We are kind of breathing a sigh of relief that holiday and festival season is almost over. We are glad that normality is calling - but that might be because we have trips planned in September and October and some of us have Electric Picnic to go to.
Whether it's summer or not, however, you need to be savvy about what you bring on hols; you definitely don't want to be hauling around your expensive and precious beauty products. For short breaks and festivals, it should be cheap and cheerful all the way.
It was drawn to our attention today that you can buy a mini can of Batiste dry shampoo in Dealz for only €1.49, so that's going to the top of our list. It's both festival and mini-break (for when you don't feel like washing your hair because, hey, you're on holidays!) friendly.
It has been said that makeup wipes are acceptable in festival / emergency situations but we're not entirely convinced. If you want to relax your cleansing routine at a festival or when camping in Tramore or whatever, we say buy a big bottle of Garnier Micellar Water (€4.53 in Boots) - the bottle is huge - but don't bring that, silly. Transfer some into one travel sized bottle you can get in euro shops or Penneys in sets at under €2, and put some of your regular cleanser in another. You're not totally abandoing your routine but you're not one of those people who brings the entire contents of their boudoirs with them and forgets to take spare knickers.
Generally, when you're on holidays or at a festival you slather on the slap (if you bother with any at all) once a day and the last thing you want to do is worry about have to reapply it. That's when setting spray is your best friend. It puts pause on slippage and it makes reapplying (if you really have to) easier too, as it softens your makeup and makes it easier to fix. NYX setting spray (in matte or dewy finish) is only €9.99 and it lasts for ages.
Products that do more than one job are your friend in holiday or festival situations, and we love it when they're dinky too. This little cheek / lip tint from MeMeMe has been in our bags all summer. It's got two hues per container which is even better and it's only €7.95.
New environments (the sun, a muddy field) can confuse your skin, that's why we always bring a tube of this stuff with us. La Roche-Posay Effaclair A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector is honestly the best target blemish correcter we know and it really is a bargain at €13.99.
What beauty products do you bring on holidays with you? Would you rather bring the kitchen sink and scrimp on something else?