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diy skin saver: the (great) pumpkin mask

If you read tarte talk on the regular, you already know that pumpkins are packed with all kind of good-for-you vitamins and minerals, but this squash’s ability to nourish skin goes beyond nutrition — it’s topical too!  Grab your bottle of maracuja oil and few other natural ingredients  to whip up this super hydrating and brightening DIY face mask.
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College = change: no parents/curfews, new living conditions, different friends and the list goes on.One not so exciting change I experienced was how my skin reacted to it all. I managed to obtain all of the dreaded symptoms: occasional dryness and oily, habitual breakouts–ugh. And I know a lot of my college friends can relate. Let’s face it bad skin is triggered by diet, lack of sleep, and increased stress (thank you, college). I decided to do some research in the hopes of finding something that would help assuage the effects of my new lifestyle.

My first go-to: my all-knowing Mother. She suggested I read The Beauty Bible, by Paula Begoun. Three rules I’ve learned from Paula: 1) Be gentle!! Irritated skin means blemishes.2) Exfoliate 3) Use products with antioxidants—they fight free radicals (i.e. pollution and oxygen that cause our skin to prematurely age-Ahh!) So, I picked out some new products and ditched the harsh astringents that were drying out my face. I opted for Cetaphil, a gentle cleanser that won’t strip my skin of the natural, healthy oil needed to moisturize it (added bonus: it’s cheap). Then I picked out a 2% beta hydroxyl acid gel, which is used to exfoliate the skin and prevent blackhead build up.  It gets rid of dead and damaged skin and literally leaves my face glowing after I use it. Lastly, I bought a bottle of milk of magnesia (yes, I know it’s more commonly used as a laxative). It’s a mineral that gently dries up pimples; it’s actually kind of awesome, not gross!

After I switched up my skincare routine, I was left with softer and almost breakout-free skin. SO EXCITING! !  What’s even more exciting is that I landed an internship with tarte and learned (and still learning) all about their skinvigorating™ ingredients. I realized all of tarte’s products are all full of antioxidants, the magical ingredients that The Beauty Bible says will fight aging and promote healthy skin! Now, my skincare and makeup régime is complete!  Not only that but all of tarte’s products are gentle to the touch; I mean they literally feel GOOD when I apply them to my face. My favorite is smooth operator oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 15.

Well, that’s the extent of my skin care knowledge–let me know what you think?! I’d love to hear about your routines!

Xo,

Kate

"Underwear for Your Complexion"–Skincare Tips from a tartelette

So, (insert sigh here) here we are with about 2 and half months left of this torturous winter weather. I don’t know about you, but it absolutely wreaking pure havoc on my skin! It seems like I have tried everything to cure that dry, flaky, tight feeling that the cold weather brings and I seem to have finally found a few solutions. After reading Kristen’s tips on how to achieve a perfect complexion in the New Year, I wanted to add a few tips and tricks that will help keep your skin looking gorgeous as we trudge on through till spring. I like to think of these as “underwear” for your perfect complexion.
1.) With the biting cold and dry air, comes flaking and that uncomfortable tight feeling that leaves your skin feeling like sandpaper and who wants that?! After trying what feels like every single exfoliator on the market, I finally decided to splurge on a product that I had waned for a long time, the Clarisonic Cleansing System. All I can say is WOW!!! I really noticed an incredible change in the way my skin looks and feels after the first time I used it. If you’re not sure what the Clarisonic is, it is a skin cleansing brush that gently vibrates to remove dead skin cells while it deeply cleanses your skin. The Clarisonic is also great for treating those bumps on the back of your arms. This condition, called Keratosis Pilaris effects quite a few of the girls in our office and we ALWAYS looking for the miracle cure that will make our arms smooth and supple. Use the Clarisonic for 30 seconds on the back of each arm every day and those bumps will disappear. My dry, flaky skin has met it’s match. In case you haven’t noticed I am obsessed with this thing!

2.) Another lovely side effect of the winter weather is itchy flaky skin around my eyes. I f you use eye cream daily but still find that your dark circle defense isn’t going on as smoothly as possible, try applying a dab of Juara’s Sweet Black Tea eye creme to the flaky skin before bed for about a week. This will take care of the dryness and itching and allow your concealer to go on smoothly and flawlessly.
3.) My lips can not adjust to this frigid weather either, it seems that no matter how much water I drink or how much lip balm I apply, my lips are still cracking and dry. I discovered a secret from a makeup artist friend that has my winter lips. Brushing your lips with your toothbrush in the morning removes the dead skin cells that build up so that your slide tin lip balm and frxtion lip exfoliator will be 100x more effective.
These little extras are helping me and my skin get through this cold winter and keep my make-up looking fresh a luminous. If you have any great skin saving tips you’d like to share, post them on our facebook page. Looking forward to hearing from you!
XOXO,