Weeny Opens his KitNip Box!

Happy Caturday furriends! We are so thankful for the lovely folks over at KitNip Box who have sent goodies! Weeny had a blast just opening it! This one happened to be rock n’ roll themed, and his first pick was the little “Hiss” T-shirt. KitNip Box is a kitty subscription box that offers high quality goods and healthy treats for your fur-babies! It comes with a list of all the goodies inside, so you know exactly what your little one is getting. Here’s the list for Weeny’s box:He absolutely loves everything so far! The little T-shirt and crinkle pillow seem to be his favorites. They even included some healthy treats! Click right here to visit their website and grab your own KitNip Box subscription!! Follow their Instagram at @kitnipbox and tag your posts #kitnipbox to show them some love!!

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For The Shelter Cats on New Years…

Happy New Year’s Eve, guys!! 2018 is closely creeping upon us! This year went by WAY too fast for me, but I must remind myself of how blessed I am with what I’ve done, learned and experienced this year!

I am writing this post for a special reason. Sure, I could post glittery New Years pics of me “partying” (which I may), or pics of me and my friends being black-out wasted (which I won’t)! But to all who read this, there is something I want you to do. There is an issue in this world that, if you’ve kept up with me in the past, you know is hugely important to me.

As you ring in the new year at midnight tonight, please take a moment to think of the animals that are currently in shelters and in need of rescue!

I ask you to add it to your list of resolutions for 2018 to bring a new family member home from a shelter. If that isn’t possible for whatever reason, please make it a priority to donate to a local shelter or pledge for the rescue of an animal that needs your help! I promise you will find deep satisfaction in doing so!

To give you some place to start, I’ve included a list of cat rescues that take donations and places that you can go to adopt. You may remember my previous post here about cat rescues that you can donate to from anywhere. Some of those are on this list too, some are new ones. So here they are:

  • Bronx Stray Cats

Instagram: @bronxstraycats

PayPal.me/bronxstraycats

This is a cat rescue/foster in (you guessed it!) The Bronx. They have an Amazon wishlist here and if you are in the Bronx area, you’re in luck! They have sweet babies available for adoption.

  • Ziggy And Friends Cat Rescue

Instagram: @ziggyandfriendscatrescue

I’ve mentioned this one before, but decided to add it again because I feel strongly about their mission. They give cats on “death row” a second chance which is so wonderful!! Their website is here and if you are in the SoCal area, you can rescue one of these precious kitties and take one home!

  • Downey Rescue Network

Instagram: @downeyrescuenetwork

This is a serious one because they network cats from the high-kill Downey Shelter in LA. They work to find fosters and permanent homes for the cats that come into this horrible shelter! If your are outside of the Los Angeles area, you can still make pledges towards the shelter cats for rescues.

  • Street Cats of LA

Instagram: @streetcatsofla

This is another lovely street rescue that also networks cats from the high-kill Downey Animal Shelter. They have an Amazon wishlist as well.

  • Shelter Cats of LA

Instagram: @shelter.cats.of.la

This one is also in LA, so if you’re in the area there’s plenty of resources for you to utilize when deciding to bring a shelter baby home! They work with several shelters in the area, including Downey.

  • Paul The Cat Guy

Instagram: @paulthecatguy

PayPal: paul@paulthecatguy.com

This is a rescue located in NYC, and I love seeing the heartwarming rescue and recovery stories he posts about the cats that come to him!

  • Baldwin Park Shelter Cats

Instagram: @baldwinparksheltercats

This one is also located in LA. They have a Facebook page here and contact information can be found on either Instagram or Facebook! They network cats from the Baldwin Park Shelter.

And of course, keep your local shelters in mind when looking to add a new addition to your family this year! Rescue a cat with an urgent need for a home if possible, and donate to support your local no-kill shelters!

To wrap this up, I also want to remind you that black cats, unfortunately, are the most overlooked cats in shelters and the least likely to be adopted. With that being said, please consider giving a little black bundle of fluff a forever home! It’s totally NOT bad luck!!!

Have a save and happy New Year’s Eve and remember to adopt, don’t shop! 💕

Kokie Cosmetics “What’s the Mauve?” Bundle Review

From the dictionary:

MAUVE

mōv,môv/

adjective

1 1.
of a pale purple color.

noun

1 1.
a pale purple color.”a few pale streaks of mauve were all that remained of the sunset”

2 2.
historical
a bright but delicate pale purple aniline dye prepared by William H. Perkin (1838–1907) in 1856. It was the first synthetic dyestuff.

Purple is my fav color!! There seems to be something so magical about it! It’s not quite blue, not quite pink, and when taking art class and learning about color theory, I’ve actually been taught that it doesn’t really exist on the color spectrum. When we say “purple,” or in this case “mauve,” what we really mean is a mixture of blue and red. We often confuse purple with violet, which is it’s own color on the spectrum.

It’s the end of the rainbow. It sits between blue and invisible ultraviolet light. It’s the shortest wavelength our human eyes perceive. It’s the color of royalty, individually and the crown chakra.

So I was very excited to receive this mauve bundle from the lovely Kokie Cosmetics to share with you all! This is my first time trying this brand and I just love it so far! This bundle in particular came with nail polish, lip liner, a solid lipstick and a liquid lipstick (I’m wearing the nail polish and liquid lipstick in the pic).

