Category: Videos

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

One Year of Beauty Heroes: A Retrospective Review (September 2016 – September 2017)

october 28, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, skincare, makeup, body care, hair care

Another year of Beauty Heroes boxes has passed by! Here are my thoughts looking back through all the boxes. I would love to hear from you in the comments! xoxo, mercedes.

Last year’s 2015 – 2016 Beauty Heroes Retrospective –

Hero Products available in the Beauty Heroes shop for 15% all the time for members –

Uma Hair Oil

Bottega Organic Eye Cream (no longer available)

Josh Rosebrook Antioxidant Cacao Mask

MUN Akwi

Maya Chia Super Couple

Osmia Night Body Oil

Innersense Hydrate collection

LILFOX Jungle Glow
(My hero was LILFOX Cleopatra

Max + Me Circle of Protection

Honua Aloha Serum and Honua Olena Oil

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream

Mahalo The Bean

Skin Owl Maqui Berry Beauty Drops

Kahina Beldi soap

Shop Vapour

Shop Au Naturale

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A Mini Mercedes Shops // Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Credo

october 22, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos

Enough to make a quick beauty product video on this GORGEOUS autumn Sunday! Hope you all are enjoying your week-ends – see you very soon in another video. If you want more L’Amour, I have a 26 minute video on my holistic medicine cabinet/preventive wellness tips on Patreon. xoxo, mercedes

You can watch the video here :)

Products mentioned –
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Trish McEvoy gel liner pencil
Grown Alchemist eye cream
Pai hand cream

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Empty Skincare + What’s Nouveau In My Routine (Minimalist/Eco) | L’Amour et la Musique

october 15, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, skincare

Time for a lengthy skincare chat! I culled my overflowing empty products bag for just the skincare to make this a skincare-centric empties, along with showing a few new skincare items that I’ve acquired in recent weeks. Would love to hear from you in the comments, and happy cozy fall Sunday. xoxo, mercedes

Watch on YouTube! 

Products mentioned –
Stark Aurora*
Max + Me Purity and Grace*
Jordan Samuel Aftershow Balm cleanser
Wonder4Skin Italian balm (a gift from my lovely friend Miky!)
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique oil cleanser
LILFOX Mystic Awakening mist
Amly mist
Vered Herb Toner*
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Balancing HypoTonic
Previse Nutrify Tonic*
Activist Custom Hyaluronic*
Jordan Samuel Hydrate
Jordan Samuel Etoile
Vered Anti-Aging Oil*
UMA Face Oil trial kit
Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil (available on Vitacost)
Blum face wipes (available on Vitacost)
Honest Hazel Eye Gels
Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream
Max + Me Sweet Serenity Mask + Wash*
Mahalo The Bean*
Mahalo Original Balm*
Stark Eclipse*

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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

A Video Marathon! | Collab deux with Hitchcock Madrona, Beauty Heroes x Gressa Review AND Demo

september 26, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, makeup

I didn’t have time to post my Sunday upload on here and THEN I hustled like a boss to get up not one but TWO videos on the just released third Beauty Heroes elective makeup discovery box featuring Gressa. So, in the spirit of making sure all my YouTube content is catalogued on here for future searching – here are my recent videos! Patreon is coming along too, and I couldn’t be more grateful. There’s a weekly Instagram story round up video, I’ll be posting a bonus Whole Foods haul for all Patrons on there this week, and next week will be the poll for October’s aux urnes Patrons <3

Links to watch the videos –

Hidden Gems: Our Picks for Most Underrated Beauty Products | Hitchcock Madrona x L’Amour

Beauty Heroes x Gressa // Minimalist Luxury [ Box Review ] | L’Amour et la Musique

Beauty Heroes x Gressa Makeup Discovery Demo/Application | L’Amour et la Musique


Additional information and links pertaining to each video –

Hidden Gems: Our Picks for Most Underrated Beauty Products | Hitchcock Madrona x L’Amour

A second collaborative video with Erica from Hitchcock Madrona – hoping you enjoy hearing about our respective picks for the beauty industry/community’s hidden gems! Please make sure to hop over to Erica’s channel to hear what her selections are:

To watch our Fashion Personality collaboration –

Erica’s video:

My video:

Products mentioned –

Arcona Eye Dew

Pai hand cream

JMO hair pomade

Tarte corrector

Makeup Forever brush

Trish McEvoy liner

Jane Iredale berry


Beauty Heroes x Gressa // Minimalist Luxury [ Box Review ] | L’Amour et la Musique

(*same information for demo video)

You don’t normally see me on Monday but Beauty Heroes Makeup Discoveries call for bonus content! I hope you find this review helpful, and don’t forget to check out the demo video I did as well, so you can see these products in action. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, xoxo, mercedes.

