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Baby It’s Cold Outside: The Tarte 2012 Holiday Collection

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I’m something of a Tarte devotee. It’s my go-to eco-chic makeup line because they consistently create fabulous products and raise the bar on green beauty. So, I was more than thrilled when they shared a sneak peek at their 2012 holiday line, Baby It’s Bold Outside. All wrapped up in festive foil ikat wrap, the sets are incredible deals and offer something for every makeup lover on your gift list. As far off as the holidays seem, one look at the calendar, and I realize the countdown is on.

For holiday parties all month and through New Year’s, I’m loving the EYE CATCHERS set, which comes with 5 full size Amazonian clay waterproof smolderEYE liners and also includes the debut of their brand new skinny smolderEYES in onyx. Each comes with a built in smudge brush on one end, and work for creating day to night looks. The pigments are incredible, and the Amazonian clay reduces oils on the eyelid while nourishing the skin. Retailing for $39, it’s a $144 value. You can find them at tarte.com, through Sephora and Ulta (online and in stores).

I have written before about how I love the 12-hour Amazonian clay blushes and after years of cream blushes and cheek stains, they had me putting my blush brush back to work. The fantastic foursome Amazonian clay 12-hour blush enthusiast set with half sized pans are perfect for travel. The colors are great for all skin tones and you can build color depending on the look you want. Also, when they say 12-hour, they really mean 12-hour. They live up to their promise in triple digit Palm Springs heat and humid New York August days. I’ve tested them repatedly. The set of four retails for $35 and is sold exclusively through Sephora, online and in stores.

The for the love of lipgloss 15-piece maracuja lipgloss collector’s set is genius because you can give it as one gift or divide it into several as they’ve packaged them in three sets ready for stockings or Secret Santas. They’re great for all ages, from my grandmothers to my preteen cousins. The marajuca oil nourishes, the Vitamin C exfoliates and they’re perfectly sized to throw in an evening bag. Exclusive to Ulta, you’ll get $120 worth of glosses for just $32. If split as three gifts, it’s about the cost of two drinks at Starbucks. But far prettier.

Tarte makes my favorite eyelash curler, and they’ve created a super cute ikat version for the holidays in the picture perfect™ curler and deluxe lights, camera, lashes!™ 4-in-1 mascara kit. It’s paired with a mini of my absolute favorite mascara – I’ve tried so many eco-brands and this remains my top pick. Made with rice bran and carnauba waxes, it adds volume while nourishing lashes. It’s $16 and available at tarte.com, and Sephora and Ulta online and in stores.

When it comes to everyday lip color, I always carry a Tarte lipsurgence lip tint. For the holidays, they created the statement lips 5-piece LipSurgence™ collector’s set and I think they make a great set or would be perfect to split up and tied atop gifts as a little something extra. Normally, a single lipsurgence pen retails for $24, but here you’re getting 5 for $34 – a $120 value. I’d grab a set to gift and another to keep. Available at tarte.com, Sephora and Ulta.

I’m not always a big fan of all-in-one kits, but Tarte created an Ulta-exclusive boxed set that offers a nice selection of eye, cheek and lip color – a $435 value – for $48. the big thrill limited-edition color collection includes 16 Amazonian clay shadows, 3 Amazonian clay blushes and my favorite bronzer, Park Avenue Princess. Three evening bag sized vitamin-infused lip glosses are great for day or night. And, they also include a great little cheat sheet for creating four looks using what’s in the box. Just add makeup brushes! I think a set like this is the perfect gift for any age, but especially teens just getting into makeup. You can pick this up at Ulta stores or their website.

While Tarte always does great value sets, I love that for 2012 they created a “best of” set with the stand outs limited-edition kit. It includes the top picks of Maureen Kelly, Tarte’s founder: a full sized Lipsurgence lip tint, full sized Amazonian clay eyeliner with a dual-sided brush, and a deluxe sized tube of lights, camera, lashes. For just a dollar more than the cost of one lip tint you get a great set that can create subtle looks for day or be layered for a more dramatic eye at night. A $58 value, you can pick this up for $25 at tarte.com, Sephora and Ulta.

