September 3 2014

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Fresh, Effortless Beauty—And Tata Harper—Backstage At Organic By John Patrick


Most editors are more than a little peeved about the rain that has been forecast for New York fashion week, but Tata Harper couldn’t be happier. “This weather is actually really good for the skin. It’s very humid so it’s hydrating,” the natural skincare guru told us this morning backstage at Organic by John Patrick, where she was giving models mini-facials with her Regenerating Cleanser, Rejuvenating Serum, and Replenishing Nutrient Complex. “It’s so important,” Harper said of the growing trend in New York that’s pairing designers not just with hair and makeup sponsors but skincare sponsors as well. “The models are bombarded with so many chemicals,” she lamented of the back-to-back show schedule that mandates the constant putting on and taking off of makeup. “I can make skin radiant with skincare, not makeup.”

Harper’s presence also happened to be a boon to the “fresh and effortless” beauty look Patrick and his makeup artist Min Min were after, one that was achieved with a mixture of MAC cream blushes dotted with Aquaphor. “Super-simple, very organic” hair followed suit, courtesy of stylist Yoichi, who used “almost no product” to achieve a natural kind of texture.

As a finishing touch, Harper coated models’ exposed arms and legs with her Revitalizing Body Oil “for a bit of sheen” before imparting these words of wisdom: “In the rain, a mist, like my Hydrating Floral Essence, will set makeup.” Soggy fashion warriors, take note.

Photo: Justin Violini

Courtney’s Little Girl, Not So Little Anymore; Beyoncé Will Get Your Pulse Rising; And More…


Frances Bean Cobain turns 19 this month and Kurt and Courtney’s little girl is all grown up—or so these new beauty shots of her lensed by photographer Rocky Schenck lead us to believe. One thing’s for sure: She is working that brick red matte lip. [Fashionista]

Organic skincare guru Tata Harper has developed a cult following around her multipurpose line rooted in essential oils. But her prized ingredients do more than just create radiant, blemish-free complexions. “I have to have lavender oil when I travel, which I now do all the time. It kills bedbugs!” New Yorkers, take note. [StyleCaster]

Beyoncé is getting ready to release Pulse, the latest flacon in her growing fragrance empire, and to celebrate the perfume that “represents the woman [she] is on stage,” Sasha Fierce has revealed a predictably provocative commercial. [Independent]

In other fragrance-meets-film news, Christian Dior has dropped a trailer for its new, full-length J’Adore Dior spot starring the fragrance’s face, Charlize Theron, and shot by director Jean-Jacques Annaud. [YouTube]

Photo: Rocky Schenck /

The 411: Tata Harper


When you picture life on the farm, a gorgeous, über-stylish blonde tilling the land isn’t necessarily what comes to mind. But Tata Harper defies most stereotypes. She’s beauty and brains, and happens to love an Aspen getaway just as much as tending to daily agriculture duties on her 1,200-acre Vermont sprawl. Harper, whose name has become nearly synonymous with organic beauty since she launched her range of all-natural skincare products last summer, came to the increasingly popular world of eco-chic complexion correctors in an all-too-familiar way: “I couldn’t find a 100 percent natural line that was driven by scientific results, that really worked and that didn’t force me to compromise on anything,” she says. But her point of difference in the increasingly saturated market is a pristinely packaged line that actually delivers, earning her a loyal following among green-leaning celebrities and regular folk alike. Harper harvests 20 percent of the ingredients used in standouts like her Hydrating Floral Essence and Reparative Moisturizer from her own floral and herb beds and imports the rest from sustainable, organic farms in places like the Amazon, the Czech Republic, and New Zealand. Here, the world traveler shares some of her own destinations for proper primping.

The Skin Smoother: Personal Best

“My Rejuvenating Serum has 29 active ingredients all dedicated to making your skin beautiful and healthy. I can’t live without it.”


The Strand Saver: Rahua Finishing Mask

“I love this organic haircare range. I’m particularly obsessed with its hair treatment mask. It has turned my hair glossy, soft, and so manageable there’s no need to blow-dry. I buy a few of them at a time as I fear I may run out!”


The Luxe Facial: The Lapis Spa at Le Fontainebleau Miami Beach

“I typically do my own facials weekly, but when I am in the mood for some pampering, I go for the Oxygen Restore Facial from the Lapis Spa at Le Fontainebleau in Miami. It combines microcurrent technology with my own line. Afterwards, my skin looks plumper and feels softer.”

