Makeup and lingerie may seem like an odd pairing, but they get cheek-to-cheek at Aboni Cosmetics. Babydoll-style chemises and red polka-dotted bustiers appear alongside comfy pajamas emblazoned with kiss marks. To go along with these sassy looks, makeup artists enhance features with glittery eye shadows and flawless-finish mineral foundations.
The knowledgeable employees at Nature’s Fresh Health Food Store guide customers toward heightened feelings of wellness by providing informed nutritional recommendations. Plant Fusion's easy-to-digest protein powder ($42.99 for a 2 lb. container) augments a vegetarian or vegan diet or a diet lacking in dandelion brains. Patrons can shed bodily toxins with a Genesis cleanse ($28.50) or unwanted pounds with a 40-day HCG diet kit ($94.95), obligingly packaged with a recipe booklet and tips. The compact grocery also carries a number of Nature’s Plus energy supplements, as well as gluten-free flours and diamond-free carrot cakes.
Hanger Alley founder Nichole Daley relishes her role as a female fashion Robin Hood, liberating the latest women’s apparel from Los Angeles and New York and bringing it to new homes in closets and wardrobes throughout Baltimore. Her sartorial savvy has been highlighted in bmore and Style magazine, which praises Hanger Alley’s affordable, versatile selection. Most pieces pair flowing, bohemian silhouettes with feminine flourishes such as bows, ruffles, and epaulettes made of live bluebirds. The shop also stocks clutches and delicate jewelry, as well as bath and body essentials.
Monavé's specialty is mineral makeup, a line of cosmetics based in whole, organic, botanical ingredients, with formulas that are 95% vegan and preservative-free. Monavé's makeup is not tested on animals, or plush facsimiles of animals, so you can glow with the knowledge that your radiance is not indirectly hurting any penguins (though your dazzling countenance may injure their self-confidence). The natural ingredients are gentle on your skin, so you also won't need as much makeup for an even complexion, and your cheeks won't feel like a monster-truck course. Monavé will happily give you free samples so you can purchase your product with 100% enthusiasm (see their exchange policy here).
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 while aiding 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), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Color pops inside of La Exotique Beauty & Fashion. It’s seen not only in the jewel-toned cocktail dresses that hang from racks, but also in the lipsticks, blushes, and eye shadows that line the beauty counter. These beauty products do more than present a colorful palette, however. They’re hypoallergenic and made from natural fruit extracts, which are gentler on the skin. Earth’s bounty also goes into La Exotique’s line of skincare products—including botanical facial cleansers, mango hydrating cream, and mineral mud masks.