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As previously mentioned, I have a lot of friends transitioning from high to school to college living. I’ve compiled a list of beauty products I found I needed and used frequently while I was living in a dorm my freshman year (And I just think everyone needs most of these).

Let’s continue.

Some of my essentials. I apologize for a lack of a shower caddy, though.

Some of my essentials. I apologize for a lack of a shower caddy, though.

  1. Dry Shampoo/Baby Powder: While I have had more luck with baby powder, dry shampoo is really good for college students. I found I didn’t have nearly enough time to wash my hair every day (how do girls do it?), so I would just sprinkle some baby powder in my hair to absorb the oil, style, and go on with my day. I would sometimes touch it up throughout the day if it was hot.
  2. Makeup Removing Wipes/Baby Wipes: Again, while I opted for baby wipes, makeup removing wipes were a huge realization for me. In college, I really got into the habit of always washing my makeup off in the evenings. Makeup wipes allowed me to do that even if I was tired, rushed for time, or stumbling in late (it happens, I know). It’s not a permanent alternative to washing your face, but it suffices on occasion.
  3. Face Masks: Face masks are probably my favourite part of my skincare routine; I probably use them 2-4 times a week. Any kind of mask you like will suffice; I feel they are relaxing, and during college, you may want a little relaxation time. Some of my favorites right now are my Elizabeth Arden Deep Cleansing Mask (discontinued [sorry]; but it’s a clay based mask and similar can be found elsewhere) and a homemade mask in which I mix: honey, extra-virgin olive oil, and cinnamon. The honey works against acne; the EVOO is softening; and the cinnamon works as an exfoliate.
  4. Hand Sanitizer: I prefer the sanitizers from Bath & Body Works, because they are small and come in nice scents. I found in college, with all of the public transportation, door knobs, desks, computers, everything, I used hand sanitizer more often than usual. I’m not a germ freak, but it makes me feel better.
  5. Loofa: This may seem like a silly item to add, but it made me feel more at home in my communal shower on my dorm floor.
  6. What good is a loofa if you don’t have a yummy shower gel? I always felt there was no need to skimp and get a cheap shower gel just because I was in college. Boreman North (my dorm hall) was my home away from home for 10 months! I wanted to feel at home. Now, you don’t have to purchase expensive shower products. I just mean buy one you really like–it’s nourishing and smells delicious. It’ll make you feel better; at least, it made me feel better.
  7. Speaking of dorm showers, purchase some cheap flip flops. I went through about four pairs of these whilst residing in Boreman. We had community  bathrooms, meaning community showers. It wasn’t as bad as it seems, trust me. But you do want to wear flip flops to prevent any fungus (gross, but real) and bacteria.
  8. Concealer: I found myself pulling a few all nighters due to studying and some late nights in college; therefore, I also found myself trying out some different concealers. Right now, I’m loving my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, MAKE UP FOR EVER concealer palette, and Covergirl Fresh Complexion concealer. A good concealer can cover redness, spots, or under eye circles. Find one that works for you, and no one will ever know you didn’t sleep last night.
  9. Stand-Out Lip Color: I know not everyone is as into bright lips as I am, but hear me out. Remember those sleepless nights I was talking about? If you find you are rushing in the morning to get ready, some mascara and a bright lip can make you look like you tried when, in reality, it took you two minutes to put your makeup on. Find a lip color that works for you: If you like lip gloss, find a pretty, pink shade. If you like lipstick, a coral would look nice. If you like lip balm, find a tinted lip balm. It’ll come in handy.
  10. Finally, find a shower caddy to tote all of this around in. You can find these anywhere, and it makes life so much simpler when you have to walk down the hall to wash your face.

What are some beauty items you think are essential for incoming college students? Leave a comment letting me know!

Until next time,
Jacqie

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This month, I’ve had quite a few beauty favorites. I mostly pay special attention to the products in my collection containing SPF during the summer months. So, let’s continue.

