Back to School: Freshmen/Dorm Room Must Haves

Hey guys!

August is just around the corner, which means school. Generally, thinking of August and fall would cause me to sigh and groan, but this year is different. This fall, I’m starting my first year of college! I feel both anxious and excited and honestly can’t wait until I get to move in! In order to prep for moving in, I’ve been doing some dorm shopping recently. After buying new things and creating a packing list, I decided to compile a small list of things that I feel are essential for a college freshman.




1. Urban Decay Naked Palette, $54.00

Though UD Naked palettes are pricey, they’re definitely worth the splurge. With a single palette, you would be able to create looks for any event. A house party, a frat party, date night, a casual dinner, an everyday look, whatever you need. With three palettes available to choose from, I would advise going to your local Sephora or Ulta and to test out the shades against your inner wrist, so you can figure which is the right one for you.

2. Flipper Hello Kitty Hanging Toothbrush Holder, $6.00

I received my toothbrush holder one year as a Christmas gift, and I have loved it ever since. The holder comes with strong suction cups that can stick to any mirror. Not only does this add a flare of cuteness to your room, but it saves space and is more sanitary than a standard toothbrush holder.

3. Sterilite 3 Drawer Organizers, $4.99-12.99

I personally have two of these, a small one and a medium sized one. The small one currently holds my makeup products, and I plan to use the larger one for clothes or food. The top of each of these also offer a nice sturdy surface to store other items. If your bed can be lofted, it would be really easy and convenient to attach the wheels, on the larger one, and store it under your bed. The medium sized drawer, pictured above, is actually on sale in-store at Target for $10.99

4. Equip Your Space Organizer Desk Lamp, $19.99

I got this lamp the other day at Bed Bath & Beyond; it’s actually the coolest thing. Not only does it offer light, but it also has compartments to store knick knacks or desk supplies. On top of that contains a USB charger to charge smartphones and tablets, and a outlet to charge any other electronics. If you go out to get this lamp, don’t forget your coupons!

5. Sisal Shower Glove, $7.35

I have a glove that I got from Bath & Body Works years ago, and I still use it to this day. I like gloves better than loofahs or sponges because they are a bit more abrasive and ensure that my skin is getting a good polish. You can also throw them into the washing machine when they get dirty, instead of having to throw them out and purchase a new one when it falls apart.

6. Glade Wax Warmer, $9.93

Wax warmers are a great alternative to candles since many dorms don’t allow them. My school doesn’t allow anything that operates with a flame, so this is a nice thing to have to create a warm, homey feel. It also keeps your place smelling fresh since the air in the room can become stagnant. No matter what you do, make sure your school allows warmers!

7. FRESHeTECH Splash Shower Tunes BluetoothWaterproof Shower Speaker, $39.95

I’ve used this twice so far, and I love it! This is great, especially if you have a private bath or live in an apartment, but don’t let that stop you if you have community bath! Have no shame! Sing loud; sing proud! This speaker connects with any bluetooth device, and offers great sound quality.


Those are some of the items I’m making sure to pack with me in a couple of weeks. I hope this small list helps you with your back to school shopping! For those starting school in the fall, whether it be college, middle school, or anything in between, I hope this year is the best one yet!

♡ Melissa

Let me know in the comments what items you can’t live without for the upcoming school year!

It’s That Time of Year

With spring finally here, the world is filled with hope and rebirth. This is the post New year, “new year.” The flowers are in bloom and the weather is lovely. Or that’s what you would expect. Instead, reality is an ice cold bucket of water to the face. Instead of thinking as the end of March and the beginning of April as joyous times, it is the time when souls are crushed. Especially if you’re a senior in high school. This time marks when almost everyone’s final schools are coming out with their decisions. It doomsday for those that are applying to Ivies and may other schools like Rice, U Chicago, UC Berkeley.

I personally applied to 4 schools: UT Austin, Baylor, Wash U, and Berkeley. While, I’ve heard back from 3 of them, the last one is possibly the worst. My dilemma is that the chances of me getting into Berkeley are slim. And though I know this, hearing about my closest friends getting into Rice, one of their top choices, is slowly giving me hope that maybe I have a chance. This glimmer of hope is my worst enemy. At this point, I’ve accepted that I will attend UT and I know I’ll be happy there. There’s just a voice in the back of my head telling me that it’s not good enough. I know UT Austin is a good, even great school! I understand how fortunate I am to be a future Longhorn and that many would kill to be in my place. Though I know all of this, there’s a part of me that is constantly saying “I’m not good enough.”

Sometimes I feel that because I run in the same circles as my friends, I should be getting similar results. I may not be exactly the same, but I should be comparable. It makes me feel that I should have applied to some of the Ivies, or even Stanford because if they can do it, why shouldn’t I be able to. The feelings of inadequacy and even jealousy make me feel horrible. I am so proud of my friends for getting into Rice! I truly am. I am overjoyed that all their hard work payed off because they deserve it. Unfortunately, some negative feelings have tagged along. Seeing my friends become successful in their endeavors is so amazing and thrilling, but at the same time, my competitive nature drags me down. All I can see is all the ways I don’t measure up.

I know that this mentality is unhealthy and that others success shouldn’t make me unhappy, but I guess I’m just not that big of a person. I am honestly proud of everything that everyone is achieving, but at the same time, it’s hard to be 100% genuine when you aren’t successful in the same ways. Thankfully, I didn’t apply to all the same big schools as my friends. If I did, I think I would have literally become situationally depressed, especially in this time when all the big decisions are coming out.

I am waiting on Berkeley and honestly, I’m dreading it. I’ve tried to be more realistic in telling myself I won’t get in because I don’t want to be too disappointed. When the decision comes out on Thursday, I don’t know what I’m going to do. If I don’t get in I’ll still be disappointed, but I’m hoping the rejection won’t have too strong of an impact. If I do get in, I’ll be over the moon! Only time (2 days specifically) will tell.

Thinking about college isn’t always the most uplifting thing and is actually generally pretty depressing, in case you didn’t get that from everything ^ above. Although it seems like there is a dark cloud over my head, which there totally is, I’ll try to end this post with a more optimistic perspective. If you’re a high school senior and are awaiting for all your decisions to come in, try not to worry too much. If you’ve already gotten into a school, be grateful for that, even if it isn’t your first choice. Don’t be like me and dwell on the fact that others are doing better or that you didn’t get exactly what you wanted. Though the disappointment will be extremely real, things will work out in the end. You never know, maybe your “safety” or secondary school will end up being a great fit. Your life at your first choice school could be as amazing as you dreamed it would be, or it could be your worst nightmare. Though college is the next ginormous stage in our lives, it really isn’t everything. Of course it’s important to get a good education, I understand that probably better than anyone, but at the same time, it’s not the end of your life or the end of the world if you get passed up on your dream school. As cheesy and cliché as it sounds, I would like to think that life has a funny way of working itself out. So in case that wasn’t enough to make things a little less gloomy, here are some videos that just make me really happy and maybe they’ll have the same effect on you.

Sorry this post was so long and not about beauty. This blog was intended to be mainly about beauty, but I figured that with my blog being titled what it is, it would be nicer to get a little personal, even though this doesn’t in any way display my awkward tendencies.