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Mecca haul!

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Ever since I began to dabble in makeup, Mecca cosmetica has been my go to! In my city, there is pretty much one place to go for higher end makeup and skin care, which is Ballantyne’s. This is just a high-end department store type place. This is the one place where all within sight of each other, you can purchase everything from Benefit cosmetics to MAC, and even the likes of Keihls and Clinique. But with one of my first high end products being Nars sheer glow, mecca cosmetica was a special place for me (deep, I know 😂). Then one day I discovered that not only was mecca maxima coming to my city, but I could also purchase from mecca online. This is really where my love for makeup and skin care has grown as I now had access to good quality products, that worked for my skin type.

For those that don’t know Mecca cosmetica focuses slightly more on skin care, with their makeup range going as far as (in my store) Nars, byterry, Stila, and Hourglass. While the Mecca maxima I go to carries many more, as well as more hair products, and still an amazing variety of skin care brands. Recently I’ve ordered a few products online, and thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a blog post.

Ordered products

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The first product I purchased is something I’ve been meaning to buy for a while now, the Urban decay de-slick complexion primer. To my knowledge, this range of primers is relatively new, and follows the range of Urban decay setting sprays. You will know from my last post that the de-slick setting spray is an absolute must have for me, so when I heard of a primer option I had to see what it was like. Now, I have bad luck with primers doing nothing for my oily skin, but after receiving a tester of this primer I was blown away! It has that tacky feeling that anyone with oily skin will know, love and look for in a primer. While you do have to be careful not to over-rub it in, to avoid it clinging to dead skin and pulling it off, it worked wonders for me! It controls my oil perfectly and my makeup didn’t move an inch. As you can see, I’ve now purchased the full size and its worth every penny to me!

Pro’s: Stops makeup from moving around, oil control

Con’s: Very tacky (clings to dead skin if rubbed in too much), pricey ($61NZD)

 

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Next up is a body orientated product, the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush body scrub! This is a product I hadn’t used before, but had used the similar product from Soap & Glory called the Flake away scrub and had loved it! I heard so many good things about this one and it’s amazing lime smell so thought I had to give it a go! This really does smell like limeade, so if you don’t like that then this one isn’t for you. This scrub worked similar to the flake away scrub which I expected, it has medium-sized granules, and is the perfect in between of too soft and too rough. I find it does a really good job of exfoliation without making my skin feel raw or too dry. It is a sugar scrub so it’s not as intense as a salt scrub, and it does have Almond oil and Macadamia grains in it which help moisturise you at the same time as exfoliating which is the best mix for smooth skin afterwards. I feel that all of the Soap & Glory scrubs would work similarly, however I did prefer the flake away scrub slightly more.

Pro’s: Amazing Lime smell! You get your moneys worth ($14NZD for 300ml), Moisturise and exfoliate at the same time

Con’s: Gentle exfoliant (if you’re looking for something more intense, try Lush Ocean Salt scrub)

 

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As mentioned before, Nars cosmetics is an original favourite of mine, which is why I have no idea as to why it took so long for me to try out the radiant creamy concealer. But eventually, I got around to purchasing the mini version in the colour Custard, which turned out to be slightly too dark for me. But none the less I absolutely loved the formula of it, and decided in this order to purchase the full size of the shade lighter in Vanilla. This concealer is incredible! It really does have minimal creasing and does not move out of place. As usual with Nars, the colour range is great and offers such natural, correct colour options. This has become my absolute go to concealer for natural looking coverage and long wear.

Pro’s: Colour range, Coverage, Long lasting

Con’s: Price is slightly up there, but better than some ($47NZD)

 

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The last product I ordered is the Bumble and Bumble invisible oil primer. With an impending haircut (waist length to shoulder length), I thought I would try out a new hair product to use with my new hair. As someone with a lot of hair, I could never curl it or do much with it, as it was too heavy to hold any shape, so heat protection wasn’t a priority. But with my new, bouncy, shoulder length cut I know I will be curling more often so I invested in this product, as it promises not only 6 nourishing oils to condition but also protection from heat styling and UV rays. I was not expecting to like this product as much as I do. I thought it would just be an average product that does its job unnoticeably, but on top of making my hair feel ultra smooth, it smells amazing and helps hold my curl for such a long time! So impressed by this and can already see myself using it everyday. 

