Archive for July, 2014

Revealing Beautiful Skin at European Wax Center

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

I had my first wax experience with European Wax Center last week, and the whole process was a breeze.

Two days before my appointment, they called with a reminder and asked if I would still be able to attend, assuring me that if I had to reschedule, there would be no fee. Great service; I always appreciate the extra effort it takes to remind me of an appointment, just in case something has come up or I forgot to put it in my calendar.

The center is incredibly clean, the waiting area open and well decorated. The staff at the front desk was friendly and informative and didn’t pressure me into buying any products or packages. I was a few minutes early to my appointment so she let me know that my specialist would be out in a few moments and where the bathroom was if in case I needed it. The lobby is stocked with comfortable seating and a slew of magazines, but I didn’t even need to spend any time reading them because my specialist, Alix, was out right on time to begin my reservation.

Alix walked me through the different products she was using as she applied them to my skin. Though I’ve waxed before, she made me feel incredibly comfortable with the process. At European Wax Center, your skin is prepped with a serum that keeps the wax from sticking to your skin, which lessens the pain significantly. The wax used is actually made in house and the technicians allow it to dry entirely before pulling it off, which again, keeps it from sticking too much to skin and only adhering to your hair. And they never double-dip–huge plus! Alix gave me a few different breathing techniques that made the pain almost non-existent. It was, hands down, the least painful waxing I’ve ever experienced. When not walking me through the process, Alix was incredibly friendly and kept up a steady stream of conversation to keep me distracted from the (albeit minimal) pain. She did suggest one of their products to keep the hair regrowth at a minimum, but wasn’t pushy about the fact that I needed to buy it, just that exfoliation in general would do wonders for my skin.

Post-appointment payment was a breeze. We automatically scheduled a follow-up. There was again, refreshingly no pressure to buy a package deal of the body wash Alix suggested I purchase (though I did and I love it). There’s a handy chart at the desk for suggested tip amount broken down for each beauty procedure, and the option to leave tip in cash or by card.

As a student, your first wax at European Wax Center is on the house, and then after that, you can take advantage of the student wax pass, where you buy two treatments and get the third one free! No better deal is to be had in Manhattan.


The Transfer

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Remember when you were in high school? Yes, it was fun. But one of the things you looked forward to the most was eventually going to college. And if you didn’t plan on going to college, you still likely planned on doing something with your life. It was so comforting, wasn’t it? Envisioning finally being an adult and all the independent choices you would be able to make. It’s such an endorphin rush…until you’re finally there, in college or the harsh real world, where making choices can be stressful and costly. If you are like me, you may have found yourself simply lost at first.

Choosing a major is hard and so is choosing a school. Thankfully, I already knew I was passionate about history. It was my second best option next to fashion designs which after the market crash of 2008, I didn’t really see as an option at all. I figured, I would eventually find my foothold in fashion, the natural way. But in school, I would major in history. I would write. I’m a writer. Eventually, I would write for a magazine, a fashion magazine, as a fashion editor. Then I would transition, like Vera Wang did. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I always knew I would come back to New York. And that’s easily the best thing that’s happened to me this year as a student. Coming back to New York – not the actual move, because (when isn’t that stressful?), but reacquainting myself with air of New York life.

Yes, it sounds like another anecdotal cliché of a young woman’s life – that New York would be the place where she finds herself and comes into her own.  Well, that’s the thing. I’m not sure I’ve figured it out just yet, like these women do in those clichés. And considering that I’m at the very beginning of my career, I probably won’t figure out everything that I’d need to for a while. But something about being in New York at this stage of my life is great and exciting. Perhaps, it’s being surrounded by so many like-minded people. It’s the vibe we’re able to create, the conversations, the momentous impact we tell each other we want to have. The energy of the city just feeds youthful aspirations, which means, I can still make mistakes. There’s so much room to explore just who I want to be.


Margael St Juste, Hunter College ’15

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Mexican Goods at Benny’s Burritos

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

On the corner of Avenue A and 6th Street is a lively gem of a Mexican restaurant named Benny’s Burritos. Don’t be alarmed though—they sell a lot more than just burritos here.

Walking in through the Avenue A entrance, I took note of the tables set up outside, where customers were able to enjoy their food amidst the warm rays of sunlight. Seats were aplenty, both outside and inside the restaurant, even though the place was bustling with business. I made my way inside the restaurant and was seated at a table near the 6th Street entrance, and I was given a menu full of choices.

Main dishes at Benny's

I decided on a burrito and chose a shredded beef filling. I asked my waitress for a bean recommendation since I’m not too familiar with burritos, and she kindly suggested black beans as her personal favorite, so I went with her recommendation. I also ordered an iced tea (though, as my waitress warned, it’s unsweetened, so make sure that’s what you want if you order it).

Burrito with sauces and iced tea

My food came rather quickly, even though there were many other customers in the restaurant, so I was pleasantly surprised. It smelled delicious.

Burrito with shredded beef

The inside of the burrito looked extremely appetizing, and I waited a bit for it to cool down before I took my first bite. The filling was delicious, as the mixture of black beans, shredded beef, and rice was a perfect combination (so I was glad to have heeded my waitress’ recommendation). Adding salsa or sour cream sauce (which comes with the burrito) made the taste pop out even more.

All in all, this very inexpensive burrito was enough to fill me up for the rest of the day. The employees were all very kind and helpful, and the atmosphere was lively—perfect for bringing your friends and family. So if you’re ever craving a burrito—or a taco, or enchiladas, or anything else on their large menu—grab a Campus Clipper coupon for an extra discount and make a visit to Benny’s Burritos!


Nancy Ma, New York University ’15

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