When Laura Mercier first left Australia in June 2018, there were a lot of frantic beauty lovers – the brand is known for selling really high quality products that a lot of people consider staples in their beauty routine. At the end of February though, there was a lot of excitement to see that they’d returned – and I’m sure that the past few months have been so long for a lot of people!
Laura Mercier is now back in stock exclusively at Mecca (in-stores or online) and people can now easily access all of her products again. I have personally never tried anything from the Laura Mercier brand, since they were previously situated inside department stores but I prefer shop at places like Mecca, but I’m actually pretty keen to try out some things now!
A no brainer would be their Translucent Loose Setting Powder (which I discuss below) and it is a cult-favourite. In fact, it’s probably the top product from the brand that people literally never stop talking to me about. There are also a few other products that I’ve heard some buzz about or that caught my eye while I was browsing so – since I have zero experience with this brand – let me chat about everything on my Laura Mercier wishlist!
And I’ll definitely be checking it all out at the new Mecca Maxima at opened near by work place.
Being Australia, we often get releases later than other countries so I don’t always write about them (nor do I get the chance to try them on time for the post to actually be relevant). When Too Faced first announced the Tutti Frutti collection, I was super excited because the concept and packaging of it was just so cute – and not overdone like some other releases. However, I first thought that this was never going to come to our shores, since it was an Ulta exclusive, but it’s finally here at Mecca Maxima!
There was a pre-release for Level 3 members maybe two weeks ago but, for everyone else, this collection is dropping in just two days on January 30th. From Mecca:
Introducing a new fabulous and fruity line from Too Faced, just in time for Summer! It’s impossible not to be the life of the party with these feminine pops of colour, infused with juicy scents and party-ready sparkle. Wrapped in playful prints and modern packaging, the collection includes 53 brand new products such as candy glaze lip glosses, sparkling eye shadows and refreshing cucumber and watermelon-infused foundations that turn any moment into a celebration.
So, let’s get right into this because I want to share details on every product in this new release and my personal thoughts on whether I’ll be buying them!
If there is anything that Too Faced is really good at, then it’s definitely packaging. They always have this way of making things super cute, almost a little bit childish, but still maintaining their high quality and appealing to their adult audience (because they are a high end brand, they are not children’s make up even if their blusher is shaped like a peach). Even if I haven’t loved every release from them, and haven’t agreed with everything they have done, they consistently impress me with how covetable their products are.
And that is exactly what propelled me to buy this, even though I knew that I hated the scent! This is the Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer – which is part of their permanent Peaches & Cream Collection (and hence has that signature sweet fig cream scent). Although this is marketed as a bronzer, I have primarily used it as a blush due to the slight pink tones in the pan and also the fact that I don’t really use bronzer all that much.
So, read on and let’s get into the review so you can get a better look at how pretty this is!
This product was gifted to me at a public event. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.
I’m worried that this palette will be completely out of stock after Christmas, as well as a handful other products, so I feel like I need to be throwing these at you guys so that you still have time to shop! I’m not too fussed if it’s a product that I don’t like, since I don’t need to be recommending it anyway, but for those that I do, I really want to make sure that I feature them.
One palette that I have been totally loving for this Holiday season is the Mecca Max Get Lit Illuminating Palette, which is sold exclusively at Mecca Maxima (sorry guys – this will be an Australia and New Zealand product only). I received this as a pre-launch gift from an event that I went to – a public event, not a PR one – so I didn’t know much about it at first. However, since I’ve been using it, I have loved this more and more!
This product sells for AUD$30 and contains four powder and two cream highlighters. It is currently unavailable online so you’ll need to check your local stores (which you can do via the website) to see if they have it in! It’s got a great price point and incredible high end quality so this comes highly recommended by me.
Let’s get into this review!
This product and shade matching experience was offered to me as part of MAC Cosmetics’s Lipstick campaign. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.
MAC Cosmetics is so well known for their lipstick formulas that – to be honest – I don’t think there are any beauty junkies out there that haven’t tried them at least once; or if there are, there’s very few. When I was younger and just starting to experiment with make up, mostly using it for singing performances, MAC Cosmetics was a brand that I really idolised. I loved the colours and their professional, ‘cool girl’ image.
So, I’m pretty over the moon about the fact that they’ve given me the opportunity to work with them again. This will be my second time already, with the first being their Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Campaign, and this is actually even more perfect for me. I got my first high end lipstick to MAC Cosmetics (#Dubonnet) and, after all these years, I still have that same sense of excitement when I explore their massive range. I’ve since found a bunch of shades that I love from their range and also retired some old favourites of mine (why did I ever wear a bright pink lipstick?), but the one thing that I haven’t found yet is my perfect nude lipstick.
I never actually wear nude lipsticks (only somewhat neutral shades) because I haven’t been able to find anything that doesn’t fully wash me out. But, when it comes to MAC, there is legit something for everyone, so it’s impossible to be disappointed.
So, let’s get into some photos of the Paddington MAC Pro Store store, which is where I went to find my perfect lipstick shade, as well as some things that I’ve learnt about their range and offerings.
