Happily Ever After: Indigena’s Guide to Bridesmaid Gifts

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After your bridesmaids are done showering you, it’s time to shower them with gifts! Your bridesmaids are there with you every step of the way – they plan the bridal shower, and bachelorette party, and stand by your side during the ceremony.

No matter how big or small your bridal party is, it’s important to get them a little something to show them how grateful you are for their support. Plus who doesn’t love presents?!

We’ve put together a list of some bridesmaids gift ideas that we LOVE and would gladly accept from our favorite brides. *HINT HINT*


  1. Glowing Skin

    This skincare set will leave your bridesmaids ready for the big day! It includes:
    -Blueberry Bliss Sugar Scrub to exfoliate before a spray tan.
    -Massage Melt to ensure your skin looks moisturized and smooth, not flaky and dry.
    -Sea Mineral Mist to keep your skin hydrated all day long & to cool you down a hot day.
    -Partridgeberry Lip Balm to keep your lips soft and smooth, smiling all day causes cracks!

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  2. Silk Monogrammed Robes

    How cute are these robe? The girls will want to wear them again and again. & they are PERFECT for wearing the morning of the wedding while getting ready. No worries on spoiling your hair when it’s time to change into your dress. Win-win!
  3. Personalized Wine Glassesil_570xN.978478718_lb1h

These wine glasses will certainly be a crowd favourite! Much more original then the typical
“Made of honour” or “Bridesmaid” glass. Ginta, owner of Pastinshs, works from images of both the bridesmaid dress and the girls themselves, to create these unique glasses.

4. Contribution to Bridesmaids Expenses

041416_7373_1024x1024Let’s be honest…it’s expensive to be a bridesmaid. From the shower gift to the bachelorette gift to the wedding gift to the…you get the idea! While your girls are honored just to be a part of your wedding, one gift we know every bridesmaid will sincerely appreciate is covering part of the cost. It could be part of the bridesmaid dress, hair and makeup for the big day, or even jewelry (may I suggest Whink?), is a perfect (and super easy) gift for your gals!  Even if you feel like you can only help out a little, it’s an easy way to let your girls say yes with a lot less stress!

5. Card
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No gift is complete without a card & nothing is more personal then a handwritten
thank-you . You can express your true thoughts and appreciation for your bridesmaids
on paper. But if you don’t have a way with words, try a cute poem, there are TONS online! This is from Johnny Ruth & Living Planet.

At the end of the day no matter what you gift the girls they will be thankful and feel appreciated. So relax, and enjoy whats left of the planning, before you know it will all be over! 

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xo Hayleigh

Happily Ever After: Indigena’s Tips for your big day!


Love is in the Air! June is one of the most romantic months & always a favourite month for us here at Indigena! This month we will be sharing some wedding tips from former brides, as well as our own tips, so stay tuned!

This wedding season is extra special for me personally as my cousin is getting married!! With an impending wedding on my mind  I thought I’d share some wedding tips for the bride and the groom so your pictures are awesome and you feel totally confident on your special day.


Spend a bit of alone time doing whatever relaxes you before the wedding. Go out on the proverbial limb and get a facial or massage with your Fiancé the week before. Nailed, Arendella Spa, Still Waters Massage & SpaThe Wash House Spa, StillWaters or The Doctor’s House  are among our favourites on the Island.
Let’s face it lovebirds your days are getting more stressful and its starting to show. Schedules leading up to the wedding are gruelling. You need some well deserved R&R for the big day! If you don’t want to go to a spa, you can always have a DIY night at home.


Pack a  “LifeSaver” kit for yourselves, the wedding party and parents.

Here are my suggestions:
-Water for each person, you don’t want anyone getting fatigued from dehydration. Try Pearl Springs or Iceberg Water.
Facial Blotting to help keep the shine away.
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– Healthy snacks keep everyone happy not hangry, a Snickers works but how about some healthy choices? Have you tried the Made with Local bars? They are to die for!!
-Lip balm!!! Everyone gets dry chapped lips and smiling all day in the photos doesn’t help. Have a few lip balms on hand and your bridal party will thank you! If you want a more glossy finish try our reformulated Smooch Lip Balm, but if shine is not your style try our Partridgeberry Lip Balm.
– Add a small sewing kit, bandaids, stain remover, cozy footwear and some Advil!  It never hurts to be prepared! You never know what the day might have in store.


Just these little things say “I Love You” so intimately to the most important people in your lives. Enjoy your day, go make more memories and look and feel awesome doing it! Share the Love!
Xo Lisa & Hayleigh

How to Properly Cleanse your Skin After a Day Outdoors!

