5 Things You Need in Your Back to School Beauty Arsenal

While it may not feel like it, the fall semester is just a few sunburns and beach days away. Here at TBC, we're rounding up a collective list of all the hot ticket beauty items you need (yes, need) in preparation and anticipation of going back to school. Here's the lowdown: 

1. dark, dramatic lip colors

Au naturale may be the go-to look this summer, but fall holds its own. Not only do dark lips totally add an air of mystery and a lot of sex appeal, but this is one of the only times of the year that this look really works. Take advantage of the changing seasons and the beautiful fall colors, and own your campus fashion/beauty scene when you're back to school this semester. 

| Related: 5 Summer Lip Colors and Makeup Ideas |

2. Travel sized dry shampoo

Dry shampoo gets mentioned in a post at least once a month around here, so you might as well pick up what we're putting down. Washing your hair daily, or even every other day, is not good. It strips your hair of essential oils and can even leave you with greasy locks. That's where dry shampoo comes in and saves the day. We're loving this travel sized bottle specifically, because it'll fit perfectly in your backpack. Next time you're running to a club meeting right after practice you can smell like coconut and have a flawless 'do!

| More on how to avoid greasy hair here | | Thin hair tips and tricks here |

3. Spiral hair holders

Make this semester the semester of zero (yes, zero!) hair tie kinks. We all know that even when we spend a full twenty minutes (this is a lot of time for a busy college girl) curling our hair for the first day of classes, we're bound to throw it up in a ponytail sooner or later...especially walking around campus the the last few weeks in August. Invest in a few no-kink coil hair holders and you'll be set for the whole season. 

4. Oxy 28 day challenge skincare program

Nailing down a skincare routine in time for the fall can be tricky. As if maintaining a routine wasn't hard enough between summer vacations and beach days, try settling into a skincare system with new classes, student organizations, and sports teams thrown into the mix. Luckily, there's a pretty simple solution: OXY's 28 Day Challenge. 

Basically, instead of stressing quick fixes and aggressive, peel-your-face-off solutions, OXY's skincare program is 28 days. The company has done it's research, and has built the entire system off the fact that dermatologists say that it can take anywhere from four to eight weeks to achieve the best results using acne medications. They're all about taking it in stride, yet the program is totally manageable. 

There's also an app to keep you on track. OXY has an acne care level regimen for each level of acne, and you can log right onto the app (available in the Apple App Store or on Google Play) to get your 28 day plan and take the challenge to clearer skin. There's even daily alerts, which are great for busy college students, and a money-back guarantee (on the products, the app is free).

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5. Moisturizers 

While the semester may start during the tail end of summer, expect fall weather to ensue within your first few months back to school. You can be prepared for the cooler weather by having moisturizers on hand for both your face and body. Don't be afraid to invest in a jar of shea butter or coconut oil (or both) to use right before bed as your skin acclimates and consequently dries out from the cooler temps. Coconut oil also doubles as a great natural eye makeup remover, which you can incorporate into your skincare routine as well. 

What are your back to school beauty must-haves? Thoughts on any of the above picks? Let us know in the comments! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Oxy . The opinions and text are all mine.

I'm Turning 20!! : Birthday Wishlist + 20 Things I've Learned by 20

Though it hasn't quite sunk in yet, I'm turning 20 this weekend. I'm finally exiting those awkward teen years, for the most part unscathed, and am ready to take on a new decade of learning, growing, having fun, and ultimately making the most out of every year. After all, age is just a number...

And I hope I can still appreciate this train of thought 20 more years from now -- ha! But really, I'm excited to see what's in store. Plus, after Saturday, I can officially call myself a "twenty-something". It kind of feels like I'll be joining a super secret club where everybody has been hanging out without me. Woo! 

Today I thought it would be fun to give you guys a glimpse at my wish list, as well as provide an updated list of 20 things I've learned by 20. I did this two years ago when I wrote 18 Things I Learned by 18, and it went over really well. I figured I'd combine all of the things I've been wanting to say about my 20th into one big post, so here it goes!: 

(P.S. Follow on Snapchat @blondechiffon and Instagram for updates of this weekend! We're getting out of town and have some super fun stuff planned, so you'll definitely want to come along for the ride.) 


Birthday wish list

New phone case

I used to be obsessed with buying new phone cases, but I've kind of slowed down lately. My current case is getting pretty beat up, and I'd love to replace it with this pretty pink floral ban.do one.

Ipad keyboard case

I got an IPad last Christmas to use for school and blogging, but it doesn't get much attention without a keyboard; typing is WAY too slow without one. This metallic keyboard case I found online is perfect, and oh so fashionable!

