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Back to Uni Series: In My Makeup Bag

Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Since the first semester is looming large I figured it would be a good time to do a back to Uni series. Whether you are going to uni for the first time, getting ready for a slightly less enthusiastic second year or are a total glutton for punishment like me and going back for your third degree, here are a few tips to help you look a little more prepped and polished (at least for the first few weeks, am I right?). This series would also be good for back to school or heck even back to work because I will be focusing on quick easy looks to help you look fresh and wide awake, some products that can help make life easier and a few tricks I've picked up for braving the University campus.

Disclaimer: Literally no one cares how you look at uni, I promise. Most people barely drag themselves out of bed and make it to class. This is not at all so you feel pressured to look a certain way but rather to tell you how I get ready for uni for myself and my own confidence, not to "fit in". First years, Uni is nothing like school.

I thought I would start off this series with a collection of things that often make their way into my bag during the week. These little lifesavers help me get through the semester without looking as tired as I usually feel. I usually don't take all of these unless I know I'm going to be at uni for ages but they are definitely good to have in the arsenal. I am also trying to give my favourites (many of which are high end) along with some really good drugstore alternatives to fit every budget.

Moisture
There is something about being in constant recycled air that just strips every little bit of moisture out of your skin. It's particularly bad for me because I spend a lot of my time at Uni in a museum with very low humidity climate control for preservation reasons. Of course I am never without a lip balm and right now I am loving Carmex, especially the Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm Pink Sheer Tint SPF15 $8.99 and the original Carmex Lip Balm Jar $6.49. As well as being totally awesome, they are cheap which is always good for a Uni Student.

While I usually save my rich body lotions and hand creams for home, this Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ($14.99) is never not in my bag. Seriously I have at least four of these things spread around my apartment and in my many tote bags. It is great because unlike most hand creams the tin of solid product won't ever leak through my bag plus it is super moisturising! I use it on my cuticles, hands, elbows; you name it!

Eyes & Brows
Somehow I have a silly habit of accidentally forgetting to put my mascara on. I don't know how but I will do a full face of makeup and somehow forget to put on mascara as the final step. For that reason, I always keep a mascara in my bag so I can rectify the early morning boo-boo. Usually it is one I like (but don't love) just so I can use it up and I don't feel too bad if it gets knocked about or even lost. Right now, the mascara I'm trying to use up is my Maybelline The Collosal Volum' Express $19.95.

Although I always always do my brows before I leave the house I really like to keep a brow pencil in my bag either for touch ups or little spots I missed in my morning rush. My absolute favourite is of course the Anastasia Brow Wiz $38 though I know it is a little expensive (you can order it way cheaper from overseas though) so a really good cheap alternative is the Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil $11.50 which I used for ages before I made the splurge on my Anastasia brow products.

Face
You probably don't need me to tell you that a good pressed powder is a must have bag stash but lately I have been loving the Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder $20. It is finely milled, light, mattifying enough for my normal skin and the packaging is solid and compact. To apply it, I keep my multi-tasker Artiste Short Handled Angled Brush #18 $14.95 because in addition to being little, it is great for applying powder, blush, bronzer and even highlighter in a pinch. It is the only brush I keep in my handbag.

For me, cream blush is an absolute must as well. With my really pale skin and too few hours beauty sleep I start to look really washed out. A quick sweep of cream blush is an easy pick me up that makes the world of difference. I prefer creams because you can apply them easily with your fingers and you don't have to worry about pans shattering. My favourites are the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise $27.00 and the Bourjois Blush Exclusif Cream to Powder $20. A lot of other cheap drugstore brands like NYX, Face of Australia and Savvy have cream blush formulas too so check them out.

Lips
Often times I will chuck whatever lipstick I am wearing that day into my bag but these ones do the rounds more often than most. My favourite, everyday, go to pink lipstick at them moment is of course MAC Lovelorn $36 which you have probably heard me mention before. I have also been using my Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry $35 a lot as well. For a drugstore favourite, I love the Maybelline Colour Elixir Lip Laquers $17.95 especially in the shade Petal Plush. These lip glosses are fairly opaque as well so that can be worn either over lipstick or by themselves.

So there are my favourite products to take with me for a long day of uni. I mostly use these for touch ups but I know that in a pinch they can give my bare face the pep-up it needs. Many of my suggestions are drugstore as well which can be bought far cheaper than the recommend retail prices listed for those of us on a budget so keep an eye out, especially at places like Priceline, Target and the Chemist Warehouse. I would love to know which products make the cut in your day bag so let me know in the comments section below. Also, I would love to know what you are studying and how far into your university degree you are. It's always great to see everyone's different interests.

Stay Rosy.
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