I am always excited for the Holiday Collections that come out every year! It's great that Mecca Cosmetica tells when the Holiday releases are coming and I have often seen many beauty enthusiasts crowding outside various Mecca stores early in the morning, waiting eagerly for the doors to open so that they can be the first ones to get their hands on the goodies!!
SO here is my carefully curated selection of gifts from Mecca. Thank you so much Mecca!
This year was extra special for me as Mecca kindly gifted about half of what you see here. Thank you so much Mecca!! I love you and always will.
我把我的博客分为三个部分：1.收藏品; 2.日常使用; 和3.适合男人和女人的礼物.
Now, I've split my Mega Mecca Gift Guide into 3 sections: 1. Collectibles; 2. For Everyday; and 3. For Her and Him. I won't be doing swatches here or the Gift Guide will be too long. I've written my thoughts on whether each one is value for money and whether the quality of the product is good.
Of course, there is a WHOLE lot more gifts that you can choose from Mecca, so hope on to the Mecca website now! (Click Fast)
I have including prices and weblinks to each item you see below.
Let's start with Too Faced. O.K. I think we all know how good Too Faced products are. Their fairly affordable and the quality is good.
AND... their packaging is just too too cute! This year's Holiday Releases have a "New York" theme about them. If you ever get the chance to spend Christmas in New York, DO IT!!! It's fab! Central Park, Time Square, etc is decorated and the whole place feels so festive.
The Grande Hotel Café is the Too Faced connoisseurs' dream. It is similar to last year's Too Faced Le Grand Chateau Holiday Set.
It is in the shape of a building and is about the same size as last's year's mega palette offering.
In this one you get three palettes (Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Coffee and Eggnog Latte) that all smell quite delicious and a deluxe sized Better Than Sex mascara.
今年的Too Faced假期收藏的美容产品比去年更加可爱！ 它有一个“冬季纽约”的主题。 这个项目是最大的收藏。 它配有三个化妆调色板(眼影和腮红/古铜色)。 此外，包括一个睫毛膏。 价格$ 70，这是非常值得的。每个调色板都有6个眼影，其中两个带有腮红,以及一个有古铜色。包装是非常可爱的。 我已经把它放在我的化妆台上, 在去年的版本旁边，所以它们都看起来很漂亮。
Each palette comes with 6 pigmented eyeshadows. Two of the palettes: Peppermint Mocha and Eggnog Latte also include a blush. The Gingerbread Coffee palette comes with a bronzer. You can even split the pack up and use each palette as a stocking stuffer.
THIS IS VALUE FOR MONEY. It get a big bang for your buck. The eyeshadows all perform well and so do the face products. You get enough variety of shades (some you can get from the existing palettes) and each palette is quite thin and sturdy (perfect for travel). The display case is super cute and now sits next to my Too Faced Le Grand Chateau Set.
The display case for the "Merry Macarons Set" is super cute with a pop up design inside of skating at the Rink at Rockefeller Centre. You get 12 eyeshadows, all in very wearable shades and a mini Better Than Sex Mascara. The display case is a fairly plain pink case (not quite display worthy).
Like most collectible Too Faced items, this one smells of vanilla. Dreamy.
这个较小的产品从X品牌是特别可爱。 它有一个弹出图片里面的一个女孩滑冰。 有12种不同颜色的眼影和一个小睫毛膏。 颜色都非常耐磨。 此外，调色板足够小，可以携带旅行。它有一个美味的香草气味。
The By Terry Impearlious Voile De Perle Compact is just a stunner. Both the compact and the pressed and embossed powders. You get a mix of rich ivory, iridescent golden amber and flattering pink colours in By Terry's slik formula which helps blur the imperfections on your skin. There is a slight scent, like a touch of rose and jasmine. The compact is ROSE GOLD. The cover is smooth and it comes with a velvet pouch. Lovely and a great addition to any makeup lover's treasure trove.