**All the links you need**

To purchase this box (available to everyone for $45, members save 15%) –

To subscribe to Beauty Heroes (you can still get the September Skin Owl box) –

In the Beauty Heroes online shop (members always enjoy 15% off all orders) –

To shop the rest of Gressa’s collection on Beauty Heroes –

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 –


Become a L’Amour Patron:

Thank you to everyone who supports this channel!

GRWM // Vapour Foundation, Dramatic Lashes, Italian Lipstick

september 17, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: makeup, videos

I thought I would film myself doing more glam/night out makeup than you normally see. It’s not terribly different from I guess what is my signature look (some version of black winged liner and a bright or bold lipstick), but it’s amped up by the addition of individual lashes, perfected illuminated skin, and crisp bright red lipstick application.

You can see I kept color on the face to a minimum, which I find is key for me. I’m quite happy with the Vapour foundation so far, it’s dewy and should be perfect as we move into fall and winter in the northern hemisphere. Mille grazi to my friend Miky, who sent this beautiful lipstick my way from the Italian brand Nouveau Cosmetics which she carries in her eco beauty boutique in Tuscany.

You can watch the video over on YouTube :) I also just posted this past week’s Instagram stories (September 9 – September 16th) to my amazing L’Amour Patrons. I had a bit of a cray week including cross-country travel, so it’s all captured there. OH and you guys we’re so close to my second Patreon goal, which means I’m so close to investing in a new vlogging camera (already have one picked out!) which will mean more vlogs on YouTube until we hit the third Patreon goal which means I commit to two vlogs every month IN ADDITION to all my regular content. In other words, the vlogs won’t replace anything I’m already publishing, it will be added to the L’Amour suite. So if you’d like to be part of growing L’Amour and gaining access to some extra content – you can head over to my homepage there and scope it out :)




Products used –


Vered herb-infused toner

Tammy Fender eye cream

Skin Owl Beauty Whip

Skin Owl Maqui Beauty Drops

Josh Rosebrook SPF

CV Skinlabs balm



Vapour primer

Vapour Foundation stick in 110

Becca Aqua Luminous Concealer in Light

Antonym powder in Light

Anastasia Brow Whiz in Medium Brown

Glossier Boy Brow in Black

Surratt Autographique liquid liner

Au Naturale eye pencil in Coco

Dior palette 764 Fairy Golds (I believe this was LE)

Antonym eye pencil in Noir

Surratt lash curlers

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

Too Faced Better Than Sex

W3LL People Bio Bronzer

W3LL People Bio Brightener

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Trio

Ardell individual lashes (I used the glue from some Eyelure lashes I had)

MAC Cherry lip liner

Nouveau lipstick in Pomgranade


(Nails are OPI Lincoln Park After Dark)


Music –

Matt Tolfrey: Encarta (DJ Sprinkles Micro Soft Dub)

How I fell in love with house music

september 6, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, spirituality, musique du jour

I have wanted to share my music narrative with you for literally years – since the inception of this blog and my YouTube channel. I hope you come away with a deeper understanding of why I named this endeavor L’Amour et la Musique, and I would love to hear any of your thoughts and musings on music’s place in your life, house music/culture, or how you experience vibrational bliss. You can watch this video here. xoxo, mercedes.

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September Beauty Heroes // SKIN OWL Beauty Drops PM Maqui Berry + Beauty Whip

september 2, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, skincare

Today on YouTube, my comprehensive review of the September Beauty Heroes box featuring the Beauty Drops PM Maqui Berry and the Beauty Whip as the sidekick. The whip also features the supercharged fruit antioxidant, maquis berry – in powdered form, along with other skin-calming ingredients like hyaluronic, evening primrose,  and rosehip. While we’ll all miss the Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops dearly, there’s a really compelling production ethics story from Skin Owl founder/formulator Annie Tevelin that’s worth listening to. 

In other updates, I continue to be so, SO thankful for your support on Patreon. I uploaded a strung-together video of a week’s worth of Instagram stories for all Patrons today, and the aux urnes Patrons just voted on the exclusive video they’d like to see this month. It’s going to be a Bullet Journal spread/preview video. Later this fall I’m going to do a video for YouTube on my thoughts after a full year of Bullet Journaling, but will be largely conceptual and reflective. This video for Patrons will be more visual, more casual, and more process-oriented. So if you’re so inclined, come join!

Lastly, I donated 10% of my first month of Patreon pledges to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts – I split the fund between the Houston Food Bank and the Houston SPCA. Everyone affected continues to be in my thoughts <3



To subscribe to Beauty Heroes to receive the September Box featuring Skin Owl –

In the Beauty Heroes online shop (members always enjoy 15% off all orders) –

To shop the rest of Skin Owl’s collection on Beauty Heroes –

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 – 

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: