Back to School Guide: Back to School Fashion and Beauty Addition

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Welcome to our Back to School Fashion and Beauty addition for our 2018 Back to School Guide.

Back to School Fashion and Beauty

2018 Back to School Fashion and Beauty Guide:

Since there are so many different items families need for back to school, we have divided our favorites up into separate posts.  Take a look at our top Fashion and Beauty ideas for back to school. These make great holiday gift ideas too, if you're already thinking ahead!

Back to School Fashion and Beauty Elementary:

Designed to bounce back to their original position after wearing, Goody Ouchless Forever Elastics hold like new every time. They contain a reinforced core with 16 elastics inside, joined by a bead for an extra secure seal. From exercise to leisure, Goody Ouchless Forever Elastics are proven to be up to three times stronger than a standard elastic, guaranteed to far surpass all of your hairstyle needs.  Shop Here

Swamp Kicks Shoes

Put some extra kick in their step this Back to School time of year with fun printed shoes from Swamp Kicks.  We chose these pink elephant shoes because they were so cute!

Perfect for older school age and pre-teens, Swamp Kicks features lots of great prints to choose from.  They also offer great back packs and mini backpacks, if you're looking for something unique! Shop Swamp Kicks here.

Goody Hair BrushGOODY® QUIKSTYLE ($9.99 at

Speed up your styling routine with the Goody QuikStyle Flow that dries your hair as you go! The unique microfiber bristles absorb excess water, while the nylon bristles gently glide and detangle damp strands. An open vented back helps style and dry hair faster, especially with a blow dryer, leaving hair smooth and detangled.

ARM & HAMMER  Shoe Refresher Spray-

Eliminates shoe and sneaker odor on contact! Unique 360° targeted actuator sprays in any direction even upside down to conveniently spray where you need it.  Sweat activated Fresh Guard® Technology refreshes and rejuvenates feet while extending the life of shoes, helmets and sports gear.  Safe for all types of footwear, athletic equipment and gear.

Shop here or find at Walmart

Back to School Fashion and Beauty for High school/College:

Adidas OutdoorThe Women's Climawarm Jacket

Featuring water-repellent down insulation to keep you warm on the coldest days, this insulated parka offers full-length coverage for head-to-toe warmth. Overlapping insulation chambers maximise down insulation and warmth while the exterior sheds light snow and rain to keep you dry. It has a full hood with a high neck to help seal out the cold. Hand-warmer pockets offer refuge for cold hands.Stay warmClimawarm insulation; Overlapping down chambers for maximum warmthStay dryDurable water-repellent (DWR) coating.

Now on sale! Shop here.

Addidas OutdoorMen's Parley 3 Layer Jacket

Wind, rain or snow, this jacket offers breathable weather protection to keep you dry in the harshest weather. This product is created with yarn made in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans: Some of the yarn features Parley Ocean Plastic  which is made from recycled waste, intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the ocean.

The lightweight three-layer build is seam sealed to lock out moisture while maintaining breathability as you exercise. A helmet-compatible hood adjusts to help seal in warmth. The jacket is made from yarn that's sourced from recycled plastic. On sale now! Shop here.

Marshalls Gift Card-

If you're wanting to gift something to the kids, teens or college students but not sure what they would need, a great go-to idea is a gift card to Marshalls.  They can find everything in one place, whether it's a new backpack, apparel or just some fun school accessories! I am absolutely love in love with this store. Every time I walk into the store I end up coming out with more than I came for. ~Melissa

Buy Here.

Striped Boat Neck Pullover-

This cute top from Maurices is a gorgeous fall staple.  I love the heathered blues and gray, and of course how well it pairs with jeans. Dress this top up with a necklace, dark jeans and classy boots, or just go more casual with the jeans pictured below.

Shop here.

Silver Jeans Co. Avery High Rise Dark Skinny Jean-

This jean from Maurices was my pick for jeans for fall.  These high rise jeans are great for comfort, while the destroyed look is super cute and casual.  For fall, pair this with flats or booties.  The skinny look works great with tunic length tops, sweaters or just a regular t-shirt length!