In keeping with their eco style, each and every one of these sets is packaged to gift, with a “to” and “from” tag on the back of each box. Just add a bow and get gifting! xo alex

Alex Asher Sears is a writer, photographer, and fourth generation Angeleno. She believes that you can find inspiration anywhere but thinks Slim Aarons, Nöel Coward and Diana Vreeland are a great place to start. Since 2007, she’s been sharing her eco-beauty finds with BB readers. You can find her on twitter at @AlexandraWrote.

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Fall 2012: Tarte’s Ombre Minerale Collection

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Collection: Ombre Minerale Collection

Products Submitted:
Amazonian Clay Eye Shadow Quad in Brewed Awakening $22
Cheek Stain in Loving $30
Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in Black $19
Pure Performance Lipstick in Playful $26
Pure Performance Lipstick in Pure $26

Products Used:
Amazonian Clay Eye Shadow Quad in Brewed Awakening $22
Cheek Stain in Loving $30
Pure Performance Lipstick in Pure $26

How To: I used the lightest shade in the eyeshadow quad and applied as a base from lid to brow bone. I then applied the shimmery bone hue to just the lid, followed by the lighter brown in the crease. The color was very light so I dabbed the darkest brown/black hue and layered on the crease and smudged lightly on the lower lash line for a subtle golden-brown smoky eye. I then used my finger to apply just the shimmery bone hue (second from left) on my brow bone as a highlighter. The cheek stain is a sheer pink and I used it  all over the apples of my cheeks for a natural pinky flush. I finished with a few coats of the Pure lipstick, a beautiful dusty rose hue. The archetypical dark eye, nude lip look.

Did You Know: For added nighttime drama, try Playful, the candy apple red lipstick. You can either keep the smoky eye, or simple apply the two lightest colors on lid and brow bone as a neutral eye with a bold lip.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Make Up For Ever HD FoundationRMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Brow Pencil in Brunette and Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. Mascara isLancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

*Like the look? Leave a comment below and tweet @beautybanter with your favorite looks! We will be choosing one winner and gifting a massive fall 2012 beauty goodie bag after we have unveiled all 10 brands and their looks… more details to come, but start by leaving a comment and tweeting to us your favorite looks!

Makeup Bag: Alex Asher Sears

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“When I was little, my sister and I loved hanging around the makeup trailer wherever we were on location with my dad making a film. I loved playing with makeup then and still do. About seven years ago, I found out that of 1100 chemicals banned from beauty products by the European Union, eleven are banned in th US. Eleven. I didn’t like those statistics. With multiple food allergies, I’m a big label reader, and when I started to look into what was in my lipsticks and shampoos and moisturizers, I decided to make big changes.

Now, 90% of my skin, hair care and makeup is free of petro chemicals, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and dyes. And I try to keep it gluten free, too. Not everything I use is organic, but it’s important to check labels because “organic” and “natural” aren’t the same as eco-friendly. Some things I use contain a few ingredients that aren’t as green as others, but I won’t use anything with parabens or phthalates, and I opt for eco-friendly wherever possible.

My Makeup bag:

I’ve always had a thing for stripes and Henri Bendel’s laminated fabric bags are indestructible. I have a few and this one is at least 10 years old. It looks small but holds a ton inside (as you can see):

I never leave the house without mascara. Ever. And I go back and forth between KORRES rich, rice bran mascara and tarte’s lights, cameras, lashes. I usually have this in brown and tarte in black.

Mascara is always a must and this lash curler from tarte is the only one I’ve ever used that doesn’t pull at lashes, plus it makes me look like I got a good night’s sleep even when I haven’t.

After mascara, primers are my next favorite thing. When I went to Sephora looking for something new, I told the sales guy I was frustrated because I tend to go green and a friend had shown me this amazing tinted primer she’d found that wasn’t. He handed me Miracle Skin Transformer and told me this would make me happy. It totally does. It’s made without talc or petro chemicals, synthetic dyes or fragrances. The 5-in-1 product is “designed to hydrate, prime, enhance, mattify & protect.” The tinted one has coverage like a like a BB cream, but most days I opt for the translucent. Both are fabulous.

Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal was sent to me by the company when I contacted them to find out more about the line. Like their primer it has a number of healing botanicals and minerals and it is the best thing I’ve found for undereye circles since I cut out old favorites that weren’t so green. It’s skin treatment and cover up all in on.

As fair as I may be, I actually do tan, but I opt for SPF and big sun hats. Still, I like to have a little color, and tarte’s park avenue princess bronzer is my favorite of them all. It works with all skin tones and I never find the color uneven.

