Monday, April 11, 2016

Coachella Music Festival Beauty Picks

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Nowhere is it more obvious that the music festival season is upon us than on a university campus, and many of my students are currently planning their pilgrimage to Coachella. I have been to my fair share of music festivals, and it definitely pays to plan ahead and pack things that you will reach for throughout the day.

Given the wild popularity of tousled beachy-waves, and that consummate bohemian-chic vibe, that is sought after during music festivals and the summer– I thought that I would include a few hair styling products to use before heading to the festival.
InStyler Max Rotating Iron ($99.99 from InStyler MaxK-MartTargetUlta and Bed, Bath & Beyond): The Instyler Max Rotating Iron is a wonderful tool that will straighten, curl, style and polish your hair effortlessly. It combines the rotating barrel of a curling iron with a brush on the opposite side, and the result is a remarkably effective and innovative multitasking hair styling tool. If you are seeking a stunning beach-wave, then this is a good tool choice.
MAX Feature Highlights:
• Straight sleek styles, soft curls and beachy waves
• 2-Way heated rotating barrel smooths and polishes as it styles
• Black tourmaline ceramic curved smoothing plate smooths without crushing, flattening or damaging hair
• Four heat settings up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
• Removable cool tip
• 30 second rapid heat-up and auto safety shut-off

If you go to all of the trouble to give yourself a beach-wave, then you definitely will want some styling products to extend the life of your wavy tresses. Here are a few affordable drugstore finds that get the job done.

Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Envy Perfect Curl Cream ($7.99 for 6 oz. from Ulta, and Walgreens): This brilliant styling cream controls frizz, enhances curls and waves, and adds gorgeous shine. I reach for this all of the time, and consider it among my favorite styling products for curly hair. Furthermore, the formula is lightweight and non-sticky, and it adds moisture.

Marc Anthony Kinky Girls with Wild Curls Exotic Oil Treatment ($4.98 for 1.69 oz. from Bed, Bath & Beyond): This lightweight oil defines curls and waves, smoothes out fly-aways and frizz, and adds moisture to hair. It also blocks humidity and leaves hair hydrated. I use this all of the time, and think that it stands up against its luxury counterparts. Just add a few drops to your damp or dry hair and style as usual.

Schwarzkopf Satin Frizz Control & Protect Wax Powder ($6.97 for 0.35 oz. from Walmart and Amazon): This powder was developed for frizzy and unruly hair. The weightless formula tames fly-aways, but doesn't leave hair dull, tangled and chalky looking. 

Schwarzkopf Biotin Volume & Texture Magic Volume Powder ($6.97 from Walmart and Amazon): This lightweight powder adds texture and volume without a gritty powdery buildup, and without dulling shine. It was specially formulated for fine, limp hair that needs some added life. 

Schwarzkopf Crystal Shine & Hold Transparent Polishing Pomade ($6.52  for 2 oz. from Walmart and Amazon): If you love a strong hold pomade that offers remold able styling without stiffness or flaking, then this is a sure bet.  According Schwarzkopf,  the "specialized polishing formula infused with liquidized crystals."

Schwarzkopf Elastin Curls & Moisture Soft Tousle Spray ($6.97 for 6.8 oz. from Walmart and Amazon): I am thoroughly obsessed with Styliste Ultime Elastin Curls & Moisture Soft Tousle Spray because it accentuates the shape of my curls, and it offers good hold without making hair feel crunchy or filled with product.The weightless formula gives hair a natural texture, and accentuated gorgeous tousled waves and controlled curls. It has a light and pleasant scent that dissipates instead of lingering all day.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse ($5.27-$5.99 for 7.2 oz. from, Ulta and Target): This creamy and moisturizing mousse boosts and rejuvenates curls and waves, and gives them touchable hold. The formula is alcohol-free, and non-sticky, and fights frizz and leaves hair shiny. Furthermore, John Frieda asserts that this mousse contains a UV inhibitor that is known to protect against damaging rays.

