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holiday gift guide: the tastemaker

The holidays are here…and you’re still gift shopping?

First, relax. Then shake off that last-minute pressure, we’ve got you covered. We’ve tapped some of the keenest shoppers and most creative people we know in order to put together these unique gift guides filled with presents that are sure to please everyone on your list!

who: Aimee Blaut, former gallery girl and founder of THE FORMULA blog

the low down on THE FORMULA blog:  A modern take on beauty. The site does not subscribe to the notion of a singular beauty ideal or a be-all, end-all, recipe for beauty; but rather to the idea that beauty is as individual as it is attainable. Aimee spent her early career in the arts, but found that she was most inspired by the beauty of the everyday girl. Through this blog she strives to deliver a keen aesthetic point of view full of original photographs and content. And remind women that ‘yeah, you are a babe.’

her gift list:

1. A subscription to Grey Magazine: “It’s the perfect fashion magazine, from the photographs to the paper quality —  it’s amazing.”

2. Bliss Lau Suspend Ring: “I love what Bliss makes. There’s always real artistry in her designs and execution.”

3. Works of the Sixties, Anselm Keifer: “I’m a huge fan of his work, and have been fortunate enough to see several of his exhibitions.”

4. Club Monaco High Wool Socks: “These are great for lounging around at home on nights when I just want to be cozy.”

5. tarte’s blair set: “It has a little something for everywhere: lips, cheeks, eyes and even blotting paper — great for traveling.”

6. Keds at Opening Ceremony collared shell: “I love clothes that feel smart, and this peter pan collar has a great 60′s vibe.”

To learn more about THE FORMULA blog visit theformulablog.com or follow Aimee on twitter.

holiday gift guide: the color savant

The holidays are here…and you’re still gift shopping?

First, relax. Then shake off that last-minute pressure, we’ve got you covered. We’ve tapped some of the keenest shoppers and most creative people we know in order to put together these unique gift guides filled with presents that are sure to please everyone on your list!

 


who: Jenna Daunais, tarte creative marketing manager

claim to fame: In 6th grade she got a paper route so she could buy fashion magazines because her mom said she had to be seventeen to read Seventeen. Today Jenna has STACKS of all the beauty & fashion magazines you could dream of on her desk & her favorite thing in the world is to come into the office in the morning (hot chai in hand) and see what’s new in the world of color & design. Her current obsession: tarte talk on pinterest.

her gift list:

1. cheek stain in blushing bride: “For my mom. This is her favorite cheek stain. It’s a gorgeous deep dusty, plumy rose and it looks amazing on her.”

 2. Anslem Reyle “UNTITLED” paint and monochromatic foil installation:  “This is what I am wishing for. Key word ‘wishing’. I love art and this is the dream piece.”

3. butter LONDON nail polish in yummy mummy: “My sister has two (adorable) little ones that keep her super busy so weekly mani pedis are just not possible. This is the prefect nude — plus, butter LONDON products are formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, DBP or parabens, which she & both appreciate.”

4. WEN by Chaz Dean winter vanilla mint cleansing conditioner:  “I gave my little brother a sample of WEN that I got from a QVC event and now he’s hooked — it’s always in his gym bag. This seasonal edition smells like candy canes!”

5. Whiskey Stones:  “The perfect host gift. Whiskey stones are odorless and tasteless cubes of solid soapstone that will chill your liquor without diluting it. unlike ice. Add them to your favorite libation and get the party started!”

6. Phillip Keel’s simple diary: “Simple diaries are not your average diaries. Everyday you’re prompted to answer a thought provoking inspired question. I love to do my daily entry with my morning latte to get a creative kick start to the day.”

7. puppy houndstooth bow tie collar:  “My dog Fast Eddie is one of tarte’s resident office pups. Since he works with me in the creative department, he definitely needs to dress the part. I am getting him this green houndstooth bow tie to wear to the office in the new year.”

Check out the tarte office pups on our Pinterest page. They are SO cute!

8. One of a kind pastel and neon vintage rhinestone necklace:  “This is for my best friend, Al — we’re both obsessed with ANYTHING neon. She’ll love this necklace and I love that it’s one of a kind.”

holiday gift guide: the publicity maven

The holidays are here…and you’re still gift shopping?

First, relax. Then shake off that last-minute pressure, we’ve got you covered. We’ve tapped some of the keenest shoppers and most creative people we know in order to put together these unique gift guides filled with presents that are sure to please everyone on your list!

