Festival Beauty - For Normal People (A Guest Beauty Post By L K Jay)

It's unlikely there will be many guest posts on Making It Up As I Go Along but you never know!  Here is my very first from my friend, fellow beauty product addict and indie author, L K Jay with some great tips on how to stay glam when exposed to the elements at a festival!  

Festival Beauty – for normal people!
By L K Jay

Hello, I’m L K Jay and a pal of Lacey’s.  As soon as I heard that she had started her new beauty blog for normal women, I was really pleased as I’m a fortysomething who loves her beauty products but has a normal budget and a normal face.  That means that I have the odd line, the odd spot, dark circles under my eyes and a Boots and Superdrug points card.  I’m not a fresh faced twenty one year old who can dab a spot of lip gloss on and look cheekily tousled.  No, when I’ve been at a festival for a couple of days, I can crawl out of my tent looking like Chewbacca in a bad mood and smelling like Jabba the Hut.  Sorry for the Star Wars reference – I’m a geek as well as the wrong side of forty.
I’ve been to a couple of festivals this year and I’m going to give you some practical tips to make you look more like Princess Leia rather than a hairy alien extra.
  1. Spend more money on your tent rather than your beauty products.  Trust me, when the rain is hammering down early in the morning, you will realise that no amount of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream will stop a leaking tent.
  2. Aviator sunglasses – leave your posh Ray-Bans at home but pick up a cheap pair – instant coolness and they hide a several nights of hard partying.
  3. A hat – hides mental and dirty hair and protects your head from the sun.
  4. Antibacterial hand gel – carry this around with you and use it often, to keep your skin nice and clean and stop you from getting a nasty stomach bug.

And now for the beauty products ... (all prices are based on Boots’ current web price as well as Holland and Barrett)
  1. Baby wipes – these are your friend.  I happened to use Huggies as they were on a ‘buy one get two free’ offer at Boots but any will do.  The chances of you getting anywhere near a shower that you would actually want to use are minimal and so in the absence of basic plumbing, a baby wipe shower will stop you feeling like crawling out of your own skin.  And they moisturise, which means you can dump the body moisturiser as well.
  2. Face wipes – essential for keeping your face clean.  I would recommend Simple face wipes – I know at £3.25 a packet that they are a bit more expensive than what you can get in Wilcos but they are the best and if you keep your eye out in Boots, Superdrug or any supermarket for special offers so you can bulk buy.
  3. Sun tan lotion – you’ll be spending a long time outdoors so you’ve got to keep on top of this if you want to avoid looking like a lobster.  I used Boots Soltan Once  Spray £6.99, it’s not messy, moisturises and they always do special offers in June and July.
  4. Simple moisturising cream – leave your expensive creams at home, you’ll either lose it or get it stolen so this will do as a good a job for a few days.  It’s £3.59, non-greasy and has a SPF of 15.
  5. Boots No7 Perfect Skin solid foundation £14 – leave your liquids and bottles at home, this is a lovely moist foundation that has lots of coverage that you can slap on really quickly, it hides a multitude of sins and you can keep it in your handbag when you get home.
  6. Viscotears eye gel – this works like Optrex and will get rid of red and dry eyes in a jiffy and you won’t have to keep applying it.  You have to ask for it at the pharmacy, it’s about £4.50 but it’s worth every penny.
  7. Carmex minty lip balm SPF 15 £2.69 – you lips will need protecting as well and this is a cheap and effective balm that leaves a nice sheen on your lips so you can dump the lip gloss as well.
  8. Batiste Dry Shampoo £2.99 – if you can’t wash your hair, this will be your friend.  There are lots of expensive alternatives but this stuff is the original and the best.  Besides, you can get it in loads of different funky coloured containers and it won’t break the bank.
  9. Neutrogena Spot Gel £2.66 – chances are that you’ll get a spot, there’s only so much rolling around in the mud you can do before your skins starts to protest.  Pop this on at night and it’ll get to work on that spot before you wake up.
  10. Aloe Vera Gel £3.99 – for any sunburn and added moisture.  Holland and Barrett do the best and purest and it’s good value.

All of these products were easy to pack, didn’t break the bank and you can use them when you get back.  Keep a regular routine and you won’t spend too much time on your beauty regime – after all, you’re there to have fun, not worry about what you look like.  Have fun!


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