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Wow. It's been an exhilarating start to the year with our UK Beauty Awards. As part of a Global beauty awards group, we work through the year providing the following 5 awards:
UK Global Makeup Awards (our local beauty awards for new trends.)
ASIA Global Makeup Awards (perfect for the Asian beauty award market, and also includes New Zealand and Australia beauty awards.)
USA Global Makeup Awards (for the American Beauty Award market - a very interesting concept as USA Beauty Awards is not such a recognised concept compared to the other geographical markets - especially the UK where Beauty Awards are huge!)
Scandinavia Global Makeup Awards
and last but not least, the Global Green Beauty Awards (our biggest green and clean beauty awards which opens from mid March.)
The 2021 UK Global Makeup Awards is drawing to a close with entries closing in two weeks, on 15th March 2021. Immediately after, the 2021 Global Green Beauty Awards open. It has been exhilarating for the UK market, as after the success of last year, which was our biggest year to date, who knew what the future would hold for 2021 which sees the UK reeling from the effects of its biggest recesion to date due to the coronavirus outbreak. The beauty industry was particularly hard hit, as the high street was closed, and with many people who had lost their jobs, there was less to spend on high end beauty items. On the other hand, self-care has never been so important - and home hair kits and home spa products have seen a rise.
Our beauty predictions for 2021 from what we've seen so far is a leap towards more affordable and more eco beauty goods that you can use at home. Unfortunately, we've also seen a lot of famous beauty houses collapse. Victoria Beckham Beauty has closed its London store. Other colour cosmetics brands have taken a hit, as with social venues and work places being closed people just don't need it. Overwhelmingly, we have seen an increased demand for skincare haircare, wellness and of course sanitization. We have seen many beauty brands bring out hand sanitisers and hand creams and soaps in a reaction against the COVID19 pandemic. In fact at the start of the pandemic, you couldn't find hand soap or hand sanitiser for love nor money in any supermarket or pharmacy. OUr UK 2021 Global Makeup Awards responded to this with the following new categories:
Best New Health and Wellness Product
Best New Hand Cream
Best Soap Bar
Best Liquid Soap
Best Hand Sanitiser
After a year of meticulously washing and scrubbing our hands - we are all desperate for new finds in these categories which look after our hands and care for them.
All of your beauty predictions with be proven (or otherwise!) in our winners list in April's Global Makeup Magazine. There are still two weeks left to enter our UK beauty awards, and if you have an ASIAN beauty brand you can enter our Asia beauty Awards the 2021 ASIA Global Makeup Awards until April.
the GMA team
Hello beauty lovers,
Boy oh boy are we glad it's February. We can see the daffodils and crocuses peaking out, and it seems slowly but surely that Spring is on its way. Well, in between the snow storms, rain and I think tonight it's going to hit -7 degrees. However, I'm hopeful that there are warmer days around the corner.
Between being a working mum and organising these awards, the bad weather has truly made it more of a challenge with this bad weather. And with Spring, comes the announcement of the UK 2021 Global Makeup Awards. This is our biggest local beauty awards of the year out of our regions for UK, Asia, Scandinavia and USA. The UK is a truly special market when it comes to beauty awards, as consumers look to awards to find the best of the best in the hottest new makeup and cosmetics trends.
These awards aren't just for makeup though, they cover skincare, body care, hair care and of course the brand categories which look into Vegan, the packaging and Natural brands. Over the years we have seen an array of brands enter - from huge brands like L'Occitane, Boots, FOREO, Mary Kay, Avon, Nu Skin, REN Skincare, to Liz Earle and their super famous hot cloth cleanser. (Which incidentally won gold in the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards.)
Honestly - after the last 12 months we've had, I'm not quite sure what to expect in this year's awards. But I am predicting more hygiene entries - more shower gels, hand gels and soaps and more hand creams. With the cold weather and all the washing of hands, I think people want to use better quality products that not only look after their hands and keep them from being dry but also that clean properly. When it comes to bath and shower products, I think people will just be wanting a good luscious pamper. Lastly - for makeup and cosmetics - of course eyes are all important. As are in-home beauty treatments like face masks, tweezers and fake lashes you can apply yourself.
Entries for the UK 2021 Global Makeup Awards close on 15th March. You've got to be in it to win it! So if you are a beauty brand - why not enter this years beauty awards and celebrate your amazing new beauty products. We all need a pick me up at the moment - and the consumers in the UK want to find out which products has been voted the best by a panel of experts.
Lots of love
Editor of the Global Makeup Awards
I get so excited about Christmas and the whole build-up ...and then get to have it all again in January as I'm just as excited about the opening of entries for the Global Makeup Awards! There are no January slumps here!
Entries are now open for the 2021 UK Global Makeup Awards and also the 2021 ASIA Global Makeup Awards which is their first inaugural year due to so many requests from Asian, and Eurasian countries. We love working with new brands and like-minded companies and discover so many amazing products.
