We’re firmly entrenched in festival season as July looms which means it’s totally time to hit up a few of Ireland’s slickest fashion and beauty bloggers, so that’s precisely what we did.
Leanne Woodfull, Megan Daly, Jacqui Quail and Fiona Bradley have dished on which fests they’re going to, what they’ll be wearing plus their best tips and playlists.
What are you up to yourself? Let us know below.
On my list this year… I bought my ticket for Castlepalooza last week and with a bit of luck Electric Picnic is on the cards too. I’ve been to both festivals before and they are an absolute blast.
My summer fashion... Is pretty simple and sleek, so I usually like to stick to good quality basics. A grey COS tshirt, Topshop jeans and New Balance runners (€85, JD Sports), are generally glued to my body at all times, and will see me through the sporadic Irish weather. I've been reaching for a black River Island cami I picked up recently, for nights out, paired with some ugly-chic shoes from New Look. Man repelling footwear at its finest, but I simply loooove them. Accessories-wise you can't go wrong with a great pair of earrings.
Festival beauty means… Sequins! Applied generously with a healthy sprinkle of glitter and shedloads of colourful eyeliner. It's not often one gets to have fun and experiment so liberally with makeup, so I like to take full advantage of the opportunity to let my inner disco ball shine. And really, who's gonna notice the dark undereye circles and muck in your hair when your face is as bedazzled as one of Michael Jackson's jackets? So I'll be skipping on foundation too, but will definitely make sure to take a smidge of moisturiser with added SPF, some lip balm and a Boots Botanics Rosewater spritzing toner for a quick burst of freshness - even when I'm up to my knees in muck.
My festi-fashion is all about… Layers, which can be easily piled on and stripped off depending on the weather, plus comfy waterproof footwear. I know we all want to look like Coachella Queen, Kate Bosworth, strutting around in Topshop’s finest but realistically, when the heavens open up you’ll be so jealous of all the smiling revellers in their anoraks and wellies. Accessories can save any outfit, so invest in them rather than a new pair of denim short shorts.
It's about fun, not hardship… So pack too many babywipes (an absolute Godsend), a mobile phone charger (Juicecube, €24.99, Carphone Warehouse), clean knickers and enough enough bottled water to fill an elephant.
I love… The all-round good vibes and friendly atmosphere. What could be better than a bunch of like minded music-loving people dancing around in the dirt to some killer tunes, and drinking in a rural Irish field? And if nothing else you’ll develop a new-found appreciation for your bed, a shower and a grand cup of tea!
Check Fiona's blog, Pingle, out here.
I'm hoping to... Get to Castlepalooza and Electric Picnic.
My summer staples are... A kimono, mirrored Ray Bans, €170, from Brown Thomas, and beachy waves for that laid-back summer vibe.
I'm packing my festival beauty bag with... Any makeup in stick form for hassle-free application and touching up throughout the day. A few dabs of my favourite highlighter conceals tiredness and gives a nice dewy finish. I'm also packing a texturising hair spray, like Oribe's Dry Texturising Spray, £39, which is good for a disheveled festival look and provides good grip for my hairstyles on day two or three. Plus, I'm injecting a bit of fun my your look with a super-colourful and affordable eyeshadow palette from Revolution, £4. And a bit of glitter for good measure – go on then!
I'm definitely... Taking fashion risks. Festivals are a chance to play around with your personal style so if there's a wacky/vintage piece in your wardrobe that never gets worn – bust it out!
I'm totally not... Wearing those neon Kanye glasses… you know the ones.
My festival essentials... Some earplugs and an eye mask from Wildfox, €21, so I can catch up on some beauty sleep.
It's great... just being able to escape for a few days and enjoy great bands with all my mates around. Getting to meet new people and seeing all the great festival looks!
I could live without... The mud situation.
Check Jacqui's blog at www.quailerbeauty.com.
This summer… I’ve already been to Forbidden Fruit and Body and Soul, and I'm also heading to Longitude and Castlepalooza.
I’m loving… Face jewellery like bindis, stick-on diamante and jewels. I'm also loving kimonos, crochet pieces, (Black Layered Crochet Shorts, €22,99, New Look) and chunky boho-inspired boots.
I’m packing… SPF50 because I don't want to tan and burn to a crisp. I also swear by Benefit's 'Big Easy' BB cream, €37, as it has an SPF in it, plus the fair shade actually matches me - it's much lighter to wear during the summer when foundation can feel like too much in the heat.
I reckon you should… Try and have fun with festival style, but don't go so overboard that you end up looking like a Pochahontas musical extra. Look to festival street-style for inspiration and only wear what you feel comfortable and relaxed in.
My best ever tip… Before you leave on the first day, wash your hair and plait it while it's still wet. If the plaits are put in tightly enough, they should last you all weekend, and if you feel like a change on the last day, take them out and embrace your boho goddess curls!
What I love about festivals… The overall atmosphere, I love the food, I love the music, hanging out with my friends and all that jazz.
I’m not so keen on… I loathe camping (regardless of weather and what festival, I detest it) and a dead phone battery is never fun either.
Find Leanne's blog, Thunder & Threads, here.
I’m planning to… Go to Longitude, I'd love to see Hozier and Ben Howard. Hopefully I'll get along to Electric Picnic too.
My must haves… Sun hats and a sunglasses are a must to save your skin from the sun. You also can't go wrong with a nice pair of cut-off denim shorts and a kimono.
My beauty essentials are… Mascara, light BB Cream, a bright lipgloss, Bleach Swamp Spray, €7.99, for simple messy hairstyles, a Cleanse Off Mitt to take make up off and Carmex.
I won’t be… Wearing too much make up, it'll never last the day and it looks dodgy first thing in the morning with a full face of slap. Do keep it simple and fresh, slick of mascara, a light foundation and maybe some glitter or bright eyeliner for the night parties.
My best ever tip… Carry a spare, old phone plus spare SIM card with numbers on it fully charged and wrapped in a sandwich bag to keep it dry. If you get lost and your phone dies/drowns/gets stolen you'll be able to find your friends or call your lift.
I love… Being in the festival bubble and not caring what's happening apart from how to fit in all the acts you want to see and where to brush your teeth.
But I’m not keen on… I hate the portaloos. Ain't nothing fun about using a toilet that's been used by 1,000 other people in the midday sun.
Find Megan's blog, Blondes Love Cupcakes, here.