Category: Playlists

2017 Best in Beauty + Lifestyle, with Music Selections (Top 5 Tracks, Top 5 Albums)

january 3, 2018 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

By now I’m sure many of you have had a chance to watch this (long!) video already, but I was delayed getting the music selections posted. Here they are! I chose the 5 tracks that were in my heaviest rotation, and 5 albums I fell in love with. As with the rest of my annual product favorites, these are not necessarily songs or albums that were released in 2017, but rather 2017 discoveries (and loves) for me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. If you like any of them, please consider supporting the artists by purchasing their music. Here’s to another great year of crate digging and blissful sounds.

xoxo, mercedes

Top 5 Tracks of 2017:

  1. Cosima – WYD
  2. Lyle x Meilur – Paths
  3. Kendrick Lamar – FEEL
  4. Viken Arman – Feels the Winter (Original Mix)
  5. St. Germain – Sittin’ Here (Atjazz Remix)

Top 5 Albums/Mixes of 2017 (the first three are on iTunes, the 4th on Beatport, the mix on Soundcloud):

  1. Miles Davis – E.S.P [1965]
  2. Sade – Stronger Than Pride [1988]
  3. Erykah Badu Live [1997]
  4. Laurence Guy – Saw You For the First Time [2017]
  5. Melodie at Club Eden, Bucharest, 28 Jan 2017

October/November Favorites Playlist + Upcoming website changes

december 3, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: playlists

I fell in love with some beautiful new music the past couple months! I highly recommend checking out the full albums these come off of, and supporting the artists by purchasing tracks you enjoy. I just selected some of my favorites for you to enjoy – this is a very relaxed playlist, perfect for a Sunday:

Ok and then website changes – basically no real details yet, just that it’s in the process of happening and I’m reconfiguring how I post and catalogue content, stay organized across the various platforms I produce under and manage. This whole managing an online endeavor has become so increasingly complicated! But it will get sorted out, and then I feel this space will become much more functional and with less repetition (just reposting videos and such). So I hope you’ll stay tuned!

xoxo, mercedes.

September Favorites // (Eco)Beauty, New Yorker Article Recs, Astrology & Popovich on Race in America [+ Playlist]

october 1, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlist

Really enthusiastic about all my favorites this month – so much is happening in the world and we need to be discussing! Lots of autumn love to all of you – bring on the bordeaux nails/lips, homeade soup, and warm drinks 4 days. You can watch the video on YouTube here! xoxo, mercedes.

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Products mentioned –


MUN Anarose toner*

Skin Owl Beauty Whip*

LILFOX Cleopatra*

CV Skinlabs Balm*

Osmia Lip Repair*

AILA Nail Remover wipes

Gressa Obscur*

Kjaer Weis Radiance

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil in 034



New Yorker articles –

Back To The Garden

How Civilization Started

Stephanie Nicole Interview with Kett Cosmetics

Nightlight Astrology

Gregg Popovich on Trump and Race in America:


Regarding music this month – I wasn’t in much of a digging mood, or rather I just didn’t have time to dig. I was mostly listening to live Ron Carter performances during the work days, and some Blue Six and early Miguel Migs mixes on YouTube as well (it’s so annoying when ads play in the middle of long sets! please no ad interruptions!). Ok so for this month, I thought of a genre I really haven’t shared much with you, but I went through a HUGE phase with from around 2007 through 2011 or so. Indie electronica! I was avidly scouring Hype Machine and a blog called Et Musique Pour Tous (the tagline was “space age bachelor pad music” lmao), and was obsessed with groups like Passion Pit, Phoenix, Classixx, Friendly Fires, Ladyhawke, O’Spada, Dragonette, Datasette, Aeroplane, Aanorak, and on and on and on. I dug through one of my old playlists of this kind of thing and put a list together of some of my old favorites – this selection is pretty laid back and chilled out (you know how I DO). Listening to these tracks brings back SO many happy memories for me! I hope you enjoy <3

August Favorites // Beauty, Astrology & Lush Beats

august 27, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

A weekend of YouTube hustle, no doubt. Launching Patreon AND squeezing in my regularly scheduled programming, a Sunday video – watch it here. I’m off to go take a huge BREAK from my computer now, but I hope you enjoy!! Especially the music. And the astrology talk. Those are my personal favorites of the month.

xoxo, mercedes

Products mentioned –
Au Naturale blush*
Tatcha beauty papers*
Viseart cool mattes
Urban decay liner in Chaos
Veg-Up liquid liner (from Italy!)
RMS Sacred
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk
Glossier Crush
EvolvH Ultra-Shine shampoo and conditioner
Ellis Brooklyn Fable body milk

Original Beans chocolate
The Alchemist

The Body Astrologer
Nightlight Astrology

La Musique:


Easing into le week-end

by: mercedes | july 29, 2017 | filed under: playlists


I was just in between doing laundry, tidying, and getting ready to film a video and was jumping around one of my iTunes playlists (titled “coffee shop” which is a bit of a hodge podge) and was drawn to each of the tracks below. I thought they’d make a nice Saturday morning playlist, for easing into the weekend. I have actually historically not been terribly fond of Saturday mornings, which is weird I know. Growing up I always associated them with chores and having to get things done, rather than the ease and relaxation that Sundays impart. Anyhow, however you feel about Saturday mornings, maybe you’ll enjoy these selections. I’m planning to add more regular streaming playlists beyond my monthly favorites playlists to my Patreon feed so – stay tuned! xoxo, mercedes.

