Festivals

festival face and body gems

Festival face and body gems get the latest look

This summer is playing host to a variety of festival trends, but taking centre stage, is a face and body gems look which brings a whole new meaning to ‘getting stoned in a field’ ….

festival face and body gems
Gems are everywhere this season and we are obsessed with the face & body designs we have been witnessing so far! Fancy foreheads, dazzling décolletage, blingy bottoms and disco-tits galore! Paired with a healthy dose of glitter, body jewels are sweeping the festival fields and we are on hand to share our top tips on how to achieve the look.

For the beginners amongst you, fear not, several companies including our friends over at The Festival Faces Group, have developed self-adhesive, all in one designs which you can just peel-and-stick and you’re good to go. However, if you feel adventurous, individual stones and a dab of body or eyelash glue can be used to create your own creations which are only limited by your own creativity.festival face and body gems

Always start with clean and dry skin, apply your gems to your face or body with a dab of glue (please ensure this is suitable for use on the skin – eyelash glue is a great option) and allow to dry. Once your gems are in place you can then add fine and chunky glitter around them for the ultimate festival look. Take a flat brush and hair gel, apply to the skin surrounding your gems and sprinkle glitter with reckless abandon until your dazzling look is complete…but remember, more is most definitely more when it comes to glitter!

If you would like to bring this dazzling look to your upcoming event, contact one of our fabulous team at info@vanityvan.co.uk for more information.

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The Pop-Up Spa Glastonbury beauty low down

Glastonbury Vanity Van team photo

We’ve had a memorable first year working with The Pop-Up hotel team creating a Pop-Up spa experience in their boutique camping area situated just outside of Glastonbury. The Pop-Up Hotel and Motel are perfect for the more discerning festival goer who want to take Millie Mackintosh Hugo Taylor Glastonbury 2017‘Glamping’ to a whole new level. We even spotted and chatted to Made in Chelsea stars Millie Macintosh and Hugo Taylor who were in residence loving the lavish Glastonbury festival experience.

One of our most luxury set ups yet, our fabulous spa area was equipped with hair stations, make-up and glitter zones, barbering chairs, nail booths and three therapy treatment rooms. In true spa style we had an exclusive outdoor pool and hot tub particularly ideal for the beginning of the festival when temperatures soared to a melting 34 degrees! The customers thought it was a wonderful addition, lying in the scorching sun with an ice cold Peroni dipping their feet.

Glitter Beards Glasonbury

As always, its all about glitter at Glastonbury! Back in 2015 we sawa shift in this trend moving from the more delicate face art to bucket loads of glitter – the more the merrier.  Not only did we offer fabulous facial decorations, but we also looked after a few brave gentlemen who rocked the glitter beard look. We made sure to incorporate glitter into many of our styles and treatments  we were loving the glittery space bun, a magical addition to any festival look.

Due to the haphazarGlastonbury pop up salon plaitsd weather we’ve also been flat out on up do’s and precision plaits. Braids are perfect for greasy festival hair – the dirtier the better ! And they are super durable making them the ideal style trend to survive the downpours and flying beer cups. The most popular styles were a Dutch braid into a fish tail, Mohawk plaits and a faux hawk up do created using buns.

As important as it is to beon trend, you cannot forget about relaxing and unwinding over what is a long weekend. Many people found the luxury Complete Revival massage which is an hour and a half perfect to ease hangovers and the aches and pains of festival life. Our full body rub downs and facials were offered alongside the more holistic Reiki and reflexology going down a treat with weary festival heros.

We loved the customers at this event and cannot wait to beautify them all again next year !Glasto glitter face art

pop up salon for Glastonbury festival

The Pop-Up Spa For Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival is almost upon us and this year we are doing things a little differently. Vanity Van are collaborating with The Pop-Up Hotel and bringing you the awesomeness that is … The Pop-Up Spa. Based outside pedestrian gate D on a private site we will be offering our full range of beautifying and relaxation treatments in a luxury spa site complete with swimming pool, hot tub and hot showers.

pop up salon for Glastonbury festival

Whats on offer ?

