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New York City's 38 Best Beauty Stores, Spas, and Salons

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Inglot Cosmetics. Photo by Brian Harkin

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New York City's beauty scene is unlike any other in the entire country—the sheer density of nail salons, blowout bars, and Sephoras is enough to overwhelm even the most experienced YouTube tutorialist. It's a highly competitive market, and just for the fun of it, we've decided to compile a list of the absolute best.

After the jump you'll find our updated Beauty 38, a highly subjective rundown of the city's best beauty stores, spas, salons, and more. The ones who made the cut are all on top of their game in the beauty biz. We've done our best to include all elements of the terrain, so included you'll find the best places to get a bikini wax intermingled with independent fragrance boutiques.

To keep the list manageable, we've come up with some exclusions. Since there are simply too many hair salons to tackle, we've left off those that focus on cuts and color, but kept blowout bars. Barbershops were also removed (but here's a separate list of some great ones).

Single-brand retailers were only included if they're New York-centric (like Bond No. 9 and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) or have a huge following (Nars and M.A.C., et al). But fear not: just about all of the independent beauty brands you'd want to shop can all be found at other stores on the list, like the beauty floors at Barneys, Saks, and Bergdorf, or places like Space NK and Shen.

Without further ado, let's get to it. And oh, if you disagree, let us know in the comments or via email to ny@racked.com.


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1. MAC Cosmetics

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148 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 769-0725
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A no-brainer for this list and a favorite among professionals, beauty vloggers, and shoppers all over the country is M.A.C, which currently has Flatiron, Soho, Harlem, Grand Central, and Times Square locations, plus stores in Brooklyn and Queens. Current special collections include bright pink shades for the Fantasy of Flowers line and the Rihanna Viva Glam collab. [Photo]

2. Jin Soon

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421 E. 73rd St
New York, NY 10021
(212) 249-9144
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This Upper East Side salon (along with its West Village counterpart) is a favorite among the fashion industry set that's looking for a side of luxury with their manis and pedis. Signature treatments from their menu of nail art options, shellac, waxing, and more include the Breath of Milk and Honey ($28 for hands/$50 for feet). [Photo by Driely S]

3. Fix Beauty Bar

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847 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 744-0800
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This Upper East Side salon takes multitasking to another level. Get a blowout and a manicure at the same time at their genius square table that accommodates eight people. Their hours are also perfect for anyone with a crammed or wacky schedule: They'll see clients on Fridays and Saturdays anytime between 9am and 9pm. [Photo]
325 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065
(646) 490-4448
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Blowout bar OG Blo has been around since 2007 and now has three dozen locations across the country. Another Manhattan location can be found on the Upper West Side, and one in Chelsea is coming soon. Blowouts are $40, and up-dos are $65. [Photo]

5. Barneys New York Beauty Floor

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660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 826-8900
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Last year, the department store unveiled a sleeker, larger beauty floor that now totals 9,000 square feet. That leaves plenty of room for the new exclusive collection from makeup artist Troy Surratt, an expanded fragrance section, Valery Joseph's Barneys Blow Bar, and the rest of their high-end beauty products you can't help but covet. [Photo]

6. Lush Spa

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783 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 207-8151
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Lush's first spa in the entire country opened uptown at the very beginning of this year, bringing with it a waiting area that looks like an English kitchen and special soundtracks for "mood-altering treatments." Rooms are aglow in bright green and magenta, and special scented bath disks are handed out as gifts after each session. [Photo]

7. Bergdorf Beauty Floor

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754 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 753-7300
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The beauty floor at 5th and 58th is just as lust-worthy as the rest of the department store's offerings. Located on the lower level, you'll find a mix of offerings, from affordable Clinique and Bobbi Brown products to splurges like La Mer and Sisley Paris. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

8. Saks Fifth Avenue Beauty Floor

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611 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 753-4000
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Saks recently made over its beauty department, which now includes a revamped Fragrance Floor with a heavy emphasis on customization. Beyond that, there are dozens of designers in all the other crucial categories. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

