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Let’s brunch! Five ways that brunch has inspired our favourite beauty

For the team at MECCA HQ (and many likeminded Melbournians), brunch isn’t just a meal — it’s a ritual. It’s engrained in our hearts, souls and weekend schedules, and — more often than not — our Instagram feeds. Being the serial brunchers that we are, we recently found ourselves salivating as we scrolled through our skincare page, discovering that it’s starting to read more and more like a Broadsheet-certified café menu. Ingredients like avocado, acai, mushroom and coffee have seemingly made their way into just about everything, and we’re all for it — so much so that we’ve curated five head-to-toe skincare routines, each inspired by our favourite brunch orders. Ever wondered what smashed avocado and feta would look like on your face? Or if the humble acai bowl truly is the answer to transcending health and beauty #goals? Keep reading.

THE DISH: Smashed avocado and goat’s feta on sourdough from LEFT FIELD (with a soy latte)

Possibly the most iconic Australian brunch dish ever — and notoriously known as the rumoured reason millennials can’t afford houses (*eye roll*) — smashed avocado with feta on sourdough is every bit as wholesome and nourishing as it promises to be. Filled with healthy fats, clean flavours and a serve of protein — should it come with a perfectly poached egg — it’s the quintessential dish to kick off the weekend, and, as we discovered, the perfect routine for healthy, nourished and moisturised hair and skin.

If you’re ready for a full-body smashed avocado takeover, start your routine in the shower with Philip B’s super clarifying Peppermint Avocado Shampoo (get ready for seriously satisfying scalp tingles, we know, we tried it), and follow that up with Frank Body’s Caffeinated Hair Mask. Coffee fix? Check.

No smashed avocado is complete without goat’s cheese, making Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Moisturising Cleanser the perfect match to leave your skin feeling clean, soft and nourished, and with the same sense of content you feel after devouring a chunk of Meredith goat cheese.

If anyone knows how to do avocado in skincare, it’s Kiehl’s, so to reap the benefits of the nourishing fruit (yes, fruit), their new Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask is a must-slather for juicy, replenished skin. As you let the mask work its magic for the next 15 minutes — and to get the perfect dash of soy milk — apply a layer of Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter. In brunch terms, this stuff is the Bonsoy of body butters, and will work wonders to banish any remaining winter dryness lingering on your skin. After washing the face mask off to reveal nourished, bouncy skin, apply a less-than-pea sized amount of the cult-favourite Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado to your under-eyes, and treat yourself to that extra serve of goat’s cheese in the form of the Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Moisturising Cream.

Bon appetit.

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THE DISH: Acai bowl from FORT GREEN

There’s something about a really good acai bowl that makes you feel like you’re glowing from the inside-out, each spoonful confirming that you’re a vision of health, wellness, and all things #instagood — regardless of if you skipped that Saturday morning Pilates class or not. With fruity brands like Elemis, Juice Beauty and Glow Recipe in our product line-up, we knew this routine would emulate those feels, with an antioxidant boost, delivering on hydration, brightness, and seriously glow.

Elemis’ Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser is a rich, creamy cleansing formula, filled with acai for its concentration of pollution-fighting antioxidants — perfect for a pre-mask cleanse. As for the mask itself (there is absolutely no shortage of fruity masks at MECCA), try the buzzed-about Too Faced Pineapple Glow Moisturising and Brightening Face Mask , which will take your skin to new levels of brightness thanks to glycolic and lactic acids, and pineapple, prickly pear, lemon and apple extracts.

In case you missed it, the pineapple skincare trend is real, so it’s only right to stick to the trend and apply a few drops of Glow Recipe’s vitamin C-rich Pineapple-C Bright Serum to your face. The skincare-obsessed at MECCA HQ refer to this bright, eye-catching potion as glass skin in a bottle.

For a fix of apple, Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Eye Cream is literally the apple of our eyes, and a great source of brightness for your under-eye area. Follow this up with a cocktail of the Glow Recipe Watermelon Moisturiser and Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Balm all over your face, blending it into the skin to achieve a glass-like, highlighter-free glow like never before; worthy of the audible gasp that’ll undoubtedly come along with it.

Finish off your face with a layer of our go-to sunscreen, Mecca Cosmetica’s To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+, which contains pomegranate extract to delay aging and protect against free radicals. Considering the vitamin C and AHA’s present in the mask and serum, SPF is a no-brainer addition to this (and every) routine.

Talking body, it’s only fitting that you coat yourself in the deceivingly non-edible Sol de Janeiro Açaí Body Power Cream, and keep the Malin + Goetz Almond Hand Treatment at arms-length all day to eliminate any dryness as the day goes on (let’s be honest, not even the strongest-willed can turn down a four-dollars-extra spoonful of almond butter on an acai bowl).

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THE DISH: Truffled mushrooms from CITIZEN CAFÉ

A favourite of the savoury-inclined among us, sautéed mushrooms on toast — especially with a drizzle of earthy truffle oil — makes for a hearty, potent feed that’ll power you through the rest of your day. When done right, mushrooms are a flavour powerhouse on toast, and as it turns out — with a little help from Origins — they’re even better on your face.

