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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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 ?

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?

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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 !

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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.

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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.

HEV what is it and how do I protect my skin ?

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HEV what is it how do I protect my skin ?

The team recently discovered some horrific facts about how your mobile phone, laptop and ipad could be seriously damaging your skin…. So we decided to investigate !

What is HEV Light?

HEV (High Energy Visible) light is a high frequency light that is visible to the human eye. It falls within the blue/violet spectrum. HEV light occurs naturally in sunlight, but we are also exposed to it indoors, as it is created by laptops, mobile phones and other digital screens, as well as LED lights. We know a great deal about the dangers associated with exposure to ultraviolet light, but we are still learning a great deal about the effects of light on skin more generally, and in particular the dangers associated with HEV.   

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What Damage Can Be Caused By HEV?

Recent research has shown that HEV may be just as damaging to the skin as UV light, although in different ways. HEV light can affect how efficiently the skin is working both in relation to its ability to heal, and how effectively it acts as a barrier. It can also cause premature aging and age spots. Unlike UV light, which causes direct damage to your DNA, HEV damages the skin by assisting in the creation of free radicals and oxidative stress. In order to maintain skin’s health, it should be shielded from HEV.

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How can you protect your skin?

An easy way to protect your skin is to look for skincare and beauty products that include Melanin in the list of ingredients. It’s important to note, however, that not all types of Melanin protect against HEV light, so look for a specific statement on the product that it is effective in protecting the skin from HEV light.

The US appear to be ahead of the game in this field. Liposhield® is an ingredient for cosmetics that has been recently developed in the States. It is derived from Melanin and was specifically created to protect skin from damage caused by HEV light. When applied to the skin in, for example, a cream, it sits on the surface and acts as a barrier, preventing HEV light from penetrating the skin. Ensuring your product contains this ingredient is another way of protecting yourself.

Ingredients that work to protect skin from HEV can be found in moisturising creams, anti-aging products, sunscreens and foundation, so it is easy to incorporate their use into your daily routine.

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Products

If you want sun screen, Soap & Glory™ Make Yourself Youthful™ Sunshield Superfluid™ SPF50+ contains a specific HEV protection and is reasonably priced too.

“Skin by Marywynn” has a good range of products containing Liposhield. They are popular in the US, but a little harder to find over here. Their Total Age Corrector and Eye Serum both contain Liposhield which you can layer with their Antioxidant Defense complex for extra free-radical protection.

Vanity Vans Top tips for Winter skin care

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Winter skin care

As the weather gets colder, the key to good winter skin care is moisturising. When skin is properly hydrated it’s more efficient at locking moisture in and keeping environmental factors out, preventing chapped and flaky skin. The trick is to stick to a daily routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising, but tailor the products you use to the conditions.

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Daily routine:

  • Avoid soap and harsh cleansers, and use a gentle foaming cleanser instead.
  • Steer clear of alcohol based toners, which can take too much vital oil out of the skin.
  • Use oil based moisturisers, which create a protective layer on the skin and help retain moisture. (Tip: since these take longer to absorb, it’s better to apply them every evening; it’s for this reason products that are oil based are often sold as “night creams”).

Weekly routine

  • Replacement of skin cells is slower during winter, so keep up with weekly exfoliation, but go for one that uses fruit acids and enzymes to gently lift away dead skin cells.
  • Don’t scrub at winter sensitised skin, you’ll only do more damage.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen (good quality foundations often include SPF). It may be winter, but there’s still plenty of sun, which can damage and age unprotected skin.
  • A weekly face mask is always a great way to pamper yourself – just remember to swap to one that replenishes and moisturises your skin.
  • Make sure you slaver on a good, oil based body moisturiser. We might be putting our legs away for the winter, but it’s still better to avoid that flaky crocodile skin on your shins…

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Handy tips

  • Carry a good quality chapstick in your handbag. Lips can become sore very quickly on a day out when it’s windy. If you prefer to wear lipstick then choose a lip balm based colour instead of a traditional lipstick.
  • Don’t forget to look after your hands. Wear gloves outside, and moisturise daily.
  • As tempting as it is to sink into a long hot bath, try to keep the temperature down and don’t wallow for too long – hot water is much more dehydrating for the skin than cooler temperatures.

Latest trends for protection skin

If you are short on time then a multi-tasking product is ideal. Our tip for winter is the new Merumaya Everything Everywhere Oil. It’s a light moisturising oil that you can used literally anywhere, and because it’s light it absorbs very quickly. Apply to your face, hands, body, lashes and brows (Tip: mixa drop in with your foundation every morning so you can moisturise while you do your makeup).

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And remember:

If you feel in need of some pampering and professional rehydration, you can always book Vanity Van to bring the facials to your event as a thank you to staff for their hard work or to reward a client for their business. We offer everything from an express to a luxury facial tailoring to suit your skin type and condition and a multitude of other beauty treatments to wow your guests.