Beauty Essentials For Festival Season
If Park Life was anything to go by, my idea of what festival fashion is in my head has well and truly been stumped as dated. But whilst I haven’t got a scooby about festival fashion, one thing that remains the same is the festival survival beauty kit.
The beauty essentials for festival season; That little washbag of wonders. That unassuming pouch that’s filled with hygiene essentials and multi-purpose beauty products that’ll help you look as fresh as possible, even if you don’t feel it!
I’m more aware that the majority of festival goers couldn’t give two hoots what they look like, but as I said… if Park Life (and indeed, Coachella) are anything to go by, the “festival look” has sure progressed. Still, I’m someone who likes to pack light anyway. LOLs, jokes. Although I start with the intention of packing light, I’m totally an overpacking when it comes to beauty products.
So, maybe I don’t pack ‘light’ but I do pack simple. Is that the same thing?! Not by the looks of my overspilling suitcase, it’s not.
Best Face Wipes
What’s the verdict on facial wipes, then? Are we loving them or are they still a cardinal (skincare) sin? Face wipes have a bad reputation and in the past, I, too, have given them a bad rap. But no one can deny that they are convenient as hell when it comes to festival season or camping out. Let’s face it, they’re a convenient product.
Face wipes have improved in the past few years, and whilst I wouldn’t dream of relying on face wipes alone (like I used to when I was at uni. But then I was a clueless little person who’s skincare routine consisted of using expensive toner as make-up remover. This was well over ten years ago and I’m fully aware that it was not my finest hour…) – I digress. What I’m trying to say is that there’s a better choice of facial wipes and you’d be totally forgiven to throw a couple of packs in there to use at your convenience on face, hands, and body.
Yes to wipes are at least 95% natural, 100% vegan certified, cruelty free and environmentally friendly. Formulated without harsh chemicals, parabens, and silicones, Yes to starts from an affordable £1.99 and are available in several options to suit your skin type. This includes the detoxifying charcoal, rejuvenating grapefruit, blemish-fighting tomato, hypoallergenic cucumber, and hydrating coconut.
In The Make Up Bag
A very simple collection of make up products here which includes (from left to right):
INIKA Liquid Eyeliner for the classic cat eye flick. The dark pigment is infused with aloe vera and black tea leaf for a non-drying, glide-on formula. The precision tip helps you to get accentuate and define your eyes every single time.
PIXI Endless Silky Eye Pencil offers long lasting and waterproof definition for your peepers. There are upto 15 shades available including a very bold and festival-appropriate cobalt blue and velvet violet.
PIXI Liquid Fairy Lights cam be applied on eye lids. It’s really shimmery but not over the top. The lighter shades can also double up as face glitter for that extra bit of festival sparkle.
Urban Decay all Nighter Spray sets your make-up in place so nothing smudges. As it promises up to 16 hours of staying power, you can party all day and through the night with minimal make-up touch ups.
Benefit’s Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer stick to disguise any signs of a late night. Since I wouldn’t bother taking base products, I’d pack a good quality concealer that hide dark circles, blemishes, and fine lines with a quick swipe of the concealer. No need for a brush, just tap in to skin for a natural, moisturising, sheer finish.
Benefit’s Roller Lash and They’re Real Mascara can be layered on top of each other for dramatic lash effect. If you didn’t have the miniatures (which I received in the advent calendar last Christmas) and had to pick a full size mascara, I’d go for the Roller Lash because it gives your lashes a lift so you don’t have to pack the bulky eyelash curler.
MOR Lip Macaron is a lovely lip balm. It’s a clear, hydrating balm that’s available in macaron inspired flavours such as rosebud, lychee flower, French vanilla, and cassis noir. I have it in blood orange.
Antipodes Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks are “so healthy, you could almost eat them”. They are packed with goodness that helps nourish your lips, but please don’t eat them, they may be infused with avocado oil, evening primrose, and Argan – but they wouldn’t taste very nice!
The Gypsy Shrine, I can imagine, is absolutely thriving at this time of year. With a choice of affordable face, hair, and body glitter and a selection of body jewels to choose from, festival season is the time for indie business, The Gypsy Shrine, to shine.
The Absolute Must-Haves
If you decide to take the bare minimum, then these are the absolute beauty essentials. You don’t want to forget to pack these (or it’s alternatives) with your to a festival or any trip where you’re spending a long periods of time outdoors.
TROPIC Skin Shade Mineral Sun Protection is a water resistant spf. Available in SPF 15, 30, or 50, it has a hydrating, non-greasy formula to protect your from the sun’s harmful rays. When you first apply it, your face will look super dewy, but give it 15 minutes before you head outside and the feeling of the cream on your face will be almost undetectable. (Top tip: It’s a good idea to use a face spf all year round).
Bioderma Senisbio Soothing Cream is gentle enough for sensitive skin. I’d struggle with the idea of putting a temporary halt to my skincare routine (because it really makes a difference to spend time to cleanse, double cleanser, apply toners, serums, eye creams, face oils, moisturiser, spf, and face mist!!) but having the comfort of a rich soothing cream with me will help calm any flare ups and nourish my skin until I’m reunited with my beauty cupboard (which is basically a pantry now).
Soap & Glory The Rushower Scentsational Dry Shampoo does the trick of freshening up your hair inbetween washes. I got this in a festival kit last year but I haven’t seen it in the shops recently, so either it’s sold out or it’s being discontinue. If the latter, I’ll cherish this last can of Soap & Glory dry shampoo forever!
Carex Hand Sanitiser is something I can’t travel without. I have it in my handbag, on my work desk, and basically, I take a small bottle of anti-bac wherever I go and you can’t go to a festival without a bottle of this stuff. Kill dem germs. I’m not particularly fussy with which ones, as long as it has a reasonably nice scent to it. I particularly like the Carex Bubblegum one at the moment.
Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Deodorant Balm is certainly different from your usual heavily-scented deodorant spray. I’ve heard deodorant balms do the rounds in the beauty world but I have been sceptical about them until now. It could swap opinions but after sampling one from the May 2018 edition of Birchbox, I have decided that I like them for the fact that they’re more environmentally friendly. Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Deodorant Balm is made from ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter, baking powder to absorb moisture, and of course, activated charcoal for extra odour protection.
Your Favourite Perfume
With the Twist & Spritz Refillable Fragrance Atomiser, I love the idea that you can bring your perfume with you wherever you go and this rose gold atomiser can hold 8ml of your fave fragrance.
I can see this being an absolute handbag essential; it is currently filled with Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Bloom.
Honestly, my nose is so sensitive to bad smells (I’ve come to the conclusion that the senses in my nose is heightened because my vision is so poor. My eyes are kind of broken) so anyway, it’s always a massive relief when I rummage through my bag after detecting stinky smells t0 find a bunch of small vials of perfume samples.
I mean, there was this one time when my friends took me to a club and their pipes must’ve burst because it was like I was stood in the middle of a farm. Several sprays later, the air was scented with Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess and I happily resumed to dance the night away.