Monday, 19 April 2010

Festival Fever!

The Summer is approaching us, and thus comes the festivals!


From Reading to Bestival to Creamfields to Glastonbury and many more... there is plenty to choose from, but then you are left with the dilemma... 'What shall I take with me??'

This crossed my mind as I have decided to do a tutorial on festival hair and make-up. The key thing I kept in mind while designing ideas was that festival go-ers want to minimise the amount they need to take with them, so make up needed to be compact. Hair was to be easily managed and styled without having been washed.

Here are some key itmes for the cosmetic bag:

1. Lip Balm- Keep your lips from drying out under the sun. I recommed using Carmex Cherry with SPF as it is designed to protect from the sun, or if you want to splash out, Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream.

2. Dry Shampoo - Do your locks get greasy if they're not washed regularly? Then 'Batiste Dry Shampoo' can be bought in a miniature size and sort out your greasy mop, for a really budget option, use talcum powder by rubbing it into your roots.

3. Waterproof mascara - My favourite is 'Maybelline's XXL Waterproof Mascara' in Intense Black as it gives a high impact effect and lasts you!

4. Cream Blusher - By taking a cream blushed with you, you can rose up your cheeks as well as doubling it up as a lipstick for a quick fix look! MAC Blush Creme is lovely but there are some great cheaper alternatives.

5. Mini Deodrant - Get a sports deodrant so it is strong and lasts longer, so when you're going crazy to your favourite act, you don't release a horrible pong!! Nivea Energy Fresh Deodorant Mini is a good example but search the aisles for your preferred choice.

6. Face wipes - Simple Face Wipes are perfect as you will not be using anything too strong that will redden your skin or irritate it after being under the sun's harmful rays all day.

7. Hair Accessories - When your hair begins to look as though it could be a type of forest creature, it is probably time to glam it up with flowers and beads or just chuck a big hat on it!

8. Concealer - Tired eyes will show and make you look terrible! Awaken your eyes by using a reflective concealer such as the cheaper L'oreal Touche Magique or the pricey YSL Touche Eclat. It will get rid of dark undereyes. Fix with a powder.

9. Big Sunglasses - The one thing better than any concealer... Sunnies! Get a pair you look great in and you wont need to bother with make up so much anyway!

10. Waterproof Eyeliner - If you're eyes shouldn't be seen dead without a bit of colour on them, then opt for a decent waterproof eyeliner as it will last you and give a striking effect: 'Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil' is worth the price.

Also, before you go, paint your nails and toe-nails with clear varnish so that they are not obvious when they chip!

Exfoliate your body before you go to maximise tanning and so you have lovely soft legs hanging out!

When you return, have a good old wash and use a leave-in-conditioner to treat your suffering locks.

Heidi Alexa



  1. Vix vapor rub for under the nose when using the facilities. Not make-up but a must for cosmetic bags!

  2. Ohh very interesting one!! Such a good idea! Thanks Wil!
    Heidi Alexa