got2be beach tripping salt-infusion waving spray ($5.99 for 6.8 oz. from Walgreens and Amazon): This beach-wave spray  was conceived to create "that alluring mermaid look you crave with textured, wind-blown, voluminous waves and tousled beachy tresses. Natural salts infuse a deliciously rough texture and piecey waves." The spray is lightweight and moisturizing, and it does not leave hair hard, clunky or flaky. Simply spray it onto damp or  dry hair evenly and scrunch or tousle-style as desired.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Lotion Sunscreen ($9.99 for 5.1 oz. from Ulta and Amazon): This is an ultra moisturizing sunscreen that employs a "breakthrough dual ribbon formula" that combines strong SPF protection with a luxurious and hydrating silk protein to "wrap skin in continuous moisture and help you maintain luminous skin in the sun." It has a light tropical fragrance that smells refreshing.

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch After Sun Moisturizer Ultra Radiance in Island Mango ($9.99 for 8 oz. from Ulta): This is a lovely deeply moisturizing lotion that leaves skin ultra radiant. It contains a blend of Shea Butter Complex and Mango Fruit Extract that leaves skin soft, supple and hydrated. Furthermore, the formula boasts light reflecting pigments to give skin a radiant glow. It has a lovely night tropical scent.

Trilipiderm All-Body Moisture Retention Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($17.95 for 3 oz. from Trilipderm): This hydrating SPF 30 lotion offers great hydration for dry skin, and it protects against UVA and UVB rays.

According to Trilipiderm, 

When used a directed, this broad-spectrum formula effectively screens 97% of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB radiation. Trilipiderm protects against the drying, damaging and aging effects of the sun on skin, while it continues to keep skin soft and supple. All the benefits of Trilipiderm All-Body Moisture Retention Crème, now with sun protection and Vitamin D too.

Sunscreen Ingredients: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 3% Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 7.5% Homosalate 10% Octocrylene 2.7%

Other Ingredients: Purified water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Vitamin D, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria flower extract, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Alcohol and Ethylhexyl Glycerin and Hexylene Glycol, Meadowfoam Estolide, Panthenol, Beta-Sitosterol, Meadowfoam Delta-Lactone, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 65, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Meadowfoama- midopropyl Betaine, Dimethicone PEG-8 Meadowfoamate, O-Cymen-5-OL, Fragrance.

Trilipiderm All-Body Moisture Retention Crème ($14.95 for 3 oz. from Trilipiderm): This all-body lotion deeply hydrates skin leaving it soft, smooth and supple. It can be used from head to toe, and it offers dry skin great relief.

According to Trilipiderm,

The active ingredients in Trilpiderm moisturize skin to help solve dryness and prevent its return. Natural ingredients mimic components of human skin structure to repair damaged skin. This unique formula forms a natural boundary to seal in moisture and reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).

NIOS SHIELD Whipped Hair Gel SPF 15 ($ for oz. from NIOS SHIELD): While we make every effort to slather ourselves in sunscreen, we tend to forget to add it to our hair, and this product offers sun protection for the hair and scalp. It is infused with Moroccan Argan Oil, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B5 to nourish the hair, and it leaves hair with a lovely shine. Furthermore, this styling gel offers medium-strong hold, and it "is formulated for styling short hair or for adding volume or hold to long hair."

ALL Good Coconut Sunstick SPF 30 ($8.99 for .6 oz. from All Good Products): This is a non-nano particle Zinc-Oxide based mineral sunscreen that is ideal for the face, nose, ears. This formula is filled with rich and ultra-hydrating certified organic oils, such as jojoba, coconut and avocado.

Ingredients: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20% (Non-nanoparticle). Other Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Sesame indicum (Sesame Seed) Oil*, Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Coconut Flavor*, Tapioca Starch*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter)*, Mauritia flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil*, Non GMO Tocopherol (Vitamin E).*Certified Organic to USDA/NOP Standards.

