There are many things I love about beauty, perhaps my favorite being that I can rant on and on about pigment, creaminess, and lasting-power--and that's considered normal behavior. Second, I love beauty packaging, and I hoard all the empty enclosures and boxes in my desk drawer. Having this blog also gives me a perfect excuse to purchase little pick-me-ups.
But, to be honest, I'm not the biggest shopper, mostly because my heart collapses after I spend more than twenty dollars. Nevertheless, I love a good browse and am partial to online clicking (in with the luxuries of my pajamas, a warm, caressing cup of green tea, and the support of my mattress upon my weight). And here are my favorite virtual destinations and trek-worthy places to shop for beauty; I would include fashion, but my whole wardrobe is from Zara....
Dermstore best for skincare
This online shop stocks mostly skincare (je l'aime), as well as some hard-to-find brands. A plenty of natural products perch availabe and flashing with the "add to bag" button of brands such as RMS Beauty, MyChelle, and John Master's Organics as well as the usual coveteurs of La Roche-Posay, Dr. Jart, and Sachajuan.
Drugstore.com for brands such as Maybelline, Rimmel, Avène, and Lavera
If you haven't already noticed from these pages, I'm not the biggest fan of drugstore anything. The makeup tends to leave me lonely and I'd prefer not to find my mascara next to the diapers. But Drugstore.com fixes everything I hate about those dirty, white marble floors and dispenses pure joy. Again, with natural and conventional brands, there's always something that you just "need;" and you can buy pens here, too.
New London Pharmacy for brands such as Becca, Kevyn Aucoin, Davines, and Bioderma
This place again. But there's nothing to hate, and everything to love when it comes to a quaint shop, stocked to the brim with beauty products. It's the only place I've seen that stocks RMS Beauty (so I can finally see it in person) and I'm partial to the black cat that tends to peek around from behind my burnished straw shopping basket.
Their online store is also a home run, with free shipping all the time.
Nordstrom for brands such as Mario Badescu, Laura Mercier, Chantecaille, Jo Malone, and MAC
Department stores are your typical beauty destination, just peek at Elf where the arifically happy woman sprays "fruit spray" into Buddy's mouth. But knock that stereotype away, because Nordstrom wins stars for excellent in store and online shopping (always with free shipping and free returns) with a good range of brands, that return policy (almost too good to be true), and a knowledgable and helpful--shocker--staff.
Sephora for brands such as Korres, Josie Maran, Tarte, Bumble and bumble, and Soap & Glory
Or, as I like to call it, the Holy Grail, or the cause of inflation. Nevertheless, this white and black-clad store stocks a selective stash of products. Their online shop is also gorgeous, and the VIB program always has be circling back to the till (especially for the adorable minis).
Whole Foods for brands such as Dr. Hauschka, Derma E, Weleda, and Jåsön
I love their juice bar, salad bar, and, now, beauty bar; except you won't find shots of
wheatgrass lotions here. Instead, the careful, always natural, SLES and SLS-free picks are housed in tubes, tubs, and tins to scoop and take home. My local shop even has a bulk soap section (think LUSH, but more niche) for almond scented, coffee-scrub, and coconut milk bars.