City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

Did you have a nice weekend? I met up with a friend at the Wet Bar inside the W on Lex and 39th. It’s dark, cozy and the bartenders are dishy. Check it out the next time you want to catch up with someone. They have the obligatory booths and barstools, but couches, chairs and loveseats are scattered around, giving off a nice, relaxed lounge vibe where you can natter on for hours. The air is gently perfumed by the dozens of lit candles; the scent is fresh and very subtle.

Did you know that make up artist Kevyn Aucoin was born February 14, 1962? He was a Valentine’s baby! And in many ways he played Cupid throughout his life. Maybe that’s why Kevyn Aucoin Beauty has delightful doings for Valentine’s Day.

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The company is releasing a special limited edition, “Gift of Love Cards.” They’re sold in a set of five and each card has contains a different quote about love and life from Kevyn. Here’s two of them; “It is by celebrating the differences in others that we can begin to accept our own individuality.” “For me beauty is synonymous with uniqueness.”

It’s a wonderful way to show the special people in your life that you do care for them. Would you like a gift for you? Well, get yourself over to Henri Bendel because Kevyn Aucoin Beauty will have their make up team out to show you how to be the perfect Valentine. If you purchase the “Gift of Love Cards” (only $15.00) your beauty makeover is free. This event is going on from February 12- 14.

Henri Bendel is located at 712 Fifth Ave, call (212) 247-1100 to make your appointment. You can also purchase the cards at Pir Cosmetics or at http://www.kevynaucoin.com

Other wonderful news for you is that Completely Bare is having a 20% off sale on their completely bare or relax waxes for the entire month of February! If you’ve wanted to wax, but were afraid of the pain, you should try the relax wax. For the relax wax, they use LMX-4, a topical cream that contains the anesthetic Litocaine. So no more tears when you get sensitive areas waxed.

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Completely Bare also offers tanning, facials, microdermabrasion and more. Complete Bare’s three Manhattan locations are: Completely Bare uptown, 764 Madison Ave @ 66th Street, Suite 3R, (212) 717-9300, Completely Bare Downtown, 103 Fifth Avenue @17th Street, 4th floor, (212) 366-6060, and Completely Bare @ Barneys NY, Madison and 61st Street, (212) 833-2566. To learn more about Completely Bare, please go to their website, http://www.completelybare.com

The Tasters Guild, http://www.tastersguild.com is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a 10 course wine friendly menu. The wines have been selected to complement each course, but exact wines have not yet been confirmed. The event will be held, Wednesday, February 9 at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant in Chinatown. Here’s the menu for the event: Appetizer -Deep Fried Spring Roll, Steamed Spring Dumpling, Steamed Vegetable Dumpling, Australian Riesling, Soup House Special Seafood Soup, Dr Konstantin Frank Salmon Run Johannesburg Riesling, Entrée Peking Roasted Duck, Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Syrah 2000, Sautéed Sliced Chicken & Calamari with Vegetable, Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Chardonnay 2002, Braised Scallops with Black Mushroom, Stir Fried Lobster with Ginger and Scallions, Fetzer Merlot 2001, Salt Baked Grouper Cubes with Chili, Valckenberg Gewurztraminer 2003, Young Chow Fried Rice, Singapore Style Mai Fun, Dessert Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter, Agros Muscat of Patras of Rio 2002, Coffee or tea.

What: Taster Guild’s Chinese New Year Dinner – Year of the Rooster
When: Date: Wednesday February 9, 6 PM
Where: Golden Unicorn Restaurant, 18 E. Broadway 3rd fl (Catherine
St) 212-941-0911
Cost: Members: $75.00, Non-Members: $85.00
More information: http://www.tastersguildny.com/comingevents.shtml

I adore champers, maybe it’s the bubbles, or maybe it’s that it looks like liquid sunshine, but it’s one of my favorite libations. If you’re like me, then you’ll love the Cosmo Party that’s going on 10th; free champagne! YUM! The party is for young professionals ages 21-45 at Le 26. It’s a pre-valentine singles mixer with a Laurent Perrier Champagne open bar and Hors d’oeuvres from 7 -8 PM. At 9, there’s a raffle and you could win a romantic dinner for two, a shiatsu massage class from the Ohashi Institute or any of the other eight great prizes. Interested? Then go to their site and sign up.

And here’s one more party to write on your calendar. Gemini and Scorpio, the dating gurus www.geminiandscorpio.com are taking over the Union Bar, February 14th for a, “Annual Singles and Birthday Bash: Get Off…Line III: Say Cheese (and Chocolate)!” fondue party. Over 70+ New Yorkers will mingle, drip cheese and chocolate on each other, listen to DJ’s spin music, play a game, win a prize and have fun. Project Jenny and Project Jan will be spinning. And all this fun is only $5.00

To RSVP, go to http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html. Now, if you’re already on their mailing list, you’ll get a goodie bag when you arrive, while supplies last.

What: GeminiandScorpio.com Fondue Party
When: Monday, February 14th, 7 PM
Where: Union Bar, 204 Park Avenue South, between 17th & 18th Streets, www.unionbar.com
Cost: $5.00
RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html

Originally published February 2005
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