These warm days are full of summer music festivals to hit up. You will find that girls go through a lot of trouble to look good at them. Although it’s nice to look good, it’s also important to be comfortable and to be prepared for sun, rain and anything else that comes your way!
Part 1: Prepping and Pre-Tan
When prepping for a festival the first thing that I can think of is tanning…fake tanning that is. As we can’t always predict the weather I think it’s best to go with a fake tan that will work with the natural colour of your skin and one that enhances it rather than turns someone who is supposed to be pale into a bright orange oompaloompa.
One of my favourite self-tanners is Madame LA LA Tan. As I am naturally pale, I go for the light colour. Madame LA LA Tan provides an instant L.A. glow that develops into an even sun-kissed colour in 3 hours. It is a lightweight, tinted mousse and I use it with a Velvotan Tanning Mitt (no one wants orange hands or nails either). The mousse is also hydrating; with coco water, aloe, green tea and Vitamin E. I also love that this tan lasts for about ten days and fades naturally. I wouldn’t recommend a wash-off tan for festivals as these tend to run in the rain and don’t work with sweat either. And the last thing you want is brown streak marks all over your body and clothes!
To get the best look it’s always good to exfoliate before self-tanning. I find that my Rituals Fortune Scrub in Sweet Orange & Cedar does the trick. I also love Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel in Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil which can be turned into an exfoliator if you pair it with exfoliation gloves. The smell is absolutely heavenly.
Part 2: Nails
I love nail colour and my colour changes with my mood-which means it changes often! You don’t even want to know how many nail polishes I have in every colour of the rainbow. One of my favourites, especially for a festival would be Leighton Denny. Why? Because these are hardy nail polishes that don’t chip easily and last for days. I like a pinkish-red Leighton Denny with a touch of sparkle for a classic daytime look with a twist. At least I know that I won’t have to retouch my nails for a few days.
Part 3: Skincare
Recently I have become a big fan of Dr. Organic. I especially love their Organic Rose Otto Restoring Oil which optimises the skin’s natural cell regenerating and anti-ageing process. I mix a few drops in with my day cream for a natural glow. For glowing skin for festivals (and if you will be out in the sun all day), it’s best to use this the night before and applied thickly over the skin so the skin has a constant supply of it through the night. I would be sure to lie on your back so it doesn’t rub into the pillow!
Part 4: Haircare
On the same note, I am a big fan of Dr. Organic’s Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum. I have very fine, thin hair and I find that this doesn’t leave my hair looking oiler than before I washed it! It leaves my ends feeling very soft. As a pre-shampoo treatment, I use Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer, which is a moisturising pre-shampoo treatment that adds elasticity and shine. This was orgininally developed for Audrey Hepburn and if it is good enough for her, it’s certainly good enough for me! Using these products ensures my hair is soft and not weighed down on festival day!
Part 5: Body and Nutrition
Let’s be honest. Festivals can wear you out. Exposure to the sun, being on your feet all day and singing your heart out can leave you feeling pretty exhausted by the end of it all. Making sure you are taking proper supplements to support skin and body health is vital, especially as poor food choices at festivals combined with alcohol consumption, can mean that you aren’t getting the proper nutrients. I always take a skin supplement, such as Vitabiotics ‘Perfectil Plus Pro-Tan’ and ‘Ultra Lycopene Extract’.
The extra benefit that Perfectil offers is that it contains 1000mcg of Copper, which contributes to normal skin and hair pigmentation so it is good to take if you are planning to be in the sun. Lycopene is one of the most potent antioxidants available and contributes to normal immune function and helps to nuetralise free radicals that can damage cell DNA, which can cause premature cell ageing.
Another thing I like to carry in my bag if I know that I am going to have a long day is Vitamin B Energy Shots. These help with tiredness and fatigue and contain a combination of caffiene, taurine, vitamins and amino acids – 6Vitamin Shot.
Part 6: Make-up
It’s really important to protect your skin with SPF in either your day cream or in your foundation if you will be outside all day. I love mixing my Sleek Make-up CC Cream in with my day cream. It has an SPF factor of 29 and protects against UVA and UVB rays. It also has colour adaptive technology to adapt to the colour of your skin. I like to be a little heavy handed with moisturiser and have to be careful with what foundations I use as some can get clumpy. However, I have found that if I mix the Sleek CC Cream with my day cream, this creates the perfect, glowing base that gives enough coverage and manages to look natural at the same time- a win-win!
Another make-up obsession? Magnifibres! These are brush-on false lashes that can extend your own lashes by up to 5 mm.
Part 7: The Takeaway Kit
In my festival handbag, I always carry an antibacterial gel. My favourite is Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source Antibacterial gel. It is thick and smells fresh, like the sea – without any of the alcohol scent or runniness of the usual antibacterial gels. I also love Bourjouis Sun Cream Blush in Tropical Coral for a quick colour touch-up. It melts into the skin and looks natural. Last but certainly not least, I always carry sun cream with me if I will be out all day and find that Ultrasun is great because it comes in a handbag size.
A cult product I love and always pick up if I am in Australia is Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment – made of fermented papaya fruit. It’s good for chapped lips, dry skin, cuts, burns, insect bites, etc. A good all-around product to carry in your bag!
Part 8: Fragrance To-Go
I love solid perfumes for on-the-run fragrance touch ups and Fragonard does an adorable boxed set of mini solid perfumes. They look cute and come in what looks like a lip balm tin. And who doesn’t like cute?
Part 9: Have fun!
The most important part, naturally!