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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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

Winter Skincare Hacks to Beat the Cold

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Nobody wants to wake up on Christmas morning with dry, flaky skin, so make sure you’re hot on your Winter skincare during the lead up to Christmas celebrations. Even an ice queen needs a treatment or two to keep her skin in check during the Winter months, so when dry skin makes an unwelcome appearance, use these simple DIY skincare hacks to help tackle it and beat the cold.

Curse of the chapped lips

Winter SkincareLips are often the first target of the cold and the most reliable tell-tale sign of dehydrated, unhappy skin. An effective, nourishing lip scrub on the beauty market can make take an unwanted toll on your bank account, especially around Christmas time. Stop scraping your pennies together, ladies, because we have a recipe that is on par with your high-end lip scrubs, and not to mention it is 100% vegan! A staple this holiday season is a peppermint lip scrub- the perfect, festive scent to have just in time for Christmas.

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp ground coffee
1/4 Tbsp coconut oil
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil

Measure two tablespoons of used coffee grounds in a small bowl. Add the coconut oil and using a spoon, mash the oil and coffee grounds together to form a paste. Add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil and mix well. Place it into a pot you have lying around, and you will have smooth, plump lips all throughout the Winter season.

Body care

Although the main focus of your Winter skincare regime is typically caring for your face, your body care should be drawing in first place. An essential body care item in the colder months is oil, as simple as it may seem. Using oil during the Winter months is not only beneficial in giving you hydrated, happy skin, but it is also the key to locking in your favourite perfume or body spray all day long. Simply spray the oil all over your body before spraying on your staple scent and it will not budge, leaving you free to carry out your Christmas shopping in the hustle and bustle B.O. free!

DIY Mocha Face Mask

Winter SkincareCredit for this delicious recipe goes to Loepsie, and after trialling and testing it out, we couldn’t wait to share it with you! This recipe is incredibly simple and consists of everyday ingredients that you will have lying around in the back of the food cupboard. It is bursting full of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, so it acts as a mild exfoliator while also being super hydrating!

Ingredients:
⦁ Oats
⦁ Ground coffee
⦁ Cacao powder
⦁ Soy milk

Simply combine the ingredients together before applying evenly to your skin and allowing it to work it’s magic for 10 minutes. This mocha face mask also works as a great homemade Christmas present to a loved one, whether it’s your partner, friend or parent, as it is virtually impossible to dislike the scent of mocha.

These simple skincare hacks are the key to having plump, bright skin throughout all of Winter. Which of these Winter skincare hacks was your favourite?

Square Meal Venues and Events Live

Vanity Van featuring at Square Meal Venues and Events exhibition 19th-20th September 2018

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We are super excited to announce that our team will be featuring at the Square Meal exhibition at Old Billingsgate next week Wednesday 19th September and Thursday 20th September 2018. Our beauty experts will be delivering a pamper lounge experience for guests in the Vaults with treatments and expert tips running throughout the day.

Its been an exciting summer for the team we have been going back to basics and really focusing on what we do best. We have been honing our mobile beauty services developing new packages, new pricing and improving our treatment offerings and equipment – and there is alot more to come in the next 6 months!

Square Meal Venues and Events Live

 

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Attendees can try out our services, take a break from the hustle and bustle and indulge in some relaxation and pampering.

 

We will be offering complimentary slots for manicures and massages and one to one personal guidance on the latest hair and makeup trends.

 

 

Our team will be available to talk Square Meal guests through our services; the wide range of treatments we offer; our indoor and outdoor salons available for hire and to give advice in how to add that WOW factor to your next event or campaign.

We are offering some exciting new consultancy packages, new salon options, tailored online booking systems, bespoke customer surveys and data capture for campaigns and a host of other ideas to take your activation or event to the next level.

 

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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.

Vanity Van facials

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.

Vanity Van facials

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.

