Wellness Happy Hour: Where to Find Free Skin Face Treatments

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Nothing beats happy hour after work. Discounted drinks and meeting up with friends are always nice. However, going to a free face skin care event is better. Especially if there is free wine.

Free wellness events are a big score for me. I love trying new skincare products and getting free mini face treatments.

Keep in mind, most face treatments do not have extractions for blackheads. However, they are free and leave your skin feeling refreshed afterwards.

Caudalie free face treatment products
Caudalie launched their new SOS Intense Moisturizing Cream product by having free face treatments in their stores.

Even though, I recently attended the Dermalogica Pop-Up , my skin still felt dry from the season change from winter to spring.

Thus, I checked my five main resources for finding free events, and luckily found the Caudalie #SaveYourSkin Hydration Happy Hour on Eventbrite.

Luckily, Caudalie was offering free mini treatments because they launched their new SOS Intense Moisturizing Cream product. Along with New York, this event was offered in Washington D.C, Miami, and Los Angeles.

Products Used in My Face Treatment

  1. Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream
  2. Caudalie Micellar Water
  3. Caudalie Grape Water
  4. Caudalie Beauty Elixir Eau De Beaute
  5. Caudalie Premier Cru Serum
  6. Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream
  7. Caudalie Moisturizing Mask
  8. Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil
  9. Caudalie VinoSource S.O.S. Intense Moisturizing Cream

Not long after waiting 5 minutes, I was next in line for the 20 minutes face treatment. Furthermore, there were 3 aestheticians working at different stations. Thus, my friend and I managed to get our face treatments done at the same time.

Overall, this was a great event because of the low wait time. In addition, my skin really enjoyed the extra moisture from the products.

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The Caudalie face treatment was refreshing and left me feeling glowy.

3 Upcoming Free Wellness Events (NYC)

  1. SoHo! Learn All About a Skincare Routine with Georgette Klinger at Birchbox Walgreens (Friday, April 12, 2019 3pm-7pm)
  2. Wellness Weekend NYC: Herbivore Masterclass (Sunday, April 14, 2019 10am- 12pm)
  3. Fresh’s Rose Masterclass: the refreshing Deep Hydration your skin needs (Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:30pm-7:30pm)

2 Websites For Finding Free Fitness Classes in NYC

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Staying fit, eating healthy, and having an active lifestyle are very important to me. Luckily, I have a discount fitness membership though my employer, and I use my gym membership almost every single day.

Find free fitness classes on Evenbrite and Sassy Fit Girl. Image by shushipu from Pixabay

Since not all of my friends have gym membership, I found it helpful to meet up at free fitness classes. New York City is also a popular travel destination, and it is nice to meet up with friends that visit to a free workout class, instead of dining at a restaurant. It is very beneficial because both my friends and I do not miss our workouts, and our bank accounts thank us as well.

Please see below for the top 2 resources I use to find free fitness classes.

1)Sassy Fit Girl

Sassy Fit Girl usually posts a weekly schedule for free fitness classes and free group runs by Monday/Sunday 3pm EST. Be sure to subscribe to her newsletter and to check her website daily in case additional listings get added.


I wrote about using Eventbrite recently to find free and cheap events, and one of my favorite searches to use is fitness.  I type in fitness and I use the “free” filter to narrow down my search for free fitness classes.

Last Sunday I went to the Sweaty Sundays X Brooklyn Boulders NYC lululemon event, and I was able to go to rock climbing for free. Just for some perspective, a day pass at Brooklyn Boulders is $36, so finding this event was definitely a steal.

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I saved $36 by attending a free rocking climbing event on Eventbrite.

3 Upcoming Free Fitness Classes (NYC)

  1. Wellness Weekend NYC: Yoga Classes (Saturday, April 13, 2019 12pm-1pm, 1pm-2pm)
  2. Fit Club Run Club (various dates, weekly run club every Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm)
  3. Fitbit Local Bodyweight Bootcamp & Cardio Boxing (Saturday, April 27, 2019 3:30pm-4:30pm)

How to Find a Clothing Swap & Recycle Fashionably

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Clothing swaps are one of my favorite activities to do by myself and with friends. They allow you to donate clothing items you no longer need, and in return you can get other items that people donate. Free clothing swap events are essentially a free thrift shop.

Why Attend Clothing Swaps?

Clothing swaps are beneficial to both your wallet and the environment because you are essentially recycling clothes. Unfortunately, the fashion industry is known to destroy unsold clothes, and pump out more carbon dioxide than international flights and shipping combined.

Event Details (Costs, Things to Bring, Laundromat)

It varies from event to event, but some require you to donate a specific number of items, and some do not require you to donate any items at all. At times, there are also clothing swaps tailored towards women, baby, or men. Some clothing swaps also charge entrance fees, and I usually attend the free ones. Most unclaimed items at clothing swaps are usually donated to charity. I would recommend double-checking the description and contacting the event organizer if you have any questions.

