2016 Best in Eco/Luxury Beauty + Lifestyle and Top 10 tracks playlist

january 4, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

Au revoir 2016! You were and intense, magical, complicated, but ultimately transformative year. I’m so excited to see what the coming year has in store. I hope you enjoy hearing about all my favorite beauty and lifestyle products from 2016! Head over to YouTube to watch :)


Items mentioned –
Skincare –
Amly Silver-Rich Face Mist http://bit.ly/2eztwMS
Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap http://bit.ly/2cvXukl
Previse Nutrify Level 1-6 Tonic* http://bit.ly/1YofDjG
Activist Skincare Customized Hyaluronic Acid Serum* http://bit.ly/2goHhdz
(I have an ongoing code with Activist – using the code LAMOUR you can save 10%)
Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops* http://bit.ly/2cV0win
Mahalo The Petal Mask* http://bit.ly/2hcB5tc
Lina Hanson Global Treasures Balm* http://bit.ly/2bW8e84
Honest Hazel eye gels https://www.beautyhabit.com/products/revitalizing-eye-gels

Makeup –
RMS Translucent Un-Powder http://bit.ly/2gOFD5r
Glossier Boy Brow https://www.glossier.com/products/boy-brow
Surrat Autographiqe liquid liner http://seph.me/2heRSZS
Modern Minerals Lotus Wei-Infused Emotive Lip Gloss* http://bit.ly/2cvWGvG
Modern Minerals Moonstone Cream Highlighter* http://bit.ly/29FW2Wm
Mahalo Red My Lips Tint* http://mahalo.care/shop/red-my-lips/?love=27
Kosas Darkroom https://www.beautyhabit.com/products/weightless-lip-color
Wayne Goss makeup brushes https://www.beautylish.com/b/wayne-goss

Body –
Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil* http://bit.ly/2br3lT8

Hair –
Innersense Pure Harmony Shampoo http://bit.ly/2df2F8o
Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil* http://bit.ly/2dl31at
Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment http://seph.me/2eOUmws

Dental Care –
David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste https://www.beautyhabit.com/products/davids-premium-natural-toothpaste

Fragrance –
In Fiore Patchouli Royale (Formerly Jehan) Parfum Solide Haute Concentré http://www.beautyhabit.com/product3590.html

Lifestyle –
In Fiore Facial at International Orange
Victory Jewelry Crystals
Kei Jewelry (Azurite cuff, no longer available)
Raaka First Nibs Chocolate Subscription
Bullet Journaling (I use a Leuchtturm1917 journal)
Bitch Sesh Podcast
The Future Beats Show by DJ Complexion

And last but not least, my top 10 tracks from 2016 (that were new to me this past year, not that were necessarily released during 2016) –

Updated AM/PM Skincare Routines (Eco/Luxe) + Giveaway!

december 11, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, skincare

Today’s video is my updated AM and PM skincare routines (you ask, I try and deliver! I know you’ve been asking for awhile for this). Along with today’s video, one L’amour viewer will win a set of customized set of Activist Skincare serums (the hyaluronic acid serum and the precious oils serum – both of which I use as part of the morning routine in the video).

To learn more about Activist, please feel free to peek at this activist-skincare-fact-sheet on why Activist is different, and how the products might be able to contribute positively to your skincare goals.


The giveaway will start on Instagram TODAY and the deadline to enter is Wednesday December 14th at 5PM EST.

In addition to the giveaway, Activist is offering 20% off orders from now through December 24th for L’amour viewers using the code LAMOUR20 – have a peek!


So I hope you enjoy today’s video, hop over to YouTube to watch it there, leave me a comment, like, subscribe, all that business. I appreciate you guys so much, hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! xoxo.


