The Festival Beauty Survival Kit

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It’s that time of year when festivals are in full swing, and for newbie festival goers, it can be a job to know what to bring beauty wise. For me, I like to keep it to the bare minimum. I mean let’s be honest, no one has the time (or space in a tent) to do their whole beauty routine. As well as this, there are some essentials that you need to bring, some that are easy to forget or what you would never think to pack.

The Essentials 

Bobby Pins and Hairbands // There’s nothing worse than having greasy festival hair, and not having a hair band to chuck it up with. Bobby pins are also a must. Great if you want to boho up your hair with a couple of braids. Simply pin them in place.

Deodorant // You don’t really want to forget this. All that dancing + no deodorant = nightmare.

Face Wipes // Face wipes are probably the no.1 essential, and festivals are the only real place where you’re allowed to use them (apart from the odd lazy night).

Body Spray // Most festivals won’t allow you to bring in aerosols or perfumes (because of the glass bottle), hence why I’ve picked the Soap and Glory body spray. It’s a water based spray and comes in a plastic bottle so you’ll have no trouble bringing it. It also smells amazing and is so convenient!

Hand Sanitiser // I’m a huge germ freak, so I always have a little bottle of hand sanitiser in my bag. But for festivals, I feel like you need some. Germs everywhere, and no sinks to wash your hands!!!

Dry Shampoo // Again, you’re not allowed aerosols, so normal dry shampoo is out. But Lush do their No Drought dry shampoo that comes in a small shake bottle. It smells great and does a great job of soaking up any excess oils.

Wax Strips // Probably not one many people think of. But if like me, and you have horrendously hairy legs that seem to grow back the next day after shaving, then this is vital. No point in bringing a razor as chances are, there will be no showers. That’s why I wax my legs before I go and bring a couple of wax strips along in my bag incase I need a few touch ups. So easy to do in your tent and you can throw them away after!

Makeup 

Keep it simple. No one’s going to pay attention to your flawless base or perfectly contoured cheekbones. I’ve narrowed it down to 5 products that honestly, all you really need.

Foundation // I say go for a lightweight foundation. Something like the Bourjois Healthy mix Serum is perfect. It has a plastic bottle and gives the skins a lovely dewy finish. It also looks great in photos.

Concealer // This is a must for me especially, as I have dark bags as it is, let alone after 3 or 4 nights in a tent. Also good for covering the odd blemish (probably caused by your changed skincare routine).

Palette // Take a palette for your shadows. I would also go for one with a couple of matte shades in there, something that you can use on your brows as well..we all love a good 2 in 1.

Waterproof Mascara // This won’t budge through all the sweating and humidity throughout the day and night. Just make sure your makeup wipes can remove waterproof mascara.

Lipstick // Again, another 2 in 1. As well as using on your lips, you can also dab a little of your lipstick on your cheeks as a cream blush. I like to take a bold lip like a red and a nude so i’m covered.

Click here for my Festival Beauty Checklist – Festival Beauty Checklist

No Fuss Summer Blush Picks

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I love a good blush all year round, but the summer for me is when the blush game is really on, and there are a few picks that I tend to gravitate more towards to during the warmer months.

I’ve been really into the Max Factor Creme Puff blushes recently, and especially the shade Lovely Pink. The baked effect of the product means that it’s like a 2 in 1 blush and highlighter, so perfect for those days when you need to quickly pop on a bit of colour onto the cheeks, but at the same time, still want a gorgeous looking glow.

Nars is a brand that I trust and would always look at first if I needed a new product. Their blushes are certainly up there with the best. The shade Sex Appeal doesn’t look like much in the pan, but when swatched and applied to the cheeks it gives a gorgeous peachy flush that looks so natural and pretty! Defiantly worth a try if you have paler skin like me.

The No7 blushes are also some of my favourite. It’s a brand that doesn’t get much attention on youtube/blogs I feel, but it is great value and all the products I’ve tried from them are great. The shade posey is a stunning coral peachy tone that is perfect for summer. The formula is also lovely, so easy to blend and so pigmented!

From the drugstore again, and Loreal’s True Match blushes. I have the shade Rosewood. It’s a lovely darker peach with shimmer running through – but don’t be put off, the shimmer is hardly noticeable on the skin. I love the packaging of this also. With blush being probably the first thing to fade on me during the day, the mirror and brush compact means it’s great to throw in your bag for touch ups on the go!

