It’s been a while since I’ve posted, work has been pretty crazy. That being said there is always time for makeup! so I thought I’d share some thoughts on products included in the Mecca Beauty Box – Level 2, February edition.
This was my first beauty box from Mecca (yay, my little bundle of free joy).
I love the cutesy packaging with pale pinks and contrasting black grosgrain ribbon.
The boxes are released every quarter and are curated to a ‘beauty theme’. This round it was glowy skin with a bright lip, hurrah because who doesn’t love a bold red pout?
There were four products included in the level 2 box.
The Dr Dennis Gross – Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel claims to boost clarity and give a quote, lit from within. 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.
It tingled when I swiped the first soaked cotton pad on my face, waited two minutes then swiped the second one (note: I didn’t realise this was a chemical peel at this point – yikes, you know – 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 about 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 application was so damn tiny. I can’t actually 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 a key ingredient. Initially, I tried it as a setting spray – it wasn’t too bad but I prefer my Urban Decay All Nighter, because it sets without shifting my makeup. I think it works better as a primer or replenishing spray if you want to ‘wake up’ your skin in the morning or freshen your makeup during the day.
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 subtly 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 to 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 purchased 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 to it 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 recently?