Products Used/Mentioned –


Amly Silver-Rich Face Mist http://bit.ly/2eztwMS

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator* http://bit.ly/2fooNJG

Bottega Organica Illuminate Eye Cream* http://bit.ly/2eUmzpb

Kahina Prickly Pear Seed Oil rollerball http://bit.ly/2ck7V5J

Arcona Eye Dew http://bit.ly/2fsrNpj

Previse Nutrify Level 1-6 Tonic* http://bit.ly/1YofDjG

Activist Skincare Customized Hyaluronic Acid Serum* http://bit.ly/2goHhdz

Activist Skincare Customized Precious Oils Serum* http://bit.ly/2gzfevk

In Fiore Fleur Vibrante Solution Botanique http://bit.ly/2aIMiPb

Laurel Sun Damage Repair Facial Serum* http://bit.ly/2cUMbRq


Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil (available on Vitacost)

Mahalo Unveil Cleanser* http://bit.ly/2h5ykKc

Mahalo The Petal Mask* http://bit.ly/2hcB5tc

Mahalo Blue Hawaii Nutrient Mist* (not currently available, from what I can see)

Uma Absolute Anti-Aging Eye Oil* http://bit.ly/2gs0LDh

Uma Absolute Anti-Aging Face Oil* http://bit.ly/2gOpDRx

(these Uma products are also available as a Discovery set which I just saw is marked down to $119 from $140! http://bit.ly/2hrFFVI)

In Fiore Complexe de Fleur Cellular Renewal Complex http://bit.ly/2bc6DdD

MyChelle Perfect C Serum http://bit.ly/1YYWJxx

Mahalo Vitality Elixir* http://bit.ly/2cxazIy

May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon (Deluxe Sample) http://bit.ly/2ebxDPd

Lina Hanson Global Treasures Balm* http://bit.ly/2bW8e84


*Products marked with an asterix were sent or given to me as PR samples by the company (I don’t denote gifts from friends or subscribers)

*In general I try and link products to where I purchased them from

*Some links may be affiliate links


November Eco-Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites and musique bien sûr

december 9, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists


Phew ok, finally had a moment of sanity and space to get this blog post up, along with the beats for your listening pleasure! If you’d like to hear everything I was loving during November, be sure to go watch on YouTube (and please like the video if you liked it, and subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more!).

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Products Mentioned –

Amly Silver-Rich Face Mist http://bit.ly/2eztwMS

Mahalo Blue Hawaii Nutrient Mist* (not currently available, from what I can see)

Mahalo Unveil Cleanser* http://bit.ly/2h5ykKc

May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon (Deluxe Sample) http://bit.ly/2ebxDPd

Max + Me Sweet Serenity Mask + Wash* http://bit.ly/2heWYGs

Max + Me Circle of Protection Body Oil* http://bit.ly/2br3lT8

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Dry Shampoo http://seph.me/2eD5nVl

Surratt Beauty Auto-Graphique Eyeliner in Chat Noir http://seph.me/2dGJu7U

Josh Rosebrook Ethereal Perfume (sample)* http://bit.ly/2h5IQB4

Juliette Has A Gun Not A Perfume http://seph.me/2heV9cs

Kahina Fez or Essourira perfume samples

In Fiore Patchouli Royale perfume solid https://www.infiore.net/products/patchouli-royale-parfum

Kiehl’s Original Musk http://bit.ly/2gkWNfA

Alan Watts videos (just search on YouTube)

Donna Eden’s Energy Routines on YouTube

Raaka Chocolate Subscription https://www.raakachocolate.com/collections/first-nibs-monthly-chocolate-subscription

French conversation classes!


La Musique –

Updates on Recent Beauty Products

by: mercedes | november 27, 2016 | filed under: makeup, maison

Thrice weekly blog posts, she said. I promise! She said.

Why is it so difficult for me to get regular blog posts up? I really do think if I could do it regularly, they would be an excellent addendum to my videos and IG posts, but – life?

But, I did recently have a flurry of updates I felt like sharing, so let’s just crack on (as Ms. C Hirons my idol would say):

1 – Ellis Brooklyn Candle in Fable

I vacillated with this endlessly, putting it in and out of my Sephora VIB cart. I did decide to purchase it, because 20% off and I was feeling splurgy. The verdict? The scent is as beautiful as I remember but in my opinion the scent throw isn’t far enough to warrant the steep price. I know it’s natural, but I’d rather spend money on either her body milks or the perfume itself of this scent, so I can actually have it on my person rather than barely scenting my home. Returned/thank god for Sephora’s great return policy. Also while I was there I decided to pick up samples of the Josie Maran Vibrancy foundation after a bunch of you mentioned it in the comments of a recent video. No expectations but never not vaguely wishing I could wear full coverage foundation.




