last week i was invited to wilderness festival by pb fave, smashbox. i never need any arm-twisting to don my flower crown and muddy boots, so bright and early saturday morning my friend lisa and i made our way to stunning cornbury park in oxfordshire for the weekend.
nicknamed ‘poshstock’ for its beautiful venue, family-friendly atmosphere (read: relatively low level of gurning 19-year-olds), top notch food and varied entertainment (literary talks, debate panels, yoga sessions and banquet feasts take place alongside the music), it was very different to any festival i’ve been to before.
going to wilderness is a bit like stumbling into wonderland for a few days. everywhere you look there are revellers in fancy dress, wearing feather headdresses, masks or animal tails. as well as the main stage headliners (rodriguez, empire of the sun and noah and the whale), there were theatrical performances, trapeze artists and the box club hosted a late-night party in the forest.
st john, polpo, ottolenghi and mark hix hosted feasts across the weekend – not your average festival food. but the food trucks were just as impressive: mac + cheese, lobster rolls, gyoza, pulled pork wraps, gourmet milkshakes and buddha bowls were some of the grub on offer. we spent much our time trying to work out how we could fit them all in.
the weather was beautiful all weekend, and we spent a chilled-out recovery sunday watching a cricket match as we sipped on much-needed coffee, swimming in the lake, and sunbathing on the banks while being serenaded by folk singers. later on i was treated to a blissful jurlique facial in the sanctuary spa. i told you this was no ordinary festival.
thanks to smashbox, we stayed in the boutique camping field in a luxurious yurt with all the home comforts provided. luxury loos, hot showers and breakfast by my favourite london brunch spot, the breakfast club, were a very welcome treat.
smashbox were hosting sold out make-up masterclasses throughout the weekend, and i was invited along with other bloggers and beauty editors to sit in on a class.
dancing for hours on end in the heat (or more often in england, the rain) always sees my festival make-up running down my face before nightfall. we learned some tricks to give our looks staying power.
prepping the skin with primer will help to keep your skin hydrated and provide a velvet-soft base for your make-up. rather than caking on foundation, bb cream is a lightweight alternative that will allow your skin to breathe for all those hours in front of the main stage, while still providing enough coverage to be photo-ready.
the second day of a festival usually results in a bedraggled, panda-eyed look. but i managed to avoid this with a little help from my smashbox and bumble and bumble survival kit. luminizing primer gave my skin, suffering from overindulgence and lack of sleep, a much-need boost. o-glow intuitive cheek color is already my favourite product from the range, magically turning from a clear gel to a natural looking tint as it is rubbed into your cheeks. the o-gloss does the same for your lips, staining them a subtle pink.
i’m obsessed with the new photo op eye brightening mascara – blue prism technology claims to reflect in the whites of your eyes to make them appear wider and brighter. a quick spray and scrunch of b&b surf spray in my hair, and i felt human again.
i’m definitely returning to wilderness in 2014, and next time i’m packing my fox tail. you can find more information about the festival here.
peanut buttered were guests of smashbox uk.