July 12, 2014

So you're going to a Festival...

festival beauty essentials Living in the UK you can never place your bets on anything when planning summer activities. Our weather is probably the most random in the world and we have such a wonderful mix of cultures and traditions around us, that we can be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing what to do. One thing we can be sure of though, is a swarm of festivals...everywhere. If you can name it then there is probably a festival for it, but the biggest and most popular are our music festivals. Myself and Sami have both attended various music festivals over the years and I'd say I have festival essentials down to a T (...in the park) sorry I couldn't help myself!

This obviously isn't everything you'll need, but I'd say each of these items deserves a place in your rucksack. First up is wipes, lots and lots of wipes. We all know that wipes aren't good for your skin if your planning on using them as part of your daily routine, but at a festival there is no other option in my eyes. However, if your going to use wipes at least make them half decent ones, and they don't get much better than the Burts Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes*. These are packed full of lovely ingredients, remove make-up well and feel pretty luxurious, the 'clippy' opening makes them very hygienic and keeps them from drying out. Other important wipes include the Halo Deodorising, Toilet & Surface Wipes* all of these handy little packs will become your new best friends...trust me.

British weather can be a little unpredictable so along with your waterproofs make sure you pack a good bottle of sun cream, especially one that you don't mind using on your face too (ain't nobody got room in their bag for two separate SPF's). I love the Ultrasun creams, they are great for sensitive skin, apply well under make-up. We all know that a good nights sleep at a festival is never going to happen so be sure to pack a hard working eye cream to banish any bags. The HealGel Eye Treatment* is my current under eye obsession and is definitely what I'd take with me. A multi purpose balm is the perfect festival companion Smiths Rosebud Salve is my all time favourite, this works wonders for lips, cuticles, dry patches, burns, bites, stings and pretty much any skin related issue you can think of.

To keep everything smelling fresh you are going to need some heavy duty deodorant, I tend to stay away from aerosols when camping as it's a little anti social. The Dove Maximum Protection is great for festivals as not only does it smell fantastic, it really keeps sweat and odour at bay. Again I'd opt for a roller ball version of your favourite scent to keep your fellow campers happy, I usually take my Diptyque one, this is a little touch of luxury on the go. A festival would not be a festival without bucket loads of hand sanitiser and they don't smell sweeter than the ones from Bath & Bodyworks.

Tooth brushing is an obvious one but these clever little Lush Toothy Tabs make the job (and packing) much easier. For on the go freshness keep a breath spray like the Ultradex Spray* handy, and then no head of hair is spared the dry shampoo treatment at a festival, so go for it in style with the Macadamia Nourishing Dry Shampoo*. This is the only spray I allow myself to take, as it is just SO good, it smells amazing and makes my hair look and feel fab.

I hope this helps you if you are planning on dancing your weekend away at a festival, personally I can't think of anything better than being in the middle of a muddy field with your best pals dancing to your favourite music. Unfortunately the closest thing I'm going to get to a festival this year was my day at Radio One's Big Weekend (which was great) but next year I am 100% jumping back on the festival band wagon. Now, I wonder if taking some pals and some speakers to the park counts as a festival...pass the glitter!

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