By Mary Wheeler
500 Westfarms Mall
Farmington, CT 06032
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
You can’t get much better in the beauty category than with Sephora. On the more expensive side, Sephora is great for those looking for a wide variety of products including: makeup, skincare, fragrance, bath & body, hair, tools and accessories and even products for men. Choose from such great brands as Clinique, Bobbi Brown, YSL, Bare Essentials, Dior, among many others. Sephora.com offers great online weekly specials for those bargain hunters, free shipping on orders over $50.00, and 3 free samples with each purchase (not a bad deal). Check out their combination set packages like the Mix it Up Kisses Kit, $25.00, (a set of six mini lip colors that clip onto a keychain) to save even more.
205 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
Hours: Mon to Fri 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
For the ultimate bargain hunter, Harmon Discount is where you need to be for quality, inexpensive beauty products. With two locations in Connecticut, Harmon Discount offers great name brands like Sally Hansen, Neutrogena, L’Oreal and Maybelline, among others. The Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Commander polishes in chic, $6.29, and Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Gloss in Vital Violet, $7.69, are great finds. For those eco-friendly buffs, Harmon Discount offers a wide selection of all natural products like Jason, Kiss My Face, Crystal Essence, Alba, and Burt’s Bees. Don’t just get products for yourself- get them for the whole family as well. Harmon Discount offers products for babies and children like Johnson’s Baby Bubble Bath Bedtime Splash ($4.79) and Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream (4.99).
827 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Hours: Mon to Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thurs 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
A great stop for all your hair needs, Beauty Plus offers an array of hair products, relaxers, wigs and hair extensions, skin care, cosmetics, and tools. The store offers “Old School Products” like KayVel Cream and Lady Hilda Silicone Press Cream at old school prices. The Andis Ceramic Styler 1875, $24.95, and the Gold’ N Hot Dryer, $24.95, are both great finds for tools. Beauty Plus has a great selection of wigs and hair extension in human and synthetic forms. Though don’t think that men are left out of the equation at Beauty Plus: they sell clippers, hair color, shave lotion, moisturizers and night creme, among other items.
PO Box 218
Certified as a Cruelty Free and Certified Vegan organization, Russell Organics is a great place to splurge on your beauty products. Check out their great selection of products for the face, hair, body, aromatherapy and products for men. The Combava Face Wash, $36.00, and the Organic Argan Oil, $28.00, are great finds and can be used on all skin-types. For men, the Gotu Kola Face Wash, $38.00, and Shave Masque, $22.00, are great picks. In-lieu of their products, Russell Organics also sells a great selection of gourmet teas that have been bio-organically grown whenever possible. Choose from Green Tea, Black Tea, Oolong Tea, White Tea, and Fruit Tea.
Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York, MensJournal.com, and AOL’s Patch.com. Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.