Editors' Picks: 7 Must-Have Back-to-School Items That Aren't School Supplies

By now, you've probably seen your fair share of colorful pens and pencils, notebooks and binders—and you've likely already swooped up your faves.

But there are other items out there that'll make your school day extra enjoyable, that you don't necessarily need for your studies.

The editors here at Sweety High have searched far and wide to bring you the latest and greatest must-have back-to-school items that aren't school supplies. Keep reading to find out what they are!

Managing Editor Dahvi's Picks

Tobi Like Dreams Lili White & Red Colorblock Houndstooth Backpack ($48)

Sure, a regular-sized backpack is a must for lugging around books and school supplies, but this stylish mini is a must for all your after-school plans. Not only is it super cute, but it provides just enough room for your makeup, wallet and whatever social life necessities you carry with you—without being a huge pain.


(via Tobi)


Petite 'n Pretty 9021-Glow! Cheek and Highlighter Duo ($18)

We've already expressed our deep love for Petite 'n Pretty, a brand new high-quality, Beverly Hills-themed makeup line geared toward Gen Z—and they just launched their bronzer and highlighter combo in time for B-T-S!  Not only will the shades give you just the perfect glow to get you through the day, but they're packaged in a tiny cardboard compact that you can easily slip into any pocket or pouch for touch-ups all day long.


Glamglow Starpotion Liquid Charcoal Clarifying Oil ($54)

Your skin encounters a slew of toxins throughout the day, and it's in definite need of protection from the natural gunk in the air. We've been obsessed with Glamglow's brand new Starpotion Liquid Charcoal Clarifying Oil, which not only keeps our face nourished and less affected by pollution, but it also gives our skin much-needed, hours-long hydration.

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KINdom On-the-Go T'bouli Makeup Pouch ($48)

If you love supporting natural, man-made products as much as we do, then you'll dig this makeup pouch made by KINdom. Hand-dyed by an artisan in the northern part of the Philippines, no two of these pouches are exactly alike. Not to mention, the design is awesome—making this the perfect accessory to take to school when you need a place to keep your makeup or beauty products. 


(via KINdom)


Assistant Editor Jessica's Picks

Ryka Fizz Women's Slip-On Sneakers ($60)

Athleisure is taking over, and there's no better place to take advantage of this comfort-focused style than during the long school days. A stylish and easy-to-wear shoe is the perfect way to show your sporty side and ensure that you stay comfortable, even when you spend the day running from class to class. Our personal favorite is the Ryka Fizz Slip-On Sneaker, which combines a breathable fabric with arch and heel support for a shoe that's both functional and fashionable. 

Ryka shoes are made with the female body in mind, tailoring each sneaker to our unique foot shape, skeletal structure and muscle movement. These shoes will relieve all that extra pressure on your feet and simplify the process of choosing your outfit in the morning. Just toss these on with a pair of leggings and a loose-fitting top and you're ready to go!

Ryka Fizz Slip-On Women's Sneaker

(via Ryka)


The Five-Minute Journal ($23)

The start of the school year can come with a lot of a stress, leading to a general feeling that you're drowning under the pressures of friendships, family obligations, schoolwork, after-school activities and anything else that might be vying for your attention. With all these new things on your plate, it's important to take time to reflect on all the good in your life and center yourself in order to keep your stress levels under control.

Based on positive psychology research, the five-minute journal allows you to approach your day with mindfulness, resulting in an increase in gratitude and overall levels of happiness. The best part? It only takes five minutes out of your busy schedule. Five minutes to a healthier, happier you—what could be better than that?

the five minute journal

(via Intelligent Change)


Lipstick Powerbank ($39)

Long days at school can be quite the drain on your phone battery, making a portable charger a must. And if you have to carry around an extra piece of tech all day, why not get one that's equal parts adorable and stylish? The Lipstick Powerbank from Richmond & Finch has enough juice to charge your phone to 80% of its full battery capacity and it comes with the lipstick charger, lipstick box, iPhone/lightning cable, Micro-usb and Type-c cable, making it compatible with both iPhone and Android devices. It's the perfect way to give your phone the extra push it needs to make it through the day, and it's a totally cute addition that can fit right into your makeup pouch. 

Richmond and Finch lipstick powerbank

(via Richmond & Finch)


Senior Project Manager of Editorial Amanda's Picks

Doctor Lip Bang's Lip Freak Lip Balm ($4.95)

It's important to keep your lips as nourished and moisturized as the rest of your skin, and Doctor Lip Bang's Lip Freak lip balms make hydration anything but boring. The balms come in a bunch of great flavors, from Psycho Punch to Gingerhead Man, Bubble Trouble and Sin-o-Mint, but the best thing about them is they actually make your lips buzz. When applied, their unique combination of peppermint and cinnamon oils makes the lips tingle. The stingy, vibrating sensation won't be for everyone, but if you're having trouble keeping your eyes open in class, this balm will definitely perk you up—while making your lips feel extra soft and healthy in the process.


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