COACHELLA CHECKLIST ☆ MINI ITEMS TO SURVIVE IN THE DESERT.

COACHELLA CHECKLIST ☆ MINI ITEMS TO SURVIVE IN THE DESERT.

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Now that you’ve got your outfits picked out, it’s time to grab a few little items to add to your Coachella Checklist. Time’s ticking and the countdown to your time in Indio is ALMOST here! Are you a weekend one or weekend two type of person?  I’m totally guilty of being a fan of weekend one — I mean, who can’t resist the star-studded crowd, the absolutely stunning display of fashion, and all to a soundtrack from some of music’s top artists.

Maybe that makes me a total cliché, but, oh well! Let’s get to packing!

20180410-gucci First things first, you’re going to need a way of keeping up with your festival items.

If you choose to carry a small backpack or opt for a belt bag, you’re going to want something spacious. I picked Gucci’s GG Marmont matelassé leather bag — but, that’s just me being bougie for the aesthetic. Urban Outfitters has an AMAZING version in clear, which is one of this season’s most popular trends for bags. Nasty Gal also has a good one here, as does BaubleBar. I love this style because you can wear it around your waist or across your body.

Just remember, if you choose to bring a clear bag, be extra cautious with what you place in it. Throw in a mini makeup bag or pouch to conceal your money and personal items. Nothing kills the mood like reaching for cash that’s no longer in there. Same goes for backpacks if they’re not secure enough.

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An obvious choice, but sunglasses will be your best friend beneath the blazing California sun.

Sunglasses, in my opinion, are one of the best forms of self-expression. Anyone and everyone has owned a pair of Ray-Ban Aviators in their lifetime. One of my professors even believes the Aviator is an iconic and timeless style. While a safe choice, there are several other options out there for all types of styles.

I’ve always been a supporter of rounded sunglasses. My  favorite came from  a small boutique in Huntington Beach, California, but have since been lost. Ray-Ban has a pair of circular glasses that I’ve had my eye on for the last few months that are perfect for the festival season. As are these octagonal-shaped ones in pink. You can also go for the clout style of glasses from Urban Outfitters. I especially love the ones in white or red! Following the likes of Kendall Jenner and GiGi Hadid, you could also opt for the ever so trendy Matrix style glasses for a little something different.

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This will come in handy for those of you who will be camping on grounds!

If you’re anything like me, there’s ALWAYS that one part of your leg you somehow miss. Well, this product is here to forever change that and make it easier than ever to fix it! The Sphynx Portable Razor is a mini compact shaving kit. You spin the little handle to reveal either a razor side, a shave balm, or a little spray bottle. It’s perfect for those little missed areas or for touch-up throughout the weekend. Also, how cute is the packaging?

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As much as you want to unplug for the weekend, we all know that’s not going to happen.

I always try to stay off my phone during concerts, but it’s a struggle. I just have this compulsive desire to document the entire thing. While service at Coachella is sketchy at most, that still doesn’t keep you from trying. From trying to locate friends or waiting for that front row spot, that battery will drop. I love this one from Urban Outfitters for its color choices, compact design, and overall ease for use. You don’t want to be caught with no phone — but, if you are, make some friends. Sometimes those relationships become your best.

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Again, this is more of a campsite, post-festival item, but it really works.

Bumble and Bumble recently launched their new Scalp Detox, a self-described “tingly, zingy, fizzy scalp refresher.” Somewhat similar to a dry-shampoo, this product is used to cleanse hair but requires the use of water. The product uses micellar water (y’know, that amazing thing you should add to your cleansing routine), to cleanse. Panthenol is used to prevent the over-drying of hair and Salicylic acid helps remove any pore-clogging debris. AKA, the stuff that can lead to dandruff. The fizzy foam tingles and provides a cooling sensation as you apply it to your dry hair. After three minutes, you simply wash it out! This is perfect for those late-nights after Coachella when you’re too tired for a proper wash. This will rid your scalp of built up dry shampoo, hairspray, and desert dust that you’ve collected.

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While you’re scrubbing your hair to get rid of buildup, you should probably rinse off that glitter, too.

Listen, not everyone is a glitter girl at Coachella. Some go all out and cover various body parts in it. Others want nothing to do with it — it’s all up to you. However, that being said, I’m a glitter girl. I love the festivals in the UK and the babes who go full-out with their glitter. I appreciate a little bit of glam with my Coachella outfit, but nothing too much. Being in a sorority in college, I’ve basically become a self-proclaimed glitter professional. From the best places to purchase glitter, to how to apply it and have it stay in place all day… I got you.

I save several of my glitspiration images on my Pinterest board, Free Spirited, for when lacking in creativity, but just what feels right for you. Usually, I like placing it along my cheekbones for an extra highlight, or beneath my eyes. Star shaped glitter is also my thing (if you haven’t noticed, anything with stars in my thing, I love them). My favorite products come from The Gypsy Shrine, which is available in-store in several UK TopShop locations, but available in the states online at Urban Outfitters, Topshop, and ASOS.

I prefer to apply the loose glitter mixes with a makeup brush and vaseline, and finish it with hairspray. But, if you don’t feel comfortable applying your own, you can buy one of their stick-on jeweled pieces. Keep a small thing of vaseline with you in your bag and some glitter for touch-ups if needed.

After all of that, please, please don’t show up wearing a Bindi or tribal-inspired paint. Be respectful in your accessories.

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Finally, you all should’ve seen this coming, but I can’t emphasize this product more!

I’m a loyal MILK Makeup lover, it’s apparent throughout my posts (HMU, Milk) and this is one of, if not my top, favorite product from their line. The Cooling Water is a refreshing mixture seawater and caffeine-infused gel in a stick form for easy, on-the-go application. I use it every morning to reduce inflammation. We kept it in the cooler during the summer when I worked as a lifeguard for a between rounds refresher. I’ve also converted so many friends to its magic. It’s the bomb.com.

The Cooling Water comes in two sizes, a baby stick and normal. The mini stick is perfect for your travel bag. Your eyes will thank you the morning after a late night at Coachella with an energizing boost. Pull it out mid-show for a quick cool down. Milk Makeup Cooling Water 2020!

Don’t forget to include the basics of any outdoor event. You’ll need SUNSCREEN, a bandana in case of a dust storm, and water.

So, if you’re heading out this weekend, please remember to re-apply sunscreen and stay hydrated. It gets hot out there and you can become dehydrated quickly and put yourself at risk of heat stroke. Coachella offers free water, so lookout for that!

Okay, my mom rant is over now and I cannot wait to see all of your outfits from Coachella! Send me pics, write me letters via pigeon, ANYTHING — I want to know how much you enjoyed it! ttyl, babes.

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  1. Cass Harris
    April 12, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    This website and your photos are soo Bomb💣

  2. April 13, 2018 / 5:23 am

    Ahh, you’ve now made me want to go to Coachella even more! I swear my Instagram feed is full of people arriving in Palm Springs and I’m sat in my bed with my tea, trying not to buy glitter from The Gypsy Shrine because I have nowhere to use it haha

    Love,
    K | http://www.ginandbiscuits.co.uk
    xxx

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