Confessions of a Mecca Beauty Junkie! An updated best buys from Mecca Cosmetica and Mecca Maxima rundown.
Hope you are up for a beauty update! I have been working on some ‘haul type’ of posts to share across skincare, makeup and hair care from Mecca, Sephora and Adore Beauty. I’ll keep rolling them out bit by bit. I didn’t exactly go crazy in one swoop and actually haul, but I’ve bought quite a lot of bits and pieces lately that I want to share. Below, I’ve included some of my Mecca classic favourite buys that I am still using and discovering new things about. Some I’ve talked about before but wanted to reshare. There are plenty of new products too.
PSA: MECCALAND TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW
Just quickly, Mecca has just released ticket sales for MeccaLand, for May in Sydney. THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
So what is it? MeccaLand is a huge beauty festival. It launched in Melbourne last year and is back for round two from the 17 – 19 May 2019. Over 40 global brands will be featured including Too Faced, Nars, Hourglass, Urban Decay, Drunk Elephant, Mario Badescu, Mecca Max and Isle of Paradise. The festival will feature five immersive worlds so there will be something for everyone. Plus there is an insane line up of special guests including industry superstars, celebrity make-up artists, brand founders and of course beauty it guys and gals. The schedule includes discussion panels and lessons from the best.
I just sent in an RSVP for the media launch so now I’ve gotta get by butt over to Sydney in May. It will be incredible to have the access to learn so much, meet and greet and of course, try a slew of new products. This post isn’t at all sponsored by Mecca, I just thought given the timing I’d post this Mecca products update first so I could tell you Sydney-siders to buy your MeccaLand tickets! The will sell fast!
The fact that Nars is my favourite cosmetics brand should not surprise anyone who’s been following me for a while. I’ve recently partnered with them (see this on Instagram @inspiringwit if you missed it) (I AM SO LUCKY!) to try their concealer, eyeshadow palette and find my perfect foundation match. It was great timing for me because I had just run out of the Sheer Glow foundation and I’d thought my shade was a bit dark.
SHEER GLOW FOUNDATION
I’ll go as far as to say Nars Sheer Glow is my favourite foundation. I also love the La Mer foundation and recently got some from The Ordinary but ultimately, Nars wins. Now that the range has 34 shades, I tried three more to get the right match for me. I’m now wearing it in Punjab.
Sheer Glow delivers not only that shade range but a light coverage that doesn’t look too baked, cakey or full and results in glowing skin. It works for me so I’ve stuck to it.
RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER
A new one to me. I’ve worn YSL Touche Éclat for Y-E-A-R-S and only otherwise dabbled with bareminerals BareSkin Concealer. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is my new go-to. I got it in a few shades to try and can either use it in the shade Crème Brûlée or Custard, depending on where I use it.
SKIN DEEP EYE PALETTE
This limited edition palette is made up of four larger matte shades and satin, shimmer and metallic neutral and nude shades. I can not honestly say I’ve scratched the surface of what I could do with this palette. There are so many beautiful shades and combinations that I could play around with! I love the warm tones and deeper browns. It’s the only thing I packed on a recent trip to Sydney, skipping eyeliner. I love it for every day, for a smokey eye and even more of a copper smokey eye.
I have a few of the Audacious Lipstick colours and will wear whichever suits my mood, so rather than go into a particular shade I thought I’d mention the formula. The pigment is strong and bold. It’s creamy but with a satiny sheen finish. I’ll turn to one of these mostly if I want a more eye-catching and strong colour. It’s less chalky than a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick too, which I also love but find the Nars more comfortable to wear.
BONUS TIP: ASK FOR HELP AT MECCA
My introduction to Nars was through Mecca when I had my makeup done years ago. Even now, if I want to try to colour match or test anything out, the Mecca staff are great. I go in and ask for help and before I know it I find myself in the makeup chair while they run through a product with me, test it on me and always give me more tips. I should write a blog post on the makeup and hair tips I’ve gotten over the years! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You can even book in for lessons. I love Mecca! Where were you when I was younger?!
I just listened to a podcast interview with Rose-Marie Swift, founder of RMS Beauty and I have to say, I kind of fell more in love with the brand knowing her story and hearing her honest voice. Of course, I’ve found myself in a rabbit hole watching YouTube videos with her too. And, needless to say, I have a crazy long wish list of RMS products.
