Making a change: Trying out JVN Hair

I love to try out new haircare lines.

About a month ago I got a surprise box in the mail from JVN Hair. At first I had no clue what this was, but then when I looked up what exactly JVN stood for, I learned that it was Jonathan Van Ness’ haircare line, one of the stars from Queer Eye.

JVN Hair is a haircare line that combines effective and clean ingredients that celebrates hair health and the uniqueness of everyone that uses it.

The brand uses their patented, award-winning hemisqualane, which is an ingredient that improves hair health over time and is a safer alternative to silicone. It helps to penetrate hair’s core to repair, protect, and smooth all types and textures. Hemisqualane is created through a bio fermentation process using sustainable sugarcane. The molecule penetrates the hair shaft, leaving you with weightless nourishment that helps hair’s manageability while also reducing frizz and protecting colour.

The line is comprised of shampoo, conditioners, treatments, and styling products. Thy sent over a variety of items to get a rounded idea of the line.

Keep reading..

JVN Undamage Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner

JVN Undamage Strengthening Shampoo

This shampoo (C$24) is a clean and reparative shampoo that gently cleanses and fortifies damaged, delicate and over-processed hair without losing moisture. Work the shampoo into your roots and then rinse to reveal better ends, stronger and more repaired hair.

This shampoo is ideal for damaged hair, as well as chemically treated hair. It includes the brand’s hemisqualane ingredient to improve hair health, as well as ceramides to repair split ends and lock in moisture, and jojoba esters to replenish the hair cuticle and increase hair strength.

This shampoo is ideal for all hair types and also has a beautiful scent that smells like bergamot and summer fruits, as well as amber and cashmere musk.

JVN Undamage Strengthening Conditioner

Follow up the shampoo with the JVN Undamage Strengthening Conditioner (C$24), which is a deep conditioner that restores damaged, delicate, and over-processed hair. It also works to add manageability, shine, and luster to damaged hair.

This conditioner also includes hemisqualane and squalane to improve hair health and strengthen it with regular use. It also has hydronized quinoa for colour retention, damage repair, and protection, as well as ceramides to repair split ends.

Both the shampoo and conditioner come in a pump bottle, which is made from 98 per cent plastic-free packaging and an recyclable aluminum base and PCR pump.

JVN Pre-Wash Scalp Oil

JVN Pre-Wash Scalp Oil

One of the line’s star products is the JVN Pre-Wash Scalp Oil ($36), which is a nutrient-dense oil that you apply to the scalp 15 minutes before your shampoo.

This pre-shampoo treatment works to hydrate and cleanse the scalp thanks to the added hemisqualane and rosemary extract, which is known to stimulate the scalp and hair follicules, resulting in hair growth. It also contains bisabolol to clarify and calm the scalp.

I suffer from dry and flaky scalp, especially in the more colder months, so I love the idea of this product. I have used it a couple times and love how it makes my scalp feel post wash. I also find that it helps with my hair health as well, leaving it looking shinier, healthier, and more nourished.

If you pick up one product from this line, I would recommend this one since I find this product to be really unique and it’s not something I already have in my hair collection.

JVN Instant Recovery Serum

After the shower, apply the JVN Instant Recovery Serum (C$36) to damp hair to give it an intense and nourishing leave-in treatment. This serum, which is more like a gel consistency, is designed to repair and smooth weak, damaged, and over-processed hair.

Apply it to damp hair to protect it against heat damage. It also works to smooth hair and prevent it from split ends and breakage. In addition to hemisqualane, it also contains niacinamide to support the keratin repair process and increase body and shine. In addition it also contains charged lemon protein to protect hair from heat styling and environmental stress.

JVN Styling products

JVN Complete Air Dry Cream

Finally, for those who love to air dry their hair (myself included), then you’ll really love the JVN Complete Air Dry Cream (C$30).

Apply this cream to damp hair to fight against frizz and leave you with a buildable and touchable hold that brings out your nature texture.

Perfect for all types of hair, this cream styles, moisturizes, fights frizz, defines curls and waves, and protects hair from UV damage.

In addition to hemisqualane, it also contains chia seed extract for touchable hold, as well as moringa seed oil for softness, shine, and luster. I love applying this cream and the Instant Recover Serum to my hair after the Undamage shampoo and conditioner for the ultimate hair experience.

If these three styling products seem right up your alley, the JVN site actually offers them as a set for $58 USD (reg. $80), so if you are in the States and want to try out this line then I recommend grabbing the set to get all three for a good price.

JVN Haircare

I also want to note that all the products are housed in environmentally conscious and recyclable packaging.

JVN Hair has a ton of other products as well and for being a brand sold in Sephora, they are all offered at a pretty reasonable price when you compare them to other haircare brands.

Have you tried JVN Hair yet?

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my honest own.

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Bronzed + glowy: Two new products to try from St. Tropez

I love a good self tanner.

As soon as the weather gets warmer, it’s official tan season since it’s exactly as they say, everything looks better with a tan.

