1. Festival Beauty Essentials

    Festival Beauty Essentials

    Hey Everyone! It’s Danielle here today, and I’m gearing up to bring you the best tips and tricks for festival beauty packing! I’m packing my bags and getting to head to a music festival in Chicago for the weekend.  Since I’m an avid festival go-er, I thought I’d pass along some of my best beauty tips to help you make the best of your festival experience!

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    Stay Clean

    During a day of nonstop sunshine, festival food and porta potties, it can be difficult to stay feeling clean. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself at a porta potty with no soap and water, or trapped at a food cart eating nachos with no napkins. To combat all the stickiness and grime, it’s always a good idea to bring your own hand sanitizer. This purse friendly version by Purell is awesome because it clips right on your bag! No more digging through your festival tote with sticky hands! In addition to hand sanitizer, it’s always a good idea to carry some all-purpose wipes.

    Dusty fields + Sandals = less than pretty feet. Stay prepared by bringing a travel size packet of wipes!

    Stay Fresh

    One of the biggest issues I have while attending festivals is dealing with less than perfect hair. After a long plane or bus ride, the last thing you have time to worry about is washing your hair… which is why I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo. It cuts grease while adding a boost of volume!  Pro Tip: Wait 2 minutes after applying your dry shampoo before combing through to get the best results! If that doesn’t do the trick, throw your hair up into a quick top knot. I love these Scunci hair ties because they don’t dent your hair and double as bracelets! My last recommendation for staying fresh is Neutrogena face wipes. These are the most gentle, hardworking face wipes on the market. They remove even the toughest eye makeup, leaving you fresh and clean once it is time to catch some sleep, even if you haven’t showered.

    Stay Pretty

    There are a ton of awesome festival beauty looks out there, but I prefer to keep my makeup look fairly simple. It’s always important to start with sunscreen, which is why I’m a huge fan of Rimmel’s BB cream with SPF 30. It’s affordable and a great size for travel. Not to mention it gives the skin a great glow and sun protection. For the lips, I’ve totally been digging a matte lip lately! Revlon’s ColorBurst matte lip balms are the perfect balance of a matte finish and a dose of moisture. For my nails, I’m already getting excited about deeper hued manicures. I chose this gunmetal grey polish by Cover Girl to give my mani a little edge!

     

    Other festival packing reminders:

    -Always bring a poncho! ALWAYS. You never know what kind of weather will come your way!

    -Bring an empty water bottle. Often times there are free water stations to fill up at. Avoid paying $1 or more per bottle.

    -Don’t forget earplugs! If you plan on getting to the front to see your favorite band, they are always good to have.

     

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    Greetings From NYC

    We just got back from New York trend shopping and meeting with our vendor partners.  It’s always fun to see the buzz in the city, especially as they ramp up for fashion week.

     

    NYC Fly In 2

    Our days were filled with shopping from the high end designer shops and department stores, down 5th Avenue, over to 34th Street and Herald Square, we then hit the upper east side, and finally made our way downtown to Union Square, the Flatiron District, Meat Packing District, and scoured the streets of Soho in search of the latest fall fashions.

     

    During our few minutes of downtime, mainly while we’re eating lunch, we love to sit and people watch.  Rockefeller Center is a great spot to people watch.  During the summer months, the iconic ice skating rink turns into an outdoor cafe which is by far a popular dining spot on sunny days.  During our New York visit it was especially busy with the debut of Jeff Koons’s Split-Rocker exhibit (see bottom right picture).  This spectacular planted exhibit is said to tower over 37 feet high and featured over 50,000 flowering plants.  This unique floral sculpture was a cross between two similar but different toy rockers, a pony rocker and a dinosaur rocker.  It was astounding in size and was a must see while we were in New York.

    NYC People Watching 2And the best people watching of all just comes from strolling down the sidewalk and seeing some of the creative street vendors and people just trying to get noticed.  Check out the huge Instagram selfie frame.  Never a dull moment while out in New York!

     

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