Must Have Beauty Products for Going Back to College

A year ago I was packing for my first year of college, wondering if I would make friends easily, and worrying about what it would be like to be in a lecture with over a hundred other students. My freshman year I learned a lot, inside and outside of the lecture halls. Today I am heading back for round 2.
At first I wanted to share something super insightful heading off to school, but seeing as this has been a busy time (packing for college and all), I decided to share some of the items on my packing list that I had to make sure I got.

Must Have Beauty Products for Going Back to College
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// ONE // 
Redken Iron Shape
If you are going to be styling with heat, you need to protect your hair. Coming from someone with sometimes out-of-control curls and frizz (don’t be fooled by the pictures on the blog–the curls must be tamed), I am often straightening or touching up curls with hot styling tools. It is no secret that these tools are harmful, but having a good protective spray can minimize the damage, and help you feel better about making your hair look the way you want it. 
ULTA Beauty $16

 //TWO// 
Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover
For years I used the recognizable orange bottle of Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash–you know the one with the “#1 Dermatologist Recommended.” It’s true, in middle school my doctor told me that I would see the best results from this face wash. I stayed faithful to that orange facewash until I tried Neutrogena Naturals in our bathroom last year while I was back at home. I would never go back after using naturals. It feels so much better on your face, and this kind even has the make up remover, cutting down your time getting ready for bed. 

Target $6
//THREE//
Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
Going back to school August or early September means that it’s probably going to be hot and humid. I find that during these times oil absorbing sheets are my best friend, because a rise in heat and humidity can cause skin’s oil production levels to increase. They are compact and portable, making it easy to toss into your purse or bag when you are on the go. If you already have oily skin or are more prone to breakouts during this time, these sheets are a great solution for a good price.

Target $4.50


//FOUR// 
Garnier® Fructis Style® Volumizing Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray
This hairspray is the best thing that I could have come across with my curly hair. During the most humid times at the end of summer, my hair will barely straighten, and by the time I get it to look half decent it starts to curl again. And in case you haven’t seen it, half straight-half curly hair is not a style that anyone looks good with. We are not talking about beach waves or big barrel curls at the ends. I am talking about frizzy, large, ship-wrecked-looking hair. Not only does this product give me a healthy-dose of volume, but it prevents me from looking like a woman from the eighties who just wondered out of the jungle. (It’s really that bad–or at least I think so.) But this doesn’t only work for people with curly hair–it’s perfect for keeping in place a ‘do that you spent a while working on, and it doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy or stiff.   

Target $3.50


//FIVE//
Loreal BB Cream
I love my BB Cream. Since I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, I have also invested in some more expensive foundation and full-face makeups. But for $8 you can’t go wrong with this BB Cream. It’s especially great when I am in a hurry and want to cover up some of the imperfections on my face. This makeup corrects your skin for an all around even complexion. On top of that it hydrates and smooths your skin. It can also be used for touch ups later in the day, especially since you might be sweating off your makeup in the heat.
Target $8

 What are some of you favorite beauty products? Do you prefer special items around this time? 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All of the products in this post are ones that I use and would recommend.
*Prices might vary by location.