Mocha from Mac is the perfect dusty pink shade. It’s a little less pigmented than the rest, but I feel like you don’t want to overload your brush with this one anyway, because the colour is so strong. This is a great ‘goes with everything’ shade that I defiantly reach for a lot.

And last but not least, is one from Illamasqua. From the photo you’re probably thinking “no Emilia, that’s defiantly not a summery shade” but if applied very lightly (this stuff is beyond pigmented) then the colour is gorgeous and gives you a lovely pinky/red flush. So pretty with a tan!

What’s your favourite summer blush pick?

Brand Loving | Collection

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I’ve picked up a few things from Collection recently, on a whim, whilst browsing the isles of Boots – like ya’ do. It’s not a brand that i’ve tried much from in the past, except from my trusty Lasting Perfection concealer which I swear by. But I really wanted to try the Eyes Uncovered Palette, and a couple of other things caught my eye at the same time.

The palette that I picked up was the Nude Bronze one, because I tend to appeal more towards the bronzey eyeshadow shades rather than cooler tones. So far I LOVE this palette. The shadows are so pigmented and blend like a dream, maybe even better than the Urban Decay. I particularly like the shade Golden Brown – I sweep this all across my lid and finish with lots of mascara for my easy everyday summer look. It also has a great highlight shade that I like to use on my brow bone and inner corner. I can’t believe that this was only £2.99, a must for everyone to try if you haven’t already!! I’m defiantly going to be taking this to the festivals I’m attending this year, compact and has all the colours you need, and if you brake it/loose it, it’s so cheap you can easily buy a replacement!

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My friend tried out the Gorgeous Glow blush/highlighter back along and told me that I needed to try it. Again, it was only £2.99 at the time (I think it retails normally for £4.19) so I thought I would also give it a go. I am really impressed. It gives a lovely flush to the cheeks and adds the right amount of golden sheen. It reminds me of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks (which I am yet to try) – it’s stunning on the cheeks!!

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Seeing as I was trying out their blusher, I thought it was only right to try their bronzer also. The Bronze Glow Mosaic is a shimmery bronzer with 3 shades of brown. I do like this, however is quite orangey. I picked up the shade 01, but strangely enough, 02 actually looked lighter and less orange. Maybe one to try instead. Having said that, it does look gorgeous if lightly applied. It again gives a lovely glow to the skin.

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Do you have any other Collection products worth a try? If so, i’d love to know and give them a go!

My Dorm Room Essentials

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So it’s that time of year again, when a lot of us are thinking about heading back to school/uni after the summer break. I’m going to share with you some of my dorm room essentials, guaranteed to get you through next term and make your room reflect your personality, and make your space a home away from home.

1. Photo Wall// I’m not sure about you, but I get really home sick, so I love to have photos of my family and friends around me to remind myself of them. I love this idea, of printing out Instagram photos and creating a photo wall to display them all. You can even get them printed online in a polaroid style, if that is something that you would prefer. Or, if you’re on a bit of a budget, simply buy some photo paper and print out your images with your printer. I love the way that this turned out!

2. Music// If you’re like me, then you can’t concentrate on anything unless I have some kind of music on in the background. I’ve been loving old school Taylor swift recently..yep old school, back to her first albums (personally her best). But I also love Mumford and Son’s new album, and obviously any song by Lana Del Rey.

3. Organisation// I love acrylic storage to display things around my room. I already have my muji drawers for my makeup, but I also love this acrylic organiser I found on amazon. I like to display my more colourful stationary pieces in it, which adds a pop of colour to your room and at the same time, stores your stationary.

4. Sweet Jar// Probably my favourite thing out of this whole post. You can get these glass decorative jars pretty much anywhere these days. I like to use them to store cotton buds etc in, but recently i’ve been using it to store sweets!! Not only does it look super cute on your desk, but you can have a cheeky little treat while you’re busy working!

5. Cosy Bedding// Last but certainly not least, you need cosy bedding. As your bed is the statement of the room, this is where you can be really imaginative. You can get all different designs of duvet covers to suit your personality and style. I love Parachute – they have some gorgeous chic bedding, that you can accessorise with fluffy throws a bit like mine, and/or decorative pillows. (My favourite is their Sateen bedding, how luxurious does that look!)

I hope this post gives you a bit of inspiration – I would love to know what your dorm room essentials are!

