School is back in session! From those who are new to beauty to our makeup pros and college dorm freshmen to even mom and dad, we have some things you need that might not have been on your back-to-school shopping list.
Are you new to beauty? Have no fear! Start your skincare and makeup journey here!
Neutrogena’s Mineral Sheers Compact Powder Foundation
BEAUTY 101 is in session!
This compact powder foundation is the perfect first step to experimenting with makeup. Sheer coverage allows for your natural beauty to show through as you get to know your way around makeup foundations.
It easily covers imperfections and evens skin tone for a radiant appearance, and builds gradually from sheer to medium, offering versatility for many occasions. The compact container fits easily into school bags or lockers for hassle-free touch-ups anywhere. Apply with a cotton pad or brush to enhance the appearance of the skin, leaving it looking soft and refined.
Urban Decay’s Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
The ultimate beauty beginner’s bestie
Experiment with ease using neutral shades that reflect natural beauty. This palette features six neutral shades with a matte finish for any skin tone. The soft shadows also blend easily for natural day looks or sultry smoky eyes.
The Original Beautyblender
An essential for a flawless finish face
Once you graduate from powder compacts, you’ll want to use a beauty blender to seamlessly apply your liquid foundations, skin tints, cream blushes, and bronzers.
The Original Beautyblender creates a flawless finish to any makeup look, with minimum product waste. The bottom of this teardrop sponge spreads and blends product across the widest parts of the face while its pointed tip easily reaches all of the face’s contours for an even application every time.
Soak it in water and squeeze the sponge of excess liquid until it’s twice the size, and with a stippling motion, use it to bounce on liquid foundations, concealers, BB Creams, and more. While it’s still damp, use it to pick up and apply finishing powders for a truly airbrushed look.
Conair’s Cotton Hair Drying Towel
The only way to dry your hair fresh out of the shower
Keep your locks long and strong! Prevent breakage by gently twisting your damp hair up into a microfiber hair turban to dry after the shower. The ultra-absorbent, smooth surface of the friction-free cotton jersey material reduces friction (which causes frizz). It keeps hair cuticles smooth while enhancing shine, plus it twists up and out of the way to prevent breakage, protect curls, and smooths textures as the hair dries.
CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin or Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin
Everyone has to start somewhere! Start your skincare journey with a trusted basic cleanser. Both of these use Ceramides 1, 3, and 6-II to help restore the protective skin barrier while Hyaluronic Acid helps retain the skin’s moisture. They’re also both fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, non-drying, and non-irritating. The foaming cleanser also includes Niacinamide to help calm the complexion.
Eminence Organic Skin Care’s Firm Skin Acai Moisturizer
Firming & moisturizing clean beauty for all levels
No matter what level beauty connoisseur you are, a clean beauty-firming moisturizer adds oomph to your routine. This moisturizer locks in hydration for an all-day glow while protecting and repairing the skin.
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Mario Badescu’s Glass Bottle Drying Lotion
The go-to for unwanted surprise guest blemishes
Who’s the new girl? Treat unwanted surprise guest blemishes with this classic spot treatment. It uses salicylic acid, sulfur, and calamine to dry up blemishes overnight.
Tarte’s Sugar Rush Skin Treat Concealer
Treat blemishes while concealing them
Don’t just conceal your blemishes; heal them, too with a concealer that does both. This medium-full coverage pen also uses diamond powder to blur and diffuse light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores with a natural matte finish. With macadamia, vitamin E, avocado & shea butters, this formula is crease-resistant, lightweight, and smooth.
The best part is that the angled tip is perfect for on-the-go concealing, making this concealer a locker must-have. It reduces the appearance of redness and dark circles while brightening the complexion. It is waterproof to boot, so it’ll last the whole school day without worry.
Fenty Beauty’s Invisimatte Blotting Paper
Blot away excess oil & shine between classes
Skin Check! Sweating a math test, just finished gym, or suddenly looking a little too shiny under the fluorescent lights? These silky-smooth blotting sheets lift any oil and shine for a more matte finish without disturbing any makeup beneath.
These blotting sheets come in a chic mirrored compact that looks like a lipstick case, making them ultra-portable in a school bag, or for between-class touch-ups at the locker. Oh, and it’s refillable, too!
e.l.f.’s Tinted Lip Oil
Add a dash of color & shine to your lips
This is a lowkey and subtle lip glow that will enhance your natural beauty. A high school staple, e.l.f. (eyes, lips, face) offers affordable cosmetics of all kinds, but this tinted oil adds sheer color and hydration without going over the top. It’s also infused with jojoba, apricot, and vitamin E to nourish and moisturize the skin with each application.
Wet Brush’s Mini Shine Enhancer
Maintain your mane, even after gym class
Add some shine to your ‘do and restore your style whenever you need with this perfectly portable brush. It easily detangles knots, freeing hair from pain and damage, with the innovative IntelliFlex bristles that bend to prevent snags. It also features natural boar bristles that evenly distribute natural oils for a healthy, lustrous look. This brush is suitable for all hair types—straight or curly, long or short— and is perfect for use with dry shampoo (another locker necessity).
Winky Lux’s Uni Brow Gel
Keep your brows in place from first to last period
Freeze your style in the morning so your brows can stay in place through your club meetings. Because it’s clear, this gel is universally flattering for all hair colors and textures. The silicone comb on the spoolie end is perfect for a precise application to shape, same, and set brows for hours.
