Archive for November, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: The Dad List

There are few things as difficult as shopping for your father — it’s confusing, frustrating and there’s always that nagging urge to grab a pack of tube socks and call it a day. But before you give in to safety-gifting, remember this is your dad we’re talking about. He deserves something special.

In order to help demystify the shopping-for-your-father process we’ve created the ultimate Dad List: gifts that cover every type of dad out there, all under $200!

Clockwise from the top left:  Ram Man’s Golf Set; the Kindle Fire, the e-reader has ajustable fonts size, making reading glasses a thing of the past;  Chefmate 3 Piece BBQ Grill SetEmeril at the Grill: A Cookbook for All Seasons; James Bond DVD Collection, because every man wants to be 007; the KTM 60 Piece 3/8″ Tool Box Set; and center, Burberry Check Rectangle Cuff Links.

Which is gift is perfect for your dad?







6 Great Cyber Monday Deals


I love a good bargain, and seeing the letters S. A. L. E. hanging in store windows makes my blood rush. Still, I’ve never been the type to get out of bed before dawn and battle the notoriously aggressive Black Friday crowds. Instead I spend Thanksgiving weekend plotting a Cyber Monday offense attack. As more online boutiques begin to throw their “free shipping” hats in the ring, the deals continue to get better. Below are six of the best internet bargains a girl can find.


This online emporium has so many incredible deals going on right now I can’t even list them all. Instead, I suggest you double-check your gift list and head straight to their site.


The cyber destination “where fashion discovers jewelry” is offering 20% off anything on the site between 11am and 3pm EST. Oh yeah, and they’re throwing in free shipping.


The mega discount site will be launching brand new sales every three hours in all of their stores between noon and 9pm EST—plus their offering doorbusters for at least 70% off each round as well. If you’re not a member, perhaps you should look in to it.


Is there anything better then a brand new pair of blue jeans? The denim purveyors are offering 30% off their entire site.


With graphic Ts starting at $4 and outerwear at $15, you can afford to stock up for every kind of winter weather scenario possible.


Saving the best for last: We’re offering up to $30 off, plus a full-size free gift, plus free shipping on orders $40 or more!
So what are you waiting for tartelettes? Get shopping!



Holiday Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Mom

24/7, rain or shine, your mother is always on duty. Don’t you think she deserves something amazing this year?

We’ve put together this goof proof gift guide of momma-pleasing presents that will be sure to keep your mom feeling relaxed, beautiful and loved through all the holiday hustle and bustle. And the best part — these gifts are not only mom-worthy, but completely affordable!

Clockwise from the top left: tarte’s smolderEYES limited-edition Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliner collection; the Clarisonic Mia; celeb fave, Marc Jacobs Lola Eau de Parfum Spray; Love Quotes love scarf;It’s A Wonderful Life on DVD – a heart warming classic;  Tiffany & Co.’s Mom heart lock charm, L’occitane shea butter hand cream, and the scrumdidiliumptious LaLicious sugar souffle’ body scrub.



The tartelettes are Thankful For…

The holidays are a big deal here at the tarte office, and before we close up shop to join our families for Thanksgiving we want to share with you what makes us thankful this year.

I’m thankful for my two beautiful boys, my amazing husband and the fact that I get to spend this holiday with my family — they are so important to me. I’m also thankful that over the past year tarte has introduced me to so many incredible people — from all of you tartelettes out there, to the newest additions to our tarte team! Happy holidays!

-Maureen Kelly, tarte Founder and  CEO


I’m thankful for my health. Last week I was ill with bronchitis, on the verge of pneumonia. With the help of medication, hydration, rest and some good ole family lovin’ in the sunny state of Florida I’m feeling much better (almost back to my running self)! Good health always leads to happiness!

-Candace, Director of Communications and Market Strategy


I’m thankful for the frequent flier miles that will get me home to see my family in Germany this year, for my amazing friends here in the US, and the fact that pumpkin spiced flavored coffee is back on the menu for at least another couple months.

-Koryn, Community Manager


I’m thankful for the journey (NYC>BOS) to the destination (Thanksgiving at my parents’ home). My friend and I are taking the lousiest bus in New York for the 5+ hour road trip but we’re wearing comfy clothes, drinking spiked hot chocolates, and watching the Family Stone on his laptop. I’m almost as excited for the trip as I am for my mom’s cookin’!

