New York Beauty Crawl

I was in New York last week and whenever I’m in a new city I love too look and see what beauty and skincare stores they have! It’s just the beauty lover in me but New York is seriously a great option for beauty products.  Here’s what made the cut:

Ricky’s NYC.  

Ricky’s has multiple locations all over New York.  They’re a beauty supply store but they care brands like Bioderma, Embryolisse, Cosrx, Oribe, Violet Voss, NYX Morphe and The Ordinary. ( which for the record I am no longer a fan of but I can attest to the fact that their stuff is hard to find in store!) They also have a huge section of hair toners, dyes and coloring supplies!  I make sure to get some Bioderma every time I’m in New York because Ricky’s is the only store I’ve ever been too that has it!

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They have all the different Bioderma lines.

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Embryolisse and Cosrx. Both hard to find in stores!

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Olaplex.  if you need a hair mask this is a God send. My #1 recommendation and its also harder to find in store or even online. (beware of fakes!)

Glossier. 123 Lafayette Street. Lafayette and Canal for your cab driver 😉

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This mirror is right near the elevator.

If you like beauty you know Glossier so I had to include this because their only show room is in New York! Its located in little Italy and its a teeny tiny penthouse that is always jam packed. For example you have to wait in line to get in the elevator to get up to the showroom.  I’m still deciding if I like Glossier — not sure if its that good or if its really just over hyped and very well marketed. I think the showroom is a one time visit and done.  It’s all millennial pink;  cute, VERY aesthetically pleasing and even better for pictures…but super hyped up.  It’s tiny and very crowded so I don’t see a need to ever go back.

They have all their products out to sample and you fill out a note card of what you want, pay and then wait for them to call your name with your bag of products.  I got lidstars and a review of that will be up soon!

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Outside with the Glossier banners.

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One of the testing areas.

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the sink area. that Byredo Burning rose candle smells AMAZNG. The whole show room smells so good.

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I almost got the Glossier You solid perfume but I didn’t and I’m not too upset.   Peep my dunks I can’t put down!

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Another jam packed sample area. Hint its always jam packed.

Sample Sales

I went to the Space NK sample sale while in New York and it was an awesome sale with killer prices. Heres the post I wrote on that.  I totally recommend checking for sample sales while you’re there.

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The next Space NK sale won’t be for a while but heres what I got. Prices were around 70% + off. I paid $20 for a normal $100 Eve Lom moisturizer.

Duane Reade 

Duane Reade is basically a CVS with a kicked up beauty section.  They have them on just about every corner and I wish they would branch out past New York! I live for their Avene section. They make the best skincare for dry, sensitive skin hands down.  I always pick of the Skin Recovery Cream in the rich version. I haven’t found it in any stores besides Duane Reade so its a must.

They also have the Balm cosmetics and I didn’t end up getting some but I want to try their bronzers and highlighters!

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Their Avene section. image via cafe makeup.

HONORABLE MENTIONS.

Sephora

I like Sephora in New York because they’re massive!  For instance everyone I went to had  a Natasha Denona section and I haven’t seen that in a while. I was able to find some stuff I haven’t seen in many stores.

Ulta

Sure they’re everywhere but I like the Ulta on 86th because it has a huge Mac section and it carries all the Colourpop stuff!

C.O Bigelow Apothecaries 

Sort of like a kicked up pharmacy with a bunch of different skincare and beauty products. I didn’t go here but its on my list for next time and I’ve heard good things.

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Looking at the location and I’m so mad I didn’t go here because it’s down the street from Glossier! Ugh and its all Asian beauty which is my weakness. I got enough while was in NY so its probably for the better but def want to check this out! I also head back in a month. 😉

Credo Beauty

They carry high end, all natural beauty products. I want to check this store out and they also have locations in NY, Boston and  LA!

Space NK 

Space NK has a normal store and they have everything from Kevyn Aucoin to Ren to Eve Lom to Malin + Gotez to Byredo!

Blue Mercury

I saw so many of these while I was there. They have high end makeup and skincare. Think Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Diptyque, RMS, Oribe and YSL to name a few.

