BUY IT NOW OR CRY LATER: A Skincare Fridge, Note-Taking Pen & More Back-to-College Essentials

Meet Buy It Now, Or Cry Later, our monthly roundup of cute, chic, funny, or just truly essential things our editors are buying right now. Because we like to shop, and you like to shop, so let's shop together, shall we? RIP to our bank accounts. This time around, enjoy our special back-to-college edition.

  1. 1. Classic Thermo-Electric Cooler

    Cooluli, cooluli.com, $50; shop now

    When I think back on my dorm years, I'm devastated that I didn't have a skincare fridge to keep my serums and eye creams in. I keep this fridge on my desk at work now (filled with face mists and soda and yogurt), but I wish I had one in college. It's so convenient to keep my essentials in, but small enough that it doesn't take up a ton of space. My favorite part is that it's portable and has a car charger, so you can take this little thing on road trips with you and put your bevs inside to keep them chilled! – Gina

  2. 2. Ted Baker Signature Ballpoint Pen

    Ted Baker, amazon.com, $38; shop now

    Okay, so investing in a pen is something I *never* thought I'd do. But when I tell you that a good pen will change the game for all your working needs, I mean it. This pen is weighted so perfectly and is sooo smooth to use. It's my go-to for to-do lists and note-taking! – Felicity

  3. 3. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer

    Revlon, amazon.com, $60; shop now

    I am so late to the game, but I am so happy I live in a world where the Revlon One-Step exists. I've heard a lot about the product from bloggers and influencers and finally went for it once it was $30 on Prime Day. I don't typically wear my hair straight or blown out unless I'm going to get it done, so I wasn't sure how I would feel about it. Turns out, it's the best thing ever! I've read a lot about how it can cause damage to your hair (like any heat styling tool) so I wouldn't use it without a heat protectant, but it styles my hair so perfectly and easily. – Danielle

  4. 4. Banana Boat After Sun Lotion

    Banana Boat, walgreens.com, $9; shop now

    Sunny szn is here, and honestly this is my go-to saving grace for calming sunburns. I switch to this lotion as the weather gets warmer and I find myself spending a lot of time outdoors. It really takes my tan to the next level and well into fall. – Edel

  5. 5. Soloist Candle

    Moodcast, moodcast.com, $42; shop now

    Candles are one of my favorite indulgences. I don't care if it's the middle of summer and my house is hot and humid, I'm going to have at least two candles burning in every room. I was recently gifted a few frangrances from Moodcast, and I'm honestly swooning for the whole packaging design and how personal these scents feel. Plus, these are the perfect size for a tiny apartment or dorm, and the candle burns down at *just* the right pace. – Gina

  6. 6. Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner

    IGK, sephora.com, $28; shop now

    PSA: If you’re only using dry shampoo, I really need you to start using dry conditioner — it’s basically a quick conditioner treatment that instantly makes your hair shinier and smoother, sans any grease. My favorite at the moment is this IGK Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner. I apply it to the ends of my hair once I’m done styling, and it makes a world of differences, transforming what looked like rough ends to soft, silky one. Don’t do your last Sephora run before heading back to school without this in your bag, your hair will thank me later. – Danielle

  7. 7. Open Back Wrap Daisy Print Cami Dress

    Shein, shein.com, $13; shop now

    Leave it to my mom to buy a dress from Shein, then end up giving it to me because it's a actually major look. This dress is a perfect summer dress where I can dress it up or dress it down, and best part is that I did not break the bank for this. I will say order a size up when ordering from here, and you won't be dissapointed. – Edel

  8. 8. SToK Black Cold Brew Iced Coffee

    SToK, target.com, $6; shop now

    When I'm trying to restrain myself from buying iced coffee every day, I always have cold brew ready to drink in my fridge. That way, when I'm craving a cold coffee (AKA, every day), I can grab some at my leisure rather than spending another $6 at Starbs. – Felicity

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