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College dorm rooms are notorious for a lot of things, but ample space isn’t one of them. Unless you’re commuting from home or living in a sprawling house off campus, chances are storage space is at a premium which is why it’s more important than ever to head up to school with a smart beauty strategy.
There are certainly a few things you’ll want on hand. Concealer to hide dark circles and imperfections, mascara to make you look more awake, brown eye-liner to do double duty as an eyeliner and brow filler, sunscreen because no matter what the season or the weather you need to protect your skin, and other products that aren’t universal-for-all such as acne appropriate skincare and the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair. But, the must-haves that will work for all and give you one less thing to think about when packing for college are the less muss-no fuss things like:
- Multi-taskers and timesavers to magically simplify your routine.
- Statement makers to ensure a little goes a long way.
- Small-sized staples that go the distance without taking up precious real estate in your makeup bag.
Multipurpose products are clear-cut timesavers. They combine steps to simplify your regimen without sacrificing the end result. Self-tanners, dry shampoo and towellettes certainly fit the bill.
Jergens Natural Glow Face Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen ($11) is lightweight, oil-free and non-comedogenic. Use daily for a gradual and natural-looking golden glow so you can skip the foundation for good. Pair it with Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer ($9) for your body and you’ll protect your skin with an antioxidant botanical blend, nourish with Vitamin E and build up to your ideal shade over the course of a week.
Captain Blankenship Mermaid Dry Shampoo ($24) instantly refreshes, mattifies and volumes unwashed, lifeless, lackluster hair thanks to organic arrowroot powder and aluminum-free baking soda. To use, simply sprinkle throughout roots and massage roots with your fingers, brush or blowdryer. You’ll also love its light rosy scent thanks to a blend of organic essential oils.
The Honest Co. Wipes ($5) are gentle enough for babies but their siblings and parents love them too for head to toe (aka cheek to cheek) use. Face and Body Wipes are easily portable and extremely affordable. Stock up and keep them in your backpack, on your bedside table and bag so if you have back-to-back classes, a marathon studying session or a late night of fun you can still freshen up wherever and whenever.
Your choices will determine whether you’re making a soft or loud statement and when you don’t have time to apply makeup but still want to look great, a bold color on lips or eyes goes a very long way without having to do it all.
Bobbi Brown University Lip Palette ($60) is a limited edition palette so you’ll want to to snap this up before it’s history. It features Bobbi Brown’s 10 original lip colors plus two fan-favorite shades so the nude, bright and bold shades that can be worn alone or blended together for a custom color that’s all your own. It’s easy to toss in your bag for on the go touch ups and the large mirror makes it mistake proof. Vitamins E, C and beeswax moisturize for a buttery feel and stay-put wear. Compact colors are Salmon, Beige, Raisin, Brown, Rose, Pink, Orange, Blackberry, Burnt Red, Red, Beige Gold and Berry Shimmer. You can swipe on a bold shade for an instant “cool girl” vibe or multi-task with a monochromatic look on lips, cheeks and a sheer wash on lids.
Urban Decay Shadow Box ($34) gives you a dozen shades to play with. You can’t go wrong whether you wear them alone or layered together. Try as a sheer wash of color or go bold. Apply solely to your lids or line your eyes instead. You’ll love their velvety, easy-to-blend, long-wear formula and diverse range of hues.
Minis are the ideal choice for products and tools you don’t use every day. This less is more philosophy is a welcome factor any time but even more so when you’re space challenged.
Nails Inc. Gel Effect Mini Nail Polish Set ($29) is a limited edition set of five polishes in classic and bright shades. They’re formulated with coconut water to keep nails healthy and hydrated and feature a high-gloss gel effect finish. The high-tech plasticizer formula mimics an in-salon gel manicure in a variety of gorgeous shades. Beauty shortcuts can eliminate a step or more from your regimen. For example, dry shampoo cuts a sudsing and styling session from your beauty routine, saving you precious time you might rather use sleeping, studying or partying.
T3 SinglePass Compact Iron ($89) has tourmaline-infused, ceramic plates to reduce frizz and seal the cuticle for incredible shine. Its smaller size makes it easy to store in your room or tote in bag for touch ups or style-changes on the go. Though it’s more than capable of giving you silky smooth, shiny, straight hair, you can also get unlimited style options by experimenting a bit. Try “beachy” waves by braiding your hair and clamping the iron on those braids before releasing or give curls a go by pin curling your hair and clamping the iron on the pin curls before releasing as well.
Note: Jergens, Captain Blankenship, The Honest Co., Urban Decay and Nails Inc. products have been sent for review. All others have been tested in store. Opinions are my own.