ITS LANDED. Finally Mecca Maxima has opened its doors on the North Shore in Albany Westfield. Its second store in Auckland and the biggest. The new store is a next generation Mecca Maxima and I am SO excited to have one closer to home and easier to access! I went along on opening day and had the best time. Can you believe it I have NEVER been to a Mecca Maxima store, I never bothered heading into Queen Street and battling with Auckland city so I have been a serial online shopper instead. You can only imagine my excitement when I finally set foot in it!
I made it their by lunchtime and the ques had died down, they were around the corner and out the mall door, the Mecca staff were onto it keeping them entertained as I saw on the Mecca IG story. The store was still pretty packed and fast moving so I didnt manage to have a real good play an look at everything. There were a huge amount of staff rostered on and each and every one of them were so helpful, I got asked several times if I was ok or if I needed help with any product which was so nice from a customers perspective and amazing for anyone who may not know much about makeup, you feel so comfortable in there.
Now before I share what I picked up I wanted to let you know about THE BEAUTY LAB at Mecca Maxima Albany. THE BEAUTY LAB is exclusive to Mecca Albany and is only in four stores across Australia so we are very lucky to have this. Essentially it is 'Mecca Mini Lessons' which are completely complimentary! Classes from colour matching, concealing to contouring each lesson is 20-30mins long. The best part you get to trial the products used on yourself while you are being taught the ins and out and then purchase it afterwards if you like it! Im so excited to try out one of these lessons, even as a Makeup Artist, being able to try new products on myself before I buy is such a bonus!
TheyThe in store offer for the opening was if you spent over $90 you got to open a secret Mecca locker, so of course I did this. I picked up a few things and have included a few of my Mecca Favorites I already had below.
1. Stila Liquid Eyeshadow - 'Jezabel' and pictured with 'Rose Gold Retro'
I am really loving these Liquid Eye Shadows. The collection was huge and they are so beautiful so choosing one was hard work. Ive got my eye on some others to add to my kit. They are super long lasting, literally does not budge! They arent for the natural makeup lover but seem to be such a hit for anyone wanting to add serious sparkle and glam to their eye makeup!
2. Urban Decay - All nighter - Long Lasting Setting Spray.
A very well used product in my kit. First of all I loved that it came in this smaller size so it was easier to transport in my kit. This product literally does what it says. Your makeup will not budge! I use it on every client!
RRP $25 (Smaller size)
3. Mecca Cosmetica - Enlightened Lit From Within Powder
This is my most used highlighter in my Kit, It beats the Fenty Beauty one in my eyes. This Golden Nuetral shade seems to suit everyone and a little goes a long way it is so pigmented.
4. THE STAR OF THE DAY!
NEW! NARS Rêve Salé Cheek Palette
I couldnt walk past this in the store, it was grabbing my attention. Id seen this online and it was 100% more beautiful in person. This palette is Limited Edition so defiantly grab one if you like the look of this. The powders can be applied dry or wet for more drama and best suit fairer skin tones. I cant wait to try this out!
5. Mecca Cosmetica - Bright Eyed Eye Mask
This was a 'waiting at the checkout - impulse buy' I love those checkouts where all the minis live. I thought this sounded really nice! A hydrating under eye mask that de-puffs, brightens and leaves the skin soft! Comes in a pack of five or you can buy singles like I did to give it a go!
And lucky last my Secret Locker freebie. It was as easy as picking a number on the locker and opening it up to see what you had won. There were prizes including a GHD and a Urban Decay Naked Palette in there. I was so lucky to win this beautiful Illuminating moisturizer from Glam Glow. At first Ill admit I didn't no the brand but since researching it over the weekend and giving this moisturizer a go I'm really eager to try some more from this collection. You know im all about skin and that glow so this was the perfect gift. Its in shade 'Pearl Glow' and leaves the most beautiful texture and sheen to the skin. Its nice even on its own on days where no makeup is needed and then gives a beautiful subtle sheen to the skin under foundation too. This retails for $78 so THANKYOU MECCA MAXIMA for this treat!
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