Empty Products March 2017 // Reviews and Rambles | L’amour et la Musique

Empty Products March 2017 // Reviews and Rambles | L’amour et la Musique

The moral of this story might be that proper caffeination yields a pretty focused, albeit still long video. I hope these mini-reviews with a few long rambly tangents thrown in are usefu. Let’s chat in the comments! xoxo, mercedes.

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What I’m wearing –
Lips – RMS Diabolique + Modern Minerals Garnet
Cheeks – RMS Buriti + Diabolique
Nails – Lauren B. Beauty Laurel Canyon Lover
Ring – Kei Azurite Cuff

*Thank you so much to Ruby, who took it upon herself to type up the complete list of products I discussed, for your referencing pleasure.

Intelligent Nutrients Perfect Hold Hair Spray
Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash
Dr Bronner’s 18-and-1 Almond Scent
Tierra Mia Organics Raw Goat Milk Skin Therapy Face and Body Cream
Earth Body Sacred Brightened Cleansing Mask
Stark Grapefruit Cleanse and Hydrate Balm
Mahalo Blue Hawaii Nutrient Mist
Laurel Sun Damage Repair Facial Serum
OSEA Undaria Body Polish
Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil
Nutiva Organic chia seeds, coconut flour and hemp seeds
Himalayan fine pink salt
Teapigs Liquorice and Peppermint Tea
Ardell Flare Medium Black Lashes
Four Sigmatic Organic Mushroom Coffee with Cordyceps & Chaga
Red Flower Yuzu Mimosa Sea Algae Wash
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator
Elde Lipid Serum
Intelligent Nutrient Certified Organic Hand Sanitizer
Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil
Blum Natural Wipes Dry and Sensitive Skin
Spry Gum Spearmint
PF Candle Co in Spruce and Vanilla Plum
Red Flower Arctic Berry Cloud Milk Cream
Leahlani Champagne Serum
Trace Minerals Mega-Mag 400mg
In Fiore Treat Gentle Cleansing Emulsion
Leonore Greyl Honey Shampoo and Balancing Shampoo
Josh Rosebrook Ethereal Botanical Fragrance
Odacité Serum Concentrates – Acai and Rose, Papaya and Geranium
de Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm
Henne Organics Luxury Lip Balm
Evolve H Ultrashine Moisture Shampoo
In Fiore LUSTRA Cleansing Oil
ByNieves Cloud of Protection
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream in Warm Glow
Sheswai Top Coat in Awesome
Davids Toothpaste
Dr Tung’s Smart Floss
Uma Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil
Laurel California Body Oil
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
Glossier Boy Brows in Brown
Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Bite Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Aubergine
Plume Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum

Filming equipment –
Canon Rebel t6i + 18-55mm lens

Disclaimer and a word on integrity: All products I talk about here on L’amour et la Musique are purchased with my own money, unless I explicitly mention that it was given to me either as a “PR sample” or gifted to me by friends/subscribers/et cetera. I will ALWAYS be fully transparent about any products given to me for review, that I did not seek out or purchase of my own accord. It is one of the biggest issues I have with YouTube – that many bloggers and YouTubers have just become a means to market products. That’s not why I do this. There is a huge difference between giving a rave to a product you researched and hemmed and hawed about spending your own money on, versus something given to you to test out. So, long-winded way of saying: all opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I strongly value honesty and integrity in real life and here on YouTube.
*Products marked with an asterix were sent or given to me as PR samples by the company (I don’t denote gifts from friends or subscribers)
*In general I try and link products to where I purchased them from
*Some links may be affiliate links

Categories: Beauty Care


  1. Kate
    Kate 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Agreed on the vintage NMDL. I miss Siobhan and Alexandra's voices. Regarding the Juice Beauty CC cream – it was way too heavy for daily wear, but I loved it in the winter when I was going to be out in the elements all day. I really felt it protected my skin from the air and wind burn.

    Great video.

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  2. lindalu19
    lindalu19 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    So satisfying indeed. I've yet to do one and my empties are now massive as in, laundry basket full. Oy I'm super intrigued with Jess and Stark. But, I'm drowning in product Conflict continues. Of the red flower body products, tell me your must have

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  3. Marjory H.
    Marjory H. 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Do you have a link to the Laurel brightening serum you talked so positively about?😊

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  4. myltandco
    myltandco 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Mercedes, I am usually a silent viewer (we emailed at the very beginning of your "youtube career", glad to see how far you have come!). So I had to write because of the Hermes Ambre Narguilé fragrance which I own. I have found such an amazing fragrance that smells exactly like it if not even better from the Italian brand L'Erbolario "Dolcelisir". I actually use that one more often than the Hermes one, you should definitely check it out! Greetings from Austria, Marie Aimee

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  5. Meg104D
    Meg104D 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Love your empties videos and mini reviews. I was obsessed with your makeup in this video and now I think I have to order Diabolique!

