On my Dr. Whitney’s Picks page, I shared my (amazing) experience testing Olive + M’s Shimmer + Glow Body Oil, a new breakout beauty product that promises to give you a natural glow on the go.

Now, my team of real-life testers tried this organic, fragrant oil. Here’s what women with various beauty routines and skin had to say about Olive + M’s Shimmer + Glow Body Oil:

Real Women Put Olive + M Shimmer + Glow Body Oil To the Test

ON THE GO GLAM

Karen Young

Profession: Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer, Meditation and Nutrition Coach

What is your current experience with shimmer products?
I love shimmering products. I use shimmer for photo shoots, vacations, special events and any time I need a boost of confidence like business meetings and auditions.

Describe your beauty routine in 3 sentences or less.
Simple and a tiny bit glam. Red lips always!

What is your POV and current approach to “clean” or healthy beauty products?
I love simple clean products. I use essential oils daily on myself and clients.

First impressions?
What a gorgeous package that truly represents the product!

How did you use it?
I put some across my collarbones and shoulders before my 6:00 am yoga class. I was tired from a busy weekend with my daughters and my students need me to SHINE! I loved how smoothly the product went on and was absolutely floored by how nicely it absorbed and left no residue.

Then I felt like I needed a boost before my daughter’s field hockey game so I put a few drops in my hair. What a treat!

How did you FEEL when you wore it?
I felt really amazing so Goddess-y! The scent was energizing and grounding. I could see the subtle shimmer in the mirror as I taught and decided this is definitely one of my favorite products!

Endorsement?
I would say that this product gives a radiant, shimmery glow and smells crazy amazing. In NY its the time of year where we get very pale and can suffer from dry skin and hair as the weather cools and your product is the perfect antidote!! Conversations with clients easily turn to beauty products.  Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk about something new! 😀

ISO SUBTLE BEAUTY TRICKS

Gail Barringer

Profession: Entertainment professional

Shimmer History: Tried a shimmer foundation once. People thought I looked like I had been in a tanning booth. So much for that!

What is your POV and current approach to “clean” or healthy beauty products?
I have sensitive skin and rosacea. The cleaner the product the better!

When and where would you use or have you used shimmer?
Only on special occasions to add a little shine to the outfit and party.

Do you use essential oils in other areas of your life?
Yes, as an alternative to moisturizer and at night on my face.

First Impressions?
Couldn’t wait to put it on

How did you use it?
I used it on arms, hands, legs.

How did it feel?
Amazing! It was so soft and the shimmer is lovely, natural looking and not fake. I smell fantastic.

MULTI-TASKING WORKING MOM OF 3 GORGEOUS GIRLS

Ashli Carnicelli

Profession: Licensed Aesthetician and Massage Therapist

History of Shimmer Products: For special occasions, shimmer on the skin is a must-have. I consider it part of my makeup routine for the evening and/or the event. It’s also wonderful in the summertime and is very flattering on the legs. Shimmer can make even the grayest day feel just a little bit more special- a form of adornment for the body like jewels in your skincare!

Describe your beauty routine in 3 sentences or less.
I use G.R.A.S. theory to treat my skin- my regimen consists of products with Growth Factors, Retinoids, Antioxidants and Sunscreen. I wear SPF year round as well as use a potent vitamin C serum in the morning! I always hydrate my skin after bathing as well as apply SPF on my body skin before I leave the house.

What is your current experience with shimmer products?
I absolutely adore them on body skin. I used a shimmer lotion was for my wedding day- then they pulled it off the shelves! I was so upset! It makes the skin look healthy and luminous without being overdone or too glittery. I also think it creates a flattering skin tone without having to damage your skin with a suntan!

What is your POV and current approach to “clean” or healthy beauty products?
Integrating essential oils is a huge part of a healthy lifestyle for me!  I have received extensive training in aromatherapy in my work in massage therapy and use essential oils every single day. I have a diffuser in my foyer that I love to mix sweet orange and petitgrain (or sometimes neroli).  I even roll a balancing blend on the back of my neck for while I am treating patients.

First Impressions?
I really lean towards packaging that is more apothecary-like, so I instantly loved this bottle! The scent is so delightful.

How did you use it?
I used it first after a long soak in the tub with Epsom salts. I loved how it applied without being too greasy or heavy! It leaves a beautiful scent on the skin and a little goes a long way!

How did you FEEL when you wore it?
I felt dewy and happy!

In your own words, how did this product wear and look for you?
This product is now on my shelf in my must-have category! 

Endorsement?
You HAVE to try this new product by Olive + M. It’s a shimmer body oil that contains olive oil & argan oil which replenishes lipids in the skin. It also contains a synergy of gorgeous essential oils (jasmine, sweet orange, cedarwood, vetiver, black pepper and patchouli) that smells heavenly! It also contains tiny Mica mineral flakes that leave a gorgeous shimmer on the skin!

ALL ABOUT AU NATURAL + OILS

Eva Marcos

Profession: Urban Development

History with Shimmer: I use it for special occasions that involve nightlife and dancing.

What is your POV and current approach to “clean” or healthy beauty products?
I use all natural face and body oils like rose oil, coco oil and sesame seed oil.  

First Impressions?
It was clean and looked expensive. The scent was natural, energizing and uplifting.

How did you use it?
I used it on my chest, arms and cheeks.  The process was easy, the oil was absorbed quickly and the shimmer was a glow, not glitter.   

How did you FEEL when you wore it?
I felt like it was party time!

Endorsement?
It’s an all natural, sensory experience.

To learn more, check out my Dr. Whitney’s Picks post.

Dr. Whitney

Many of my patients find facial oils confusing. Are they a replacement for day cream, night cream, serum? Should you apply them before your face cream or after? I’m here to answer all of these questions, and more.

How Do Facial Oils Hydrate Your Skin?

Oils are emollients, so they do not hydrate your skin’s deeper layers. Rather, they stay closer to the top layer of your skin and hydrate the surface of your skin while providing protection for your skin’s barrier. They act as a sealant which locks moisture in the skin and that can be very beneficial for your skin’s overall health, provided that the oils are not too heavy. So, I do not recommend swapping out your hydrating moisturizer for a face oil altogether, but they can be very effective if used several times per week at night to seal in your skin’s moisture after cleansing. Many of my patients swear by facial oils, so I think the key is trying different brands and different amounts to find the formula and quantity that works best with your skin.

How the Microbiome and Facial Oils Work Together

We are also learning so much right now about the skin microbiome – the millions of invisible bacteria that live on the surface of the skin and help the skin to function. Just like we have bacteria in our gut, we are covered with bacteria on our skin! And we need those bacteria to maintain the health of our skin. Some of those healthy bacterial strains feed off of our skin’s natural oils, called sebum. This can be a good thing—in the case of promoting the growth of bacterial strains that boost our natural collagen or ceramide production! But this can be a bad thing if we are feeding bacteria that cause breakouts. We are just learning about this area right now, but it’s possible that certain oils you might be adding to your skincare regimen might also act as food for the healthy strains of bacteria, a “prebiotic” if you will. I cover the microbiome and how it affects our skin in my book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin.

How to Use Facial Oils On Your Skin

I recommend mixing a few drops of oils with your regular moisturizer. If you apply oils first, then you will block the anti-aging ingredients in your moisturizer from penetrating into the skin.

How to Use Facial Oils If You Have Acne-Prone Skin

Take it slow and use only 1-2 drops of oil mixed into your moisturizer at first. If you notice that you break out more when you use the oil, then save the oil only for days when your skin feels tight or dry, or the weather is harsh and cold (like whipping winds).

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