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I managed to stuff a bag full of clothes, and paid less than $5 to wash and dry them.

Please note, for safety reasons I would recommend washing and drying your clothes in hot water and high heat. No one ever wants to leave with dirty clothes and to risk getting bedbugs. The laundromat near my house costs $1.75 to wash, and $0.25 to dry for 8 minutes. I usually dry for 56 minutes ($1.75 = $0.25 * 7). I can also buy laundry soap for $1 at the laundromat. Paying $4.50 for laundry to get clothes for my wardrobe is quite the bargain for me.

How to Find Clothing Swaps

To find clothing swaps, I follow my usual routine of checking Instagram, Newsletters, Goldstar, Eventbrite, and Facebook.

For demonstration purposes, please see my screenshot below of how I find clothing swaps on Facebook. I use the search bar to look up “Clothing Swap New York” and I use the Events tab to find a list of events.

In Facebook use the search bar for “Clothing Swap + your city” and the Events Tab

Luckily I made it to the clothing swap that was hosted by Daya Yoga Studio on Friday, March 29, 2019.  Clothing swaps are also known to be social gatherings, since people seek feedback on items and people even look for items together. At this event, I left with a nice big bag of items.

Upcoming NYC Clothing Swaps

If you are in New York City, the 3 upcoming clothing swaps (from my screenshot) are listed below. Please note, the second and third clothing swaps below are at the same location, but were made by 2 different event organizers.

  1. Clothing Swap! (Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 1pm -4pm)
  2. Sara and the Sea at Moto Distillery (Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3pm-6pm)
  3. Bushwick Clothing Swap (Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3pm-6pm)
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Clothing swaps can be social and fun to look for items.

Daya Yoga Studio Information

  • Train: L Train to Jefferson Street
  • Address: 360 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
  • Phone: (718) 406-7912
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday 7am-10pm
  • Class Sign up: MINDBODY / ClassPass

Daya Yoga Studio is also currently offering New Student Specials for $50 for 4 weeks of unlimited classes, and they have 6 classes for $40. A normal price per yoga class is $18. In addition, they have a list of upcoming retreats on their website. The next retreat will be on Friday, May 17, 2019 – Sunday, May 19, 2019 in upstate New York, with price ranges from $150-300.

To learn how I was able to find a free wellness day retreat in NYC please go here.

How to Attend a Free Wellness Day Retreat (NYC)

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We often hear about going elsewhere to wellness retreats, but are we aware that it might be easier to go than we think? It is always great to explore places, but when money and time may be issues, the wellness retreat might be even around the corner.

I wrote recently about how I use different resources to find events, and I was lucky enough to find the Dermalogica Pop-Up event on Facebook. The #ExperienceDermalogica pop-up had interactive art installations, free master classes, facelift skin treatments, and swag bags.

Free Facelift Skin Treatment

I was very intrigued by the “Build your Brand with Cyndi Ramirez: Chillhouse Founder” master class.  Ramirez went over the fundamentals of building a brand visually, and how everything, such as the name, logo, typefaces, colorways, patterns, tagline, and slogan sets a brand apart from the rest. Ramirez also spent time answering individual questions and provided feedback, which is helpful because consultations and attending branding workshops can be expensive.

Branding Class led by Chillhouse Founder Cyndi Ramirez

After attending the branding workshop I was lucky enough to get a free 10 minutes facelift skin treatment. The skincare facelift left me feeling refreshed and glowy and allowed me to try the latest Dermalogica products for free. The normal price for this treatment is valued at $10, and you can schedule an appointment at a Dermalogica location on their website.

I also attended the Skin Health 101 master class, which was about identifying and treating different skin types. One key thing I learned was the difference between sensitive skin and sensitized (reactive) skin.  Sensitized skin is caused by your environment, which can include stress, friction, incorrect product usage, medication, sun, and pollution. On the other hand, sensitive skin is something that you are born with, and symptoms include lower pigment, redness and being prone to asthma and allergies.

List of Free Master Classes at the Pop-Up

Overall this event was great because not only was this event was free, but the speakers were also very knowledgeable. If timed correctly, anyone could have made this a free wellness day retreat, with the branding (motivation) class, (facelift) skin treatment, Skin Health 101 master class (workshop), restorative skin class (yoga), and swag (free gift) bags.

One of the free swag bags I received at the pop-up. I got a total of 3 different gift bags at the event.


5 Ways to Find Free Pop-Ups & Events (NYC)

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Free Olivia Burton Dream Bus Pop-Up I found from Facebook. I also got a free pink hot chocolate at the event.

Pop-ups are short term retail stores and temporary art installations and are very popular in New York City.  Some of my favorite pop-ups that I go to are workouts, wellness panels, and photography walks/sessions. Please see below for my recommendations on Instagram accounts, newsletter subscriptions, and websites to use for finding cheap and free events in NYC.

