I’ve been lucky enough to attend a fair few festivals over the years and they never disappoint. I took a year off being a ‘festival goer’ last year, as I thought I was getting too old. The sleepless nights, the no showers and the constant battle for the loos, not to mention the expense, put me off. The money you spend on a festival is equivalent to a holiday abroad so when you think of it like that, it’s a no brainer. That being said, I’m attending a three day festival this weekend and I can’t bloody wait. I needed the year off to evaluate if they’re worth the money and on reflection, they definitely are. What I love most about festivals is the escapism it brings to everyone. All physical appearance and dignity goes out the window and you’re sharing such a happy occasion with thousands of people, who share your interests and taste in music. I’ve never seen anyone at a festival looking miserable. This weekend is going to be different. It’s a no camping festival, so technically I am cheating. However, how can I turn the chance down of partying in my favourite city? That being said, here are a few of my festival essentials that I will be taking with me this weekend.
All The Glitter
Glitter is a must have for any festival. Put it in your hair, legs, face, anywhere will do to be honest. I love that this year there seems to be an abundance of face gems, so up for that! I tested them out last week at a festival work themed party and they stayed on all evening, despite the temperature being so hot. The ones I have are from The Gypsy Shrine and they’re beautiful iridescent under the eye gems. They’re great if you don’t want to go OTT but still want to get into the spirit of things. I’m also going to be taking the fine glitter dust in gold by The Body Shop and the Barry M fine glitter dust in silver. I use the Collection 2000 glitter eyeliner and the Sleek glitter eyeliner for sticking the glitter. I feel that this makes it blend in really well but to also hold it all in place.
No make up is okay
I try to avoid wearing much make up at festivals. I don’t see the point?! I’m too busy dancing and downing pints to care what I look like by the end of the night. I do love the Rimmel Insta Flawless skin tint. It’s one of the best tinted moisturisers that gives a good coverage, whilst looking natural and glowy. It also has an SPF15 in, so you don’t need to worry about getting burnt whilst your dancing the day away.
I’m Shit At Hair
I’m shit at anything to do with hair. I always have been and I find it such a chore. I literally would love to do cool french braid and plaits and no matter how many youtube tutorials I watch, I can’t do it. That’s why I love the GOT 2 B Beach Matt salt spray. It gives an effortless tousled look and looks like you’ve made an effort. I seperate my hair and do two plaits and spray this on my hair. After a few minutes I take it all out and it creates an effortless style, with minimal effort. I have the luxury to be able to wash my hair this weekend (heaven!) but in previous years I’ve opted for dry shampoo and french plaits (with help from my friends) and this hides the greasiness.
Look After Your Skin
Just because we’re at a festival, it doesn’t mean our skincare regime doesn’t exist. My skin gets so dry and red after a night out on the town, so three days of it, will cause havoc on my skin. I’ve really been loving the Primark face masks at the moment. The one I’m bringing with me this weekend is the Smoothing Dead Sea Mask and I can’t wait to sink into a bath and put this on after a busy day. If you’re camping why not take sheet masks? They’re incredibly hydrating and a no mess solution to helping your skin. I can’t live without my Emma Hardie Protect and Prime moisturiser, it’s so divine. I take it away on holidays and it’s my little bit of luxury! It has an SPF30 in it which is great and helps your make up glide on easily. Hours and hours of drinking and partying will mean bags and dark circles will start to show. My trusty Boots Essentials Eye Gel is perfect for brightening and awakening tired eyes and helps you to beat the hangover. My other little saviour is Carmex. The heat makes my lips so dry and Carmex is the only thing that seems to revive them.
No festival is complete without accessories. It’s time to go all out, where three hundred bracelets and a few necklaces, who the heck cares! Sunglasses are a must and these ones are from Primark, who wants their favourite sunglasses to get wrecked?! Bright coloured tassel earrings and flower headbands will add a bit of colour to your outfit and make you stand out from the crowd.
If anyone is feeling in the festival spirit then go check out the festival I’m attending as there are still tickets left!
What’s your favourite part of a festival? What are your festival essentials?