March Favorites and playlists

april 2, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

This favorites video is a bit light on products and heavier on lifestyle, reading suggestions, and music. Obviously a reflection of my paradigm shift/re-orientation! I hope you enjoy, hop over to YouTube to check it out. Oh and also, unrelated to this video but I’m giving a way a few Mahalo products on Instagram! The Bean just launched yesterday, and I want to spread the PR product love I received as I already have and love the product. I’m keeping that open until Wednesday, I’m @lamouretlamusique on IG <3

Products mentioned –
Jordan Samuel skincare https://jordansamuelskin.com/collections/all
Tammy Fender Awakening Eye Gel http://bit.ly/2oob2nf
W3LL People-Bio Bronzer http://bit.ly/2i2Ury8
RMS Sacred and Diabolique http://bit.ly/2oo8s0J
W3LL People Bio-Brightener http://bit.ly/2onGule
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat http://bit.ly/2oLOB7I
Bite Beauty Pecan (sadly discontinued)
Glossier Boy Brow in Black https://www.glossier.com/products/boy-brow
Trish McEvoy Sexy No.9 perfume rollerball http://bit.ly/2nuYcj5
AILA Nail Polish Remover Wipe https://loveaila.com/collections/removers-treatment
The Laundress –
For silks http://amzn.to/2oLXhuJ
For wool/cashmere http://amzn.to/2mZWx8X
Wool/cashmere spray http://amzn.to/2nXBpQ1
Un-Fancy blog post for reference –
http://www.un-fancy.com/laundry-care/sweater-101-keeping-them-happy-pill-free-and-fresh-between-washes/
The Psoas Book http://amzn.to/2nXwxKC

Reading –
The Underground Railroad for Refugees, The New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/13/the-underground-railroad-for-refugees
Work is My Self Care, The New York Times

The Politics of Conspicuous Displays of Self Care, The New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-politics-of-selfcare
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Expands into Vitamins, The New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/27/gwyneth-paltrows-goop-expands-into-vitamins

La Musique –

I decided to create two different playlists this month because I was SO inspired from the Trentemøller live show I was at this month. He now works and tours with a band, different from his older dance music production which is what was just so insanely profound to me in the mid-2000s+. I hope you experience some auditory bliss :)

The second playlist are favorite tracks I discovered this month, including my favorite track off Sampha’s new release – I’ve loved him since he worked with Jessie Ware on Valentine. Such an innocent beautiful little track!

Articulating action points

by: mercedes | march 31, 2017 | filed under: ethos reflections

photo cred: pinterest

I’m so thoroughly energized from the conversation my last video on YouTube generated. It’s impossible to ignore that MANY people have been feeling disenchanted with the mainstreaming of the green beauty community, along with the luxification of products and routines, and the onslaught of incessant marketing from every angle. There’s so much more to say and analyze on all these themes and topics, and what I *don’t* want to happen is just a return to business as usual on my channel.

I’ve been thinking about some concrete ways that I plan to steer L’Amour et la Musique in some novel directions. So this is serving as a bit of a roadmap for myself, detailing some actionable ways that I intend to use this platform to move forward in new ways.

* Product reviews and PR samples: I still have a deep love for beauty products and beauty rituals, and I intend to keep sharing my favorite discoveries, my routines, products I think are really noteworthy. I want to continue working with Beauty Heroes because I so fully support Jeannie and her mission, and I want to selectively review other brands that I feel inclined to share. However I’m no longer interested in amassing a vast array of PR samples and want to be extremely selective about what I accept and what I show. With respect to sponsorship, I have never received any kind of compensation to post a review or talk about a product, and that will not change. If I am ever in the position where I am consulting on a beauty endeavor that is not L’Amour, I will ALWAYS be extremely clear and transparent about that.

*More single-theme conversation videos, almost pseudo-academic lectures?: I’ve taken a page out of Jess (Stark Skincare) and Jordan (Jordan Samuel Skin) and their approaches to videos. Jess makes videos on a single topic (e.g. fear mongering and pseudoscience, overwhelm in green beauty) and shares her thoughts anywhere from 10-20 minutes in video format. I really love that style of video, and since I have so many thoughts swirling I want to start a list of similar topics I could do almost academic-lecture style videos on (but more conversational and not uptight and pretentious the way so many academic talks are : p). If you have any suggestions for this sort of video, please comment!

