We love a good Sephora trip. But there are other truly unique stores that beauty lovers need to experience. These stunning boutiques provide bespoke makeup, skin care, and fragrance products that are often hard to comeby. So mark these places off on your bucket list. A trip is certainly worth your while. (Featured image: habituallychic.com)
- FOREO Flagship Store
Experience the magic of high-tech beauty at FOREO. This Swedish brand creates innovative skin care, oral care, and wellness products, designed by top scientists and engineers. Their cutting-edge and stylish creations are loved all over the globe. Case in point: the LUNA™ mini 2 took home Harper Bazaar’s Beauty Best of the Best Award and the LUNA 2 for normal skin was featured in Nylon’s 2016 Beauty Hit List.
FOREO, 188 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7éme.
- FOREO Pop-up
Not planning on a trip to Paris anytime soon? Test out FOREO’s products stateside at their pop-up location in San Francisco. Some cool new favorites to try? Check out the ISSA™ mikro, a silicone electric toothbrush for babies, which took home the National Parenting Product Award this year, and the ophthalmologist-approved IRIS™ eye massager, which is exactly what a hard-working mom deserves to wind down at the end of the day.
FOREO Pop-Up Store, 2nd Fl., Westfield Centre, San Francisco, CA.
- BULY 1803
Walking through the doors of this perfume house is like taking a step back through time. Established at the turn of the 19th century, Buly 1803 continues to sell their famous perfumes and skin care in exquisitely ornate bottles. If you find yourself traveling through the city of love, pick up a scent that’ll remind you of your adventure.
Buly 1803, 6 rue Bonaparte, Paris, 75006.
If you’re into all things natural, then Credo beauty boutique is worth visiting on your next trip to New York City or San Francisco. Here, they feature a ton of organic, nontoxic, and natural products you’ll want to get to know, like Acure, Lily Lolo, and Indie Lee.
Credo, 2136 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA.
Credo, 9 Prince Street, New York, NY.
- Violet Grey
Luxury beauty store Violet Grey is all about old Hollywood glamour, so it’s fitting that they have a shop on Melrose Place. Grab some insider advice from beauty maven and Violet Grey founder Cassandra Grey, then head over to their boutique to wander through the crème de la crème of beauty products.
VIOLET GREY, 8452 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA.
- Bite Lip Lab
Have you always wanted to create your own shade of lipstick? Now is your chance. At Bite Lip Lab you can make a customized highly-pigmented, silky lipstick that’s exactly what your heart desires.
Bite Lip Lab, 174 Prince Street, New York, NY.
Bite Lip Lab, 678 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada.
Bite Lip Lab, 2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA.
Bite Lip Lab, San Francisco, CA. (Coming soon)
If you’re not familiar with Glossier yet um...where have you been? This original it-girl brand is full of thoughtfully formulated, drool-worthy skin care and beauty products. So if you’re a fan of Into the Gloss, or just dying to try one of their coveted products, shop in-person at the Glossier showroom.
Glossier, 123 Lafayette St., New York, NY.
- Olive Young
Korean products are held to a high standard, so even Korean drugstore products are made with quality. Olive Young is located in almost every neighborhood in Korea. Though the store looks more like a Duane Reade than a boutique, don’t be skeptical. There’s a treasure trove of products here that can work magic. Get your fill of top-quality Korean beauty at drugstore prices.
Olive Young, 500 different locations in Korea.
Not planning on traveling to Korea to get your fix of snail essence? Stop off at the Memebox pop-up to gather all the international goodies your skin desires. Or if you’re not in San Francisco, check out Memebox’s monthly box of K-beauty goodies.
Memebox, 119 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA.
- The Kylie Cosmetics Pop-Up Shop
Wherever your opinion falls on this divisive diva, one thing’s for sure: Kylie Jenner has a cosmetics empire in the making. With her lip kits always selling out, it was about time she opened a pop-up shop. The pop-up opened on December 9th and will stay only until supplies last. So get down there soon to indulge your inner young adult and see why generation Z has gone crazy for her products.
Kylie Cosmetics Pop-Up Shop, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, CA.
- Farmacia Santa Maria Novella
The world-renowned perfumes of Santa Maria Novella can be traced back to 1221 in Florence, Italy, when Dominican friars began to experiment with the herbs grown in their gardens. In 1612, the Santa Maria Novella monastery became the official “Royal Highness’s firm” for creating perfumes. Now you can take home a regal scent from one of the oldest beauty creators in the world.
Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Via della Scala, 16, 50123 Florence.
- C.O. Bigelow Apothecary
The original flagship store of C.O. Bigelow is definitely a place to stop by when in New York City. The oldest-surviving apothecary in the United States, this store is a historic treasure.
C.O. Bigelow, 414 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY.
- Liberty of London
Experience the art of European beauty in a stunning Tudor-style house turned luxury department store. Liberty of London has a fantastic beauty section filled with international treasures. Wander through the gilded gold halls and smell the truly perfected scents from Annick Goutal, Le Galion, Maison Francis Kurkjian, Santa Eulalia, and more.
Liberty of London, Regent Street, London W1B.
French beauty remains effortless and classic. At CityPharma, you can stock up on all the Embroylisse, Bioderma, and other shelfie-ready staples you need to channel your inner Francophile.
CityPharma, 28 Rue du Four, Paris.
This unassuming store is home to some of the world’s most coveted Italian beauty products. Makeup artists, models, and beauty editors stock up on the brand’s most-wanted Chic and Shine Stick and other favorites during Milan’s fashion week. If it’s good enough for the pros and insiders, Madina should definitely be on your bucket list.
Madina, Corso Venezia, 23, Milan.
- Face Stockholm
The Swedish are known for their impeccable design, so we trust them to invent quality makeup and skin care. Face Stockholm has just about every shade of color under the sun. Embrace this bold makeup brand then take it all off later with another Swedish staple, FOREO’s LUNA™ mini 2.
Face Stockholm, Sturegallerian, 114 46 Stockholm.
Founded in 1999, Bluemercury is a luxury cosmetics store and spa that offers only the best brands in the business. Here you can fill your basket with all of your favorite holy grail beauty brands like La Mer, Tom Ford, Trish McEvoy, and more.
Bluemercury, locations across the United States.
- Space.NK Apothecary
A true beauty connoisseur knows that there’s a whole world out there filled with innovative and high-quality products. The challenge is finding out how to get our hands on international beauty brands. Enter Space.NK: this beauty store was born in the U.K. and sells the most coveted products from around the world. Visit their flagship store on London’s Regent Street or it’s U.S. locations in New York City and San Francisco.Space.NK, locations across the United Kingdom and the United States.