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Where to get your beauty fix

Where do you shop for skincare and makeup? In an informal Facebook poll, a majority of our “fans” said that drugstores and department stores are their retailers of choice. If you’re looking to expand your skincare-shopping horizons, here are my picks.


Target is good for the basics, but when was the last time you took a spin through its skincare and cosmetics department? You will find wallet-friendly lines from some of the industry’s heaviest hitters, including makeup artists Jemma Kidd and Napoleon Perdis. You’ll also find all your favorite “mass” skincare lines like Aveeno, plus Target exclusives from Boots, Lavera and Target’s in-house brand, up & up (their sunscreens can’t be beat).


Budget-friendly options sit beside prestige favorites, and the selection is vast. In addition to skincare and makeup, the fragrance and haircare departments are overflowing. Don’t forget the in-house line of cosmetics and makeup tools as well.

Browne’s & Co.:

This has been my go-to shop for all things beauty, and it has two locations — Lincoln Road and the Design District. From smaller lines like Caudalie and Elemis to favorites from Skinceuticals and other names you may not of heard of, these experts prescreen and choose the best.

Space NK:

At this spot inside Bloomingdale’s in Aventura you will find the best British brands. You can stock up on makeup from Ellis Faas and skincare from Aesop, Wei and more.

Coconut Grove Pharmacy:

With an old-world European feel, these shelves are stocked with high-tech and natural offerings, including skincare from Dr. Brandt and La Roche-Posay, haircare from Fekkai and essential beauty supplies. We love stocking up on our bath and body favorites from Fresh and the fantastic men’s line Jack Black.

Ricky’s NYC:

When it comes to beauty shopping, this is about as fun as it gets. There are familiar lines such as Bliss, Ahava, Murad and Burt’s Bees, but I really love the selection of tools and supplies that are hard to find elsewhere. And while you’re stocking up on products, you can peruse the wigs, costumes and a never-ending array of fun gifts.

Santa Maria Novella:

When I’m looking for a fancy fix, nothing beats Bal Harbour. One of my favorite destinations there is this centuries old (it was established in 1221— really!) Italian-based purveyor of possibly the best scents and soaps ever. Ideal for gifts and for kitting-out your guest- and powder room, this is a must visit.