-Jenna, Creative Marketing Manager


I’m thankful for how life can totally surprise you in the greatest of ways…and always when you’re least expecting it!  This year I am most grateful for my new NYC apartment with my awesome boyfriend, my new job here at tarte, and the amazing new friends I have made because of it all.   I’m feeling like a very lucky girl this holiday season!

-Ali, Director of Package Development


I’m thankful for 2011 in general. Thanks to my wonderful family, friends and fiancé for making it a great year. Here’s to a wonderful Holiday Season!

-Kim, Accounting Analyst


I am thankful for the opportunity to live in New York City and work at tarte! I have always had a passion for makeup, beauty, and public relations, so when this position opened up, I went for it! Living in the city has opened my eyes to a whole new culture of people and experiences I only dreamed of!

-Farrah, Public Relations Intern


I’m thankful for my friends and family. Moving back to New York has brought me closer to both and I’ve never been happier. I’ve met so many amazing people (including my boyfriend!) who will always have my back and make me smile everyday.

-Bianca, Graphic Designer


Meet the Pro: Bret Boreman

Makeup artist Bret Boreman with celebrity client Maria Menounos

Celebrity makeup artist Bret Boreman has been perfecting the beauty of women for over eighteen years. Known for creating flawless and fresh looks, he’s worked with famous faces like Minka Kelly, Sienna Miller, Cindy Crawford and Betty White. We got the opportunity to grill the makeup legend on everything from what’s on his iPod to his favorite tarte product.

What fall/winter makeup trend are you looking forward to recreating?

I am most excited that lip color is finally making a huge come back! Love a defined liner on the eyes and a bold burgundy or orange lip color on the lips.

What’s your beauty secret weapon?

A smile and a great attitude.

Who are some of your celeb clients?

Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly, and Maria Menounos to name a few.

Favorite tarte product?

I am obsessed with the tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush. The colors are beautiful and melt into the skin.

Guilty pleasure?

Eating ice cream while taking a bubble bath.

If you weren’t a makeup artist…

I would want to be “America’s Next Top Model” or a veterinarian.

Currently playing on your iPod?

Michael Bublé

Who are you itching to work with?

I am already working with  three of the most beautiful women in the world while working on Charlie’s Angels…so I feel pretty lucky already.

Latest splurge…?

A pair of Burberry rain boots.


What makeup artist would you like to know more about? Tell us on Facebook!




Holiday Gift Guide: What to Get Your BFF

Looking for something très chic to give your best pal this holiday season? We’ve got you covered. These gifts will ensure she won’t be searching for the gift receipt after she’s torn off the wrapping.

Our envy-inducing gift list: (clockwise from the top left) one of Alexander McQueen’s iconic skull print scarves, a to die for Rebecca Minkoff pocketbook, Calista Tools hot rollers, tarte’s holiday lip service limited-edition LipSurgence™ collection,  a fun and affordable sequin lap top case, oh so warm UGG boots, or a chic and adorable pocket mirror.

What did you get  your bestie last year? What do you think she’s getting you this year?





Message from Maureen: Tune into QVC, then Tweet to Win a tarte Holiday Palette!

Hi tartelettes,

Plans for the weekend? How about watching me live on QVC this Sunday, at 7am and 4pm EST for The Joy of Giving Weekend. I’m sooo excited for you to see our Old Hollywood- inspired holiday collections! I can’t wait to share with you what makes each one unique, and the perfect gift (for that loved one, including YOU!).

What I love about appearing on QVC is that I can talk to YOU, tell you why my team and I created a certain beauty product and show you how to use it! It’s so fun to hear from you—so please continue to call in, tweet and post your own personal stories, too.

To kick off the gift-giving season, we’ll be raffling off a set of our puttin’ on the glitz limited-edition color collection & clutch to one lucky twitter follower.

It’s easy to enter the raffle, just tweet #maureenonscreen @QVC with @tartecosmetics #puttinontheglitz: during either show. The tartelettes and I will  select a winner at random and announce them on@tartecosmetics on Monday.

Remember: tap into your inner glamour girl by tuning into QVC at 7am and 4pm EST this Sunday, then tweet to enter our puttin’ on the glitz raffle.

Good luck, tartelettes!

Unfortunately, at this time our twitter raffles are only open to US residents.

Jen’s Pick: Organic Denim


As a lover of all things chemical-free, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite organic denim brands — and the celebs who wear them. These blue jeans are earth-friendly, natural and have serious style.