Posts tagged lifestyle

back-to-school: 10 questions with eleventh gorgeous

Still haven’t stocked-up on your back to school necessities? No worries, we’ve wrangled two of our favorite beauty and lifestyle gurus, Tracy and Stefanie from Eleventh Gorgeous, to give you their foolproof tips on starting the new semester in style.

Plus, check out their back to school ‘what’s in my backpack’ video  and learn how to get 20% off tarte.com.

Would you wear sweatpants or jeans to class and why?
Tracy: My go-to outfit would be jeans, a cute top, and sandals. If I’m running late, I’d wear yoga pants and a t-shirt and throw my hair up in a ponytail. More >

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.

our favorite eco-friendly scents

When you’re trying to maintain an earth-friendly lifestyle, some areas are harder to fulfill than others. We would argue that perfume is actually the easiest of all. Many mainstream perfumeries are starting to focus on organic and non-animal ingredients, while other smaller companies have made it their mission to only use plants whose farming won’t endanger the environment. Check out some of our favorite eco-conscious perfume brands below.

With scents this lovely, there’s no reason not to go green.

Lush

Lush makes a wide range of pretty scents from organic ingredients and safe synthetics, and, as always, never test on animals. Try Cocktail, a pretty floral.

Rich Hippie

RH’s products are 100% natural and made from organically-farmed flowers in small batches – truly the embodiment of eco-friendly fashion. Try Devotion, a sexy combination of French lemon and Moroccan verveine.

Pacifica

Surfer Brook Taylor loves the earth – so when she decided to make a scent, she made it her priority to honor it. All of her fragrances adhere to strict IFRA regulations and are made from plants that are not endangered. Plus, they smell gorgeous – try Tahitian Gardenia.

the Kaeng Raeng cleanse results

I finally finished the cleanse!

For the most part I’m glad I did it and stuck with the six-day plan. Day two was a little hard because my body was craving more sustenance and I really needed to chew on something, so I had a stockpile of vegetables by my side at all times. Day three and four were a little easier because I was adjusting, but near the end of day four I developed a headache that I could not get rid of, no matter how much water I drank. Day five went a little smoother because I knew I was almost done.

The last day I pushed through and felt great. My skin cleared up and I’ve lost 5 ½ pounds (granted this will return when I go back to my normal eating). This cleanse was great because it rid my body of toxins — so I can start eating healthy and fresh for the New Year. Still, I recommend the three day cleanse, but if you have the stamina to do six all the power to ya!

 

 

 

clean start: the Kaeng Raeng cleanse

Ok, it’s a new year and I’ve gone down the list: my room is de-cluttered, my car’s been washed, I cleaned out my makeup bag, and I’m finally financially organized.

While I’m cleaning out my lifestyle, why not cleanse my body as well? After reading a blog called The Kind Life, I decided to rid my body of nasty toxins with a cleanse called Kaeng Raeng –  a nutritional meal replacement detox program.

The cleanse helps to peel off pounds, relieve bloating, improve digestion, boost immunity, enhance energy, and give you that natural glow. It’s totally vegan, gluten free, and caffeine free. It was kind of pricy, but it seemed well worth it. I mean, it is my body.

I’m only on day 2, but so far I feel great. In the past when I’ve attempted a cleanse, I never got past day 1. With this one, all I have to do is drink one meal replacement pouch 3 times a day for 3 or 6 days. I chose 6 days — I’m going all out. I’m also allowed to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as I want!

Each pouch contains more than a full serving of fruit and fiber, 15g of lean non-GMO protein, 2 billion live probiotic cultures, essential amino acids, and daily vitamins. The drinks don’t taste as bad as I thought they would, I’m actually able to satisfy myself — I wasn’t expecting that. I’ve also lost 3 pounds and noticed that my skin is clearer…and its only day 2!

Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted!

Later tartelettes!

in 2012 we resolve to…

Is 2012 really only a few days away?

It seems like this new year really snuck up on us, so we decided to take a few minutes and make some resolutions.

From eating right, to putting a moratorium  on Diet Coke, each one of us has a goal for the next year — maybe seeing them in print will help us achieve them!

