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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?

Get your Galentine’s on with Vanity Van

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Galentine's day makeoversValentine’s Day has crept up on us and cupid’s arrow has struck once again. While this holiday is perfect for hopeless romantics, some of us singletons can be filled with dread when it comes along. Luckily, this year a new holiday has gained momentum and is stealing the romantic spotlight: Galentine’s Day. Galentine’s Day originated from the television show, Parks and Recreation and is all about ladies celebrating ladies. It takes place on the 13th of February, so if you have a hot date on Valentine’s Day, you can still participate in the Galentine’s celebrations with best pals.

Whether you want to get glammed up for a big night out on the town, or spend the evening with your best buddies relaxing, Vanity Van’s beauty services are sure to deliver. For those of you who are opting for a night on the town, our team of expert hair stylists and makeup artists can transform you with glamorous hair, makeup and nail treatments, so you won’t just look party ready, but you’ll feel it too.

Galentine's Manicure close upIf you’re opting for a quiet girly get-together, we offer a relaxing evening of spa treatments, such as massages, reflexology, facials and pedicures. What better way to bond with your best friends than relaxing and being pampered with a glass of bubbly and a chick flick? Our spa services will make you feel recharged and ready to take on Valentine’s Day as a pampered taken lady, or a fabulous singleton.

Our packages start at £440 + VAT this includes 2 staff for four hours who can deliver either 32 express 15 min treatments or 16 luxury 30 min treatments. You can mix and match treatments as you like subject to availability. Get in touch to book the team now. N.B. travel rates apply for locations outside of London.

Will you be celebrating Galentine’s Day?

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?

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Summer hair – sexy sassy and effortless

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Second in our summer series our team have pulled together some ideas to create that sexy summer hair look that takes minimal effort and gives maximum impact.

summer hairThe key to sexy summer hair is sun-dried locks, messy buns, textured braids and natural waves to keep you looking chic in the summer heat. One quick way to achieve this just stepped off the beach look is to use salt spray and a diffuser to create natural waves without over styling, this will provide a base for any summer styles you wish to achieve.

To create a wet look and look like a goddess who has just stepped out of the sea. Comb through a high gloss pomade. For anyone of any hair type looking to try out this trend, wear your mane down or slick it straight back for a more edgy look.

An easy to create style from the beach waves is the funky chignon- a chignon traditionally involves a sleek twist with tucked in ends the summer version is way less serious. Just twist smaller sections of hair at the top of the head and pin with bobby pins.

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Another quick to create style is the messy top knot recently sported by Kendal Jenner at Coachella.

For those feeling a little more adventurous try a fishtail braid loose at the crown – a fishtail braid becomes even more mermaid-like with wispy strands.

And don’t forget you can always upgrade any style this summer with chunky glitter to give you that extra festival bling.

Our team after years of working in festivals and summer events are experts in recreating these effortless looks get in touch to find out more – http://vanityvan.co.uk/corporate

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Summer Festival Looks – Hair

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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Summer festival looks – Flower power

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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.

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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.

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Summer Beauty Package

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Here at VV HQ we like to be ahead of the game when it comes to all the latest products and trends on the market. This month we are launching our first ever summer beauty package. Book our team to deliver this extravaganza at your next event to help your guests to stand out from the crowd with the summer seasons latest essential looks.


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I’m sure we weren’t alone when a shudder went down our spine at the news that the beauty trends of the 80s were making a resurgence.


Fortunately, however, the more-is-more era has become slightly more wearable for its 2017 comeback. Corkscrew perms and liberally-applied blush aside, this season we will be focusing on colourful eye makeup looks with brash brights pulled up toward the temple, and co-ordinating coloured mascara applied to the lashes.

Latest glitter trends and metallic lips

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Of course, summer just wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of glitter, but this year it really is having its ‘shining’ moments

From subtle eye makeup looks to full body glitter paints, we have scoured the emerging and existing trends for our firm favourites this season and have plumped for… THE WORKS. Yes, we cheated as we just couldn’t narrow it down, so expect to see glittery under-eye makeup, metallic lips, glistening faux freckles and dazzling glitter hair lines from us this season.