I have used many self tanners over the year but one of my all-time favourite brands is St. Tropez. Although they are a little pricey compared to others, their products just leave you with the most gorgeous glow and without the foul smell that is known in the self tanner world.

Now I have been using St. Tropez products for years now and have watched the line evolve from their original bronzing mousse to gels, facial products, lotions.. the list goes on and on. Recently I got to try out two of their newest items and it was love at first application.

St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Whipped Cream

St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Whipped Cream

Okay, so I first got this product from my lash artist who sells St. Tropez products and their spray tans (shout out to BB Artistry in Winnipeg!) who gifted me the Tan x Ashley Graham Limited Edition Glow Kit. The kit includes their new Self Tan Luxe Whipped Crème Mousse along with a limited-edition applicator co-created with Graham herself.

The Self Tan Luxe Whipped Crème Mousse (C$61), which you can buy on its own, is a self-tanning mousse that gives you a gorgeous deep tan that lasts longer than their other formulations, as well as contains a pleasant fine fragrance.

This tanning mousse contains a number of ingredients that help to nourish skin, even out tone, and protect it from environmental aggressors. Think of it like a self tanner but also with skincare. It contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate, niacinamide to visibly reduce redness and even out skin tone, and vitamin E and echinacea to protect skin from free radicals, soothe skin, and reduce redness.

This self tanner also has a beautiful scent to it which is a blend of sandalwood and musk. Overall, it’s the total package in self tanners and the one that has quickly solidified its place as my new favourite tanner.

Apply the mousse with a tanning mitt and you’ll notice instant colour. The longer you leave this product on for the deeper tan you will get. Usually with tanners I find I have to apply them a few days in a row to get the colour I want, but with this one, after eight hours or so, the tan is the perfect shade of bronze.

St. Tropez Tan Tonic Glow Drops

St. Tropez Tan Tonic Glow Drops

Keep your tan going with the new Tan Tonic Glow Drops (C$49).

These drops can be applied directly to the skin or added into your favourite moisturizer to give you a beautiful glow while hydrating skin. The drops themselves include 100 per cent natural tanning actives and skincare ingredients, such as niacinamide, to smooth the look of fine lines, reduce redness, and visibly even out skin tone; vitamin E and echinacea to protect skin from environmental damage, soothe skin, and reduce the look of redness; and dual-molecular weight hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin and visibly plump it up.

I love adding these drops to my body moisturizer since it’s a great way to keep skin hydrated while also giving it a subtle glow. You won’t get as deep of a tan with these drops as you would with the bronzing mousse, but I like to add this on in the mornings since it doesn’t leave a tackiness like the other bronzing products and honestly, once the moisturizer is absorbed into your skin, you don’t even feel it.

The drops are a great addition to their tanning mousse and my regular routine with these products would be to do the mousse once a week and then the drops with your moisturizer two to three times a week to keep the glow going.

St. Tropez Tan Tonic Glow Drops and St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Whipped Cream

Honestly, I can’t recommend this duo enough. I think they really do go hand in hand and work to give you the most perfect tan for the summer.

Have you tried these new St. Tropez products?

Please note, all products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Fresh and glowy: Skincare products you need to try this June

I love trying out new skincare products.

Although I have a pretty set routine, I’m always down to rotate out items and incorporate new products that I haven’t tried before.

Your skin is always changing, and as we get older, it becomes more and more important to have a good routine that will keep you looking young. I recently got in a few new goodies which has been making the rotation through my routine this month.

Glow Recipe Glow Essentials Kit by Mikayla

Glow Recipe Glow Essentials Kit by Mikayla

If you have always wanted to try some of Glow Recipe’s most iconic serums, then you’ll love the Glow Essentials Kit by Mikayla (C$63).

This kit, which came out earlier this year, is curated by @mikaylanogueira, a TikTok beauty guru. This kit includes a full-size in the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops, which visibly brighten and reduce hyperpigmentation, as well as minis of the Avocado Ceramide Redness Relief Serum and the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer.

These serums work to hydrate, brighten, and soothe skin and really give you a nice roundup of the brand’s most iconic products. I have tried all three of them and have liked them. The Watermelon Glow serum went viral on TikTok and does an abundance of things to give you perfect, plump, smooth, and hydrated skin.

I didn’t know who Mikayla was prior to this set but I think this is great value since the Watermelon Glow drops retail for C$45 alone, so for $18 more you can get two deluxe sizes of their other serums.

Glow Recipe Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Acid Serum

Glow Recipe Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Acid Serum

Speaking of Glow Recipe serums, they also introduced a brand new one earlier this year.

The Glow Recipe Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Acid Serum (C$53) is a soothing serum which contains AHA and BHA acids to gently smooth skin and visibly refine pores for clearer and hydrated skin.

If you suffer from blemishes, uneven skin tone, large pores, or acne then this is for you. This lightweight serum contains a clarity acid complex to visibly diminish pore buildup, which order causes blemishes. It also helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, and will smooth the look of bumps and fine lines. Like the name suggests, it also contains strawberry to reduce excess oil, exfoliate, and even out skin tone. Finally, it also has hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin.

