Best of Sephora Collection
Need a little inspiration for your Christmas gift list? We've got you covered with our eight fresh picks, from affordable style and beauty buys to delicious treats you just may want to keep to yourself:
For quick and easy giving, this lovely collection (shown above) comes boxed and ready to go. The set includes nine of Sephora’s bestselling products, including Rouge Cream Lipstick, Outrageous Volume Dramatic Mascara, Color Hit Nail Brush and much more. A $118 value, it’s priced at just $59.
Cozy up to this soft fine-gauge acrylic knit scarf in a classic colour block pattern of warm neutrals with a bright punch of red. Its generous 72” x 30” size allows it to serve double duty as a scarf or shawl. Also available in grey with black and cream colour blocking.
Inspired by Ken Lum’s iconic East Van Cross sculpture, jewellery designer Susan Fiedler has created two feisty pendants as a fundraiser for the Pivot Legal Society and its good works in the Downtown Eastside. The pendants come in two sizes, with or without a sterling-silver chain. Available online only.
There’s a beauty surprise behind every door of this fun advent calendar. The 24 items tucked inside range from face and body care to a rich shade of the Body Shop’s new Color Crush Nails. Available exclusively in stores, the calendar is a remarkable value – $129 worth of goodies for just $50.
Also from The Body Shop, this must be one of the prettiest gift sets we’ve ever seen. This beautifully packaged collection includes two sizes of eau de toilette, body lotion and shower gel. Plus, feel extra good about your Body Shop purchases, as proceeds from this set and the advent calendar help the company provide schooling to children in regions impacted by war.
It’s hard to resist something this gorgeous yet useful too. The simple sculptural design of this jewellery tree holds everything from rings and earrings to necklaces and bracelets in style. Crafted from mirror-finished aluminum, the tree features a weighted bottom to prevent tipping. Available at Atkinson’s of Vancouver.
Swiss-trained chocolatier Christophe Bonzon of Burnaby’s Chez Christophe has come up with a merry lineup of holiday sweets perfect for giving. Aside from traditional Bûche de Noël, this year he’s created sweet chocolate sculptures ranging from a snowman and reindeer to trees and tree ornaments – all handcrafted with Swiss chocolate and filled with luscious bonbons.
Skip old standards like Baileys Irish Cream and give your cocktail-loving friends a taste of something different. Amarula Cream is made from the African marula fruit, blended with fresh cream to produce velvety flavours of chocolate, mocha, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Try it in an Amarula Martini! In a cocktail shaker, add 1 oz. Amarula Cream, 1/2 oz. gin, 2-3 dashes bitters and a few ice cubes. Mix well, pour into a martini glass and garnish with fresh raspberries or a twist of lemon zest. Available at BC Liquor stores, $26.99 for 750 mL.