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Shop Hard-To-Find Brands in Brisbane

Shop Hard-To-Find Brands in Brisbane

| On 28, May 2014

It can be very disheartening to fall in love with an international beauty brand online and not be able to find it in store anywhere. However I’ve found a few hidden gems around Brisbane that fix this dilemma.

Mecca Maxima in the Wintergarden

Mecca Cosmetica, found in Queens Plaza, Fortitude Valley, and Indooroopilly, sells Nars, By Terry, and Hourglass. If you’re like me and keep a never-ending beauty wishlist on your phone, I’m sure you’ll have a few products from these brands on said list. Nars is famous for it’s sleek palettes, and Hourglass have gorgeous ambient lighting powders. It’s definitely handy to be able to try before you buy in-store and the Mecca Cosmetica experience is a lovely one.

Mecca Maxima, the bigger but less personal sister to Mecca Cosmetica, has over 75 international beauty brands available. Located in the Wintergarden mall, Mecca Maxima stocks brands like Smashbox, Bobbi Brown, Bare Minerals, and Philosophy. All cult brands with huge followings in the UK and US, Mecca Maxima is the near-perfect solution to our #beautyproblems.

Bobbi Brown brushes, Smashbox palette, Hourglass powders, Nars blush

Myer and David Jones both, in general, house the easier to access brands, however they have some hidden gems such as Benefit, MAC, Biotherm, and Kiehl’s. The Benefit ‘Porefessional‘ is an absolute life saver of a primer, and Kiehl’s is always raved about for their night time skin care products.

Beauty boxes such as Bellabox or Lust Have It! are Australian based subscription services that send you between five and seven international and local beauty products each month. They are both very well priced and allow you to try samples from a huge variety of brands. If you like the products you receive you can purchase them in full-size straight from the subscription websites. Through Bellabox I have discovered Benefit’s ‘They’re Real‘ mascara, Burt’s Bee’s cuticle treatment, and Anastasia‘s brow products.

Lucky for us, Sephora is coming to Brisbane early next year! I can’t wait to see Urban Decay, Tarte, and Sephora’s own products in-store.

Image credit goes to Mecca Maxima and Women’s Club.