 

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Thats what made the cut for my NY beauty crawl.  Any places you swear by for beauty prouducts? Lemme know! Please! 🙂

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Space NK warehouse sale

I’m in New York for the rest of the week for my easter break!  The Space NK apothecary warehouse sale is this week and I’m so excited I’m in town and able to go! It’s on 260 5th Ave.  5th and 28th if you’re taking a cab. 😉   All the products are about 50-75% off.  Craziness.  Here’s what they have, what I got and tips for the sale.

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WHAT THEY HAVE

Here’s the flyer.  They did have Ouai, Ren skincare, Sunday Riley, Oribe, Byredo, Diptyque, Artis and GHD but when I went today they were already sold out of all of it!  When I went today (3/28) the standout brands were Lancer, Malin + Goetz, Kevyn Aucoin, Lipstick Queen, Rodial and Nudestix. Still good stuff but the really good stuff as expected was gone.  They should be getting a restock tomorrow so I may make a trip back since the prices were so amazing.

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WHAT I GOT

All the Kevyn Aucoin makeup was $10.  The Lancer scrub was $20.  The Malin + Goetz set was $20-30. The Nudestix was $10. James Read tanners were $10.

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WHAT WAS LEFT

For Kevyn Aucoin I saw some foundations, eyeshadow duos, the candlelight highlighters, sculpting wands, some lipsticks, and primers. All the Kevyn Aucoin was $10.

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Here’s the makeup tables.  Peep the hourglass sign on the wall. Hourglass makeup for $10?! They were sold out of all of that.  😦  They had a shit TON of Lipstick Queen stuff which was $5-$15.

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Some By Terry stuff. I saw foundations and tinted moisturizers. Colors were either super light or darker shades. $10.

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Malin + Goetz lotions, eye creams, skincare sets, shaving cream, hair gels and perfume.  The moisturizer was $20. The skin set with a chapstick, moisturizer, and cleanser was $30. They also had travel sets for $20.  The perfumes were $50.

They also had James Read Tanning Lotions for $10.

TIPS for the sale. 

Everything is final sale. Cash or Card.

The sale is going till the Sunday the 1st.  They open at 10 a.m. I got there today at 10:40 and I maybe waited in line for 5 minutes if that.  They have a coat and bag check when you walk in!  Its not that big inside either so they only let a certain amount of people in at a time.

The prices are amazing but some of the stuff could be used or damaged. Every product I got was perfectly new and ok. My advice is grab a product from the back of the display. You can tell if its been opened or not.  If you think someone has opened a product open and check because if you buy something used its yours.

My best piece of advice is to take laps around the room!  They are constantly putting stuff out and sometimes its leftover products that they only have one of so you have to be walking by to grab it. People will also put stuff down that they don’t want to buy anyone and you can find good stuff that way too.  I found a Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder just making laps around the room.  It was the last one and currently $50 at Sephora. I paid $10 for it.

I also found my Malin + Goetz moisturizer that someone put on the table after not wanting it. It was the last one.

If you think you may want it put it in your basket because when you come back it will be gone. You can always take it out of your basket.

I think I will go back tomorrow because I would love to find some Sunday Riley face oils or an Hourglass bronzer. Also would love to get some Oribe and some Ouai products!

Big thanks for Sharm Toaster for posting about the sale on instagram which is how I found out about it! I also got the first picture from her blog.

Blue Turtle Neck

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I wore this outfit for some exploring uptown and then to Union Square Market. I love going to Union Square Market and I go just about every time I’m in the city!  It is a great stop for jewelry, art and beanies and other handmade, unique crafts like that. It’s near Flatiron which I love because it’s good for shopping and it is fun to explore! Dough Doughnuts is on 19th and that is my absolute favorite donut place! I really like boujee, artisanal donuts and they do it best. Plus they’re super fat and juicy donuts.

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one w/o the jacket.  I love this sweater for how comfy it is and the sleeves! It is a great Nordstrom Rack find! I can’t find it on the website but it is a recent find and I’ve seen it at multiple locations.

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HM Hat / Nordstrom Rack Sweater / Blank NYC leather jacket / Topshop Skinnies / Nike Cortez

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Union Square market during the Holidays! They have unique artsy gifts, apple cider and all that good holiday stuff.

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Boobs in the back while I attempt to look cute with my donut… not working!

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The best donuts! Ugh I want one now! Look how big and juicy they are!

The Little Black Romper

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This is the last bit of NY photos.  I have a lot of pictures in this outfit and I like them all so here they are.  Scroll!!