*Vlogging: I have been saying this for years but I *really* think if what I personally am after in the YouTube/blogging/social media space is an authentic, raw, quotidian expression of beauty then I need to put that kind of content out. While I love sitting in my bedroom and recording videos, sometimes it can feel a bit stale and I think doing vlogs that are more dynamic and multifaceted is really the next step  I feel pushed towards.

*Diversified content on “beauty” as a truly holistic concept: This is related to the above point, but since I am re-evaluating my framing as a “green beauty channel,” I want to allow more space for videos on varied content like DJing, sharing my musical history/narrative, gluten-free/paleo recipes, crystal collection, bullet journal flip-through, et cetera.

*Increased blog activity: I feel an urge to write more than I have in a LONG time. I think because as my critical thinking skills have clicked into high gear, I’m very comfortable writing about these themes after so many  years in school and so many academic papers later. So, I’d like to really put fingers to keypad more and just EXPRESS.

*Collaborative hybrid academic-beauty projects: I am in the nascent stages of collaborating with another academic/beauty enthusiast on a project she is just getting off the ground. Together I think we can produce some interesting and thought-provoking short articles, and also intend to conduct social science research to buttress our own experiences in the beauty community and what we’ve been observing and critically thinking about.

That’s all for now!

xoxo, mercedes

Three beauty/lifestyle subscription boxes I recently tried // Art of Organics, Boxwalla, & Craftly

march 7, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: skincare, alternative health + lifestyle

You know Beauty Heroes is my #oneandonly. I love Beauty Heroes not just for the thoughtful curation but the energy behind the brand/service has just always felt a cut above the rest to me. That said, I’m also aware that the beauty subscription market is VAST and has exploded in recent years (remember when Birchbox was super novel? yeah I miss those days too).

Recently I had three different subscription boxes happen into my life at the same time. I intended to do a video but lack of time and other videos I’d rather make instead have relegated this box trifecta flash review to a blog post. One of these I purchased myself, the other two were sent to me as PR.

1 – Art of Organics February Box featuring de Mamiel and Henné Organics

Art of Organics is, in my opinion, probably the closest thing I’ve seen that approximates Beauty Heroes. It’s $39 per month, you get at least one full size eco-beauty product (sometimes more than one, from what I can tell), there’s no minimum subscription plan, you have until the last day of the month to cancel your membership for the next month, and you get 15% off your purchase in their online shop. I’ve known about this box since they started, and honestly they didn’t seem to come out super strong out the gate. Their business model was confusing (I remember there being different “options” to subscribe to, like a “detox box” or a “glow box” or things like that), and the customer service was adequate but not exceptional. It seems like they’ve since remedied some of those issues, and appears to be a good option for those interested in getting to try more luxe eco beauty products at a lower price.

I decided to give the February box a go since I love face mists and it was de Mamiel. It’s a brand I’ve been curious about, and first time subscribers get 10% off, so the box was $34. Overall I’m really happy with the two products in the box, the de Mamiel Dewy Facial Mist and the Henné Organics Rose Diamonds lip scrub. I enjoy the face mist most as a setting spray/during the day refresh, rather than toning step, for whatever reason, though I am using it as part of my skincare routine also. The scent is very earthy and full of complex rose, and it lingers nicely (the scent). I still *slightly* prefer the Amly mist, but this one is beautiful too and I’m happy I went for it. The lip scrub leaves the lips beautifully exfoliated and moisturized, and I look forward to using it. This is a lot for me because I roll my eyes at lip scrubs usually. So, rave!

I was debating whether or not to see what another month of Art of Organics would bring – and decided to give it at least one more month. I might do two more months and then do a 3-month Art of Organics cumulative review or something? On video.

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2 – Boxwalla Secret Garden Beauty Box (this particular box isn’t available, I’m not sure if it was one of the subscription beauty boxes or a one-time beauty box…kind of confused actually)

My YouTube friend Trish (ScentHive Trish) makes regular Boxwalla box reviews on YouTube, and she passed my name along to their team. They graciously offered to send me one of their eco-beauty boxes to try out. From one of the co-founders Lavanya (who is super lovely! lots of positive vibes from her):

“We launched our store last October : https://www.theboxwalla.com and our main goal is to showcase the best artists and artisans across multiple categories (Green BeautyInternational FilmBook and Artisanal Food) using a bimonthly subscription model.

