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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Odds and Ends

1. These are the most calming images. Could watch all day.

2. I have full-blown misophonia when it comes to eating. You?

3. Really appreciated this read. “A misanthrope, in love with the world.”

4. The kid can DANCE. Watched it about 20 times.

5. Ohhhhhh, yes. Delia Ephron, you brought me to tears.

6. Absolutely love Short Order Poems. The “Make It Rain” poems are such a treat to find!

7. Oh my goodness, please give this beautiful arrangement a listen.

8. Compiling my all-time skin favorites for a post, I realized I’ve used this religiously every morning for years.

9. We are all following some of these Instagram accounts that need to disappear from our feed. Ha.

10. You guys, periods suck. These are so true. (Related: Have you had an ablation? Very seriously considering one.)

11. Been using these cruelty-free makeup brushes lately, and they are giving me an incredible deal for you all! Enter the code “whoorl” and you’ll get the entire set for $24 + shipping. Yes, you heard me…it’s a hell of a deal.

12. The Psychology of Narcissism. Super informative video.

13. Had a dream I was dating Anthony Bourdain last night. It wasn’t in Tokyo, though.

14. Finding the spiritual symbiosis in our most challenging relationships.

Happy Friday to you all!

image credit: kensie kate


Odds and Ends

1. Are you interested in language and grammar? You simply must read this. Absolutely fascinating to me.

2. Relationship dealbreakers. Apparently, according to the comments, issues around cunnilingus are paramount. #okaythen

3. Listmakers, have you seen this pretty little app?

4. Michelle Obama killing it in Italy. I just adore her.

5. Humanizing evil. (Did you read the original article in The Atlantic?)

6. Television channel accidentally puts kids show subtitles on a political debate in Sweden. Fantastic.

7. Every summer, I find my perfect sandal. This one is it. (I got the pewter shade.)

8. Forget beachy highlights, the newest hair color trend is charcoal.

9. Harvard student submits rap album as his thesis. So cool!

10. OMG. These tweets of kids’ quips and responses are hilarious. Two Christmases!

11. This happens to my kids! #tinglymouth #soweird #slightyscary

Happy Friday to all! Our last day of school was yesterday, so summer break is officially here!

image credit: fredrick akum