Tag: Eco-Beauty

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!


Effortless Minimal Weekend Makeup Look

may 23, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, makeup

Awhile back I did a video on my channel titled “French Chic Minimal Makeup” – and if I could do it over again, it would be this look. The look in that previous video was a bit overdone, and I prefer how this one came out for achieving that vibe. I’ve been reading so much Into The Gloss lately that it’s made my impulse towards the more undone, effortless, minimal, European beauty look much MUCH stronger than it already was. Plus, the warmer months naturally call for less makeup. Thanks to my dedication towards implementing my medical intuitive changes, combined with my foray into gentle chemical skin exfoliators, and my skin is really happy with just sun protection/tinted moisturizer and a bit of concealer. I’d love to hear if you’re similarly vibing to minimal makeup, and how you go about achieving and effortless, yet still covetable look with that certain je ne sais quoi element. Watch the video over on Youtube, and don’t forget to subscribe <3



List of products used –

Essential Apothecary Alchemist Hydrate Toner/Body Spray
Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen in Light http://bit.ly/1PZgSBG
Anastasia Brow Definer in Medium Brown http://seph.me/20Kzadx
Jane Iredale Daytime Smokey Eye Palette http://bit.ly/1RGvDfE
Antonym Eye Pencil in Noir http://bit.ly/1OEIicB
Lily Lolo Mascara in Black http://bit.ly/1UkRc1Z
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara http://seph.me/1P66wBD
Tarte Undereye CC Corrector in Light/Medium http://seph.me/1ThiFS3
Trish McEvoy Pressed Translucent Finishing Powder http://bit.ly/1x2cMM6
RMS Buriti Bronzer http://bit.ly/1Jk61kY
Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon in Coulis (Limited Edition)
Ellovi Tinted Lip Butter http://www.ellovi.com

Currently Lusting // Beauty + some other mid-week notables

may 18, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, makeup


These kinds of wishlist videos are SO FUN for me to do, and you seem to really enjoy them too! They always generate a lot of amazing comments which are amazing to read – as I said to someone in a comment today, it’s like I can almost feel the energy of desire and nascent possibility reading other people’s wishlists! Yes, I am a weirdo :)

Catch the video over on YouTube, and leave me a comment letting me know what’s on your wishlist so I can feel the beauty lust vibes!

In other news, I’m going to work on two small additions to this site – creating an email subscription widget so you can be alerted every time I post on here (if you choose), and creating a “Daily Reads” sidebar. I’ve gotten back into regular blog reading as a product of being back in a relatively normative office environment. I’m drawing so much inspiration from them too! So I’d like to compile a list of those to share.

A few other mid-week things to share –

This lipstick technique is everything I aspire towards – effortless, undone, chic, alluring, yes

I dj’ed this track last Friday and remember what a personal AND crowd pleaser it is #doyouwantmebaby

This chocolate was a TREMENDOUS LET DOWN crying. Please don’t buy it, it’s gross.

And lastly, came home to THIS today! (if you don’t yet follow me in Instagram, I posted this earlier on there – so hop over and follow! It’s the only social media platform – in addition to YouTube – I regularly engage in. Facebook on a personal level to keep abreast of music events but that’s literally it).


Nude Lipstick/Everyday Lip Product Collection AND a Mother’s Day Giveaway on Instagram!

may 8, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: makeup, videos


Sharing my nude lipstick/everyday lip product collection on YouTube this Sunday, complete with lots of arm swatches which end up looking like a beautiful work of art when I’m all done! It’s the little things. I’m also intending to do a companion video of my bold lipsticks – my one true makeup love!

Also, Happy Mother’s Day! Amaki Beauty, who sponsored a Valentine’s Day giveaway I did, sent me a box of beautiful products for a Mother’s Day giveaway. These things would make beautiful gifts, or I would NOT judge you if you decide to keep them for yourself. I show product close-ups of everything in the box on the intro to my video on youtube today, but here’s what’s included:

Mother’s Day Gift Set, valued at $51, includes –


Rose Water Hydrating Mist Toner 4 fl oz

Jasmine & Rose Nourishing Oil 4 fl oz

Konjac Facial Wash Sponge
If you don’t win the giveaway but want one of these sets anyway, it can be yours! It’s $37 plus free U.S. shipping, http://www.amakiskincare.com/products/mothers-day-gift-set


All the details will be over on Instagram, so head over there to enter!


Eco Perfume Collection + Fragrance Musings

april 24, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: body care, videos


Today on YouTube I’m doing a little show + tell of my perfume collection, and sharing some musings on conventional versus eco fragrance. I’d LOVE to hear any recommendations you have for brands/scents, as I’m always scouting new amazing things to add to my collection.

Please go watch over on YouTube, and subscribe while you’re there!

