I'm Going to Coachella for the Fifth Time—Here's What I'm Bringing
Ah, Coachella. I love you, and I hate you. Within your Technicolour walls, I’ve experienced love, thumping bass, and some of the most vivid memories of my life (along with some of the blurriest). After five wonderful years, I thought our relationship was finally coming to a peaceful, loving end. We were consciously uncoupling, as Gwyneth Paltrow would say—you were being embraced by a younger, less tired crowd, and I was finally going to try growing up (in reality, I had moved to New York, and it was just logistically harder to get to you).
Well, 2016 breezed by, and I didn’t step onto your magical turf—didn’t experience that feeling of bursting through the gate and frolicking through your fields. I thought it was the end of an era. And yet, here I am, readying my bags once more to battle your dust storms and blazing heat. What can I say? I just can’t stay away. As a Coachella veteran, I’ve got my festival beauty packing list down to a science. I know which sunscreens are small enough to fit into my belt bag and won’t melt in the heat, plus which dry shampoo makes my dust-ravaged hair look squeaky-clean. Enjoy—and see you in Indio!
Agent Nateur Holi(Rose) No4 Deodorant ($30)
I will preface this by saying that I don’t really sweat (I know, I’m annoying) and don’t wear deodorant unless I’m doing hot yoga or it’s summer in NYC. That being said, this natural deodorant is my go-to. It smells like fresh roses and keeps me smelling like fresh roses, too. I love that it’s made with all-natural ingredients and allows me to raise my hands in the air to Haim without a care in the world.
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($30)
The reality of Coachella is that showering will often fall low on your list of priorities in the day. This is a fact. I consider myself a very clean person when it comes to personal hygiene, and this was something I had to grapple with my first year at the festival, where I camped. Luckily, beauty products exist that help you look and smell like you didn’t just dance to Beyoncé in a dust storm, and Amika’s dry shampoo is one I always bring with me to the festival for one reason alone: You can layer it on second- or even third-day hair without any buildup. Other dry shampoos work the first time, but if you try to use them again the next day, they’ll start leaving your strands slightly stiff and crunchy. Not so with this one. It sprays on almost invisibly and soaks up dirt and oil like a pro. Yes, you could just shower, but like I said, you probably won’t.
Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm in Coral ($49)
This lip balm is a classic and has over 4000 positive reviews on Sephora for a good reason. It’s hydrating, gives your lips a perfect hint of colour, and comes in a wide variety of shades and finishes, so you’ve got options. I love the coral one especially for the festival circuit; it makes your lips look plump and juicy in the sweltering sun.
Huxley Secret of Sahara Spa Routine Trio ($136)
I got sent baby-size versions of these three masks and used them on a recent trip to L.A., with amazing results. The scrub/mask is great to apply before your shower, and I loved the gentle exfoliating action. The calming mask is perfect for soothing sun-stressed skin, and the overnight mask helped me wake up to bright, glowing skin after a night of too many tequila sodas. Needless to say, this trio will be coming with me to Coachella.
Fenty Beauty Body Lava Body Luminizer ($82)
I’m not exaggerating when I say the entire Byrdie team in NYC collectively shrieked when we got this delivery from Fenty Beauty. The queen of glow, Rihanna herself, debuted this product on her Instagram in the most seductive way, and ever since then, the world has waited in breathless anticipation for its launch. To put it shortly, it doesn’t disappoint. Yes, it’s pricey for a body product, but the bottle is hefty and, I can imagine, will last for a long time. The smell is slightly vanilla, slightly floral without veering into overpowering; after an hour or so, you can only smell it if you’re an inch away from your skin. The finish is just the right amount of glossy and glittery. From far away, it just gives your collarbones, shoulders, and any exposed parts a gorgeous sheen—like you maybe just took a luxurious bath and emerged dripping in gold and reflecting light.
Sunbum Sunscreen Face Stick ($14)
This little guy has accompanied me to many a music festival, and for good reason. It takes up barely any room, is easy to apply, and smells like bananas. I swipe the stick over my face throughout the day to ensure my skin stays protected, and it never breaks me out or feels like a sticky film. I haven’t gotten burned yet!