tarte’s 2014 holiday collection

One of my favorite natural brands, tarte, has come up with some beautiful holiday gift ideas. Travel bags, palettes, and tools are all here.

bon voyage collectors set & travel bag. Available exclusively at Sephora. A chic, portable travel bag filled with a collection of limited-edition, oversized must-have beauty essentials for the eyes, lips, cheeks, and complexion. And a gorgeous vintage French style bag. $59
pin up girl Amazonian clay blush palette. 5 brand new 12 hour blushes – if you haven’t tried these yet, I highly recommend them. They are fantastic. This set also includes two hair pins with rhinestones and pearls. Available exclusively at Sephora. $42.
away oui go portable palette & collectors set. Inspired by dreamy French adventures. Exclusively at Ulta. $48
chic to cheek deluxe Amazonian clay blush set. Four blushes with limited edition vintage French packaging. $35.
petite treats 12 days of tarte deluxe collection. Full of 12 deluxe best sellers. Exclusively at Ulta. $37
ladies who lash limited-edition picture perfect eyelash curler. $19
sweet dreams best-sellers collection. A handpicked collection of bestselling favorites features deluxe sizes of its Maracuja Oil, Maracuja C-Brighter; Eye Treatment, and its collector’s edition Cheek Stain.
kiss & belle deluxe lipSurgence lip set. An eight-piece, curated collector’s set of tarte’s award-winning LipSurgence; lip tints, and lip glosses all in charming, new limited-edition shades. $34
très chic park ave princess contour palette. A limited-edition, three-in-one palette with luxe, contouring makeup essentials, featuring tarte’s iconic park ave princess & matte bronzer.

Smoky Eye Friday: em by Michelle Pham

Grays are such a good color for fall, and they are great for a smoky eye. This set by em by Michelle Pham makes it super easy to make an easy gray eye to a more complicated one. I opted for the easy, using only a few colors from the palette – the cream, large gray, and black all of which blended together smoothly. I used the cream all over the eye, with the gray in the crease. The black went right along the lash line. You could get more complicated by adding a cut crease with the cobalt, using the rust on top of it. There are many combinations you can create.

What colors do you like to use for fall?

Halloween hair styles from Herbal Essences

Do you have your Halloween costume yet? I still haven’t decided what I’m going to be, but my daughter just ordered a pirate costume. She’s 12, and wearing an adult medium and wow. Women’s costumes are definitely something. Short skirts and boobs. Boobs everywhere.

If you haven’t decided what you’re going to be yet, Herbal Essences has a few ideas to share. And they were nice enough to send along some how-to’s or tutorials for you to have. You can create these looks super easy.
Soulful Songstress Curls (you know we’re talking about getting Lorde’s beautiful hair)

Create a frizz-free base with Totally Twisted shampoo and conditioner.
If you’re working with naturally curly or wavy hair, mist Tousle Me Softly Hair Gel (one of my absolute favorites – I use mine all the time) on wet hair to give curls lightweight, flexible hold.
If your natural texture is straight, apply a lightweight mousse like Naked Volumizing Soufflé to very wet hair. Wring out the excess water with your hands, allowing the water to carry the product evenly through the ends of the hair.
Flip head upside down and blow-dry hair with a basket diffuser on high heat and low wind speed for body and volume. Avoid using a brush to maintain body and volume.
Once hair is dry, curl small sections around a small-medium barrel curling iron, starting approximately one inch from the scalp and curling down to the end.
For extra definition, wrap each curl around itself after curling with the iron and secure in place with a bobby pin until it cools.
Once the hair is cool, drop the hair from the pins, shake out, and spray Naked Dry Shampoo throughout the hair to create extra volume and texture.
Finger comb to separate the the curls and create lush volume, finishing with a mist of Body Envy […]

Winter means more lip balm

We are having the season’s first nor’easter today here in Virginia. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s rather like a mini hurricane that comes along in the winter. So while our hurricane season lasts through October, November heralds the start of nor’easter season. It brings tons of rain (or snow, if the polar vortex visits) and wind. So. Much. Wind.

The first thing I noticed while being out in the almost-cold wind was that my lips were in serious need of help. First they needed a serious exfoliation. So I whipped up a touch of my DIY lip scrub – it’s super easy. Combine a very small amount of brown (or regular – it doesn’t matter, really) sugar with a tiny touch of honey. It doesn’t last long, so be sure to make only as much as you think you’ll use in a day or two.

After giving my lips a good scrub (you can use a clean toothbrush if your lips are having a serious chapped emergency), I needed some balm to smooth and protect them. I reached for LaFresh Eco-Beauty Lip Treat. This cruelty-free, all natural balm contains ogliopeptides, jojoba oil, shea and cocoa butters, almond oil, cinnamon, and peppermint. It goes on so smoothly, and the peppermint gives you a bit of (very minor) lip plumping. It’s supposed to help fine lines around the mouth as well, so if you’re beginning to get concerned about that area, this is an excellent solution.

Packaging is super small and simple, so it fits anywhere from a pocket to a makeup bag.

I’m totally addicted to it. Here is to having soft lips all winter!

Mani Monday: Halloween

I’ve been in the holiday spirit, so when my daughter asked if she could do my nails in orange and black (photo and Photoshop skills by her too), I was totally happy to do it. So nothing terribly exciting, just NYC Color In A Minute Quick Dry polish in pumpkin, and Orly in Liquid Vinyl.

BUT. I have some awesome ideas on my Pinterest board, and wanted to share them. So many amazing nails!

Follow Meredith Edwards-Cornwall’s board Halloween Nails on Pinterest.