Miners Cosmetics give Vanity Van their festival beauty tips part 1

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We are so excited to be partnering up with Vanity Van for the festival season.  Festivals certainly don’t mean you have to say “B’bye” to your make up essentials and thanks to the brand hook up,

We LOVE the festival season here at Miners Cosmetics HQ! With many under our belts we have got festival beauty SUSSED! We have a 2 part series of Guest Blogs for Vanity van where we’ll share our cosmetic know how on Festival make-up…

miners cosmetics tin o tint‘Dual purpose’ products are festival beauty heroes! When packing for your festival of choice you don’t want to have to take your entire make-up kit with you so clever multi-tasking products are key! Our time saving cosmetics include the award winning Tin o’ Tint Collection – these moisturising lip tints keep lips soft and smooth but also adds a cute pop of colour to lips.


Miners Cosmetics The Cheek of it


Check out The Cheek of It! in shade ‘Blush’. It creates a rosy festival flush to the cheeks but also doubles up as a lip colour!





Miners Cosmetics Colour and Kohl pencilsBumped into a seriously hot guy that you don’t want to slip through the net? No pen? No worries! Use Colour & Kohl Eye Pencil to write down your deets! Ok so it’s not strictly multi-tasking beauty but multi-tasking none-the-less! 😛



Miner Cosmetics nail polishAnother inside tip is to give yourself an at home mani and pedi before you arrive. Festival bright nails are a great way to get into the festival spirit! Use a quality base coat and top coat to keep your polish put! Try Miners Cosmetics Nail Polish in festival inspired shades Moroccan Mint, Keepin’ It Teal, Mango Tango and Sunny Side Up.


Why not check out our site now to get an exclusive 15% discount, simply enter VVAN15 at checkout and we will take care of the rest – don’t forget to stock up on your festival essentials!



Radio Ones Big Weekend – all the news from Vanity Vans backstage mobile salon

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Radio 1’s Big Weekend has kicked off festival season in earnest, with more than 35,000 fans enjoy a wide variety of the biggest and best summer music around. New power couple Calvin Harris and Rita Ora headlined Friday night; on Saturday, Biffy Clyro rocked the main stage headline slot while DJ Fresh closed the 1xtra stage; and on Sunday, artists including Bruno Mars, Paramore, Olly Murs and Little Mix wrapped up proceedings.

Mobile beauty events specialist Vanity Van ( carried out hundreds of treatments on the celebrities and their teams in their backstage mobile salon. Stationed outside the former army barracks that were converted into changing rooms for the festival’s biggest stars, Alix and her team were right in the middle of the action. Wretch 32’s crew were singing their praises “it really brings a lift to the backstage atmosphere, its a great service”

Radio One Big Weekend Robbie Williams Dizzee Rascal at Vanity Van

And thank goodness they were – they saved the day on the closing night of the festival when Bruno Mars’s band had to borrow hairdryers to revive electrical instruments that had been soaked in the changeable weather! Later his team came dashing in for hair products and left with Nicky Clarke’s ( Tease Me Powder, Great Body Ultimate Mousse and Instant Calmer Balm to fix Bruno’s hair before the show.

Radio One Big Weekend Bruno Mars Nicky Clarke desired hair dryers

Radio One Big Weekend DJ Fresh Nicky Clarke Hair cut in the Vanity Van mobile salon

DJ Fresh having a hair cut in the backstage salon. Photo credited to Graham Maxwell.

The Vanity Van hairdressers were particularly busy – many artists simply don’t have time on tour to squeeze in a cut so a visit to Vanity Van is very convenient. DJ Fresh and the boys from Kodaline, The Foals, Bring me the Horizon and We are the Ocean were their biggest star bookings. Mark from Kodaline even had a go at using Nicky Clarke’s straight and curl styler on their stylist Tamara – he was actually pretty good at it (new career maybe…).  The new product ranges were raved about, Nicky Clarkes Tease me being a particular favourite for extra body and texture for guys and gals alike. Whilst the new Batiste ( range of dry shampoos saved the day on many occasions reviving stressed out festival locks and rain swept ‘do’s’.