As a bonus – I’ve been re-smitten with this little interlude this weekend…#auditorybliss #oneness #vibrations #YES

Eco-Beauty With A Cause: Mahalo’s Red My Lips Tint // Campaign Details + First Impression/Demo

by: mercedes | april 17, 2016 | filed under: makeup, videos

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Mahalo (one of my TOP eco brands) has launched a beautiful bright red lip tint, with 20% of the proceeds going to redmylips.org, an international non-profit dedicated to combating rape myths and victim blaming. I’m so happy to be showing you this product in my video today – I’d love to hear your thoughts. xoxo, mercedes.




To purchase your own Red My Lips tint and support the campaign during the rest of the month of April:

Additionally, if you spend $150 on Mahalo’s website this month, you will receive a complimentary facial steam valued at $45 (I hear they’re running out though, so chop chop if you’re interested!):

March Eco-Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites, Mini-Vlog + Playlist <3

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

I’m a bit late getting up the embedded playlist of my favorite tracks of the month, but as I said on IG – two videos a week is kind of a LOT to manage if you work full time! I’m doing my best though – a forever work in progress. I also decided to include some vlog footage from my recent trip to the SXM Music Festival in St. Martin/Sint Maarten in the middle of the month. I’ll never tire of looking at images of the beaches there, especially at sunset (my favorite time of day).

My music favorites this month actually don’t really reflect much about the festival, except for the one YokoO track I included. I got REALLY into Chez Damier early in March, and he dj’ed in Boston the weekend after I was back in town. Honestly he wasn’t great live, the night I saw him, but some of the tracks I have of his are just BLISS – intensely classic deep house with soulful vocals that are lushful perfection. There’s a new-to-me Francis Harris track remixed by Black Light Smoke that I’ve been really loving, and the Caius track is a bit of an odd throw in, but I really have been listening to it a bunch! I found it through a Michelak vlog this month, and filed it away to use in a future video myself. It reminds me of how much I used to love what they covered (ASHANTI’S FOOLISH ZOMG THROWBACK!).

Updated Everyday Makeup Routine (Eco/Luxe)

march 27, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: makeup, videos

I’m realizing that I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing makeup-centric videos on my channel and I’m intent on changing that! More GRWMs! Those are such good videos to watch. So more makeup videos to come, but in the meantime I thought it was about time to show you my updated everyday makeup routine. This is what I’ll throw on in 10/15 minutes tops before work – I usually rotate between 2-3 products in each category, and sometimes I’ll forgo the liquid liner for a wash of cream shadow, or I’ll change up the lip (though it tends to stay in the neutral family…forever trying to rock bold lips during the day but I just always revert to what’s easier #humannature). Watch below, or head over and watch on Youtube (and subscribe while you’re there!):

Full product list (how can so many products still be applied so quickly and effortlessly?) –

Josie Maran Nirvana Hydrating Treatment Mist http://seph.me/1PxrrY4
Lily Lolo BB Cream http://bit.ly/21U3inA
Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen in Light http://bit.ly/1PZgSBG
Tarte Undereye CC Corrector in Light/Medium http://seph.me/1ThiFS3
Kjaer Weis Foundation in Paper Thin (sample) http://bit.ly/25q8gep
Trish McEvoy Pressed Translucent Finishing Powder http://bit.ly/1x2cMM6
W3LL People Bio-Bronzer Stick http://bit.ly/1Pc1Y9F
Too Faced Blush in Your Love Is King (LOVE THE SADE REFERENCE WHETHER IT WAS INTENTIONAL OR NOT) from Too Faced Love Flush Blush Palette http://seph.me/24KxjIT
W3LL People Bio-Brightener Stick http://bit.ly/1JuHVyA
The All Natural Face Vegan Brow Wax http://bit.ly/1JQWjqp
Tarte Amazonian Clay Volumizing Brow Powder in Medium Brow
Brow Food Clear Brow Enhancing Gelfix http://seph.me/1ROmr5s
Jane Iredale Daytime Smokey Eye Palette http://bit.ly/1RGvDfE
Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Raven http://bit.ly/1QLqH7G
Red Apple Lipstick Lip Exfoliator* http://bit.ly/1P1tJE2
Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Raven http://bit.ly/1QLqH7G
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara http://seph.me/1P66wBD
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk http://bit.ly/1W5llSR
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Pecan http://seph.me/1ZrqNky

Honest Beauty Makeup Demo + Review

march 20, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: makeup

I’m certainly not the first one to share my review and opinions on Honest Beauty’s makeup, but I’m throwing in my two cents in today’s video. If you read through the comments people have left, clearly I’m not alone in a) not feeling drawn to the range, and b) being turned off by certain aspects of the branding/marketing. I love hearing people’s opinions on this! Makes me feel like less of lone wolf makeup snob :) Hope you enjoy the video, and find it useful:

Red Apple Lipstick Lip Swatches: Extended Thoughts

february 17, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: makeup, videos

I haven’t been shy about my honest impressions of Red Apple Lipstick, just from a brand strategy/aesthetics perspective. If you haven’t been privy to my candid thoughts before: I think they are in need of a MASSIVE face lift, especially their website. But if you’re able to get beyond the exterior and actually try some of their products I think you’ll be quite impressed. My only experience prior to lip swatching all the shades you’ll see in the video was getting to test out the color Ravishing in the fall as part of their blogger program. The verdict: I LOVE it. It’s part of their Instant Color formulation, which has been my favorite formula to date.

