Breeze Shooting With Heather Huntingford of “Kiss & Makeup”


Heather Huntingford is a make-up maven. In 2004, the native Vancouverite co-founded the thoughtfully stocked and divinely decadent apothecary Kiss & Makeup (apothecary, I could say that word 100 times). There, Heather sources and tests products looking for conscientiously made, original, organic and natural brands to line the shelves. If you aren’t familiar with the store, think of it as a cooler, hella more sophisticated Sephora, only with a local twist. Scout recently asked Heather about everything from her favourite lipstick (if anyone has the goods on this, it’s her) to where she goes to eat on cheap…

The interior of Kiss & Make Up, a new edition to West Van's Park Royal Village...

Scout Q&A

Town you were born in: Vancouver.

Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Gastown. The people, my loft and Salt Tasting Room.

The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: Cheese. Brie, specifically.

Default drink of choice: currently Rose. Joie, Re-think Pink. You can’t beat it in this heat.

The one place you’d move to: Paris.

Favourite wine varietal: Sauvignon Blanc.

Cheap place for dinner: The Diamond (linkage).

Book you’re reading: Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts

Last place traveled: Barbados. Love that island.

Biggest fear: My family getting hurt.

Best lipstick ever: Becca Estella, the most wonderful nude.

Dead film actor you wish was still making pictures: River Phoenix.

Best sneaker in the world: Bensimon Tennis Sneakers.

Place in BC that you love escaping to: Salt Spring Island.

Under what circumstances would you join the army: Necessity.

Favourite place for shopping: Ohhhh…besides Kiss & Makeup, Fred Segal’s, LA.

Dumbest purchase ever: Blocked it from my memory.

The thing that makes you the angriest: Ignorance.


Saddest thing about Vancouver: The streets in Gastown.

Most challenging part of owning a business: Continually motivating yourself.

Your nickname(s) growing up: HBL, Heather Bear Lump. Thanks, Dad?

Talent you wish you possessed: Singing.

The trend you wish you never followed, but did: Jennifer Aniston Friends hair cut and highlights.

Musical instrument you long to play: Violin.

Sport you gave up: Basketball.

The game you’re best at: Scatagories.

Somewhere within an hour of Vancouver that is worth checking out: Bowen Island.

The number of fist fights you’ve been in: I’m the youngest of 4. Fist fights no, scraps yes.

The scariest situation you’ve ever been in: A few massive storms while sailing pop to mind.

Three things of no value that you will keep until you die: High school notes, blanket box, and Milton (my panda).

Local person you admire most: My mom.

Best concert experience ever: Wyclef Jean at the Commodore.

Aspect of your personality you wish you could change: Stubbornness.

On your play list right now: Faded Paper Figures, Wintersleep, The National.


The thing you wished people cared more about: Being considerate while driving.

The dish you’re most proud of: I make a mean spanakopita

The thing that makes you the most nervous: Ghost stories.

Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Party of Five. Kidding. Don’t have cable.

First memory: Don’t recall.

Quality you admire most in yourself: Compassion.

Default junk food of choice: Miss Vickies sea salt and malt vinegar chips.

The career path you considered but never followed: Architect.

Your top 3 films of all time: Willow, Sense & Sensibility, Labyrinth.

The first three things you do every morning: Snuggle my dog, cappuccino, and a crossword. (ok, only sunday am).

The thing you’re addicted to: Reading.  I hate putting a book down.

Favourite book as a child: Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

What are you proud of: The people I have around me.


This was the 54th interview of what will eventually amount to 500 profiles of people who have made life in BC that much more interesting. At the rate we’re going it’ll take three years, at which time we’ll probably just start shooting for 1,000.



There are 3 comments

  1. Thanks for posting this interview, Vancouver has lots of strong business women that deserve our kudos. My pals and I have been to your original location many times and are looking forward to checking out the new digs pictured above – happy to make the trip to West Van even though Sephora is closer. Kudos Heather – good job!
    Sarah S

  2. Awesome article, Heather is awesome (she has killer purple boots from Italy, too!) Just a heads up though, Sephora was spelt incorrectly in the first paragraph. I’m a bit of a makeup/spelling nerd.