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* https://www.starkskincare.com/products/grapefruit-cleanse-hydrate-balm
Max + Me Purity and Grace* http://bit.ly/2zbMIX1
Jordan Samuel Aftershow Balm cleanser https://jordansamuelskin.com/products/the-after-show-balm-cleanser
Wonder4Skin Italian balm (a gift from my lovely friend Miky!)
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique oil cleanser https://www.marieveronique.com/collections/kristina-holey-marie-veronique-collaboration/products/pure-e-o-free-oil-cleanser
LILFOX Mystic Awakening mist http://bit.ly/2yn9v39
Amly mist http://bit.ly/2yq9YmW
Vered Herb Toner* http://bit.ly/2pOdLGn
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Balancing HypoTonic https://www.marieveronique.com/collections/kristina-holey-marie-veronique-collaboration/products/balancing-hypotonic
Previse Nutrify Tonic* http://bit.ly/1YofDjG
Activist Custom Hyaluronic* http://bit.ly/2neESam
Jordan Samuel Hydrate https://jordansamuelskin.com/products/hydrate-serum
Jordan Samuel Etoile https://jordansamuelskin.com/products/etoile-facial-oil
Vered Anti-Aging Oil* http://www.veredbotanicals.com/Anti_Aging_Face_Treatment_Oil_p/aafto.htm
UMA Face Oil trial kit http://bit.ly/2kFA8sy
Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil (available on Vitacost)
Blum face wipes (available on Vitacost)
Honest Hazel Eye Gels https://www.beautyhabit.com/products/honest-hazel-revitalizing-eye-gels
Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream http://bit.ly/2lLTWP2
Max + Me Sweet Serenity Mask + Wash* http://bit.ly/2uux1JK
Mahalo The Bean* http://bit.ly/2yqmjaR
Mahalo Original Balm* http://bit.ly/2d4DEdE
Stark Eclipse* https://www.starkskincare.com/products/eclipse-activated-cleansing-gel

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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* http://bit.ly/2fJjue5

Skin Owl Beauty Whip* http://bit.ly/2w2L7BG

LILFOX Cleopatra* http://bit.ly/2tVeO5P

CV Skinlabs Balm* http://bit.ly/2h8d1tK

Osmia Lip Repair* http://bit.ly/2x86VvE

AILA Nail Remover wipes https://loveaila.com/collections/removers-treatment

Gressa Obscur* http://bit.ly/2xIS53e

Kjaer Weis Radiance http://bit.ly/2xQhoQ0

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil in 034 http://bit.ly/2x6ijwV



New Yorker articles –

Back To The Garden https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/09/04/reality-tvs-wildest-disaster

How Civilization Started https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/09/18/the-case-against-civilization

Stephanie Nicole Interview with Kett Cosmetics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxeUS18rRyw&t=369s

Nightlight Astrology http://www.nightlightastrology.com

Gregg Popovich on Trump and Race in America: http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/news/gregg-popovich-on-trump-our-country-is-an-embarrassment-w505406?utm_source=email


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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7CmCexslZo&t=3s

My video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lfGtytv4dk&t=25s

Products mentioned –

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

Pai hand cream http://bit.ly/2fpMIyq

JMO hair pomade http://bit.ly/2ylwMkA

Tarte corrector http://bit.ly/2xxI8Vb

Makeup Forever brush http://bit.ly/2jTBSSX

Trish McEvoy liner http://bit.ly/2yyW2F4

Jane Iredale berry http://bit.ly/2vRg4MN


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 –



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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 http://bit.ly/2pOdLGn

Tammy Fender eye cream http://bit.ly/2oob2nf

Skin Owl Beauty Whip http://bit.ly/2w2L7BG

Skin Owl Maqui Beauty Drops http://bit.ly/2cV0win

Josh Rosebrook SPF http://bit.ly/2lLTWP2

CV Skinlabs balm http://bit.ly/2h8d1tK



Vapour primer http://bit.ly/2gZcRnl

Vapour Foundation stick in 110 http://bit.ly/2gVFb7r

Becca Aqua Luminous Concealer in Light http://bit.ly/2jBIuFv

Antonym powder in Light http://bit.ly/2jBzjF0

Anastasia Brow Whiz in Medium Brown http://bit.ly/2wnjjwa

Glossier Boy Brow in Black https://www.glossier.com/products/boy-brow

Surratt Autographique liquid liner http://bit.ly/2xrAOuQ

Au Naturale eye pencil in Coco http://bit.ly/2wzg2VM

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

Antonym eye pencil in Noir http://bit.ly/2w2EBew

Surratt lash curlers http://bit.ly/2fbY8Wz

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes http://bit.ly/2xr3xzC

Too Faced Better Than Sex http://bit.ly/2xrAqwo

W3LL People Bio Bronzer http://bit.ly/2i2Ury8

W3LL People Bio Brightener http://bit.ly/2onGule

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Trio http://bit.ly/2x6MNxP

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

MAC Cherry lip liner http://bit.ly/2jB7Tiu

Nouveau lipstick in Pomgranade http://www.nouveau-cosmetics.com/en_GB


(Nails are OPI Lincoln Park After Dark)


Music –

Matt Tolfrey: Encarta (DJ Sprinkles Micro Soft Dub)

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