Archive for March, 2011

A tribute to Elizabeth Taylor

 

Hi tartelettes,

As I’m sure you know, last week beloved star and eternal icon Elizabeth Taylor passed away.  Throughout her career, Elizabeth Taylor was an inspiration to many with her class and grace. I personally loved her and everything she represented that two years ago I named my puppy after her.  From the moment she hit the big screen in the early ‘40s, the media was consumed with her. Whether it was her love life, movie career, jewelry or her amazing sense of style, the public wanted to know every detail of Elizabeth’s life.

We can all agree that Elizabeth Taylor was a fashion icon, but she also inspired several different beauty trends.  Did you know that she was born with two rows of eyelashes due to a genetic mutation?  I’d have to say that I wouldn’t mind inheriting that mutation! Her thick lashes and “violet” eyes became her signature trademark and were most certainly envied by all.  As for her personal beauty style, I think that she’ll be most remembered for her classic look: a glowing complexion, defined eyes and alluring red lips.

Elizabeth Taylor defined “Hollywood Glam” on the Red Carpet and stars still try to channel her looks today. In honor of Elizabeth Taylor, I’d like to celebrate some of her iconic beauty looks that will remain timeless. Which was your favorite? Share with us below.

xo,

Kate

Spring Training: Physique 57

Hi tartelettes!

It’s officially spring and that means summer is right around the corner. Translated: I need to get my butt in gear for skirt and short season here on the East Coast and up the ante on my healthy living plan. As I’ve blogged about in the past, I’m all about trying new fitness routines. Last year, I ran my first half-marathon and then in November I ran the NYC marathon in 4h5min! I also incorporated boot camp at 360Fit, intense spinning at Flywheel Sports and some Bikram Yoga moves into my workout schedule last year.

This year I’m taking a different approach and trying the infamous Physique 57 (Kelly Ripa is a fan). I had my first beginner’s class last Sunday and then on Wednesday I took an open class with my friend Jessica—it was tough! Basically, you start the class off with warm-up moves and then you incorporate weights to tone and strengthen your arms. Next up: pushups and lots of them. Then it’s on to the bar where you do every imaginable leg move to tone the thighs, hamstrings, calves, booty—you name it! It incorporates a lot of moves (squeeze/tone/pulse) that require a ball (think: dodgeball). You finish off the class with abs and mat work. What’s great about this interval program is that after you complete a series of exercises—literally, you can’t do anymore—you then stretch the muscle. It was such a difficult workout, but I really loved the intensity of it. I was sweating, but I will say my waterproof makeup was still on. Oh, and believe me, you feel it for the next 2 days, too. This cardiovascular program of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches is sure to kick of my personal spring training!!

What are you doing to keep healthy this spring?! And what makeup do you wear while working out? For me, I can’t go anywhere without mascara!! Share your comments below. We’d love to hear!

xo

Candace

Spring Makeup Trends

Hi tartelettes!

It’s crazy to think that spring is just around the corner! Here in NYC we’re expecting sunshine on the weekend forecast. YAY! Just a little ray of light has me already thinking about spring clothes and makeup, of course! The idea of pairing a bold lip with a new floral, sleeveless dress has me so excited. And this season it’s all about being bold.

Vibrant red and coral to honeysuckle (also Pantone’s color of the year), these shades are the perfect way to complete and compliment your look.  If you don’t want to play up your lip, then I recommend dabbing or dusting some color on those cheeks. Believe me a little can go along way after a stuffed up winter (at least for me here on the East Coast). For those wanting to change up their eye makeup routine, opt for navy. It’s fun and fashionable and when done right looks gorgeous!

What spring beauty trend are you most excited about this season?

Oscar Beauty

Hi all!

I’m Kate—the newest member of the tarte team. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to blog about beauty, fashion and all things glamorous. For my official post, I’ve decided to share my thoughts on some of my favorite Oscar beauty trends. I know I’m a little late to the convo, but I’ve finally had the chance to digest all of the gorgeous gals!

I thought that stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Hillary Swank both dazzled with a natural , look.  By using a nude lip color and sporting a rosy cheek, they flawlessly pulled it off with ease.  Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry and Michelle Williams all looked stunning rocking a sultry, smokey eye. They balanced it perfectly by complimenting the strong eye with softer shades on their cheeks and lips. And one of my all-time  favorite trends of the evening was the classic look. I think Anne Hathaway and Sandra Bullock pulled this off well with a bold red lip color.

What were some of your favorite beauty trends?