back to college : my favorite back to school makeup products

Hi friends! I’m finally back on campus and I’m more than excited to be back in the swing of things and to be reunited with my friends again! A little life update, I have FINALLY finished unpacking the last of my boxes and settled into my new house and let me tell you guys, I am MORE than excited to finally be able to say that. My roommates and I had such a hard time finding a house on campus that was suitable and clean to live in (PSA: college houses can be so GROSS sometimes) but we finally found this adorable little house near campus and it’s seriously the best. I’m finishing up recruitment for my sorority and we are only a few days away from meeting our new pledge class (YAY) but because of how time-consuming things have been lately that is why I have been a little MIA here recently. But despite how hectic this month has been, things are finally starting to slow down again and I’ll be a lot more active on here so stay tuned for some good stuff that is coming to the blog this month!

 

 

Now onto the good stuff!

Kicking it off with my favorite face products!

I usually don’t like to wear a lot of face makeup when I’m heading to class just because I have classes so early some days and nobody has time to get up that early and do all of that. But on the off chance, I have somewhere to go after my classes or I’m just in the mood to put on face makeup my usual go-to face products would be bronzer and concealer.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – This has been my favorite concealer for the past two years and it lasts so long! The formula isn’t too thick and it blends super easily too. If I’m ever in a hurry and I need something to help brighten up my tired eyes this is my favorite go-to concealer and it lasts for a while too.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – This is just a cheaper alternative to the Tarte shape tape but the formula on the Fit Me concealer is not as thick as the Tarte concealer. So if your someone who doesn’t need as much coverage because you live in a perfect world where you get enough sleep every night (LOL I wish I could relate) or you enjoy the Nars creamy concealer than this is a good dupe for you.

Hoola Matte Bronzer – I have used this stuff for YEARS and seriously I can’t get enough of it! This bronzer has the prettiest undertone to it and it seriously does wonders for my face (hello cheekbones). I seriously don’t know anyone who has used this stuff before and has said “oh I don’t like this bronzer” if you have, then let me know why because seriously it’s that good. Plus, it takes a while for you to hit pan on it, I have had mine for mmm maybe a year now and I still have a good amount of product left. Seriously, so worth investing your money in.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer – Again, I totally understand what it’s like to ball on a budget being a broke college student and all so this bronzer by Physician’s Formula works just as well if not better than the Hoola Matte bronzer. I love that it doesn’t make my face look muddy (girls, you know what I’m talking about) and it’s not too dark either so it makes my face look very bronzy and natural looking.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Personally, I like liquid highlighters better than powder one’s just because I like the whole dewy face effect that it gives off. But I like them especially more when I’m not wearing foundation just because I think it helps makes my face look a lot more natural looking. A great and affordable liquid highlighter that I constantly love to wear is the Makeup Revolution liquid highlighter! This product leaves my face looking fresh and clean and I love that it has a droplet applicator so you can get just the right amount of product.

 

 

For the eyes, I like to go with something simple and natural looking so I usually will dig into my ABH Modern Renaissance palette and apply the shade “Buon fresco” to my lid and the shade “Raw sienna” to my crease. This palette is so universal and easy to use! t I think the main reason I’m obsessed with the Modern Renaissance palette, is because the palette has so many great, warm transitions shades but it also has bright and bold warm colors as well so it gives it diversity.

 

 

After that, I’ll just swipe some mascara on and apply some chapstick and I’m ready to go for the day! One of my favorite mascara’s that I have been using lately is the Buxom big tease mascara   I love that it doesn’t clump my eyelashes together and you only have to apply a few coats to get the job done!

Typically for chapstick, my go-to is the Aquaphor lip repair this chapstick has been a favorite of mine for years and I don’t see that changing anytime soon but if you know of some good chapstick brands please let me know, I’m always open for suggestions. After that, I’m ready to go and ready to take on my day! I hope you guys enjoyed my second post in my back to college series and until next time.

 

XO,

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My back to college essentials

Hi pals! Can you believe it’s already August? I swear I blinked and this summer flew by, with summer coming to an end that means classes are about to start again and it’s time to make a trip to Target. I rounded up some of my favorite things that I use that help me throughout the school year and some things that I just like to have with me on a daily basis when I’m heading to class. I’m starting a “back to college” series here on my blog so I hope you enjoy my first post in this series and find some of this stuff to be useful for you too this semester!

 

  1. Planner

 

I’m super ADD like it’s not even funny so I absolutely have to have a planner that breaks down my day in order for me to stay on task and stay focused on things. My friend actually recommended this planner to me and it does exactly what I need it to do, it splits your days up into different time slots and also has a section for you to write out your to-do list for that day as well.  I think it’s an easy way to stay organized during the school year because if your anything like me it can become really overwhelming sometimes so having a planner will be a lifesaver for me this school year.

 

2. Reusable water bottle – Okay, confession time: I never have really used reusable water bottles before, I think it was because my family always drank from water bottles growing up so I was never really raised to be eco-friendly like that (although, we did recycle and compost growing up so disclaimer we didn’t completely hate the earth while I was growing up but moving on).  I don’t know but regardless your girl can’t afford boujie water bottles anymore so I guess we are going to have to get behind the whole reusable water bottle trend. #Adulting

Highlighters – This one is a given for pretty much everybody but I do love buying my highlighters in big sets like these ones here! I just feel like the more I highlight things the more I feel like my life is put together ya know? This pack is on sale for $5 right now!

 

Backpack- If you aren’t in college yet and you’re debating on whether or not you should use a backpack take my advice and use one. I practically live out of my backpack during the school year so I would invest in a nice one that will last you throughout college! You will have so many books, folders and things to carry around that you won’t want to use your purse for things like that, plus you can decorate your backpack with super cute buttons so that’s always a plus!

Vitamins – Sort of random but hear me out, going to a big university is seriously the best and I wouldn’t trade it for anything BUT the only thing that sucks about attending a big school is that you get sick a lot easier than when you were in high school. Seriously, take it from me I was practically sick my entire freshman year because of all the events you attend and how many people you are around 24/7. So this year I have decided to start taking better care of myself and start taking vitamins, so far Google said that the best ones take are the One-A-Day multivitamins  because it’s like taking 7 different vitamins in one tablet and to take the Nature Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails vitamins, which by the way I already take and they work wonderfully. Plus, both vitamins are under $10 so they are both super affordable!

 

Sunglasses – I wore my sunglasses everywhere last year and truthfully I liked wearing them because they would hide the bags under my eyes and sometimes they’d look really cute with my outfit. This isn’t necessarily an “essential” it’s just something I like to have with me throughout the school year.

K-Cups- I live, breathe, and run on coffee, like no joke I wouldn’t be able to function without my k-cups. My favorite k-cups are the Starbucks french roast k cups or the Italian roast ones and they’re inexpensive too! I believe it’s like $7 for a pack of 10 cups and you can just pick them up at Kroger or wherever your nearest grocery store is.

 

Some other essentials worth mentioning –

 

xo,

My Fall Back To School Makeup Routine​

When it comes to looking good when going to class I am not someone who is the greatest at that. I’m lucky if I even brush my hair that morning because tbh it’s 9 am and I could care less if John in the front row cares about how I look that morning. Continue reading “My Fall Back To School Makeup Routine​”