wrinkly decolletage!
The delicate skin of the neck, breast and décolletage is unique, as the skin in this area is thinner than the skin on the rest of your body and constantly under stresses from gravity, movement, abrasion and perspiration. It contains fewer oil glands, therefore pores here remain smaller and more narrow.
Elixir Extraordinaire Dry Oil Mist from Stellar Decolletage has been designed for just that! The mist is a dry oil that your spritz on your chest and it absorbs easily and doesn't leave you or your tops greasy. Not only does it help to diminish wrinkles, but it helps with the appearance of stretch marks too. Its secret lies in its blend of ingredients. It is enriched with a blend of Inca Inchi oil, rich in vitamin A, vitamin E and amino acids, macadamia oil containing omega 6 and 7, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, borage oil and shea butter.
Last year judges were wowed by this product - hence us all talking about it today. It won Gold in the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards. The oil helps to restore moisture balance, limits dehydration and helps to strengthen and rebuild your skin's natural barriers.
It also has anti-ageing properties because it is rich with antioxidants. The Elixir Extraordinaire Dry Oil Mist conditions and protects, leaving your skin soft and supple.
We all saw results after a couple of weeks of using and in fact, it claims to have long lasting effects - so fingers crossed from using this our chests will keep up with looking younger for longer. The product costs £68.00 RRP and is available from their website. To complete the set - they also have a gorgeous looking Velvet restore sleep complex. This is an overnight treatment for the Décolletage providing a plumping, anti-ageing and conditioning treatment. We haven't tried this second product for ourselves, but it looks like the perfect complimenting product to use at night for a totally smooth chest.
Hello to all our lovely readers,
The entries for this year's 2020 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards have officially closed now. We are still accepting late product sample deliveries because of all the crazy world events that have been going on, including a UK lockdown 2.0.
Entries for the Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards are for all brands which are either Scandinavian (so beauty brands from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark or Iceland) or other beauty brands which sell in those nordic beauty markets. We were expecting to see a hit on entries for this year's awards given the global circumstances, but actually, entries have soared. We had DOUBLE, that's right, double, the number of entrants compared to last year's 2019 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards.
So this has us thinking - how has COVID19 affected the beauty market in Scandinavia? We have already looked into its impact in previous blog posts for how it has impacted the American Beauty Market and UK Beauty Market. The Nordics, however, have had different lockdown procedures, different healthcare, different economies and of course different social impacts. Euromonitor looked specifically at Sweden in a study (which is famous for not following a national lockdown like other countries during 2020.) Though they saw premium products were in greater demand, they also saw profit margins were under pressure. Read their full article here. Even more encouraging, they expect the markets to bounce back strongly for the personal care and beauty sector in 2021, as they expected many Swedes to make postponed beauty purchases in 2021.
Furthermore, according to National News Service, an interesting thing to consider wit Scandinavia is that all 5 countries are developed countries whose consumers have money to keep their personal care product traders afloat. Another trend which has thrived in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic is that of Green and sustainable beauty in Scandinavia. There is an increased preference for vegan, organic and natural beauty products. The Nordic countries are looking to avoid toxic ingredients and want to be more socially responsible looking for more sustainable products.
With the 2020 Scandinavian Global Makeup Awards coming up, it will be interesting to see if we see this trend in our beauty awards. The winners will be announced soon on the 10th December 2020 in the online magazine Global Makeup Magazine. The categories are not only for makeup, but for a whole range of personal care and cosmetic products. According to Mordor, the Scandinavians and especially the Swedes have a 'relatively high purchasing power' - so perhaps not only will we see an increase in green beauty products but also in luxury goods as well.
This is our last beauty awards for 2020, and we truly hope next year will bring the beauty markets a bounceback, not just for the Scandi regions, but globally. We cancelled what would have been the inaugural year for the Asian Global Makeup Awards because of the outbreak of the pandemic in January, but little did we know what mother nature had in store for us for the whole globe in 2020. After yesterday's news of a vaccine, we can only hope of a year of more stability next year. Despite so many hurdles that the markets have had to jump over this year, we have seen an incredible number of entries and resilience from the beauty brands.
We look forward to promoting the wins of the brands in December and look forward to the clock striking 12 on New Year's Eve, where hopefully things take a turn and we will have a slam dunk in to the New Year and see a strong growth for the personal care markets.
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.
At the moment, with COVID19, regional lockdowns, and the lack of ease we feel going to beauty salons, people are turning ever more to at home beauty treatments. In today's blog we will be looking at lockdown beauty regimes, and what we can do for a bit of self care while at home ourselves, and without breaking the bank! Here are our top hair masks and facial masks from some of our favorite brands from the Global Makeup Awards and the Global Green Beauty Awards.
