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Day 1 of The Next 365

Yesterday we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! As we wrapped our day of fun volunteer work at the EDAY40 event in Times Square (check out some footage on tarte TV to the right of this page) we couldn’t help but pat ourselves on the back. Not only was this a job well done, but it marked another year that we were committed to making our planet a better place. When I came back to the office, I immediately began reading your blog comments on my EcoPure post. Kudos to all of you! Your efforts, both big and small, help make our planet greener.

So what’s next? Today marks the first day of the next 365 on our road to Earth Day 2011. Over the next year will you change your routine to make it a little more green?  After all, going eco has become quite easy. I’ve put together a simple list of easy changes anyone can make; I hope to push you over the eco-edge!

  • Say “NO” to plastic! Plastic bags are everywhere, especially our landfills. Opt for a reusable, natural bag choice when you’re shopping for anything. If you don’t have one handy, still say no. Every morning when I’m grabbing my coffee on the way into the office the cashier tries to put it in a bag, I always say “No thanks, I can carry it.” For the first step, this is pretty easy & it makes a difference (520 bags I didn’t contribute to landfills this year)!
  • Switch to CFL energy efficient light bulbs. If you can’t afford to replace them all right away, replace a few & as some burn out continue your change. When it comes to any household appliance replacement, it’s best to consider energy efficient models.
  • Go solar! All the various technology trinkets we’ve become so reliant on have compatible solar chargers: power-up with the sun.
  • Pick natural options. Your everyday routine most likely goes through a lot of products that are packed with  toxins like parabens. Opt for natural makeup like tarte, organic shampoos and conditioners & other paraben free skincare items.

For more tips and ideas please read all the great comments from our readers. Remember, be good to your Mother (Earth)!

xo,

Kristin

be green, be smart, be tarte!

WINNER UPDATE! Thank you for all of your amazing comments, the following winners were selected at random. Please e-mail your shipping information to Kristin@tartecosmetics.com and place ECOPURE in the subject line. Thanks!

Congrats:

Kellie comment #3, Lorraine comment #23, Kirsten comment #30, Pam comment #40 & Abbe comment #42!!

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and what better time than the present to tell you a little more about tarte’s eco-friendly initiatives. I’ve decided to kick off our green chatter with one of our best packaging accomplishments and an industry first: EcoPure®.

Eco-what?!  For starters, did you know that it can take up to 80 years for plastic containers to breakdown? At the rate we consume and trash items…well, that’s a lot of buildup & every reason why we all need to be more aware. That’s why we originally launched our customer recycling program, but we wanted to do more. And in August 2009 we did exactly that with the launch of lifted™ natural eye primer.

This natural eye primer boasts high-performance natural™ ingredients like Ginseng & Firmitol™ and is clinically tested to tighten eyelids and decrease fine lines and wrinkles by 51% ten minutes post-application . So, why else is it on this eco-pedestal? Hello, EcoPure®.  The lifted™ component is made from plastic that is infused with EcoPure®, a recyclable, non-toxic resin-additive that allows plastics to completely biodegrade in less than 5 years!! I’d say that is pretty incredible. Lifted™ has an indefinite shelf-life and will only begin breaking down once it is placed in a landfill environment (i.e. not your beauty drawer).

Although we wish everything was made with the EcoPure® additive, it can be tricky. We are making our best attempts to continue to incorporate this breakthrough packaging material into the tarte line, as well as continuously explore all green packaging options.  In celebration of Earth Day we will be giving away a lifted™ to five lucky winners! To register all you have to do is share some recycling facts and tips below on the comment board with us. We’d love to hear what you’re doing to make this planet a greener place! Remember: be green, be smart, be tarte!

xo,

Kristin

Celebrate Earth Month!

At tarte we’re always trying to reduce our carbon footprint. In celebration of Earth Month, we wanted to tell you about some of our favorite brands that are also consciously helping to save our beautiful planet! Green, natural, sustainable & even vegan choices are easier and easier to come by these days & I’m not talking about itchy hemp & recycled plastic cola bottles (though some innovatively use that in their packaging). I chose glam gems, silk rompers and luxe beauty items that all have an environmental mission.  This April (and the other 11 months of the year) we encourage you to be eco-chic by making eco-conscious choices.

xo,

Kristin

Pictured Above:

 tarte’s lash hugger eco-friendly natural mascara: A natural mascara housed in a metalized tube composed of post-consumer recycled aluminum.

