LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
125 Westchester Ave, White Plains
(914) 328-3083; lushusa.com
We predict beautiful things with the addition of the first Westchester location of this cheeky British retailer of cruelty-free, “naked” skin- and hair-care products. With 800 locations across the globe, LUSH has perfected its positioning as a “cosmetic deli” with a presentation that showcases its almost-good-enough-to-eat selection of products much the same way as fresh produce would be displayed at the local greengrocer. In addition to a nice-sized kitchen table where customers are encouraged to chat about their cosmetic needs with the shop’s beauty experts, bath bombs are stacked like just-picked apples, soaps are piled high like fancy gourmet cheeses, and chilled face masks are served straight up from the fridge. Most LUSH branded offerings are handmade from fresh organic fruits and vegetables and ethically sourced essential oils, and none are ever tested on animals. Expect fresh skin- and hair-care and bath and body treats like Angels on Bare Skin face cleanser ($26.95) featuring kaolin clay for cleansing and ground almonds for exfoliating, as well as lots of fun, seasonal gift ideas.
Mixology Clothing Company
120 S Ridge St, Rye Brook
(no phone as of press time); shopmixology.com
Long Island camp friends and Westport, Connecticut pals have long raved about this trendy juniors’ and women’s boutique’s fun style and easy-on-the-pocketbook prices. Now, local fashion addicts have their own chance to mix it up at this small chain’s first outpost in Westchester. Located in the former Pink Deux spot in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center—that beauty boutique has moved elsewhere in the center—Mixology bills itself as a boutique without “high prices and snobby attitudes.” Offerings range from $10 Mixology sunglasses to a $275 mustard-colored suede blazer by BB Dakota, with a mid-price of $55 for a hip, striped, long-sleeve V-neck shirt. In addition to the store’s own boho-chic brand, including casual tees (up to $36), platform booties (up to $55), and sexy bandage dresses (up to $96), the shop features the edgy Mink Pink line of fringe and graphic tops and denim vests ($45-$110), Free People feminine-patterned blouses and patchwork denim jackets (up to $248), and hot plaid tops and jackets from Lucca Couture (up to $112). Wanna really make an entrance? Check out its cool selection of party dresses.