Mermaid Monday: Splash Into Tarte’s New Mermaid Collection

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I’ve been waiting for this collection to drop for a while, patiently, twiddling my fins, and now it’s finally HERE! (Yes, I am very excited if you couldn’t tell). The best part though- is that I got the three items I wanted before they sold out!

I had seen similar no-name brands release their own version of mermaid brushes, but the bristles looked questionable. As you’ve guessed I’m not a huge fan of buying products or cosmetics of a lower quality, even if the packaging is super adorbs- what are ya going to end up doing with them if they don’t fulfill your make up needs?

But this collection ticked everything off my list:

-Vegan

-Pro quality

-Mermaid Appeal

+ enchanting, mermazing, shimmery…I could go on.

So as promised, here’s my full review on my fave items from Tarte’s mermaid collection : The Be A Mermaid And Make Waves Palette, The Mermaid To Minutes Brush Set and The Glitter Gel.

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The Brush Set

If this is your first brush set or if you’re adding this to your growing collection, these will be your new go to’s.

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First off the bristles are super soft, I played with each and everyone and they all deliver great results. There’s 3 face brushes and 2 eye brushes. I usually re-use my personal face brushes and just clean the same one in between shades (I have a different kit for my makeup clients), but it’s nice having 3 options to paint with. It feels like a luxury.

I used the face brushes to paint on the glitter gel, which I review below *though a note to you merbbz : make sure you clean them well as the gel tends to grip to the hairs.

The base also feels really secure- they don’t feel flimsy or cheap, and love seeing that ombre tail shine under the light when I’m doing my application. It adds such fun to my routine!

The eye brushes are great too because you can use them to smudge, deposit and blend colors together.

The Palette

Omg. Where do I start? This is the best eyeshadow palette i’ve ever laid eyes on and it’s not just because of the punny names of each shade (seriously, I feel like Tarte knew exactly my mer-vocabulary and encapsulated it all into this product).

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The colors are pigmented, blendable, buildable and feel buttery smooth and best of all: extremely wearable.

Don’t you hate it when you buy a collection and can only use like 3 of the 10 eyeshadows from the palette? Well, that’s definitely not the case with this palette.

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Maybe it’s because I’m a huge wearer or metallic nudes, but these shades are literally perfection and give off that beautiful wet look while keeping your lids smooth and dry. I’ve even convinced my nude eye loving BFF to splurge on this palette.

Tarte also put in some beautiful matte shades for accentuating and complimenting those rich metallics which I so appreciate.

Swatched:

 

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The Glitter Gel

OK- so those who know me, know that glitter runs in my blood. I have in bath products, body lotions, hair sprays, clothes, lipsticks, you name it.. I probably have it somewhere in my treasure cove.

But this glitter gel is positively fin-tastic and it’s not just because of the packaging ( which is obviously, adorable ).

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The gel keeps the glitter and shimmer specks on your skin for hours on end, no loose fall out or sweating it off – I’ve even tested it underwater, and it stays on!

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It casts a beautiful moonbeam sheen that makes you look hella magical, while packing on some scattered scale like pailettes.

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I placed it on my collarbones, and on the outside of my eye where I would use highlight, I also played around with it under my eye and in the inner corner, though I always say be safe with glitter near your eyes.

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Naturally, it was a nightmare to take off at the end of the day ( but hey- why would you want to take it off?). My reco is to take some tape and almost as if in a waxing motion, peel the glitter off areas of your skin after wiping down with a makeup remover, that really takes care of those stubborn pieces. The smell is also.. Not so lovely, it reminds me of paste or glue.

Hot tip: If you remove most of the glitter before showering, you’re also helping the environment as glitter can seep into our water and become impossible to extract ( yay!).

SO if I had to choose and prioritize my faves, I would rank the palette as #1, then followed by the brush set and finally the glitter gel. The glitter gel is a nice to have- especially for those of you who perform and do events, but it’s a bit harder to work with on a day to day.

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Have you tried the Tarte Mermaid Collection? What are some of your faves? Let me know in the comments below!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mermaid Monday: Acqua Del Elba’s Oceanic Scents

 

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Last year I decided to take my fins on a short but sweet vacation to Italy in a little city called Rome…

And, of course, as most material merbaes do, one of the first things I did was explore and scour the city for some hidden treasures in the design district. I spent the whole afternoon checking out the boutiques, taking in the ancient streets and listening in on the foreign chatter of natives. I suddenly came face to face when a monument of teal goodness, the perfume store “Acqua Dell Elba”.

Ever since my first perfume purchase there, I’ve been hooked.

The craftmanship is stunning and the scents last for days (literally). When I spray the scent” Acqua” in my hair, it trails and trails even in the muggiest city walks. They’re all handcrafted on a paradise island called Elba (seriously need to go there, yesterday!)

Design:
-Super clean, modern glass design

-Blue colored fragrance (looks like the ocean!)

-Durable glass (but don’t drop it cause you never know!)

Scents:

Donna: Sweet, floral scent with a musky undertone to it. Made with, myrtle, gardenia, jasmine and Mediterranean shrubs + marine cistus. It’s the perfect scent for Spring with a touch of the sea.

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Acqua: This one I LOVE, it’s totally unisex as well. The scent transfers well on men as it does with women I’d say. It’s fresh, with lemon, musk and mediterrean shrubs + it has marine algae! Yes Merbaes you heard that right.  MARINE ALGAE.