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I love this romper so much.  Everyone needs to own a little black romper!   The last time I wore it was on my birthday and I need to wear it more!  I love the sleeves.  It’s so comfortable.  It looks like a dress.  It has POCKETS.  Doesn’t get much better than that.  I got it last summer at No Rest for Bridget.  I’m bummed because I love it so much but can’t find the exact romper to link. Here are some similar ones herehere and this one which I also just got. This one is the same exact silhouette (smocked, sleeves, off the shoulder, pockets, straps) in a floral print.

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Street walking pictures are way harder than they look!

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Celine Sunnies // Rachel Zoe flats

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Helloo Bryant Park! I’ve also decided day 3 hair is my best hair.

Chillin

 

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Thrasher Hoodie // Jeans // Shoes

Loved my numbered lists so here we gooooooooo:

  1. Just a chill outfit one day in NY.
  2. I like my Thrasher hoodie and I’ll own it I don’t freakin skateboard.  I read an article about the founder of Thrasher bashing Rihanna and Justin Bieber for wearing the brand because they’re “clowns” that don’t skate.  Apparently blood has to be shed via eating shit skateboarding to be worthy of wearing the flames across your chest.  The brand itself sorta carries that exclusive club sorta vibe and people get salty if you wear it and don’t skate.  My brother bought the wrong size so I took it.  I vibe with it so I’m gonna keep wearing it.  Street wear is fashion without rules! Do what you like, no salt needed.
  3. I cannot say enough good things about these shoes!!! I wore them in NY without ANY complaints.  They’re so comfy and easy to walk in.  My feet didn’t even hurt from walking 5 miles like thats how GOOD they are. I stupidly wore sneakers without socks one day and got blisters so these were a dream after because my heal is free and untouched in them.  If you look close at my foot you can see my red blister. The only thing is your feet may get dirty.  I just showered so it was fine and they weren’t very dirty but it happens.
  4. I love donuts.  My absolute favorite is Dough donuts on 19th in the Flatiron district. I love their chocolate the most but any of them are a good choice, honestly!  I wanted to try a new place so I went to Doughnut Plant on 23rd.  They’re supposed to be up their with Dough and one of the best donuts in the city but I wasn’t super impressed.  They do have vegan donuts; the banana was really good!   But I prefer Dough 100%.  The pink ice tea though, which I am sipping in my pic is SO good. It’s fruity and light so go to a donut shop for ice tea. Hahah.  The donuts aren’t bad, its still a donut but I prefer Dough.  The shop is so cute though and the wall is decorated with donut shaped pillows!
  5. Fitbit front and center like I told you.
  6. Sephora is having 15% off for the VIB spring sale. Ends on the 24th!  VIBSPRING or BISPRING will work for the codes. Naturally I want one of everything because I hoard beauty products. My cart is at $676 currently.  😗

The hoodie dress

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I love New York city!!!! I think I’m going to live here after school.  I love walking around and seeing where it takes you.  You get the best pictures that way too because you never know whats gonna be around the corner!  My fitbit got at least 16,000 steps everyday (thank god because I ate donuts like every day) so I walked a ton!!! It looks goofy but I’m gonna have it on in every picture.

So I wore this dress first, here.  I loved that outfit so much and I really thought that was it for this dress. Especially because it was so memorable.  I was wrong!  This dress is so comfy and easy so I’m happy I found a casual way to wear it. And as for the yellow sunnies: they don’t do shit for blocking out the sun but I’m their biggest fan so I will continue to wear them.

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Could not have asked for better weather while I was here. Shave your legs weather is back!

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Looking for the cars that may take me out while I get my picture!!

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Forever 21 Dress // Stan Smith sneakers ( so great for walking) // yellow sunnies 

Life through gold colored glasses…

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colourpop lip pencil in bff2 / yellow sunglasses

I’m in NY for Easter break!! It’s been the craziest week because I didn’t end up getting the housing at school that I thought I would get for next year so its been a big cluster trying to figure that out.  But I’m here and I’m SO happy to be away from that and not even thinking about it.  I’ve just been shopping and eating a lot of guacamole and that right there is the ticket to supreme Reece happiness so I’ll just keeping doing that.  I love anywhere I can go and wear my yellow sunnies! They don’t block the sun but I love the look.  Forget the rose colored glasses it’s all about life through gold colored glasses!