Crystal necklace

I'm just starting to investigate the healing power of crystals, but regardless of their natural abilities, these necklaces are beautiful. I really want a green aventurine necklace, because I've read that this crystal can be particularly useful in boosting energy and promoting financial success. This would be very comforting to me, since I am graduating in the spring!

Lush bath bombs

If you guys have seen this pic, you know just how much I love LUSH. I always ask for these products on special occasions, because they're something that I wouldn't normally buy for myself. Instead, they are a rare treat that are so much fun to unwrap. This is also a great gift idea for people who want to buy me something small, but don't really know my personal style. You can't go wrong with anything from LUSH, and it's really up to the person doing the gifting on how much they want to spend. Even just one or two bath bombs goes a long way!

Custom fashion illustration

I've been seeing custom fashion illustrations popping up all over bloggers' Instagram feeds, and I love it! I think having an artistic representation of one of my favorite fashion photos from my blog would be so much fun. I'm also in the process of revamping my bedroom/workspace, so this is the perfect time to add a little art to my walls.

Chuck taylor high top sneakers

These sneakers are simply something that I've been eyeing to buy for myself for...wait for it...like two years. I still want them, I just never get around to actually purchasing them. I figured, why not add it to my wish list and finally get it out of the way? 

Naked palette

The Naked Eyeshadow Palette is another item that I've been lusting after for some time. However, like LUSH products, it's not really something I could justify buying for myself. I don't need it, it'd just be fun to have. I often find that these are the best types of gifts, so naturally it made it on my list.  


20 things I've learned by 20

Of course I've learned many more than 20 important lessons in my life, but here's a few of my top favorites:

1. Being kind to people goes a long way. 

2. What goes around comes back around. 

3. Sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck. 

4. Don't stress about things you can't change. 

5. It's important to learn at least one new thing every day.

6. Never pretend to be someone you're not. 

7. You might not change the world, but you can change the world for one person. 

8. Laughter is truly the best medicine, even in the worst of times. 

9. You don't have to stop dreaming, but you do need to start doing. 

10. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. 

11. Be reluctant in judging others, especially if you don't know their story. 

12. It's okay to ask for help. 

13. It's better late than never. 

14. Being angry is a waste of time. 

15. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

16. Put down your phone, and enjoy the people you're with (this one's a work in progress!). 

17. Never settle for "good enough". 

18. There's nothing quite like a good book.

19. You don't know until you try.

20. You're never too old to learn something new. 

What important lessons did I miss? Is there anything you think I'd like that I should add to my wish list? Let me know in the comments, and don't forget to follow along this weekend on Snapchat (@blondechiffon) and Instagram!

Three Ingredient Brightening Honey Lemon Sugar Scrub

Though I have been lucky and have avoided any serious acne outbreaks over the years, we all have our moments when, no matter how strong our skincare game is, we're still plagued by an unstoppable breakout. Whenever I would have this issue in high school, my acne almost always turned up in the same spot...right after the last pimple had cleared up. Not only was this recurring problem area totally frustrating, but I actually wound up with quite a bit of scarring. 

These acne scars turned into a huge insecurity for me, and I couldn't nix them no matter how hard I tried. I worked with a dermatologist and tried loads of different creams and serums, but nothing seemed to work. They've begun to fade over time (yay!), but I recently whipped up a new brightening scrub packed with lemon juice and honey to help move the process along a little quicker. If you also struggle with acne scarring, it's an absolute must-try. It's only three ingredients (which you probably already have in your pantry), smells delicious, and is completely natural. Here's the sitch:

3 INGREDIENT BRIGHTENING SUGAR SCRUB

♥ 1/3 cup sugar

♥ 1/8 cup honey

♥ 1/2 small lemon

DIRECTIONS

♥ Mix the sugar, honey, and juice of 1/2 of a small lemon in a bowl.

♥ Enjoy! 

♥ Store excess in the fridge for up to two days.

If you've been following along on TBC for awhile, you guys know that I'm NOT a fan of long, complicated recipes. As the saying goes, ain't nobody got time for that -- right? That's why I'm so obsessed with this little concoction lately; I always have all of the ingredients in my house without even trying, and it takes literally no more than five minutes to make. It's my version of perfection. 

Also, just an FYI -- this recipe doesn't yield a huge quantity of scrub like the French Vanilla Coffee Body Scrub I shared. Fresh lemon juice only lasts for a few days in the fridge, so the measurements above are only designed to get you through that length of time. That being said, the portion is still quite generous, especially if you're only using it on your face and not your shoulders, arms, and back (which I do recommend). 

Enjoy, and let me know if you what you think of this DIY beauty recipe in the comments! 

xx,

Holly

P.S. Be sure to follow along on Snapchat @blondechiffon for more (exclusive) beauty content and natural recipes! 