Gemma Redux Natalie Necklace: made from reclaimed vintage brass chains with reclaimed smokey chandelier crystals.

 Davines: quality hair care products created from high-grade natural ingredients, using only renewable energy

 Matt & Nat Chip Nappa Wallet:  100% recycled and  made of vegan leather

 Sparitual: vegan nail lacquers in trendy-worthy shades

 Edun Ziggy one piece: all Edun products invest in the development of a community-based value chain

april 2007

04/27/07

~All this gross rain is giving me a sinus headache and makes me want to hide under the covers all day. On the other hand, it’s also getting me that much more excited for my upcoming vacation to Mexico!! Words cannot express how much I’m looking forward to six days of doing absolutely nothing. I am also a big fan of the “eat whatever you want” vacation method, especially when it means mounds of quesadillas and salty margaritas. Which is why I look forward to having Levi kick my butt for the next 3 weeks…so I can prematurely undo the damage! -alexis

04/23/07

~As a continuation of my last blog, I have been looking into tennis lessons and actually bought a new racket over the weekend. I played at the outdoor courts near my house and have a very sore right arm, and slight tan, to show for it. My next task is to set up my first lesson so that I’m not hitting the ball like I would a baseball. I’m really not as uncoordinated as I looked! -heather r

04/20/07

~I am so excited because me and 12 of my sorority sisters from college are going to Atlantic City for the weekend! As I’m sure you know coordinating dinner for 4 friends can sometimes be impossible so the fact that 13 of us are going is practically a miracle. Nothing’s better then a weekend of going out, gambling and Gamma Girls…now let’s just hope some of us win! -maria

04/18/07
~So yesterday I celebrated my 24th Birthday! The tarte girls celebrated with me and we enjoyed a lovely dessert of fruit salad and whipped cream (yum!). I also received my coveted Tory Burch Ballet Flats that I’ve been craving!! They are lime green and SO CUTE. I can’t wait for the weather to get a little nicer so I can wear them! Next year I’m craving a pony! :-) -erica
04/16/07
~Heather’s wedding was so much fun! First and foremost, the bride looked beautiful—a true Barbie. The weather turned out being perfect and the ceremony left a few of us tartelettes teary-eyed. All of the food was delicious. From the mini cheese raviolis and the beef medallions to the mini cream puffs, let’s not even discuss how much I devoured! After filling my belly, it was on to the dance floor where we tore it up (there may even exist a video of Alexis & me working our moves). What a great way to kick-off the wedding season for me—I have at least 1 a month now! -candace
04/13/07
~I can’t believe it’s finally time for Heather’s wedding (especially because it means mine was already 6 months ago!). Even though I got the privilege of seeing her in her dress already (at her fitting), I’m excited to see her walk down the aisle! Then I will be in withdrawal for 2 weeks while my officemate is in Hawaii. In the meantime, the rest of us tartelettes are scrambling to find cute little jackets and wraps to go over our dresses because no one was anticipating the 40-something degree weather. So much for my strapless dress & bare legs! -alexis
04/11/07
~Tomorrow will officially be one month before I leave for my 16 day expedition around Europe with my boyfriend. We’ll fly in to Rome, make our way towards Florence, then on to Venice. After a few relaxing days in Italy, the overnight train will take us to beautiful Paris where we will spend 2 lovely nights. After we’ve soaked up all that Paris has to offer, we’ll board another overnighter and head to Barcelona, and finally to Madrid where we will spend 3 nights relaxing before we fly back home. Yes, just thinking about it makes me feel more at ease. I think I can safely say that in all the vacations I have ever taken, I have never needed one more than I do now. -julia
04/09/07
~With spring upon us and summer fast approaching, it’s time for me to change my dark brown locks to a fun and flirty dark blonde. I won’t be going platinum or anything, although I have always wondered what it would be like…just some highlights and low lights to go with my new tan! The celebs hair that I’m going after is Drew Barrymore’s new ‘do, and I’ll have it just in time for Heather P’s wedding this weekend too! -heather r
04/06/07
~As you’re reading this I am at QVC preparing for our 1 hour show today, Friday April 6th, at 4 pm (EST). We all get so excited about the shows, but I’m especially excited about this one because we have a few special guests (you have to tune in to see!). Then we’ll be back on Saturday at 7 pm (EST) with a new kit that is a personal favorite of mine. Now I know why everyone loves watching QVC – the new items and the amazing values are something that just can’t be beat! -maria
04/04/07
~It been a week since I’ve come back from Miami and my sunkissed glow is fading fast! Luckily Maureen introduced to Comondynes self-tanning wipes form QVC awhile ago. Now I’m totally addicted to them! They really give me a natural tan that’s not too orange or fake looking. I even asked my Mom for a new supply for my Birthday! -erica
04/02/07
~Any Season 6 American Idol fans out there? Me too! Seriously, what’s going on this season? Please, don’t vote for the worst anymore!! Every week I just wait for Sanjaya to get the boot. It’s painful to watch. My top 2 picks: Blake (I really want him to win!) and Melinda Dolittle (she never disappoints). I’m keeping my fingers crossed for my boy, Blake! -candace

