Every other article on every other website at this point in time is about back to school. So you’ve seen the five subject notebook, command hook, acrylic makeup organizer list already. Here are 5 things that maybe aren’t shoved in your pile of stuff to take to school currently sitting sadly in the basement. Just me?
- Pillow Mist / Essential Oils
Nothing’s worse than a dingy dorm room. Even if that Febreeze disinfects, it smells like, well, Febreeze. A nice smelling pillow mist or essential oil makes a difference when it comes to feeling at home. I love the stress relief spray from Bath and Body Works–it’s eucalyptus spearmint and I spray it a couple-a times on my pillow before bed and suddenly I’m not in a damp basement dorm room. Geez why so much talk about basements? Oh, and plus, scent is the number one sense linked to memory–so now every time I smell this stuff I think of being calm and un-stressed before bed.
2. EL Wire
Everyone has string lights hanging above their bed. But do they have neon lights? This cactus neon light is all the rage at Urban Outfitters, but $100+ for it is a little steep. Make your own with EL wire! It’s about $12 on Amazon for 9ft, and glued on to sturdy wire, you can shape it into whatever you want. Or, skip the wire and hang it in a cool pattern using command hooks (or nails, if you’re allowed to do that) right on the wall. I’M ALL ABOUT THE TRENDS, PEOPLE.
3. Cleanser/Mask that feels like heaven
Once again, college can be far from luxurious. When you wake up at 11am on a Saturday morning feeling like you’ve been hit by a bus, or when you finally get back to your dorm room at midnight after finishing a paper by its 11:59pm deadline, you need a lil’ somethin-somethin to make you feel like a human again. For me, it’s a face mask by the brand Skyn. Got a sample in my Ipsy Glam Bag (#notasponsor) and I was hooked. It’s just fragrant enough to feel luxurious but not too overpowering. It’s not exfoliating, but it lathers up with a bit of water. And it reminds me of the fun I had in Iceland over the summer. So basically it’s great. I’m also a fan of Soap and Glory’s Vitamin C facial wash.
4. Eye Mask
I’ve gone as far as to tie a bandana around my head to get in that mid-day 20-minute power nap. It works, but Eye Masks are actually made for that purpose. And they’re only like $8 on Amazon. Luckily, none of my roommates have ever been up all night with the light on. But these are necessary for those nights, too.
5. Cooling Face Primer
Most dorms are not air conditioned. And maybe the dorms are only really unbearably hot for three, four weeks out of the school year. But those weeks are HELL. Cooling face primers, like the Cooling Water by Milk Makeup, will make you feel a little less sweltering. This one is versatile, too, it’s not just to wake up your eyes, but putting it on pressure points, like by your ears or on your wrists, make a huge difference.