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Meet The Pro: Anna Marco

First date, your best friend’s wedding, a long overdue night out on the town with the girls….do you ever find yourself desperate for an incredible makeup artist to make you look and feel as glamorous as those strutting the Red Carpet? If only there was a place where you could pop in and have your makeup done by the best artists with the best products, and not feel obligated to purchase. Well ladies, the dream is over. It does exist. Enter Makeup & Go! It’s the first-of-its-kind, full-service makeup studio providing time-pressed beauty lovers a one-stop-shop to gorgeous! With their first location in Cali, I was lucky enough to meet some of their incredible artists and outfit their kits with the latest and greatest from tarte. While working with them  I soon realized the scope of their talent; their chairs are filled with the everyday woman one minute and Hollywood’s glam goddesses the next. For awards season, Makeup & Go! has created additional pop-up shops to ensure those smiling for the camera are looking their best. With all that being said, I figured the perfect artist to chat with for February is one of Makeup & Go!’s very own, Anna Marco. Read our Q+A to learn more about her endless talent, and if you happen to be in the Brentwood area head to Makeup & Go! to sit in her chair. No appointment necessary. Easy access to the best talent? Well, that’s just AMAZING.

Xo,

Kristin

The Bar Method

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m making 2011 the year of fitness! But in a fun way! The winter months have given me the perfect opportunity to embrace snowboarding, but my day job doesn’t allow for that to be my consistent form of exercise. I’ve been thinking long on what new activity to try…what to do? Personally, I prefer a motivating class atmosphere. When you see everyone else around you doing it you tell yourself ‘so can I’. Well ladies, I’ve found my new calorie burning, strength training Mecca: The Bar Method (another similar program is Physique 57).

Friends and colleagues have raved about this workout program in the past, however, with its hefty price tag I’ve always resorted to other options. Last week my favorite Gilt Groupe affiliate Gilt City had an amazing discounted 1-month package for new students; I seized the opportunity. With 5 classes under my belt, I’m feeling soreness in muscles I didn’t even realize could be worked!

Enough babbling, what is it already? I think they say it best, “The Bar Method integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.”  Just think ballet, yoga, weights—they even have classes for moms-to-be! With studios in major cities nationwide, I encourage you to try it. I promise it’ll only take one class…and you’ll be shaking!

For the best results you need to switch up your fitness routine. Your muscles get bored just as fast as you do!

Xo,

Kristin

Meet The Pro: Amy Tagliamonti

It’s time to kick-off our 2011 Meet the Pro. Introducing…Amy Tagliamonti! From a glam look for a premiere to a flawless complexion, Amy can create any look with just a quick swirl of her makeup brush. tarte first started working with Amy a few years ago when she was Makeup Artist Department Head on a little show you might have heard of… Gossip Girl!! Today as she conquers new projects, we’re happy to follow her amazing work and continue to count her as a loyal tarte fan (she has even won an Emmy Award for her fabulous skills!). I had the pleasure of recently catching up with Amy and hearing about what inspires her work. She’s often inspired by nature, an exciting new makeup color, a costume or fashionable outfit, someone’s personality, the time of day, an old movie…and the list goes on! To Amy inspiration is limitless and ever-evolving. That being said I feel inspired just chatting with her! So go ahead and read more of what she has to say when it comes to perfecting some of Hollywood’s famous faces.

xo,

Kristin

Fresh Look for Winter 2011

Happy New Year tartelettes! I hope it was happy, healthy and chock full of resolutions (please share below & give others inspiration). For 2011 my resolutions seem a bit unoriginal, but nonetheless,  I feel they’re extremely important. Like 99% of the population fitness is at the top of my list. However, I’m changing up my routine and spending lots of free time snowboarding! Along with firming up the bod, I’m trying to eat healthy and aiming to be a better version of myself. As I begin the process of reinvigorating from the inside out, I’m also going with a fresh new look to match my rejuvenated attitude (relaxed, centered & glowing). I’ve pulled together my fresh winter 2011 look for you above—what do you think?

