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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.

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.

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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 !

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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

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

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.

Wellness Square meal

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.

 

Summer in the City – Here WE COME!

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Exciting news! If you are interested in online video, whether you are a viewer or a creator – Summer in the City the UK’s largest Youtube and online video festival is the place to be this season.

The Gypsy ShrineVanity Van is happy to announce that we will be hosting a stand at the event next to the brand new Fashion and Beauty Stage in the Expo Hall. We will be offering stunning glitter treatments with The Gypsy Shrine glitter mixes to help you dazzle on film 💫💫💫 As seen on Love Island !

What’s going on there?

Throughout the weekend there will be live performances from some of the biggest YouTube creators who will be showcasing their work in a live setting expect some GREAT shows!

Summer in the City stage

There is a prize draw to win Meet & Greet sessions with the chance to get a autograph, a hug and even a selfie with your favourite YouTuber.  

On the first day of the festival before the main show begins, Creator day takes place in the Expo Hall. Content creators will be hosting different discussion panels, workshops and seminars, featuring topics such as How to use social media wisely or how to work with brands. 

There will be talks and workshops as educational sessions for creators and viewers. There are also over 75 panels over that weekend feature an open discussion covering topics on social issues and their intersection with the online community.

Summer in the City awards

Summer in the City meet and greets

The Expo will have dozens of exhibitors and stands. You will find Creator Village, Funfair, Craft Fair, even a Open Mic session and an Adult Crèche where you can drop off your parents!

This year SITC has three 3 main areas – the Gaming Stage, the Lifestyle Zone and the Fashion & Beauty Stage – don’t forget to come visit us there for some glitterisation! See you on the small screen…

massage benefits

Why choose massage for your next event?

massage benefits

We’ve all have those days when all we need is a relaxing massage to take the stresses and strains of the day away. Whatever the reason whether its due to injury, joint or muscular pain, or even just the day-to-day rigours of daily life taking their toll, massage is widely recognised as an effective alternative therapy that many of us turn to. However what do we really know of this technique in which we put so much trust?

What is massage?
Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the benefit of the client. Techniques and benefits can vary widely and our therapists often use a combination of techniques always tailoring the experience to suit the problem areas and likes and dislikes of the client.
Good massage techniques administered by a trained and qualified practitioner can be extremely beneficial for a multitude of mental and physical ailments.

Benefits to the mind…
massage benefitsMassage has been proven to be a fantastic treatment for stress and anxiety. The application of massage techniques releases endorphins and reduces stress inducing hormones, resulting in a state of mental relaxation and calm. Insomnia sufferers particularly may benefit due to the reduction in stress and increased mental clarity.

Benefits to the body…
A professional and experienced massage therapist will be able to address a number of physical issues with the application of pressure and massage techniques. Elongation and manipulation of the muscles, breaking down adhesions, address alignment and increasing blood flow to the tissues will assist in releasing muscle tension and pain, joint stiffness, and by default, posture.

And there’s more…
Even digestive and immune system issues can be assisted by the use of massage techniques. The increase in circulation and lymphatic drainage, along with the lowering of stress inducing hormones, assist the body’s natural digestive and immune systems to function more efficiently.

massage benefits

For more information on further benefits, or to book our fantastic massage therapists for your upcoming event, do not hesitate to contact us at info@vanityvan.co.uk

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

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!

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Summer festival looks – Flower power

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

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

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

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

Floral Liner:

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

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

VIP Hospitality areas makeup mobile salon

VIP Hospitality Areas

VIP Hospitality areas makeup mobile salon

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

VIP Hospitality area indoor salon

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

 

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

 

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

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