Sep 012013

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist01

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48/ 1.35 oz.) is a moisturizing facial mist housed in an elegant spray container. Inspired by Japanese facial waters, the water includes plant extracts include red algae extracts and HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex which has anti-aging properties that the company claims is more potent than Vitamin C.

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Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist feels marvelous when my skin feels dry, tight, or irritated. It feels like a gentle rain of moisture that leaves nicely hydrated skin behind without any hint of oiliness or heaviness. It’s really nice if you are in a dry climate, have just come from a plane, or have to function in heated or air conditioned dry air.

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The packaging is lovely, Tatcha’s products are always so lovingly packaged.

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The bottle is a painted glass with a gold spray top that mists the product very delicately. Unlike some refreshing water sprays, the Tacha has no alcohol or irritating ingredients. It’s very gentle and healing.

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Overall, this is a lovely product. Highly recommended.

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Ingredient list (click to enlarge):


Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is available from the company’s website, Barneys New York, and other retailers.

Tatcha sent this product to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup).


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Jun 252013

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Tatcha’s Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm ($36/ 0.28 oz.) (available here on Tatcha’s website and Barney’s New York) is a best-in-class, luxury lip balm. The texture is quite moisturizing, the presentation elegant and the ingredients are pure, beautiful and simple.

Tatcha camillia lip balm03a This little treasure comes with a nice touch. Once the understated box is opened, and the little drawer pulled out, you will see a letter that describes the product’s heritage on artisan paper.

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The jar is a heavy glass with a plastic lid. Inside, you can see a thin sheet of 24 karat gold that lends a beautiful touch to the presentation.

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 Once opened, one dips in.  Go ahead. It’s an amazing product and meant to be enjoyed. The instructions read:

Scoop a small amount of the lip balm, tearing part of the gold leaf. Gently dab onto lips, allowing the gold to crush and create a subtle gleam.

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Once the gold sheet is broken, the gold mixes in with the product and essentially dissolves into the luxurious clear balm underneath.

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The balm has a slight natural floral scent that has a touch of woodsy lemon. It’s gorgeous and fresh, very sophisticated.  It makes my lips feel really amazing–soft, moisturized. The balm has enough weight to last for a very long time.  It’s a lovely conditioner. 

Bottom line–Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm is an elegant treat. It’s large enough to last, and luxurious enough to use everyday (or evening for an overnight treatment). Love.

Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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Jun 242013

Camellia Oil Tacha1

This beautiful Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil ($125 /1.69 fl. oz.) (available here at Tatcha’s website and Barney’s New York). This is a highly moisturizing oil which has lovely moisturizing and anti-oxidant properties to restore the skin.  I love a good beauty oil. Despite the fact that my face is combination-oily, I’ve found that oils are some of the best moisturizers that I own.  They are surprisingly light and highly effective. When used overnight, they making my skin look beautifully alive. Tatcha’s Gold Camellia Beauty Oil sinks into the skin instantly, and if you apply just a bit gently plumps the skin cells to make skin look moisturized (but never oily).  It leaves the skin with a quiet, youthful glow.

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This product is one of those luxurious essentials that, once you start using it, make you wonder how you ever lived without it.  The bottle is a generously large size.  A tiny drop can be used to moisturize the entire face. Another few drops can be rubbed into your hands and then patted onto your hair to tame and restore. The oil is also designed to be used as an all-over body moisturizer.

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Dec 222012

Tatcha Founder Victoria Tsai

I’ve been hearing so many good things about Tatcha skin care, so when the company offered to send me a sample pack I was very pleased to agree.  The line was founded by Victoria Tsai, who has studied Asian-based skincare since the time that her mother shared her secrets with her during childhood. Over the years, Victoria became an expert in fine skincare, based on the application of modern science to cultural knowledge that dates back hundreds of years.

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Liz and I tested our Tatcha Sampler Set ($49) on a dark and rainy Sunday afternoon–the perfect time for an at-home spa treat. The set includes:

– Pure Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil – 30ml | 1oz
– Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder – 1 x 1g packets
– Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder – 1 x 1g packets
– Radiant Deep Brightening Serum – 10ml | 0.3oz
– Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream – 1 x 1g packet
– Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream – 15ml | 0.5oz
– Petal Fresh Original Japanese Beauty Papers – 1 full sized pack | 30 sheets

Instructions are enclosed with the set. The first step is the Camellia Cleansing Oil (full size $48/ 5.1 oz.).


This is a very lightly-scented, luxurious oil that cleans very thoroughly, while leaving skin fresh and very gently moisturized. It’s an excellent oil. The story of the oil is on Tatcha’s site.

Tatcha’s Polished Rice Enzyme Powder is the second step. Like Bobbi Brown’s Buffing Grains, the Rice Enzyme Powder is a water-activated cleanser. Essentially, I emptied the powder onto wet hands, and spread over a dampened face.  Although it can be washed off at this point, I left it on for about five minutes until it dried completely so that my skin could absorb all of its benefits. Essentially, the powder both exfoliates and moisturizes. Tatcha’s is formulated with rice bran, papaya + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex (a formulate complex that moisturizes, heals and includes powerful antioxidants). After I rinsed it off, our skin felt wonderful. The powder comes in two versions–a full size for at-home use (full size $65 / 2.1 oz.) and a travel set adds 14 Rice Enzyme Powder packets (pictured below)

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The third step is the application of a leave-on product, Tatcha’s Deep Brightening Serum ($150/ 1.0 oz for the full size). This is a weightless (like water) serum that sinks in quickly, its pleasant floral scent quickly fades (it’s a gorgeous scent, by the way). The hydration can be felt immediately–it leaves skin soft and very lightly moisturized. I let it sink in for 2-3 minutes before proceeding. The beneficial effects of clarifying age spots takes about 4-8 weeks of continuous use.

The final step is the application of a gorgeously rich Tatcha Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream (full size $150). For many women, this is an winter-friendly moisturizer that leaves skin feeling like silk. Supple absorbs quickly and feels light on the skin, but the effects are remarkable. Cafe Makeup was provided with a full-size version of the moisturizer, which is beautifully packaged.

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Liz and I found loved the gold-toned applicator and richly-colored ribbon–a luxurious touch that evoked the ritual of taking a moment to honor and care for oneself.

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Liz and I absolutely loved this moisturizer. Although we are a few years apart in age, we both looked into the mirror afterwards and were wide-eyed impressed.  Our skin looked fully oxygenated, fresh and absolutely glowed.

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The packaging is lovely, modern, and highly giftable.

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Ingredients (click to enlarge):

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One a side note, I love the concept that a luxury skin care line offers a good, cohesive sample set. Overall, Liz and I loved the experience and we’ll definitely repeat it. For us, the entire combination worked beautifully together to create head-turning, “I’ve just been to a spa” skin. Amazing.

Tacha sent these products to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.


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