It's still summertime (although the weather may make you think otherwise), which means its still festival season. Whether you're heading to Electric Picnic in Stradbally or even a festival farther afield, I’ve combined a list below of some go-to products that I would reach for when packing my festival bag. 

Clarins Dry Touch Sun Care Cream for Face SPF30 50ml €23 
Not only does this new sun care range from Clarins do an amazing job protecting your skin from harmful UVB and UVA rays but this ranges packaging is also looking after the environment. Clarins has teamed up Plastic Odyssey to create the packaging for this range from recyclable plastic. 

While sun cream might not be your top priority whilst partying at a festival this summer, it’s extremely important to protect your skin especially when you’re sitting tent-side, even in cloudy weather. The sunscreen comes in two formulas – the Dry-Touch (ideal for combination/oily skin) and the Gel to Oil (ideal for dry/normal skin). I love the texture of the dry touch as it’s easily absorbed without leaving the skin looking overly shiny and it’s a fab base for makeup.

This product also has anti-aging benefits - always a plus - in the plant-based extracts within the formula. Another thing I need to mention is the scent of this range – it smells absolutely divine, slightly fruity and definitely not like the typical SPF scent so it isn’t overpowering or irritating.

Moxi Powder Pod cleansers €7.95 
This powder cleanser takes inspiration from a staple in Japanese skincare. The cleanser is a fine powder that when mixed with water turns into a gentle exfoliant with a slight foamy texture. A powder exfoliant is a great option for sensitive skins as its less abrasive than standard scrubs and won’t leave your skin feeling raw.

The powder is divided into 14 separate pods which are all individually sealed, and the formula is enriched with oat extracts, rice powder and coconut oil. The travel-friendly pods are ideal for any size bag you plan on bringing. 

Catrice 'The Glitterizer Mix n Match’ Eyeshadow Palette €7.99
Catrice has become a real go-to brand in Ireland in recent years, and their Camouflage concealer (which costs €3.95) is a staple product in my makeup bag.

The Glitterizer palette caught my eye due to its unique design. The palette consists of 8 shadows in total – 2 of which are black bases (one matte and one pearlescent), 4 glitter-packed shades and 2 top coat shades which pack an extra glittery punch.

The palette is designed with multiple looks in mind, depending on whether you wear the colours alone or how you combine the base, middle and top shades – the colours are transformed to create a multi-dimensional shimmer look which is ideal for any festival look – and at under a tenner this unique palette is an absolute bargain! 

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude SPF 19 €40.00 
I originally heard of the Teint Idole range from Lancome from the Youtuber Nikki Tutorials who raved about it. While the original formula is a higher coverage, the new nude version still has medium to full coverage but is more lightweight than the original. The formula is thinner in consistency and quite long-wearing with a matte but not dull finish - ideal for the long days and late nights of a festival weekend.

I love anything that doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin so for me this formula ticked a lot of boxes. The foundation comes in 40 shades and is in a squeezy bottle which offers full control when dispensing the product.

This formula is water- and sweat-resistant which is perfect for dancing the night away or wearing through any rain showers that are oh so common for Irish festivals. My favourite way of applying this foundation is using a Real Techniques sponge that’s slightly damp or using a synthetic fibre brush such as the Morphe M439 which will provide fuller coverage. 

Pam Connell is a trained make up artist and self-proclaimed beauty and skincare junkie. Follow her on Instagram at @pam_connell_ or get in touch at