In just a few short weeks I will be heading back to college along with millions of others. I am heading into my junior year of college and have definitely learned a few things over my last two years as far as getting up and ready for class early in the morning. Long gone are the days of spending an hour getting ready in front of a mirror by myself and having time to put on a full face of makeup. If I'm lucky, I have 20 minutes to get my hair and face looking presentable before I have to run out of the bathroom and give someone else space. I've pared down my basket of beauty products since my first year in school and only bring with me the essentials that get me through the day. These are my top 10 back to school beauty must-haves that will be coming to college with me.
1. The Estée Edit Beam Team Hydrate + Glow
This is a double-duty illuminating lightweight daily moisturizer that I'm obsessed with! It takes care of hydrating my skin plus it gives me a bit of a golden glow at the same time. PLUS, hidden in the cap is a little shimmer balm that I smooth on the top of my cheekbones. $42 at Sephora.
2. Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid
I have so many flaws — too many to count and I depend on color correcting products to hide them. My favorite color correcting product is this one because it's super easy to apply with its concealer-like wand and fluid consistency. It comes in five different shades, so no matter your issue, blemish, dark circle, etc., you can fix it in a flash! $28 at Nordstrom, Sephora and Ulta.
3. Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
Well, there are times that I need a full coverage foundation that will last all day (or night) and this is my new favorite foundation. This long wearing foundation has the most beautiful, natural matte finish to it that covers every flaw but still looks natural on my skin. I LOVE that it is waterproof so no matter how pressured I might feel for an exam, interview or at my internship, I know I will look fresh and flawless. There is a full range of 24 shades to choose from. $40 at urbandecay.com, Sephora, Nordstrom and Ulta.
4. Benefit Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette
I don't want to look like death walking around campus and this palette contains five of Benefit's best-selling box of powders which include bronzers, highlighters and blush shades in various shades. I love that there is an option for any occasion. It's basically all I need for day or night! $58 at Sephora or Ulta.
5. L'Oréal Paris Pocket Palette
Space is limited in my little beauty basket, so I don't tote a large eye palette with me. I can get the same look with the new portable Pocket Palette from L'Oréal. This little palette contains four greatly pigmented shades in coordinated colors (one is made to be used as a liner) that blend to create a natural eye. There are eight color combinations available with an infinite number of possibilities. My faves are Boudoir Charme and French Biscuit. $9.99 at drugstores/mass retailers.
6. Max Factor Masterpiece MAX Mascara
Mascara is a given in my beauty basket, and I change mine often (I'm lucky that my Mom gives me all of the mascara to test). Right now I am testing this Max Fator mascara, and I just repurchased a tube because WOW, WOW, WOW what it does to add volume, definition, and length to my lashes is incredible. This one is out for a limited time only. $9.99 at drugstores/mass retailers.
7. Nude Lipstick/Lipgloss/Lip Balm
I almost always keep it natural on my lips and most days just swipe on Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment or Vaseline Lip Therapy, but because I have an internship I will be applying a nude colored lipstick or gloss a few days a week. A few of my favorite nude lipsticks/glosses include Tarte Park Ave Princess Amazonian Butter Lipstick, Kylie Poppin' Gloss, Max Factor Simply Nude Lipstick, The Estée Edit Cocobalm in Coco Peach.
8. Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes
Makeup remover wipes are essential and I stock up when I can. I love these micellar wipes for how effective they are in removing makeup without leaving any film or residue on my skin. These also remove every last trace of long-wearing makeup too. They are perfect for in between class when I'm not wearing makeup, after the gym to refresh skin or when I am just feeling gross which can happen being stuck inside class all day. $7.99 at Target, Ulta or drugstores.
9. Dry Shampoo
Dry Shampoo is another one of those products that I just can't live without. I don't know what college student washes their hair more than 3 - 4 times a week and this essential product helps keep hair smelling and looking fab in between. While I love it when my Mom splurges on my favorite Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, I most often use Dove Style + Care Dry Shampoo. It not only refreshes my hair, it gives it added volume.
10. invisibobble ORIGINAL the traceless hair ring
If you know what an old fashioned phone cord looks like, well, that's what this unique hair tie looks like and it's genius. It holds hair super tight without feeling tight and what's really great is that this doesn't leave any marks in the hair so re-styling up or down is a breeze. There are many colors to choose from. $8 for a pack of three at Sephora.
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