Archive for May, 2012

best eco-friendly swimwear

tartelettes, May has arrived, and you know what that means: swimsuit season! Although bathing suit shopping sometimes gets a bad rap, this blogger happens to love sifting through all those racks of brightly colored fabric and fun silhouettes. And now, with the growing selection of eco-friendly options out there, it’s even more enjoyable. Designers big and small are incorporating recycled materials, organic fabrics, and natural dyes into their designs, so that green fashionistas no longer have to choose between standards and style!

Here are a few brands who have amped up their swimwear with a dose of sexy sustainability, with looks to suit any beach style.

Basic

[Image via Everything But Water]

As the name implies, Eco Swim is all about sustainable swimwear: all their fabrics are made from recycled materials.

 

 

Fun

[Image via Emobi]

Could this bright frilly one-piece be any cuter? Aussie brand Emobi uses earth-friendly, water-based dyes in their signature bright prints.

 

 

Glam

[Image via Vitamin A]

Vitamin A has been the go-to swimsuit brand for Hollywood’s A-List for years because of their alluring designs and flattering cuts. Now, they’ve launched a gorgeous capsule collection made from 100% recycled nylon.

 

Sporty

[Image via Odina]

Odina embodies both functionatlity and responsibility. Their surfer-friendly suits are made from recycled nylon and spandex; their nylon is made from post-consumer plastics. Pretty amazing – and just plain pretty.

 

What will you be sporting on the beach this summer?

 

 

bobble makes water better

Yesterday the tarte team got a nice surprise package from Water Bobble! The company, who’s mission is to make clean water portable while helping to eliminate plastic water bottle waste, sent over a big box of their innovative and beautifully designed reusable, water filtering bottles.  The bobble’s filters are replaceable, but each one equates to 300 single-serve bottles. Yeah, that’s a lot of bottles.

Both functional and attractive, we’re psyched to test out our new bobbles. Thanks Water Bobble, you truly do make water better!

working it: staci’s desk

 

As our online marketing manager, Staci is all business. Part number cruncher, part saleswomen, she’s tasked with getting our products in to the hands of tartelettes across the nation. She also has a creative streak and an appreciation for beauty, like everyone in the tarte office. We stopped by her desk to see what she needs within arms reach on the daily.

  1. Flowers: “This gorgeous arrangement was a surprise delivery. It definitely added the perfect pop of color on an rainy spring day.”
  2. Family photos: “I love photos —  here’s one of my best girlfriends from growing up; another of me, my mom and my sister; and a bunch of my bulldog, Charley. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I don’t surf, I just love the beach!”
  3. Go orange card: “I graduated from Syracuse —  Go Orange!”
  4. Calculator: “I rely on my calculator —  there’s never a day that I’m not crunching numbers.”
  5. Hand sanitizer:  “I may have been called germ-a-phobic once or twice in my life…but hey, we live in NYC, hand sanitizer is essential post-subway.”
  6. LipSurgence™ lip tint: “My fave shade this spring is charmed. It’s the perfect shade of pink for my complexion.”
  7. Julep Nail Care: “My cousin turned me on to Julep for nail care. This growth serum is amazing!”
  8. tarte check stain and a photo of her boyfriend and dog: “I use true love cheek stain on a daily basis…how ironic that it’s placed right next to a picture of my boyfriend, Andrew, and our dog, Charley.”
  9. iPhone: “Whether I’m updating tarte.com on the go, or just staying in touch, this phone is a must-have for me.”
  10. maracuja divine shine lip gloss: “One of my coworkers turned me on to the layering look – I use LipSurgence™ lip tint in charmed and then layer it with maracuja divine shine for an ultra-glossy smile.”

 

tone it up meet-up in times square

tartelettes, if you haven’t heard, Tone It Up is hosting another Bikini Series — 8 weeks of fitness, nutrition, beauty and fun  to get you summer-ready — and we’ll be part of their summer beauty bag giveaway!

