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Tarte 2016 Spring Collection Swatches and Details

(Swatched top row across, then middle and bottom row. Shades in order: Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Smokeshow, Flower child, Smarty pants, Firecracker, Activist, Funny girl, Sweetheart, Rebel and Leader)
I’ve been playing with the Tarte Spring 2016 collection for the past month and it’s a mix of takers and leavers. The collection includes the Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette,Tarteist Contour Palette, Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayons and Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint. Off the bat I can tell you the eyeshadow palette and the lip crayons (aka lip liners) are a perfect 10. If there are two products you’re adding to your must-try list, it’s these two!

Tarte Unveils Spring 2015 Collection

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Celebrating the tartelette 15 year anniversary collection, tarte cosmetics unveiled a versatile collection for women who break the beauty mold. From free spirits to dreamers and bombshells, every woman is a tartelette you just have to find out which one you are!

C. Wonder x GLOSSYBOX (and our Hamptons trip)

GLOSSYBOX has been on a role with exciting collaborations including Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, La Prairie and as I featured last week, with Cosmoprof. This week, I’m excited to announce their collaboration with, C. Wonder!


Just in time for the 4th of July, the leading luxury subscription-based beauty service created a custom Independence Day-themed box of beauty products, for the revolutionary lifestyle brand. The custom box, featuring

{Gift Guide}: 8 Holiday Finds from QVC

Keeping true to their name, QVC has done a remarkable job of bringing the quality, value and convenience of shopping from our televisions to now our computers! Their website is full of great deals and brand exclusives, plus they work with so many of our favorite beauty retailers, they make for a great

The Perfect Mid-Summer Pout: 11 Shades We Can’t Keep our Lips Off

The only thing hotter then the heat wave of July is a bold lips we’ve been rocking all summer. Keep your look simple (it’s too hot for heavy makeup) and stand out with a playful pout! Here are 10 new(ish) shades to brighten up, exfoliate, stain, add shine, and protect your lips all summer long.

What’s New at QVC: Top Beauty Products at Amazing deals

If you’re looking for top beauty, hair and skincare brands at a fraction of their retail price (we’re even talking brands that rarely discount…) then visit QVC. Recently, I stopped by their beauty event to sample some of the new products debuting on their site and network including finds from Stila, Laura, Geller, Josie Maran, Tarte and Philosophy (to name a few) and meet the experts behind the brand.

1. Josie Maran – Luxury with a Conscience 2. Julep – Freedom Polymer Top Coat: (dries in 5 minutes) 3. Philosophy Grace Products 4. From right to left: Tarte – Mascara, Bare Minerals – Lash Domination mascara, It Cosmetics – Anti-Aging Full Coverage SPR 50+ CC+ Cream, Nuface – Collagen Booster 5. Stila – Countless Color Pigments Eye Shadow with Brush 6. Sarah Potempa – Beachwaver curling iron

My first stop was to the Stila booth where I got to experience the new Countless Color Pigments Eye Shadow (#5 below) that offers long lasting full coverage and an endless shade possibilities.  I have been using the Groupie shade and just love mixing different shades for different occasions.  And since it’s color pigment don’t feel limited by using this product solely on your eyes. Depending on

QVC: The Sephora of TV (and online)

Me with Poppy King (aka The Lipstick Queen)

Having lived in major cities my whole life, I never much subscribed to home shopping networks like QVC — which I associated with stay-at-home moms and consumers that didn’t have immediate access to stores at every corner. Living in a place where there is a Sephora on every other block, TV is the last place I look to make a beauty purchase (although they do sell online as well).

However, after attending a recent QVC event, I could not have been more wrong — given the amount of beauty brands out on the market it’s a challenge to pick which product is worth the investment; QVC offers consumers that educational component and the opportunity to learn about the products beyond just staring at the packaging straight from the expert behind the brand.

I was shocked by the amount of prestige brands they are currently showcasing — Perricone MD, Bliss, Algenist, Clarisonic, Fresh, Tarte, Lipstick Queen, Make Up For Ever, Go Smile, Josie Maran, Mally, Laura Geller (to name a few) as well as retailers like Space.NK, and Sephora are now partnering with them as well!

Talking vitamin C with Dr. Perricone!

