When it comes to shopping for beauty products, I confess that I always prefer shopping in person, in a store, to shopping on-line. However, being as I live on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean, there is an important amount of brands for which I need to rely on on-line retailers.

Given my reticence, it is no wonder that I tend to favour some brands to which I have easy access over others.

So, as a lover of lists, and just in case it might help you find the source to that difficult to find brand, you have the information below.

What are the brands that I shop in person?


  • Brands with their own local stores: MAC, Kiko, L’Occitane, The Body Shop.
  • Brands available at local multibrand stores: Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, YSL, Sensai by Kanebo, Clarins, Clinique, Shiseido, Sisley, Laura Mercier, Ellis Faas, Kjaer Weis, RMS Beauty, Essie, Opi, Ren, Aesop, Khiel’s, Algenist, Zelens, Dr. Brandt, Estelle & Thild, Grown Alchemist
  • Brands available at local drugstores: Maybelline, L’Oreal, Rimmel, Bourjois, Real Techniques, MaxFactor, Revlon, Essence.
  • Brands which I shop on the mainland when I travel: Nars, Urban Decay, Benefit, … Sephora basically 😉


So where do I shop on-line and what do I buy?

Maquillalia: they have a good enough range of highstreet brands and I love that I can pick up the parcel at the mail office (I am never home!). Batiste, Sleek, The Balm, Nabla, Nyx, Zoeva, Zpalette, Beauty Blender.

RadaBeauty: another staple when it comes to highstreet brands. Sleek, Sigma, Nyx.

BeautyBay: UK based retailer that has free shipping when spending over 20€ and free deluxe sample when spending over 60€! AlphaH, Anastasia Beverly Hills (only brow products), Eye of Horus, Dose of Colors, Embriolysse, Lit Cosmetics, Illamasqua, Kevyn Aucoin, OCCosmetics, MUG, MUS, Pixi, Pai Skincare, Mario Badescu, Rae Morris, Pur Cosmetics, simplehuman, RBR, Too Faced.

Lovemakeup: UK based retailer that carries a curated selection of brands. Embryolisse, Clean Brush, Skindinavia, Viseart, Sugarpill, OCCosmetics, Kevyn Aucoin.

Beautylish: US based retailer that has some niche brands. Wayne Goss, Chikuhodo, Becca, Viseart, By Terry, Charlote Tilbury, Ardency Inn, IT Cosmetics.

Sites that I want to try: Feelunique (gazillion brands, including Bio-Oil, Colab or Omorovikza, and numerous travel sizes), Netaporter, Cultbeauty, SpaceNK. For discounted items, FraganceDirect.