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Best of New York 2009 • Health & Self

Best Bargains

Wallet-conscious ways to moisturize, exercise, and pamper.

The Sonia Kashuk makeup bag.  
  • 1. Generous Samples

  • Space NK

    99 Greene St., nr. Spring St.; 212-941-4200

    In addition to its excellent selection of face serums and eye creams, this elegant beauty store doles out samples generously. Cost: Free

  • 2. Free Yoga

  • LuluLemon Athletica

    15 Union Sq. W., at 15th St.; 212-675-5286 and three other locations

    The yoga outfitter holds hour-long open-level yoga classes at each of its four locations. Classes are taught by an assortment of well-known teachers from studios like YogaWorks, Om Factory, and Prana Power. Cost: Free

  • 3. Long-Lasting Lotion

  • Sabon Body Butter

    782 Lexington Ave., at 61st St.; 212-308-5901 and six other locations

    Ultrarich; a small slice will last months. Get the lavender. Cost: $10.

  • 4. Workout Clothes

  • Old Navy

    503 Broadway, nr. Spring St.; 212-226-0838 and three other Manhattan locations

    Flattering yoga pants, cross-front tanks, and extremely soft funnel-necked zip jackets in good, bright colors. Cost: $12.50–$24.50

  • 5. Facials

  • 3Lab Facials

    Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., at 61st St.; 212-833-2010

    Once a month starting March 12, 3LAB will have skin consultations and one-hour facials in VIP treatment rooms on the fourth floor. Cost: Free

  • 6. Private Pilates

  • re:Ab

    33 Bleecker St., nr. Lafayette St., Ste. 2C; 212-420-9111

    During March, get a friend and share a duet session with Kara, an apprentice teacher of the renowned Brooke Siler. Cost: $20 per person

  • 7. Organizer

  • Sonia Kashuk Makeup Bag

    Target, 139 Flatbush Ave., nr. Atlantic Ave., Downtown Brooklyn; 718-290-1109

    Sophisticated patterns and practical details (like detachable easy-to-clean compartments) make you wonder why other makeup bags aren’t as well thought-out. Cost: $12.99

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