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Valentine’s day hair and make up get the look

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to step out of your usual make-up and hair comfort zone and crank up the romance. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic, or an anti-valentines villain, these looks are sure to be a head turner this Valentine’s Day.

Go sexy

A cat eye is a classic, sultry look that is perfect for a Valentine’s Day date night, or a night out on the town with your girl gang. Using a jet black liquid or gel eyeliner, follow along the edge of your eyeshadow to create an angle and drag it back to your lash-Valentine's Day Sexy Lookline to create the perfect wing. If winged eyeliner isn’t your forte, use a deep brown eyeshadow and repeat the same steps, but diffuse the colour by blending the wing into the outer corner and crease of your eye.

As a classic cat eye is the ultimate sexy makeup look, it is only fitting that we pair it with a tousled, sexy bed hair look. To achieve this effortless “I just got lucky” hair look, begin by adding a volumizing mousse to damp hair and blow dry using a round brush head. Taking big sections of your hair, curl with a 1.5″ curling iron before brushing out your work loosely. Polish off the look by backcombing at the crown of your head and seal the deal with a coating of extra hold hairspray. Although this hairstyle takes a while to perfect, it looks so effortless that your date will be none the wiser.

Go romantic 

This Valentine’s Day, if you wanna crank up the romance, why not go for the ‘no-makeup makeup’ look? Keep your eyes minimal by dusting a light wash of colour over your eyelids, such as a reflective gold or shimmery pink. For skin, begin by Valentine's Day Romantic Lookexfoliating and moisturising. Then, apply a glow-enhancing primer and follow up with an illuminating tinted moisturiser to give your date the illusion that you are glowing from within. If the ‘no-makeup’ look leaves you feeling a little too naked, pop on some individual lashes on the outer corner of your eye for a fluttery, flirty touch.

If you’re a fan of the classic romantic up-do, this is your chance to get creative with it by trying different techniques or by adding hair accessories for some extra glam. To create this simple, effortless look, begin by gathering your hair into a ponytail, making sure to leave a few strands of hair out. Make a bun out of your ponytail, either by using a hair doughnut, or if you’re lucky enough to have naturally thick locks, secure it with a hair elastic. Curl the strands at the front of your head loosely with a curling iron and secure a few of them towards the back of your head. This elegant bun is bursting with femininity and is sure to be a hit with your date.

Go vampy

If your look is more Dita Von Teese than Kate Winslet, the work is all in the prep. Are your lips ready to pucker up? Before applying your lipstick, use a gentle lip scrub to get rid of the dead skin cells and achieve the Valentine's Day Vampy Lookperfect pout. If you’re spending this Valentine’s day single, nothing quite says anti-valentine’s cheer like a dark, grunge lip, so whack on a lipstick as dark as your soul and show them what they’re missing. Team with a smoky dark eye to create a really vampy impact.

Kim Kardashian’s iconic sleek look is one of the most sought-after styles, making it perfect for Valentine’s Day. To achieve this look, start by running a small amount of serum through the ends of your hair. As you straighten your hair, the product will melt in, giving you the high-shine, poker-straight effect. Finally, polish off the look by spritzing some shine spray. Although this hairstyle may be the epitome of elegance and glamour, it can easily be vamped up with a dark lip and some staple pieces of jewellery for a date night look that’s out of the box.

What look will you be going for this Valentine’s Day?

Contouring Curve

To contour or not to contour – is the art of contouring dead?

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Popularised by A-listers, such as Kim Kardashian, and Instagram beauty influencers, contouring has quickly become one of the biggest beauty trends of the last few years. What was once a well-kept secret of celebrities and makeup artists has now become an everyday practice for the typical makeup obsessive. But like every trend that emerges from the beauty world, has contouring had its day?

Contouring naturalHere at VV we personally believe that it is here to stay, but in a much more subtle way. Say goodbye to the dramatic, ‘insta-famous’ way of face contouring and welcome a soft, bronzed contour that naturally shapes the face without it looking streaky or muddy. Pick a cool toned cream contour colour that compliments your skin-tone, making sure to steer clear of warm, orange tones to avoid the dreaded wotsit effect. Using a cream contour will allow the product to seamlessly blend into the skin, making it look natural and soft.

2019 is officially the year of the liquid highlighter. I’m sure we can all appreciate the difference a well-placed highlighter makes to our face shape. Opt for a high-shine version of your typical highlighter and strategically place it along the top of your cheekbone, temples and the bridge and tip of your nose. This will create the illusion of a slim, elongated face without having to cake your face with bronzer. When in doubt, turn to the glow.

