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At tarte we pride ourselves on using only the best ingredients to make the healthiest, most powerful and beautiful cosmetics we can. And every now and then, a little recognition is nice, but we were truly flattered to learn that InStyle magazine has listed — not just one — but four of our products as Best Beauty Buys of 2012: our maracuja blush and glow brightening luminizer and cheek tint, our LipSurgence™ lip tints, our Amazonian clay 12-hour blush and our Amazonian clay matte waterproof mineral powder bronzer in park ave princess.
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Ladies, ladies, ladies, we all want the secret to timeless skin but the truth is there isn’t one. While we can’t stop our skin from aging, we can take steps to delay it dramatically. The first step to maintaining a youthful glow and firmer skin texture starts with skin protection….say it with me everyone, the key to anti-aging is SPF.
Don’t be caught stepping into the rays without — at least — SPF 15 coverage. Lucky for you, tarte formulates a lot of our wonderful everyday products with SPF. Visit tarte.com to pick us essentials such as foundation, pressed powder, tinted moisturizer and lip balm.
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tartelettes, if there’s one thing I’ve learned while planning my wedding, it’s that this industry loves excess.
Back in the day, brides just had to pick a place, hire a photographer, get a DJ, and find a dress. Now, with bridal blogs aplenty, the minutiae of wedding planning is never-ending; there are about a million ways to personalize your nuptials, from monogrammed napkins to hot-air balloon rides for your guests. Frankly, the possibilities are exhausting – and, oftentimes, wasteful in terms of both expense and the earth. It shouldn’t be surprising that I’ve blocked those sites from my browser until after my wedding.
But there is one thing that I am happy I learned while obsessively poring through the blogs: all the eco-friendly alternatives to normal bridal traditions that are gaining popularity as the DIY and green movements have become mainstream. Here are a few ways to put a green stamp on your wedding while still making it beautiful.
1. The dress
The dress can be one of the biggest single expenses of a wedding – and one of the most important. After all, your wedding will likely be the most photographed day of your life! Every bride wants to look and feel stunning – and you can do so while still maintaining your green sensibility. For those who don’t care to buy new, there are now tons of outlets specializing in used or upcycled dresses. Think about it: a gently-used designer wedding dress, for a fraction of the original price! Good for the earth, and your wallet.
Flowers can be a huge cause of consternation for any eco-conscious bride. There’s the waste, the questionable sourcing, the concerns over the welfare of the growers. One solution, of course, is to go local: there are now florists who grow their own flowers and only use what’s in season.
You could also opt for the fake kind, or go DIY and make some sweet paper buds. These can be gorgeous as boutonnières, bouquets, or even centerpieces.
Another option is to forgo florals completely, and use alternative decorations. For my wedding, I’m going for a glow-y, Great Gatsby-esque feel, which means lots of candles and lanterns – and very few flowers.
So much paper – so much waste! You have to get the word out somehow, though, so here are two good green options. In our Internet-dominated world, it’s becoming more accepted for modern couples to send out e-invites for their wedding. Paperless Post has gorgeous options for all sorts of tastes (from quirky to sophisticated), and the website even mimics the process of opening an actual envelope.
For those who can’t stand the thought of not sending out a physical invite, recycled options abound. There’s also my favorite green invite choice: seed-seed infused paper (Botanical Paperworks is one purveyor) that recipients can plant.
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Jen has teamed up with tarte makeup artist Raul to give you some expert tips and tricks for using our smolderEYES™ pencils. Plus, they’ll show you how to transition daytime liner to a more dramatic evening look.
It’s a weekend, it’s raining and there’s nothing to do? Scratch that. There are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself busy. What about crafting? Scrapbooking? Even working out can solve a spell of boredom!
Next time you find yourself twiddling your thumbs, try expanding your accessory wardrobe with some simple crafting. Today I’m going to show you how to make this awesome bohemian headband (pictured above). It’s easy to make and costs next to nothing. So get crafty tartelettes, and let your imaginations run wild.
Essentials: cloth, elastic string, glue, and scissors.
Step 1: Dig up some old pieces of cloth your dying to keep but no longer use. Cut the cloth into three long, thin strips that are a little under an inch in width and the length of one of your legs.
Step 2: Cut three pieces of elastic string the same length as the cloth.
Step 3: Wrap each piece of elastic with a strip of cloth and glue the cloth closed. Allow 10 minutes to dry. You can sew the cloth closed if you have the tools and steady hand.
Step 4: Braid the three pieces together and wrap around your head to measure the fit. Cut the ends and glue shut.
Step 5: Rock some tousled locks and pull on this headband!
To replicate the look above create two braids and tie ends together before wearing.
How do you stay busy on a dull day?
In the realm of eco-friendly clothing, some items are more challenging to find than others — shoes are the toughest. But amidst an oceans’ worth of hippie-mom clogs and straw flip flops, we’ve found a few brands of vegan shoes that are nice to the planet and nice-looking on your feet. Here are four that we love.
Stella’s an edgy designer, and champion of animals, a rarity in the mainstream fashion industry. Her shoes combine synthetic materials with high-fashion design – a combination that makes us very happy.
This UK brand lives up to their tagline, “Fashion with compassion,” by using high-quality materials that always promise to be “better than leather.”
This brand puts out a host of trendy silhouettes (gladiator sandals! wedges! oxfords!) in synthetic materials – and more are very budget-friendly. If you want to splurge, there’s the occasional designer collaboration, such as these booties by Olsen Haus.
Good luck, tartelettes!!
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