Category: Videos

[ 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 http://amzn.to/2r9BOxc

Intelligent Nutrients hand sanitizer http://amzn.to/2pGHRIg

Precious Skin Elixirs Peridot Cleansing Balm* http://bit.ly/2qesGYQ

Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish* http://bit.ly/2pSikQr

Vered Botanicals Toner* http://bit.ly/2pOdLGn

Vered Botanicals Anti-Aging Face Oil* http://bit.ly/2pOksIx

RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up http://bit.ly/2qbNSjP

Trish McEvoy Foundation Brush http://bit.ly/2raNpwO

Au Naturale blush http://bit.ly/2qaTlYI

Bite Beauty Torte [limited edition]

Charlotte Tilbury lipstick http://bit.ly/2phH2W8

Luminarc glasses http://amzn.to/2rbdpZ0

Captain Blankenship Smudge Spray http://bit.ly/2qeE4DS

Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Deck http://amzn.to/2pHyybW

Druid Animal Oracle Deck http://amzn.to/2pHwWyM

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 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!

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 –

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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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:

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

Meanwhile, over on YouTube today

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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!

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