Cab Quickie: What, You’ve Never Given Yourself a Facial Peel in a Taxi?

by Janine on 23 May 2012 · 27 comments

This sounds a bit odd, but I’ve never received so many compliments on my skin in one day — and some retroactive. As in, “Omigod your skin that day was amazing!” And when I told all those nice people, “oh, I did a peel in the cab on the way down,” they kind of freaked a little.

I’m certain my friend Laura C will know exactly the magic of which I speak when I say Tata. Harper. Resurfacing. Mask.

I was racing down via taxi to meet with Maybelline New York makeup pro Grace Lee at Toronto’s World Mastercard Fashion Week, and fretting a bit over the texture of my skin: oily, dehydrated, a couple of dry patches — it happens when I’m sleep-and-water-deprived. #badbeautyexpert #onlyhuman

Suddenly it occurred to me that my non-laptop time could be put to better use. I had a sample pot of Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($55), a jelly-like blend of natural smoothing pomegranate enzymes, deep-cleaning pink French clay and exfoliating+calming white willow extract. I had a bottle of water. I had a stash of coffee-shop napkins. I had a bottle of moisturizer. And I had about 15 minutes. So I slapped on a thin layer of mask, waited about seven minutes, poured a bit of water on a napkin, wiped my face off, and applied moisturizer with time to spare. A few minutes later at my appointment, the complexion compliments started.

Magic or what?

The Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask feels refreshing on application. On skin, there’s zero irritation — it just feels like a bit of sticky-ish gel on the face. And once it’s rinsed or wiped off, skin feels insanely smooth and looks wonderfully radiant. No reason to freak, except in a good way.

Okay, maybe it’s magic.

And now, packaged in a fancy new jar, there’s an improved version of the mask (it has a higher concentration of active ingredients) that I can’t wait to try. Who doesn’t need more magic — in the back of a cab or not?

DISCLAIMER: I’m not advocating facial peels as regular back-of-the-cab activities. You should definitely try this at home.

Tata Harper 100% Natural skincare is available via and Gee Beauty.


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Wynne 23 May 2012 at 11:05 am

Wow, you’re quite the cabbie multi-tasker!


Janine 23 May 2012 at 3:09 pm

Well, all I was doing was sitting there. Thought a facial peel was a better use of my time!


Arianne 23 May 2012 at 11:15 am

Oh, you sell this so well. I want to try it. I’m going to.


Janine 23 May 2012 at 3:09 pm

It. Is. A. Maze. Ing.


josie 23 May 2012 at 11:39 am

umm, what didya say was the weight of your bag that day? cab as spa?


Janine 23 May 2012 at 3:11 pm

Sample pot = small. Bottle of water = 500 mL. Moisturizer = probably 30 mL. Napkins… This stuff didn’t weigh much.


Lindsay 23 May 2012 at 2:57 pm

Who is this Tata Harper person and how did you discover this magical product?


Janine 23 May 2012 at 3:12 pm

Press meet; I have a vid interview I need to edit… will tell you all about her in another post. Howzat?


Lindsay 30 May 2012 at 8:54 am



Kelly G. 23 May 2012 at 4:45 pm

This is amazing. Didn’t think you could top the ‘back of cab’ eyebrow application, and here you go.

And here I was, all impressed with myself applying mascara in a cab. Clearly a rookie.


Janine 23 May 2012 at 5:22 pm

Back-of-the-cab beauty has to start somewhere. I have faith in your burgeoning skills, Kelly G. Today, mascara – tomorrow, liner — next week, skin resurfacing mask. *grin*


Anne from Dot and Lil 23 May 2012 at 11:08 pm

Dammit lady, you’re like a beauty superhero! I’m impressed with the multi tasking genius.

I actually just heard about Tata Harper for the first time when I was in Toronto last week. The guy from Jacob & Sebastian heavily sang its praises! Never seen it anywhere in Montreal.


Janine 24 May 2012 at 12:57 am

Nah — not so much multi-tasking. I was just sitting there, in the back of the cab… *grin*

She doesn’t have much distribution in Canada. So far really just Gee Beauty in Toronto. Great products, though, and new packaging, so maybe more outlets will start to carry it?


Anne from Dot and Lil 24 May 2012 at 9:10 am

They seemed to have a whole big selection of it at Jacob & Sebastian on Queen West! And I love it in there anyway, as it’s like bath & body and fragrance heaven.


Janine 24 May 2012 at 12:59 pm

I don’t know Jacob & Sebastian at all; looks like I’ll have to go take a look! Appealing that they carry Tata Harper.


joan 3 June 2012 at 11:47 am

I love this mask! It is a small miracle actually. It made my naturally porous skin SUPER smooth. You should check out Jacob & Sebastian, Anne is right, they carry the whole Tata range! I also buy all my Red Flower NYC products there. PS. I love your blog (from one beauty geek to another!)


Janine 3 June 2012 at 10:03 pm

It’s really good, isn’t it?

I’m putting Jacob & Sebastian on my to-do list now!

Thanks for the love :-)


OrganicGirl 21 June 2012 at 1:58 am

The Tata Harper resurfacing mask is by far one of the best treatment products I’ve ever used. It’s one of these products you find exclusive to a spa, but conveniently available to consumers. Great product indeed


NorthPark Center 17 July 2012 at 3:23 pm

This mask is the perfect addition to any skin care regimen. We love Tata Harper products! Check out our interview with the Vermont-native and founder of the company, Tata Harper:


Asti 11 November 2012 at 6:58 am

Haha that is so funny!

TH mask is my go-to mask too, the only mask that is effective and yet so gentle, goes on clear too! I will bring this when I’m on the airplane, ain’t scariiin everybody.


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