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Gift-List Must: Backpacking Beauty Products

Dec. 12, 2015
By Morgan Kwan

Editor’s note: We’re stoked that Morgan Kwan has joined Where Canadian Rockies as a guest blogger! This Calgarian not only has an entertaining and insightful outdoors blog, but now she and her friend Andrea have their own beauty product line. Read on to meet Morgan and get inspiration for your Christmas gift ideas!


It’s not very often that you find 20 women of different backgrounds and experience levels marching up a mountain, laughing and encouraging each other to work through the fatigue. Experiences like this are at the core of Beauty In The Backcountry, my blog that strives to breakdown the intense outdoor sports stereotype and inspire people, especially women, to push themselves and give these activities a try.


Hot Shopping: Special Edition Philosophy Products Available Now at Sephora

Philosophy, the beauty and skin-care line known for its packaging with charming vintage images of children and inspiring quotations, is celebrating its 16th anniversary. To mark the occasion, a limited-edition Cinnamon Buns shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath ($21) is being sold at Sephora.

And if you love the brand’s products, you can now take its bestsellers on the road with you: the Happy Travels kit ($42) includes conveniently sized versions of five items, including Hope in Jar moisturizer and Amazing Grace shampoo, bath and shower gel.

Spa Magic To Go

For spa goers who want to take a bit of that rejuvenating magic home, Lynn Kehoe, owner of Cream Body and Bath in Airdrie, offers aromatherapy sea salts, bath and shower gel, bath bombs and body mist.

Courtesy Cream Body and Bath


Hot Shopping: Pretty in Pink

This cute hair brush benefits charity and fits into your purse

Head to Sephora this October for one of the limited-edition pink products (including the pop-up hair brush, pictured) that help benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This beauty-product-lover’s paradise donates one dollar to the BCRF for every item sold. —Jennifer Patterson

More information:

Pacific Centre, 701 W. Georgia St. 778-331-3942.

Metropolis at Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby. 604-678-2360.

Coquitlam Centre, 2929 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam. 778-284-2350.


Hot Shopping: No More Falsies

Benefit's They're Real! mascara

Forget fiddling with false lashes and give Benefit’s recently released They’re Real! mascara (pictured, $29) a whirl. Sashay through the day with thick, lustrous lashes thanks to the durable, long-lasting formula and easy-to-use precision applicator—guaranteed to leave even the finest follicles standing at attention. At Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Sephora.—Amanda Peters

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