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Mecca Beauty Loop Box Level 2, Q1

posted by leann January 20, 2016 2 Comments
Mecca Beauty Loop Level 2 - January 2016

It always feels great when you get free stuff for being a loyal customer! This is especially the case as a Mecca Beauty Loop member when they give you a box of samples to try as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for your patronage.

I picked up my Beauty Loop Level 2 box this morning at Bondi Junction and here’s what was in this quarter’s box of goodies!

Mecca Beauty Loop Level 2 - January 2016

What’s a Mecca Beauty Loop Box?

Simply put, a Beauty Loop Box is kind of like a beauty subscription box for Mecca’s Beauty Loop members and the level you’re on depends on how much you spend at Mecca stores Australia-wide. Let’s take a look at the three different levels and minimum spends to be eligible for each box:

  • Beauty Loop Level 1 – As a ‘Beauty Discoverer’, you must have spent at least $300 AUD in the past 12 months to be eligible for this box. In addition to the quarterly box of samples and goodies, you also receive invitations to Mecca events and experiences as well as a free make up application for your birthday!
  • Beauty Loop Level 2 – As a ‘Beauty Devotee’, you must spend at least $600 AUD in the past 12 months and you receive all the perks of a Beauty Loop Level 1 member plus complementary beauty experiences, latest updates in the Mecca beauty world as well as a free gift for your birthday.
  • Beauty Loop Level 3 – As a ‘Beauty Aficionado’, you will have spent at least $1200 AUD in the past 12 months and you get all the perks of Level 1 and 2 members as well as pre-launch products, exclusive invitations to international events, and more beauty experiences and products than the lower two levels.

I’ll also note that the contents of the boxes for each level vary, and get better and better as you progress through the levels.

What’s in my January 2016 Mecca Beauty Loop Level 2 Box?

Mecca Beauty Loop Level 2 - January 2016

I remember I was quite happy with my last Beauty Loop Level 2 box because it came with a mini NARS The Multiple in Orgasm. This time, I’m thrilled to have received a cute little sample of Byredo Fragrances’ Gypsy Water scent.

I haven’t tried any of the products featured in this quarter’s Beauty Loop Box and I do have my reservations about some of them because they’re not 100% cruelty-free. The following is the breakdown of what was included in January 2016’s Beauty Loop Level 2 Box.

Mecca Beauty Loop Level 2 - January 2016

Byredo Fragrance (Gypsy Water) – There’s nothing on the Byredo website which says they don’t test their products on animals so I’m a bit apprehensive about this brand. I’ll need to get in touch with them to clarify! So far, I’m liking the earthiness of ‘Gypsy Water’ along with a few others I’ve spritzed in store so… fingers crossed they’re 100% cruelty-free!

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner – Sadly, Bb. is part of the Estée Lauder posse and presumably sell to China where animal testing is still required for them to trade there. This means that I won’t be buying the full-sized product, even if it gives me the most luscious locks after using the samples 🙁

Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Mask – Kate Somerville is owned by Unilever, which means all profits made on their products will inevitably make its way back up to Unilever. So I guess this is another product that I won’t be purchasing 🙁 I have heard great things about KS products, though they are on the pricier end of town.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel Cream – It’s noted that bareMinerals products aren’t tested on animals but the company is owned by Shiseido, a Japanese cosmetics company which do conduct testing on animals. I’ve not tried any of their products either and I probably never will… *sigh*

It kind of sucks that companies like NARS, Urban Decay and even Kat Von D are all associated with businesses that do conduct animal testing 🙁

Meh! Hopefully Byredo is cruelty-free 🙂 I’m in the market for a new fragrance because my current one is running out.

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Laura May 26, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Hi! Great Post!
You mentioned that profits made by the Kate Somerville brand will go up to Unilever, why is this a bad thing?
Thanks 🙂

leann January 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Hi Laura,

I’m so sorry for the super delayed response! When profits made from the sales of Kate Somerville products go up to Unilever, you are indirectly supporting Unilever who notoriously test their products on animals. But that being said, it depends on how you look at it. Do you feel like continuing to buy from cruelty-free brands owned by non-cruelty-free parent companies is still an upvote for cruelty-free living? It’s a bit of a grey area… but it’s still up to you where you want to put your money! 🙂


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