7 Beauty Products I Stopped Buying After Moving to Brooklyn

I moved to Brooklyn about two years ago after living in Manhattan for almost half a decade. It was time—all my friends lived there, and so followed my entire social life. I found myself spending more time commuting back to Manhattan than I actually spent in my neighborhood. So my roommate and I packed up our lives and moved across the bridge.

Once we settled in, I started to notice the many brick-and-mortar beauty shops along my new borough's streets. There were 30- and 40-something moms walking around with shockingly enviable skin. And I started at a job (this one) where locally made, natural products and holistic treatments were at the forefront of our coverage. Never had department-store beauty floors and big-chain retailers felt more impersonal.