This Luxurious Cruelty Free Makeup Is Now in NZ

lilah b cruelty free makeup review

It starts with the ingredients

Clean beauty is now at the forefront of the cosmetics industry. And I’m glad more and more vegan and cruelty-free makeup brands are becoming accessible to New Zealand.

In recent months, Mecca has created the Mindful Beauty section, dedicated to a curation of ethical beauty sourced from across the globe. New to the brand portfolio (and exclusively available online at Mecca) is California-based and Italian-made lilah b., offering a streamlined range of beautiful, luxurious makeup essentials.

Aside from its obviously good looks, their less is more philosophy is a perfect match to my minimalist approach to makeup. And if I were to be stuck in an island, I’d be happy to carry any of these with me.*

Warning: Rave ahead.


lilah b. Aglow™ Face Mist

It’s no secret that I love face mists.

The Aglow™ Face Mist instantly hydrates and refreshes dull and tired skin. This mineral water enriched with beneficial botanical plant extracts Knot Grass, Fig, Dandelion and Brown Algae re-balances, soothes, moisturises, detoxifies, and revitalises the complexion.

I enjoy the light, floral aroma of this mist It's perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up refresher or when travelling. I like to use it to set makeup and to give my skin a gentle dose of dewy glow throughout the day.


lilah b. Glisten + Glow™ Skin Illuminator and Retractable Bronzer Brush

There are so many wonderful ingredients in this range.

Black Currant Seed Oil Extract and Sunflower Seed Oil, help to reduces inflammation and restores natural radiance, while Brown Sea Algae firms and hydrates to improve texture and tone.

I sweep the Glisten + Glow™ Skin Illuminator along the brow bone, cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose for a shimmery finish. It is the only highlighter that is in my makeup bag right now.

I love the fluffy bristles of the vegan-friendly Retractable Bronzer Brush. It glides out smoothly of the sleek, compact case when you remove the cap. Perfect for on the go touch ups!


lilah b. Divine Duo Lip™ & Cheek and Sun Kissed Bronzer

True to the less is more approach, the multi-purpose Divine Duo™ is a lip, cheek--or even eye colour—in one. The Aloe, Agar and Sea Algae leaves skin hydrated and glowing.

I like to apply it with fingers for the most natural look. The formula is blendable and buildable. I love cream blushes and this one is my current favourite.

'b. lovely' is a lush, creamy beige nude with a smooth, matte finish.

I'm not usually one to wear a bronzer and most of the time use the Sun Kissed Bronzer as an eyeshadow. The lighter and darker shade can be combined or used separately to highlight and contour (the eyes, in my case).

It lends skin a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow. And it is weightless! The beautiful texture leaves skin supple and moisturised.

*OK, if I were to choose just one, it would be the Divine Duo or the Aglow Face Mist.

What can I say? I love lilah b.

I encourage women to be thoughtful and mindful of their purchasing – and to declutter, minimize and simplify their beauty routine with purposeful products.
— Cheryl Yannotti Foland, Founder