Believe it or not, I love camping. We even have a date set in August for a three-nighter. Tent, fishing, canoe, the works.
Now rub your eyes. Focus on a spot about five feet past your laptop screen. Blink twice. Now look back at the computer screen. Read my first sentence again. Yes, you read it right the first time, my dears. I love camping. It shocks all my friends, so you aren’t the first to freak over the idea that I like (and go out of my way) to rough it. I even have Coleman’s propane coffee maker. OK, so I’m not roughing it roughing it.
You might be different though, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors. If the very thought of tents makes you tense, I have a few beauty solutions for you. Turn camping into ‘glamping’ with a little al fresco glamour. Stick with these beauty rescues and you’ll survive and be back to your spa in no time. But you’ll still have to leave your Louboutins at home.
Outdoor grime quickly turns ‘dos quickly into don’ts. Shaking on dry shampoo gives hair gives more body and less mess all without water. Acure Organic makes a colorless powder of cornstarch, French white clay, and oat and slippery elm bark flours that absorbs oil sans suds. Argan Stem Cells + CoQ10 add a keratin-boosting moisture complex. It’s also minus any bug-attracting flowery scents, so mosquitos don’t head straight for you.
You can’t abide by the frizzies, even in the woods. But since outdoor outlets are tough to come by, your flat iron got left behind. Conair’s YOU Cordless Flat Iron gets its 419°F heat from a replaceable Thermacellbutane cartridge that lasts up to two months. That translates to on-the-fly hair care. You can even pop it back in your backpack immediately after use, so no one needs to know you didn’t just roll out of the sleeping bag looking this good.
The stakes are high that you’ll break a nail when pitching a tent. Tweezerman’s new Matchbox Itty Bitty Nail Files mean you also won’t pitch a fit. Called Pop of Op, the fun optical illusion patterns of lavender, aqua and magenta come in cute matchbox cases a la campfire. Since the two-sided files are disposable (but also durable), just file, smooth and toss. There’s also the limited edition Harajuku Lovers one shown above. Only you can prevent forest files.
We’re pretty sure Stella McCartnery or Peter Dundas of Emilio Pucci aren’t camping fans. You can still channel the swirling paisley of their Spring/Summer 2012 runways with an ExOfficio Insect Shield paisley bandana (shown above). While looking carefree chic, you’re also repelling mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and other nasties. Tie your hair up in a pop of turquoise, purple or yellow or stay natural in bone or light olive. It also has UPF 30+ sunguard for when the sun breaks through the trees. You’ll be bug-free up to 70 washes. Not that you ever plan on camping that many times.
Mother Nature inspires beauty, but her great outdoors isn’t the place to spend hours in a makeup chair. Ditch diva status for the do-it-all Nars’ Orgasm Multiple Stick. You can use it everywhere (think eyes, cheeks, lips and body), and the creamy color stays put with sheer shimmer. Applied with your fingers, it actually blends better on warm skin. Translation: when your skin’s hot from a hike, now that’s a pretty thing.
Who knew you would ever get that excited about camping? Achem.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.'¨
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