Weekend Catch-Up #11

Weekend Catch Up #11

This week I was out of town for a few days with my husband (he had a business trip) and we had the loveliest time hanging out with old friends that live in that area. I had this brilliant not-so-clever idea to bring the least amount of beauty products possible, because I have a history of packing waaay more than the necessary. However, it turned out to be a disaster. I brought some tiny samples of products that I had not used before and returned home with the nastiest skin rash I have ever experienced. I am now much better, but oh boy, it was awful. More deets below.

Empties. I am down to my last few pumps of YULI Halcyon Cleanser and I plan to repurchase it. While I prefer more creamy products to massage my face in the evening, this cleanser offers significant benefits that other cleansers do not. First: it carries no risk to clog the pores, because it rinses off completely as it is water-soluble. Second: it is a clear, lightweight, and runny gel that does not make my hair line dirty, which is perfect for the morning cleanse. It is free of harsh cleansing agents like soap and sulfates, yet it cleanses perfectly. I was so used to cream and oil cleansers that I did not appreciate the texture of Halcyon at first, but it has grown on me so much. I can’t even remember the last time I used a face cleanser that I could just slap around my face and quickly rinse off with a splash of water. It feels good to be able to do that again and know that I am not stripping my skin.

Repurchases. My obsession for the Osmia Organics Hand Creams has reached a whole new level since last week. I purchased a second one for myself (the spicey, rose-scented one) because I would hate to run out of it and not have a back up. I also picked one to send to my sister in Italy and will get one for my mother-in-law as well. Cold months are upon us and after experiencing the “Polar Vortex” several times last year, I am frightened at the idea of not being prepared for it.

Hair Care on Trial. I am currently using the Rare Elements Pure Shampoo that I mentioned last week and while it is a great shampoo that leaves my hair soft, bouncy, and properly cleansed, it does not seem to offer much volume. I plan on using it a little longer before writing a more in depth review, but so far it seems to be a great shampoo, just not very volumizing.

Makeup on Trial. I mentioned that I picked the Antonym Black Eye Pencil (shade is called Noir) two weeks ago, which is described as a waterproof eye pencil. It is very pigmented and applies beautifully–not creamy, but not too hard either. Overall, I am happy that I purchased it and it is my eyeliner of choice. However, while it does not smudge and does not give me raccoon eyes, I find that it does fade a bit throughout the day on warmer, more humid days.  It is probably water-proof, (does not come off with water/tears), but if you have oily lids and live in warmer climates, it may not look flawless all day long. Definitely better than any of my other “natural” eye pencils, though.

Lipstick Love. I have two lippies to mention as my favorites for the past week. First, the Ilia Beauty Strike It Up Red Lipstick I wrote about in my last post, which is the perfect red lipstick. Second, the Tata Harper Lip Treatment Be Adored, which is a very sheer, raspberry color with a very comfortable, moisturizing texture that keeps my lips soft on colder, more dry days.

Product of the Week. The Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel, for the reasons mentioned below.

Disappointing Product. After I started to use and love the Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Cappuccino, I picked a few more Kure Bazaar nail polishes, including their Final Touch Top Coat. The nail polishes are all awesome: beautiful colors, great formulas, good pigmentation, and glossy finish. However, I was very disappointed in the top coat because it takes too long to dry, at least to my liking. Ain’t nobody got time for that. If you need a 5-free top coat that dries quickly, try the Priti NYC Speedy Dry Top Coat instead.

About that Rash

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I included a few photos of what my skin looked like on my second day with the skin rash I mentioned above. The photo does not even show how red and inflamed my skin was because I used a photography light that washed me out. My skin is by no means perfect, (I am wearing no foundation, so you can also see my infamous dark spots), but I was horrified at what the texture of my skin looked like during the rash because my skin is usually pretty smooth. It felt very hot to the touch and very, very itchy, and I even had a few tiny whiteheads on my cheeks, which are so unusual for me. I also had a red patch under my left eye that looked similar to the rash on my face. The samples I that I used for the previous two days were the Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer and the Tata Harper Eye Cream. I was very sad to experience that reaction because they felt absolutely amazing on my skin upon the application and under makeup, and they smelled so lovely. However, my skin must not agree with some ingredient in both formulations, (the ingredients of the fragrances, maybe?). Has anyone else experienced this with those products? I have used the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask and the Regenerating Cleanser for the past month or two with no issues, but won’t be purchasing any of the moisturizers, obviously. If you are interested in Tata Harper’s moisturizers and have sensitive skin, you may want to sample the products and patch-test before purchasing a full-size. Also, the Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel was the only product I applied on my face that really soothed my skin with a cooling, calming effect. A must-have for any skin irritations, and perfect to soothe freshly shaved skin.

