Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and as former Girl Scouts, we think that the beauty motto for this weekend is "Be Prepared." A lot can happen over a May weekend, especially with heat, traffic, power outages, camping situations, and the general mayhem that accompanies peoples' first chance to wear swimsuits and light beach bonfires. Don't worry, though, because we've got you covered. Whether you'll be clam-digging on Cape Cod, camping in the Catskills, or clubbing in Cancun, these beauty essentials will keep you looking pretty and fresh from Friday night until Tuesday morning.
Feather Hair Extensions
For a cute, attention-grabbing accent that doesn't require any work or upkeep, try feather hair extensions like
Sultra feather hair accents ($25). They're so boho chic, and sure to get you noticed.
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Fussing with your makeup is probably the least on your mind. That's why you'll love
Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($42), which is great for acne-prone skin. Better yet, it gives lightweight coverage and has a SPF.
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A Pop of Nail Color
Bright nail polish colors look great with trendy rompers, breezy sundresses, chic espadrilles, and the like. Get your fix with
Pop Beauty's colorful offerings of Glam nail polish ($10 each).
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When camping or spending your days on the beach, an oil-absorbing product, like
Tresemme Fresh Start dry shampoo ($5) is absolutely vital for keeping your hair feeling and smelling fresh.
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A Seasonal Scent
If you're looking for a new perfume to celebrate the new season, head to
Nordstrom, where you can check out its try-before-you-buy sampling program. One fragrance recommended by Cheri Botiz, the retailer's national beauty and fragrance director, is Jo Malone's Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne ($55), a youthful, fruity scent.
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Multitasking products are perfect for warm weather, and all you have to do is brush-and-go with
Too Faced's Peach Leopard Brightening and Perfecting Bronzer ($28). "It's the perfect mix of bronzer and blush, so you get a great combination of color with just a couple sweeps," says Bella editorial assistant, Britt.
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A Tinted Lip Balm
In lieu of wearing a glossy lip product with absolutely no sun protection (yikes!), take a tip from us and try
Kiehl’s tinted lip balm SPF 15 ($10) instead. Tip: try the Golden Berry shade, which is flattering on most skin tones.
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A Fresh-Smelling Deodorant
Who doesn't want to smell like they've just come fresh out of the shower? That's what you'll get from Clean's new
original scent moisture-absorbent deodorant ($18). The aluminum-free deodorant actually absorbs moisture naturally, so you can wear that cute new tank top without worry.
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Instead of fighting the salt and wind at the beach, make it work for you with a wave spray like
Zotos Hold It! Wave Maker beach spray ($5).
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Do your feet look like something out of a horror movie? Time to repair those cracks and calluses with CND's refreshing, ultrahydrating
cucumber heel therapy ($15).
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SPF Nail Protection
Having your nails freshly manicured, only to be discolored by the sun, can be a real bummer. So keep that pretty new polish protected with
Essie's UVA- and UVB-blocking nonyellowing topcoat ($8).
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A Super-Absorbent Hair Towel
Walking around dripping for an hour because there's no hair dryer isn't necessary when you have a quick-dry towel like
Mimi's Diva Dryer hair towel ($10). These things soak up twice as much water as a regular towel, and then you just hang them out to dry somewhere hot and sunny to use again later.
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A pretty headwrap like this
Eugenia Kim Gigi headscarf ($145) covers a multitude of hair sins. Any neckerchief-sized piece of satin or silk will work, really.
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A Refreshing Mist
Whether you've been on the beach playing volleyball or you're just chilling out with friends, refresh your face (or makeup) with Pomega5's
daily purifying face mist ($42). This refreshing floral water toner will balance your skin's pH, and is formulated with essential oils to softly hydrate your complexion.
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A Length-Boosting Mascara
Sometimes all you need when it's hot outside is a touch of waterproof mascara.
Maybelline's Volume Express The Falsies mascara ($7) is an excellent option when you're on the go, as it gives lashes plenty of long-lasting curl and color in an instant.
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If you have blond hair and want to make it a tad lighter without the brassiness,
John Frieda's Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray ($9) is for you. Activated with styling heat, it's specially formulated so that you'll get gradual, natural-looking, lighter strands.
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SPF For the Body
On Memorial Day weekend (or any time for that matter), you know you can't skimp out on the SPF. For all-over skin protection,
John Masters Organics natural mineral sunscreen ($32), which is made with jojoba oil, shea butter, and green tea to moisturize, is an excellent beach-bag addition.
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Summery Nail Polish
There's no time better than the present to experiment with bold and bright shades on your hands and feet. Julep's
Summer collection nail polishes ($42) are three-free (made without formaldehyde, toluene and DBP), and feature three notice-me shades: Jaime, an electrifying blue; Niecy; a bright pink; and Blake, a buttery yellow.
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Gorgeous, Glowing Skin
Need some serious face repair? Look to First Aid Beauty to come to your aide. Its fragrance-free
Summer Glory kit ($45) includes a 5-in-1 face cream SPF 30, detox eye roller, and ultra repair cream
to help give you luminous complexion.
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Whether you're prepping the skin for self-tanner or you just want to smooth out some rough elbows and knees, give
Anthropologie's Beekman 1802 soap bar ($10) in Summer a whirl. It's scented with Summer blossoms and fruit, and made with poppy seeds and essential oils for an exfoliating and smoothing treatment.
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