Travalo Refillable Travel Atomizer ($9.99 from If you are a frequent flyer tethered to TSA Compliant sizes for your toiletries, or you love to carry your favorite perfume in your purse Travalo offers chic refillable perfume atomizers that are attractive and easy to use. They are also a perfect gift for the perfume enthusiast in your life!

Travalo Classic Atomizer ($15.00-$19.99 from TravaloDillardsUltaMacy'sPerfumaniaThe Perfume SpotAmazon and Unbeatable Sale): Travalo refills in seconds directly from a standard perfume bottle. The innovative Genie-S 'pump to fill' refill system perfectly transfers your fragrance without spills or damaging exposure to air.

Swipe Single-Use Deodorant Wipes ($8.00 for 10 from Swipe and Urbanoutfitters): These are handy, ultra-portable, single-use disposable deodorant wipes. They are made with tea tree extract to deodorize. Each pre-moistened wipe is individually wrapped, and can stow away in your pocket.

LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant in Pure Vanilla ($14.00 for 1.7 oz. from LAVANILASephora and Dermstore): I am a longstanding proponent of healthier deodorants, and have been using them since I was a teenager. Though I have occasionally used mainstream deodorants, I do prefer to avoid the chemicals. LAVANILA makes wonderful healthy deodorants that are effective and smell wonderful (though they also make an unscented variant for sensitive skin). Their Pure Vanilla scent is currently my very favorite because it smells utterly scrumptious, and offers long-lasting protection.

TATCHA Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers ($12.00 for a single pack of 30 sheets (Size 3.74" x 3.74"). Available from TATCHABarneys New YorkSephoraBeauty.comB-GlowingSpirit Beauty LoungeBliss US and Skin Store): If you are a fan of facial blotting papers then if you have not already tried TATCHA'S Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers– you really should put them on your list of things to try. The quality of these elegant blotting papers is astounding, and using them is nothing short of luxurious. These gorgeous gold leaf-laden Abaca Leaf works of art are more absorbent than any of the blotting papers that I have tried before. I have a fairly active t-zone, and when I do have the need to blot down the shine these papers remove all traces of oil and debris, and the effects last for many many hours. What's interesting is that these papers lift all of the excess oil without depleting the moisture level of my skin. Furthermore, my makeup stays put since they magically remove only what needs to be removed-- leaving everything else undisturbed. I have liked the other blotting papers that I have used in the past, but I actually love these. If you use blotting papers, then be forewarned that these are a true game changer in my estimation!
When it comes to long days frolicking in the sun, I think that a less is more approach to makeup is the best choice. The last thing that you need to do is feel compelled to repeatedly check your makeup. Instead choose natural looking products that impart a glow with light pigmentations, and that aren't prone to migration.


Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Beauty Balm SPF 20 ($ for oz. from Sephora, Nordstrom, and Macy's): This lightweight and velvety Beauty Balm evens skin tone, blurs imperfections with light-diffusing spheres, and adds hydration.

  • Hydrates instantly and improves hydration over time.
  • Primes so makeup goes on beautifully and stays put.
  • Protects with SPF 20 and contains an ingredient that helps guard skin against daily stress.
  • Perfects to instantly even out skin tone and minimize pores, lines, wrinkles and redness.
  • Treats to firm skin, improve elasticity and provide measurable anti-aging benefits. 
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in Rio de Rose Gold ($18.00 for  0.16 fl. oz. from Josiemaran.comSephora and QVC): Rio De Rose Gold is a stunning shimmering rose gold liquid eyeshadow that actually moisturizes your eyelids while providing a gorgeous luminescent finish. This formal offers buildable coverage, but can be also be sheered out for a faint wash of color. Unlike many liquid eyeshadows that can feel drying once they set, this one feels comfortable of the eyelids. I am able to get 6-8 hours of wear before there is any fading, but I do not have oily eyelids– therefore your wear-time may vary. It can also be used as a luminzer anywhere you want to add a touch of sun-kissed luminous color.

According to Josie Maran,

50% Coconut Water, 100% Hydration. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your eyes, this pigment-packed liquid shadow instantly makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers: one layer of fresh Coconut Water, and one layer of Argan-infused pigments that instantly give eyes a more youthful appearance.

Sun Bum SPF 30 Coconut Lip Balm ($3.99 for 0.15 oz. from Sun BumNordstromULTADermstore and Amazon): is a long-lasting and super moisturizing lip balm that leaves lips protected, soft and supple. It tastes and feels so good on the lips that you won't forget to reapply it frequently to keep your lips SPF protected.
Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Carolina Coast ($8.99 for 0.11 oz. at ULTATarget and Amazon): Burt's Bees Lip Crayon's are available in six creamy, "full-coverage shades of matte lip color in a modern crayon for truly beautiful lip color." Carolina Coast is a lovely mid-tone pink nude.

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Shine in Wink ($6.99 for 0.5 oz. at ULTAAmazon and The formula is non-sticky, enriching and moisturizing, and it provides a gorgeous shiny finish. While pink in the tube and the swatch, Wink imparts little color to the lips– however, what it lack in color it makes up for with its gorgeous shine.
S'well Water Bottles ($25.00-$45.00 each from S'wellNordstromNeiman MarcusBloomingdale'sBirchboxShopbopAthleta GapAnthropologie and The Container Store): are ingeniously made from BPA-free, double-walled stainless steel that is so well insulated that it keeps liquids cold for 24 hours, and hot for 12 hours. They are so well insulated that no matter how cold the liquid inside, there is absolutely no condensation outside. I purchased the 25 oz. size so that I wouldn't have to refill my bottle as frequently, but you might prefer the 17 oz. size because it a bit smaller to tote around. However, I definitely think that the 9 oz. is a little too small for the purposes of staying hydrated throughout the day. If you are going to be outdoors all day, I would definitely suggest getting the 25 oz. size to remain hydrated.

What are your top picks for music festivals, longs days at the beach, or long days of fun in the sun?
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  1. My InStyler used to go with me. Love that thing!

    1. Isn't it AMAZING?!!!!!!!!! SO easy to use, and friendlier on the hair than a traditional flat iron!

  2. I need a decent curling iron but I'm scared the ones with the brushes on one side will pull off half my tangle-prone hair.

    1. I have curly har, and haven't had trouble with the brush at all. It's a pretty ingenious tool!

  3. I adore the smell of Hawaiin Tropic! It takes me back to my early 20s, when I traveled and laid around in the sun all day. My only worry was my tan lines lol Oh those were the days! lol

    1. Me too! It smells like summer! Oh yeah, I definitely remember the days when a tan line was my greatest concern!

  4. I'm a straight hair person so I need something to tie back my hair. Sunscreen is the number one item that should be on everyone's list.

    1. Hair ties are a definite must! Sunscreen is definitely the most important item that should be at the top of everyone's list!

  5. Wow, what a great post!! A lot of great products featured! <3

  6. I need to add instyler. What a comprehensive list, great job twinsy

    1. The InStyler Max is an awesome tool! Thank you, twinsy! That means a lot coming from you! <3

  7. So many great picks, but I'm really thinking the InStylyer should be in my hair tool stash.

    1. Thanks, Bailey! The InStyler Max is such an amazing styling tool! I really think that you would like it!

  8. Awesome picks. The Marc Anthony Strictly Curls used to be my jam at one time but I stopped using it. I need to check it out again.

    1. I would say that it's well-worth revisiting Marc Anthony Strictly Curls!

  9. This may just be the most perfect list! I have been to a few music festivals, but nothing like the trendy/ high profile

    1. Thanks, Kristina! I am so glad the you like it! Music festivals are so much fun!


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