One of my favourite categories is for BEST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT. Last year in the UK Global Makeup Awards some of the GOLD WINNERS were Tweezerfile and House of Life London for their facial advance no 31. I’d love to share some more information about these companies with you now.
Firstly, can I say that Tweezerfile have the most beautiful website, unlike most company websites
out there. It’s not just extremely easy on the eye but also really engaging and fun, while still being
user-friendly and easy to navigate. Based in Finchley, North London, and the brainchild of husband and wife team Lucy and Wolfgang Zender, Tweezerfile, as you may have guessed is a file for you tweezers. They use a diamond-plated stainless steel surface to re-invigorate your tired sets of tweezers, reducing wastage and saving you
Visit www.tweezerfile.com to see what I mean about their website and take a closer took at
their business. The Tweezerfile costs £12.99 and is available in coral and midnight blue. Earlier this
year it was featured in a great article at Glamour Magazine UK which dealt with home eyebrow care.
Another favourite of ours was the Gold winner House of Life London with their facial advance no.31. This product is designed to reduce lines and increase skin firmness and is made of a blend of 31 natural and organic compounds.
Deborah Craven-Smith-Milnes launched House of Life London in 2016, after spending 20 years
working in global technology innovations. We love her philosophy which is to “simplify the skincare
landscape” by providing products with multiple benefits that can be used both day and night.
Products are made from 100% organic materials and locally sourced as much as possible. Ethically
aware, they strive to minimize waste and environmental impact, this is a product you can buy
knowing that you are on the right side of the fight for the planet.
House of Life London are endorsed by BRAND AMBASSADOR RH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg and
were recently featured in the Sunday Times Style section Please do check out both these products.
Personally, I think the Tweezerfile is a product that every household should own, I can’t believe it hadn’t been invented before but maybe I the future we won’t remember life without one! And once again, do check out their fabulous website.
I also wholeheartedly recommend House of Life London. I love their philosophy of simplifying beauty
regimes and creating ethical and natural beauty products. Also, the facial advance no.31 cream is
fantastic, especially for those days (and nights) when you do want a fast and simple treatment.
Thanks again for dropping by, even writing this blog has made me excited to the year ahead!
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.
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
In the Spotlight: Lily Lolo, MissGuided Perfumes and Lusso Tan - winners in the UK 2020 Global Makeup Awards
Hi again friends,
I’m sorry. I just couldn’t stop myself from writing another In The Spotlight blog. I just love
investigating more about the companies and people behind the great products which were winners
in our beauty awards and make-up awards and I want everyone to know about them.
It's wonderful looking through their Instagram pages, reading the company bios and I particularly enjoy read their
blogs. Today I’ve highlighted 3 winners from the UK 2020 Global Makeup Awards which were held earlier this summer.
BEST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT SILVER WINNER -
The Summer Meadow Bath Bomb is loaded with essential oils carefully selected to heighten your
senses, hydrate your skin and give it velvety smooth texture.
Impressively, they will donate 47p to Mencap for every one of their Limited Edition bath Bomb’s
purchased. I love their choice of charity and their commitment to improving the lives of others.
They also write some super blogs. I especially enjoyed this one from last summer, which is very
relevant now in the midst of this current heatwave - https://lussotan.com/blogs/news/holiday-
BEST FRAGRANCE BRONZE WINNER -
Missguided Babe Power
I have to admit, in addition to having created a fantastic fragrance, I am also in love with the
company and products names which left me curious and keen to know more about the company and people behind the product.
The Missguided brand has a clear mission and that is to “empower females globally to be confident
in themselves and be who they want to be”.
This comes across clearly through the company branding which is exactly how they themselves describe it- bold, clear and forward-thinking.
These guys at Missguided understand the current climate and have really captured the attitude of women towards modern life, including social media, street style and popular culture. Run by Nitin Passi, who previously had a successful career in the New York Fashion Industry, he set-up by himself in 2009 and has gone from strength to strength. Clearly running his own business suits him and he expresses himself wonderfully through the brand.
Follow his adventures on Instagram -
BEST FOUNDATION GOLD WINNER - Lily Lolo
Founded in 2005 by Vikki Khan and named after her sisters, Lily Lolo is a British natural mineral
Their first foundation product managed to achieve cult status in natural beauty circles and the
company now has a wide range of products tailored towards customers who are looking for ethical,
high quality products. In fact, their cream foundation won gold in the UK 2020 Global Makeup Awards are our judges fell in love with it too. Did you know that it is 100% vegan foundation and made with nourishing jojoba and argan oils?
Using exclusively natural ingredients, the brand is inspired by the gift of difference and they create
products for every type of woman, regardless of age, style or skin-type.
In fact Lily Lolo are a cruelty-free brand, dedicated to remaining free from chemicals, parabens, perfumes or dyes.They are also proud to say that 90% of their beauty and makeup products are vegan-friendly.
We hope you enjoyed reading a little more information about the winners from the UK 2020 Global Makeup Awards which ha da record breaking year in terms of entries. We had over 350 entries so the best of the best were picked and we love highlighting those winners in our In the Spotlight beauty blogs.
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