Do you guys remember me posting about the Smashbox Petal Metal Covershot Palette all the way back in July? Well, I got the most insanely exciting delivery a few weeks ago from Mecca Maxima – a massive collection of these super travel-friendly eyeshadow palettes in all of the different colour variants, some old and some new to the Australian market. I’m going to quickly take you through the whole PR package that I received (because it’s so pretty) but I will also dive into my personal thoughts on each of the eight palettes, as well as the full swatches!
If you’re just here for the swatches, click read more and then go right to the bottom because I have compiled them all into one photo for you but – otherwise – let’s get into it!
I have been on a mission to test out some new foundations (since finding my favourite Fenty Beauty and my new love, the Too Faced Peach Perfect) so one of the first that I picked up – which was a good handful of months ago – was the YSL All Hours. It is available at Mecca Maxima (in Australia and New Zealand) for the rather expensive price tag of AUD$89 or you can check out the official YSL Beauty website to buy direct (to check stockists).
This is a 24 hour wear foundation that has been really popular with beauty gurus and influencers online. In fact, it’s considered a cult favourite, which is why I decided to try it out. Unfortunately though, I found that my opinion on the product would change and fluctuate a lot over the past few months – which is why I put off reviewing this until now.
I actually do like this foundation and will continue to finish up the product, but it doesn’t have the longevity that I personally need. In comparison to the Fenty Beauty (which is my top favourite and my standard for all foundations now), it falls a bit short even though it is still one of the better ones I’ve tested (I’m looking at you, Huda Beauty). In the end, it just didn’t tick all of the boxes for me, though it comes very close.
So, let’s get right into this review! I’ll try to go into as much detail as I can about the formula and my experiences with it.
I got this blush from the Too Faced Peaches & Cream collection for my birthday and, honestly, the little story behind it makes me so happy (and although I don’t think my friends will be reading this review, I will still thank them here for being thoughtful). The story behind them choosing this blush is that I’ve nagged them a lot about using their fingers for make up application – I generally don’t like to use my hands for anything, even though I went a long time applying my BB cream with nothing but my fingertips. Because of that, I have difficulty with most cream based products, whether it is eyeshadow, highlighter or blush. Even if it’s a great formula, I won’t reach for it because it doesn’t fit into my make up routine so my friends made sure that this was a product that could be used with a brush!
This is the Peach my Cheeks Melting Powder Blush, which has a cream to powder formula that actually applies best with a brush (surprising since it is technically a cream blusher). The fact that I reach for this blush over many others so often proves this point – because I wouldn’t use it otherwise. It has easily become one of my favourite products in this collection and my only disappointment is that there isn’t a bigger shade range. According to the Mecca website, this comes in six shades (of which I have one so far) and there is also a similar highlighter and bronzer shade.
If you’re keen to get your hands on this, you can find it at Mecca for AUD$44 or on the official Too Faced website for USD$30 depending on where you’re from. Otherwise, let’s jump into the review!
Note: The product links will be updated once everything is released
The most exciting thing about Christmas – in my opinion – is the masses of special holiday releases! I don’t usually receive Christmas presents anymore (the joys of being an adult) but that doesn’t mean that I can’t spoil myself a little. In anticipation of these new products launching at Mecca, I was lucky enough to get their full catalogue, which means that I’m ready to share with you guys all of the products that I’ll be checking out or recommending for gifting (whether it is to someone you love or yourself).
For Mecca’s holiday campaign, they have partnered up with the National Gallery of Victoria and are collaborating with Rebecca Baumann on their creative (see the cover photo). According to the press release, “For her collaboration with Mecca, Baumann ‘painted with light’ to created these joyful, ethereal and exquisite artworks which perfectly capture the spirit of the holiday season.” I’m so keen to see all of the stores decked out in this artwork, because I am all about supporting Australian artists!
So, let’s move right onto the products! Out of the full catalogue (which is quite lengthy), I’ve selected a bunch of products that I find especially interesting to share. I have ordered them alphabetically, so click on to check them all out.
Otherwise, you can also see all of Mecca’s offerings on their website. All of these holiday collections will be available both in-store and online from 8 November.
Ever since I finished up my Fenty Beauty Foundation, I’ve seen on the search for another foundation that would be as good (or at all comparable) to it – after all, that one has ended up being my HG foundation! After trying out a lot of them, both foundations and cushions, I have found another that works perfectly for my skin and ticks (nearly) all of my boxes.
This is the Peach Perfect Foundation by Too Faced, which recently launched at Mecca Maxima in Australia and was on my first Want (Don’t) Need post – it is a matte finish foundation that is meant to be oil-free, oil controlling, without flash back and long wearing (up to 14 hours). It is selling for AUD$52, which is about the same price as other high end foundation, and comes in twenty shades; which is something that I need to touch on.
At the moment, this is a product that I’m reaching for pretty much every day. For myself, it is nearly perfect and I’m really confident to be recommending this to others with combination normal-oily, to oily skin.
So, read on for the full review!