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DIY this notorious face luminizer for truly glowing skin

Do you have a beauty lust list? I do. It’s the list of coveted items that you’d love to own someday but just can’t quite pull the trigger on due to their price. One of the items on my personal lust list is the RMS Living Luminizer. It’s said to be what gives J.Crew models their healthy glow and its organic cream formula simply looks divine. However, for 17 ounces, it’s $38. Thirty-eight dollars!

So I looked at its ingredients and what I saw told me that this was a product that could be easily DIY-ed for much cheaper. The ingredient list is short and consists of castor oil, coconut oil, beeswax, rosemary extract and mica.

Here’s what you’ll need to recreate your own living luminizer:

DIY Cream Luminizer: Supplies

  • Beeswax (pellets melt faster! I got mine at Whole Foods)
  • Rosemary essential oil extract (this will help to stabilize and preserve oils)
  • Coconut oil
  • Loose shimmer pigment or shimmery Champagne eyeshadow
  • Clean mascara wand or spoolie if you’ll be creating a pigment from a pressed shadow
  • Glass bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Clean container (I’m using an empty sample-size night cream jar)
  • *I’m skipping castor oil in this recipe, preferring to just use coconut oil only.


Step 1:

DIY Cream Luminizer: Step 1

First, place a heaping 1/2 tablespoon of beeswax pellets into a glass bowl and microwave for 2 minutes until fully melted.

Step 2:

DIY Cream Luminizer: Step 2

Next, melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. It takes about 30 seconds in the microwave.

Step 3:

Now evenly mix your melted beeswax and coconut oil together. Do this immediately as the liquids tend to harden quickly.

Step 4:

DIY Cream Luminizer: Step 4

To create your shimmer powder from a pressed shadow, scrape a clean mascara wand across the surface until you’ve accumulated about a tablespoon or more of loose pigment. You will need much more shimmer than you think you will.

Step 5:

DIY Cream Luminizer: Step 5

DIY Cream Luminizer: Step 6

Now add your shimmer powder to your beeswax and coconut oil mixture and whisk together with a spoon or plastic fork. I am using disposable plastic utensils for simple cleanup. Don’t ruin your nice silverware!

Step 6:

DIY Cream Luminizer: Step 6

Add 2-3 drops of rosemary extract to your mixture.

Step 7:

DIY Cream Luminizer: Step 7

Now slowly pour into your chosen container. Let cool. You don’t really need to place this in the refrigerator as the wax and oil solidify fairly quickly on their own.

Step 8:

DIY Cream Luminizer: Step 8

Now your luminizer is ready to apply to cheekbones, eyelids, lips and anywhere you want a glow. It applies best with fingertips as it warms the product and helps it to glide on, but feel free to use a synthetic brush too!

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