Can a Serum REALLY Mimic the Effects of Botox?


Tata Harper has plump, youthful-looking, stare-inducing skin. Her skin is so luminous, it's difficult to concentrate on the words that are coming out of her mouth. Recently, Beauty Wonkette had a front row seat as Harper was explaining the active, all-natural ingredients (completely devoid of synthetics) in her latest set of skin-care products.  Despite the fact that Beauty Wonkette's mama told her not to stare, all Beauty Wonkette could do was stare at her seriously glowing, wrinkle-free, even-toned complexion. BW seriously had to sit on her hands because she had this weird impulse to reach out and touch it.  Beauty Wonkette DOES have some self control, however.  So, instead, we took a sample of her Boosted Contouring Serum, the first to launch in a new trio of serums (the others will debut next month) and slathered it all over our face for three days.
Harper has been perfecting the skin-tightening formula (there are 35 active ingredients) for the last three years. It's packed with the 29 actives from her Rejuvenating serum, plus extras like pomegranate hydrospheres (for increased hydration), brown-algae extract (a collagen booster) and L-orinithine ionosome (an amino acid extracted from vegetable starch that helps tighten and firm). But the one that provides the feeling of instantaneous improvement is hydrolysed rhizobium, a natural polymer found in plant roots. Its job is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give your skin a more "lifted" look. All told, the serum is meant to create a natural Botox-like effect.
The texture itself is a bit creamier than your average serum. This one still rolls onto the skin nicely and will immediately absorb and hydrate your complexion (you can probably skip your regular face cream, if you use one, on a humid day). As soon as it's on, you'll feel an immediate tightening sensation; it isn't too far from dried Elmer's glue. Harper suggests you apply the stuff morning and night. Beauty Wonkette preferred to smear it on in the mornings because she loved the instant wide-eyed effect that took place around her ocular region (especially after a long night out). It layers nicely under tinted moisturizer, too. BW didn't slather the stuff on at night because the scent itself was a bit too overwhelmingly floral for Mr Beauty Wonkette.
The stuff ain't cheap, but it's cheaper than botox AND there are no needles involved.  Also, a little goes a long way.  It's available on Harper's website, at Bergdorf Goodman, ABC Carpet & Home, and probably, by now, other places.  It definitely has Beauty Wonkette's seal of approval.

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