By: Anne M. Raso
We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the new Beauty Bar in Manhasset a few hours before its big opening night party! Set in the center of the tres chic Americana shopping center at 2034 Northern Boulevard--which is anchored by such legendary stores as Chanel and Tiffany--this upscale beauty store features hundreds of brand names that many other popular beauty stores do not carry (especially smaller luxury brands like Wellbox, Ren and By Terry). Of course, the big luxury cosmetic, skincare and fragrance brands are here and there is a particularly lovely and large display of Bond No. 9. It's easy to spend an hour just trying the numerous Bond No. 9 testers and we fell in love with the Little Italy scent, which interestingly enough, smells like an orange orchard
What also sets the Beauty Bar apart is that it is a bricks and mortar store that was started after beautybar.com became an uber-hit. Usually, things happen the other way around. (By the way, the store actually has Clarins and Dr. Perricone products that you can't get on beautybar.com!) There is a small salon just behind the front desk called nuNest Salon where patrons can run in for a quick blowout, cut or style, and downstairs are several bright and airy treatment rooms where they can get massages and facials for reasonable prices.