Thursday, August 30, 2012

Summer Must Haves/Essentials #5 - My Festival Beauty Musts

With Electric Picnic just around the corner I thought I'd do a quick post touching on my festival Must Haves. I'm not lucky enough to be going myself this weekend as I'm working unfortunately. Ed Sheeran is the act I wanted to see the most, jeez he's seriously taking over the world at the moment. His album is immense and I basically have it on repeat. I can't wait to hear his collaboration with Taylor Swift, another one of my favourite artists. I haven't been to a full weekend at a music festival, I've been to like the all day concerts (Oasis in Slane) that start midday and go on til late. I remember having such an amazing time when I went but the place did get a little messy so all I can say is thank god I was in the pit. Everyone always presumes that you get pushed around in there but I seriously believe it's the safest place to be. I think they only let under 100 people if I'm wrong correct me. We usually have two major festivals in Ireland each year, Electric Picnic and Oxygen. The latter was cancelled this year, I think they were upstaged by the acts that headlined Phoenix Park so I think they threw in the the towel until next Summer.

Even though I haven't gone to a full on festival I still thought I'd show you the products I think would be needed over the weekend. I going to start off with two haircare products if Electric Picnic is anything like Oxygen your more than likely not going to get around to having a shower. There either going to be busy or plain old disgusting, I know alot of my friends avoided them. Dry Shampoo is the first product I'd recommend bringing, I know the obvious option would be Batiste but if you in anyway have a senstive scalp like me I'd go for John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher. I know it's a bit more pricey than Batiste, but it's also a million times better. A few sprays of this will get rid of your greasy mop and leave your hair looking gorgeous and bouncy, what more could you need. If you tend to wear your hair straight, I find John Frieda's 3 day straight really good. I'd wash my hair on the morning of the the festival before you go down, a couple of sprays of this in your hair depending on how thick it is, dry and straighten. Viola you'll look like you just walked out of the hairdresser. With me personally my hair doesn't stay straight for the full three days, it gradually goes wavy but still beautiful. At the end of the day if worse comes to worse, pack a few hair bobbins and tie up your hair, that's always my last resort. If you do decide to have a shower at the festival I wouldn't lug around lots of shower products with you, definitely stick to the basics like mini shower gels, shampoos, wipes etc. If you end up binning these for any reason it will be alright, it won't seem as if you've wasted your money. Not forgetting the item I always carry in my bag, deodorant as you never know when you might need it. My favourite is Sure Women's Bright, it's perfect for the Summer and I just love the bottle. I've also thrown in a little body spray as opposed to dragging a perfume down, these are much lighter on the skin and they come in gorgeous scents. Not to expensive either which is a definite plus in my books. A product that my family has been harping on about for years is Sudocrem. I used to think it was only them until I met my boyfriend who is a big fan of the stuff too, even though he won't admit it himself. I can totally now see why, you can use this on just about anything cut, grazes you name it. They've recently brought it out in the squeezy tube which is so much handier as it easily fits into your bag unlike the tub. Another important item I forgot to include in the picture above is a hand sanistiser, for obvious reasons if you've been to festivals before you'll know how messy they can be!

Now on to the all important part, makeup and skincare. For skincare, without a shadow of a doubt bring a micellar solution, you don't need to add water and they take off your makeup like a dream. I included my Vichy Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution in the post but seriously anyone will do. Another big one is suncare, even though our weather hasn't been the nicest at the moment the sun is still beneath the clouds. I've been using Vichy's Mattifying Face Fluid SPF50 throughout the Summer and I think it's brilliant. It has such high protection and it dries matte (perfect for oily/combination skin) so my makeup glides on over it like a dream. For foundation I've chosen Vichy Dermablend, it's a good one for full coverage that doesn't look cakey in the slightest. If your someone who prefers the natural look I've also thrown in a BB cream, Garniers offering for oily/combination is fantastic and still has nice coverage. I also set my foundations/BB creams with powder, I've been loving Rimmel's Stay Matte in Translucent which is a big favourite among beauty bloggers. I actually smashed mine on a night out recently so I'll have to pick one up soon. I'd keep it pretty simple with blush at a festival and I in seriousness I don't think you'd need more than one, Revlon's Photo Ready Cream Blush in Pinched, a beautiful peach shade that would go with any look. Now for my favourite part the eyes, the MUA Undressed palette is such a good purchase for weekends away like Electric Picnic as it's not too pricey and it has such an amazing range of shades. I never forget my eyeshadow primer, I'm not too gone on Sin from Urban Decay which is pictured. I prefer the original primer as it drys clear, I ran out of mine so I need to get it tomorrow when I get paid. If you like big and bold lashes like me, Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express has been my most reached for mascara in recent weeks. I have straight lashes that lack that bit of bounce but this has been perfect in giving them that extra boost. It also comes in a waterproof version which I think is essential for any music festival. I'm keeping it simple featuring only one lip product, Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 03 which is a gorgeous nude shade that would go really well with any makeup look. I got this little mini tube in a Christmas set last year, I'm surprised it's last so long to be honest, I will have to treat myself to the full sized tube when I run out.

Have you been to a music festival this Summer? Which products made it into your makeup bag?



  1. I love slane concerts, I hope there is one next year.
    sudocream is my life i'd be lost without it.


    1. I've been there only once but it is such an unreal venue. I hope someone good plays next year, I'll definitely be buying tickets.
      Yeah Sudocrem is one of those multi purpose products that you can use on basically anything. I always thought my Mom was the only one that sang its praises when I was younger lol xxx

  2. Cool post, my boyfriend and I are off to Electric Picnic tomorrow, soooooo excited!

    1. Thanks hun:) Oh my god I'm so jealous, I really want to go down for the day just to see Ed Sheeran. I LOVE him!! xxx

  3. I'm not going either, haven't been to a proper festival in years! Great picks, I've another fella who thinks sudocrem is the holy grail, I never bothered with it before! x


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