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Mercedes Shops: New Year New Job Shopping Damage + Beautiful Gifts

january 17, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos

I’ve been a bit of a delinquent blogger, but in the midst of starting a new job I’m glad I was even able to get a video up today! So as things continue to even out I hope to post more regularly, with unique content, on here. But for today, just wanted to steer you in the direction of my latest “haul” video (like what a horrible word, right?! I’ve always disliked it). I call my “haul” videos Mercedes Shops, and there’s a whole playlist of these on my Youtube channel should you care to watch more than today’s.

There’s a little bit of everything in this one – makeup, hair, clothes, homeware. Happy Sunday and I hope you enjoy – you can view below, or directly on Youtube :)

Beauty Heroes: A Subscription Box Worth Considering

january 6, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: skincare, videos

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I haven’t posted about Beauty Heroes yet on here, but given it was Youtube upload today I thought it fitting to mention on here, and direct any of you who stumble on this post to the playlist of Youtube video reviews I’ve done on boxes since September 2015.

It all started when my friend Jaime (who I met through my channel!) started telling me about this new subscription box she was into. We had both bemoaned the downward spiral of Petit Vour, and she happened to mention my name and YouTube channel to Beauty Heroes founder Jeannie Jarnot. Jeannie liked my Youtube presence enough to send me a free box to try out and review. One month turned into three…which turned into me becoming and “influencer” for the brand…until last month Jeannie offered me the Beauty Heroes “brand ambassador” title. Which, let’s be honest, was THRILLING for me. On so many levels. But primarily because I have never had such a positive working relationship with an eco-brand or company as I’ve had with Jeannie. I’ve said this repeatedly and I’ll say it here – Jeannie is the most engaged, thoughtful, dedicated business owner I’ve yet to interact with. Her dedication is evident in both the thoughtfully curated contents of each month’s box, as well through her social media presence and communication. She responds quickly, kindly, and HELPFULLY to every query I’ve personally ever sent her, and I’ve heard the same from other customers who email her with product concerns.

If you’re curious to watch me talk more at length about the Beauty Heroes subscription box experience and review each month’s products in depth, you can view the full playlist of videos here. The January Box featured a brand I’ve loved for years, Osmia Organics. I’m a NUT for their protein exfoliating mask and honey myrrh lip repair. And I’ve been really in love with this month’s picks, the Black Clay Facial Soap Bar, and the Simple Face Cream. Hear more below, or directly on YouTube:

If you’re interested in subscribing to Beauty Heroes, you can visit them here to learn more. Or to specifically subscribe to the January Box, you can do so here.

A Two Part Eco-Baby + Pregnancy Discussion with Jo and Emilia

december 13, 2015 | by: mercedes | filed under: eco-pregnancy + baby, videos

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When my good girlfriend Jo approached me with the idea of doing a YouTube video about eco-pregnancy and baby topics because she noted the apparent lack of such videos for eco-minded mothers-to-be, I got really excited because a) I thought it would make a great resource, b) I really haven’t seen any other content like this, and c) my own baby fever is REAL (and no, I’m not pregnant!).

In early December Jo and I got together at her lovely home in Rhode Island and filmed enough content to fill two videos – the first is all about pregnancy-related products/reviews/tips, and the second is focused on product reviews/recommendations and tips for newborn to three-month-old babies, including diaper comparisons, baby skincare, and breastfeeding talk. You can view Part Une here and Part Deux here, or within this post if you prefer:

Additionally I thought I’d include excerpts from a bunch of notes Jo sent me in an email as we prepped for filming. In case you prefer to have her product recs/reviews and tips in writing, here they are:

