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Introducing MECCA Talks, an access all areas pass to the beauty, business, and lifestyle experts we call our community. Made by Australia’s biggest beauty retailer—and hosted by MECCA’s chief marketing officer, Kate Blythe, and head of content, Zara Wong—this podcast goes beyond what you see in our 100+ stores, on social media, and on The MECCA Memo to swing open the doors to the global beauty industry, and to our network of friends, founders, and collaborators. Expect conversations with brand founders, industry experts, and our own in-house specialists; deep dives into the history of iconic beauty formulations; and advice for life from our most trusted friends. Hit play!


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Introducing MECCA Talks, an access all areas pass to the beauty, business, and lifestyle experts we call our community. Made by Australia’s biggest beauty retailer—and hosted by MECCA’s chief marketing officer, Kate Blythe, and head of content, Zara Wong—this podcast goes beyond what you see in our 100+ stores, on social media, and on The MECCA Memo to swing open the doors to the global beauty industry, and to our network of friends, founders, and collaborators. Expect conversations with brand founders, industry experts, and our own in-house specialists; deep dives into the history of iconic beauty formulations; and advice for life from our most trusted friends. Hit play!


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    MECCA Talks 'Getting Work Done', with Lucy Shaw and Dr Van Park

    MECCA Talks 'Getting Work Done', with Lucy Shaw and Dr Van Park

    Welcome back to MECCA Talks, your access all areas pass to the beauty, business, and lifestyle experts we call our community.
    In today’s episode…
    Kate and Zara decode the taboo around ‘getting work done’ to your face – namely injectables like Botox and filler – and the effect social media filters have had on the phenomenon.
    MECCA skin expert Lucy Shaw is back (10:25) to share her top skincare, device and technique recommendations to emulate the smoothing, sculpting and plumping results of aesthetic treatments without going near a needle.
    Then, celebrated cosmetic physician Dr Van Park takes us on her journey from makeup artistry to aesthetics (31:13). In this fascinating chat with Kate and Zara, Dr Van Park explains why women (and men!) are increasingly opting for injectable beauty treatments, and her preferred methods for wrinkle-prevention and natural-looking enhancement.
    Products and brands mentioned in this episode:
    Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme
    NuFACE Trinity Device
    Dr. Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro
    Angela Caglia La Vie En Rose Face Roller
    Chantecaille Stress Repair Concentrate +
    Goldfaden MD Liquid Face Lift
    FOREO BEAR
    BeautyBio GloPRO® Facial Microneedling Regeneration Tool
    Read more on The MECCA Memo:
    MECCA Presents: facial aesthetics with Dr Van Park, exclusive to MECCA’s first flagship
    A demystifying guide to our 6 favourite skincare devices
    The spa can wait: the DIY alternatives for your favourite skin treatments
    We try the latest TikTok trend for getting plumped up lips – minus the downtime
    Dr Van Park's highly sought-after injectable treatments are administered with industry-leading professionalism and are personalised to suit each individual's facial structure for a perfectly balanced, refreshed look. Find Dr Van Park at MECCA’s George Street flagship on level one, and book an appointment with her at MECCA here. Appointments are available one Wednesday a month. Please look for bookings on October 13, November 17, or December 15.
     
    Hosts: Kate Blythe, Zara Wong
    Guests: Lucy Shaw, Dr Van Park
    Producers: Kerri Gordon, Michael Liberale

    Loved the latest episode of MECCA Talks? Don’t forget to follow, rate and review (and give us a shoutout in the group chat). If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, leave a review, send a DM our way via our Instagram, @meccabeauty, or spark a conversation in our official Facebook group, MECCA Chit Chat.

    MECCA Talks wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we recorded this episode at our studio in Naarm, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respect to Elders - past, present and emerging. We recognise their ongoing connection to this beautiful country, with knowledge and stories that have been handed down since time immemorial.


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    MECCA Talks Hair, with Sam McKnight

    MECCA Talks Hair, with Sam McKnight

    Welcome back to MECCA Talks, your access all areas pass to the beauty, business, and lifestyle experts we call our community.
    In today’s episode…
    We go remote, and Kate and Zara talk about the power of hair. Zara dabbles with the idea of a lockdown fringe-trim, and Kate gives us a brief history lesson on hair styling.
    Then, hair legend Sam McKnight jumps on the line from his home in London. The stories he shares with us – from the early beginnings of the ‘90s supermodel era to his time travelling with Diana, Princess of Wales – are incredibly special. This is an interview you won’t want to miss.
    Products and brands mentioned in this episode:
    Gisou Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray (arriving September 28)
    Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
    Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo
    Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Conditioner
    Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo
    Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
    Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo
    Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist
    Hair by Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray Mist
    Hair by Sam McKnight Easy-Up Do Texture Spray
    Read more on The MECCA Memo:
    Sam McKnight’s new styling products are all you need for cool-girl hair
    The 6 hair products you need to try according to the MECCA Beauty Election
    How to get longer, stronger and shinier hair in 3 steps
    Watch: How to turn up the volume on your hair
     
    Hosts: Kate Blythe, Zara Wong
    Guest: Sam McKnight
    Producers: Kerri Gordon, Michael Liberale

    Loved the latest episode of MECCA Talks? Don’t forget to follow, rate and review (and give us a shoutout in the group chat). If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, leave a review, send a DM our way via our Instagram, @meccabeauty, or spark a conversation in our official Facebook group, MECCA Chit Chat.