Radio One Big Weekend massage in the Vanity Van mobile beauty salon

Massages were uber popular this weekend. Photo credited to Graham Maxwell.

Massage is always in high demand at events such as this what with all the stresses and strains of touring and performing. The Vanity Van therapists worked their magic on well over a hundred clients over the weekend including the likes of Macklemore, Shannon from 30 Seconds To Mars, Jessie Ware, Kodaline, The Foals, The Vaccines, Wretch-32 and Katy B’s crew. Macklemore said of his experience “AMAZING massage, Never wanted it to end. Incredible and very informative was so appreciated…”

The dancers and drummers are particular fans of a rub down especially after an energetic set. The Vanity Van girls revived Labrinth and Dizzee Rascal’s drummers who are regulars, while Dash from Haim came into the salon on Sunday before their set and told them he fell asleep during his massage it was so good. Little Mix’s dancers all had back rubs before busting some shapes outside the salon with the girls. And poor Gus from Alt-J was gutted he had to change his pre booking when backstage schedules changed.

Man makeovers seemed to be the order of the day with Little Mix’s dancers opting for Miners Cosmetics ( spruce ups before they hit the stage. Their hero product Maxi Mascara also came in very handy in the frequent downpours.

Nail treatments were in high demand especially their new Gel polish range Red Carpet Manicure ( – which is ideal for singers, dancers and production crew as it has true staying power. Everyone was also going crazy for eyelashes with Lola’s mink lashes a personal fave of all Iggy Azaleas dancers and Sheezar from Wretch 32 who is a Vanity Van eyelashes regular.

Here is a roundup of backstage gossip and beauty news from each day from the Vanity Van team…

Friday 24th May 2013

Greg James with Vanity Van mobile beauty salon boss Alix

Greg James and Vanity Van boss Alix just after he opened the site

Greg James from Radio 1 and Sarah-Jane Crawford from 1xtra requested stylists the other side of the park a mere five minutes before kick off! Alix and the Vanity Van girls had to move pretty swift to deliver some Lola mink lashes and fit them quick time between links.

The four best dressing rooms on Friday were held for Calvin Harris, Rita Harris and Dizzee Rascal. Surprise guest Robbie Williams was housed in between Calvin and Rita and had an interesting rider, including ginger root. Is that the secret of his youthful enthusiasm? The team rushed to the rescue again when Dizzee asked to borrow the VV speakers – bit of pre set tunage we wonder?


Vanity Van regulars Maverick Sabre had the full VIP pampering experience. Mav told the girls that he has been busy focusing on the eagerly anticipated second album. Singer Chantelle Nandi was treated to a long-lasting Red Carpet Manicure in Lola, a vampy deep red colour; plus a full Miners Cosmetics makeover. She said the make-up was “very beautiful” and the service “perfect”.


Radio One Big Weekend Maverick Sabre after their Vanity Van mobile beauty salon treatments.

Maverick Sabre after their Vanity Van mobile beauty salon treatments. Photo credited to Graham Maxwell.


Radio O~ne Big weekend Maverick Sabres Chantelle Nandi after her Red Carpet Manicure and Miners Cosmetics make over at the Vanity Van backstage mobile beauty salon

Maverick Sabres Chantelle Nandi after her Red Carpet Manicure and Miners Cosmetics make over


A$AP Rocky proved he hasn’t let fame go to his head and that he is a real modern kinda guy! He came to the Vanity Van personally to book in for a male manicure. Respect.

Radio One Big weekend A$AP Rocky booking into the Vanity Van backstage mobile salon

A$AP Rocky personally booking himself in for a ‘shiny buff’ manicure. Photo credited to Graham Maxwell, Vanity Van.

After the drama at Heathrow, Calvin allegedly gave Rita a lift to Derry on his private jet. Awwwww….