Sales. The Detox Market is offering free shipping on all U.S. orders for three days with code TRICKORTREAT for the next two days. Do your hands a favor and order that Osmia Organics hand cream.

I hope you have a great week!

  • Oh no, I’m so sorry that you had such a bad reaction Lilly, it does sound like an allergic reaction to me so EO or fragrance used could be it. I didn’t get on with the tata moisturisers either, they just made my skin too shiny. I only used each one one a few times, and while I didn’t have a full on reaction I do remember my face feeling a bit hot and flushed which is not usual for my skin. Xx

    • Thanks for sharing, Tammy! Such a shame, I loved the way they looked and felt on the skin, and they worked great under makeup. Will stick to more gentle formulations. Thank you for reading, love! x

  • Babsg00

    I had a similar reaction with Tata’s Repairative moisturizer….the eye cream, mask and cleanser were all okay for me. To be fair, the folks at SpiritBeautyLounge.com told me that Tata Harpers products would not be great for sensitive skin but, I was curious. Good to know about Dr. Alkaitis’s Organic Soothing Gel…I’m always looking for something to sooth spot irritations.
    I have been waiting for you to post about the Rare Elements products as I’ve been wanting to try them myself. Have you by chance tried Phylia de M. hair products yet? That’s the other one on my wish list. Love your blog…please keep the posts coming!

    • Hi there, thanks for sharing your experience!
      I am going to use the Rare Element Shampoo a little longer before writing a review, but I do like it. It does the job well, however it is not very volumizing.

      I have not tried Phylia de M but it is already one my wishlist, too! :)
      As for the Soothing Gel, it is very, very good to apply after shaving. It gives that nice cooling effect that makes your skin feel immediately better! Let me know how you like it if you give it a try ;) Thanks for reading! x

  • Stephanie

    Love the weekend catch-ups :) I really want to give the halcyon cleanser a go. It seems so gentle yet effective. Great post!

    • Hi love! If you have not used gel cleansers in a while, it may take some time to get used to it, but Halcyon is really great. I will review it soon ;) Thanks for reading, x

  • I absolutely love the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, but the Regenerating Cleanser made my skin breakout in inflamed bumps and whiteheads (after a few days of regular use) similar to the way your skin reacted from the Rebuilding Moisture & Eye Cream. In awe over how beautiful your skin is even when its experiencing a reaction <3

  • Rebecca Bailey

    Oh, I empathize! I can get rashy patches and other reactions so easily, and always have to carefully test new products. Scents are often a culprit. I always want to try Tata Harper’s stuff – it sounds like it would be so wonderful! But samples I’ve received are much too scented, and also the “wrong” scent for me – nothing flowery for me, thanks. I’ve used one of the special editions of the resurfacing mask without an issue, but it has essentially no scent. Anyway, I’m glad you are better now! My helpers in those reactive situations: Blissoma Pure, Ellovi Butter, Laurel anti-inflammatory serum. I often mix the Ellovi or Laurel serum with the water-based Pure. Works perfectly for irritation, whether it’s a reactivity thing from chemicals, friction or dryness.

    You make me want to try Strike It Up, even though normally I stay away from blue based reds. Always look pink on me. That Antonym pencil is intriguing.

  • Such great products, as usual. I adore the YÜLI Halycon Cleanser and Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel (my HG miracle worker) as well. I’ve also been coveting the new Ilia Beauty Strike It Up, absolutely gorgeous! Will have to take a look at that Antonym Black Eye Pencil, I’ve been on the market for a new one. And sorry about your rash, have you ever tried the CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm?

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  • Sabrina

    My skin also didn’t fare too well with Tata Harper products sadly, other than the cleanser and mask. It’s disappointing because I was so excited to try her products out! The Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel is a must have staple for me too – it’s one of the best things I’ve ever put on my face! :-) And btw…you’re skin still looks amazing to me – I’d love it if my skin looked half that good! :-) xx


  • mary

    I’ve had trouble with many Tata Harper products, and the ones that didn’t irritate my skin didn’t really produce any results. Disappointed, though everyone’s different. I prefer Alkaitis, Yuli, Ren, Derma E…There seems to be a great product for everything but lightening pigmentation. I have melasma on my upper cheeekbones and have been using hydroquinone out of desperation (I know) but really want something different when I run out. Yuli’s Perfecto serum didn’t seem to work but maybe I didn’t give it enough of a chance?

