Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening ♡ Haul + Swatches

Mecca Maxima opened a store in Auckland CBD on August 3rd and it was the happiest day of my life since I started working in the city.

Just incase that you haven't noticed my obsession with Mecca Beauty, or you're a new visitor here (welcome to my blog!), I have featured plenty of hauls from Mecca since I started my blog. I absolutely adore their website because they have majority of the brands that are hard to get my hands on in New Zealand and their prices are surprisingly affordable compare to other websites.

Mecca Maxima does have a store in Newmarket, but I have never been because it's just too far away from me. So I have been shopping on their website all these times.

On the day of the Auckland store opening, I heard that it was crazy in the morning, people waited overnight just to be the first to enter the store and to that point, I only just realised that they are actually SO MANY people in Auckland that loves makeup as much as me. 

I went during lunch time and I waited in line for 30 minutes, and as soon as I stepped into the store, it was so overwhelming! I had less than 30 minutes to shop and I just didn't want to leave. Obviously, I wasn't satisfied with the little time I had in the store at lunch time, that I went back again after work and I waited in line for another 30 minutes. 

At the end of the day, it was SO SATISFYING walking out with three bags full of makeup and right then it reminds me of that scene from Gossip Girl where Blair Waldorf was carrying several shopping bags, walking on the street, feeling SO DAMN CONFIDENT!

 Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul

Tonight I am excited to share with you all the goodies that I bought from Mecca Maxima during their Auckland opening! Let me just say that it feels SOOOO GOOD to be able to touch these products in person and swatch these in store before buying.

For those of you who has been following my blog for a very long time and you have seen plenty of my overseas makeup hauls, you may have noticed that I am not a fussy person when it comes to buying makeup online, sometimes I make bad decisions with the colour selections and I would end up regretting my purchase, but most of the time I buy these products because I am a makeup collector. So it didn't really matter to me if I had to swatch these products in person before buying, but when I was finally able to do it, it was very exciting.

 Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Soap & Glory

SOAP & GLORY 3-In-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash is described as a multi-tasker that deeply cleanses, purifies, removes all traces of makeup and gently exfoliates in a single action to promote a smooth and clarified complexion.

SOAP & GLORY Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths is a naturally exfoliating and antioxidant-rich cleansing cloth that removes dirt, makeup and debris. This is my first time trying out this product and I am already loving it. I love that it smells minty and grapefruit-ish and it removes makeup like magic. The only silly thing that I have done was not noticing there is actually a peel-off opening on the top, so I have opened it on the side and let's just hope that it doesn't dry out too quick.

SOAP & GLORY The Breakfast Scrub is infused with golden sugar scrub particles and banana, almond and honey extracts. This is one of the brand's best sellers and I have been dying to try it.

 Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
  Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

URBAN DECAY All Nighter Liquid Foundation is a full coverage foundation that claims to be waterproof, oil-free, matte and ultra long wearing. The girls at the store told me that this foundation would wear up to 24 hours and is perfect for oily skin.

I was matched the shade 3.5 (light with subtle pink undertone) and I didn't realised that it's a little too dark and orange on me until I saw that my face didn't match my neck. Besides that, I like the coverage of this foundation, but I dislike that it clings to all dry patches on your skin and it makes those dry bits looks flaky. With the wearing time, I would say that it's good as long as you carry a powder with you and touch up during the day, otherwise, your face will look very shiny, but good thing is that the foundation doesn't move around or fades away. The longest time I have worn this foundation was 14 hours.

  Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Mario Badescu Facial Spray

MARIO BADESCU Facial Sprays With Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater is the brand's iconic, best-selling facial mist, it is the ultimate pick-me-up refreshing and hydrating mist that can be used anytime. The one with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea also refresh and re-energise tired sand dull skin. I haven't tried Mario Badescu products because the brand gives me the impression that they are more interested with people with dry skin.

  Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray

URBAN DECAY De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray claims to prevents your makeup look from sliding, smudging or fading throughout the day. I am sure it works the same as all other setting sprays out there, but I was just curious of the difference between this and the All Nighter Setting Spray, which I have used for years and love so much of.

  Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss
   Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss

TOO FACED Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss is described as a high-shine, sheer colour oil tint with a sweet peach scent. I actually bought this because Rainie Tian (Chinese Youtuber) recommends it. I saw it in one of her recent video where she did a lip swatch of this lip gloss and it leaves that nicely sheer tinted orange shade that looks really pretty on her.

   Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick
 Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick

TOO FACED Melted Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick is described as a super matte lip product with an opaque colour that does not transfer or smudge. I already have one of these which was featured in this post and I absolutely love the formula. I love that it's matte without the drying, uncomfortable feel during wear and it is super opaque and long lasting. This time I bought the shade in Queen B and it is described as a soft mauve.

 Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
  Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is one of NAR's iconic product, it has a beautiful, luminous lightweight finish that creates a softer and smoother looking complexion. A little goes a long way, the coverage is buildable, it is long wearing and crease-proof. I have tried a tester of this in the past and I thought Vanilla (tiny cast of pink for the fair complexion) was perfect for brightening up the under-eye area, but this time I was matched with Custard (yellow tone for light to medium complexion), I was told that Custard is suitable for brightening up my under-eye area while looking natural.

  Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Pink Leopard Brightening Bronzers
  Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Pink Leopard Brightening Bronzers

TOO FACED Pink Leopard Brightening Bronzer combines gorgeous shades of golden bronzes, glided pinks and neutral fawns to brighten skin and create a glorious sun-kissed glow. Pink Leopard was part of the Little Black Book Of Bronzers that came out in 2014, although, I don't have much memory of this bronzer, I have always been crazy about leopard prints.

  Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter
   Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter
   Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

TOO FACED Love Light Prismatic Highlighter claims to deliver a seriously glowing cheekbone in a single sweep with its' liquid-to-powder finish. I have heard really bad reviews on this highlighter, people weren't impressed with how sheer the glow is, but when I swatched it in store, I was actually quite impressed with the pigmentation, not to mention that the heart shaped packaging is absolutely gorgeous! I bought the shade in Ray Of Light.

   Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Patchology Detox SmartMud No Mess Mud Masque

PATCHOLOGY Detox SmartMud No Mess Mud Masque is a revolutionary detoxifying mude sheet masque that purified your skin without leaving any pore-clogging debris behind, it claims to minimise skin's impurities and maximise the glow on your face. The words "No Mess Mud Masque" was what caught my attention because usually mud mask are pretty messy.

   Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub

FRANK BODY Original Coffee Scrub is formulated with roasted and ground robusta coffee beans to smooth, hydrate and nourish dry flaky skin. I have finally tried out this product after seeing so many raves about it and I got to say that I LOVE IT! If you are a coffee lover, you would love this as it has that strong coffee scent that will wake you up in the morning. It does get pretty messy in the shower, but it does leave your skin baby smooth.

Lastly, Mecca Maxima had a envelope wall on the day of the Auckland store opening and anyone that spends over $90 can pick an envelope and receive a free gift. I was really lucky on the day, I picked an envelope that says I was able to get a TOO FACED Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette! I have been eyeing up this palette for a very long time, but it's one of those products that I don't actually need and I want it because it's cute. The eyeshadow palette features a mixture of everyday soft neutrals and wearable bright shades. The texture is a little bit powdery, but it is very pigmented and the formula is soft, smooth and easy to blend. It also comes with a sheet of stickers that allows you decorate your palette.

   Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette
   Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette
  Mecca Maxima Auckland Opening Haul - Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette

have you check out the Mecca Maxima Auckland store?
have you tried any of the products mentioned here?

COLOURPOP Haul ♡ ft. Wolfie Ultra Glossy Lip, Fem Rosa Lip Bundle, Crushed Crystal Collection & Gimme More Cheek Palette + ARM & LIPS Swatches!

ColourPop Haul ft. Wolfie, Fem Rosa, Gimme More Cheek Palette, Crushed Crystal Collection

ColourPop has launched a bunch of new products recently, including a second collaboration with Karruechu Tran, the Crushed Crystal Collection, the No Filter Concealers, the Pressed Powder Highlighters and Bronzers, a colourful selection of Nail Polish and a set of makeup brushes which can be purchased individually.