As Glastonbury Festival veterans, we at Vanity Van have plenty of experience in bringing you the most on-trend of festival hair and makeup looks and the most relaxing of pampering treatments to get you through 5 nights in a field. We pride ourselves on being the best in the business when it comes to festival salons, having spent eight years trading at Glastonbury Festival until a recent reshuffle of the markets last year,  we were absolutely thrilled to be asked to offer our fabulous services for The Pop-Up Hotel. Our services are operating from a luxury spa area in The Pop-Up Hotel complex hosting a hot tub, swimming pool, showers, restaurant, bar, our salon and 3 luxury treatment rooms.

Glastonbury Festival Makeup

We know all too well, the toll a weekend of Glastonbury Festival fun can take on your hair, skin and muscles… and the benefit our treatments can bring to your overall festival experience. Our award-winning team of multi-skilled hair stylists, makeup artists, beauticians and holistic therapists will be offering a comprehensive range of treatments to make sure you hit the fields looking, and feeling like a VIP. Be it a glamorous makeover, an intricate braided hair-do, a coating of glitter, a relaxing massage, or an eye-catching manicure…and so much more, we have you covered. And that’s not all! For the men out there, we offer a full range of male grooming including dry and wet shaves, facials, beard or moustache trims and man-icures.

 

How to book

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If you are a pop-up hotel/motel guest then we are taking appointments from 8am-6pm daily. These are pre-book only and filling up fast. The online booking system link has already been emailed out to you by The Pop-up Hotel team.

As a non resident you too can take part in this luxuriousness by purchasing in advance a Spa pass. Entry is allowed either daily or for the weekend from 2pm until 7pm.

You can click here to purchase a Day pass for £99 either Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th June which includes 1 complimentary treatment.

Or you can click here to purchase a weekend pass for £299 valid for the whole weekend from Wednesday 21st June-Sunday 25th June which includes 3 complimentary treatments.

The Spa pass includes access to the hot showers, luxury toilets, pamper area with hair dryers, hot tub, swimming pool, restaurant and bar AND includes treatments of any of the below subject to availability:

All treatments are 30 mins and worth £35 each. 1 per day pass, 3 per weekend pass. You can prebook the days and times in advance:

• Basic hair styling – wet style on normal hair or luxury dry style on long thick hair
• Basic makeover – full makeover
• Rapid relax massage – full body massage
• Reiki
• Reflexology
• Luxury manicure – file, shape, soak, cuticle work, massage and paint
• Express pedicure – file, shape and paint
• Express facial – cleanse, tone and moisturise
• Hot towel facial

You’ll need to show your Spa Pass ticket to gain access to The Pop-Up Hotel site and the The Pop-Up Spa.

We look forward to pampering you all for this our ninth year running festival salons !

The Pop-Up Hotel

space buns Festival hair trends

Summer Festival Looks – Hair

The final in our festival trend series. We’ve seen delicate floral makeup, dried flower manicures, glitter pretty much everywhere! Check out our previous posts here, and here.

So, to wrap things up, we are taking a look at three of the summer festival hair trends we are excited about for this coming season. Crimping (we promise its more wearable this time around!), Space Buns (because who doesn’t love channelling their inner Princess Leia!) and finally, Braids.

Festival Trends Hair Crimping

 

First up, crimping:

Before you head up into your loft to hunt for those beloved Babyliss crimpers which were assigned to retirement in the early 90s, this time around for the latest summer festival hair look we are holding back on the ‘very recently electrocuted’ look, and instead opting for a few select 1 inch sections crimped and then pulled back with the rest of the hair, into a loose low ponytail.

 

 

space buns Festival hair trends

Space Buns:

Speaking of the nineties…
This time around, pair your space buns with braiding for a 2017 take on the trend. Centre part and French braid from the front or back of the head (or both if you so wish) and twist the remaining hair into loose buns atop your head. Finally, coat the braids in a healthy dose of chunky glitter and you’re all set. Check out this funky summer festival hair look we created at last years V festival.

 

 

festival hair braidsBraids:

Skinny, chunky, french, waterfall or fishtail…we aren’t fussy. Braids are set to be the hairstyle of the summer so start practising asap! This gorgeous little waterfall number we put together at V festival last year. Hair ornaments, flowers or glitter are amazing to jazz up traditional braids. Tips to create the best plaits – unwashed hair is the one – the dirtier the better especially for tight braids. Use a conditioning mist such as Batiste to tame fly aways and add TONNES of hair spray post style to hold it in.

