Grab your girlfriends and get pampered.
Mon Feb 14 2011
Bubbles and Blow at Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar For those who lack the hand-eye coordination to create smooth, bouncy locks with a round brush at home, the party package offered at this pair of white-and-pink salons is a godsend. During the 45-minute styling session, your mane will be lathered with Blow's proprietary line of sulfate- and paraben-free products and then dried from the roots, leaving you with voluminous, red-carpet-worthy hair. You'll also receive a glass of complimentary prosecco and have the option of adding on other services like a manicure ($18 per person) or makeup application (eyes, cheeks and lips $50 per person) for a complete head-to-toe transformation. Mention TONY for 20 percent off this package through Mar 10. $60 per person for groups of four to nine. 342 W 14th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-989-6282) * 843 Lexington Ave between 64th and 65th Sts, second floor (212-452-0246) * blowny.com
Girls Night Out at Dashing Diva From the magenta signage to the pink tweed upholstery, this nail-salon chain's decor is unabashedly girly—the ideal setting for some pampering QT with your amigas. On Thursday and Friday evenings from 6 to 9pm, all of Dashing Diva's citywide locations offer a complimentary Cosmopolitan with the purchase of any service. Get blotto while you and your gal pals chitchat over relaxing aromatherapy manicures ($15--$18) and pedicures ($35--$42) that use Dashing Diva's own brand of polish. Plus, with ten locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, picking a spot for your gathering will be easier than selecting a lacquer color from the more than 130 options. Various locations throughout the city; visit dashingdiva.com
Gloss & Glam Parties Founder Nikki Robinson targets DIY types with the hands-on workshops offered through her roving beauty agency, Gloss & Glam. Along with her team of eight pro makeup artists (whose work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Self and Shape), Robinson will show up at your apartment to apply a full face of makeup through traditional or airbrush applications. After you and your friends have been dolled up, she'll then teach you how to create your own custom lipstick, lipgloss, lotion, perfume or candle. Once the party wraps, you'll each be able to head home with a new addition to your vanity set. Starts at $100 per person. 646-488-8228, glossandglam.com.
La Viva Glam Mobile Tan If you and your chums can't afford a weekend of sun-worshipping in Miami, you can at least fake it together with a tanning party from this traveling spray-tan service. Owner Vanessa Vellucci tours Manhattan hotels, offices and apartments with a 20-pound airbrush machine, a pop-up tent and topless flip-flops to transform UV-ray-starved New Yorkers into bronzed goddesses. Using B.Bronze, a preservative-free formula, Vellucci performs full-body sessions in 15 minutes flat, leaving you and your crew with caramel-colored skin that lasts up to ten days. She'll also provide you with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot so you can all toast to a convincing-looking glow done the safe way. Mention TONY for 10 percent off parties of three or more through Mar 15. $100 per person for groups of three to five people. 646-895-2407, lavivaglammobiletan.com.
Iron Parties at Vince Smith Hair Experience Corporate drones who toil in the Financial District should consider skipping happy hour in favor of gathering the troops to get glam after a long day at the office. At this industrial, red-accented salon, a team of stylists will enliven any nine-to-five crowd, starting with a scalp massage and shampoo rinse using Redken and L'Anza products. They'll then style your hair using a flat iron to create sleek, pin-straight strands, and curl the ends with a curling iron as you sip complimentary champagne. Mention TONY for 20 percent off parties of six through Mar 31. $60 per person for up to six people. 300 Rector Pl at South End Ave (212-945-1590, vincesmithhairexperience.com).
Lash Parties by the Lash Doctor False eyelashes have become as much a staple of a glamorous look as smoky eyes and bold red lips, yet attempting to apply those suckers by yourself can be a frustrating (and fruitless) endeavor. Rather than risk having a friend accidentally glue your eyelids shut, enlist the help of a professional like Lora "The Lash Doctor" Condon, a certified Xtreme Lash technician who has been lengthening eyelashes for the past four years and earned her nickname for her surgeonlike precision. Though she's based in Springfield, New Jersey, Condon will travel to all five boroughs to apply Xtreme Lash extensions, which, unlike the falsies you'll find over the counter, are individually applied synthetic strands that require routine touch-ups. Expect to sit still for nearly 20 minutes for a partial set, though any restlessness will be outweighed once you see your eye-opening results. $70--$350 per person for up to ten people. 973-467-0992, thelashdr.com.
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Nail Taxi NYC We've all been there before: You arrive home from the nail salon only to discover that your newly lacquered digits have been scuffed while fishing around in your handbag for your MetroCard or apartment keys. Thankfully, the chances of botching your polish job are minimized with Nail Taxi, a nationwide mobile nail boutique whose manicurists come straight to your pad. Invite your besties over for manicures ($65 per person; $60 for groups of six or more) and pedicures ($85 per person; $80 for groups of six or more) that incorporate scented scrubs in lip-smacking scents like cinnamon, citrus, peppermint and green-tea-and-cucumber. And there's no need to hit Duane Reade to stock up on supplies beforehand: Nail Taxi provides everything from Deborah Lippman and Zoya polishes to foot tubs with removable liners. Mention TONY for 20 percent off manicures for parties of four or more through Mar 15. 516-205-0450, nailtaxinyc.com
Pre-Dame Throughout college, Stefanie Syat served as the designated friend who would primp her girls over Malibu rum concoctions in the dorms before a night out. Now a freelance makeup artist, Syat has channeled that concept of getting ready over cocktails into Pre-Dame, the boozy traveling beauty service she launched in April 2010. Book the signature Girls Night Out package ($60 per person, minimum 5 people; host free) and Syat will show up at your apartment or hotel room equipped with her enviable kit of products from M.A.C, Bobbi Brown and Makeup Forever, along with a bottle of bubbly (two for parties of more than six people). She'll spend up to 25 minutes applying a full face of makeup to each attendee, creating a classic smoky eye with a "thick, curled lash to give that extra-girly flirt," she says. In case you want to put on your game face for happy hour, Syat will even come to your office for a Post Work application (two people $200, each additional person $80). Or make it an educational—albeit tipsy—experience with a group lesson ($125 per person, two to four people) at home or in her Chelsea studio. Mention TONY for 20 percent off groups of five or more through Apr 15. 508-207-3543, predame.com.
The Relaxation Package at Allure Day Spa & Hair Design Though this subterranean salon and spa caters primarily to bridal and bachelorette parties with its plethora of group-beauty packages, that shouldn't stop nonbridesmaids from taking advantage of such offerings as the Girlfriend's Celebration (peppermint-sea-salt pedicure, manicure, 30-minute body massage, champagne and chocolates; $119 per person) and the Night Out on the Town (shampoo and blow-dry, makeup application, manicure and wine toast; $125 per person). Our favorite bundle is the indulgent Relaxation Package, which includes a 45-minute body massage (choose from reflexology, Swedish, aromatherapy, shiatsu or even prenatal techniques) and a 30-minute minifacial. After you and your gal pals have had every last bit of tension kneaded from your bodies, you'll be led to a private lounge where you can sink into comfy couches to sip champagne and nibble chocolates in your plush spa robes. Mention TONY for 15 percent off Night Out on the Town and Relaxation packages through Feb 28. $149 per person for up to 18 people. 139 E 55th St at Lexington Ave (212-644-5500, alluredayspa.com).