  • Mirjam

    Eeeeh, what infamous dark spots? You mean your freckles? Nothing wrong with freckles you know. I have them too and I have grown to love them and show them off. Most people think they are adorable.

  • Oh so sorry to hear about the rash, glad you sort it out! And amm what dark spots, child please :) xx

  • Yikes Lilly! So sorry you had to deal with that rash. I’m thankful to not have reactive skin, but I have heard about this with Tata products before. Thinking it’s all the EOs in them. I’m glad the Soothing Gel came to the rescue! I love that stuff. Definitely a staple.

    Strike it Up looks gorgeous on you, but I’m even more curious about Femme Fatale based on your swatches. I have Perfect Day, Arabian Knights and Bang Bang in my collection. Can never have too many beautiful shades of red!

  • Silvy

    Lily- I have super sensitive skin, and when I tried the full Tata Harper routine, my skin got very irritated and broken out. I find that happens with products that have lots of “actives,” and EOs. I still really enjoy the Rejuvenating Serum- had amazing results with that over a month with no reactions. Her lip products are great too. :)

  • thisgirlloveschic

    never heard of this brand but sounds like its not great on sensitive skin

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  • Oh no!! I’m so sorry to hear that you had such a bad reaction to those Tata Harper products, Lily — ouch! :(

    I fell majorly in love with Marie Veronique’s Face Oil last month, but I’m still trying to figure out if I’m allergic to it. On one hand, it makes my face feel really warm… but on the other, it’s the only thing that seems to be hydrating enough for my cheeks right now! And, ugh, it’s gorgeous.

  • Asti

    So sorry that you have to experience the rash. I have heard a couple of complaints when I was on Twitter that they developed reactions to Tata Harper products as well, specifically the eye cream so you are not the only one. If you get on well with the mask, it might be the certain essential oils used in the product since it is very fragrant. What I usually do when I have the reaction is try to compare and contrast the product that has and has not worked for me. It might be difficult since TH ingredients are so extensive. Glad that your skin is able to recover though, Dr Alkaitis comes to the rescue!

    I still remember your post with that lipstick on! So beautiful. I like blue-based reds.. it makes my teeth look so white. And I’m also trialing Halycon, yet to make up my mind about it. To me, it almost feels like water but my skin feels plump and balanced afterwards. We’ll see!

    • Jenna

      Agree with Asti, the Tata Harper EO’s have a pretty notorious rep. Also love the Halcyon cleanser, agree the texture is so different from creams and oils. I wet my hands and apply to dry face and it is the PERFECT texture.

  • JD

    I had the same reaction to both Tata moisturizers. I use the mask and the cleansers without any issues but the moisturizers just don’t work for me. And actually, I don’t think they are whiteheads (they look like whiteheads but they are almost more like blisters because they hurt so much when you try to pop them (ew, TMI)).
    When my skin gets super angry my method is this: de-make-up with One Love Organics cleansing oil, wash with cream-based cleanser, then slather my face with May Lindstrom’s the Honey Mud as a mask. The honey is so calming to the skin and really helps to hydrate. Then I either use May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon or Tammy Fender’s Spontaneous Recovery Cream. Both are crazy expensive but a little goes a long way and if I save them for serious rash situations, they can last me quite awhile! The new Pai Sea Aster and Wild Oat Calming Serum has also been doing wonders for my redness.
    Hope this helps!!!!!

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  • Ahh what a bummer about the Tata Harper stuff–I love her mask, but have heard only bad things about her moisturizers sadly.

    And you don’t have dark spots at all! I have darkly pigmented freckles on my face and your look like a lighter version–just freckles! Your skin looks great sans foundation.

  • Bambi Organics

    Ciao cara! Pure io ODIO i prodotti di Tata Harper, te lo dico subito secondo me sono proprio quei due perché anche io come te ho avuto un rash e allergia in combinazione con dermatite (bel quadretto) dopo aver adoperato diversi samples (tra cui eye cream e maschera viso) dell azienda.
    Per me hanno troppi oli essenziali e conservanti molto aggressivi. Ci credi che dopo aver speso 100€ di crema viso non riesco a usarla per più di 4/5 giorni che subito mi fa venire dei rashes? Beh che dire! Con me Tata harper ha chiuso..l’unico prodotto è il regenerating cleanser. Ma non tutti i giorni :(

    Bacio stella

  • I had the same reaction to the Tata Harper eye cream and face moisturizer. It was so bad. The only thing that cured it was CV Skinlabs. It makes me sad because I adore Tata and her philosophy, ingredients and packaging, but thankfully I can use her lip products and I ADORE “Be Adored” !!

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