To whom is the beginning of fall crueler: the kid who has to fill their backpack with heavy books and freshly sharpened pencils and haul ass to another first day of school, or the adult whose life is pretty much the same, just colder? On the one hand, shopping for new clothes and school supplies when you're 12 can bring about some fleeting sense of materialistic joy that will be long gone by the time the first Milky Pen runs dry; on the other, being an adult means... you don't have to go to school.
Anyway, both are bad — different, but bad. But if you're too old to get a kick out of the simple delight of a fresh three-ring binder, all is not lost: Shopping for fall skin care can have much of the same appeal (though wouldn't it be nice if your mom was still footing the bill this time around?). Ulta Beauty is teeming with new arrivals to kick off sweater season right — and, with many of the products ahead ringing in under $20, you can have your Milky Pens and your all-natural facial cleanser, too.