I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! However you might have celebrated (or not), I hope you’ve had a peaceful and joyful time over the last few weeks. If you chose to take me up on the new product challenge, let me know how you’ve been progressing. It’s also not too late to start if you’d like to join.
As the holiday glow begins to wane, I thought I’d share a little something from one of my new favorite companies, Lxmi. You might remember my post on LXMI’s Creme du Nil. I’ve been using this product for several months now and thoroughly love it for daytime use. We’ve had our fair share of Arctic air in D.C. over the last few weeks and this product has been a lifesaver in keeping my skin hydrated.
I loved Lxmi’s products so much that I got the newest in their line of products, the Goddess Glow. Advertised as an “illuminator,” this product is probably best described as a combination between a highlighter and a blush. I’ve always been curious about both of these beauty items and have tried my fair share of them. However, I’ve never really found a color that works well with my skin tone, which can vary in shades of tan depending on the season. So, I’ve generally stuck with using a plain foundation and then out to the door. However, in winter, my skin can be exceptionally pale. So, I’ve been looking for something to add a bit of glow and color to it.
The Goddess Glow does just that. I have to admit, it comes out as a very bright rose gold color from the tube. I was a bit alarmed and thought that there was no way it would look good on my skin. However, it is advertised as a shade that is suitable for every skin tone, so I thought I would give it a go. It contains LXMI’s signature Nilotica Reserve, which I talked about in this post. So, more than a makeup, it also has moisturizing qualities. That’s why it’s advertised as a skincare-makeup hybrid.
Using my trusty Beauty Blender, I apply the Goddess Glow as the final step in my morning beauty routine. I highlight the “high points” on my face, including my cheekbones and cupid’s bow (the meeting point right above your lips). The combination gives me an airbrushed effect that is perfect for an everyday look. Most of the other powder-based blushes I’ve tried leave me with a chalky look that can sometime lead to further dryness. The Goddess Glow does just the opposite. It leaves me with moisturized skin, with a subtle “lit from within” rosy glow that looks exceptionally natural.
I was amazed that other members of my family also took to it, even though we have very different skin types! You can see the video below that shows how to use the Goddess Glow in three different ways.
As you can see, it works well on a variety of shades of skin and for a variety of uses. My younger cousin tried it on as a blush for a going out look, I used it as an eyebrow arch highlighter, and my aunt tried it as an overall skin glow. It’s stunning on the décolleté because it adds a nice subtle shimmer.
Giving work, one product at a time
In addition to this versatile little glow-getter, I also wanted to share Leila Janah’s (LXMI’s founder) new book, Give Work. I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook version of this piece. Before LXMI, Leila started another non-profit organization called Samasource, which is focused on providing digital-based employment to youth in Kenya, India, Haiti, and the rural United States. Her idea is that employment, more than other forms of aid, will truly support the world’s poor and underprivileged in breaking cycles of poverty. In her book, she walks readers through her personal experiences of “giving work” through Samasource. Most notably, Samasource has succeeded in supporting roughly 35,000 people in finding employment.
In reviewing the book, I was struck by the fact that the world’s richest countries have given more than $2 trillion to the world’s poorest countries, and yet we still have about 11% of the world’s population living on less than a $1.90 a day. I truly appreciate Leila’s working premise that the poor have the ability and desire to be productive members of society, which is consistent with what I’ve experienced in my travels and work. I also truly admire the fact that Leila takes a digital approach to her work, which is one of the easiest ways to reach poor populations in well-connected countries like Kenya and India. All of that said, I was a bit dismayed that she is quick to dismiss other approaches to poverty reduction. One of the key problems with international development is that practitioners are keen to find the “silver bullet” solution to poverty. This simply doesn’t exist. It if did, we would have eradicated poverty a long time ago. Employment, just like education, and gender equity, and good governance, are all essential to maintaining low levels of poverty. And it takes all of us – individuals, private enterprises, academic institutions, NGOs, governments, civil society organizations – to play our role to meet this goal.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on a copy of this well-written and fascinating book, you can a find a copy of it on Indie. I love this site because it supports small and independent booksellers around the United States. If you do order the book, you can also be eligible to receive a free gift by following the instructions on the Give Work site (simply scroll to the middle of the page). By the way, Indie books definitely qualifies as one ethical source that meets my new year, new product challenge.
If you take up this challenge, please check in to let me know how it’s going for you. And if you choose to purchase LXMI’s Goddess Glow, here’s a coupon code that will get you 20% off. If you try it out, I hope you enjoy it and keep glowing this winter!