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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I found My Mer-castle And It’s In Thailand!

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Happy Mermaid Monday!

While I’m still sort of loopy from East Asian jet lag and suffering some serious beach withdrawal from the Andaman seaside, I wanted to make sure you merbbz knew all about the mer-magical Siam Mermaid Castle in Bangkok that I visited the other week!

I almost missed even seeing this place! I luckily found out about it through one of my Thai merbbz on Instagram ( thank you so so much @nanadezelo) and talk about serendipity because I was flying to Bangkok the very next day and this was right in the vicinity of my hotel.

After getting distracted by the endless sea of unique fashion boutiques and beauty stores,  I came face to face with the glorious 4 story Siam Mermaid Castle. Yes, you read that right, 4 floors! Each filled with new products and prop setups to enchant the senses.

(For those merbbz who prefer video, I have a walk through available on my YouTube channel here)

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Even from the outside, the flashy accessories and adorable decor with the cartoon siren lured me right in and I was hooked.

The first floor had an array of colorful jewelry, makeup brushes, costumes and customized denim, tops or just full out fun street wear. The way they lay this out is that each floor floats you up to the true, ultimate mermaid form.

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The walls are painted in a neon fuschia and indigo shade with mermaid scales decals, and it’s the cutest. I wish my bedroom was this color!

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True Love = this sheer dress with a painted on mermaid costume!

 

And obviously, a mermaid store wouldn’t be complete without an array of swimmable mermaid tails, which were only in Neoprene but quite soft and affordable.

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Then it was time to venture on to the second floor… Even more makeup, costumes, and blankets up there.

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Wouldn’t you want to do get dolled up here?
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Mermaid brush set $23 CAD

 

And okay how cute is this sign and set up enticing you for a mermaid snack on the next floor up?

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The menu was on the pricier side, for Thailand, deets in the next pics below.

As I was working my way up to the 3d floor, which was the cafe part of the shop, I started feeling a bit hungry!

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Oh hello, Ariel!

After looking through some options, I decided on the mermaid cupcake, which I had seen countless times on their Insta + a mermaid blue lagoon pop! The frappes looked like they had way too much dairy in them though they looked gorg.

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And then it was finally time for the infamous tail cupcake

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Oh so mer-magical!

 

Paired with a refreshing fizzy blue pop! It was the perfect combo after a hot afternoon in Siam Square.

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Roughly around 300 Baht = $13 CAD ish

 

After snacking time was over- it was time to explore the cafe’s floor, which had photo-booth areas for shell-fies. There were even more mini photo props on the final 4th floor, and a nice relaxation vibe for day dreaming merbbz.

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Feeling cozy!

 

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There were so many things I wanted to buy (obviously) but I ended up choosing a shell mirror and a few tail earrings! Though I hope that they sell those plushies online because I totally would have bought more if I had more luggage space.

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After a long day of exploring and shopping, I decided to call it a day. The mermaid castle overall is just a magical place that any merbb should check out if they ever find themselves in Bangkok! I would have spent my entire weekend there easily if I wasn’t on such a tight schedule ( I had spent around 3 hours in there already!).

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The cafe pricing is on the higher side for Thailand, but if you’re from out of town it’s still totally affordable, there were also a few lunch items that were kind of junky. The products are also on the pricier side but they are just too adorable to resist, don’t you think?

Would you visit the Siam Mermaid Castle in Thailand? Swim by the comments and let me know ❤

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2017, A Mer-Year In Review

2017 was an exciting year for me merbbz, though I am looking forward to taking a deeper dive + more chances in 2018!

There were some pretty memorable fin-tastic moments and new friendships that came to fruition but with those also came some challenges and difficulties that pushed me to the edge. I am thankful for both, because with hardships there are also learnings.

VICE Documentary (on my mer-life!)

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When VICE initially reached out to me and told me they were interested in featuring my life in a new doc about secret lives, I was beyond ecstatic. Here was a chance to share my story with the world on how I came to become the oceanholic I am today, and I took it. The shoot happened in the summer over the course of a couple of days and was released out in the fall.

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The crew = awesome! We had some great moments + laughs and I introduced them to some vegan hot spots on our breaks.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, have a peek here!

 

Miami Shootin’

Well I knew that when I landed in Miami and took one look at those lush palm trees and dreamy sand planes on South Beach I had to reach out to a photographer for some magical captures. I was so grateful that I collaborated with talented designers like swimsuit designer Margarita Mermaid, Isabelle Batz and photographer Erika Nelly for such a dreamy project. I still to this day treasure these images, as one of my faves ever.

