Magic happens when you find a skincare line you love. That’s what happened to me with Tata Harper. I first discovered her products about four years ago and became hooked on the serums and moisturizers. The brand was still somewhat under the radar at the time, but since then, the line has expanded to include cream blushes, body balms and hand creams. And, by the way, they’re all amazing.

Why do I love Tata Harper so much? Well for starters, I have met Tata many times now, and am even lucky to call her a friend. She is the best example of how her line really works. I mean, it’s truly hard to tell her exact age. Her skin is tight and supple so much so that she never really needs to wear makeup. The first time I actually tried Tata Harper skincare was at Exhale spa where Tata was giving mini facials. Once I got one of my own, I was hooked. Right then and there.

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Tata’s line is organic and filled with the most powerful ingredients, hence the hefty price tag. Everything is made right on her farm in Vermont, where she often invites editors and friends to experience the magic. She also uses 100% non-toxic 100% of the time. So this means that everything you put on your skin isn’t going to poison you. You’d be surprised – some of your favorite lines are filled with TONS of harmful chemicals. As I get older, I care about two things – results and clean ingredients that aren’t sabotaging my health. Another reason I love this line is because I can share it with my mom. Even though we are 30 years apart, we can still use the same line. It works for all ages.

Today, I wanted to share it with you. From her life-changing serums, to her new(ish) illuminating line (that eliminates the need for makeup). Her body balm gets rids of stretch marks and cellulite and her hand and eye creams are so lovely. Also her little aromatherapy line makes for the Best gifts. You really get addicted to those smells. Oh, and guess what?! Today and tomorrow, Tata’s whole site is 15% off, PLUS free two day shipping. There’s no better time than now to stock up on all your favorite gifts.

Floral Essence Moisturizing Toner

Boosted Contouring Eye Mask

Concentrated Brightening Essence

Redefining Body Balm

Rejuvenating Hand Cream

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Illuminating Moisturizer

Aromatic Bedtime Treatment

Limited Edition Honey Blossom Mask

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There are two things that you need to look for when choosing a makeup artist for your wedding. First, they need to be good listeners. I hate it when makeup artists disregard what you are saying and just “do their thing” because they are the professionals or whatever. No. You need to tell them exactly what you want or what you are looking for. Also, you should really do your own research and come to them with ideas and inspiration. And it’s their job to hear you and work with what you are saying.

Secondly, they need to be skilled. Your wedding is NOT the time to mess around with someone who isn’t capable of giving you what you want. You want to feel the prettiest that you have ever felt before in your life – otherwise your whole night is going to be off, because you will be thinking and saying to anyone will listen, “Do I look ok?” This is certainly not what you want.

I was lucky to find someone that I really loved, Jaclyn, who works for Charlotte Tilbury. We worked together to create my wedding look which was inspired by Black Swan. My dress was rather Black Swan-esque and my hair complemented the whole ballet look as well. I wanted Cate Blanchett SK-II-esque translucent skin, no blush (because I always feel like I look so “done”), stained matte lips and some sort of pink eye. I initially thought I wanted black eyes but in the end, I decided on something softer, more etherial and fairy.

This is exactly what we used to get the look. For more pictures from my wedding day, you can check under the hashtag #thebodmers.

SK-II Facial Essence

SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence

SK-II R.N.A. POWER Radical New Age Cream

Verso Eye Serum

Sk-II Mid-Day Essence

Dolce & Gabanna Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation in Creamy 80

Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer

Nars Concealer in Vanilla

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher in 1 Fair

Tom Ford Cream Color for Eye in 09 Pink Haze (bottom)

Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in 03 Golden Peach (this was patted on top of the Pink Haze)

RMS “Un” Powder (just around my nose and t-zone)

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder 1 Fair (dusted all over)

Charlotte Tilbury Eye Liner

Charlotte Tilbury Mascara (used below the lashes)

Ardell Individual Lashes Starter Kit (no stripes here, no thank you)

Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift

Glossier Boy Brow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Fair/Medium

Charlotte Tilbury Lipcheat in Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Dolce Vita

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One of the best local New York tips I’ve ever gotten came from friend and Glow Girl Sarah Hoover. She shared with me the hidden gem of the quick-fix waxing world: Benefit. It’s a true one-stop-shop. You can tint your lashes, tweeze your brows and manage your bikini situation. You can even get a spray tan. Amazing, right? Well, that’s not even the best part. During my last minute visits to the Soho location, I met Nicky, a true brow and bikini goddess. Shortly after I realized how insanely talented she was, she left Benefit to start her own private practice where she travels to the client’s home and even office. I love Nicky, and after seeing her I just felt so accomplished – and I never even needed to leave my apartment. All was well and good, until I realized that I was going to need to figure out how to handle my bikini situation while Nicky was away on maternity leave.