 

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Braid bars

Think braided up-dos and skinny plaits, this seasons hair is all about braids, which is fantastic news for party-goers as it’s a brilliant way to keep hair simultaneously under control and on trend in our unpredictable climate. Whatever your occasion, event or requirement, our talented team has the braided ‘do’ for you.

Our expert professional hair and makeup teams are multi skilled so it only takes one of our team to create these stunning looks for your guests. Email us at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk with some info around your event or campaign to find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanity Van launches new services at Confex 2016

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PRESS RELEASE: Vanity Van – Confex, exciting new Vanity Van Services and launch of sister company, EXP PR

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The Vanity Van team is excited to announce we will be attending Confex 2016 at Olympia on 2/3 March, 9.30am – 5.30pm, at stands K81 and J90. Showcasing new services and skills and offering complimentary treatments to exhibition goers.

Incorporating beauty treatments into your event always draws the crowds. Vanity Van is the UK’s leading supplier of mobile beauty services for events specialising particularly in corporate occasions, retail activations and music events.

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Vanity Van’s services include: haircuts and hair styling; make up; face and body art; nails; threading; facials; massage; male grooming and more. Options for men, women and children are all available, as are the latest products and trends. Plus we have exclusive indoor and outdoor salons available for hire.

 

Hair styling mobile beauty salonVanity Van has worked with many high profile brands and celebrities. Our award winning team has delivered entertainment packages to corporate events and private guests alike, as well as delivering large scale experiential salon tours for retailers and entertaining crowds at some of the country’s biggest festivals. This year Vanity Van is delighted to introduce some exciting new services for clients:

mobile event staff teammakeover event makeup beautyVanity Pro: If you are holding a fashion show or shoot, creating editorial or have a TV, film or theatre project in mind, then your styling, makeup and beauty will need to be carried out at the highest professional level. The Vanity Van Pro Team are available to hire for any high profile project, and will ensure you achieve polished and professional looks and styling.


male grooming workshopGrooming Workshops
: Experts from Vanity Van will create a bespoke workshop for your customer facing teams to give detailed lessons in whatever area of beauty, styling and appearance most suits your brand. Packed full of “how-tos” and insider tips, this service is also suitable for parties, staff incentive days and hen nights.

Fashion styling and image consultancy

Fashion styling and image consulting: Having worked for many years in all areas of beauty, fashion and styling, Vanity Van now offers a full image consultancy service for events. Our expert consultants will advise on all aspects of image, working to improve style, looks and confidence for both men and women.

Beauty PR’s: Vanity Van’s experienced and professional
pr and event staff at mobile salon beauty PR experts are now available for client’s to hire to act as brand ambassadors and encourage interactions and sales. Perfect for beauty related activations, product launches or PR campaigns.

The Vanity Van team will be showcasing their skills and services at Confex featuring:

Airstream mobile salonBeauty Boost: Our sleek and modern mobile airstream beauty salon will be making an appearance at the exhibition, featuring manicures, facials and threading.

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Male Grooming: Our relaxing and portable barber’s chairs will be in action: experience haircuts, moustache and beard trims, dry shaves, eyebrow shaping and our ever popular “man”icure. This is a great way to explore male grooming for your event, ensuring all your guests are included in the treats you have planned.

Holistic Zone: Our relaxation area, where we offer massage, reflexology and reiki.

Vanity Van Face painting at Radio OneFestival Fever: A hugely popular service with festival goers and great fun at many corporate events too. We will be demonstrating our wide range of face and body art, our new glitter box!, tattoos, henna and bindis.

makeup event staff mobile beauty salonThe Stylist Zone: Find out about our Grooming Workshops and experience some of our personal styling techniques. We will be focusing on hair styling and makeup, and our stylists will be offering guests personalised hints and tips on how to improve their look and style.

To fully enjoy our services, please pre-book a slot. Health and beauty are popular at events and considered a high value experience by guests, so we do draw crowds and can get extremely busy.

Pre- book a slot to experience our skills and services for yourselves, and to avoid disappointment. Contact bookings@vanityvan.co.uk. 

Introducing EXP PR

confex exp prThe team at Vanity Van have spent many years working alongside event management companies, agencies, and a wide range of clients. Over the years we have built up expertise in running successful activation’s for brands and have worked with lots of trusted suppliers. 

