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The prestige beauty shopper is willing to spend, according to The NPD Group, but only if she gets the complete package: innovation, fashion inspired and brand-name quality and service. Here, some of Manhattan’s great services at a price she’s willing to pay.
This story first appeared in the August 20, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
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Multihour service packages, inclusive of facials and massages, start at $250.
Los Angeles-based makeup artist Pati Dubroff swears by the Crystal & Cashmere Castor Oil Pack, which includes quartz crystal placement for healing. “Every time I come to New York, I give myself an extra day so I can spend time there,” she says.
Fifteen locations in Manhattan, including 1500 Broadway and Times Square at 42nd Street
Special Occasion Makeover, free with $50 purchase at all stores; eyebrow grooming and shaping services (at 1500 Broadway) start at $32.
Black-tie, prom and even wedding makeup without the hefty price tag — and the store’s makeup artists will also teach their application techniques.
Blow, The New York Blow Dry Bar
342 West 14th Street and 843 Lexington Avenue
Blowouts start at $40 and go to $60, depending on hair length.
5 Horatio Street and 8 Rivington Street
Basic cuts and shaves, $40 each, or $75 for the two together. A trim goes for $25, a buzz cut is $20 and a beard trim is $15.
The $25 Hangover Treatment is a eucalyptus-infused shave followed by a neck and hand massage.
Sang Yuan Bodyworks and Nail Salon
225 East 83rd Street
$55 for a 60-minute massage.
Makeup artist Jeanine Lobell swears by this modest salon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Bb.StylingBar at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street
1000 Third Avenue
$35 for a 20-ish-minute style service. No appointment necessary.
Spiff for Men
750 Third Avenue
$4 for a shoe shine.
Grand Central Station, Lexington Avenue Passage, 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue
Product demo and application, free. Full makeup lesson costs vary by location.
Even if your train is leaving momentarily, MAC’s makeup artists can make you up quickly in this jewel box store. Stop next door at Aveda for a relaxing fragrance blend or a bottle of shampoo if you have time.
155 East 44th Street
It has all the trappings of a pricy salon — a cozy waiting area of white leather couches, hygienic tools and top-notch service — but the manicure price is as low as the hole-in-the-wall around the corner.
Duane Reade, Look Boutique
Brow shaping: $30
Inside the drugstore’s second-floor Look Boutique, a brow specialist — trained by brow expert Ramy Gafni — will tame and shape the most perfect arches using a tweezer and scissor. No appointment necessary.