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Uni Essentials: Our Top Picks

It seems like the summer's over in the blink of an eye! You've spent it festival-ing*, camping, drinking and socialising...and just like that, the new uni term is almost here. So, whether you're heading to campus for the very first time, or you're returning to uni for your second or third year, make sure don't leave home without these essentials. Read on...

*if that isn't a word, it should be.


While we can tell you to eat a healthy, balanced diet until the cows come home, we're well aware that you're off to uni and not a high-end health retreat. So, if you're unsure whether you're getting enough nutrients - or if you just want to keep your parents happy - make sure you pack a good multivitamin. We recommend Nature's Aid Multi-vitamins and Minerals Without Iron. They're ideal for diets which lack optimum nutrient intake - just swallow with water and make sure you take them every day.


A Hangover Solution

If you remember to take just one item on our essentials list, make sure it's a hangover remedy. May we suggest Berocca? It should help take the edge off those hazy, Freshers' Week mornings - and there are 15 tablets here for just over a fiver. A high dose formulation of B and C vitamins, plus other essential minerals, they'll help you perform your best when a hangover threatens to get in the way of those morning lectures.


Your Go-to Make-up Stash

Speaking of those dreaded hangovers, you can hide everything from dark, under-eye circles to a dull, post-alcohol complexion (but only if you want to!) with all manner of make-up miracle workers. We recommend Barry M's All Night Long Concealer, which comes in a multitude of shades. It can be worn on its own or under or over foundation to create a perfectly smooth and fresh base - give it a try.

For blending in your make-up like a pro, don't forget a good set of brushes (we like the EcoTools range) and never, ever underestimate the sheer power of mascara to open up those peepers when you're feeling less than energetic.

A Good Face Mask

Skin in need of some TLC due to too many light nights? We hear you! You need a good face mask, so we'll point you in the direction of this one by Skinrepublic. It's a collaboration between the brand and Love Island's Olivia Buckland and it's infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid, plumping collagen and pomegranate extract to reveal a brighter complexion. You can thank us later.


Worried you'll neglect your hair when house parties and after-seminar socials come a-calling? What you need is Tangle Teezer's Styling Smoothing Tool, which will now be your go-to hairbrush for ensuring your hairdo looks the part whatever you put it through. You'll also want a can or two of dry shampoo when you simply don't have time to wash your tresses before lectures.

An Everyday Scent

Whether you're a fan of light and floral fragrances or muskier scents, everyone needs an everyday perfume. Suss out your signature scent style and pick out one from our extensive collection. At Chemist.co.uk's HQ, we're huge fans of Marc Jacobs' Daisy Dream. It's light and airy and full of personality - just perfect for spritzing on during the day or ahead of cocktails in the campus bar.

Biodegradable Make-up Wipes

Want to flop into bed after a night out? Or perhaps you'd like to start with a fresh base after your make-up has worn off during the day? Either way, Simple's biodegradable make-up wipes will come to your rescue. They're kind to skin and will save you time taking off your face with a full and laborious cleansing routine after a big night. Simple!

Have we missed something off our list? Let us know by commenting below - and here's to another great term at uni!

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.



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