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Well, well, well. The time has finally arrived for the return of Ireland's biggest music festival; Electric Picnic.

With some unbelievable headline acts such as The 1975, Billie Eilish, Florence and the Machine, The Strokes, Dermot Kennedy, Christine and the Queens and Freya Ridings, you can expect for your mind to be blown on numerous occasions in front of the Main Stage.

With festival season comes the prospect of camping for three full days in questionable Irish weather (rain is forecasted, are we shocked?), we've decided to put together a list of the best beauty products for the experience.

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You'll need a tent, about a 52 pack of cans, maybe a 70cl of Smirnoff, rain ponchos, a bucket hat and a bum-bag, but what about your makeup bag? And your skincare routine? 

Look no further, we've got it all sorted:

1. Misslyn's Desert Fire collection, from €5.95


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The Misslyn 'Desert Fire' collection echoes the rich colours of the desert and creates a unique atmosphere with earthy shades and a mixture of matte and shiny tones for your eyes.

The Desert Night Metallic Eyeshadow Palette is only €12.95, and combines on-trend metallics with matte shades in 12 beautiful colours. The colour crush lipstick is a bold red shade, and costs just €7.95.

Don't forget your True Colour Eyeshadow Base for €5.95 to start off your eye makeup routine. Find the whole 'Desert Fire' collection in Penneys stores now and on Beauty Bay.

2. EcoStardust biodegradable glitter


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Many festivals are now only accepting glitter which is biodegradable, considering the amount of plastic engrained in the substance and how much of it is spread around events like EP.

EcoStardust is just one of the gorgeous brands creating glitter which won't harm the planet as a result of you dancing your heart out to The 1975's The Sound.

Shop the colourful collections on their website, or on ASOS.

3. Fuschia's 'GlamHer' van to save the day

The legends that are Fuschia makeup are bringing their 'GlamHer' van to Electric Picnic to provide festival looks for anyone and everyone. We stan a gang of queens in that van.

The van will be down to greet all of your festival glitter needs at Electric Picnic, with the Fuschia Pro Team are attending in full force to kit you out in full festival makeup, a bath of glitter, body art and hair braiding.

Take the pain of that hungover morning tent rut and book yourself in to let Fuschia give you a 1990s-era iconic makeover.

4. Riemann P20 suncream, between €20 and €30


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As somebody who got absolutely CHARGRILLED to lobster level last year at EP, you don't want to risk getting burned if the sun magically appears. Our poor Irish skin can take it,

P20 products provides seriously reliable suncare for up to 10 hours, so you can go from music act to music act without compromising your performance.

This durability means that, even if you have very sensitive skin, you can enjoy the peace of mind you deserve when spending time in the sun. It offers UVB protection as well as very high UVA protection, thank the Lord.

Grab your set of P20 suncreams at leading pharmacies, Dunnes StoresPenneys and airports nationwide so you won't turn into a meme of the classic sunburnt eejit.  

5. L'Oréal Paris bambi eyes mascara, €14.95


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L'Oréal Paris are seriously reviving that Twiggy era look, serving complete doe-eyed fierceness like there's no tomorrow.

The short bristles grip the lashes in an exaggerated curl, and the long bristles elongate from root to tip for noticeably long lashes.

Available nationwide for just €14.95, we're sold on that false lash Bambi Eye mascara vibe. You'll be making eyes with everyone in the festival tents, they won't know what hit 'em.

6. KISS iEnvy lashes in Premium, €3.50


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If you're gasping for gorgeous, lightweight, natural lashes then look no further than KISS iEnvy at Penneys.

Their Premium lashes fit perfectly with the texture of your own lashes as well as being easily pliable and quick to apply.

Adhesive glue is included in the set, and you'll be amazed at the price; €3.50. Is this real life, or is this just fantasy? We'll take the lot.

7. Nivea's MicellAIR Professional Make Up Remover, from €4.99 to €6.99.


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Of course, you can't have a festival makeup routine without planning for makeup removal, now can you? Luckily for us, Nivea's MicellAIR Professional range has us covered. Or, uncovered?

