In-conversation with Tata Harper: on beauty, balance & motherhood

In the last couple of weeks Tata has been on the tour of Europe, presenting new product launches and catching up with retailers and her customers ( more of which later ). Her schedule has been relentless, yet she looked glowing when we met in London last week, as she was finishing her tour and planning to fly back home with her husband. Tata has such even, glowing skin, one needs to be very confident to take Instagram pictures with her and that is the testament to her skincare products ( only last weekend she was mentioned in Stella’s ’20 Cult Beauty Brands You’ve never heard Of’ but having met Tata a couple of years ago at Content I can testify that her skincare works on women from their 20 years upwards of 60 + – not a lot of skincare brands can truthfully say that is the case ).

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Recently Tata launched two new cleansers ( Nourishing Oil Cleanser & Purifying Cleanser ) in the US and they are expected to reach British shores in January, so don’t spend all of your money in the run up to Christmas .) Unfortunately many women still lack the understanding that without properly cleansing their faces twice a day even the best skincare in the world isn’t going to solve their problems or slow-down the signs of ageing. That is why Tata is so passionate about the power of cleansing ritual, particularly at the end of the day, when you can lock yourself in the bathroom and thanks to her new cleansers pamper your senses and your skin.

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Nourishing Oil Cleanser: it has a luxurious texture but is in no way greasy, so don’t be nervous. It will remove the make-up, even heavy one, while nurturing your skin and with the colour of liquid honey it is very pretty to look at as you apply it to your face. It contains Beta-Carotene, Vitamins A, C, E, Lycoprene and Omega 3. This combination of ingredients will soften and purify the skin, as well as improve your skin’s texture with regular use and soften the skin, making it ideal for dry or de-hydrated skin. As this cleanser is an oil and oil pulls oil, after use excess sebum will be washed off and it will help normalise the process of cell turnover leading to even, healthy, beautiful skin that we all desire, irrespective of our age.

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August beauty product ‘trials’

When I go on a summer holiday with a family, I try to cram as many beauty products into the suitcase as I can-some of them belong to my ‘beauty musts’, without which I refuse to travel, and some products travel with me because I want to try them out.

I already have written about

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‘Amazing Grass’-part three on summer supplements

Personally, I don’t believe in dieting or depriving myself of the things that I like to eat (yes, I am a foodie), but I certainly subscribe to the line of thinking that from time to time our body needs a boost or some supplements that would help our digestive tract to have a little bit of a break from the foods like meat, milk, bread, sweets etc that we all consume.

I am aware that at times the types of food that I eat make my gut work quite hard at times and that’s why when I heard of an organic American meal supplement called Amazing Meal ( from a company called Amazing Grass ) I thought I might give it a go. I don’t like eating vegetables in general-don’t ask me why, I really don’t know why from around the age of three I went from loving the greens that my mother, grandmothers or aunt cooked, to completely refusing to eat most of them, so in theory my body must be missing many of vital nutrients that vegetables provide, so the fact that Amazing Meal contains a potent blend of organic protein, green, fruits & veggies made me think that the worst thing that can happen, is that I don’t like it. I also trust the judgment of people who recommended it to me (thank you as always to the wonderful team working at Content Beauty/Well-being store!

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Amazing meal is available in three flavours-the Original one, -the Pomegranate/Mango infusion and –the Chocolate infusion. Each sachet contains 10g of protein, 6 g of fibre and is 100% plant based (it is also raw, gluten free, suitable for vegans and cold processed).

You can certainly stick to replacing your lunch or breakfast with one sachet of the above, but I lack the willpower to do just that and generally have it together with a small bowl of muesli or a piece of fruit, to make me feel fuller. Each sachet can be mixed with water, coconut water or rice, oat or soy milk as cow’s milk is quite hard to digest for adults in general-try different variations to see which one you prefer, I certainly like to make mine with either coconut water or rice milk, as it makes me feel energetic and light for a few hours.

Initially I tried to resist the chocolate version, but when I tried it, I realised that my inhibitions were preconceived and if anything, it gives me a healthy buzz if I take it as a mid-afternoon snack in liquid form-it certainly makes me feel more energetic and alive for all the right reasons without resorting to eating half a bar of dark chocolate.

When it comes to the actual content of each sachet, it makes for fascinating reading. Take the ‘Original’ one for example, which contains 6 g of dietary fibre, less than 1g of sugars, VitaminsA, C, K, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Cobalamin B12, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Iodine (essential to help keep our thyroid gland happy), Selenium, Manganese, Sodium, Potassium, as well as Proteins derived from organic rice and hemp, Greens from organic wheat grass, kale, barley grass and alfalfa. Add to that Antioxidant blendof fruit and vegetables from all organic mix of acai, carrot, blueberry, goji, rose hips, maca ( which is valued for its energy boosting effect ) and banana plus organic flax seed powder ( which helps to keep you regular bowl movement ). You also have a fragrant Madagascar vanilla and digestive enzymes and active culture probiotic blend from L. Acidophilus, Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Lactase and Cellulase.

I actually surprised myself, as my initial stock of four or five sachets ran out and I dashed back to Content beauty/well-being store off Marylebone High Street to re-stock, making the staff raise their eyebrows with a knowing smile at me-when something is good, the cumulative effect is nicely contagious and I certainly know that it prepared me well for my summer break, as well as given my body a welcome boost in the summer months that felt more like autumn, when one struggled to get off the bed in the morning.

http://amazinggrass.com/

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A beautiful treat for your hands from Ambre Botanicals

Our faces are important to us, that’s why we lavish tender loving care on them-moisturisers, exfoliators, mask, serums, facials-the list goes on and on. But often it’s not just our faces that can give away our age, but our hands, which we use endlessly daily without giving it a second thought.

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Pai facial at Content Beauty/Wellbeing store

There is a plethora of facials and many of them resemble each other, the difference generally lies in the therapist, their skill and technique. Until now I haven’t had organic facials, or any treatment at Content beauty/wellbeing store for that matter, so I was really looking forward to an organic Pai facial.

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