And they certainly got my attention. Walking the isles of the QVC event, I got to meet Dr. Perricone and hear first hand why I need to drop everything and try his Vitamin C Ester 15 (QVC Item #A221548) — which has a high 15% concentration of vitamin C  fused a with fatty acid derived from palm oil that’s going to brighten my skin and give me a glowing complexion. And then there was Poppy King (THE LIPSTICK QUEEN!!!) — who I’ve been obsessed with for some time now. Her lipsticks are so luxurious and rich and offer this perfect combination of hydration and pigment without being messy or flimsy. She’s launched the Lipstick Queen Liptopolis Lipstick Collection ($48/QVC Item #A226460) which has this super cute packaging that includes 3 lipstick shades, Central Park (peach), Soho (red) and Upper East (nude hue). What can I say… I’m so Soho — I haven’t stopped wearing this shade since I got the set. I met Josie Maran, Ken Paves, Laura Geller… and hearing first hand from these experts what makes their products so great and the best way to use them adds such a value and educational component that I’m a total QVC convert. Plus you can expect a medley of specials and exclusives from these brands only available on QVC.

{Ken Paves gives Cheryl of The Fashionista Stories his signature Hairdo extensions — looks so natural!}

{Sarah Potempo demoed her “The Wrap-Up” ($24/QVC Item #A323424) on a model, instantly giving her the perfect bun in seconds!}

{Fresh co-founder Lev Glazman introduced us to their hand blended (in a monastery) ancient remedy to the fountain of youth, Elixir Ancien + Face Treatment Oil ($50/QVC Item #A226364), which is being offered exclusively in a .5 ounce size on QVC}

{Former super model Josie Maran has more then one reason to be glowing — we suspect it’s part baby-bump, part her latest Argan Illuminating Body Butter ($30/ QVC Item #A224383) which combines her lightweight, hydrating body butter that’s infused with her signature ingredient, argan oil and a delicate luminzers that offers a subtle shimmer for that perfect summer glow.

For the complete list of beauty offerings, visit QVC.com


Tarte’s Natural Lip Stain with LipSurgence Technology

I was flipping through last months Sephora catalog when I came across Tarte’s new Natural Lip Stain with LipSurgence Technology pencil, and immediately went out and bought it.  If it was anything like their award winning, iconic cheek stains I needed this in my collection.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one since half the colors were sold out at my favorite Sephora located on 5th Avenue.  No matter, the nice thing about Sephora in New York, you can trip and stumble across another. I ventured to an alternate location only to find my first choices (Charmed, Lust and Moody) we’re yet again sold out.  To their defense, I recognize that most of us die-hard Tarte fans have been waiting for this product for a long time so it was somewhat to be expected.

I gave up (I’ll be back for those colors), and took what I could get. I’m a firm believer in trying new things and with spring here I was willing to experiment with a bright pink; I purchased Amused.  I went home to try my latest discovery and all I can say is WOW! Being used to ‘conventional’ lip stains, this was not what I was expecting.

I have a confession; while I do appreciate lipsticks and lipgloss my real passion is for lip liners and stains.  My only issue with both is generally they dry out my lips.  However, if you handed me a lip product, had me close my eyes and asked

Perfect Last Minute Gifts

If you’re like me, then right about now you’ve finished most of your shopping and just trying to resolve a few loose ends.

So here it is — a list of great gift sets to have on hand that you can give as is or break them apart (they makes great little stocking stuffers).  And if all else fails, keep them for yourself, everyone wins!

1. Korres – Never Too Much of a Good Thing

The possibilities are endless with this unisex set of 12 body products (six showergels, six body butters).  Match them by scent and give them to your favorite coworkers (just get fancy on the wrapping).  Or you can give the entire set to that person in your life who’s fortunate enough to have a guest bathroom and enjoys putting toiletries out for their guests. Also a perfect gift for hosts/hotesesses, secret santa, travelers, siblings, maybe even the mailman? … like I said, endless possibilities.

The set contains:

  • 6 Showergels in Basil Lemon, Jasmine, Guava, Clementine, Melon, and Mint
  • 6 Body Butters in Basil Lemon, Jasmine, Guava, Clementine, Melon, and Mint

Price: $39.50 (value $99).  Exclusive to Sephora, visit Sephora.com for more information.

2. Tarte – Crown Jewels Lipgloss Multi-Gift Set

This limited edition set already does the work for you! This gift is nicely packaged on its own or inside there are 3 sets of perfectly packed sets of 5 mini lip glosses ready to be given out by