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April 19 2014

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12 posts tagged "Tata Harper"

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Kirsten Kjaer Weis

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Kirsten-Kjaer-Weis-TokalonBeauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Kirsten Kjaer Weis, makeup artist and founder of Kjaer Weis cosmetics

The Product: “Certain scents and images stay with you forever. For me, it’s the Tokalon face moisturizer that my mother uses. It’s a Swiss lotion that she discovered at the local pharmacy. The texture was quite thick and rich, and I’m sure that’s why it left a luminous sheen on her skin. The smell was quite perfume-y. Today it would feel way too artificial and heavy, but I think, as a kid, it smelled expensive and sophisticated to me. I never used it myself, but I often remember opening it up, closing it, smelling it, putting some on my hand and dreaming a bit. I grew up on a farm in Denmark, and I don’t recall anybody wearing makeup on a day-to-day basis. I think that’s why this lotion stands out to me as something for special occasions. It was the equivalent of a woman wearing makeup in the city! My mother loved a natural glow. I thought she was so beautiful, all dressed up, with a glow to her skin and an effortless stain of lipstick. I don’t use this moisturizer, but my mother still does. Now, I have a passion for organic skincare, like Tata Harper’s Serum and Roll-On Oil. That’s how I get my glow back!”

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Spritz Like Gwyneth By Night—And Now By Day; Tata Harper’s Organic Growth Plan; And More…

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Being as fabulous as Gwyneth Paltrow is a twenty-four-hour-a-day kind of job—and now there’s a perfume duo to span the entirety of it. Paltrow, who is the spokesperson for Hugo Boss’ Boss Nuit Pour Femme fragrance, will also serve face time for its new Boss Jour Pour Femme. [WWD]

 

We’ve been talking about the men’s beauty boom for quite some time on this blog, and now it’s been all but confirmed with this development: Amazon is launching an upmarket online men’s grooming boutique. [WWD]

 

Socialite Hannah Bronfman’s Beautified, an app for booking last-minute beauty services, launches today. Ladies, to your iPads. [Time]

 

Organic-skincare guru Tata Harper is set to debut two big new brand innovations in the teen and sun categories. “We’re working on developing both,” she has confirmed. [HuffPo]

 

Net-a-Porter’s new beauty e-commerce site is racking up the gets. Last week it debuted an exclusive partnership with Miranda Kerr’s KORA Organics, and today it launched Oscar de la Renta’s coveted line of nail lacquers. [Net-a-Porter]

 

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Tata Harper

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Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.


The Pro: Tata Harper, founder of Tata Harper Skincare


The Product: “My grandmother and I were very close, and I remember that she used to wear Ambra di Venezia perfume. It’s by Montgomery Taylor, which I didn’t know until I was older and looked it up. He’s a glassblower, so the perfume bottle is gorgeous. I started using this perfume and borrowing it from my grandmother when I was really little—before I was a teenager. I loved how it smelled; I would take her bottle and put it in my bag and bring it to school with me. It’s sweet and floral…with jasmine, mandarin orange, and even a little bit of sandalwood. These are flowers I still love, and I actually use their essential oils in my own aromatherapy products, for their wonderful ability to calm the mind. I would put this perfume everywhere—on my clothing, the ends of my hair, my neck, literally everywhere. This was the first perfume that I truly loved. I still have a bottle of it, and while I love the smell, I use it very, very rarely, only on very special occasions, because the ingredients are so toxic. I was so sad to give it up as an everyday thing. I think the fact that I fell in love with this perfume and started wearing so much of it at a young age really influenced my process of researching the safety of ingredients in beauty products. Today I wear only nontoxic scents, mainly my aromatherapy essential-oil blends. I still apply these everywhere, all day long!”

Photo: Courtesy of Tata Harper

The New Face (Not Body) of Chanel; Deborah Lippmann Only Has Eyes for Babs; And More…

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After a whole lot of speculation following a round of Instagrams that showed Rihanna with a bounty of Chanel makeup, it appears as though Gisele, not the Barbados-born superstar, has been named the newest face of Chanel beauty. It’s really a win-win either way. [Daily Mail]

Tata Harper’s line of organic skincare made with ingredients harvested on her farm in Vermont has been a smash hit since it debuted in 2010. Now the brand is erring ever so slightly on the side of makeup, with the launch of a trio of lip-care treatments, which might suggest to inquiring minds that Harper has designs on the cosmetics industry. One would hope so, at least. [WWD]

Deborah Lippmann is no stranger to celebrity collaborations, as she has worked with and created lacquers for everyone from Lady Gaga to Dree Hemingway and the cast of Girls. But who would be on her dream make-me-not-ever-sleep-again collaboration list? “There’s one person, and that’s Barbra Streisand,” says Lippmann. A glitter polish called “A Star Is Born,” perhaps? [EW]

Want a body like Beckham—Victoria, that is? Start eating an alkaline diet. The designer apparently swears by Natasha Corrett’s Honestly Healthy cookbook and diet that tries to limit acidity within the body to promote weight loss, clear skin, and shiny hair. [Radar]

Photo: Courtesy of Tata Harper

Investigating The Other Cleanse

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While cleansing remains the style set’s preferred way to purge the system of toxins before (or after) big events, there is that other, less frequently cited “C” word that is many a front-row regular’s secret weapon for keeping the body looking and feeling its best: colonics. The process of manually flushing the colon with a mix of water and liquid chlorophyll rose to popularity in the early aughts, when cleansing hit its peak, but the treatment has received some bad press over the past few years that has taken it off the pages of Us Weekly and made it more of a covert affair. “There’s definitely a negative stigma,” says Tracy Piper, proprietress of Soho’s Piper Center for Internal Wellness, who blames colonics’ bad rap on botched colonoscopies and ill-advised at-home kits.

As far as Piper is concerned, though, colonics never went out of style. Just ask the impressive list of celebrity clients she has amassed since opening her treatment center six years ago, which includes more than a few A-list actresses, designers, and catwalkers (Piper likes to leave specific names off the record, but believe us when we tell you that you’d be impressed). “People keep it to themselves,” she says of acolytes of her patented Accucolonics, an acupuncture and colonic hybrid in which Piper, a trained massage therapist (she used to work with the New York Giants) and student of alternative medicine, stimulates certain pressure points to further increase the efficacy of the colonic machine. “The forehead directly correlates with the small intestine, the area around your mouth with the large intestine, your chin with your stomach,” she explains.

“But it’s not just for models,” Piper swears of the service, which reduces bloating, magically clears up the complexion, and can even help you drop a few pounds when you follow her post-procedure dietary recommendations, as we discovered on a recent visit (no more gluten or dairy for us). “It’s for your health”—a mantra that more and more wellness professionals are getting on board with. Alejandro Junger, a doctor of detox and a frequently quoted expert on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop newsletter, is a big fan of Piper’s work. Ditto organic skincare powerhouse Tata Harper and the brain trust behind New York’s Organic Avenue fresh pressed juices, both of whom will be a part of Piper’s brand-new retail concept at her recently expanded studio, which officially opens next week. “No one does colonics like I do colonics,” the supremely gentle Piper insists, which very well may be true. Complimentary add-ons like aromatherapy—”lemon oil helps with nausea”—and Piper’s three years of psychotherapy education make a session with Tracy unlike anything you’ll ever experience. “It’s not just about removing physical waste,” Piper says. “It’s about getting emotional waste out, too.”


The Piper Center for Internal Wellness, 73 Spring St., suite #304, NYC, (212) 925-0203.

Photo: Courtesy of The Piper Center For Internal Wellness