We stopped by their meet-up with Self Magazine at the Oakley store in Times Square today to check in with these bronzed fitness divas — and envy their already bikini-ready bods. Yeah, that’s me in the middle photo!

Want to know more about Tone It Up’s Bikini Series? Visit their site, toneitup.com, and watch the video below.

get the look: Amy Adams at the 2012 Met Gala

“After seeing Amy’s gorgeous Giambattista Valli cream colored gown, I was inspired to transform her into a classic, “Old Hollywood” movie star.”-Stephen Sollitto, celebrity makeup artist

Makeup artist tip“clean slate 360 poreless™ 12-hr perfecting primer is ideal for oilier areas like your nose, chin, and under eyes—it’s great for minimizing the appearance of your pores and filling in any fine lines! Then smooth clean slate flawless™ 12-hr brightening primer on your cheeks and forehead—it has a slight sheen which looks great under foundation and makes your complexion look more luminous.” – Stephen Sollitto

complexion:

-To begin Stephen used tarte’s clean slate flawless™ 12-hr brightening primer to prep Amy’s face.

-Using tarte’s airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush, he buffed in tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in light for a perfect satin finish.

cheeks:

-Next, Stephen swirled tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in blushing bride on Amy’s cheeks, followed by a light layer of tarte’s maracuja blush & glow brightening luminizer and cheek tint in candlelight on her cheek bones to create radiance and a subtle sheen.

eyes:

-Stephen started with a soft wash of shimmering golden peach from tarte’s neutralEYES eye shadow palette volume II on Amy’s lids.

-To add further definition, he applied tarte’s Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow in plum smoke along her lashlines and into her creases.

-He finished by lining her eyes with multiplEYE™ clinically-proven lash enhancing liquid liner and drawing outward to create a cat-eye.

-For extra volume Stephen applied two coats of tarte’s lights, camera, lashes!™ 4-1in-1 clinically-proven mascara.

 lips:

-To finish Amy’s look, Stephen filled in her lips with tarte’s glamazon™ pure performance lipstick in wild to make her lips pop. (*out exclusively at Sephora in July 2012)

 

 

meet chloe tupper

What was the draw to yoga, how did you start practicing? 
I started practicing yoga 10 years ago, with my mother. I thought it was totally weird. I discovered later on that yoga is not weird, I am.

What does it add to your daily life?
I have a daily morning practice — each day feels new with yoga. Each pose has it’s benefits and challenges, just like each step in life.

What should a yoga newbie keep in mind when attending their first class?
Keep in mind: Go back to the mat. Whatever feelings come up, go back to the mat.

 What’s one pose or group of poses that can be discretely done at your desk?

Side-leans. Hold one arm of the chair and  raise your opposite arm, keeping it straight, then lean over the left and right side. Take three deep breaths on each side.

What does the phrase ‘well-being’ mean to you?

Well-being is a belief. You must believe in your own well-being otherwise you health is lacking. We have the power to choose our own thoughts, and to make them positive.

Give us one word to describe your relationship to nature?
Grace.

What’s your hidden talent?
I can associate smells with the most random but ‘on point’ objects, people, or a time in life.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate! Every day!

What does ‘natural beauty’ mean to you?
Simple is nature’s intention.
What are some of your yoga must-haves?

To find out more about Chloe or to schedule a class, please contact her at  chloe@yogawareness.com.

 

2012 summer of cinema’s must-see movies

The list of I-can’t-wait-for… summer stuff seems never ending, but I think we can all agree that sinking into plush movie theater seats to watch the newest block-buster in sweet, cool air conditioning is one of the season’s greatest pleasures. With that in mind, we’ve mapped out this summer must-see movies week by week. That’s right, starting June 1st, you won’t have to scramble for a way to escape the humidity for the next three months.

You’re welcome, and enjoy!

