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Beauty Black Book: Primp and Prep at Privé Salon

If you're a Groupon, Living Social and Buy With Me addict like SOME peeps I know (ahem!), you'll definitely want to acquaint yourself with the newest offering from Refinery 29, dubbed Reserve.

Reserve offers up limited-time deals at New York's most stylish boutiques, restaurants and spas. This week's offering happens to include one of my favorite hair meccas - Privé Salon in the chic Soho Grand Hotel. The Reserve voucher, selling for just $50 but valued at $125 (!), goes towards a blowout, bang trim, goody bag of full size luxe Privé products (I'm OBSESSED with the Concept Vert line, for the record), AND a VIP card valid for a 10% discount on your next visit.

I've just booked my own appointment (New York Fashion Week demands that I look my very best, what can I say?), so stay tuned for a full report.  In the meantime, you can snag your own pampering package at Reserve from now through Thursday!

Beauty Black Book: Polished Beauty Bar

Whether it's because I'm lazy (seems likely) or simply prefer the results of pro manicures and pedicures (let's run with that), I'm committed to my Sunday salon ritual. And while there are nail salons on every single, solitary corner in New York (or so it seems), few are as immaculate and welcoming as I'd like.

Thankfully, Polished Beauty Bar is the exception to this rule. Tucked away on a quiet Upper West Side block, and owned by the totally delightful and MAJOR Susan Nam (manicurist to celebrities like Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon), this comfortable, modern salon is among my fave hidden gems for a speedy and efficient beautifying.

Polished is stocked with an amazing assortment of essie and Zoya polishes, and the manicures and pedicures are pampering, but cognizant of the fact that you have a life to lead, people to see, and things to do. Simply put, you'll be in and out in a flash, and with a perfect 20.

Visit Polished Beauty Bar at 250 W 78th Street or call 212.933.1830 for an appointment.

Beauty Black Book: M.E. Time at Haven Spa

Though I love to say that I live to spa, the truth is that I don't always have the time I'd like to invest in anything beyond the basics - waxing and mani/pedi emergencies. So, Haven Spa's new Mini Escape treatments are a welcome reprieve, delivering maximum relaxation and results, with a minimum time investment - just 30 minutes per M.E. treatment (get it?)

For your M.E. time, choose from:

  • Massage M.E.
  • Focus in on one particularly troublesome area
  • 30 minutes - $50


  • Scrub M.E.
  • A classic and effective smoothing, softening and moisturizing body scrub
  • 30 minutes - $50


  • Clarify M.E.
  • A facial treatment when all you need is extractions
  • 30 minutes - $50


  • Pedicure M.E.
  • Ten perfect toes with time to spare
  • 30 minutes - $27


If you do have some extra time to spare, you can even schedule all 4 M.E. treatments in one day (that's a 2 hour commitment, for those of us who aren't good at math), for just $165 - a $12 savings!

To schedule an appointment, call 212-343-3515. For more information, visit Haven online.


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