By Courtney Hakanson
Back to school means a lot of things. Seeing old friends and making new ones, trying different activities and sports, all while tackling homework and classes! During such a busy time, it’s totally normal to want to look and feel your best. To help, we scoped out some of the best and most affordable beauty items for back to school. Without further delay, here are the products that made our list and are sure to help you put your best foot forward during back to school!
Yes To Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes
It’s important to keep your face clean and free from acne causing bacteria that can build up after a long day. Use these wipes if you’re too tired to wash your face before hitting the sheets, or keep them in your gym or sports bag to clean up post sweat session. These wipes are biodegradable (read: good for the environment!) and help exfoliate and detoxify by removing dirt, sweat and make-up. Plus they smell fresh and light, and won’t overwhelm. So go ahead, and invest in these affordable wipes. Your pores will thank you.
Clean & Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Cleanser
Back to school means early mornings. Gone are the summer days of lazy sleeping in. For those early days when we just can’t wake up, we find ourselves reaching for this Clean and Clear morning burst face wash. It’s invigorating and smells fruity, using a mix of caffeine, lemon and papaya to clear our complexion and impart a refreshing tingle to our skin. Just a glimpse at the yellow bottle peps us up (no, really!).
Dove Nourishing Oil Hair Therapy Anti-Frizz Serum
We admit: Our hair is a bit damaged come September from our summer spent swimming in salt water and chlorine, our strands sunned a bit too long in a top knot. So come fall, we reach for this affordable oil to tame our tresses. Smooth a bit into hair before styling and you’ll emerge with silky strands you didn’t know existed. We’ve tested on thick and thin hair alike, and it works excellent in both scenarios.
Willa Smile Shimmer Lipgloss in Mandarin
We’re lip-gloss addicts, but don’t always love the icky chemicals in the tubes we buy. Enter: Willa. A teen and her mom started the Willa brand, and totes products formulated from nature without damaging chemicals. This lipgloss is the perfect mix of moisturizing, colorful and junk free. With no parabens or sulfates, we feel pretty good about slicking it on. This bright coral looked great on a variety of skin tones as well. Even better, the little clip attached to the tube lets us connect it to a purse or backpack so it’s on hand and at the ready!
Revlon Crazy Shine to Go
A good manicure is fun and always makes us feel top-notch, but we don’t have time to give ourselves one every week. While we're getting back in the flow of early mornings and late nights, we’ll use these buffers to give our nails a polished look. Simply buff each nail for about 5-10 seconds each and you’ll have shiny finish that looks like a fresh topcoat! It lasts for about 3 days and you can easily touch up on the go with these little buffers.
These are our top 5 beauty products for back to school. What are yours?