Posts tagged tarte cosmetics

Getting into Character with Stephanie Lemelin (part 2)

Hey everyone! So as promised in my last post, I am bringing you a second character look I use for auditions and in real life. This edgy, rocker look can be created with hard or soft edges, depending I guess on what story you want to tell (beginning of the night vs. morning after, anyone? ha!) I like the hard lines for characters that are cool and confident, gals who tell it like it is, sistah (cue Boston adolescence)– and then the softer, dustier look for nights out in Los Angeles (on rare occasions I actually hit up the Hollywood scene, it’s true.) Either way, you can easily recreate this look at home (trust me, if I can, you can) by just following the how-to below.  Be sure to keep me and the tarte girls posted on how yours turn-out through comments below… we really love reading them! Fun, fun ;)

Edgy Rocker Look

 

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xo,

Stephanie

Actress Stephanie Lemelin’s Pilot Season Regimen

Hello! I’m very excited to be one of the first guest bloggers here on the tarte website, since I am a true believer/avid-user of these products. Admittedly, when it comes to make-up, hair, and most things fashion-related, I am not exactly a girlie-girl by nature, and often way behind the curve. However, I make my living as an actress, and these things go hand-in-hand. While it’s true there are professional make-up, hair, and wardrobe stylists on set once you’ve been cast in a role, unfortunately there aren’t any at my house before I go on auditions. And I must go on a lot of auditions before I actually get any parts! So, the step-by-step instructions that come with the easy-to-use (and adorably packaged!) tarte products have been extremely helpful! Whether I use them to help bring to life the fresh-faced, teen girl next door (p.s. I’m 30), or the evil vixen who’s out to steal your boyfriend (ummm, hello, I’m married and we’ve been together 7 years now), I rely heavily on looks I learned right here to help morph myself externally and get into character. Anyway I’m going to bring you several looks I use on the outside, to help inspire theattitude on the inside in a fun three part blog series. These characters range from the wild child, to the rocker chick, to the tomboy, to the conservative young professional… Enjoy! Oh, and because these were being publicly shared, I broke down and got some help from a pro– Thanks Coco! But you really can do these at home ;)

Sexy, Sunkissed Look

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To learn more about Stephanie and her career, visit: www.stephanielemelin.net

Gift Etiquette 101—How to Accept Graciously.

Since our 2009 treasure chest palette is sold out at Sephora, we’ve decided to run a contest on our Facebook page for a chance to win this gem of a palette. That said our fans are leaving comments that have me rolling on the floor laughing. Why, you ask? Well, to enter you must share the worst gift you’ve ever received & in return we’ll give one of you a gift you want! From hot dog pokers to a wheel of baby Gouda cheese, this really got me thinking. How do you react to such silly and ridiculous presents? How do you hold-up a true poker face while un-wrapping a terrible gift?!

When accepting a gift it’s always important to remain thankful. In this awkward moment try your best to uphold your manners—no glimpse of shock or horror. Stay classy. After asking around for some tips from some true masters of animated appreciation I have narrowed it down to 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Know your audience. Show your appreciation and make it look real, even if you feel your taste is way better.

Step 2: The wrong expression can hurt the feelings of the giver. Although you can’t seem to come to any conclusion as to why they bought this for you, give them the benefit of the doubt (they bought this picturing your excitement). So be just that, surprised and excited.

Step 3: Always smile & always say thank you. Even ask where they got such a “unique & thoughtful” gift (in your head you can picture yourself at the return counter).

Now, I know these may be easier said than done. Just remember, it’s the season of generosity—it can always be worse.

Xo,
Kristin

Gift Guide–Gifts that Give Back!

This holiday season make a change—gift beyond your family & friends. Look for products that donate a portion (or all) of proceeds to a worthy cause. I’m trying to make a conscious effort to choose items that help make it merry for everyone! What’s that saying again? Oh yes, “Tis better to give than receive.” Here are some ideas to get you started!

