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Cruelty-free and vegan beauty tips

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Alexandra Soame The Energy DJWith the huge push in today’s society towards transitioning to a cruelty-free and vegan diet, the next obvious step is to consider what products you should purchasing and using.

Our founder Alexandra Soame has transitioned to a vegan lifestyle a year and a half ago and is championing our companies transition by ensuring all new sponsors and products purchased are vegan and cruelty-free.

Check out Alexandras instagram The Energy DJ for hints and tips for a plant-based diet and her facebook group Vegan Curious for more help regarding this subject. It can, however, be tricky to figure out which products contain animal ingredients or have been tested on animals at some stage in the production process.

cruelty-free and veganChoosing Vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics is not only beneficial for the animals and the environment, its also better for your health as these products use plant and mineral based ingredients which have natural properties and they are also preservative and pesticide free.

What does cruelty free and vegan mean?

A product can be vegan without being cruelty-free and vice-versa, the definition of a vegan product is a product that doesn’t contain any animal by-products. A good example is that a vegan lipstick should never contain beeswax as this is derived directly from bees. To most people, the term vegan should also imply that the product isn’t tested on animals however this isn’t regulated so be careful. A product can be tested on animals and still legally claim to be vegan.

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A product that is labelled cruelty-free should have been produced without any form of animal testing in the creation and the production process or use ingredients that have been tested on animals by third parties. To be sure keep an eye out for these official logos – ‘the leaping bunny’ ‘PETAS cruelty-free logo’ and choose cruelty-free logo.

What to look out for…

Avoid these animal by-products that are often found in cosmetics:

  • Collagen – often used in anti-aging products due to its plumping and firming effects. In order to get the protein it is normally taken from dead animals bones, connective tissue, and skin…definitely not vegan!
  • Beeswax – this is taken directly from the beehive and can be used in eye shadow, foundation or lipstick
  • Carmine – this deep red colour is taken from crushed insect body and legs
  • Keratin- used to give you luscious hair this is a protein that Is naturally found in mammals, it is generally taken from hair, nails, and horns
  • Guanine – This gives extra shine and sparkle to your blusher, eyeshadow and nail polish, it is created by scraping fish scales off dead fish and soaking them in alcohol to create an iridescent solution
  • Lanolin -used in lip balms and lotions, it is created from the grease in sheeps hair
  • Squalane – Used in various moisturisers and cosmetics this ingredient is made from the oils found in the liver of sharks

We will be running more features in the future on our attempts to improve the ecological aspects of our businesses and some exciting developments coming soon regarding our new health and wellbeing brand!

 

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Easter chocolate beauty trends

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With Easter right around the corner, we only have one thing on our minds here in the Vanity Van HQ and that’s Easter Chocolate! If you’re looking for a way to indulge this Easter without consuming a ton of calories we have discovered some luxury chocolate treats and Easter chocolate beauty trends to tickle your taste-buds.

Easter Chocolate beauty trends

Chocolate Lip Scrub DIY

Our lips are still suffering the effects of winter, and are looking a little parched. Here’s a super quick and easy recipe for a homemade scrub to banish the chapped lips, just in time to make the most of spring lippie shades!

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons Dark Cocoa
1½ cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
⅓ cup grapeseed oil

Simply mix all your ingredients together. To store, pop mixture into small jars (this scrub makes a gorgeous Easter gift too!)

To use:
Apply to your lips and gently rub in a circular motion for about a minute, then either wipe off or lick your lips (just try to resist eating the entire jar)

 

Chocolate Hair Dyenutella hair dye easter chocolate beauty trends

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of a certain well known chocolate spread going viral after a video emerged of it being used as a hair-dye by a hairdresser in Dubai. Obviously, we had to check it out, and it turns out that Nutella truly CAN be used to tint light blonde hair temporarily. If you are after a hazelnut hue (pun intended) to calm a brassy blonde, then this mixture of Nutella and condensed milk, may be for you. However, whilst the oils in Nutella are certainly beneficial to hair, one must wonder if it is worth the hassle and the wastage of a perfectly good snack! We remain undecided on this one!

