In honor of our week long friends & family 30% off sale, we decided to ask some of our nearest and dearest what they’d like to give or get this year.
who: Jen Steele, assistant fashion editor at Cosmopolitan
claim to fame: Jen’s worked in magazines for nearly five years—and has been on every side of a photoshoot—from the model to the assistant, the stylist, and the photographer. Currently at Cosmopolitan magazine, Jen works on nearly every fashion and beauty shoot alongside her editor. She’s also currently working on a photobook to publish in 2012: a collection of photos taken during her years as a fashion assistant.
her gift list:
1. tarte puttin’ on the glitz color collection & clutch: “I love how many options you get with this! Three gorg face palettes, plus a cute little clutch to hold my essentials for the night.”
2. Suzannah Wainhouse Cross Earrings: “Love her jewelry designs — the craftsmanship is impeccable.”
3. Kate: The Kate Moss Book: “I’m obsessed with Kate Moss and hence this book, it’s a collectible. Want it!”
4. Acne Simone Blushed Blazer: “This blazer is so chic, yet fashion forward.”
5. Wundervoll bras: Wundervoll is one of my fave lingerie desingers. It’s seriously so comfortable while still being sexy.”
6. La Colombe Corsica blend: “Hello, coffee. This one is so bold and flavorful, YUM.”
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: http://ow.ly/7inDj 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.
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.
Good morning tartelettes!
Have you heard, Manolo Blahnik’s gone green?! The infamous powerhouse has a new sustainable shoe collection, and it’s everything an eco-conscious fashionista could ask for and more! I love reading about these type of collaborations, especially when related to my most favorite accessory: shoes! Designer Marcia Patmos was asked to create an eco-friendly line for the label, and after spending a considerable amount of time researching sustainable material, came up with two incredible styles made out of tilapia skin (interestingly enough a byproduct from the food industry), cork and raffia. These beautiful shoes — an adorable open-toe flat and a sexy, strappy sandal — come in gorgeous color combinations: nude, yellow, black and electric blue.
These are the first earth-friendly designs to be released by Manolo Blahnik and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see the fashion heavyweight take up the green cause! Like we always say, luxury and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. What do you gals think of the latest eco-friendly creations?
Some of my favorite snacks of all time, I cannot keep Peeled Snacks keep to myself; they’re like gummy treats for adults made with organic and all-natural ingredients — no sugar or oil added. I can’t go a day without some of their dried mango.
Peeled supports local farmers and growers when organic crops are not readily available, and they strive to use the most environmentally sustainable business practices. For their product display cases, they use recycled paper making them not only delicious, but ecologically friendly.
Take a bite out of that!
Lately I’ve been obsessed with Kaia House’s amazing eco friendly nail polishes. The brand offers beautiful shades that suite any style. Say goodbye to those harsh chemicals, because Kaia Houses’ organic Bio-Polishes, just like your favorite tarte cosmetics, are free of phthalates, toluene and formaldehyde — even celebs like Rachel Bilson and Jessica Alba have become devotees. Swing by their site and while you’re there be sure to snag a bottle of the soy nail polish remover they offer, it’s free of pegs, parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde too!
Organic eco-nail polishes in chic shades right at our fingertips, what more could a girl ask for?
Never head of Isopure? If you own a gym membership (or ever thought about owing one) it’s about time you did. Isopure is a clear, yummy 100% whey protein isolate. Yeah, we’d never heard of whey protein isolates either. Basically, it’s a tasty, fruity pre- or post-workout drink that will give you the edge on achieving your fittest figure ever.
This October Isopure is launching their “Props to your body” Facebook challenge . This campaign recognizes those who are dedicated to getting their body in gear durring the holiday season — from powering through a marathon to completing a first pull up or joining a gym after having a baby.
Starting on October 6th, you can enter by liking Isopure on Facebook and posting a comment on why you’re giving props to your bod, illustrating the post with a personal video and/or picture.
Each week Isopure will select one winner to score some Isopure swag and earn a place in Isopure’s “Props Hall of Fame.” The top 6 winners will move on to the championship round, where the fans and the entire Isopure crew will vote on a grand prize winner who will take home a year’s supply of protein powder and other fun gear worth a $1,000!
The challenge runs from October to early December. Check out Isopure’s Facebook page for more details.
If you’ve ever read my bio you know that I’m a coffee fan – in particular iced coffee. I’ll continue drinking the icy stuff well into the heart of winter, when it’s so cold that I have to wear gloves to hold on to my cup when walking from the coffee shop to the subway before work. So imagine how thrilled I was to discover Grady’s Cold Brew.
What it is: An all-natural, hand-brewed New Orleans-style iced coffee in a bottle.
What’s to love: Steeped with chicory and spices, Grady’s Cold Brew combines bold flavors and a subtle sweetness for a super smooth taste.
Where to get it: Made in Brooklyn, you can snag some of this delicious java at gradyscoldbrew.com.
At tarte™ we’re inspired by the everyday woman—teachers, lawyers, fashionistas, new moms, working moms, grandmas (or as our Executive Director of Sales & Education likes to say: glam-mas) and our list goes on! We love learning about this woman and enhancing her natural beauty with good for you glamour. To us it’s important that we celebrate these natural beauties year-round. So we hit the streets of NYC, stopping real women at random and convincing them to dish their makeup secrets.
day to day: Makeup Artist—this was pure coincidence, we had no idea Michelle was a makeup artist when we stopped her on the street.
beauty philosophy: “Less is more! Everyone looks better with a little makeup, but don’t go overboard.”
by the numbers: An average of 10 minutes to apply six products daily.
first makeup purchase ever: “A horrendous raspberry colored blush. I was probably 10 or 12.”
must-know tip: “Use blush! I think a lot of women underplay blush, they don’t understand how much it can enhance the face. Blush brightens, it makes you look younger.”
Let us know what you think of our new, weekly blog series: natural beauties. Maybe you’ll be our next natural beauty!