These are the back to school beauty products you need

Even though I just graduated, summer ending brings back some major PTSD. After every end of August, I get stress dreams about going back to school.

Usually, they involve the campus transforming into a creepy, haunted carnival or a global disasters worthy of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s assistance. While those nightmares are extremely unlikely to come to life (knock on wood), there are still some nightmarish scenarios that are universal for any student. Not everything is going to require a disaster survival kit, so we put together everyday emergency items for all the little stressful scenarios you might run into this school year.

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You look like you haven’t slept in a few months 

Three months to be exact. Summers are for napping all day, hanging out with friends, and going to cheap, cool new restaurants. Oh, and marathoning The Office before they take it off of Netflix. 

When you start school, everything changes. It’s all about those all-nighters and focusing on those pesky midterms (shudder!). Luckily, with a few quick steps, it’s easy to look like our usual awake and vibrant selves when we get up for school. 

First step? Depuffing. You can swipe the Pixi by Petra 24K Eye Elixer Peptide under your eyes, roll your face with a jade roller that was in the freezer overnight, rub ice cubes over your face, or whatever else works for you. I usually just hold a cold compress to my face while I eat breakfast. Once the swelling has settled, brighten under the eyes with a trusted concealer and add a nice flush with blush. 

Another pro tip: Using a white eyeliner on you lower lids to brighten your eyes. Our favorite is NYX’s bestselling Slide On Pencil. For $8, it’ll last you all four years. 

BUY Jade Roller, HERE $20  

BUY First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer, HERE $22 

BUY Burt’s Bee 100% Natural Blush with Vitamin E, HERE $10

BUY NYX’s Slide On Pencil, HERE $8

You have a giant zit on your face 

Breakouts are normal, but they always seem to surprise you at the most inconvenient times – ever. 

Never again do you have to let a breakout shake your confidence before a big event like the first day of school or an important presentation. With the help of a few Very Good Light favorites, you can zap your zit away ASAP. 

Pimple patches are everywhere these days, but one that actually works is the Acne Pimple Master Patch from COSRX. Prefer a cream? What about the AcneFree Terminator 10? Don’t have anything on hand and all the stores are closed? Look in your first aid kit and put some Neosporin on your pimple. I know, I thought it was odd too when my friend first told me about it, but trust me, it works.  

BUY COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, HERE $5

BUY Peace Out Acne Healing Dots – 20 ct., HERE $19

BUY AcneFree Terminator 10, HERE $8

BUY Neosporin Original Ointment, HERE $4 

You overslept and you have five minutes to get ready 

This doesn’t actually qualify as an emergency if you’re a fan of a #nomakeup face, but if you’re anywhere near as high maintenance as I am, it’s a crisis. While I’m fully the type of person who would attempt to squeeze in the entire 10-step K-beauty routine and a full face of makeup, I’m also not going to encourage anybody to be late to class. 

In order to look fabulous and be on time, a simple routine is all you need. Swipe on some Glossier Boy Brow to shape, fill in, and tame your brows. A simple coat of mascara to open up your eyes and some highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes and the high points of your face have a huge impact without eating away at your time.   

BUY Glossier Boy Brown, HERE $16 

BUY NYX Tinted Brow Mascara, HERE $7.50

BUY Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, HERE $23

BUY L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara, HERE $8

BUY Benefit Watts Up Highlighter (mini size), HERE $8

You have class right after P.E.

Anybody who has watched Legally Blonde knows that “exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy and happy people don’t just shoot their husbands!”

Reese Witherspoon isn’t wrong. Exercise is great for you, but the problem with P.E. classes is after the class when you can’t shower and you spend the rest of the day swimming in your sweat. Some essentials to make sure you never make a stink about stinking? Deodorant, duh. A great aluminum free yet effective option is the Native deodorant. 

Also, a trusted dry shampoo, like the Kristin Ess dry shampoo, goes a long way in disguising any signs of hair sweat. Dove’s own Foam Dry Shampoo is also a solid choice. To go the extra mile, invest in some face wipes to prevent clogged pores and follow up with your favorite moisturizer. Our favorite wipe is Burt’s Bees that comes in Grapefruit. It’s gentle, but refreshing enough to awaken your senses. As for moisturizer, Clinique has a great one that’s lightweight, quickly drying, and suitable for all skin types. 