 

 

 

 who: Sheila Kenny, owner of Right On! PR

claim to fame: Sheila runs specialized press campaigns for musicians and artists. Sheila’s a veteran in the PR field who earned her chops while working with the likes of Feist, !!!, Broken Social Scene, Tegan and Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Stars, and whose current clients include Matt & Kim, Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Marc Maron, The Wooden Birds and more.

Sheila at work (aka Fun Fun Fun Fest) with Reggie Watts. Photo credit Tim Griffin

1. tarte™ neutralEYES eye shadow palette: “I love everything about this tarte eye shadow palette.  From the subtle to sparkly shadows, to the beyond cool case — this is the bomb!  Of course tarte mascara in its very awesome, easy-to-handle case is the best accompaniment!”

2. Instyler :”I’m a klutz when it comes to trying to give myself a sleek blowout. The Instyler is literally a magic wand. I’ve wanted one since borrowing my mom’s on a visit last year.”

3. See’s Toffee-ettes: “These candies are unbelievably delicious and an always-win!  Great as a holiday hostess gift, a treat to take to a party, or have a tin on hand for drop-ins. They are also highly addictive — you have been warned!”

4. Something from Pearl River: “I love this NYC store. It has amazing dishes, textiles, housewares…seriously just all kinds of wondrous imports. For the hard-to-buy-for person on your list, Pearl River is your source and they even have an online store!”

5. Bar Glasses from Hotel San Jose: “Hotel San Jose is a great Austin hotspot. Enjoying a drink on their poolside patio is fun and feels special whether you’re visiting the city or living here. I love these glasses and they come packaged in a cool wooden box.”

6. Waxman Candles: “Waxman candles are all handmade and started in one of my favorite places, Lawrence, Kansas.  Their votives are delicious and they always have fun seasonal and one-of-a-kind candles. I love giving these as much as I love buying them for myself! My favorite scents are Spa and Pear Vanilla.”

 

friends & family gift guide: the fitness buff

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: Emily Parr, the PR guru for Equinox, Pure Yoga and Blink Fitness

the road to fitness: “After working in the fashion industry for a couple years, I realized that my appetite for fitness went far beyond daily workouts. Transitioning into the wellness and fitness arena has been the most satisfying and tiring decision of my career and life. As we say at Equinox “It’s not fitness, it’s life,” and it truly is just that!”

her gift list:

1. tarte LipSurgence™ lip luster in adored: “I love this color and consistency so much that I even wear it to Figure 4 – a barre class – because I face a mirror and love looking at my shimmery, girly lip hue. And it’s sweat resistant, who knew?”

2.  Yogitoes yoga towel: “There is no need for slip and slide in Hot Yoga … it will ruin your practice.”

3. Hermes enamel bangle: “Every now and again, a fitness buff has to kick off her sneaks and go glam.”

4.  Private Yoga sessions with Loren Bassett at Pure Yoga: “I like to power through my vinyasas to the point of serious exhaustion. Only Loren can take you to your edge — the one you never knew existed. As strong and mighty as she is, she is the most calming force.”

5  A series of blowouts by Mike Viggue : “He is a house-call only hair stylist who originally hails from Sally Hershberger Salon; The way his hands can morph your hair into the ultimate sexy look is almost illegal!”

6. Alive Program with Meredith Geller: “Working out is all fine and dandy, but ultimately feeding your body properly is crucial. You will only achieve the look you strive for with both components. Meredith will literally hold your hand through health food aisles!”

friends & family gift guide: the comedienne

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: Alison Rosen, writer, humorist and pop culture expert.

claim to fame:  Aside from sharing her witticisms daily on the Adam Carolla Show, the Guinness World Records number one most downloaded podcast, Alison is also an established journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, The NY Post, Spin, Maxim, The Village Voice, People and Seventeen.

her gift list:

1. tarte limited-edition brush setI’m always digging around my makeup case for my brushes. How I would love to have 6 full-size, high quality brushes in their own chic, portable case!” *Pssst, tartelettes! Because of our friends & family sale, these have almost sold out — get yours while supplies last!

2.  Apple iPad 2: “I’m still (un)proudly rocking an iPad 1, but I covet the iPad 2 because you can record videos on it with the built in camera”

3.  In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks  by Adam Carolla: “Yes, my boss wrote this book, but even if Adam weren’t my boss I’d still give this book as a gift because it’s hilarious.”

4. GHD Hair Straightener: “I’ve been wanting one of these flat irons ever since I heard some women with envy-inducing tresses talking them up on New Year’s last year. I’ve basically spent a year wanting one. It’s no way to live!”

