City Pulse

By Allison Warenik-Queenan

This Friday night, September 10th, Fashion’s Night Out is back. Led by Vogue, Mayor Bloomberg, NYC & Company and the CFDA, retails events will be taking cities around the world by storm, giving a confidence boost to the shaky economy and giving you the perfect excuse to put on your coolest duds and shop, shop, shop. There will be free samples, complimentary cocktails and celebrity photo ops galore. With over 1200 events taking place in New York City alone where does one even begin? SO, I’ve taken on the task of sorting through a great majority of them. Putting my editing skills to use, I have pulled together a short list of events that I think would be of interest to the BeautyNewsNYC.com reader. Here ya go. Enjoy yourself!

And don’t forget to check out http://www.fashionsnightout.com/night-out/ for the complete listing of fabulous events all over New York City and beyond!

SOUTH OF HOUSTON:

Piperlime
93 Mercer Street at Spring
6pm-10pm
Piperlime, one of the best online fashion retailers, will kick-off FNO with its first pop-up store in NYC. This is an event I can’t wait to get to. Meet the cast of Project Runway from 6-8pm and get styling advice from celeb stylist Rachel Zoe from 8-10pm. Um, I die. Will most definitely be making two stops here on Friday night! Oh and get a special gift from Piperlime with any purchase as well.

Sephora Soho
555 Broadway at West Houston
6pm-10pm
Meet Gwen Stefani (need I say more?), sample her new Harajuku Lover’s scent, Wicked Style, and get hair and makeup touch-ups. This one is a no-brainer!

Stila at Betsey Johnson
138 Wooster Street (Prince-West Houston)
7pm-10pm
I will always love me some Betsey. Come to the Soho store for complimentary champagne and a makeover by Stila cosmetics.

Korres Natural Products
110 Wooster Street
6pm-10pm
The Korres Store is featuring an event called “Detox Bubbles, Cupcakes & More“. The store will be featuring a detox bar serving free antioxidant-infused cocktails based on the Greek skincare brand’s natural ingredients- Wild Rose, Pomegranate, Thyme Honey & Raspberry- as well as cupcakes also featuring the ingredients. Mmmmmm! Attendees can book a complimentary Korres makeover in advance using this season’s “green” makeup. All guests will receive product samples. To book your makeover, call the store at 212-219-0683 or e-mail woosterstreet@korresusa.com.

HOUSTON TO 34th STREET:

C.O. Bigelow Apothecary
414 6th Avenue at W 9th
6pm-10pm
Meet The Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino from 7pm-8pm. He’ll be showcasing essential grooming products for men & women that are sold in the store. Also, Mama Mio Skincare will be serving complimentary mocktails as well as giving out samples of its Get Waisted Body Shaper to tighten and firm the tummy area. In addition to all of this, a makeup artist from Jane Iredale will be giving beauty consultations, a manicurist from Barielle will be doing polish changes, a skincare specialist from Rilastil will be sampling the latest eye cream AND Soap & Pepper will be giving out a free shea butter soap with any purchase in the store! PHEW!

The Good Home Co. Store
132½ West 24th Street, Ground Floor
6pm-11pm
Here’s a unique and fun one! Meet owner and fragrance expert Christine Dimmick for a tarot card reading and receive a custom fragrance selection based on your tarot prediction. Christine and her team will be on hand to custom make home fragrances at their one-of-a-kind potpourri bar. Also, munch on yummy looking-ahead-to-autumn treats like ginger snap cookies and spiced apple cider. You can receive a free sample of the Good Home Co.’s hand lotion with any purchase.

Kiehl’s
109 Third Avenue at 13th Street
6:30pm-11pm
Celebrate at Kiehl’s Karaoke Karnival. Sing karaoke for a complimentary lip balm, enter an hourly raffle drawing or just enjoy the cocktails, cotton candy, hot dogs and pretzels. Celebrity performances every hour, including actress Adrienne Bailon, Broadway star Jordin Sparks and ANTM winner CariDee English. RSVP to lrodolitz@kiehls-usa.com.

The City Opera Thrift Shop
222 East 23rd Street- 2nd to 3rd Avenue
6pm-11pm
The City Opera Thrift Shop, featured in Vogue as the “highest quality thrift shop in New York”, supports the design and creation of costumer for new productions by the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. On FNO, preview their fall collection of designer clothing at 50%-75% off retail, see their collection of opera costume sketches by some on the industry’s most prominent fashion designers (Betsey Johnson, Carolina Herrera and Isabel and Ruben Toledo amongst others!) and enter a raffle to in tickets to the New York City Opera’s concert of Lucky To Be Me: The Vocal Music of Leonard Bernstein. Additionally, the first 50 shoppers who spend $50 or more will receive a special gift bag valued at $200! What a perfect way to support the arts!

