A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to a Beauty Boot Camp, held by Mecca Maxima and Urban Decay! This is one of the first official PR events that I’ve been invited to and, when I got the invite, I was so excited that I may have squeaked a little – I was also kind of convinced that I got the invite by accident (and I am still convinced about this) so I was pretty nervous in the weeks leading up. Excited, but also nervous. I wasn’t sure of what to expect and, since I am a fairly keep-to-myself sort of person, I also wasn’t sure that I would know anyone there.
But, I had such a great time today (yes, I am writing this the very night) and I came out of the event not only more informed about Urban Decay as a brand, but also very inspired by the beauty and content creation talks – aside from Steve K (the global make up artist for UD), we also heard from one of the Mecca social media team members about content creation and curation for Instagram and a YouTube team member about creating a successful channel and engaging videos. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of the latter too (as I was much too busy trying to take in the information), I did make sure to document the wonderful event and get a few photos of Steve!
So, keep reading for some information on the Urban Decay brand, what they mean to me and some photos of the day!
I’m a big fan of the Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows – they are a liquid eyeshadow that delivered an incredible punch of glitter, with minimal to no fall out. They’re really easy to use and apply, which is a new experience for me as I generally don’t like liquid eyeshadows. That, in combination with my love for bright colours, had me really excited that Mecca is finally launching the Stila Vivid & Vibrant collection – which includes the new jewel toned Shimmer & Glows! In addition, this collection also includes the eyeshadow duos – which truthfully have mixed reviews, but I like their products enough to go and try it out for myself.
These products launched at Mecca at the beginning of this month, so this post is only a little late but I wanted to share some of the information on these, as well as discussing why I want/don’t want to pick these up.
Out of all make up products, I am really difficult when it comes to foundations. It hasn’t always been this case though. Back when I first started to wear make up, I was happy to put on anything that gave me heaps of coverage (even when I didn’t need it) and I paid little mind to how my skin interacted with the product – whether it is later on in the day or even when I remove it. Since then, I have tried enough that I’m fairly picky with my foundation products and I’m very aware of the type of formula that I like. The only issue then is which foundation would suit me?
That fact is that I, and a lot of other people, can rattle off a list of what we want our perfect foundation to be (medium cover, semi-matte etc) but with the massive plethora of products that are on the market now, it’s difficult to go through everything and figure out what suits our needs. And this is where this new foundation matching tool comes in!
I got the email about this launch this morning and I admittedly waited until the night to get onto it. I thought that this would be yet another colour matcher (which MECCA already has) but I was pleasantly surprised that this is matching you to your ideal formula instead! This is the MECCA Foundation Match and I’m going to go briefly through this quick process on how to find the foundations to suit you.
Sometimes, I feel like I came into the make up game way late because there are brands like Too Faced that feel so new to me, and yet I find out that they’ve been around for twenty years already! For those who don’t know, the brand launched in 1998 so this is their twenty year anniversary. To celebrate it, they have launched a 20th birthday collection – which is excitingly coming to Mecca from tomorrow! In addition to it, they are also bringing out a new Born This Way Concealer, which has been really hyped up online.
The full 20th birthday collection consists of eight Metallic Sparkle Lipsticks, a special repackaging of the Better than Birthday Sex mascara, and their Then and Now Eyeshadow Palette – the latter which has been teased online for quite a while and I’m excited to finally see it! Rather than cover the entire collection, since I’m sure you’re going to click onto the Mecca website anyway, I want to give you guys a look into the two products that I’m most excited about!
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When I think of lip lacquers, I usually think of opaque glosses – though I’m not even sure if it’s correct. However, these from 3CE were really so different to what I expected; but in a good way. In fact, they are exactly everything I wanted the Velvet Lip Tints to be and I’m a big fan of these!
This review is on the 3CE Soft Lip Lacquer that released a while ago. I eyed them for a while but mostly wrote them off because I thought they would be similar to the velvets – which are nice but too soft in pigment for my own preference. However, when I was looking through the StyleKorean website, I decided that I did want to give these a go. They sent me two shades in this – Perk Up and Midnight Bottle; two of the darker shades in the range. I generally gravitate towards these colours because I’m not a fan of how most nudes or pinks look on me.
These are currently selling for USD$11.70 on StyleKorean (on sale from the full price of USD19.50) which is a pretty decent price – on par with the Velvet Lip Tint, and cheaper than the normal lip sticks. If you like soft looks, then the Velvet is the formula for you but if you are like me and you prefer your lip make up to be bolder and matter – then this is going to be perfect!
Here’s the review!
Smashbox is a brand that I’d seen a lot but hadn’t actually tried until I came across their collaboration with Vlada. I previous wrote my review on their Petal Metal Highlighter, which completely won me over as a collector’s piece and is actually a good product in itself too, so I wanted to finish up with my review of their Covershot Petal Metal Palette. I bought this from Sephora while I was in the US and it is available at Mecca in Australia (though it has since disappeared from the website and is likely only available in limited stocks). For people in the States, I’ve also heard that some of this range is starting to get discounted (which means that it will be discontinued soon), so it’s time to check it out before it’s gone!
