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Camping and Festival Beauty: part 1 of many…

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This is highly topical, what with thousands of utterly barmy people traipsing off to sit in fields covered in mud; some festival and camping recommendations. Recommendation number one would actually be: Hire a Winnebago, but failing that, some beauty advice is the best thing I can do for you. If you are off to Glasto, then I’m only joking about the barmy bit – and the mud. Have an amazing time – don’t do anything I wouldn’t do! (Tumbleweed…)

It felt as though I hadn’t made a video in an age (it had, in fact, been just nine days) and so I hauled myself outside to record my ‘festivals and camping’ masterpiece. In the rain, which was appropriate. I almost electrocuted myself on the electricity cables, so it was all very exciting and fun!

Some great new things in this video – apart from the very lovely Cowshed Festival kit (with gorgeous cotton knickers!) there’s a handy palette from Aveda that holds all of your face and eye powders and there’s an eyeliner that just will not shift, courtesy of the newly re-launched brand Stila. Lots and lots of other handy bits and pieces, so take a look – if you can’t bear to hear me witter on then you can just jump straight to the Shopping List below the video and see what went on…


(Before I forget; Birmingham people, you have a vintage fair going on this weekend at Pavilions in town. It’s supposed to be great! I’d like to go myself but can’t make it up there, so let me know if you get any great pieces!)


Cowshed Festival Kit, £30 (choice of three shower gels) http://tinyurl.com/5szt3jo

Nip + Fab Wipes, £4.95 from Harvey Nics: http://tinyurl.com/3qv8m8s

Caudalie Cleansing Water, 100ml: £7.65 with free worldwide delivery from FeelUnique http://tinyurl.com/6f5tw34

Binaca Breath Spray – widely available in the US and some pharmacies in the UK.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Spritz; I bought as part of QVC bumper set, £23.75: http://tinyurl.com/3st6kgo or £4.85 to buy as a small sample on its own.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Deodorant Spray, £29 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/3jwd8kv

Model Mirror, £19 from House of Fraser or Selfridges online: http://tinyurl.com/5rgzztd

Batiste “On the Go” Dry Shampoo in Original, £1.52 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/66f9zw8

Murine Eye Drops for Dry/Tired eyes, £4.07 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/3fwjtcg

Aveda Professional Magnetic Compact, £14 http://tinyurl.com/3sbqksa – the bits and pieces inside start at around £11 for a shadow.

Brushes – from selection of old and discontinued that I have knocking about in my office!

Estee Lauder Day Wear Sheer Tint Release, (one shade) £32 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/6e8aa2c

StriVectin Eye Cream, £49 for 30ml, Selfridges: http://tinyurl.com/6ca2pta

Mini Benefit Highbeam, part of Mr. Bright set: http://tinyurl.com/6b46mkl

Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in “Instyle Coral”, £3.69 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/42r5mke

Clarins Night Cream Sample – you can get samples at the counter if you ask very, very nicely. It depends who you get! You can look at the full Clarins range here: http://tinyurl.com/3obdgxr

Clinique Superbalm, £10 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/5udr3tj

Clinique SPF35 Stick, £15.50 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/5ugy235

Rimmel Match Perfecting Illuminating Concealer in “Classic Beige”, £5.99 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/639ptwm

Stila Waterproof Eyeliner in “Lionfish”, £13 from LookFantastic: http://tinyurl.com/5tfzmfm

Tisserand Anti-Blemish Stick, £4.50 from Escentual: http://tinyurl.com/6awm2wm

Goody’s Band, from ASDA or Boots stores.

Jemma Kidd Skin Perfection Kit, £22 with free worldwide delivery from FeelUnique: http://tinyurl.com/42mbzu7


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  1. Kudos to your dedication lol, making videos even in the rain! x And your cheekbones are really obvious in this video, I want them!!!! xx

  2. Festival Chic, move over Miss Moss!

    As for me going to a festival . . . mmmmmmmmmmm . . . well I will be buying in plenty of snacks and drinks for watching Glastonbury on BBC3 this weekend. Boring I know but I really look forward to the Glastonbury tv weekend especially with the “red button” on the remote which means I can even watch 2 acts at once and catch up on any act I may have missed.

    Love your nail polish it’s a dupe for the one I got for my last pedicure and looks lovely on your hands. I’ll definetly be buying that one

    and the Model Lighted Mirror – Gimme !

  3. Please make another video soon, Ruth! We miss you!

  4. Hi Ruth, love this blog. Just wondering if you have any recommendations for an decent overnight travel bag?? Thanks!!!! :-)

  5. Hi Ruth,

    Thought I’d let you know that StrawberryNet are having a 50% of sale on masks till the 26th June.
    Might be worth having a look. I’ve already made my purchase!

    Mel x

  6. love your lip colour in this video!
    How has your Strivectin experiment gone (unless I have completely hallucinated it, I thought you were doing a trial using the face cream?) am about to run out of moisturiser and think i need to bring in the big guns, so would be great to know what your experience was!

    • @Felicity well at the moment, I’m using a LOT of Alpha-H and I’m really loving it. Depending on what your skincare concern is you could try Liquid Gold every two or three nights. It’s an exfoliant but it helps to build collagen from within rather than uselessly sitting the too-large collagen molecules on top of the skin where they just kind of fester! It’s a weird sensation to get used to, applying an acid and no moisturiser, but my skin has been amazing! I’m going to be writing an in-depth report on it very soon. As a day cream I have been alternating between No7 Protect and Perfect SPF 15 and Estee Lauder Day Wear Plus/DWP Tinted as both offer good sun protection (needed if you’re using AHAs and exfoliants). Other greats for me are Carita’s Lagoon Cream for very very dry skin, anything by Lierac and, if you can stretch to it, Sisley. Obviously there are HUNDREDS and I have recommended loads here on the site, so have a trawl.
      Wow, that turned into a full post!! xx

  7. Mini Benefit Highbeam also available for FREE in this months Glamour. At least it was in my postal subscription so I assume it’s in the shops. Pretty handy

  8. OOooh very intrigued about the vintage fair!

  9. Thanks Ruth, I quite liked that bag you were rumaging around bringing your goodies out of too! :-) Ive got a thing for bags.. and shoes.. and toiletries.. and everything! :-P

    In Glamour you can get a mini highBeam, mini PosieTint, or mini benetint.
    In Grazia Mag, they’re given away a mini set of B.rite, great for travels. It contains their new B.rite eye cream, wash and face emulsion in little cute glass containers! And all in a very sweet lil box. Got to hurry tho, coz I picked up the last one in Ipswich today :-S

    • @Sammi the bag is an Anya H one she made for British Airways years ago! They turn up on ebay every now and then I think x

  10. Thanks for this. Reminds me of a request I have as well….have you done a vid on make up/skincare for really hot/potentially super humid climates? I seem to think you have covered this already but I can’t find it on the website. Heading to southern states of USA v soon and was hoping for some ideas!

    • @FR I’m not sure that I have actually! The reason being that I haven’t been anywhere very humid for a while and I don’t like to recommend things without a thorough testing! HOWEVER, London is obviously a humid pit this week so I’ll get a-testing! xx

  11. Is that Anya H bag in brown or grey? Seems like a really lovely size too! :D

    • @Vee it’s grey. It was a special edition for British Airways First Class, you got it free if you spent about £20,000 on a flight. (Exaggeration, but not much! Thank god I wasn’t paying!) x

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