To bring the all the braids to the yard for your next event or campaign and get the experts to perfect your looks contact us on bookings@vanityvan.co.uk.

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Summer Festival Looks – Glitter

Summer Festival Trends Glitter Hair BraidsSecond in our series of this seasons festival looks. Quite possibly one of our favourite subjects EVER we just LOVE LOVE LOVE festival glitter ! And this season we are talking EVERYWHERE!

Festival glitter has gone into overdrive this season and as well as the festival activations at Glastonbury and V festival this summer we are also getting booked left right and centre for corporate events who want these bold looks to adorn their guests. Last year saw glitter partings and dazzling glitter eyes being HUGE, but this year’s take on the trend offers up a heavier-handed approach, and who are we to argue…

 

This seasons festival glitter trend – more is most def more:

Now, while we accept that a head-to-toe coating in festival glitter is a bold look for even the most outgoing of ladies (or gents) there are many ways to adopt the statement glistening look on a more wearable scale. We are in love with the many ideas to jazz up hair dos, to emblazon bottoms, upper legs, faces, necks, and even chests…although some are left to the brave – glitter boobs are an incredible statement but certainly take a bit of front (see what I did there…). Or is this taking it a bit too far – dare we mention glitter arm pits! …we might give that one a miss….

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DIY festival glitter looks:

Our resident DIY fairy is on hand to offer up some application advice:
For glitter hair, face or body looks all you need is fine and chunky glitter; Vaseline or hair gel and a flat foundation brush or similar. Apply with reckless abandon a layer of fine glitter, add gel or Vaseline and a layer of chunky glitter and if in doubt…add more. Set with hair spray and boom you are ready to hit the fields.festival glitter

To bring the glitter bomb to your next event or campaign contact us on bookings@vanityvan.co.uk and we can send in our hit team of glitter makeup artists to sprinkle their fairy dust!

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Summer festival looks – Flower power

With Coachella under our braided belts, we know what this means; festival season is well and truly underway.
Here at VV HQ we like to make sure you’re clued up on the latest trends ahead of schedule, we thought why not give you a quick run-down on some of our favourite festival looks for a summer of music-festival fun. The first in a three part series we look at the latest floral trends.

Flowers for festivals? Yes, yes, we know this is hardly ground-breaking news, but the floral trend which gained momentum in the seventies and shows no signs of dying out anytime soon, has taken on a new and exciting reincarnation for 2017. Whilst we won’t judge you for reaching for your trusty flower crown for your seventh Glasto in a row, check out these nature-inspired trends we are LOVING right now, if you fancy something new.

Blooming Mani:Festival looks floral Manicures
Following closely on the heels of the painted nail art we have been seeing the last few summers, the floral manicure is taking centre stage this season with dried flowers applied to the nail in place of the painted designs. A quick search online will offer up a variety of suppliers of dried flowers (or if you are feeling crafty, by all means whip up your own!) … apply with a dot of nail glue and seal with a layer of top-coat polish. Natural nail art perfection.

Subtle Flower Power:
Less is more where floral focus is concerned for this season as we noted at Coachella, where festival looks seemed to have matured slightly and a subtle, more toned-down look was adopted. In place of the mildly passé flower crown, we noted delicate floral hair pins, and real fresh, or dried flowers, tucked into gorgeous braided up-do’s and flowing boho waves alike.

Floral Liner:

Previous-years bold flower-power face art was pared right down with subtle floral accents appearing in place of liner or shadow (a steady hand is a must!). Using a fine liner brush and face paints or a flash palette, get creative with florals along your upper lash line being as dramatic or as subtle as you are comfortable with.

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If you want to bring any of these floral wonders to your next event or campaign get in touch with our team at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk.

VIP Hospitality areas makeup mobile salon

VIP Hospitality Areas

VIP Hospitality areas makeup mobile salon

Are you looking to add a touch of luxury to your hospitality area? Or perhaps you are seeking an aspirational incentive for your VIP hospitality area ticket purchases? Whatever the situation Vanity Van services could be exactly what you are looking for.

