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Pre and post workout essentials- our best gym beauty tips

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Pre and Post Workout Gym BeautyWhile we’re all for getting our sweat on, we’re not ready to sacrifice our beauty regime. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide for gym beauty pre-workout preparation and post-workout pampering for gym bag heroes, so you can look and feel refreshed before, throughout and after your gym session.

While it may be tempting to head straight to the gym from work with your full face of make-up on, this can cause the products to mix with the build-up of sweat, resulting in clogged pores and an uneven skin texture. Thankfully, there is a new crop of gym beauty and skincare products on the market that are guaranteed to outlive a sweat session, without effecting your skin. If you feel that your skin is looking a little dull and lack-lustre, a glow enhancing face lotion can provide light coverage, while quickly perking up and injecting radiance into your complexion. A glowing lotion is also perfect for applying after your gym session to amplify and enhance your post-work out glow. 

After your workout, spritz on a cooling mist to replenish the moisture you lost while sweating. Opt for a cooling spray that contains cucumber extracts to cool and calm down your skin. A new gym beauty product that has taken the beauty sphere by storm is self-tanning water, the new revolutionary method of tanning at home. The transparent water hydrates the skin whilst it gradually tans, going on clear and transforming into a subtle glow. The lightweight feel of the water on the skin, along with the hydrating benefits and instant absorption, makes it a perfect product to use after working out, whilst making tanning feel like less of a chore. Who doesn’t love a multi-purpose product?

If your exercise shine wasn’t a burden enough, you may also get a severe case of post-workout red face. Created specifically for Gym Beauty Essentialsgym junkies, a yellow-toned primer will help to combat all redness before the problem even begins. It works as a quick fix before or after heading to the gym and can be used without the need for make-up on top, similar to a tinted moisturiser.

For when a primer isn’t enough to tackle that post-gym flush, game-changing colour-correcting loose powder has hit the shelves and will be your new best friend. A yellow toned powder will instantly calm redness, the yellow pigment and natural mineral working to neutralise redness and absorb excess oil and shine. Pop a light dusting over your problem areas before leaving the gym and everyone will be none the wiser!

Which of these essential gym beauty products will you be adding to your gym bag?  

Vanity Van featuring at International Confex London Olympia 26th-27th February 2019

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Confex Team PicThe Vanity Van team are excited to announce we will be featuring once again at the International Confex this week at Olympia on 26th-27th February 2019, 9.30am – 5.30pm each day. We will be showcasing our services and offering complimentary treatments to exhibition-goers.

We will be stationed towards the front of the Confex show on stand B4C, which is on the left when you come through the main entrance. We will be offering express hairstyling, makeovers, manicures and massage treatments. We are located directly next to Megabooth, so you come and get photo-ready before making some snapshot memories!

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With over ten years in the industry, our expert teams deliver innovative beauty experiences to venues and offices to help reward and pamper employees and guests.

Specialising in creating fun engaging campaigns for companies, retailers and brands to attract, incentivise and show appreciation to their continuing and potential customers.

Why should you consider using a service such as ours in your next event or campaign?

  • We are event specialists with unique treatment offerings designed to create impact
  • Our innovative service offers a full consultation, bookable appointment systems and all the latest trends
  • Beauty services in an event or campaign is a unique way to instil fun and relaxation perfect to engage with staff or customers.
  • The shared experience promotes connection and creates a trusted beneficial bond to the company or brand
  • The feel-good factor leaves lasting memories inspiring wellness and creating brand loyalty
  • The quality and perceived value of treatments also incentivises engagement and attracts new customers

Confex Salon Set UpWe are launching some exciting new salon set ups this year at Confex in white and Rose Gold and have other dressing options for our salons to create the exact look to suit your event. Come and chat to the team to find out more. Book a slot at Confex now by contacting us at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk.

Previous clients include – ASOS, Pandora, Google, New Look, Miss Selfridge, Warner Music, EMAP, INTU, Westfield, H&M, Virgin, Sky, BBC, Yahoo, ITV, Echo Falls, Cadburys, Next, The O2, TK Maxx, GSK, Just Eat, Barclays, AOL.