 

 

Live Shows

My first show in 2017 happened the day I left my job. It was a challenge picking up the pieces to put on a brave face and open up for a big artist like Lil’ Debbie, but in retrospect, I am so happy that I was able to pull through and make it happen. There was a wonderful turn out and best of all I got to meet Lil’ Debbie herself backstage for some giggles and mer-bonding (she had blue hair too!). In 2018- my goal is to have more shows, because on stage is truly where I feel like myself.

 

Mermaid Tights Review

When I first laid my eyes on the Tinker cast scale tights- I nearly lost my shell! I just knew that I had to get a pair for myself and review them for all my fishy friends and the finfolk community. I was blown away by the love I got on those images, on my blog posts and on my YouTube review. They truly are ingenious and unique arts of work that anyone can wear to add a bit of magic to their daily life.

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In 2018- I’d like to learn to be more grateful of what I  have.. My health, friendships and what I’ve achieved so far. We often spend time comparing ourselves to others and measure our successes this way, but this needs to change ( I am so guilty of doing this!) . We need to live in the moment and look around, even give ourselves a pat on the back for becoming the person we are today, no matter where we’re at.

So here’s a toast to 2018 merbbz, it’s going to be a great year!

 

Mermaid Monday: Say Shello To Your New Beach Bff

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It’s been a while since my last post- but I’m back to review one of my absolute fave new backpacks from Isabelle Batz that’s shaped like a fin!

At first glance, the material is shimmery, deep and metallic, to mimic the look and feel of scales under water. But when you graze over the top of the fabric, the sequins flip to reveal a different shade – color changing goodness! I’ve seen this before on viral videos with mermaid pillowcases, but never on a bag, so naturally, I was instantly hooked (no pun intended here).

 

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The shades reflect the depths of the ocean’s many layers, starting with the shallow turquoise sinking into a deep sapphire blue and eventually fading into black.

The bag itself is pretty spacious as well, there is an inside pocket to fit your guarded treasures like lipgloss, your iPhone or wallet.

This accessory is super lightweight even when it fills up to the top, the strings keep it balanced and fully supported. The inside and backing look and feel like neoprene, a design touch to keep it water resistant.

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For all you merbbz seeking the perfect new accessory to transform your festival or beach styling this bag will be your new bff. You can shop it here, from NYC designer Isabelle Batz.

BRB finding treasures to collect and stash.

 

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!

Become A Land Mermaid With These Fintastic Swimsuits

Happy Starfish Saturday Merbaes! I know it’s been a while.

I have been actively planning my trip to Miami on Monday, and by actively planning, I mean buying ridiculously cute accessories and clothes that would be perfect to shoot and strut in while there, soaking up the sun! (Us Canadian mermaids don’t get much of that).

Margarita Mermaid has been on my mind for quite some time now, plus she’s been all over my Instagram feed for the past few months (Thanks for the reminder, Instagram :p) . This designer creates adult mermaid attire that will make your inner child squee of happiness.

My only frustration with purchasing was that anytime a style i’d want would get restocked or released on the website, my size would be gone in a matter of minutes (figures!).

Luckily, I was able to snatch a mix and match pair of high waisted mermaid bottoms and a seashell inspired bikini. Of course, they are both blue/teal, my signature colours!

I can’t wait to share the photos of me wearing it on the beach! But for the time being, check out her amazing newest collection “Castaway Siren” 

 

 

 

Musical Vampire Mermaids? Yes plz!

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What do you get when you mix the mischievous nature of mythical mermaids with a modern twist a la 80’s?

The Lure.

This trailer starts off pretty grim, reminiscent of the Odyssey with the captivating mermaids that attracted the sailors to their deaths with their songs. It quickly ripples off into a gleam of fab imagination, one floating in a bleak ocean of an exotic club reality.

There’s tons of glitter, glamour and a pinch of horror, but the musical sing along aspect of the film relieves that dark tension.

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Personally, I much prefer European films as they offer a sophisticated glimpse into revisiting the mermaid idea without making it corny and PG, so I wasn’t surprised to learn this was shot in Poland (plus the subtitles gave it away).

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Who else is excited to see this movie? Let’s bring a little show girl goth-ness into the mer-world!

Dudeoir x Mermaids

If you’ve never heard of Joshua Varozza listen up merbaes, because this guy definitely caught my attention like a fish out of water!

You may remember him from his previous epic photo-shoot collection that went viral, it had an America theme. But now he dove a bit deeper and decided to come out with this little number.

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I can’t decide if it’s funny or cute, but one thing’s for sure – Merman Power!

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Would personally love to see more photo-shoots like this even if they are meant for humour, what about you my fishy friends?

 

 

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!

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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?