INSIDE | Lush Cosmetics West Edmonton Mall

INSIDE | Lush Cosmetics West Edmonton Mall

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If you haven’t heard of Lush by now, you must not like ethically made natural cosmetics that are minimally packaged and avoid testing on animals…

Lush is one of my favourite cult brands and in January they opened their new MASSIVE location at West Edmonton Mall. Massive might even be an understatement as they went from 650 square feet to 2600 – that’s a lot of space for heavenly smelling products! Scroll down for a look at the new space.

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The best part about the store is the multiple sink stations peppered throughout the shop floor so you can test any and every product at your leisure. I love being able to sample products before committing to them! Lately, my favourite products have been It’s Raining Men, Let The Good Times Roll, and Charity Pot. This triple threat when paired together has kept me from my usual misery of having reptile skin over the winter months.

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It’s no surprise to find out that their most popular products are their bath bombs as well as their skincare – they both have a whole wall and a sink station devoted to each of these lines. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as dropping a fresh bath bomb in to water!

Head on down to West Ed to see it for yourself!

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INSIDE | LUX Beauty Boutique

INSIDE | LUX Beauty Boutique

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Now open in their new bi-level location, LUX Beauty Boutique is back and better than before. If you’re a cosmetic junkie, chances are you’ve made this place a second home.

Located in the High Street shopping nook, LUX has curated a collection of beauty products that far exceed your expectations. Each item is handpicked and brands need to be exceptional to be carried here.

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On the main floor, one should expect to find an array of beauty products to test out and admire the packaging of (everything in this store is attractive). I highly recommend swanning around and doing a lap of the shop before stopping at each delightful brand.

Downstairs they’ve set up a beauty lounge for soirees, bridal parties, and tutorials. The space gives off a decadent feeling since the furniture, which is all vintage, is brass and velvet; my heart be still.

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Expect to find cult brands such as Jin Soon nail polish (my current favourite) the highly rated and raved about Ouai (their dry shampoo is supposedly a god-send), and Lipstick Queen (easily the best pigmented lipsticks out there).

Another service LUX offers is their 4 Seasons Boxes. Once you purchase a subscription, you fill out a short survey and each season you receive a customized beauty box. HOW COOL IS THAT? More info on that HERE.

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They even carry two Edmontonian brands so you can doubly shop local: sweet scents from My Daughter Fragrances and  handcrafted eyelashes from Creme de la Creme.

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Not only is it an great place for the ladies, they also have a section for your main man as well.

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A sink station so you can try before you buy!

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You can find LUX Beauty Boutique at:

12515-102 Avenue in High Street
Edmonton, AB
T5N 0M4

HOURS
Monday – Friday
– 10am to 6pm
Saturday 
– 10am to 5pm
Sunday
– 12pm – 4pm

Lux Beauty Boutique – Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Website

INSIDE | This Must Be The Place Pop-Up

INSIDE | This Must Be The Place Pop-Up

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This Must Be The Place is a holiday pop up shop in Vacancy Hall, located in the basement of the Mercer Warehouse with a curated collection of local artists and designers. It’s the perfect spot to pick out a thoughtful gift for your mom, a close gal pal, or even something for yourself from “Santa.”  Keep scrolling for a sampling of their handmade offerings which include jewelry, leather handbags, stationery, prints, woven pillows, wall hangings, and more!

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Wall hangings – Stranger Designs | Prints – Morgan Wedderspoon

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Clothing + Leather Bags – Stille Nord | Jewelry – Les Arts Plastiques

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Wall Hanging – Stranger Designs | Bags – Tofino Totes

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Ceramics – Stranger Design | Handbag – Vevila | Framed Prints – Leanne Olson | Jewelry – Les Arts Plastiques

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Space Bowls | Brooches – Vevila | Pillows – Hand Wovens (by Jess Fern)

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You can find This Must Be The Place at:

Vacancy Hall
10359 104 St NW,
Edmonton, AB
(Mercer Warehouse Basement)

Open November 17th 2016 – December 18th 2016

HOURS
Thursday – Friday
– 11am to 7pm
Saturday 
– 10am to 6pm
Sunday
– 11am – 5pm

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They’re only open till this Sunday so RUN DON’T WALKKKKK straight to Vacancy Hall right now! If you’re lucky, Ruby the shop dog might even in!

Check out This Must Be The Place on Instagram for more information.

