When I think of beauty in New York Sephora is always to pop up in my mind first, especially if my recent haul is anything to go by *oops*. But it isn’t just about Sephora there are plenty of other amazing places to buy beauty products in.
Ricky’s is one of the best places in New York and they’re scattered around almost every area, almost without looking we found about six of them, and I’m sure there were more. Ricky’s is kind of like Superdrug over here in that it does hair care products, skincare, hair dye, makeup and various other things. Each store seemed to be a little different but there are a lot of key brands which you can find everywhere. I was really happy to see that Morphe were sold there and so I bought a beautiful buffing brush as their brushes are so soft. I bought a lovely rose coloured blusher from the Frankie Rose range which was a brand I’d actually never heard of. But the most exciting thing is the fact that some stores do Obsessive Compulsive which I’ve found a bit tricky to source in stores in the UK. I got the most amazing metallic blue liquid lipstick, now god knows where and when I’ll wear it but it is beautiful.
You’ve probably all heard of the subscription beauty box service but Birchbox have their flagship store in Soho, New York and I love hitting it up whenever I am over. They stock a lot of the brands which they sell online which is great especially with the Love of Color range which always seems to be out of stock in the UK. I had actually racked up some points when I was there last year so picked up my eyeshadow pencil and primer for free due to the points *woop*. You can do the build your own box option which was full of great products and I think it’s really nice to allow you to make the choices. The whole of downstairs is dedicated to men’s stuff as well so they aren’t left out.
Now in the UK I haven’t really looked at much of our Urban Outfitters beauty as there seems very little of it but in the US it’s a huge deal. They stock brands like Anastasia Beverley Hills and some of the other brands which Sephora do. But they’re also stockists for Lime Crime which made me so happy as I have been lusting over their liquid lipsticks for ages, but I hate relying on swatches online for lipsticks. I picked up a beautiful shade, alongside another Obsessive Compulsive lipstick which is this beautiful red glitter shade. Another great thing is the fact that they stock Tony Moly, I didn’t pick up anything from the brand although I wish I had bought the cute little mist spray now. But I did grab some Cookie scented hand cream from It’s Skin which smells amazing. Definitely worth looking round the store if you’re heading to NY, especially the one opposite Macy’s on the corner of Broadway and West 35th Street.
Target is for want of another word a supermarket, kind of like Walmart in the US, or like Tesco/ Asda over here. They do everything from food and drink to clothes and toys. Their beauty department is pretty good as they do more of the drugstore brands including NYX (which works out cheaper in the States) and ELF (which can be hard to find in the UK). I picked up a few pieces as they worked out at such great prices, especially the primer and lip pens from ELF like under $4 each which is like £2.50. You can’t say no. I had read loads of great things about the Pixi Glow Tonic and found this bottle for a really good price ($10 so about £7) so had to pick it up, and the EOS lip balms worked out less than £2.50 so again I had to grab one (regretting not buying more now). The only Targets are in the Bronx or Brooklyn (we opted for the later which happens to be in a shopping center alongside Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Bodyworks).
Bite Lip Lab
Now Sephora sell Bite products which are great but at the Bite Lip Lab in Soho the wonderful team can help you craft your own unique lipstick from scratch. Yes it’s a bit more pricey at $45 but it’s one of those things which you won’t find anywhere else. I had in my mind that I wanted a red as I find a lot don’t suit me as they’re too bright, or have too many pinky undertones. After having the choice of finish (I opted for matte of course) the girl set to work and after three attempts got me exactly what I wanted and it was that simple. Opting for a lemon and mint mixed scent it was mixed up, poured into a mold and voila in front of my eyes a brand new lipstick made just for me. You can re-order the lipsticks if you choose (although they currently don’t do international shipping) but it’s one of those special things you just need to do in New York.