VIP Hospitality area indoor salon

Innovation and relaxation are at the heart of what we do and we have collaborated with a huge variety of clients to elevate their VIP hospitality services at music festivals, exhibitions, shows, concerts and other public events. Our mobile salon services are an ideal addition to your upcoming event and can be tailored to suit your location, budget, and theme. Our expert team of multi-skilled hair stylists, makeup artists, beauticians, and holistic therapists will ensure your customers look and feel like true VIP’s.

 

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So how do our services work onsite? Our experts will discuss your requirements and make suggestions based on their experience as to what would work best in that environment and then you can decide what you would prefer. Our multiple salon options mean you can create a bespoke set up to suit your needs, at both indoor and outdoor locations, come rain or shine. You can either choose to pay out right for the services so they are free to your guests or in some circumstances we can organise bookings in advance and take payment direct from your guests.

 

For a little insight into how our salon services have benefited some of our previous clients, head over to our Case Studies page here. We have tackled all kinds of hospitality services – everything from glamping pampering for VIP’s at V festival, celebrity backstage services for the artists and guests at Radio One’s Big Weekends, Leeds festival and Latitude festivals, post-exertion pampering at the Filthy Mud Run, relaxing delegate oasis’ for the likes of Success Resources Tony Robbins events and Londis exhibitions at Excel, and VIP ‘thank you’s for Butlins music weekender guests. Our experience and expertise has lent itself to excelling in creating the ideal salon solutions for each of these events and more.

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Summer Beauty Package

 

Here at VV HQ we like to be ahead of the game when it comes to all the latest products and trends on the market. This month we are launching our first ever summer beauty package. Book our team to deliver this extravaganza at your next event to help your guests to stand out from the crowd with the summer seasons latest essential looks.


Bold statement eyes
80s eye makeup coloured mascara beauty trends summer

I’m sure we weren’t alone when a shudder went down our spine at the news that the beauty trends of the 80s were making a resurgence.


Fortunately, however, the more-is-more era has become slightly more wearable for its 2017 comeback. Corkscrew perms and liberally-applied blush aside, this season we will be focusing on colourful eye makeup looks with brash brights pulled up toward the temple, and co-ordinating coloured mascara applied to the lashes.

Latest glitter trends and metallic lips

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Of course, summer just wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of glitter, but this year it really is having its ‘shining’ moments

From subtle eye makeup looks to full body glitter paints, we have scoured the emerging and existing trends for our firm favourites this season and have plumped for… THE WORKS. Yes, we cheated as we just couldn’t narrow it down, so expect to see glittery under-eye makeup, metallic lips, glistening faux freckles and dazzling glitter hair lines from us this season.

 

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Braid bars

Think braided up-dos and skinny plaits, this seasons hair is all about braids, which is fantastic news for party-goers as it’s a brilliant way to keep hair simultaneously under control and on trend in our unpredictable climate. Whatever your occasion, event or requirement, our talented team has the braided ‘do’ for you.

Our expert professional hair and makeup teams are multi skilled so it only takes one of our team to create these stunning looks for your guests. Email us at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk with some info around your event or campaign to find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loving the new henna craze this summer?

The history of Henna

Traditionally Henna is well known in India and the Middle East for occasions such as holidays, birthdays and weddings. Now the trend has spread worldwide. Today henna is being used a lot more for fashion and creative purposes. If you can’t bear to go through the pain of getting permanently inked, henna is a great temporary alternative.White Henna hand designs

Instagram is full of bloggers, beauty entrepreneur’s and celebrities such as Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Vanessa Hudgens and Cody Simpson showing off their new temporary tattoo designs.

With festival season on our doorstep, many festival goers are turning to henna to complete their look and help them to stand out from the crowd. The Vanity Van Team can bring these techniques to your next event or campaign and help your guests to stand out from the crowd too!white Henna hand designs

Henna is a paste made out of crushed leaves from guess what? A plant called henna! The henna plant is found and grown in South Asian and North African countries. Once the paste is applied to skin and left for a few hours, it then leaves a stain to the skin which can last from 7 to 14 days. White henna is applied in the same way and for Golden henna once you have applied the paste, brush a layer of mehron powder over the pattern and brush off the excess to create that metallic look.

The current henna trend

We have recently been drawn to the beautiful white and gold henna trend, a beauty bloggers favourite, which looks great with a tan and summer outfits.