Seeking Mobile Hair Stylists, Make up Artists and Beauticians

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Vanity Van is seeking Mobile Hair Stylists, Make up Artists and Beauticians for Events work

Vanity Van is the UK’s leading supplier of mobile beauty treatments for events. We specialise in working with event clients to create unique beauty experiences.

Vanity Van’s indoor and outdoor mobile salons feature in a diverse range of situations, including corporate events, private parties, high profile star studded music events including backstage at festivals and front of house at Glastonbury and in store retail activation’s with nationwide retailers.

We have lots of work in London and the surrounding areas and contracts UK wide where travel and accommodation where relevant is paid. The work is very varied and fun – each event is different!

Skills

We are currently seeking 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
  • make up
  • eyelashes
  • face/body art
  • nails
  • facials
  • threading
  • massage
  • eyebrows
  • wet shaving
  • moustache and beard trimming

We are also looking for team members who can teach hair and make up skills in our workship, personal trainers, yoga teachers and fashion stylists.

Terms

Once you are taken onto our books contracts are sent out to you with detailed terms and you can choose whether to apply for it. Most of the work we undertake is either a fixed rate or hourly rated  depending on the number of hours worked, your experience and length of time with the company.

For some public events such as Glastonbury we pay a commission rate and some of the celeb work is conducted for a few hours work a day in exchange for entry to the festival, some expenses and portfolio shots.

We also offer free and subsidised training for our teams and additional perks.

Interviews

We are interviewing in London SE22 at our offices on the following dates. We will also be setting further UK locations in Jan/Feb so please apply even if you are unable to make the London dates. Interviews start at 10am and run for a few hours depending on your skill sets.

  • Thursday 7th January 2016
  • Saturday 16th January 2016
  • Tuesday 19th January 2016

Further briefing information about working for Vanity Van and how the interviews will work for each location will be sent with your confirmation email. We will confirm exact locations and arrangements nearer the time.

During the interviews we will conduct a briefing, one to one interviews and then trade tests to assess your skill sets. To ensure we can get everything done in the time required you will need to bring a friend/colleague or family member who is available for the same time period and is happy to have free treatments conducted on them by the interview group. If we are short of models then candidates will conduct treatments on each other and the interviewer.

Apply

In the first instance please send us an email at recruitment@Vanityvan.co.uk confirming which dates you are available and containing your email address expressing your interest so we can send you an application form and further instructions on what happens next.

Once you have been assessed we will confirm if you have been selected for interview. We look forward to working with you !

 

VV mobile beauty services for events website launched

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Vanity Van mobile beauty websiteThe Vanity Van team are very excited to announce the launch of our fantastic new mobile beauty service for events website. We have undertaken a full rebrand creating a slick new logo and some funky new graphics. Hundreds of professional photos from our last years mobile beauty services at events feature throughout the site to tantalise your taste buds!.

New sections include mobile beauty treatment pages describing what we offer, the high quality products we use and case studies of events where we have used those treatment types.

To give you ideas for corporate entertainment and party entertainment there are also pages given examples of the types of events you might be interested in booking us for. Including suggestions about what kinds of mobile beauty treatments work well in what kinds of events. We have even detailed case studies and testimonials from our previous clients.

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Vanity Van mobile beauty logo

Our new stunning logo!

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There are details of our new ‘extras’ services that work perfectly with our mobile beauty treatment packages. From our partners including Hire the barman – cocktail packages, Megabooth – photo booth packages, My Chocolate – chocolate packages and Fun flip plus details of the hosts and hostesses we can offer to compliment your corporate or private event.

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We have even created a new indoor salon set up with a stunning graphics back drop which is perfect for corporate hospitality. The screen can be offered with or without our branding and can even be reprinted to display your events branding or logo and detail our specific offerings tailored for your event. It creates the perfect background to frame our mobile beauty therapists in action.

Our new website will features our blog which will be updated regularly and our photo blog which will be updated frequently from our on site activities.

The future is bright ! the future is Vanity !