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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?

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…