Monday, August 15, 2016

Back To School Drugstore Beauty Picks: The College Edition #BackToSchool #BeautyPicks

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It is very hard to believe that it is already Back-to-School time for so many! Thankfully, I have over a month left before the new academic year begins again, and I am back to teaching a whole new crop of undergrads and grads. I thought that I would put together my Back To School drugstore beauty picks for college students. 
Milani AMORE MATTALLICS LIP CRÈME ($8.99 each from MilaniWalgreens and CVS): If you are looking for a comfortable-wearing, lightweight and super glam, metallic lip cream, then you really have to pick up a few of the limited edition Milani Amore Mattallics Lip Crèmes. They are gorgeous, ultra-pigmented and very metallic. They are comfortable and light on the lips,  and boast the perfect amount of cushion. I neither find them drying, nor moisturizing, but I do find them to be very long-wearing. The base offers a gorgeous matte finish, but it is punctuated by the beautiful dimensional metallic finish. The formula is silky smooth,  is glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly, and it has a pleasant sweet vanilla scent that does dissipate.

According to Milani,

Paint your pout with gilded glamour. Introducing 8 limited edition shades of new metallic matte liquid lip crème. Bold and richly pigmented, these metallic liquid lip colors shine with a soft luster and dry to a smooth matte finish—without drying out your lips. Waterproof and kiss-approved, each Amore Mattallics Lip Crème delivers up to 16 hours of wear. Remove with an oil-based longwear lip color remover.

Directions: "Using the soft plush applicator, glide the liquid matte across your lips smoothly, starting at the cupid’s bow in a criss-cross pattern, then along the outer corners of lips, and the bottom of lip. Next, fill in the rest of the lips as if you are connecting-the-dots."
Ingredients: Isododecane, Mica (CI 77019), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Isodexadecane, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Flavor (Aroma), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Beeswax, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate. +/- MAY CONTAIN: Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
RIMMEL LONDON Brow This Way Brow Gel ($4.49 each for 0.17 oz. from Ulta): This lightweight brow gel keeps brows in place, adds a definition and fills in brows. I never find that it flakes, but I do find that a lighter hand renders the best results– otherwise it can end up looking artificial.

According to RIMMEL,

Rimmel's lightweight Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel tames and defines your brows whilst maintaining a natural and groomed look. Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.

 Perfectly groomed eyebrows in an easy, smooth application
 Defines, fills and fixes brow all day with a tint of shine
 Comfortable lightweight texture

Ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, PEG / PPG-8 / 3 Laurate, Polyethylene, Sodium Polyacrylate, Mica, Paraffin, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein / PVP Crosspolymer, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Alcohol Denat., Lauric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Deceth-5 Sulfosuccinate, Laureth-30, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Tocopherol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

RIMMEL LONDON Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit in 002 Medium Brown ($4.49 from Ulta): This effective two-step brow kit is easy to use, and delivers polished-looking brows.

Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit gives defined high impact brows in three easy steps:
Step 1: With the angled brush apply the wax to define and set your eyebrows
Step 2: With the other side of the brush blend the powder to fill in sparse areas
Step 3: Finish by using the combing brush to perfect your look

Ingredients: Wax: Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire D'abeille, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cire De Carnauba, Talc, Mica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Glycerin. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Powder: Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
New NYC New York Color Individual Eyes Shadow Palette in Pink Nudes and Bronze Nudes ($4.99 from Walmart): NYC New York Color makes high quality, affordable eye shadow palettes that are definitely worth collecting. They are finely milled and beautifully pigmented, and at this price you can choose more than one!

NYC New York Color introduces NYC New York Color individual eyes eye shadow palette, featuring everything necessary to complete an eye look in a slim, portable design. 3 shade ranges for every mood: the nudes, the basics and the smokeys!

Each eye set includes a color-boosting primer, four highly pigmented, high-definition, complimentary shadow shades, a highlighter and a gel eyeliner. Plus, with clearly indicated step-by-step instructions, the Individual Eyes Eye Shadows Palette give you tips for easy application and professional results!

