Mèreadesso Launches At Nordstrom | Linda Stephenson Talks To Tracy!

Guess what?! Mèreadesso launches at Nordstrom their entire product line in Vancouver this September! WAHOO!! Recently launched at Nordstrom Rideau Centre in Ottawa this past March, Nordstrom Canada was the first retail home for Mèreadesso, and that’s HUGE news for a Canadian Company! Mèreadesso products will also be launching on Nordstrom.com in the next few weeks, so that online shoppers from all over the world can order the amazing and simple skincare line.

Haven’t heard of them? Well, Mèreadesso is a line of skincare products that’s designed for those who want simple yet highly effective skincare. Mèreadesso wants to declutter your bathroom counter top and get rid of the plethora of skincare products you think you need to achieve great skin. They have two face products: a moisturizer and a cleanser. That’s IT. You need nothing else when you use their moisturizer. It acts as a moisturizer, serum, primer, day cream, night cream and eye cream. Every bottle of Mèreadesso is chock full of minerals, vitamins and extracts to help attack  fine lines and wrinkles, even out your skin tone, and improve elasticity too. The products are made for all skin types and even your hubby can use them too!

Because Mèreadesso launches at Nordstrom in a couple of weeks, I was lucky enough to be granted an exclusive one-on-one interview with Linda Stephenson, the brains behind the brand. I was also sent a couple of products to take with me tomorrow on our trip to California, which is kind of awesome. These products are/will be available at Nordstrom too! Let’s talk products first!

Mèreadesso Launches At Nordstrom

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Mèreadesso Launches At Nordstrom

Mèreadesso Travel Ease Kit ($45): comes with 12ml of All-In-One Moisturizer and the Face + Neck Cleanser in resealable sachets, the first of its kind in North America! LOOK how GENIUS this is! There’s a plastic cover that’s easy to open and dispense just enough product per use. I’m amazed! And the set also comes with a reusable cleansing cloth too, which is such a good idea. I don’t know about you guys, but hotel wash cloths are scratchy. This one is not!

Mèreadesso Travel Ease Kit

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I’m so freakin’ excited about not having to take any other skincare on this trip. This set will easily last me the whole time I’m there, which is just over a week.

Mèreadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer

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Mèreadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer

Mèreadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer ($48): Just like the original All-In-One Moisturizer that’s in the travel kit, this is an all-in-one moisturizer, but with a tint to even out skin tone.

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Mèreadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer

It still has the 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes and over 20 antioxidants that are in the original too.

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Mèreadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer Light

This is the light shade, and as you can see it’s sheer. But the coverage is quite buildable and it applies like a dream-no brushes needed at all. All I need is sunscreen and I’m all set for California!

Like I said, I got to ask Linda Stephenson some questions which was a huge honour for me. She has 22 years of experience, and created makeup products for Estee Lauder, MAC, Mary Kay and more. After years of brand-building and then becoming a mom, Linda decided to take her skills and knowledge and start her own skincare line and Bazinga! Mèreadesso was born.

Hi Linda! Congratulations on Mèreadesso being available to purchase at Nordstrom in Vancouver this September! How very exciting! So, tell us, how did you get started in the skincare business? Why did you decide to launch your own line of products?

Shortly after getting a degree in chemistry, biology and botany, I fell into the beauty industry and never looked back.  In the mid 90’s I was offered a job with a little known company named MAC that gave me some of my best learning and adventures.  I really credit that time spent with MAC and its parent company Estée Lauder as invaluable.  It gave me the background and knowledge to do what I am doing today.

When I became a Mom, I realized that I didn’t have time to use countless products anymore – I needed a simplified skincare routine.  So I created one.  One moisturizer for all skin types, both male and female, at all times of the day that also acts as an eye cream, serum and primer.  One cleanser that gently cleans your face, exfoliates, tones and removes waterproof mascara.

Mèreadesso All-In-One Moisturizer has 20 Antioxidants in it, which is amazing! What are antioxidants and why are they so important in skincare?

Antioxidants have the ability to reduce or prevent damage done by free radicals (particles emitted by the sun and pollutants in the air) which could break down the skin’s structure causing wrinkles and other potentially more serious damage.

Any good skincare product should contain antioxidants to see visible results.

Recently, my daughter who just turned 22, asked me if she could start using “anti-aging” skincare. At what age should a woman start an anti-aging routine and what ingredients should she look out for?