Pro’s: Affordable as a mini (60ml= $17NZD), Smells good!, Actually works

Con’s: The larger size makes it seem pricey, but I think it’s worth it (250ml= $43NZD)

Writing these posts have been so much fun lately! Hope you’s have enjoyed this wee review 🙂

 

Feeling smooth, Chaterkiwi x

Lip products Galore!

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I recently had the thought that with all the lipsticks and products I have sitting in my drawer that I never wear, I may as well make some use of them. I am personally not a huge lipstick fan as I really struggle to find ones that I suit and like, yet I do still try my best to find and try out new brands and colours. This is how I’ve come to own quite a few different types of lipsticks over time, so why not do a swatch/review of them all! As some of you guys may find that these are products you want and didn’t know about etc.

Other than the 3 non-lipstick, lip products. Majority of the colours in this post are a variety of pinks as I use to be very inclined to pick these colours up, while more recently I’ve been into nudes/browns I haven’t yet purchased many in this colour area. They’re in no particular order and many of them will have a very neutral review, as the formula and colouring may be great, doesn’t mean I’ll be raving as I don’t really wear a lot of them. Swatches are at the end 🙂

Lip Products

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First off, I’m going to talk about the lip products. Which in this case includes a lip plumper, a lip scrub, and a lip gloss. I do use all of these products on a regular basis, in fact in this picture my regularity of use is probably rated most often used to least often used starting at the Soap and Glory lip plumper.

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The Soap and Glory ‘Sexy mother pucker Extreme Plump‘ is something I bought on a complete whim, as I had never actually heard anyone talk about it or any reviews about it. However, I had been looking for a product like this I’m definitely in the small lip club and really wanted something to help plump them up a wee bit to even out my face. I know many of these types of products have a tingle effect on the lips, and this one does not fail that claim! This product has a clear, gloss like formula and feeling, and then the pins and needles feeling kicks in. While it doesn’t burn or sting in a painful way, it makes your lips feel as though you’ve been at the dentist. I found that this product did plump my lips a small amount, but not as much as I would have liked, however it does leave your lips feeling super moisturized for the whole day! Would recommend more as a lip conditioner than a plumper.

Pro’s: Affordable($17NZD), Smells of coconut, Super conditioning

Con’s: Doesn’t plump as much as hoped

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The Lush Santa Baby lip scrub was, I believe, a limited edition scrub, however I could be wrong about that. I bought it around Christmas time, and it is no longer on the lush website, but it could still be in store! I had wanted a lip scrub just as one of the many things I wanted to add to my routine to ensure I was looking after my lips as much as possible. After going in to Lush one day I saw it sitting at the counter and tried it then and there, and thought if I wasn’t going to buy it then and there I would never get round to it. I had previously owned the bubblegum flavoured scrub and loved it! This is a sugar scrub with probably medium-sized granules, it’s not too fine but definitely not overly thick either. This one tastes like cherry cola and really does help exfoliate lips, plus you can lick it off which is always a bonus!

Pro’s: Edible (natural woohoo), Cherry cola flavoured, Supporting Lush? Always a positive!

Con’s: Wee bit messy, IMO pricey for what the product is ($12NZD)

 

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Right after Nars, Benefit is one of the first higher end brands that I shopped from. My first ever time buying from Benefit was one of their Christmas tins, as a present from my mum. The one product in the tin that I hadn’t really heard of or looked forward to trying was this Hoola ultra plush lip gloss, it was more of an extra. However, after actually trying it I now find myself reaching for it as an everyday gloss! It does appear to be a light brown/golden colour but it has very little colour effect on the lips. It is a non-sticky gloss that wears in nicely and adds just a tiny golden sheen to the lips, something you could wear with almost any makeup look.

