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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: Gaga for NARS Gloss

The spring lip gloss line from NARS

Rosy reds, barely-there nudes and shimmering pinks: there’s a colour for every taste in NARS’ new line of larger-than-life lip glosses (pictured, $28 each). Each colourful shade—nine in total—mixes lip-nourishing ingredients with natural volume enhancers to help create that perfect pout. Available in February at Holt Renfrew and Murale.—Jennifer Patterson

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: 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: Toothy Tabs

Tooty Tabs from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Toothpaste is so last century. All the cool kids today use Toothy Tabs from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics to clean teeth and freshen breath, choosing from six all-natural flavours: atomic (coffee clove and ginger), aquatic (lime, jasmine and Earl Grey), breath of god (sandalwood), dirty (spearmint oil), sparkle (vanilla, lemon, grapefruit and black pepper) and ultrablast (triple mint, wasabi and lavender). Simply pop a tab in your mouth, chew it a bit, then brush as usual. At $3.95 for a box of 40, even the price will leave you smiling.—Sheri Radford

More information:

1020 Robson St. 604-687-5874.
2248 W. 4th Ave. 604-733-5874.


Hot Shopping: It’s a Thing of Beauty


A bright new location is just what the doctor ordered for the Robson Street store of skincare-enthusiast favourite Kiehl’s. The company started as a New York apothecary in 1851 and now boasts a cult following around the globe. Experiment with items at the product-testing hub; ask the well-versed employees skincare questions; and request samples from the try-before-you-buy program for any products that pique your interest.—Jennifer Patterson

More information:

KIEHL’S 1021 Robson St. 604-408-4182. www.kiehls.ca

Hot Shopping: Fall Finds

Galion nail polish by NARS

Let’s face facts: fall colours are getting predictable. This season, trade in oranges and yellows for the bright blues and soft neutrals of the NARS fall collection (“Galion” nail polish, pictured). These luxurious cosmetics are loaded with star power—celebrities Madonna and Sienna Miller favour the flashbulb-friendly line. Stock your make-up bag at Sephora or The Bay.—Jill Von Sprecken

Hot Shopping: Makeup Heaven

Sephora opened its newest location in Bayshore. There's also a store at the Rideau Centre.

Beauty mavens take note: Sephora has opened its second location in Ottawa! Boasting a jaw dropping 9,000 beauty, skin, body, and hair products from more than 200 top brands, it’s a must for any woman who wants to feel pampered. Hot tip: schedule a complimentary Express Service at the Sephora Beauty Studio for one-on-one expert sessions that range from attaining flawless foundation to perfecting the smoky eye. Bayshore Shopping Centre,
100 Bayshore Dr., 613-596 -5050, and the Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-567-1830.

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

You Are Here: Hamilton Street

Find an eclectic mix of dining, shopping and places for pampering on this stretch in historic Yaletown

By Jill Von Sprecken

Hamilton Street Grill. Photo by KK Law

The bold graphic prints at iconic Finnish company Marimekko pack a punch on bright handbags, home accessories and fashions for the whole family. Or try the Goorin Brothers Hat Shop, a brand established in 1895, on for size. The stylish boutique carries a selection of toppers for men and women, ranging from classic to creative.

In an area brimming with salons, Noir Lash Lounge has the niche market covered. Eyelash extensions, the only service offered, make peepers pop with styles ranging from au naturel to high drama. At Blo, a bombshell blowout is only a hairdryer away. There’s nary a pair of scissors nor a bottle of dye to be found, just salon-worthy locks in a snap. Guilt-free indulgence can be found at Frilly Lilly, where dessert-inspired beauty products, such as the “bathcake,” are (almost) good enough to eat.

A converted brick-and-beam warehouse space is the backdrop for Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, where innovative offerings, such as jellyfish and sea urchin, are always local and sustainable as well as beautifully prepared. Drop anchor at casual Rodney’s Oyster House for raw oysters and chowders that are sure to make a splash.

Society. Photo by KK Law

For a new take on small plates, visit Hapa Izakaya to sample Japanese tapas, sake and cocktails. At Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, the extensive wine cellar is second only to the fresh ingredients and traditional flavours, which take centre stage. Try Hamilton Street Grill for steaks or the famous burger, served with aged cheddar and truffle mayonnaise. Sip cool cocktails and nosh on pad thai on Charm Modern Thai’s trendy patio. For other South Asian bites, try Simply Thai or Urban Thai Bistro. Hot spot Society serves creative comfort food with a twist, from spiked milkshakes to lobster shepherd’s pie.

For inspired cocktails that will get your creativity flowing, check out Raw Canvas. An extensive menu of beer, wine and mixed drinks is served alongside the “painting pit.” Purchase a canvas and unleash your inner artist. If a caffeine buzz is what you’re after, try Argo Cafe for that perfect cup. Fair trade beans are roasted in-house and complemented with soups, sandwiches and baked goods.

DJs set the scene at George Ultra Lounge, the perfect spot to sip a classic martini. Built on a foundation of food, drink and graffiti art, 100 Nights is a lively venue with plenty of glitz and glamour. Trendy Afterglow Lounge combines sultry decor, beautiful people and libations—certainly a potent cocktail.

Hamilton Street is a 10-minute walk from downtown. Or take the Canada Line SkyTrain to the Yaletown-Roundhouse stop.

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