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We have thousands of beauty products to choose from: thousands. But when a product is
that good, it stands out from the rest—and we find ourselves repurchasing it constantly (and
missing it when we don’t). Whether it’s from a beauty obsessive or a total novice, every single day
we’re asked which products are a must-have—according to our staff, our customers, and the
broader beauty world—so it’s only right that we fill you in on the best-in-show beauty we just can’t
seem to live without. Read on to discover our MECCA must-haves.
The moment this now-iconic product hit the market, our expectations of mascara changed forever. Long,
thick, uplifted lashes were no longer a result of multiple mascaras and a lash curler (I, for one,
am terrified of them), but rather a slick or two of this bold, world-favourite formula. With an
hourglass-shaped brush that would make Marilyn jealous—Kimmy K, even—you can trust that this
game-changer will deliver on the drama, day in and day out.
And for those asking? The name is accurate.
When carrying around a dimly lit candle for optimal skin-enlightening becomes too much, this powder
delivers. Breaking the rules of the matte, cakey powders of beauty’s past, Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting
Powders look like almost nothing on the skin, and makes whatever lighting situation you’re
in—whether it’s daylight, unforgiving tungsten or a flickering fluorescent—work for you and your
god given angles. Unbelievably fine and universally flattering, dust Dim Light onto the skin to set your
makeup without killing the glow (and for effortless candescence, of course). It’ll also take you from a
seven to a 10 in every single selfie.
Steph Claire Smith wore this fragrance on her wedding day, and Bec Judd lives for the compliments
she gets when she wears it. Why all the rage? This luxe fragrance delivers on cotton-candy yet woody
sweetness, without cliched notes of sugary vanilla. Top notes of jasmine and saffron meet middles of
amberwood and ambergris—finishing off with cedar and fir resin—resulting in a feminine-leaning
scent, inspired by transformative, heat-reactive French ruby crystal chandeliers. This is the scent to wear
if you’re in the mood for a showering of compliments (so, every day).
The cult favourite cream that’s basically a Brazilian beach holiday in a tub, this richly hydrating body
cream is a MECCA icon, with its signature intoxicating vanilla-pistachio scent (if you know, you
know). Loaded with caffeine and antioxidants, this skin-loving saviour will nourish, firm and
impart a natural glow to the skin, while transporting you to a tropical island. It’s a favourite amongst the
self-tan prolongers, too.
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For the one-product (and one product only) amateur, literally-the-most-basic-ever, at-home hairstylists,
this protective, hydrating primer ticks all the boxes. It’s rich with lightweight oils that will
not make your hair greasy, but instead works to defrizz, detangle, soften and smooth from your lengths,
while providing heat and UV protection. It’s cruelty free, and free from parabens, phthalates,
mineral oils, and formaldehyde (check, check, check!), and is our tried and tested go-to for all hair types.
Before developing her own line of lip products, Kylie Jenner was obsessed (we repeat: obsessed) with
M·A·C’s Velvet Teddy, with the rest of the world following suit. It’s the shade she used to sculpt, fill and
overline her lips—even before it became her ‘thing’. This cult favourite shade makes a great nude for
medium to deep skin tones (without looking like foundation lips), and an excellently deep, more impactful
nude for lighter. It’s matte without being drying, thanks to the addition of vitamin E, and we’re forever
Truth be told, this buttery champagne shimmer was originally intended to be an eyeshadow—but we loved
it so much as a highlighter, we decided to supersize it… and the rest is history. There’s a reason MECCA
artists reach for this game-changing highlighter almost every time you come to get your makeup done: it’s
finely milled and so insanely buttery, suits literally everyone, and makes you look like you’re
glowing from the inside, out. It defies the radiance odds and looks so good in selfies that we’re
sure it’s the highlighter Lizzo wears when she sings about ‘fresh photos with the bomb lighting’.
When it comes to our must-have mask, we love something rich and creamy that’ll revive dull, dehydrated skin
and turn it into juicy, glowy goodness in 15 to 20 minutes max. Naturally, we reach for Mario Badescu’s Rose Hips Mask—a calming,
refining treatment that encourages brighter, softer skin—or Tatcha’s Violet-C Radiance Mask, which
delivers on all of the above, plus the added benefit of gentle AHA exfoliation for a bigger, brighter glow
and improved skin tone and texture. Use them on a self-care Sunday for skin ready to take on the week, or
before a big event to ensure maximum glow.
This overnight oil lives up to its legacy, and some. Without feeling greasy or causing shine, this high
potency concentrate works with your natural restorative period to hydrate, brighten and smooth skin while
you sleep. It features balancing (and anti-inflammatory) plant-derived squalane, paired with lavender
and evening primrose oils, giving this potion such a calming aroma that we’re certain the scent alone helps
us fall into the deepest, most restorative sleep ever. It’s true apothecary magic in an iconic blue bottle,
and we don’t want to imagine a PM skincare routine without it.
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