One of the most common struggles when it comes to contouring is achieving professional results but in a way that is quick and Contouring Curveeasy. There are minimal tools available that offer a simple solution to creating the perfect contour, until the hero product of all beauty tools was born: Contour Curve. It is as simple as hooking the tool around your ear and pointing the tool towards your mouth which automatically lines it up with the hollows of your cheekbones. Then, apply your chosen contouring product, remove the tool and blend! We spoke to founder of Contour Curve, Michaela Chalk, who has worked with us in the past. “I want everyone to feel good with their makeup results whether it was a professional applying their makeup or they were doing it themselves.”

Contouring Beauty Tool

To achieve the ‘less is more’ look brands are shifting their focus towards skincare instead of cosmetics. A new skincare tool that has recently emerged on the beauty market is the infamous facial roller. One of the top brands on the market at the moment is Nurse Jaime pictured here. This beauty tool is said to give the skin an instant ‘uplift’, temporarily energising, enhancing and uplifting the skin. It was designed with the intention of mirroring the massage techniques used in a luxury facial, giving you glowy, plump, tightened skin while saving you time and money. To use simply follow your usual skincare routine and then use the ‘press and roll’ technique with the roller across your skin. This will also help the products you have applied to fully penetrate your skin and leave you with a freshly sculpted face, without the layers of product.

How do you feel about contouring? Do you think the beauty trend is here to stay?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top beauty tips for a Winter recovery

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Months of freezing cold temperatures and drying heating can leave skin in much need of some TLC. With Spring just around the corner, you may need a little extra help in nursing your skin and hair back to health. Vanity Van has put together a list of our top beauty tips on Spring time hair, nails and skin routines to aid you in your Winter recovery.

Condition your nails

Chilling winds and cold, dry air can cause havoc on our nails, leaving them flaky and damaged. So, what is the key to getting your nails back to their prime state? Our top beauty tip for nails is to apply a generous layer of organic nail oil daily to your nail bed and the skin around it will ensure that your nails are hydrated and your cuticles manageable. When the skin around your nails becomes cracked, applying fragranced products can actually worsen the area, so we would recommend opting for a non-fragranced, sensitive oil so we don’t anger the area even further.

Repair your locks

Washing your hair every day strips it of its natural oils, resulting in your locks crying out for a dose of moisture. If there’s anything you should be investing your pennies in this season, it should be a high-end conditioner. It not only helps to improve the look of dry, weather damaged hair but it also helps to control the frizz in humid conditions. Lastly, treat your hair to a weekly hair mask as it will not only act to re-nourish your hair after it has been exposed to cold temperatures, but it also prepares it for the heat of the upcoming seasons.


Plump your skin

While your skin would surely not have thanked you for a bit of overindulgence over the Winter months – its time to start anew with your skincare regime to help you to transition into spring in style. Blow the cobwebs off of your exfoliator and indulge in a thorough regular scrub to remove any dead skin cells. Why not push the boat out and invest in regular deep moisture facials to plump up your skin for the new year? And it goes without saying, the most obvious beauty tips for healthy, plump skin is to keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water.

New year new you: Vanity Vans top tips for beauty resolutions

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Typical New Year resolutions are comprised of vowing to complete dry January, beat laziness and hit the gym, or lose a few pounds. But have you ever thought how you could improve your beauty regime? We thought we would offer you some simple steps you can take to tackle your beauty habits and set new year beauty resolutions that will stick.

Give your make up brushes a spring clean!

If you’re an avid make-up wearer, you should be aware of the importance of keeping your brushes clean and how they can trigger unwanted breakouts when you skip this essential beauty routine. Product, oil, dirt and bacteria can get trapped in the bristles. Make a vow to regularly clean your brushes and erase the risk of clogged pores or pesky spots. The unsung hero for this job is baby shampoo, its gentle and won’t ruin the brush fibres.

 

Stop your hoarding 

We are sure Marie Kondo will agree with us but tidying is not just for the wardrobe. Why not tackle your beauty products and make up collection?.  Using expired makeup and skincare products is akin to eating out of date food, so get ruthless and declutter your expired products. Getting rid of the products that are past their prime will give you more space and incentive to trial and test new products – ditch the old and welcome in the new. 

Protect your skin!

Committing to wearing SPF everyday this new year, including the Winter months, is essential to protecting your skin from the unseen dangers of the sun. If you’re still scarred from the greasy, thick suncream from your childhood, there are suncreams on the market that are super lightweight and most foundations and BB creams contain a high SPF these days. If you think that SPF will ruin your chances of achieving a bronzed glow, a self-tanner for the face is the perfect alternative to a natural tan, without having to compromise the health of your skin.

