Sparkle + shine: Shinery Bride products for shimmering jewelry

So I have some exciting news to share.

In case you don’t follow me on my social platforms, a month ago yesterday (April 9) I got engaged!  Josh and I went for a weekend trip to New York City and he asked me in Central Park, which is a place that we visited often when we lived there back in 2019.

To be honest, this wasn’t a complete surprise (I was totally expecting it!).  We have been dating for seven years and went ring shopping last year, so I knew he had the ring.  The ring itself is my dream ring and was custom made from Philippe & Co. in Montreal, which I highly recommend.  The whole experience of meeting with Phil was incredible since he’s so knowledgable and personable and if you are looking for an engagement ring, then I cannot recommend him enough!

Anyways, before I got engaged I had it in the back of my mind to get one of those ring cleaning machines from Amazon since I want to keep this precious piece of jewelry clean and sparkly.  I didn’t actually have to go search for one since a company got in touch with me to try their products instead.

Shinery Radiance Wash

Shinery sent over their Shinery Bride collection, which is a line of cleaners that are aimed to keep your diamonds as sparkly as the day you got them. Their Bride collection consists of three products, but the most innovative one in my opinion is the Radiance Wash ($28 USD), which is a hand wash that doubles as a ring cleaner.

The Radiance Wash is a gentle and non-toxic formula that is designed for daily use. It features plant-based surfactants to remove dirt and oils from your jewelry, all while you are washing your hands. Just keep your jewelry on, use a pump of the product, lather it on your hands, paying extra attention to your jewelry, then rinse!  This has become my new go-to wash and I can confidently say that if you are engaged or know someone who is engaged or even married, this is a wonderful gift idea (since who doesn’t need a hand soap?).

Shinery Bride Illuminating Pom

For more on-the-go use, take a look at their Illuminating Pom ($22 USD), which is a contain of three poms that clean your engagement ring and keep it looking like new. This is great to use alongside the wash (use the wash first them give it a quick one-over with the pom).  All you need to do is rub the pom on your jewelry and watch it pick up dirt, oil, beauty buildup, and other residue.

The pom itself is very soft, so it’s safe to use on any piece of jewelry and won’t scratch or leave any marks behind either. It is made of two materials; the bottom one being a latex-free, hydrophilic material with an open cell structure that absorbs and then traps water, oil, dirt, beauty buildup, and other residue.  The top materials and strap is made from a non-absorbent material that prevents the transfer of dirt or oil from your fingers to the jewelry.

Shinery Bride Radiance Towelettes

Finally, for even quicker on-the-go cleaning, keep some of their Radiance Towelettes ($22 USD) on hand.  Each box contains 10 towelettes, which removes film and residue from your jewelry. Open up an individual pack, unfold the towelette and then gently wipe your jewelry and watch dirt, oil, and build up disappear. Each towelette is residue-free, streak-free, and don’t require any rinsing.

I think these are great to have on hand for any time you need a quick touch up and you can also split them amongst friends as well if you want to share the love.

Like I said, I absolutely adore these products and think the idea of them (especially the Radiance Wash) is so genius.  Currently Shinery ships to the U.S., Canada and Mexico direct from their site. Amazon.ca has the products as well however it’s way cheaper to order it direct, or through Nordstrom.

Have you tried Shinery Bride products?

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

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Powered by nature: Products to try from Origins

I always love trying out new skincare brands. And when I say “new”, I mean new to me.

I have known about Origins for years but haven never had the opportunity to try it out.  For Earth Day this year the brand (which is owned by Estee Lauder) sent over a box of their top sellers and I couldn’t be more excited to receive it.

Origins contains naturally-derived ingredients and their products don’t include any parabens or ingredients that are bad for you. Their products are also cruelty-free vegetarian (since they do use honey and beeswax). The brand as a whole also gives back to the Earth through the use of minimal packaging, carbon-neutral shipping, tree plantings, and conscious manufacturing.

Origins skincare

So interested in their products? Keep reading!

Origins Check and Balances

Starting first with a cleanser, the Origins Checks and Balances (C$33) is a frothy vegan face wash that removes makeup, dirt, oil, you name it from the skin.

This face wash cleanses and purifies skin thanks to a formula containing broad leaf kelp extract, wheat protein, and tourmaline.  It also has mint essential oil, which is so pleasant and makes your skin just feel so clean and fresh.

This face wash is gentle enough to be used everyday and I love the fact that it’s nice and frothy. Between the formula and the scent, my face just feels so fresh and clean after using it.

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash and Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Toner

Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

Follow up with their Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion (C$47). This treatment lotion helps to calm skin and reduce the look of pores.  This works as a toner and helps to prep your skin for the rest of your products and also strengthens the skin’s barrier.

This lotion contains reishi mushroom, as well as adaptogenic liquorice root to activate the skin’s natural defences against external aggressors that can often lead to early signs of aging. This lotion also helps to repair dry, red, and irritated-looking skin.

Apply this to your skin via a cotton pad or your hands morning and night for more radiant-looking skin, as well as reduced pores and redness.

GinZing Vitamin C & Niacinamide Eye Cream

For the eyes, take a look at the GinZing Vitamin C & Niacinamide Eye Cream (C$44).

This eye cream contains vitamin C and niacinamide to visibly reduce dark circles instantly and over time, while also depuffing, brightening, and hydrating. If you suffer from dark circles then I think you’ll love this since is help to brighten the undereye area (they have two different shades to choose from, Original and Warm).  It also helps to hydrate the area, making it perfect to apply underneath your makeup.  Apply this morning and night for the best results.

