Posts tagged Eco-Friendly

Eco-friendly holiday giveaway with bioserie!

The holiday season is a time to catch up with family & friends! Whether I’m traveling to visit relatives or having a phone date with my bff,  I love hearing holiday shopping stories (the good & the ugly!) and seeing some of their favorite gifts. Speaking of presents, I’m still going through my long list of what to get some people in my life. I always try to buy meaningful gifts; ultimately, something that person will truly appreciate.

For those like me, I found the greatest gift for that eco-conscious person in your crew: bioserie iPhone biodegradable covers. bioserie uses the latest in bioplastics technology; offering less greenhouse gas emissions in manufacturing and the prevention of environmental toxic pollution once the cover is discarded. Essentially, bioserie is transforming annually renewable plant material into an iPhone cover that is slim, strong and stylish. This biobased phone accessory is made of plants not petrochemicals! And they have covers in an assortment of colors for not only the iPhone, but also the iPad, iTouch and iPod.

That said: it’s green giveaway time! We’re giving away 2 bundles of bioserie’s bioplastic covers valued at $99.85:

  • iPhone 4 case (white: $34.95)
  • iPhone 3G/3Gs (purple: $34.95)
  • iPod nano 5 G (green: $29.95)

Keep one for you and give the others as gifts!! All you have to do to enter is tell us how you’re being eco-conscious this holiday season! Post your responses here and enter to win!! We’ll reveal winners on Wed, 12/15.

Happy Holidays!

xo,

Kristin

‘Tis The Season With Tarte!!

Les Khakis de Chanel…Homemade!

For Fall 2010. Chanel has released Les Khakis de Chanel; an exclusive nail polish collection consisting of a trio of camo hues. These colors are a twist on the neutral trend that is popping up all over runways this fall. Naturally, we’re obsessed, but definitely not willing to dish out a pricey $25 per polish.

After unsuccessfully scavenging the internet for doppelganger shades, we came to a frightening conclusion—we had to make our own.

We decided to delve into the world of Frankening, the art of mixing polishes, to make your own custom hue. After concocting countless recipes, we’d like to think we’re pretty spot on (bonus: it’s made with “big 3” free green polishes). Eat your heart out Coco!

Want to make your own? Here’s How:

Materials:

ZOYA nail polishes in:

  •  Envy
  •  Pippa
  •  Marcella
  •  Gretchen
  •  Dea

Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

3 empty nail polish bottles

  • either recycle from a bottle of nail polish you no longer wear (like we did) or a bottle of topcoat

 

Step #1: Clean out old nail polish bottles. This can be done by pouring out the excess polish and swirling a small amount of non-acetone nail polish remover around in the bottle until it’s clean.

Recipes:

Khaki Brun:

  • Fill the empty bottle half way with Dea.  Finish off the bottle with ¼ Pippa and ¼ Envy. Shake!

 

Khaki Rose:

  •  Fill Empty bottle half full with Marcella, then 2/6th of Dea.  Finish off the final 1/6th with Pippa.  Finally, add a small splash of Envy. Shake!

 

Khaki Vert:

  •  Fill Empty bottle 1/3 full of Envy, then add another third Gretchen.  Split the remaining third between Pippa and Dea.  By now your arm is probably falling off, but you must shake!

And there you have it. Enjoy and good luck!

-Allie & Amber

Big Bambú

Now through October 31st get in touch with your inner green girl right here in NYC’s urban jungle. On the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twin artists, Doug and Mike Starn, have created an elaborate and intricate 100ft long 50ft wide bamboo structure. Big Bambú was created from poles of bamboo! Professional rock climbers  lashed together the bamboo with 50 yards of rope—insane!  The aesthetically, beautiful structure forms the shape of a cresting wave.  Set against the backdrop of Central Park, the exhibition has winding paths and a bridge that you can walk on.  Walk on?!  Yes, bamboo is quite the incredible plant. With more strength than many steel alloys, bamboo is also the fasting growing plant on Earth! Some varieties can grow up to 4ft in 24 hours! What’s even better? Bamboo can be sustainably harvested—that means no negative impact to the soil or greater environment! With each new day, environmentalists are discovering new industrial uses for bamboo. If you’re in the New York area, I encourage you to head over to 81ST street for a perfect green experience on a September afternoon.