We love Conor Maynard all the more after seeing

Radio One Big Weekend Conor Maynard after his Miners Cosmetics Makeover in Vanity Van backstage mobile beauty salon

Conor Maynard after his Miners Cosmetics Makeover. Photo credited to Graham Maxwell, Vanity Van.

him perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Derry. Despite his rapid rise to fame, he is so approachable and helpful. When TV crews gave him just 10 minutes to prepare for an interview, he asked for the Vanity Van make up artists to give him a spruce up so Emma was sent running to the dressing room. She used Miners Cosmetics Complete Base foundation and pressed powder to make him even more flawless for the screen. He said “Everyone was very lovely, very helpful, and very beautiful which is always a plus !” Thank you Conor!

Backstage riders are fascinating. Our spies tell us that Labrinth – who had the biggest dressing room on site, even though he wasn’t a headliner – asked for a big bottle of MountGay rum, cans of ginger beer and a MASSIVE bowl of fruit. Lemons, limes, apples, pears… he clearly is fanatical about getting his five-a-day. Hey, the man needs energy for on-stage!

Saturday 25th May 2013

The Saturdays looked gorgeous as always as they posed outside the van on Saturday but the girls had a horrible journey. For some reason, they flew into Dublin, not Belfast, so had a two-hour drive to the venue through winding Irish roads. Of course they got lost so had to rush round interviews in five inch heels and only just made it to the stage in time. We hope it wasn’t too pregnant Rochelle and Frankie.

Radio One Big Weekend Zane Lowe and Matt Edmonson post Vegas show girl, Nicky Clarke and Miners Cosmetics makeover in the Vanity Van mobile beauty salon

Zane Lowe and Matt Edmonson post Vegas show girl, Nicky Clarke and Miners Cosmetics makeover

We had so much fun giving Matt Edmondson a makeover live on Radio 1. The theme was Vegas Showgirl so we gave him a red wig, Lola eyelashes and a Miners Cosmetics makeover using Lip stick ‘Kiss me Quick’. You look gorgeous Matt! Zane Lowe was passing at the time and was particularly impressed… We also caught Matt later on taking a photo of Conor Maynard for two happy fans. We wonder if they were swapping make-up tips…

Poor Conor Maynard tried to head out into the main crowd on Saturday to enjoy his pal Labrinth among the masses. He donned a hat, shades and hood and asked the Vanity Van girls if they thought he’d get away with it. Unfortunately, he didn’t get very far… Shortly after entering the arena, he was stopped by a seven-foot man. No, not security, but a fan wanting a photo. Better luck next time Conor…

DJ Fresh and Fleur are Vanity Van regulars. DJ Fresh had a haircut and beard trim while Fleur had a Miners Cosmetics makeover. She loved Miner Cosmetics’ new Mood Gloss and went for the festival-friendly Glastonberry shade. It creates an individual pink shade for each person who wears it by adapting to lip colour and temperature. Fleur’s went disco diva pink of course! “The Vanity Van team are really friendly and professional,” she said. “I’m loving the Mood Gloss – so much so I’m wearing it on stage tonight!”

Radio One Big Weekend Fleur from DJ Fresh rocking the Miners Cosmetics Glastonberry lip gloss in the Vanity Van mobile beauty salon

Fleur from DJ Fresh rocking the Miners Cosmetics Glastonberry lip gloss. Photo credited to Graham Maxwell, Vanity Van.

A big hit backstage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend was the Red Carpet Manicure. This durable gel lasts two to three weeks and you can apply it yourself at home. There are bright and sparkly options ideal for festival-proof glamour. Bryony, who was singing with We Are The Ocean, went for the shades Diva In Disguise with a topping of sparkly Wow!! Whilst Jessie Ware had a Red Carpet ‘Ooh-La-Licious’ Manicure and ‘Expresso Yourself’ Pedicure in her dressing room! We also applied some beautiful Lola Real Mink eyelashes to give her eyes the wow factor.

Sunday 26th May 2013

We had a good old chat with Jade Little Mix – her new turquoise curls were certainly adventurous! She told Vanity Van owner Alix the shade was hair dye, not chalk or a wash-in, wash-out colour. We think you rocked it Jade! Jade and Jesy and the Little Mix dancers joined the team for a dance off in the car park to warm up before the gig.

Radio One Big Weekend Jade Little Mix warming up outside the Vanity Van mobile beauty salon

Jade from Little Mix and her dancers warming up for their set outside the salon. Photo credited to Graham Maxwell, Vanity Van.

