BEAUTY in LES

Christine Chin, facialist – Legendary facialist Christine Chin has many high-profile fans (including Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell and Salma Hayek) who can vouch for her highly effective treatments. While the method is uncomfortable, clients are left with noticeably more radiant skin in about twelve hours. 82 Orchard Street -tel. 212.353.0503

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – The fun cosmetics at this Ludlow Street store are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. With tons of shadow and lip colors, the possible combinations are endless. 174 Ludlow Street – tel. 212.675.2572

FSC Barber – This retro barbershop in the back of Freeman’s clothing store is for guys who appreciate a skilled haircut with carefully curated products. 8 Rivington – tel. 212. 673.3209

Pimps and Pinups – Following the success of its London predecessor, Pimps & Pinups opened up on Stanton Street. Specializing in retro, glamorous looks, this salon has a devoted following. 101 Stanton Street – tel. 646.861.3766

Frank’s Chop Shop – This barbershop, located in a former yarmulke workshop, caters to local clients (from hipsters to hedge-fund dudes). 19 Essex Street – 212.228.7442

Fringe – Perfect place to get that ‘indie gal” cut. 248 Broome Street – 212.674.8383

Tommy Guns – The first location of this old school London barbershop, with skilled hair stylists for men and women. 138 Ludlow Street – 212.477.1151

Fox and Jane – Tiny three-seats salon is a favorite hangout for girls getting ready for a night on the town. 154 Orchard Street – 212.837.2774

EAT & DRINK in LES

Creperie – The perfect midnight snack. This delicious spot serves up the most authentic crepes in the city. Whether you want sweet or savory, Creperie has something to satisfy your hunger with over fifty options. 135 Ludlow Street – tel. 212.979.5521

Beauty & Essex – This trendy restaurant is a celebrity hotspot with tasty food. Since opening this outpost two years ago, The Stanton Social’s Chris Santos has been keeping things fresh and unique by adding little quirks like serving complimentary pink champagne in the ladies’ room. The entry looks like a gorgeous pawn shop, with cute vintage pieces you can actually purchase. 146 Essex Street – tel. 212.614.0146

‘inoteca – You can find some of the best paninis in the city and a wide wine selection at this great after-hours spot that is open until 3 AM on the weekend. 98 Rivington Street – tel. 212.614.0473

The Meatball Shop – This place is consistently packed thanks to its no-fuss, delicious specialty: meatballs. You can mix-and-match different meats, sauces and sides to create dozens of interesting combos. Make sure to order an ice cream sandwich for dessert! – 84 Stanton Street – tel. 212.982.8895

wd~50 – This treasured Michelin-starred restaurant was opened in 2003 by famed chef Wylie Dufresne. The tasting menu is truly a unique experience that is fine dining at its best. The eggs benedict is one of their most raved-about servings. 50 Clinton Street – tel. 212.477.2900 

Teany – This café specializes in vegan food and tea. Singer Moby founded this spot with his ex-girlfriend. Make sure to try the yummy vegan desserts like carrot cake and pumpkin cheesecake. 90 Rivington Street – tel. 212.475.9190

Ápizz – Don’t let the murky storefront fool you. Behind those doors lies one of the LES’ greatest hidden treasures. Recommended dishes include the gnocchi and Bianca pizza. 217 Eldridge Street – tel. 212.253.9199

Tammany Hall – This slick multi-level club is a major crowd-pleaser: great music, full bar and  a hidden hangout behind a staircase, which leads to a dance floor and DJ booth. 152 Orchard Street – tel. 212.228.7556 

Barrio Chino – There’s a great atmosphere in this Mexican spot with a wide selection of tequila. 253 Broome Street – tel.212.228.6710

The Ten Bells – Organic wine bar with European style tapas that’s open until the late hours. 247 Broome Street – tel. 212.2284450

Fat Radish – Inspired by London’s original Covent Garden marketplace, this crowd pleaser offers seasonal ingredients for its gastro pub, popular dishes. 17 Orchard Street – 212.300.4053

Lead Belly – An oyster bar by the creator of Fat Radish, it’s a charming environment where performers play several times a week on the piano. 14 Orchard Street – tel. 646.596.9142

The Donut Plant – Martha Stewart-approved donuts in different varieties and shapes. Did you know that you could have square donuts? 379 Grand Street -tel. 212.505.3700

SHOP in LES

A. Turen – Our Beauty Adventure star, Ashley Turen, owns this spectacular boutique filled unique handpicked selection of women and men contemporary clothing and accessories, from classic basics to one of a kind pieces, such as reinvented vintage. 85 Stanton Street – tel. 212.533.8200 – aturennyc.com

Community 54 – A men’s shop with a fully functional arcade that doubles as the storefront, this little hideaway carries a bright, nostalgic selection of clothing, including hip-hop-inspired caps and retro sneakers. 54 Clinton Street – tel 212.673.7060

The Reformation – This vintage store has a unique premise: founders Yael Aflalo and Chi Bui find vintage pieces and rework them in their backroom sewing shop. The original pieces are funky and chic… definitely worth checking out. 156 Ludlow – tel. 646.448.4925

Earnest Sewn – A mecca for denim lovers, with a wide variety of fits and washes and custom design services from the cult jeans brand, complete with a selection of women and men’s fashion and accessories. 90 Orchard Street – 212.979.5120

Dear Rivington +: A vintage store with exquisite pieces from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto and Alexander Mc Queen. 95 Rivington Street – tel. 212.673.3499

By Robert James – Every item in this men’s fashion store is designed in-house and manufactured locally. The Fall collection is inspired by the London rock scene of the Sixties. 72 Orchard Street – 212.253.2121

Reed Space – A lifestyle store featuring contemporary streetwear fashion and accessories from independent designers and an art gallery. 151 Orchard Street – 212.253.0588

Economy Candy – A real candy emporium, sold in bulk, with an abundance of “vintage” sweets and European imports. 108 Rivington Street – 212.254.1531

LOWER EAST SIDE LOVE

Photo by Tiffany Etessami

MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE: Ashley Turen

In New York, each neighborhood comes with a certain style – from the prim and proper Uptown Girl to the hipster Blooklyn chick. When Ashley Turen opened A. Turen, a fashion and concept store in the Lower East Side, three years ago she quickly fell in love with the scene, and it began to inspire her.

I’ve always been a beauty junkie. Something I must have inherited from my mom and my grandmother, who was in fact a beauty queen in Alabama. I can spend hours in Sephora and C.O. Bigelow trying on new products. I’m especially obsessed with skincare products. I guess it came with the territory, but I used to be totally primped and polished. I would get manicures at Dashing Diva, had fake tan addictions, and loved getting my weekly blowout. My eyebrows always had to be meticulous, and I would get eyelash extensions. I would even occasionally have professionals come over to do my makeup!

When I moved further downtown, things started changing. I opened up my store on the Lower East Side, and quickly became immersed in the cool, relaxed scene. I always considered myself a downtown girl, but I was undeniably high maintenance.  I became drawn to the effortless LES style. I still love beauty, but it’s a different kind of look; I gave up on the idea of being ‘coiffed’ or too coiffed rather. Lower East Side girls veer towards an edgier look: eclectic nail art, tattoos, lots of eyeliner and even neon hair. One trend that’s really “in” is to use dry shampoo in lieu of regular shampoo – it gives you a dirty, grungy do.

I gave up some beauty luxuries when my style changed, but one perk I will never let go of is facials, something I discovered in my college years when I began breaking out (probably due to the unhealthy lifestyle of drinking and eating junk). Facials are really lifesavers for my skin.

One of my favorite downtown trends is nail art. I fell in love with it when I lived across the street from the famous Sakura nail salon. In fact, I loved it so much that I recently brought nail artist to the stars Momo to my store to do her special magic. It’s such a fun and creative experience – if I have a nail art idea, Momo will create it for me. It’s become my own version of a pop-up nail salon. From there, I decided to bring fabulous makeup artist Rosie Rodriguez to station in the back of my store, doing make-up for customers. My store is slowly morphing into more of a concept shop. Just like the fashion in my store, all of the beauty products are handpicked as reflection of my style. Though, I have foregone many of my luxuries of the past, I still manage to maintain some, but in my own LES way.

A. Turen is located at 85 Stanton Street – New York – tel. 212-533-8200

UPTOWN GIRL MAINTENANCE

If the Lower East Side girl would give up on washing her hair for the dirty, undone look achieved with dry shampoo, an Upper East Side woman would do whatever it takes to look polished.

It takes time to get the proper maintenance for perfect hair and impeccable nails, a luxury that not many have, no matter if they are a career women or stay-at-home mom.

Fix Beauty Bar is coming to their rescue. The new Upper East Side salon is a one-stop shop where you can get a blowout, manicure and pedicure simultaneously. The entire process will only take 45 minutes.

