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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

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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

 

listen up! ’90s nostalgia

Need a Friday pick-me-up? Hit play on one of these gems and blast the volume.  Trust us, the minute the chorus starts you’ll be flooded with memories!

Plus, we’ll give you *bonus points if you can correctly list the years each song was released!

1. Hanson, “MMMbop”

2. Fiona Apple, “Criminal”

3. The Wallflowers, “One Headlight”

4. No Doubt, “Just a Girl”

5. Sheryl Crow, “If It Makes You Happy”

6. Spice Girls, “Wannabe”

7. Vanilla Ice, “Ice Ice Baby”

8. Coolio, “Gangsta’s Paradise”

 

 

*Bonus points means we’ll think you’re rad for the rest of our lives.

best-dressed at Coachella

April showers is right! This past weekend was dreary through much of the northeast. But, in California, the weather was sunny and cheerful – perfect for Coachella. Thousands of celebs and regular folk alike flocked to the music fest for an epic lineup that included big names like The Black Keys and Dr. Dre, as well as some of our indie favorites (St. Vincent!)

With the Woodstock vibe that pervades this particular festival, the go-to style is hippie or hipster chic – usually, with a beachy twist (bikinis being de rigeuer) — we wished we could have gone ourselves to soak up some sun and sounds, but we’ll settle for some glamorous photos instead.  Below, a few of the best-dressed women at Coachella.

 

Images via PopSugar and HollywoodLife

Kate Bosworth was a festival style star, rocking both ends of the spectrum in a skintight dress one day and cut-offs the next.

 

 

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“Tiger-print romper” might sound unappealing, but Emma Watson can do no fashion wrong. We love how she combined this wild piece with neutral, stylish accessories.

 

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We’re used to seeing Lauren Conrad all dressed up, so we really dig her relaxed and carefree look .

 

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Lindsay Lohan looked put-together in a lace romper and matching, sky-high  lace-up shoes.

 

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Diane Kruger ran around in fun nautical pattern and low booties, looking both casual and chic — you can’t go wrong with sailor stripes!

 

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Mischa Barton, looking fresh and healthy, rocked California-casual: keds and cutoffs.

 

girl crush: Lily Collins

 

Lily Collins is the cutest thing since that baby panda sneezed on YouTube…she has amazing style and a gorgeous set of killer brows that make Brooke Shield’s look sparse. With her flawless porcelain skin and black-as-night tresses, she was the obvious choice for the role of Snow White in the fairytale remake “Mirror Mirror.”

Off screen the girl has an eye for fashion appointing her our girl crush of the week.

 
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Krysten Ritter’s b——’ style

If you haven’t been watching Don’t trust the B—- in Apt 23, you’re missing out. It’s a snarky, funny take on growing up, friendship, and the realities of making it in New York, all led by the delight that is Krysten Ritter. Yes, the gorgeous actress plays a true eye-rolling, conniving, back-stabbing, b-word, and she looks like she’s loving every minute of it. (We are, too.)

Throw in the fact that Ritter’s indie film, Life Happens — which she wrote and stars in — opens nation wide today, and you could call this girl a full-fledged entertainment phenom! You may recall we hosted a little shindig in honor of her flick earlier this week – all lip makeup featured in the movie is exclusively tarte!

Not only is Ritter quirky and hilarious, but she’s also got fabulous style, a cool mix of girly and badass — plus she’s a longtime tartelette. We’ve recapped some of our favorite looks below.

 

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Ritter wore this hot black dress to the Life Happens  premiere.

 

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A more demure choice – accessorized, of course, by a pop of red on her lips and shoes.

 

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Revisiting the black-white-red combination, this time in a stunning lace cut-out dress.

 

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Ritter proves that she can look just as gorgeous in muted colors, here in an ethereal floral gown at the 2010 Hollywood Style Awards.

 

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She’s even cool in real life. On her way to an appearance, Ritter rocks a red peplum dress, jacket, and covetable rocker boots.

 

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Happy Spring! We love the all-out brights, from head to toe — and we want those shoes!

L!fe Happens!

