Prepare For The Ultimate Glow-Up

Can I get a show of hands for who feels like summer lasted exactly 0.08 seconds? One day, I’m lying outside on a towel, not a worry in the world, and the next, I’m lying in bed and dreading the return of colder weather. But the major beacon of light carrying me through summer’s end is the return of everyone’s favorite pre-fall season: back to school. It doesn’t matter if you’re heading back to undergrad, starting grad school, or just mourning the loss of sunny days — back to school means something different for everyone. No matter what this season entails, though, one thing’s for sure: The desire to feel fresh AF is never stronger than when you begin anew. And that’s where Elite Daily’s inaugural Glow Back To School Awards comes in.

Come on, you didn’t think we’d send you back to the ole grind without the latest swag to keep you calm, cool, and collected, now, did you? Well, I can assure you that the superb winners featured in our very first Glow Back To School Awards, to put it frankly, are no effing joke. After hours of testing hundreds upon hundreds of the latest and greatest beauty and fashion items launched in the last year, the Elite Daily editors have helped curate exactly what you need this back to school season. Forget binders. Ditch the colored gel pens. (Actually, don't ditch those. Those are cute.) It's your time to really shine. Whether your version of shining is pampering yourself, feeling hot, or shining quite literally with as much glitter as possible, we've got you (with some exclusive discount codes, I might add). Without further ado, feast your eyes on the standing-ovation-worthy Elite Daily Glow Back To School Award winners of 2018.

By Theresa Massony

Surprise Party

Even if you absolutely hate surprises, you’re gonna want to party with these favors in your goodie bag. Whether they're cleverly constructed or boast a hidden perk, these shape-shifters prove the delight is in the details.

It’s Not Vanity, It’s Self-Care

Let’s get one thing straight: It’s not vanity to set aside some time for self-care. When the days are long and seemingly never-ending, these products all perfectly pair with a night of R&R. Throw on a face mask, throw your hair up in a bun, and throw all your cares out the window. You're getting sheet-faced tonight.

Color Your World

I don’t know if you’ve heard this one before (spoiler: you have), but not everything is black and white. In fact, there are, like, a billion colors in between. So maybe consider breaking up your all-black wardrobe moments for a pop of rainbow color. Don’t worry; I won't make you wear all yellow. (But some pink in your hair wouldn’t hurt.)

Fire Starters

It's gettin' hot in here (so hot) so take off all — someone please stop me. When you wanna set whatever scene you’re stepping out on ablaze, keep these products in your back pocket, and you won’t need a match to start a fire. You’ll scorch the room all on your own.

All That Glitters

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the shiniest of them all? You will be after slathering these glow-givers all over your body. Seriously, your future ~lewk~ is so bright, it’s blinding (in the best way).

Clique Bait

How many influencers do you follow on Instagram? 10? 20? 100? Well, I now appoint you the newest influencer of your entire clique. With these buzzy, Insta-viral, yet verified kick*ss products, we’re giving you the bait. Now sit back and reel in the likes.

Take Five

Go on a journey with me for a sec: You’re peacefully sleeping, dreaming about what life would be like with no student loans, only to awake from your slumber and realize you’re hella late, with only five minutes to get ready. Don’t fret. Take 10 seconds to breathe. Then for the other four minutes and 50 seconds, let these quick-and-easy picks do the rest.