The long weekend is coming up and if you are anything like the Indigena team, you are going to be spending a lot of time in the great outdoors! We love minimalist living, so when it comes to packing your weekend getaway bag or backpack, we like to take just the essentials !Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 9.52.08 AM

Our number one skin tip to anyone traveling is to take our Rooibos Tea Cleanser and Sea Mineral Mist.

Indigena’s Rooibos Tea Cleanser is a natural cream based cleanser that gently cleans and moisturizes in one step!

It is paraben free, non GMO, petrochemical and fragrance free! It does not have any water – just organic aloe juice as the base so your skin will stay hydrated longer. The pH of this gorgeous textured cleanser is 4.5 to 5.5, the same as your skin. It won’t dry your skin and it will absorb quickly.

How to care for your face while traveling
Splash tepid water on your skin to prepare skin for your cleanser, pump a dime sized amount of cleanser in your palm and dab on the tips of all fingers. Place your hands on our chin and forehead lightly placing product there; then do the same on your cheeks, massage into the skin for a minute, and make sure to massage your neck lightly.  Don’t forget your ears!

Splash more water on the skin and dab dry with a wash cloth. Wipe all excess product off, then pat dry with a wash cloth.  Voila! You are ready for some moisturizer.

10540915_10152727830453054_155334481803597388_nNext grab your Sea Mineral Mist. Liquid moisture is the quickest, most effective way to hydrate without heaviness. Spritz onto the skin from about 12-15 inches away and pat into the skin with the tips of your fingers. This naturally derived product can be used as a primer or refresher throughout the day. It can also be used post workout to re-hydrate the skin. It is an effective moisturizer for all skin types. Sea Mineral Mist can also moisten the skin while cleansing if water is not available…We got you covered!🙂

Xo Lisa


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Tell us about yourself! 

I am a 3rd year Pharmacy student living in St. John’s. I held the title of MT Newfoundland and Labrador 2014 where I first learned about Indigena and was quite impressed!

What’s in your Indigena Stash?

I use the Aurora Travel Kit that includes Smooch Lip Balm, Rooibos Tea Cleanser, Blueberry Bliss Sugar Scrub, Sea Veggie Face Masque and the Labrador Tea Crème. I also carry the Land & Sea Healing Mist, and the Multi Purpose Moisturizer in my purse!

What do you like about these products?

The Travel Kit comes in a conveniently sized case which makes it perfect to keep all the products in one place. The lip balm prevents my lips from becoming scaly during the winter and is not strongly scented-a plus point for me! The blueberry sugar scrub definitely makes the face smooth immediately after using it without being harsh on my sensitive skin. On days my face feels oily, the sea veggie masque, a well textured paste, leaves my face and pores feeling tight and lifted! The mist toner is light and smells beautiful. Nothing has caused breakouts for me!

What does your daily beauty routine entail?

I start off by washing my face with warm water and using the Rooibos tea cleanser then patting my face dry. Every 3 days I will use the blueberry sugar scrub. Before applying my makeup, I use the multi-purpose moisturizer which helps prevent flaking during the day. I finish off by spraying the Land and Sea Healing Mist to keep my makeup looking fresh! At bedtime, I put on the lip balm.

Does your beauty routine vary season to season?

In the winter, I tend to use more moisturizers and in the summer I lean towards mists and less layering of cream. But I use all these products year long!

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Do you have a star product you can’t live without?

The blueberry sugar scrub! My skin feels smoother with fast results.

What is your desert island product you cannot live without?

The Land & Sea Healing Mist! I am a daily makeup wearer and it can be difficult to maintain fresh skin during the day. This has been a great recent find!

If you’d like to be featured in this series send an email to hayleigh@indigenaskincare.com
xo Hayleigh



The beautiful Britney works at Ever After Bridal Studio and works closely with the Indigena Team to make sure they have a full stock all the time. Once Britney tried the products she was hooked..Read what she had to say below!12800322_10153479745103157_9043002120663509389_n

Tell us about yourself!
Im a bridal stylist at Ever After Bridal Boutique! I have a pet pig named Sadie and a wonderful husband. We live in beautiful CBS! (follow @sadiethepig on instagram)

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What’s in your Indigena Stash?
My stash includes, bikini babe butter, blueberry bliss sugar scrub, bikini babe bath
, sea berry soap, sea veggie facial lotion, rooibos tea cleanser, Labrador tea night creme, sea veggie face masque, blueberry bliss face masque, land & sea healing mist, FullSizeRenderbotanical bliss facial serum,
partridgeberry lip balm and blissful lip balm. (I’m kinda addicted)

What do you like about these products?
The fact that I know there are no chemicals going on my face or into my body, that is one big factor. I love that it’s locally made here in Newfoundland. Ever since I started using Indigena my acne has improved so much and my oily skin is finally gone!

