The Rose Garden with Mei

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Last month I got to spend the day in Portland with my friend Mei - we had brunch, explored the International Rose Test Garden, and the Pittock Mansion - cooing at dogs everywhere we went! I've known Mei for a few months now - and when she told me she was visited from California I was absolutely overjoyed. Mei is such an intelligent, hilarious, hard-working human, and just as stunning in person (inside and out). Spending time with such a bright, encouraging person IRL was a dream! If you aren't already, I highly recommend checking out her amazing Youtube channel ♡♡♡ I attempted to vlog our day here - if you are interested you can watch it here!

Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil 021 Sorbet Rose Review & Swatches

Monday, October 17, 2016

The last time I was at Sephora, I found myself immediately drawn to the Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil. As somebody who has completely fallen for cushion products, I was intrigued by Lancome's version of a cushion blush and the second I swatched the shade 021 Sorbet Rose, I knew I had to have it!

Housed in the sleek black compact (complete with the iconic Lancome rose logo), you get a clear mirror, powder puff, and the actual blush itself enchased in a cushion, or "sponge". Unlike a lot of applicator tools that come with a product, I really enjoy applying the blush with the powder puff it comes with. The design also makes it much easier to touch up your blush if you are out and about - and as a beauty and fashion history nerd, I always think of flappers touching up their blush out in public in the 1920s when wearing makeup was still seen as scandalous, much less applying it outside for everybody to see (again... I'm a dork)!

Depending on how much pressure you apply to the cushion, the more product the puff picks up. Because of this, you have the option to wear the blush sheer or build up the pigmentation. This blush gave me a natural looking flush with a satin finish - no glitter, just a beautiful dewy sheen.

This was definitely a splurge for me, but the luxe packaging, cushion "technology", and beautiful dewy finish made this product worth it for me! If you are in the market for a high-end blush, I definitely recommend this!

You can see the blush in action in my September Favorites video, and it is available for purchase on Lancome's official website and Sephora.

On my face I'm wearing:
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Light *, NYX Matte Liquid Liner, Tarte Tarteist Lash Mascara Paint *, CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops in Celestial *, Lancome Cushion Blush, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Buenos Aires

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Swatches

Thursday, October 13, 2016

HD Intensity and HD Romance combined for an ombré effect

Revlon sent me a few of their Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors to play with for an Instagram campaign, and I loved them so much I wanted to share a post featuring swatches and a mini review here for my fellow obsessed-with-makeup-readers!

I received five of their matte lipcolors - I found they all applied a bit glossy, then settle down into a comfortably matte finish. The lipcolors have a pleasant, fruity sweet scent that dissipates over time as you wear on the lip, wear well for a few hours, and look good when you reapply. They all applied evenly and very pigmented with the exception of HD Infatuation, which took a few layers to fully build up the color (common for deeper hues)! These do transfer a bit, so I would recommend wearing with a lipliner!

Personally, I think my favorites are HD Intensity, a gorgeous fuchsia shade, and HD Romance - a beautiful, true blue based red.

I definitely plan on getting more of these - I have my eye on some of the peachy shades, my weakness!

Which color do you like the best?

HD Infatuation

Left to Right: HD Infatuation, HD Romance, HD Intensity, HD Crush, HD Forever

HD Crush


Wednesday, September 28, 2016


How darling is this romper? The second I saw this on ASOS, I needed it! The beautiful pastel blue, flutter sleeves, and low back set my heart, well, a-flutter (ba dum tiss) - and I can't stop wearing it! Paired with a cute novelty purse, I feel like this is my perfect outfit to say goodbye to summer too (sob sob!) <3

The Enchanted Forest with Anastasjia

Monday, September 19, 2016

Two Saturdays ago, I spent the dreamiest afternoon with Anastasjia Louise and her boyfriend Ashton exploring the Enchanted Forest - a storybook inspired theme park! We have so much in common, and Anastasjia, Ashton, and I spent the entire way there and back laughing, smiling, and singing until my voice hurt!

At the park, we spent the day taking lots of pictures, exploring the park (thus my sneakers, please excuse them - THERE WAS LOTS OF HIKING...), riding a roller coaster (which was surprisingly scary oh my goodness), and Anastasjia and I got mistaken for part of the park - multiple times!

So excited for future hangouts and *still* on cloud 9 from such a perfect day! ♡

(Excuse my goofy face here and just look at Anastasjia haha)

DRESS: c/o Samantha Pleet BERET: c/o Miss Patina SOCKS: F21

Thank you Ashton for the photos!

Working at Home with Outshine

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Working from home can be tough - long hours spent hunched over a computer in semi-darkness can seriously take its toll! Taking a break, stretching my legs, and enjoying an afternoon snack like an Outshine Fruit Bar (my favorite flavors? Strawberry and Pineapple!) is the perfect way to recharge and get a boost of energy to finish out the work day!

I hope you are enjoying the last of summer! I'm definitely not ready for the sunny days and fruit bar weather to end!

This post is made in collaboration with Outshine Fruit Bars. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Mermaidens possible!

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