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Co Antrim beauty businesses announced as finalists for NI Beauty Excellence Awards 2023

Katrina Doran, judge of the NI Beauty Excellence Awards; Aimee Rourke from Daily Mirror and Belfast Live; Sarah Weir, Director of Weir Events and Laura Shiels from West Coast Cooler.

Katrina Doran, judge of the NI Beauty Excellence Awards; Aimee Rourke from Daily Mirror and Belfast Live; Sarah Weir, Director of Weir Events and Laura Shiels from West Coast Cooler. 

A host of beauty businesses operating in Antrim, Ballymena and Toomebridge have been announced as finalists for this year’s NI Beauty Excellence Awards, proudly sponsored by West Coast Cooler.


This year, due to the popularity of previous years, the awards introduced six new categories with a total of twenty-five awards up for grabs. Organisers received double the number of entries compared to last year, making it the most popular year to date.


The six businesses from the Antrim and Ballymena area announced as finalists in this year’s Awards are:

Savvy & Shine Ltd, Antrim - Hair and Beauty Retailer or Supplier of the Year

Morgan Barr Hair, Antrim - Hair Extension Specialist of the Year

Katie Smith Aesthetics, Ballymena - Aesthetics Clinic to Watch

Golden by Danielle McAlonan, Ballymena - Hair Salon of the Year

The Brow Babe, Ballymena - Brow / Lash Specialist of the Year

GAL GLAM Makeup & Brows, Ballymena - Makeup Studio / Artist of the Year

McKeever-Sloan Aesthetics & Training, Toomebridge – Semi or Permanent Makeup Specialist of the Year

Tasked with the job of whittling down the hundreds of award entries to finalists and judging the awards to find the winners were makeup 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 are 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.


Commenting on judging the awards, Katrina Doran said:

“Deciding on finalists was no easy task as the breadth of talent in the ever-expanding beauty industry in Northern Ireland is inspirational and reading each entry made me proud to be part of it. Well done to all the finalists and thank you to every single person who entered this year’s awards. We can’t wait to celebrate together at the awards ceremony in May.”


Sarah Weir, Director at Weir Events which created the Awards added:

“It’s fantastic to see a record-breaking amount of award entries this year. It is also excellent to see that our new award of Mobile/Home-based Business of the Year received so many entries which demonstrates how industry professionals have adapted their businesses following the global pandemic.


“We are delighted to be able to showcase the talent of the beauty industry in Northern Ireland and are excited to celebrate this talent together in May. Good luck to all our finalists.”


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

Tickets are now on sale, visit for booking details.


The 2023 Awards are proudly supported by title sponsor, West Coast Cooler; media partners, Daily Mirror and Belfast Live; 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.


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