april 2006

04/25/06


~Last night I was watching tv and I saw a commercial for the latest Cirque Du Soleil show that is starting on Randall’s Island today. My mom has been dropping hints like crazy for this show so we are going to see it for Mother’s Day. Even better, my boyfriend and his mom are going to come with us (the moms will meet for the first time!). I’m just so happy that the Mother’s Day Gift pressure is over – both for me and John plus Cirque shows are pretty awesome!!
-heather

04/24/06

~With spring here (despite today’s torrential downpours) and summer around the corner, I realized that I desperately need a tan if I plan to wear any fun clothes!! However, I don’t need the wrinkles! Soooo, per a friend’s recommendation I’m trying Clarins’ self-tanner. I’ve tried self-tanners in the past, but I usually ended up looking a shade of awful orange and so did my clothes, sheets, etc (you get the point). Well, so far this one is spot-on without the splotches! The key is to mix it with a moisturizer. Anyhow, I’m hooked..now when will it be sunny again?! -candace

04/19/06

~Happy ::belated:: Birthday to Erica!!! We had a nice tarte celebration yesterday complete with, what else, cupcakes! For those of you who don’t know, Erica is the queen of baking around here, so Lex and I wanted to repay her with some really special cupcakes of her own…so we made Beaker from The Muppets cupcakes! They were so much fun to make, and surprisingly easy…problem is, they looked so cute and hysterically funny we almost didn’t want to eat them! Key word being almost…
-maria

04/12/06

~So it’s possible that I might have a new obsession: Coke Blak. Phil has been telling me about this stuff since he saw a commercial for it during the Academy Awards, and I swear, I thought he made it up. I hadn’t seen it anywhere! But lo & behold, I spotted a 4-pack at Key Food this weekend, and I had to try it. It promises “coke effervescence with coffee-flavored essence,” and since I’m a big coffee soda fan, that’s definitely worth exploring. Anyway, it tastes just like this soda I used to drink as a kid called No-Cal Coffee Soda. Apparently me & my dad are the only ones who remember this stuff, but whatever—I am officially a Coke Blak convert. -alexis

04/10/06

~I can’t believe Passover is this week! I like the holiday because I get to see my family, but giving up foods like pizza for a week is tough. You would think I’d be used to it by now, but every year it’s s struggle. At least my Mom made an extra pot of matzah ball soup for me. Nothing is as good as her golden chicken soup and fluffy matzah balls! -nicole

04/07/06

~I’m a die-hard cat lover but I’m not allowed to have pets in my apartment. I’m dying to move to a different place so that I can get a kitten! So when my brother tells me he’s going away for 3 weeks and needs someone to watch his 2 cats, I unselfishly offered to host them (ok, maybe it was a little selfish!) I figure it’s only temporary so the super won’t have a problem with the illegal pets – haha! Well, he drops the cats off last Saturday and it’s been sort of a nightmare ever since. Turns out my boyfriend is allergic to them, they wake us up every night at 4am running back and forth through the apartment (did I mention it’s a studio – 2 people and 2 cats are a bit TOO much…) and they love to sleep on top of us! I just don’t know how we’re going to get through the next 2 weeks! John has even threatened to move out until my brother comes home. I think my chances of getting a kitten in the future are dwindling by the minute… -heather

April 2005

4/29/05

~I admit it, I’ve been very bad. I just got the best cream puffs. Soooo bad for my diet but you must try them! They’re called
Papa Beard’s and they are the creamiest, most amazing sweet things I’ve ever had!!-telly

