5x Cult Beauty Destinations in NYC



One of my favorite things to explore in any city is the cult beauty destinations. You know the spots: those gem-like boutiques and hidden spas where you can grab unusual product and gifts, or relax after hoofing it around.

Here are 5x my current favorite destinations in NYC:

1. Salon De Shyou - Go here to snatch up impossible-to-find cult products like P50 Balancing Toner. I can’t vouch for the facials, but take your goodies and head back to the hotel to do your own! 120 Thompson St. at Prince.

2. Valley Nails - Get your nails done - overdone - megadone - with some of the best nail art in NYC (gallery here), all while surrounded by vintage clothes in the chillest shop on the block. 198 Elizabeth St. between Prince + Spring

3. Fragrance Shop NY - This is not only a great oddity (you have to see it for yourself), but a great activity if you’re with a couple friends. Stop in to create your own fragrance or aromatherapy products in a totally unpretentious environment, and actually be able to afford them at the end! 65 E. 4th Street at Bowery

4. 32nd and Broadway - The Face Shop + Juvenex Spa - This single block of is home to an excellent stretch of finds. The Face Shop is chock full of Asian brands you won’t find anywhere else, there are book + stationery shops for cute items, and of course Juvenex Spa. If you’ve heard about these midtown spas and felt slightly afraid, I feel you, but fear not - this is a super clean, relaxing place. Let’s not forget the fun part though - it’s open 24 hours.  Bring your friends late night, after Korean BBQ. 35 West 32nd (The Face Shop) and 25 West 32nd (Juvenex), between Broadway and 5th.

5. Alcone - Go where the pros go to pick up all those neat (literally, figuratively) I-do-this-for-a-living makeup artist things like a giant tub of makeup remover cloths. 322 W. 49th between 8th + 9th

What are your favorite beauty destinations in *your* city?  I’d love to know!


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