Back to School (or Work) Beauty Checklist

Back to School Beauty Essentials

From multifunctional purses, dry shampoo, and zit therapy, to chic ways to hide your maxi pads, we've got you covered!

By Mercedes Sanchez

style expert mercedes sanchez  back to schoolI don't want to face the fact that summer is almost over.

But before you start shopping for your fall must-haves, be sure to go through your beauty check list as you prepare to head back to college or update your work beauty bag.

Read: Easy summer to fall fashion 

Whether you're a parent shopping for your teenager, or a student getting ready for classes or work, here are some essentials you can't afford to forget.



 Vicenzo Lessie Bag

vicenzo lessie handbagback to school multifunctional bag










This Vicenzo Lessie bag is ideal for school or work. It can  be turned into a backpack, handbag, shoulder or messenger bag making it literally multifunctional. I love the inside compartment pockets with two additional slots perfect for your wallet or phone.

Available at for $99.

Blemish Therapy

 bare minerals blemish therapy

I've written dozens of blog posts and articles on skincare tips, but no matter how great you treat your skin those darn zits still form out of nowhere it seems! (Stress can be a factor). For a fast "solution," I recommend this powder treatment from Bare Minerals as it conceals acne and prevents future breakouts.

Available at Sephora for $18

Discreet pouch for maxi pads 

discreet sanitary napkins

Admit it! Taking out a sanitary napkin from your bag or purse for a trip to the ladies room can sometimes be quite uncomfortable -- especially during class. We found this cute (and witty) pouch on Etsy. Take a look at the following photo. (Hope it doesn't offend anyone).


etsy tampons are for pussies

Haha! Told you it was witty ;)

Available on Etsy for $2.65

Blotting Strips 

sephora blotting strips

Eliminate shine and embarrassing oil before heading to your next class or meeting with makeup blotting strips.

Available at Sephora for $10

Dry Shampoo

dry shampoo

Most of us love a good blow out but we know they don't last forever. If your hair begins to get oily and you don't have time for a good wash and dry, consider using a dry shampoo. They're known to refresh and give volume within moments. No water needed!

Dove Refresh + Care, $4.79. TRESemme, $4.99. Available at Walgreens.

clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream Broad Spectrum SPF15

The thought of a "hand cream" might seem pointless to some but if you drive to class or work, a cream for your hands with SPF is highly recommended. The Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream helps reverse the appearance of dark spots, moisturizes all day and acts as a UVA/UVB sunscreen.

Available at Clinique beauty stands for $29.50

Nail Polish Strips: Clear Coat or French Mani 

sally hansen salon french mani back to school

There are so many instant nail polish strips these with wild and fun prints. If you're looking for an instant nail fix without the flamboyant colors, consider going for a clear coat or french mani option like this one from Sally Hansen Salon Effects.

Available at drugstores for 11.90

Tell us: What's on your beauty checklist? 

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