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Maya Chia Illuminating Serum is Tops

Folks, I’m no stranger to highlighters. (Remember this showdown?)

Well, I have a new one in my arsenal, and dare I say, I might not be reaching for any others in the near future? (Still adore this one too, though!)

I am absolutely loving the Maya Chia Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum in the shade After Hours.

This Illuminating Serum is a pearlized mineral sheen suspended in an ultra lightweight, easily absorbed infusion of the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals, and created from the highest quality natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients from conscious growers from around the world. The serum is never formulated with parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and SLSs.

If you aren’t familiar with Maya Chia, the line is based around Supercritical Chia Seed Oil, which, yes, sounds so very serious. IT IS SUPERCRITICAL, GUYS. Nah, actually, that term comes from a patented process used by Maya Chia to extract the oil called supercritical extraction. This gentle oxygen-free, solvent-free process results in oil with a total absence of chemical residues and impurities, and one that most closely mirrors the chemical profile of the plant. (Which you know is important to me. #greenbeauty)

You can read more about the benefits of Chia Oil here.

Back to the Illuminati! Uh, I mean Illuminating Serum. (When looking at the above bottle for the first time, my 10-year-old asked if I was involved with the Illuminati. Sure, son. Sure.)

The Illuminating Serum comes in three colors:

The Happy Hour – a cool-toned pink radiance

The Golden Hour – a warm-toned champagne radiance

After Hours – a bronze-golden glow for a believable sunlit sheen

I have been playing around with both After Hours and The Happy Hour.

After Hours on the left, The Happy Hour on the right. 

Being the start of summer, I immediately gravitated to After Hours. By the looks in the bottle, I was concerned it might be too dark, but that was definitely not the case! It blends so beautifully on the skin. It gives the perfect beachy sheen and the smell/texture is fabulous. I just put a drop on my palm and apply on my cheekbones, bridge of nose, inner corner of eyes, and cupid’s bow of my lips.

The Happy Hour is quite lovely too, and I see myself reaching for it in the cooler months, as I love pink tones.

Here’s a quick review I posted on Instagram stories about the product.


All in all, it’s such a lovely product!

Ingredients: Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Capriylic/ Capric Triglyceride, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Oxide, (+/- Iron Oxide) *2% Essential Oils

The lovely Susanne at Maya Chia is offering 1 bottle of the Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum in After Hours AND 1 Bottle of the Body Illuminating Serum to one lucky winner! I’ve given you three ways to enter the giveaway – you can enter all three if you like. Winner will be emailed next week. Good luck!

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  • Elena Grover

    June 5, 2017 at 8:20 am

    My favorite summer activity is celebrating summer solstice with my kids. We read solstice books, make a big sun shaped breakfast brioche, make lavender sun tea, and cook food in our homemade solar oven. hello, solar oven s’mores. We picnic outdoors and do a nature craft too.

  • Abby Archer

    June 5, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Favorite summer activity is hitting the road for a weekend trip to the beach!

  • Sarah Carey

    June 5, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I love hitting the pool with the kids, then having dinner on the back porch with a game of UNO or Connect Four!

  • Laura Taccona

    June 5, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Living in the Midwest I certainly do not take summer for granted. My favorite summer activity would be swimming with my family as all 4 of us enjoy it. A pool pass every summer is a must! My 7 year old daughter is starting swim team this year so it will be awesome to watch that as well!

  • Michele

    June 5, 2017 at 9:44 am

    My favorite summer activity is going to the beach with my son.

  • Chris

    June 5, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Would love to win this

  • Kelly Mendoza

    June 5, 2017 at 10:01 am

    What an amazing giveaway! It looks beautiful on you :).
    My favsorite summer pastime is sitting in my patio in the backyard with a glass of wine reading a book.

  • Mina

    June 5, 2017 at 10:12 am

    This product looks amazing! So many great summer activities – early morning trail runs with my BRF, farmer’s markets and all outdoor markets and festivals!

  • Erin Odell

    June 5, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Summer in Seattle is quite literally THE BEST. Favorite summer activities have to tie between hiking in our gorgeous mountain ranges and a waterfront patio happy hour. In summer, you will find us doing both on a Saturday (and a second round of waterfront patio drinking on Sunday). It’s all about balance – SUPER CRITICAL, GUYS ;)

    Love the blog, your Insta keep me cracking up, and truly taking your green beauty suggestions to heart as I take a more thoughtful approach to beauty and skin care! Keep it up!

