Viewed as a pioneer in her field, MV Organic Skincare creator and beauty industry innovator wins prestigious Instyle award
Sharon McGlinchey - Winner: Beauty
Long before green was cool, Sharon McGlinchey was creating organic skincare. Over a decade ago, a client approached her with skin sensitivities, and McGlinchey a self-confessed "out of the box" beauty therapist, couldn't find any products to offer that were petrochemical and paraben-free. It was a light-bulb moment. "That was the day I decided to produce something ethical, non-toxic and beautiful to use - something that didn't affect anyone's health." says McGlinchey.
The 46-year-old admits she "didn't have a huge amount of self-belief in the beginning", but it was feedback from clients and friends that kept her going. Thirteen years on, her range, MV Organic Skincare, is a cult success, favoured by celebrities, make-up artists and everyday women alike. For McGlinchey, this Women of Style win is a tribute to her convictions. "I've put a lot of love into my brand. I've worked for years for something I strongly believe in, without compromising. For me, this recognition of what I do on my own terms is the most important thing."