Last night we had the pleasure of hosting a screening of L!fe Happens, a hilarious new comedy written and starring one of our favorite Hollywood up-and-comers, Krysten Ritter. The film is the product of a collaboration between Ritter and one of her best friends Kat Coiro, and was cast and staffed with some of Ritter’s most-talented nearest and dearest, including celebrity makeup artist Amy Nadine.

Nadine, a long time tarte fan — so is Ritter! — used our LipSurgence™ lip tints in every scene!

To celebrate the film’s premiere, we invited a group of beauty bloggers to join us for the screening, which included a Q&A with Ritter and Nadine!

 L!fe Happens beauty roll call: in the film Ritter wore our lip tint in spirited, while Kate Bosworth wore our matte lip tint in hope and Rachel Bilson wore our matte lip tint in lucky.



 

Get tweeting tartelettes and good luck!

fancy footwork: our favorite vegan shoes

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 McCartney

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.

Bourgeois Boheme

 

This UK brand lives up to their tagline, “Fashion with compassion,” by using high-quality materials that always promise to be “better than leather.”

Mink Shoes

Specializing in strappy sandals and cute flats, Mink Shoes is all about sexy kicks and green ethics.

 

Vegan Chic

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.

 

girl crush: Kate Bosworth

Sporty and sweet with a touch of ethereal beauty, Kate Bosworth is the perfect mix of girl-next-door cute and Hollywood bombshell, and, if you ask us, totally crush worthy. Plus she’s a tartelette! She wore our LipSurgence matte lip tint in lively to the premiere of her newest movie, Life Happens  (also staring the amazing Krysten Ritter — check out the trailer below).  She rarely makes the tabloids — something else we love about her –  and has the skills to play campy, gloomy, sexy, or the dreaded best friend role and still rock the screen.

Who’s your girl crush?

 

enter our rush hour giveaway & tune into tarte on QVC!

There’s been a lot going on at the tarte offices recently! Spring is here, we’re prepping for summer and we’ve been launching a ton of amazing deals and newness on QVC.

Haven’t had a chance to tune in?  Don’t worry, you have another opportunity to catch Maureen on QVC tonight at 7pm EST, and trust us – this is one show you don’t want to miss! She’ll be featuring these incredible products: spring awakening sweet LipLuster & lip scrub (A225777), pure maracuja oil and bonus maracuja concealer (A221899), Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation SPF 15 and airbrush brush (A216501),  lights, camera, lashes! black volumizing lash primer (A221854), lights, camera, lashes! black volumizing mascara duo (A91031),  and our Brazilliance maracuja self-tanner and application mitt (A212777) — yes, it’s back!

 

And the best part? We’re going to give away three of our Amazonian clay 3-in-1 skin smart eye quads (A221857) — featured on tarte’s QVC.com home page – in a ‘rush hour’ giveaway between 4 and 6pm EST today! To enter, just tweet  (or retweet): “#QVCgiveaway: win tarte’s  Amazonian clay 3-in-1 skin smart eye quad! Read the rules here: ow.ly/a6FFg

We’ll choose three winners at 6pm and announce them by 6:15 pm EST – giving you plenty of time to get home and tune into tarte on QVC!

 

Good luck tartelettes!

 

 

 

Giveaway only open to U.S. residents.

listen up: and work it out!

Summers coming ladies and we’ve put together some hot beats to get your blood pumping for an amazing work out! We jacked the iPods from some of the tartelettes here in the office and created the ultimate fitness playlist.

So tie your laces, stretch it out, and crank the volume…..it’s time to get your butt in gear!

 

1.) A-Trak feat. CyHi Da Prynce – “Ray-Ban”

“If I don’t have amazing music at the gym, my legs turn into cinder blocks and this song makes me move.” -Jenna, creative marketing manager

 

2.) ACDC- “Shook Me All Night Long”

“I listen to this song when I work out because I love rock and it gets me pumping” -Nuria, production coordinator

 

3.) Gwen Stefani- “Hollaback Girl”

“I listen to this right before I start running hard on the treadmill. I swear by it…actually that whole album is great for the gym” – Koryn, community manager

 

4.) Afrojack- “bang duck”

“The beat just gets me up and moving” – Heather,  executive director; operation and product development

 

5.) Green Day- “Brain Stew”

“I love this song because the guitar in the beginning sounds really bad a**, makes me work out hard” – Jen, contributing editor; tarte blog