  • Haleigh Parmer

    June 5, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I would love to try this out!!!

  • melanie purcell

    June 5, 2017 at 10:20 am

    going to the beach! i love living so close to santa cruz – we definitely take advantage of it!

  • Alexa peters

    June 5, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I am a mother of a 20 month old and we are living at the park! Also, where are these highlighters available? In stores or only online? ?

  • Shannon G

    June 5, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Camping by every body of water I can find! Love summertime!

  • Danielle Fernandez

    June 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Favorite summer activity….beach time with the littles! Thanks for another great rec for my arsenal! Looking forward to hearing more SPF recs from you :)

  • Lori Gosselin

    June 5, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Fav summer activity….farmers markets

  • Robin Vogelzang

    June 5, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Beautiful, especially After Hours.

  • Jenn

    June 5, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Swimming, ideally in a hot climate with a not-too-cold ocean.

  • Kelly Fleming

    June 5, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I love spending time with family and cooking outside. Also, must not forget the ice cold rose!

  • Katherine Engh

    June 5, 2017 at 10:58 am

    My fave summer activity is getting my bike out on the trails!

  • Meg Dugan

    June 5, 2017 at 10:58 am

    In AZ we tend to hibernate in summer so my favorite activity is to spend the day doing art with my kids followed by a moonlight (no sunblock – Yay!) swim.

  • Shae Zsiga

    June 5, 2017 at 11:09 am

    i live in Albuquerque now & my favorite summer activity is drinking a local beer on the patio! the weather here is unbeatable so i look forward to being outside as much as possible!!

  • Tracy Biolsi

    June 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    My fave summer activity is pool or beach with the family. And this would be amazing for a night out after a little summer sun!

  • Christina

    June 5, 2017 at 11:41 am

    My favorite summer activity is going to the beach with my kids and going on bike rides. Can’t wait!

  • Payal

    June 5, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Every summer we find one new place to explore.

  • Elizabeth Hicks

    June 5, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I’m not a big outside person but I do love the long days of summer and bonfires into those nights. Smores being involved is a plus as well!

  • Lauren Martin

    June 5, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    My favorite summer activity would be boating on a beautiful sunny day while my kiddos stay home with a sitter and nap ;-)

  • Ellen Hunt

    June 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I would love to try this product out! It looks amazing.

    Because I live in Texas, it is summer for about 8 months of the year, so my favorite activity is complaining about the heat and turning the A/C down as low as possible! ?

  • Monica Eugenio

    June 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Both are beautiful and perfect for summer! I love the combo of busy and relaxing that summer brings!

  • Stephanie Bertin

    June 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    My favorite summer activity is hanging out anywhere near a beach with my kids–good book in hand!

  • Carri e Dubn

    June 5, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    my favorite summer activity is hanging by the pool with a good book!

  • Carrie Dunn

    June 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    My favorite summer activity is hanging by the pool with a great book!

  • Rachel Martin

    June 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    My favorite summer activity is going to Arizona for a month! I may have to fly alone with 3 kids 4 and under, it may be 110 degrees, but it most definitely involves margaritas!

  • Amy Carroll

    June 5, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    This is sad to say, but I wasn’t even aware of the existence of highlighters! Thanks for what may become my new addiction…

  • Jackie Goodman

    June 5, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    My favorite summer activity is spending the day on the beach with a good book!

  • Heather Austin

    June 5, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I love being near the water! Beach trips, boat trips to the lake with friends, and the pool. I can’t get enough!

  • Christina B

    June 5, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    My favorite summer activity is to have no planned activities (ie. sports, PTA meetings, etc…)!

  • Megan G

    June 5, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    My favorite summer activity is traveling to the beach and to visit family in CA!

  • Rachel Hayward

    June 5, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I came across your blog through Pinterest on my hunt for some new green beauty and I am loving it!!! My favourite summer activity is just enjoying the amazing weather here in Canada while we have it! Or of course going to the beach!

  • Kat Downs

    June 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I love going to baseball games! There is just something about it that screams summer to me!

  • Joy B

    June 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Going for a walk in the sunshine, with a close second being eating outside. I LOVE the warm weather. :)

  • Maiko Rogers

    June 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    My fave Summer activity is taking 5-10 minutes of “me time” every single day and lying out in the sun or sitting in the grass and listening to the birds chirp! It totally brings me back to the present! ;)

  • Angelica moore

    June 5, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    My favorite summer activity is running along the vineyards in Napa.

