Take a peek into this simple and elegant makeup collection from a natural beauty all-star, Tata Harper. Her emphasis on glow mirrors the very product line she’s created. We would never judge, but we’re tickled that Tata’s makeup choices are as clean as the ingredients in her own line.
Name: Tata Harper
Where I Live: Shoreham, Vermont
My relationship with makeup: I am a huge beauty lover and always have been, but ironically not a huge makeup user. For me it has always been about starting with amazing skin (which is where my skincare line comes in), and then using makeup to add colorful accents, and to make my skin look extra glowy. In terms of makeup categories, I don’t own anything powdery — all of my makeup is creamy and enhances the skin’s natural luster and highlights. That said, I love bold, bright colors (for example, I never wear black), and my makeup selections definitely reflect that.
Foundation: While I usually don’t wear foundation, if it’s a special occasion or we’re filming video, I even things out by adding a bit of Vapour foundation to my Repairative Moisturizer as a dewy base.
Eyes: I prefer lighter mascara; the kind I have been using lately is by Ilia and it’s very dark brown. For eyeliner, I like to use something shiny and bright rather than dark, to give a little sparkle. I love RMS’ cream eyeshadow in Solar and usually apply it with a really thin brush just along the edge of my lashes.
Cheeks: On my cheeks I love a pop of red or pink right on the apple. I’ve been using my own Be Adored lip treatment lately, which has a really rich raspberry color that you can massage right in to the cheeks with your finger for a little natural blush color. I also love Vapour’s blush stick in Courtesan and Spark.
Lips: Every day, I use my Be Adored lip treatment. It’s all-natural of course, with a rich raspberry color, and has anti-aging ingredients that help boost volume and fight lip lines while hydrating. It’s a color that pretty much goes with everything. I also love Ilia’s lipsticks for occasions that call for a little extra color; I love their Wild Child and Bang Bang colors.
Glow: To me, gorgeous, striking skin has an irresistible glow that looks healthy and happy. I love to promote that look in my own skin with our Replenishing Nutrient Complex, a multivitamin facial oil serum that blends right in, but it’s amazing because if softens the skin, smooths it out, and absorbs quickly to leave a healthy glow. I also love RMS’ Living Luminizer, to put right on the cheekbones and under the eyebrows for a beautiful shine.
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Early last fall Siobhan and I went to an event hosted by Tata Harper. At some point Siobhan turned to Tata and whispered, “Is it true that you’ve developed a love potion?”. My heart skipped a beat and all the other chatter faded away as I learned that come February, my pulse points would revel in a new Tata Harper blend.
The creation story behind the Love Potion is quite sweet. As told by Tata that evening in November, the Love Potion was inspired by a very pretty young lady who works at her laboratory. Despite all she had going for her, guys weren’t asking her out, so one of Tata’s chemists had an idea to create an aromatherapy blend that would help his colleague out in the love department. The seed was planted and the blend went into full development. Tata figured, what woman wouldn’t want a Love Potion? I have to agree.
Don’t let me mislead you. The Love Potion was created to do more than simply reel in the suitors. Its true purpose is to help you feel positive and radiant because as Tata knows, we’re most attractive to others when we are confident in our own unique beauty. The Love Potion was formulated with 10 aphrodisiac essential oils that are supposed to heighten sensuality, inspire an inner sense of beauty, and help you focus your body and mind on feelings of love and warmth. Judging by the essential oils included in the blend, I knew the Love Potion would do as promised as long as the composition of the fragrance was right.
I am an ardent fan of every Tata Harper aromatherapy treatment, but this new scent is more complex than the others. There are layers to discover, and they are well structured and balanced. Both sensual and energizing, the opening notes of jasmine, orange peel, grapefruit, and ylang ylang create a first impression that feels flirtatious, even tender, to my nose. The first moments are rich and sweet, though not cloying. It’s the headiness of the jasmine, the sugary ylang ylang, and enlivening spritz of the citrus at play. Then comes an undercurrent of a unique herbaceous aroma that again is rich and inviting — possibly the davana and cedarwood. This gives way to hints of soft dried grass and rose that get tangled in the timeless scent of sandalwood and frankincense, both of which dry down to a powdery puff of warmth with a faint floral finish.
