The new school season is nearly upon us, and like most parents and students we have all been trying to grab everything that is needed from the school's recommended or needed lists. But we also need to think outside of the list and make sure that we also grab all of the makeup and beauty must-haves for back to school as well.
The colors are perfect for a hot summertime look in the Stila Girl Travel Palettes, and there are a couple varieties to choose from. Each palette gives you four eyeshadows and one convertible color that you can use on both your lips and cheeks. I love the eyeshadow colors because they are very fun and trendy right now, but my favorite item in the palette has to be the Convertible Color. The Converitible Color gives the perfect color for you cheeks, but you can also dab it on your lips and it works almost like a stain so you can muliti-task and save more time for school work.
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Estee Lauder nail lacquer comes in a pretty wide variety of shades, but the one that is perfect for fall on both hands and toes is Blue Dahlia. From their Blue Dahlia fall 2010 collection, Blue Dahlia appears light and vibrant in the bottle, but looks dark and fierce on the nails. The color dries "wet", dries quickly, and is extremely long-lasting (I wore this on my toes for 7 days without chipping).
KohGenDo's Cleansing Spa Water is a gift from the heavens. It contains 6 essential herbs to help protect and nurture your skin while whisking away any and all traces of makeup, oil, and dirt. It's also oil-free so all skin types can use it, and it's also okay to use if you wear contacts. All you do is apply it to a cotton pad and quickly and easily wipe away all traces of makeup from the day. This is perfect when you don't have time to wash your face, especially during those late night study sessions.
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Japonesque makes a great variety of makeup palettes, but their Silver Metal Lipstick Palette is perfect for a purse, bag, or locker. The palette gives you 6 empty wells to put your favorite lipstick or lip gloss colors, while also giving you a brush-tip applicator and built-in mirror. This is perfect for all of the lipstick nubs in your collection, or to combine different favorites into your own custom shade.
Revlon's Just Bitten Lip Stain and Balm is the perfect stain for both your lips and your bank account. The stain comes in a variety of colors and is packaged in a handy little pen form, for very quick and easy application. The formula is non-drying on your lips, yet stays in place for hours even when your lip gloss is long gone. As a bonus on the opposite end of the applicator is a moisturizing lip balm, just in case you forget to bring your favorite lip gloss.
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Jane Iredale Truly Pure Shampoo & Conditioner is perfect for that early morning quick shower before school, or for the college dorm showers. With only one bottle you can clean and condition your hair, while knowing you're doing it without added sulphate, paraben, or chemical dyes. Truly Pure has a great light lemon scent to also help wake you up on those super early mornings. As a bonus, it's also formulated to work wonders on your makeup brushes as a cleanser.
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If you want a self tanner that does it all, looks completely natural, has a natural sunscreen, and actually smells good then look no further! I honestly can't say enough about this self tanner. The end color is perfect, the scent is fresh and light, and you can use this cool blue gel over and over until you reach your desired level of tan without worrying about looking fake. And just because you're heading back to class doesn't mean that you have to skimp on your tan.
One big thing we forget sometimes, especially when we are knee deep in reports, tests, and books, is our breath. I'm a big gum and mint freak, where I'm always popping something so I don't "offend" when in a group. Now Colgate has developed the Wisp, a disposable toothbrush that you can carry with you and freshen your breath without having to use a single drop of water. Basically it's so small you can throw some in your Christian Siriano Petite Makeup Bag and freshen your breath as-needed throughout your school day, and even into the night when you're out at one of the campus "socials". It’s quick, easy, and very affordable.
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Frederic Fekkai's Glossing Cream is a hair must-have for every hair. It's packed full of good things, such as olive oil, to help add moisture, eliminate frizz, and add extra shine. I used to use 3-4 different styling products and switched to Fekkai's Glossing Cream instead. When you have limited time in the morning and a final paper breathing down your neck, simplicity reigns. Take a tip from me and toss your other styling products and replace them with Fekkai's Glossing Cream.
You should have a good lightweight foundation for the new school year, and Stila's Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer with SPF15 is the perfect fit. It gives you just enough coverage while protecting your skin, and the kicker is that it works well with all skin types. I'm a huge mineral makeup person, but I can't live without this tinted moisturizer. It's quick and easy to apply, especially when you only have 5-minutes to pull yourself together. A dab on each cheek, one on the chin, nose, and forehead then blended and set with a mineral finishing veil powder and you'll still have 4 1/2 minutes to add blush, eyeshadow, mascara, and finish off with your lips.
Don't forget the mascara, especially since it's one of the key products that women say they can't leave the house without. Since you will be off to school, which means that you will be gone for hours on end, you should have a mascara that's long-lasting but also makes your lashes look like you had them professionally done. L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes is the perfect mascara to deliver all of this to you and then some. It goes on easy, doesn't clump or smudge, lasts until you wash it away with warm water, and gives your lashes the look of professional lash extensions but without the hassle and bill.