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Antrim and Ballymena based beauty businesses recognised at NI Beauty Excellence Awards 2023

Katie Smith Aesthetics is presented with the trophy for Aesthetics Clinic to Watch from Sian Keane on behalf of NI Beauty Excellence Awards event partner BTL Aesthetics

Katie Smith Aesthetics is presented with the trophy for 'Aesthetics Clinic to Watch' from Sian Keane on behalf of NI Beauty Excellence Awards event partner BTL Aesthetics.


Four Antrim and Ballymena based beauty businesses scooped up awards at the prestigious NI Beauty Excellence Awards, which took place in Belfast this past weekend.


The four businesses from Antrim and Ballymena to be announced as winners in this year’s Awards are:


• Morgan Barr Hair, Antrim – Highly Commended for Hair Extension Specialist of the Year


• Katie Smith Aesthetics, Ballymena – Winner of Aesthetics Clinic to Watch



• Golden by Danielle McAlonan, Ballymena – Highly Commended Certificate for Hair Salon of the Year


• The Brow Babe, Ballymena – Highly Commended for Brow / Lash Specialist of the Year


Proudly sponsored by West Coast Cooler and judged by an independent panel of experts, the awards, which, due to the popular demand of previous years, introduced six new categories this year and saw a record number of entries from a host of homegrown salons, clinics, spas, specialists and products across Northern Ireland.



Tasked with the job of whittling down the hundreds of award entries to finalists and judging the awards to find the winners were make-up and skincare specialist Katrina Doran, Medical Director at Woodford Medical Dr Mervyn Patterson and owner of Pearl Beauty, Elanna McGowan. New to the panel this year were nail expert and Renew Beauty, BioSculpture and Elim Educator, Ingrid Graham, Dr Martina Collins, Principal Dentist and owner of Martina Dental & Skin Clinic and last year’s winner of Overall Contribution to the Industry, founder and former CEO of Vita Liberata, Alyson Hogg MBE.


Danielle McAlonan from Golden by Danielle McAlonan with the Highly Commended Certificate for Hair Salon of the Year

Danielle McAlonan from Golden by Danielle McAlonan with the Highly Commended Certificate for Hair Salon of the Year.


Speaking of the awards, event organiser and owner of Weir Events, Sarah Weir commented:


“It has been a privilege to bring back these wonderful awards again which just keep getting bigger and better. They are an opportunity to recognise and showcase the diverse range of talent and innovation of the ever-growing beauty industry in Northern Ireland. I can’t wait for next year’s awards already.


“We received a record number of entries which is a demonstration of the booming beauty industry in Northern Ireland as well as the passion and determination of so many of our industry professionals. Congratulations to all of our winners, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you all.”



The awards, which were once again hosted by TV royalty, Pamela Ballantine, took place on Saturday 13th May 2023 at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.


The 2023 Awards, organised by Weir Events, were proudly supported by title sponsor, West Coast Cooler; media partners, Official Car Partner, Charles Hurst Landrover, with event partners: BTL Aesthetics - Creator of. EMSCULPT NEO & EMFACE and innovating aesthetic solutions for over 30 years; Davines - Italian hair care brand, whose ethos is to ‘Do our best for the world, creating the good life for all through beauty, ethics and sustainability';  Pearl Beauty - a vegan and cruelty-free cosmetic beauty brand; Med FX, supplier for all aesthetics and skin rejuvenation product needs; BF Mulholland - a full service dental products supplier; Shop Beautiful - a supplier of premium, professional grade beauty brands; DermaFrac UK-medical facial experts; and Design NI - a website and design agency.


Beauty Excellence Awards 2023 Category winners:

 

Aesthetics Clinic of the Year

Winner - Dr Bonny Clinic

Highly Commended - Verve Medical Aesthetics​

 

Aesthetics Clinic to Watch

Winner - Katie Smith Aesthetics

Highly Commended - Alora Rejuvenation​

 

Skincare Salon / Clinic of the Year

Winner - Rouge Skincare and Beauty

Highly Commended - Radiance Beauty and Day Spa​

 


Barbers / Male Grooming Salon of the Year​​

Winner - Jays Barber Club

 

Beauty Salon of the Year

Winner - Radiance Beauty & Day Spa​

 

Beauty Salon to Watch​​

Winner - Broad Lane Beauty​​

 

Day Spa / Boutique Spa of the Year

Winner - Spa Sanctuary

 

Cosmetic Dental Practice of the Year

Winner - Larne Dental Centre​

 

Hair, Beauty or Aesthetics Educator / Training Provider of the Year

Winner - Aspire School of Beauty​

 

Hair and Beauty Retailer or Supplier of the Year

Winner - 4Beauty Group- SKINICIAN​

 


Hair Salon of the Year

Winner - Hair by Ciaran​

Highly Commended  - Golden by Danielle McAlonan​

 

Hair Salon to Watch

Winner - Hair & Co

 

Hair Loss Specialist of the Year

Winner - Hair Loss Rehab

 

Hair Extension Specialist of the Year

Winner - La Bella Vita

Highly Commended - Morgan Barr Hair

 

Brow / Lash Specialist of the Year

Winner - Brows & Co

Highly Commended  - The Brow Babe

 

Makeup Studio / Artist of the Year

Winner - Olivia Muldoon Hair & Makeup​

 

Creative Makeup Artist of the Year

Winner - Chloe Henning Professional MUA​

 

Nail Salon of the Year

Winner - Scissor Sister Banbridge

Highly Commended - Blush Newtownards

 

Salon or Clinic Interior Design

Winner - Eclectic              

 

Semi or Permanent Makeup Specialist of the Year

Winner - Aesthetics By Jane

Highly Commended - Beauty Ink By R.D​

 


Specialist Salon or Clinic of the Year

Winner - The Laser Clinic NI

 

Mobile / Home-Based Business of the Year - Hair

Winner - Kim Annesley Hair ​

 

Mobile / Home-Based Business of the Year - Beauty

Winner - Sarah Callan Facialist​

 

Mobile / Home-Based Business of the Year - Specialist

Winner - Berkeley Aesthetics

 

Team of the Year            

Winner - JAX Hair and Beauty

Highly Commended - Beyond Skin Clinic​

 

Beauty Business of the Year

Winner - Radiance Beauty and Day Spa​

 

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

Winner - Roberta Mechan

 

West Coast Cooler - People's Choice Award

Winner - Jay Miller - Jays Barber Club​

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