BUY Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo, HERE $14

BUY Native Deodorant, HERE $12

BUY Schmidt’s Bergamot+Lime Natural Deodorant, HERE $4.79

BUY Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes – 30 ct., HERE $3.50

BUY Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly – travel size, HERE $5  

BUY Dove Foam Dry Shampoo, HERE $4.89

You have to pull an all-nighter 

I don’t know anybody who enjoys an all-nighter. If you do, nice to meet you!

Not sleeping can be bad for your physical, mental, and emotional health, but it can also take its toll on your skin. Equal parts caffeine, stress, and unhealthy snacks, all-nighters can lead to dehydrated skin, puffiness, breakouts, and more. If you absolutely have to spend the night at the library, be sure to cleanse your face before you go to the library and put on a thin layer of an overnight mask such as the Water Sleeping Mask from Laneige. Once you’re at the library, put on some under eye masks to get ahead of the swelling. All-nighters aren’t cute, but these KNC Star Eye Masks are!    

BUY Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, HERE $25

BUY Innisfree Vitalizing Sleeping Mask With Aloe, HERE $18

BUY KNC Star Eye Mask  – 5 Pack, HERE $25

Labor Day is awful when you have NO CHILL like me

Labor Day is the worst of holidays.

Like, WTF are you supposed to do exactly?

For this very sad reason, I actually just Googled now the entire meaning of Labor Day. According to my search:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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That’s chill. I’m all about celebrating the labor movement and people who have made strides in this economy. BUT STILL, WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO BE DOING TODAY?

Too early for the holiday season, too late in the year to take a vacation abroad, too hot for staying out but too cool for most beaches, it’s that one day where you’re just stuck scratching your balls doing basically nothing indoors. Like, are there fireworks to see a la Independence Day? A specific activity to do like stealing candy from strangers on Halloween? Going on a shopping spree like on Black Friday? TELL ME, AMERICA!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about holidays. I’m all for skipping work and all for basic barbecues, but I really just want to know exactly what I’m doing and why. Give me an agenda. A purpose. Something.

For this very purposeless purpose, I am declaring Labor Day as the one day where I go through my beauty products, purge the ones I hate, luxuriate in the ones I love and completely stay indoors until someone forces me out. Here’s a list of products I’m really into these days.

Tell me in the comments below what you’re currently OBSESSED WITH!

Triumph and Disaster Rock and Roll Suicide Face Scrub , $34

There’s a mud scrub from the New Zealand brand, Triumph & Disaster, that’s speaking to me these days. It’s called Rock & Roll Suicide Face Scrub. While I’m not into the name (V morose, no?) it’s really good stuff. Made from kaolin and green clay, volcanic ash, and mineral crystals to scrub away gross things on your face, it’s super soft, has a Earthy fragrance and makes you gleam after use.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, $6.70

Puffy eyes and a hallow, dark circles are all too real. To combat this, I’ve been using The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG. It’s a very light, coffee-colored serum with a very high concentration of caffeine derived from green tea leaves. Upon using for a week, I noticed my eyes were brighter, more alive, and the dark circle coloration vanished. While not completely, it was still really impressive to see something so affordable work so well. At $6.70, it’s more affordable than a venti latte with espresso at Starbucks – and will last you so, so much longer.

Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum, $199.99

Okay, the price is the amount you could buy a Gucci shirt with but if you’re willing to pay, it’s definitely worth it. For a lazy person like me, using this toothbrush has been life changing. You don’t even brush, for starters. You simply glide this toothbrush along your teeth while looking at your phone to see how you’re doing. If you’re brushing too hard, it tells you. If you’re brushing at all, it’ll nudge you to stop. After, the app will provide you with a 3-D rendering of how well you brushed. It may be extra, for sure, but I’ve learned to appreciate this contraption, especially since brushing my teeth is one of my favorite parts of my beauty routine.

Innisfree , $1

Face masks are now a regular part of my Glow Up routine and these affordable ones from Innisfree mean that I can do them every other day. At $1, these are a true steal, especially since my local K Beauty store usually has a Buy 10 Get 10 sale. I like the ones from Innisfree because they’re not overly annoyingly drippy. Meaning, if you sit still for long enough, you won’t have to worry about serum dripping down your neck into your popcorn. It’s luxury for a buck!

NYX Cosmetics Lid Lingerie, $4.90

Face beat and off to #thefaceawards @nyxcosmetics #nycprofessionalmakeup #nyxcosmetics

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I used this for NYX’s Face Awards this past month and was incredibly pleased with just how light and easy the formula went on. I was looking for a Kpop eye and this was not only blendable, but lasted the entire night. The weightless formula comes in 12 shades for any and every occasion.