The Best of the Rimmel Nudes

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(Left to right: 45, 08, 38)

I’m defiantly more of a nude lip girl..lets say i’m a little uncomfortable when it comes to wearing bright colours. Because of this, i’ve collected my fair share of nude lipsticks, and one of my favourite drugstore brands is Rimmel. I love their lipstick formulas and especially the Kate Moss line.

They recently added a new collections of nude shades, one of which i’ve been obsessed with. Having said this, the original line also has some great nude picks.

08 was my first lipstick I bought from Rimmel. It’s the perfect ‘your lip but better’ shade, that looks good on everyone who i’ve told to get. It’s a great all rounder that I slap on with almost every makeup look. It’s a slightly darker shade than your traditional nude, but it’s so much more flattering and makes me look much less washed out.

Again from their original line is 38. This is a more peachy pink nude, one that looks amazing with a tan! I like to wear this with minimal makeup, but with lots of coats of mascara. It can tend to wash out people with paler skin tones, so bare that in mind.

And lastly is 45, a shade from their new nude line. I only picked up one of the colours as the others looked a little too light for me, and I knew that I would get a lot more wear out of this one. It’s a very similar colour to 08, but when swatched either side, 45 is a little lighter. Again, it’s a perfect slap on lipstick which goes with everything. The formula, from what I can tell, is pretty much identical to the original line. Very creamy and comfortable on the lips. I do find them to be a little drying after a while, so I always like to wear a balm underneath.

I would love to know what your favourite nude lipstick is!!

The River Island ‘Molly’ Jean

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If you’re anything like me, then you’ll have had the ever so annoying task of hunting down the perfect jean for pretty much forever. You finally think you’ve found them, in my case the Topshop Leigh Jeans, but then find the colour to come out within the first wash. If you’re a black jeans kind of girl, then you will feel my pain. But don’t be too disheartened, because I think I may have discovered the PERFECT jean.

Although they are on the pricey side at £42, the River Island Molly Jeans are well worth the investment. They call them the Molly ‘jegging’ but don’t be put off by that, they’re defiantly more jeany. If you think about how much you wear jeans, then the price doesn’t seem to bad and defiantly worth it. They come in loads of different styles and washes, from ripped, to normal jean ‘blue’ to black and white. They also have sizes from 4 – 18, something which I find so much easier than having to find out your waist measurements. Not only this, but they don’t stretch and go baggy, something which I hate skinny jeans to do. Seriously you need to try these jeans if you’re anything like me.

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What are you favourite jeans?

The Sweat Proof Summer Face

IMG_0741 The weather in the UK has actually been pretty damn hot recently (she says while sat looking out of the window at the rain). Though even if it is a little drab looking, it’s always so humid and muggy feeling, which still makes your makeup sweat off and not last as long throughout the day. Today I thought i’d share with you my go-to makeup for when I know i’ll be out and about all day, and for when I want my makeup to really last.

A primer for me is always a must, especially in the summer months. I’ve been loving the Porefessional from Beneift. Not only does it fill in your pores, but it gives the rest of your makeup a base to stick to. A far as foundation goes, the Nars Sheer Glow is my go to summer foundation. It gives you the coverage and leaves your skin looking dewy and glowy. What’s more, it has great staying power. Finishing off the base with a little bronzer, I’m forever obsessed with Benefit Hoola, and a little highlight. I’ve opted for a cream highlighter from No7, as it will last longer and not look as powery on the face.

As far as brows go, you could always just pop on a little brow gel, something like the Maybelline Brow Drama, if you have naturally quite full brows. However, if you have a few sparce areas like me, then you can go in with some brow power or even a matte eyeshadow. I love using my Naked Basics 2 palette for my brows, as the shades are cool and ashy, making them ideal shades for the brows.

On a daily basis when i’m in a rush, I like to skip the eyeshadow step and go straight in with the mascara. The Max Factor False Lash Effect is a new one i’ve been giving a go recently. It almost is like a waterproof formula. It has the staying power and is a pain to remove. But it holds the curl and is a great option for summer.

For lips, I like to add a pop, seeing as the eyes are so basic. The Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks have been my new obsession the last couple of months. The colour Hydrangea is a gorgeous fuchsia pink, and one that finishes off the whole look.

Last but not least I will set the makeup with a bit of the MAC Fix +. And there we go, my go-to summer sweat proof makeup. If you have oily skin, dusting a light power will set your base in place even more, and also help control the shine.

I hope you liked this post, and if you have any post recommendations, I would love to know!

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