Prep for Summer at the Best Beauty Destinations at Kings Plaza

By Kristen Bateman for Modern Muse

The warmer weather is one of the best reasons to restock your skincare and makeup supply. So now that summer is almost here, why not raid the beauty aisles of your favorite stores for some of the coolest new finds? We've rounded up the best beauty destinations at Kings Plaza in Brooklyn, along with what to buy from each.

NYX Professional Makeup

The NYX Professional Makeup store inside Kings Plaza offers customers the chance to try all of the brand's affordable, colorful makeup in one place before buying. For summer, try the Suede Matte Lip Liner in some of the boldest shades, like the electric blue Little Denim Dress or the almost fluorescent Pink Lust. You can wear it alone or with contrasting lipsticks for an ombre effect.

The Body Shop

From indulgent bubble baths to deliciously scented body scrubs, The Body Shop has just about anything you could ever want when it comes to beauty items for your skin. Worth trying is the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion. The unique lotion is a cross between a serum, toner, and oil and targets signs of dryness and ageing. With black cumin seed oil from Egypt, camellia seed oil from China and rosehip seed oil from Chile, the formula also imparts a dewy glow.

MAC Cosmetics

You really can't go wrong with MAC — the beauty powerhouse thrives on classic makeup and cool collaborations with the likes of fashion designer Jeremy Scott and beauty blogger @patrickstarrr. This season, pick up the brand's Hyper Real Glow Palette for the kind of pretty highlighter you can wear all summer long. The versatile palette comes with three luscious powder highlighters in different tones of gold, so you can create a custom look.

Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret may not be the first place you think of when you want to restock your makeup stash, but think again. While the brand is best known for its lingerie, it also sells fragrances, lotions, body products, and a great assortment of affordable lipsticks. The Velvet Matte Sheer Blotted Liquid Lip comes in a range of pretty colors and has a texture unlike a lot of liquid lipsticks on the market. Sheer but pigmented, it has just the right transparency so that a little bit of your natural coloration shows through.

Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty has the benefit of selling beauty at every price point, which means you can either stock up, save big, or splurge. The store has recently upped its game by adding MAC products as well as Nars, and will also soon stock Chanel. One of the most innovative items we're currently loving from Ulta Beauty is the NuBODY Skin Toning Device, which (like the original NuFace) functions as a skin-toning device powered by microcurrent technology. It may be a splurge, but treating yourself to this gadget is worth it for the results. Just five minutes of use a day is said to help smooth body dimples, cellulite, and even stretch marks (perfect timing for bikini season).