The process is quick but never rushed, from the spa-like waiting area with magazines and snacks, to the pleasant scalp massage finishing your hair wash, to the cup of coffee or glass of wine offered while receiving your services.

For your hair, you can take a glance through their look book that features styles inspired by the biggest celebrity hair icons, from slick-straight tresses called the “Jen” to glam curls of “Kim”, or describe your own dream look. “Even when they go for beach waves, the hair will be flowy but still very well-controlled.” So even surf-girl hair is coiffed and UES-approved.

Owners and friends Michelle Breskin and Karol Markowicz, who always loved to get their hair blow dried together, conceived their salon as a throwback to the ‘60s when women would congregate at the salon to gossip and catch up. The architecture of the main station, built as a cube, encourages a conversation and makes it a perfect hangout place for girlfriends.The simultaneous mani-pedi is what sets this blow dry bar apart from the competition. You can even dry one hand while painting the other in the ingenious dryer built into the manicure table.

It may sound too good to be true, but the pricing is quite affordable. A blow dry is $40, while a simultaneous manicure is $15. Packages are available for members, starting at $75.

Fix Beauty Bar is located at 847 Lexington Avenue, 2nd floor – tel. 212-744-0800 – http://fixbeautybar.com/

DOWNTOWN LOOK PRODUCT GUIDE

by Kimberly Taylor

 

From left to right, top to bottom:

NARS Andy Warhol Flowers Eyeshadow Palette – $55

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara – $10

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil – $20

Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess Beach Hair – $20 (Exclusive)

Tom Ford Lip Color in Wild Ginger – $48

Ciaté Velvet Manicure™ – $19 (Exclusive – Limited Edition)

Stila Smudge Pots – $20

Stella McCartney Stella – $92

Lancome Dual End Smudger and Liner Brush – $20

Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain – $45

Carine Roitfeld for MAC Jungle Camouflage Compact – $44

Bumble and bumble Black Hair Powder – $19-35

DOWNTOWN HAIR

By Tiffany Etessami

Ringo Yip opened his namesake salon on the Lower East Side in 2005. You wouldn’t know by looking at the inconspicuous storefront that this little salon is beloved by downtown hair aficionados. We spoke to Ringo about the LES, his clientele and the changing scene.

Why did you decide to get into the hair industry?

For one reason: I like to make women look beautiful.

Why did you pick the Lower East Side as your salon location?

The Lower East Side… it’s low-key, and I feel like there’s always an adventure. There are always unpredictable things happening. The scene is changing a little, there’s a different culture, because we’ve gotten a lot of new bars and restaurants. It’s different, but I still like it.

What would you describe the Lower East Side look as?

I observe that it’s a younger and more individual scene. There aren’t too many families. It’s a really fun, young scene.

Tell us about your clientele.

My clientele is mostly people who have a job (laughs)… they’re more individual. They have taste. A lot of young professionals walk in.  It’s a ‘yuppie’ scene now – they have money to spare, and they want to be stylish. It’s not like Bushwick anymore.

Do you have a particular technique?

Parting the hair on dry cuts. I do this so I can see where the hair lies. I don’t like to wash it too much – I like the edge that gives.

What do you think of using dry shampoo to achieve that grungy, unwashed look?

Dry shampoo doesn’t work on everyone – it’s a personal preference. But definitely don’t wash hair every day… let the natural oils come in.

What are some new trendy hairstyles?

Long hair is always in, most women don’t like to go too short. But now loose, flowy hair is in, too.

 

Ringo is located in 126 Ludlow Street – New York – Tel. 212.228.8812

MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE

Caitlin Sloat is a 24 year old model from Colorado. Her edgy pixie cut makes her a perfect Pampadour model, but she didn’t always rock such a cool ‘do. This is her Beauty Adventure:

My Beauty Adventure started off as a bit of a disaster. I always had long platinum blonde hair. When I started modeling, I was advised to dye it brown. Let’s just say it did not work out.

I wanted to go back to my original sunny locks, but it didn’t go smoothly. My hair was completely fried. Horrible. I didn’t know what to do, so I made a drastic choice: I chopped it all off. My long mane was traded in for a super short pixie cut. It ended up being for the best: the cut became my signature look. I found more modeling success with this new hairstyle, and it gave me an edge. I love my short hair… it’s what makes me unique.

COMIC PAMP

COMIC PAMP by Elisa Stangalini.