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Festival Survival Guide

Although the exam timetables have just landed, viagra the study is piling up and the last thing you’re thinking about is your summer holiday plans, troche there is absolutely no harm in brainstorming beauty essentials for those of you who’ll be trudging to Electric Picnic, Glastonbury, Benicassim or Sziget in the next couple of months. The aim of the game here is strategic beauty buying; those backpacks weigh a tonne before we even start to throw in the contents of our dressing tables!

  1. Sunscreen

Sun protection is non-negotiable for festivals, regardless of whether you’ll be partying in Budapest or Stradbally. Even cloudy days with a bit of glare can leave you with a nasty dose of sunburn. When you throw drinking and skimpy clothes into the mix, sunstroke could put a painful end to your weekend. Choose a high-factor sunscreen, such as Soltan Once 8 Hour Protection SPF50+ (€22.39), and an oil-free sunscreen for the face, such as Clinique Sun Protection Face Cream SPF40 (€23). Club together with friends to cut the cost, and keep an eye out for sun protection offers in Boots in the run-up to the summer holidays. And if you do succumb to sunburn or other skin irritations, La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Baume (€12.50) is a nourishing saviour.

  1. Make-Up Remover

Before we discuss make-up, it is thoroughly recommended to bring along an easy-to-use makeup remover. At least you’ll look fresh every morning, even if you don’t feel it! Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (€6.29) is a pocket-friendly option, which gives a whole lotta bang for your buck. It cleans off almost every scrap of foundation and eye makeup and the alcohol-free formula won’t irritate sensitive skin or eyes. Unlike facial wipes, it won’t clog your pores either. And if you didn’t follow the advice in point one, a micellar water won’t sting sunburn either. Whatever else you come home with, it won’t be a pimply face!

  1. Dry Shampoo

This is an obvious addition to any reveller’s kit. Even if your destination of choice provides showers, odds are they won’t be the most tempting option. To keep you looking your best all weekend, throw a can of Batiste Dry Shampoo (€3.99) into your bag. With a variety of scents, shades for all hair colours and even a glitter option (when in Glasto…), one large can will do all the ladies for a few days. And don’t forget the endless backcombing opportunities that a cheap-as-chips can of Batiste will provide. It’s amazing how creative us women become with a can of dry shampoo and a few floral headbands…

  1. Longlasting Foundation

Unless you plan on spending half the festival in your tent attending to touch-ups, a long lasting foundation could be the best thing you pack. You will probably need your makeup to last from mid-morning to the early hours of the next day, without having to worry about it sliding off or migrating towards dry patches. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation (€36.50) is the ultimate high-coverage, long lasting foundation to get you through the weekend. And if you prefer a lighter finish, Double Wear Light (€36.50) gives staying power without a mask effect. And the best part? Both foundations contain SPF10. Just don’t forget to cleanse!

  1. Waterproof Eye Make-Up – mascara + colour tattoos

If you’ll be party-hardying in Ireland, odds are it’ll rain at some point, and nobody wants to end up with dreaded panda eyes. A waterproof mascara is your friend here, and Benefit’s Bad Gal Waterproof Mascara (€23) will take you from morning to morning again, regardless of the weather. MAC’s Powerpoint Eye Pencil won’t budge all day long, and, for a pop of colour, Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo 24hr Eye Shadow are a beauty blogger favourite for durable eye looks. ‘Drowned raccoon’ is never a good look, but with these hard-working products, you’ll stay gorgeous all weekend!

Although the exam timetables have just landed, the study is piling up and the last thing you’re thinking about is your summer holiday plans, there is absolutely no harm in brainstorming beauty essentials for those of you who’ll be trudging to Electric Picnic, Glastonbury, Benicassim or Sziget in the next couple of months. The aim of the game here is strategic beauty buying; those backpacks weigh a tonne before we even start to throw in the contents of our dressing tables!

Emily O’Brien

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