 

 

London Fashion Week: A rundown of the Spring/Summer 2019 beauty trends

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London Fashion Week has officially come to a close, and with it, a whole new set of hair, make-up and nail trends to set the tone for Spring/Summer. From how to elevate a tired hairstyle with staple hair accessories, to how to rock an electric, neon nail, this season’s backstage beauty offerings definitely didn’t fall short. Vanity Van is giving you the ultimate rundown on all of the best hair, makeup and nail moments from the runways, plus our personal favourite beauty looks from London Fashion Week. 

Hair 

In case you haven’t heard, hair accessories are the styling staple to watch out for this season. From puffy headbands, to head wraps, and jewelled hair slides, London Fashion Week was dotted with signature hair accessories, and Simone Rocha is the designer that we all need to thank. The accessorising trend has been gaining momentum over the past few seasons, with Rocha’s SS18 runway playing a huge role in making the effortlessly feminine hair clip coveted by all. With designers such as Michael Kors and Anna Sui taking Rocha’s lead and giving their runway a regal vibe, the hair clip is sure to be a party season staple for us all in the Spring/Summer season.  

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From fresh, glowy skin to nude lips, natural simplicity is usually the go-to at London Fashion Week, but this season, it looks as though the exaggerated look is reigning supreme. With bold shades taking the spotlight on the eyes, this season’s runway looks were nothing but simple. This look from the Colin Horgan On/Off X show during London Fashion week is proving that the bold, graphic eye trend that was all the rage last season is here to stay. Give your everyday eye look a splash of the 80’s whilst keeping the rest of the face natural to create the perfect balance of minimal and daring.

 

Nails

Nail art is always a runway staple, and London Fashion Week has served up a plethora of fresh nail inspiration to obsess over. Neon is always trending in fashion, and now, it’s extending to your manicure. Nail artist, Mei Kawajiri, worked her manicure magic to create this design for the Philipp Plein show. You can achieve this neon nail look with a simple coat of electric gel polish, or if you want to put your manicure skills to the test, try out a daring nail design. Whether you’re searching for something exaggerated, playful, or daring this Spring/Summer, this energising nail trend is perfect for everyone. 

If you’re still on the search for more of the latest trends over the past year, check out our blog post on the AW18 beauty trends. Which of these trends will you be trying out this season? 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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 ?

Christmas Party Makeup

Christmas party makeup looks to get you in the festive spirit

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Need some Christmas party makeup inspiration? ‘Tis the season to turn up the glamour a notch and to try out some dazzling new looks. Christmas is an exciting time for make up enthusiasts, so we have handpicked a selection of simple tips and tricks for putting a festive spin on your everyday makeup looks. So, ladies, dig out your best party wear that has been gathering dust at the back of your wardrobe and get ready for more glitz and glam than you could ever imagine!

Winter Berries

When you think of  Christmas party makeup, chances are that a classic red lip will spring to mind- the unsung hero of all Christmas party makeup looks- so it seems rude not to mention it. You could stick to what you know, but a berry, vampy lip and long lash combo is all the rage Christmas party makeup Winter Berrythis party season. You might be tempted to pair your dark lip up with a smoky eye, but Shay Mitchell’s fresh, modern take on the winterberry lip has shown us that it is possible to look fresh and cool as hell in dark lipstick. When it comes to this look, lip liner is a girl’s best friend- with the exception of a heavy-duty lip balm to avoid the curse of the chapped lips. Pick out a lip liner that seamlessly matches your lipstick colour of choice and carefully carve out your lip-line before applying your lipstick with a light hand. To mimic Shay’s vampy winter berry makeup look, keep your base light and your eye makeup even lighter. Shay paired her glossy, burgundy lip with a strong contour and a set of long, fluttery lashes, leaving her with an overall sultry, yet festive, feel. Are you brave enough to rock this daring makeup look at your Christmas party?