An all-in one palette containing a primer, four complimentary shadow shades, a highlighter and a gel liner. Each palette comes with step-by-step instructions for easy application
Left to Right: Pink Nudes (first 4), Bronze Nudes (second 4) & Primer, Illuminator and Gel Liner (last three)

Whether your nail problem is dryness, ridges, dullness, breakage, peeling, or all of the above, Sally Hansen presents the solution: new Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment. This product helps restore dry, brittle nails making them visibly healthier and beautiful. After just 3 days, nails look shinier, stronger, mega-moisturized and brighter with ridges filled. The exclusive patented formula, with Avocado Oil, Sea Salt, Pomegranate Extract and Calcium, immediately protects and continuously nourishes nails, helping create the perfect foundation for any manicure. The product features a new brush for an even application and dries quickly to a smooth, hard finish.This versatile treatment can be used alone or with your favorite Sally Hansen nail color when applied as a base coat or as a protective top coat. To wear it alone, simply apply two coats to clean, dry, bare nails. Use it to refresh a manicure by brushing on one thin coat to nails. It goes on smoothly and evenly, for a streak-free application.

Sally Hansen  Complete Salon Manicure in Camelflage ($6.44 from Walmart, Ulta, and Harmon Face Values): The all-in-one nail polish is now better than ever 7 benefits of salon manicure in 1 bottle: base coat; strengthener; growth treatment; color; top coat; chip resistant; gel-shine finish.
  • Up to 10-day wear
  • Contoured brush for a flawless finish
  • Choose from many salon-inspired shades
  • Patented with Vita-Care Technology for advanced wear, gel shine and nourishing care
Instructions: 1. Shake well with cap on before use. 2. Apply 2 coats of polish to clean, dry nails. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next one.
Carmex Moisture Plus ($2.49-$3.95 each for 0.075 oz. from WalgreensAmazon and Carmex Moisture Plus lip balm offers a soft vanilla flavor and satiny shiny finish.  The sunscreen protects your lips from the harmful rays of the sun, while the ultra moisturizing formula leaves your them soft and supple.

According to Carmex,

Packaged as a stylish slim-stick with a sleek slant tip, Carmex Moisture Plus® also contains Aloe, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter to soothe chapped lips and keep lips moisturized….

Active Ingredients: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) 2.5% Sunscreen, Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate) 3.3% Sunscreen, Homosalate 5.5%.Sunscreen and Octocrylene 4.4% Sunscreen.
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Butter), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Camphor, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethyl Vanillin, Euphorbia Cerifera Wax, Flavor, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Delta-Lactone, Menthol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Ozokerite, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Butter), Petrolatum, Phenol, Ppg-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Saccharin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopheryl Linoleate (Vitamin E Linoleate), Tribehenin.

Carmex Cherry Clickstick Lip Balm ($2.77 for a 3 Pack from Target): This is ultra-moisturizing, and heals even the most chapped lips!

It Soothes. It Heals. It Protects.™ Suffering from chapped lips and occasional cold sores, Alfred Woelbing invented Carmex® lip balm in Milwaukee in the early 1930s. Formulated with a variety of natural ingredients, the mixture was carefully hand poured into small glass jars, which Alfred would sell to pharmacists from the trunk of his car. Over the last 70 years, people have come to love the lip balm that works like no other. 

Carmex Original Tube Lip Balm (3 pack $2.77 from Target): This is a classic that keeps lips ultra-moisturized, but in a very convenient squeeze tube! 

Suffering from chapped lips and occasional cold sores, Alfred Woelbing invented Carmex® lip balm in Milwaukee in the early 1930s. Formulated with a variety of natural ingredients, the mixture was carefully hand poured into small glass jars, which Alfred would sell to pharmacists from the trunk of his car. Over the last 70 years, people have come to love the lip balm that works like no other. 
Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Shampoo ($6.79-$6,99 from Walgreens, Target and This non-stripping shampoo leaves skin soft, silky-smooth and manageable.