 

Chocolate Face Mask

We all love to eat it but what about putting chocolate on your skin? I don’t know about you but our team were a little dubious. However, research has shown that flavonoids found in dark chocolate absorb UV light, help improve blood flow to the skin, and improve the skins hydration and complexion!

Home made chocolate face masks are very easy to make just create a paste with 2-3 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder and 2-3 tablespoons of natural yoghurt. The yoghurt contains lactic acid to help unclog pores. Apply this to your face with clean fingertips and let it sit for 10-15 mins before washing off.

Top Tip: for extra hydration, try adding a spoonful of mashed avocado to your mix!

As if we needed any further excuse to slather ourselves in chocolate, head to toe!

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Beauty experiences – how to use Vanity Van to wow your customers

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With mothers day fast approaching we have busy weekend creating innovative beauty experiences for a few of our retail and brand clients helping to say a big warm thank you to their valued customers.

H&M Beauty Tour nail treatments beauty experiencesWhat do customers really want?

They want recognition, they want to feel valued by your brand. One of the easiest ways to achieve this impact is to create an experience to draw over the customers to your activation, entice them in and then make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Beauty experiences are an amazing way to do this. As a brand you get the chance to personally connect with each individual who takes part in the activity building rapport and gratitude for the pampering. As a captive audience, your guests can learn about new products or the aims of your campaign in comfort. You can even dig deeper and use this connection time to ask their opinions, probe them about their likes and dislikes, find out what makes them tick.

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Its important that you use the right surroundings to create this vibe. For indoor events and activities, we can create a whole impactive glamourous salon experience or a relaxing spa vibe. We are experts in pulling together bespoke looks for different themes or to work with your brand.

For large indoor events and outdoor shopping centres you need something with the WOW factor that will stand out, capture attention and draw the crowds. A double decker bus or a stunning airstream salon will do the trick and are super popular with our clients.

Branded buses are great for height for long distances and to send a message far and wide. They also have the room for bigger teams and more space customers to engage. But the airstreams are the most popular – iconic, eye-catching and kitsch they are a show stopper in terms of the crowds – especially our 1950’s themed unit – shes a beauty and always the centre of attention at events.

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What kind of treatments should you use?

The key with these activations is high turnover but high impact. So we normally opt for express treatments tailored to suit the activations aims and the end customer. So for example for a Lynx activation in Gatwick we created a male barbering station with express moustache and beard trims, dry shaves and male haircuts. This weekend we are doing a few mothers day activities so we are focusing on express hairstyling, makeovers, manicures, brows and massages. For other events such as the Betty.Me campaign which were in a girls guide festival we conducted high speed glittering on hundreds of young girls as thats what suited the surroundings, enabled us to treat hundreds of girls and they loved it.

 

festival make up beauty experiencesTo give it that extra edge we can create special bespoke activities. For a campaign for Barbados at Westfield shopping centre who wanted to attract families, we designed bespoke firework face art carnival style for kids. For Oath we designed special nail art. For an American football tournament, we designed and printed bespoke tattoos. We LOVE to be creative – just give us some basic aims of the campaign and we will fire over a load of ideas bespoke to your requirements and incorporating the latest trends. Check our further case studies here for in-store activations, Shopping centres and brand campaigns

Get in touch to talk about your next campaign! Bookings@vanityvan.co.uk or call 07825 875210

Valentines beauty

Valentines day Vanity Van style

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If you’re sentimental, love holidays of any kind and have fun surprising people, then I suspect you probably love Valentines Day! It’s a day to celebrate Love 💖 whether that be for your partner or for yourself, Here are some of our ultimate pampering treats…

To spoil your other half ❤

Valentines beauty

Begin by running a hot bath, fill it with bubbles or rose petal bath bombs and create a peaceful and loving environment. Be mindful and take 5 mins or so to clear your mind allowing you to focus on being present for your partner. Use relaxing essential oils, they stimulate the brains limbic system, which hits the sweet spot of emotional memory. Chamomile, frankincense and lemon is a beautiful relaxing blend.