9. Uni K Wax Center

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553-A 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 481-2777
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The wax at this hair removal salon is 100% natural, and is exclusive to the company (It's also green, BTW). Locations in and around the city can be found in Flatiron, Murray Hill, Tribeca, Astoria, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Heights, and Long Island. Prices start at $21 for bikini lines and climb up to $69 for a men's Brazilian. [Photo]

10. Drybar

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222 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 561-5392
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Drybar took Manhattan by storm this year, with new locations in Tribeca, the Upper East Side, and this Murray Hill spot. All blowouts are priced at $40, and up-dos (know here as UpTinis) are $80. Love the products? You can purchase favorites like the Happy Hour shampoo and conditioner, as well as the actual blow dryers. [Drybar]

11. DreamDry

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35 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 886-5194
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Rachel Zoe's DreamDry salon now has two locations in Manhattan, including one on West 57th Street. Both outposts offer Hollywood-inspired blowouts (Brigette, Farah, and Veronica are all options), as well as updos and braids. Bonus amenities include VIP memberships and a loyalty reward programs, plus the option to host private events. [Photo: Elizabeth Lippman/DreamDry]

12. Inglot

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75 Ninth Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 672-7124
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Inglot's only been in New York for a handful of years, but it was first launched more than thirty years prior in the Polish town of Przemyśl. With 1,500+ products to choose from, it's a staple in the kits of makeup artists around the world. The store inside Chelsea Market also features a 6,000-square-foot Artist Loft with a photo studio. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

13. The Red Door

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200 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-0222
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The new express Union Square outpost of Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spa specializes in services for women on the go. There's an entire speed service menu that includes facials and makeup applications, but there's also a full luxury component downstairs for massages, waxes, and more. [Photo]

14. NARS

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413 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 459-2323
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The first Nars boutique to open in the city is the Bleecker Street flagship, and in November, a store on Prince Street followed. Products that have achieved cult-like appeal include the brand's beloved Orgasm blush, the satin lip pencils, and the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

15. diptyque

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377 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-2333
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Though the masses may flock to the French favorite for candles, don't forget that you can take those same scents with you in the form of perfumes. There's also bath products, body butter, hand lotion, and more that smell good enough to splurge on. [Photo]

16. CO Bigelow Pharmacy

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414 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
(212) 533-2700
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If you can last 170-plus years in what's now a prime New York neighborhood, you must be doing something right. For C.O. Bigelow, that includes stocking hard-to-find European brands alongside their house label in every category from makeup to apothecary goods and beyond. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

17. Aedes De Venustas

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9 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(888) 233-3715
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This West Village fragrance destination isn't only about perfume—their skincare and bath and body products from their own label as well as high-end European lines will leave you enveloped in rich scents all day long. [Photo by Driely S]

18. Blush Nail Lounge

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218 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 375-1340
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The atmosphere at Blush is more like a lounge than a straight-up nail salon, which makes it perfect for group outings (the layout is especially convenient if you're booking manis and pedis, which are located right across from each other). Manicures start at $13, pedicures start at $29, and a basic mani/pedi combo is $34 on the weekdays (Monday through Thursday, from 11am to 4:30pm). [Photo]

19. Great Jones Spa

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29 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 505-3185
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Bet you never thought you could find this much tranquility downtown. But with experts ready to discuss every detox and de-stress plan on their menu, an on-site juice bar, and a cut-and-color salon alongside all your typical spa treatments, Great Jones Spa is ready to prove you wrong in all the right ways. [Photo]

20. Rouge New York

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130 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 388-1717
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Founded by two Law & Order alums (actress Stephanie March and makeup artist Rebecca Perkins), this studio specializes in no-pressure makeup applications, ranging from everyday "You...Only Better" looks to "Total Polish." [Photo by Driely S]

21. Benefit

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(212) 769-1111
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Cheeky beauty brand Benefit is known for its clever packaging and products that work, from their a-ma-zing Gimme Brow gel to the They're Real mascara. Besides the Soho store, there's another location on the Upper East Side, and both have a Brow Bar. [Photo by Driely S]

