11 Beauty Products To Unleash Your Inner Mermaid

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I know you’re a mermaid. You know you’re a mermaid. Let the world know your true identity with these sea-inspired beauty picks.

1. Lush Big Blue Bath Bomb

Can’t make it to the ocean? Bring the ocean to your bathtub. Packed with seaweed and sea salt, this fresh bath treat will have you flipping your tail with glee. Plus, you’ll smell like you just stepped on land for the first time in forever.

2. Sabon Body Gel Polisher in Tropic

Brazilian women use sand to exfoliate their skin. Mermaids use Sabon’s Body Gel Polisher. This rice-powered polisher will give you glowing, beautiful skin all over. You’re also not going to want to stop smelling yourself. 

3. OGX Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Drench your locks in moisture and harness the power of the ocean in your shower. This shampoo and conditioner is going to put shine in your hair and a smile on your face. It’s meant for dry and damaged hair, but it’s also light enough for any mermaid to use. 

4.  Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Mask

Look luminous and healthy at the same time with this sea-powered, hydrating skin treat. This cooling, blue face mask is formulated with tea from the Jeju Islands of Korea, and glacial lake blue marine algae. 

5. Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara

What’s better than a natural, mineral-based mascara that promises length and volume all while not running down your face when you’re swimming in the deep blue? You’re going to want to stash this little gem in your beach bag.

6. Ralph Lauren Fresh Eau de Toilette

This may as well be the official scent of summer — magnolia, sparkling lemon, and chilled watermelon create the perfect signature fragrance for any sea (or land) dweller. You’re going to smell as fresh as a sea star.

7. Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

The sheer, watery glow from these blushes are going to look beautiful on your cheeks whether you’re going to the supermarket, to work, or swimming with all your fishy friends.

8. Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar

It’s not called “the little black soap that changes everything” for no reason. Reveal radiant skin with this detoxifying cleansing bar powered by — you guessed it — sea mud, and 26 minerals derived from sea. 

9. Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eyeshadow Palette

With shade names like “Mermaid,” “Seashell,” and “Starfish,” how can you resist? The colors are luxuriously pigmented and shimmery and will look great against your tan this summer.

10. Essie Nail Lacquer in Barbados Blue

Let the silvery-baby blue shade lift your mood and remind you that you really are a mermaid, even though you lack a tail.

11. Urban Decay Beached Bronzer

Get your tan on without the burn with this soon-to-be cult classic bronzer, available in two natural looking shades. 

 

 

 

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Wish of the Week 9.24.15

This week, I’m lusting over so many products, but here are my top picks.

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Though not a new product, NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder ($10 for .28 oz)  found its way on my radar and I really want to try it. It looks like it could be a dupe of Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder, which is a highly coveted product. I love NYX Blotting Powder for its performance in making my skin matte. I always use it over my foundation.

Photo from www.soapandglory.com

 

 

I remember when Soap & Glory was sold at Target! Now it’s at Sephora, and I’m happy I can rack up points on S&L purchases. I have dry skin, especially in the fall and winter months, but I love summery, fruity scents. Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream ($15 for 10.1 oz)  sounds like it will be the best of both worlds! The scent is vanilla musk and lime. Mmmm!

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Photo from @LushStirling on Twitter.

 

I’m so flipping excited over Lush’s new products! Since Lush Oxford Street opened and debuted 200 new products exclusive to that location, I’ve been searching Instagram for glimpses of them. Finally, we have a small taste of those new inventions in the states. The product I’m most excited about is Lush Rub Rub Rub Solid Body Scrub ($9.95 for 4.5 oz). I’ve used the original RRR that comes in a black pot, but this new version is now an easier-to-use solid bar. Those who love thr original formula should not fear though — it’s still available! The scent of the original RRR is so beautiful and delicate, made with jasmine, mimosa, and orange. I hope the new solid scrub has the same scent as the website claims it does. The blossom design on the bar is also so beautiful. Lush always wins with their product designs.

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Clay Is Not Just For Art Class

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I remember my first day of preschool. I remember molding animals out of blue-colored clay. I remember the chalky texture and how it would get stuck under my finger nails. That was the same reason I hated the purple clay included in the Cranium game. After playing a few rounds, I’d have to go wash my hands and scrape the stuff off my skin. Now, I want the stuff on my skin, but in a very different form. Clays in cosmetics are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reasons, too.

Kaolin clay is probably the most common used clay in cosmetics. Kaolin, also known as China clay, has been used in porcelain and china for years, and is what gives paper it’s whiteness. It’s rich in the nutrient kaolinite, its namesake, and offers skin many benefits. According to Lush, kaolin clay exfoliates the skin and removes dead cells from the surface. I have found kaolin clay to mattify my combination-oily skin. Lush uses kaolin clay in a lot of their face masks, cleansers, dusting powders, and even soap. Try Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin cleanser. It’s ideal for all skin types and is very soothing. Glamglow also has several mud mask treatment (though it’s a total splurge) that will leave your skin clear and clean! I’ve only used a sample of the original mask, but I loved it.

image from http://www.amazon.com/GLAMGLOW-Youthmud-Tinglexfoliate-Treatment-1-7/dp/B004TTXMQ2

 

Perhaps Tarte’s claim-to-fame is their use of Amazonian clay, which I’ve recently learned is also kaolin clay. According to the brand’s website, Amazonian clay is the ultimate gift of nature. The clay reduces surface oil, nourishes and hydrates skin, and improve the appearance of skin clarity and texture. Tarte has so many products that use this clay, which is sustainably harvested from the Amazon’s river basin. I first started using Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in 2012 and have been a fan of their whole clay line since. I can’t recommend this foundation enough for all skintypes. I wear shade fair-light neutral. I can also recommend their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blushes and Gifted, their Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. I feel so good about wearing this line.

 

tarte gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. image from http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-gifted-Amazonian-clay-smart-mascara

Rose clay, or pink kaolin clay, is fairly less common in cosmetics than it’s grayish counterpart. The pink tint comes from its high iron-oxide content. It’s a mild dusty rose-colored clay, and is ideal for sensitive or dry skin. I’ve been using Lush’s Rosy Cheeks face mask to sooth my skin after spending a lot of time outside this summer. The mask’s first ingredient is rose clay! I found this mask to leave my face demi-matte and GLOWING! It feels tight on the face at first, but a little bit of warm water fixes that. Another mask to try is Origins Original Skin TM Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay.

Lush’s Rosy Cheeks face mask. image from http://www.lushusa.com/Rosy-Cheeks/04411,en_US,pd.html

The last type of clay we’ll talk about is rhassoul mud. This Moroccan mud is so jam-packed with nutrients. Moroccan women have been harnessing its power for centuries. According to Lush, rhassoul mud has both foaming and de-greasing qualities, which are ideal for oily skintypes. It also draws impurities out of the skin, which everyone can cheer about. Lush’s Cupcake face mask was originally formulated for oily and breakout prone teen skin, but anyone wanted to calm down shiny skin will benefit. Rhassoul mud has even been shown to ease upset stomachs (though you shouldn’t eat your face mask, even if it does smell like chocolate cake).

 

Lush’s Cupcake Fresh Face Mask. image from http://www.lushusa.com/Cupcake/06095,en_US,pd.html

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Have you tried any amazing clay cosmetic products or tried any of my recommendations?

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