Ann Supple Massey, the owner and founder of Rouge Cosmetics, has personally tested every product in her store, from the eye shadows to the moisturizers to the body fragrances. Her discerning eye is one of the reasons the store was awarded "Best of Boston" for makeup shopping in Boston Magazine in 2009. In addition to time-tested favorites from industry leaders such as Nars, Stila, and bareMinerals, clients also find products from more exclusive brands such as Darphin and Blinc, whose “Kiss Me” mascara has graced the lashes of celebrities Jessica Alba, Rachel McAdams, and Jessica Rabbit.
Most of the aestheticians and makeup artists at Rouge have experience working at photo shoots and fashion shows, so they’re primed to help customers with a range of beauty needs. During private makeup lessons, they guide customers through popular techniques such as the smokey eye, and also acquaint them with tools and beauty products tailored to their personal style. The shop offers several other services, including bridal makeup and false lash applications.
With FPgirl, little ladies are the designers, wielding an artistic eye to customize their own clothes to their personal style. The FPgirl cache of threads includes articles such as tops, hoodies, jackets, pants, and tees, which girls can customize based on a variety of options such as style, color, and embellishments, and then finish with their own customized brand label. More than just an online clothier, FPgirl also lets girls express their creativity and create customized items that are uniquely theirs.
Gently Loved Baby buys and resells gently used wearables, playthings, and nursery accouterments, helping families conserve space, money, and the environment. Rather than toting a Charlie Chaplin marionette to celebrity ice-cream tastings, parents can bring real-live sons in pint-sized tuxedos ($35–$40, sizes 1–8). A little girl will flutter with delight when a fairy throw pillow sprinkles across a Laura Ashley quilt, pillowcase, and twin sheets ($35 for set). The shop’s stable of Razor scooters ($12–$35) encourages tykes to play outside, and its corral of rocking horses ($15–$40) helps families gallop indoors without rousing the spirit of their polar-bear rug.