Back to School Beauty Essentials

Summer is coming to a halt - as the leaves start to change colours and temperatures start to drop, it can only mean one thing… Back to school! We know, it’s a sad moment having to say goodbye to those warm summer nights and late-night hangs with friends, but it’s time to kick back into gear and get your education on! Boring we know - but don’t stress, you aren’t the only one. We at COBIA are here to support you through these tough times and make the transition a bit easier. How you might ask? By simplifying your morning beauty routine. We will take you through easy to use beauty essentials to keep in your bag that will make your life easier for the busy school schedule ahead of you, because let’s be real, not everyone has time to wake up a couple hours before class to get into full glam – and for those who do, please tell us your secrets!  

Now let’s get you schooled!

Welcome to COBIA’s Back to School Program. Please pay close attention and take notes, all attendees must come prepared as you will be quizzed at the beginning of the school year.

THE HAIR ESSENTIALS

Dry Shampoo

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With school coming back into swing, it means early 6am wake up calls and hitting the snooze button one too many times. You’ll be rushing out that door in a scurry with no time to hop in the shower. So, the solution to these lazy rushed mornings? Dry Shampoo. This will be your best friend throughout the school year as it absorbs excess oils, reduces oily shine and keeps your hair smelling and looking fresh. Redken’s Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo is a COBIA favourite - it contains touch-activated capsules that releases a fresh scent every time you touch your hair! This innovative product will keep you smelling fresh like you just got out of the shower all day long without leaving behind a white residue or weighing your hair down. It provides your hair with texture, giving an effortless tousled look that will fool others into believing that you woke up like this… FLAWLESS!

2-In-1 Dryer

No time for a blow out? Well you do now with a time reducing 2-in-1 blow dryer. What is this 2-in-1 we speak of? It’s a round brush and blow dryer mixed into one tool to give you -quality blow out results in the comfort of your own home. Choose your brush size (either 3” or 2”) with the Sutra’s Blow Out Brush - it’s lightweight design features 2 speeds and 2 heat settings making it easy to both dry and style with just a couple of brushes. Put away your blow dryer and round brush - and keep this tool close by. Start at the roots of your sectioned hair and pull the brush out horizontally in an upward motion for a Victoria Secret Blowout or brush along the hair from root to ends for a straightening effect. Leave everyone wondering “how did she manage to do it” with this ingenious styling tool!

THE SKIN ESSENTIALS

Cleanser

As the temperature changes, your skin care should too. With a drop in temperature, your skin is more prone to dryness and sensitivities. Swap your oil stripping facial cleansers for more gentle cleansers with calming and soothing ingredients. Substitute drying acids like salicylic acid or glycolic acid for natural non-harsh ingredients like Tea Tree Oil or AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid - naturally derived from fruits). Bare Nature carries a variety of cleansers that are made of natural ingredients, are Vegan, and are free of preservatives like Sulfates and Parabens so they won’t irritate the skin or clog your pores. Choose from their three cleansers for different skin types: Clarity – for Oily, Acne prone Skin, Balance – for Combination Skin, and Renew – for Normal to Dry Skin. Their cleansers contain soothing and hydrating ingredients like Chamomile and Olive Oil, as well as purifying and toning ingredients like Tea Tree Oil and Rose water. 

Spot Treatment

With the stresses of assignments, essays, project deadlines and the probability of takeout food for those all nighters, your skin is more prone to break outs! No one wants to worry about those pesky little (or big) fellows, so take action before its friends tag along. Use a spot treatment like the 100% Pure Tea Tree Concentrated Spot Treatment. This spot treatment contains natural acne fighting ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, Neem and Witch Hazel that will treat acne, acne scars, and balance your skins oil production. Don’t let the stresses get to you, keep your skin looking fresh and clear and say goodbye to those unfriendly visitors!

BB Cream

With your rushed mornings, you are probably not up to putting on a full face of makeup. However, you want to make a good first impression incase you find your new study buddy, or maybe new beau right? So, you’ve got to look your best without trying so hard or spending much time. This calls for light complexion products like a BB cream. Switch your foundation for 100% Pure’s BB Cream, it contains hydrating ingredients, with a buildable light to medium coverage and a dewy, natural finish – perfect for the cold, dry weather. Awaken your skin, for a youthful natural glow - like you got your whole 8-9 hours of sleep.

THE TO-GO ESSENTIALS

Eye Mask

Your increase in stress and lack of proper sleep is leaving its mark on your eyes. Remove the evidence by treating those beautiful eyes to a mask. 100% Pure’s Bright Eyes Eye Mask helps to brighten, depuff and refresh those tired eyes. Eradicate dark circles and puffiness in just 20 minutes while you eat breakfast, drive to school, take public transit (if you are brave enough), or anytime you can fit it in between classes. Give your eyes an instant pick me up while on the go!

Lip Balm

Cold weather means dryer skin and chapped lips. The cold air has this affect on your skin, leaving your lips chapped and cracked. Look for a deep hydrating lip balm like Sahajan’s Lip Karma which is formulated with hydrating and nourishing Argan Oil. Deliver deep hydration and a natural shine for youthful plump lips with a touch of vanilla or peppermint. It’s also easy to throw in your bag for on-the go hydration all day long.

Hand Sanitizer

In times of COVID, you want to stay prepared and sanitized while on the go. AG Hair’s Body Care Hand Sanitizers are made of 73% ethyl alcohol that kills 99.9% of germs, it contains Aloe Vera to prevent drying of the skin - leaving hands feeling clean and moisturized. Kick it old school with a gel or go with a spray, either way these hand sanies are highly effective germ-killing fighters and FDA approved with a subtle citrus scent!

Detangling Brush

Keep unruly, knotted hair at bay with a detangling brush. Fix your hair on the go and avoid showing up to class like you just rolled out of bed. Wet Brush’s Mini Detangler Brush is the perfect brush for those always on-the-go. Its Intelliflex bristles glide through tangles with 45% less damage and 56% less effort, great for those with even the unruliest, coarse hair. Its small size makes it perfect to fit into your bag, for on-the-spot fixer uppers.

Want something more ecofriendly? Try Wet Brush’s Go Green Treatment and Shine Collection which are made from natural biodegradable corn starch and are infused with natural oils like Coconut, Watermelon and Tea Tree. Keep your hair looking smooth and tangle free no matter where you go because you never know who you will run into!