by Mary Luz Mejia
A Better Balm
Aussie twins Kim and Zoe created the completely natural Dr. Roebuck’s line based on their physician parents’ formulations. The line softens, repairs and hydrates skin without any toxic additives, preservatives or fillers. Tried and tested for over 30 years, the BPA free products include: Pure- the ideal night time cream; Face- which targets anti-aging concerns; Lips- a soothing, petroleum free lip balm, and Bubs & Bits for sensitive skin (babies included), for post waxing to inhibit skin irritation, and those with eczema. The Precious Pack includes all four top-rated products for easy packing. The Polish face mask/exfoliant with kaolin clay is a purifying, non-abrasive alternative that leaves skin baby soft. Not sure which combo is right for you? Check out the site’s handy “Skin Diets” section to get a glimpse of what might suit you best. Available across Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. http://drroebucks.com.au/skin-diets
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is your one-stop shop for a smart phone with the requisite Office programs should you have some work to do on the road, maps and transit assistance, but it’s the phone’s camera that really impresses. 41 Mega Pixels means your snaps are prone to be nearly picture-perfect, especially with added features like the Optical Image Stabilization for blur-fee images. Professional National Geographic photographer Steven Alvarez used the phone’s camera to photograph the Grand Canyon- which were published in the magazine. Move over Instragram! $49.99 on select two year plans with Rogers across Canada
The Pocket Poppet is an open drape cardigan ideal for the jet setter on the go. What’s ingenious is that it’s created to fold into its own attached, convenient pouch for a stylish cardigan that can take you from airplane to lunch, or dinner and drinks. The attached pouch doubles as an extra set of hands that can hold easy-to-access documents like a passport, while you go through security. $99 per cardigan at www.thepocketpoppet.com in a spate of fashionable shades.
If your eco-awareness extends to your oral hygiene, the WooBamboo “Sprout” toothbrush is your perfect, portable answer. Brush bristles are made of organically grown moso bamboo (no pesticides or chemicals used whatsoever) and are coated with a natural wax to keep your brush dry and silky. Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial- an especially good-to-know fact for any busy traveller. As an added bonus, the toothbrush’s handles are 100% biodegradable, so they won’t clog landfills like your drug store specials. You can choose from super soft to medium bristles. Each brush $4.96 www.woobamboo.com