Xo,

Kristin

Amazonian White Clay—What is it?

As many of you know, tarte is a natural brand that formulates with high-performance natural ™ ingredients. That being said I wanted to provide some more insight on what we mean when we talk about these HPN ingredients. Maureen Kelly (the Creator & CEO) scours the earth for nature’s secrets that will clinically correct your skin (whether it’s wrinkles, fine lines or moisture issues) while helping you look your best! Our newest products contain clay, but not just any clay: Amazonian White Clay! You’re probably wondering: what the heck is that and why should I care?

Amazonian white clay is nature’s most perfect ingredient. It works for ALL skin types. Yes, I said ALL—I know, we didn’t think it existed either! So, today I wanted to share all the deets on what exactly it is/does and why it must be the newest edition to your makeup bag.

While recently vacationing in Brazil (the tarte team is going back June 20!!), Maureen noticed that women of all ages had such flawless skin and healthy complexions. She was on a mission to determine their beauty secret. Enter nature’s most perfect ingredient: Amazonian clay.

A quick eco-history lesson: The Amazon River spans 4,000 miles in length, and as it flows it collects nutrient dense fruit and plant matter. At the most downstream region nutrients are at its highest concentration. At this location tarte extracts the purest clay sediments; and along the River’s edge, we refine the raw clay on-site while in its most active state. By using the sun’s natural heat we solidify the clay into blocks to sustain and protect the nutrient concentration. The clay is then shaved down into a finely-milled powder that can be carefully added to our high-performance natural™ formulas to gently balance and correct any skin concerns while simultaneously stimulating circulation.

So how does this multitasking and total skin balancing clay work for everyone?

  • Oily skin: removes surface oil to mattify skin
  • Dry skin: hydrates skin reducing the appearance of dryness and flakiness
  • For problem/redness/acne skin: helps correct and balance
  • Dull skin: improves the appearance of skin clarity and texture
  • All skin: Gives skin an overall smooth and even appearance

Well, this was a mouthful but it’s so important to know what your makeup is doing for you. Check out our new for summer 2010 emphasEYES™ clay shadow/liners & get your daily dose of white clay. A bunch of additional clay-packed tarte goodies can be found on our QVC.com page.

Xo, Kristin

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

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

WIN IT—Keri Russell’s Natural Beauty Look!

 

At the NYC premiere of Keri Russell’s new flick “Leaves of Grass”, Tina Turnbow (makeup artist to the stars) gave her a natural beauty look.  What’s even better is that all the products Tina selected give back to the environment. I love that Tina chose natural products from Envision Beauty and tarte; both companies use nature and science to achieve flawless results & each remain socially conscious by contributing proceeds to eco-friendly charities. That being said I thought it was only fair that we treat you to a “spring glow” giveaway. With these products and the guideline below, you’ll be able to recreate this youthful look at home!

Tina prepped Keri’s skin with The Solution by Envision Beauty. Why we love it? Like tarte goodies, The Solution is packed with antioxidants like goji and acai berries, as well as vitamins A, C, E and B5, leaving skin hydrated and smooth. This paraben-free facial moisturizer evened Keri’s skin tone for the perfect makeup application.

For a healthy complexion, Tina turned to tarte’s fuss-free products, “I used a tinted moisturizer and created a peachy-pink cheek.” Tarte’s natural cheek stain in tipsy touts our t5 super fruit complex™ — a proprietary blend of the five most active superfruits: goji, acai, maracuja, acerola and pomegranate! She used her own Tina Turnbow for tarte limited-edition flower child palette for a soft, smoky charcoal eye. Her final touches included voluminous lashes & a nude lip with a hint of sheen. For more application details head over to MyLifetime.com

To help get you started with a radiant glow tarte and Envision beauty are giving away The Solution superior facial moisturizer($79) and tipsy natural cheek stain ($30) to 1 lucky winner! From now until April 6th post a comment below telling us why ‘green beauty’ matters to you! Your comment will automatically enter you into the random drawing contest–we can’t wait to hear from you!

xo,

Kristin