SuperGoop’s Play Everyday Lotion 30 With Sunflower Extract in SPF 30 and SPF 50
Daily body moisturizer with UV protection
Keep your face and body moisturized while protecting your skin from harmful UVs on gym days or game days. This fast-absorbing formula not only protects against UVA, UVB, and IRA rays to prevent photoaging and damage, but it’s hydrating to boot. It works with all skin types, and it’s sweat and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it ideal during sports or while walking home.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer
Turn your pores invisible before applying your foundation for a flawless look
We give this primer an A+! It hydrates the face with Hyaluronic Acid for a soft, smooth, and even base and it protects against pollution and UVA/UVB rays with SPF 50 PA++++. It’s lightweight, absorbs instantly, and uses a soft-focus glowing filter for an undetectable finish. This primer works with all skin types and minimizes the appearance of pores and redness. Plus, it reduces flashback, so your selfies will always be on point.
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Donald Trump’s Success Deodorant Stick Alcohol Free
Smell like success with deodorants to match your favorite fragrances
An underappreciated aspect of a first impression is scent. You don’t want to try to gain the favor of an academic advisor, professor, boss, or interview while your scent drives them away. Keep your underarms fresh while adding to your overall aroma with a scented deodorant.
Christian Dior’s Forever Skin Glow Clean Radiant 24H Wear Foundation
A glowing, radiant finish that lasts all day & night
Radiate when you walk into the classroom. Keep glowing through your classes and Greek nightlife socials with a foundation that hydrates and illuminates for up to 24 hours. This radiant formula holds from morning to night through heat and humidity while evening the skin tone and smoothing its texture. It’s also non-comedogenic so your skin can breathe easily, and it provides UVA/UVB protection, too.
Teatro’s Room Spray
Keep dorm rooms smelling fresh without a flame
Although you can’t light a candle in your dorm, there’s still a way to keep your space smelling fresh with room sprays and diffusers. Make your room’s unique style shine from the inside to the hallway with sweet, sensual, fresh, floral, and spicy fragrances that fit any season, mood, or atmosphere.
Acqua Di Parma’s Mirto Di Panarea Diffuser
Another alternative to flameless fragrances for the dorms
Keep your dorm smelling fresh all the time with a reed diffuser. This one, for example, is inspired by the Panarea island in Italy. It smells of basil, myrtle, and the bright citrus of lemon and bergamot; a light and refreshing scent that can liven up any room.
Level up your ‘do with length & volume
Add length and thickness to your hairstyle to get the new year, new you ‘do of your dreams! These silky soft wefts can be heat styled, curled, flat ironed, and washed.
Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Matte Lipstick
A signature lip is a staple for the new semester
Signed, sealed, delivered! Send out your best with a lip color that matches your vibe. These full-coverage lipsticks are bold and beautiful, yet comfortable to wear with their lightweight and non-sticky finish. Each one uses powder pigments for a shine-free matte finish, but they’re also oil-infused so you never have that dreaded dry-lip look.
Keep your lips kissable for new flings
If your lips are leaving a little to be desired, give them a fresh start with this mask. Leave it on overnight and you’ll notice a smoother, plumper pout by morning. It recovers and repairs dry, damaged skin while locking in the hydration your skin needs. This is a must-have once winter rolls around!
Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Lip Liner
Viral lip liner for the perfect pillowy pout
This is the lip liner everyone’s been talking about. It instantly adds dimension to the lips, changing the shape and volume of your pout. It features an ultra-smooth waterproof formula that gives a perfect non-patchy glide and prevents flaking and transferring. You can even fully cover the lips with this versatile liner, or use it as a contour accentuator with one of Charlotte Tilbury’s matching lipsticks. Achieve a perfect pillowy pout to go with all of your back-to-school fits with the universally flattering Pillow Talk! It also comes in a pencil variety.
Unwind after a long day of classes & extracurriculars
Getting into the groove of a new semester can wear you out. Add some personal pampering to your routine with a hemp herbal sea salt body scrub to feel rejuvenated after your classes! This exfoliator is enriched with 100% pure natural hemp seed oil—as well as a pink pomelo extract, red algae, seawater, shea butter, and vitamins A, C, and E—to rejuvenate the body with antioxidants. It’s also lightweight and non-greasy but leaves the skin with a soft, smooth, and supple sensation.
Moms, Dads & More
Now that the kids are back to school, it’s YOU time!
Glasshouse’s Triple Scented Soy Candle
Freshen up your home with a new scent
Get calm and cozy with a new atmospheric aroma. Sail on the scent of the ocean breeze or dive into a bouquet of fresh flowers; whatever your favorite fragrance is, let it permeate your home uninterrupted this school year.
Goldwell’s Dual Senses Men Thickening Shampoo
Keep his head full of confidence with thickening shampoo
This cleansing shampoo does double duty by also adding thickness to any man’s mane. Not only does it improve the hair’s texture and strength, but it makes it look and feel fuller, too.
Innersense’s I Create Finish
Hold your style in place when you gotta run
Uh Oh! You’re late to the car line pickup, but your hair’s a mess from running errands all day! Quickly style and add flexible, touchable hold to your tresses while giving them nourishing, strengthening shine. We recommend some dry shampoo to refresh your ‘do, too.
Lancome’s Advanced Genifique Hydrogel Melting Mask
While the kids are at school, treat yourself to a hydrafacial at home
This sheet mask adds instant illumination to your complexion while smoothing out texture and plumping the skin. As it strengthens and protects the skin’s moisture barrier, this mask creates a more youthful you by minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines. It will leave you with a gorgeous, glowing complexion without feeling greasy or sticky.
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