A few days ago, my girl Tineey invited me to celebrate some pretty big news with her - she's been selected as one of Duane Reade's VIP Bloggers! Being a girl that makes weekly pit stops in Duane Reade, I couldn't be happier for her. I thought I knew what I had in store, but Duane Reade at 40 Wall Street is SO INSANE and unexpected I have to sit and gather my thoughts before I spew them out to you...
The Hair Salon.
There is a hair salon for ALL hair types (including us natural curly girlies), operated by Phyto Universe. Not only do they provide full service with top of the line products and tools, they give the standard Phyto scalp analysis which is wonderfully in-depth and guides your hair appointment (which is great when you THINK you know your hair).
The Nail Bar.
Okay, so crazy story - the Nail Bar at Duane Reade's 40 Wall Street location used to be Rockerfeller's office! Developers discovered a large mirror above the fireplace (yes, there's a fireplace) and decided to keep it. To align with the richness of the former bank, developers covered the fireplace in marble. Talk about tinkle toes like a princess? The Duane Reade Nail Bar offers gel manicures and other services expected at a nail salon at really affordable prices.
The Brow Bar.
The Ramy Brow Bar is definitely recommended. My brow artist did an immaculate job keeping my brow shape natural and clean. Her tweezing tip? Tweeze slanted and grab on an angle. Plucking forwards hurts so bad!
The Perfume Bar.
There are over 20 perfumes to select from, and you literally stand and spray. The motion-sensored perfume bar spritzes your favorite fragrances so you don't have to do the work. Juicy Couture drive-by? Thank you, I'll take two!
Every girl's worst nightmare is buying a cosmetic item that is not the right shade for her. Duane Reade takes care of this by letting you try the products on before you buy...virtually. At the Makeover station, you take a pic, scan items, and try them on. The station keeps track of the items scanned, and prints the list for future reference. You can also email the "Before" and "After" shots to yourself. I. LOVE. THIS. Everything about it screams interactive!
I can't forget to mention the vast GOSH Cosmetics display - the successful European brand is new to American soil and I am just enamored and DYING to try it.
Me and the girls:
Donna Kim of Donna Daily, Nubia of Nubia's Nonsense, Tineey of Tineey, and me. Cutie cute stuffs!
Tineey got it all on camera, check out her video:
Gals, don't worry - 40 Wall Street is easily accessible via Express Trains (choo choo 2 train!). I'll be on my way back there soon, let me know if you'd like to join ;)
photos courtesy of Tineey :)