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Saturday, October 27, 2007


Glitter has always been a part of my Carnival from as far back as I can remember. There is just something about dusting yourself with gold flakes that says I am ready for mas!

As a child my mother would smear Vaseline on my face and arms then apply the glitter, the Vaseline base ensuring that the glitter stuck and stayed on. Nowadays Vaseline and glitter equals a very bad sunburn, so I have taken to using glitter spray.

The glitter spray comes out in a fine mist and leaves your body, or hair, with a nice shimmery glow. I buy my Jerome Russell spray at Wonderful World in Trinidad for around $35.00, it is the one pictured below in the red can. One can is finished by the time I spray both myself and a friend on the arms, back and stomach. It does not last all day as the coarser, traditional glitter, but both of them rub off anyway with sweat and rubbing against other people.

Other sprays by Jerome Russell are also available, though a bit more expensive than the one in the red can; the Punk Spray sells for $45.00TT and the Bwild for $50.00TT. I have found online prices are comparable at around $7.00US.

Hair and Body Spray

Punk Spray


Alternately if you just want a head to toe glow and do not want to have the obvious shine of glitter, you can try shimmer powders or shimmer lotions. Most of these products are a bit subtle if you ask me and are more used to simulate a tanned look on paler complexions, however Jergens Soft Shimmer lotion is pretty good for shimmer factor! It actually has glitter in it and for every day use might be too much, for Carnival it is perfect providing a dewy glow with a hint of shimmer.

So don't forget to add these items to the list of "must have" Carnival accessories if you are looking to complement your costume with radiant skin!
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