I use self tanners in spring and summer but all year I use Michael Kors Leg Shine. It isn’t a bronzer but it moisturizes with a bit of sheen that makes legs look sleek. Perfect day or night. They have a larger sized stick, but these mini ones are the perfect size to throw in your bag.

I gave up blushes for a long time when tarte cheek stains came along. Then about a year ago they introduced their Amazonian clay blushes and I fell in love. I use blissful and dollface, and sometimes layer them with the matching stains. Blissful is a perfect pinky coral, the clay is super refined and I love the way it makes my skin feel.

I tend to wear glosses and lip balms over lipsticks, but tarte lip stains are the perfect hybrid. I have a number of these – they’re goof proof, long lasting color. Plus, in a pinch you can use one for cheek color, too.

I use both the green and the brown eyeliners from KORRES because they make my hazel eyes brighter. I use Sephora eyeliner in pearl beige instead of a nude pencil very, very lightly to line my lower eyelids in the evening. It gives a bit of glimmer when it hits the light.

My Tweezerman tweezers are ancient – the name has just about rubbed off the side – and they’re as sharp as they day I got them.

I wish tarte still made their eyebrow kit, and when they put them on sale a few years ago I bought a few. I’d hoped they were just repackaging, but they never brought it back. It’s perfect for travel and the powder is the perfect shade. I kept the spoolie that came with the brow gel (I always toss those things after 3-6 months). I often use a dab of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream to set them.

I have several Z palettes, which I wrote about here a few years ago. You can take any pan and remove it from it’s container and using the magnetic tape strips, they adhere to these perfect little palettes. This one has a few smashbox cheek highlighters and some neutral shadows from philosophy. Each came from larger sets but half the colors I didn’t like or use. Z Palettes solve that and cut down on clutter.

When I grabbed the Miracle Skin Transformer last month, I got an added surprise at the register. It was just before my birthday and they threw in minis of my favorite Sugar Lip Treatment by Fresh. I told them I wished they sold them this size as they’re kind of adorable. I found out they do. I think I’ll only get these little ones now!”

– Alex Asher Sears, www.alexashersears.com, @alexandrawrote

tarte’s putting on the glitz

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When I first decided to go green with my beauty products about seven years ago, I was faced with the reality of waste (a ton of haircare, skincare and makeup) and cost (swapping out the old with the new). If your New Year’s Resolutions include going green, one tip I always recommend is grabbing those incredible sets put out around the holidays by eco-beauty brands, like tarte, KORRES and Josie Maran.

In the midst of the Christmukkah 2011, tarte shared a wonderful new set they’d created (and is still available) the putting on the glitz color collection and clutch.

As opposed to one giant palette or boxed set that requires a ton of counter space, this contains three magnetic palettes, which contain a total of 18 eyeshadows and three of their Amazonian clay powders – a blush, a shimmer powder. Each snaps into a small coordinating clutch that has a space to hold the included maracuja lipgloss, as well as pullout mirror, slots for your ID and credit cards. I love the idea of throwing the clutch inside my bag, with palette de jour inside, and in the card slots placing blotting papers, fashion tape, Band-Aids – sort of creating a beauty emergency kit on the go.

Tarte’s own Maureen Kelly created an eye makeup cheat sheet to help create looks using all the colors. From matte neutrals to shimmery jewel tones, you get long wearing color without a paraben, petro chemical, synthetic fragrance or dye to be found. I find this especially important with eye makeup – red, itchy eyes are often a reaction to the synthetics and harsh chemicals.

Retailing for $48, the set is a $406 value. (You read that right.) And it includes some of their most popular products, like park ave princess Amazonian clay bronzer (their brozers are a staplein my makeup routine), and a 12-hour Amazonian clay blush in darling (a bit like their classic tipsy with just a bit of shimmer).

Because the three palettes are themed: the neutral a walk in the park, everyday basics in nine-to-five and all you need for a smoky eyes in girls’ night out –you can pretty much cross 2/3 of greening your makeup drawer off the list (while keeping everything organized, too). xo alex

*This limited edition set is available online at tarte’s website and QVC.com.