The management team at Vanity Van are now excited to launch sister company EXP PR, a conglomerate of high quality suppliers working together to deliver innovative energetic experiences that connect brands to people. Everything from experiential activation’s to product launches to staff or client incentives. EXP PR experts help clients to express their personalities, explain their products and engage with their audiences.makeup photobooth event team face art


EXP PR has event managers and planners, social media experts, brand ambassadors and PR and media teams all in-house. Our staff and the companies we work with are very passionate about what they do. EXP PR plans projects meticulously, manages budgets carefully and only works with long standing and trusted suppliers who are carefully selected for their quality and expertise. We do not charge a mark-up on their fees, and our pricing is transparent from the start.

H&M tour activation salon The team particularly specialise in delivering experiences in music events and for the retail industry. Whatever experience or project you have in mind, EXP PR can help you develop a bespoke and unique experience that connects you to your audience.

Previous clients include – BBC, ITV, Google, Yahoo, H&M, Cadburys, Virgin, Sky, Echo Falls, TK Maxx, Car phone warehouse, Butlins, Batiste, AOL, Barclays, Red Letter Days, Spec Savers, Mcvitities, Londis & Jack Wills and many more….

The essential New Years Eve beauty bible

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New Year’s Eve is the last big party of the year, and here at Vanity Van we believe in going out with a bang! (Well, any excuse…) The party look for 2015 is definitely leaning towards the dramatic, so get ready for bold lips, daring eyes and statement jewellery. Here are our top tips for your fabulous New Year’s party look.

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The basis of looking good (at any time of year) is good skin. After eating, drinking and partying your way through Christmas, your skin will be as exhausted as you are. Try to spend at least a day or two between Christmas and New Year’s Eve drinking lots of water and getting an early night or two. If you can fit in a quick facial from your favourite salon, so much the better. If not, remember lots of moisturiser at bed time and at least one face mask before your big night out.

 

Bright lips

Bright lips are definitely having their moment with the A list. There will have been plenty of red over Christmas, but for New Year you can play around with colour a little more. Whether you suit corals, pinks or shimmery browns, have fun with it, and go for as bold a colour as you dare (we spotted frosted metallic blue on the red carpet at the Star Wars premiere – love it!)

Statement lips for new year's eve

Statement eyes

If statement eyes are more your thing, there’s plenty to choose from. Add drama to your standard “smoky” look with jewel-toned shadows (rich purples and violets are popular). Alternatively, go for lashings of mascara teamed with a simple icy shadow (Taylor Swift has perfected this look). This taylor-swiftyear coloured eyeliner is poplar too – try a bright blue or peacock green applied above and below the eye. Remember, if you go for statement eyes as well as lips, you’re in danger of looking over done, so pair dramatic eyes with understated lips.

 

Shapely brows

Don’t forget your brows – they always enhance your look. Have them professionally shaped if you have time; if not do them yourself after a warm shower so that the pores are open and you aren’t dragging at the delicate skin too much. When you’re doing your party makeup, brush your brows, tease out any last minute stragglers, and define them with brow powder.

Glitter time!

What better time to get away with fun nail designs than New Year’s Eve? We love this time of year as an excuse to get a bit of shimmer out, and this year gold is the clear winner. Whether it’s glittery tips, a metallic sheen or a full on sparkly black to gold ombré manicure, we say go for it.

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Statement jewels

And finally, give your jewellery some thought this year. An unadorned round neckline creates the ideal setup for a big statement necklace. A strappy dress and tousled up-do suits dangling earrings with lots of movement. Pair bold symmetrical earrings with a sleek shiny bob. Just remember, keep the focus on either earrings or a necklace. Too much of both and you’ll end up looking like your Christmas tree…

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Help is at hand

If you feel the need for professional pampering, or want to treat your staff to the latest party looks, you can always book Vanity Van to bring New Year’s Eve glam to your event. It’s a great way to thank hard working staff, or to wow guests and clients. We can tailor our treatments for hair, nails and beauty to suit your style and event. Email bookings@vanityvan.co.uk or call us on 07825 875210