As well, like the name suggests, this serum also contains two per cent salicylic acid and one per cent mandelic acid to clarify, decongest, soothe, and prevent blemishes. With regular use, this serum should help with fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce pore size.

I really love the fact that they came out with this serum since I feel like it’s a little more heavy duty than their other ones. I like their other ones as well but since I’m in my 30s I do look for something that can help me with skin issues as I’m aging, which I feel like this one really fits the bill.

Tula Eye Recharge + Replenish Pro-Ferm Overnight Complex

Tula Eye Recharge + Replenish Pro-Ferm Overnight Complex

You guys know I love Tula products and I have been using their eye creams for years now. When it comes to Tula’s eye creams, they have mostly been in a stick formula, which I feel like it great for daytime use, but would often use something more heavy-duty for nighttime use. Well finally Tula has introduced a product that will help to nourish eyes while you sleep.

The Tula Eye Recharge + Replenish Pro-Ferm Overnight Complex (C$73) is an eye treatment mask that work overnight to combat the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This eye cream, which comes in a pump dispenser, is an intensely hydrating cream that nourishes the delicate eye area while you’re sleeping.

The formula contains bakuchiol and eye-firming peptides to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as crow’s feet. Bakuchiol is a botanical retinol alternative and it helps to give you younger-looking skin. It will also help with reducing the look of dark circles and puffiness. It also contains a Pro-Ferm complex, which is a combination of polyglutamic acid, evening primrose, fermented green tea seed oil, and ceramides to hydrate and nourish. Finally, it has chamomile and green tea to soothe skin, as well as the brand’s S6Pro Complex, which is a blend of six prebiotics and probiotic extracts that will help improve skin smoothness and maintain skin balance.

If you are a fan of Tula’s eye creams already, then I think you’ll really love this one. Like I said, I like to use the Rose Glow & Get It during the day and then slather this on at night for the most luxurious and awakening eye treatment.

I am also happy to share that Tula is now available in Canada at Sephora Canada, as well as on a dedicated Canadian Tula site. If you want to score a discount on this product, use code SHAYNA at checkout at for 15% off your order.

UBeauty The Barrier Bioactive Treatment

UBeauty The Barrier Bioactive Treatment

One of my new favourite luxe skincare brands in UBeauty. I actually discovered it earlier this year and have really enjoyed using their products ever since.

One of their newer releases is the Barrier Bioactive Treatment (C$260), which is a nighttime moisturizer that optimizes normal skin renewal for visibly softer and stronger skin that has more vibrancy and resilience.

This treatment contains highly concentrated bioactive marine ingredients to give you more enhanced skin in an expedited way. Apply it at night as the last step in your skincare routine and wake up with visibly smother, healthier, and revived skin.

The formula contains urea, which hydrates and exfoliates skin to give it better elasticity; Vitamin B6 to soften and nourish; sodium DNA to minimize the appearance of wrinkles; shea butter, hyaluronic acid, purified oat extract, and fruit hydroxy acids to defend skin against water loss and for moisture; salicylic acid to exfoliate, and more.

When I was home in Winnipeg (I’m currently in Montreal for the summer), I was using this at night as my nighttime moisturizer and have been really enjoying it. Ubeauty is a more expensive brand but I do find it works very well and it’s nice luxe treat for your skin.

Thayer’s pH Balancing Gentle Face Wash with Aloe Vera

Thayer’s pH Balancing Gentle Face Wash with Aloe Vera

I’m always on the hunt for a new affordable cleanser and toner and Thayer’s is the best brand to fit the bill.

New from Thayer’s is the pH Balancing Gentle Face Wash with Aloe Vera (C$16.97), which helps to visibly improve the quality of skin and balance skin’s pH levels while also cleansing it.

This face wash is great to use morning and night and will keep skin clean and moisturized, as well as visibly increase skin texture to make it look smoother and more toned.

The formula includes five per cent filet of aloe vera and sodium hyaluronate, which gives it a jellylike texture that lathers into a mild, foaming cleanser. It also contains 96 per cent natural origin ingredients.

When it comes to your skincare I would choose a more affordable cleanser and toner and then splurge on other items like serums and creams. This one is great for everyday use and will leave your skin looking amazing and feeling clean.

Thayer’s Petal Facial Toner

Finally, follow up the cleanser with the Thayer’s Petal Facial Toner (C$16.29), which is an alcohol-free, gentle, and non-drying toner that works to hydrate skin all day, as well as leave it feeling purified, balanced, and renewed.

This toner will visibly improve the quality of skin with regular use, leaving it looking glowing, moisturized, and healthy. Texture will also look smoother and you’ll notice smaller pores and a more even skin tone.

This toner is one of their most iconic products and it also comes in a variety of other “flavours”. This particular formula also uses rose water, as well as their blend of aloe vera and non-distilled witch hazel, which is specifically grown for this brand. Use it day and night for the best results.

There are so many awesome and new products to try this summer and brands are constantly coming out with new items that promise big things. Let me know what some of your most want to try products are!

Products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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