Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Festival Beauty Bag

Ahh festival beauty, it always ends the same. You've carefully planned a whole weekend's worth of solid outfit and makeup looks but by day three, you've become a human festival that no amount of bronzer is going to salvage (and you definitely didn't wake up an hour early each morning to battle fake eyelashes with the hangover shakes). Instead of bringing stuff that's most probably going to take up extra space in your tent (and not on your face), aim for as few products as possible - multitasking is key. If you're heading for a festival and stuck on what to pack, check out my beauty bag essentials:

- Hair brush, dry shampoo, hair ties. Pretty handy when the hot water runs out and you've slept on your shorts as a makeshift pillow.
- Deodorant. For the love of Arctic Monkeys don't use spray deodorant in a closed tent. Save your lungs and your friendships with a stick or roll-on instead. Forgot to reapply? Don't sweat it with Mitchum Advanced 48-Hour Protection - gentle on skin but so effective on odours, it really does last for two days.
- Body mist. You might not want to take 50 pounds worth of your favourite perfume to a field, plus most campsites don't allow glass bottles, so body mists are a great choice (don't worry, we've moved on from Impulse). Victoria's Secret do an incredible range, pop into stores to take a sniff or nab one online from The Coconut Passion scent smells good enough to eat!
- Baby wipes. Cheaper than face wipes, perfect for sensitised skin, double up as tent showers (don't fight the inevitable).
- Toothbrush and toothpaste, plus bottled water to brush with.
- Sun cream and facial moisturiser with SPF 30 or more. I'll be doing a post on my favourite sun protection products next week so keep an eye out if you're in the market for some new SPF solutions.
- Concealer. Even if you fancy an early night, chances are you'll be kept up 'till 5am by drunk people walking into your tent or having horrible sex. Or maybe you'll be one of those drunk people! Either way, the award-winning Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit is for you: providing powerhouse dark circle coverage and setting powder in one portable palette.
- Mineral Powder and brush. Mixing foundation or talc based powders with dehydrated, weather exposed skin for three days is a recipe for caking and dry patches. For matte yet glowing skin, opt for a mineral powder like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural which covers a multitude of sins whilst giving you a lit-from-within radiance. Team with the MAC 182 Buffer Brush which gives the most polished of finishes and fits in even the smallest of handbags.
- Lip & cheek colour. Perk up a tired complexion with an effortless touch of Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Moon Beach. Swipe across cheeks and lips, using fingers to blend, for a gorgeous, dewy pop of iridescent peach.
- Water proof eye makeup. This is England and it's probably going to rain (sorry). Give good lash and stop smudges before they start with Maybelline Waterproof Falsies Mascara.
- Sunglasses. Ok, so they aren't technically a beauty bag essential but they ARE essential for hiding your face on the last day when you just can't deal with the world.

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