How many of these New Year beauty resolutions will you be following, and do you have some of your own ?

New Year Hair Inspiration

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As New Year quickly approaches, it’s out with the old and in with the new. With every season, you can always expect a new wave of hair trends to emerge, and this season it is no different. 2018 has handed us endless inspiration for salon-perfect hair while saving us the cash and the trip to the salon. We fell in love with the Kim Kardashian platinum blonde look, and we vowed to never talk about Katy Perry’s slime green pixie cut ever again. So, it’s time to reflect on the most-loved hairstyles of 2018 as we make our way into 2019 with party-perfect New Year hair.

The comeback of Old Hollywood glamour

It’s no myth that style, makeup and hair trends always come back around. Old Hollywood glamour is making a comeback and has been lusted over by a long list of a-listers, from the elegant and sophisticated Blake Lively to the modern and edgy Zendaya. 

  1. New Year Hair Old HollywoodStart by creating a deep side parting in your hair to create volume and texture.
  2. Separate your hair into sections and curl towards your face to create soft, seamless curls.
  3. Once you release the hair from the curling iron, roll the curl into itself and pin loosely against your head.
  4. Continue curling all of the sections until your hair is completely pinned, and then allow your hair to cool to set the curls.
  5. Once all of your hair is curled, brush your curls out lightly and seal the deal with a light coating of hairspray to lock your finished, ultra-glamorous look into place.

Loose waves with a twist

New Year Hair PlaitEven in the cold winter months, loose, beach waves are universally coveted by virtually everyone. There are many different ways to achieve this look, from straighteners, to hair wands, and even a no-heat, no-damage option. If you’re no stranger to a low maintenance hair routine, then the no-heat method is a perfect alternative for you. While you’re hair is damp, strategically twist sections of your hair and secure them at the crown of your head. Let your hair down in the morning and you will have lust-worthy beach curls. If you want to seamlessly transition this look from day to night, opt for a centre French plait to add something ultra-dazzling to your New Year hair look. French plait your hair backwards and secure it at the crown of your head. As this style is incredibly versatile, you can either secure your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun. 

Sleek slicked back hair

This perfect party New Year hair look has recently taken the red carpet by storm and is one that will work for any hair type and with any outfit.

  1. New Year Hair Slicked BackStart by combing a small amount of gel through your locks, pulling hair away from your face to achieve a slick, sleek effect.
  2. Spritz a firm-hold hairspray to lock all of your hard work in place.
  3. Alternatively, up the beauty stakes by keeping your hair dry and textured to add a more edgy feel to your look.
  4. Use a round brush head while blow-drying your hair upwards to achieve a voluminous, textured look.

Whether you’re going for understated elegance or edgy party girl this NYE, this hairstyle is sure to be a head turner.

Which of these hairstyles are you going to be rocking into 2019?

Halloween Nail Art Tips and Tricks- Glitter Ombré to Delicious Designs

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The Vanity Van team are making it easy and pain-free to achieve BOOtiful Halloween nails this season with these simple tips and tricks. From blood red glitter ombre to delicious designs, this season we’re welcoming a modern, elegant twist on classic Halloween nail art with trends that are already dominating the nail world this Autumn. Unleash your inner witch with bewitching nail designs or rediscover your inner sweet fiend with nail looks that look almost good enough to eat.

Good Enough to Eat

In the spirit of Halloween, the most sugar orientated holiday there is, why not try out nail art inspired by your own sweet tooth? No matter your favourite sweet treat, whether it be M&M’s or love hearts, these candy inspired designs are sure to get your blood levels rising. We have taken inspiration from this delicious creation by nailbess. All you need to recreate this delicious look is a selection of brightly coloured nail polishes and white and black acrylic paint.

Halloween candy nail art1. Begin by applying a bright yellow nail polish to all nails to act as a base colour.
2. Trace 4-6 circles, mainly around the edges of the nail, with black acrylic paint.
3. Fill the circles with white acrylic paint, leaving a thin outline around the edge of the circle.
4. Fill the white section with multiple bright colours. Repeat steps 2 to 4 to fill the whole nail.
5. Write “M” with white acrylic paint in the middle of each circle.
6. Finish the look off with a matte top coat and your nails will look good enough to eat!

You may be a little old for trick or treating, but you are never too old to gorge on all of your favourite sweet treats. If you’re watching the waistline, these simple Halloween nail art designs are all the fun without the consequences… what could be better?

