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Shopping Vancouver

It’s Glow Time

By SHERI RADFORD

Look lustrous in no time at Project Skin MD.

Look lustrous in no time at Project Skin MD.

When your complexion needs a pick-me-up but the clock is ticking, it’s time to visit the Glow Room at Project Skin MD. A customized Glow experience delivers all the benefits of a facial in just 25 minutes. Consider it the fast track to healthy, radiant skin.

Canadian Crunch

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Neale Brothers' Kettle Chips come in a range of all-Canadian flavours.

Neale Brothers’ Kettle Chips come in a range of all-Canadian flavours.

What do you get when you pack Canada into a crispy snack? The answer is Neal Brothers’ Kettle Chips. Sweet and smoky flavours mingle deliciously in cool Canuck options such as Maple Bacon, while each bite of Montreal Steak Spice is loaded with East Coast zing. Other True North Strong and Free selections include Spicy Srirachup, Salt and Vinegar, and Vij’s Delhi-licious. Available at Choices and Urban Fare.

A Sweet Story

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Jackie Kai Ellis creates tasty treats at Beaucoup Bakery. (Photo: KK Law)

Jackie Kai Ellis creates tasty treats at Beaucoup Bakery. (Photo: KK Law)

Biting into a perfectly crisp, flaky pastry can certainly feel like a life-changing experience, but in the case of Jackie Kai Ellis, that indulgence actually helped the Beaucoup Bakery owner whip up a new life. When Ellis flew to Paris to study pastry making at École Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil, she left behind her life as a graphic designer with her own firm. The catalyst? A cookie. (more…)

Great Gifts for Valentine’s Day

By SHERI RADFORD

A love pendant from Tiffany & Co. (Photo: Tiffany & Co.)

A love pendant from Tiffany & Co. (Photo: Tiffany & Co.)

Surprise your loved ones with the perfect presents on Feb. 14. Pamper her with a necklace from Tiffany & Co. or cozy pyjamas from La Vie En Rose. Spoil him with a timepiece from the Rolex Boutique, and treat a tiny tot to Chunky Pack: Valentine, which includes three heart-warming board books by Roger Priddy (at local bookstores).

Skincare with Seoul

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

What do you get when you combine up-to-the-minute Korean skincare with a 150-year-old Scottish apothecary? Beauty brand Belif. The cult-favourite skincare products are infused with traditional herbal formulas from Scotland, but are free from synthetic preservatives, dyes, fragrances and mineral oils. To combat cold-weather concerns, try the skin-quenching True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, which contains hydrating comfrey leaf for up to 26 hours of moisture. Stock up at The Face Shop.

Chocolate Chronicle

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Delicious Crunchetti clusters from Brockmann's Chocolates

Delicious Crunchetti clusters from Brockmann’s Chocolates

Once upon a time there was a chocolate-maker named Willy. Only in this particular story, his tempting confections were brought from Europe to Canada, where they were crafted with care for another 30 years. The third-generation chocolatiers now offer two locally made treats: the creamy Truffini truffles, which are available in 11 flavours, including Canadian maple; and the addictive Crunchetti clusters, with toasted almonds and cranberries. Indulge your sweet tooth with treats by Brockmann’s Chocolates at Urban Fare and Nesters.

Ice Ice Baby

By SHERI RADFORD

The Inverse Hair Conditioning System

The Inverse Hair Conditioning System

If frizz is the name of the game, then it’s time to free your follicles from years of heat damage. The Inverse Hair Conditioning System uses ice to lock in hydration, resulting in stronger, healthier, shinier hair. The simple system consists of ice cores that pop out to go in the freezer, a sleek body, ice mist spray and a carrying bag. The best part? No nasty chemicals and no cord. Buy online at ca.inversehair.com.

Purely Canadian Apparel

By SHERI RADFORD

Get cozy and Canadian with a Mary Maxim sweater from Roots.

Get cozy and Canadian with a Mary Maxim sweater from Roots.

Hand-knit from warm and cozy tri-blend yarn, the Mary Maxim sweater for men is decorated with a friendly beaver and a series of maple leaves. The only way the sweater could be more Canadian is if it came with maple syrup, a side of poutine and a hockey stick. Pick up this comfy Canuck creation at Roots, eh.

Nice by Nature

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Absolut Face & Body Lotion

Absolut Face & Body Lotion

Save face—and hair and body—with United & Free’s natural products, which are packed with good-enough-to-eat ingredients. Founded by a Vancouver-based brother and sister duo, the beauty brand’s gender-neutral products appeal to both men and women. Take the Absolut Face & Body Lotion, for instance: hemp- and raspberry-seed oils leave skin hydrated, while a fragrant blend of citrus and cedar appeals to ladies and gents alike. What’s missing? Most notably, sulfates, parabens and harsh chemicals. Now that’s a beautiful thing. Stock up at Below the Belt.

Presents for Pets

By SHERI RADFORD

Healthy goodies from The Granville Island Pet Treatery.

Healthy goodies from The Granville Island Pet Treatery.

Treat Fido or Fluffy to something special under the tree this year.

1. Healthy, tasty treats from The Granville Island Pet Treatery are handmade in-house using no chemicals, no additives and no preservatives.

2. Cool cats like to chill out in a pod-style pet bed from HomeSense.

3. A doughnut-shaped dog toy from Marshalls leads to hours of chewing.

4. A Winners elf hat adds some festive flair to any dapper dog.

Happily Ever After

By SHERI RADFORD

The four limited edition tins of Nivea Creme

The four limited edition tins of Nivea Creme

Once upon a time, a beloved moisturizer company met a talented author and a gifted illustrator, and it was love at first sight. Udo Weigelt wrote four stories that Joelle Tourionias illustrated, and these winter-themed tales inspired four charming limited-edition tins of Nivea Creme, available in December at stores such as London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart. Read the digitally animated stories online, and prepare to fall in love, too.

Perfectly Packed

By SHERI RADFORD

A set of Mumi's packing cubes.

A set of Mumi packing cubes.

Tidy up your travel gear with a five-piece set of packing cubes from Mumi. Available in an array of bright colours, these lightweight but durable cubes help you maximize suitcase space by keeping everything organized, from socks and underwear to toiletries and electronics. Buy online at www.mumidesign.com.