All Things Bright and Beautiful: Alex’s Twelve Days of Gifting

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With Christmukkah less than three weeks away, you may still have a few presents to pick up for your nearest and dearest. It happens to the best of us, whether you spend the year gathering treasures and stowing them away for the holidays or you battle the crowds on Black Friday in one fell swoop.

Personally, there are two kinds of gifts I like to give – those that I come across in unexpected spots immediately making me think of the recipient, and the fabulous things that I adore myself and want to share with everyone I know. This list falls into the latter category. And so, here are twelve gifts as fabulous to give as to receive. Maybe a bit of both?

1. The tarte shining stars limited-edition best sellers collection ($25) is perfect for someone new to the line but also full of the beloved products than any tarte fan would love to have in travel size. The special edition set includes a cheek stain, lip tint, waterproof liner and my beloved lights, camera lashes mascara. The tint and stain would also fit nicely in a clutch if you need touch ups on New Years Eve.

2. Sometimes the best gifts don’t arrive in fancy packaging. Egyptian Magic ($26-37) is a simple jar filled with magic goodness – but so many people I know say they feel crazy spending $35 for a jar of all-purpose cream. Which is why I think it’s sort of perfect to give – so versatile, so nourishing, the skin/hands/nails/lips of the recipient will be thanking you through the dry, cold winter and all year round. Find it at your local Whole Foods or online, here. Keep with the Egyptian theme and wrap it up alongside of this set of gorgeous scarab flat cards by stationer Connor.

3. tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush ($25) in dollface is a great for all skin tones, day or night. I had traded powder blushes for tarte’s cheek stains years back, but these are incredible. The color is long lasting and has incredible properties that are beneficial to both dry and oily skin types (it’s all in the Amazonian clay).

4. As I wrote a few months back, I am a gel manicure devotee. And gift certificates for gel manis with my amazing manicurist will be a gift that keeps on giving…two weeks of chip-free nails. I love the fact that Gelish sets under LED light instead of UV. Nails look fabulous for several weeks, remain strong and, once removed, no damage. It’s important to find a manicurist who’s trained properly, so visit the Gelish Salon Locator to find a location near you.

5. Speaking of manicures, I always loved the story Diana Vreeland wrote in D.V. about how Revlon stole her Parisian manicurist’s varnish to make their polish. This year a new book collecting her wit, wisdom, and style has been released. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel ($55 in stores; about $35 on Amazon) is a beautiful coffee table tome about the fashion editor and style icon. You can up the fabulousness by including a set of the limited edition Vreeland-inspired stationery by Connor for Barneys ($98) (I am loving Connor’s paper goods if you hadn’t noticed.)

6. And while we’re talking hands, these leopard print glittens by J. Crew ($34.50) are not only going to keep hand cozy and skin soft, but the mitten tops pull back tp reveal adorable fingerless gloves – the easier to text, email, and send those Instagram shots with.

7. My love of beauty products is matched by my love of all things organized, which is why I find z palette’s ($14-20) to be one of the greatest ideas yet. My friend Erin, makeup artist extraordinaire, first turned me on to them and I think they make for great gifts. We all have a mix of eyeshadows and blushes taking up unnecessary space, or those large sets that come with 724 shadows with only a few colors we really like. With a z palette, you consolidate all of your pots of creams and powders into these sleek, magnetic cases – and with see-through lids you can find what you’re looking for quickly and easily.

8. Speaking of organization, I adore Closette’s Travel Jewelry Case ($50). Great on the go or home, they come in waterproof linen cases and hold a variety of pouches to fit your storage needs. I suggest picking up two. Because if you buy one for a gift, I’m pretty sure you’re going to want one for yourself. I know I did. (By the way, did you see Sarah’s piece with Closette on organized beauty? Read it here.)

9. In winter I like wearing brighter lip tints, but it’s also the time of year when lips need the most hydration. KORRES uber-moisturizing Cherry Oil lip glosses cover all bases, and I love this limited edition, value set for Sephora ($28). Give the Quad as a set or split them up as stocking stuffers.

10. tarte picture perfect eyelash curler set ($15) comes with the best eyelash curler I’ve ever found, and a deluxe size tube of lights, camera lashes mascara. I don’t leave the house without mascara. And before I put on LCL, this lash curler instantly makes me look bright eyed – even on those days where I could really use some extra beauty sleep.