There’s no right age to begin using anti-aging products but good habits start early.

Please tell her to use a well-regarded moisturizer and cleanser, avoid smoking and apply sunscreen before going out in the sun.  Exfoliating her skin with a warm, wet facecloth or a gentle exfoliator is also helpful.  And please remind her to take her makeup off before going to bed! No choice!

Antioxidants are good to have in your moisturizer at any age.  In your daughter’s case it would be more preventative now than reparative.  Vitamins, minerals and enzymes are also all beneficial for the skin.  I put so many into the formula because what is needed for your skin may be different for mine.  In terms of understanding ingredients, you want to make sure that the active ingredients are high up on the list. You also want to avoid lauryl sulfates in cleansers which only serve to dry out your skin.  So it’s not only about what’s in there, it’s also about what’s not in there.

Your products do not contain sunscreen. Why is that? And would you someday consider adding a sunscreen to the Mèreadesso line?

I haven’t included a sunscreen on purpose.  This is a very hot topic (pardon the pun) so it does require an explanation.  The active ingredients in a sunscreen act as a barrier between you and the sun.  They sit on the top of your skin and keep the sun out.

There would have been no point to including all of the anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that I did, if I also included a sunscreen.  It would prevent penetration of all those special ingredients into your skin and completely change the texture of the product.

However, I do recommend using a sunscreen on top of my Mèreadesso All-In-One Moisturizer when spending time out in the sun.  Simply allow my product to soak in first and then apply sunscreen afterwards.  And I will leave it to the talented chemists at the major sunscreen companies to keep up the good work!

What does the name Mèreadesso actually mean?

“Mère” means mother in French and “adesso” means now in Italian.  It’s a nod to what drove me to create this skincare line.  (Lack of personal time!)  Tons of men though have been turned on to Mèreadesso since then so we have rebranded as a unisex line.  The names stays though!

What has been the biggest challenge of your career so far?

Figuring out how to best support a large retailer.  A huge company like Nordstrom has almost their own language and navigating the on boarding process has definitely been a learning experience.

What is your one beauty ‘must-have’ makeup product?

My Mèreadesso All-In-One Moisturizer!  Last weekend, I thought I hadn’t packed any for a weekend getaway and I felt the beginning of a panic attack until it was located.  It is truly a beauty elixir for the skin!

Doesn’t she sound like an amazing person? Again, I want to say thank you and congrats to Linda for Mèreadesso being available at Nordies. And also a big thank you to Rebecca from 1Milk2Sugars for arranging the interview and for sending over the products to test. And don’t forget, be sure to check out as Mèreadesso launches at Nordstrom Vancouver in September!

What do you think of an all-in-one product like this? Would you love to simplify your skincare regimen too?

  • YES. That’s what I keep thinking about sunscreen, lol. I hate sunscreen moisturizers also because I like to use a separate sunscreen of my own preference, so really all that does it eliminate the possible moisturizers I can use! What a great interview! And this sounds like a great line – the tinted moisturizer, especially.

    • I agree with her philosophy too-let the sunscreen people keep doing their job and she sticks to skincare. I think SPF in skincare gives people a false safe feeling-you should still use a REAL sunscreen too. And thanks!

  • Angela

    Tracy this sounds lovely. What a great opportunity for you to get to chat with someone behind a product line like this. I love the simplicity factor – definitely look for that in products since my 3 kidlets don’t give me much down time. OOOO completely off topic but we’re finally booked to go to disneyland! And we decided to bring the youngest munchkin (she’s just 2) since she’s a princess at heart. It’s gonna be crazy!!! Safe trip to you as well 🙂

  • uhmmm simplification and decluttering? THAT sounds like my kind of routine!

  • Lily

    Oh, how exciting! The interview must have been fun 🙂 I don’t know what to think if I only have 1 cleanser and 1 all in one moisturizer in my cupboard though. Hahahaha! I guess if they work well, then it would be so easy but I’m also used to putting on everything separately so it’s become a routine. The clutter in my skincare cupboard gives me a sense of security, if that makes sense. LOL! But in all seriousness, if these 2 products make my skin look awesome, I’m all for it!

    • It was! I know, I’m a skincare junkie lately-paring down to just ONE thing would be so hard for me too!

  • Liz

    I saw the brand at Ottawa but they had such a tiny corner for their products. Waiting to hear more about them down the line!