I almost feel like I can't keep up with ColourPop's new releases because it seems like they launch a new product every week! But I have some cool stuff to share with you today and it is part one of my recent haul which features the lip bundle from the Karruechu Tran Fem Rosa collection and the crystal infused highlighter and lip balm.

Part two of my haul which features the brush set will be posted next week or so as I have just received a shipping notification for that parcel. Excited!

ColourPop Gimme More Cheek Palette

ColourPop Gimme More Cheek Palette features six pressed powder highlighters in a sturdy cardboard palette and the individual pans are not removable unless if depotted. These highlighters are described as a buttery soft powder that delivers a high-shine radiance.

As you can see in my swatches below, these highlighters are very pigmented and they blend out smoothly on the skin. So far I have only tried the shade in "Upgrade" (baby pink) on the cheek and I love that it delivers the obvious blinding look, yet it's wearable at the same time.

ColourPop Gimme More Cheek Palette
ColourPop Gimme More Cheek Palette arm swatch

GIMME MORE! CHEEK PALETTE

 Extra - pale gold
 Upgrade - baby pink
 Bottomless - tangerine with a gold flip
 Full Service - pink with a gold flip
 Bigger and Better - champagne
 Total Package -  metallic rose gold

cheeks wearing "Upgrade" (Gimme More Cheek Palette) & lips wearing "Darling" (Fem Rosa Lip Bundle)
ColourPop Fem Rosa Lip Bundle

ColourPop collabs with Karrueche Tran again and this time they have created the Fem Rosa Collection which features an eyeshadow palette, a cheek palette and a lip bundle that includes two Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks and one Ultra Glossy Lip.

ColourPop Fem Rosa Lip Bundle

The only item that I bought from the Fem Rosa Collection is the Lip Bundle and upon testing these products, I have noticed that both Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks are more drying than their normal Ultra Satins. Also, the shade in "Darling" (deep plum) applies a little bit patchy.

ColourPop Fem Rosa Lip Bundle arm swatch

FEM ROSA LIP BUNDLE

 Contessa - warm gold sprinkled with pink and gold glitter in a sheer finish (Ultra Glossy Lip)
 Mrs - deepened coral (Ultra Satin Lip)
 Darling - deep plum (Ultra Satin Lip)

 ColourPop Fem Rosa Lip Bundle "Mrs" lip swatch
 ColourPop Fem Rosa Lip Bundle "Mrs" lip swatch
ColourPop Fem Rosa Lip Bundle "Darling" lip swatch
ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip "Wolfie"

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip Wolfie is one of their most talked about lipgloss shade ands prior to my purchase, I have never tried their Ultra Glossy Lips, so I have always been curious of their lipgloss formula.

Wolfie is described as a metallic rich rosy pink with a flash of gold on top. I love that the formula is comfortable to wear, it doesn't feel heavy or sticky during wear, the colour is absolutely gorgeous and it's quite pigmented and it worn for three to four hours on me.

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip "Wolfie" arm swatch

ColourPop has released a collection called Crushed Crystal and it features four sets of makeup with four different crystal themes. Each theme contains three products that can be purchased as a set or individually. (almost everything is out of stock and it's been that status since the day the collection launched).

The only two items that I was able to pick up from this collection was the Lip Balm in Aquamarine and the Liquid Highlighter is Amethyst.

ColourPop Crushed Crystal Lip Balm "Aquamarine"

The Crushed Crystal Lip Balm is described as a moisturizing, crystal-infused lip balm that can be used alone or as an opalescent topper and Aquamarine is described as an opalescent blue infused with crushed Aquamarine crystals.

ColourPop Crushed Crystal Liquid Highlighter "Amethyst"

ColourPop Crystal Liquid Highlighter can be mixed with moisturisers or applied on top of your foundation and Amethyst is described as a lavender with pink flip infused with Amethyst crystals.

I love that this highlighter is very pigmented and only a small dot of product is needed to create that blinding look. It looks shimmery and golden in the sun, and the shades looks like a pale lavender in the shades.