11. I love paddywax soy candles ($25) and their holiday collection comes in these gorgeous honeycomb patterned mercury-like glasses. There’s the cypress and mandarin PEACE candle, a combo I love, as well as HOPE (pomegranate and spruce), JOY (cinnamon wood and honey), and GIVE (clove and vanilla bean). All holiday scents are available as diffusers and in travel candles, too. Paddywax candles are eco-minded, as is their packaging – the paper unfolds to become a gift tag or ornament.

12. I know I talk about Spin Pins (about $6.50) a lot. A whole lot. So much so that the good people of Goody actually began following me on twitter and said they were happy I liked them. I Spin Pins as gifts all the time, tying them to the tops of packages, or just because – like my cousin the ballerina or my friends in Sydney who can’t get them there. (Goody, please go to Australia. They love you.) You can find them online or at your local drugstore. They’ve now added Spin Pin Minis (about $6.50) to the collection. Give these as gifts and every day will be a good hair day through the holidays and all year long.

Happy, Merry…Everything, BB!

As Beauty Banterers well know, I love eco beauty and all the gorgeous brands that have made skin, hair care and makeup as eco-chic and luxe as the rest. And while I don’t exclusively use organic products, I am happy to know that the options out there are pretty fabulous. When it comes to makeup, tarte has long been my go-to brand. And so I was more than a bit giddy when they announced their FRENDS and FAMILY SALE is on now through December 12th – just enter promo code FFDEC at checkout to receive 30% off and free shipping on orders over $40. ‘Tis the season!  xo a.


Alex Asher Sears is a writer, photographer, and fourth generation Angeleno. She believes that you can find inspiration anywhere but thinks Slim Aarons, Nöel Coward and Diana Vreeland are a great place to start. Since 2007, she’s been sharing her eco-beauty finds with BB readers. She writes at AlexandraWrote, and also, quite literally, at Type A Calligraphy. Find her on twitter at @AlexandraWrote.

Holiday Collection: tarte

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Collection:  tarte Precious Gems Waterproof Cream Shadow Collection $39.98
tarte Eye Candy Waterproof 6-pc Amazonian Clay Shadow Wand Set $26.00
tarte Glossed Over PureOptic Lipgloss Collection $29.00
*all sets available exclusively through QVC

Products Used:
emphasEYES in Shimmering Golden Beige
tarte emphasEYES Amazonian Clay Shadow Stick in Taupe
tarte emphasEYES Amazonian Clay Shadow Stick in Bronze
PureOptic Lipgloss in Nectar
PureOptic Lipgloss in Berry

How To: I love a good gilded eye so I stuck with the gold and bronze shades. I started by applying the shimmering gold beige on my lids as a base. The product is best when used with a finger (instead of the brush that the set comes with). I layered the shimmer on my brow bone to accentuate and highlight. I used the shadow stick in taupe on the outer corners of my eyes and used a brush to blend it. I applied the shadow stick in Bronze on my upper and lower lash lines and smudged (inwards) gently with my finger. This eye is completely contained on the lid – I did not smoke it out or up. For lips, I mixed Nectar, a shimmering flesh gloss, with Berry, a sheer plum to create the perfect sheen-mauve hue.

Did You Know: All of the shadows are a cream-like consistency but dry quickly into a waterproof powder (and this stuff stays put!). Make sure to smudge quickly (but gently!) before it dries. The sticks glide on super easily and you can smudge or smoke out with a brush or finger. You can use the lip glosses as highlighters on eyes and cheeks for a subtle glossy sheen (I actually did this with the flesh color – apply with fingers). It gives a great mix of textures.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