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  6. Anna Wieczorek
    Anna Wieczorek 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Hi Mercedes. I don't know if you watch him but TophCam is great for skincare recommendations. He is extremely knowledgeable and I think you would enjoy his videos.

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  7. McKristie Mannan
    McKristie Mannan 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    You have amazing brows! Regarding upkeep I'm the laziest person (my hair lady yells at me) BUT I'm going to do microblading. My facialist does them and does beautiful work. The plume helped a ton but I want more. She also does LED facials so I'm also contemplating that. Sigh.

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  8. Kay A
    Kay A 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    I love your empty videos, Mercedes! So much information and I love your rambles 🙂 Also, surprisingly, the Badger Lavender Massage Oil is quite good for being so inexpensive.

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  9. Yolanda Pena Gavela
    Yolanda Pena Gavela 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Hey girl looking extraordinarely beautiful! (I know I keep expressing the obvious, but if I feel compelled to say it why editing myslelf, right?!.) ok, Apart from always having loved and still loving your empty product videos , your thoughts, recommendations, tips and as you call them "tangents and ramblings" 《– which I so much 💗. What stood out from this video for me was a deeply intense nostalgia, when you pulled out the juice beauty cc cream that feeling hit me!, then when you mentioned the vintage No more dirty looks and with the zuzu luxe eyeliner suddenly appeared and sealed the feeling completely. It was not about the products themselves (never actually used them myself) , it simply took me back to your earlier videos, to the excitement of discovery, the enjoyment, the "easy going-ness"… that were such huge part of how green beauty felt like to me back then. I don't know. I wasn't expecting it and it hit me. Warm fuzzy feelings mixed with a huge feeling of nostalgia. I needed to let it this feelings sit and process them before I tried to put it into words in some kind of coherent way. ❤❤❤

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  10. Sarah Koehn
    Sarah Koehn 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Thanks for the great video! I am also on a continuous hunt for a "reasonably" priced body lotion. The luxe ones are too good (but not great for my bank account).

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  11. bookish girl
    bookish girl 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    I'm glad you didn't buy the Henne lip balm. I had a full size of it and it WRECKED my lips! It literally peeled the skin off my lips!! I ended just using it as cuticle cream… such a waste of money:(

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  12. Melo1230806575
    Melo1230806575 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Omg !!! I can totally relate to the Estee comment and Tea pigs. I picked up that same flavor and it was so disgustingly intolerable. I just couldn't stomach to finish up the tea.

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  13. ThatNATLife
    ThatNATLife 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Nice video! when I was teaching middle school science I used to spray my room every morning before the kids came to class and it made such a difference in their productivity and attitudes. I bought the two faced mascara because of you 🤗 love that aubergine color, I bought it from a friends holiday pack.. I'm trying out the babe lash serum from Amazon to grow my lashes (post lash extension) and I have also used plain castor oil with aloe Vera and lavender before on my lashes and brows with decent results… Did you have a lash adhesive recommendation for your individuals?

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  14. Lauren Weinzimmer
    Lauren Weinzimmer 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    So many empties! Loved it. Happy to have a mid-week vid from you!

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  15. Abigail Clegg
    Abigail Clegg 13 June, 2017, 16:54
  16. Abigail Clegg
    Abigail Clegg 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    I feel the same about Eddie buttons lol

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  17. JaimeA
    JaimeA 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Ah empties are so satisfying. I used the Laurel serum up and since bought another one. I too really enjoy it. Also, looking forward to your full brand review of Stark!

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  18. Sveta
    Sveta 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    What joy can bring an empty skin care product or a makeup item! 🤗These is a certain sense of satisfaction and happiness that you can finally get to try smth else. I am very interested in your thoughts on Siam seas and their skin care.