Glitter Ombre
Don’t want to go all out this Halloween? This sparkly creation is perfect for those of you who want to go for a more subtle nail look this season, and not to mention, it is great for a party. To mimic this glamorous Halloween nail, all you will need is a black nail polish and a nail glitter of your choice. We are getting major Halloween glam vibes by this black and blood red ombre nail, so we highly suggest opting for a black and red glitter combo as its a failsafe for Halloween.

Halloween ombre nail art1. Begin by applying a black nail polish to all nails to act as your base colour.
2. Cover each nail with the glitter polish of your choice.
3. To achieve a smooth ombre effect, once the first coat of glitter has dried, apply a second coat focusing on the top half of the nail.
4. Once the second layer has completely dried, apply the glitter polish to just the tip of your fingernail. This will help you to achieve a seamless gradient between the glitter and black nail polish.
5. Complete the look by applying a high-shine top coat to make your nail art last all throughout witching hour.

Using a makeup sponge to create your glitter ombre will make the gradient even more seamless and the process completely pain-free. Whether you want to make your Halloween costume look even more put together, or you just want to give your nails a Halloween makeover, this easy, glam nail look is perfect for every occasion.

If you are throwing a Halloween event or campaign and want your team or guests styled, we offer a Halloween makeup experience as part of the entertainment at your party then get in touch soon to inquire about availability at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk or give us a call on 0800 6891757

With these incredible nail looks all we can say is… Halloween mood: activated.

vanityvan recruiting

Vanity Van are recruiting freelance hair stylists, make up artists, nail technicians and holistic therapists

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Vanity Van is happy to announce we are recruiting freelance hair, make up, beauty and holistic multi skilled staff to join our books for event based work in London and elsewhere across the UK.

Interviews will take place online and if successful the subsequent trade test days will be taking place in London in the next few weeks.

vanity van recruitingAbout us…

Vanity Van is a beauty agency specialising in creating bespoke team and customer reward experiences using hair, make up, beauty and holistic treatments. We work predominantly with corporate clients, brands, agencies and retailers.

Vanity Van’s teams and exclusive indoor and outdoor mobile salon setups feature in a diverse range of events and campaigns including corporate events, private parties, festivals, pr campaigns and in-store and shopping centre retail activation’s with nationwide retailers.

We have contracts UK wide and travel and accommodation is paid for events and campaigns outside of London. The work is very varied and fun – each event is different!

Skills

We are currently seeking some single skilled and multi-skilled therapists to work in our ever growing UK wide team. We are particularly seeking people who have a mixture of the following skills –

  • hair cuts
  • hair styling
  • barbering
  • make up
  • eyelashes
  • face/body art
  • glitter
  • nails
  • facials
  • threading
  • eyebrows
  • wet shaving
  • moustache and beard trimming
  • massage
  • reiki
  • reflexology

Vanity Van recruitingTo apply

Please fill in our recruiting application form here to be assessed for interview. Once you have passed the application stage we will send you full details and confirm you for an online interview. Once you pass that stage you will be confirmed for our trade test day. Places are limited so please respond promptly to be allocated a space.

Pay and benefits

We offer a base rate depending on the number of hours then pay additional bonuses for skills/experience, team player (length of time with company), on time for the event, product use, acting as a senior, travel time etc. Also all events outside of London travel, hotels and subsistence paid. We also offer free and subsidised training and will be developing further opportunities around event management, social content creation, upselling, recruitment and training work for the right candidates.

Events

Once you have successfully passed the recruiting interview and trade test and are on our books you will receive emails with detailed terms for jobs which you can apply for. You are under no obligation to accept the work. Our work is paid at a base rate depending on the number of hours plus multiple bonuses for skills/experience, length of time with the company, products used, travel time and on time bonuses. We also offer free and subsidised training for our teams and additional perks.

We look forward to meeting some new superstars !

Vanity Van mobile salon packages

Our latest mobile salon packages and equipment

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In this our tenth anniversary year, we have been working hard in the last few months to improve and develop our mobile salon packages and pricing. We will be going public with these at Square Meal Venues and Events Live 19th-20th September.

Vanity Van mobile salon packages

We want things to be as flexible as possible for our clients who are predominately corporate companies, brands, agencies and retailers. We recognise that some events or campaigns require simply a few professional skilled staff; and sometimes we are requested to create the entire activation from scratch including the salon area, the management of the activity, customer surveys, data capture and online/on-site booking systems.

Vanity Van mobile salon packagesWe are the experts in mobile beauty experiences and have cut our teeth on 10 years worth of events and campaigns tackling some of the most intense location experiences and logistical challenges known to man!

We offer our clients an exclusive mobile salon packages consultancy service advising on every detail of your requirements. We know what treatments work best, in what environment, with what clients, how to manage these and what support systems you need in order to achieve your goals.

