Though I can be a major procrastinator, I always try to do my back to school beauty hauls as early as possible. These are the few items that I'll be using on a daily basis, and there's no way I want to deal with experimentation the first week back on campus. Buying these products ahead of time gives me the security I need to test out new face washes, shampoos etc. (I'm an impulse buyer and product aficionado, so brand loyalty only exists for those I absolutely love) so I can look no less than on point for the first day of classes.
I stopped by Walmart after work this week to pick up a few of the basic bathroom beauty (alliteration much?) necessities:
1. Whitening Toothpaste, Mouthwash & New Toothbrush
I've been experimenting with different toothpastes lately, striving for a whiter smile. I always opt for a brand that specifically advertises whitening properties, and this time I went with Colgate Advanced Clean. I've had good experiences with Colgate in the past (remember this whitening toothbrush/pen?), so this is definitely a situation in which brand loyalty comes into play. I'm also dying to try activated charcoal toothpaste, so I'll let you all know how that goes down!
2. Supersized Shampoo and Conditioner
I get a lot of free samples and, when I find something I really like, it's go big or go home. I most recently received little bottles of Pantene hydrating shampoo and conditioner at the Her Campus Her Conference, and I am seriously in love. It's one of the only shampoos I've tried that protects my hair from looking greasy, yet refuses to weigh it down. And I totally recommend buying the value sizes of whatever products you prefer. I did this my freshman year at college and never had to restock on anything!
I'm huge on taking care of my face. Having dealt with painful and embarrassing breakouts in the past, I absolutely need something that will work. But more than that, I need a program. I always purchase a skincare program before going back to school, because I know that it's been designed to combat a variety of skin issues. If I can't find a brand that offers what I need, I'll test a variety of washes, lotions, toners and spot treatments until I find a setup that works for me.
4. Hydrating Shaving Cream
Shaving cream is an absolute must in my book. I like to have two bottles on hand so I never have to go without. I know, you're thinking igh maintenance much? But seriously, when the winter months come you'll thank me for this.
5. Disposable Razor(s)
Disposable razors are the way to go, especially as a college student on a budget. I've been using Schick disposable razors for awhile now, and this time I gravitated towards the Schick Hydro Silk due to its alleged hydrating properties. Like I said, I'm all about moisturizing and nipping dry skin in the bud, so this was a great choice for me. You can also redeem a coupon here to buy one get one free or enter Schick's #SchickSelfieSweeps for a chance to win 10,000 dollars towards college tuition!
What products do you swear by to get you through the fall semester?
Let's dive into one of my favorite topics, shall we?
I'll admit I'm a tad obsessed, and it's not uncommon to find me romping around the house with the latest mud mask or blackhead strip plastered to my face. Trying products is genuine fun in my book (and believe me, I've tried a lot)!
Today though, I want to hone in on a sector of the skincare market near and dear to my heart, and that is...affordable skincare products. We've all had that devastating moment in Sephora where we lock eyes with a small jar of some fancy looking skincare item, just knowing in our hearts how transformational it must be for our skin.
Despite the fact that New York is currently awaiting a massive snow storm right now (*sigh*), spring is right around the corner.
Aside from doing a deep clean of my closet and going on a major clothing haul to prep for the next few months of fashion posts, I also try I try to reevaluate my beauty/skincare routine each season. Spring is one of my favorite times, because it brings lots of beautiful colors and delicious new scents.
However, it can be a tricky transition going from the dry winter weather to luscious spring in the blink of an eye. Of course, this is always how it seems to happen in New York. Luckily though, I've established a few rules of thumb (totally through trial and error) that'll help even the most troubled skin transition seamlessly into the upcoming season...
Dry brushing is one of those topics that I reference all the time and have been meaning to do a full-fledged post on for what seems like literal ages. I started dry brushing after reading another blogger's lowdown on it a few years ago, and I've pretty much been obsessed ever since. It's something that I try to do almost every time before I get in the shower, and my skin is definitely thankful for it!
But wait, WTF is dry brushing?
If you read TBC's Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide (and you should, bc it features some real goodies), you're probably not surprised to see more V-Day inspired content. It's obvious that I love the color pink, so I'll pretty much take advantage of any opportunity to exploit that passion — Valentine's Day included, of course.
Today's post is extra special though — not just because it's pretty, but because it's a damn gem when it comes to skincare. You ladies know how I feel about sick-o unnatural products, especially when they cost a small fortune. I mean, how am I supposed to save up for this bag when I'm blowing my entire paycheck on glorified soap? Thanks, but no thanks.
Lately, I've become V picky about my nighttime routine. I only use a handful of products nowadays, and I'm always careful to check the ingredients before applying anything to my skin. After all, most people would be shocked to hear that, according to this source, women absorb up to FIVE POUNDS of damaging chemicals a year — all thanks to their beauty products.
But does this mean you should immediately toss everything that's currently housed on your vanity without second thought? Thank the Lord, no! My motto has always been that slow and steady wins the race. Cutting something out cold turkey doesn't typically work for anyone, and I will always stand by the idea that one of the most important factors in creating a healthy lifestyle is about finding balance. Know your facts, and actively choose what you allow to go in (and on) your body.
If you read the 'Best of 2016' roundup last week, you already know that one of my goals for this year is to publish more DIY beauty recipes. I only created a few in 2016, but they were some of my most-visited and shared posts of the entire year. This one even got featured in a Bloglovin' edit, which was kind of a big deal considering it was the first natural beauty tutorial I'd ever posted here on The Blonde Chiffon.
So, cheers to the first DIY beauty remedy of 2017 here on TBC. It's one of my favorite concoctions yet, so I know you'll be just as obsessed as I am.
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