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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

Go Gorgeously Green with Tina Turnbow

The tarte team kicked-off Earth Month by celebrating our collaboration with Celebrity Makeup Artist and Green Beauty Expert, Tina Turnbow. The ‘Go Gorgeously Green’ event was held all day on Friday at Sephora 42nd & Madison, NYC. Using her tarte flower child collection, Tina gave gorgeous spring makeovers and provided customers with her expert tips and tricks from bridal beauty to an eco-friendly alternative for a smokey eye. Everyone had a great time & here are the pics to prove it. Follow tarte on Twitter and Facebook for regular event updates—we hope to see you at the next one!

xo,

Kristin

KISS AND TELL

My little sister’s getting married.

And I’m getting kissed.

Or maybe not.

Either way, I plan to be prepared.

It’s hard to choose a date to your sister’s wedding when you’re not in a relationship. After all, I don’t want to bring a random guy who may or may not be around in the future. But at the same time, I don’t want to bring a completely platonic buddy. What fun is that?

Then, I came up with the perfect solution: I’ve invited a longtime friend of mine who I’ve always adored – in a 90 percent platonic way. But now I find myself wondering why it’s always been platonic. Is it because the timing has been wrong? Because we live a few hours from each other? Or simply because we’re just not destined to be that kind of friends?

I’ve always thought he’s wonderful. He’s sweet, smart, funny, handsome . . . Why is this not the kind of guy I’m going for normally?

So who knows what will happen. At the very least, we’ll have a great time together, the way that good friends always do. On the other hand, just in case I’ve been crazy all these years placing him in the “just friends” category, let’s just say I’ll be sporting Tarte’s new lip stain, which is totally kiss-proof. (What? I had to test it out!)

Will it come in handy April 17? Maybe. Maybe not.

Either way, my lips will look great, kissed or not. And just in case you were wondering, my new favorite cheek stain? Amusingly, it’s Blushing Bride. Not that I’m getting any ideas. I’m still as commitment-phobic as ever.

Or maybe I’m just choosing the wrong guys.

At least I have the right lip stain. That’s a start. I can commit to that.

xo,

Kristin

www.KristinHarmel.com

IT’S CHIC TO BE KIND!

Recently, my friend Jen Schefft, whom you may remember from ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” called to ask if I wanted to throw a party with her in Orlando. Little Black Dress Wines (my favorite wine brands – and the sponsor of my 2009 book tour) was sending Jen around the country to promote the concept of a closet swap party, a great opportunity to be stylish, frugal and charitable. The idea is to clean out your closet, encourage friends to do the same, get together to “shop” each other’s used clothes, and give the remainder – plus a $5 donation per guest — to a local charity.

“Clothes . . . fashion . . . wine . . . helping people . . . and an excuse to throw a party?” I replied. “Um . . .YES!!”

It was a no-brainer — as was calling on my friend Suzanne Bonham, the founder and CEO of my favorite restaurant, Urban Flats. I asked her if she’d want to host the party at one of her Orlando locations. She agreed without hesitation.

As the plans for the party came together, it got me thinking. Why aren’t we all doing more of this? It doesn’t take a lot to help others – just a little time and creativity. So why not have your own closet swap party? Or have your friends over for a makeover night and ask everyone to bring a donation? Or instead of hitting the movie theater, have your girlfriends over for chick flicks, popcorn and wine, and have them donate the $10 they would have spent on a movie ticket to your favorite charity instead?

The options are endless — as is your ability to have fun while doing good! Remember, it’s chic to be kind!

xo,

Kristin

http://www.kristinharmel.com/

“Confessions of a “Glamorous” Author — and A Chance to Win an Autographed Book!”

A few years ago, just after my second novel came out, I agreed to meet with an aspiring writer who wanted to pick my brain. I walked inside the restaurant to find her regarding me with a puzzled expression.

“Was that you that just pulled up?” she asked, glancing outside at my car.

“Um, yes,” I replied.

“But . . . what is that?”

“My car? A Toyota Corolla.”

She looked positively baffled. “But why are you driving it?” she asked after a pause. “Aren’t you, like, a millionaire?”

Er . . . no.

Yes, I have six novels out. Yes, they’ve been translated into numerous languages. And yes, I do okay.

But the truth is, I count myself lucky just to be able to make a living by writing. Like most novelists, my bank account doesn’t quite resemble that of J.K. Rowling or Dan Brown!

People assume that being an author is a glamorous job too – and often it is. I’ve been to Super Bowls, appeared on numerous national TV shows and have hung with many celebs. On the other hand, my “office” is my tiny kitchen nook, where I watch Law & Order reruns while emailing. Not so glam!

I’m also a normal girl on a budget – which is a weird predicament to be in when I’m preparing for a national TV appearance, without the funds to hire a professional makeup artist.

That’s why I’m so thankful for Tarte. Everything in the natural line is simple to use and looks great. It has saved me time and time again!

Kristin on The Daily Buzz–wearing all tarte makeup!

