Somewhere In The Thai Jungle

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If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night in the exotic, isolated and opulent south-east Asian jungle, explore Villa Zolitude Resort & Spa #villalife.

When I think of Phucket, I imagine, (as we most do) bright white beaches and translucent waters with shimmering coral reef and sparkling zebrafish. I picture the iconic Phi Phi islands jutting from underneath turquoise waves, the cloudless blue skies and humming sound of long tail boats.

But with this beauty, comes popularity, and retreating in the jungles of Thailand can offer a type of luxury and unforgettable privacy that these hot spots can no longer provide.

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Staying at this 2 story pool villa was a dream. It was a temporary sanctuary in the jungle, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of tourist attractions.

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I felt an endless sense of calm as we entered the property, greeted with smiles and lavish wildlife. I had just come back from the Elephant Sanctuary and needed a place to hide from the blazing afternoon sun.

The interiors of the villa were beautifully decorated, accessorized with traditional tapestries with surrounding room length wide windows and two floors of bliss.

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Spending most of my time by the deep blue infinity pool, that spilled and overlooked onto the quiet hillside with lots of music & a few glasses of wine.

 

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I heard a blend of bird & insect orchestras at all times of the day;  whether in the afternoon, evening and morning hours, we never felt alone.

 

As night approached I ordered in villa dining to celebrate another amazing day in Thailand, the service was exquisite.

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At sunrise, I was woken by the sounds of the jungle surrounding me and I traced the sun with my eyes until it was flooding our room.

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Before saying goodbye, I stopped by their spa for a full aromatic body massage (which was excellent). I don’t have photos from those moments, but the spa had an open concept setting surrounded by small ponds and lilly pads, buzzing with the sound of dragonfly wings and crickets.

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Villa Zolitude will forever weigh on my memory as an unforgettable, intimate and healing experience. What’s the next jungle resort I should swim by? Leave me suggestions in the comments ❤

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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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.

Mermaid School Opening This Sunday!

Back to our roots..
Back to our roots..

This sunday is quite the exciting day indeed. The popular mermaid school from Montreal Aquasirene is now opening it’s new location in Toronto on Queen St!

giphyAs an employee for their new division, I thought I would share the news since it’s a unique event and opportunity to not only get in shape by swimming in a monofin, but also fulfilling your dreams of becoming a mermaid for a day (maybe longer if you take a tail home :P)

We all know how expensive silicone, latex, even fabric tails can cost online, so    it’s a great place to start and get used to the idea of swimming in a tail before you make the commitment of going custom.

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Personally, as someone that’s swam in both fabric tails and silicone, I can tell you that you want..nay, NEED to start off with a lighter material in the beginning, especially if you are not a trained swimmer. Silicone in itself is extremely heavy, and then you have the additional weight of the monofin. At least with the fabric tails the weight is only felt around and on the feet.

Here’s some more super adorable photos of merbaes at the Montreal academy:

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Show us your fins!
Mermaid greetings
Mermaid greetings

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So if you’re in Toronto make sure you check out the new mermaid school at the Jimmie Simpson Pool 😉 XOX

Mermaid power!
Mermaid power!

Mer-MAN, Mer-MAN!

Zoolander said it first, but we’re saying it now, Mermans are trending right now!

The craze for those aquamarine and fintastic teal locks are coming back full force, but this time for men! And who can blame them?

While we know that our mer-girls have been dying their manes for a while now, these boys decided to start working on their beards too!

What do you think of this trend?

Magenta and teal mer!
Magenta and teal mer!
Festive mer!
Festive mer!
Piercing blues
Piercing blues
Stylistic blues
Stylistic blues
Hot hot pink!
Hot hot pink!
Flippin' blue
Flippin’ blue
Crazy teal!
Crazy teal!
Camera ready mer
Camera ready mer
Shorter blue mane
Shorter blue mane
Blue and black!
Blue and black!
Poseidon style
Poseidon style
We love the shimmer here too! extra mer <3
We love the shimmer here too! extra mer ❤
Forest Green!
Forest Green! Hah.. Get it?

Mer-Mondays

Treasures I found this week ❤

Every monday I try to gather and dig up the best mer content for you all 

This incredibly real mermaid cave in New Zealand

No photoshop needed!
No photoshop needed!

This Shimmering Transformation

Never too much glitter!
Never too much glitter!

This adorable mermaid necklace

Now you can carry your tail with you.. even when you're out of water!
Now you can carry your tail with you.. even when you’re out of water!

This majestic pastel crown

Bow down!
Bow down!

Mer-Blanket!

Seriously... I want one!
Seriously… I want one!

Seashell Literature

A Mermaid's favourite book
A Mermaid’s favourite book

These adorable starfish barrettes

Mer-hair for days!
Mer-hair for days!

This fintastic DIY sign

Nostalgia much?
Nostalgia much?

Mer Mondays

Treasures I found this week for mer mondays ❤

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This adorable bralette
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Mermeow
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Tie dye mer
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These cute seashell studs
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These gorg pasties
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This lamp that makes your home seem underwater
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these yummy lollies
this starfish garter
This starfish garter
This avant garde crown
This avant garde crown
these stylish tops
These stylish tops
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This new MAC matte lipstick
Infinity rings
Infinity rings

LUSHIN’ Mermaid

I’ve always loved LUSH! From the products’ deliciously fragrant aromas to their magical workings, it’s the prefect home-spa brand.

Recently, I was really excited to find out that they created ocean inspired beauty items for all those city merbaes out there that need a little TLC.

Sea Spray 

03767Gives your locks an instant boost of nutritional goodies and beachy- tousled waves. A must have for all those mermaids with  flatter or stiffer manes, since it adds a nice bouncy feel to the hair.

Ocean Salt Cleanser

Not only does the colour remind you of a foamy, frothy ocean wave it also gives your skin a supple, softer glow. The minerals will scrub away any dead skin cells and enchant you with it’s refreshing coconut scent. 05234_b

Shimmer Bar

 Shimmy Shimmy is a massage body butter that smells like vanilla cupcakes. The glitter and shimmer applies evenly on the skin and provides a beautiful glow. You can even put some in your hair! 01318