    MECCA Talks wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we recorded this episode at our studio in Naarm, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respect to Elders - past, present and emerging. We recognise their ongoing connection to this beautiful country, with knowledge and stories that have been handed down since time immemorial.

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    • 50 min
    MECCA Talks Trends, with Jenna Lyons and Jen Horsley

    MECCA Talks Trends, with Jenna Lyons and Jen Horsley

    Welcome back to MECCA Talks, your access all areas pass to the beauty, business, and lifestyle experts we call our community.
    In today’s episode…
    Kate and Zara talk makeup trends of the past – and the future – with MECCA education manager for makeup, Jen Horsley. Be warned, you’ll want to add Jen’s product picks to your cart.
    The mic is then handed over to MECCA founder Jo Horgan, to jump on a call with friend and LoveSeen founder, Jenna Lyons. Direct from her Pinterest-famous NYC apartment, “the woman who dresses America” talks Met Gala moments, her time at J.Crew, and how she landed in lashes. Budding fashion and beauty entrepreneurs, this one’s for you.

    Products mentioned in this episode:
    MECCA MAX Off Duty Glass Stick
    LoveSeen Troi Black
    By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in ‘Bronze Moon’
    Kosas Weightless Lip Colour in ‘Rosewater’
    NARS Lipstick in ‘Gipsy’
    NARS Lipstick in ‘Dolce Vita’
    Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick
    Shiseido Kajal InkArtist Shadow, Liner, Brow in ‘Azuki Red’
    Bumble and bumble Dry Spun Texture Spray
    LoveSeen Cate
    LoveSeen The Lash Tool
    Read more on The MECCA Memo...
    MECCA Meets… Jenna Lyons from LoveSeen
    Activate your base: foundations that look flawless and are good for your skin
    Full, feathered or fluffy: how to do these three brow styles to update your look
    The best ‘no-makeup’ makeup at MECCA right now
     
    Hosts: Kate Blythe, Zara Wong
    Guests: Jen Horsley, Jenna Lyons
    Producers: Kerri Gordon, Michael Liberale

    About LoveSeen
    Proud champions of individuality, celebrated fashion designer and creative director Jenna Lyons joined forces with long time collaborater and makeup artist, Troi Ollivierre, to develop a lash brand that favours the feelings and identity of the wearer over the trending beauty standards. Designed on the real-life lash lines of 21 people of different ages, ethnicities, eye shapes and beauty aspirations, LoveSeen lashes are crafted to imbue the wearer with confidence. They're lashes that let you look like you. Shop the brand here.
    Loved the latest episode of MECCA Talks? Don’t forget to follow, rate and review (and give us a shoutout in the group chat). If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, let us know in a review, or spark a conversation in our official Facebook group, MECCA Chit Chat.

    MECCA Talks wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we recorded this episode at our studio in Naarm, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respect to Elders - past, present and emerging. We recognise their ongoing connection to this beautiful country, with knowledge and stories that have been handed down since time immemorial.
     

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    MECCA Talks Fragrance, with Laura Curtis and Analiese Gregory

