Some magazines get a bit carried away when it comes to festival survival kit or festival beauty essentials. I know that they have to build the feature up, but it's just too fancy schmancy.
Maybe I'm just a bit of a plain jane, but glitter pots and Jo Malone cologne (just realised that rhymes!!) isn't going to be on the top of my festival beauty essentials checklist. The reality is that part of the fun of going to a festival or camping is that you can experience the outdoor life without worrying about what you look like or having to look after expensive belongings.
If I was going festival or camping, I wouldn’t be too bothered with make-up (I can barely cope with wearing make-up when I'm on holiday!), I would actually just hide behind my sunglasses the whole time. But I have to admit that I would probably struggle with not having my usual skin and body care luxuries with me. I hate it when I don't feel completely clean either, it actually stresses me out!
I’ve put together a festival beauty essentials checklist that is suitable for all camping occasions or any kind of event where backpack space is limited!
Dry Shower Body Wash
Here's a festival beauty essential you didn't know you needed! This is a brand new product that is absolutely ideal for festival season!
Pump It Up is an innovative dry body wash that allows you to take a 'shower' on the go without needing water or a towel. It doesn't contain parabens or alcohol, it is pH Balanced and dermatologically approved to cleanse your body, kills bacteria, sanitises and eliminate odours. The pump dispenses a colourless foam and you just apply that over your body and it dries well within a minute.
Pump It Up is available from Boots (shop link) and retails for £3.00 for a decent sized 150ml bottle. It comes in several scents such as cucumber, raspberry, and mandarin. And for the men's, there's the option of spearmint and lime, eucalyptus and coconut. I've checked the ingredients and there is no difference to the men and women's other than the smell. The scent is very strong or long-lasting but skin does feel clean and moisturised!
I don't care if my bag is full, there's no way I'd leave without deodorant, body spray and something to clean my face.
NIVEA's 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water: This cleanses, removes make-up/dirt and tones. It's probably unnecessary to take such a big bottle for a 2 to 3 day trip so I'd decant this in a small bottle and pack some cotton pads.
Deodorant: Any will do! Preferably in a travel sized can.
Body Spray: I love the spritzers that feel cool and fresh on skin. Soap&Glory's Sugar Crush is my current fave, it smells great and feels refreshing.
Face Wipes: I probably wouldn't use these on my face if I already have Micellar Water but wipes are handy for hands, arms and legs. The NIVEA Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes are for sensitive skin and does not contain alcohol.
Protect Your Skin From The Sun
I've been talking about sun protection quite a lot lately, but it is something that is super important. I wrote about Eucerin which offers a range of suncare that is tailored to your skin type, I've also touched up on premium sunscreen for quality ingredients and lightweight comfort.
Now I'm featuring sun protection from one of the most well known brands, NIVEA. During this time of year, Boots often do 3 for 2 offers on these types of products so you can get a sun cream for face, sun cream for body and an after-sun!
The new offering from NIVEA Sun is the Protect & Bronze which contains a natural plant extract to help the skin's own melanin production for an even and natural looking tan. These also come in a pocket sized bottles but it probably works out better to buy the big size and share amongst friends and family. Alternatively, put some in to small pots and pop it in your pocket.
Hair and Make-Up
This has 'minimal' written all over it! Keeping it simple, I've picked out all the things that are easy to carry and quick to apply! There's a bit of a running theme to the make-up I've picked here, most of them are in pen or pencil form!
Dry Shampoo, hair bobbles and bobby pins: A must-have for every day life, not just for festivals!
Dr. Paw Paw Balm: This balm can be used on lips, hands, cuticles, dry skin, hair, and face. Made of fermented papaya, this one balm is for all dry skin purposes.
Benetint: This red tint can be used on cheeks as a blush, and on lips to add a pop of colour. Add Dr. Paw Paw's balm over it and you've got yourself a lip gloss!
Benefit's High Brow: This is a multi-tasker as it can be used as a highlighter, eyeshadow and under brow bone. Talking of brows, Soap&Glory's Archery Brow Tint and Pencil is great for a natural looking brow.
Benefit's High Roller Mascara: This mascara is designed to curl your eyelashes upwards so there's no need for an eyelash curler.
Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner: Eyeliner pens are super easy to use, especially this one from Maybelline. It's quite inky so if you make a mistake, it can be wiped away with ease before it dries.
Kohl Pencil/Eyeliner Pencils: This is one of my 'desert island' items, I couldn't live without it. They take up no space at all so I'd pack a black one (for lower lash line) and also a brown one (which can double up as eyeshadow).
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Cream Gel: I'd suggest taking a base that contains SPF which this one does. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is like a BB Cream and liquid foundation, it's really light and comfortable to wear. Perfect for Summer!
Are you going, or have you been to a festival this Summer? What beauty essentials do you pack for festival/camping?