Our team are highly trained and experts at operating in these environments – delivering high speed but high impact treatments and making your event guests or customers feel at ease during their experience.

We are launching new options for our mobile salon furniture ranging from low-cost pieces brought by our staff to the event to slick glamourous indoor salons available in black and soon to be classic white! And of course, we have our series of unique gorgeous airstream salons and buses available for hire plus more unusual units are to be announced.

Get in touch to discuss your requirements. We offer a 4 or 8-hour staffing and mobile salon packages or we can create something unique for you to suit your event or campaign get in touch on 07825 875210 or email us at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk

summer makeup

Summer makeup looks perfect the sunkissed look

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First in our blog series of summer looks our team have come up with some simple summer makeup hints and tips so you can recreate the latest looks.

The key to summer makeup starts with that elusive lit-from-within dewy skin glow. We all want it, and we’ve all at some point or another tried to get it by slathering on glitter filled makeup products that promise a J low glow – but end up looking more like a disco ball!. Dewy skin looks natural and youthful – to master this look you will need a good quality foundation and an excellent skincare regime. Ensure you exfoliate, use a hydrating moisturiser and drink plenty of water.

summer makeupBegin by using a glowing primer to ensure the skin glows from underneath your foundation. Sparingly apply a lightweight foundation or bb cream using a tapping motion and a damp beauty blender – blend, blend and blend some more.

For areas that require more coverage apply a liquid concealer dabbing gently with a finger for perfect coverage. Set any shiny areas with a translucent pressed powder. Add some liquid bronzer to areas that naturally catch the sun to warm up the skin and give a super sun-kissed glow. Finish with some rosy peachy pink cream blush to the apple of the cheeks and dab the same colour onto the lips for a natural lip stain. A touch of highlighter on areas which catch the light such as the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and just above the brows and cupids bow will offer that sun-kissed shimmer – however, remember for this look less is more!

summer makeup
Apply an eyeshadow primer to your lids before applying any eye makeup – without a primer your shadow will crease. For an easy eye look, apply a wash of shimmery eyeshadow all over the lids, use a neutral, bronze tone, finishing the look with your favourite mascara.

Set the look with a finishing spray to hold the summer glow in place for those balmy evenings. Allowing your inner beauty to shine through…

Royal Wedding Meghan Markle beauty secrets

Royal Wedding fever Meghan Markle beauty secrets

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Even with the pressure of her role as a royal to be and planning a royal wedding Meghan Markle manages to keep her skin radiant and glowing and her natural make up look on flick. We have delved into Meghan’s beauty routine to try and understand her secrets and can reveal some of her favourite makeup and beauty products…

1. Kate Somerville Quench hydrating face serum – whether she’s hanging out with Prince Harry or spending Christmas dinner with Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle always has a glow about her.

2. Laura Mercia illuminating primer. – Meghan doesn’t wear foundation unless she’s filming so uses this cult product after moisturiser to give her skin a dewy glow. Lydia Sellers her former hair and make up artists said even when she has to be made up she has been known to ask ‘Can we just make sure my freckles are peeking through? I don’t want a ton of foundation,'” so she used the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation with a Beautyblender to create her dewy look.

Royal Wedding Meghan Markle beauty secrets

3. Diorshow Iconic Mascara – Meghan eyes are arguably one of her best features, and in order to accentuate them she swears by using an eyelash curler first to open up the eyes then lashings of Dior mascara adding volume and definition.

4. Charlotte Tilbury’s matte revolution lipstick – in very Victoria, is Meghans go to. Its a beautiful natural taupe nude shade to compliment her glowing skin. These days for that extra royal touch she also loves to add a little shine to her lips. We cannot wait to see what look she goes for at the Royal Wedding.

5. Nars Orgasm blusher – Megan even has her naughty side – she once told Beautybanter that she can’t live without Nars’ Orgasm, the “perfect rosy flush tone that brightens the face.” We love this about her!

6. Tea tea oil – Meghan revealed she can’t travel without it! It’s not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a sudden breakout, no matter what it is ‘it’s my little cure all Meghan said.

7. Kerestase relax treatment – Hair wise the press went wild when she wore a low messy bun that looked like she had done it herself for her engagement photos – we love her relaxed style. Her hair and make up artist used Oribes volumizing spray to prep the hair and give it a boost and a Kerestase relax treatment to keep things smooth.

So for this weekends Royal Wedding celebrations in honour of this natural beauty bring out your inner princess Megan and rock a natural dewy look with stunning voluminous lashes, a rosy flush and nude shiny lips.

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