There are many wonderful things about having Scottish ancestry. You have a beautiful homeland to visit. You can claim many fantastic people, like J.M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan), Ewan McGreggor, Robbie Burns, and Alexander Graham Bell as your fellow countrymen. Highland dancing is pretty awesome, and you’ve always got a great excuse to wear plaid and listen to bagpipe music. Tanning, however, is not one of those wonderful things.

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If you’ve spent some time on my blog you will have stumbled across a variety of photos of me—and in all of them my skin is the envy of every Edwardian lady, pale as can be. I’m not exactly going out and seeking tanning opportunities, either. While I love being in the sun and have no objection to it, the more people I meet who have lived in hot, sunny countries for the majority of their lives, the more obvious the long-term effects of the sun are to me.

The shimmer stick on my arm, blended and not blended.

The shimmer stick on my arm, blended and not blended.

My un-blended application on my face, so you can see where I put it.

My un-blended application on my face, so you can see where I put it.

So, rather than seek out a tan (especially on the face!), I figured I’d fake one. This shimmer stick is coloured with clay, oxides, and bronze mica. It’s light on the pigment so you can start slow and work your way up, rather than be forced to start over if you accidentally slip. It’s also a great colour for your lips—a warm, bronzey shade, that is just sheer enough to let the natural pink of your lips shine through.

Shimmer stick'ed! I've got in on my lips as well—the effect is subtle, but makes a big difference.

Shimmer stick’ed! I’ve got in on my lips as well—the effect is subtle, but makes a big difference.

I like to blend this in wherever the sun hits my face—cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, chin, and forehead. It provides a nice, subtle, summery glow and I just love it!

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Bronze Shimmer Stick

4g | 0.14oz beeswax
7g | 0.25oz cupuacu butter
5g | 0.17oz cocoa butter
8g | 0.28oz grapeseed oil
1g | 0.03oz magnesium stearate

1/8 tsp bronze mica
¼ tsp fine brown clay (something slightly darker than your skin tone, but not rhassoul, it is too gritty)
¼ tsp multani mitti clay
½ tsp sericite mica

5 drops peppermint essential oil

Melt the beeswax, cupuacu butter, cocoa butter, grapeseed oil, and magnesium stearate together in a small saucepan over low heat.

Remove from the heat and stir in the micas and clays, and the peppermint essential oil. Once it’s thick enough to keep the clays and micas suspended, pour into four lip balm tubes, reheating over the stove as needed to keep the mixture pourable.

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