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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Things I Wish I Had During Sorority Recruitment​

Hi loves! Sorority recruitment is just weeks away and I know every chapter on campus can’t wait to meet our PNM’s (potential new members) I didn’t know what this stood for when I first read that word so just in case you didn’t know either that’s what it means but moving on. Every sorority has been planning and double checking that everything is perfect for this upcoming recruitment year and we can’t wait to meet you girls and possibly call you our sister!

I remember when I went through recruitment, I was so excited to go through and meet every chapter on campus that I hardly slept the night before open house (the first day of recruitment). I picked out all my outfits in advanced and stalked every girl that had her sororities name in her Instagram bio and I was READY to go. As each day went by and I was one step closer to finding my forever home I often found myself in situations throughout the long days where I would think to myself “wow I wish I had this right now”. So instead of you making the same mistakes I did, I put together a list of things that you could bring with you to make your rush week as easy as possible.

 

  1. A Fan- Ladies, it’s the middle of August it’s HOT outside and it’s even hotter walking around all day long. So do yourself a favor and invest in a fan you will thank yourself later.

2. An Umbrella-  On the first day of open house it poured on us, We were all in grey t-shirts and it was hot and humid and let me tell y’all I looked like I had just walked out of a hurricane by house 5 of that day. It was rough, even my rain jacket was SOAKED, ( Another thing you should bring with you) So don’t be like me and bring an umbrella and a raincoat your hours of hard work on your hair and makeup will thank you later.

3. Blotting sheets- Going back to how dang hot it is outside, my makeup made my face look super oily from the heat and it just kept getting worse as the day progressed on. Keep some blotting sheets in your purse or with your gamma chi, you’ll be happy you did!

4. Bandaids- If you’re anything like me or the average girl, you like to choose your outfit over being practical, those cute wedges look super cute with your outfit until you reach house 4 and your entire back heel is covered in blisters. I get it, you want to look your best and no one is telling you, that you can’t but bring some band-aids to help you out along the way.

5. Gum- If I had to pick one thing to bring from this entire list it would be gum, ladies we want to talk to you and get to know you but keep in mind we are also talking to about 50 other girls at the same time we are talking to you so we are super close to each other for most of our conversation.  Bring some gum as a courtesy to the girls you are going to be talking too, no one wants to be remembered as the girl who had bad breath.

6. A small bag- I mentioned this earlier, it’s not necessarily something you HAVE to have during recruitment but it’s nice to have something to carry your phone or lipstick in or the things I mentioned above. Even a clutch or a shoulder bag will do the trick!

Lastly, remember to come in with an open mind, coming into recruitment I already knew a lot of different girls from different sororities because I had grown up in the area so I had a pretty good idea of where I wanted to go. Turns out what I thought I wanted really wasn’t meant for me all along but that was okay because I’m super happy and proud to be apart of my sorority today. You will hear this phrase so many times during recruitment but “trust the process” you may think it’s dumb or not true but it’s there for a reason and it really does work, you will find the chapter that you’re meant to be in and you’ll eventually call it home.

Every chapter is different from the other but we all have one thing in common which is the love we have for our sisters and the love we have for being a part of something bigger than our own selves. Every sorority serves a different purpose to a different organization but at the end of the day we love being a part of Greek life and that’s what unites us. You will find your lifelong best friends and you’ll meet other girls who aren’t in your sorority too, you are going to do great and we can’t wait to meet you and welcome you home!

xo,