The holidays are over, but before you get too nostalgic for the English summer, remember it’s time to get ready for a new term. It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a few lovely beauty buys. So, to help you pack those bags, it’s time to swot up on our clever back-to-uni essentials.
For facing the day
Keeping your skin fresh and clear is easy with the right products. Yes To are masters when it comes to smart skin care products, and their face wipes are the perfect addition to any student’s bag. There’s something for every skin type, including Yes To Carrots fragrance free wipes for great, fuss-free cleansing, and Yes To Coconut wipes for dry skin. For a bit of in-shower cleansing, Witch Gentle Exfoliating Face Wash and Bourjois Foaming Cleansing Cream are just two options that won’t break the bank.
Bouncy, happy hair
Make room in your case for some serious hair care products. It’s worth it to keep your hair looking glossy and gorgeous. Tresemme Cleanse and Replenish Shampoo in a mighty 900ml bottle will keep you going for a long time. Savvy shoppers can get the perfect combo for their locks with Tigi too. Check out Tigi Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Twin, Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Duo, and Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Twin for starters.
Even when you’re on the tightest budget, you can still afford to smell good with our top, price-friendly perfumes. To give you a bit of inspiration, have a look at Laurelle’s classic Femme Eau de Parfum Spray, Nino Cerruti’s yummy 1881 Eau de Toilette Spray, and Lacoste’s Red Eau de Toilette Spray for men. />
All you need to feel at your best are a few well-chosen make-up essentials. Beautiful nails are guaranteed with L’Oreal’s Color Riche polishes. Maybelline have a completely kissable range of Colour Sensational lipsticks for you to mix and match, and sultry eyes are a moment away thanks to Rimmel’s Glam Eyes Trio Eyeshadow.
The catwalks featured something for everyone when it came to this autumn’s make-up trends. Big, bold looks blended against subtle, natural palettes. Here’s a few top products to help you achieve some of this season’s most fashionable looks.
Go wild with the eye-liner
Statement liner in both black, and black edged with bright snaps of colour are big this autumn. L’Oreal are a go-to for any liner lover, with their easy-to-wield Super Liner GelMatic Eye Pencils. If you’re a pro with a wand, try the brand’s Super Liner Ultra Precision Eyeliner, or W7’s Liquid Liner.
Long, Sixties-inspired lashes rocked the fashion-pack during the autumn season’s catwalks. W7 have it nailed with their Flutter Eyes False Eyelashes in a range of sizes. So, you can pick the right ones for your eyes and feel utterly glam, head to toe.
There’s nothing sure to make you feel more gorgeous than a bold lip colour. The trick is to pick a shade that will suit your skin tone, so you can feel confident. Anna Sui’s Lip Rouge Pen comes in a variety of vampish shades, and will stay put no matter what. Or check out L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Serum Lipsticks if your budget is a little tighter.
It’s official, this season is the time to wear stand-out nail colours. Deep hues, glitters and nail art are all big news. So, you can forget about saving your black polish for Halloween only. Have a look at L’Oreal’s Infallible Nail Polish Duos and Anna Sui Nail Colour A in gorgeous shiny tones to get some inspiration.
Keep it natural
Neatly swept, natural brows, glowing complexions, and pared-down eyes are the key to recreating this autumn’s ultra-chic natural look. Get started with W7’s Night Glow Highlight & Illuminate for a minimalist lift, or try L’Oreal’s moisturising
Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation for a perfect base.
No-one relishes the idea of greasy locks. If your hair is prone to oiliness, there are some smart ways around it. With the right products, you can keep your ‘do looking fresh and glossy for days with minimal effort.
Often, you’ll find you have the dreaded greasy root, dry-end combo. There is a temptation to keep washing your hair if this is your personal challenge. But too much shampooing can strip your hair of the oils it needs to stay healthy. Instead, look for products that are made for less frequent washing. Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Shampoo, and Yves Rocher’a Delicate Cleansing Cream Shampoo are just two top-buys.
There’s one top tip to remember when tackling greasy hair. If you need to condition it, make sure you use the right products, and stick to the ends of your hair. That way, you won’t be weighing the roots down with extra moisture. Living Proof have their Perfect Hair Day Conditioner to make a set with their shampoo, while Hif’s gentle cleansing conditioners give you a little boost of moisture in perfect balance.
Clever Styling Products
Weighing your hair down with heavy styling products isn’t the way to manage greasier hair types. So, opt for dry shampoos to add a bit of volume at the roots and keep hair feeling fresh. Look at products like Toni & Guy’s Cleanse Dry Shampoo, Tigi Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Matte Dry Shampoo, and Osmo Day Two Styler Dry Shampoo to refresh your locks and keep your hair routine in check.
Fashionistas will be in seventh heaven this autumn. New York, Paris, Milan and London are the Big 4 set to play host to some of the world’s most iconic labels at this year’s SS presentations. Here’s a taste of what’s to come.
New York cool
Kicking things off from 6th September in New York, you’ll find Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Carolina Herrera. Not only are they big news on the global fashion scene, they also have gorgeous scents like CK Obsessed, Marc Jacobs’ Daisy and Carolina Herrera 212.
Back to the show itself, that line up alone should be enough to keep you repeatedly refreshing your Instagram feed for days, but you can also check out the latest catwalks from Teen Fashion Week. And there’s the Intermix x CFDA collaboration, along with other exciting events, all running during the week.
Swagger in the UK
Things are guaranteed to get seriously gorgeous in London during 15th-19th September, as the city hosts their Spring Summer fashion week. British fashion stalwarts like Burberry, also creators of the suave Burberry Touch scent, and Amanda Wakeley will be strutting their stuff. They’ll be alongside Pringle of Scotland, Christopher Kane and Topshop. Not to mention the exciting host of new designers already on the bill.
Glam in Milan
It’s all happening in Milan from 20th September. Over a six-day window fashion fans will get to see Moschino, Missoni, Giorgio Armani and Prada stride into the SS season. Prada are also known for their Candy and Homme fragrances, while Armani Si is another favourite scent from the Italian fashion pack. And if all that isn’t not enough to tempt you to stay on the Fashion Week live stream all week long, Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Gucci will all be there in force too.
A style masterclass in Paris
This city does it best when it comes to chic, fashion-forward collections. Expect some major catwalk inspiration from Givenchy, Christian Dior, Nina Ricci and Chloe from September 26th.
Because we’re always thinking about fragrances, we can’t help but get excited about this show, featuring the newest lines from the ones who brought us Givenchy Love Irresistible, and Chloe’s Love Story. This mega presentation lasts for eight days, so if you have a real need to find out what’s hotter than hot for next season, these are the shows to swot up on.