The winners were announced tonight, Sunday March 22, 2014 at the second annual IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards, in association with Beverly Hills Formula, at Dublin’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Recognising Ireland’s best beauty therapists and hairdressers as well as the country’s standout hair salons, beauty salons and skincare clinics, the IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards, in association with Beverly Hills Formula, also acknowledges the world’s leading hair and beauty brands.
Winner Kim O’Sullivan at the IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards – Photo Kieran Harnett
The nominations for #imageBOB15 were put to you loyal readers back in early January, you then voted in your beauty-tastic droves for your favourite hair stylist, the best nail technician and much more. Now, after a night that can only be described as epic on all proportions – hosted by the always fabulous Darren Kennedy – we can now breathe a big sigh of relief and reveal the IMAGE Business of Beauty 2015 winners. Hurrah!
Rosanna Davison at the IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards – Photo Kieran Harnett
At a gala black tie dinner for over 500 key industry professionals, IMAGE Magazine’s editor-in-chief Melanie Morris and broadcaster Darren Kennedy presented awards in the following categories:
Innovative Skin Care Brand, SkinCeuticals; Innovative Hair Care brand, Sebastian; Innovative Make-up Brand, Tom Ford Beauty; Innovative Body Care brand, Clarins; and Most Innovative Irish Brand, Elave.
Best Colourist, Niamh O’Connor, Preen; Best Hairstylist, Roy Leigh, Brown Sugar, Hair Removal, Anna Muldowney, Burgundy Beauty, Blackrock, Co. Dublin; Best Brow Artist, Kim O’Sullivan; Best Make-up Artist, Joanne Peden, MAC Dublin; Best Nail Technician, Izabela Niedzwiecka, Nuala Woulfe, Dublin; and the award for Beauty Innovator went to Ellen Kavanagh, Waxperts.
Best Spa, ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel, Co. Wicklow; Best Nail Salon, Mink, Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin; Best Beauticians, Burgundy Beauty, Blackrock, Co. Dublin; Best Skin Clinic, The Drs Mulrooney Clinic, Dublin; and Best Hair Salon, DiMilo, Donnybrook, Dublin.
At the event was Glossybox’s Irish MD, former Fair City actress Rachel Kavanagh, Marks & Spencer marketing manager Carmel Breheney, IMAGE Publications CEO Clodagh Edwards, Beverly Hills Formula marketing manager Lesley Walsh, leading Irish hairdressers Mark O’Keeffe (Brown Sugar), Mark McAuley (Kazumi), Paul and Angie Drumgoole (Zeba), make-up artists Leonard Daly and Ken Boylan, fashion designer Tom Ford was represented by his international team, lead by PR Melissa Bancroft, who flew in specially for the event.
The evening, dubbed as Ireland’s hair and beauty Oscars had plenty to entertain. On arrival, guests were welcomed with bespoke Tanqueray gin and Ciroc vodka cocktails, created by Diagio’s award-winning mixologists. Then, over a three-course dinner, with wine from Marks & Spencer various prizes were awarded.
IMAGE editor Rosaleen McMeel and model agent Celia Holman Lee chose Siobhan Macken from Preen who wore an outfit from Folkster as the most stylish person on the night. She wins a two-night stay at the Philip Treacy designed g hotel in Galway. Another lucky attendee, Andrea Swift from Waxperts won a five star Sunway holiday to the five star Palm Beach hotel in Gran Canaria.
After dinner, the LED dancefloor lit up to the tunes of DJ Mo Kelly and dancing continued late into the night before many continued the party in Lillies Bordello. All left with groaning goodie bags and a preview copy of IMAGE’s hotly anticipated 2015 Beauty Awards supplement.
Says IMAGE Publications CEO Clodagh Edwards “We started the IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards last year with lunch for 325, so it is incredible to see the event grow so significantly in such a short space of time. We were also delighted to see our voting numbers grow by over 125%. In 2014, we registered an impressive 40,000 votes; this year, the number had grown to in excess of 91,000.”