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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!

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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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chocolate easter beauty trends

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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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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Vanity Van January Detox Deals

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Now the festivities are over, our focus and new years resolutions have shifted to rejuvenation and detox. With that in mind we have come up with some special wellness treatment packages to see you through the cold dreary weeks of January and beyond.Facials detox

Taking care of the health and wellbeing of your teams is paramount. One of the best ways to reduce stress and increase productivity is to take time out for body treatments such as massage, reflexology, and Reiki which help to ease pain and allow the mind to switch off from the outside world.

After all the toxins consumed over Xmas and the onslaught of winter weather damage, it is also essential to look after your skin with regular facials and pamper your brittle nails with manicures and pedicures.

We have created a special detox deal for these particular treatments. Detox deal rates are valid when the booking is confirmed before 31st January 2018.

No of therapists  Half   day   4   hrs   Full    day    8          hrs  No of         express   treatment   15 mins  No of   luxury   treatments   30 mins
1 £190 £300 16 8
2 £350 £575 32 16
4 £650 £1,075 64 32
6 £950 £1,500 96 48
All prices subject to VAT. Travel costs outside of London apply.
Equipment required for treatments – we order you keep
Per Massage chair – £50
Per Massage table – £85

Reflexology detox

To book…

Drop us an email or call 07825 875210 quoting ‘DETOXDEAL‘ and the dates, times and treatments you are interested in. This deal is only valid for new quotes and bookings confirmed before Wednesday 31st January 2018.

Please note all bookings are subject to availability of treatment choices. Relevant travel fees per stylist charged for locations outside of London.

Get in touch so we can discuss how to revitalise your team for a productive year ahead!

Christmas nails

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.

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.

Wellness Lounge – Come visit the team at Square Meal Old Billingsgate

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We have been busy bees at VV HQ talking all things wellness. We are cultivating some exciting new services behind the scenes and will be bringing you a range of exiciting new treatments and classes very soon.

We are super excited to announce that our team will be featuring at the Square Meal exhibition at Old Billingsgate this week Wednesday 20th September and Thursday 21st September 2017. Our beauty and wellness experts will be delivering a Wellness Lounge experience for guests in the Vaults with treatments and classes running throughout the day.

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Attendees can try out some of our new services, take a break from the hustle and bustle and indulge is some relaxation and pampering. There will be complimentary slots for hairstyling, makeovers, manicures, massage, facials and we will be running sessions for Yoga for the Office and Mindfulness Breakouts.Wellness yoga

Wellness massagesWe are very excited to speak to new and old clients about our impending rebrand and find out more about their needs. More news on everything wellness coming soon!. As always our wellness experts are multi skilled to allow variety and flexibility for your guests.

If you are attending the Square Meal event, then please drop us a line at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk so we can reserve you a slot.