Shop Maurices Here

Slim Fit Trailhead Pants from COALATREE-

4-way stretch, antimicrobial, and tear resistant, these will be your go to pair of pants whether you're backpacking outdoors or travelling in the car for a weekend getaway. As a frequent travel blogger, quality travel wear is very important to me.  These will last for years to come and most importantly, look great and feel comfortable!

Shop here.


FHI Heat Platform Mini Turbo Pineapple Hairdryer for 2018 Back to School GuideFHI Heat Platform Mini Turbo Pineapple Hairdryer with Matching Pouch- MSRP: $49.99

This limited edition, worldwide dual voltage hairdryer is compact and ultra-light, yet powerful.  It comes packaged in a coordinating cosmetics bag, which will fit all of your summer weekend essentials.

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FHI Heat Platform Professional 1 ¼” Curling Iron

FHI Heat Platform Professional 1 ¼” Curling Iron- MSRP: $97.99. This tourmaline ceramic professional curling Iron is designed to create long lasting curlsand volume in all hair lengths and styles.

Available at

Journeyman Cascade WhiteTmbr Watches for Men – This classic watch looks good with casual or dresswear and is a perfect gift for him.

The face of the watch is simple and clean with thin black minute markers, matte black hour markers, and silver hour and minute hands. The square date window sits right next to the hour 3 marker with a white and easy to read background. Buy it here!

Saxx Underwear for Men-

See several selections to help you get the best comfort and fit possible.

My husband prefers Saxx to bargain brands, and even better they come with a Comfort Guarantee, if you don't love them you get your money back!

Shop Saxx Underwear here.

Calypso Coral Pebble Midway Hobo Bag from Thirtyone

Why you’ll love it:  The stylishly slouchy Midway Hobo purse is the perfect everyday bag you can take to the office or out for a night on the town.  Choose from one of three great colors here. I love the splash of coral with neutral outfits!

Shop here.

Cleo Bell Dress from Speechless-

This unlined, one layer dress in an above the knee length is great for the last days of summer.  You can also pair with leggings, skinny jeans or jeggings for fall, so it's very versatile.  I like that the unlined feel is more casual, so it's comfortable any day of the week!

Shop here.

Piper Polka Dot Dress from Speechless-

This cute polka dot dress is a wardrobe staple for fall. You can wear as a dress or with jeggings, leggings or boots for cooler days.  Ruched sleeves give a more feminine vibe, which we love.  You can also layer under a bright sweater or denim jacket for extra options.

Shop here.

HBA Essentials for Back to School:

NYL Beauty Products-

The Starter Kit is the perfect introduction to NYL simple clean skincare.  Includes our four most popular products in more generous sizes than our individual sample sizes, perfect for traveling, sampling or gifting. Comes in a natural jute bag.

I got to sample several trial sizes and love the natural ingredients and also the scents.  The samples make great gifts if you know someone who has sensitive skin!

Shop here.


Suave Rose Oil Infusion – Infused with pure rose oil, this volumizing shampoo and conditioner system is a beautiful blend that works to provide weightless, natural body and bounce. Discover light, vivacious hair with a long lasting sweet fragrance that you'll love running your hands through.

See this and more from Suave here or find in store!

Oscar Blandi Curl Perfecting Cream-

Tame the frizz from summer heat and fall humidity with this Curl Perfecting Cream.  This high quality cream has a great texture that will evenly go on damp hair to keep curls looking great all day.  Get this and more here at Oscar Blandi, and be sure to sign up for emails for 15% off your first purchase (must sign  up).

Shop here.

COVERGIRL’s TruBlend Matte Made Foundation:

The 40 shade-range delivers a long-wearing matte finish while delivering the key factors most asked for by consumers: Flexible wear and comfort feel – a flexi-hold technology creates a strong, yet flexible film that’s comfortable on skin. It responds to facial movements and is lightweight on the skin.  Transfer-Proof – Flexible film helps formula stay in place all day – will not transfer. Pore-Blurring – Light-scattering technology blurs pores and minimizes imperfections on skin Oil-Absorption – Oil-absorbing powders can hold 2X their weight in oils

Find it here.

