Back to School Survival Guide: Fashion and Beauty

With the arrival of my Longchamp bag (that I found on eBay, brand new for $45, score!) and purchase of a new planner, I was ready for back to school.

Looking for outfit inspo? You can go to our "Buffalove Style: Student Edition" from last fall.

Looking for outfit inspo? You can go to our “Buffalove Style: Student Edition” from last fall.

And with low 70s in the upcoming forecast, I can’t wait for the next step: cooler fall weather! As most of us who are fashion enthusiasts (Happy NY Fashion Week btw) fall comes with the promise of boots, sweaters, blazers and jackets. It’s one of the most fun seasons to have fun with your style.

When you’re back to school shopping, some things I keep in mind are the following:

  1. You’re a student, your first priority should be comfortable yet stylish!
  2. Pick basics that will transition through the seasons, for example thick ponte pant/leggings, a staple jacket
  3. This is my cheat tip: you can rotate your school outfits based on your schedule! If you’re at school for one class on a Tuesday or Thursday, don’t be afraid to rock the same #ootd a couple Mondays later. Chances are, no one will know. It’s not “outfit repeating” it’s giving a favorite look a worthy encore.

Sometimes my days are 12 hours long. Raise your hand if by mid day you look in the mirror and think, “oh no, what happened to my perfect makeup from 8am!?” We’ve all been there. But, there’s an easy fix. Pack up an emergency makeup bag only bringing the essentials. You never know when you’ll need it. What if you end up having an impromptu coffee date after class!?

The check out line at Sephora has a dedicated section by the checkout dedicated to travel minis. (Try to go in there and not end up buying something from that section, it’s impossible.) My top essentials have always been: a mini mascara, concealer, translucent powder, and oil blotting sheets (girly life hack: Bare Minerals Mineral Veil now comes in compact form, it’s easy and won’t cake on throughout the day). You can add or subtract to this list depending on what makeup you’re wearing that day. Sometimes I’ll throw in an eyeshadow for quick touch ups.

  • Did you know the travel mini of Benefit POREfessional is only $10? (image via Benefit Cosmetics)

    Did you know the travel mini of Benefit POREfessional is only $10? (image via Benefit Cosmetics)

    For all you active fitties out there, you can also pack some after-gym goodies with makeup wipes and dry shampoo.

  • When you do your makeup in the morning, the biggest tip I’ve learned is to use primers! Benefit The POREfessional  is practically weightless and smoothes your skin before foundation. Even on the hottest days of the summer this has kept my makeup in place (and they have a mini version you can stick in your on-the-go makeup bag!)
    • With five-stars of customer ratings on Sephora’s website, Urban Decay Primer Potion is a makeup staple. It’s been a favorite of mine since at least 2009. It’ll keep your eyeshadow from creasing or smudging throughout the day, and if you’re going to rock a daytime smokey eye, this is a must. 
  • When you’re doing your makeup in the morning these are some things I’ve learned throughout the years and watching a million Youtube beauty-guru tutorials that actually work:
    •  Tinted moisturizers and BB Creams are your best friend. Because it’s such a lightweight formula, it gives you sheer coverage that won’t look cakey or oxidize like a foundation by the end of the day. Using concealer on problem areas leaves your face looking more natural than heavy layers of foundation suited for a night out.
    • Waterproof or a specific mascara for your bottom lashes will prevent the dreaded raccoon eye smude! Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is great for this (hence its name).
    • I make my at home spa nights Sundays and Wednesdays. This will usually consist of exfoliating and a face mask to liven up my skin. Sunday’s will get you started for a new week and Wednesdays give you a mid week pick me up! I love DIY masks, and the individual ones you can get at the checkout lines at Sephora or Ulta. AND for all you fellow sensitive skinned girls out there, I’ve found that Mario Badescu’s Almond & Honey Face Scrub exfoliate leaves your skin soft without harsh irritation.

With another week of school under my belt (thank goodness I’m a senior in college and don’t have class Fridays!) and some fall #ootds planned, I’m feeling a little back to school inspired tonight. Until next time!

-XO, L.


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