alex’s eco-chic summer picks

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I’m melting. At least that’s how it’s felt the last few days. And so, with summer in full swing, I’ve switched up some of my daily hair, skin, and makeup choices to work with the intense heat.
With wavy hair, combination skin, and an inability to leave my house without mascara, it’s all about finding the best products to make me feel put together when I’d rather be in the pool cooling off. And, as always, trying to do it all without parabens, petrochemicals, or synthetics.
Everyone knows by now that my love of green beauty knows no end, but I must say that when it comes to SPF, I don’t care if you go eco or not, just be sure to slather on a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. (Lecture over.) Personally, I opt for Burt’s Bees SPF 30 and, if I’m staying in the sun, a hat to offer extra protection.
While I like the idea of facial moisturizers with an SPF in them, I swear by Dr. Hauschka’s Normalizing Day Oil ($42.95), which is SPF-less. So post-Dr. H, I use California Baby’s SPF 30 Stick ($14.99). For a bit of color, I’ll add a few drops of Dr. H’s Translucent Bronze Concentrate ($39.95)as I blend the sunscreen to cheeks, nose, and chin. (You can pick all of this up at Whole Foods, too.)
My tan is of the faux sort, and one of the best ways to extend its life is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Year-round I adore Korres body butters, but I now add Shea Moisture’s Organic Raw Shea Chamomile ArganOil Baby Lotion ($9.99). The lotion, which has the consistency of Vaseline minus the petro chems, melts into the skin.
Most of my makeup favorites are by tarte – their waterproof and longwearing products stand up to 95 degree weather, like multiplEYE mascara ($24), park ave princess bronzer ($29), and Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in tipsy ($25) – which I’ll sometimes mix with dollface cheek stain ($30). I want to try their new clay concealer, but for now I still think ($8.95) does the trick. For lips, I love KORRES lip butters ($12) and highly recommend picking up this great set which gives you three for $19.
In this heat, I tend to keep my hair up (OK, I always seem to have my hair up), and so Goody Spin Pins ($6.29)are my go to. I’ll often throw on an elastic headband or pin back my shorter layers with barrettes by France Luxe ($9) – you can pick these up at J. Crew, too – or petite bobby pins from Goody ($2.99). For ponytails, I love the snag-free elastics from Sephora ($3.50), and the matchbook-like case that keeps them organized. If I wear it down, I spray on California Baby detangler ($11.49), and put it in a bun until it’s dry.
I switch purses often, but this summer, I’m never without a set of Spin Pins, ($6.99), a travel-sized tube of Korres Rice Bran mascara ($18), Revlon Superlustrous gloss in Firecracker with SPF 15 ($6.99),* and the limited edition tarte True Blood lip tint ($24).Both the gloss and lip tint can go from everyday to evening depending on how much you apply. The True Blood lip tint is my new favorite for a pop of bright color – and it also works well as a quick bit of cheek color, too. From day to evening, I’m covered!
For now, I’m off to sit outside and work by the pool – I suppose summer isn’t all bad. xo a.
*I know the Revlon isn’t an eco-pick but I am trying to find good SPF lip glosses. The search goes on.

tarte + True Blood = Vampy Makeup

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Are you a fan of HBO’s True Blood? Now you can have the makeup to match…

Emmy® award-winning makeup artist and True Blood makeup department head, Brigette Myre-Ellis, interpreted the color palette and helped develop the official tarte™ for True Blood beauty looks for this limited-edition collection.

“I’ve always liked tarte’s natural products,” said Myre-Ellis. “So when tarte and HBO asked for my assistance in developing this special cosmetics line, I jumped at the opportunity.  I had so much fun helping to create the looks and I am sure women will have just as much fun exploring new ways to enhance their beauty.” — Brigette Myre-Ellis

Inspired by the edgy drama series, the limited-edition collector’s palette includes 3 products:

  • 17 matte and shimmer eyeshadows, emphasEYES™ aqua-gel eyeliner in black, a deluxe lights, camera, lashes! clinically-proven natural mascara and a deluxe  lifted™ natural eye primer with Firmitol™
  • tarte™ for True Blood™ limited-edition natural cheek stain in shimmering red (suggested retail price: $30 US/$39 CAN)
  • tarte™ for True Blood™ limited-edition LipSurgence™ natural lip tint in shimmering red (suggested retail price: $24 US/$31 CAN)

PRICE TAG: $52.00 

Available NOW on sephora.com and launching on 6/29 at tarte.com and store.hbo.com. Go get your vamp on…

