Good evening loves!
A month ago I got contacted by my local grocery store H-E-B to do a collaboration with them. They sent me a $2oo gift card to shop my College Must Haves.
School starts back up for me today! I’m starting my senior year of college, and I’m so excited (but I’m really freaking out about how close to being an adult I am)! I went shopping with my sister this past week. I’m soo excited to share with y’all what I bought!
For those of you who don’t live in Texas, I’m very sorry for you.. for one, because Texas is the greatest state to ever live in but also because we have the best/biggest grocery store ever – HEB! As if normal H-E-B’s aren’t amazing, we have H-E-B Plus’ that are pretty much like a Walmart but 1000x’s better and not the slightest bit creepy like Walmarts’ are (no offense to them LOL). When I was living in Florida, my closest grocery store was Walmart. After living in Texas and shopping at H-E-B all my life, it just wasn’t the same.. I missed H-E-B so much and truly realized what I had once it was already gone haha. When I moved back to Texas and they emailed me for this collaboration, it was like a message from God that I was back home where I was meant to be!
So, of course when I went shopping to spend my gift card finally — I went crazy! They have the CUTEST things in their back-to-school collection!
My College Must haves are as follows:
- A cute and colorful planner – to keep my busy life a little more organized
- Cute/color accessories and accents for my room – because I love my room and spend a lot of time in it so I want it to be colorful and comfortable
- Journals – to write all my lecture notes in
- Pens – to be able to write notes with
- Snacks – to get me through the long days of classes and work
- Makeup, such as mascara – because I need to look presentable in class and around campus
- Storage bins – to make my room more organized
- School spirited apparel – because you always have to show love for your school!
& I found all of these items at H-E-B, I will post pictures below and include the prices to show you how cute and affordable everything is
I found a reversible comforter set that included 2 pillow shams, the reversible comforter, and a bed skirt. I’m absolutely in love with the colors of the comforter. They’re so bright and make my room so much more colorful! It was only $29.97!
Decorative pillows are so in right now and such a great accessory for your bedroom. I was absolutely in love with these decorative pillows that I bought for only $8.97 each!
Of course, you need new sheets to go with a new bed-set! I got these full size sheets in gray for $14.97. I think they will be a good contrast with the floral colors of the comforter and they are super soft!
I purchased an Eos hand lotion to keep in my backpack during school because you always need a good travel-size hand lotion to keep around for $1.98
I needed a new makeup sponge for when I contour or use concealer. I had never tried Real Techniques before, but I loved that it was angled. I bought it for only $5.98
Mascara is one of my favorite makeup inventions because just a small amount of it can make your eyes pop! I’ve been running low on a my mascara, and I previously tried this Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara and loved how great it was. When I was on my way down the beauty aisle, I found a two-in-one pack for the Ultimate All-In-One and a Volume + Length Magnified mascara. One Revlon mascara is usually $8 on its own but this two-in-one pack was only $12.99, which I feel was a really good deal!
Journals are always needed for school but I love colorful things, as you can tell from the things I’ve shared with you already. Of course, I had to get some cute patterns! One of them is a one subject, 5 star notebook for my sorority meetings. The other is a 5 subject notebook that I will be using for my classes since I am taking four this semester. The 5 subject was $4.99 and the one subject was for $5.79
I loveee being organized so I usually buy colorful pens. I pair my classes with a certain pen color to help me keep track of my assignments and tests. I bought this pen set for $3.49.
Now, on to planners! Every year I get a new planner and each year I make sure I get the cutest one because they make me excited to stay organized. I saw this planner from the company “Ban.do” at this store called Altar’d State, but it was a little pricey so I decided to see if I would find it anywhere else for cheaper price. When I went shopping at H-E-B, I went into their boutique called Mia’s Mirror and saw they had the planners starting at $20. I was so happy and excited once I saw the sale that I bought it right away 🙂 The planner was $26.
I also bought a 4-pocket binder so I didn’t need to buy multiple folders and keep track of where I placed all of them. For me, its easier just to have a folder all in one and be able to keep all my important papers in there. I got this folder for $7.97
Storage bins make life soo much easier, and of course, it helps when they are as adorable as the one I got! I thought this storage bin was super cute. I’ve been looking for one to put some of the clutter under my bed in. I bought this for $5.97
Post it notes! I love post it notes because they’re so bright, and I know they will get my attention to remind me of important things that I need to do or important events that I need to attend. I got this four pack for $2.54.
Who doesn’t love glitter? Am I right? I got this super cute glittery pen/pencil pouch to keep my pens in and make sure they don’t ruin the inside of my purses or backpacks for $2.50.
Of course, I ended up getting some snacks at H-E-B. I bought some fruity pebbles and pop tarts for breakfast in the morning before going to class. I also ended up buying my sister a comforter set for her bed (shown below) and some sheets to go with it as well.
What says school spirit more than collegiate school apparel? I bought a pair of UTSA flip flops to wear around the house, campus, and to some football games during the year. I think they are awesome, and I love that they have the roadrunners on the straps!
If you follow my Instagram, I’m sure you saw this picture that I posted last Friday wearing this outfit! My top says ‘All I need is coffee & mascara”. I love graphic tees and when I saw this one, I just knew I had to have it. I obviously liked it so much that I ended up wearing it the next day. This is how I paired it….
Andd, that is the end of my haul! I absolutely love everything I bought from H-E-B. I thought that $200 was going to be tough to spend, but the money actually went A LOT faster than I thought it would. Thank you so much H-E-B for reaching out to me for this amazing opportunity and giving me this gift card to shop y’alls amazing back to school collection!
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