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The products we didn’t know existed until we started working at MECCA (and now love)

It’s hard to imagine a time where we didn’t work at MECCA. What were our lives before we got to apply, play and learn about new and exciting beauty products every day as a job? From spotting something juicy on a team member’s desk to being the first to hear about a new underground beauty brand arriving on our shelves (and that’s just the beginning). When you work at MECCA you discover a whole new world of can’t-live-without makeup bag and bathroom cabinet essentials. These are the personal MVPs our HQ team never knew they needed, and now can’t live without.

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops

“I’ve just realised I might have a thing for drops! Hey, I’m a sucker for customisation. These drops were one of the first things recommended to me by a fellow MECCA staffer when I first started, and I have never turned my tanning routine back. They’re colour-correcting and totally customisable. I add a couple of drops to my night cream and wake up looking like I’ve just arrived back from Hawaii. Aloha, glowing skin.” – Sara, Brand Marketing Team

Cosmetics 27 Baume 27 Bio-Energising Cell Repair Balm 27

“This was the product that EVERYONE at MECCA raved to me about — and yet to be honest I had never heard of it, or the brand, despite years working in media. From our digital marketing manager imploring me to buy it, to a skin specialist who explained to me that it was similar to another big name luxury brand minus the chemicals, to another store manager telling me it was very popular with her clientele post-surgery because it's healing properties. I've used it as a spot treatment on my eczema and my dry skin (made all the more drier with Melbourne weather) so I'll be buying a second jar for sure.” – Zara, Content Team

NARS Single Eyeshadow in ‘Tulum’

“NARS Tulum is the unsung hero in my makeup bag. I love a warm-toned eye and this matte shade in a camel/mustard tone delivers — but with an edge. I either use it all over the lid and blend it into the socket for the day time, or use it as a base to further build with deeper shades when I go out as it’s especially complimentary when I’ve upped the fake tan routine. I discovered it when I was taking pictures of the NARS setup in store and it caught my eye... I can’t help succumbing to warm neutrals... they’re all so different I promise!” – Laura, Brand Marketing Team

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

“Kiehl’s (namely their Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser and Ultra Facial Cream) has featured in my skincare routine for the past decade, but it wasn’t until I started working at MECCA and got the opportunity to chat with the brand directly that I discovered their Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. I find choosing a vitamin C serum so overwhelming—how do I know which one will do the job without pilling beneath my Go-To Face Hero oil? Understanding what set this one apart rocked my world: unlike the C serums that have to be kept in dark amber or opaque bottles for risk of spoiling following exposure to light or oxygen, this one features activated C (Kiehl's vitamin C derivative) which remains stable no matter the environment, so I can trust it will stay true to its efficacy out of the bottle, and on my skin. While dark spots aren’t my major skin concern—initially pushing me away from trying this product in the first place—I find that this serum makes lingering acne scars disappear faster than ever, and basically just leaves my skin looking bright and alive (the perfect base for a bit of RMS Living Luminizer-assisted glow). I use it every morning in partnership with my SPF for a double dose of free radical protection.” – Kerri, Content Team

Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Eyebrow Pencil

“This is my favourite brow pencil I’ve ever used — I just wish I knew about it earlier! The tip is very thin and has a nice firmness to it, which means you have a lot of control to create fine, natural strokes. The staying power is also great, with no smudging throughout the day. I recommend this product to all of my friends and family, and they are just as hooked as me.” – Savannah, Brand Marketing Team

Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo

“This launched not long after I started at MECCA (and thank gosh for that), because since then it has been my daily (and evening) blush and highlighter. I didn’t even really wear blush until I found this product — crazy I know — but the shade is so complementary and I love that it gives a dewy glossy finish to my face. If I’m feeling really peachy, I apply the blush to my eyelids and lips. I even got mum hooked, and she never wears makeup. It’s the perfect size for my handbag and makeup bag; it’s just the perfect little duo. I literally have no idea what I did before I met this little pocket rocket of balmy goodness, but I’m glad she found me.” – Phoebe, Social Media Team

Verso Day Cream

“Who knew you could wear retinol during the day? The first time I applied Verso’s Day Cream I feared I might spontaneously combust—like a reckless vampire stumbling into the sun. Before discovering this advanced moisturiser, bolstered with the brand’s gentle version of retinol, I’d always believed the acclaimed anti-ager was solely for night-time use. Verso updates this old-school approach with a stabilised form of retinol that is less irritative and okay to wear in your waking hours. Yes, you still need SPF but you would if you were wearing retinol in the evenings too. As a daily hydrator, it refines your skin and fosters a noticeable glow. It’s retinol redefined.” – George, Content Team

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