PREGNANCY

Pre-natals: Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal (extensive all natural ingredients including ginger and probiotics, other prenatals caused nausea, including the Whole Foods generic brand)
I still take this while breastfeeding, and aside from minor sniffles here or there haven’t been sick in about 1 year.
Stretch Mark prevention: I don’t know if it’s good genes, but I have no stretch marks whatsoever from my pregnancy. EVERY morning, after showering and while my skin was still damp I would massage body oil on, specifically Honest Company’s Organic Body oil on, even on hot summer days. It absorbed well and kept my skin soft and smooth. I still use this.
Face Products: 
I personally have mixed feelings about SPF, especially if you are massaging it into your face. Unless I will be exposed to extensive sun, daily I would use Suki’s tinted moisturizer, followed by bare minerals READY touch up veil which has SPF 15. In general, my skin doesn’t burn easily, but I did keep to the shade more often during pregnancy.
Diet: I took the ‘everything in moderation’ approach, with a heavy focus on keeping healthy options within arms reach and snacking frequently. I was fortunate to not gain a lot of weight. Again, genetics probably play the primary role in how we carry our pregnancies, but here are the biggest highlights from mine. WATER – I drank so much, and it could be one of the other reasons my skin didn’t stretch, and my acne cleared up. I kept a few reusable bottles and traveling cups full of water everywhere. I was probably consuming at least 4 litres of water a day. As for snacks/frequently consumed foods – I thrived on greek yoghurt, Trader Joe’s “Just a Handful” (obsessed with the omega 3 mix while pregs), LOTS of fruit, and oatmeal.
BABY – NEWBORN TO 3 MONTHS
Diapers: Of all the ‘natural’ brands, I liked Babyganics (preferred over Honest). Better absorption. Of standard brands, Huggies are preferred to pampers, at least for her body. I try to circulate brands as each one fits a little differently and I think it allows her skin to breath differently under each diaper.
Diaper Rash/ Wipes: When baby is first born, the hospital advises against wipes and instead to use a soft damp cloth. We did that, and then once she was about a week old switched to wipes and she got a rash almost immediately. So we switched to an ‘old wives’ method – just hold baby over sink and wash with baby wash and water, no harsh chemicals and no abrasive cloths. We still primarily use this method, and when traveling or pressed for time use Water Wipes – my favorite wipe by far. 99.9% water, 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Up until now, she hasn’t had ANY rash after that first experience! I’ve tried Honest Wipes, Huggies ‘Natural’ and a few others, the water ones work great and really are the purest stuff you can buy.
Baby Skin: I love the Zoe Organics products you gifted us (on sale now!!)- it really is the most amazing stuff. I bathe baby every 2-3 days, and after I do I will take 3-4 pumps of oil and massage her whole body. The consistency is perfect, it absorbs right away, smells divine, and moisturizes well. It is pricier than Honest’s oil, but it feels nicer. I also really like Burts Bees Baby Bee products, the lotion is actually great and I use it on my hands all the time, and on babies legs after changing diapers. I avoid “Fragrance Free” – any product that says that actually has a chemical added to eliminate any naturally occurring fragrances the ingredients may have. I have used the lotion, baby bath wash, and diaper creme+powder in one from this line, and all are great.
The Zoe Ganics bath wash you got us is also amazing. Truthfully, every sink has one bottle of different product on hand. I use it to wash her hands, her neck when she spits up, and her tush when things get messy. I do prefer the baby bee and zoe brand to others.
I have also used Suki’s Ultra Protect body balm for any chapped skin baby has – usually on her chin where ever drool will accumulate. It does the trick over night.
Nursing: I have been very lucky with this too – she latched right away, and I didn’t experience any real pain. I used Honest’s nipple balm, and the hospital gave me samples of Lansinoh nipple ointment too. First few weeks were toughest, with frequent feedings. The nipple balm was key then, as were pre-prepared night time snacks. Fruit and nuts were my go to! I kept them by my bedside to keep me from getting too hungry at night. And lot’s of water. I used disposable nursing pads at first, but now primarily use reusable Bamboobies. They are a little more prone to leaking through, but unless I am going out for a long time they do the trick. I drink plenty of water, keep up with the prenatals, and keep to 1 cup of coffee a day. I allow myself wine here an there, usually time it so that I have a glass right AFTER feeding her, to give my body a good 2-3 hours to process the alcohol before feeding her again. Pumping is a whole other story, can share my experience if need be!”

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

August Natural Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites Video

I just uploaded this yesterday, so maybe on your Labor Day off of work you can give it a watch! I talk about beauty products, a clothing item, a book, and some la musique (of course). Hope you enjoy!

Hair Talk

Ah, a topic I’ve been wanting to discuss for awhile. Switching over my hair care products to be more natural and nontoxic was one of the first things I did, because most conventional hair products – while effective – are NOT great for you. And considering our scalps are so porous, this seemed like a high priority item. I’ve come to find some brands I really like, and while they may not be AS good performance-wise as some of my old favorites, it’s a change I was glad to make. And there are more and more great brands surfacing every day – I’ll likely do an updated one of these in 6 months or so. Until then, xo!

Updated Night Out Makeup

Mes amis! I hadn’t filmed a Get Ready With Me in months, so I decided it was time to. I was off to one of my favorite nightclubs in Boston (that brings in lots of good house music acts), so I did my go-to look – a contoured mostly matte eye, more dramatic black liquid liner, and a bright lip. I used a mix of products I’ve used in past videos, as well as some new goodies that I’ve amassed. I hope you enjoy! See you guys soon. xo.

My Top 5 Healthy Lifestyle Product Recommendations

Happy Sunday bellas! I just uploaded a video where I talk about the 5 products I would currently recommend to someone interested in a greener/cleaner/less toxic/more natural lifestyle. Hope you check it out!

July 2014 Natural Beauty and Lifestyle Favorites!

Yesss summer is passing! I’m very weird – I do not like July and August very much. My acupuncturist has told me she thinks this is because I have a very strong metal element in my constitution which aligns with the energy of fall/early winter, and that the energy is summer is very “adolescent,” much like our culture – hence the nearly unanimous celebration of the summer months. For me, it can’t go by fast enough! Get me to September. But, I’ll still try and enjoy every day, the little meditator I am :)

Two-Part Summer Skincare Video Series

Happy Sunday, my most favorite day of the week! Since I am hugely passionate about natural and organic skincare – as part of my broader obsession with natural and organic beauty products – I wanted to film my current morning and evening skincare routines. I have extremely dry and dehydrated skin, so I always aim to ameliorate this. My skin is markedly less dry in the summer, though it’s a persistent concern.

So this is just my daily routine, and doesn’t include any special treatments – like masks or facial steams – I do on a weekly or semi-monthly basis.

Enjoy Part I, the AM!