Two that I’ve had for a while now and have mentioned again and again are the Lip2Cheek pot in Beloved and the Eye Polish in Lunar. I actually use Lunar on my highlight spots all the time, maybe more than I do as eye shadow! It’s such a pretty sheen without being too much! The Lip2Cheek blush is beautiful. I’m obsessed. It is creamy, which I sometimes prefer to powder blush. The RMS pigments are so bang on without compromising in the chemicals used. If you are interested in natural beauty, go to RMS.
BONUS TIP: LISTEN TO PODCASTS
Lately, in the early evenings, I’ve been walking a lot, rather than mindlessly scrolling through my phone with TV in the background. I pop on my headphones, clock up my step count for the day and listen to some pretty interesting podcasts. Beauty podcasts are always a great way to learn about the founder of a brand or about the companies practices. I listen to Breaking Beauty, Glow Journal, The Glossy Beauty Podcast, The Dream Bigger Podcast and many more. If you do the same, please send me your recommendations! Who should I subscribe to?
If I’m not wanting to see a crease in my lid, I use the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I don’t bother all the time but it’s a handy product if I am putting makeup on in the morning and need it to last all day.
My intro into Drunk Elephant has been through D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops. I talked about them in my last beauty blog post here. Another month on, I am still loving it so I thought I’d drop it in here and give it a mention.
I’ve also just tried a new brand and product to me, the Vita Liberata Beauty Blur in Latte. The two are not at all the same sort of product but I love that one, so will give it a quick mention and go into it more soon. It’s a primer in a way that adds a little bit of bronze too. Let me know if you have tried. I’m super excited about it!
Too Faced just release the most fun collections. Their Peach range is my favourite, by a long shot. However, in the sales last year I ordered the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette and have been using it every week since. More so than the Urban Decay palettes. Which is saying something!! I’d been using those non-stop for years. The shades are great for every day, you can do a smokey eye or a nude or a buttery warm neutral look. The tin is very sturdy too, no velvet casing that gets dirty (ahem, Urban Decay). And yes, they do smell like a milk chocolate block and put you in a sweet mood.
Always the same, I restock and have been doing so for years, Mecca Cosmetica have some of the best performing products. Though I talked about them in the Mecca Cosmetica Favourites blog post in 2017, I’ve included a couple of my favourites again here. The To Save Face Superscreen and Soft Focus Smoothing Primer have served me well for years and I haven’t found anything else that comes close to priming or protecting my face as well as these.
Not pictured, but excellent as well, the Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit From Within Powder is still better than most highlighters I’ve tried in powder form from bigger name luxury brands. It’s excellent.
Vegan and budget friendly, Mecca Max is the affordable line from Mecca. The first thing I ordered from Mecca Max was the Banana Bake Skin Filter. I use it lightly to finish off my makeup look a subtly correct under my eyes.
In the after Christmas sales, I went out for a shop with my Mum and almost came home empty-handed. This was prior to my detour into the Mecca Maxima store, naturally. On the sale section shelves, I picked up the Mecca Max setting spray and Galactic Gloss. The gloss is clearly a departure for me from any other lip colour in my collection- there’s nothing about it that says ‘no makeup-makeup’! Actually, it kind of reminds me of a unicorn horn.
Both products were under $10 so maybe I was just getting a little caught up in the moment. However, I have been using the spray since and am happy with it. It’s not available at the moment so watch out if they release a new setting spray in the future. As for the gloss? It’s a light capturing final touch if I want even a little bit added to the center of my lips.
NOT ALL ARE CREATED EQUALLY
I will say, that not all Mecca Max products I’ve tried have worked for me. The Kiss And Tell Plumping Lip Mask was so bad. Literally, I wasted the $7 on that one! It had not serum, broke right away and kept falling off of my lips while I tried to have it on for 20 minutes. I saw no difference, so it was a bust. Friends have told me they weren’t happy with the Mecca Max sponges/ blenders but I’ve not tried them. You can’t win them all!
So, live in Sydney? Are you keen to go to MeccaLand? If you are going, please let me know! If you have tried any new products or any of the things I’ve talked about, drop me a line below. I’m always keen to hear what works for you, as so often it is different than what works for me. Plus, I love when you guys get me onto a new product or brand that I’ve never tried.