To top it all off, the Love Potion is offered in two sizes: the standard 5ml green bottle with the roller ball top that can slip into the tiniest pocket or purse, and an ultra-feminine 10ml perfume bottle with a pink puffer that atomizes the blend with a glamorous flourish. Chic yet playful, the 10ml bottle comes with a tiny booklet that offers ideas on how to “inspire love every day” and includes a diagram that illustrates where you should apply the potion during moments of intimacy, ooh la la. If you really want to splurge, Tata Harper is offering a limited edition Love Potion gift set to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If you live in New York City, lucky you, ABC Carpet and Home carries it, too. Remember, Tata’s fragrance comes from flowers, not chemicals, and that alone inspires love in my book. The Love Potion is a beautiful addition to the Tata Harper aromatherapy line.
As fate would have it, my purse was stolen one week ago today. I was out celebrating friendship and a birthday with my girlfriend at a posh little Vietnamese restaurant in one of the burgeoning areas of D.C., the 14th Street Corridor. Like seemingly every restaurant in D.C., there was an hour plus wait for a table so we sat at the spacious bar to have dinner. The bag I was carrying was a little crossbody number that can also be used as a clutch, and I tucked it right behind my back. At several points in the evening, I had a nervous thought about my purse being too exposed, but I rationalized that I was in a very nice place surrounded by nice looking people. Ha! Always listen to your intuition.
Oddly, before the theft my friend and I were having a conversation about loss and how to deal with it. This past year she was in an accident that totaled her car. Nobody was hurt, but the car had a lot of sentimental value to her and she was surprised by the grief and sense of loss she felt. She told me about a Mexican tradition for processing loss in which you write a letter to the thing you are grieving over and then burn it. This post is my own cathartic way of letting go. It’s my love letter to my purse and everything in it. Here we go…
The bag: I love a stylish purse, but it must be practical, too. The Hobo International Leanne crossbody is something I’ve carried for a couple of years now. I bought it before a trip to San Francisco for my friends’ wedding. It had a cool chain strap that you can tuck inside if you want to carry it like a clutch. It was compact but roomy enough for all my essentials. Mine was a tan leather that had acquired a fantastic patina from use.
The phone: In 2010 I was stuck in bed for a few weeks recovering from a major surgery. My cell phone was all busted, so just before the surgery I ordered a new iPhone 4s. It was something to look forward to during a scary time, and when it arrived a few days after I was released from the hospital, it kept me pleasantly distracted from physical discomfort. Last year I cracked the screen, but it still worked and I didn’t see any reason to replace it.
The Makeup: Mostly lippies here, with a few additional items I always carry. This represents the best of my collection, items I’ve been slowly acquiring that had become my can’t-live-without staples. Tata Harper Be Adored Lip Treatment, my first purchase from Eco Diva Beauty, I’ve been obsessed with its perfect rosy tint and unbelievable conditioning abilities. Worth every penny. W3LL People Nudist Colorbalm Stick #8 Poppy, also conditioning but with more of a pigmented, waxy finish. The color is bright and happy without being overdone. W3LL People Universalist Luminous Colorstick in Moonstoon Glow, my go-to illuminator that nourishes your skin while adding a subtle glow to cheeks and eyes. I bought both directly from W3ll People after sampling them. In case you don’t know, they have an excellent sample program, and the new packaging is truly an upgrade. Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in everyone’s favorite Bang Bang. This was my first Ilia purchase, which I ordered from NuboNau. It made me fall in love with the brand. When I’m going for a feminine yet edgy look, this bold lippie is what I grab. Ilia Beauty Lip Gloss in Peek A Boo, a nudish color that works on me when no other nudes do. Did you know that you can use Ilia’s lip conditioner and lip gloss as a blush? It works, and the color payoff and staying power is impressive. La Bella Figura Travel Therapy Botanical Mood, the most soothing and uplifting scent inlcudes blood orange, rose otto, and blue tansy. It is highly addictive, as Nicolle has attested. Fortune of all fortunes, I have an extra bottle at home. At least I wasn’t carrying LBF’s Positano Perfume Oil, my latest scent obsession. I purchased both scents directly from the lovely ladies at La Bella Figura.
Phew, that’s it. I’ve started to rebuild, but it will take some time. Yesterday I ordered two new Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioners from Eco Diva Beauty in colors I’ve long wanted to try — Shell Shocked and Crimson and Clover. Sometimes you need a fresh start, even if you weren’t looking for one.
Happy Black Friday! We are so excited to bring you a special Friday Deal from the one and only Tata Harper! This special line is the total package in terms of natural skincare—pure and powerful natural ingredients, luxurious and effective formulations, and gorgeous packaging. What clean beauty lover doesn’t dream of visiting Tata’s organic farm in Vermont where she grows many of the ingredients for her small batch skincare line? Well let us bring the farm to you, wink wink.
Tata Harper is giving NMDL readers exclusive early access to their Friends & Family Sale! The offer is 15% off any order, plus a free “Be Adored Lip Treatment” with orders over $500. Just use the promotion code ADORED at checkout.
The promotion is available until 11:59 pm PST December 4, 2013. The normal, site-wide promotion begins on 12/2, but shop early with your exclusive NMDL access to nab limited edition treats and online exclusives like the Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask. Through the holiday season all orders over $40 receive free shipping. In addition to the NMDL promotion, Tata Harper is featuring a Black Friday promotion that includes:
- Free Deluxe Repairative Moisturizer with any purchase over $100, code BFM
- Free Deluxe Rejuvenating Serum with any purchase over $250, code BFS
- Free Deluxe Boosted Contouring Serum with any purchase over $500, code BFB
Only 1 promotion code can be used on any order. The Black Friday promotion expires tonight at 11:59 pm PST.
So what do we recommend? Susannah can’t decide what she loves more—the Resurfacing Mask or the Limited Edition Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask. Siobhan (and most of us at NMDL) are obsessed with the Irritability Treatment, an aromatherapy roll-on that we wear like a perfume. And when Susannah splurged on the Be Adored lip treatment, included in her Makeup Monday post, she discovered the perfect rosy-tinted lip balm that she cannot live without. Don’t forget about the Regenerating Cleanser, another favorite of Siobhan’s. There are so many things to love! Try a sampling of the line with some of their gift and travel beauty sets.
What Tata Harper products do you love? What’s going in your shopping cart?
I’ve become a true mask enthusiast over the last few years. I love the variations you find in natural skincare and the range of purposes they serve. Most of the masks I use are a blend of clays, spices, and herbs that give me the classic mud-mask look. (Think Osmia or May Lindstrom.) Let’s just say I don’t walk out of the house to get the mail in one of these masks. Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask, which dries to a clear paper-thin finish, is a total departure from many of the masks I use. It’s what I grab when I want a gentle, nourishing treatment that also packs a pore cleansing punch.
Tata Harper recently launched a limited edition, seasonal version of this cult classic—the Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask. So which one should you try?
Let me tell you a little about both. The main active ingredients in the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask are aloe vera, white willow bark extract, pink clay, pomegranate enzymes, beet extract, and witch hazel. Lots to love there, right? This combination hydrates, repairs, exfoliates, calms redness, and prevent breakouts. The Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask builds off the stellar ingredient list of the original with a seasonal twist—wild plum blossom extract, of course! Plucked from a small organic farm in Missouri, the wild plum blossoms were harvested and distilled on the same day. This special ingredient is a natural humectant that provides intense hydration and helps plump the skin. In addition, the pink clay from the original is replaced by purple French clay that’s high in minerals like magnesium to help detoxify pores without stripping the skin.
Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask is recommended for all skin types, once a week, for oil and blemish control. Though I don’t really have blemishes to treat, it really brightens my skin tone, calms the redness I’m prone to, and minimizes my pores. The Resurfacing Mask is so gentle and weightless that when I first tried it, I wasn’t convinced it was going to perform. Wrong! I love the way my skin looks afterward. Seriously, I used this while visiting my grandmother, and the first moment she saw me—without even knowing I’d just used this mask—she put her hands to her cheeks and declared, “Oh your skin looks so pretty!” Now that’s instant results!
Both masks are the gentlest I’ve ever used. They share a unique jelly-like texture that is soothing. It doesn’t cause your face to tighten very much when it dries, so it’s comfortable to wear for a long period of time. In fact, I practically forget I have it on. You’re supposed to smear on a thick layer and let it rest for 20-30 minutes, but I always go longer than that. It can also be used as a spot treatment overnight. I like to rinse the mask off in the shower, damping my face a bit and massaging the mask back into its original gel texture. Then I let it sit some more while I do my thing in the shower. It rinses clean, and you’re left with a baby soft, glowing face.
The Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask is said to deliver the benefits of a glycolic peel without the redness, irritation, or downtime. Does it? Indeed. While the Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask has the same resurfacing and oil-controlling results as the original, it is definitely more hydrating. Since it doesn’t pull at my skin at all, I can sleep in it all night without noticing. I’d recommend it for anyone, especially during cold weather, but I’d recommend it for those with dry skin over the original Resurfacing Mask. The same seasonal ingredients that give the Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask its potency also make it a very limited edition release. Only 600 masks were produced!
If you want to scoop one up, perhaps you should wait until Friday and check back with us for a little Tata Harper surprise, hint hint.