MECCA Beauty Haul ♡ + Giveaway!

Mecca Beauty Haul November 2017

Ever since Mecca opened their Auckland CBD store in August, a walk to the store after work has become a regular thing for me. Even on days that I am so broke, I have so many bills to pay, a short visit to the Mecca store literally cheers up my day.

Before Mecca opens their store in Auckland CBD I have been shopping online on their website, I have always been a huge fan of Mecca because they carry brands that are very hard to get my hands on in New Zealand, also their prices are very reasonable.

Today I am sharing with you the makeup that I have recently purchased from Mecca, also to celebrate reaching level 3 of the Mecca Beauty Loop, I will be giving away some goodies too.

Mecca Max Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette
Mecca Max Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette

Mecca Max Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette $55  features 35 eyeshadows in bronzy, neutral and burgundy shades. There are two finishes, shimmer and matte, and the texture is so soft and buttery. When I swatched the eyeshadows in store, I was blown away by how pigmented these are. The palette is quite big, but it's very thin and it doesn't come with a mirror. It's overall lightweight and easy to store. 

Mecca Max Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette
Mecca Max Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette
Mecca Max Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette
Mecca Max Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette
Mecca Max Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette
Mecca Max Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette
Hourglass Ambient Diffused Light Palette

The Hourglass Ambient Diffused Light Palette was purchased from this year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, this palette is not sold at Mecca and I believe it's no longer available to purchase, but I wanted to feature it in this post anyway, because I don't think I have shown it off on my blog.

The Ambient Diffused Light Palette includes a powder in shade Diffused Light, a blush in Diffused Heat and a bronzer in Diffused Bronze Light; all three shades can be purchased individually.

Hourglass Ambient Diffused Light Palette
Hourglass Ambient Diffused Light Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Vol.3

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Vol.3 $127  features three best-selling and three new exclusive powders, it comes packaged in a rose gold compact that is so on-trend right now. I bought this palette as soon as it launched at Mecca!

Honestly, my arm swatches photo does not do it justice and if you can, you should definitely check these out in store and swatch these shades in person.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Vol.3
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Vol.3
NARS Double Take Overexposed Glow Highlighter

NARS Double Take Overexposed Glow Highlighter $67  is part of the NARS x Man Ray holiday collection. I have been using this highlighter for a week now and at first I wasn't sure if this was an impressive or disappointing product. When I first swatched this highlighter on my hand, I was impressed with the pigmentation and I loved the medium gold with a bit of metallic-ish effect, but when I applied this on my cheek, the highlighter rarely shows up, it's not pigmented and it doesn't have that metallic effect as my initial swatch. Double Take shows on my cheek as more of a soft glow and I only started to really enjoy this highlighter towards the end of the week.

NARS x Man Ray Fetishized Blush

NARS x Man Ray Fetishized Blush $47  is described as a pink grapefruit shade. I actually picked this up by mistake thinking that I have picked up the highlighter as shown above. When I opened this at home I was shocked at how I have picked up a bright orange blush, this is not something that I would usually buy because I am very heavy-handed when it comes to blushes and I would usually avoid blushes with great pigmentation.

NARS x Man Ray Anita Audacious Lipstick

NARS x Man Ray Anita Audacious Lipstick $54  is NARS best-selling rose shade lipstick and this time it comes all packaged in gold. I don't have much memories of NARS lipsticks and I may or may not have tried the Audacious line prior to this purchase. I love the pigmentation of this, it is literally one swipe full coverage.

NARS x Man Ray Holiday Collection
NARS x Man Ray Holiday Collection
NARS Love Triangle Blush & Lipstick Set
NARS Love Triangle Blush & Lipstick Set

NARS Love Triangle $38  is also part of the NARS x Man Ray holiday collection, there are a total of five Love Triangle sets and each set features a blush and a lipstick. The items included are all mini sized and to me these are perfect. I bought the sets in Dolce Vita and Audrey, Deep Throat and Barbara and Impassioned and Anna.

I have seen a lot of reviews on the Love Triangle where people have complaint about the size of the products included, many says these are very small and it's not worth the price etc...

