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.
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.
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.
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!
Bronze Shimmer Stick
5 drops peppermint essential oil
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.