  1. Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
  2. Jill Scott – A Long Walk
  3. Kings of Convenience – Cayman Islands
  4. Radio Citizen – The Hop
  5. Gorillaz – Empire Ants



June & July Favorites // Beauty, What I’m Reading, Astrology, Esoterica, Musique

july 23, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists, spirituality

Probably no one noticed but me but I missed June Favorites – making up for it today with everything I’ve been loving the past two months. Also, happy New Moon in Leo! You can watch the video on YouTube here :)

Things mentioned –

Beauty –

Mahalo The Bean*

Studio 78 Bronzer

Modern Minerals highlight*

Glossier Zip

RMS Sacred

Arcona SPF Powder

Surratt Autographique

Trish McEvoy Gel Liner Pencil

Antonym Noir

Vered Signature Perfume*


Lifestyle (starts at 10:05) –

Red garnet from Hauswitch

Runes (see book here: )

Nightlight Astrology


French Love Poems

The Alchemist

White Hot Truth

The Highly Sensitive Person

Rising Strong

On YouTube –

StyleLikeU with Melinda Alexander

Gigi Young


Video on the cerebrospinal fluid

NY Times article on the liver

Original Beans chocolate

Ambitious Kitchen Paleo Chocolate Chunk cookies

Ambitious Kitchen Tahini Brownies


Musique –

  1. Gorje Hewek – De Erweckens Bruderschaft
  2. Luke & Sio Blackwidow – Yum Yum (From P60 Magic vocal)
  3. Vanessa Daou – Love is War (Timewriter’s Love is Peace Mix)
  4. Funk D’Void – Homage (obsessed obsessed obsessed with this one)
  5. Blaze – Lovelee Dae (a an absolute CLASSIC house track from the late 90s I was recently reminded of – it’s timeless)

Available streaming elsewhere –

Wayne Shorter

Cosima – Un-Named

KiNK – Strings


Other videos I referenced –

The Line Up // Face Masks + Exfoliators

Summer Beauty Recommendations

The Line Up // Highlighters

A Guide to Crystals

How to develop intuition

[ Belated ] April Favorites // Beauty + Lifestyle (and playlist)

may 14, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

I know, it’s already mid-May – I filmed this the first week of May, and just wasn’t able to edit right away. I hope you still enjoy! Let me know your current favorites. xoxo, mercedes.

Products mentioned –

Vibrational Medicine book

Intelligent Nutrients hand sanitizer

Precious Skin Elixirs Peridot Cleansing Balm*

Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish*

Vered Botanicals Toner*

Vered Botanicals Anti-Aging Face Oil*

RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up

Trish McEvoy Foundation Brush

Au Naturale blush

Bite Beauty Torte [limited edition]

Charlotte Tilbury lipstick

Luminarc glasses

Captain Blankenship Smudge Spray

Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Deck

Druid Animal Oracle Deck

Vert Nouveau Facebook Group (search for the group on Facebook and request to join!)


La Musique –

(please consider supporting these artists by purchasing their tracks for your own library if you enjoy them)
1. LTJ Bukem – Moodswings
2. LTJ Bukem – Revival by Blame
3. Air – All I Need
4. Air – Les Professionnels
5. Nightmares on Wax -Les Nuits
6. Nightmares on Wax – Nights
7. Nightmares on Wax – Stars
8. Nightmares on Wax – Survival

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
Tammy Fender Awakening Eye Gel
W3LL People-Bio Bronzer
RMS Sacred and Diabolique
W3LL People Bio-Brightener
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat
Bite Beauty Pecan (sadly discontinued)
Glossier Boy Brow in Black
Trish McEvoy Sexy No.9 perfume rollerball
AILA Nail Polish Remover Wipe
The Laundress –
For silks
For wool/cashmere
Wool/cashmere spray
Un-Fancy blog post for reference –
The Psoas Book

Reading –
The Underground Railroad for Refugees, The New Yorker
Work is My Self Care, The New York Times

The Politics of Conspicuous Displays of Self Care, The New Yorker
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Expands into Vitamins, The New Yorker

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!

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

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


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

Lina Hanson Global Face Trio

Activist Custom Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask

Ellis Brooklyn Excellent Body Milk in Fable

Josie Maran Vibracy Foundation in RG20 Euphoric

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

Hakuhodo J5523

MAC Cherry

MAC Ruby Woo

Bite Nori

Bite Licorice

Aromi Power Red

Lifestyle –

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

Astrophyllite pyramid (from Ghosthorse Talismans on Etsy:

Ancient Organics Ghee

Civilized Caveman Paleo Banana Bread recipe:

Sunfood Jungle Peanuts (available on Vitacost)

Detoxinista Paleo Blondies recipe:

Detoxinista Paleo Brownies recipe:

YouTube –

Dani’s Dish

Jamie Greenberg

Whitney Simmons

Yoga with Adriene 30 Days of Yoga Revolution 2017

Articles –

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

“A Dreamy Paris Apartment” from A Cup of Jo


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 :)


Items mentioned –
Skincare –
Amly Silver-Rich Face Mist
Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap
Previse Nutrify Level 1-6 Tonic*
Activist Skincare Customized Hyaluronic Acid Serum*
(I have an ongoing code with Activist – using the code LAMOUR you can save 10%)
Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops*
Mahalo The Petal Mask*
Lina Hanson Global Treasures Balm*
Honest Hazel eye gels

Makeup –
RMS Translucent Un-Powder
Glossier Boy Brow
Surrat Autographiqe liquid liner
Modern Minerals Lotus Wei-Infused Emotive Lip Gloss*
Modern Minerals Moonstone Cream Highlighter*
Mahalo Red My Lips Tint*
Kosas Darkroom
Wayne Goss makeup brushes

Body –
Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil*

Hair –
Innersense Pure Harmony Shampoo
Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil*
Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment

Dental Care –
David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste

Fragrance –
In Fiore Patchouli Royale (Formerly Jehan) Parfum Solide Haute Concentré

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) –