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A fresher’s guide to beauty: 10 essentials to get you through university


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September is officially upon us and many of you are about to embark on some of the most exciting/ scariest/ craziest years of your life - university. No doubt if you're moving away for your studies you’ll have already read countless lists of uni essentials, stocking up on cutlery and toiletries, so you’re sorted right? Wrong.

If there’s anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone it’s university. Nights out, library all-nighters and those dreaded 9am starts are bound to take a toll on your skin. So I now present to you the fresher’s essentials list you've been missing - the beauty edition!

Batiste Dry Shampoo - £4.99 - Superdrug

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Late nights followed by early mornings are not uncommon in university life and often there just isn’t time for a full wash & blow dry in the morning. Dry shampoo will be your saviour throughout uni and although some cheaper alternatives exist, nothing works to freshen locks like Batiste. A basic 400ml bottle is £4.99, but they also come in different sizes and styles depending on what you need.


Simple Cleansing Face Wipes, £3.29

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If there’s one absolute necessity on this list, it’s face wipes. Often an extensive skin care routine can be a little impractical at 3am after a bar crawl but if, at the very least, you can manage to get your makeup off your skin will thank you. Simple are a great go-to for skin care as they’re affordable and get the job done. They often have 3 for 2 or multipack offers, so it’s definitely worth stocking up if you see one!


Simple Micellar Water, £4.95

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Although wipes remove the majority of your makeup, they still leave a surprising amount behind. Micellar water is amazing for soaking up makeup that you didn’t even know was still there, as well as leaving your skin cleansed and hydrated. 


NYX Micro Brow Pencil, £10

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You may start off with good intentions to look presentable for your lectures, but after a week or two you’ll inevitably end up rolling out of bed at 8:40 leaving the bare minimum time to get ready. Although a full face of makeup isn't entirely necessary, filling in your brows is a great way to look more groomed. NYX’s Micro Brow Pencil is a budget friendly dupe of cult favourite Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz, allowing you to achieve perfectly sculpted brows in a matter of seconds.


Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Face Mask, £2.99

It’s no secret that university life can be incredibly stressful and sometimes the best stress reliever is a good old pamper session. While a lot of drug store face masks make you feel pampered for a moment, they don’t actually seem to do anything for your skin. Garnier’s Moisture Bomb Sheet Masks, however, leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated for only £2.99!


NYX Professional Concealer Wand, £6

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The key to hiding dark circles after a heavy night is a high-quality concealer and NYX are back at it with another drug store dupe that won’t break the bank. Their concealer wand has often been compared to NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer but is only £6, a whopping £18 cheaper. That’s an extra £18 to spend on important books and supplies! (Or let’s face it, nights out!)


Real Techniques Must Haves Brush Set, £19.99

It doesn't matter how cheap or expensive your makeup products are, how they appear on your face is all in the application. A good set of brushes is essential to any makeup kit and Real Techniques are up there with some of the best despite their affordable prices. This kit features the basic tools required for a full face including their miracle complexion sponge, a beauty fan favourite alternative to the Beauty Blender. Sponges often make for a far quicker foundation application which is perfect if you’re in a hurry for lectures!


The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum, £5

There’s a reason this serum is a 5-star Cult Beauty favourite. Used to target breakouts and improve the overall health of skin, applying this twice a day will noticeably brighten up your skin in just a matter of days. Skincare favourites like these are often extortionately priced so at just £5 a bottle you’d be mad not to give this a go!

St. Moriz Professional Tanning Mousse, £4.99

Although a fake tan may not be an essential for everyone, those of you who like to bronze up for a night out will definitely want to pick up a bottle or two. Easy to apply, instantly develops, streak-free and the best part? Only £4.99 a bottle!


Revolution Supreme Hold Setting Spray, £6

Fresher’s nights out are a perfect opportunity for meeting new people and often where you’ll meet your best friends for life. The last thing you need is to be wasting time touching up your makeup in the club toilets when you could be out there enjoying yourself, so a decent setting spray is a key to keeping your face intact all night long. Again, there’s no need for this to break the bank as Revolution have your back with their Supreme Hold Finishing Spray available for just £6. A few spritzes of this and your makeup will last you from pre-drinks to the after party! 

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