Tag: monthly favorites

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* http://bit.ly/2qaTlYI
Tatcha beauty papers* http://bit.ly/2vijh8j
Viseart cool mattes http://bit.ly/2xDJ1sq
Urban decay liner in Chaos http://bit.ly/2wJks0P
Veg-Up liquid liner (from Italy!)
RMS Sacred http://bit.ly/2gfMOZA
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk http://bit.ly/2vA3ZXK
Glossier Crush https://www.glossier.com/products/generation-g
EvolvH Ultra-Shine shampoo and conditioner https://www.evolvh.com
Ellis Brooklyn Fable body milk http://bit.ly/2wS5Zim

Original Beans chocolate http://originalbeans.com
The Alchemist http://amzn.to/2wfSNBu

The Body Astrologer https://thebodyastrologer.com
MoonRX http://moonrx.com
Nightlight Astrology http://www.nightlightastrology.com

La Musique:


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!).

February Natural Beauty + Musique Favorites

february 28, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists


February was an *amazing* month for me – I felt like I was overflowing with love and positive vibes pretty much the entire time. See everything I was gushing about here, or watch below:

February was also a beautiful music month for me – just found tracks that REALLY resonated. Larry Heard is A GENIUS, the Thugfucker set the third track is pulled from is bliss, Marie Dahlstrom is *always* on point, and the track by The Revenge is trรฉs sexy. Hope you enjoy the vibes…

1. Ananda Project – I Hear You Dreaming (Larry Heard Nocturnal Mix)
2. Larry Heard – Missing You (Original Mix)
3. Viana + Miguel Garji – The Black Mountain (Soul Minority Mix)*
4. Marie Dahlstrom – Crashing Down
5. The Revenge – Just Be Good To Mario feat. Danielle Moore (Original Mix)

*From Thugfucker’s Burning Man 2012 Mix which I *HIGHLY* recommend –


January Eco-Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites // January PLAYLIST

january 31, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

January was a MONTH for me, let me tell you. Lots of transition! And challenges! Mercury was retrograde most of the month too, so I kind of partially blame that. Anyhow things are getting back into smoother waters, and I’m no longer wearing my glasses out of the house (thank god). Find out more in my January Eco-Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites:

Products Mentioned –
Mahalo Balm http://bit.ly/1QytwJ2
In-Shower Facial Steam/Balm Cleanser Remover Technique (read about here: http://bit.ly/1PmQqll)
[ Cleansers mentioned:
In Fiore Lustra Cleansing Essence* http://bit.ly/1T544Jx
In Fiore Treate Cleansing Emulsion* http://bit.ly/1T5424g
One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil http://bit.ly/1ROr2a8 ]
Uma Beauty-Boosting Face Oil http://bit.ly/1GqHwul
Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer (it’s in new packaging now) http://seph.me/1WRDS77
Alima Pure Eye Pencil in Coffee http://bit.ly/1QKxGgP
Honest Beauty TrueVelvet Eyeliner in Truly Cocoa http://bit.ly/1Hb4nkP
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Pecan http://seph.me/1ZrqNky
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk http://bit.ly/1rqe4QT
Hubalou Wrap Hair Towel in Blueberry http://www.hubalou.com
Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion in Vanilla Orange http://bit.ly/1nsnUEd
Zara Blanket Scarf (mine is from last year) http://bit.ly/1WREglW
doTerra Citrus Bliss essential oil blend http://bit.ly/1qRgYyg
Four Sigma Foods: Mushroom Coffee with Cordyceps, Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane, Hot Cacao with Reishi http://bit.ly/1P1CzgO

And while I wasn’t on a big music kick this month (some months go by where I find literally NO good new beats), but here were a few things I kept on repeat –

Bedouin’s Friday Sunrise Robot Heart Burning Man 2015 Mix on Soundcloud –

La Musique Favorite de December 2015

december 30, 2015 | by: mercedes | filed under: playlists

My top 5 tracks of the month, here for your listening pleasure! I had a love affair with each of these, with the Frank + Tony remix of the Herbert Track “I Hadn’t Known” probably taking the cake for most listened to track of the month. Just something about them – all three of them, really. I was a Matthew Herbert fan long before I was a Frank + Tony Fan (his remix of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Bonnie & Clyde, anyone???). If you want a copy of “I Hadn’t Known” I think you can still download it for free here:

The Lawrence Remix of Lake People’s “Drifting Red” is ethereal and sublime – slightly minimal but with a substantial bass line. I had a moment with Black Coffee in late November that carried through into December, and Jullian Gomes’s remix of Rock My World brings that beautiful, soulful female vocal that initially hooked me into house – done very properly here. I’ve been OBSESSED with Andre Lodemann’s sound after hearing so many of his tracks in Lee Burridge sets. He sound is so deep and layered to me, and this remix he did of Temporary Hero’s “Ballet” is one of my favorite recent finds of his. And I spent some time going through Resident Advisor’s top artists and labels of 2015 – recent list releases of theirs as we close out the year – and realized I needed to be into Hunee (aside, he’s djing in Boston in late January ouiiiiii). I guess he’s had a real break out year in underground house, and I’m seeing why. This remix he did of Virgo Four’s “It’s A Crime” is feel-good and fun, and I could have imagined myself playing it during one of my gigs in my grad school days, to the non-house music initiated. Just a good dance track, in my opinion.