Biovène Oil Replacement, Hair Wrap Treatment
Advertised as being a Hair Wrap Treatment + Oil Replacement Feature + Packed with the Wonders of Arian Extract, Moroccan Oil and Sodium Hyaluronate we were wondering if this Biovene product could really come up with these promises. It did.
This handy sachet contains an immediate pick up for dry, damaged hair and did indeed leave it feeling healthier and glossier. We have already spoken about how much we adore the Biovène Shampoo Bars, and this hair wrap lived up to the name of the other products too.
Such a small sachet with such a big punch! We loved it. Just opening the sachet revealed a really substantial cap containing the serum. Much stronger than the usual shower cap type it promised it was going to be a quality product. After washing hair and leaving in a towel dry condition we put the cap on, fastening it with a really good adhesive tab. Good start. Massage the product in and leave for another 20 minutes. Towel dry hair for some us meant hair that was impossible to brush through. After the treatment hair comes out that was easily combed! Amazing. After drying hair was left visibly in much better condition. Soft and smooth to the touch. Looks as though we are going to be in another Covid -19 wave. Make sure you get this product in your hair product box. It’s a definite great one for longer waits to get to the hairdresser. A professional finish for not a great deal of money - only 3.49 euros.
Another must have October favourite from our Global Makeup Awards team was www.seoulistabeauty.com/collections/rosy-glow-primer/products/rosy-glow-primer SEOULISTA ROSY GLOW PRIMER Priming Mask infused with Bulgarian Rose Oil.
A five minute face mask that impressed us with ease of use, wake up feel, and beautiful softening and smoothing effect on the skin. So simple to place the mask in the correct place on the face with eyes, nose and mouth in the right place! Had perfect clinging effect on the skin With only a few bubbles to smooth out. Dermatologically created and tested and containing no silicone this very affordable product is definitely one to look out for. After five minutes skin felt fresh and invigorated. Sling was soft and glowing. We used some of the product left in the mask to apply as a further moisturiser just to make use of every drop of this lovely mask. The fragrance really resonant of the smell of old English roses. Beautiful.
This product is just one of a much larger range of individual instant sachets for hand and body. Products range also includes a range of skin tools and we look forward to testing these too.
Definitely one to put on the list, and at £5.50, a bargain you can't resist! We all need a bit of self love at the moment, and an at home mask is something you can indulge in without guilt.
Thank goodness and we mean goodness for the hair products that have been getting us through months without hairdressing appointments and for being kind to our hair and to our environment.
We’ve been absolutely wowed by some of the most amazing products being entered in this section. The fact that they are either Vegan, 0% Cruelty or completely sustainable all make products entered in this Category extremely appealing. The quality across the range in prices has been sky high. These are all great products and whatever your aim is, whether to save the planet by promoting sustainable products, to use organic products or to be sure that the products you use haven’t been tested on animals there will be one to suit you from the following.
Noughty To the Rescue intense moisture hair treatment is an absolute lifesaver for frizzy, hard to control hair. Leaving hair really easy to comb after washing, soft and manageable for days after, its a great buy. And, not just that, we love their company ethos. Read the tub and if you are committed to not buying products that are tested on animals we are sure you will raise a smile when you see that the company don't believe in testing their ingredients on Bambi, Lassie or Skippie! Noughty To The Rescue is also vegetarian and vegan friendly. Made with sweet almond and black oats it leaves hair with the wonderful sweet aroma of almonds. The company call it your Knight in Shining Armour. It certainly can help a damsel in distress!
Infuse My. Colour Quartz Shampoo is 100% Vegan. A Treat for intense hydration, protection and shine this product is also Paraben, Silicone and cruelty free. Ingredients include neroli extract, tangerine butter and sunflower seed extract, this also promotes elasticity in hair. We noticed lovely glints of light on highlights and grey too after using this in conjunction with Infuse My. colour shampoo. They say choose this at home therapy to prevent fading and retain moisture for luscious locks you would love to own. We agree! They won silver for Best Vegan Hair Product in the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards.
Gold Professional Haircare have a complete range of hair products. Two Danish visionaries, Victor Moreno and Marco Marie created this completely new definition of quality for hair care products. This high class brand is the only one that meets the restrictive environmental standards of Denmark. Their brand statement is”Nature is of fundamental importance to use, therefore all the components come exclusively from renewable and sustainable sources. We absolutely love these products and in, particularly, Gold Ten in One. Spray this one before you style and the results are amazing. Hair that doesnt usually hold a style will keep its bounce for days. The Gold Professional Haircare Range also includes a full range of products for a complete hair routine including wash and nourish, styling and heat protection and finish. Gold ten in one won bronze in the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards.
When the cutest of boxes filled with letters, info, stickers and products arrived on our doorstep we just had to sit up and take notice.
