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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.

 

 

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?

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?

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.

 

Yas Ice Queen

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!

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Halloween makeup simple spooktacular ideas

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With every October comes the same dreaded decision about what you’re going to dress up as. Halloween obsessives may have been planning their Halloween makeup since last year, for the rest of us self-proclaimed procrastinators, we are more likely to be thinking, “can’t I just say screw it and paint some cat whiskers on my face again”. The Vanity Van team are coming to the rescue this year with some unusual, simple ideas to encourage you to get creative with your looks.

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The Colourful Clown

A creepy clown is a cult favourite in the Halloween costume realm, but why not put a creative spin on it? Instead of your classic IT-esque, circus clown, swap your red and black paints for bold neon eyeshadows and bright lipstick. This colourful clown look is incredibly simple to create – perfect for those of you leaving your costume to the last minute. There is no need to be light handed with your application, a bit of smudged lipstick here and there will only add to the look. And there you have it – glamour in the form of a nightmare… Photo credit to @dehsonae

Halloween Makeup Lip ArtSpooktastic Lip Art

When it comes to Halloween makeup, lips are sadly often neglected. The Halloween lip art possibilities are endless, from slapping on all the blood and gore you can get your hands on to art inspired by your favourite spooky characters. A personal favourite of ours is the glitter pumpkin lip art and what a scarily good Instagram post. Pair your lip of choice up with a smoky eye and you’ll be turning heads all night. Photo credit to Eva Senín Perna

Forget the Setting Spray

Melting Face Halloween Makeup

I’m sure none of us can forget the ‘melting face’ makeup trend that took the internet by storm in 2016 and guess what ladies, it’s making a comeback. Whether you want to look like a melted ice cream or you’re opting for something straight out of a horror film, the only supplies needed for this look is foundation and scar gel and you’ll be melting like butter on toast. This is the only time where you will be intentionally encouraging your makeup to melt off,  so forget the setting spray and go in hard. Photo credit to @desiperkins

If you are throwing a Halloween event or campaign and want your team or guests styled, we offer a Halloween makeup experience as part of the entertainment at your party then get in touch soon to inquire about availability at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk or give us a call on 0800 6891757

Halloween only comes around once a year, so we are making it mandatory to go all out.

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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?

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Our top five tips for minimal make up

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In recent years, we have noticed the heavy-handed approach to make up application has been a consistent trend. We have been packing layer upon layer of makeup onto our faces, to the point where we wouldn’t have looked out of place on a night out with Ru Paul Charles…

After years of celebrminimal makeupity inspired trends of contouring, highlighting, strobing, baking and applying make up with all manner of random objects… cue summer 2017 and the welcome appearance of the minimal makeup trend.
We can almost hear our pores breathing a sigh of relief.
It’s time to strip it all back ladies and embrace a fresh-faced feel for summer.

Whether you are going au naturel to be on trend, detox your skin, or simply out of sheer laziness(let’s face it girls, we all have those days) we have our top 5 tips to create a fresh minimal face this season.

Tip 1 – Skin: Your skin is your canvas. To give you the absolute best result possible, ensure you have a fantastic, clean, fresh and hydrated base to start with by exfoliating, cleansing and moisturising regularly. Drink plenty of water and always ALWAYS remember to take off your makeup before heading to bed.

Tip 2 – Base: Embrace the ‘less is more’ approach. Ditch the foundation and consider a BB or CC cream. If going bare-faced is just too far out of your comfort zone try a mineral makeup powder. Concealer is your best friend for any problem areas, but keep it light and avoid caking it on….and don’t forget to blend!

Tip 3 – Eyes: We are going for natural, so put down the eyeliner and step away from the falsies! Keep the eye-shadow light and natural, and finish up with a slick of mascara – no spider lashes ladies… Brows should be tamed but not too overdone, try a clear or tinted brow gel to wrangle stray hairs and keep them looking groomed yet natural.

Tip 4 – Lips: A tinted lip balm should be a staple addition to any self-respecting woman’s handbag, and Is a perfect way to add a natural flush of colour whilst keeping your pout plumped and hydrated.

Tip 5 – Cheeks: Aim for a natural ‘flush’. A peach cream-blush will give you an understated pop of colour yet keep your skin dewy. A touch of highlighter to add to your radiance, and a dusting of bronzer on the high points of your face will give you a sun-kissed glow, and you’re good to go!

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For more information on how to bring natural beauty to your upcoming event, contact our fabulous team at info@vanityvan.co.uk