  1. Instagram

My top favorite Instagram accounts to follow for pop-ups and events, include queenoffreeba, fomofeed, artworldnyc, and popupgirlsnyc. Queenoffreeba has daily morning Instagram stories about free events. Both fomofeed and artworldnyc have eye catching posts about pop ups and often feature pop ups on their feed prior to the public event launch. Popupgirlsnyc may even feature your post if you tag them on Instagram.

Free Canon Pop-Up where I learned photography tips and shot photos with a DSLR for free.

2. Newsletters

My favorite newsletters to find events include the Skint (daily), and the Joy List (weekly). The Skint is a daily newsletter about fun and free cheap things to do in New York, which include ongoing events, such as poetry readings, outdoor movies, and comedy shows.The Joy List features events that you can go alone and meet new friends, which include potlucks, game nights, and dance clubs.

Free Weekly Summer Kayaking I found from the Skint.

3. Goldstar

Goldstar is great for finding complimentary tickets, concert tickets, theater tickets, and under $10 tickets, and can be also used in 26 cities across the United States. I have found great discounts on tickets that I would normally pay full price from the venue and Ticketmaster.

4. Eventbrite

My favorite part about Eventbrite is that I can use the “free” filter and that I can search by keywords. My favorite keywords to use are pop-up, clothing swap, panel, and wellness.

Monthly free 1st Thursday cookie and baking class at Michel et Augustin I found on Eventbrite.

5. Facebook

On Facebook I use the events section, and I filter results by New York, New York or I can choose a city to see events in the area. In addition, I can also put the city in the search keyword as well, such as Pop-up New York, Clothing Swap New York, Panel New York, and Wellness New York. Some of my favorite Facebook Event pages are FOMO New York – Free Events, Epic Events NYC, Awesome Events – NYC, The NYC Daily Event List, and Free Events in New York City.

NYC: 3 Day Weekend Budget Itinerary & Meal Plan

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Image by Jo Wiggijo from Pixabay

New York is known as one of the world’s most expensive cities, but it does not mean that you cannot be on a fun budget here. One of the amazing things about New York is that there are free events and discounted museum days. Please see below for my itinerary I would follow for a fun budget weekend.

My 3 Day Weekend Itinerary Guide


Morning: Financial District

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: Charging Bull, Fearless Girl, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Train: 2/3/4/5 train to Wall Street
  • Address: (NYSE) 1 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
Wall Street is the financial center of the United States. Image by Predrag Kezic from Pixabay

Afternoon: Chelsea & High Line

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: Walk around Chelsea and the High Line (elevated park)
  • Train: Take the 1 or C train to 23rd Street
  • Address: The park runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street, in the Meatpacking District – through Chelsea to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street

Evening: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

  • Cost: Free Friday only from 4-8pm
  • Highlights: Vincent Van Gogh – “The Starry Night”, Pablo Picasso – “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” Monet – Water Lilies
  • Train: E/M train to 5th Avenue/ 53rd St
  • Address: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Vincent Van Gogh – “The Starry Night.” Image by Eric Perlin from Pixabay


Morning: Statue of Liberty (via Staten Island Ferry)

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: The Staten Island Ferry takes you right past the statue for free
  • Train: 4/5 train to Bowling Green

Afternoon: Central Park

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: Take a stroll walking throughout the park, the pond and Gapstow Bridge, and Sheep’s Meadow
  • Train: N/R/W train to 5th/59th St
Central Park is one of the most famous parks in the world. Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Evening: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  • Cost: Pay only what you wish Saturday from 5:45pm-7:45pm
  • Highlights: Édouard Manet –“Before the Mirror,” Pablo Picasso –  “Woman with Yellow Hair”, Pierre Bonnard – “Dining Room on the Garden”
  • Train: 4/5/6 train to 86th St
  • Address: 1071 5th ˀAve, New York, NY 10128


Morning: Brooklyn Bridge

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: Take photos of the iconic bridge and get spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Brooklyn Heights, and DUMBO
  • Train: 2/3 train to Clark Street
  • Address: Take the Henry Street exit. Walk left on Henry Street. Go left on Cadman Plaza West/Old Fulton Street and walk downhill to the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the bottom of the hill, at the waterfront
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Image by Foundry Co from Pixabay

Afternoon: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)

  • Cost: $25 (pay what you wish for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents)
  • Highlights: Jacques Louis David – “The Death of Socrates” , Raphael – Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints, Marble statue of Aphrodite
  • Train: 4/5/6 train to 86th St
  • Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Evening: Times Square

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: Shopping, people watching and being amazed by the billboards
  • Train: 1/2/3/7/S to Times Square – 42 Street Station 
Times Square and the lights. Image by Foundry Co from Pixabay

Meal Plan


Parmesan Garlic Cauliflower

Image by Couleur from Pixabay


Aspargus Carbonara


Sweet Potato Skillet

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay


Chicken Enchilada Skillet


Sweet Potato Chicken Kale Skillet

Image by LEEROY Agency from Pixabay


Chicken with White Wine, Leek, Spinach and Arugula Pan Sauce


Creamy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Mozzarella

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay
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