Small Is Beautiful

Small Is Beautiful

As much as I love Sephora (that store has me seriously addicted), I’m always on the lookout for up-and-coming beauty brands. They tend to use less harsh ingredients than mainstream cosmetics companies, and usually have an inspiring story that makes me excited to use their products. That’s why I’m looking forward to the Indie Beauty Expo (Aug. 24-25) this year. This exclusive event brings a huge roster of independent companies who produce cosmetics and skincare products to the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St.). During the “Shop Indie” event on Aug. 24 from 4-8 p.m., members of the public are invited to meet the makers behind these emerging brands, shop for beauty products rarely found in typical cosmetics stores and score countless samples—the tickets even include a free tote bag to carry all your swag. If the event is anything like last year, expect to get exposed to some impressive products and enjoy a refreshing break from your everyday beauty routine.