Festival season is upon us, and for once we've the summer heat to actually pull of a pair of vintage Levi cut-off's without risking hypothermia - winning! Weather camping, glamping or just day-tripping, most of us have learned the hard way there's a few basics that are worth the extra weight. Baby wipes, vintage hip flask of gin and yet more baby wipes are a given.
Whether you're full on lashes & tan or bare faced chic, taking these little beauty essentials just makes good sense - nobody needs to be dealing with a greasy hair sunburn combo on top of a hangover. My favourite festival beauty basics this year look like this:
Clockise from left:
Clinique Take the Day Off Miceller Cleansing Towlettes, €22.00
Yes 'make-up wipes' are a dirty word, but not as dirty as waking up in a tent with a sore head and panda eyes! Not something I'd be working into my daily skincare routine, but as far as cleansing wipes go these are by far the best I've tried. Enriched with miceller water to really lift makeup and dirt, possibly the only makeup wipe that hasn't left my skin with a burning sensation - which can only be a good thing!
Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo, €24.00
Derived from natural ingredients this is one of the nicest dry shampoo's I've tried, if for no other reason the scent alone. This little gem will absorb any excess oil in 'desperately in need of a wash' hair, with the added bonus of 25 plant extracts - something my colour treated, heat damaged hair needs a lot of. I love this as a backcombing powder to add a little volume to my do too.
Clinique SPF30 Mineral Sunscreen Body Lotion, €28.00
It's a very Irish thing to shun the idea of sunscreen while at home, as evident by lobster tan lines appearing everywhere this week after a bank holiday heatwave. This is the perfect festival sunscreen, it's a body lotion consistency, absorbs quickly and is oil free so wont's mess with any tan you're wearing.
Nimue Sun-C SPF40 Facial Sunscreen & Antioxidants, €22.00
Tiny but powerful, this in one I'll be carrying in my handbag all summer. This ultra-protective sunscreen protects your face from UVA & UVB rays while boosting antioxidants. If there's one single step you take in preventing your skin from ageing then this should be it - sun damage and pigmentation go hand in hand. The non-greasy formula also won't mess with your makeup, so no excuses!
Clinique & Aveda products are available from Debenhams stores nationwide, Nimue skincare is available frompas and salons such as Platinum Therapy, Mount Merrion, Dublin; Buttercups in Malahide and in Dublin 2; Plush Beauty, Co. Limerick; Coco, Ballincollig, Cork; Beauty Republic, Carlow and many more.