10 Must-Make Beauty Stops on Fashion’s Night Out

All aboard the Glam Train! It’s that magical time of year again, (no, it’s not Spa Week just yet, although booking does begin Monday!) when celebrities, fashion designers and supermodels walk among us: Fashion’s Night Out to kick off Mercedes Benz Fall Fashion Week. Many of your favorite fashion houses, designers and boutiques are hosting extravagant retail celebrations with mini-spa serivces and glorious incentives to spend your paycheck for a good cause. Once you have had your fill of philanthropy via credit card, hit up any one of these hot locations along the trip de glam for mini-spa services from massages, make-up application, hair designs, manicures and lost of celeb spotting. Tweet us @SPAWEEK and tell us who you see on your FNO!

1. Kiehl’s Since 1851, 109 Third Ave. The newest, super fabulous spa in NYC will have Backstreet Boy AJ McLean host’s Kiehl’s Karaoke Karnival. Karaoke contestants will receive complimentary lip balm. Backstreet’s back, alright!

2. Dior, 19 E. 57th St. Dior makeup artist Ricky Wilson will be offering complimentary makeovers featuring  their new Velvet Eyes reusable eyeliner patches.

3. Rag & Bone, 119 Mercer St. Co-hosts Carmelo and La La Anthony will be holding court at the SoHo store where you can get a  Mini-makeover by Gucci ! Did we mention Halle Berry will be making a guest appearance?

4. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave. Get Marc Jacobs Minx Nails manicures, dance to a DJ set with Questlove and visit a braid bar hosted by Rebecca Minkoff and The Man Repeller where you can chose several different styles and accessories with Rebecca Minkoff leather strips!

5. Sephora 5th Avenueat 48th Street. “Hollywood’s Guru of Glow,” Kate Somerville, will be at Sephora as part of the “Ask an Expert” panel hosted by Vogue Beauty Director Sarah Brown, Renowned hairstylist Oscar Blandi and Urban Decay cofounder Wende Zomnir. Get stylish with Spa Week spa, Carol’s Daughter and Solange Knowles and learn nail tips from Thea Green, founder of Nails Inc.

6.Betsey Johnson138 Wooster St. From 6pm to 10pm, guests can enjoy makeup- sessions by Stila Cosmetics, cupcakes, champagne and a chance to win your very own Betsey tote.

7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Lash Lounge at Sephora SoHo, 555 Broadway. Make Up Forever will teach you how to apply and trick out your false lashes with gems, feathers and beads!

8. L’Occitane en Provence, 146 Spring St. The store will transport fashionistas to the south of France with a series of Provencal skin care and pampering possibilities including rosé wine, French fare and complimentary hand massages. But the real reason to stop by: L’Occitane will raffle off a trip to Provence for two.

9. GUESS by Marciano, 537 Broadway. Bump to beats by DJ DexterLove while getting your mini-makeover-mini-manicure on by NYX Cosmetics. Plus, Guess shoppers who make a $5 donation to The NYC AIDS Fund receive a gift bag filled with goodies.

10. Teen Vogue, Bleecker and W. 11th streetsTeen Vogue is hosting a block party that will include free manicures from Essie.

Want more shop-’til-you-drop action? Here are a few noble, worthy causes to spend, spend, spend: Start at Stuart Weitzman on 625 Madison Ave for a chance to meet Meet Michelle Trachtenberg and Hayden Panettiere as they unveil their Young Hollywood Cares shoe collection that will benefit ovarian cancer research. Then pop next door to Barneys New York,660 Madison Ave. where 10 percent of sales from the store and website will go to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Make Carrie Bradshaw proud as you trot down to Manolo Blahnik on W. 54th St. where SJP will be unveiling the shoe she designed. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Fund for Public Schools.  Then hail a cab and head down to SoHo to 77 Greene St to Sip on Absolut Vodka cocktails and get down to the beats by DJ Harley Viera Newton at Nicole Miller. Then consider buying yet another tote, one that Miller created one just for the night, and 15 percent of the proceeds for each bag goes to Indego Africa,  an organization helping female artisans in Rwanda. Don’t forget to pick up your Offical FNO Gear (benefiting the NYC AIDS Fund) at any one of over 800 locations across NYC.

Wedding Wednesday: Fake it to Make it Down the Aisle

Last Wednesday night, I (Stephanie) had the pleasure of being invited to New York’s Wedding Salon Bridal Show by the fabulous ladies at Kiss USA.  The event was held on three different levels in Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center Studios. I have never been engaged nor have I ever actually been in a wedding, so I was excited to see what types of vendors, gowns, and overall bridal splendor would be at the expo.

After entering the venue through a flower-lined red carpet, I made my way around the main floor where over one hundred vendors had set up elegant booths with gorgeous, fairytale displays. Everyone was there, from luxury honeymoon travel agencies, to wedding photographers with albums of happy couples, to reception décor companies with grandiose centerpieces and sparkling crystal. I had died and gone to matrimonial heaven. After sampling some delicious macaroons and a tiny slice of moist red velvet cake, I made my way up to the second balcony level to The Beauty Suite. There, I found the hard-workin’ Kiss girls making woman gorgeous!
The Kiss station definitely stole the show in the beauty section. You may know kiss for their divalicious fake nails and their adorable stick-on nail art creations. But, what you may not know is that Kiss is a beauty innovator with products ranging from nail care to cosmetics and beyond. The Kiss ladies let me know that they had a very long waiting list of impatient brides-to-be ready to be fitted with the newest Kiss product and the latest craze in the falsies industry: EverEZLashes. I got a demo of the fake eyelash application process and was extremely impressed. What sets these lashes apart from all others? The detachable applicator strings on the outer edges of the lash strip. They’re like handle bars. You can actually see out of the eye you are applying the lashes on (and therefore use both eyes). Your view is never obstructed and you can use both hands during the application. Apply the glue, uses the strings to guide the strip and when they’re dry, give a little tug to the strings and you’re done! Pure genius.

The lashes come in a variety of lengths, widths and styles to accommodate every mood and occasion. Literally the entire time I was in The Beauty Suite, passers-by would stop and gawk in awe about the revolutionary lashes, exclaiming, “Ooh, I want those!” EverEZLashes are the perfect bridal accessory to add some added glamour to every bride’s big day. I’m not getting married anytime soon, but I too said “I want a pair!” I’ve already worn mine twice (they’re reusable!).  You don’t need to walk down the aisle to wear these lashes. Wedding or work, you can try EverEZLashes, too! Click here for a $1.00 Off Coupon at Walgreens, Wal-Mart or CVS.

If you’re a future bride and want to attend a Wedding Salon expo, click here for events near you.