I am not usually one to fuss about the sizes and prices of a product, if I like it I buy it, if I don't like it, I avoid it. NARS Blush - full sized is 4.8g - $47 and NARS Audacious Lipstick - full sized is 3.4g - $54. NARS Love Triangle - blush mini sized is 2.5g and lipstick mini sized is 2.3g - the set is $38. Overall the set is great if you are new to NARS or you simply have too much makeup and sizes don't bother you, to me $38 for two NARS products is such a good price.

NARS Love Triangle Blush & Lipstick Set
NARS Love Triangle Blush & Lipstick Set
Too Faced Unicorn Survival Kit

Too Faced Unicorn Survival Kit $41  includes a La Creme lipstick, a Melted Latex Lipstick, a highlighter and a super cute makeup clutch. All three makeup products are mini-sized and they're all called Unicorn Tears. This is the only holiday collection item that I was most excited about! I picked up one set for myself and another for you. ♥︎

I have been wanting to try the Melted Latex Lipstick in Unicorn Tears for a long time, but it is sold out every time I visit Mecca, so it made me even more curious about this product. It is described as a long-wearing liquid lipstick with high shine and the colour is described as an opalescent shimmer. This is pretty much just a clear gloss with shimmer.

Too Faced Unicorn Survival Kit
Too Faced Unicorn Survival Kit
Too Faced Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Bulletproof Brows $47  is probably the worst brow product I have ever tried... I tested the product in store, I liked the texture and I thought the pigmentation was okay, it's not too pigmented nor to sheer. I bought it home and tried to do my brows one morning when I got so frustrated because it doesn't apply evenly, at the end I just gave up and went to work with bald patches in my brows haha. I don't even know how to describe it?! But whenever I apply this brow product, it disappear quickly into my skin, it dries flaky and applies uneven.

Keep in mind that I have tried this with other brow powders, firstly outline with the TF Bulletproof Brows, then fill in, lastly fill in bald area with other brow products and it still looks uneven and I just don't understand?!

Mecca Lip De-Luscious & Mecca Enlightened Lit From Within Illuminating Balm

Lastly, the above and below items are products I have received in my recent Beauty Loop boxes. 

 Mecca Lip De-Luscious $30 is like a tinted lip balm.

 Mecca Enlightened Lit From Within Illuminating Balm $35 is a cream highlighter.

 Mecca Multi-Purpose Plumping Balm $47 can be used as a day moisturiser, a primer or as a radiance-boosting mask. I have used this once as a primer and I like the cooling feel it delivers upon application. I dislike that it's very shimmery, but I like the subtle glow of my skin after application. As for the longevity, I have oily skin and I feel like this may work better for those with dry to combination skin.

Mecca Multi-Purpose Plumping Balm

    

♥︎ GIVEAWAY ♥︎

I have done giveaways in the past, but this is the first time I am hosting one on my blog. I have been blogging for nearly five years now and this blog is literally my everything ~ ♥︎ ~ Today, I am giving away the below makeup as a thank you for supporting me and my blog throughout the years. 

kayxcake makeup giveaway 2017

 1 x Too Faced Unicorn Survival Kit 
 1 x Too Faced Melted Chihuahua - deluxe sized
 1 x ColourPop You Had Me At Hello Eyeshadow Palette
 1 x ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix Cami - my favourite!
 1 x Kiko Milano Smart Lipstick #930 
 1 x Kiko Milano Rebel Bouncy Blush #04 Passion Red Wine
 1 x ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder
 1 x Tonymoly Tony Tint Delight #02
 1 x COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner
 1 x Ardell Elsa Demi Wispies Lashes - 2 pairs per set
 1 x Ardell Jasmine Demi False Lashes - 2 pairs per set
 2 x Papa Recipe Bombee Black Honey Mask Pack - my favourite!
 1 x Misguided Pom Pom Headband

Please enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below:

 this giveaway is opened internationally and you must be 18 years or older to qualify.
 this giveaway will end on Monday, 4 December 2017 NZST.
 1 winner will be contacted by me within 24 hours after giveaway ends and the winner will respond within 24 hours, otherwise another winner will be selected in their place.


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