Preparing for “Back to School” can get expensive….whether you’re shopping for new clothes, school supplies, or just the necessities of residence life, it all adds up, especially on a student’s budget. Not only does buying these essentials add up for students, even for people who work 9-5, it can be quite expensive. But with this being said, whether you are getting office supplies for home, school or work, you know that they will come in handy soon enough. When it comes to re-stocking your beauty essentials though, stores like Walmart make sure you get more product for less. Their “roll back” pricing, special sales and clearance section all make beauty shopping fun and affordable. My readers really range in age…..everywhere from 14 to 50, so I thought it would be fun to show you guys some beauty items that I would pick up for a teenager heading back to school. Whether you are a student yourself or shopping for your daughter, these products are great staples to have on hand this time of year. Walmart challenged me to pick up all of my “top essentials” using a $50 gift card and although I went slightly over, I was really surprised at just how much I actually saved in comparison to shopping at the local drugstore. Curious to see what I ended up choosing and how much it all cost me? Keep reading!
1) Rimmel London BB Cream Matte ($7.98 CAD)
2) Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer in #305/310 ($6.97 CAD)
3) New York Color (NYC) Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny ($2.97 CAD)
4) Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black ($4.00 CAD)
5) Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss ($3.00 CAD)
1) Spectro Cleanser for Blemish-Prone Skin (fragrance -free) ($6.93 CAD)
2) Clean & Clear Hydrating Gel Moisturizer (oil-free) ($7.00 CAD)
Body & Hair:
1) Nivea Energy Breeze Deodorant 48h ($3.58 CAD)
2) Herbal Essences Body Envy Citrus Dry Shampoo ($2.46 CAD)
3) Wet Ones Antibacterial Cleansing Hand/Face Wipes ($1.50 CAD)
Grand total with taxes – $52.42!
Back to School Beauty Tips:
Stick to the Basics: When I was in school, I remember only wearing some bronzer, lip gloss and a bit of mascara most days. I liked keeping my makeup simple and never wore any eye shadow or foundation. TIP: Bold lipsticks & smokey or dark eye shadow palettes are not exactly flattering on a young face. Lip balm, lip gloss, mascara, blotting papers, pressed powder, a light blush/bronzer or natural looking eye liner are much better options.
Don’t Forget to Cleanse & Moisturize Your Skin: Teenage skin usually = oily skin, and that unfortunately means unwanted breakouts & blackheads. Make sure to choose oil-free products whenever possible, cleanse your skin 2x/day with a product made for sensitive/acne prone skin and skip the foundation, which will only clog your pores. Moisturizing your face and staying hydrated is also very important.
Buy Multi-Use Products to Save Money: Products like cleansing wipes, baby powder, coconut oil and/or q-tips have multiple “beauty” uses so you can actually save money and space by using them for more than one purpose.
Get Your Beauty Rest: A good nights sleep can combat those pesky dark circles and has also been linked to a reduction in breakouts/acne.