This trip started on Boxing Day when Porter Airlines sent me an email alerting me of their 70% off sale (Damn you Porter!!!). After finding low hotel prices for New York City, it was on. We decided to go for Elena’s birthday. As if we needed a reason.
Upon arrival we headed straight for Galleria Melissa in Soho. I tried on three pairs of shoes, two sandals and a pair of boots. I was trying to decide which ones to buy because I loved them all but thought I shouldn’t be spending that much money at the very first store we walked into. I really had to hold myself back, until the shopgirl told me they were all 50% off. “Wrap ’em up!”
Galleria Melissa Soho where the rent can wait
After an afternoon of shopping we were off to Paint Box for mani’s, my birthday present to Elena. Paint Box is in the heart of Soho on Crosby. PB was founded by Eleanor Langston former beauty editor at Cosmopolitan and Self magazines. Creative Director Julie Kandalec, celeb manicurist, whose work has appeared in Vogue and Cosmo and whose clients include Emma Roberts and Ellie Goulding. Juie has created a menu to choose from an array of designs (colors interchangeable) as well as providing the standard manicure gel or non. Their most talked about feature is their mani cam that you can take photos of your new tips to flash on Instagram.
Paint Box Soho
Paint Box Design Menu
Every time I visit to New York City I always try to make my way to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, in the Lower East Side, but I always run out of time. Finally on this trip I made it! This Vegan makeup paradise is known for its rich lip tars, vibrant nail polishes, and soft brushes. They also carry skin care which I must admit I am not familiar with, but based on the other products I assume they’re just as good. I bought nail lacquer in Strumpet and Ele picked up #006 Short Shader brush. All their products are vegan and cruelty free. Just the way I like it. Limited product available at Sephora in Toronto.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
OCC Vegan Lip Tar
OCC Vegan Brushes
Explosively vibrant nail polishes
#006 Short Shader Brush
Vegan nail lacquer by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in Strumpet
Sandwiched between a burger joint and a car park on Broadway (between 8th & Waverly) you will find e.l.f. Studio (eyes.lips.face). This is the broke girls place to buy cosmetics. Lipsticks are $3, makeup cases $8. The most expensive thing that I noticed in the store is maybe a $35 brush or makeup set. Most products are cruelty free & vegan. Though not all brushes are synthetic. I bought lip balm SPF 15 in Rose. It has a hint of peppermint. Ones lips or breath can never be too minty. It’s a great everyday balm with a hint of color $3 (note all prices are in U.S. $) The reason we went to e.l.f. was to buy the Mascara and Shadow Shield we’d been searching for for over a year. Target carries most e.l.f. products but not the eye shield.
e.l.f. Studio Lip Balm SPF 15
e.l.f. Studio Mascara & Shadow Shield
Bergdorf Goodman’s beauty department is in the basement. Different than most department stores that have them right at the entrance. I think it’s been strategically placed there. The ladies who lunch must first pass through a sea of makeup and fragrance to get to the cafe. Points goes to Bergdorf. We specifically went for Elena to replace the Charlotte Tilbury eyeliners she bought in London at Harvey Nichol’s. These amazing liners are soft and smudge-able but set in just 90 seconds.
Charlotte Tilbury ROCK ‘N’ KOHL Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black
Lazy Sunday in NYC. What else to do but go for Brunch with our friend and model Julianna Beattie. Juliana said “My flight to T.O. tomorrow is cancelled. You guys might want to check your flight.” Thank God we heeded her warning and Elena checked. Our flight was cancelled.
What else to do when you are snowed in? Visit the MET Museum. Although the museum has a lot to offer, but we specifically went to see
Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire
Anna Wintour Costume Center
1800’s Mourning Wear
Queen Victoria’s dresses she wore to state affairs after her husbands passing
Our overnight stay was luckily paid for by travel insurance on credit card. I highly recommend getting a travel credit card if you don’t have one. The benefits far out weigh the yearly fee. This wasn’t the first time we’ve been snowed in in NYC (Snowmegeddon 2010)
On a non-beauty related note Elena and I highly recommend eating at these restaurants when you’re in NYC…
-Rubyrosas Ristorante (NOLITA)
-ABC Kitchen (UNION SQUARE)
-Buvette (WEST VILLAGE)