ColourPop Crushed Crystal Liquid Highlighter "Amethyst" arm swatch

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MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection ♡ Review + Swatches

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection was launched in May 2017 and it features a selection of products ranging from eyeshadow palettes to lipsticks and lipgloss to makeup accessories. I love the packaging of this collection, it reminds me of summer, it's sweet and fruity.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection

I bought four items from the MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection and initially my plan was to collect all the bronzing powders, blushes and lipsticks, but I changed my mind as soon as I check out the rest of the products in store, it just seems to me that this collection has no pigmentation at all.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Coconut Prep + Prime Fix+

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ is described as a lightweight water mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin and finishes makeup. I have a couple of these, but I just don't understand the hype on this product?! It's not a setting spray?! and to be honest I have no idea what it does? I sometimes use it as a midday touch-up spray, it is refreshing on a very hot day, but other than that, it doesn't really do much. The only thing that I love about the Fix+ is the scented ones, especially the coconut scent and that is why I got very excited when I got my hands on the MAC x Fruity Juicy Coconut Fix+. I love the packaging of this and I love the coconut scent.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Fruity A La La Eyeshadow Palette

MAC has released three eyeshadow palettes for the Fruity Juicy Collection and each palette contains six eyeshadows. The one I bought is called Fruity A La La, it contains pink, orange, rosy and three neutral shades and I adore the name of this palette.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Fruity A La La Eyeshadow Palette

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Fruity A La La Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Fruity A La La Eyeshadow Palette contains the below shades:
 Glamour Light (warm beige)
 Soleil So Lovely (dirty grey nude)
 Arriba (frosty rose)
 Carnal Charm (bright burnt orange red)
 Fuchsia Fury (bright blue pink)
 Cocktail Black (deep brown grey with pearl).

I LOVE the packaging and the shades from this palette is bright and vibrant, it also gives you a choice to tone down your eyes makeup with the neutral shades.

I AM DISAPPOINTED with the pigmentation and as you can see in my arm swatches below, the colours barely shows up on skin. I have tried to create an eye look with this palette and I find that it works okay when applying using my fingers, but I had to go back and forth when applying with a brush because it's just not picking up colours. Also the eyeshadows are a bit powdery and when applying with a brush, it doesn't blend too well. With the problems of the pigmentation, fellow bloggers has suggested to spray the makeup brushes with Fix+ for the pigmentation to show, but I just think that MAC shouldn't be this quality, ya'know?!

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Fruity A La La Eyeshadow Palette arm swatch
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder is described as an unique face powder featuring a flirty flower pattern with pearlized and satin shades that can be used as a blush and a highlighter. This was one of the products from the Fruity Juicy Collection that I was really looking forward to getting my hands on, purely because of its' packaging.

Whether the quality is good or not, I was ready for it! I need this in my collection because of its' tropical fruity and floral packaging, it looks beautiful inside out.

Looking at the colours in this face powder, I thought it can be used as a bronzer (with the brown shade), highlighter (with the yellow shade) and blush (with the coral and lavender pink shades). I was only right about one thing and it's the blush. The brown shade is too shimmery and too sheer to use as a bronzer and the yellow shade is very pigmented, but the powder is chalky and it looks more like a brightening setting powder than a highlighter on me.

I was impressed with the blush shades though as both colours are pigmented and they are easily to blend. Below I share with you a before and after photo of wearing the blush shades from this face powder. (in the photo I am wearing a Canmake bronzer and MAC Blushing beam as the highlighter).

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder arm swatch
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder before and after
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Shy Girl Lipstick

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection features four lipsticks in raspberry, purple, peach and pinky nude shades, I only bought one and it's called Shy Girl.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Shy Girl Lipstick

MAC Shy Girl Lipstick is described as a creamy neutral coral beige with an Amplifed finish. It has great pigmentation that applies smoothly and evenly, but it seems to emphasise the imperfection on the lips, it wore for two to three hours on me and it wasn't drying during wear.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Shy Girl Lipstick lip swatch
Overall, I love the packaging of the MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection, I love the tropical fruits and the summer vibe (I'm so sick of this cold weather, I want summer now!) and my favourite products from this collection is the coconut Fix+, although as mentioned above, until now I am still confused with the use of Fix+, I love the coconut scent and I adore the design on the bottle.

My least favourite item is the eyeshadow palette, the pigmentation was a huge disappointment.


have you tried anything from this collection?
what are your thoughts?

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