Not that we'll ever say no to a Sephora run, but it's always kind of thrilling to score awesome new products in places we wouldn't necessarily view as beauty destinations. For example, did you know Costco is low key amazing for luxury makeup? Or that you might find your favorite new fragrance at that cute plant boutique around the corner? Brace yourself (and your bank account)—we're about to expand your shopping horizons in a major way.
Those with a love of natural products are bound to find some goods during a trip to the farmers' market. Head to the honey booth to find beeswax lip balm and the lavender farmer's station for all kinds of glorious scented items, and always keep an eye out for beautiful soaps.
In our experience, local plant stores and home décor boutiques often house a large selection of candles, not to mention fragrances, soaps, and bath supplies. Better yet, they're often locally crafted, so you're bound to find something beautiful you haven't seen before.
From Whole Foods's painstakingly-curated natural beauty aisle to the amazing luxury deals at Costco and the thrifty, quality finds at Trader Joe's, our love of hunting for beauty products at the grocery store is well-documented. (Although we have to warn that it makes budgeting for actual groceries a wee bit tougher.)
Fleas that champion local artisans (like Artists & Fleas in New York and L.A.) are packed with amazing, few-of-a-kind beauty products that you definitely won't find in your nearest beauty supply chain. Don't be afraid to sniff and sample before heading home with some gorgeous new favorites.
Similarly, craft fairs are like Disneyland for those obsessed with the latest and greatest in indie beauty. Holiday markets (like the Union Square market in NYC) usually attract local greats, and we're specifically obsessed with the Echo Park Craft Fair, a biannual market of some of the coolest artisans in L.A.
Etsy is steadily growing a reputation for fostering homegrown brands just before they make it big. (One of our current obsessions, French Girl Organics, is an example—in addition to their home base on Etsy, you can find the brand at Anthropologie, Beauty Habit, and more.)
When you're making the mad dash for heavily discounted clothes, be sure to keep an eye out for beauty wares, too—one of our favorite beauty hauls of all time happened rather unexpectedly at a Steven Alan sample sale.
A great tip from associate editor Lindsey: Head to stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx to find popular products and fragrances at discounted prices. (Just note that as with clothing, the selection of brands might vary each time you go.)
What are some of the most unexpected places you've found great beauty products? Tell us in the comments below!