6 Back-to-School Beauty Goodies for Fall

Back-to-school season is in full swing! In fact, most of the country’s kids are already back in class.

While I’m happy that my daughter will be entering kindergarten next week, I’m a bit sad too. So, if you’re like me and have a slight case of the back-to-school blues, treat yourself to a few “back-to-school” beauty buys.

Saying goodbye to summer and hello to fresh starts isn’t just for the school-age set. September is a great time to clear out your makeup bag and replace it with fresh new palettes and products for fall.

From chubby, crayon-like lip colors to eyeliner pencils and pretty palettes, check out these A+ beauty goodies!

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jane iredale PlayOn Lip Crayons available in 7 shades here, $18; This lip colors are at the top of my list because they have long-lasting wear and the application is easy as 1-2-3!

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Remember using graph paper for middle school math class? Well, now you can use this nostalgic Faux Leather Graph Print Lipstick Makeup Bag to store all your fall beauty essentials! Available here, $7

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Want look-at-me lashes? This CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara is in a class of its own! The bristles separate and had volume without clumping. Available here, $6

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MUA Smokey Eye Shadow Palette available here, $14. You’ll feel like a kid playing in finger paint when applying these pretty, richly-pigmented shadows.

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CoverGirl Intensify Me Liquid Eyeliner available here, $7; **This nifty eyeliner glides on like a pencil, but has the dramatic effect of a liquid liner. I’m so in love with this liner that it is going to be my first YouTube video…stay tuned!

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Who didn’t use Carmex in high school? Instead of the yellow and red tubes, now you can treat and prevent cold sores in style with these fashionable MoisturePlus Lip Balms!  Available at mass retailers, $2.49

Do you stock up on beauty supplies during back-to-school season?

End of Summer Lovin’ with Dove

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It's hard to believe that we're now in September, but the summer isn't over just yet! To celebrate the end of the season, Dove invited beauty bloggers and editors to a morning of manis at the chic Valley nail salon in the Lolita neighborhood of Manhattan. Since my digits were in desperate need of a little TLC, I was stoked for the sunrise pampering session. Prior to getting my nails painted, I was treated to a relaxing hand massage and scrub. To get my skin soft and supple, the nail technician used Dove's limited edition Summer Care Body Wash. The nourishing formula gently exfoliates and sloughs away dead skin leaving behind a smooth and moisturized surface. Plus, the smell alone is enough to make you want to slather it on outside of the shower. It's a fresh mix of fruity citruses … Keep Reading

Event Recap: Curly Girl Collective’s CurlFest in Brooklyn

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If you're a natural girl in the New York City area and didn't attend the CurlFest this weekend, you missed out! But don't worry, I've got you covered. Hosted by Curly Girl Collective, the second annual CurlFest took place on Saturday in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.  Dubbed a hair and beauty festival and picnic for curly girls, it was the perfect gathering to celebrate and rock our natural kinks and coils. While there were food trucks onsite and picnic blankets aplenty, many were there to check out the picnic chats (guest speakers), hair stations and vendor booths. Throughout the day, online influencers and popular bloggers such as Jenell B. Stewart of KinkyCoilyMe.com and Naptural85 were there to talk about what else—natural hair! Set up with picnic tables, cute blankets and pillows, … Keep Reading

Crazy for jane iredale’s New Lip Crayons

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When it comes to press events, jane iredale's beauty launches are always a treat to attend. To celebrate their new lineup for fall, beauty editors and bloggers not only got to play with their new "PlayOn" lip crayons, but also with REAL paint. Yep, we had the opportunity to learn about their latest mineral-based makeup offerings while unleashing our inner Picasso! While my "masterpiece" proved that I'm no Vincent Van Gogh, I am a pro at spotting great lippies and these are must-haves! Available in 7 striking shades, these creamy lip crayons are easy to apply and pack a bold punch of color. Plus, they keep lips super moisturized and conditioned thanks to their Castor Seed Oil and Vitamin E base.   jane iredale "PlayOn" Lip Crayon available here, $18 each And who said … Keep Reading

BGG is COCOTIQUE’s Blogger of the Month!

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I have some pretty exciting news to share...COCOTIQUE has named me their Blogger of the Month for August! In case you've been living under a rock, COCOTIQUE is a monthly subscription beauty service that caters to us BGs. If you're always on the hunt for the best beauty and hair buys, but aren't sure you want to commit—this service is for you! Instead of purchasing full-size pricey shampoos or luxe liners that you've been eyeing, COCOTIQUE allows you to test out these products without breaking the bank. Each month you will receive samples from skin care, hair care, fragrance, nail and lifestyle companies delivered to your doorstep for only $20/per month! How cool and convenient is that? Plus, it's a cost-effective way to satisfy your beauty and hair product fix. That's why I'm … Keep Reading

5 Tank Dresses to Take You from Summer to Fall

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Is it me or is the summer zooming by? Since it's already August, it's time to stock up on transitional summer staples. The end of season is the perfect opportunity to score sales on pieces that can take you from balmy nights to brisk evenings in a flash. One of my favorite items to rock in the summer straight into the fall is a versatile tank dress. Whether you want to go for a casual laid-back look or a dressy style for a fun night on the town, a tank dress is a good bet. It's no secret that accessories can transform this wardrobe staple in an instant! During the summer,  pair with sandals or sneakers for a cool, carefree getup. Once the days shorten and the temp starts to dip, opt for a oversize jean jacket and boots for a pulled-together fall ensemble. American Apparel Ponte … Keep Reading

My Secret to Staying Fresh & Dry All Summer Long!

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I think it’s safe to say that a large portion of the country is experiencing a pretty intense heat wave. When temperatures reach the ‘90s and beyond, staying fresh and dry become even more of a top priority. That’s why deodorants are crucial to maintaining our overall personal hygiene. As we attempt to beat the summer heat, our sweat glands produce a not-so-pleasant smell, which can be the pits (pun intended)! Luckily, there’s no shortage of antiperspirants to choose from—but unfortunately, we know that they’re not all created equal. Staying with the tried and true brands can be a smart move. Secret has always been a staple in my bathroom. It’s been at the forefront of the market for decades and for good reason. Throughout the years they’ve mastered a formula that manages to keep … Keep Reading