Desperate to end my streak of perpetual singledom, I’ve kept a chunk of rose quartz on my nightstand for four months. (Disclaimer: If I had to generalize myself, I would say I’m the kind of person who seems like they would be into crystals based on the amount of tarot card decks I own (two), a penchant for commenting on people’s spirits, and even-keeled personality. But, I’m not. Crystals do nothing for me.)
So, going back to rose quartz. The pretty pink crystal supposedly helps attract love, as it’s known as the universal stone of love, according to Krystal Gasset, founder of The Ritual. “The spiritual benefits of rose quartz is opening the heart chakra,” Gasset tells me. “When this chakra is open, this allows the energy of receiving and giving love to others in relationships. This energy can also help heal the heart from heartbreak and past relationships. It also strengthens the unconditional love the universe has to offer.” (Note: From here on out, I’ll be referring to Krystal Gasset as Krystal, despite what Allure‘s style guide requires I do.)
As far as romantic love goes, I’ve only been on one Tinder date, given up on a lingering crush, and flirted with a K-pop star since putting the pink crystal near my bed — just as Google told me to. Despite being a Scorpio, dating and flirting are not my forte, so I guess two out of three could be chalked up to minor successes.
Nowadays, you can find a rose quartz version of basically any beauty product you can think of, so I decided to up the ante by adding all of them (11, to be exact) to my skin-care and makeup routines. According to Krystal, you can never have too much rose quartz in your life. “All you need is love and the more love you have, the more one is in alignment with the universal flow of love and light,” she adds. Preach.
I’m not entirely sure how rose quartz — or even crystals, in general — work, but according to Krystal, using rose quartz in daily life can “create a beautiful space and energy of love.” “Placing rose quartz in your bedroom, home, or office will actually help with self-love and even improve relationships with others,” she says. “Meditation with rose quartz placed over the heart will really open up the heart chakra to give and receive love. Using this crystal in a bath or foot soak can really give the auric field a high vibration of overall love, confidence, and acceptance.”
Given that keeping a hefty nugget in my room hasn’t been as effective as I’d hoped and my inability to meditate, incorporating the stones into my life via beauty products made sense to me. I already put a bunch on that my face, so why not switch them out for something that helps attracts love? At this point, I need all the help I can get. Plus, slathering my face with rose quartz-infused beauty products is easier than carrying them around in my pockets (I wear a lot of pocket-less vintage skirts, okay?) or in one of those fancy bralettes that have a special crystal-carrying system. (See here for reference.)
Without further ado, here’s a complete breakdown of how I added all the rose quartz I possibly could into my beauty routine — all in hope that they would help attract some dude who will love me as much I love myself. This is an impossible feat, but I figured I’d at least try.
Despite little scientific proof of rose quartz actually benefitting skin, it does have spiritual efficacy. “Because rose quartz has such a soothing, gentle loving vibration, this crystal is perfect to use in skin care,” Krystal says. “Those vibrations interact with your energy, thus enhancing the vibration of self-love, self-worth, and harmony. This allows a beautiful energy to radiate from within, which will give off a glowing, loving complexion and aura.”
Barring from a second face wash for double cleansing and my acne spot treatment, crystallizing my skin-care routine was pretty simple. To remove my makeup, I dispensed some of the Girl Undiscovered Under the Waterfall Crystal Cleansing Water onto a cotton pad, and it worked like a charm to take off even my most stubborn mascara. I followed it up with my go-to cleanser before spritzing on either the Poppy And Someday Gypsy Rose Toner or Lil Fox’s Aphrodite Rose Toning Mist. Both added hydration to my skin during these trying chilly times, helped soothe redness, and smelled so good. (I’m a premature grandma, so I love anything rose-scented.) I followed the toner up with a couple drops of The Ritual Love Potion Moonshine Elixir. Then, I topped everything off with Gemstone Organic’s Organic Rose Quartz Face Créme.
I had to make some exceptions for my makeup routine. As far as I know, rose quartz foundation, mascara, blush, and eyeliner don’t exist just yet, so I stuck with my usuals. A primer does, though, so I let that compensate for all the non-rose quartz products. ColourPop’s Rose Quartz Crystal Priming Spray is super light and doesn’t leave skin feeling chalky or sticky. I also mixed a couple drops of its Rose Quartz Crystal Liquid Highlighter into my matte foundation to give it some radiance.
For highlighter, I tapped Kora’s Rose Quartz Luminizer atop my cheekbones. Damn, this shimmery stuff is dewy, and I was incredibly into it. Rose quartz eye shadow isn’t a thing either, but I improvised by smoothing Glossier’s Haloscope in Quartz onto my lids. This little hack really amped up the glowy vibes. I also found myself using a lot of rose quartz-hued shadows, too. I will admit that I wore non-crystal-infused liquid lipstick, too. However, as soon as it wore off, I replaced my lips with Aquarian Soul’s Rose Moon Tinted Lip Balm. Now, it’s a mainstay in my bag. Also, to refresh my makeup throughout the day, I sprayed on the Olivine Atelier Love + Roses Beauty Mist.
When I embarked on my rose quartz beauty journey, I planned to only use these products for a week. Well, a week turned into three, and I’m still using a couple on a daily basis. I kept hoping and hoping something magical would happen, but nothing did — in the romance department, at least. No meet-cutes were to be had, that guy I monetarily made eye contact on the subway didn’t ask me out, and the dude I had a crush on senior year of college continues to just watch all of my Instagram Stories.
If anything, turning myself into a human rose quartz helped strengthen the love I already have in my life. I got matching tattoos with my best friend, spent quality time with my little sister, and bonded with some friends over Korean girl groups. My self-love levels are about the same. (Admittedly, I have a healthy amount of self-confidence that one is kind of required to have if they dress and do their makeup the way I do.) I might have said “I hate myself” less than I usually do. Not to get all fake deep on everyone, but these kinds of love are just as meaningful as romantic love. Thanks for reminding me, rose quartz.
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