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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  Using expired makeup and skincare products is akin to eating out of date food, so get ruthless and declutter your expired products.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?

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Vanity Van January Detox Deals

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Now the festivities are over, our focus and new years resolutions have shifted to rejuvenation and detox. With that in mind we have come up with some special wellness treatment packages to see you through the cold dreary weeks of January and beyond.Facials detox

Taking care of the health and wellbeing of your teams is paramount. One of the best ways to reduce stress and increase productivity is to take time out for body treatments such as massage, reflexology, and Reiki which help to ease pain and allow the mind to switch off from the outside world.

After all the toxins consumed over Xmas and the onslaught of winter weather damage, it is also essential to look after your skin with regular facials and pamper your brittle nails with manicures and pedicures.

We have created a special detox deal for these particular treatments. Detox deal rates are valid when the booking is confirmed before 31st January 2018.

No of therapists  Half   day   4   hrs   Full    day    8          hrs  No of         express   treatment   15 mins  No of   luxury   treatments   30 mins
1 £190 £300 16 8
2 £350 £575 32 16
4 £650 £1,075 64 32
6 £950 £1,500 96 48
All prices subject to VAT. Travel costs outside of London apply.
Equipment required for treatments – we order you keep
Per Massage chair – £50
Per Massage table – £85

Reflexology detox

To book…

Drop us an email or call 07825 875210 quoting ‘DETOXDEAL‘ and the dates, times and treatments you are interested in. This deal is only valid for new quotes and bookings confirmed before Wednesday 31st January 2018.

Please note all bookings are subject to availability of treatment choices. Relevant travel fees per stylist charged for locations outside of London.

Get in touch so we can discuss how to revitalise your team for a productive year ahead!

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.

Glitter nails for new year's eve

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…

Statement necklace for new year's eve

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