今年，By Terry发布了一个非常特别的妆粉饼。它的包装是如此美丽和豪华。 它是玫瑰金的颜色。 里面是三个荧光笔化妆粉。妆粉的质地轻且奶油状。
The By Terry Impearlious Baume De Rose Gift Collection contains 5 different shades of By Terry's famous Baume de Rose in a lip gloss format. It has the original translucent balm (the one in the middle) and four new pearlised shades (L to R: Peach; silver; original; pink and violet). I get this set every year. The colours differ from year to year very slightly but I have to say these ones have a bit of sparkle in them (not quit as metallic as they may look). Last year's version did not have any sparkles in them.
今年By Terry 着名的唇膏妆集合包括五个不同的颜色的保湿唇膏。它们非常保湿。 它们里面有一些微小小的闪光，这是比去年的妆集合不同. 去年都是哑光颜色。这些有轻微的玫瑰香味。 你可以单独应用它们，也可以在你的口红下/上应用。
These are great on their own or under/on top of your lipstick.
Very nourishing, plumping and smoothing. They do have that signature By Terry Scent to them but not off-putting. These apply smoothly and are not sticky. With the five of them, you are pretty much set for the year until next year's collection comes out.
This is true collectible. It is highly luxurious. It contains 16ml of solid perfume. It is 6cm by 5 cm. Made from from black zamask, the is case embossed with the signature Diptyque oval. It certainly is quite heavy for how small it is. About 300 grams. This is an very luxurious gift.
This contains a solid perfume that is fairly strong. Just a few dabs behind the ear and in your decolletage is enough. It is very travel/bag friendly and comes with a pretty cloth pouch.
这是一个最豪华的礼物。 固体香水的容器相当重，由黑色金属制成。 它有一个小布袋。 气味是玫瑰，蜂蜜和浆果。 你只需要应用一点点。
The scent is described as "May rose, this feminine fragrance blends accords of freshly picked petals with the intoxicating, balm-like notes of honey and red fruit." I certainly detect a lingering scent of rose, with a top note of sweetness and some berries.
As it warms up on your skin, it smells divine.
Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Edit Brush RRPA$67
EVERYONE goes crazy for Hourglass. I've loved their products since they were first launched in the USA. I believe I have every Ambient powder, ambient blush and bronzer, or and every palette they've released so far! So for first-timers and true Hourglass fans, this palette is a must. It is travel friendly as most palettes are but WOW, this year, it comes in a "marble" compact. It is fairly light. Last year's version came in the standard shiny bronze brown colour.
This palette was one of the first releases for the Holiday collection. I think it is because last year's version sold out so quickly.
It comes with completely new shades (last year I believe, included small versions of existing shades). There are two Ambient® Lighting Blushes in Brilliant Nude and Nude Glow, an Ambient® Lighting Powder in Nude Light, an Ambient® Lighting Bronzer in Nude Bronze Light and a jumbo-sized Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder in Nude Strobe Light.
这个化妆调色板看起来像是从大理石制成的。 好漂亮！ 它有5个新的粉末。 我认为这个Hourglass品牌的产品非常好。 它是如此受欢迎。 使用它的最好的化妆刷是Hourglass牌的双端刷，因为尺寸和形状都适合调色板。这个化妆调色板有两个腮红，一个粉饼，一个古铜色和一个更大的古铜色粉饼。
It is very beautiful. I think the Ambient Lighting Edit Brush is the perfect companion to this palette. It is a dual ended brush, one more pointed and one more of a standard blush shape. They are the perfect size to dip into this palette. I highly recommend Hourglass' brushes as they are so good and soft. They are well made and have never shed.
Get this palette and brush before you regret it.
I was a bit disappointed by Stila's 2016 Holiday Collection. They came out with these fabulous and romantic sets last year. This year, they came out with some liquid lipstick sets (shades of which I have) and some eyeliner sets. They didn't release any new eyeshadow sets. I think it is because they have fairly recently released a few eye and face palettes (I'll talk about them in another post).