    MECCA Talks Fragrance, with Laura Curtis and Analiese Gregory

    Welcome back to MECCA Talks, your access all areas pass to the beauty, business, and lifestyle experts we call our community.
    In today’s episode…
    Kate takes us on a journey of fragrance through time, and how personal scents have come to be as complex and abundant as they are today.
    Then, MECCA education manager for fragrance Laura Curtis tackles our most commonly asked fragrance questions. Her depth of knowledge will blow your mind (and leave you with a whole new wish list of scents!).
    Giving us a new angle on aromatics, hatted chef and proud hunter-gatherer Analiese Gregory joins Kate and Zara to discuss her relationship with memories, recipe development and scent (and how they all intertwine).
    Products and brands mentioned in this episode:
    Le Labo Santal 33
    Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady EDP
    D.S. & DURGA
    A.N. OTHER
    Byredo Gypsy Water EDP
    Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower EDP
    Escentric Molecules Molecule 01
    Le Labo Jasmin 17
    Vilhelm Parfumerie Morning Chess EDP
    Maison Margiela Replica
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 EDP
    Byredo Mojave Ghost EDP
    Diptyque Philosykos EDT
    100BON
    Ellis Brooklyn Myth EDP
    Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau EDT
    Byredo Black Saffron EDP 
    More on fragrance…
    Our failproof guide to finding the perfect fragrance
    From a signature scent to a scent wardrobe, here are the four approaches to fragrance-wearing
    We couldn’t decide on a new spring fragrance, so we got an astrologer to do it for us
    You asked, we answered: how to make your fragrance last longer
    Hosts: Kate Blythe, Zara Wong
    Guests: Laura Curtis, Analiese Gregory
    Producers: Kerri Gordon, Michael Liberale
    Analiese’s first book, How Wild Things Are, celebrates Tasmania’s rugged and sometimes wild nature, and the chef’s passion for cooking, fishing, foraging, hunting and discovering at the bottom of the world. Learn more about it here. 
    Loved the latest episode of MECCA Talks? Don’t forget to follow, rate and review (and give us a shoutout in the group chat). If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, send a DM our way via our Instagram, @meccabeauty, or spark a conversation in our official Facebook group!
    MECCA Talks wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we recorded this episode at our studio in Naarm, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respect to Elders - past, present and emerging. We recognise their ongoing connection to this beautiful country, with knowledge and stories that have been handed down since time immemorial.

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    • 48 min
    MECCA Talks Winter Skin, with Lucy Shaw and Anthia Koullouros

    MECCA Talks Winter Skin, with Lucy Shaw and Anthia Koullouros

    Welcome back to MECCA Talks, your access all areas pass to the beauty, business, and lifestyle experts we call our community.
    In today’s episode…
    Zara is taking us back in time for a history lesson on the origins of moisturiser (and we learn that women in Ancient Rome sought after a ‘super-ingredient’ of crocodile excrement).
    MECCA education manager for skincare Lucy Shaw gives us her top tips for keeping your skin glowing and hydrated (not dull and dry!) in the treachery of winter. 
    And, acclaimed naturopath Anthia Koullouros (BHSC ND DBM DH MATMS) explains what happens to our wellbeing in winter, and what we can do to protect our immunity, energy levels, and skin. Turns out, hibernation is a thing.
     
    Products mentioned:
    Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask
    Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
    Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
    Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream
    Chantecaille Vital Essence
    Cosmetics 27 Baume 27
    sans [ceuticals] Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil
     
    More on winter skin…
    The winter skin survival guide: a solution for every complexion concern
    What does stronger skin mean, anyway? And why does it matter?
    Should you be updating your cleanser for winter? (Yes—here’s why)
     
    With diplomas in botanical medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy, and a degree in health science, Anthia Koullouros is a qualified practitioner with 25 years of clinical experience, and one of the pre-eminent naturopathic experts in Australia. For assistance with stress relief, sleep health, skin conditions, digestion, and hormonal imbalance, book a consult with Anthia at our Sydney flagship service suites here, or virtually, here.
    Hosts: Kate Blythe, Zara Wong
    Guests: Lucy Shaw, Anthia Koullouros
    Producers: Kerri Gordon, Michael Liberale
     
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    • 27 min
    MECCA Talks MECCA, with founder Jo Horgan

    MECCA Talks MECCA, with founder Jo Horgan

    Welcome to the first ever episode of MECCA Talks, your access all areas pass to the beauty, business, and lifestyle experts we call our community.
    In today’s episode…
    We meet our hosts, MECCA chief marketing officer, Kate Blythe, and head of content, Zara Wong.
    Then, we go back to our very beginnings in an exclusive conversation with MECCA founder and co-CEO, Jo Horgan. From misplacing the takings on the first day of opening on Toorak Road in 1997 to 100+ stores filled with the best brands, education and experiences beauty has to offer, this is a chat full of wisdom for beauty obsessives and entrepreneurs-to-be alike.
    We wrap it all up with a (not-so) quickfire Q&A from the MECCA community.
    Hosts: Kate Blythe, Zara Wong
    Guest: Jo Horgan
    Producers: Kerri Gordon, Michael Liberale
     
    Through M-Power, MECCA aims to help 10,000 girls finish secondary school by the year 2025, and we will achieve this through our work locally in Victoria with The Skyline Education Foundation, nationally with Stars Foundation and internationally with CAMFED. To learn more about MECCA M-Power, head here: https://www.mecca.com.au/mecca-m-power.html
    Loved the latest episode of MECCA Talks? Don’t forget to follow, rate and review (and give us a shoutout in the group chat). If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, send a DM our way via our Instagram, @meccabeauty, or spark a conversation in our official Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MECCAchitchat/. 

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    • 38 min

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