I have been quite busy this week. This after noon while exploring the city of Arusha, I couldn’t help but notice the number of cosmetic stores around the bus station and down Sokoine road. There are a number of stores selling a variety of products some of which are worth your money and some which even though cheap are not worth it. I couldn’t help but feel that nagging question, “where can I buy quality cosmetics and always find a second helping?” This compelled me to share with you my 5 go-to shops. In alphabetical but not order of preference, they are:
1. Beauty Center Cosmetics Shops
Sokoine road. This shop is always a hard place for me to locate, it’s on a busy road and the sign post is small and facing away from the road.
Has a general drug store feel with ample space between isles.
Arrange of cosmetics including makeup, hair and body products.
Oriflame, MAC, Maybelline
Oppisite the Shiite mosque. It is easy to find, they have a big banner outside the store shading the walk-way.
A small space that may feel contraining. The counters prevent you from reaching the products on the rear shelves and you must rely on the seller to pick it out. But it’s neatly arranged and smells good every day I go there.
Arrange of cosmetics including makeup, hair and body products, perfumes, spa salts, brushes
Makeup brands: MAC, Gabrini, The Body Shop
3. S. H. Amons
Sokoine road adjacent to Glassware. It’s relatively easy to find because of the almost luminous orange text on the sign board. It’s located on a very busy area.
A relatively larger space with itemized isles which makes it easy to find products. However the space between isles is narrow and may feel restrictive. They have counters which prevent you from reaching some shelves. They have testing booths and samples so you can try out the products before buying which is great!
The widest variety of products including makeup, hair and body products, perfumes, nail polishes, personal hygiene equipments
MAC, Mary Kay, Iman, Sleek, Jackelin, Posner
4. Shear illusions
Njiro complex, first floor. It’s far to reach with public transport however the buses drop you fairly close to the complex.
Spacious and feels open, no distracting isles at the center of the store. Products are easy to reach, some arranged on tables and drawers.
Mostly cosmetics but also accessories such as scarves, necklaces, ear-rings
Website: www. shearillusions-africa.com
Adjacent to metropole. Across a busy intersection.
Relatively adequate space. Shelves are arranged along the walls leaving ample space at the center. Products are neatly arranged and easy to reach.
Miscellaneous including makeup, hand-bags, magazines, perfumes
Maybelline, Oriflame, MAC
Tel: 0745033966, 0744824859
Website: http://www.sparkle.co. tz
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What’s your go-to cosmetics store? Let me know and I’ll check it out.