One of our categories is green beauty and we are passionate about featuring the most effective and nourishing beauty products we have experienced along with the stories of the ingredient conscious artisans/formulators behind the products. We are ingredient-junkies and encourage our subscribers to learn more about the ingredients in the products we feature – why they work for their skin (and why they might not). The products we showcase are housed in a keepsake box crafted from tree-free handmade paper – a reminder that beautiful things can also be sustainable.”
The box I received featured two products from a brand I hadn’t heard of, H is for Love – their BARA Balm, and lip glacé; also included was the One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum. So far the stand out product for me has been the lip balm. It’s tinted but brings just a beautiful natural flush to the lips, I use it ALL the time. The texture is beautiful and it’s really nicely moisturizing. I’m a sucker for lip product in a pot (unlike most!). The face balm is nice but I’m just moving a bit away from balms as part of my regular skincare (I’m using more traditional moisturizers), so I’ve been using this as a hand balm and it’s nice. Not groundbreaking, but nice. It’s reminiscent of the original Mahalo balm. I’ve tried the OLO serum in the past and I remember really liking it. It has a strong neroli scent (in a good way) – so I haven’t decided if I’ll gift this to a friend, do a giveaway, or incorporate it into my own routine. Blogger conundrums : p
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3 – Craftly
Lastly, “Craftly is a bimonthly subscription box that features professionally well-crafted goods (home, grooming, accessories, and more) with a modern, minimalist style. We aim to feature small-to-medium batch brands. The company is founded by Cathy Diep and Adam Montoya.”
This box reached out to me and wanted to see if I wanted to receive a box to test. I said sure, after a quick peruse of their site yielded a modern unisex aesthetic I thought could be interesting. The price of the subscription box “starts at $29.95.”
Items included –
The Rich + Clean New Standard Face Wash, $6
Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Face Scrub Towel, $10.50
Plus Ultra Toothbrush, $6.99
David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste, $7.95
August Uncommon Tea, $4
I’ll be completely honest – this box was kind of a dud. I mean I love David’s toothpaste but it’s been in like EVERYONE’S subscription boxes so it’s just not terribly exciting. I can’t use regular toothbrushes or my gums bleed. I’ll probably try the tea, and I’ll probably tuck the face wash away for travel use but am guessing it’ll probably be too drying on me.
I guess receiving this box made me realize that in general, I don’t advocate boxes that are a lower price point (even though $29.95 isn’t even that low! just doesn’t seem like the value is there with this one), and include “a lot of little things.” This has been a Kimberly Clark (YouTuber) criticism in some of her anti-hauls – that subscription boxes are largely NOT a good use of your money. I think some of the newer models like Beauty Heroes and Art of Organics, where you pay a bit more but are getting a more luxury item at a discounted price CAN be worthy investments, at least for a period of time. So – I appreciate the offer from Craftly but alas don’t think I’d recommend the box based on my own personal preferences and the items I received. Or maybe I’m just really spoiled with Beauty Heroes?
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February Favorites and why do I have such a hard time posting regularly here

march 5, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, musique du jour

Lately I’ve been in that mode of feeling paralyzed by the amount of things I both need and want to do with L’amour. And I’m not getting a ton accomplished. I had this pipe dream of a M-F blog post on here, that hasn’t happened. My latest goal is to archive all my videos on here somehow so that products I’ve reviewed in video can be searchable here, since I can’t always remember where to direct people to. And then there’s the whole backlog of videos I desperately want to film but just do.not.have.the.time. Two nights of French class a week the past few months has cut into L’amour time, so once that wraps maybe things will ease back up. I just basically resent having to have a “real” job! Or perhaps I just need to hire someone to do some of these cataloguing/archiving things for me? Is that what people do, hire people?

Learning as I go, I suppose. But here’s the video I posted today with the complete product list, for your searching pleasure! And, I’m going to be putting up a quick post in the next few days on three different beauty subscription boxes I just tested and wanted to do a video but yeah that’s not happening. No time, and other things in the queue that I know you’ll be more into.

Watch February Eco-Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites on Youtube!

