August 29, 2013

Festival Beauty Kit

I'm heading to Electric Picnic tomorrow morning, and as I haven't been in a couple of years, I am beyond excited. By the time you read this, I will probably be en route with far more than I am able to carry comfortably, despite my efforts to downsize! On a side note, I will also obviously be bringing soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc, but didn't quite feel like photographing the entire contents of my rucksack...
Bioderma Créaline H20
One of the best micellars ever! I've decanted this into one of a few handy containers which came with this cosmetic pouch for €1.50 from Penneys. I am freakish about washing my face, though, so might bring some decanted cleanser and a flannel too. 

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5*
You've heard us harp on about this before, so I'll keep it short - this is a great multi-tasking soothing cream for bruises, bites, chapped skin and rashes. This is a miniature tube, perfect for keeping in your handbag or taking in a trip away. 

Vichy Capital Soleil 50+
One of the only facial sunscreens that I can use comfortably. It dries matte, has a high level of protection and I find that my foundation actually lasts really well on top of it.  

Batiste Dry Shampoo
My scalp hates dry shampoo, but in a festival setting, this is a necessary evil! I haven't found a dry shampoo that I get along very well with, so am sticking to cheap and cheerful Batiste for now. 

I would say that an easy-to-transport hydrating serum could be a lifesaver at a festival (at least, I am hoping so), but it doesn't necessarily have to be the famed Hydraluron. I picked this up recently in Boots because it was over €10 off. I do love it but I also love other hydrating serums from Vichy and La Roche-Posay which come with a cheaper price tag. The tiny tube which this comes in also makes it ideal for camping!

Skinician Lip Balm*
Most of the Skinician range really didn't float my boat, but I am really enjoying this lip balm. It's a thick, emollient, amber-coloured balm which feels very nourishing and more than a bit similar to Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream.


Now, here comes the tricky part. I am literally incapable of downsizing in the make-up department, especially in a situation like this where I will be heavily dependent on certain products to help me look, well, alive.

For base products, I am taking sample pots of Estée Lauder Double Wear and Double Wear Light, as well as Rimmel's Wake Me Up, which is my favourite hangover product for tired, dull skin. I will most likely mix these products together depending on the coverage I'm after. Concealer-wise, I'm bringing one of my favourite illuminating pens for the undereye area, Catrice's Illuminating Concealer. For more heavy-duty camouflaging, I'll be relying on the Vichy Dermablend Stick; this is quite a new purchase but I am loving it for concealing and also for touching up on the go.

For eye make-up, I have a little DIY MAC quad with the shades Naked Lunch, Bronze, Antiqued and Soft Brown (US only). Eyeliner is my current favourite, Clarins Crayon Khol in Intense Brown, and my all-time favourite, Essence's Liquid Ink. I'm taking NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base because it literally makes my eyeshadow last 12+ hours, and my favourite mascara from the States, Maybelline Full 'n' Soft Waterproof, because it doesn't budge either! Brows will be taken care of with my beloved Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow, another seriously long-lasting product

Blush and bronzer are Bourjois Cream Blush in Shade 01, MAC's Peachykeen to add a bit of shimmer, and Bourjois Bronzing Primer for a bit of colour. Lip products were the hardest to narrow down - I'm bringing a Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Peach on the Beach and two bright lippies, MAC's Impassioned and Lady Bug.

In terms of brushes, I haven't decided fully yet but will be bringing a small bunch of my cheaper ones from Real Techniques and Crown Brush. Again, I'd be a fool to bring anything that was an investment.

Finally, there is one key ingredient missing here - powder! This is a ridiculous problem to have, but the powders that I have right now are very expensive and I would be an idiot to bring them to a festival. I think I'll pick up a cheap one like Rimmel's Stay Matte or else bring the dregs of MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural - we'll see!

Well, that was exhausting. What do you pack for festivals?!


  1. Hope you have you flower crown and fingey clothes ready :-)

  2. Good to know that dry shampoo works.. Have a nice time at Electric Picnic .!
    I haven't gone to that Festival yet but I would love go myself! You are clever girl wearing SPF50 on your face :)

  3. great post!! have a fab weekend :)

  4. Wow you lucky thing getting tickets to the Picnic! Love your selection of chosen festival bits, I can imagine how hard it was to narrow it down!:)


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