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Review: Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Creme

Eye cream is one of those products I am not entirely convinced is necessary. I realize that the skin of the orbital region is thinner and more fragile than that of the rest of the face, and is also one of the first areas to show signs of aging. But I have used a lot of eye creams over the years, some inexpensive, and some eye-wateringly pricy and chock-full of impossible sounding ingredients sourced from exotic regions of the world I wasn’t previously aware existed, and yet, none had ever wowed me with their performance.

Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Creme

When Tata Harper first entered my radar, I was intrigued by the ethos of the brand, and particularly drawn to the luxe glass packaging. There were several products I wanted to test out, but the reviews seemed a little too glowing to be true, so I repeatedly passed on the opportunity. That is, until I became aware of the existence of the Illuminating Eye Creme. Initially I thought that it simply contained brightening ingredients, something to counteract the dark circles so many people suffer from. I was not immediately aware that it actually contained mica, which provided a subtle shimmer and in turn allowed it to function simultaneously as a highlighter.

You see, I love shimmer. Absolutely love it. When someone describes a product as “too glittery”, or even “fit for an exotic dancer”, I am in. That’s how I ended up with a bottle of the Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion (which I do love, by the way). A couple of days after I purchased my current automobile, my brother hopped in for a ride, and remarked that he had had his vehicle for over five years, and it was glitter-free. I had had my car for a mere 48 hours, and already, the door panels, steering wheel, shifter, and cup holders were sparkling. I can’t help it! I am addicted and I do not want help.

Swatch of the Illuminating Eye Creme

Several reviews I read on the Illuminating Eye Creme noted that it was too illuminating. TOO ILLUMINATING? Add to cart! What’s better is that it is also multitasking, in that it can be used around the eye area for brightness, but also on the high points of the face, to offer a subtle highlight. With my propensity for multitaskers and my undying love of sparkling products, I had a gut feeling that this was going to be a winner product for me. I was right.

From Tata Harper’s website:

“Complete age-defying eye treatment with a soft-focus luminescence using real diamond dust for a highlighting effect. Instantly illuminates the look of the eye area. Minimizes the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles. Reduces appearance of puffiness, dark shadows and fatigue.

100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 61% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.Natural Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to Ecocert Standard.

Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Aqua/Water, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/leaf/stem Water*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Mica, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl alcohol, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) Oleosomes*, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Titanium Dioxide (CI. 77891), Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract*, Silybum marianum (Milk thistle) ethyl ester, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Beta vulgaris/Beet Root Extract/Extrait de racine de betterave, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pheonix Dactylifera (Date) Seed Extract, Polygonum fagopyrum (Buckwheat) Seed Extract, Diamond Powder, Cetearyl glucoside, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerotium gum, Narcissus tazetta (Daffodil) Bulb Extract*, Menyanthes Trifoliata Leaf Extract, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) Extract, Cetyl Palmitate, Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract*, Lactobacillus/Arundinaria Gigantea Ferment Filtrate, Arnica montana (Arnica) Extract*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Aroma**, Sodium Phytate, Superoxide Dismutase*, Soybean Peroxidase*, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77891), Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool *Ingredients from Organic farming / Ingrédients issus de l’agriculture biologique **Clinical grade essential oils blend”

Only the tiniest dot of product is needed to completely cover the under eye area, and enough product is generally left over to also swipe down the nose and over the cupid’s bow. I find that it is a bit too rich to be used on the lid itself, as it makes my eyeshadow crease, regardless of how much product I use, so I instead focus the application on the under eye and upper cheek bones. I disagree that it is too illuminating, as some have said– I find that on my very fair skin, it provides enough luminosity to make a difference, but remains completely natural and fresh looking.

In terms of its performance as a hydrator, I will say that it certainly does provide a good dose of moisture, but if it weren’t for the luminosity, I wouldn’t consider it a necessity, especially for the price. But since such a small amount does so much in terms of an overall glow, I am satisfied, and will repurchase when my current bottle runs out, albeit for a discounted price during the Sephora VIB sale.

In sum: if you are looking for a hydrating eye cream/highlighter with a pearly-white luster, give the Illuminating Eye Creme by Tata Harper a whirl. Several e-commerce sites, including the brand’s webpage, Sephora.com, and Nordstrom.com, also carry kits with trial/travel-sized products, which are an excellent way to introduce yourself to higher end brands without dropping too much cash for something you aren’t certain will work for you.


What are some of your favorite natural illuminating products? I’d love to discover some new favorites from fellow glow lovers!

Review: SunKissAlba Radiant Glow Face Oil by Derma E


DermaE Sunkissalba Radiant Glow Face OilWhile perusing YouTube for natural hair care videos several years back, I stumbled upon a lovely gal, best known by her web-handle, SunKissAlba. Her tips were solid, her skin glowing, and her personality nothing short of lovable, earning her a place at the top of my list of favorite YouTubers to virtually spend time with. Accordingly, when I learned that she was partnering with Derma E to create a multi-use oil, I was eager to see what special touches she would add, and delighted to be able to show her some support in a more tangible way.

Here is what Derma E’s site says about the Radiant Glow Face Oil by SunKissAlba:

“Shake well. For a radiant glow, massage 2-3 drops onto clean skin. Apply day and night or as desired.

Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Organic Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil *, Organic Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil*, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Natural Fragrance Oils.”

Right away, the ingredient lineup excited me; the blend of oils was exquisite, totally right for my skin, and the addition of a little shimmer (provided by the mica) had my heart fluttering. There is little that tickles my fancy more (in the cosmetic realm) than well-done shimmer. To look as though I have just emerged from a comfortable slumber, glimmering from crown to slipper like Titania, Queen of the fairies, is what I try to emulate daily, so naturally, products that shimmer appeal to me on a cellular level. And when a product that gleams can be applied to the face, body, and hair alike, all the while remaining natural in composition, it becomes simply indispensable to me.

Apart from the aforementioned shimmer, some shining stars in this formula are the pumpkin seed and sea buckthorn oils, both of which I love to use in their pure forms, for a number of reasons, as detailed below.

Pumpkin seed oil:

  • High in linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 essential fatty acid that helps dissolve congestion in the pores, making it an excellent choice for those with acneic or blemished skin
  • Contains vitamins A & C, both of which aid in the decongestion and brightening of the skin
  • Rich in vitamin E and zinc, which benefit the appearance of skin tone, and work to moisturize the scalp and keep it flake-free

Sea Buckthorn oil:

  • Rife with beta-carotene, which when applied topically, is able to convert to an active form vitamin A (retinol), which is an excellent anti-ager, and may help fade dark spots and melasma (perfect for helping to fade the remnants of blemishes!)
  • Assists in wound/burn healing
  • Contains vitamins C, which acts as an antioxidant and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and unevenness in the skin tone

Sunkissalba Radiant Glow Oil Derma E

Over the last few weeks, I have used this oil primarily on my face, where it imparts subtle, but certainly detectable luminosity, as well as on my legs, to add an enviable luster.  It sinks in beautifully without leaving behind any stain-inducing residue, and has a lovely, very faint scent. Moreover, it acts as a perfect primer for makeup, allowing foundation/concealer to glide over top, leaving you with a dewy, but not at all greasy, canvas on which to build a complete look. It also possesses the ability to elevate no-makeup days, where you do not want to add any cosmetics to your face, but nevertheless seek to look radiant.

In sum: the light, and subtly shimmery SunKissAlba Radiant Glow Oil by Derma E is a must-have multitasker. Whether you’re after the aforementioned benefits its ingredients offer, or you just want to add a bit of subtle luminosity to your look, it is a noteworthy product deserving of a place in your beauty routine.