Happiest of Happy Hours
manicures, pedicures & cocktails
Luxe Den Salon & Spa
Where can you can relax and
enjoy a cocktail WHILE having your nails done? Don't bar hop at Happy
Hour, hop into LUXE DEN instead!
I'm sick of crowded
Manhattan bars at happy hour with lines at the bar for watered down drinks
- what about that is happy or relaxing? Isn't that the purpose of happy
hour - to be happy?
So instead of my usual
happy hour bar hopping, I took a much needed detour. I stepped out of the
New York City cold and bustle into the sunny Luxe Den Salon & Spa
to cheer my grey disposition and spruce up my winter look. The main floor
was elegant and relaxing, with lots of warm lighting, and space to breathe
- finally, a place I wasn't shoved around and pressed up against a dozen
other people! This was a welcome change from the diggs where I might
normally spend my happy hour, fighting for a stool at the bar or even just
for the bartender's attention to order a mediocre or overpriced drink.
I started off with a
manicure and pedicure during Luxe Den's Happy Hour Mani Pedi Special,
which runs from 4 pm - 8 pm daily. Sipping a complimentary chilled white
wine, I relaxed in one of their cozy massage chairs on the private second
floor. I set the massage to the pre-programmed setting (pure bliss) and
let Elena, with her more than 10 years of experience, go to work on my
She kicked off my sensory
spa experience with Luxe Den's special Caribbean Pedicure. Along
with the standard pedicure cutting, filing and skin smoothing, she applied
a delicious salt scrub to my legs and feet followed by a warm and
luxurious Aveda skin mask. Everything she applied smelled amazing. My
favorite part, though, was the incredible leg and foot massage - the
perfect chaser to a happy hour libation. Elena told me to "just
enjoy!" And I did!
The wine, the massage, and
the massage chair had me totally relaxed by the time she was meticulously
painting my toenails with the cheery red polish that I had selected. Try
getting a bartender in New York to paint your toenails while you are
enjoying your drink - not gonna happen! She topped my toenails off with a.
hand-painted heart on two of my toenails - one on each foot - and just in
time for Valentine's Day!
Next I enjoyed a wonderful
manicure, complete with an amazing hand massage and two heart adorned
fingernails to finish it off as well. The hearts were also just in time
for Luxe Den's one year anniversary, which also falls during
Valentine's week. How appropriate because I loved spending happy hour
relaxing and sipping wine with Luxe Den's manicure and pedicure special.
After my nails had been
pampered, I headed downstairs past the cascading halogen chandelier for a
special hair treatment. My stylist, George, surveyed my tousled tresses
and determined immediately that the damage repair treatment was right for
my color-treated hair. The hair treatment was another round of aromas to
die for. While George gave me an incredible scalp scrub with the sumptuous
smelling repair treatment, he told me to "just enjoy!" By the
time I left the sink to get my trim, my hair was already feeling soft and
moisturized, not to mention smelling amazing! George gave me an efficient
trim, jazzed up my layers, and with more delicious products and gels,
styled my curls back into manageable and bouncy shape.
Also noteworthy is Luxe Den's
large selection of top line hair products - running wall to wall the
entire length of the salon. You can choose products from Bumble and
Bumble, Aveda, and even imported products from Paris by Kerastase. Luxe Den
will give you a 10% discount on your retail purchase if you spend over
$100 on products. (They also have gift certificates that make great gifts)
Can you say SHOPPING?!?!
So …drinks, nails,
massage, hair treatment & trim, room to relax & breathe AND
SHOPPING?!?! I couldn't have asked for more from my happy hour. Belazza
is my new hot spot for cocktails, nails and a suite of other pampering
services. It's a great place where I can pop in after work for a drink to
rejuvenate my cold weather blues and spruce up my tired look! Sidle up to
the "Luxe Den Bar" with their wonderful "bartenders"
Elena and George - they will tell you to "JUST ENJOY!" Now
that's what I call happy hour!
Beauty Editor - www.spa-nyc.com
more about Luxe Den Spa & Salon
the Manicure & Pedicure Happy Hour at Luxe Den:
-Don't forget to
ask about the complimentary Bumble and Bumble hair treatments.
-Remember if you
are happy with this or any other spa service tip at least 15 - 20 %.
- Remember to tell them Spa-nyc.com sent you.