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Christmas Tree Realness

The unspoken rule of creating a perfect balance between your eye makeup and lip colour is being thrown out with the old Christmas decorations this year. Be the life and soul of the Christmas party with a bold eye look matched with a statement lip. In the spirit of Christmas, try out new, daring combinations that pull you straight out of your comfort zone. We can’t find a combination of shades that are more associated with the Christmas season than green and red, so don’t shy away from playing with colours and give everyone the Christmas tree realness they deserve. If you’re not brave enough to go for a solid, bold green eye look, add a pop of green to your waterline or lash line to give a festive twist to your christmas party makeup without going OTT.

 

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Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to channel your inner ice queen. Up the ante on Christmas Party Makeup Snowflakeyour classic blue toned smoky eye with festive artwork that is sure to bring the party feel this Christmas. Using a snowflake as an accent to your eye look will add a subtle pop of festivity. This may seem like an unnecessary step for the Scrooge’s out there, but we think that there are no limits to creativity at Christmas. To recreate this striking seasonal eye look, stick with a classic blue, white and silver combo to perfectly reflect the classic winter colours. Focus the blue on the outer corner of your eye and the silver in the inner portion to create a seamless transition of colours. Use a white, thin eyeliner to give yourself as much precision as possible when creating your snowflake – a steady hand is essential to perfecting this kind of design. If you want to take your look to the next level, use a highlighter with a blue undertone to give yourself an inner frosty glow fit for an ice queen and, of course, douse yourself in glitter.

Now that we’ve given you some Winter inspiration, it’s time to unleash your imagination and create your own glam Christmas party makeup looks. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more information about our Christmas beauty packages, get in touch today. Just tell us your dates/times, your location(s), capacity and theme, and we can provide a one-to-one personalised consultation to help achieve all your Christmas beauty desires!

Statement lipstick beauty trends

The latest Autumn and Winter beauty trends

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There are many beauty trends that have dominated the catwalks this year, but it’s hard to tell what trends are going to work for you and how to transition them from season to season. Although certain trends can look terrifying, there are ways to pull inspiration from them while still looking subtle and sophisticated.

Block eye colour beauty trendsReturn of the Club Kid

Despite the crisp Autumn months dawning upon us, we are happy to report that bright and bold eye looks are not going anywhere. Although this trend might take you back to the era of the club kid, the classic 80’s leg warmers and spandex will not be making their way back into our wardrobes. From lime green to vivid purples, the graphic eye trend can only be tackled by the bravest of us. Are you brave enough to rock this technicolour trend?

Lash it Up

When you think of an ultra-feminine makeup look, a long, full set of lashes are almost always in the mix. For this season, if you’re going to wear mascara, it’s a matter of all or nothing. Whether you decide to go for a bold makeup look, or opt for natural, feminine beauty, an extra layer of mascara is guaranteed to bring your look to the next level. As long as you wear it with confidence, anyone can pull off this trend.

Statement lipstick beauty trends

Statement Lips

A bold statement lip is always in style, and that isn’t changing as we transition into Autumn. As a true makeup visionary, Rihanna is an avid fan of a vibrant lip, giving us the red lip fantasy we all needed, but didn’t deserve. For those of you looking to pack a punch with your lip colour this autumn, draw some inspiration from Fenty Beauty’s leading lady and paint on that classic red pout. From bright oranges to deep berry shades, statement lip colours are a must-have for your Autumn makeup bag.

Slicked back hair beauty trends

Slicked Back Sophistication

It is no surprise that slicked back hair and slicked side partings have been all the rage this year. Who isn’t a fan of a stylish, wearable and hassle-free hairstyle? Pulled back hair with loose waves has become the epitome of sophisticated, effortless beauty. Plus, if you get caught in the rain, no one will be able to tell the difference. To achieve this look, apply a hair mousse rather than a gel to avoid the dreaded greasy locks look and achieve a smooth, sleek finish.

Which of these Autumn/Winter beauty trends will you be trying out this season?

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…

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