The FEED 3 Bear is made from 100% plush organic cotton and natural burlap. This snuggle buddy is perfect for your little one and like all FEED products—it’s their goal to sell as many FEED 3 bears as possible to FEED and educate the world’s 400 million hungry children. “Nut,” the FEED 3 bear, will provide Plumpy’Nut® for 3 children through Industrial Revelation.
tarte’s t5™ super fruit complex is found in many products including our cult fave, natural cheek stain. With the purchase of any tarte product containing t5™, tarte will donate proceeds to the Sustainable Amazon Partnership (SAP)—helping to preserve the Amazon Rainforest through forest stewardship, improved living conditions and educational opportunities for communities in Brazil.
The Retro Green Scooter is a sleek ride for any 3-to-5 year old & proceeds from every purchase are donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
– For the stylista, the ‘Nana’ ring from H.E.L.P’s Panthera Collection is a generous gift that benefits nutritional education in Malawi.
– My personal favorite is from Heart U Back. Their cord adjustable bracelet (think very Links of London) comes in a ton of colors (I picked up red) and mixes in perfect with the rest of your stackables. The best part, Heart U Back promises $125,000 in proceeds to the ASPCA.

xo,
Kristin

Crown Jewels Gloss Review!

If you didn’t already know, the tartelettes are HUGE YouTube fans–we even have our own tarte TV channel! As you can imagine I watch tutorials on reg and some of the talent out there is amazing! This week some of the tarte girls rolled the tapes when they spoke about our favorite new gloss set crown jewels & now I just came across a cute review from a tarte fan! I’m sharing both below–Enjoy!

xo,

Kristin

NYFW Spring 2010—tarte for Hayden-Harnett!

New York Fashion Week is in full swing and the tartelettes are happy to grant you a ‘backstage pass’ to Hayden-Harnett’s “Lava Fields of Love” presentation! Inspired by a nomadic journey through lava fields and desert landscapes; the creative talents behind the Brooklyn label created a warm, natural feeling collection with hints of pop color. tarte’s artistry team used these concepts to create a flawless makeup look. Think: warm complexion with a strong, geometric brow and barely there lips. You can easily re-create the look for this fall, but be sure to avoid looking baked! Here’s a tip from lead tarte artist Laura McGuire, “…a bronzing powder with gold undertones (park ave princess) was used directly on the apples of the cheeks, and then our natural tipsy cheek stain was used on top for an extra healthy, warm glow.” Check out our fashion week collection page to snag some of the products used! http://www.tartecosmetics.com/tarte-shop-fashion-week-spring2010
xo,
Kristin

We’re not in Kansas anymore…

Figuring out what you want to do with your life is one of the hardest taskes in life. Trying to make a name for yourself without getting sued or arrested can be hard these days, I should know I’m an intern. But even harder than figuring out your purpose in life is bathing suit shopping.
Every girl hates that time of year when she has to come to the realization that the fur coat (so to speak) needs to come off. It’s a time of year when you suddenly hate every model in any swimsuit ad you see. You find yourself dreading watching the weather report and hoping for some magical weather god that won’t take the temperature above 70 degrees until you’re ready. Some of us stop talking to friends we’ve known for years for fear of receiving an invite to the dreaded beach. You see the girls who are way too tan for it to be May, people wearing two pieces that should be wearing one pieces, and the guys that think the beach is a place for professional football.
Besides already being self-conscious about yourself, some of us can’t help but wonder if we chose the right bathing suit for the summer. You have the traditional one piece that is always safe but sometimes not very flattering; the perfect sexy one piece that only one girl on the beach is ever wearing (and you hate her for that); the modest two piece that is acceptable to wear while meeting any future mother or father-in-laws; the more revealing two piece boy short, hip hugger, low-rise, high-rise, string laiden, eye catching bikini that is sure to get a number and an invite to dinner; and the infamous thong bikini that should only be worn in non-English speaking countries.
Personally I choose the more revealing two piece that is sure to get a cell number and a free dinner (hey, a girl’s gotta eat). The choice is up to you ladies but just remember that it’s past Memorial Day A.K.A. you have less than 2 weeks to get your winter butts into sexy bikini body shape. Enjoy the treadmill (oh and grab a tube of tarte’s celufight to get the party started).

