Back to School Beauty Supplies

Courtesy of sephora.comCourtesy of sephora.comShannon Ray, Allure magazine

Shannon Ray was the winner of the 2012 Allure Beauty Blogger Awards and is now contributing to the Daily Beauty Reporter.

Remember back in Elementary School, when you would go get all of your school supplies? By the time the first day of school rolled around, you would have all of your brand new nonsense shoved into your stiff, flat Jansport backpack/knockoff brand backpack/hand me down whatever bag, and you were ready to take on a new year. If you were a lucky b, you had a troll pencil topper up in there. If you were unlucky, you had one of those marbly composition notebooks on your person. (What was the point of those?!? Seriously, you couldn't even rip out a page without that ish ripping in half.)

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One of the worst parts of becoming a boring, old, blah adult is not having our year broken up into discernible segments. We don't have a summer break, we don't have that excitement (or nervous pukey-ness) of the big "first day" every year. Unless you're a teacher. Or some fancy person that worries about quarterly goals, or something. So in order to bring a little more excitement to our lives, I have the adult equivalents of some of the most memorable school supplies from yesteryear. (Ugh, my oldness is really catching up with me. I need a nap.)

Trapper Keeper:
The awesomeness of the 'Keeper (that's how we slang things up) was that it kept all of your mess to a minimum. A setting spray will do the same thing-to your face! Especially when it's crazy hot, or you plan on having a late night (you little minx!), spritzing that stuff on will keeping everything in its place. If you have a tendency to get a little melty-faced, as I do, this stuff will rock your life.

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Novelty Pencil from Your Summer Vacay:
Whenever you went to Disney World or whatnot, you always had to get one of those big a*s novelty pencils, that ended up being completely impractical. You roll up to your desk, and with a sly smile, pull that bad boy out and wait for the reactions. And then you're all, "Oh, this old thing?" Unfortunately, after like 1.7 days, the sad realization comes that your pencil needs to be sharpened, and there is no pencil sharpener in the world that can conquer that beast. The grown lady equivalent of that awesomeness is the chubby lip pencil. These things come in a variety of textures, from glossy to lip stains, and almost every major cosmetics brand makes them. My favorite thing about the chubby (don't be dirty-minded) is the easiness. You just draw on your lips, and stay within the lines. And luckily, there are sharpeners made just for the size of these puppies.

Those Boss Scented Markers:
Nothing encouraged early childhood huffing like those friggin' grade-a yummy smelling markers. Except for the black licorice one. That one was disgusting, and is now strongly reminiscent of Jägermeister. Fast forward to current day, and you can still get that wonderful scent pleasure in a stick. Just not one that can also draw an awesome m-shaped bird. I'm talking about a perfume rollerball. If you haven't gotten on the rollerball tip yet, it is time. These things are the ultimate in portability and simplicity. Roll it on your wrist, or wherever your deal may be, and throw that bad boy in your purse, fanny pack, or pocket. Even Martha Stewart would approve of that simplicity.

Lisa Frank Glittery Pen:
If you didn't have a Lisa Frank something in your life as a youngster, I truly am sorry. No one can combine glitter, rainbows, and unicorns like my homie, LF. (Except maybe Mariah Carey.) The adult version of a kid's glitter pen is a dramatic eyeliner. The sentiment here is the same. You want to get a little flashy, but it's not necessarily age appropriate to flaunt around a fluorescent teddy bear folder. (Although I wish a b would, because that would be hot.) Add a little color to your normal, everyday eye by adding a pop of purple, green, or blue to your eyeliner. It looks especially cool to do it just on the bottom lash line (you can even use a jewel-toned or bright eyeshadow), with traditional black liner on top. Ride or die for life, Lisa Frank!

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Big Pink Eraser:
How much did you love those big ol' trapezoidy erasers? And by love, I mean you never used them because: a) you forgot you had it, and b) it ripped the hell out of your paper whenever you tried to use it. As a grown up, you can still erase the problems (without the tearing) with a concealer. If you are not using concealer because you think you don't need it, get thee to a cosmetics retailer, immediately! Nothing wakes up your face like a concealer. Just dab a little bit under your eyes in a color one shade lighter than your skin tone, and say hello to an instant perk up. (But don't go too light, or you WILL look like a reverse raccoon.) Oh hey, bright eyes!

Even though being an adult is usually not so fun, you can still find beautiful ways to relive those fun kid moments. And even better, you don't have to go sit in a tiny, uncomfortable desk and learn about obtuse angles! Although I am now prompted to go get a backpack, draw doodles all over it, and then stress about whether it's cool to wear one strap or two on my shoulders.


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