Formulated with a combination of MicellAIR complex, dry oil and black tea extract, it works like a magnet to effectively lift long-lasting and stubborn waterproof makeup from your face and eyes, leaving zero percent greasy residue, so your skin looks clean and healthy.

It's an absolute essential for your festival bag, and don't even THINK about going to sleep with your makeup on. I don't care how gargled you are from the cans, take it off. No excuses.

The MicellAIR Professional Eye Makeup Remover comes in at just €5,49, the MicellAIR remover wipes are €4.99 and the MicellAIR Professional Makeup Remover is €6.99 from pharmacies nationwide.

8. SOSU by Suzanne Jackson x Keilidh 'Urban Bible': 16 Shade Eyeshadow Palette, €24.95

For a festival where you can't exactly bring the contents of your entire room to, it's important that you bring small, compact palettes with a decent range of colours. Enter the SOSU by Suzanne Jackson x Keilidh MUA Urban Bible palette, isn't she a beaut?

Keilidh MUA describes the palette as her two make up personas, Grunge Vs Insta Fun;

“I continuously struggle to find that one palette that I can take anywhere which contains all of my favourite eyeshadow shades. My ultimate goal was to create a palette that would inspire everyone to play with colour and get creative. Release your inner freak.” We will indeed, gal.

At only €24.95, you'd be mad to miss it. We have our eyes on those two purple shades, 'Freedom' and 'Myth' for our own looks.

9. Bellamianta 'Flawless Filter Body Makeup', €22 (£19.99)


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I mean, if it's good enough for Maura Higgins then it's probably good enough for us. We aren't Love Island royalty but we still deserve a glowing golden tan for the biggest music festival in the Irish calendar.

Bellamianta have released their 'Flawless Filter Body Makeup', and it's absolutely brilliant.  Seamlessly smoothing imperfections, pores, stretch marks, blemishes and evening out skin tone, it's a beauty must-have for any day of the year.

The quick-drying, full-coverage formula is available in two shades; light/medium & medium/dark and can be used on both the face and body. Check out the products on their website here.

10. Dr Bronner's lavender hand sanitiser, €5.35

The Health Store, €5.35

With festivals come germs, and lots ot them. We all need some hand sanitiser for those traumatising trips to the portaloos, but investing in an organic one can be great for your skin.

It also almost ensures that none of the irritants and harmful chemicals are present, which is a bonus. Dr Bronner's organic hand sanitiser kills germs using only organic ethyl alcohol, water, organic lavender oil, and organic glycerin.

It's just as effective as conventional hand sanitisers, but uses none of the same chemicals. It's perfect for using on the go at a festival, keep it in your bum bag at all times. Why not sanitise with a healthy conscience.

Available from The Health Store for €5.35.

11. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless foundation, €40


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There's a reason why this product has a months-long waiting list: it's a total goddess product and it gets results. Charlotte's new innovation foundation is the secret to poreless-looking, flawless complexion with a weightless, full-coverage formula and natural matte finish.

The foundation comes in 44 flawless shades after Charlotte used her colour artistry to make a formula to seamlessly balance your unique skin undertones and optimise your overtones. Charlotte Tilbury is the first colour cosmetics brand to use ground-breaking Magic Replexium to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

it's sweat proof, humidity-proof, waterproof and transfer-resistant, what's not to love? Pack it in your bag and you'll be glowing all day. Grab your shade from Charlotte Tilbury's website here.

12. Glossier 'Balm Dot Com' universal skin salve€12 each or €75 for the full set


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Glossier are a cult beauty brand and once we tried one of their products, we just lost control of ourselves and became overwhelmingly addicted. Just one product can be the gateway into one of the greatest skincare brands in town, and their balm dot com skin salve is a fan favourite.

The hydrating, multipurpose lip balms and skin salves are packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish dry, chafed skin. The dense, waxy texture stays in place to seal in moisture. You can choose the Original, or pick from seven mood-enhancing flavors: 

Birthday (a subtle shimmer), Rose (a barely-there pink tint), Cherry (a sheer red tint), Mint, Coconut, Mango (a translucent coral tint), and Berry (a sheer berry tint) are all available for €12 each or €75 for the full set. Run, Forest, Run. Check out their website for the heaven of festival skincare options.

