My Back to School Morning Routine

    Since my summer vacation is coming to a close, I’m slowly starting to nail my back to school morning routine so everything’s streamlined once my time is even more strapped than it already is now.

    Since I’m going to be heading to school straight after work, I’ve got a lot of prep to do in the morning, like making sure my kitten has been fed and played with, dinner prep is done, and of course: getting myself presentable and ready to take on the day! That last part is what I want to have down pat by next week. Here’s what my morning routine is going to look like once I’m back in school.

    My Back to School Morning Routine | Slashed Beauty

    Since Fall is rolling in and the seasons changing always freaks out my skin, I need to be careful about over-cleansing and potentially drying out my face. While I cleanse and exfoliate at night, I’m only using the micellar water in the mornings on a textured cotton pad. This helps get the grime of sleep off while keeping my skin balanced. I follow up with a light moisturizer which has SPF 30 to provide protection.

    My Back to School Morning Routine | Slashed Beauty

    Next, I mosey over to the computer to start checking my email and tend to blog tasks. Once the weather cools down, I like waking up to a nice cup of tea. I like drinking tea more than coffee, and rehydrating right when I wake up makes me feel more awake. There are also a ton of beauty benefits from drinking tea, as certain blends can help detox and clear the skin, and can overall destress you.

    My Back to School Morning Routine | Slashed Beauty

    I’ll admit: I don’t typically pay a lot of attention to styling my hair on weekdays. But I always make time for at least a no makeup makeup look. So I’ll turn on the latest videos in my YouTube subscription list, and watch along as I put on my face for the day.

    My Back to School Morning Routine | Slashed BeautyMy Back to School Morning Routine | Slashed Beauty

    The most important part, though, is making sure I’ve tended to what may seem like your run-of-the-mill morning task: brushing teeth. It’s something that I’m trying to pay more attention to, since my dentist caught me with cavities a couple times this year. Plus, as I start drinking more tea this season, I also need to make sure I’m fighting and removing surface stains. I use the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen because it’s so easy to do two steps in one in a matter of three minutes.

    My Back to School Morning Routine | Slashed BeautyMy Back to School Morning Routine | Slashed Beauty

    The brush itself has polishing bristles to help get at your teeth from multiple angles and remove surface stains. Inside its handle, though, is a handy whitening pen that dispenses gel made with hydrogen peroxide for a treatment you don’t even need to rinse off! After applying the whitening gel to the teeth, it feels a bit slippy at first but after a couple minutes it adheres to your teeth and you’re ready to go.

    The last time I whitened my teeth, I used whitening strips which always took a huge chunk out of my morning. This is way easier, gets two jobs done at once, and I’m hoping to actually see whiter teeth soon. I’ll check back in in a couple months to let you know if the whitening effect actually worked!

    Do you want to get your hands on the entire Colgate Optic White Regimen to speed up your morning routine? Yeah, that’s right, another freakin’ giveaway, Slashed Squad! Just enter below for a chance to win the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste and Colgate Optic White WhiteSeal Mouthwash. It ends on 8/26 at 11:59 PM, open to US residents 18+, and two winners will be chosen!

    How does the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening pen fit into your daily beauty routine? Share your experience here and check out what other products Colgate Optic White has to offer!

    What’s the most important part of your morning routine?


    I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


    1. I used the pen with their new toothpaste, and got some results pretty quickly After about 3 times, though, it didn’t get much whiter, and the pen really started to smell funky after a bit. I’d prefer something I could clean better, but the directions say not to get the whitening pen wet.

    2. Did you know Simple has come out with Micellar Water wipes!!!?

      Only my bottom, front teeth are my own. LOL Funny that they still, or continue, to match my bottom teeth after 33 years. :/

    3. First – thanks for the giveaway! Second – Sounds like a solid routine, very efficient. I have been thinking of what my routine will be when I’m back to work after maternity leave and getting two of us ready!


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