22. Bite Lip Lab

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174 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
(646) 484-6111
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Bite's first NYC test-run was in the form of a pop-up shop that was such a success it turned into a full-fledged store. Pick your own lip shade straight off the shelf, or make one from scratch on-site in just ten minutes flat. [Photo by Driely S]

23. MiN New York

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117 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 206-6366
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Rare, exclusive, niche, and hard-to-find fragrances are the name of the game at this Crosby Street store, which also carries skincare, haircare, and bath products. Shop scents off the shelf, or book a one-on-one consultation with Vice President and Curator Mindy Yang. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

24. Space NK

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99 Greene St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 941-4200
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Perhaps the best thing to cross the pond since David Beckham, London's Space NK stocks tons of high-quality brands like Oribe and Serge Normant, alongside founder Nicky Kinnaird's favorites from the UK, France, and more. [Photo by Driely S]

25. Le Labo

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233 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013
Le Labo's perfumes are all made-to-order, and it gets as personal as having them put your name right on the bottle. Choose from 14 different scents, and then choose whether you want it as a standard perfume, a fragrance oil, or even a body lotion and candle. [Photo]

26. Red Flower

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13 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-5301
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Skincare guru Yael Alkalay's natural line of cleansers, oils, lotions, and candles fill this cozy Nolita boutique. The brand is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin or an aversion to products packed with unwanted chemicals. Bestsellers include the Cardamom Amber Oil Icelandic Moonflower body lotion, as well as the line of Italian Blood Orange shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. [Photo by Rebecca Dale]

27. Valley NYC

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198 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-8985
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The beauty pros at Allure voted Valley as one of the top ten places to get a mani in the city, and we couldn't agree more. $28 manicures come with complientary nail art, and the women behind the tables are never short on ideas—just look at the dozens of options here. [Photo by Driely S]

28. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

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174 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 675-2404
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For the animal lover in all of us, there's the Lower East Side's all-vegan Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. And for the beauty lover in all of us, there's their famed Lip Tar, which slicks on like a gloss and dries to a stain. Can't find your perfect color? Check out their custom mixing bar to create your own. [Photo]

29. Strip: Ministry of Waxing

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56 Spring, New York
NY, 10012
(212) 431-1121
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According to its website, Strip was the first waxing salon to enforce a "no double-dipping rule," which should put germaphobes at ease that the place is pristine. Services included everything from underarm waxing to full Brazilians, as well as eyebrow shaping (threading, tweezing, color, and wax) at the connecting Browhaus. [Photo by Driely S]

30. Pucker

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129 Grand St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 334-3690
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Soho's newest makeup studio sits right next to Laicale hair salon, making it a remarkably simple one-stop shop for beauty. Makeup applications are $50, and founders Hiyam McKelvey and Julio Sandino have created a whopping 77 shades of lipstick to choose from. The real game-changer here though is the locker storage facility downstairs—feel free to stash your belongings there for the night after your appointment. [Photo]

31. Miss Jessie's Salon

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441 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-5600
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To counter all the blow-dry bars out there that promise to straighten the life out of your strands, there's Miss Jessie's CurlBar that specializes in curly finishes that embraces hair's natural texture. They also offer your standard cuts, colors, styles, and more for curly girlies. [Photo]

32. Aire Ancient Baths

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88 Franklin St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 274-3777
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Tribeca's modern-day equivalent to Greek and Roman baths is so decadent, you'll forget you're so close to Canal Street. Prices for thermal baths start at $75 (and increase when you add a massage); additional luxe amenities include a Red Wine Ritual ($500 and up) and an Olive Oil Ritual ($450 and up). [Photo]

33. TenOverTen

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112 Reade St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 406-1010
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Available in every hue imaginable, the polishes in this Tribeca salon are actually good for your nails in the long run. The cruelty-free brand names all its colors after Manhattan streets, so go ahead and get a mani-pedi of your favorite block, whether that's Houston or Hudson. [Photo]

34. Kiehl's

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124 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 422-7747
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After 150 years in business, Kiehl's finally opened its first Brooklyn outpost earlier this year on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. The new store includes a permanent photo booth and consultations with the new Kiehl's SkinProfile Diagnostic device, plus a recycling program that rewards you with free products when you bring in empty Kiehl's jars, bottles, and tubes. [Photo by Driely S.]