Rich with intensive hair-healthy ingredients to strengthen and reveal hair’s true beauty. The i-23 Complex®, enriched with provitamins, proteins and amino acids, pampers and promotes soft, healthy-looking, manageable hair.

Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Conditioner ($5.79-$6.99 from Target): This is a great conditioner choice, particularly if you blow dry your hair. It offers great hydration and leaves hair silky smooth and shiny.

Reinforced with hair-healthy conditioners and shine enhancers to recharge, renew and deeply treat dull, damaged, stressed-out hair.

Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Leave-In Treatment ($6.99 from Target): This is a fantastic detangler that immediately tames frizz, and leaves hair silky-smooth!

Reduces split ends and tames fly-aways. Improves the quality of hair over time and protects against breakages. Instantly detangles wet or dry hair.
PRO Beauty Tools 1875W Ionic AC Motor Dryer ($39.00 from Target): A reliable blow dryer is a must-have when you are rushing to get to your first morning class, and this PRO Beauty Tools does the trick. It is affordable, efficient and comes with a Concentrator & Diffuser Attachment.

Style Your Hair Like a Professional from the comfort of your own home. Pro Beauty Tools speaks WOW with Striking design and technology, professional performance at an irresistible price. The 1875W Ionic AC Motor Dryer has a high powered airflow that allows you to save time which exposes your hair to less heat and in turn less damage.

1. 1875 Watts of Power
2. AC Motor
3. Ionic Technology
4. 3 Heat / 2 Speed Settings
5. Cold Shot Button
6. Removable End-Cap
7. Concentrator & Diffuser Attachments Included
8. Rubberized Feel Finish for Comfort
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil Spray ($10.95 from Palmer's): There's nothing that better greets the fall than a nice ultra-moisturizing body oil, and Palmer's is a great choice to keep skin soft, supple and moisturized. 

This easy to use, moisturizing treatment oil with Pure Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Natural Oils and Cetesomate-E® Complex helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry, uneven skin and aging skin. Hypoallergenic - Paraben Free - Phthalate Free - Dermatologist Tested.

Select Ingredients: 
Cocoa Butter: a rich, natural moisturizer that leaves skin soft and silky, transforming even the roughest, driest areas into buttery soft skin.
Vitamin E: a powerful antioxidant that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and imperfections on the skin, giving a more even and toned appearance
Cetesomate-E®: helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry,damaged skin, uneven skin tone, aging skin and fine lines and wrinkles
Sesame Oil: moisturizes deeply to improve skin's moisture levels leaving it looking more hydrated, firmer and more plump
Canola Oil: helps even skin tone by targeting marks and spots while moisturizing and conditioning the skin
Rosehip Oil: contains essential fatty acids, Vitamin C and Vitamin A to promote healthy skin cell rejuvenation

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil ($8.89 from Target): This Skin Therapy Oil leaves skin remarkable soft and smooth, and it is non-greasy!

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil is an advanced multi-purpose skin perfection product that can be used all over the body.  This hypoallergenic, lightweight formula contains an exclusive blend of key ingredients formulated to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, aging skin and fine lines and wrinkles.  Skin looks and feels instantly soft and smooth with this unique, non-greasy, non-staining formula. Hypoallergenic - Paraben-Free - Phthalate-Free - Dermatologist Tested.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Skin Heel Repair ($6.49 from Target): This is such a great choice for dry, cracked feet, and it's a wonderful choice to keep feet remarkably soft and silky-smooth!

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Heel Repair Stick .9oz softens and smoothes dry, cracked heels and feet and contains pure Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Peppermint Oil. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Heel Repair Stick offers a convenient, no-mess stick applicator in a unique solid formula that melts on contact with skin but will not melt in the heat! 
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch After Sun Moisturizer Ultra Radiance in Island Mango ($9.99 for 8 oz. from Ulta): This is a lovely deeply moisturizing lotion that leaves skin ultra radiant. It contains a blend of Shea Butter Complex and Mango Fruit Extract that leaves skin soft, supple and hydrated. Furthermore, the formula boasts light reflecting pigments to give skin a radiant glow. It has a lovely night tropical scent.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Lotion Sunscreen ($9.99 for 5.1 oz. from and Amazon): This is an ultra moisturizing sunscreen that employs a "breakthrough dual ribbon formula" that combines strong SPF protection with a luxurious and hydrating silk protein to "wrap skin in continuous moisture and help you maintain luminous skin in the sun." It has a light tropical fragrance that smells refreshing.
Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser ($5.99 for 6.7 oz. from Target and Ulta): Going off to college can be very stressful, and can definitely wreak havoc on the skin. If you are experiencing breakouts, then Biore offers a good and affordable solution to zap those zits.

Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser helps stop belmishes before they start by targeting and removing more than 99% of dirt and oil that can cause blemishes leaving you with clear skin. 

Biore Banking Soda Cleansing Scrub ($8.99 for 4.5 oz. from Target and Ulta):

Introducing, the newest Biore weapon in the fight for clean pores: Baking Soda! This concentrated POWDER scrub cleanses and exfoliates PORES 2.9x better without over scrubbing. (Can't over scrub as product naturally softens/dissolves!) How does it work? Powder scrub removes oil from your T-zone while also exfoliating dry, flaky skin just by adding water. Great for Combination Skin. 

Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips are twice as effective at cleaning pores and removing dirt, oil, and blackheads. With regular use the Deep Cleansing Pore Strips can actually reduce the appearance of large pores. Dermatologist tested. Hypoallergenic.

Overall Assessment: A great and affordable way to head off to college with some great beauty picks.

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  1. What a comprehensive collection of great drugstore brands!! I need to check out a couple of those Milani lippies. I just love the metallic look for fall. Truth be told, Infusium conditioner is still one of my absolute faves!

    1. Thanks, Allison! There are just so many great drugstore brands to choose from these days! The Milani lippies are definitely worth checking out! Infusium 23 is such a great line!

  2. Those Milani lipsticks look amazing!

    1. They really are fantastic, Becca! It's definitely worth getting some of them!

  3. I need some of that Sally Hansen 7-in-1.. my nails have been SO terrible lately.

  4. I really need to try those Milani lippies!

    1. They are so gorgeous, Destany! I highly recommend checking them out!

  5. I'd want you to be my mom if I were going away to college. I have the NYC e/s quads and I am amazed at how great they are.

    1. Haha! Unless of course my kid was going to the college where I teach! LOL! Aren't those NYC eyeshadow palettes impressive! Amazing what you can get for $5.00 at the drugstore these days!

  6. I'm not going back to college, but I want some of these recommendations! Those NYC quads are so pretty and the swatches are gorgeous!

    1. They are definitely worth having– even if you aren't going back to college. I, on the other hand, am perpetually going back to college as a college professor! I definitely use all of this picks! The NYC quads are quite pretty, and are equally impressive!

  7. So many good picks! I need to check out those Milani lippies!

    1. Thank you! The Milani lippies are definitely worth your consideration!

  8. This is a great lineup of affordable beauty. I used to use Infusium leave in in my hair, religiously. I should give it another whirl.

    1. Thanks, Erika! It's so nice to have so many affordable picks. I used Infusium years ago as well, and recently started using a few of their things again. I am quite impressed by their products!

  9. Great choices all around. I'm loving the Milani lippie in Cinematic Kiss.

    1. Thanks, Renu! The Milani lippies are really worth having, and Cinematic Kiss is a definite beauty!

  10. Knowing that I love liquid lipsticks, I want to hoard everything you featured

    1. Hi twinsy, I definitely think that you really need to check out the Milani lippies!

  11. I need to find those Milani lipsticks, and how cute are the Carmex?!

    1. I think that it is definitely worth tracking down those Milani lippies! I LOVE Carmex, and they keep coming out with fantastic new products!

  12. YES! I'll take one of each product you have in this post... lol I need to try them all or replenish what I ran out of. lol

    1. It's amazing how many fantastic products one can fins roaming the aisles of drugstores these days!

  13. Wow. Those lipglosses look incredible -- so pigmented!

  14. So many great products! I definitely need some of those Milani lippies!


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