13. essence 'Lip Saviours' collection, all less than €4


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You didn't think we'd forget lip care, did you? Of course not. You can't head to a glamorous festival without at least looking out for some great lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balms and lip liners. Where would a gal get all of them in the one go? essence cosmetics, that's where.

The queens over at essence have created 52 amazing lip products in a 'Lip Saviours' collection, and we can't thank them enough. You may need to sit down after we tell you this, but the entire collection is available for UNDER €4. Yes, you read that right. We're shaken at that bargain.

They've got 18 lipsticks, 14 lip glosses, 13 lip liners and 7 liquid lipsticks available, with countless combinations. Whether you prefer natural or glam, understated or vibrant, nude or bold, glossy or matte, we have your signature lip look sorted. Pronounce that Electric Picnic pout, girls and boys.

No matter what beauty disaster happens at the festival, be it a fall into the mud or a drink spilled all over you, these 12 products will save the day when it comes to your glamorous lewks.

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Enjoy EP everyone; Stay stunning xoxo. 



From gel nails to shellac to permanent polish – getting your nails done is a total treat. 

However, some weeks we simply don't have time to hit the nail salon – and frankly, it's not always the most affordable way to get our beauty buzz. 


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 Luckily, our ride or die nail polish brand Essence has released….wait for it… not 10, not 20, but 50 shades for Spring/Summer 2019. 

The shades cover a huge range of nail trends that we're about to dive into, which have been spotted on the runways of major fashion houses. 

However, our favourite part of the new line, besides the diverse shade range, has got to be the price – each bottle of polish comes in at just €1.95. Bargain alert!

Bubblegum pink and white manicures were spotted at Jeremy Scott – hailing the return of two toned nails.

Whether you get artistic by splitting each nail in two using a nail sticker, or simply painting every second nail a different shade, two tone is having a moment. 

Try to keep the colour scheme complimentary, such as two pastel shades, or go slightly more editorial with greys, black and white. 


Colour popping nails look gorgeous against a summer tan, and perfectly compliment our new season wardrobe of light denim, white t-shirts and nude animal prints. 

Essence shades Legally Pink and  Mrs Brightside (which we are particularly fond of) are the ideal summer holiday sorbet shades – refreshing, bright and shiny. 

Draw more attention to your gorgeous, individual mani by adding a serving of gold jewellery in the form of rings and bracelets. 

The dark metallic nail trend look may seem like more of a winter vibe, but a dark nail contrasted with a summer outfit can look incredibly edgy.

City of Stars nail polish is the go to product, as navy blue was seen at Emporio Armani’s show, looking regal and elegant. 

Essence gel nail polishes are renowned for rarely needing more than a single coat, so a five minute manicure is guaranteed. What shade is taking your fancy? 



Magnetic lashes have been the most recent online trend, demonstrating hassle-free extensions in a matter of seconds.

But the question is…do they really work?


Today I am trying magnetic Lashes. Goodtimes! #magneticlashes

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So, I decided to try these luscious lashes out for myself.

First, you should know that I am no lash amateur. My roommate does professional lash extensions, and I have often been the guinea pig of her many beauty experiments.

When I had permanent extensions, I used to love waking up every morning and not having to do my eye makeup, but I hated the constant upkeep.

At the time I was working two jobs while going to college so I had NO time for fills every two weeks. Plus, sometimes a girl needs to rub her eyes after a good cry and that would cause these lashes to tragically spiral off in every direction, making me look like the mad hatter.

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I figured that magnetic lashes would be the perfect compromise because of their easy removal.

After a weekend trial, I came to this conclusion: I absolutely loved them!

Contrary to popular assumptions, they are super simple to apply to your eyelids.

The eyelash strips came in small box with arrows indicating which were meant for the top lashes and which were meant from the bottom.

After about twenty minutes of trial and error, I figured out how to slide the lashes on exactly where they looked best – the outside corner of the eye.

The trick was to place the bottom lash on first and then lower the top lash on your eyelid until the magnet gently snaps together. 

