2018 Festival Beauty Must-Haves


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This week I have ticked something off my bucket list and I have jetted off to Coachella festival in the desert of Palm Springs, California!

The three day festival is one of the most talked about festivals in the world thanks to it’s amazing line up (this year’s being Beyonce & The Weeknd) and the long list of A-list attendees. I can’t wait to give you Glossies an insight into Coachella and all it has to offer! As I’ve had lots of pre-planning to do for this trip here’s my festival must-haves as the festival season quickly approaches.


When partying in all weather conditions, having a good moisturiser on hand is always a necessity.

Astral‘s face & body moisturiser is a personal favourite of mine (and Joanna Lumley claims it’s what keeps her looking “Ab Fab”). With this being a multi-use moisturiser you can use it all over; use on hands, face and body for intense skin protection when you’re exposed to the sun and dry conditions all day. BONUS! Some glossies got a full size of this beauty classic in this month’s box!

Lip Balm

Chapped lips are an absolute no no when on holiday but in heat that your lips aren’t used to it’s no surprise when your lips start to chap.

Carmex Strawberry Lip Balm is a timeless beauty hero for me so I was so happy when I found out some of our Glossies would receive this in their April box!

You should always go for a balm that has an SPF in to protect your lips from UVA & UVB rays. Carmex is perfect as it has SPF 15 in. Always apply 15 minutes before going out in the sun so the formula can settle in. I apply this before any of my makeup so my lips can be fully hydrated before I get onto my lipstick.

Sun Cream + After Sun

I’m sure all you Glossies know that sun protection is the most important step of any beauty regime so obviously sun cream AND after sun are a must when you spend all day outdoors.

My favourite would be Ultrasun. It’s products are perfect to prevent you from burning and help reduce the risk of premature ageing that can be caused by the sun’s rays. It’s non-greasy formula absorbs into the skin quickly without feeling sticky.

Micellar Water

Being festival ready usually involves pampering yourself with false nails and eyelashes, waxing, a trip to the salon and a new makeup collection. Wearing a full face of makeup, plus the odd bit of glitter here and there, will really take a toll on your skin especially under constant heat and the air pollutants your skin will face at a festival. You need a calming cleanser to remove makeup and repair your skin.

I always prefer to use micellar water to makeup wipes. Boots Botanics 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution is a great cleanser to use for removing makeup (or just to keep your skin hydrated and radiant) thanks to the hibiscus extract used in it. Some of you may have received this is this month’s Glossybox!


Of course you’ve got to pack sunglasses, however the sunglasses trend is constantly changing. Big or small? Round or square?

This year, embrace the 50s era with these amazing ASOS Small Pointy Cat Eye Sunglasses! These style of sunglasses are all over Instagram at the minute and it’s amazing to see these nostalgic trends revisited.

Festival Wear

Choosing your festival outfits is probably the most stressful activity about attending them. You can go in many different directions with your outfit choices; bohemian, western, rock chic, a rainbow of colour! The world is your oyster. However, my absolute must have for a festival is a trusty pair of denim shorts. Channel your inner 90s Cindy Crawford and pair these with anything when you’re in a panic of having “nothing to wear”.

Black Split Hem Mom Shorts


A festival without an unneccessary amount of glitter? There’s no such thing! The Gypsy Shrine are my go to brand when looking for jewels and glitter! Created with the thought of hippies and free spirits, they’re all about letting your inner wild child out with their wide collection! Shop everything from gorgeous glitter pots and fabulous face jewels, you’ll be looking totally lust-worthy and ready for a fantastic festival. Your Carmex Strawberry Lip Balm comes in handy too – we were playing about in the office and used the lip balm for extra stickiness for a facial glitter look!

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Lydia Woodward

Lydia Woodward

The Queen Of Curls

I am always searching for future trends - beauty, fashion, hair, you name it! I’ve tried every foundation under the sun and love trying up-and-coming makeup brands to compare them with the big names. Variety is the spice of life and my makeup bag is definitely wide-ranging.