Once you have the scene set with your favourite relaxing music. Indulge in some pampering and offer your partner a massage. Intuitively indulge the senses, don’t forget to start slow and build up to a comfortable pressure. A loving touch can be very nourishing to the spirit as well as the body. Enjoy the time you’ve set aside to experience each other. Relax and have fun!

Valentines couples bathTop tip: DIY Chocolate milk bath recipe.
1 cup of bubble bath
1/2 cup of milk
60g crushed dark chocolate.
Bring milk to the boil, stir in chocolate bits until melted. Let cool and blend the mixture into 1 cup of bubble bath liquid.
Use 1/2 cup of the mixture for each bath. The amount can last 4 days.

 

Valentines for one 💖

Just because your not in a relationship doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the most romantic day of the year and celebrate yourself. A spa treat always makes us feel indulgent and special, so why not treat yourself to a DIY spa treatment on this special day.

Vanity Van facialsRun a hot bubble bath, have your favourite music playing, pour yourself a glass of bubbles.

Exfoliate your whole body, concentrating on any dry areas. Apply a nourishing hair mask, and a luxury face mask. Apply cucumber to cool and reduce puffiness around the eyes relax for 20 mins or more.

To finish off apply a luxurious body lotion. Complete this head to toe treat by painting your nails and toes. Colour choice is yours but why not go bright red to mark the occasion! Invite your single besties over to celebrate how fabulous you all are with cocktails and a romantic movie.

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Winter facials skincare special DIY food facials and scrubs

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Winter weather strips your skin of its natural moisturising oils. High winds, freezing temperatures batter your face and home heating draws the moisture from the air which in turn pulls moisture out of your skin. Try these quick, organic face scrubs and masks that the Vanity Van team have put together for you to help rehydrate and rejuvenate tired complexions. There are so many natural store cupboard ingredients we can utilise – have fun with food facials !

Vanity Van facialsAvocado face mask

Avocados are known for nourishing and revitalising the skin. They are packed with skin-friendly minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, etc. Vitamin A, E and K along side unsaturated fats.
Excellent for dry skin and all skin types in the winter months.

1/4 ripe avocado, mash it up in a bowl until it turns lump free. Mix into the pulp 1 teaspoon of plain organic yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Stir them well until you get a paste of uniform consistency.
Apply evenly onto your skin for 10-15 mins. Rinse off with Luke warm water and pat skin dry with a soft towel.

 

Banana face mask

Who needs Botox when you have Bananas! Mash up a medium sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10-20 mins then rinse it off with cold water.

When you apply a mask another tip is slice thinly some cucumber to stick over your eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles.

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Simple Sugar Facial Scrub
1 tsp organic cane sugar ( or granulated sugar)
1-2 drops of water
1-2 drops orange, lemon, lavender essential oil.

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Using the tips of your fingers, gently rub scrub into clean face. Take care to avoid the eyes. Remove by rinsing with cool water, and pat dry with a clean towel.

Honey and Oatmeal Facial Scrub
1/2 Cup of uncooked oats
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp nutmeg
15 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops melaleuca essential oil
1 tsp dried lavender
Mix all ingredients together and apply  straight to the face and décolletage. The blend of ingredients will help to reduce breakouts, even skin tone, and moisturise.

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Do it yourself Christmas nails on point

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Christmas party season is well and truly in full swing, there will be a surge of Christmas parties and family get togethers that will require that extra a touch of glam. A great way to add some festive spirit to an outfit is to accessorise with Christmas nails.

Simple party nails beginners guide

Prep your Christmas nails by removing any existing colour, file & shape, tidy your cuticles, and apply a single base coat.

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Step 1: once your base coat has dried, apply your chosen colour, apply two coats.
Step 2: Take your glitter polish & starting from the nail edge, bring your brush down halfway towards your cuticle, so you are painting in the opposite direction to which you normally would, creating sparkly tips.
Step 3: The glitter will naturally vary in application, you can build it up by applying another coat.
Step 4: complete your look by adding a top coat to create a shiny finish.
Top Tip: Dark or rich colours are great but nude colours with gold and silver all equally work well.