5. Crate & Barrel Calais cabinet : “Look at this cabinet. Just look at it! It’s beautiful.”

6. The Facts of Life, The Complete First and Second Seasons: “It remains my favorite TV show ever.”

7. Voluspa Candle: “I received this candle as a gift a couple years ago and have been in love with the brand ever since. My favorite scent is Santiago Huckleberry but they all smell great and the tins are beautiful.”

8. Keurig Coffee Brewer: “Convenient, fun and perfect for a person like me who drinks 8 to 10 cups of coffee per hour. Once you get one of these you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one and you’ll be mad you did.”

 To find out more about Alison, check out her site, AlisonRosen.com or follow her on twitter @alisonrosen

friends & family gift guide: the rock star

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: Kim Schifino, drummer and vocalist for the dance punk duo Matt and Kim.

claim to fame: Known for their do-it-yourself additude toward music and the fact that they’re almost always on tour, the band’s tunes have also been featured on TV shows like Community, Entourage, Skins and Chuck, along with a handful of commercials and films.

her gift list:

Photo Credit: Bethany Smith

1. LipSurgence™ lip tints: “I have chapped lips year-round so I always need to keep them covered.  I always have a lipstick or chapstick in hand and you should too — incase I lose mine and need to borrow yours!”

2. Eco-chic greeting cards and gift tags from Paper Playne: “Similar to downloading a song, you download a file and you can print out your own Holiday stationary so you can enjoy the designs over and over agan. Here’s a free download for the gift tags.”

3. Clarisonic: “I sweat my @#& off on stage. I use this after every performance to give my skin the ultimate cleaning. Maybe I will get one for Matt? Haha.”

4. Matt and Kim Sidewalks: “I listen to Sidewalks all the time.  You should too!”

 5. Bumble and bumble curl conscious reactivating mist: “For my sister, who has curly/wavy hair like me. We both love it!”

6. Restoration Hardware Luxury Plush Throw: “I have three of these.  One for the couch, one for our bed, and one for the tour bus!  If you buy three of something then you know it’s good!”

7. LEGO Architecture Empire State Building: “I may have already picked this up for someone who I’m with all the time!  SHHH Don’t tell him!”

8. tarte aqua-gel eyeliners: “I have these in every color.”

For more info on Kim, visit mattandkimmusic.com. And stay tuned for more unique gift guides as we feature the holiday picks of one of our friends or family members each day, all week long!

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide: The Dad List

There are few things as difficult as shopping for your father — it’s confusing, frustrating and there’s always that nagging urge to grab a pack of tube socks and call it a day. But before you give in to safety-gifting, remember this is your dad we’re talking about. He deserves something special.

In order to help demystify the shopping-for-your-father process we’ve created the ultimate Dad List: gifts that cover every type of dad out there, all under $200!

Clockwise from the top left:  Ram Man’s Golf Set; the Kindle Fire, the e-reader has ajustable fonts size, making reading glasses a thing of the past;  Chefmate 3 Piece BBQ Grill SetEmeril at the Grill: A Cookbook for All Seasons; James Bond DVD Collection, because every man wants to be 007; the KTM 60 Piece 3/8″ Tool Box Set; and center, Burberry Check Rectangle Cuff Links.

Which is gift is perfect for your dad?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Mom

24/7, rain or shine, your mother is always on duty. Don’t you think she deserves something amazing this year?

We’ve put together this goof proof gift guide of momma-pleasing presents that will be sure to keep your mom feeling relaxed, beautiful and loved through all the holiday hustle and bustle. And the best part — these gifts are not only mom-worthy, but completely affordable!

Clockwise from the top left: tarte’s smolderEYES limited-edition Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliner collection; the Clarisonic Mia; celeb fave, Marc Jacobs Lola Eau de Parfum Spray; Love Quotes love scarf;It’s A Wonderful Life on DVD – a heart warming classic;  Tiffany & Co.’s Mom heart lock charm, L’occitane shea butter hand cream, and the scrumdidiliumptious LaLicious sugar souffle’ body scrub.

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide: What to Get Your BFF

Looking for something très chic to give your best pal this holiday season? We’ve got you covered. These gifts will ensure she won’t be searching for the gift receipt after she’s torn off the wrapping.

Our envy-inducing gift list: (clockwise from the top left) one of Alexander McQueen’s iconic skull print scarves, a to die for Rebecca Minkoff pocketbook, Calista Tools hot rollers, tarte’s holiday lip service limited-edition LipSurgence™ collection,  a fun and affordable sequin lap top case, oh so warm UGG boots, or a chic and adorable pocket mirror.

What did you get  your bestie last year? What do you think she’s getting you this year?

 

 

 

 

‘Tis The Season With Tarte!!