So if you read my last post about not looking dull in the winter months, you might be left thinking “But Nicole, what about my pasty body?” And to that I say: Gross, nobody wants to hear about that, go sit down.
Kidding. But seriously what about that pasty body? There are a plethora of lotions on the market that have shimmer in them, and they are great because they don’t make you look tan per say, they just add a little glow and bring a little life to the skin. But I have always found two problems with those. First of all I have yet to find one that I think is moisturizing enough for the winter. I prefer thicker formulas like body butter that sit on the skin all day and protect it from the cold dry air.
Secondly they don’t offer options for skin with different undertones. Different undertones mean you need a different color shimmer to give you your healthiest looking glow. For example I have pink undertones, which will look better if I use gold shimmer because it will help neutralize the pink and make it more glowing and healthy looking. Someone with more yellow or olive undertones will benefit more from a copper shimmer because the pinkness in the copper will mute out any overly yellow tones, which can make you look more sallow. Adding gold would only make it more yellow, ya smell me? If you aren’t sure what type of undertones you have, this post might help you with that.
So I went ahead and made my own DIY version of a shimmering moisturizer that addresses both of these issues. This also makes a great handmade holiday gift. Your friends will love it, and your family will be like “OMG you know my undertones, thats so sweet! I never should have cut you out of the will!”
Here’s what you’ll need:
Begin by putting your thick moisturizer and your coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl. You will want to use 2 parts moisturizer and 1 part coconut oil.
Pop that sucker in the microwave on high for 30 second intervals until it looks mixable, but not runny. Why 30 seconds? Because that’s the easiest button to push on my microwave. Just do it little by little so you don’t overdo it. Heating it before you mix it will ensure that the two ingredients emulsify together and become one, which will prevent them from separating later.
Once it looks good and gloppy and gross like that first photo there, pour it into the food processor. Then just give it a whirl in there until it looks smooth, like the photo on the bottom.
Now add in your mica powder. I used two tablespoons for a more subtle shimmer, but you can add more depending on how much you want it to show on the skin. Then just spin it through the food processor again until it’s distributed evenly.
Now all that’s left to do it scoop it into your jar or container of choice. I got this cute swing-top jar at ikea, but you can find similar ones online or at your local target. I added a label, that I just printed off my computer and taped on because it’s cute. Also because this totally looks like hummus and I didn’t want my boyfriend to accidentally spread it on a sandwich. But the label is a nice touch, and if you wanted to give it as a gift you could add a nice ribbin or bow and you would be good to go!