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Products Mentioned –
Stark Tendril Hair Oil* http://www.starkskincare.com/products/tendril-nourishing-hair-oil
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum* http://seph.me/2jPfdqi
Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream http://bit.ly/2lLTWP2
Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation http://bit.ly/2kr1beT
Red Apple Lipstick shadow in Vamp* http://bit.ly/2lNMemL
Kjaer Weis Abundance http://bit.ly/2kKRMLe
Hourglass Mood Light Powder http://bit.ly/2lPTBYt
Tata Harper Illuminate Cream Highlight* http://seph.me/2lc0BxC
Bite Beauty Aubergine http://seph.me/2li8odJ
Rodin Billie on the Bike http://bit.ly/2n24mGY
AILA Topcoat http://amzn.to/2lM3Sbt
Red Flower Ohana Gingergrass Bamboo Scrub http://bit.ly/2lQ20uI
Therapie Awaken Skin scrub https://www.beautyhabit.com/products/awaken-skin-rehab-scrub
Eco-Tan https://us.ecotan.com.auM
Kit’s Organic bars http://amzn.to/2msgXGy
House of Intuition Intention Candles https://houseofintuitionla.com/collections/magic-candles

Media Favorites –
Kimberly’s Clark’s Anti-Hauls http://bit.ly/2mgyIoq
Moonlight (YAY BEST PICTURE!)
NY Times Daily podcast
Crimetown podcast
Missing Richard Simmons

La Musique –
DJ Lyneé Denise http://www.djlynneedenise.com
Melodie set from Club Eden

January Eco-Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites and some very ethereal beats

january 29, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

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LOTS of things to cover in this almost 30-minute video, including skincare that helped abate my whack January skin (too much holiday alcohol and gluten?), a liquid foundation (WHAT), an exquisitely beautiful body product, crystals (heart-shaped eye emojis) and lots of other stuff. Head over to YouTube to watch!

Products Mentioned –

Mun Akwi Purifying Cleanser http://bit.ly/2kfLqGk

Lina Hanson Global Face Trio http://bit.ly/2kgdFVW

Activist Custom Hyaluronic Acid Serum http://bit.ly/2neESam

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask http://bit.ly/2jEKDhm

Ellis Brooklyn Excellent Body Milk in Fable http://seph.me/2kH9i2M

Josie Maran Vibracy Foundation in RG20 Euphoric http://seph.me/2jiMJoM

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara http://seph.me/29mw5jE

Hakuhodo J5523 http://www.hakuhodousa.com

MAC Cherry http://bit.ly/2kgbTEa

MAC Ruby Woo http://bit.ly/2k5yocl

Bite Nori http://seph.me/2kBqwz9

Bite Licorice http://seph.me/2kBfY3d

Aromi Power Red http://bit.ly/2jKdM8E

Lifestyle –

Lapis Lazuli pendulum (gift, I’m not sure where it’s from)

Astrophyllite pyramid (from Ghosthorse Talismans on Etsy: http://etsy.me/2kHkZ9z)

Ancient Organics Ghee http://amzn.to/2kHgUlX

Civilized Caveman Paleo Banana Bread recipe: http://bit.ly/1ch3d8y

Sunfood Jungle Peanuts (available on Vitacost)

Detoxinista Paleo Blondies recipe: http://bit.ly/2kH63Zg

Detoxinista Paleo Brownies recipe: http://bit.ly/2kGXRw8

YouTube –

Dani’s Dish https://www.youtube.com/user/BeaubyDanielle

Jamie Greenberg https://www.youtube.com/user/jamiemakeupgreenberg

Whitney Simmons http://bit.ly/2eYnap4

Yoga with Adriene 30 Days of Yoga Revolution 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvlxn0EnmbM

Articles –

“Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless” The New York Times, Dec. 17th, 2016

“A Dreamy Paris Apartment” from A Cup of Jo

http://cupofjo.com/2016/12/paris-apartment-tour-sezane-morgane-sezalory/

Sézane

http://www.sezane.com/us

La Musique –

  1. icy – wet clouds collab w. newweraaa
  2. cosmia – WYD
  3. instupendo – champagne
  4. POLIÇA – warrior lord
  5. francis harris – pensum (original mix)
  6. kings of tomorrow – fall for you feat. april (sandy rivera’s classic mix)

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 :)

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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/2neESam
(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
Everlane
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.

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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!

https://activistskincare.com

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.

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Products Used/Mentioned –

AM

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/2neESam

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

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

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

PM

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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October Favorites and a playlist of really good beats

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

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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:

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