Stella Spotlight: Nashville Boutiques - The Cosmetic Market

That proverbial "kid in the candy store"?  That's Mizzie and me any time we walk into a cosmetics store or up to a cosmetics counter.  It's that moment of knowing you need something, but then the lights, the smells, the pretty displays, all the colors....  See I've completely forgotten where I was going with that sentence.  That's how it is when I walk into any of the three Cosmetic Markets in Nashville.  I always have something in mind to purchase, but I end up leaving  with three bottles of nail polish, a new scrub, lip balm and most definitely not the thing I actually needed, because I've long forgotten what that was.  

The Cosmetic Market is exactly what the name's a market for all types of lovely cosmetics.  I love grabbing my basket on the way in and plucking my Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Scrub, Bumble & Bumble Curl Cream and Essie Matte Top Coat off the bakers racks, as if I was grabbing a loaf of French bread, a handful of fresh basil and a bunch of hand-picked tomatoes off the racks of the local grocery market.  These stores are bright, airy, nicely merchandised and each get their own fair share of natural light which makes for an easy and more relaxed shopping experience.

We recently sat down with buyer, Heather Dickerson, and talked to her about what's in for Spring, what skincare treatments are best this time of year and what you can expect from your Cosmetic Market shopping experience.

With Private Edition a mainstay in the Nashville cosmetics community, what prompted the need for The Cosmetic Market?
The beauty and fashion industry have recently been evolving in a direction that allows women to have a more independent shopping experience.  Women are savvier than ever and often want a one-on-one experience with the products they hear and read about.  However, The Cosmetic Market is the best of both worlds.  Customers can browse on their own or have a full-service makeover or consultation with one of our knowledgeable sales associates.
What cosmetic products are "must-haves" for Spring?
First and foremost, a spray tan.  Pasty limbs be gone!  Luminous cheeks - maybe opt for a highlighter in place of your usual blush.  A pop of color on your eyes or lips - pick one.  If you opt for eyes, do a neutral glossy lip.  If you chose lip, do a neutral all-over-shadow and mascara.  And polished nails.  Don't be afraid to experiment with a new color.  Spring collections offer a Roy G. Biv assortment.

What are some of The Cosmetic Market associates' favorite products?
They are all product junkies, but a few universal favorites:  Therapy Systems Glycolics, Moroccan Oil, GHD styling irons, Smashbox Foundations, SkinCeuticals vitamin Cs, Urban Decay liners and shadow, CARGO blushes and bronzers, NARS glosses and lipsticks and Fresh & Blinc mascara.
What's in your makeup bag?
Omorovicza Complexion Enhancer, Tarte Bronzer, LORAC Coverup and eyeshadows, NARS Blush, Therapy Systems brushes, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner, Sisley Mascara and one of every lip gloss we carry!
What is The Cosmetic Market's main message to it's customers?
The perfect lipstick shade, a great skincare regimen, a not too heavy, not too light conditioner, a signature fragrance...they are all here waiting for you, and we want you to have a blast while you shop for them!
List five of your favorite places in Nashville.
The Ryman - best music venue ever!
Park Cafe - dining that is sophisticated, yet comfortable, but ultimately delicious!
Hillsboro Village - a true neighborhood and the home of interesting and kind residents and an eclectic assortment of local business.
The Red Door - the best bar in Nashville.  It is authentic and always bustling with a diverse group of patrons.  Always a fun time!

PM - NYC has The Cafeteria.  Nashville has PM.  From burgers to sushi, all entrees are exceptional and enjoyed in a chill atmosphere.  The staff is so awesome, you will want your server to be your new best friend!

You have a new beauty treatment room in the Green Hills location.  What type of treatments can people have done there?
We offer full-service facials and peels, as well as a complete waxing menu - from brows to bikini.

What is the best treatment for this time of year?

Most people are dry this time of year, so it is important to make sure to exfoliate AND hydrate.  One option is an exfoliating scrub like Therapy Systems Amazingly Gentle Scrub or Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream.  A Clarisonic Skincare Brush is also a great product to help gently exfoliate every day.
Often people change their moisturizer to add hydration, but I typically suggest to upgrade your treatment serum, or if you are not using a treatment serum then add one to your skincare regiment.  A serum is absorbed by and benefits your skin at a deeper level.  Md Skincare Antioxidant Serum and Perricone MD Concentrated Restorative Treatment are two great treatments when your skin is feeling a little parched.
What is your favorite treatment?
A couple of times a week, I use Therapy Systems Energizing Enzyme Peel - it is a facial in a jar.  I am usually sensitive to most exfoliating products, but this gel is super gentle.  It leaves your skin feeling like a baby's - with no signs of redness or irritation.

What inspires you?
Risk takers - from professional risks to fashion risks.  I am inspired by individuals who follow their heart and soul and put themselves out there in a real way.  When true character and purpose are behind a decision, one can never fail - only learn and grow.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what beauty product could you not live without?

You can visit the Cosmetic Market at any of their four Tennessee locations or purchase online.  They'll ship to anywhere in the continental United States and they offer free standard ground shipping on orders over $75.  

Stay tuned this month for more info on some of our favorite products, all of which you can find at your local Cosmetic Market

Green Hills (at the Hill Center)
4015 Hillsboro Pke, Ste. 107
615 298 7759 
Hillboro Village
1809 21st Avenue South
615 515 8440 
Cool Springs
545 Cool Springs Blvd., Ste. 158
615 778 9115 
Warehouse Row - Chattanooga, Tenn.
1110 Market St., Ste. 120
423 779 1377