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Have a Gift Card? Spend It Like a Beauty Editor

January 1 | 3 minute read

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Words by Samantha Brigden

Originally published on | January 8

Received a MECCA gift card over the holidays? Lucky you! With so many beauty possibilities (from an indulgent in-store service to the very best in skincare, makeup, fragrance and more), it can be hard to know where to start.

To give you some inspiration, I’m letting you in on my insider picks. Whether you’re a beauty beginner or a well-seasoned beauty obsessive (who proudly wears their Beauty Loop level like a badge of honour), keep reading to find the perfect pick (or three) for you…

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The beauty beginner

Is ‘start a skincare routine’ or ‘finally learn how to do winged eyeliner’ on your list of New Year’s resolutions? My number-one insider tip when it comes to gift cards has to be booking in a service. Not only can you use your gift card to cover the booking fee, but it’s fully redeemable on products on the day.

Start by treating yourself to a MECCA Facial – and take home any products recommended by your MECCA Skin Specialist. Next, book a Makeup Lesson to learn how to nail your summer look. On the hunt for your 2024 signature scent? Try a Fragrance Consultation to spritz and sniff your way through the many options with the help of one of our expert ‘noses’.

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The skincare obsessive

From the day you first heard the words ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’, you’ve been hooked on skincare. For the Melbourne-based (or visiting), I recommend booking into our skin clinic, MECCA Aesthetica. With an all-new menu of skin-changing treatments, there’s never been a better time to take your skin to the next level.*

For the product obsessed, seize the chance to try the limited-edition sets that were at the top of your holiday wishlist: Tatcha’s The Ritual for Firm Skin has all you need for smoother, firmer-looking skin. Or, address fine lines with vitamin C and retinol via Kiehl's Powerful Strength Set, and double down on brightening by layering your vitamin C with a serum sunscreen, thanks to MECCA COSMETICA’s Brighten & Protect set.

*Please note: MECCA Aesthetica booking fees are not redeemable on product.

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The makeup lover

Your TikTok feed was overflowing with #TomatoGirl, #ColdGirl and #LatteMakeup all year, and you recreated Hailey Bieber’s ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ look over the holidays. Here’s what you need to get your hands on (before they’re gone).

I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again: flawless makeup starts with skin prep. For those who want an all-in-one kit, turn to Charlotte Tilbury’s Charlotte’s Magic + Science Recipe For Your Best Skin Ever.

Missing the perfect red lip? Try NARS’ Starlight Powermatte Lipstick in ‘Too Hot To Hold’. Then, lock in your look with Laura Mercier’s From Dusk Till Dawn Translucent Pure Setting Spray 16H Duo.

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The self-care connoisseur

Take your ‘me time’ to the next level - with Manucurist’s Green Flash Gift Box you don’t have to leave your home for a salon-quality manicure (that conveniently removes with regular nail polish).

Or, you could treat yourself to something really indulgent – like the 24-carat gold-infused Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Shimmering Oil.

Finally, my favourite (and potentially easiest) form of self-care: lighting a candle. Try Floral Street’s Sunflower Pop 3 Wick Candle for a burst of orange and passionfruit that will re-energise you for 2024.

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