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Getting Through the Mid-Semester Blues: Her Campus Style

If you attend a university that does not offer a Fall break, you understand the struggle of the mid-semester lull. At this point, you have been at school for two months working as hard as possible and you have hit the area where everything seems repetitive. Fear not, we have all been there and we all understand. Getting through this point of semester and to Thanksgiving break is no easy task; however, we here at Her Campus have a few ideas of how to survive and make it home for the pie.


Take care of your skin.



The stress that comes with school can be overwhelming and take a toll on your skin. Face masks can help you relax and help relieve your skin. Here at Her Campus IUP, we love Freeman Beauty. They have such a wide variety of masks! We got to try the Rejuvenating Cucumber + Pink Salt Clay Mask, the Manuka Honey + Tea Tree Oil Clay Mask + Cleanser, and the Detoxifying Charcoal + Black Sugar Mud! These masks left our skinning feeling incredible and they smelled great! Even better, they aren’t very expensive! We suggest buying in bulk.


Protect your brush.



With flu season hitting hard, it is important to protect yourself from all the germs floating around. Steripod Clip-on Toothbrush Protector can help ensure your toothbrush stays fresh and clean. Designed so air circulates freely allowing your toothbrush to dry naturally, Steripod keeps lets your toothbrush to dry so no contaminants are hiding on your bristles. Steripod will keep your toothbrush fresh for up to three months!


Even out your tan.



If you live in Pennsylvania, you know we’ve had some atypical weather lately. Unintentionally spending the day in the sun has resulted in awkward tan lines and there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to even out sometime soon. Luckily, L’Oreal has the product for you. L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes are easy to use and the natural looking, streak-free tan will develop completely in just 2 to 4 hours! You can also try the Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist to help with your tan! Having trouble keeping your skin hydrated and looking fresh? Try Hydra Genius!


Drink clean.



Infused water has so many health benefits, but sometimes the flavors just don’t do what we want them to. Spindrift Sparkling Water takes sparkling water and real, squeezed fruit to make a drink that not only tastes great but is great for you! With 7 different flavors, we’re sure that you will find that you love. Here at HC IUP, we think it’s best cold. Follow Spindrift on Instagram at @spindriftfresh!


Tame your hair.



Living in Indiana (aka Windiana) and having hair is an uphill battle. Walking to class often results in your hair being everywhere except for where it was when you left your place. With Bed Head by TIGI you can combat that problem. Bed Head by TIGI offers numerous products to help you control your hair and keep it feeling great! Some of our favorites are Masterpiece Shine Hairspray, Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo, Hard Head Hairspray, and Oh Bee Hive! Matte Dry Shampoo. Try one, try all…you definitely won’t be disappointed!


Express Yourself.



We all know that sometimes just dressing better can make you feel better. Aeropostale has tons of amazing accessorizes for anyone looking to add that little extra something to their outfit. From wallets to chokers to scrunchies, Aeropostale has something for everyone no matter their style!


Have a snack.



Cravings for something sweet can often be dangerous to your diet if you’re watching your weight. While snacking can often be a negative, Hi-Chew, made with real fruit juices and purees, offers a healthy alternative to chewy candy! By being cholesterol free, gluten free, having 0g trans-fat, and containing no artificial colors Hi-Chew is a guilt free treat to help keep that sweet tooth in line.


Get organized.



If you are stressed and struggling with balancing everything you do. Get a planner. Erin Condren Hardbound Life Planner is gorgeous and effective! This is an academic planner, so it will last until December 2018! Each planner comes with a unique design theme throughout and will allow you to clearly see all the things you need to accomplish! Organization will help you destress and breathe a little easier!


This point in the semester is rough. We’ve been here for what seems like an eternity and Thanksgiving break isn’t for another 4 weeks. Take some time to treat yourself and remember that it’s okay to pause and allow yourself the chance to breathe. Your physical and mental health should always come before anything else.

Danielle Jones is from Jeannette, Pennsylvania--a small town with big pride. As an English, Writing major with a minor is Business Administration she loves words and truly believes in their power. She is currently one of two Campus Correspondents for Her Campus at IUP. In her free time, Danielle enjoys reading, writing, and all things Shonda Rhimes.
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