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Valentines beauty

Valentines day Vanity Van style

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.

Vanity Van facials

Winter facials skincare special DIY food facials and scrubs

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.

Vanity Van facials

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.

Christmas nails

Do it yourself Christmas nails on point

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.

Christmas nails

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.

Christmas party red glitter lips

Christmas party makeup essential looks

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.

Christmas party makeup Gold smoky eyesGolden Eyes

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

 

LipsChristmas party makeup red glitter lips

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

Christmas party makeup heart stamp

black swan halloween make up

Halloween make up ideas – from gothic glam to rainbow sparkles

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

black swan halloween make up

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 !

                          khloe kardashian halloween  zombie bride halloween make up

 

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!

unicorn halloween make up and wigunicorn halloween make up

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

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.

minimal makeup

Our top five tips for minimal make up

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!

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

Male grooming wet shave

Fathers Day

 

fathers day male groomingIt’s about that time of year folks! Time to make a fuss of the Dads, Grandads, Step-Dads, and any other significant men in our lives.

Father’s Day is fast approaching and let’s be honest, it really doesn’t get the same level of hype as Mother’s Day! Now, we know Mums are super special, but then so are Dads…which is why, here at Vanity Van, we strive to make sure we offer a full range of treatments to men as well as women…because, why not! Men deserve a little bit of a pamper too, and we are happy to oblige with some hints and tips of how you can spoil your man with some tailored male grooming.

 

Beard and Moustache care and maintenance

Whilst the 90’s and 00’s offered up a plethora of cleanly shaven men, seeming to defy ageing and maintaining the facial appearance of an 11-year-old boy at all times… the 2010’s saw the rise of the hipster approach to facial-fuzz, and it isn’t going anywhere! Quality over quantity is key here. We have seen a huge surge of popularity in beard and moustache maintenance, keeping facial-topiary tidy and groomed thereby avoiding the ‘homeless chic’ look that is to be avoided…. Your local barber will be able to offer you a full range of trimming and grooming treatments, along with recommendations of moisturising and conditioning oils.

male grooming hot towel experience facialCut Throat Shave

The principle method of shaving since its introduction in 1680, straight razors somewhat faded into obscurity in the mid-20th century once the electric razor and safety razor made an appearance. However, since the early 2010’s, the cut throat shave has been making somewhat of a resurgence, now considered to be the pinnacle of class and status. We highly recommend a wet-shave with traditional cut-throat razor blades, which, when combined with an invigorating hot towel treatment and nourishing moisturisers and oils, makes for the perfect treat for any gentleman.

Skin Care

With the abundance of skin-care products now available, specifically formulated for men, there is no longer any excuse whatsoever for neglecting facial-skin-care routines (nor stealing a dollop or five of your girlfriend’s beloved – and ridiculously overpriced – products). We recommend the full shebang of scrubs, facial wash, cleanser, toner, and moisturiser. However, your own preferences and indeed skin-type will dictate more closely as to which ranges and products are most suitable for you….and if in doubt, ask!

Male grooming wet shave

Here at Vanity Van, we offer these male grooming treatments and more, within our event packages, so pop us an email at info@vanityvan.co.uk to chat with one of our fantastic team about how VV can bring male grooming treatments to your upcoming event.

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.

festival glitter

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!