The Best Way to Handle Brow and Bikini Waxing During the SummerI considered heading back on over to Benefit until she was back in business, but with all my travels and being so busy, I don’t always have time to get it together. Plus, I got so used to just handling everything at home. Enter: Completely Bare Ready, Set, Wax! Wax Strips Kit for Face, Bikini & Body. I know what you are thinking; I can’t wax myself at home. But yes you can and it couldn’t be easier, quicker and cost effective. The customizable sheets are so easy to use because there is no heating involved. You simply rip open the packaging, cut to the size you need and remove the adhesive. I love how easy they are to use anytime, anywhere to remove the shortest and most stubborn of hairs. They are also perfect for the summer when you find yourself in need of more frequent touch ups. Trust me on this one, girls, and thank me later.

Pro tip: Anytime before you wax, always make sure to exfoliate first.

The Best Way to Handle Brow and Bikini Waxing During the Summer

The Best Way to Handle Brow and Bikini Waxing During the Summer

This post was sponsored by Completely Bare Products but the thoughts and options are all my own. Images by Slim Aarons. 

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The Little Wedding Black Book

A little over two weeks ago, I got married in front of 37 of my nearest and dearest in the Bahamas. It was a truly magical weekend—one I’ll be reporting on in my next ITG post, once the pictures come in.

The real story, seeing as though this is a beauty website and I’m a beauty editor, is in the prep. Months of prep! So much prep. Not of the venue, guest list, or seating chart—that was fairly easy—but of my limbs, skin, wanted hair, unwanted hair, nails, muscles, digestive tract, lashes and brows. Did I go overboard? Perhaps. Was it high maintenance? Maybe. I did spend an inordinate amount of the fall on my back. But, it worked. I was 8/10 happy with how I looked…pretty good!

The Clean Program. I’d taken Dr. Alejandro Junger’s 21 day challenge five or six years ago, and came back for more on the first day of November 2015. I can’t say it enough—I love this detox/overall good-common-sense program. No dairy, gluten, sugar, alcohol, coffee, or pretty much any of my other favorite foods…but, let’s put it this way: What cleanse have you actually wanted to continue at the end? I’m eating 75% clean still, because it feels so damn good.

Hydrocolon therapy: Yes, you guessed it, colonics. It’s recommended during the Clean Program. Tracy Piper and/or any of the ladies at the Piper Wellness Center have your back.

Trainer. Key Son. I started weekly training sessions with Daria Werbowy’s former trainer Key Son about 3 months out. The focus is on what tiny movements to elongate and tone. In between our meet-ups, Key suggests daily hour-long walks. In the end, I did not look like Daria (shocker), but I was in way better shape than when we started.

Gym. A month out, I jumped on board the Physique 57 barre method bandwagon. At the Soho location, I took three or four of their signature and mat classes. This place is legit: They guarantee results in seven to eight classes; I saw them after one.

Massage. I like a semi-stressful massage—one where I can really feel something being worked out. After an hour-long session with private practitioner LouLou Piscatore, complete with aromatherapy and acupuncture, you will basically melt off of the table. Highly recommended to do bi-weekly before the wedding.

Microcurrent. It’s been around forever—one of those things that was invented for serious medical reasons and then reappropriated for vanity purposes (see: Botox). Shamara Bondaroff is NYC’s cool-girl practitioner; at her studio SB Skin, she uses a combination of wands and pads to jolt sluggish face and body muscles into action and stimulate collagen production, thereby lifting and sculpting. It’s not uncomfortable, it takes roughly an hour and a half, and I believe in it. Body is where I noticed the biggest difference after our six sessions. Butt = higher.

Facial. Several years after our initial encounter and my subsequent fan-girling out, I went back to Isabelle Bellis two weeks before the wedding. This woman is a goddess and I only wish she were half as expensive and available again before July 2016. This is a must-try facial for brides/anyone who wants a holistic total-package experience.

