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very handy: standing alone

It’s been a while since we saluted the stunning nail art that walks through the doors of the tarte office, and when we saw this lovely design — hand painted by our senior graphic designer Erica — we knew it deserved some fanfare.

What kind of polish are you rocking this summer?

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

Putty Polish!

It’s a gorgeous day in NYC and tomorrow marks the first day of Spring—finally! That being said, we want to be sure to update you on all the hottest trends of the season. We have already encouraged you to embrace floral attire, tarte’s new gel lip stains have become an instant hit & next up is the spring polish du jour—opaque putty!

 This spring the beautifully edgy shades of putty, mauve, gray, mushroom (take your pick)are the perfect complement to any outfit & skin tone. The look first caught my eye when MAC launched its Hello Kitty collection last year including the original lacquer ‘On The Prowl’. Although gray is often a dismal shade, this spring it’s the perfect contemporary twist to played out pastels. The trend covers a nice range of mushroom hues & was catapulted into the ultimate must-have when Chanel creative genius, Peter Phillips, launched his mauvey-manicure on the fashion house’s spring 2010 runway.  The color, appropriately named Particulière, flew off their counter as soon as it was put out. An instant Chanel sell out, are we not surprised?

This brings me to my latest putty-licious find, Deborah Lippmann’s Waking Up In Vegas! The name says it all for this cloudy gray hue & celeb manicurist Deborah Lippmann knows her stuff when it comes to crafting the ‘it’ color for the most fashion-forward hands. An extra bonus—her polishes are free from Formaldehyde, Toluene & Dibutyl Phthalates!

Check out my Vlog to the right for more info and swatches!

Xo,

Kristin

London Calling!

Fully embracing British elegance with an extra kick of rock & roll, butter LONDON is making us beauty aficionados drool over their polish. SHHHHH…the brilliant chick behind this brand hails from Seattle. That aside, we still love it anyway! What really gives this polish the tartelette stamp of approval is that they’re toxic free (all bottles are marked “3 Free”). Although we do wish that meant 3 extra freebies in our pockets it still boasts a major pro! 3 Free means that the product line is completely free from FORMALDEHYDE, TOLUENE AND DIBUTYLE PTHALATE! I must give a shout out to their newest wonder—the Stiletto Stick. This non-greasy stick (similar component to our infamous cheek stain) is for rubbing into those awful (and non-attractive) cracked and dry pad’s on our feet. With all the perfect summer shoes to fashion this season, I highly recommend stashing this in your purse!
Xo,
Kristin

Zoya Zone

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Amelia, and I am addicted to manicured nails. Now, I know you’re thinking “Welcome to 2009. What stylish woman isn’t?” O, but my love runs deeper than the average pretty gal’s.

By the fourth grade, I was rocking a red manicure on the regular. (Thanks, Mama) A few years later, I announced that I would be learning a trade when I started doing my own French manicures. I am as well versed in OPI and Essie polish names as any aesthetician- Meet me in “Lincoln Park After Dark” with a tray of “Cajun Shrimp,” “Mademoiselle.”

I say all of this to say that I know my polish! And I have found a set that will have your digits dancing to “Hot Child in the City” all summer long. Zoya’s La-Di-Da sampler embodies the shades of summer in rich reds, punchy pinks, neon orange and a not-so-mellow yellow.

My first trip into La-Di-Da land was the tomato-red shade of America, which is equal parts 50s housewife and screen siren. I knew it was a keeper when fem-fab designer Shoshane Lonstein Gruss complimented me on the color. Sa-woon! I next ventured towards the orange-alert shade of Paz, and the slightest hand gesture had people going absolutely ape over my fingers. One woman got kissing-close as she expressed her love for the shade.

For a look that is super summer-time sexy, pair these girly nail colors with the flirty hues of tarte’s Lips Ahoy lipgloss set. You’ll be saying “Ahoy, fun in the sun!” before you know it!
Zoya is delivering a one-two punch when it comes to finger fashion—incredibly long-lasting polish that is also au naturale and toxin-free.

La-Di-Da is a steal at $36 for six haute hues, so get to polishing, chicsters!

Bright Nails!

Candace and I are loving the bright nail polish trend this season. I just picked up 4 new colors from the OPI Brights Collection. Right now I’m wearing “atomic orange” and Candace is wearing “need sunglasses?”, the shades are so fun and the perfect punch of color to get the summer season going! -Erica