What does your daily beauty routine entail?
I start my day by washing my face with lukewarm water and doing a small roobios tea cleanse, then I moisturize for the day with my sea veggie facial lotion. The real magic happens when I do my bedtime routine. I start again with my rooibos tea cleanser (the best thing I’ve found for removing my makeup) then about twice a week I do a blueberry bliss face scrub! After I remove my makeup I use my botanical bliss serum and then to moisturize for the night I use Labrador tea night cream!!

I also love taking baths, so that’s when I soak in my bikini babe crystals! My skin is so soft when I get out! It’s the best.

 Does your beauty routine vary season to season?
Not really. I just have to moisturize more in the winter!

 Do you have a star product you can’t live without?
My whole stash!! Ha-ha but my top things would have to be both my partridgeberry and blissful lip balms. I also love my rooibos cleanser and Labrador night cream!Partridgeberry Lipbalm_edit 2

 What is your desert island product you cannot live without?
I would have to say my Labrador night cream! It’s the most amazing product. It’s like putting a fresh field of flowers on your face!!



If you want to be featured on the blog just answer these questions and send them in an email to hayleigh@indigenaskincare.com. Don’t forget pictures (one of you and some of the products).

XO Hayleigh


Natural Lip Care Tips

Partridgeberry Lipbalm_edit 2.jpgThis is the time of year that our skin needs more hydration. The change of seasons is behind us and now the dryness in the air robs moisture from our skin. Your lips are most prone to dryness and chapping.

Here is Indigena’s routine for moisturizing your lips from maximum hydration.

  1. Use a sugar lip scrub a few times a week. Blueberry Bliss is our cult product but my go to as my skin is needing more brightening is Bakeapple Bliss
  2. Liberally apply lip balm at night, keep a balm by your bedside table and use nightly. This repairs and nourishes your lips while you sleep.
  3. Apply your skincare moisturizer over your lips as well. Our ingredients are food grade so no worries if you lick your lips. My favourite is Labrador Tea Night Creme.
  4. Our oil serums work wonders on the lips too. dab a little on your lips before adding lip balm in the morning.

Check us out at: indigenaskincare.com

Xo Lisa

Eight tips for a better sleep!

Those of us who have trouble falling asleep at night are no strangers to tossing and turning, counting sheep, staring at the ceiling and watching time crawl by. Getting the right amount of rest at night is necessary for us to function. We need to let our bodies re-set, and properly doing so helps us keep up our overall health – mental and physical. If you’re having a hard time falling asleep at night, there are a number of natural ways that you can help your body relax, and even speed up the process of falling asleep.

Don’t Nap

Even if restless sleep makes you want to nap during the day, don’t. That nap may be just what’s keeping you from catching nightly Zs. Instead, take a walk or get some fresh air to reenergize until it’s bedtime.

Stay Active

Exercise isn’t the only way to expend energy; being active throughout the day, whether it’s running errands or talking on the phone while you take a walk, helps ensure that you’re sleepy when your head hits the pillow.

Establish an evening routine

Adhering to relaxing habits and falling asleep around the same time each night will condition your body to maintain a steady internal rhythm and more readily welcome sleep each night.

Take a bath

A warm bath or shower can help you relax and wind down after a chaotic day. I take one each night, and it’s my favourite part of the day. Try to do this right before bed! My brain begins its shutting-down process while I’m taking my bath, simply because it knows what comes next. Also, use a lavender essential oil—the scent is so soothing.

Drink Herbal Tea

Settling down with a mug of non-caffeinated tea can help you relax before bedtime. Up the sleep-inducing power by opting for herbs that have their own relaxing properties, like chamomile, mint, and valerian. My go-to is David’s Tea Mother’s Little Helper -so good!

Turn it all off

You already knew this one was coming, right? The noises and lights from your electronics will keep your brain alert when it should be winding down. Do not sleep next to your phone! (If you use it as an alarm clock, simply move it to the other side of your room.)

Breathing exercises

Deep breathing does great things for your brain and body. Focus on each slow inhale and exhale. And try this “4-7-8″ breathing exercise!

Change your pace

If you haven’t fallen asleep within 30 minutes of getting into bed for the night, you should get up. Try reading a book or walking around the house. Do not turn the TV on—electronics should stay off.

We’d love to hear your own experiences and techniques!

xo Kimberley