Recommended by the masses at MECCA HQ, Origin’s Mega-Mushroom range — formulated with Dr. Andrew Weil’s Mega-Mushroom blend — delivers a complete skincare regime to combat inflammation, aging, redness, and any weakening of the skin. The blend includes reishi mushroom, a Chinese medicine staple which is believed to possess life-extending properties and skin-soothing superpowers — slightly different to the button mushrooms on your plate. For the full fungi-factor, treat your skin to the full regime — mask and all — starting with the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Micellar Cleanser, and ending with the Soothing Face Cream. Each use will reveal calmed, strengthened and hydrated skin, with any redness you might typically experience, visibly reduced. Used on the long term, this range can seriously step up your skin game.

We can’t forget the inclusion of truffle in this dish, so get bougie and wash your hair with the Philip B White Truffle Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo is every bit as heavenly as you might anticipate, and works to drench parched strands in next-level moisture to leave it soft, silky and glossy. We firmly believe that everyone should indulge in the luxury of bathing in truffle oil at least once in their life, and this is your shot.

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THE DISH: Porridge from BAWA

A hearty bowl of porridge is the food equivalent of a big old bear hug, and this skincare routine? Basically an all-embracing hug for your face. Our porridge pick from Bawa is complete with nuts, shaved coconut, berries, pear, banana and honey, and in the spirit of goldilocks, is *just right* — like its skincare counterpart will be too.

Start with the RMS Raw Coconut Cream to cleanse — it contains nothing but pure, unrefined coconut oil, and is designed to cleanse the skin of excess oil, dirt and impurities (according to Rose-Marie Swift herself, they use it to sashay away the layers and layers of makeup on RuPaul’s Drag Race). Oats are our key ingredient here, so to get your dose, slather the Summer Fridays Overtime Mask onto your fresh face, letting it brighten, smooth and clarify for the full ten minutes before washing it off. It’ll do all of the above, and some.

For a serious moisture fix, apply a few drops of the Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil to your face, a glow-getting oil brimming with antioxidant-filled blackberry, raspberry and blueberry, and follow it up with Go-To’s amla berry-rich Very Useful Face Cream, which will be, well, very useful in hydrating and smoothing your skin.

At this point your face will be nourished, glowy and ready for the day, and all you need is that sweet, sweet drizzle of honey. Josie Maran’s Divine Drip Honey Butter Balm is rich, silky and every bit indulgent, with antioxidant-rich clover honey to lock in moisture and protect against environmental stressors — making it the perfect choice to glide all over your body. Finish off the routine with quick swipe of Skyn Iceland’s Berry Lip Fix, and you’re good to go.

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THE DISH: Granola Bowl with yogurt, banana and strawberries at BLACK GOLD

The humble bowl of fruit and yogurt is often overlooked on a menu of gems, but when it’s done right — especially on a spritely spring morning — it’s unbeatable. We like to think of yogurt as the ice-cream of breakfast, made even better by the tart, gut-healing probiotics that live within it. According to Gallinée founder Marie Drago, whose skincare line harnesses the benefits of fermentation (lactic acid) and good bacteria (prebiotics and probiotics), “people now know that we need good bacteria in our diets, and the nutrition side of things is transferring to peoples’ idea of skin quickly. Clean is nice, but we don’t need to be sterile — we need good bacteria to feed, nurture and balance the skin.”

The Gallinée range will be your first port of call to match the benefits of yogurt, so if fruit and yogurt is your go-to order, we recommend going to town with the Gallinée goods, running through the entire range on your face and body.

In the shower, take a hold of the soap-free, pH balancing Cleansing Bar for your body — a step up from your usual bar of soap — and cleanse your face with the light and gentle Foaming Face Cleanser. Once you’re out of the shower and all dried off, apply the Face Mask and Scrub, and let it brighten and exfoliate as you coat your limbs with the Body Milk, a creamy, lightweight lotion that has been proven to increase the skin’s hydration by an impressive 103 percent. Wash away the mask and treat your skin to the Face Vinegar, Youthful Serum and Hydrating Face Cream, and your skin will be feeling ridiculously smooth, balanced and fresh all over. Drago mentioned to the Memo that Gallinée products “make your own bacteria do the work” by feeding the skin with prebiotics to “work with your own microbiome to repair the skin barrier”, and we like to think that after following the full regime, your many bacteria will be stuffed and satisfied by the feed they had just received.

This deliciously light dish is topped with banana and strawberries, so to top off your day, sheet-mask with the 16 Brand Juicy Mask in strawberry and banana, letting it detoxify and rejuvenate your skin as you get lost in your Instagram feed
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Feeling inspired to match your skincare routine to your brunch order? Head to our skincare page to find the key ingredients to your favourite dish (and your new favourite skincare routine).

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