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Woodley & Bunny
Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA
Expect to find the best products from indie labels you've never heard of, wrapped in all manner of printed paper and seaglass jars. It's not all fancy packaging, though! Everything I've ever bought here has graduated from a one-off whim to part of my regular rotation.
Woo Skincare and Cosmetics
Nashville, TN and Atlanta, GA
While there's a nice mix of some of my favorites, like Tokyo Milk perfumes and foundation by Bobbi Brown, I'm most interested in the (Plā) Beauty line carried here. It comes in super-pigmented, super-pretty colors, is paraben-free and supports Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Oh, and it's nearly impossible to find outside of Woo, so you'd better stock up!
Shen Beauty
Brooklyn, NY
Miranda would've been much less grumpy about moving to Brooklyn if Sex and the City had a Shen. There are enough cult products here (many, like the Amanda Lacy and Georgia Louise lines, are hard to find outside the UK) to satisfy even the pickiest Manhattanite.
Gee Beauty
Toronto, Canada and Bal Harbour, FL
From the completely natural (Tata Harper, Sunday Riley) to the dermatologist-developed (Dr. Sebagh, Dr. Brandt), there's a skincare line here for everyone. Facials, brow shaping and makeup/eyelash application are also available, along with a selection of cocktail jewelry. So much more fun than getting ready in your bathroom, right?
Aaron’s Apothecary
Chicago, IL
It's really easy for foundation refills to turn into full-on beauty binges at Aaron's, with all its hard-to-find-elsewhere imported labels. (Bonus: Doggies are welcome! Bring your canine friend and she'll receive a free all-natural biscuit from the back counter.)
Aede De Venustas
New York, NY
Rare perfumes and candles are this boutique's specialty, along with its signature fresh flower gift wrap. Which, yes, looks even more awesome than it sounds.