Tag: Luxe Beauty

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

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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

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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’sย 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).

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

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

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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.ย 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,ย http://www.amakiskincare.com/products/mothers-day-gift-set

 

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

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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.

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To purchase your own Red My Lips tint and support the campaign during the rest of the month of April:
http://mahalo.care/shop/red-my-lips/?love=27

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!):
http://mahalo.care/shop/

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