Mecca Maxima Haul and First Impressions

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my posts about the chaos that was the Christchurch Mecca Maxima opening.

In New Zealand we get our beauty fix from Mecca. We have Mecca Cosmetica (think Space NK – white, luxurious, $$$) which has been in Christchurch for as long as I have been here. It’s pretty awesome, covers all the bases (Nars, Dr Dennis Gross, By Terry, Bumble and Bumble and even Kate Somerville) and is well priced again overseas RRPs.

Last month Mecca Maxima opened its first NZ shop in Christchurch. Maxima is Cosmetica’s younger sister. Think Sephora – ‘cool’ brands, chaotic and an kick-ass aisle of doom (seriously – travel sized Kate Somerville Nourish. I die).

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Christmas Granola – Orange, Cranberry and Chocolate

Pretty much the worst thing about living in the Southern Hemisphere is the summer Christmas. Every time I see a lit-up Christmas tree in a pitch black room on a YouTuber’s Vlogmas I want to cry. I miss the Christmas lights (what’s the point of having them when it doesn’t get dark until 9pm?), the cold, the dark, log fires and all the Christmas smells. It just seems wrong trying to recreate it when its 22°C outside.

While this blog is primarily about skincare, I am really passionate about healing the skin from the inside out. This is something I have been focusing on in particular for the past month or so and I am seeing results I could never get from topical products. I will be talking about this more in a few weeks, but in the meantime I thought I would share a skin-loving recipe with you.

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Christmas Beauty Wishlist

I cannot believe it’s less than a month until Christmas. Where the hell has 2016 gone (not that any of us will be sad to see back of this annus horribilis).

I know everyone’s probably fatigued post Black Friday, but I didn’t buy anything so I’m itching for my Christmas time splurging!

I am heading home to England for Christmas which is my annual opportunity to ransack the local Boots, spends hours in Selfridges and in general stock up on more products that my face could ever possibly need.

Since starting this blog my wishlist has been growing at a rapid speed. So when my Grandmother started asking what I wanted for Christmas on 4th October (one day after my birthday), I started to take a more considered approach to thinking about what I actually wanted/needed (‘needed’ – haha, as if!).

I have managed to curate my list down to the following. I don’t think I will honestly get all of these over the Christmas/New Year period, but these are probably my priority for the next six months.

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