Archive for May, 2010

SATC 2 Countdown Contest!

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Finally! We’re one day away from the much-anticipated premiere of Sex & The City 2! As our favorite Manhattan quartet sets out (once again) to tackle life, love and friendship I can’t help but be overly excited. I could re-hash my favorite episodes, quotes and sticky situations forever, but I want to know just how many details YOU can remember. So here it is: The Sex &The City 2 Countdown Contest! You have 24 hours to comment the correct answers to ALL 10 trivia questions posted above on either our blog or Facebook Fan page. Two winners (1 on  each) will win a tarte beauty collection fit for a ‘Hot Child in The City’! The fun doesn’t end there; post some trivia of your own—I would love to play along ;)

The City Girl Prize Pack Includes:

Xo,

Kristin

Summer 2010 Beauty!

Technically summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, but as far as we’re concerned Memorial Day marks the kick-off to the season. I’m sure you’ve stocked up on at least one new swimsuit, caftan or pair of wedges, but what we really want to know are your go-to summer beauty products?  Sunscreen and sun safety products are an obvious given, but I wanted to share with you some other goodies I’ll be tossing in my beach bag for the perfect, no-fuss, natural beauty look.

When it comes to summer makeup less is more. I love focusing on my lashes & lips. All I’m really looking for is simplicity and staying power.  So it’s a no brainer that my summer choices are multiplEYE™ natural lash-enhancing waterproof mascara & LipSurgence™ natural lip stain in charmed. Luscious lashes and bubblegum pink lips are perfect against sunkissed skin.

Next up are my tresses. When temperatures are crawling into the 90’s the last thing I want to do is sweat under the blow dryer; just the thought makes me cringe. Well, thanks to Fredrick Fekkai’s  Marine Summer Hair, I’ll see my styling tools in September. This misting spray will give you surf-sexy waves, while protecting your hair against the sun, salt water & chlorine. It’s effortless & I love that!

Last but not least, my pick for the perfect summer lacquer to go with all of those open-toe shoes. It’s all about CHANEL’s minty fresh summer shade Nouvelle Vague. Fresh for 2010, this is the ideal summer escape from your traditional pinks and corals. I’m heading for a mani/pedi in this shade tonight to last me through the holiday weekend.

So that’s it for summer-perfect products that are chic & easy.

Xo,

Kristin

mmyHair Perfection in 1, 2?!

I have very long & thick hair that is cut into long layers–no, I’m not complaining. However, I do have two gripes when it comes to my tresses that I think affects most of us: flyaways & frizzy ends. You know what I am talking about; right after you spend too much time on your blowout and your part is full of stand up broken pieces. Or when your stylist gives you the perfect piece-y layers and then when you try to replicate, the ends of the layers look more like the edge of a broom—ick.  Well, fret not! A few years ago my style-savvy friend Sam introduced me to 2 products that solved  my issues: Emi-Jay hair ties & Kiehl’s Crème with Silk Groom.  Another confirmation these are AMAZING— I was flipping through this month’s InStyle Hair issue and they featured BOTH products in their ‘Great Hair A-Z’ article!

Why so great? Emi-Jay ponytail holders are the second greatest thing for hair damage since Goody eliminated the metal bits on their ponytail holders. One day two teenage pals from LA, Emi and Jay, decided to sell the elastic hair accessories they had been making for themselves. Now, it’s a stylist favorite.  I first saw these when Sam was wearing one on her wrist (she also hails from LA); I thought it was just another silly bracelet stacked amongst the others. When I was complaining about my ponytail dent over lunch, she pulled her “silly bracelet” off her wrist and handed it over.  From that moment on I was hooked & the next day I ordered a whole tub (see below). These simple ties have the perfect elasticity, don’t leave a pony dent and WON’T RIP YOUR HAIR.

Sam’s second hair rescue was Kiehl’s Crème with Silk Groom. This rich cream moisturizes and protects hair & although the directions suggest to apply it to damp hair before drying, I do the opposite. After I blowout my hair I apply the smallest pea-size amount to my hands, rub them together then apply lightly to the edges of my hair & my part. A little goes a long way with this non-greasy formula & it does exactly what its name claims: Silk Groom. It seems to close off and treat any tears in both the hair shaft and cuticle. Pretty simple, pretty amazing.

So, whether it’s static in the winter or humidity in the summer you can have hair as perfect as Emmy Rossum’s. Who would have thought no-damage was as easy as two products?!

Xo,

Kristin

Weekend Playlist!

While the rest of you are enjoying a sun-soaked  Friday happy hour, I will be on a 2 hour mini road-trip to spend the weekend with my boyfriend’s parents. However, they live at the beach ;)  My weekend getaway calls for the perfect playlist compiled of the newest hits & peppered with my favorites from all genres. It needs to be perfect for the drive, perfect for the beach & perfect for sitting on the deck while sipping a cocktail. So here are my faves! I hope you enjoy and let me know what I missed.

  1. Hold Yuh–Gyptian
  2. OMG (ft. will.i.am)– Usher
  3. Miami, Miami– Rogue Wave
  4. Alejandro– Lady GaGa
  5. All Night–Damian Marley
  6. All The Things That I Have Done–The Killers
  7. I’m On The Rock–Mavado ft. Jay Z
  8. Bulletproof– La Roux
  9. Sweet Honey– Slightly Stoopid
  10. Summertime–Kenny Chesney
  11. Turn The Lights Down Low– Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill
  12. Mandolin Moon–Sister Hazel
  13. Chicken Fried– Zac Brown Band
  14. Break Your Heart– Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris
  15. Three Little Birds– Bob Marley

xo,

Kristin

Our Picks for Moms…

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d offer some gift suggestions! Aside from giving them tarte’s best-selling beauty items (check out some of their faves), we’ve also spoiled them with lots of other goodies over the years. From fashion to electronics, here’s a few that are sure to be a hit:

  • For the busy mom: Pamper her with a manicure/pedicure/massage at her local spa.
  • For the avid reader: Snag a Kindle and load it up with her favorite authors.
  • For the fashionista: Pick up the latest clutch or tote (some of our preferred eco-chic designers: matt & nat and Stella McCartney)
  • For the sentimentalist: A gold locket with a pic of the two of you is sure to make her melt.
  • For the party mom: You can’t go wrong with the Wine of the Month club!

xo,

Kristin