Secret to healthy winter nails

‘Tis the season’ for chapped lips, dry skin and- you guessed it- brittle, cracked, weak nails. But all hope is not lost, there are plenty of ways for us to combat the damaging effects of the coldest season on our nails.

Nails hate winter due to moisture loss.  Healthy nails contain 18 percent water on average. In winter you’re constantly moving between the hot, dry air indoors and the freezing temperature outdoors. Dried out nails are more likely to break, split, and chip.christmas nails

Intense hydration is the name of the game. Reach for that rich winter hand cream to your hands and nails after every hand washing. Pay particular attention to your cuticles to help stimulate healthy nail growth.

At night rub on cuticle oil (olive oil also works) And once a week, step things up with an intensive treatment.
1, Soak nails in lukewarm water.
2, Coat them with cuticle oil and a rich hand cream.
3, Slip on some cotton gloves for at least an hour.

 

Recommended supplements

Udo’s choice organic ultimate oil blend: this combines carefully selected oils to help supply the ideal essential fatty acid, omega 3, 6 and 9. Fuelling your body with essential fatty acids can help improve the condition of skin, hair and nails.

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Christmas party makeup essential looks

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Tis the season to dust off your sparkly dresses and go all out festive glam. Christmas party makeup season is upon us and the Vanity van team are here to help with some amazing diy festive glamour make up tips.

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A gold smokey eye is perfect to get you in the Xmas mood – super simple to do but packs a sultry punch

  • Use a gold tone all over the eyelid. Layer to create the desired intensity
  • Next apply a dark brown/ grey shade to the outer corners of the lid along the crease and blend well
  • For extra sparkle, dab some gold glitter on the inner corners of the eye and on the centre of your pout!
  • Finish with lashings of mascara for super gilded glam.
    * recommended makeup ranges: Huda, Stilla, Pat McGrath

 

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Nothing says Christmas quite like Red glitter lips… but beware of the Mistletoe…

  • Apply your base make up first- glitter lips should be the last product on your face.
  • Ensure your lips are clean are clean and dry, begin by lining the lips with a red lip pencil as this will act as a guide to the colour and glitter
  • Fill in the lips with your chosen shade of red
  • Apply a gloss to the lips, this acts as a base for the glitter to stick to and will keep the glitter in place
  • To begin adding the sparkle, dip the brush into the glitter pot shaking any excess off, you can always add more layers for a  thicker bolder effect
  • Lastly apply a lip seal such as lipcote over the whole lip to ensure your glitter lips are drink, kiss and party proof.

Gems and glitter

Bedazzled eyes and embellished cheekbones take the Christmas party makeup glitz up a notch. Tip – to make the glitz stand out keep your eye make up uncomplicated.

  • Apply a dark brown waterproof long-wearing eye pencil along your upper lash line, line your water line also
  • Add just one coat of mascara, so the lashes do not compete with the crystals. That’s really all you need for this amazing and dramatic eye look – no shimmer eye shadows, no contouring, no high drama lashes. It’s all about the embellishments
  • Choose small to medium size gems in a variety of colours, you can also use different coloured eye liner to create different effects and of course glitter for that extra sparkle
  • To apply the crystals, use tweezers and a drop of lash glue to scatter the crystals on the lid, lower lash and cheek bones

Christmas party makeup face gems

The beauty stamp  Create your own individual christmas party makeup look in seconds, using the beauty stamp either the heart ❤️ star ⭐️ peace sign or moon 🌙 this is so unique and eye catching be sure to add this into you Christmas glamour…

From desk to disco 💃🏼 be sure to tinsel up your make up with vanity vans hot tips…

As a special treat for your team we can come to your offices to create some of these looks before you hit the dance floor. More details of our pre party pamper packages are here or call to discuss 07825 875210

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Halloween make up ideas – from gothic glam to rainbow sparkles

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Halloween is right around the corner, it’s time to release your inner vampire or ghoulish zombie bridezilla. Halloween make up has hugely evolved in the last year or so thanks to all the latest products out there on the market. Think dramatic designs and theatrical make-up with special effects to get the latest looks. Here are some tricks and treats to inspire…

Glitter and gems

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Forget the summer all the latest glitter and gem products are immense to seriously glam up your Halloween make up look. If you really want to turn heads, the sultry black Swan will provide full on Halloween glamour. The ‘black night’ face jewels are self adhesive and easy to apply along side the black ‘diamond glitter’ these are available to purchase from the likes of Gypsy Shrine  add false lashes and glossy black lips for a legitimately killer Halloween look.