Nubian Heritage African Black Soap-

This lightweight, homeopathic moisturizer helps keep acne prone skin hydrated. African Black Soap, Oats, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E help soothe blemished skin. Manages excess oil and promotes a smooth, shine-free finish.  A great choice for late summer when you need a moisturizer, but don't want heavy products weighing on your skin!

Find it here or at your local Sprouts

HU Mineral Skin Spritz– This humic/fluvic acid mineral + humic hydration mineral skin spritz is a natural way to nourish your skin with minerals. See all the uses for HU Mineral at their website here.  HU Mineral also offers a natural immune boost liquid for skin health.

Shop here.


 Make sure they have what they need to look great for school! This Axe Hair Paste will keep hair in place without the overwhelming scent of heavy hair products. Find it here.

Try Axe Gold Temptatiom for a new 2 in 1 body wash scent.  This scent also works for anyone, so no worries about the his and hers bottles of shampoo in the shower!  Find it here or your nearest department store or drug store.

Axe Gold Temptation Body wash is another must have item in this collection.  Look for it online here if you're sending as a gift, or you can pick up this scent at your local drug store or department store.

 Cris's Blends Soaps

Natural,Hand Crafted Soap, with organic essential oils, mineral powders and herbs. 4 oz.

Includes no alcohols or harsh chemicals used, and all ingredients used are organic, so a great choice for sensitive skin!

Cris's Blends Deodorant for Men

Made with plant oils, and mineral powders, this deodorant is safe and 100% natural, and it really works! It goes on dry, without a sticky or wet feeling, keeping under-arm skin soft and odor free.  Only a small amount is needed.

 This Natural System Biotene H-24 –

 If you struggle with thin hair and worry over the best way to take care of it, this shampoo, conditioner and scalp emulsion may be the right option for you. Shop here.

Oilogic® Sleep Tight Bundle

Oilogic® Slumber & Sleep products help your little ones rest easy by creating a nightly routine. Pour the Essential Oil Vapor Bath or Essential Oil Epsom Soak in the tub and allow your child to soak in the warm water and calming vapors. After the bath, apply the Essential Oil Roll-on by rolling on your child's bottom of feet, chest and back of neck to calm and support more restful sleep throughout the night. $29.99

Shop here

Teacher Gifts:

The Jewelry Junkie – These are some of my favorites new jewelry items,  but there are so many more to pick from.

I am sure you can find something unique and affordable you love too with the Jewelry Junkie!

African Rain Shower Set from Rain Living

All handmade gift box which contains energizing African Rain shower gel, 2 natural old fashioned handmade soaps with rosemary and baobab essential oils and our handmade jute wash cloth which is great for mild exfoliation.

Re-use the box afterwards for storing all sorts of small items that you want to keep handy.  Shop here.

Bath Fizz Ball from Rain Living–   These make a great gift as a set or divided up and given to deserving teachers!

Uses: Run a warm bath and drop your fizz ball in. Watch as the fizz dissolves and the bee is set free.   Shop here.

Wild Peach Face Tree Mist from Rain Living is a refreshing body mist with Essential Oils added. Learn more and shop Rain Living Here.

Features and benefits of the essential oils in the Wild Peach tree Mist:
Juniper Berry Essential Oil: Allays fears, balances nervous system, promotes well-being
Sweet Orange Essential Oil: Refreshes and revitalizes mind and emotions
Lavender Essential Oil: Soothes and calms nerves
Neroli Essential Oil: Relieves anxiety and hysteria, enhances creative thinking
Palmarosa Essential Oil: Uplifting and calming, relieves insecurity and fear
*Buchu Fynbos Essential Oil: Lifts confusion and eases fear

We hope you enjoyed this Back to School Gift Guide! See our Dorms and College 2018 Gift Guide here!

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