Sephora has become like Starbucks—one on every corner. Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you that upsets me. No ma’am. It makes shopping for beauty products quite convenient (one of my favorite things to do is walk into a Sephora and get lost inside). That said, there are some brands that are not available at Sephora and some experiences that are worth stepping out on bae for.
Ordering beauty products from Net-A-Porter really makes a girl feel fancy. Everything from the website to the packaging inside the boxes just screams luxe, y’know. So, in an attempt to diversify where we shop, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite beauty brands to buy from Net-a-Porter’s beauty section, instead of Sephora. While Net-a-porter beauty also carry some regular favorites (Marc Jacobs Beauty, Bumble and Bumble, Hourglass, etc.), there are others that are just as deserving of our attention.
I absolutely adore Byredo and I would wear it exclusively if a) I wasn’t a beauty polygamist, and b) if it wasn’t so damn expensive. True, Byredo doesn’t come cheap for most. I usually buy a fragrance a year around my birthday in order to treat myself, save for that one time I just had to have Unnamed when I saw it was in stock at their store. I’m currently wearing Bal D’Afrique, which has notes of bergamot, lemon, neroli, violet, jasmine, and vetiver (my favorite). It’s the perfect scent for the chillier months. During the spring and summer months, I love Gypsy Water and I feel like that’s everyone’s favorite as it’s clean and vibrant with a hint of spice. Next on my list is Mojave Ghost, probably the more “commercial” fragrance found in this niche range.
After visiting the Glossier showroom so often, I can’t help but want a few Byredo candles to light around my apartment, namely Burning Rose and Bibliothèque, the latter inspiring a limited edition fragrance.
I adore Charlotte Tilbury the makeup artist so when she launched her brand back in 2013, I made it a point to try and get her products. She did not disappoint. Her lipstick formulas are some of the best I’ve ever tried. My favorite shades are Kim K W (a blush nude), Hepburn Honey (a brownish nude), Love Bite (a rich, creamy red), and Glastonberry (a deep, matte plum). An essential in my makeup bag is the Filmstar Bronze and Glow for highlighting and I love the way she curates her gift sets. The only product that’s ever disappointed me was the Magic Foundation: it separated an hour into wearing it and it did NOT look good on me.
SMITH & CULT
I had no idea Smith & Cult made cosmetics. While I knew the brand made some of the best nail polishes, I was completely oblivious to the fact that they’ve expanded their offerings. I received a sample of their Shining Lip Lacquer and The Tainted Lip Stain. They aren’t super pigmented on my lips but they leave the most beautiful shine a girl has seen in a gloss. I love the slip/ formula and just how pretty they make my lips feel. Plus the packaging looks and feels luxe so it’s a bonus when reapplying in public. It’s the little things.
Do I really need to tell you guys why I love Diptyque? They make some of my favorite candles and are the perfect gift giving item. While I love their candles, their perfumes have steadily crept into my favorites list as well. My favorites are below:
Founded in the late ’60s, Leonor Greyl was one of the first haircare brands to create products from plants and natural ingredients. Its cult formulas are free from silicones, coal tar, parabens and sodium laureth and have been developed to address a variety of hair and scalp concerns. I’ve mentioned the brand before but to repeat their scalp treatment saved me at one point in my life and the Bamboo Shampoo rocked my world.
This is a little hippy dippy, even for me, but as someone who is willing to try just about anything in the name of beauty, I had to give it a shot. It started when I visited Moon Juice’s store on Melrose Place. I fell in love with an almond something or other and picked up the Beauty Dust. I was later sent the Sex Dust after Valentine’s Day (still working on that one). I haven’t been using them consistently but I can’t say no to anything that promises to make me more beautiful. #vain
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN BEAUTY
I’ve spoken about the Christian Louboutin Beauty lipsticks before and they certainly do not disappoint. While they’re extremely expensive ($90!) I do love the formula, the pigmentation, and the packaging (duh). While I don’t own a lot, I certainly have my eyes on the Loubilaque Lip Lacquer (lip gloss) in the shades Altareva, a neutral with hint of shimmer, and Casanovella, a beautiful burgundy. I do love their nail polishes as I’m able to get at least four to five days without chipping.