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August 14, 2009

13 Best Beauty Stores

For beauty enthusiasts from coast-to-coast, here's our short list of shops for splurges and steals.

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NATIONAL TREASURES

ATLANTA, GA

1. Entebello
324 East Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA
(404) 477-2933
entebello.com
The Draw: This Buckhead boutique carries more than 90 brands and offers free makeup touch-ups after spa services.

CAMBRIDGE, MA

2. Colonial Drug
49 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
(617) 864-2222
colonialdrug.net
The Draw: This time capsule of a shop carries European faves and more than 1000 fragrances, many of them long gone from other retailers’ shelves.

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI

3. Smooch Boutique
2213 Wealthy Street SE
East Grand Rapids, MI
(616) 235-1000
smoochbeautyboutique.com
The Draw: This sleek boutique carries Bliss, MD Formulations, and more. Plus, you can register your favorite products online and the shop will send your wish list to anyone who doesn’t have a clue what to get you for your birthday.

MIAMI, FL

4. Brownes & Co.
841 Lincoln Road
Miami, FL
888-BROWNES
brownesbeauty.com
The Draw: Pick up Darphin skincare (you can’t find this brand anywhere else in Miami), then stay for a signature lime pedicure upstairs or a yoga class in the attached studio.

NEW HOPE, PA

5. A Beautiful Life
15-19 West Mechanic Street
New Hope, PA
(866) 862-8838
abeautifullife.com
The Draw: The owner’s line of Vivienne Pickle hair accessories has a cult following, but the shop also boasts a huge selection of indie brands, like Rosie Jane cosmetics.

NEW YORK, NY

6. Ricky’s NYC
Multiple locations
New York, NY
(212) 219-1410
rickysnyc.com
The Draw: Bargains abound at this funky chain that carries hot tools and brands like OPI, Kiss My Face, and Mattèse Elite (Ricky’s namesake label) alongside bachelorette party supplies and whoopee cushions.

OAKWOOD, OH

7. Preen Apothecary
2508 Far Hills Avenue
Oakwood, OH
(937) 293-1818
preenapothecary.com
The Draw: Book a private party at this adorable shop so you and your friends can swipe on the latest shades from Nars and spritz Bond No. 9 fragrances.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ

8. Glam Lounge
7137 East Stetson Drive, #10
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 945-1760
glamlounge.net
The Draw: Busy shoppers love this boutique’s VIP service: Call in your order and someone will meet you curbside with your must-haves from brands like Kevyn Aucoin, Sonya Dakar, and Trilogy.

WOODLAND HILLS, CA

9. Makeup Junkie
4920 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Woodland Hills, CA
(818) 710-0897
shopmakeupjunkie.com
The Draw: Take one of the monthly makeup workshops at this cute boutique and your class fee ($50) is redeemable in products from lines like Julie Hewett, Joey New York, and Hema (a line of organic oils exclusive to the shop).

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

10. Beauty 360
Washington, D.C.;
Mission Viejo, CA;
Ridgefield, CT
beauty360.com
The Draw: CVS Pharmacy’s upscale cosmetic venture has services like mini manis and hand massages—and a vast selection of prestige beautifying buys.

11. The Cos Bar
(970) 925-6249
cosbar.com
The Draw: This luxe mini chain is known for its posh perfumes and range of antiaging skincare brands, like La Prairie.

12. Whole Body (at Whole Foods)
(512) 477-4455
wholefoods.market.org
The Draw: The chain makes it easy to be green. Anything stamped with its new Premium Body Care seal is free of artificial fragrance and parabens.

13. Ulta
(866) 340-3704
ulta.com
The Draw: From drugstore musthaves, like Ardell lashes, to savvy insider picks, like T3 dryers, everything can be had in these shops. Be sure to check online to learn about weekly sales by clicking on the “Current Ad” link on its homepage.


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