Do you have a daughter or granddaughter that just flew the nest away to college? If you don't have kids that age yet, perhaps you are looking for a unique gift idea for your faithful babysitter as she leaves for college, or know someone overseas with the military. Regardless of the exact situation, care packages are a simple way to tell someone that you are thinking about them when you are apart. We've rounded up some of our favorite brands to feature in our college girl care package must have roundup for this fall.
Having a theme with care packages is fun, and saves it from looking totally random to the receiver. We chose to stick to a toiletry theme, as high-quality items can be purchased online, and other items can be found easily at your local Rite Aid or Kroger. Here's a list of the items, with more details to be found below:
- Medium Personal Toiletry Organizer from LL Bean
- Fekkai Technician Color Care Shampoo from Birchbox
- Fekkai Technician Color Care Conditioner from Birchbox
- Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm from Birchbox
- Schick Hydosilk Razors from Rite-Aid
- Nail Enamel, Top Coats and Treatments from Duri Cosmetics
- Colorflo Shimmer from Susan Posnick Cosmetics
- Colorme Blush from Susan Posnick Cosmetics
- Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Lotion from Germ Bloc
Setting the tone for the theme is essential. We decided to run with the theme and invest in a quality hanging organizing bag that she will get tons of use out of. Whether she takes it down the hallway to the dorm bathroom, or uses it to travel with toiletries, we love how versatile and stylish this Medium Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag from LL Bean is.
The bulk of your care package shopping is done online, but first, head to your local Rite-Aid, Meijer or Kroger store to get a simple start. Disposable razors are a total must-have for any college student, because the ease of simply being able to throw them away is vital for the busy college student. Schick Hydro Silk Razor hydrates longer than any other razor on the market, leaving her legs silky smooth, for longer periods of time. It moisturizes for up to 2 hours after shaving! It has a water-activated moisturizing serum & 5 curve-sensing blades with skin guards to help protect skin from irritation.
You can purchase the Schick Hydro Silk Razor at any Meijer, Kroger or Rite Aid store, and even Dollar General! While everything else on this list can be purchased online, this item is actually better to buy from a retail location because you can use coupons! They are easy to locate in the razor aisle, and won't break the bank either.
We love shopping online. As busy moms, we feel like it's essential to stock up with as much as you can online. Not only does it have the potential to save you money by shopping around for the best deals, it also saves you from wandering through stores and having "impulse purchases." (Target, anyone?) Plus, if you have little ones also in tow, leisurely browsing a store is a thing of the past.
About Susan Posnick Cosmetics
After an exciting and distinguished career painting the faces of models and celebrities like Cindy Crawford, Diane Lane, Amber Valletta, and Renee Russo, professional makeup artist Susan Posnick was presented with a new challenge—skin cancer on her face. Susan set aside the majority of her work in the film and fashion industry, and changed her focus to developing an innovative product offering substantial sun protection and healthy foundation coverage. Beginning with COLORFLO mineral foundation, Susan has created a streamlined cosmetic line of multi-purpose face, lip, and eye products for women on the go—whether it’s to the gym, to a soccer game or around the world. This is makeup for REAL WOMEN and REAL LIFE.
COLORFLO Shimmer is made from natural ingredients and provides powerful and effective sun protection, as well as amazing coverage that will last all day long and won't clog pores or irritate the skin. With COLORFLO Shimmer, you simply brush, and glow. It will rejuvenate her face and add a shimmering color after a long night spent cramming for midterms. The design of Susan Posnick Cosmetics is simply genius: with an easy turn, the brush emerges, and then a flick of the wrist activates the shimmer to evenly disperse on the brush. It's simple and portable and amazing to throw into a purse for on-the-go use, or keep it in your cosmetic bag without worry that it will break, spill or leave a mess behind.
COLORME Blush is a delightfully easy way to apply a blush color to anywhere on your face that you may that rosey glow. Once again, Susan Posnick containers are a winning selling point, because the COLORME Blush comes in a petite self-dispensing pot with an attached puff and mirror for easy application. The color is highly pigmented, so it's sure to last her for a long time because a little bit goes a long way. It's available in 7 stunning shades, each inspired by an actress. (Pictured in ginger)
Features You Will LOVE
- Quick and easy application and sun protection
- Compact and portable-great for travel, even goes with you on the plane
- Enriched with Vitamins A and E to nourish the skin
- Water and sweat resistant
- Hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic, and anti -bacterial
- Environmentally thoughtful, with a refillable container
- Pure, natural color
- Sweat proof and water resistant
- Enriched with Vitamins A and E
- Use as blush/eyeshadow
Susan Posnick Cosmetics are perfect for any lady that is on-the-go, who wants breathable mineral makeup that will provide great sun protection and amazing coverage all day long. We love these in the care package because shipping them is a breeze, and you won't have to worry about pressed powder breaking or cracking in transit.
EXPLORE AND CONNECT
Birchbox is the brainstormed idea of founders Katia and Hayley, who both had a love for the internet, and wanted to create a better and easier way to shop for beauty products. They envisioned a way for customers—just like themselves—to easily and efficiently try, learn about, and purchase beauty products online. They combined monthly deliveries of personalized samples with original editorial and an exciting ecommerce shop. It was easy, efficient, and fun—a monthly delivery of surprise and delight. Millions of boxes and product matches later, their mission remains the same: to help customers find products they love.