NORTH OF 34th SREET:

Barneys New York
660 Madison Avenue at 61st
7pm-9pm
Join internationally acclaimed makeup artist, Sue Devitt, as she offers color and application advice and celebrates her line Sue Devitt Beauty. Get a full-sized Eye Intensifer Pencil in Golden Triangle (a $22 value) from The Golden Triangle Fall 2010 Collection with any Sue Devitt Beauty purchase.

Saks Fifth Avenue – Thierry Mugler
611 Fifth Avenue (49th-50th)
6pm-11pm
Go to Saks to view Thierry Mugler’s famous motorcycle bustier work by Beyoncé for her I AM.Sasha Fierce album and featured in George Michael’s Too Funky video, as well as the MET’s Costume Institute’s “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” exhibit. Receive a special sample of Thierry Mugler’s ANGEL fragrance, dispensed from a sculpture designed by artist Ron Arad, especially for Mugler. This concept allows you to refill your bottle of ANGEL without having to discard it and buy a new one. Another innovative idea for helping the environment!

Photo by Patrice Stable

Saks Fifth Avenue-Natori and Nicole Miller Fragrances
611 Fifth Avenue
6pm-11pm
Head up to the Natori and Nicole Miller fragrance counters for deluxe samples, raffles and gifts with purchases. Receive a Natori 6.35 oz. candle, valued at $75, with a $130 purchase. Enter Natori’s raffle on the lingerie floor for a basket full of Natori fragrance products. With any $80 purchase from the Nicole Miller collection, receive an exclusive travel-sized fragrance falcon.

Saks Fifth Avenue-Shalimar
611 Fifth Avenue
7pm-8pm
Jade Jagger will be making a personal appearance in celebration of FNO and the 182 anniversary of Maison Guerlain. Jade has majestically designed a new Shalimar Eau de Parfume 20ml bottle, of which only 182 pieces were created worldwide and 20 will be available on Friday night. The bottle features a sapphire, set in gold and set on a black and gold silk cord, which can be detached and worn as a pendant. With the purchase of one of these Shalimar Eau de Parfume, your bottle will be signed by Jade herself!

Grand Central Station- Vanderbilt Hall
42nd Street at Pershing Square
Sept. 8th, 8:30am-7pm
Sept. 9th, 8:30am-7pm
Sept. 10th, 8:30am-7pm
Vanderbilt Hall will be transformed into a pop-up environment called “Fashion Central“. Join brands like Conair, Match.com, Clare Handbags, Vanessa Montiel jewelry and many others in promoting their latest products. Complimentary makeovers, beauty touch-ups, receive product samples and enter to win gift bags and prizes. Special appearances by VIP guests including ANTM judge Nolé Marin.

Oscar Blandi Salon
545 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor (at E 55th)
5:30pm-6:30pm
Call the Oscar Blandi Salon at 212-421-9800 and mention FNO. The salon is offering $25 blowouts (normally $65) to get you party perfect in order to hit the town on Friday night.

Warren-Tricomi Salon
The Plaza- 1 West 58th Street, 2nd Floor
6pm-8pm
Come to the Warren-Tricomi Salon for complimentary hairstyles and up-dos to kick-start your weekend. Also, head over to The Plaza’s Palm Court for a concert with musician Corinne Bailey Rae followed by an after-party, taking place from 9pm-11pm in the Terrace Room.

Sephora Times Square
1500 Broadway at W 44th
7pm-9pm
DJ and model Alexandra Richards will be spinning in celebration of the launch of YSL’s Rouge Flame Lipstick for Sephora. Get a makeup touch-up by an YSL makeup artist and enter to win a pair of YSL shoes worth $795.

Sephora Fifth Avenue
597 Fifth Avenue (W 48th-49th Street)
7pm-9pm
Join Josie Maran, former model and founder of Josie Maran Cosmetics, where you can get a mini-makeover and tip for posing for the camera during an in-store photo shoot. Take a photo and walk away with a signed copy of your best photo with Josie. The first 100 customers to make a purchase will receive a limited edition Argan Oil Color Stick in Cherry Popsicle.

CREED
794 Madison Avenue @ 67th Street
6pm-10pm
CREED is offering for sale items signed by Erwin Creed, a seventh generation of Paris-based CREED and its future head. Among the items is an 8.4 ounce Pochet glass decanter of CREED Imperial Millesime fragrance (that’s a lot of fragrance!!). Additionally, and most importantly, a potion of the proceeds of items sold during FNO will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer.

BROOKLYN:

Bird
203 Grand Street, Williamsburg
220 Smith Street, Cobble Hill
316 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope
6pm-10pm
Bird will be hosting parties at each of its three fantastic Brooklyn stores. The evening’s events include complimentary specialty cocktails, DJs and sweets. Featuring shopping incentives on new fall merchandise, limited-edition items from United Bamboo and Bodkin and exclusive tote bags. Raffles for gift certificates from Brooklyn’s best restaurants as well as his & hers fur-trimmed parkas from United Bamboo and a large PS1 bag. Twenty percent of the evening’s sales, as well as proceeds from exclusive merchandise and raffle tickets, will be donated to City Harvest.

Originally published September 2010
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