The Melbourne Beauty Haul

I'm sure it won't come as much of a surprise to anyone that within hours of landing I'd already found myself in both Mecca Maxima and Priceline. Now this may seem like a lot of beauty-related products but I knew about this holiday for a while and had been saving accordingly. I was mainly trying to find products that you can't pick up in New Zealand and managed to do just that! For all my Australian readers I've put links as well so you can see where to buy everything.

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons in Peach On The Beach and Orange Punch. Ever since I've been using the bronzing primer from Bourjois I'd been wanting to try more of their products. These lip crayons in particular were popular in the Northern Hemisphere summertime and it is easy to see why. I picked up two colours I usually steer clear of but because they are a bit sheerer they look a lot more subtle and wearable.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, purchased in Duty Free I was initially not going to purchase this because the duty free store in the city gave me a price for this mascara which was quite expensive. When I got to the airport counter though it was much less than what the salesperson had originally told me. It lengthens your lower lashes and adds a curl to them, which is something other mascaras seem to not do. This is the perfect companion if you want Twiggy-esque lashes. 

Essie Luxeffects in Set in Stones Essie has recently returned to the shelves in New Zealand but the luxeffects range hasn't been released here. This silver glitter features different sized glitter pieces so this looks stunning alongside festive red shades or as a feature nail. For a glitter polish it isn't overly gritty as well, which is perfect if you're like me and loathe the sandpaper texture on your nails that some glitters cause. 

Hydraluron This was a Caroline Hirons and beauty blogger-influenced enabled purchase. Hydraluron is a serum containing hyaluronic acid that is designed to inject moisture back into the skin. I haven't used this yet but the beauty-set swear by it so I will let you know how it performs. 

Illamasqua Pigment in Ore, purchased from Myer This coppery-bronze shade adds a subtle pop of colour to the eyes while the sparkle makes it perfect for nighttime or party makeup. Compared to other pigments this has less fallout and is pretty long-lasting. Illamasqua's pigments seem to be cheaper than the Mac ones as well so if you're after a new pigment then you should head to the Illamasqua counter first!

La Roche Posay Thermal Water I'll be honest, I purchased this because I thought it was Serozinc but sadly it is not. I have heard good things about this thermal water though so I'm looking forward to using it. This toner is designed to be used post-shower to soothe red and irritated skin. Again, I haven't had a chance to use this yet but will report back. 

Laura Mercier Radiance Primer This was quite easily one of the most dangerous beauty counters I visited but I managed to escape with just this primer. The word 'radiance' would usually send me running for the hills but after hearing positive review from people with both normal and combination skin I decided to pick it up. Rather than repurchasing Porefessional it I decided to get this primer because while it may be expensive, you get a lot more product than you do with most primers. It adds a subtle glow, rather than a sheen to the skin and helps your makeup stay in place for longer. 

Soap and Glory Hand Food Soap and Glory was the main reason I wanted to visit Mecca Maxima, which is basically a smaller-scale version of Sephora. They had such a great selection of their products, including lots of travel-friendly minis. There's something about mini products that seems to excite a lot of people, myself included, so I had to pick this one up. The handcream itself is super moisturising and is scented like Vanilla Marshmallows so it smells delicious.

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub Sugar Crush is probably one of Soap and Glory's more popular scents. I did have a sniff of the Breakfast Scrub products as well but found the porridge-like scent to not really be my cup of tea. This however, smells divine and its scent reminds me of sweet, fruity iceblocks. I'm looking forward to using this product a lot.

*So that's all the beauty products I purchased while in Melbourne. Keep an eye out for the second part of this haul next week which features some clothing, homeware and miscellaneous items I picked up. xo


  1. I love Soap and Glory! You picked up so many lovely brands, my wish list is even longer now... x


    1. You're so lucky Soap & Glory is so readily available in the UK. They have such fantastic products! x