35. Sephora

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210 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 422-7722
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Joining Kiehl's in Brooklyn Heights is a new Sephora, which is also the brand's very first in the borough. Considering that hundreds of people lined up before dawn to check it out on opening day, we'd say setting up shop in Brooklyn was a pretty good move on their part. [Photo]

36. Twisted Lily

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360 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(347) 529-4681
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The once online-only fragrance distributor opened their first shop in Boerum Hill last year, apparently jumping on the perfume train that's taken over the neighborhood. They stock scents that you've never heard of before in a wide price range, allowing everyone who stops by to pick up a new favorite. [Photo]

37. Shen

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315 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 576-2679
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Consider Shen a hidden treasure chest: Owners Jessica Richards and Jules Stringer are all about stocking hard-to-find products, with an emphasis on natural and British brands. They test everything themselves to make sure results are guaranteed, so trust every recommendation you receive here. [Photo]

38. Spa Castle

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13110 11th Ave
College Point, NY 11356
(718) 939-6300
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Spa Castle is probably best described as the Disneyland of beauty: there are endess treatment options, several pools, a food court, a fitness center, and a Sauna Valley that boasts both an infared room and one that's lined with plates of gold. It's also open 18 hours a day (from 6am to midnight), seven days a week. [Photo]

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1. MAC Cosmetics

148 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
A no-brainer for this list and a favorite among professionals, beauty vloggers, and shoppers all over the country is M.A.C, which currently has Flatiron, Soho, Harlem, Grand Central, and Times Square locations, plus stores in Brooklyn and Queens. Current special collections include bright pink shades for the Fantasy of Flowers line and the Rihanna Viva Glam collab. [Photo]
148 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

2. Jin Soon

421 E. 73rd St, New York, NY 10021
This Upper East Side salon (along with its West Village counterpart) is a favorite among the fashion industry set that's looking for a side of luxury with their manis and pedis. Signature treatments from their menu of nail art options, shellac, waxing, and more include the Breath of Milk and Honey ($28 for hands/$50 for feet). [Photo by Driely S]
421 E. 73rd St
New York, NY 10021

3. Fix Beauty Bar

847 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065
This Upper East Side salon takes multitasking to another level. Get a blowout and a manicure at the same time at their genius square table that accommodates eight people. Their hours are also perfect for anyone with a crammed or wacky schedule: They'll see clients on Fridays and Saturdays anytime between 9am and 9pm. [Photo]
847 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10065

4. Blo

325 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065
Blowout bar OG Blo has been around since 2007 and now has three dozen locations across the country. Another Manhattan location can be found on the Upper West Side, and one in Chelsea is coming soon. Blowouts are $40, and up-dos are $65. [Photo]
325 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

5. Barneys New York Beauty Floor

660 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
Last year, the department store unveiled a sleeker, larger beauty floor that now totals 9,000 square feet. That leaves plenty of room for the new exclusive collection from makeup artist Troy Surratt, an expanded fragrance section, Valery Joseph's Barneys Blow Bar, and the rest of their high-end beauty products you can't help but covet. [Photo]
660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

6. Lush Spa

783 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021
Lush's first spa in the entire country opened uptown at the very beginning of this year, bringing with it a waiting area that looks like an English kitchen and special soundtracks for "mood-altering treatments." Rooms are aglow in bright green and magenta, and special scented bath disks are handed out as gifts after each session. [Photo]
783 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021

7. Bergdorf Beauty Floor

754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
The beauty floor at 5th and 58th is just as lust-worthy as the rest of the department store's offerings. Located on the lower level, you'll find a mix of offerings, from affordable Clinique and Bobbi Brown products to splurges like La Mer and Sisley Paris. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
754 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

8. Saks Fifth Avenue Beauty Floor

611 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
Saks recently made over its beauty department, which now includes a revamped Fragrance Floor with a heavy emphasis on customization. Beyond that, there are dozens of designers in all the other crucial categories. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
611 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

9. Uni K Wax Center

553-A 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016