tl;dr scroll down for my top NYC recommendations :) 

I moved to Manhattan three years ago after "conquering" three popular US cities on my own money, yet "making it" in New York City was by far the hardest. Not only does this city whip your personal finances into shape - budgeting is ESSENTIAL - but there are so many options that it's hard to know where to go for simple errands, quality shopping, or indulgent self-care. After three years, I finally figured out my favorite spots to confidently call Manhattan my home. So to help out my New York City neighbors (or visiting tourists!), here are my insider recommendations for everything you might want in NYC. 


  • Facials/Estheticians: Skin By Brooks; I've also tried and loved Silver Mirror with Taylor and HeyDay with Liana C, but ultimately felt like Skin By Brooks was the best investment. 
  • Asian Beauty Retail Shopping: oo35mmLOVUEPeach & Lily brick-and-mortar stand at Macy's in Flushing. Also look out for incredible sample sales and fun pop-up events, including Peach & Lily's annual sample sale around the end of August.
  • Beauty Retail Shopping: SpaceNK; Sephora; Ulta mainly for the IT Cosmetics for Ulta brushes; Barneys but only during the Love Yourself Event; Harmon Discount. Although I haven't visited yet, I've been dying to visit clean beauty store credo and making an hour-long appointment for a Clean Beauty Swap.