A Busy Collegiette's Guide to Taking Care of Yourself

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Getting back into the groove of school can be difficult, especially if you had the best summer! Now that school is definitely in session, students can really feel the pressure. Midterms have been happening and the amount of work, studying, and stress has significantly increased. This means that the amount of time we have for ourselves has unfortunately diminished. Taking care of ourselves may feel impossible, especially as collegiettes who intend on taking life head-on! Thankfully, the HC Back to School Survival Kit has come to our rescue; here are some ways we can incorporate the products from the Back to School Survival Kit into our busy lives.

Forgetting to Pamper Yourself?

It’s that time of year when facials are needed but the funds to pay for facials and overall pampering is severely low. Thanks to Freeman Beauty, getting a facial is not just available, but convenient and affordable as well. Freeman Beauty provided 3 Feeling Beautiful Masks: the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rejuvenating Cucumber + Pink Salt Clay Mask, the Feeling Beautiful Manuka Honey + Tea Tree Oil Clay Mask + Cleanser, and the Feeling Beautiful Detoxifying Charcoal + Black Sugar Mud Mask!

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The Feeling Beautiful Rejuvenating Cucumber + Pink Salt Clay Mask is meant to calm and soothe one’s skin while also exfoliating and detoxing in order to clear and hydrate your complexion and make your skin glow!

For those with oil-breakout prone skin, the Feeling Beautiful Manuka Honey + Tea Tree Oil Clay Mask + Cleanser is perfect for you. This Feeling Beautiful product nourishes the skin by delivering potent healing properties. The Tea Tree Oil purifies pores while also controlling the oil in your skin with antibacterial properties.

Want you improve your skin's overall health? Get the Feeling Beautiful Detoxifying Charcoal + Black Sugar Mud Mask! The mask actually boosts the smoothness of your skin in addition to improving its health. The mask includes activated charcoal that locks onto oils and toxins and lifts them away. Black sugar is also part of the mask and helps with hydrating your skin, which leads to the smoothing of any roughness or fine lines. The best part is that while extracting the oils and toxins, the mask still continues to ensure that your skin will not be over-dried or disturbed!

Experiencing Hair Struggles?

We live in Southern California and the heat is real! This means that most of us get really oily looking hair by the time the afternoon hits, but we don’t have time to shower in the middle of the day. We’re still college students and sometimes we just want to go out and have fun- we’ll do our make up and hair and have the night to de-stress and have fun with friends. Bed Head by TIGI is coming in clutch to take care of all of the hair problems we might be experiencing as we go back to school.

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With hairsprays like Bed Head by TIGI Masterpiece Shine Hairspray and Bed Head by TIGI Hard Head Hairspray, we can have a fun night out without having to worry that our nicely curled hair will fall or that our meticulously straightened hair will start curling. Bed Head by TIGI Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo and Bed Head by TIGI Oh Bee Hive! Matte Dry Shampoo will save our oily hair troubles. Oh Bee Hive! Matte Dry Shampoo is perfect for brunettes, and the Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo has a near colorless formula which means our clothes are safe from any markings.

Constantly Moving?

As we go back to school, students are always on the move and sometimes we forget to stay hydrated. Spindrift has created the first sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit juice. The water is triple-filtered and all the fruit is from family farms. They provide a variety of flavors like lemon and raspberry lime!

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In addition, we need to remember to have a snack with us at all times in case we ever get a little hungry. HI-CHEW is perfect for bringing along wherever a busy collegiette goes, whether you're walking to class, driving to work, running to a meeting, or on your way to meet up with a study group. 

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

Sometimes, our schedules can catch up to us and suddenly we feel like we're drowning in work and assignments. The best way to avoid being taken off guard by our responsibilities is to keep everything organized and written down in a place easy to access. Erin Condren provides a planner that's perfect for the busy collegiette. Their Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner makes keeping yourself up to date with the assignments you have due, the meetings you need to be at, and all of your other responsibilities fun through their creative and beautiful designs!

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Stuck Inside?

From the gorgeous sunsets we have here at Cal Lutheran to the view you can get at the Griffith Observatory, there is a lot to love about how close we are to a variety of fun locations. But we also know that the traffic we see from Griffith Observatory is a real struggle and with our busy schedules, driving is just not the ideal way to spend your time. Making day trips to the beach, even with the nice weather, just isn't always easy or worth it. What if you still want to keep that summer glow, but sitting in the traffic going to Malibu is just not going to fit in your plans this weekend? Go check out what L'Oreal Paris can do for you! 

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The L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes are perfect for keeping your summer glow without having to wait in traffic. This is also a great way of avoiding exposure of your skin to the fairly harmful sunlight. The Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist is another method of achieving the tan you can get from the beach, without wasting your precious time in traffic or harming your beautiful skin with the sunlight. In addition, the Southern California heat also has the "wonderful" effect of drying out your skin to the point where you feel like you're an actual fish out of water. The L'Oreal Paris Hydra Genius is a long lasting liquid moisturizer with aloe water; this moisturizer has 3 different formula textures which provides a customized finish for each skin type.

Never Forget to Brighten Your Beautiful Smile!

Going out into the world feeling your best and looking your best is the best way to start your day. One way to start your day is by brushing your teeth and Steripod has the perfect product for you. Their Steripod Clip-On Toothbrush Protector is a toothbrush protector designed to keep your toothbrush fresh and clean for up to 3 months! This is also incredibly helpful for the flu season since the toothbrush protector prevents cross-contamination from other toothbrushes and disgusting airborne contaminants. 

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Dress to Impress (Yourself)!

If you're constantly moving and you're involved in several different activities, you want to be dressed as comfortably as possible. But you also want to impress others and most importantly yourself with how good you look and feel. Aeropostale encourages you to express your uniquely beautiful self through their accessories and denim! Their denim assortment is versatile and perfect for the upcoming fall weather. Their current best seller is the Seriously Stretchy Denim Style.   

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The HC Back to School Survival Kit reminds us to treat ourselves because we are all working hard to get to where we want to be in life. Maybe our short term goals are just to pass this one class or to get all A's this semester and in trying to accomplish that, we forget that we're still young. Our long term goals of impacting lives, making a career for ourselves, and growing and changing to be the successful women we dream to be can only happen if we remember just how important it is to take a step back from our routine and give ourselves a breather. So go out there, take on all the challenges of your day, and come back to your home and take care of yourself because you not only deserve it, you need it. Let yourself feel ready for your next day, feel comfortable, and most importantly, feel beautiful!