Nighttime Back-to-College Skincare Routine

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It's about that time again: back to school. If you were stuck taking summer classes (like me) then you must feel like you didn't even have a summer vacation at all. You'll soon be needing to run out and stock up on college supplies, so don't forget to pick up the necessary skincare products as well. The stress of the college semester can wreak havoc on the skin so today I'll be sharing with you my Back To College Nighttime Skincare Routine. Hopefully these recommendations will get your skin ready for the fall semester. As the talented celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge once said in her skincare routine video, your regime doesn't have to cost you a fortune. When it comes to the basics (makeup removers, cleansers, and spot treatments) drugstore is where it's at. Unlike moisturizers, these don't stay on your skin all day. You don't need them to have the most expensive ingredients (or fancy packaging), they just have to be effective. I've been using Neutrogena, Clean&Clear, and Aveeno products in my routine for years. There are some products that I swear by which have helped get my breakouts under control.

Neon Summer: 3 Bright Lipsticks to Try this Season

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It goes without saying that you can wear anything you want during any season. However, when autumn and winter come I know I'll be wearing the heck out of dark vampy lipsticks. So for now I looked through my collection and pulled out some of my brightest colors for summer. Coincidentally they are all in the red/purple family. For some reason I seem to have fallen out of love with orange and peach (for now). My selection includes a true neon pink (MAC Candy Yum Yum), a bright warm red (Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Unapologetic), and a semi-opaque plum (glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayon in Dahlia). They're all three different types of intensity so you can choose depending on your mood and how bold you feel.

8 Perfect Rosy Hues: Makeup Roundup

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I know some people don't like to wear pink anywhere other than on their cheeks and lips, but I think it makes for a timeless look regardless of the season. Red tones around the eyes can be intimidating and in some odd cases even unflattering, but a rosy pink is always a safe bet. Sticking to pinks that lean towards mauve can result in a classically feminine look that is very daytime and work appropriate. Here are my favorite 8 picks for rose toned makeup products from my collection. There's a nice mix of drugstore and high-end, mattes and shimmer...

Winged Eyeliner for Hooded & Small Eyes: Techniques and Products

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When it comes to makeup there are some things that are difficult to master: false lashes and eyeliner. They can both ruin your entire day makeup if you get them wrong. Gel liner is much easier to apply (for me) but I prefer the look of liquid liner. Liquid liner has a steeper learning curve, but it's worth it. It lasts and lasts and looks jet black. Now, the whole eyeliner ordeal becomes even more difficult when you have small and/or hooded eyes. My eyes aren't severely hooded (there's still some lid showing) but I have to be careful not to make my line too thick or else it'll get covered in the fold and transfer to my lid. Eyeliner application is a very personal thing. It takes time and practice to find a technique (as well as products) that works for you. I'm going to share mine with you in case it ends up being just what you need.

Swimming Pool Print Summer Nails

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I think summer is probably the funnest season for nail art and nail enthusiasts. It's the perfect opportunity for bright colors and bold patterns. Brands definitely release a bunch of mini nail polish collections for summer. I mentioned a few posts back that I had been wearing acrylic nails for a while and they left my natural nails very weak. Add chlorine water from the pool as well as other summer activities which are rough on the hands and you've got the perfect recipe for battered nails. That's why I chose to focus on a nail design that would be good for short nails (since mine are breaking so easily) which is great for people who either can't grow their nails out or aren't allowed to for work/school. I decided on a print that resembles pool water and was inspired by fun pool floaties. To help strenghten my nails and protect them from more future damage I've used the Sally Hansen 7-in-1 Nail Treatment as both base and top coat.

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