Mecca Maxima–Brisbane’s new beauty wonderland!

mecca maxima wintergarden brisbane opening

Recently I was invited to attend the opening of Mecca Maxima, located in Brisbane’s new Wintergarden Centre. Walking through the doors I immediately felt right at ‘home’ with the luxe and almost rock inspired interior. Featuring more than 75 national and international brands, from budget friendly to luxe and everything in-between I would pretty much guarantee there is a product, or 10, for everyone.

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So what makes Mecca Maxima Stand out from regular department counters, the choice oftoo faced at mecca maxima course! Lets face it I’m a brand whore. I like trying products from all brands and the thought of only using one brand forever is not something I’m interested in. at. all. Having staff that are able to help you with information across numerous brands is a major plus because they aren’t there to push one brand. Just tell them what you are looking for and they can help you compare and select. One brand may do awesome primers, cough Smashbox cough, while another may have the perfect eye primer, insert Too Faced Shadow Insurance here. Looking for a certain shade of lipstick? Just browse through the brands and swatch as you go to compare. That’s another bonus, if you like to browse by yourself there are testers everywhere.

maxima loves glow staff picksAll brands are displayed separately and on the end of the isle’s are fabulous Maxima Loves displays that feature a couple of similar products with descriptions and prices to help you see what’s right for you.

During the ‘event’ we were able to browse the isles by ourselves and there was more than enough staff on hand to answer any questions or just have a bit of a chat about all things beauty. Like I said at the start there is pretty much something for everyone, hair care, fragrance, nails, makeup, skincare and tools, its all there

Items I picked up on the night (pictured below) include Smashbox’s new Be Legendary Lipsticks in Vivid Violet and Infrared (new favourites!), Stilla’s Smudge Pot in Black Cat which is a gorgeous shimmery black, Kit Nail Strips in an adorable heart shaped pattern that I am actually wearing right now, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara that has a super fat wand and has been working great, 2 Kit Nail Polishes in Dive In and Power Up, Curl Up heart shaped sponge rollers – holly hell these were just too cute not to purchase and some nifty no crease clips which if you have hair as damaged as mine you know how easily hair can crease when you pin it back even just for a few moments.

mecca maxima haul

The other items pictured where in the gift bag (which I believe was a promotional item for spending over $50) with some pretty fab samples including Soap and Glory Hand Food, Origins Plantscription Anti-aging eye treatment, Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Primer, Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara, Stilla Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser, a Kit Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Maybe Just Once that is minty fresh and a pack of fun nail strips!

I honestly don’t think I have anything negative to say about the store, well except maybe that your wallet could easily get quite a beating as it is literally a beauty lovers dream store.

Madame B Fatale

xoxo

I given a generous gift card to spend at the opening but I also spent some of my own cash. Thanks again to Mecca for including me and a fabulous time!

Winners announced!! Want to win a Luxury Hair Care package?

Totally a crazy question, of course you do! Well thanks to Silky Colouration I have 3, yes 3, luxury hair care packages to give away!

“Silky and Nouvelle have a wide range of hair care products including tints, bleaches, shampoos, conditioners, hair masks and treatments to name a few. All products nourish and protect the hair incorporating natural oil protectors. The ranges also feature finishing and styling products as well as treatments that repair and nourish the hair. Perfect for all hair types, colours and styles.“

Silky Colourations giveaway

Each pack will include:

  • Silky Nutrix shampoo
  • Hydro herb Mask
  • Nouvelle Double shot
  • Silky Nutrix serum
  • Silky Zero crystal serum

(each pack valued at $98)

All you have to do is wait for the widget to load below, like the “Silky Colouration” Facebook page and answer the question which is

“ Why do you want to win one of 3 luxury hair care packages from Silky Colourations?” (leave comment below)

Yes its as simple at that. The competition will run from today until March 2nd 2012 and winners will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners will be contacted within 48hrs of competition ending and have a 3 days to reply, if you don’t answer we will have to pick another winner. The PR Firm will send you an email to get your details so they can send you the prize!

This competition is just for Aussies this time!