Pro’s: Easy to wear, non-sticky

Con’s: Pricey for a lip gloss ($32NZD)

Lipsticks

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This set of ChiChi lip crayons is one of the first lipstick type products I had brought myself. I thought that buying a set would provide a variety of colours to experiment with and give me choice, although all of these colours are very pink and very bright! These don’t have names on them so I’ll call them numbers 1-5 in order of left to right. I found that I only ever wore numbers 1 and 4 as they are the most opaque and dark, while numbers 2 and 5 are a wee bit sheer compared to the rest. The formula of these are exactly what you’d expect from a lip crayon, creamy yet a wee bit on the dry side. They do stay transferable and do dry your lips out a wee bit. But I would wear these, especially if I knew I didn’t to worry about ya know, eating and drinking.

 

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This, unfortunately, was a let down for me as I bought it from a sale, and think that it had expired or had temperature damage. The consistency didn’t feel right and the colour was lumpy. I think that it would usually have an oil-based like feeling, and be slightly glossy but eventually dry down more like a stain would. The colour is nice! However it was just too hard to get a true experience from this product.

Pro’s: Good colour options in the range!

Con’s: Not an ideal experience

 

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NYX is a brand I had been wanting to try for the longest time! And after hearing so much about these Soft Matte lip creams, I finally invested in one! I was still on the pink train when I bought this one in the colour Antwerp, however it was still a wee bit light for my comfort zone. The formula is creamy, and while it does dry down quite a bit I wouldn’t say it’s entirely non-transferable, it isn’t super drying to the lips though which is good! My only issue with NYX is the prices seem to increase as the brand gets more popular.

Pro’s: Good colour options, Non-drying

Con’s: Transferable, Price has increased since I bought it (paid $12.50NZD, now $14NZD)

 

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Too Faced definitely pulled through on this one, after hearing so much about the Melted Chocolate lipsticks I felt the need to try one out! However this time I was very careful as to choosing a good colour, and I succeeded! These long-lasting liquid lipsticks have such a creamy consistency, and despite eventually drying to a non-transferable finish, they’re not drying at all. My opinion is that you’re paying for the quality you’re getting. These really are such a nice lipstick and the colour selection between the Melted Chocolate and the original Melted range has a good selection of out there bright colours as well super current nudes, like this one in the shade Chocolate Milkshake!

Pro’s: Long lasting, Non-drying, Good colour selection

Con’s: On the more expensive side ($33NZD)

 

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Australis’ Velourlips Matte lip* cream was something I had again heard so much about, but unfortunately wasn’t particularly impressed with. While the colour was far too light for my comfort zone, the formula of it wasn’t very great either. I found that the colour didn’t go on evenly enough for an opaque lip cream, and it was still transferable despite being slightly too dry as well. I definitely think that if I tried a different colour it might be a wearable lip cream but it’s definitely not my first choice of lip products. *if looking for this range try farmers or Makeup.co.nz.

Pro’s: Plenty of colours available in the range, Cheaper side ($15NZD)

Con’s: Slightly uneven application, Unable to find this exact shade (Hoo-Chee-Min)

 

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This is another lipstick that was way too bright for me to wear at the time of buying it, however this Body Shop lipstick (which I can no longer find online) does have a good formula! Its dry in a good way, as in it isn’t messy and you feel like it isn’t going smoosh around too much. However it is still transferable, and needs at least two coats to be an even application. Once again, I would definitely be interested in trying other colours from the range.

Pro’s: Love supporting natural, cruelty free based companies! Good colour range from what I saw when I purchased this one!

Con’s: Transferable, needs to be built up, Average price ($30ishNZD)

 

Swatches! And yes, the swatches are meant to be Kiwi’s! (NZ’s national bird)

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Revlon: Orangy coral. NYX: Bright pink. ChiChi#2: Sheer Mauve. ChiChi#5: Sheer baby pink. ChiChi#1: Purply pink. Too Faced: Nude browny pink. Australis: Light pink. Body shop: Hot Pink. ChiChi#3: Medium pink. ChiChi#4: Dark hot pink.

Thats all for today guys! As it was a rather long post I’m going to keep the end comment short and sweet. I hope this was helpful, and as usual, comment if you have any questions 🙂

 

Feeling pink, Chatterkiwi x