4/29/05

~I admit it, I’ve been very bad. I just got the best cream puffs. Soooo bad for my diet but you must try them! They’re called Papa Beard’s and they are the creamiest, most amazing sweet things I’ve ever had!!-telly

4/28/05

~Greetings from Hong Kong! My days are filled with meetings and trips to China everyday, but I am completely enjoying it because I get to spend time with my family. I am being totally spoiled by my mom and dad because I don’t have to lift a finger at home ….I sure will miss it next week when I’m back in New York.-leonie

~Tonight I’m having dinner with two of my closest friends, Meredith and Dayna. Unfortunately, being that it’s Passover, no delicious pizza or pasta for us! I can’t wait for this holiday to end because I am CRAVING pizza like you wouldn’t believe! I am seriously going through withdrawal. I guess I’ll have to deal with a steak (poor me-hehe).-nicole

4/26/05

~My entire weekend consisted of party after party after party. Friday night was my friend’s surprise birthday party, Saturday was my other friend’s luau themed birthday party and Sunday we barbecued for my niece’s 5th birthday. I never though I would say this, but I think I am all partied out for a while! Best part of the weekend: the teriyaki chicken skewers at the luau. I seriously must have eaten 8 pieces!-maria

~I honestly couldn’t be more excited about tonight! It’s the Jammy Awards, sort of like the Grammy’s for jam bands and so much more fun. I bought my tickets like two months ago and it seemed so far away. Now it’s here!-lallie

4/25/05

~The last thing I watched before I fell asleep last night was an Emeril show on the Food Network. I think it was “Emeril’s Pastry Pointers”. I don’t even like cream puffs or eclairs, particularly, but the show made me kinda wish I was a housewife and I could just sit at home today, whipping up treats with my Kitchenaid mixer. I’m so 1950s at heart.-alexis

4/22/05

~I am so happy it’s Friday. I don’t even care that the weather’s supposed to suck tomorrow. I just want to relax at home, have some eggs & read the paper. The only thing that could perfect my morning is if the New York Times had the Split Decisions puzzle tomorrow. It’s like a modified crossword that they only do about five times a year. Yes, I’m a total nerd. And proud of it.-alexis
~Ok people. It’s official. I think I’m going to get a dog. I’ve been looking at
Shibu Inu’s (they look like little foxes!) but I’m still not sure. Love, love Border Collies but I can’t exactly have a sheep herding dog in my apartment! So excited!!-lallie

4/21/05

~Tonight is my first dress fitting!! I’m really nervous, so of course I’m eating a chocolate crossiant for breakfast. Let’s just blame that on nerves. I got my shoes this weekend-
Stuart Weitzman. Surprisingly, they’re comfortable. I can’t believe the wedding is in less than three months. I’m freaking out. There’s too much to do!!!!!!!!!-nicole

4/20/05

~Four birthday cakes and a wedding… that’s a total of five cakes! Rounding out a week of celebrating my 22nd Birthday. It was all topped off Sunday (my actual birthday) by a party and the coolest cake ever, in tarte colors of course!-erica

4/19/05

~This weekend was so perfect! The weather was finally cooperative, so I spent Saturday shopping at Woodbury Commons and Sunday barbequing with friends at my house. I finally feel like its spring, but now I want it to be summer!-maria

~So I went to my first Yankee game of the season last night! Perfect weather too! There’s nothing like watching a ballgame (and having them win), having a beer in one hand and a hotdog in the other…Can’t wait for the next one!-heather

4/18/05

~Tonight is my tap class! This is the class where I find out if I advance to the “advanced beginners” class. I have faith. I have been doing pretty well and my teacher seems to like me. Wish me luck! PS-This is a great workout!-lallie

~My best friend said she wants board games for her birthday, so I decided to go to Ebay to see if I could find some old school gems (Girl Talk Date Line, the Sweet Valley High board game which I had etc). I found instead
Mall Madness And now I am coveting it so bad! Remember those fake credit cards? And the little “cha-ching” sound it would make when you swiped it? So good.-alexis

4/15/05

~So last night we went bowling for Erica’s birthday. It was SO much fun, even though at one point I actually threw the ball backwards (not a lie. I’ll blame the beer). What we learned is that Raquel & Maria are secret ringers. The fact that I am a total spaz cameas a shock to no one. Had the BEST time though! I think tarte should start a bowling league.-alexis