Xo,
– the intern

Southern Hospitality

Many of us channeled our inner debutante for the Kentucky Derby with fancy hats and dresses (or maybe pretended to do so in our living rooms). Now, it’s time for a little Southern charm makeover with the pros from tarte and Sephora! Yes ma’am, we said it. “Southern Belles: Louisville,” SOAPnet’s new original reality TV series about five lovely ladies, premieres on May 21 – and we’re celebrating it this weekend Friday–Saturday, May 15–16, 12pm–6pm at 3 Sephora locations!

And if you’re lucky enough to live below the Mason-Dixon (Louisville), then you have a chance to meet the cast! So come out and get spoiled in true Southern Belle fashion—I’ll be at the NYC location. Hope to see y’all there!

xo

Kristin
Locations:
Friday–Saturday, May 15–16, 12pm–6pm
Sephora Oxmoor Center, Louisville, KY, 502.326.2966
Sephora Northbridge, Chicago, IL, 312.494.9598
Sephora Soho, New York, NY, 212.625.1309

Flowers for Mom

So as the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”…right? No! It has been pouring in Manhattan for six days straight and my Wellies desperately need to be retired for the season. That being said, this Mother’s Day weekend a good majority of us will be purchasing beautiful blooms for our dear moms. My family has run a florist since the 70’s so I happen to know a bit more than average when it comes to choosing the perfect stems. And yes, the flower trends do change so let’s avoid gifting lilies with a few easy tips!

1.A bouquet of roses is beautiful that’s a given, but instead go for an arrangement with variety, personality and fun spring colors.

2. Steer clear of stems that feel dated—mums, daisies, lilies…need I say more. Pick fun blooms that come in beautiful hues. Try hydrangea (they’re bulky so less is more), peonies and ranunculus.
3. If you still feel the pull towards purchasing daisies then scratch an arrangement all together! Instead snag the trendy marc jacobs daisy perfume. It’s light, summery and perfect for any mom. Plus I think it actually smells like gardenias!
xo
Kristin

The Mother of all Makeovers

As a disclaimer, first let me say that I absolutely adore my mom. She is hilarious, smart, Southern belle sweet, and so gorgeous she can barely go five feet without a man hitting on her. I swear the woman has never taken a bad picture a day in her life. Buttt, she’s also never taken a picture sans matte, red lipstick. And I’m not talking about the chic rouge lip that is so “Fine in ’09.” Nope, uh-uh, this is more like “Dynasty in ’83.” Sorry, Mama!
Well, if your mom is anything like mine- beautiful, fun, overall just your favorite person in the world, but completely stuck in a make-up time-warp, this Mother’s Day help her get back to the future tarte-style.

The four-piece Lip Couture set is the perfect gift for a lipstick-challenged mother like mine. It comes with a quartet of colors ranging from a totally now nude to a more recent red. And true to tarte form, the quilted purple packaging is pure chic-y goodness.

If mommy dearest has been a “maniac, maniac…” for 80s-eque eyeshadow since the Flashdance days, tarte has two solutions for you. The Spring Greening palette, a set of six vibrant lid hues and three pretty lipglosses, is a great way for her to transition into 21st-century eye color. With eyeshadow names like vibrant teal and golden lime, you can even trick her into thinking that she wasn’t completely off the mark with her dated make-up. The second peepers’ palette is the sleek and sophisticated Eye Couture, which has ten eyeshadow hues ranging from pretty pale pink to chic charcoal. Aw, Mama’s first smoky eye!

For the mom whose idea of make-up is a few swipes of cherry Chapstick and clear mascara (I mean, honestly, what is the point?), tarte’s Be Good to Your Mother (earth) is the perfect present. The set comes with a cute trio of lip sheers with SPF 15 and an adorable tote in signature tarte purple, so she can be granola-chic while hauling her soymilk and veggie burgers.

Bonus time! For purchases of $30 or more, tarte is offering free shipping.
Sunday is quickly approaching, but thankfully for you, tarte has all of the au naturale answers for your Mother’s Day queries.