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.
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.
Masquerading as regular ole lotion, this lavender hydrator lulls you to sleep the second your head hits the pillow.
Rainbows go high-tech: This chic case sticks to glass or mirrors so all your selfies can become plandids. Your Insta game just leveled up.
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You may only associate crystals with your chakras, but rolling this rose quartz tool over your face depuffs skin and disguises any signs of an all nighter.
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Fluffy brushes and makeup stencils all in one, this set will make you all kinds of starry-eyed.
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This unidentified object can't fly, but it can heat up, cool down, and pulse over your pores to create a true at-home facial in 90 seconds flat.
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.
Whether you're over-stressed, overheated, or just generally over it, save face (and say ahhh) with this calming, cooling concoction.
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Scrunchies are back in. But you know what's always been in? Coddling your hair in snag-proof, silky luxury as you sleep — and awaking without a crease in sight.
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When the week gets you down, this skin-contouring mask lifts your face (and your spirit) in no time.
Bursting with natural exfoliants like cranberry and cherry, this clarifying scrub will leave your skin berry soft and smelling like an orchard.
Good things do come in small packages. Exhibit A: this elegant repairing mask, which mends strands and restores softness in just one use.
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When you're ready to get sheet-faced, reach for this brightening, mood-boosting citrus situation and know it's about. To. Glow. Down.
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.)
There's no SpongeBob living in this pineapple, but you'll fall for this natural, oh-so-cute lip balm just the same.
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Remember when I said some pink in your hair wouldn't hurt? Try this temporary tint. It's worth its weight in (rose) gold.
Just one wash with this purple shampoo and conditioner, and your strands will strike the right (cool, non-brassy) tone.
Once you give this wand a twirl, it'll be a wrap on long, boring hairstyling routines. Bouncy curls with serious staying power await.
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Forget everything you hate about SPF (greasy, messy, stinky): This mineral stick makes sun safety all fun, no folly.
More than clean ingredients that clean up nicely; the recycled-plastic bottle looks cute AF in the shower.
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.
One whiff of this sultry yet sophisticated fragrance, and everyone will know you've gone rogue — but they'll want to follow you.
Perfectly sized for a person on-the-go, this palette of six neutral shadows is the kind of heat you want to be packing.
Last-minute invite? Not a problem for this party trick, which bronzes and blurs skin immediately and develops into a tan over time.
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One pass with this speedy styler, and your hair ~lewk~ is pure gold and straight fire.
It's not a trip to Ibiza, but this shimmering powder will be the highlight of your back-to-school season.
Carry with caution: The bold color and flirty silhouette of this bag will make any look (leggings, jeans, I dare you) sizzle.
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Infused with hyaluronic acid, this plumping mascara will help you reach your own personal boiling point without drying out your lashes.
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).
Didn't think body glitter without the mess and the hassle was possible? Think again. If you don't believe me, take Beyoncé's word for it.
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Seriously, which celeb didn't OD on body shimmer this summer? Take a fall-appropriate approach to the trend with a sweet perfume that packs a subtle sparkle.
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Even though you probably own a million highlighters, it's written in the stars that this high-pigment, high-shine, zodiac-themed highlighter will bring you all the bright vibes.
Fanny packs are in. Glowing like an alien is in. Are you in for this holographic belt bag?
No matter what look you're going for, there's a shade of this high-shine lipstick that'll make your face light up.
The eyes have it. And by "it," I mean a v cool holographic sheen that adds more visual interest to any makeup look (and helps you fake a full night of sleep).
Glow 'head and spray a little (or, um, a lot of) glitter on your hair. The tiny flecks catch a lot more light than you think, without leaving hair stiff or crunchy.
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.
Rihanna told us to shine bright like a diamond, and with "Diamond Ball-Out," you can. The ultimate silver lining? It's charitable, too.
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This powerhouse cream softens and smooths to such epic proportions, you can expect strangers to enquire about your #NoFilter complexion (then direct them to your #Shelfie).
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If this palette is giving you heart eyes now, just wait until those little Instagram hearts start pouring in from all your new eye looks.
If you're gonna twirl on your haters, best to do it in trendy AF, comfy-as-hell dad sneakers, am I right?
With names like "George," "Leo," and "Romeo," it's clear a liquid lipstick by any other brand would not look as sweet.
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Who would've thought a detoxifying sheet mask could look so effing cute in a selfie?
All I have to say is, wearing these shades, you can't see the haters 'cause of the rose-colored lenses in the way.
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.
Yes, no matter what anyone tells you, you can apply your sunscreen, your moisturizer, and your foundation all at once.
Imagine a brand new pack of crayons, but for your face. JK, you don't have to imagine. It's right here, and it's easier than ever to use.
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I know, I hate waking up early, too. But with this hydrating and smoothing eye cream formula, at least your eyes won't look as tired as you feel.
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Just because you left the beach, doesn't mean you have to leave the effortless, textured waves behind.
A few spritzes will refresh your hair in seconds. The subtle lime and coconut scents will make you wish you were putting them together and drinking 'em both up.