Ever since 8th grade when my hormones decided to go all sorts of cray, I've suffered with acne. Over the years it's gone from mild to severe and now to moderate. Just like many acne stories, I've literally tried everything. You name it, I've tried it including proactiv, accutane, eliminating dairy, birth control, and just giving up and wishing it would just go away. This is why I wanted to do an honest skincare review of the Tata Harper Daily Essentials Kit. I bought it with my own money and I'm providing real unedited photos. Not "unedited" photos. Like for real I didn't touch photoshop photos.
I've had these photos for a month now and I waited this long because honestly, posting a photo of my bare face gives me a crazy amount of anxiety. But I watched Lauren Curtis's video about self confidence and I was like you know what, you're right Lauren - who by the way is so incredibly beautiful inside and out. I talk about her like I know her in person but I don't. But Sheena and I both love her because she follows both Daisy and Pixie on Instagram and she always answers our comments so basically we are her cyber BFFs. Anyways, back to confidence. I'm 27 and it's about time I stop being so self conscious. So here it is - untouched photos of my bare face.
I picked Tata Harper Daily Essentials Kit because Caroline Hirons who is a skincare goddess is always raving about the brand. The kit includes:
- regenerating cleanser
- repairative moisturizer
- hydrating floral essence
- rejuvanating serum
- resurfacing mask
- replenishing nutrient complex
- restorative eye creme
According to Sephora, this kit is " perfect for all skin types, these powerhouses work together to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and balance hydration for an ultra-luminous complexion." Sounds good to me! Though everything looks very small, I was able to use the entire kit for a month. Ok, so now that the scary part of posting my bare face is over, here are my thoughts before and after using the trial kit.
Per my usual bare face, I have tons of little breakouts around my chin. Thanks hormones, thanks a lot you big jerk. I also have a big one around my t-zone. My cheeks look like I have breakouts but it's actually hyper pigmentation caused by over 10 years of acne suffering. My skin is super oily and dull and I dread not putting my make up on to cover up my acne.
First off, I'm sorry that my background is different but I promise that it doesn't make my skin look better. Ok as you can see from first glance, my skin is less red - yay!! But as you can see this is no instant miracle worker because you can clearly still see all of my chin breakouts as well as my breakouts on my forehead. However, since it's less red it looks less acne like. Also, my skin was less oily. Nowhere near normal but less oily which is a start for me.
I LOVE THIS KIT!!! If I had literally $400 (cost for the entire kit in full size) I would buy it instantly. However, I'm not a kick ass girl boss just yet and just a girl with a toothless dog, I will have to splurge on 1 item at a time.
Here's my detailed thoughts on every item because I know how expensive everything is. By the way, if you are super rich and feeling generous, feel free to send me the full size kit. In return, I will let Pixie know how awesome you are and you will forever be her cyber BFF.
Regenerating Cleanser $38 - This cleanser has microbeads in it and makes your skin so soft. I have sensitive skin and this cleanser didn't bother me at all. It's nothing like your teenage years apricot kernels scrub so do not be afraid. Before I discovered Caroline Hirons blog, I never spent more than $10 on face cleanser because you just wash it away. What's the point right? Apparently, I was super wrong. Caroline has this super handy list of where you should spend your money on your skincare which you can read about here, and cleanser is #4 where #1 is where you should spend the most amount of money. I feel like with my acne/oily/sensitive/super annoying skin type, I think the purifying cleanser would be a better fit. Therefore, I won't be purchasing the regenerating cleanser at this time.
Repairative Moisturizer $100 - This moisturizer was so light weight. I felt like my skin was just drinking this up. My skin felt amazing after using it and oh my gosh does it smell good. I would purchase this in full size but $100 is wayyy over my budget so I won't be purchasing it in full size for now.
Hydrating Floral Essence $65 - Imagine running through a field of gardenias with no care in the world just twirling around singing your favorite song during the spring time. This is exactly what it smells like when you spritz it on to your face. Just so lush and heavenly. Unfortunately, heavenly is quite expensive. I loved it so much that I would consider buying it but Caroline puts toners at the very bottom of the skincare spending list so I won't be purchasing this in full size.
Rejuvanating Serum $95 - I thought this serum was ok. Obviously, it's hard to know what's working and what's not when you use an entire skin care line at once but I don't think it was doing anything magical to my skin. I rather spend my money on a serum that claims it will help my hyper pigmentation. Given this serum is supposed to help with fine lines, I won't be purchasing this in full size.
Resurfacing Mask $55 - Do you ever have one of those moments where you're like Oh wow, I'm really beautiful today. That's how I felt when I looked in the mirror the morning after I used this mask. I swear I looked like I had the most luscious spa day. I want to purchase this the next time Sephora has their 15% off event.
Replenishing Nutrient Complex $45 - I was pretty afraid of putting on face oil in the morning. I'm all about it at night but I don't need extra oil in the morning for my already super oily face. Well, my worries were unnecessary because this is a dry oil. My skin didn't look oily at all and I think it helped with my makeup applying smoothly. I ended up purchasing this in full size and I'm in love.
Restorative Eye Creme $90 - This eye creme is supposed to help with 5 signs of aging. Given that I'm still in my 20s, I think that prevention is key. Therefore, I don't think I need a fancy schmancy eye creme just yet. Because of this, I won't be purchasing this in full size.
Obviously, everything in this kit is high end and expensive. I don't splurge on clothes and accessories and instead, use my hard earned money on skincare. This is because I'm very self conscious of my skin. I have a really hard time keeping it stable and it seems that with skin care, the more I spend, the better it works. I'm still struggling with my skin but I feel like the moment I stopped using the kit, my skin saw no improvement. Luckily, it didn't really go down hill but still a huge bummer and a huge hit on the self confidence. I hope that this in depth review was helpful for all the women out there who struggle with acne. I know how hard it is to live with it. It really does cause an emotional distress and I really hope this honest review was helpful. I would love to know any skin care items that you think is worth the splurge. Also, is there a trial kit that I should try out next? Let me know in the comments.
And here's a reminder - Pixie thinks you're beautiful no matter what.