Tag: Josh Rosebrook

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

A Capsule Approach to Eco-Beauty: Holiday Gift Ideas, Skincare Edition

december 7, 2015 | by: mercedes | filed under: skincare

The second part of this little series I decided to do, let’s chat my top skincare picks. So think of this as both my current skincare essentials/recommendations, as well as gift ideas – because really all of these would make lovely individual gifts. I covered all the steps of a skincare routine I personally think are essential: cleanser, toner, eye product, serum, moisturizer, and mask (and for some I give a couple of options). Please keep in mind that these recs come from my own experience and ergo my own skin type – which is mostly normal with a tendency towards dryness and dehydration, and I’m focused on balancing, brightening, reducing redness, and anti-aging (apparently Caroline Hirons hates this phrase. I might consider a phrase change as well, given the energetic connotation?). Anyhow, on with the capsule selections:

1. One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil (+ white washcloths)

If I had to pick just one cleanser to recommend to people, this would be it. It’s pretty universally loved across skin types, and after #reformulationgate it’s now back to its original state and as perfect as ever. I’m so happy to have a bottle back in my life after a little swap with Ru (Short Small Sweet) – she took my Blissoma Mild Rice Cleanser from the Petit Vour box off my hands, in exchange for this. You could also gift this with a pack of white washcloths, which is a really nice way to remove this cleanser and get a nightly mini-facial steam in the process. I like the Tranquility washcloths from Bed, Bath + Beyond.

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2. Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

This is my favorite face toner to date. Bam. I said it. And it’s for two main reasons (because frankly I don’t think toners make THAT much of a difference to the skin, they’re mostly an experience product): this one smells insanely good (kind of a light vanilla marshmallow sort of scent), and the mist is UNPARALLELED in its fineness. It’s like a micro mist. I personally really enjoy this, and find it just distributes the product supremely well. Could not recommend more. Sadly I’m out, but will be replacing at some point soon.

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3. Arcona Eye Dew; Suki Eye Balm

The two eye products I’d recommend aren’t ones I currently own, but have owned the Arcona Eye Dew, and am working on a sample of the Suki Eye Balm. I picked these because of performance and price point. Eye products can be so EXPENSIVE (Oculus, you’re amazing but I’m looking at you) and for someone just starting out, I’m not sure I’d say you need to drop $70+ on an eye product. Arcona’s eye dew is SO hydrating and cooling and I just adore it. And Suki’s eye balm is a great evening product, very moisturizing and I kind of prefer a balm texture to an oil I think.

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4. Mahalo Vitality Elixir + Mahalo Balm

So I mention this combo because I think they work *really* well together, but it’s the Vitality Elixir that’s my serum pick. If you were to invest (for yourself or for a gift for someone) in ONE skincare product, I would recommend a high quality serum. If you find one that is targeted at your particular skin concerns, I think it can have the biggest impact on your skin above and beyond anything else in your routine. I’ve truly seem great results from the Mahalo Vitality Elixir – it has evened out and brightened my skin, reduced redness, and just really enhanced the overall quality and appearance of my complexion. OBSESSED. The Mahalo Balm is just icing on the cake – if you can get used to the initially strong smell of these products, you might find you CRAVE them, as I have! If you want more info, I did a whole video on the Mahalo line, and talk more extensively and from an updated perspective in my Current AM/PM Skincare Video.

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5. Odacité Beautiful Day Moisturizer with MSM and DMAE

So to me this is a bit of a superfluous product because I’d rather use a facial oil or a balm, but if you or someone you know loves moisturizers, my pick would be the Odacité Beautiful Day Moisturizer. It’s by far the nicest facial moisturizer I’ve ever tried, experience-wise. It’s very cooling to the skin, absorbs quickly but really does leave the skin moisturized and protected, and is unscented but also pleasant at the same time if that makes sense. It’s just lovely! Nothing more to say.

