It’s been a while since I’ve posted because work has been pretty crazy. That being said there is always time for makeup! I thought I’d share some thoughts on samples i’ve tested from the Mecca Beauty Loop Box – Level 2, Feb edition.
This was my first beauty box from Mecca (yay, aka my little bundle of free joy).
I love the cute pink packaging with pale pinks and contrasting black grosgrain ribbon.
The boxes are released every quarter and are curated to a ‘beauty theme’. For this round it was glowy skin with a bright lip, and four samples were included in the level 2 box.
The Dr Dennis Gross – Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel claims to boost skin clarity and give your face a ‘lit from within’ look. Okay so given the lack of sleep I’ve been experiencing lately, I was really looking forward to using this product. The box came with three treatments consisting of step one – an exfoliating peel and step 2 – anti-ageing neutraliser to be used daily.
When I swiped the first soaked cotton pad on my face, it tingled. I waited two minutes then swiped the second cotton pad (note: I didn’t realise this was a chemical peel at this point…yikes, top tip it helps to read the ingredients). My skin felt a bit weird and it caused some minor blemishes for a week and a bit but after 2 weeks my skin was glowy and toned. I used the other two samples this week and my complexion is getting better day by day. Would I use this again? Probably, since it’s basically a time machine for your face.
Next up was the Kate Somerville – Wrinkle Warrior Dark Circle Eraser. This little serum didn’t do much for me compared to my Korres Wild Rose Brightening & Line Smoothing Serum. I’m saying little serum here, because the sample was so damn tiny. Sadly I can’t conclude if this serum is any good because I only got one application out of the sample (PS. Mecca if you’re reading this, send me a bigger sample plz).
The Too Faced – Hangover 3 in 1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray, smells like a tropical holiday and is a little bit sticky thanks to coconut water as the key ingredient. Initially, I tried it as a setting spray. It wasn’t too bad but I wasn’t in love. I still prefer my Urban Decay All Nighter because it sets without shifting my makeup.
I’ve never used a Nars product, so I was keen to try the Nars – Velvet Lip Glide in Le Palace – A bold red with blue undertone. It’s a mix between a gloss and liquid lipstick with subtle dewy finish. I’m not a huge fan of lipsticks in general, in fact I don’t normally wear lipstick at all, but if I had to I would probably wear this one. It looks polished and not too OTT.
I wanted to finish this post off with a review of Mecca Cosmetica’s To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen. This wasn’t part of the Beauty Loop Box, but I did purchase this on the same day to nab an upgrade to the L2 box.
A long time ago, I read an article about the importance of incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine. Since then I’ve selected foundations that contain an SPF as part of their formula but these are usually around the SPF 15-25 mark, so when I found this one I picked it up straight away. The formula isn’t greasy and works well under liquid foundation. It’s also got a nice scent and appears to be tinted but once applied goes on sheer. I love this sunscreen and use it everyday.
Have you tried any makeup samples from the Mecca Beauty Loop boxes recently?