March 4, 2011

green with envy

this morning i woke up with a dishearteningly lackluster complexion.  with only 6 hours of sleep under my belt, i not only had sleepy eyes, dark circles, and messy hair -- but my skin looked even dryer, duller, and paler than usual.  unfortunately i'm used to these depressing mornings; my olive skin tone makes it decidedly more difficult to keep my skin looking glowy (and alive) in the winter.

i must admit, in the past i've resorted to tanning beds to pump some life back into my green-tinted casper skin.  but each time my guilt just grew worse; i can't bring myself to indulge in such an unhealthy habit anymore! and i'm honestly terrified of fake bakes.  so really, what is a girl to do?

luckily my editor at today's teen presented the idea of writing an article specifically for different skin tones -- and naturally i volunteered to cover olive. i tweaked my own skincare regimen and tried to find the perfect balance of products for the difficult complexion, and so far i would say i'm pleased with the results!
you can read the full story here -- but it seems i wrote it just a few days early.  because yesterday, i just so happened to pick up a product that has made the process even easier!

revlon age defying spa face illuminator is just what i needed to add the perfect boost 
of radiance to my skin.  i've been using benefit high beam for years, but in the winter it's almost too pink and too shimmery to use anywhere but my eyes.  i wanted something subtle i could put on my [nonexistent] cheekbones, and i found it with revlon's illuminator in "bare light." now i know i'm only 19 and may not need "age-defying" makeup benefits quite yet... but something in those ingredients keeps this cream super-sheer, gleamy, and moisturizing.  bonus -- it's less than half the price of high beam, and should last even longer!

shine on!
II emily

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