Last year (right before Sept NY Fashion Week to be precise), I was introduced to threading and headed to a salon in Soho. Now, I had heard about threading and have seen various locations throughout the city. As much as I wanted to try it, some of the cramped spaces made me a little nervous so I was happy to go to the salon I was introduced to. Just the other day, a few beauty bloggers were tweeting back and forth asking about their favorite threading salon. I had heard of Shobha but to see so many people excited about it, to see the depth of services and then to see that they had multiple locations including one in Columbus Circle and one on Madison in the East 50's - I was hooked! I knew I had to head there this week and when Jessica in marketing reached out to invite me to stop in, I couldn't say no!
I headed to the Madison Ave location where they have been in the same building but changed floors and was shocked to see a wide, airy and colorful space! There were chairs for those that were doing services that you could definitely do in an open forum; however, they had private rooms for those that were more discreet. I thoroughly enjoyed having Manju not only tame my brows but to also ask how I'd like to have them and to also make suggestions! In addition, I love that the treatment began and ended with rose water which smelled great but also felt so natural. In fact, they have such a depth of Shobha products that were made by natural formulas created by Shobha Tummala (love that she's a fellow midwest girl, went to college in the midwest and is a Harvard Business Grad - hello) that are available during your sessions, for purchase and many products are also available in bulk so you'll find them in spas!
At the end of my session, I left with rocking brows that opened my eyes (even more than my previous spot), Shobha Rosewater Freshening Cloths (both Manju and I used them to clean our hands prior to my threading and they were used to clean my eyebrow area prior to starting), Shobha Rosewater Calming Gel (which feels and smells phenomenal) and a Shobha Eyebrow Pencil for brunettes to fill in certain areas. I love trying new places and sharing with my readers of course, but I love when I have found a new home! With so many services (check out sugaring, the fact that men and women can go and its accessibility - this is definitely a must visit!
On a super toasty day where walking seemed like the utmost effort I hit 57th street which between Madison and 5th Ave, every name that you could imagine that has left the mouths of the Sex and the City girls can be found. Regardless of the heat, you can't pass such names as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior etc without being at least the tiniest bit - giddy! So as I headed to the corporate offices of Louis Vuitton to take in the Passport to Beauty, I knew that there would be an amazing presentation of new products that will be available this holiday and of course this fall! Please know that there will be lots of coverage on goodies as I start getting images but for now, I wanted to share 3 items that definitely caught my eye but there was way more than just these!
We kick it off with Givenchy's Mister Lash Booster, a fortifying serum for lashed that's Day Beauty and Night Beauty. Now, we have talked a lot about lashed and making them lush and lavish by ensuring that you stay with the process so you're always carpet ready. What definitely intrigues me about this is that it is in a tube that you can squeeze out what you need and wipe off the excess from the bottle. Without it being a brush, you don't run the risk of not being able to use the product - huge point for me. I like that you can use it in the day and that it is colorless so that you can still use your mascara (although you should wait a bit as it is a bit wet and takes a little time to dry). I believe that it's best at night as you can go to sleep with it so that your lashes are ready the next day to hit the street! This is a must to check out!
Guerlain's Kiss Kiss caught me off guard just with the way the bottle is. Before you purchase your gloss of choice you see the bottle as it is above without the pop of color that peeks out; however, once used, you have the color which I think is super cute and a little added touch! Beyond this element, it contains light boosting power of mother of pearl which allows your lips to not only be glossy but have the touch of sparkle! The glosses are also enriched with a number of vitamins, smoothing properties and of course anti-aging enhancements as well!
Finally we have Acqua di Parma, there will be more info on a new product that they are coming out with that had me go back twice to smell it but for now - Magnolia Nobile. The presentation of this bottle alone was phenomenal it was etched in 24K gold, the container it came in had raw silk and satin on it and I loved hearing that it was quite a process to create this scent as Magnolia (as a general rule) is a flower that as soon as it's picked it dies and thus the scent goes with it. It was such a rich scent that it was definitely the total package! It was an amazing hour or so to interact with each of these brands and to see what would be on the market soon!
The weather is not the most desirable but we all have to push through and find some way to make it a bit sunny! How about the Lacoste Handbag and Home Sample Sale which starts today at noon and goes through 7pm. If you miss it today, you can come back tomorrow during the same hours. This is a great way to get great totes for the beach or something to carry your gym gear, towels and so much more at a great price! The sale takes place at 551 Madison Ave on the 2nd floor. What a great way to pass the rainy day with a cute accessory or two.
Today is so gorgeous that you don't need to think of an excuse to go outside; however, the Lacoste Handbag Sample Sale is currently going on and of course today is the last day! Go to the 2nd floor of 551 Madison Ave on 55th Street to enjoy great leather good items. In addition, you'll want to make sure that you have plenty of cash or your credit card ready to stock up on some great gifts for you and others!
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