My style guide to NYC: TheStylisted

My Style Guide- The Stylisted

 

Since at-home beauty-booking site TheStylisted just launched in NYC, founders Julia Carmona and Lauren Katzberg were kind enough to share their favorite lesser-known West Village shops in this week’s Time Out New York. Not only did they divulge where they go for feminine frocks (Darling) and handsome gifts (Leo Design), but they gave insider tips such as checking inside the ottomans at Blessed Peacemakers for hidden stock.

Read all of their neighborhood recommendations here.

New store: Rouge New York

Rouge New York

 

I’ve never watched Law & Order: SVU, but it was still thrilling to meet actress Stephanie March and makeup artist Rebecca Perkins, who bonded on the set of the popular television series. The pair recently opened this makeup-only salon that aims to make professional cosmetic applications as accessible as a blowout or manicure. I had the pleasure of getting my face done there on opening day and wrote about it for Time Out New York.

You can read all the details of what they offer here.

In a New York minute: Lady Liperty lip facial

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One of the columns I introduced to Time Out New York‘s Shopping & Style section is “In a New York minute,” which profiles new express beauty services that cater to busy New Yorkers. In this latest installment, I visited the Red Door for a so-called lip facial that exfoliates chapped lips in 15 minutes flat. While the result was temporary, it was a welcome reprieve from a common winter beauty nuisance.

You can read an in-depth rundown of the treatment here.

Spray beauty products

Spray beauty

A considerable part of my morning routine is devoted to my skincare regimen and makeup, so when I came across beauty products in spray form, I practically did a happy dance at my desk. The easy applicators shave minutes off the getting-ready process and come in all sorts of surprising formulations: foundations, face masks, CC creams and even a facial peel. Find out what else I unearthed in spray form here.

 

Gift guide 2013: Beauty gifts

Beauty gift guide

The theme of Time Out New York‘s gift guide this year is vices, and I was certainly the right person to take on the beauty pagemy passion for all things pampering has become borderline obsessive. So you can imagine what a ball I had culling the most exciting kits and sets available for the holidays. Some of my personal favorites are Benefit’s sample-filled advent calendar, PBteen’s monogram mani-pedi lap desk and Tarte’s lip-gloss-and-clutch package deal. There’s even grooming goodies for the guys, too.

Check out the full assortment here.

New store: NARS

NARS Soho Boutique
For the November 21–27 issue of Time Out New York, I covered the opening of NARS’s second Manhattan store in Soho. Just like the original West Village boutique, this location carries the NYC-inspired 413 BLKR cosmetics collection that was named after and sold exclusively at the flagship. But what really has me excited is the addition of by-appointment makeup applications, lessons and brow shapings (the cost of each service is redeemable in product). Read more about the offerings here.

New store: Bed of Nails

Bed of Nails

 

When I went to check out this new Harlem nail salon for Time Out New York, I was seriously impressed by its proprietor, Candice Idehen. At just 25 years old, she’s already racked up impressive credits in Vogue Paris and Harper’s Bazaar, worked backstage for Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein, and turned the business plan she created for an entrepreneurship class in college into a reality. She also gives one meticulous pedicure. You can read all about her cheekily named services here.

New store: Akiko Hair & Nail

Halloween nails at Akiko Hair & Nail

I’ve only gotten gel manicures three times, including a snakeskin version at Spa Martier and a classic set from Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spa—all of which have been for work research purposes. The above Halloween iteration, which was entirely hand-drawn by a Japanese nail artist at Akiko Hair & Nail , is by far my favorite. I couldn’t stop looking at the whimsical designs, and neither could the countless people who complimented me on my mani. When reporting on the new salon, I couldn’t get over how affordable such intricate, labor-intensive work is—my hour-and-a-half ordeal cost $60, which is pretty much the top end for most custom jobs. You can read about the other services offered, such as haircuts and keratin treatments, here.