About Face: Drugstore beauty picks for Memorial Day weekend and beyond

DrugstoreRoundup2 ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceMemorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff of summer; are you ready? If you’re in the mood for some seasonal pick-me-ups, peruse your local drugstore for new items from Dove, Burt’s Bees, Hard Candy, and more.

By Roxana Hadadi

Ah, three-day weekend! With Memorial Day right around the corner and Monday a holiday for practically everyone, summer is coming to us quite quickly. Is your beauty routine ready?

I already feel my winter skin cream feeling heavy on my face and lipstick getting sticky, and I wouldn’t mind some new things to switch things up. And with drugstore brands unveiling their summer items quite steadily, there are a variety of items to choose from for hair, bath, and beauty. Hard Candy, John Frieda, Burt’s Bees—there’s something for everyone.

For my picks of what you should look for during your next trip to the drugstore, read on!


Summer hair picks from drugstore brands

DrugstoreRoundup1 ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceClockwise from top middle: John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Brunettes, L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Color Vibrancy Instant Shock Treatment, Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam, Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Styling Pudding, John Frieda Full Repair Strengthen + Restore Shampoo and Conditioner

No matter your hair texture, summer can be tough. I have thick, full hair, and during the overwhelmingly humid summer months, it all turns into a swampy, awful mess. I’m always looking for something that can simultaneously make my hair feel lighter while also maintaining whatever highlights or color I’m sporting at the time, and that’s a bit of a tall order.

But there are a variety of new items being released this spring and summer from drugstore mainstay brands like L’Oreal and John Frieda, and I have high hopes. For those with color-treated hair, John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Brunettes and L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Color Vibrancy Instant Shock Treatment are intriguing: the former is a bit of a shine-depositing treatment that will help your color last longer, and the latter is an intense conditioner that also adds luster.

If your concern is damage, not color, you’ve got options. I like the look of both Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam and Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Styling Pudding, the former of which is a moisturizing mousse and the latter a thick pomade. And if you want to start from the ground up, consider John Frieda Full Repair Strengthen + Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, a duo that is supposed to restore bounce and detangle. I’ve always had luck with John Frieda shampoos and conditioners, and I can’t see these being any different.

AVAILABILITY: About $10 for John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss, about $7 for L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Shock Treatment, about $6 for Dove Leave In Foam, about $12 for Carol’s Daughter Hair Pudding, about $6 each for John Frieda Strengthen + Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, all at your local drugstore except for the Carol’s Daughter product, which is exclusive to Target and Target.com.


Summer beauty, body picks from drugstore brands

DrugstoreRoundup2 ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceClockwise from top left: ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths; gud from Burt’s Bees Natural Cleansing Wipes in Red Ruby Groovy; Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask; Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash in Pistachio Cream with Magnolia; Hard Candy Single & Loving It Eyeshadow in 770 World Peace, 771 Grape Dane; Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in 233 Rosy Dawn, 209 Fall Foliage, 263 Nearly Dusk, 251 Evening Glow

As the weather gets nicer, I’m trying to do more exercise outside, but when I get back to my apartment, I don’t necessarily want to immediately shower. What if I want to cook dinner first, or get some work done? For that in-between stage of, well, my laziness, I think the new ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths and gud from Burt’s Bees Natural Cleansing Wipes in Red Ruby Groovy may work well. I think these could also be helpful to stash around my office, for when I have a big meeting and I just came in from the sweltering summer heat; the quick dry-time for each product is really helpful.

For other kinds of maintenance, I’m turning to Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask and Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash in Pistachio Cream with Magnolia. The Bioré masks come in individual packets so you know exactly how much to use, and as my face gets increasingly greasy as the summer continues, I think I’ll probably make this a weekly ritual. And I always have good luck with Dove body washes, which make my skin feel creamy without feeling oily; I think the pistachio and magnolia scent could be particularly intriguing.

And what’s summer without some new makeup? Because I don’t want to put too much of a hurting on my wallet, picks from Hard Candy and Burt’s Bees will be just right. The mélange, multicolored look of Hard Candy Single & Loving It Eyeshadow in 770 World Peace and 771 Grape Dane is certainly pretty, and the new shades of Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss—233 Rosy Dawn, 209 Fall Foliage, 263 Nearly Dusk, 251 Evening Glow—are unbelievably shimmery. Perfect for a summer night.

AVAILABILITY: About $3 for each pack of ban Total Refresh Cloths and gud from Burt’s Bees Natural Cleansing Wipes; about $7 for each pack of Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask; about $6 for Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash in Pistachio Cream with Magnolia; $3 each for Hard Candy Single & Loving It Eyeshadow; about $9 each for Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss, all at your local drugstore or Target, except for the Hard Candy products, which are exclusive only to Walmart and Walmart.com.

EDITORIAL NOTE: The products featured in this post were provided to Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog by the manufacturer or their public relations company for review. Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog posts are inspired by personal experience and opinion, and are not paid for or influenced by the manufacturer, PR company, or any other organization unless mentioned.

Photos by Roxana Hadadi.

Roxana Hadadi headshotIn middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog — and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.