Owner Kathleen London describes her non-toxic indie beauty emporium as “a little piece of New York City and Los Angeles in the Midwest.” Beauty enthusiasts who’ve spent time in either city will recognize the nod to the old apothecary-style boutiques popular on the east and west coasts. A “do-no-harm” mantra guides London’s curation, so only clean, cruelty-free brands like Grown Alchemist, Indie Lee, Ilia, Shiva Rose, and Coola line its shelves. Whatever brings you to London Beauty, it’s well worth the trip to Brighton.
For more information, visit londonbeautyonline.com.
If you’re looking for instant gratification in the hair department, hairstylist Maysoon Kattula’s expertly applied extensions offer long, full, all-out Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show-level styles in as little as 1 ½ hours. Those seeking a one-night-only look can opt for temporary yet natural-looking clip-in or halo extensions, starting at $100, that blend seamlessly with your own hair.
For more information, visit beautycollectivesalon.com.
Legacy Dermatology Group
Dermatologist — and one of Hour Detroit’s 2018 Top Docs — Dr. Michelle Legacy’s practice offers an array of cosmetic treatments, from injections and microneedling to specialized facials. Legacy also sells quality products from her namesake skin care line like the Legacy BioTherapy Defense Cream, $70. Apply the ultra-hydrating cocktail of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, peptides, and other skin-perfecting ingredients for a healthy glow all winter.
For more information, visit legacydermatologygroup.com.
A strong desire to help women, children, and animals in need inspired mother-daughter duo Nadia and Fadia Shuayto to create Wingme Cosmetics, which distributes 20 percent of all proceeds to six charities. The brand launched with an innovative product — a brow sculptor. Brow Jam, $21, (Honey I’m Home pictured below) is a hybrid of a tinted powder and a pomade allowing you to shape and tame brows. Wingme has also launched its Preyem Pack, a new collection of 11 eye shadows in neutral shades ranging from matte beige to shimmering black. Singles are available for $14, and the entire pack is $98.
For more information, visit wingmecosmetics.com.
The Ten Nail Bar
This modern manicure bar located in downtown Detroit boasts a space as clean and minimalist as its chic nail art. In addition to manis, pedis, and facial waxing, The Ten offers a range of deluxe experiences like extended massages, hot towel treatments, and invigorating scrubs. Parents can bring children along for Kitten services, starting at $15, a menu designed for kids ages 10 and younger.
For more information, visit thetendetroit.com.
The Lip Bar
“We explore beauty through diversity and fun,” reads a line on The Lip Bar’s website. Drop by the charming West Village shop, and you’ll understand the sentiment. An eye-popping array of vegan and cruelty-free lipsticks, glosses, and matte liquid lip colors offers lip options for all skin tones, starting at just $10. Expect a range of shades perfect for holiday celebrations, like subdued nudes and classic reds to more daring hues like turquoise and violet.
For more information, visit thelipbar.com.
If you find yourself in need of some serious pre-party styling but are short on time, treat yourself to a spur-of-the-moment blowout, treatment, or updo at the legendary blow-and-go salon, starting at $40. With locations now across the country, one of the California franchise’s latest salons is conveniently based in the heart of downtown Birmingham.
For more information, visit thedrybar.com.
Sishwar Brow & Blowdry Bar
Ash’s Instagram account, @_browsbyash, boasts more than 350,000 followers — and a casual scroll through her feed reveals why. The one-name artist posts stunning brow makeover after another, with looks ranging from natural to bold. In addition to brow services, starting at $15, Ash’s Sterling Heights salon, Sishwar Brow & Blowdry Bar, also offers hair styling services and makeup application.
For more information, visit sishwardrybar.com.
JKM Soy Candles
Turn on your favorite record and light up the JKM Soy Candle in Detroit Rock City, $16, to channel your inner rock star. The musky scent with notes of amber, lime, oak moss, and jasmine is inspired by Detroit and made in Michigan.
For more information, visit jkmsoycandles.com.
Charlotte Tilbury at the Nordstrom Somerset Collection
With a selection of beauty brands ranging from luxury to niche, the Nordstrom Beauty Department at Somerset Collection North is a favorite stop for beauty enthusiasts. The recent addition of a Charlotte Tilbury beauty bar adds even more appeal.
For more information, visit nordstrom.com.
The name may be cheeky, but the Oliver Thomas Not a Trainwreck Train Case, $55, is as sophisticated and functional as travel accessories come. The cosmetic case folds flat for easy storage but can hold your entire arsenal of party prep goodies.
For more information, visit theoliverthomas.com.
Between back-to-back parties and gatherings this season, taking the time to apply mascara might begin to feel like a chore. Instead, opt for lash extensions that, with proper maintenance, can last up to three weeks. Eyedolize, a newly minted studio in Birmingham, offers a range of services, including semi-permanent eyelashes, starting at $250.
For more information, visit eyedolize.com.
With dermatology offices based in Ann Arbor and Birmingham, Dr. Charles Boyd has added to his empire with a new space in downtown Detroit. If you have a couple weeks to prep for your event, consider booking a chemical peel, starting at $125, for a smoother complexion. For same-day rejuvenation, the HydraFacial, $150, is a non-abrasive alternative that incorporates light therapy, gentle extractions, and microdermabrasion to leave skin radiant.
For more information, visit boydbeauty.com.
Margot European Day Spa
While you’re in the giving spirit this holiday season, gift yourself a pampering session at a spa rooted in the metro Detroit beauty scene. Margot European Day Spa has offered skin care, waxing, and nail treatments from its Birmingham location for over 35 years. At the end of the season, unwind with a 50, 75, or 90-minute Aromatherapy Massage, starting at $100.
For more information, visit margots.com.