$140 for 50 minutes, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Fla., (800) 548-8886,

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Earthly Delights


The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, and was organized as an environmental “teach-in” with scholarly debate. Since then, the annual holiday has gotten a bit sexier. Hippies, vegan rock stars, eco-celebrities, and green-minded types now embrace April 22 (or the entire month) as a chance to pay respects to the planet while also enjoying some sustainably good times. With that mind, we rounded up the ten best Earth Day beauty deals, worthy causes to support with a click, and tree-planting festivities to help make it easy to be green come Friday.

Rock On

Tickets are sold out to the second annual Origins Rocks Earth Month concert with Train tonight, but the gig will be streamed live at 8 p.m. and rebroadcast tomorrow on Origins’ site to extend the global celebration. As added incentive to tune in, Origins will plant a tree through its partner American Forests: Global ReLeaf on behalf of every viewer.

Spring Greening

Here’s a good reason to prune your potions stash on April 22. Bring any skincare product from any brand into any Origins store and you’ll receive one of its full-size, paraben-free cleansers. The tubes are made with limited-edition graffiti-designed packaging that’s derived from 30 percent post-consumer plastics with caps crafted with 100 percent recycled plastics.

Click here to find a location near you.

Just Say Yes

The Yes To brand (Yes to Carrots, Yes to Cucumbers…) is taking 25 percent off their antioxidant-rich skincare goods when you shop online from now until April 24. We’re partial to the new Yes to Tomatoes Roller Ball Stick—a genius penlike tool that clears up acne and redness (plus delivers a mini massage). Enter the code “EARTH” at checkout.

Yes to Tomatoes Roller Ball Stick, $9.99,

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At Bodkin, Green Beauty Has A Tranquil Moment Amid The Madness


Last night, 50 blocks south of the high-powered action at the tents, a decidedly different vibe had taken over the Standard hotel. “This is the only backstage that’s totally synthetic-free,” skincare maven Tata Harper exclaimed at a presentation for Bodkin, Eviana Hartman’s organic clothing line. Also backstage with Harper, reps from the vegan haircare brand ABBA.

“You can do great fashion without trashing the environment,” Harper said in praise of Hartman’s mission to bring natural-dyed catsuits and natural-origin wool cable-knit sweaters to the masses. “The message is, green can be great, it can be glamorous. It’s the future.” Since launching her eponymous range of 100 percent natural, predominantly vegan skincare staples, the Colombian-born, Vermont-based Harper has busted the eco-chic beauty category wide open. “There’s no benefit to applying chemicals to your skin,” Harper said, giving us a rundown of the mini-facials she and a team of five aestheticians performed on-site before models took to the podium for two hours of provocative standing. Cleansing with her Regenerating Cleanser, Harper applied her beta-hydroxy Resurfacing Mask to “remove the top layer of skin.” Once the girls were properly exfoliated, she spritzed on her Hydrating Floral Essence slathering a thin layer of her Rejuvenating Serum and her Rebuilding Moisturizer afterwards to boost collagen production and smooth. It was the perfect canvas for makeup artist Nadine Luke to work on, using a selection of MAC products including its Mineral Skinfinish Natural Powder Foundation for a flawless base. An earth-toned wash of MAC Paint Pots patted onto lids, a touch of its Blush in Pink Swoon, and a plum-brown lip finished the “effortlessly beautiful” face. OK, so maybe it wasn’t totally synthetic-free, but it was pretty damn close.

ABBA haircare stylist Joseph Anthony was also on hand to add to the au naturel primping effort, creating uniform texture with four of the brand’s newest launches. “It’s supposed to look like the hair is tucked into their jackets,” Anthony said of models’ manes, which were treated to a cocktail of ABBA’s Volumizing Root Lift, its Texture Cream, and its Smoothing Cream before being tied back into a very loose, low-lying ponytail. A halo of ABBA’s Firm-Hold Hairspray kept everything roughly in place, despite the intentional wisps Joseph pulled out before models assumed their positions. “The beauty world is far ahead,” Hartman said when we asked her about the collaboration she’d orchestrated for the night. “Tata did this aromatherapy anti-stress treatment backstage with the models, and I did it, too—I needed it!”