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The Herald Look Awards 2016

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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Defacto Salons Table – Photo by Kirsty Anderson

For the second year The Herald’s Look Awards have come and gone.

It was a night full of fun, food and deserving winners! From all the wonderful nominees, successful business were chosen and even some commendations were awarded and we’re going to tell you all about it.

The night was hosted once again at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow City Centre. It began with a champagne reception, a photo op, and a chance to grab some freebies from Fake Bake and OSMO, before everyone was ushered into the event hall. The room was lit in pinks and purples with towering table decoration and a fantastic lit up LOOK sign on the stage.

Photo by Kirsty Anderson

Photo by Kirsty Anderson

‘The One Show’ reporter Jean Johansson hosted the night, and everyone got up for a dance during the Soul Kings entertainment. The awards began with Expert Make up Artist of the Year, which was won by Lynsey C Reilly. Then Bon Vivant and Sleeping Beauty Salon won Small and Large Beauty Salon of the Year –Sponsored by Beautiful Brows and Lashes Professional. Sleeping Beauty Salon is one of our listed salons, and is a small privately owned chain of 4 salons in Scotland offering a wide range of beauty, holistic and nail services. They are based in Inverness and offer evening appointments.

photo by Kirsty Anderson

photo by Kirsty Anderson

Polish Nail and Beauty won Nail Technician of the Year and Spa at Blysthwood Square lifted the trophy for Spa of the Year. ReNu Skin Clinic won medical Aesthetician of the Year – Sponsored by The Edinburgh Clinic and Best Independent Nurse Prescriber was awarded to Jackie Partridge BSc (DERM) RGN NIP of dermalclinic. Another category sponsored by Beautiful Brows & Lashes Professional was Cosmetic Clinic of the Year, won by Face and Body Medical Cosmetics.

The first commendation went to Laura Courtie Hair for Wedding Stylist of the Year, which was won by Pin Up Hair Glasgow. Charlie Taylor won two categories on the night, Hair Stylist of the Year and Defacto’s Large Salon of the Year. Charlie Taylor is one of the UK’s foremost hairdressers and a lifetime member of the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame and has won Scottish Hairdresser of the Year three times. Another envirofriendly salon nominated for Defacto Large Salon of the Year was Andersons Hair, this award winning salon is the premier location to experience the Davines brand. They are proud to be the only Davines exclusive hair salon in Glasgow and use natural ingrediants to help you achieve your dream do.

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (Large) Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty  (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (Large) Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Macs Glasgow is an envirofriendly salon, located in the heart of Glasgow West End, and has been implementing the use of Easilocks to win Hair Extension Specialist, with a commendation going to Natalie McIlroy Hair. Our other sponsored category Defacto Small Salon of the Year went to Westend Hair. Found on Great Western Road, Westend Hair is Scotland’s prime destination for professional Aveda Hair care and colour.

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (small) Westend Hair  (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (small) Westend Hair
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Best Barbers – Sponsored by Men’s Hairdressing Federation went to House Martin Barbers with a commendation awarded to Davie The Barbers. House Martin Barbers is a place for the modern gentleman, boasting a complimentary coffee shop and bar, this place is somewhere for a man looking for a very luxurious environment.

Best Use of Social Media – Sponsored by Fake Bake went to BLOW and Best Start Up – Sponsored by City of Glasgow College went to The Singing Barber: Gentleman’s Club. With a commendation going to ONYX Salon. Ash Hairdressing won Marketing Campaign of the Year and we handed our Innovation in Technology Award over to Barclay Wolf Hair Extensions (you can read more about Barclay Wolf HERE).

Innovation in Technology award winner Barclay Wolf Hair extensions  (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Innovation in Technology award winner Barclay Wolf Hair extensions
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

City of Glasgow College accepted the award for Training Institution of the Year, Linton & Mac became the Ones to Watch and rounding the ceremony off Annmarie Fraser of the NHS Hospital Salon was awarded Outstanding Contribution of the Year – Sponsored by Phorest.

After the awards everyone was free to let their hair down and have dance the night away! Our director Marcus Macleod said:

“It’s been a fantastic night, truly amazing to see all these people and businesses being honoured for their contributions to the industry and who doesn’t love to get dressed up and to have a good time.”

Here’s to another wonderful year at the Look Awards, we’re counting down to next year already!

The Defacto team and guests (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

The Defacto team and guests
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

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Cannes Film Festival 2016 Best Outfits

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Currently the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival is taking place.

The event is being held from 11 to 22 May 2016 and like every other year before it, it will feature films from all genres and from all around the world.

The Cannes film festival was founded in 1946 and is one of the most publicised film festivals in the world, so of course this makes it a star-studded event. This year’s chosen opening film is Woody Allen’s Café Society and the red carpet for this film offered up some beautiful outfits. We’re going to show you our favourites.

Jessica Chastain stepped out in a yellow Armani gown.


The strapless dress cinches in at her waist and creates a beautiful hourglass silhouette. The silky fabric and the style of the dress give the impression of old Hollywood Glamour. Pairing the yellow dress with her red hair and rosy skin was a great decision as they work together perfectly.

Robert Cavalli was Bella Hadid’s designer of choice with her Cavalli Couture dress.


The models slender frame suits the gown ideally. It drapes over her and creates a beautiful showcase of the Swarovski crystals embedded in the gown. It has a 1920’s feel and fits in with the glamour of the Cannes Film Festival.

Victoria Beckham wore a jumpsuit from her own collection.


She is well known for sleek and chic fashion choices and designs and this was no different. The jumpsuit is simple and complimentary of her small frame. Not wearing a necklace accentuates her long neck and the strapless top and chunky diamond bangles make the outfit more feminine.

Naomi Watts looked girly and elegant in her Armani Prive dress.


The simple slinky dress is covered in embellishment to take it from what may have been a completely plain dress to an eye-catching red carpet ready number. Her chunky jewellery adds a quirky element and ties in nicely with her light pink lip.

Finally, Kirsten Dunst was the epitome of femininity in her floor length Gucci dress.


The large poppy detailing really makes her dress stand out. The red and pink look beautiful together, with the black ribbon trying in the black outlining around the flowers. Her simple up do and smoky eyes work perfectly wit the overall look.

Do you have a favourite Cannes look so far this year?

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