2 – Eve Lom Primer Sample

I’ve had this lying around for awhile, I think it came from a Barney’s order or something. I’ve never tried anything Eve Lom, they obviously aren’t eco, but they obviously are luxe. This is basically a moisturizing primer with spf. It was nice but too “conventional” for me, and you can smell the spf smell. I still prefer Suntegrity and Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream for my spf, and the Vapour primers if I need a primer.



3 – Lauren B. Beauty polish in Laurel Canyon Lover + Dual Base/Top Coat

I was SO excited to test these out. Also do you like my festive photo?! I picked up some evergreen sprigs from Home Depot and a pretty bow and called it a day for holiday decorations. I might get a wreath because I’m sort of recently/newly obsessed with druid/pagan traditions and anyway tangent back to the polish. I absolutely LOVE Laurel Canyon Lover, it’s basically an exact dupe from what I remember of OPI Quarter-of-a-Cent cherry and the formula is just as good read perfect as my other two Lauren B. Polishes. The Dual/Base top coat I was hoping would replace my Zoya base coat and Sheswai top coat. So far my polish is wearing really, really well so I think for performance this product is great BUT it doesn’t give the same super high shine finish that the Sheswai top coat does, which I consider a dupe for the Seche Vite. ALAS the Sheswai is discontinued (cries) so I’ll be kickin’ it with this Lauren B. product for awhile.




4 – Lastly, how obsessed are you with this chunky cowl? Yes I’m a knitter and yes I know it’s a bit un-Mercedes but I really adore the whole process of picking out a pattern, the perfect yarn, knitting itself…it’s so fulfilling to make things like that by hand.



So that’s all folks! I really promise I will TRY and post more regularly. Also I uploaded my extremely long hair care routine video on YouTube this morning if you care to watch. Happy weekend and xoxo!


October Favorites and a playlist of really good beats

october 30, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists


Another month of favorites, and an exceptionally good month for music (click over to YouTube to watch there). I chat about my magical night watching RY X performing at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and then effusively gush over DJ Complexion’s The Future Beats radio show. The following are the tracks I pulled from the shows of his I’ve listened to thus far, and have been on the heaviest of heavy rotation for me this month:


Here’s to Cloudy Rainy Fall Days/September Favorites Video!

september 28, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos

No words for how happy this impending forecast makes me:


I mean yaaaaasssss! Such a cozy perfect weekend lies ahead.

Meanwhile, over on YouTube today


September Favorites –

Odacité Acai + Rose Serum Concentrate* http://bit.ly/2cLP8lg

Leahlani Kokoleka Ritual Desert Detox Mask http://www.leahlaniskincare.com/products/kokoleka

Lina Hanson Global Treasures Eye/Neck Treatment Balm* http://bit.ly/2bW8e84

Jane Iredale Lip Liner in Berry http://bit.ly/2dAB9iE

Glossier Sheer Matte Lipstick in Jam https://www.glossier.com/products/generation-g

Elizabeth Street Cosmetics Lipstick in Franklin (I don’t see this listed on the Anomie site anymore! I think you can still get it directly from Elizabeth Street Cosmetics though)

Kosas Darkroom https://www.beautyhabit.com/products/weightless-lip-color

Red Apple Lipstick Lip Liner in Natural* http://bit.ly/2csSMEl

Bite Beauty Multi-Stick in Marscarpone http://bit.ly/2cfgEYC

Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment (sample) http://bit.ly/2dm1boA

David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste http://bit.ly/2dABMcc

Simply Curated Sage + Cedar Travel Candle http://simplycurated.com/collections/travel-candles

The Laundress Delicate Wash in Lady http://amzn.to/2dAAVbt

Bitch Sesh Podcast http://www.earwolf.com/show/bitch-sesh/

Bullet Journaling with the Leuchtturm1917 Notebook http://amzn.to/2dfKXPN


La Musique –


My perpetual striving…again revisited!

september 27, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, skincare

Well guys here we are. So many promises (best laid plans, really) to blog REGULARLY and then life inevitably happens. But…here we go again. I’m feeling re-inspired to create unique content on here to supplement YouTube and Instagram. These are the platforms I want to invest in (I’m deleting my Twitter account, was on Snapchat many years ago and no intentions to go back…also no to IG stories). So, I’m going to do my best! Also my new Bullet Journal undertaking means I can create a dedicated space to plan blog posts (more on THAT in September Faves).