I resolve to live every minute like it’s my last and STOP sweating the small stuff!
-Maureen Kelly, tarte Founder and CEO

My resolution is to seriously dial down my daily coffee intake.  I could never forego my morning cup, but whenever I feel like I need an energy boost, I’m going to take a brisk walk around the block!
-Heather, Controller

I’m hoping to travel more in the New Year! There are just so many places to see!
-Candace, Director of Communications & Market Strategy

As recently advised by a friendly source, my New Year’s resolution is to take a breather and be more patient.
-Heather, Executive Director, Product Development

“I resolve to exercise more. There’s nothing like the energy from a morning workout…so I’ll be setting my alarm clock and hitting the gym!”
-Staci, Integrated Marketing & E-Commerce Specialist

“Next year I’m going to revamp my diet…less Skittles, more veggies.” 
-Jess, Public Relations & Artistry Relations Manager

“I resolve to pay more attention to my budget this year, like painting my nails instead of getting manis!”
-Kate, Public Relations Coordinator

“As a coffee junkie, I resolve to make it myself rather than having a barista do it for me!”
-Amanda, Project Manager

“My resolution this year is to drink more water and get back in shape. I’m determined to be able to do a 5K in under 25 minutes again!”
-Bianca, Graphic Designer

“To stop worrying about the small stuff — and to recognize what is small!”
-Celeste, Retail Operations Associate

“My resolution is to finish decorating my apartment. I moved in August — there’s no excuse for going seven months without a couch!”
-Rachel, Operations Coordinator

“To drink more water…instead of Diet Coke.”
-Kim, Accounting Analyst

“My New Year’s resolution is to actually use the kickboxing gym membership I bought months ago.”
-Melanie, Product Development Coordinator

“I resolve to cook at least one meal each week. I have a kitchen in my apartment — it’s about time I used it!”
-Koryn, Community Manager

Travel more! Get out – see the world.”
-Jen, Customer Service Representative & Contributing tarte talk Editor

My resolution is to make sure I’m hitting the gym at least twice a week.  Getting my cardio in is such a great stress reliever and helps to keep me on point for the rest of the week.”
-Leigh, QVC Marketing Coordinator

What’s are your New Years resolutions, tartelettes?

start the new year off right: your healthy guide to 2012

With Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies, and Christmas cookies in the past, it’s time to ring in the New Year with some tips to maintain your health in 2012.

Get prepared: Stocking up your kitchen with healthy favorites will eliminate the temptation to eat junk food that could be detrimental to your well-being and your fitness goals. Warm up with a nutritious cup of soup or jumpstart your metabolism with a cleansing cup of green tea. Oh yeah, you may also want to toss what’s left of the holiday candy.

Get moving: Whether you enjoy working up a sweat on a bike, on your feet, or to the beat, there are tons of options to get you off the couch and ready for summer clothes. Group exercise, such as gym classes or joining a running club, is a great way to meet friends who have the same fitness goals in mind. You would be surprised how much fun you can have while burning calories!

Get pumped up: Listening to some upbeat tunes is sure to put you in a good mood. Whether taking a Zumba class or hitting the clubs, hearing chart topping tunes by Rihanna, Pitbull, or Flo Rida are sure to give you a “Good Feeling.”

Get de-stressed: Yoga and meditation are stress relieving activities that benefit the mind and body. Taking even just five minutes a day to focus on your breathing and clear your mind will help you let go of any stressful thoughts. Regular practice of these techniques can change the way you relate to yourself and others, making your relationships stronger and more fulfilling.

Get some rest: After a busy day at work or at home, sleep is essential for replenishing energy, reducing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight. Make a New Year’s resolution to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night – your body will thank you!

Take these tips, make them part of your daily routine, and 2012 will be your best year yet!

Jen’s Pick: Peeled Snacks

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!

 

Isopure’s ‘Props to Your Body’ Challenge

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.

The Challenge:

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.

 

 

Stay Slim and Healthy This Fall

Hi tartelettes!

Fall has arrived and with it comes a host of tasty temptations — but keeping fit and indulging in the party season aren’t mutually exclusive. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be rocking a svelte figure straight on through the New Year.

Avoid fall comfort food: Fall baking is oh-so-delicious and oh-so-calorie packed.  Instead of using traditional recipes Google healthy options for favorites like banana bread or butternut squash soup.

Resist hibernation: It’s easier to become less active as it gets darker earlier. Try joining a gym, or sign up for a workout class with a friend to maintain motivation.

Party Smart: Awesome holiday parties mean alcoholic drinks galore – and those can add some serious numbers to your caloric intake. Limit drinks or opt for water to stay hydrated and keep from adding on pounds.

Curtail the Candy: Stop stealing candy out of your children’s or younger brother or sister’s trick or treat bags…you didn’t earn it and you sure don’t need it. Sweets can derail any plans for healthy eating. Instead, indulge in healthy snacks like popcorn or dark chocolate covered fruits.

Xo,

Jen