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My MECCA Must-Haves

24 June 2015

MECCA is undoubtedly the second home for Australian beauty obsessives, but with so many international beauty brands in the one place, it can be a little overwhelming to know what products to veer towards.

I can split the brands sold by MECCA into three categories: classic department store brands (think of YSL and Clinique), brands you can usually find cheaper online (Stila and Too Faced), and brands that are -- for the most part -- exclusive to MECCA, which is the focus of today's post. You can still find these brands online but with shipping costs added in, you usually don't end up saving much, so I'm happy to pay the extra few dollars to be helped by some lovely staff in a bricks and mortar store.

One of the most popular brands MECCA stocks is, without a doubt, Nars. So many of their products have a cult following, but perhaps the most iconic is their blushes. There's something kind of special about a Nars Blush $42, and whether you choose the insanely popular 'Orgasm' or something more understated like 'Luster' (pictured), chances are you'll feel chuffed about having it, like you do about a MAC Lipstick. I'd suggest trying shades on before purchasing, though, as I've found some disparity between the way they look in the pan to how they look on the cheeks. 

For body products, I love heading over to the Korres stand. I've been using the Korres Body Butters $26 for a while now and have found that even though they're not the most moisturising, they are still a pleasure to use. It might seem odd to like a cream that doesn't impart the moisture it promises, but I find that these sorts of scented lotions have a certain place in my body care regime. I like using this on any exposed, dry-looking limbs just before leaving the house, as it acts as a top-up to my after-shower application of cream. Plus, the fig scent is divine. It's a warming, authentic fig scent that pays homage to the brand's Greek roots. Give it a whiff. If you like the idea of fig, I can bet you'll like this one.

If you're looking to treat yourself, you can't go past the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadows $56. I've raved about these before (here and here) and so has everyone else in the beauty community. They're my favourite cream eyeshadows because of how easily they apply and blend, and how long-lasting they are. The colours are beautiful (pictured is 'Bronze Moon'), though you may find them a bit glittery if you prefer subtle eye makeup. I was told that the sheen is courtesy of crushed Tahitian black pearls. Explains the price, methinks.

Another blush entry, this time from Josie Maran -- a brand that is more recent to MECCA but quickly becoming a favourite of mine. Many of their products are different, in a unique and innovative kind of way, and incorporate the supposed goodness of argan oil and coconut water. One of these is the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée $27 (pictured in 'Poppy Paradise'). The texture is literally like a hard jelly, or gelée if we wanna get all French up in here. I love stippling this on the cheeks as a natural-looking stain, or even patting it on the lips for a summery just-bitten look. A must-have, even for the novelty alone.

If there's an underdog brand for eyeshadows, I think it might have to be bareMinerals. They do duos and quads in gorgeous, wearable combinations, but the winning factor for me is how they feel. They're so, so soft to the touch and easy to blend that the word 'buttery' doesn't do them justice. I rarely hear people talking about them, which is a shame because I'm sure I can't be the only one who loves these eyeshadows. Featured is the bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 $26 in 'The Enlightenment', which is my go-to if I'm in a pinch for time and want a barely-there look on the eyes.

What are some of your MECCA must-haves?
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