This is their highlighting palette. Very exciting. I don't think I have many highlighters from Stila except for one in "Kitten" in a cream formula.
It has a multi-dimensional effect. There are fairly chunky glitters in them but not too chunky. It's not like where you are going to get glitter falling all over your face. The palette includes three shades: Transcendence (an opalescent pink for a bold, ethereal glow), Kitten (Stila's iconic shimmering nude pink that brightens and illuminates) and Bronze (creates a radiant, sun-kissed glow).
我对今年Stila品牌的假期收藏有点失望。 这是我发现最吸引人的唯一的项目。 除此之外，它们没有任何新的化妆调色板。 这是一个非常漂亮的高亮化妆调色板。 粉末相当细，但其中有更大尺寸的闪光颗粒。 但不要担心，闪光颗粒不是那么大。 这个调色板有一个更深的粉红色，Stila品牌的签名粉红色 ("Kitten")和青铜色。
OKAY. If you follow me on Instagram (which you should, because I do mini reviews on there too), you will know I am obsessed with this collection. Admittedly, I was obsessed with last year's NARS Steven Klein collection too. I think it has something to do with my affinity with photographers.
This collection is DREAMY and ROMANTIC. The images that Sarah Moon has created are stunning. I can't get them out of my mind. They are romantic and futuristic. There was a video of the whole creative process on the NARS website, but they seem to have taken it down. You should see the little clips of the videos she did (click here). The accompanying music is so evocative and I think we share the same taste in music. I often listen to music which I photograph to help me create the mode I want when doing my more creative photos.
The packaging on every single item in this collection is AMAZING. Last year's Steven Klein collection had dark rich colours, this year is a softer, romantic and dreamy look. The palettes have a smooth cover with a almost 3D effect with the images overlaid with a fairly thick matte plastic. They are very easy to wipe down, compared to the usual NARS somewhat sticky black packaging.
我觉得今年的NARS品牌的假日系列这么美丽和迷人。 我想我已经收集了几乎整个集合。 今年，NARS与着名摄影师Sarah Moon合作。
In the "Shadow Side Eye Set", you get three mini sized Velvet Shadow Sticks in two brand new, limited edition shades ("Lucid Dream" - gold and "Real Surreal" - Bronze) and an existing shade ("Nunavut" - dark purple) and a mini Audacious Mascara in Black Moon.
The "Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip" Palette is a stunning. Just look at the image on the lid. OMG.
It comes with two existing blush shades in "Albatross" and "Sex Appeal" (first two from L to R), and two limited edition blush shades in "Illusive" (a deeper brownish peach) and "Make Believe" (a orangy peach). As the blushes lean towards the peach family, they are suitable for most skin tones. "Albatross" the highlighter is a holy grail for many.
哇，这个化妆调色板是如此美丽。 看看封面上的令人惊叹的图像！ 它有一个古铜色，3腮红（其中2是新的）和一个红色的唇膏。
Also included is a full sized satin lip pencil in "Golshan" a deep red.
再次，在这两个盒子上的包装是惊人的！ 左边一个"Get Real"包含两个小的口红（红色阴影）和一个大型睫毛膏（这是非常好的）。 一旦你完成化妆产品，你可以使用容器来存储其他东西！ 正确的人有6他们着名的口红在不同的色调。 所有非常好的价值。
This set includes three new, limited edition shades (No. 675, Chez Claude and Plato's) and three existing hues (Bound, Unspeakable and Toy).
The "Get Real" set has two mini Audacious Lipsticks in "Bette" and "Leslie" and a full sized Audacious Mascara in "Black Moon".
I love the dual intensity formula, so this was my first choice. It includes six shadows and three blushes in brand new, limited edition shades.