Open the box. And you immediately have the means to pass on a personalised gift to your own friends. Want to write a letter with a little gift. Of course you can! Something for you and something for them. What could be nicer. Life is for living and sharing isn’t it! You could bake a little Vegan dish for a favourite friend or maybe press some flowers. Some seeds from your flowers in the garden, maybe some veg you’ve grown. So many options and a beautiful on the move face cleanser!
You could have Christmas every day with Deardot. The ideas contained in the box give so many options. But keep with the idea of being organic, sustainable and natural.
We’ve had the box of Deardot Yuja Cleansing Seals to test. Beautifully presented in the sturdy re-useable cardboard box the seals are an absolute must to put in your overnight bag. Each small sachet contains a leaf of face cleansing seal (although they are great for emergency hand washes too). Just add a touch of water to the seal to activate and you have a ready made Vegan face cleanser without the fuss of carrying a bottle of liquid. We also think this a wonderful way to introduce youngsters to the concept of cleaning their faces properly at nighttime. No more pillowcases full of make up. A great way to get into the routine of thoroughly cleaning off the days grime.
But much more than this the company are committed to the future of the Dangyuja Seed, the extract from which is the unique ingredient collected locally on Jeju Island, by donating seeds to the seed Vault to ensure it’s survival. This plant has been used historically as a medicine and now its natural qualities are used to produced this Dear Dot product. Even better, if you inadvertently drop one of the sachets on the ground it will just become a part of nature within 6 months. The company also offer Yuja Sparkling Clean Powder, for a water spa in your own home for healthier, brighter skin and Hydro-Brightening Serum, a dropper of low-molecular hyaluronic acid for an instant brightening effect.
With the ethics behind this brand, and the quality of the product, we are proud to say that the Deardot Yuja Cleansing Seal won gold in the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards for Best Ethical Beauty Product and Most Innovative 'Green' Product.
We are going to pop one of these sachets into a letter to our friends and family. Maybe decorate it with a sticker and even use the string to make it something special. Deardot. You gave us some wonderful inspiration to keep in touch with our body, mind, soul and friends. You say it well, A letter from nature, letter to nature.
The 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards winners have been announced. Celebrating the best in Green & Clean beauty, the awards looks at the best beauty products from brands making an active effort to make their beauty products more eco friendly.
There are a number of categories recognising the best of Natural, Organic, Vegan, Sustainable, Plastic Free and Ethical products. From skincare, to cosmetics, from hair care to body care, you can now see which products are excellent and green and clean at the same time!
With over 300 entries, it was a competitive year for the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards. Read the winners in the list below, or read more about them in the e-magazine Global Makeup Magazine.
Winners list for the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards.
Best ethical beauty product
Gold - Dr.PAWPAW Scrub and Nourish
Gold - Deardot Yuja Cleansing Seal
Silver - EK Sunscreens Kawakawa & Tamanu Certified Natural Sun Protection
Bronze - Lavera Hydro Sensation Cream Gel
Green and clean beauty awards.... our entries close today!
Hi everyone and especially our green beauty lovers.
Just a quick update to all our blog followers that the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards close today for entries, 5pm GMT 15th July 2020. You have just a couple of hours left to cast your brand's entry in to this years eco friendly beauty awards which looks to celebrate those green beauty products, vegan products and ethical beauty ranges.
We have been absolutely flabbergasted with the amount of entries. As editor for the awards, I'm truly humbled to see so many brands, big and small, looking towards a more green ethos within the beauty companies. We have already had hundreds of brands enter into this years awards and we are hoping in the next few hours to see even more before the deadline rings in.
Beauty companies have already led the way with the LGBQ community, and now they are leading the green revolution too. We have seen so many brands which use sustainable packaging and have removed virgin plastic from their packaging. Other's use zero waste packaging and have everything completely disposable, from packaging to its carton.
Other brands look towards having greener ingredients, and have natural or organic (and sometimes both) within their ingredients list. We also have categories this year for those primal elements from nature which have huge benefits for the skin - shea, charcoal, aloe, honey to name just a few. We also have ethical categories - for those brands with a more ethical stand-point on beauty and perhaps look at sustainable farming, or how to give back to the farmers or the land / plants where the products have been made from.
We also have categories for vegan and cruelty free, as many brands are now making sure this is a fundamental step within their product creation in order to maintain a more clean and animal friendly company.
Our team is looking forward to judging the best of the best of these eco friendly beauty products with our green beauty awards. We are of course looking at products efficacy, but also the green and clean ethos around the beauty product and the beauty brands themselves.
The gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced in our magazine Global Makeup Magazine which you can read on our website home page www.globalmakeupawards.com which is the umbrella company for the Global Green Beauty Awards 2020. The awards will be announced online on 10th August and we cannot wait to show you who this year's winners have been. There has been such a mix of brands, we know you will be delighted to see such a range and to discover the best of the new eco friendly products.
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