Brick-and-mortar beauty giants may be good enough for some, but for 24/7 addicts like me who need a round-the-clock service, the Internet provides a whole new world of beauty selections that I'm privy to at any time. And, you can bet that your resident beauty product junkie (that would be me) has clicked through and perused
a lot of them to dwindle it down to just the top four onine beauty stores. Shop to your heart's content at your new destination sites. Ahead, my version of the Fantastic Four: the best online beauty shops, ever.
is my favorite place to discover new products. Their buyers are true treasure hunters, unearthing the very best high-quality products from brands that you've never heard of. I started shopping the site for the incredible seasonal selection of Paul & Joe Beaute and have discovered other brands such as Figs & Rouge, This Works, and Kure Bazaar that have become fast favorites. Whenever I’m looking for inspiration and fresh product selections that aren't already all over the beauty blogs, I click over to Beautyhabit and I’m never disappointed.
Paul & Joe Fragrance Hair & Body Mist, $28; Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Lip Tint, $9; Kure Bazaar Nail Lacquer in So Vintage, $16, all available at Beautyhabit.
has a surprisingly good online beauty shop. Not everyone associates the hipster mecca with beauty finds, but they house a cool and quirky collection of products that you won’t find elsewhere.
Their selection ranges from glow-in-the-dark nail art and henna tattoos to cult classics and creative product organizers. It’s the pefect place to score cool and unique products from brands like NYX, Du Wop, and Anna Sui that your friends are sure to lust after. And, if you’re running out of blue lipstick, they’ve got that too.
Anna Sui Limited Edition Dazzle Lip Rouge, $25; NYX Roll-On Shimmer, $5; DuWop Cheek Venom, $24, all available at Urban Outfitters.
Spirit Beauty Lounge
is the ultimate source for luxe, organic beauty. For the girl that’s looking to avoid parabens and all of the other usual suspects in beauty chemicals, Spirit makes it easy. They have a list of 27 ingredients that you won’t find in any of their products along with six ethical and sustainable prerequisites that their vendors must meet before their products can be sold. Green beauties will find eco favorites like RMS, Tata Harper, and Vapour along with lesser knowns like Kjaer Weis, Rahua, and Priti.
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek, $36; Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, $65; Rahua Elixir, $175; Rahua Conditioner, $34, all available at Spirit Beauty Lounge.
had its humble beginnings in D.C., so it has a dear place in my Washingtonian heart. Yes, you can shop Bluemercury in person at any of their 40+ locations, but for those of you not lucky enough to have one locally, the retailer runs an excellent online operation.
I consider Bluemercury to be the gold standard in beauty shopping. If a product is good enough to be carried in their well-curated shop, then it’s good enough for me. Owner Marla Malcolm Beck carries her own brand M-61 along with an edited selection of products from brands like Mario Badescu and Bobbi Brown that you can trust are the best in their fields.
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Bobbi Brown Sheer Lipstick, $25; Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil, $38, all available at Blue Mercury.