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  19. HKW
    HKW 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    I was browsing online for a new brand of magnesium while watching this. Fortuitous timing! I'm itching for a new spring/summer scent as well. Eager to try the Riddle Oil

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  20. darlene wanzer
    darlene wanzer 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Any recommendations for serums and oils for dry/dehydrated skin to try? I'm struggling really badly with my skin lately and I trust your opinions. Also, what's your thoughts on evening primrose in skincare and does your skin agree with it??? Love watching your videos👌😀🤗

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  21. P Rasmussen
    P Rasmussen 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Hi Mercedes,

    Before you buy a big bottle of the Hermes Amber Narguile, go to a Hermes boutique where you can get a set of 4 travel sizes. You can choose from several different scents to complete your taste specific set. Something similar is L'Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two, I have and love both ❤️

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  22. Mallorie Gibson
    Mallorie Gibson 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    I tried Osea last year and hated it. It made my skin extremely sensitive and I was using the line formulated for dry skin.

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  23. mulysablue
    mulysablue 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Loves this video! 🙂 I was wondering do you know any micellar waters out there that are vegan and natural? I'm using my last bottle of bioderma but since I went vegan I'm looking for a natural cruelty free one

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  24. Yulia Shein
    Yulia Shein 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Loved this video!! ❤❤❤

    By the way, I don't get it about Plume. Why would you need to use it all the time? If it promotes growth, why would it stop after it starts growing? Don't you think it's weird?

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  25. surfnyolly
    surfnyolly 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Throwing crap out is almost as satisfying as buying the items! I just threw out an empty box of tea bags and I giggled! I love love tossing samples! Ok back to video

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  26. Angel Della
    Angel Della 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Loved this video! You know that every time you mention a Vitacost item, I put it in my cart:). I've been committed to your oral hygiene products since I first purchased upon your recommendation.

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  27. Colleen Barry
    Colleen Barry 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Hi Mercedes, do you think you will be doing a review of the Max and Me products? You have mentioned how much you like the Circle of Protection body oil several times. Have you tried any other products? The packaging alone is beautiful! I have heard so many positive reviews on the H is for Love products too. I like hearing your mini reviews in your empties videos.

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  28. doodlebug
    doodlebug 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Spry contains plastic if that is concerning to you. I found out recently and had no idea. I switched to Simply Gum, found on Amazon.

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  29. nxb314
    nxb314 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    I love when people use up products and get their money's worth. Great video as usual, Mercedes. Elde left a bad taste in my mouth at first because of the similarity to RMS, but then glass pots are not really an original idea anyway.
    I like black boy brow because I have black hair as well, and it is the only brow gel on the market that has a black option that is the perfect dark grey. 🙂

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  30. Laura Aqueron
    Laura Aqueron 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Isn't satisfying when you actually finish a product? It's almost addictive. I start finishing one product and look through my things and see what else I can finish up. I'm with you on the PF Candle Love affair. Now it just seems like they are trying too hard in their scent combinations. I bought a set they made for Madewell and I honestly thought they were going to be great but alas, no. Great video as always, dear. <3

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  31. thumbalins
    thumbalins 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Great video! I sooo agree about essiebutton…

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  32. Natie Johnsen
    Natie Johnsen 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    When you WERE in your mid 20s??? Arent you there now? 🤔😉😉 you sure look like that!Yay, you were talking about Laurel WPO!!!!!! I think they now in IO Marin and SF. :-))) Cant thank you enough for introducing me to Davids toothpaste. Nothing we're helping woth crazy teeth sensitivity until Davids arrived. Not even converntional Sensodine. Now im so happy, that i even have monthly subscription with them. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  33. T Rose
    T Rose 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Hi, I love Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator his products are amazing truly

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  34. Julie Morris
    Julie Morris 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Will you continue to buy Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara even though Estee Lauder bought the company?

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  35. Gloria Keith
    Gloria Keith 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Enjoyed your video, with a good cup of tea…I have no problem with the time! p.s. did you buy another Filson bag, which one?

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  36. Dalen314
    Dalen314 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Haha I too picked up that teapigs tea bc of essiebutton and I hated it! I have since quit watching her too. I loved her years and years ago then something happened and it was just bad.

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  37. Joanna S
    Joanna S 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    Why don't you tint your brows yourself? It is not that hard.

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  38. Geeta Sood
    Geeta Sood 13 June, 2017, 16:54

    I love how you are very honest about the PR samples you are sent to test. Some you tubers just wax lyrical about them due to the fact they got freebies.

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  39. ام تركي
    ام تركي 13 June, 2017, 16:54


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