We also love the looks being created on instagram for skull make up, witches, and other classic characters there is some amazing work out there and inspiration at every corner – take any look up a glam gear with some sparkle and if in doubt add more glitter!

The Zombie bride

The best thing about this look is it takes minimal effort to achieve maximum effect! Use foundations and powders 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone. Contour your cheeks and eyesockets with greys and blacks. Use lashings of fake blood, Halloween contacts and a veil on your head to complete the look. Khloe Kardashian pulled this off pretty well last season !

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Unicorn madness

And now for something a bit different…  Get your unicorn on with this beautiful and enchanting make up. Its so simple to create, apply a rainbow of glitters, highlighters and strobe cream for luminous skin which catches the light as you make your entrance, add Swarovski crystals and a unicorn headband to complete the look. Rainbow hair optional!

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If you are throwing a Halloween event or campaign and want your team or guests styled or indeed you are attending one. We can either create the Halloween make up experience as part of the entertainment at your party or if you want your team or a group of friends to have the full Halloween make up with our make up artists at home before hitting the dance floor get in touch soon to enquire about availability bookings@vanityvan.co.uk or give us a call on 07825 875210

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Festival face and body gems get the latest look

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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’ ….

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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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Our top five tips for minimal make up

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In recent years, we have noticed the heavy-handed approach to make up application has been a consistent trend. We have been packing layer upon layer of makeup onto our faces, to the point where we wouldn’t have looked out of place on a night out with Ru Paul Charles…

After years of celebrminimal makeupity inspired trends of contouring, highlighting, strobing, baking and applying make up with all manner of random objects… cue summer 2017 and the welcome appearance of the minimal makeup trend.
We can almost hear our pores breathing a sigh of relief.
It’s time to strip it all back ladies and embrace a fresh-faced feel for summer.

Whether you are going au naturel to be on trend, detox your skin, or simply out of sheer laziness(let’s face it girls, we all have those days) we have our top 5 tips to create a fresh minimal face this season.

Tip 1 – Skin: Your skin is your canvas. To give you the absolute best result possible, ensure you have a fantastic, clean, fresh and hydrated base to start with by exfoliating, cleansing and moisturising regularly. Drink plenty of water and always ALWAYS remember to take off your makeup before heading to bed.

Tip 2 – Base: Embrace the ‘less is more’ approach. Ditch the foundation and consider a BB or CC cream. If going bare-faced is just too far out of your comfort zone try a mineral makeup powder. Concealer is your best friend for any problem areas, but keep it light and avoid caking it on….and don’t forget to blend!

Tip 3 – Eyes: We are going for natural, so put down the eyeliner and step away from the falsies! Keep the eye-shadow light and natural, and finish up with a slick of mascara – no spider lashes ladies… Brows should be tamed but not too overdone, try a clear or tinted brow gel to wrangle stray hairs and keep them looking groomed yet natural.

Tip 4 – Lips: A tinted lip balm should be a staple addition to any self-respecting woman’s handbag, and Is a perfect way to add a natural flush of colour whilst keeping your pout plumped and hydrated.

Tip 5 – Cheeks: Aim for a natural ‘flush’. A peach cream-blush will give you an understated pop of colour yet keep your skin dewy. A touch of highlighter to add to your radiance, and a dusting of bronzer on the high points of your face will give you a sun-kissed glow, and you’re good to go!

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For more information on how to bring natural beauty to your upcoming event, contact our fabulous team at info@vanityvan.co.uk