Origins PlantScription Serum and  GinZing SPF 40 cream

Plantscription Multi-Powered Youth Serum

For serums, try their Plantscription Multi-Powered Youth Serum (C$75), which is their number-one anti-aging serum.  Apply this to your skin prior to your moisturizer to see visibly reduced lines and wrinkles, as well as more firm skin.

This serum has a 9.2 per cent complex of 6 peptides and targets three foundational components in the skin; collagen, elastin, and fibrillin. This serum boosts collagen and will leave you with skin that has noticeably less visible lines and pores, as well as more firmness.

GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer

Also part of the GinZing line, the SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer (C$53) is great to wear for the daytime.

This moisturizer helps to hydrate, energize, and perfect and protect skin. It contains caffeine from coffee beans to wake up skin, as well as panax ginseng to boost moisture levels for energized skin.  This also contains SPF 40 to protect skin from the damaging rays of the sun, while also giving you a sheer ting for flawless skin.  I mean, what more could you ask for in a daytime moisturizer?

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream and A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea

A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea

Finally, if you are looking for a moisturizer that isn’t tinted, then take a look at the A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea (C$62). This moisturizer also contains SPF 40 and gives skin hydration, plus protection against environmental aggressors and UV rays.

This moisturizer is oil-free and contains White Tea to protect skin.  It also helps to delay visible signs of aging and protects skin from the skin, pollution, infrared rays, and more.

Apply this in the morning for protection and for anti-aging benefits.

Origins products

These are just a handful products from Origins and there are tons more to choose from depending on your skin type and concerns.  You can find Origins products at both Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada.

Let me know your favourite Origins products below!

Have you tried Origins before?

Products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Eyes wide open: Three products from Boscia for more energized eyes

Okay so story time.

Two weeks ago my boyfriend and I did a weekend trip in NYC. The day we went I was up at 3:15 am since I couldn’t sleep due to too much excitement. The night before my dog kept waking me up to take him out so after two days of barely any sleep, I really needed something to wake me up. That Friday, since we were staying with friends, we did stay up quite late and after three nights of terrible sleep, I definitely needed a little pick me up.

Luckily, I had actually thrown some Boscia eye pads in my purse before I left and let me tell you, they definitely came in handy.

I have a few different eye products from Boscia, and since I’m getting older, having a healthy eye area is very important to me.  I try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, but just like anyone else, sometimes we need a little help in that area to look more awake.

So my top picks? Well, keep reading.

Boscia Triple Hyaluronic and Honeydew Moisture-Boost Gel Eye Masks

Boscia Triple Hyaluronic and Honeydew Moisture-Boost Gel Eye Masks

These were the gel eye masks that really came to the rescue.

The Boscia Triple Hyaluronic and Honeydew Moisture-Boost Gel Eye Masks (C$36) replenish moisture to dehydrated and overworked eyes thanks to the cooling hydrogel that you apply on the undereye area.

Available in a pack of five, these gel patches contain triple hyaluronic acid (hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, and sodium hyaluronate), which deeply hydrates the undereye area and binds moisture. It also boosts water retention and plumps and restores dull, tired-looking eyes.  It also has honeydew melon, which deeply moisturizes and replenishes skin, and contains a blend of vitamin A and C to boost skin health and radiance. Honeydew melon is also rich in antioxidants to help protect skin from environmental stressors. Finally, they also contain niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, which helps to improve the sin barrier by reducing the impact of environmental damage, and renews and restores the skin’s surface.  It also brightens and reduces inflammation of the skin.

Apply the gel masks under the eye for an instantly cooling effect and leave on for at least 15 minutes.  I loved using these and I instantly felt more awake, hydrated, and energized.  If you are travelling in the near future, I highly recommend picking these up!

Boscia Vegan Collagen Microcrystal Eye Mask

Boscia Vegan Collagen Microcrystal Eye Mask

For a more luxurious treat, take a look at the Boscia Vegan Collagen Microcrystal Eye Masks (C$37).

Available in a pack of two, these eye masks work to rescue fine lines and wrinkles thanks to its many youth-enhancing benefits.  These masks contain vegan collagen to boost collagen production for a more youthful appearance. It also as peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Finally, they also contain hyaluronic acid to hydrates, plump, and firm skin.

Apply one of the packs under your eyes for at least two hours. Boscia also mentions you can sleep with these on for maximum benefits.

Boscia Indigo Eye Cream

Boscia Indigo Eye Cream

Now if you are looking for an actual eye cream, take a look at the Boscia Indigo Eye Cream (C$50).

This eye cream contains wild indigo, which calms and brightens the undereye area.  the eye cream also contains blurring pigments to illuminate and cover up dark circles, as well as wake up the eye area.

In addition to wild indigo, it also has hand-harvested focus algae, which minimizes dark circles and provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to stimulate collagen production. It also has hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump.

Crafted with calming and brightening Wild Indigo, boscia Indigo Eye Cream is a one-step wonder eye cream that works to hydrate and color-correct the delicate under eye area. Soft, blurring pigments help illuminate and disguise dark circles while Wild Indigo wakes up tired eyes by reducing the appearance of puffiness for a wide-awake, brightened appearance.

Boscia has a ton of other eye products in their line up and you can find the products at Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, Revolve, Ulta, etc.  It’s also a clean beauty brand and vegan.

Have you tried any Boscia eye products? What are your favourite eye products?

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

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