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The company ships internationally, but if you happen to have a store near you, I would def recommend stopping by, it’s just such a soothing, minty experience!

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Have you tried their perfumes? Would you try them out? Let’s get the pod talking ❤

FULL Video will be posted here tomorrow!

Arctic Mermaid Hair Transformation!

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll probably know that I’ve had a variety of blue-green shades for over 8 years now.

It’s been my “go-to” hairstyle for as long as I can remember. My most recent shade being a pastel mint, which was diluted from a deep emerald green.

it’s been a long magical journey… But last week I decided to metamorphose into an icy mermaid!

Here’s a special look into my day at Good Day Hair Shop

So first of all the salon is SUPER cute, they are located in the heart of downtown Toronto tucked away in Kensington market. They make their own hair products (that are heavenly) and know exactly what’s on with trends and colours.

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Little did I know there are SO many different shades of grey/white and tints, so I decided to let my colourist, Christopher help me choose the right shade.

We started by lifting the entire mint colour from my hair with a lower volume of bleach so as not to damage my poor hair.

Then once my hair was super blonde, we added in some toner + bleach bath to ensure all the colour was out. We then re-added some custom coloured mint to give the subtle halo look. The whole process took about 4 hours.

Christopher was very careful when shampooing my hair and adding the toner, making sure that my hair wouldn’t fry off. We used the Good day hair shop silver fox shampoo and it made my hair feel super soft with the lingering sweet smell of vanilla candy.

The end result: A super cool toned silver with a mint halo

 

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 Styled + extensions added:
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I used Good Hair Day Shop‘s exclusive Mermaid Sea Salt Spray to finalize the beachy- wavy look and give my tresses that much needed mer-curl.

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You can buy their spray in store and it smells absolutely fintastic! It also doubles up as a hair spray. Perfect for those summer festival looks !

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For silver hair maintenance, they also carry a purple shampoo + conditioner combo.

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I would highly recommend the products + the salon and my magical hair colourist Christopher for anyone looking to change up their hair, they do an excellent job and made this mermaid super happy!

XO

This Jewellery Is As Pretty As The Ocean!

When I came across Japanese artist Mariko Kusumoto’s delicately detailed necklaces, I thought I was peering into another world. One filled with whimsy, lightness and magic.

At first glimpse, you would think these pieces are made from environmental treasures that were found in nature. Familiar forms of sea urchins, shells and flourishing anemones instantly came to my mind.

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After all, they look so organic and ever- so fragile, like majestic organisms plucked from right under the sea.

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Kusumoto is inspired by anything that may stimulate, inthrall and delight the senses, when creating her designs.

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She does this by heating translucent fabric, then molding and shaping it into perfect, synthetic magical eye-gasms.

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The level of sophistication is near perfection, fit for a mermaid queen to wear and style.

If you had one of Mariko’s pieces, where would you wear it out first?

 

These Rainbow Highlighters Are Everything

Highlighters come in all shapes and sizes, you have your creams, your sticks, your liquids, your powders,

but now for the first time ever..

RAINBOW HIGHLIGHTERS! (Are you as excited as I am?)

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Obviously this is not for your everyday mer-bae look but if you’re like me and addicted to those shimmering eye-catching marvels that we call highlighters, I would definitely pick one of these up for safe keeping.

I found these on Etsy’s BitterLaceBeauty and she makes them in all colours if rainbow is too out there for you.

Like this pearlescent shade with a blueish purple tint to it- totally reminds me of a unicorn mane floating in the wind.

 

Or maybe blue is more of your colour..

 

They even have a shade that’s perfect for a subtle rose glow look,

But for someone who has cool undertones and wants to sparkle in lavender, this one is definitely calling my name… And of course it’s called “New Seashells”.

 

You can check out Bitter Lace Beauty on Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BitterLaceBeauty

 

XO

Mermaid Monday

Hello  mer-babes! It’s Mermaid Monday.

I know i’ve delayed my posts as of late, been trying to thoroughly gather some fin-worthy material for you all this week.

TBH I’ve already started gawking after some of these for christmas birthday inspiration, just between us mermaids.

 

 

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Slippers are sooo 2014
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Shake A Feather

 

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Scale-worthy warmth!
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If you happen to find yourself on land..
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Holiday letters to make your fishy friends jelly..
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Shrimp pillow.. Need I say more?
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All Aboard the Sushi  Train!
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Sparkle for days
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For The Biking Mermaids..
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Some Ariel coffee lovin’
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And, finally, for LOLS.

Which one will you add to your list this year? And no, that cute angry cat is not for sale.

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So we all know that shedding that beautiful tail and fins can be quite a shock to us and to the urban world. So why not pick some styles that will compliment your inner persona, while discovering your whole new world 😉

Fintastic tights!
Fintastic tights!
ombre merskirt
Ombre merskirt
She's got that merglow
She’s got that merglow
Eat my shark!
Eat my shark!
Jumpsuit mer
Jumpsuit mer
Leggy mer
Leggy mer
Pastel mer
Pastel mer
Lolita mer
Lolita mer
Glamazon mer
Glamazon mer
..I just had to share this last one!
..I just had to share this last one!
See you on Mermaid Monday XO
See you on Mermaid Monday XO