This eye palette is limited edition and was created in collaboration with artist Vlada Haggerty. It’s actually part of a larger range of Covershot Eye Palettes and there are eight others that are currently available on the Smashbox website: Pinks + Palms, Punked, Smoky, Softlight, Golden Hour, Metallic, Matte and Ablaze (all with varying colour schemes and textures). They’re selling for USD$29 or AUD$49 at Mecca. They all feature eight complementary shades, with two larger ‘base’ shades to create varying eye looks.
For this special Petal Metal variation, the shades are all rose gold themed with a range of intense metallic shades and two mattes (one medium toned and one darker) for a palette that is easy to use for all skin types and skill levels.
I was super lucky to have been in the States when this Smashbox collaboration launched, because the promotional videos got me so hard that I really didn’t want to wait for it to come to Australia (which usually takes a while). Luckily, this one wad actually pretty fast and it’s now available at Mecca if you’re in Australia or, of course, you can check out the official Smashbox website or Sephora.
The product that I’m talking about is, in my opinion, the best collaboration to have been released this year – it is the collaboration between Smashbox and artist Vlada! I follow the latter on Instagram and I love her work, so I was naturally really excited when I heard about this. The range includes liquid lipsticks and a eyeshadow palette (which I also grabbed) but the star of the show is definitely the Petal Metal Highlighter. This was released in three shades and I got Gilded Rose, which is probably the most standard champagne colour but is the most flattering on my paler skin tone. Rosemantic is a stunning pink shade that would be well suited for darker skin tones or as a blush topper. There is also an exclusive Sephora shade (which is also available at Mecca) called Prismatic Petal; it has a different packaging, which is mainly why I didn’t get it, but it also has a more glittery finish and is quick different to these main two.
So, I’ve taken a lot of photos because I think the packaging is the main selling point of this product. Still, I’m here to give you an in depth review of the product and share my experiences of it, so you can hopefully get this before it’s gone (but hey, I’m crossing my fingers for more Vlada collaborations in the future because she is a talent!)
Every time that I try to tell someone about how much I love the Stila Magnificent Metals, I always get frustrated that photos can’t capture the real beauty of these. I have three at the moment – only two of which are photographed here because I took these photos ages ago and just haven’t gotten around to writing this post – but I’m really wanting to get more of them. They’re a liquid eyeshadow, a formula that I don’t usually reach for, but they’re also super easy to work to, dries down well and have a great range of colours and finishes. They have the Shimmer & Glow, which is more of a metallic satin but I’ve been leaning towards the Glitter & Glow because they’re packed full of glitter and duo-chrome beauty.
In Australia, these are selling at Mecca for AUD$35, or if you’re living elsewhere, they are available on the Stila website for USD$24. As with the Mecca Price Promise (though I know there are certain brands that set their own RRP and aren’t under this) the pricing here is actually very close to the American when you take into account tax and exchange rates. That being said, AUD$35 is still quite a lot of money to spend on a single liquid eyeshadow but I just want to share a quick review on why I love these, why I’ll continue to invest in them and who I would recommend to also check them out.
And… here’s for the review!
I am a sucker for Urban Decay and I have been for so many years, ever since I got the Naked2 palette (one of my first higher end palettes every). Personally, I love their brand image – strong, bold and daring – and I am, of course, also a big fan of their new model Ruby Rose and so I’ve basically fawned over every release. This is a palette that isn’t yet available in Australia but will be selling at Mecca from the 26th of December (or so I’ve been told), otherwise you can also get them online.
This is their Heavy Metals palette and it is a limited edition release for the holidays. It is absolutely my favourite release this holiday and, if you were only to buy one product, I would highly recommend to check this out. It is an all metallic palette and actually conceptually reminds me a little of the Moondust palette – only these work really well without a wet brush too and there is much less fall out and glitter. The idea of this palette is that it has some bold, party shades but also neutrals that are suitable for every day wear. A lot of people tend to keep metallics and shimmers only for special occasions, but this palette plays on the idea that ‘heavy metal’ colours are for every one and every day.
So, let’s finish with me talking about this and go right into the palette!
I am one of the luckiest girls in the world – I swear. I had been eying this Sweet Peach Collection from Too Faced for a long time. Part of it was definitely the famous scent (which is amazing, by the way) and another part was this super cute packaging! For my birthday, I had a dinner get-together with a bunch of friends and some of the girls got together to spoil me with both the palette and the blusher from this collection. It’s my first experience with Too Faced products and I’m definitely not disappointed. These are all available for purchase from Mecca or US Sephora and, aside from these two products, also include lip glosses and a glow palette. There have been even more releases from Too Faced for the holiday season lately and I’ve been also keen to try them out.
Until I get my hands on them though, let’s talk about these two products!
The first is the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Collection which, according to the website, is a ‘new take on neutrals featuring fresh-picked shades of peachy pinks, corals, bronzes, and pops of purples that will have you looking sweet as a peach year-round.’ I also have on hand the Papa Don’t Peach (which is the cutest pun I have heard in a long time because I legitimately love that song). The website states that, ‘This peach essence-infused blush is the perfect bronzy peach shade that adds a pop of warmth, a sexy glow, and fresh juicy scent to any complexion.’
These products all smell like peaches, claim to suit all skin tones and have a rich, pigmented formula. I have been using them almost every day and I find that they’re perfectly suited for any sort of occasion.
Read on and I’ll get a bit more in depth with it all!