So to get back in the swing of things, I’m quite proud of the Beauty Heroes One Year Retrospective Review video I uploaded on Sunday. I looked back over all the boxes I’ve (generously) received and walk through each month, and give a comprehensive assessment of the products that stood out the most to me (as well as the small number that I couldn’t get to work). Watch on YouTube!


Minimal Summer Makeup Look For Work (Daytime Bold Lip)

august 14, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: makeup, videos

Oh my god I’m so delinquent with posting here I can’t even deal. To be fair, it’s been a hectic summer – travel, moving, terrible Boston weather which makes me hate life…yeah. But August is about half over so we’re aaaalmost there.

Today on Youtube I took a break from my regular 20-30 minutes of rambling chats and put together a tightly edited makeup look video. This is the general amount of product I’ve been wearing on my face lately as really, what’s the point when the weather is what it is. Can you tell I seriously dislike summer, at least here, yet?

Head over to YouTube to watch!




Be Kind To Your Skin // July Beauty Heroes with Kari Gran Skincare REVIEW [Video]

july 3, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: skincare, videos



Today’s video is my review of the July Beauty Heroes box featuring “The Little Black Dress” of eco skincare, Kari Gran. She recently released an *exceptionally* cleanly formulated face sunscreen (the first edition to her minimal skincare line in four years), which is this month’s Hero product. The (generous) sidekick is a trio of the other three products in her line, the cleansing oil, hydrating tonic, and essential serum. Absolutely perfect for summer travel, aren’t they?

You can here all my thoughts on YouTube!

To subscribe to Beauty Heroes for the upcoming three months and to receive the July Box featuring Kari Gran-

To give a Beauty Heroes Gift Subscription-

To learn more about Beauty Heroes as an eco-beauty subscription box service, here is a playlist of all my past Beauty Heroes reviews –


June Eco Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites and a playlist of recent musique loves

june 29, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists


Another month, another round of favorites! I literally just published this a few minutes ago on YouTube, so go head over there to hear about everything I was enjoying the past month!

Products Mentioned –
Honest Hazel Revitalizing Eye Gels http://www.beautyhabit.com/honesthazel.html
Previse Nutrify Tonic Level* 1-6 http://bit.ly/1YofDjG
Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen + Primer http://bit.ly/297lgBP
Modern Minerals Emotive Lip Gloss in Padparaschka* http://bit.ly/1NBr58q
Modern Minerals Moonstone Highlighter* http://bit.ly/1NBr58q
Zoya Nail Polish in Dove http://amzn.to/2964KQO
Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Lip Balm in Coconut Lime* http://shop.wedderspoon.com/pucker-up-gift-set/
Surratt Beauty Relevée Eyelash Curler http://www.sephora.com/relevee-lash-curler-P394163
Diane Hair Pins, Assorted Sizes, 100 count http://amzn.to/294lQ2p
RickyCare No-Crease Silver Leaf Clips http://bit.ly/290PUIu

YouTube Channel –
Eppcoline – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCquqN40UXDd5SqRBR1ovDew

Mes coiffures du moment | cheveux mi-longs | Coline – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDI0G4ebmF4

Everlane The Silk Short-Sleeve Dress in Black http://bit.ly/293zhkI

As for la musique – here are my picks. I’ve admittedly not been in much of music hunting mood the past several months. As I’ve alluded both subtly and more overtly, I’ve just been going through some really intense shifts in my life, and things are re-organizing and shifting in ways that I hadn’t anticipated. I’m riding it out with the understanding that this is all an alchemical process. Verbose way of saying – I think someday I’ll be back in music-hunting mode, but for now I’ve been minimally revisiting faves from months and years past.

1. Ledisi – Alright
2. K. Flay – Make Me Fade (Gianni Kosta Remix)
3. Serena Ryder – Stompa (Juno Ray Remix)
4. Rampue – Wilderness
5. Huxley – I Want You (Youandewan Version)
6. Huxley – Dark Bourbon (Original Mix)