4/14/05

~I am happy to report that the wedding planning is coming along quite nicely. Larry and I started taking dance lessons. I think there’s hope for us! He says I always try to lead but I have to let him do it-he’s such a guy. We still don’thave our song yet. Any suggestions out there? If so, please post it on the forum!-nicole

4/13/05

~Oh yeah! Tomorrow we’re going bowling for Erica’s birthday! Woohoo! I am THE champion bowler (or maybe I just think I am). Either way, it’s going to be some great exercise and fun time with the tartelettes!-heather

~I know its only Wednesday, but I’m already looking forward to this weekend. My boyfriend and I are going to clean up my patio, set up the grill (and bar) and have a huge BBQ! Now if we could just have one weekend without rain, everything would be perfect!-maria

4/11/05

~I must take a moment to praise outlet shopping. My boyfriend and I went up to Woodbury Commons yesterday (www.chelseapremiumoutlets.com) and the deals are just ridiculous. There were all these “spring madness” sales too, so everything was discounted upon discounted. I made out with cute DVF & YSL tops and a Pucci dress, and my boyfriend got a Burberry shirt. And if I told you what we paid, you would die of shock. Run, don’t walk.-alexis

4/8/05

~So I am officially an aunt (well, almost) for the first time ever!! My boyfriend’s sister had her baby girl on Wednesday night. Her name is Mya Nicole (we have the same middle name!) and she weighs 7lbs 3 oz, and she was just the cutest little bundle when we saw her yesterday! I haven’t been to the hospital to see a newborn since my cousins were born in 1986, so it’s been a while. I was a little teary-eyed- I can only imagine what I’ll be like when it’s my OWN kid. Anyway, congratulations Pam & Anthony!!-alexis

~Though I’m glad that the weather has changed for the better, I have to say… it’s totally ruining my bank account! It was beautiful out yesterday so I decided to go shopping during lunch. My best friend and I went on a shopping extravaganza yesterday on our lunch hour: white linen skirt (oh so tropical chic!), a metallic mesh belt that matches my bronze wedge sandals PERFECTLY (still looking for a bag), and a bunch of basics. Can’t wait for it to be warm enough for me to wear it all!-telly

4/7/05

~This wonderful spring day! I am so happy and now more motivated to finish planning my wedding, which is only two and half months away!! Just made the final decisions on my bridesmaid dresses-cherry red! Now if only I could go to Central Park for a walk to think about what else I have to do…-nicole

~I am so excited that I am going on a business trip to
Hong Kong next week! This means I get to go home and see my family! I must admit that this is one my favorite things about my job. I haven’t seen my family, my puppy and my friends for ages so this is perfect! I went shopping gifts for them over the weekend and just couldn’t buy enough! They love American things so I am going again this weekend. I hope the weather’s nice!-leonie

4/5/05

~To make my mom happy, my boyfriend and I drove down to Atlantic City on Saturday to spend the weekend there. Not really the ideal place for 20-somethings to hang out, but we made the best of it and we dragged my boyfriend’s brother and friend along for the ride! Plus, we got back just in time to watch the
Yankees beat the Red Sox. A good beginning to a promising season!-maria

~So I just got back from the wedding in
New Orleans…so wonderful but too short!! My boyfriend won $1000 in the casino on Saturday night!! That money better go towards my ring fund!(hehe) Just kidding!! At least the weather in NY is nice today. Makes it so much easier to work.-heather

4/4/05

~OK, so remember that awards show I mentioned on Friday?? We actually WON!!! (Well, we tied with Burts Bees, but still). Our little slide tin lip balm went up against Revlon, L’Oreal & mark and actually beat them! I’m still reeling from the shock. Anyway, thank you all for being so supportive-we couldn’t have done it without you! We’d also like to thank the Academy…heh heh heh.-alexis

4/1/05

~Well, the pseudo rockstar has done it again…I went to Fergie’s (from the Black Eyed Peas) birthday party at Marquee last night and I am literally dragging in my shoes today. When will I stop thinking I am a) rich and b) able to stay out all night!?? TGIF is all I have to say!-lallie

Very exciting news–we’re off to the CEW Beauty Awards today (sort of the Oscars of the beauty industry) to root for our slide tin lipbalm. We’re nominated in the “lip product under $12.50″ category with some HUGE competition–imagine: little tarte like the independent film that gets nominated against the blockbuster! So in this case it really IS an honor just to be nominated–but winning would be even better. Fingers crossed!-alexis