Self-soothing with new beauty during lockdown, or looking to try something new? There’s no better inspiration than the recommendations of your peers and fellow beauty-lovers. Here’s the most popular products at MECCA right now — the creams, colours and scents that you can guarantee will spark joy when they arrive home.
1. GLOW RECIPE WATERMELON DEW DROPS
From the moment Glow Recipe launched these Watermelon Dew Drops, they’ve been lapped up by skincare fans — scroll through TikTok and you’ll see why. You can apply these in a few different ways: a drop on cleansed skin — before moisturiser — for a hint of radiance, as a primer before your foundation or by adding a few pumps as the last step in your routine for a glossy-finish highlight. Spiked with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, this is truly a does-it-all product that deserves a spot in your routine.
2. DR. DENNIS GROSS ALPHA BETA UNIVERSAL DAILY PEEL
While these MECCA-loved peel pads know how to target breakouts (in many cases, before they’ve even happened), that’s just one line off the long list of skills they behold. With almost all of our favourite skincare ingredients — AHAs, BHA (salicylic), squalane, ceramides, retinol… the list goes on — these high-powered, clinic-approved exfoliating pads help to accelerate cellular turnover for brighter, smoother, clearer, skin.
3. OLAPLEX NO.3 HAIR PERFECTOR
The mask of all hair masks, Olaplex’s bestselling treatment closes the gap between at-home and salon treatments. In 10 minutes, hair is visibly strengthened and repaired, reducing future breakage and healing split ends. Perfect for both chemically-treated and untouched hair, it’s the ultimate fix for dry, damaged, compromised lengths. This is magic in a bottle — the smooth, glossy finish is just a plus!
4. MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN BACCARAT ROUGE 540 EDP – AND CANDLE
There are dupes galore for this remarkable scent, but nothing comes close to the beauty of the original. Stirring up images of decadent Parisian parties, spiced cocktails and lavish bouquets (one can dream!), Baccarat Rouge 540 is lively, playful and confidence imbuing. It opens with notes of jasmine and saffron, softened by deeper notes of amber, cedarwood and Moroccan bitter almond. It’s a favourite of local starlets Steph Claire Smith and Bec Judd, who both know that you will get stopped on the street when you wear this scent.
When going out is off the cards, Baccarat Rouge 540 can still come out to play: fill your space (and your soul) with its indulgent aroma with the Baccarat Rouge 540 Candle.
5. BYREDO TREE HOUSE CANDLE
BYREDO’s Tree House Candle is escapism at its best. Within minutes of lighting, it transforms your home into a treehouse escape — we’d describe it as the perfect balance of woods, greens, freshness and the nostalgia of make-believe. It’s a favourite of those in-the-know, including Taylor Swift and BYREDO founder Ben Gorham’s own wife.
6. ILIA LIMITLESS LASH MASCARA
For the natural beauty-inclined (by formula and by look) this mascara pairs lash-loving ingredients with natural pigments to deliver lashes that look great before, during, and after a coat or two of mascara. Without compromising on performance, this formula hydrates and nourishes lashes thanks to a dose of shea butter. One coat will give you a curled, lengthened and separated no-makeup makeup look, and two to three will set you up for a more dramatic effect.
7. TATCHA THE DEWY SKIN CREAM
This rich (but equally light) silky cream is one of those products that can change your entire perception of a category. Rather than a basic essential, Tatcha’s The Dewy Skin Cream transforms moisturising in to a highly anticipated luxury. Taking the top spot for best moisturiser in the MECCA Beauty Election for two years running, this beloved purple pot doubles as the final, deeply hydrating step in your night-time routine, and a glow-getting priming moisturiser for underneath your makeup.
8. MECCA COSMETICA TO SAVE FACE SUPERSCREEN SPF 50+
This is the non-sunscreeny, sunscreen that you will actually want to wear every day. Hydrating, skin-loving and makeup-friendly, it’s impeccably non-greasy, free from any inklings of a white cast and slips under makeup like a silky-smooth primer. For this reason, it has held its throne for yet another year in the MECCA Beauty Election Hall of Fame, and on our bestseller list.
9. TOO FACED LIP INJECTION EXTREME
The most popular lip product at MECCA is without a doubt the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. The powerful plumper has actually been the top selling gloss through lockdown, too. Maybe it’s the fact that the aesthetician’s doors are closed, or maybe it’s the instant, pain-free results that this product delivers on time and time again. It’s hydrating too, thanks to avocado and jojoba oils, and leaves your lips with mirror-like shine and a satisfying tingle.
10. NARS BLUSH IN ‘ORGASM’
Francois Nars knows the power of blush — he built a makeup empire out of it. And they don’t get more iconic than NARS Blush in ‘Orgasm. Nars created the shade in 1999 and it has stayed at peak popularity for the last 20-plus years. The appeal of the gold-flecked peachy pink shade, other than the risqué name, is that it perfectly balances warm and cool tones, enabling it to look good — if not great — on literally everyone.
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