  • Ashley Sherman

    June 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I would love to try this!

  • Beth B

    June 5, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    This looks really nice – thanks for the opportunity! I love summertime because school is out!

  • Katie Woodrow

    June 5, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    What a great giveaway! Summer is for all things outdoors – biking, hiking, swimming, boating, and barbecues!

  • Jessa

    June 5, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Looove Maya Chia! I just got the happy hour after a sample won me over ;)

    My fave summer activity is gathering with friends and letting our kids run wild while we all eat and relax!

  • Cecilia Shapiro

    June 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    My favorite weekend activity is hiking with my husband. It’s an opportunity for us to unplug, talk (real talk), and connect with one another.

  • Meg Turner

    June 5, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I’m currently living in southern California, but every summer we head back to my home in Alabama for an entire month! It’s amazing. My kids get to see lightning bugs, experience huge thunderstorms, eat fried okra and field peas, and sweat like they’ve never sweat before.

  • Christina

    June 5, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    i love reading on the balcony at night with a glass -or bottle!- of wine.

  • Maria

    June 5, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Wow! That highlighter is the absolute perfect color and sheen on you!! SO PRETTY!

    Favorite summer activity is definitely camping! There is a super wimpy person (thats me!!) backpacking trail to camp on this gorgeous stretch of coast. That is my favorite camping trip every year:)

  • Tandi Cortez

    June 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    My favorite Summer Activity is swimming with my kiddos! :D

  • Susan Dobie

    June 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Our summers are spent enjoying backyard barbecues and going camping. We could go camping every single weekend if it were possible!

  • Jessica upson

    June 5, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I used to take summer for granted but now that I live in the east coast and have kids I realize how AWESOME summer is! My favorite summer activity is making ice cream with my boys! We make it in the morning and then have it for dessert at dinner, and with summer fruits like strawberries and peaches we make some pretty awesome ice creams

  • Claire Yuricek

    June 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing in the video the name of the SPF you are using this summer, I will be looking it up.
    My fav part of summer is being outside more – so much better than being cooped up!

  • Kristen McCann

    June 5, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    So hard to pick one! An outdoor concert, impromptu beers by the lake, warm nights on my parents’ deck with the kids, shucking corn…love it all.

  • Jamie

    June 5, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I just love having my children home to enjoy the city we live in and explore new places. I love being able to squeeze in extra time with friends and family.

  • Lisa katch

    June 5, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I love going down to the beach and playing on the sand with my son.

  • Shelly Taylor

    June 5, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    My favorite summer activity is attending the many festivals we have during the summer with my family.

  • Tiera

    June 6, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Gorgeous!
    Just finished a bottle of illuminating concealer and was looking for a non toxic alternative. Love that you have focused on this over the last couple of years
    Favourite summer activity is a toss up between getting out into nature for a hike or laying outside with a glass of wine and a book

  • Brooke Taylor

    June 6, 2017 at 3:10 am

    My favorite summer activity is going on hikes with my family in the beautiful state parks we have in Oklahoma! :)
    Which means generous amounts of sunscreen and, I’m just getting comfortable with using “illuminating” products so I’d be so pleased to be able to try these and glow in the summer sun ?, thank you for the chance!

    • Brooke Taylor

      June 6, 2017 at 3:12 am

      That question mark is supposed to be a winking emoji lol!! Guess I should have gone “old school” ;)

  • Kimberley

    June 6, 2017 at 4:39 am

    My favourite summer activity is going on hikes! So many beautiful hiking trails here in Newfoundland, Canada!

  • Sarah Kolesar

    June 6, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Favorite summer activity? Gardening! Nothing better than homegrown veggies.

  • Lori reilly

    June 6, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Favorite summer activity – reading on the beacj

  • Andrea Molitoris

    June 6, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Favorite summer activity is golfing! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Tracy Rankin

    June 6, 2017 at 8:27 am

    My favorite summer activity is travelling. Road trips, weekend trips, Sunday drives.

  • Samantha Thompson

    June 6, 2017 at 8:41 am

    So pretty!!!!

  • Sarah Haldeman

    June 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

    My favorite summer activity is hanging out in the hammock on my balcony, snoozing and reading!

  • Jessica Beaver

    June 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I love going to the lake for long weekends with my favorite people!