Fekkai Technician Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner is the perfect shampoo and conditioner combo for color treated hair, that will also add a touch of style to her shower caddy. The professional-quality shampoo formula works into a rich lather that infuses color-treated locks with a protective complex that helps prevent fading. It’ll keep those highlights vibrant even if you stretch out the time between salon visits. The conditioner is so protective that it will keep her hue for longer periods of time- which is ideal on a college budget. The professional-quality conditioner formula infuses color-treated locks with a protective plant-based complex that guards against fading.
Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm (BB) SPF 45+ is a four-in-one primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum. Since this one product does so many things, it will help her cut down on her makeup clutter. The tinted balm uses adenosine to improve skin's elasticity and arbutin to brighten and even out skin tone. An antioxidant bio-peptide complex provides anti-aging properties and promotes collagen production, while titanium dioxide and zinc oxide add broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
Features You Will LOVE
- Delicious smell that will invigorate the senses
- Fun pink color
- For a limited time, get a free Fekkai PrX Trio with qualifying purchase of $35+ Fekkai product(s) from the Birchbox Shop. Use code: FEKKAITRIO at checkout.
- Birchbox ships for free!
- Contains absolutely no sulfates or phthalates
- Features SPF 45 sun protection
- Available in two shades
- Great for all skin types including those with sensitive skin.
Birchbox is your one stop shop for quality beauty brands delivered right to your doorstep- for free. Send her some trusted products from Birchbox, or treat her to a monthly beauty box delivered to her dorm, so she can feel pampered every single month, and she'll discover new products that she will love.
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About Duri Cosmetics
Duri Cosmetics was established in 1990 as a manufacturer and distributor of full nail polish and nail treatment lines and complete hair removal waxing line for beauty salons + spa's only. Duri started with 47 colors and 3 treatments in 1990 and grew to over 200 brilliant contemporary shades and 10 exclusive treatments for your nails + hands. Duri has since expanded their market, and wants every woman to be able to experience the wonderful products with salon results from the comfort of your own home.
All Duri nail polished employ advanced nail product technology, including chip-resistant and 3-free formulas (DBP, toluene and formaldehyde) so you can have the best selection of top-notch colors, without all the nasty chemicals.
Duri's newest fall line (Available online soon!) "Wine Down and Cocktail Shake It Up" features six stunning shades inspired by fun, boozy concoctions, but are indicative to colder weather hues. "Wine Down" with the color Pinor Noir (a full bodied, rich red) Chianti (a punchy medium-purple) Cabernet Sauvignon (a deep and dark burgundy) and All That Glitters (a bright and sparkly gold that is reminiscent of a glass of bubbly.) Then when she's feeling adventurous, she can "Shake It Up" with Blueberry Daiquiri (a ripe dark blueberry color) and Gin Greyhound (a true chic and understated grey.)
Duri Topcoats and Treatments are top-notch and are designed to help restore and protect your nails, making them healthy and beautiful. Miracoat is a new generation of extremely fast, non-yellowing, formaldehyde free top coat. This unique formulation is designed to dry through the nail polish to the base coat in amazingly short time creating a very tough, durable and magnificently glossy finish. Brush'n Go dries through all layers of nail polish including base coat creating one solid coat with tough, flexible and brilliantly glossy finish in a remarkably short time. The non-chipping top coat goes smoothly over wet nails without streaking or dragging nail polish. Rejuvacote is the nail doctor will heal and cure your split, cracked and acrylic destroyed nail in a matter of weeks. Rejuvacote 2 is the follow up treatment, designed to maintain good nail health while providing amazing coverage. The newest formula contains keratin and calcium to mend all types of damaged nails. The Quick Dry Oil is meant to be applied over top coat to prevent smudging, and will help speed up the nail drying process.
Features You Will LOVE
- All of Duri's nail polish and top coats are 100% free of DBP, toluene and formaldehyde.
- Duri Cosmetics is the leader in the professional nail care industry.
- All nail polishes retail for $7, making them extremely affordable.
- Stunning hues for fall are trendy and spot-on with rising fashions.
Duri Cosmetics Fall Nail Enamel, Topcoats and Treatments are the perfect gift to send in a college care package because nail polish is always a great gift for girls, and the color trends are always ever changing. She will absolutely adore the stunning hues for fall, and the treatments will help improve the quality of her nails, while the enamel looks beautiful on top.
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About Germ Bloc™
Germ Bloc™ is concerned that companies produce health & wellness products that can be a health risk so they strive to create products that will provide excellent hygiene and hand health. GermBloc™ products kill germs and bacteria without harming you and they are great at home or at the office.
GermBloc™ Hand Sanitizer will not only kill germs but leave your hands feeling smooth and moisturized. It is an alcohol-free and moisturizing enriched formula ensures your hands won’t chap or dry like alcohol-based hand sanitizers. It also lasts four times longer than other leading brands. The Carabiner Value Pack is the perfect pack to buy and include in care packages, and keep a few for yourself to stash in the car, or on your child's backpack.
Features You Will LOVE
- Pack includes 4 carabiner lotion hand sanitizer bottles.
- Includes burgundy, blue, pink, and green carabiner colors.
- GermBloc™ is made with 7 Moisturizers, 2 Vitamins and 6 Botanical Extracts
- Will not only kill germs but leave your hands feeling smooth and moisturized.
GermBloc™ is the perfect sized hand sanitizer in include in any care package, and is perfect for the dry dorm air that regular sanitizers may induce dry, chapped hands.
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Now that you've seen all our favorite must-haves for the perfect essential toiletry college care package, hop on your computer and do some shopping! Care packages don't need expensive and elaborate items to portray your love for the person receiving them. Grab a few items and decorate a sweet card, and show someone you care today.
Photo Credits: The Memoirs of Megan
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