I have this workout playlist called “Power Boost” that I keep in my back pocket to get me through the last (usually painful) mile of my runs, when all I feel like doing is stopping, plopping down on the ground, and passing out in a puddle of sweat.
One of the songs on it is Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind, and sometimes when I’m running on the treadmill at home I’ll sing the chorus — “New Yooooooork!” — at the top of my burning lungs, between panting and gasping for air.
Sometimes I also sing this…
I sing it with so much verve that someone who didn’t know me might even think I’m from New York.
Which wouldn’t be a problem for me. I’ve only been there once, but I mean, it’s New York. Once was enough to fall in love. We spent a few days sightseeing over Thanksgiving back in 2004, and it was so much fun. We got bagels and coffee and watched the Macy’s parade from the sidewalk by the park.
The Bay Area, though, has always had my heart…
My family lives here, and it’s where I grew up, so I’ll just have to be content admiring NYC from afar and getting my fixes in other ways, like with the new NARS Hearts New York City set ($75).
Complete with an Eye & Cheek Palette and a full-sized lip gloss and nail polish, the limited edition set pulses with top-selling NARS shades from New York.
Sculpt your face and cheeks with peachy pink Amour Blush and shimmery golden brown Laguna Bronzing Powder (my favorite!) before dressing up your lids with four neutral-with-a-kick NARS Single Eyeshadows in matte beige Biarritz, sheer pearly rose Nepal, matte plummy brown New York and chocolate Galapagos (see the tiny flecks of golden glitter?).
A swipe of sheer, dusty rose Dolce Vita Lip Gloss on your lips and one or two layers of creamy blood red Chinatown Nail Polish on your nails completes the cosmopolitan look.
I LOVE these colors, and I think they’d look just as elegant pounding the pavement in a concrete jungle as they’d look at a casual Sunday brunch…with Tim Gunn. Because this is my NYC fantasy, and in it Tim and I are BFFs.
The Eye & Cheek Palette really stands out for me. It’s sleek enough for my travel makeup bag, has colors with a lot of look potential, and the products last all friggin’ day long.
I wore Amour, Laguna, Biarritz, Nepal and Galapagos last Saturday for my dad’s b-day, and my makeup stayed put for 10 hours with hardly any fading.
The new NARS Hearts New York City set arrives May 1 to select stores, including Barneys, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel and the Soho Bloomingdale’s.
AVAILABILITY: Coming May 1 to select stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
This is how it is to hang out with my family: mounds of food, plenty of goofing off, and not one, but two birthday cakes!
One was tiramisu and the other was mango.
Hmm… I wonder where I get my sweet tooth.
How’s your day coming along? What have you been up to so far?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,