  • Jessica Hoynowski

    June 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Every year, we travel to a beach that seems almost out-of-time. It is untouched and wild and being there fills you with its wildness. The dunes tumble along the shore and the giant driftwood trees anchor to the sand in a surreal landscape. We walk the beach at night under the light of more stars than you thought existed. If you are quiet and patient and still, you can watch as the sea turtles emerge from the salty foam of the ocean to lay their eggs. It is magical and rejuvenating and sacred.

  • Crissie Woolard

    June 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    My favorite summer activity is definitely going to the beach. I love the ocean so much.

  • Lydia B.

    June 6, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I love dining out on a patio, whether at home or at a restaurant.

  • Ashton Graves

    June 6, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    The after hours looks lovely!! This would be the perfect addition to my summer make up routine. Thanks for sharing another great find and being such a trusted resource for green beauty and skincare.

  • Holly Livengood

    June 6, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Favorite summer activity is watching the sunset in the mountains while drinking a glass of rosé

  • Christina

    June 7, 2017 at 1:49 am

    My favorite summer activity is nothing. I love that the kiddos don’t have to be anywhere at any particular time and we can do nada.

  • Amanda andreotta

    June 7, 2017 at 9:54 am

    My favorite summer activity is yard work to the point of being dripping sweat and gritty with dirt, then a cold shower with loud music and a beer.

  • Lonek8

    June 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    My favorite part of summer is taking the kids to Steamboat CO for 6 weeks. It’s not only a return to the place we all consider home, but also a fantastic break from the heat and humidity of Omaha!

    (Thanks for having this giveaway! This highlighter has been on my list for awhile!)

  • Kenia P

    June 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    My favorite summer activity is a road trip to the beach!

  • Lindsay

    June 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    My favorite summer activity is going for walks after dinner.

  • Gina

    June 7, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Summer is all about hanging out with family.

  • Beth Edwards

    June 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Fave summer activity is walking the beach in Nova Scotia with my kids!

  • Angela crissinger

    June 8, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Favorite summer activities are drinks on the patio and outdoor concerts.

  • Anne-Marie Schiefer

    June 8, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Well, duh I’m going to get this stuff!

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  • Shira Green

    June 9, 2017 at 7:13 am

    lemonade stand with my kids!

  • Sarah Whitt

    June 9, 2017 at 7:30 am

    My favorite summer activity is drinking coffee on the patio while watching my daughter and her NY cousins play outside or do artwork with their favorite auntie. Love a good lazy summer morning!

  • Pam Pick

    June 9, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Heading to Rehoboth Beach, DE with my family, as despite all our other travels, this annual trip is my daughter’s favorite “tradition.” Love the memories we make there every year.

  • Jen

    June 9, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Favorite summer activity–having a drink outside on a warm night.

  • Emily Wood

    June 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Summer means I can enjoy seasonal fruits and veggies and evening walks in a summer dress without freezing – some of my favorite things!

  • Ashley Kastl

    June 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Late nights outside with neighbors!

  • tracey carmichael

    June 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    My favorite summer activity is drinking Shandys on a deck overlooking a body of water.

  • Annaliese Foote

    June 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Sitting on the beach with a good book!

  • Andrea

    June 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    My favorite beach activity is packing a picnic and heading down to the beach for a day of sand and waves with my daughter :)

  • Lauren Litteken

    June 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Long lazy days that the beach that turn into backyard bbqs!

  • Gina Florencia

    June 10, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Love the concerts by the lake in my town! And specially the nice weather for walks!…Gina F

  • Amy Kleine

    June 10, 2017 at 5:25 am

    My favorite summer activity is going to Northern Michigan with my family where we enjoy trips to the lake, Kilwins ice cream, and climbing the sand dunes.

  • Kirsten

    June 10, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Favorite summer activity is spending the day at the beach with a book

  • Christina Shaffer

    June 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I’ve been looking at these lately! Wasn’t sure which shade would work on my pale skin though. Thanks for the video!

  • Rachel Fife

    June 10, 2017 at 10:32 am

    In the summer, I love stopping at farmers markets and hitting up the beach!

  • Courtney Brillhart

    June 10, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Favorite summer activity is drinking wine and eating beautiful dinners outside on warm evenings.

  • Amy Moon

    June 10, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    my favorite summer thing to do is staying at a cabin and swimming in the lake with my family.

  • DealinDiva

    June 11, 2017 at 5:05 am

    I love cooking outdoors in the summer time!

  • Marae Lindsey

    June 11, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Watermelon and ice cream, and visiting places that aren’t humid. In the words of my 6 yo, “I don’t like humid. I feel like I wet my pants.” .

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