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Lorac protecTINT Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30: In the summers, I tend to opt for tinted moisturizers over foundations. I like this one mainly because it’s light enough for my fair complexion. I have a hard time finding something that isn’t too yellow. The SPF is an added bonus; 2-for-1 deals are my favorite. It’s one less product to put on my face.
Rimmel Stay Matte powder in #012, Buff Beige: While I don’t like to have perfectly matte skin during the summer, my face still will get very oily throughout the day, so I dust my face with this powder in the morning to control some of the shine as the day progresses.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in (COLOR): Due to a lack of sleep and fair skin, I usually have some noticeable dark circles. I’ve been loving this concealer; it really brightens up the under eye area.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15: I didn’t like this product when I first got it, but for some reason I started using it again in June/July. It’s moisturizing enough and smells nice. But what I really like about it is the SPF. I’ve had my lips irritated from sun before, and I won’t make that mistake again. Your lips need some sun protection, too!
Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in “Berry Rose:” I’ve been in the market for a nice berry lipstick recently; I needed a break from red. I love red, but I needed a small break. And this lipstick definitely did the trick. It is very moisturizing, and the color is beautiful. The color doesn’t last as long as some of my other lipsticks, but that’s okay. It still lasts a good while.
Essie’s “E-nuf is e-nuf:”
 I am partial to darker nail colors, all year. But this one is really pretty and bright. In the summers, I usually have a red on my nails. This is red while still having a more coral look, which I like. And it stays on the nails for a good amount of time.

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen: I chose the broad spectrum can with SPF 70. It’s easy for me to apply to myself without missing spots. I’m kind of picky about sunscreen sometimes, because I burn incredibly easy, but this worked for me. And the smell isn’t overbearing, which is one downside to a lot of sunscreens–unless you enjoy the sunscreen smell.
St. Ives Skin Renewing Body Lotion with collagen elastin: I have a tough time finding lotions I really like; I have psoriasis on my arm, so anything too scented is usually a no-go. But this smells lovely and doesn’t irritate my skin, which is good. It’s moisturizing and makes my skin feel soft. It’s supposed to make your skin appear younger, but I’m 20 and haven’t seen tremendous results in that respect.
PINK Sun Kissed Body Mist: Technically this isn’t mine; it’s my sister’s, but I’ve been using it for a few weeks now (Shhh, don’t tell her).  I usually can’t be around coconut fragrance as I am allergic, but this coconut water & vanilla scented spray doesn’t irritate my skin or anything. Maybe it’s because it’s coconut water and not fragrance? I’m not sure. But I like this. The only downside, and I find this with many body mists, it doesn’t stay on your skin very long.
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque: I’m a little late for this conditioner train, but I finally purchased this to try, and I LOVE it. The smell, first of all, is amazing. I wouldn’t use this more than once or twice a week; it’s really nourishing. I only wash my hair once a week, so I do use this almost every time I wash my hair. I’ve never really seen a huge difference in my hair with various conditioners, but I am definitely like the results from this one.

BONUS RANDOM FAVORITES!

TV: Teen Wolf, Under the Dome, Mistresses
Google Drive: My computer recently crashed and I lost a lot of files. Luckily, I back my computer up every week and have been for months. Unfortunately, when I plugged my external hard drive into my fixed computer, there was not a single file on it. ❤ Life. So I’ve been putting some ongoing projects and things on Google Drive so I can access them anywhere and they won’t get lost if my computer were to get broken again.

Until next time,
Jacqie

So, I had planned on posting something every week, and I didn’t give up on those plans. But inconveniently at my declaration of this goal, my computer decided to crash, summer classes started, I started working more, and I was generally just really stressed out. Blogging wasn’t exactly the first thing on my mind. But now that I’m back in the swing of things, posting will begin! 

In honour of National Lipstick Day, I’ve decided to compile some of my favorite lipsticks at the moment and share them with you.

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ImageFrom left to right (I accidentally swatched in a slightly different order than I pictured the bullets, my apologies): 

1. Rimmel Moisture Renew in “Berry Rose”–berry with a bit of shimmer
2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Berry Haute”–purple, a bit of a dark violet
3. Maybelline Super Stay 14-Hour Lipstick in “Continuous Cranberry”–blue based red, more of a satin finish
4. Mac Retro Matte in “Riri Woo”–matte, cool red
5. NARS lipstick in “Niagra”–pinkish coral, satin finish

 

And to keep my pout prepped for lipstick, I’ve been using my Lush Sweet Lips lip scrub morning and night, followed by my Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream (pm) or my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (am).

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Until next time,
Jacqie