Semester Essentials


Transition periods can be unpredictable with new routines and changing schedules. Don’t forget to check in with both your mental and physical health. Maybe you need to add in some more personal time to read a book, mediate with the HeadSpace app, or simply treat yourself to a new product. For me, the semester has been a whirlwind. I’m off to the Grace Hopper Convention in Orlando, Florida this week and wanted to bring some new products along! 

I have some great products to share with you. They’re all linked and described below.

  1. Milani Cosmetic - Matte Charcoal Setting Spray

  2. L’Oreal Paris - Voluminous Lash Paradise™ Mascara

  3. Innisfree - My Real Squeeze Mask & Pore clearing clay mask

  4. Steripod - toothbrush protector, razor protector, & tongue cleaners

  5. Extra Gum - Extra Refreshers

Screen Shot 2019-09-29 at 5.06.55 PM.png

Set for Day to Night

The Milani Make it Last Matte Charcoal Setting Spray was incredible. I sprayed it on after applying a heavier set of makeup and my skin didn’t look as oily throughout the night. The smell was a little strong at first but goes away fast. This is an affordable setting spray that works.

Take your Lashes to Paradise

I ran out of mascara a day before receiving L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise™ Mascara. I couldn’t wait to try it and I’ve been obsessed since. My lashes look much fuller with this mascara. This mascara is great for length, but not as good for volume. The brush was also a great shape that allowed for a swift and easy application leaving your lashes looking long and soft. I suggest L’Oreal’s mascara if you’re looking for a non-waterproof, lengthening finish.

My Main Squeeze

Face masks are a great way to end a long, stressful day. With my sensitive skin, I find it slightly more challenging to embrace the face mask life. I was thrilled when I received the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask, but also nervous for a breakout. After cleansing and toning, apply it to your face for 10-20 minutes and pat the remaining residue. The mask smells nice and is lightweight, however, the product doesn’t stay on the chin area too well. But, for a girls’ night, these are easy and affordable.

Cleanse with Clay

After knowing that my skin reacted well to the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask mask, I was excited to use Innisfree’s Pore Clearing Clay Mask with volcanic clusters. After cleansing, apply the mask to your dry skin and then let it dry for 15-20 minutes and wash it off. This mask claims to help problem skin: congested and enlarged pores, oily skin, rough texture. Depending on your skin type, you can use it up to twice a week. I have no complaints about this mask. There’s no smell and applies easily! Your skin will feel baby soft afterwards. They explain more of the history behind the ingredients here.

Germ Fighter

Steripod’s Clip-On Toothbrush Protector fights against the germs you can’t see. Avoiding germs on your tooth bush is super important. Steripod’s product is easy to take on and off. These are a must have.

Stay Sharp

There is nothing worse than a dull, rusty razor. Using a razor for too long and not storing them properly can result in an unpleasant experience. Fortunately, Steripod’s razor protector can help this issue! My blade stays sharper longer without any rust. Tip: drying off the razor before storing it also increases its lifespan. To read more about the science behind this, checkout their website.

Palette Cleanser

If you’re anything like me, bad breath is a constant paranoia. The Tongue Cleaners have me excited. They are meant to fight bad breath by gently scraping away build up. There’s a slight difference between using this versus the back of your toothbrush. These do their job and have become a staple in my routine. Find more information here.

Give Extra, Get Extra

Extra has always been my go-to gum brand. The Extra Refreshers Spearmint Chewing gum lived up to my expectations. It’s stiff at first, but softens as you chew. You never know when you’ll need a piece, or when someone else will. Plus, I always remember (& love) the Extra ad. It’s all about the little things. Find more here.


This is a sponsored post by Campus Trendsetters at HerCampus. More articles can be found here. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.