I’m counting on my exercise and healthy eating (lot’s of greens & colorful foods) to banish that dull winter skin. If I need any additional glow I can count on tarte’s smooth operator™ Amazonian Clay illuminating serum ;) Additionally, I’ll be warding off winter lips and achieving the perfect nude/pink pout with my fRxtion lip exfoliator and balm and LipSurgence™ natural matte lip tint in exposed. With our complexion in check let’s  show it off with the perfect knot. High or low, the ballerina bun is back and so effortless; plus, it will take me from work-to-gym.  Last but not least, I want warm comfy clothes that are both relaxed and pulled together. What’s better and more season appropriate than the perfect fair isle sweater? I love both the playfulness and comfort in the choices above, either option can be paired with skinnies and chic booties. So, as I’ve closed the door on 2010 and said hello to 2011, I’m in search of the best year, yet! Fingers crossed I’ve got myself started in the right direction. Tell us about your new look for 2011! Comment below.

xo,

Kristin

Green Gifting

This holiday season make a conscious effort to gift green! With more options than ever, why wouldn’t you? Seriously, it’s just silly not to give green! I’ve pulled together a great group of eco-friendly items for everyone in your life; hopefully, you can find the perfect something for that special someone in your life.

  • the stocking stuffer: re-hydrate and reduce waste with the Bobble Bottle water bottle with filtration system
  • for him: a Sprout Watch, the band on this sleek chronograph watch is made from black corn resin
  • for her: tarte’s ring it in natural cheek stain trio and cocktail ring
  • for kids: Phresh Kids yoga mats are perfect for having fun and staying fit
  • for pets: enjoy a day outside playing fetch with 30 LOVE Eco balls

 

Happy Holidays!

xo,

Kristin

Party Dresses

Work party, family gathering, significant other’s cocktail party, Chrismukkah bash, New Year’s…heck, this time of year I’ll use any excuse to don a party dress. Holiday soirees are the perfect reason to add a little extra sparkle to your wardrobe.  There’s something about these minis that make an evening feel extra festive. While your go-to LBD is perfect for any of these occasions; I say the dresses above will make you stand out in the crowd. If you don’t live in the frigid north of this country (I’m jealous) wear these with  bare legs and a closed-toe shoe. As for the rest of us, I recommend paring it with opaque black tight—super polished & trendy (and warm).  Finish your look with a fiery lip tint & un-fussy hair; you’ll look gorg! Happy holidays!

Xo,

Kristin

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

Twitter Party!

This holiday season we’re hosting our first live Twitter party! Join us along with co-hosts Celebutante Sisters, GalTime.com and The Daily Buzz on December 8th, 9-11pm EST for a night of beauty tips, tricks and fabulous tarte holiday prizes! We will be tweeting using the hashtag #tarteparty (don’t forget to use it with all tweets!). Share with your friends & family—we have an interactive night of beauty fun planned! We hope to see you online!

Be sure to R.S.V.P early on GalTime.com to enter to win our coveted “the jewelry box” holiday palette!

xo,

Kristin

Meet The Pro:Nathan Johnson

He’s been featured and quoted in the glossy pages of our favorite magazines. His work is on the beautiful faces of TV shows we can’t get enough of  (ahem Project Runway)! The famous adore him, AND  yet, he still makes time to help the everyday woman (like us) look and feel beautiful! tartelettes meet: Celebrity makeup artist Nathan Johnson! He’s the perfect mix of fabulous and down to earth—that’s why I HAD to feature him as our December “Meet The Pro”. This Q+A is just a quick snapshot into Nathan’s world. You can learn more on his sites Nathansbeauty.com and RunningwithHeels.com, but here are some tidbits: he considers tarte’s lights, camera, lashes!  the ultimate mascara! His personal beauty secret weapon is his own two hands! And he has a passion for writing (hopefully, we will see a book from him soon!). Enjoy :)

xo,

Kristin

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