The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Smile Sciences distributes effective, FDA-registered teeth-whitening products to dental offices and anyone looking to sport flashier grins brightened up to 10 shades. Each of the company’s USA-made whitening products, such as Day & Night Whitening Pens, stain remover, and LED light-activated gel kits, is formulated to keep sensitive teeth comfy. The dentist-created and hygienist-approved pens, which are included in the Allure Magazine Winter Beauty Box, aim to counteract the effects of consuming coffee, soda, and heavily edited cotton candy without causing irritation. Applying a mini LED light, which activates the gel when held in front of the face and teeth, helps to speed up the process to take as little time as 20 minutes.
The aestheticians at Asava Medi Spa cleanse complexions with 12 kinds of facials, but their services don’t just run skin-deep. In addition to fighting signs of aging and acne with Yon-Ka skincare products, technicians administer Botox injections and laser hair removal and work to slim curves with VelaShape treatments that don’t require incisions or knowledge of how a carburetor works.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($37.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($21.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand—despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase—is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
Halloween Bootique’s shelves brim with thousands of fiendish, sexy, and imaginative costumes and adornments to fit all body sizes. Every fall, the Halloween outfitter opens its six locations across California, including one featured by the Orange County Register. At each store, adults and kids can choose their perfect look from a massive selection of zombie and queen costumes, ghoulish masks, props, and pages from Dracula’s summer-camp diary. Decorations such as skeletons, bats, and stuffed ghosts also induce chills as they wait to be taken home, where they add an eerie atmosphere to any party or trick-or-treat destination.