Laser Hair Removal. I’ve had some not-great experiences with laser hair removal, probably because I haven’t done what they told me. Anyway. Myriam Vasicka’s office is very Park Avenue, her demeanor is very soothing grandmother, and, most importantly, her technique/machines/what have you are swift and painless. My upper lip is on the road to permanent smoothness, at last.

Gels. Paintbox, for me, lives up to the hype. I only see Julie Kandalec who is incredibly precise and focused. Gels aren’t a forever jam, but they definitely help those looking to grow their nails. CND’s Powder My Nose is my perfect nude. Shout out to Annie Kreighbaum for turning me on to that shade.

Mani/Pedi. Iris Nails on University Place is my jam for a quick in-and-out. I specifically ask for Lisa. Also, kudos to Florence for giving the best 10-minute-chair-massage this side of Houston Street.

My pal Celia Ellenberg at Vogue told me about Soul Lee, who runs her own operation, Beautiful Soul Makeup Studio in Flatiron for lash extensions and brow jobs. I showed her an Instagram selfie of west coast babe Caroline Vreeland who gets super subtle extensions that make her eyes look like anime almonds, and said I wanted less “glam hooker” and more of the Vreeland look. Nailed it! Warning: Soul is more expensive than the competition like JJ or Ebenezer. But she is good.

A week before the big day, I spent 30 minutes with Jimena Garcia who has a residency at another one of my trusty nail haunts, Tenoverten. Jimena creates a slightly more trim, tailored look than my West Coast favorite, Kristie Streicher of Striiike.

You know what? I didn’t do a thing! It’s the first time since middle school that I’ve been my natural color, and I wasn’t going to fuck with that before the wedding. Jon Reyman at Spoke and Weal gave my now-husband and I bang-up haircuts several months ago, and I’ve just been letting it grow. Save for a test with my wedding-weekend stylist, Teddi Cranford of White Rose Collective, the hairs on my head were largely spared from bridal preparation. I swear they grew two inches to thank me.

—Emily Weiss

Photo courtesy of the author.

Getting married? First of all—congrats! ITG has tips for you on all things nuptial over here.

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Work Out Without Leaving Your Bed

This is not Crossfit. This is not Soulcycle. Hell, this isn’t really a workout—or at least not a strenuous one. Because we’ve long been supporters of the less-is-more fitness category, we figured there had to be a way to incorporate some movement into a standard morning routine without requiring a trip to the gym. So we created one! Think of it more like active multitasking that’s easy enough to do immediately upon waking up, developed with the help of Traci Copeland (title: Nike Master Trainer). Literally anyone—the running haters, the nothing-but-Modelfit crew, the Pilates reformer converts—can do this and actually enjoy it. Cute pajamas help. Here’s how to start:

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Traci says: “Getting out of bed, the thing that tends to be the most tight are our hip flexors. That’s the thing that allows us to walk and run, so doing things like knee hugs help warm them up right away. Hugging one knee at a time, you can go for 30 seconds each side 2-3 times to wake up your legs.”

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No, don’t get up yet—do a couple of quick crunches first. Bed crunches won’t get you a six pack, but you do get points for engaging your core first thing.

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Leg lifts suck less when your mattress is supporting you.

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Traci says: “Your quads, glutes and hamstrings are also going to be pretty tight, so a good thing to do is wake up those core muscle groups. The way you can do that is by thinking about getting out of your bed and standing up and doing that 5 times. It’s like a chair pose, but assisted.”

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For a bit of real fitness, here come the tricep dips. “Do 10 or 15 of these on an incline, using your bed—now you’re waking up the upper body.”

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Instagram break! Scroll while practicing your wall sits.

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For anyone who wears heels or is actively avoiding their barre class, calf raises make great multitasking. Start brushing your teeth and you’ve got two minutes of these.

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Hydrate while balancing on one leg, hitting your core, your glutes, and your brain (it takes some concentration). Traci also recommends a more strenuous version: “You stand and balance on one leg and spell your name with your foot for ankle mobility. If you want something to wake up your core, you can lift your leg a little bit higher and go through the alphabet. Do that on both sides.”

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Job well done. Get some coffee, go to work, or get back in bed. At least you’ve already gotten something done.

Rachel Tabb photographed by Tom Newton at The Standard High Line. Rachel is wearing a pajama set from Olivia von Halle.

Keep going! Read up on ITG’s guide to low-impact ballet exercises for better posture here.

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