Six Specialty Beauty Stores Worth an In-Store Visit

Shopping at Sephora is a lot like buying groceries—all the free samples, wide shiny aisles and, like, 15 versions of everything. Same deal with its website, which refills medicine cabinets the same way FreshDirect does fridges.

The following specialty stores, however, don't provide the same kind of homogeneous online experience. Laden with beautiful packaging and imported goodies, they are the patisseries, tea emporiums and spice stands of the beauty world—always worth the special trip. Unfortunately, most of them only have a few locations, and some only one. Click though the slideshow to plan your vacation/weekend/this evening accordingly.

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!