1. Rock of Ages – June 1st

2. Safety Not Guaranteed – June 8th

3.  Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter – June 22nd

4. Magic Mike – June 29th

5.  Savages – July 6th

6.  Ted –  July 13th

7.  The Dark Knight Rises – July 20th

8.  Neighborhood Watch –  July 27th

http://youtu.be/y2X-R_PR6xs

9. The Bourne Legacy – August 2nd

10.  The Campaign  – August 10th


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. The Odd Life of Timothy Green August 15th

12. Premium Rush – August 24th

13. Lawless – August 31st

 

the best foods for a bikini-ready body

water, water!
H2O is the most important part of any weight-loss plan. Since water makes up about 80 percent of your blood and brain, it is vitally important to good health — plus, it can help beat bloating.  Thirst is commonly mistaken for hunger, so staying hydrated will keep you from overeating.

 

green tea, please
Switch out your coffee for a cup of green tea. Green tea naturally boosts metabolism and may even aid in weight loss. Filled with antioxidants, this little tea bag can keep you healthy and trim.

salad days
Always choose salad when you can! If you know you’ll be indulging in a high calorie meal, try filling up on the salad course first to help cut your intake of richer foods.

soups on…
Not just a delicious comfort food, soups are also a healthy diet option. Dieters who chose soup as a snack before lunch consumed, on average, 100 fewer calories per day than others.

grains

Whole grains are filled with fiber, which is key to maintaining a healthy weight — it can even help you shed some. Whole grains take longer to digest and absorb, which will make you feel full longer,  they also work to increase your metabolism.

protein
Eating protein can help you lose fat and build lean muscle tissue. Meat eaters your best option is lean turkey, while vegetarians should choose beans, lentils, and nuts.

oats
Oatmeal is your friend! Steel cut or rolled oatmeal contains vitamins, minerals and fiber. Translation: you’ll stay full, consume your daily does of vitamins and minerals, and, you know, be regular.

fruits and vegetables

Who doesn’t love a fruit salad or veggie platter?

Filled with soluble and insoluble fiber,  fruits and vegetables are a super fat-burning foods. So fill up on as much as you want of them without  guilt or remorse. Now that second trip to the fruit salad doesn’t sound like a bad idea after all!

 

grapefruit
Grapefruit is packed with vitamin C which can help reduce insulin levels, this promotes weight loss. And they’re delicious — like a desert you can consume any time of the day!

the breakdown on SPF

Summer is at our heels, tartelettes — for you west coast girls it is already here (lucky)! But with rising temps come harmful rays, and by now you should know that sun protection is key to maintaining a youthful complexion. And today, I’m going to tell you why.

SPF

A sunscreen’s SPF, or sun protection factor, measures how much the product shields the sun’s shorter-wave ultraviolet B rays, known as UVB radiation, which can cause sunburn — this leads to wrinkles and skin damage, not to mention skin cancer. You should be wearing a daily protection level of anywhere between SPF 15 to SPF 30. Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and when spending time in direct sunlight,  you should reapply your every two hours. Many people — like me before I wrote this blog — are not sure how much sunscreen they need to apply in order to achieve full protection; one ounce or a shot glass size full of sunscreen should cover your entire body.

When shopping around for sun block, you want to choose one that guards against both UVA and UVB rays, this will help  maintain and protect the health of your skin and  prevents signs of aging from sun damage. I’ve broken down a list of products that will keep you covered when frolicking around outside this summer,  wherever in the world you may be.

Replenishing Solar Defence copy.jpg1. For full face coverage try MyChelle Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30

 

2. For all over protection try Suntegrity all natural moisturizing body protection, broad spectrum SPF 30

 

 

3. Hair too is in danger when exposed to the sun, prevent sun damage to your hair by applying REDKEN Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12

 

4. What about my makeup you ask? Not to worry tarte offers a smooth operator™ Amazonian clay tinted moisturizer w/SPF 20

5. Protective accessories!

 

Sunglasses..duh!

Hide under a hat!