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6. Osmia Organics Protein Exfoliating Mask; Leahlani Mermaid Mask

Any for good measure, I have two mask recommendations. The Osmia Organics Protein Exfoliating Mask is just SO good at sloughing off dry patches and revealing BEAUTIFUL, smooth, even skin. This is my favorite mask find from the last year. If you want a more hydrating, nourishing mask I’d suggest the affordable Leahlani Mermaid Mask. It’s really pleasant when it’s on (smells like citrus) and all the green algae that’s in it makes me feel like it’s a topical antioxidant boost. Skin feels really soft and well-moisturized after.

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Current Skincare Routine (AM/PM) + GIVEAWAY featuring Nuciya Natural Beauty

november 23, 2015 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, skincare

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If you missed it on YouTube or Instagram, I uploaded my current am and pm skincare routines yesterday. It’s a topic I LOVE talking about, as a good skincare routine really is the foundation for everything else beauty-related. Knock on wood I’ve been really pleased with my skin lately, and it just keeps improving – becoming more even, less red, reduced hyperpigmentation, maintains hydration and stays balanced. It’s an ever-evolving practice (like everything!) but I feel so fortunate to have had the pleasure recently of incorporating stand out products from the Beauty Heroes subscription boxes and the Mahalo skincare range.

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There’s also an opportunity for you to win a $25 gift certificate to the online eco-beauty boutique, Nuciya Natural Beauty! Details about the boutique and how to enter the giveaway are in the video and description box, but in short:

How to enter Nuciya Giveaway:
1. Subscribe to L’amour et la Musique on YouTube
2. Follow Nuciya Natural Beauty and L’amour et la Musique on Instagram (@lamouretlamusique and @nuciyabeauty)
3. Visit Nuciya’s website to view their product inventory, and leave a comment on this video telling me which product/products are at the top of your wishlist!

http://www.nuciya.com

$5 off any order over $25 CODE for Nuciya: 153083 (good for 30 uses)

I will record your name in a spreadsheet in the order in which you leave a comment, and use a random number generator to select a winner.

DEADLINE TO ENTER: Wednesday November 25th, 5PM EST
Winner will be announced both in the comments of this video as well as on Instagram on Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving!)

Bon chance!

Products sent to me by Nuciya –
Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask* http://bit.ly/1MGEOVq
Laurel Facial Elixir for Normal/Mature Skin* http://bit.ly/1PEu6om
Laurel Honey Berry Enzyme Mask* http://bit.ly/1NgJg2W
Laurel Eye Serum* http://bit.ly/1X2TtEC
Laurel Healing Balm* http://bit.ly/1SM0rHC

Products Mentioned –
AM Skincare:
R.L. Linden + Co. Thousand Petal Beautifying mist http://bit.ly/1PR6D1X
Laurel Facial Elixir* http://bit.ly/1PEu6om
Kahina Eye Serum* http://bit.ly/1MsWjLh
Andalou Naturals Dermal Wrinkle Filler http://bit.ly/1S92V31
Living Libations Rose Cellular Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid http://bit.ly/1Oj8tXr
Badger Damascus Rose Face Oil http://bit.ly/1h8Cf2G
Odacité Day Cream http://bit.ly/1NgLq2x
Kahina Face Lotion* http://bit.ly/1O88AHm

PM Skincare:
Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil http://bit.ly/1l9wZR8
In Fiore Lustra Cleansing Essence* http://bit.ly/1T544Jx
In Fiore Treate Cleansing Emulsion* http://bit.ly/1T5424g
R.L. Linden + Co. Thousand Petal Beautifying mist http://bit.ly/1PR6D1X
Laurel Facial Elixir* http://bit.ly/1PEu6om
Josh Rosebrook Oculus* http://bit.ly/1Qytgtn
Laurel Eye Serum* http://bit.ly/1X2TtEC
Mahalo Vitality Elixir* http://bit.ly/1X2TWH6
MyChelle Perfect C Serum http://bit.ly/1NHcdzg
DIY Immortelle Serum
Mahalo Balm http://bit.ly/1QytwJ2
Mahalo Indigo Balm* http://bit.ly/1NgK7AE
Osmia Organics Spot Treatment http://bit.ly/1QT0wea