If there's one thing a makeup artist can't get down with, it's dirty hands and dirty nails. But when you're camping, there's kind of no escaping it. And letting go of fastidiousness is one of the things that's great about it. You get dusty, dirty, sweaty and there's little you can do to prevent it. Now look, if you had told me 10 years ago that I would voluntarily go camping I would have told you to your face that you were straight up crazy. Even the thought of glamping, you know basically sleeping in a cabin with an actual bed, would have elicited a solid belly laugh from me. But here I was, sleeping in a tent, in a national park with rattlesnakes and owls n' shit.
Let me tell you what allowed this trip to be manageable for me: beauty products. Hear me out, I'm no diva and I don't need to wear makeup in the woods, that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a handful of necessities that got me through the weekend still feeling like a civilized human being, instead of a woman who had quickly evolved into some form of a Sasquatch.
So let's break it down...
DEET-free, and gently moisturizing, Golden Hour Insect Repellent from Kinfield kept the bugs at bay.
Made from a highly effective strain of Indonesian citronella and essential oils, I not only smelled just lovely, but was 100% bug free.
Lanolin's 101 Ointment kept everything moist, without feeling sticky.
This balm never left my side. I used it liberally on my lips, but I also used it at night as an eye cream, a face and neck cream. The 101 in the name must mean it has 101 uses, at least I like to think that's why they mean.
Mineral Ally Daily Defense SPF 50 from Soleil Toujours saved me from getting a sunburn.
Sunscreen is a must and this is my hands down fave. With camping, it's outside all of the time so you better protect yourself. I feel properly covered with this SPF.
And lastly, icy cold beer.
Because, beer and camping just make sense.