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Popsugar Must-Have Unboxing #Musthavebox

Every time I see a subscription box teaser on Instagram or Facebook, I immediately feel the urge to subscribe. It could literally be a subscription to sudoku puzzles, dirty laundry, and calamari (three of my random, least favorite things) and I'd still have to fight the urge to order, just so I could know what's inside and upload a cute unboxing post to all my social channels. 

So you guys get it. I'm very into subscription boxes. I absolutely love the anticipation of waiting to see what's packed into them, and it's also the best little surprise when you show up at home to a pretty pink package sitting on your doorstep that you just know is filled with goodies. 

POPSUGAR was kind enough to send me their June Must-Have Box to try, so of course I want to share all of the delights with you guys here on TBC. 

Here's a brief rundown of what was in the June Must-Have Box:

1. NCLA Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer

How perfect is this nail color? And just in time for the 4th of July! I love that it's cruelty free and was developed exclusively with POPSUGAR. 

2. Are you Ready for Your Close-Up Compact

You can't see the front of this compact mirror in the photo, but it says, "Are you ready?". The inside of course compliments this with..."for your close-up?" I love the sass, and I was in desperate need of a new compact for my work bag. 

3. Neutral Diamonds Printed Sarong (pictured above with June pamphlet)

This sarong is perfect for laying by the pool/beach this summer. 

4. Ridley's Games Room "Who Am I?" Quiz

I'm always in search of a new game to play at the dinner table, and this one takes the cake. The cards are petite and the rules are simple. Oh, and you also get to talk about your favorite celebs. What's not to love? 

5. "cheers" gold bottle opener

Finally a classy way to crack a bottle! Love it.

6. Pacifica underarm deodorant wipes

I love all things Pacifica, these wipes included. They smell great and are perfect for when you're on the go. 

 7. sriracha pressels

Send me food and we're friends for life. I loved these "Pressels"!

Ever thought about trying a subscription box? Let me know what you think in the comments below! 

30 Things to Do This Summer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hawaiian Tropic®. The opinions and texts are all mine. 

As I adjust to adulthood, I find myself questioning many of the decisions I made about my body when I was younger. For example, all of the ridiculous sugary and uber-processed snacks I begged my mom for every time we went to the grocery store. Not so sweet anymore though, now that I know what's really in a lot of the junk food I used to love. 

I also reflect on decisions that didn't involve food (ha!).  Here's another example -- When I went to Jamaica in high school I decided not to wear sunscreen. At all. Not only was I red as a lobster, but my entire body was covered in blisters by the second day and I even developed a second degree burn on my chest. And for what? A tan that never even showed up? 

Great. 

Like I said though, things have changed. You could say I'm another year older, another year wiser. And since I've got some big plans for this summer, I'm really taking myself seriously this year (i.e. drinking green juice and wearing sunscreen on the reg to make up for the first 15 years of my life, haha!).  

And this summer I've got a new sunscreen:

It's Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen, which I went out and bought at Walmart. It's kind of a game changer when it comes to sunscreen. It's got all of the good stuff like safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. But my favorite parts? Firstly, it has that unmistakable Hawaiian Tropic® fragrance, so you can just let your senses take you away. The formula is also unique in that it's breathable. There's nothing I hate more than that greasy residue left by most sunscreens. This brand though actually hydrates your skin with its silk ribbons to provide 12 hours of moisture. The experience of weightless indulgence is different than any other sunscreen I've ever worn. Love, love, love it. 

Now I thought it would be fun to share a few of the items that are on my bucket list with you guys. Some are simple, others a bit more time consuming, but more than anything I hope that you'll find them inspiring in getting you up, out and enjoying the beautiful weather!

1. Read outside

2. Refine your beauty routine (including Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen, of course) 

3. Go to the beach

4. Go to a baseball game

5. See a country concert

6. Train for a 5k

7. Host a bonfire

8. Go to a jazz festival

9. Pick strawberries

10. Pick flowers

11. Try paddle board yoga

12. Go hiking

13. Have a photoshoot 

14. Go boating

15. Swim at the lake

16. Picnic at the park

17. Ride a roller coaster

18. Have brunch in your backyard

19. Go for a walk

20. Order from a food truck

21. Visit the public market

22. Take a horseback riding lesson

23. Lay on a hammock

24. Go for a bike ride

25. Use an underwater camera

26. Try geocaching 

27. Go canoeing 

28. Watch the sunrise 

29. Go to a carnival

30. Have a water balloon fight

What's on your summer bucket list? Anything I should add? Let me know in the comments!

xx,

Holly

#alohatherapy

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hawaiian Tropic®. The opinions and text are all mine.