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happy valentine’s day

From the tarte team and their sweethearts, to you and yours!


diy: skin firming (recycled) rose face mask

What’s not to love about a fresh bouquet of roses? Not only do roses smell and look wonderful, but their petals actually have substantial amounts of vitamin C, and skin-firming rose oil — it’s astringent properties aid in the tightening of skin and muscles. Plus, with V-Day right around the corner, you’ll have petals to spare. Once your bouquet starts to wilt, take those blooms and use them for your skin’s benefit — a rose petal facial will leave skin feeling firm, replenished and radiant.  The best part? It’s an easy DIY! Once again we enlisted Erica, our  DIY beauty extraordinaire, to share her  favorite rose petal facial recipe! More >

diy: valentine cards

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away (wow, when did February happen?!) we thought it would be the perfect opportunity for another little do-it-yourself project! Erica, our senior graphic designer, Valentine’s Day enthusiast, and master DIYer wanted to do something unique and different for all of her single girlfriends this February 14th. She thought, what better way to show a little love for her girls than with some DIY, homemade Valentine’s cards… More >

color trend: red and pink

It may just be the season, hello V-Day, but we love the bursts of pink and flashes of red suddenly popping up on every sidewalk in New York City. Whether you’re in the mood for love, or you just want to shake off the dark, dull colors of winter, sporting a key fashion piece from the rose to rouge color spectrum is must this February. And really, is there a better month to pair a fuchsia purse or a pair of candy apple sunnies with beautifully flushed cheeks or a bright red pout?   More >

listen up! our top 5 anti-love songs

Was Valentine’s Day really only two days ago?  We hope the love birds among us had a blast, but for the rest of you, here’s a playlist to cuddle with. So crank up the volume and carry on… stinks anyway!

1. Justin Timberlake, “Cry Me A River”

2. Carly Simon, “You’re So Vain”

3. Beyonce, “Single Ladies”

4. Billy Idol, “Dancing With Myself”

5. J. Geils Band, “Love Stinks”

happy Valentine’s Day to our sweet tartes and their sweethearts!

Valentine’s guide: looks for any occasion

Happy Valentine’s, tartelettes! Whether you’re celebrating with your true love, going out with your girls, or staying in and having a night all to yourself, you probably want to look good while doing it. We’ve picked a few looks that would be suitable for any V-Day occasion, all courtesy of some of our favorite personal-style bloggers.


Night Out

When you’re heading out for a night on the town with a hot date, nothing’s better than a silk cocktail dress. We love the stunning bejeweled back on this one on Cupcakes and Cashmere’s Emily Schuman.


Daytime Date

Or perhaps you’re meeting your Valentine for a lunch date? Hit the right balance between casual and coquettish by pairing a short dress and heels with a ladylike coat. Keiko Lynn’s Keiko Lynn does it just right.


Girls’ Night

If you’re going out with your girls, you can be a little playful. How about a sparkly tank tucked into some gorgeous high-waisted pants? Brooklyn Blonde’s Helena tops hers off with a jacket; we’d suggest either a faux-leather bomber or a super-fitted blazer.


Romantic Weekend

Your love is whisking you off on a romantic weekend get-away? Lucky girl! Take a cue from Cupcakes and Cashmere’s Emily Schuman on how to travel in style: adorable oxfords, bright skinnies, and layered button-downs.



… And be sure to pack such suitcase-friendly separates such  as a long skirts and  a striped tees. As Atlantic-Pacific’s Blair “Bee” Eadie shows, they make for the perfect romantic-yet-casual combo.


healthy sweets for your sweetie

 This Valentine’s Day have your main squeeze bite into something sweet and healthy with these good-for-you goodies!


Babycakes bakery is great place to pick up treats if your sweetie is a vegan, these cupcakes are healthy, but still sure satisfy any sweet tooth

Strawberries are a great choice for Valentine’s Day.  They’re loaded with healthy minerals and vitamins, the kind that boost your immune system, improve brain health, and slow aging. Add a little dark chocolate and you’ve got a treat very few people can resist. Yeah, that’s sweet.

Dark chocolate — a potent antioxidant known to lower blood pressure — covered almonds are packed with protein and vitamins that not only taste great, but are healthy as well. Unless your sweetie is allergic to nuts — we suggest you find that out first — these are the perfect Valentine’s gift.

Angel food cake is really a star in the world of baking and confection. Named because of it’s light and airy texture, this cake is great because it’s low in calories but still offers a delicious sweet taste without the guilt.

Valentine’s Day cocktails

At tarte, Valentine’s Day doesn’t discriminate. To us, it’s a holiday worth celebrating regardless of your romantic status. (…So, what’s yours?) And to help you start the V-Day party we asked a couple of ladies here in the office to spill on their love lives, their picks for a hot Valentine’s lip and their favorite drink recipes.

For the single gal…

name: Mel

tarte position: The color corrector

m.o.: Bohemian chic with tomboy edge

status: My alter ego is ‘hot single Mel.”  I had my heart torn apart a few months ago. In order to get back on my dating feet, I created HSM – a super confident and happier version of me. But now, I really am her.

Valentine’s lip: LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in fiery  layered up with maracuja divine shine lip gloss in natural beauty.

Valentine’s libation: Painting the town red

Combine 2bottles of red wine, 3 oz of gin, 2 tablespoons of sugar in the raw, 1 cup of frozen raspberries, 1 cup of fresh strawberries, 1 sliced lemon lemon  & 1 sliced  lime in a large punch bowl (Yes, a bowl! You’re having your girlfriends over after all). Stir the mixture and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. Pour the sangria into glasses filled halfway with ice and top off with guarana soda.


And the girl in love…

name: Donna

tarte position: The cashwrap ring leader

m.o.: Urban modern mixed with rocker chic

status: We’ve been married nearly 4 years, but we’ve been living together for 19. When we met, marriage was not a priority for either of us because it was a mutual “I choose you.”  After a decade and a half of weathering life’s ups and downs, we decided to celebrate our life shared and our future together by tying the knot. My one condition  “I’ll marry you if I can still be your girlfriend.”

Valentine’s lip: LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in lively layered up with maracuja divine shine lip gloss in amused. 

Valentine’s libation: Staying in love
Mix Patron Tequila, Cointreau and pink grapefruit juice.
Add a large squeeze of lime,
Then garnish with a lime.



Cuff Love

At any given time you can find me wearing an eclectic mix of stackable bracelets on my wrists. Each one is different from the next, but they’re all dear keepsakes to me: A gift from graduation, a fashionable iconic present to myself and a flea-market find during my travels in Spain. However, there are two GK Designs’ stamped gold cuffs that truly remind me of the important things in life. The first, a little something from my mom, is engraved with “La Dolce Vita” (the sweet life) and the other from two close friends (yes, it says “friend”). I absolutely cherish these bracelets and think they’re really the perfect present to give or receive. It’s all about simplicity (oh, and they’re available in silver, rose and yellow gold.) Choose from one of their 30 sayings or customize your own. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, this is the just the right little token of love.