For a chance to win an autographed copy of one of my novels, visit www.KristinHarmel.com, then leave a comment on this blog telling me which book you think you’d like best, and why. Contest ends at midnight EST on 3/17.

xo,

Kristin

Hello, Sweetheart

As the stars walked the Red Carpet some looks were right on and others, well…. not so much.  Three of my favorite dresses were all different with one common thread: the ultra-feminine, sweetheart neckline.  This super-girly cut really shows off your collar bones & in my opinion, collar bones are sexy (notice there’s no need for necklaces with these gowns)!  Now I know Miley Cyrus received some “flack” for her champagne Jenny Packham gown, but this young & fresh number is just perfect for her. Let’s be honest, if any of us could wear it, we would–she looked incredible! On the other end of the color spectrum was Carey Mulligan’s Swarovski-encrusted Prada gown. The sweetheart neckline is perfectly complimented by her pixie cut and chandelier earrings. Essentially, the look is girly meets edgy. My personal favorite who got it all right: Rachel McAdams. She had me at The Notebook and this look is a far cry from her breakout role in Mean Girls. Her makeup is  impeccable & her watercolor-organza Elie Saab gown is just incredibly romantic and whimsical.  Who were your favorites?

xo,

Kristin

Oscar Beauty

It was Hollywood’s biggest night & this self-proclaimed fashion junkie nearly had a meltdown when channel 7 vanished right before my eyes. The mere thought of missing Barbara Walters’ Special, the Red Carpet & main event was the trifecta of nightmares (a special thanks to E! for keeping me sane). After hunting (for what seemed like an eternity) for an online live stream (with no luck) someone came to their senses and ABC was back—I think fireworks went off in my living room.

As I settled down in sheer bliss to see my favorite stars strut their stuff, I started my critique…love it, hate it! I’ll share my favorite dress trend in my next post so please stay tuned, but I wanted to first talk about the beauty looks. Let’s face it; these girls would look gorgeous even if they were wearing paper bags. Two refreshing red carpet trends: natural, dewey makeup and pop color pouts.

My favorite creamy & flawless faces were Anna Kendrick, Amanda Seyfried and Zoe Saldana. There’s no better look for these young ladies than radiant skin that reveals their natural beauty. Don’t mean to brag, but Anna was rocking some of my favorite tarte products. After makeup artist Sara Glick prepped her with Arcona’s Magic White Ice hydrating gel, she then topped Anna’s cheeks with tarte’s natural cheek stain in eco-cheek for the perfect flush. For her pretty pink pout, she used a combo of LipSurgence™ natural gel lip stain in charmed & double-ended lipgloss in jake & samantha to enhance her perfect smile! We loved it…your thoughts?

I love a neutral face, but I also admire a pop color pout. Red, Coral, Fuschia whatever your pick—I love them all. I have been experimenting with this look for a few months now (ever since I had our first LipSurgence™ samples in my hand) and I think it’s best paired with a subtle eye (I like lock & roll in rose gold & a thin cat eye with indelible wink liner in black). It’s important to keep the concentration on the lips and play down the rest; this is the Oscar’s not an 80’s concert. Most importantly, when playing with colors have fun & be confident! My go-to lippies for this are tarte’s LipSurgence™ lip stains in amused and lust. Be honest, would you try this?

Stay tuned for more Oscar coverage :)

Xo,

Kristin

And the Oscar Goes to…

Sunday night is the 82nd Annual Academy Awards and we can’t wait to tune in! Between the dresses, makeup, hair & actual entertainment we can’t get enough of the incredible talent. If you haven’t already, check out my vlog on our party treats (this page over to the right on “tarte TV”) I will be serving guests Oscar cookies from Eleni’s and some champagne (for those 21+). Obviously, I didn’t want to leave our favorite tarte fans out in all the glamour fun, so I am also hosting a weekend long contest for a very coveted tarte product that’s certainly award worthy!! Here are the details:

  • Comment below or on our Facebook page your guess for the winner of Best Actress, Best Actor & this mystery tarte prize by 3/7 (5pm PST/8pm EST).
  • If you guess all three correct before the show, then you enter yourself into a random drawing for the mystery tarte prize.
  • P.S. GOOD LUCK!! This product is not available anywhere and is never coming back ;)

xo,

Kristin

From novelist (and certified Tarte-aholic) Kristin Harmel, the author of six books, including Italian for Beginners and After

My name is Kristin . . . and I am a Tarte-aholic.

I have a drawer full of cheek stains, double-ended lip glosses, and cleverly named products such as Smooth Operator, Clean Slate and Lock & Roll.

I am endlessly drawn to the Tarte display at Sephora. I giggle at the lip gloss names. I try on the different cheek stains. And on one recent trip, I even found myself stopping a startled stranger and gushing about how great Tarte is. That’s the day I knew for sure that I had a problem.

I was trying to kick the habit, really I was. And then Candace and Kristin from Tarte asked if I wanted to blog for Tarte this month. Now, here I am, more addicted than ever! I fear the cycle will never end!

I first met the Tarte gals when I wrote a magazine article about Tarte founder Maureen Kelly in 2006. It was the kindness of everyone associated with Tarte that drew me in initially, but I truly became a devotee once I started using the products. Now, here I am, happily addicted!

I’m looking forward to chatting with you this month! I’ll tell you all about my novels – and how I use Tarte to get ready for my TV appearances – next week. But in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a list of the Tarte products currently in my makeup bag!

Xo,

Kristin

www.KristinHarmel.com

(Photo credit: Robin Best Gage)