Maya Chia's Highlight of The Day Makes Me Glow Like I'm in Love

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Love is in the air. And this Valentine's Day, we're celebrating with tributes to the products we can't live without. In our new series, aptly named Love Letters, editors offer unabashed affection to their most-beloved fragrances, makeup, hair products, and more.

Dear Maya Chia Highlight of the Day,

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No.201 - Prevent Elasticity Damage

When we first met, I didn't like you. Okay, that's not entirely true. I just didn't understand. You see, I had never met a product like you before. One that brought not just one, but several unique qualities to the table — a rare breed, as they say.

And don't even get me started on your name, Highlight of the Day. That, alone, confused the hell out of me. What — who, exactly — are you?

But then I did what any human in the modern world would do before a first date: I investigated the hell out of you. I Googled keywords "maya," "chia," and dozens of random iterations of "highlight" and "highlighter" to learn all I could. And thankfully, the Google gods were on my side. What I found was that you're a Good One. A Really Good One. You're a two-in-one. Someone who goes above and beyond, without any hidden strings attached. You're almost too good to be true.

What I mean is that you're a skin-care and a makeup product. A true jack of all trades. You're a serum, made of chia seeds and sunflower seed oils to nourish and titanium dioxide and mica to highlight my best features.

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But because I've never met anyone like you before our first tango was, as expected, a bit clumsy. You were great, truly, but I, on the other hand, was mediocre at best. I credit the fact that I didn't know how to use you to your fullest potential. With a liquid base housed in a glass vial, anyone would be confused. But after some trial and error, we finally found our rhythm.

Half a dropperful, squeezed onto the back of my hand, is enough to create an iridescent sheen on the tops of my cheeks and brow bones. Lightly tapped into skin with my ring finger I get a dewy, pearlescent finish that reflects more lilac in the right light. Needless to say, we wear each other well. Others have noticed too. Not a day goes by that doesn't warrant a compliment from a coworker or a stranger on my newfound glow. "I'm in love!" I tell them.

And it's true, Maya Chia. I love you.

Forever yours, Sarah

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No.202 - Prevent Elasticity Damage

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