sweet tarte

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For some reason, the East Coast got the memo that summer was here while here on the West Coast we’ve had some serious June gloom. But even if the sun was melting the sidewalks, I’d be using bronzers and tanners to get a faux summer glow. Which is why I was so excited when tarte sent me their newest bronzer – part of the Amazonian clay collection. More eco-fabulousness from tarte? Yep, there’s more.
I’m a big fan of their hotel heiress bronzing powder, but the Amazonian clay blushes are so fabulous (who knew powder blush could be so un-powdery?), I couldn’t wait to try more of the line.
Here’s the awesome thing about Amazonian clay: it absorbs oil (perfect for oily/combo skin) but it also hydrates and helps with flakiness (perfect for dry skin). It’s no wonder tarte calls it “nature’s most perfect ingredient.”
The smooth operator micronized finishing powder ($28) works for all skin tones and the packaging is absolutely brilliant. Loose powders can be a mess. But the container has a flexi plastic cover with a small hole. If you press gently on the plastic, it releases enough powder for one application. For those who want more coverage, layer as desired. (A special edition bronzer with bamboo brush can be found at QVC for $42.)
I am also loving the waterproof Amazonian clay liners – in both pencils and pots. Once again, the clay works its magic. I didn’t need eye primer – the powders set quickly and they do not budge. And after playing with a few colors, and having to wash my face more than once, there wasn’t any redness or irritation. I think that has a lot to do with the tarte’s ingredients. Not a petrochemical, paraben, synthetic fragrance, or dye to be found.
The waterproof liner pencils come in great jewel tones and a seriously dramatic black (black, brown, and plum in stores now, but navy, turquoise, plum, bronze and green in the coming months). They’re a great texture for a smudged eye or dramatic line. They’re available exclusively through QVC, here. (For a super precise line, I highly recommend the emphasEYES™ natural eyeliner.)
While the pencils are convenient, I really love the potted liners. Especially the bronze. Using plant waxes to create a waterproof finish, they come with super simple tips for creating various looks (much appreciated) – for creating everything from a subtle line to a seriously smoky eye. I settled for something in between.
As my friend Erin has taught me well, great brushes make all the difference. And tarte has put together this incredible kit with a double-sided brush (one side for lining, the other with a domed design perfect for the shape of the eyelid). For $22, you get the set – a $45 value.
The Amazonian bronzer and potted liners are available at tarte, Sephora online and in stores, as well as beauty.com, Henri Bendel, ulta.com, and boutiques nationwide. Enjoy!  xo a.

TREND ALERT: Bright Lips for Summer

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A bright, splash of lip color seems the perfect way to welcome summer, just as Lily Rabe did at the Tonys. Nominated for her role as Portia in the The Merchant of Venice, Lily arrived in a white, backless gown by Prabal Gurung and coral-hued lips courtesy of Tina Turnbow for tarte.

We’re huge fans of tarte and Tina here at BB, so we’re thrilled to share Tina’s tips for getting Lily’s eco-chic red carpet look at home.

Tina applied tarte’s new maracuja creaseless concealer in fair, before sweeping Lily’s cheeks a peachy-pink hue, with Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in peaceful (you can find both items in this kit, here). To highlight her cheekbones, Tina brushed on provocateur Amazonian clay shimmer powder in champagne.

For a “look all about the lashes,” Tina started with tarte’s neutralEYES natural eyeshadow palette in volume II, and used emphasEYES™ high definition inner rim eyeliner pencil in black to line the upper, inner rim “for more definition and to intensify the lash line.” Tina finished off the eyes with gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara.

For lips, Tina mixed Lipsurgence lip tints in fiery and joy to get the perfect shade of coral.

Without the weight of face makeup, which always feels too heavy as temps soar, Lily’s dramatic lips and eyes are the perfect evening look for the warmest days of summer!

I’m loving the bright lippy trend, too. Here are my favorite picks for a bit of summer color:

tarte 24-7 lip sheers. They’re like chapstick all grown up with the added benefit of SPF 15. For evening, I layer deep rose with a bit of gloss for deep, dramatic color. (Loving Vapour cosmetics Elixir glosses.)
– Korres ultra hydrating, deeply hued cherry oil glosses in red and natural purple.

– Korres lip butter in wild rose and pomegranate (also great for a bit of cheek color in a pinch).

– And, my favorite tarte product of all time, their cheek stain, reborn as rise and shine lip stains. I’m loving the cherry stain/gloss duo.

As much as I love bright color, I wasn’t sure I could pull of a red-orange hue, even a less vibrant one than Lily’s. But when Jules told me about the great new Revlon gloss she’s discovered in her quest for the perfect orangey-red, I had to give it a try. She warned that in the tube, Revlon’s Firecracker was intense. But applied, it’s more like a stain. It reminds me of the popsicles we used to have at summer camp and the tint they left behind. Only with a great bit of shine and zero stickiness. 

Hello, sunshine! xo a.

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