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Kick-Butt Workout
Belmar’s Muay Thai Kickboxing & Fitness

White Plains (914) 426-0359
Tired of jogging on the treadmill while watching Seinfeld reruns? We thought so. Kick it up a notch—literally—with Peter Belmar’s Muay Thai kickboxing classes. With what may be the most challenging workout in the county, Belmar—who’s practiced Muay Thai for 26 years—will have you slamming pads with fierce roundhouse kicks, jabs, and hooks in no time. Prepare to become one lean fighting machine.

New Beauty Boutique

Rye (914) 305-2000
“If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth,” says Olivier President Gabriella Valentine, “don’t put it on your skin. We would eat anything we sell.” Well, maybe we wouldn’t go that far, but we do love this elegant beauty boutique for its luxurious, eco-friendly indulgences, including all natural artisan soaps, facial creams, lip serums, body lotions, shampoos, and shaving creams. All are crafted from pure ingredients such as organic olive oil, virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and beeswax—and without any preservatives or detergents.

Laser Hair Removal
Dare to Be Bare

Eastchester (914) 346-8900
Co-owners Sandra Cossa and Colleen McMahon have worked in the beauty biz for more than 20 years, opening their own spa just last year, and they are so nice and friendly, we’d go just to chat! But, of course, they are also very good at what they do: removing hair. They have the latest-model lasers, TVs in each room, and numbing creams for the sensitive. Nice bonus: if you buy a prepaid package and any hair dares to grow back, your first three touchups are free. We dare you to find a better deal.

Permanent Makeup
Halina Wawrzyniak
Oggi/Adam & Eve

Scarsdale (914) 472-0010
When someone is working near your eyes with tiny needles, you want that someone to know exactly what she is doing. That someone is Halina Wawrzyniak, who lines eyes and lips, defines eyebrows, and covers up tiny imperfections with an artist’s eye and has been doing so for 18 years. The result is natural, polished, perfect. She also gives a totally decadent facial. Splurge—spend the day. You’ll be in good hands.

Brazilian Bikini Wax
Sonny Sharma Spa & Skin Center

Hartsdale (914) 428-6772
What price beauty? Fifty bucks and a lot less pain than you might think. A New York City waxing snob snootily thought she wouldn’t find adequate services out here in the ’burbs. She thought wrong. “Sonny gives the least painful Brazillian I’ve ever experienced,” she gushed. And, Sharma is, we’re told, very thorough.

Yoga Instructor
Abbie Galvin at Katonah Yoga

Bedford Hills (914) 241-3413
She learned quite literally at the feet of the master—Nevine Michaan, owner of Katonah Yoga and last year’s Best Yoga Instructor. Says fellow teacher David Nayor, “Outside of Nevine, Galvin is hands-down the best yoga teacher in Westchester.”

Salon for Curly Hair
Devachan Salon

White Plains (212) 274-8686
Curly girls, rejoice! Devachan, the hair-styling mecca for the curly coiffed, has opened an outpost in White Plains. With 14 chairs and a cool exposed-brick wall exactly like its sister salon in SoHo, the salon offers the same level of curl experts that New York City offers, along with all the fabulous Deva products curly girls have come to love.




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