My guilty secret exposed by Mecca’s Beauty Election winners

The most anticipated event in the Australian beauty calendar each year is here: the winners of the Mecca Beauty Elections.

The annual competition sees shoppers vote in their hundreds of thousands from a selection of products chosen based on the retail giant’s sales figures.

Now in its fifteenth year, brands that win big in the competition are immediately awarded “elite” status, with even increased sales as a direct result.

But anyone who follows #BeautyTok will know, the real push is scrolling through the list and checking which products you already have in your collection, because there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you’re ahead of the game.

While perusing the recent winners announcement in Mecca, I found several beauty product purchases that I have personally recommended here on news.com.au The beauty diary – But I also realized that there were some that I was guilty of doing yourself. Oops.

With my secret well exposed, I’ve rounded up my top picks from Mecca’s 2024 beauty election. Please accept my apologies for not sharing some of these sooner.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood flawless filter

Price: $70

As you can see from the state of my bottle, I use this primer almost every day, and while other people haven’t been shy about recommending it (it’s a TikTok favorite), I’ve kept this bad guy close to my chest. It just won the ‘instant glow’ award, with experts declaring it ‘keeps your skin looking flawless every time’, which is undoubtedly why I love it too. If you’ve never tried it before, take this as your sign.

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

Price: $468

Before you come asking me the price of this moisturizer, I already hate myself for loving it so much, see above Instagram post from last year. But I feel validated after getting the “the VIP of my time” gong, as I am clearly not alone in my madness. Be careful though, if you have the money to spend to try it, you will be fascinated. Unfortunately I don’t have the budget to buy it, but if I won a lot in the lottery I absolutely would, it’s top notch.

Diptych Orphéon EDP

Price: $298 (for 75ml)

It’s no secret, Diptyque is the leader in world-class fragrances, and it’s never been more evident when I wear this perfume. Not to be dramatic or anything, but people have literally stopped me on the street to ask me what I’m wearing, it’s damn cool. I’m obsessed with it.

NARS foundation that reflects light

Price: $86

The first time I used it, it reminded me of the soft, dewy finish of my all-time favorite foundation, the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation. But even though it costs $120, it comes in at less than $90, a savings that is not to be despised in this economy.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Illuminating sun serum SPF50+

Price: $50

You know exercise with sunscreen, due to industry regulations, we can no longer share real life testimonials. But I can confirm that I use it regularly. Please use SPF as directed, reapply often, and stay out of the sun where possible.

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