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 cray. 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.
Aromaflage kept the bugs at bay.
Made of essential oils, I not only smelled just lovely, but was 100% bug free.
Soapwalla allowed me to be someone you could actually stand next to.
I applied this at home on friday morning before we headed off to the Angeles National Forest. I came home sunday afternoon, after having gone on hikes, broken down camp, sweated in the hot LA mountain sun, and not showered for 2 days. I didn't bring it with me and didn't reapply it over the weekend and I should have been stinky, like so stinky I wouldn't have wanted to be near myself, but instead I was perfectly odorless. This product seriously never ceases to amaze me.
The Cleanse Facial Wipes kept my skin dirt-free.
Of course I had baby wipes on hand (a habit of my job and of being a mother to a young child) but I had a special stash of these to keep my face clean. And oh, how delicious it felt to wipe the dust and dirt off my face with these. A soft refreshing scent it the woods that made me feel instantly human again.
Taos Bee Balm 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 and swiped it on the backs of my hands so that they could feel moisturized without my palms feeling gross and product-y because hand cream + camping = yuk. (Check out that well loved tube of Bee Balm!)
Goldfaden MD Sun Visor SPF saved me from getting a sunburn.
Sunscreen is a must and this is my hands down fave. Begin able to spray it on versus having to rub something in (where I would have felt like I was just grinding dirt into my pores) makes the whole application so much nicer. Plus it's not sticky so I didn't feel like it was an additional dust magnet.
And lastly, icy cold beer. Because, beer and camping just make sense.