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skin care

Hot Shopping: NARS Releases a Skin Care Line

The luminous bottles of NARSskin are beauty’s latest must-have items

The best things in life really do come in the prettiest packages. This month, make-up powerhouse NARS releases a line guaranteed to change the face of beauty: NARSskin. Illuminated skin is key in this new collection, and creator Francois Nars’ personal philosophy of “the best skin is skin that can reflect light” shines through. So treat yourself to some serious pampering with nine top-of-line items including a gentle cream cleanser, double refining exfoliator and aqua gel luminous mask. At The Bay and Sephora.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Fruits & Passion’s New Fragrance Smells Like Summer

Fruits & Passion’s new fragrance, Pomelo Granité

With its notes of currant, pomelo, wild mint, sage and sugar, the new Pomelo Granité fragrance from Fruits & Passion smells good enough to eat. But try to avoid any nibbling as you lather up with the shower gel, hand soap or foaming bath. Afterwards, layer the crisp scent with the quenching butter for the body, eau de fruits (pictured) or hand cream. It’s pampering at its most delicious.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Summer Accessories to Beat the Heat

Eugenie Kim fedora, available at Kiss & Makeup

Banish harmful rays with a few warm-weather products. A fedora keeps overexposure to sun at bay, and this chiffon-wrapped topper by Eugenie Kim (pictured) brightens any outfit (at Kiss & Makeup). Slap on Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50 for oil-free, water-resistant protection. Slip on stylin’ shades from Sunglass Hut to avoid sunburnt eyes.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Relax at Calixica Holistic Spa Boutique

The welcoming Calixica Holistic Spa Boutique

Leave your troubles behind and get ready to feel transformed, starting the minute you walk in the door of Granville Island’s Calixica Holistic Spa Boutique and experience the Namaste Welcome. It consists of warm towels enveloping and soothing your hands, custom-blended oils to bring your senses to life, and an ever-so-gentle head and shoulder massage to help you forget the stresses of the day. This isn’t your average spa. All treatments combine the healing energies of the earth with organic skincare products, resulting in a peaceful, inspiring experience personalized for you. Namaste.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Mother’s Day Gifts from Lush

Mother's Day gift set from Lush

Before Mother’s Day (May 13) rolls around, purchase some sweet-smelling goodies for the woman of the hour. This collectible tin from Lush comes packed with fresh bath bombs, a body scrub and the famous Dream Cream—and it’s selling out quickly. Website orders must be placed by May 10 at noon, but you can try your luck in-store, too.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Lighten Up

Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator

Want a flawless complexion? Try Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator. This new product targets excess pigmentation, evening out skin tone and eliminating dark spots and discoloration. Whether your skin is pale or dark, damaged by age or acne or the sun, you’ll see results in as little as a week. Consider it cosmetic surgery in a bottle. Visit www.luminaze.com for more information. Available at The Bay for $120.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Skin Care from H2O+

The natural Sea Pure line from H2O+

Sourced from the Sea

If beauty is only skin-deep, you’d better make sure that skin glows. Need a little help? The Sea Pure line (pictured) from H2O+ uses marine ingredients such as amino acids and sea moss to hydrate skin and reduce pesky fine lines. These luxurious products are all-natural and biodegradable, so not only will your skin thank you, but the earth will, too.—Kristina Urquhart

More information:

H2O + 929 Robson St. 604-648-2284. www.h2oplus.com

Hot Shopping: Lookin’ Lovely

BeautyMark in Yaletown

In Yaletown, head to BeautyMark’s new location for a huge selection of hard-to-find skincare, make-up and haircare products. Peruse the wall-to-wall shelves, get a one-of-a-kind manicure by nail artist Christina Culver, enjoy a mini facial, have unruly eyebrows shaped, and finish with a blowout by Funk’d Hair. It’s like a mini-department store for all things beauty.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: West Side Welcome

Nicole Bridger's West Fourth Avenue store

West Fourth Avenue has a couple of new neighbours: Nicole Bridger (pictured) and Skoah. Bright eco-chic boutique Nicole Bridger carries fashion-forward skirts, dresses, jackets and tunics all made from sustainable fabrics and coloured with low-impact dyes. Skoah’s cozy location comes packed full of the luxe in-house brand of skincare products for the face, body and hair.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: More than Skin-Deep

New FITE products from Dermalogica

Dermalogica has always helped skin; now the company is helping female entrepreneurs around the world. Every time you purchase a Dermalogica product with the FITE logo, you’ll receive a code to activate a donation towards a microloan for a woman striving to improve her life. Look for these products at spas such as Spruce Body Lab, and let the empowerment begin.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Easy on the Eyes

This little wonder cream by Dermalogica is one of our new favourites

Say adios to crow’s feet, puffiness and dark circles with the new Age Reversal Eye Complex from Dermalogica ($105; available at Spruce Body Lab). With retinol, peptides, vitamins and botanicals, it’s better than cosmetic surgery.—Sheri Radford