Festival season is here...



It's that time of year again; Glasto is THIS WEEK, and T just round the corner - festival season is upon us. As much as we all long to be at Coachella, we keep it real in Britain and flock to possibly the wettest areas of the land to attend these festivals. I went to T in the Park last year; all I really remember of it was drinking warm gin with flat tonic for breakfast, eating way too much Greggs that we stocked up on en route, dancing my wellied legs off to Fatboy Slim and being front row (and on the actual telly) for Stereophonics and Noel Gallagher. Yeah, cringe right? If there's one day I'd wish I'd at least done my hair. But it was mint, and I had a mint time. Here's a few suggestions if, like me, you're a total snob and would rather be on Mars than in the mosh pit.



Posh it up...
I wasn't spoiled enough to go in to the Residence, but did pay for Tangerine Fields. A pitched tent, an inflated airbed and fresh, new sleeping bags, allocated personal space - you get the idea. It means you don't need to traipse through the campsite with your worldly possessions, and you can just rock up and crack open your first drink. A 'pamper parlour' sounds better than what it actually is. I envisaged an actual parlour, but in fact it was a gazebo, a pasting table with a couple of hairdryers plugged in to a questionable extension cable. Still, it's more than what you get in the main camping areas so you pick your battles. The 'exclusive' toilets always had toilet roll though, so you do need to be grateful for the small mercies. TOP TIP: don't go to the toilets on the Monday morning - you will massively regret it. If Tangerine Fields isn't available at your festival, there are similar such as Pink Moon.



Don't pack lightly...
I'm not saying pack for a fortnight, but don't skimp on what you take - you will regret not taking an extra pair of shorts/leggings/jeans. You will get soaked, and you will get covered head to toe in mud. If this isn't your bag; pack like a boss.

Look after your feet...
I must have gotten through about 10 pairs of socks. It CHUCKED it down when I was at T, for the whole damn time. I took my trusty Joules wellies - find them here. The amount of lasses in white Converse; WHY? Don't do it to yourself.



Don't neglect the regime...
For the ultimate festival beauty guide; follow this (very honest) post from Caroline 'Hero' Hirons. That's my new name for her, she deserves it; if you learn one thing from this lush little lady is the power of the double cleanse. I'm not saying take bags of cleanser with you in your backpacks; but at least set some time aside for your poor skin when you return. Follow her fail safe advice and you can't really go wrong. For make up, sticks work wonders and are a great space saver. My absolute staples were concealer and blush; try these fantastic products from Soap and Glory and No7 - fantastic value and even if you lose them they don't cost a fortune to replace. Another great product to use that won't break the bank; L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion. A fab little cushion compact - perfect for application on the go and again a great space saver; no need for brushes or messy hands. It gives all over coverage; either light or full, depending on your application technique, and pretty foolproof. If you're wanting a perfect tan that will last the duration; try out Vita Liberata tinted lotion - a foolproof way of applying and no smell. Don't forget to prep the skin before hand though; use the complimenting Super Fine Skin Polish and you're on to a winner.






I'm not at a festival this year (yet) but my highlights will be Adele at Glasto - she's a loose cannon ready to pop, and The Stone Roses and Last Shadow Puppets at T. If you're going, go on, make me jealous.

K x

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