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Side Swept Hair– Tutorial, Products and Pictures

Finally back with my latest requested video for side swept curls. This hair style looks equally great neat or messy and is a great way to show off your favourite statement earrings without having to do an up-do. Product wise I used Redken All Soft Argan-6 followed by Nak Heat beat to prep my hair before heat styling.

redken argan-6 nak heat beat

After my hair was prepped I used my Babyliss Pro Large Conical wand (last seen here) to curl. Once each section was curled I used bobby pins to ‘roll them up and let cool.hair curls setting (more…)

6 Budget Friendly Beauty Buys!

I like luxury brands as much as the next gal but more often than not I can’t seem to squeeze them into my budget. Also when I find a product that works just as well if not better why not buy the cheaper option, right!?! So the following are a few of my favourite budget friendly beauty buys that are not only a bargain but work for me too!

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Face of Australia Loose Powder (RRP AUD) $11.95, comes in a massive 30 gram container for that price and is a great lightweight  loose translucent powder. (more…)

Mehron Celebre HD Cream Foundation a Review

MehronHDFoundationOver the past few months I’ve used this foundation numerous times and it fast became a new favourite, the Mehron Celebre HD Pro Cream Makeup.

Applied with a damp sponge or foundation brush the foundation itself is easy to blend and build up to a level of coverage you desire. I also find it works as a regular concealer quite well too. The only time I have actually used a concealer with it is a salmon one under my eyes, it disguises everything else with ease. The end result, a semi-dewy glow (un-powdered of course) which lasts quite a few hours before touch-ups are needed (unless the weather is particularly hot). It also photographs beautifully! (more…)

Death Rays

It’s no secret these days that sun tanning not only causes serious skin cancers but also pre-mature aging. Hence the rise of so many fake tanning products now available and SPF being added to our makeup. For some reason even with all these ‘safer’ alternatives slip, slop, slapping just isn’t cool.

Living in the “sunshine state’, so close to the beach, I see people tanning in the sun or solariums constantly.

I myself aren’t much of a tanner, I quite like my moon tan but on the odd occasion I do apply a light gradual tanner ( my choice: Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion RRP$10.52) to kind of even out my freckles, or to make my legs look a little less ‘transparent’. If I’m feeling a little more daring as rare as it may be, I may go on step further and apply an all over tan. I’ve had pretty good results with SugarBaby Suntanned Sweeties Golden Glamour ($RRP19.95 AUD) it’s a spray can type tan) and I’ve heard many great reviews of St Tropez tanners.

*When choosing a fake tan its best to choose one that states that it has an ‘olive’ (green) tint as you are more likely to want an island chic glow rather than a Sunkist orange, (if you get my drift).

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Indola Innova Repair Capsules – Review

About a month ago I was kindly sent a tub of Indola Innova Repair Capsules to try out, I say kindly because it was a sample sent out after the ABBW that I ended up not being able to attend. So this gift was a lovely surprise.

Its no secret that I absolutely adore hair oils, the shine and moisture I have been able to get back to my (very) over coloured hair from them has been nothing short of amazing. So when these repair capsules arrived I was rather excited to try out another type.

“Long term damage won’t repair itself, so tackle each strand from the roots with Innova Repair shampoos, conditioners, leave-in treatments and repair capsules. Keratin treats in 3 dimensions – the cuticle, fibre and matrix of each strand, boosting strength to promote deep, lasting shine.”

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Illamasqua Product Overview Part 4

Today I have part 4 of the Illamasqua products overview check out part 1, part 2 and part 3 if you haven’t already! If you haven’t noticed Illamasqua has to be one of my favourite brands, I always find a product I need!

illamasqua motto eye brow cake

 

Motto Eye Brow Cake is a warm taupe brow colour perfect for non golden toned blondes. Applied with a light stroke it effortlessly fills in brows for a fuller look, but applied with a mixing medium it gives a very defined brow. The compact also has a handy mirror in the lid for application anywhere. This has been my go to brow colour for a few months now and I’ve found it perfect for my colouring.

 

The rest of the products are from the Theatre of the Nameless Collection.

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