Look at how pretty the box is! It makes such a nice makeup container. 看看这个盒子是如此漂亮！ 它使一个非常漂亮的化妆容器。
It has two mini Nail Polishes and two mini Audacious Lipsticks - all in brand new, limited edition shades. 它有两个小指甲油和两个小Audacious口红 - 所有在全新的限量版色调。
There are four of these lipsticks in the collection. I was given two by Mecca In "Fearless Red" and "Indecent Proposal". They are comfortable and long lasting. 这些唇膏有四种。 Mecca给了我两个:"Fearless Red" 和 "Indecent Proposal"和“。 它们是舒适，持久。
2. For Every Day
Good Genes 15ml
This pack includes Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment to exfoliate and moisturise the skin while smoothing the appearance of fine lines, as well as, retinol-infused Luna Sleeping Night Oil to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and sun damage while preventing flakiness and irritation.
If you have always wanted to try Sunday Riley's most popular items, this is a good start! It makes a very good gift for skin care lovers as Sunday Riley makes such good products.
这个包括“Good Genes All-In-One”乳酸处理，以去除和滋润皮肤，同时使细纹的外观光滑，以及加入视黄醇的“Luna Sleeping Night Oil”，以减少毛孔，精细 线和太阳损伤，同时防止片状和刺激。
如果你一直想尝试Sunday Riley's最受欢迎的项目，这是一个好的开始！ 这是一个非常好的礼物给皮肤护理爱好者，因为“星期日莱利”使这样好的产品。
I've included this little kit in my "Everyday" section because each liquid lipstick is perfect for your bag/pocket for touch up's during the day. Each one will last you for quite a long time, as the formula for the Melted Liquid Lipsticks are long lasting.
The kit makes a great stocking stuffer and comes with two Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in "Chihuahua" and "Fig". A Melted Chocolate Liquified Lipstick in "Honey". One of the new favourite Melted Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in "Lady Balls". These are all very wearable shades. I do find the Matte version a bit drying, so make sure you exfoliate your lips first before applying it.
这套我包括在“适合每一天”部分，因为口红是适当的尺寸放入你的包或口袋里。 方便使用它来抚摸你的化妆时出去！ 它有四种通常的形式，一种是哑光的颜色。 所有的色调都是可穿戴的。 美容秘：你可以混合口红的颜色，创造一个你更喜欢的颜色。
Beauty Tip: You can mix the colours to come up with a unique colour of your own. Just dap a bit of each on a mixing makeup palette tray and then mix away!
This set has four full-sized products: Brow Boost Primer & Conditioner, Universal Brow Pencil, Brow Gel and Brow Buddy Tool (which is an ingenious measuring tool to guide you while you do your brows). You can't have enough brow products and this has four full sized items! What great value. This set is a limited edition, so if you want to give great grows, give this!
Includes SuperMud Clearing Treatment (30g), ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment (30g), YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (30g) and GravityMud Firming Treatment (30g). I'll do a separate blog post focusing on masques which will include this one. If you've never tried GlamGlow, you really should get/give this as I love their masques. 这套是真的很好的价值。 它包含四个“GlamGlow”的着名面部面罩。 每个管含有30ml。
Deluxe 5-free formula ensures a streak-free, long-wearing finish and perfectly-polished nails in four suits-all shades.
这个礼品套包装是如此漂亮！ 它有4个指甲油：红; 紫色; 珊瑚和桃红色。 这些颜色是如此愉快和明亮。 该配方也不含任何不良化学品。
3. For Her & Him
Perfectly packaged in a gifting box, adorned with intricate, narrative illustrations by French designer Pierre Marie.
看看这个盒子是多么豪华！ 它由法国设计师“Pierre Marie”装饰着错综复杂的叙事插图。
Includes four classic, bestselling scents (Tam Dao, Philosykos, Do Son and L'Ombre dans L'Eau), alongside a newcomer (Oud Palao) - all captured in 7.5 ml atomisers set with a gold, silk-printed text. This is great for anyone wanting to try Diptyque's fragrances.
包括四款经典，畅销的香水（Tam Dao，Philosykos，Do Son和L'Ombre dans L'Eau），以及一个新手（Oud Palao） - 所有这些都在7.5毫升的雾化器中设置了金色的丝印文本礼品盒。