A quick run-down of the different formulas Red Apple Lipsticks come in – because this is important to my overall review of and experience with the shades I’ve since tried:


Summer Passion


Instant Color


I’ve now tried a lipstick in every formulation, and my absolute favorite is the Instant Color – it’s the most opaque, full coverage, and matte. Satin would be next, in terms of these metrics. Followed by Original. The Summer Passion and X-Series formulations are NOT for me – they’re basically almost like a creamy lip gloss, with high shine finishes. I will say, at least for the Summer Passion lipstick I tried (Sunkissed) it IS quite pigmented. Much more pigmented than a more traditional tinted lip conditioner or balm. However, for my own purchases I’ll be sticking with Instant Color and Satin Formulas – POTENTIALLY Original if a color really grabs me.

So, some further thoughts on all the shades I show today – which by the way were all generously given to me. New York and After Hours are full size lipsticks gifted to me by my friend Ru (go read her blog!), and the rest were sample pods sent to me in a care package from a lovely viewer of mine, Autumn.

1 New York (X-Series): one of my least favorites not necessarily because of color, but because of the formula/finish. Much too glossy for me, unfortunately. I found Oh My Guava to look VERY similar on my lips, with a finish I prefer. I’m going to have to find a new home for this one : /

2 Oh My Guava (Instant Color): LOVED this one – one of my favorites from this round of swatching, and it’s on my To Purchase list. I had been eyeing this one up for months as a go-to nude to add to my collection, so I’m really happy it ended up working with my undertones. I found it to have just a *hint* more peach to it than New York, whereas New York had a teeny bit more pink. Finish is full coverage, and pretty matte – as far as eco lipsticks go.

3 Sunkissed (Summer Passion): As I was applying this for the video I was like uh, NO – but watching the footage back I didn’t think it looked as bad as I thought it did while filming. However I think it’s still a bit too warm for me, and it’s basically a very pigmented lip gloss. However it is a TRUE orange, for any of you into that, and wanting a very glossy finish.

4 Red! 101 (Original): This one reminds me of cherry popsicles, and I really ended up liking it! As an Original formula it’s not as full coverage/opaque as the Instant Colors, but I didn’t find it to be too sheeny/shiny. I’d consider purchasing a full size of this at some point, it’s a really beautiful red for spring I think.

5 Wine & Dandy (Satin): J’ADORE. This was another favorite from the video. Absolutely gorgeous deep wine color, and reminds me of the double-ended Bite Beauty duo in Mulberry/Scarlet. Definitely added to my RAL wishlist. It had enough red/purple tones to be to my liking – unlike Fierce, which had too much brown.

6 Fierce (Instant Color): This was very meh – I much preferred Wine & Dandy on me, though there’s a strong parallel between the two. As I said above, Fierce seemed to have more brown show up on me, though I did notice this color looks very different as one layer, versus 2+ layers. As one layer it’s actually quite a pretty deeply pigmented stain. But still, not something I’d consider purchasing. Which is good because I think it’s discontinued? You can only purchase sample pods of it on the website now, it seems. Also, it didn’t seem like an Instant Color formula to me and it’s unclear why.

7 After Hours (Instant Color): Obsessed. OBSESSED. I love love LOVE this one, and so happy to have a full size in my life. When this shade launched in their most recent collection this one was the one that immediately made me go all heart-shaped eye emoji. I love vampy purple-y lips and this one is absolute perfection. Formula is on point, it’s versatile and can be mixed with lots of other reds/pinks to create unique gradations of fuchsia….highly recommend.

In sum, my favorites were Oh My Guava, After Hours, and Wine & Dandy. Red! 101 would be my runner up. Pass on New York, Sunkissed, and Fierce.

To purchase –

New York http://bit.ly/1LoitvC

Oh My Guava http://bit.ly/1KPaGMo

Sun kissed http://bit.ly/1Qfrc4D

Red! 101 http://bit.ly/1odk6XN

Wine & Dandy http://bit.ly/20TZ6Hl

Fierce http://bit.ly/1TjvXR0

After Hours http://bit.ly/1PxeLDN