Sunday, February 23, 2014

What I'm Loving Lately: Green Beauty - Tata Harper and Other Favorites!

UPDATE 2/13/2016: 
Since writing this post, cleaning up my beauty regime really became a priority when I discovered I was pregnant and that eventually lead me to become a Beauty Counter Consultant!  This line of products is quickly gaining in popularity especially after being featured by Lauren Conrad and on Goop in recent months.  I adore their products and what they stand for and was so pleased to see how well they compared with non-eco brand offerings.   In addition to their makeup and their skin care and makeup line, they also have products for the whole family!

If you are interested in trying Beauty Counter or even becoming a consultant yourself, please shoot me an email at and be sure to check out my Beauty Counter store  

I would be remiss if I did not include Tata Harper in my line up.  I've tried 3 of her products and loved them all.   Like the La Bella Figura and May Lindstrom lines, Tata's Harper's prices reflect the quality of  ingredients used.  If you are lucky, you can sometimes score a discount.  For instance, I got two of the below products from - of all places - Anthropologie during their "additional 25% off"  sale over the holidays.   I had previously tried them via Spirit Beauty Lounge samples so knew they were way undervalued.   And again - these brands really have the whole, "lets put them in incredibly pretty bottles" thing down.  They are the kind of items that you don't mind leaving out on your bathroom counter.  It almost seems a shame to keep them in a drawer.

The Resurfacing Mask is one of my favorites masks ever because it's so unique.  It contains pink french clay, fruit enzymes, white willow bark, and aloe.  It calms your skin and helps fight acne.  It also leaves your face firmer and with less visible pores.   I love it.  Its unique in that it goes on clear and when it dries you almost feel as though you could peel it off.  It has the consistency of jelly out of the jar and it definitely makes my skin feel better.  Its something I will buy again and again.

The Hydrating Floral Spray is full of hydrating botanicals.  It smells amazing and I use this to set my make up or whenever I walk by my dresser (which is where I keep it). Its like a toner and moisturizer in one and has been great during this dry Winter.  I have two bottles:  one to travel with and one to keep at home (thank you Anthro clearance sale for giving me that luxury!)

The Regenerating Cleanser was another Anthro sale find and one I'm glad I sprung for.  It smells like orange cream and reminds me of St. Ives Apricot Scrub but with better ingredients and less irritating particles.  It contains Willow Bark extract and pomegranate and I love to use this in the shower.  It leaves my skin incredibly smooth.  Its super creamy so I doubt I will use this much in the Summer, but for now, it's just right.

A couple of my other favorites are below and I wanted to be sure to mention them. I actually use both of these products every day.

 Juice Beauty's Blemish Clearing Serum contains a slew of antioxidants like A, E, C, Co-enzyme Q10 and naturally occurring salicylic acid in the form of White Willow Bark. It took about a month to notice, but I can absolutely say that it has helped to make my thyroid med induced acne calm down considerably. I'm  not 100% thrilled with the other questionable ingredients included, but it's still free of parabens, propylene or butylene glycols, petroluem, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, phthalates, GMO, silicones, pesticides, artificial dyes and fragrances.  I'm am going to try Eminences' Willow Bark Serum soon which seems to include all of the great things about Juice's serum - plus the addition of antibacterial tea tree essential oil - without the questionable ingredients.

Evan Healy Immortelle Facial Tonic is another great find and I love to spritz it on my face after a shower or first thing in the morning. It smells a bit like maple syrup which takes some getting used to. It's main ingredient is the Immortelle Flower which grows in the South of France and the Mediterranean and is known as the "Everlasting Flower" because it continues to bloom even after it is picked.  Hopefully this speaks to it's anti-aging powers!  I've noticed this flower even has it's own line at L'OCCITANE so I'm hoping there is something to it.  Hydrosols are great at - you guessed it - hydrating the skin.   Evan Healy can also be found at Whole Foods so if you spy this Hydrosol or any others pick one up!

Well, that's it for now!  I will have more of these posts in the future mixed in with life updates!  If you have any suggestions or recommendations for beauty products, let me know!  


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