Wretch 32 took good care of his team by booking them all in for pre-gig massages in the dressing rooms. He didn’t have time for one himself but what a nice boss!

The Script were a big hit with the Vanity Van ladies, who were all fighting over treatments for Danny. In fact, with Jared Leto’s band 30 Seconds To Mars, The Script and Olly Murs all on the same floor, there were a lot of lovesick ladies in the corridors!

Radio One Big Weekend The Script Vanity Van mobile beauty salon

The Script larking around in the press area. Photo credited to Graham Maxwell.

The salon was a hotspot for festival fun. Kendrick Lamar’s dancers and Bruno Mars’s band all came to hang out with the Vanity Van team and bop around to their tunes. We even caught Olly Murs grooving to some of their garage beats. Hilariously Disclosure just happened to walk past when the salon was rocking out their big tune White Noise – their manager was impressed. The salons comfy beanbags from Bean Bag Bazaar, their foam connect four, haribos and photo booth props were a great attraction for some festival fun with the likes of Little Mix’s dancers raiding the props to create some hilarious pics.

Radio One Big Weekend Vanity Van mobile beauty salon therapists on the go

Vanity Van mobile therapists to the rescue !. Photo credited to Graham Maxwell.


Red Carpet Manicure hits the festival circuit with us!

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What better way to kick off the festival season than with a Red Carpet Manicure!

Red Carpet Manicure Logo

Don’t you just hate the hassle of chipped and non-lasting nail colour!? Especially at a festival!

Well your problem has been solved! Red Carpet Manicure is a do-it-yourself manicure system which takes minutes to apply and last for weeks! Not only is the technology of Red Carpet Manicure very professional and long lasting but it produces amazing results!

Red Carpet Manicure gel polish

Just what you need when experiencing several days camping it out at a festival with no time or resources to paint just the odd nail! And luckily enough for you festival goers Vanity Van has teamed up with Red Carpet Manicure this festival season to ensure you are looking your very best!



Red Carpet Manicure offers the endurance of a long-lasting manicure as well as an on-trend festival look. The Red Carpet colour palette is an exhaustive palette offering seasonal, classic and fashion statement hues. So whether you’re feeling a classic red or a bold statement green there is a shade to cater for everyone.


Get that festival look by using Red Carpet Manicure’s brand new spring collection. Parisian Chic, a crème gloss mint, or Crème de la Crème, a crème gloss nude, both are perfect for the hot sunny festival days.


Miners Cosmetics Maxi Mascara review

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Review by Emma Nickerson Make up artist, Vanity Van

One of our team road tested Miners Cosmetics Maxi Mascara new star product during our work at the High Street Fashion week – try it for yourselves during our festival tour this season.

“Waterproof formulas are normally not the same as the original formulas of the mascaras we love. They’re usually thicker, tackier, and much more likely to look clumpy, therefore when it comes to buying mascara, waterproof is not normally Woman’s first choice. Miner’s new waterproof mascara completely changes my views on waterproof mascara, it applies to the lashes with such ease, it’s dark colour really helps to define your lashes and help makes them look full and fabulous. It’s a brilliant purchase and a must have in your kit!

Miners Cosmetics Maxi Mascara

When working with Vanity Van at London’s high street fashion week in Aura Mayfair, Vanity Van was handing out these mascaras as a lovely little freebie alongside some amazing other products.

I was attracted to the Miners items due to their vibrant colours and simple but eye-catching packaging.

I was instantly intrigued to try out the mascara, as I love experimenting with different brands and products to help make my kit as versatile as possible. Not only did I use this mascara on natural lashes, I also used it on False lashes, this worked brilliantly it really gave a dramatic look to the make-up, great for a night out! Although the mascara is dark you don’t need to apply a lot to achieve a great look, its sensitive to the eyes, which is great for people that struggle to find a mascara to suit sensitive eyes.

Sometimes with waterproof mascara they can be a pain to remove, this is not the case with Miners, using a Clarins oil based eye make up remover this came off the lashes with such ease.

Overall I am very impressed with this product and will definitely be purchasing more in the future”