Hey Guys – Whether gearing up for the “Big Game” or prepping for a big meeting, you know you’ll kill it when you look and feel your best head to toe.
Think you got your DIY down? Think again.
While some men have learned to beautify their beards, for those that could use an assist from time to time in the grooming department, Tatiana Boncompagni’s Taming of the Beard in the The New York Times shares insight to what every stylish bearded man needs to know.
So now that you’ve nailed down your perfect pitch, be sure to hit up one of our favorite master barber spots and get your beard and mane in check with CITY BEAUTY GUIDE’s 5 Favorite spots.
The CBG 5
For Understated Style & Cool:
17 East 21st Street (Bet. Broadway & Park)
New York, NY
Old School that Defined the Classics:
1031 Lexington Avenue (Bet. 73rd & 74th Streets)
New York, NY
Midtown Men with Style:
750 Third Avenue (@46th Street)
New York, NY
Love the L.E.S. Look:
5 Horatio Street (nr. West 4th Street)
8 Rivington Street (Bet. Chrystie & Bowery)
Lower East Side
When in Brooklyn:
101 North 8th Street
If you love the look of Kelly Osborne’s Emmy mani sparklers, but not the whopping $250k price tag – no, that’s not a typo – head to one of the great NY nail spots (listed after the video below), where you can choose from a range of similarly diva-licious looks to bling out your nails in style.
The how-to video below shows you just how easy it is to get your glam on. And below, CITY BEAUTY GUIDE’s go-to spots for fab nail art when you need a fix!
DASHING DIVA NAIL SALONS
With a dozen super clean locations in NYC and Brooklyn, you’re sure to find a Dashing Diva nail salon near you, if not, a visit is worth the trip. If bling is your thing, give the long-wearing, no-heat, non-damaging DesignFX nail appliqués a try.
SAKURA NAIL AND SPA
Uptown: 1709 Second Avenue (bet. 88th & 89th St.)
Downtown: 35 East 1st Street (bet. 1st & 2nd Ave.)
Sakura is the secret among serious nail art devotees who trust their nails to the pros there for 3D designs to Minx mani’s, CalGel and everything in between. If you’ve been thinking about trying a real nail art look, this is THE place to go.
SHIZUKA NEW YORK DAY SPA
7 West 51st Street, 6th Floor
This calm midtown salon, also known for their fabulous facials (though we’ve not actually tried their infamous “Geisha Bird Poop” treatment!), features Swarovski crystal manicure and pedicure options.
primp & polish
189 Grand Street
Hip B girls hit Williamsburg’s primp & polish for expert mani/pedis. Whether you choose to let their nail artists work their magic or you settle in for a relaxing classic lacquering, you’re sure to leave with nails looking as glossy as they get!
CBG INSIDER TIP: If you’re aren’t quite ready to dip all your digits into the pond of sparkle, give a single nail on each hand or toe a little bit ‘o dazzle. Choose a polish color that sparks your fancy, then select a second, more blingy bottle that compliments your main color for the accent nails. It’s a fun and more subtle way to get the look!
Have a go-to nail salon that never fails? Comment below and share.
Summertime! Who doesn’t love the warm weather? But when the heat is high and the city feels like a sauna, a makeup meltdown can bring down any savvy woman’s day. When we need to liven up our look, we turn to the pros to cool us down and get our pretty back.
Whether you are heading to a mid-day meeting, an after-work date with “Mr. Maybe” or dinner with The Girls, take a detour to one of these beauty spots for a quick refresh and renew your look.
And when in doubt, your favorite department stores also offer easy walk-in services. Just head to your favorite brand’s counter to ask if the resident makeup artist is available.
Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Avenue @ 50th Street
Gotham Beauty Lounge
32 West 40th Street
Know of a great makeup artist hidden behind the doors of your favorite store, comment below and let us know who you think is a Master or Mistress of Makeup.
DIY stations have everything the glam girl on-the-go needs to get The Look – on the spot!
From newsprint nails to graffiti inspirations, neon or nudes, magnetics and more – Sephora’s easy to follow How-To videos guide you step by step through every brush stroke.
You’ll also find a head-spinning assortment of amazing polish choices from the hottest brands around, including Julep, butter LONDON, Illamasqua, nails, inc., and NARS among others. Be sure to also check out Ciaté’s fab Caviar Manicure kit, Sephora’s own appliqués and more!
For those of us who seek to tame our tresses, getting the best from often unruly waves, curls or kinks can be a frustrating challenge. This doesn’t always mean we want straight hair – but we do want our waves smooth ‘n sexy and our curls cascading.
The ongoing quest (not to mention investment) to find the perfect product that will shine and shape our often uncooperative mane, can also feel like a never-ending pursuit in learning to love our locks.
Happily, not only are gorgeous waves and shapely curls all the rage for Spring, but there are now a number of stylish salons in Manhattan, which along with their eponymous product lines, have come to the rescue of curly girls everywhere.
The newest to open in New York City’s Soho area is Miss Jessie’s CurlBar and we can’t wait to go! Miss Jessie’s also has a great range of products to tackle the wildest locks – the best news: they are priced right and available nationally in specialty stores and online at Target.
With branded salons on both coasts, as well as a national network of ”certified” salons, Ouidad has been coaching the best out of curls since 1984. Ouidad’s site features great tips and videos as well as their full product line, also available at retailers nationwide, including Sephora.
Hair Rules is all about your best hair, naturally and focused on what’s best for the individual. We love Hair’s Rule’s “Bill of Rights” that says, “…hair should be free to follow its natural course and character without suffering from cruel or unusual hair treatments…” With a host of fab products (available everywhere) and How-To’s to help you manage your curls and kinks, the experts at Hair Rules, rule!
At Devachan, the pros are known for their signature process of cutting curly hair dry. They also have a full range of products and signature curl-friendly drying accessories available online. Along with a full service spa, Devachan is the destination for all things curl.
If you are a “curly girl,” don’t miss this great piece by Simone Oliver in New York Times: ”Where the Curly Haired Go to Be Coiffed.”