By the third day that I used them, I was able to apply them in just a few minutes with some minor adjustments.

Here are my before and after pictures.


What a difference, right?! 

These magnetic strips transformed by eyelashes from drab to fab!

Now, although I love this product there are some cons to the full lash look. If you prefer the natural vibe with some face powder and mascara then these may not be for you.

Because of the black magnets that line the strip, I found that I got the best results when I penciled on some eyeliner. This blended the black line across the whole lid instead of awkwardly leaving it on just half of the eye.

Also, I personally have straight-down lashes with no curl in them whatsoever. So, I curled my natural eyelashes before I stuck on the lash strips, making sure they did not peak through the false ones.

Therefore, the product was not a massive time saver in my daily make up routine, but it also did not take me more time than usual.

Overall, these fabulous lashes are great for a night out on the town or a classy, posh event on a student's budget. I will definitely be using them when I go out on the sesh this weekend.



When it comes to make-up brushes, you can never have too many. However, the makers of Essence and Catrice have just come out with a new range and they are to-die-for.

This exclusive brush collection from stunning new beauty range L.O.V is perfect for every product you use, from powders and foundations to eyeshadows and liners, so you'll never be stuck.

And, if you've used Essence or Catrice before, then you'll know these brushes are going to be fab!

The EVENelegance

This foundation brush will give your make-up a super soft finish and you'll feel like the foundation is just gliding onto your face. Priced at only €9.95, it's an absolute bargain.



The PERFECTional

This duo contouring brush is going to be a lifesaver! How many of you really have no idea what brushes to use when contouring?! Because we certainly don't.The double-ended brush has been especially designed so suit either powder or cream, and at €12.95 it's a total win-win.




This is a duo eyeshadow brush, which we all totally need. Whether you want to go super smokey or slick and pointed, it'll be a breeze with this €6.95 double-ended brush. The rounded bristles are also a dream for blending.

Well, we know what brushes we're putting on our Santa list!



July is fast approaching and if you're running out of make-up already (here, here!) then fear not, because we have two fab kits of Essence goodies to give away.

Nail polishes, eye-shadow kits, lipsticks and way more, you will look better than ever this month wearing our fave make-up brand.

If you think this sounds oh-so-great, then you need to be in it to win it.

Just head over to our Facebook or Instagram page to enter. Good luck, ladies! 



*Competition closed – Congrats to Una Quigley and Francesca Quinlan*


January has been a looong month, and if your make-up is already running out, then fear not, because we have two fab kits of Essence goodies to give away.

Nail polishes, eye-shadow kits, lipsticks and way more, you will look better than ever this month wearing our fave make-up brand.

If you think this sounds oh-so-great, then you need to be in it to win it.

Just head over to our Facebook or Instagram page to enter. Good luck, ladies! 


Catrice and Essence have launched their amazing AW14  make-up collection and Emma Power from SHEmazing! TV went along to check it out. 



If you want to achieve this barely-there make-up look and still look amazing, then follow these steps:


Pat NEW essence all-in-one CC cream clear & correct in 10 natural onto your face. Don’t be fooled by the light texture of this CC cream because it has the power to hide the most sinful blemishes!

If you tend to oil up around your T-zone area, then dust NEW essence stay all day 12h long-lasting powder in 20 matt nude to be shine-free.

For a silky finish, apply NEW essence blush up! powder blush in 20 pinky flow to the apples of your cheeks.


Start with essence mono eye shadow in 78 vanilla milkshake over your lids and layer it up with peach hue in the NEW essence all about candies eye shadow palette .

Don’t forget to put some of that vanilla milkshake shadow on your brow bone and inner corner of your eyes to brighten them up!


Use NEW essence XXXL longlasting lipgloss (mirror shine effect) in 03 very berry for that perfect pout.
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PRICES: NEW essence blush up! powder blush €4.39, NEW essence stay all day 12h long-lasting powder €4.39, NEW essence XXXL longlasting lipgloss (mirror shine effect) €2.89, essence mono eyeshadow €1.99, NEW essence all-in-one CC cream clear & correct €4.99