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Beauty tips from Tata Harper

May 12th, 2015
PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comA clean-faced Meleana Estes posed for a photo with Tata Harper, right, after the natural beauty expert's skincare workshop.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

A clean-faced Meleana Estes posed for a photo with Tata Harper, right, after the natural beauty expert's skincare workshop.

Tata Harper was in town Wednesday to visit Neiman Marcus and introduce the latest additions to her line of all-natural skincare products, made at her Vermont farm. She also conducted a master class for NM clientele, during which she shared her philosophy of healthy living, a journey that, for her, began when her father-in-law fell ill with cancer.

That was when she began to see the way we fill our lives, bathroom counters and medicine cabinets with synthetic ingredients that can have health consequences.

She's been busy since I interviewed her three years ago, adding makeup basics in the form of sheer Lip Treatments and natural-looking and delicious Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tints. I bought the Very Sweet Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in a shimmering peach color, that tastes like candy. Everyone left with rosy, glowing skin.

Since the last time I interviewed Tata, she's come up with a basic line of skin-nourishing color products, the sheer lip treatments and Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tints shown here.

Since the last time I interviewed Tata, she's come up with a basic line of skin-nourishing color products, the sheer lip treatments and Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tints shown here.

Participants in her skincare workshop tried no fewer than 10 face products, two bodycare treatments and portable rollerball aromatherapy treatments aimed at reducing stress and irritability. She even has a "Love Potion" geared toward inducing calmness, positivity and happiness, that makes a woman more appealing to men.

I was already a big fan of her Hydrating floral essence, which hydrates skin before applying moisturizer, as well as her Repairative Moisturizer. But she also offers anti-aging serums, and I just have to figure out which one I need most. The treatment options are: Rejuvenating (anti-aging collagen treatment), Boosted Contouring (lifting and firming), Concentrated Brightening (tone correcting), or Elixir Vitae (wrinkle solution).

Also new from Tata Harper: Take-it-with-you aromatherapy rollerball treatments addressing "Irritability," "Bedtime" relaxation and "Stress." There's also a "Love Potion, essential oils for mood enhancement said to make a woman more attractive to men.

Also new from Tata Harper: Take-it-with-you aromatherapy rollerball treatments addressing "Irritability," "Bedtime" relaxation and "Stress." There's also a "Love Potion," essential oils for mood enhancement said to make a woman more attractive to men.

I feel there's a universal consumer sentiment that 100 percent natural cannot possibly be as effective as manmade chemicals, but so far, Tata Harper's products seem to work really well for me. The caveat is that everyone's skin is different, but the brand is growing because more and more people are concerned about the chemicals we use in everyday life, and the smart choice seems to be going the natural route.

It was this notion that set Harper on her journey. After her father-in-law became ill with cancer, she started thinking about the products we use daily, that can be harmful, and, noting a lack of healthful retail options, she simply decided to make her own products, and her skin is flawless.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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