Check out CEW's 2015 winners...
These 'insider' awards are voted on by members of the cosmetic industry's networking organisation each year - and here are some of the products which scooped a CEW Award, at the recent so-glamorous lunch... Because who better to judge the beauty industry’s innovations – fledgling brands and duh-why-didn’t-anyone-think-of-it-before beauty must-haves – than the industry’s own? Who’s truly qualified to decide which brands deserve classic status – and perhaps elevating to the Beauty Hall of Fame? Bottom line: who’s got a more informed perspective on the entire beauty universe than its own movers and shakers? That’s why the CEW(UK) Awards are so influential - and here’s how those insiders voted, in 2015… (For a full run-down of the winners and runners-up, visit the YOU Magazine website here...
Best New Bath and Body Product – Mass Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Firm Body Moisturiser Proof beauty-hounds are now taking anti-ageing body treatments seriously: an instantly toning, silkifying, uplifting, firming, contour-smoothing multi-tasker. powered by manuka honey, royal jelly and purified bee venom (plus softening shea butter). £29.99 for 130 ml
Best New Everyday Facial Skincare Product – Mass Eau Thermale Avène Micellar Lotion Fave brand of sensitive-skinned women, Avène revamped their hero ‘cleansing water’, removing impurities and excess sebum while magicking away make-up. It’s as easy as cleansing gets – earning a second-year-in-a-row award, but with this new formula. £12.50 for 200 ml
Best New Makeup Product for Eyes or Lips – Mass Burt's Bees Lip Gloss This 100% natural lip treat is basically good-enough-to-eat – and the effects it delivers are certainly delicious, nourishing and comforting lips with botanical oils for a high-impact shine in a choice of 12 smile-worthy shades. £8.99
Best New Brand – Mass Bee Good This year, the buzziest new brand is Bee Good - already a firm favourite with beauty editors and bloggers, just a year after this capsule collection of affordable skincare debuted. Inspired by an expert British beekeeper (based in the Hampshire countryside), Bee Good harnesses the beauty power of honey, propolis and beeswax for lip, face, hand and body treatments. A nice touch: a percentage of profits goes to the British Beekeeping Association and UK Bee Farmers Association. From £4.75-19.50
Best New Bath and Body Product – Prestige Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath Oil AA’s founder Geraldine Howard created this blend – with clary sage, frankincense, rose, cardamom, vetiver and geranium – during a traumatic time in her own life. In need of strength, courage and positivity yourself? They’re just a bath away… £40 for 55 ml
Best New Haircare/ Styling/ Colouring Product – Prestige Percy & Reed: Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm We all now know about face primers – but this weightless leave-in balm works in the same way for hair, ‘prepping’ for all sorts of styling products to make them work harder. The result? More control, better results and a longer-lasting style. £18 for 75 ml
Best New Everyday Facial Skincare Product - Prestige Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich Already a bestselling legend for its renowned anti-wrinkle action, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream can now be enjoyed (and we mean that) by even the driest skins, which are plumped up by its cocktail of seaweeds, cocoa butter and sunflower extract. £80 for 50 ml
Best New Makeup Product for Face - Prestige Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation Pioneering make-up artist Laura Mercier continues to delight us: CEW voters applauded this long-wear, oil-free, imperfection-blurring foundation, which suits all skintypes – leaving them matte, and offering 24 shades of flawlessness… £34 for 30 ml.
Best Classic Beauty Product - Prestige Liz Earle Beauty Co. Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser What can we add to the mountains of praised heaped upon this revolutionary botanically-powered, eucalyptus-scented creamy cleanser, which has swept the nation’s faces clean with its muslin cloth…? A skincare legend, pure and simple. £14.00 for 100 ml
Best New Brand - Prestige (also: Best British Brand - Mass or Prestige) Charlotte Tilbury The darling of red carpet, A-list beauties, supermodels and celebrities everywhere, Charlotte sashayed – in her signature high heels – onto the beauty counters, pouring over 20 years of experience into a stunning red gold-packaged, brilliantly-edited make-up and skincare collection. It’s taken the beauty world by storm, putting a beautifully lipsticked smile onto women’s lips on both sides of the Atlantic – and earning this well-deserved accolade, from her peers. From £5-70
Best New Certified Organic Skincare Product – Mass or Prestige Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Cream Neal’s Yard has long deployed frankincense – a renowned anti-ager – in its turn-back-the-clock skincare. This new (Soil Association-certified) ultra-hydrating cream gets a further botanical boost from a three peptide-complex, plus gardenia stem cells. £55 for 50 g
Best New Self Tan or Sun Care Product – Mass or Prestige Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Just so clever, the voters agreed: customise your regular day or night cream with a few drops of this self-tanner, which will develop into a radiant, even goldenness as part of your skincare regime – easily topped up, whenever you desire. £18 for 15 ml
Best New Hand, Foot and Nail Care Product – Mass or Prestige Bourjois Magic Remover Hands & Feet Fact: almost everyone hates removing toenail polish. Thanks to Bourjois, not any more: the foam applicator concealed in the top makes it easy to access toenails, while the formula fights dryness with nourishing sweet almond oil. A giant leap forward! £5.99 for 75 ml
The Eco Beauty Award Sponsored by Givaudan Melvita Apicosma Soothing Cream Melvita’s commitment to sustainable beauty has earned this French brand (a ‘sister’ to L’Occitane) an Eco Beauty Award before. But it was a true packaging innovation which impressed the judges - experts in sustainability – who gathered at CEW UK’s HQ to debate the eco-virtues of this year’s entries: a clever pump, which prevents air from getting to this multi-tasking ‘three-honey nectar balm’. Beyond that, this certified organic winner – which triumphed over a haircare range that uses waste coffee grounds, and British-based Pai skincare – for the first time harnesses UHT technology (yes, just like your daily pinta). The result? No need for preservatives. It happens to be hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skins – but its gentle-on-the-planet credentials swung it, for Apicosma. £30 for 40 ml