INSIDE | The Weekly

INSIDE | The Weekly

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Located in the basement of the Mercer Warehouse is the Weekly – a hair salon with a barbershop feel and the coziest spot to get a trim, a colour, or a dreamy terrarium. Owned and operated by the equally chill Craig Boa (who also cuts hair too!)

I have been going here for years mostly because I will follow the lovely Miss Patricia Jastrzebski around wherever she goes but ALSO because the ambience in this place is top shelf. It doesn’t hurt that Transcend is across the hall and they make the best London Fog in town too.

 

 

Weekly on Instagram
Facebook
Twitter

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Air plants + terrariums by Patricia | lighting by Conway Electric

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You can find Weekly at:

10363 104 St NW,
Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9
(Mercer Warehouse Basement)

587-524-4247

HOURS
Monday
– 10am to 6pm
Tuesday
– 10am to 7pm
Wedneday
– 10am to 6pm
Thursday
– 10am to 8pm
Friday
– 10am to 6pm
Saturday
– 10am to 4pm
Sunday
– nope

I highly suggest following their Instagram account for some serious hair inspo/envy…. plus cute dogs appear on occasion!

 

 

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They also stock some of my favourite haircare brands such as Kevin.Murphy and Davines – both lines have insanely nice smelling (as well as effective) product.

All of my best hair days can be directly attributed to Patricia who has done magic for me time and time again. Here are just a couple of examples:

when I got bangs | when she perfected my balayage | when she gave me the best mermaid hair

INSIDE | Hideout Distro

INSIDE | Hideout Distro

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Hideout Distro is a magical shop located in Vacancy Hall (a collective of studio spaces in the basement of the Mercer building) in Edmonton. Tory Culen, owner of Hideout and maker of Karma Victoria jewelry, wanted to create a space that promoted other independent designers and thus the shop came to exist.

The store is stacked full of both local and international talent from prints, patches, pins, jewelry, fragrances, pottery, leather goods, t shirts, and records not to mention an epic vintage section from the now defunct Local Gifts (RIP). With its clubhouse like feel, it’s easy to wander down 104th street to Transcend for a coffee and go curl up in Tory’s velvet armchair for the duration of the afternoon. It’s cozy and welcoming.

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Metallica T shirt – Smokey Draws!
necklace – Karma Victoria
bitters – State Motto

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pressed flower phone cases – Just B Smiling | skateboarding wizard print – Hamburger Hands

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leather goods – Clo’s General Co | fringed leather and suede bags – Hoxen Leathers

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printed patches – Smokey Draws! | necklaces – Karma Victoria | embroidered patches – Amoira Borealis | lightbulb – Granville Woods Electric

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You can find Hideout Distro at:

10363 104 St NW,
Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9
(Mercer Warehouse Basement)

HOURS
Wednesday-Saturday
11am-4pm
or by appointment

If downtown isn’t convenient for you, Hideout Distro also has a permanent pop up shop in Bamboo Stockroom on Whyte Ave:

BAMBOO STOCKROOM
10552 82 (Whyte) Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A4

HOURS
Monday-Friday
11am-7pm
Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Hideout Distro – Instagram / Facebook / Website

INSIDE | Pura Botanicals

INSIDE | Pura Botanicals

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Pura Botanicals is a natural skincare line from Edmonton founded by resident alchemist Lane Edwards who is a purveyor of eco-friendly practices and chemical-free cosmetics.

Last month my sister and I went on a tour of the Pura HQ, a serene haven of delicious smelling products and Pinterest worthy decor. It seemed as though each piece of furniture or accessory had a story to accompany it, which is my favourite way to learn about the character of any space. The detail put into each product and every corner of the showroom is evidence of the care that has gone into forming this brand.

We were welcomed by the whole team and fully immersed into the Pura lifestyle. Verdict: we will never look back! Even as I sit here typing this, I am currently spritzing myself with the Desire Mist and breathing deeply.

Aside from their amazing skincare rituals, they also offer the service of bespoke perfume. Imagine a one-on-one meeting to design your own signature scent made the way of traditional perfumes. If that doesn’t sound like a dream come true, I really don’t know what would.

 

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Neon sign custom made locally by Martin Neon

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Botanical Prints by Bell Maison Art

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Wall hangings by Little Loom | antique chandelier

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Watch for an upcoming post where I gush about my favourite Pura products and my skincare rituals. In the meantime, visit Pura online, at their stockists, or in store:

#204 10132 124 St NW
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Open Wednesdays 10am-4pm

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