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White henna look gives a delicate finish, as if lace has been applied to the skin. This trend started in the Middle East where brides opted for white, instead of the traditional brown. To attend your summer events in style, team your white henna look with a white outfit and a pale coloured pastel nail varnish.

Golden henna

Also known as a metallic henna. This look is very elegant and feminine. This trend has come from Dubai, from a renowned Japanese jewellery designer Nobuhiko Akatsuka. Golden henna will give you a fabulous shine at the special events you have planned.

 

Henna painting techniques and their significance

When people get their very first henna, they tend to start off with a more universal design until they find one more tailored to them. Designs such as butterflies, flowers, mandalas, YingYang and stars are among the more common designs.

While henna has become an art, there are hidden meanings behind certain designs and where on the body it is. Dependent on where you get the henna, it can hold a significance. For instance, having a design on your hand signifies an offering from you to the world, while, on the back of your hand signifies protection.

 

How to book

We can provide make up artists to deliver these fantastic treatments into any event or campaign anywhere in the UK drop us a line at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk to discuss the details.

Intern roles available Summer 2016 – Event management and PR assistants

We have some new intern roles available for this summer ! Please see details below and how to apply

Vanity Van event staff

Vanity Van are an events based mobile beauty company who specialise in delivering services to the music industry, corporate and retail. We create unique event experiences for companies and individuals and run campaigns for brands utilising a wide range of hair, make up and beauty treatments. We have a series of indoor and outdoor salons and a large team of therapists, managers and PRs across the UK.

Vanity Van’s summer tour involves running salon activations at various festival and corporate events. We are looking for interns who are looking for experience in events to help support these activities.

Event management assistant
Duties / Responsibilities

– Aiding with the preplanning and onsite organisation of of logistics, equipment, stock and staffing
– Involvement with event administration onsite and offsite
– Helping with the setting up/breaking down and the running of the on site salon activity
– Working front of house on reception talking to the public and artists about the services and helping with appointments and data gathering
– Supporting the event manager during staff briefings and debriefs
– Helping compile event reports and feedback for clients

Event PR assistant

Duties / Responsibilities

Event based work

– Helping with the setting up/breaking down and the running of the on site salon activity
– Working front of house on reception talking to the people about the services and helping with appointments and data gathering

Vanity Van event staff beauty prsOn and off site marketing and PR tasks

– Helping create and collate social media content
– Working on website content and blogs
– Aiding decisions on what photographs and content are to be used for online and press
– Helping with press releases
– Helping with collating of data for marketing clients and media contacts

This will involve 2-3 months working on site and offsite conducting pre and post event activities we are ideally seeking someone to work at all the events throughout the summer but will consider applications from those that cannot attend them all and consider a job split between a few individuals. The off site work once trained is around 1-2 days a week (could be job shared) can also be conducted remotely we are quite flexible in terms of hours, locations etc.

Event dates throughout June, July, August and Sept – apply for exact details

Prep work for events

Normally PR prep work for the big events e.g. festivals is the 1-2 days before we leave for the event in Bournemouth and post event work the day or two after we return from the event again in Bournemouth.

For festivals we normally arrive the day before and leave the day after. For corporates the events are normally conducted in one day.

Benefits

– Assessment for placement requirement
– All tickets for the events & transport is covered
– Some corporate events there is an intern wage, some festivals where we are charging there are spends
– Some food and drink are provided on site for the bigger events including bar b qs, snacks and drinks.
– For events which require it accommodation is provided. At camping festivals you will have areas to camp with the rest of the team
– Future paid work as a freelance PR

Skills and qualities

Training is given to the right candidates however we are interested to hear what relevant experience you may have for example working in similar environments or producing relevant content

We are particularly seeking candidates who exhibit the following qualities:

– Hard working
– Enthusiastic
– Team player
– Outgoing
– Professional
– Attention to details
– Creative
– Good with clients
– Comfortable working in a busy pressurised environment
– Able to cope with the elements

We will be assessing applications and holding phone interviews from 13th-15th June for a trial to start on 16th June. Please apply by emailing a covering letter explaining what qualifications you are currently or have just studied, why you are interested in the work experience and fill out this recruitment form