1. Mad About Mauve (Kissable Liquid Lipstick)

This is such a lovely liquid lipstick! It goes on smooth, it’s matte and stays on like a champ all day! Sure, a little came off on my coffee cup, but nothing too noticeable.

2. Mauve Nude (Lip Liner)

Everyone needs a good reliable lip liner! This one goes on so smooth, blends great with the liquid lipstick, and stays on! The only downside is that you have to sharpen it (I usually prefer the click pencil kind). But maybe I’m just lazy!

3. Mauve Along (Cream Lipstick)

This one is very pretty too, at least in the tube. But the color is not as saturated as the liquid one when I put it on. It looked more translucent than I’d hoped, so I prefer the liquid lipstick over this one unless I’m looking for just a small hint of color.

4. Mystic Mauve (Nail Polish)

As I write this, I’ve had this polish on for several days with little to no chippage so far!! The color is lovely, it dries rather quickly and looks high quality for polish I applied at home. It’s a nice break from the salon gel I normally get and a good chance to allow my nails to “breathe.”

My final rating for the full bundle:

It’s beautiful and mauve, very good quality, and I am pleased with Kokie Cosmetics and will keep using their products! The solid lipstick didn’t stick like I’d hoped, but the liquid makes up for that I believe!

Tag #urbanmermaid on IG and show me your favorite mauve products! 💟☮️ You can also grab Kokie stuff here!

😘 XO

What I Love About CBD Oil

Happy cyber-week and I hope you all had a blessed weekend! I recently received this gift from NW Hemp Products and wanted to share my experience. Since I’ve received it, I’ve been experimenting with different ways to use it and have been pleased with the results so far!

It’s called Go Green Hemp CBD Oil from the awesome folks at NW Hemp Products, and the instructions on the bottle say to take it orally as a dietary supplement. I dropped a few drops in my water bottle 2-3 times a day for the last week or so. It does make your water taste different (peppermint, in this case) but it’s not so overpowering that it takes over your tastebuds. Just a nice little bit of flavor!

As you may or may not know, hemp is quite the magical little plant. Not to be confused with marijuana, this stuff won’t get you stoned because it does not contain THC. So yes, you can drink it while doing important stuff and no, you won’t fail a pee test! Here’s the side of the box:

Some of the benefits to using CBD oil include cardiovascular health, decreased anxiety, and possible treatment of some neurological disorders such as seizures. Everyone is different of course (I’m totally not a doctor, heheheee), but all these results have been reported by people in the past. I have, however, done some of my own experimenting!

As far as that dull, yucky winter skin goes I tried putting a few drops on my face at night after I get out of the shower. It’s been AWESOME!! It absorbs nicely into my skin and the peppermint leaves my face with a nice cool tingle that makes it feel so clean! It also got rid of the dry, flakey patches pretty quick and they haven’t come back!

I find that hemp products absorb really well into my skin overall, which especially comes in handy during the winter months when you happen to be a germaphobe who washes your hands A LOT! A few drops on my knuckles where my skin was starting to crack, and POOF! Relief!! You can grab this oil or tons of other fabulous hemp products for a meaningful holiday gift (or treat yo self) right here! 😉

Have you tried it? What are your favorite hemp products? Let me know in the comments!! XO

Product Review: Milk Makeup’s Matcha Cleanser

If you’ve been reading my posts regularly, you probably know I’ve discovered Milk Makeup products not long ago and I’ve become a huge fan! This one isn’t makeup, though. It’s a facial cleanser!

You can tell from this pic I’ve been using it a little over a week, so here are some things I want to mention about it:

It’s cruelty free and vegan, like all their products. I have very acne prone skin (although it’s gotten better in recent years) and this cleanser is free of harsh chemicals and full of soothing ingredients that won’t irritate my face. Of course, Matcha green tea is the main ingredient. I’ve also been using it a bit on my chest and shoulders, as I’ve experienced breakouts in those areas as well. It’s very good for removing makeup as well. This is some info that came in the package:

And here is my own simplified list of pros/cons.

Pros:

•Soothing green tea feels good on my skin

•packaging makes it easy to hold in the shower while washing your face, unlike bar soap.

•vegan and cruelty free

•portable container

Cons:

•It’s running out faster than I want it to (wish it was bigger!)

•It doesn’t really lather (I like soapy bubbles)

So there you go! My overall rating for this product would be 8.5 out of 10! I definitely love it and recommend it!

What facial cleanser have you been using? What’s your fav? Tell me in the comments and find me on Instagram at @stephaniepiix or tag #urbanmermaid 🧜🏼‍♀️

XO! 😘

Product Review: Milk Makeup’s Holographic Stick

This one is a little different since I’ve literally been SO lazy about my everyday “street makeup” aside from the essential concealer and brow powder. But this highlighter I received from Milk Makeup has become a lovely addition to my cosplay essentials bag, and it WILL be making its way into my regular makeup routine!

This is the Supernova version. It gives my Killer Frost makeup just the sparkle I was looking for!

And here’s my “everyday” makeup. Of course, just like all Milk Makeup’s products, the Holographic Stick is vegan and cruelty free! It goes on nicely over my concealer as either a light accent or a full-face shimmer. Mermaids have to sparkle, of course!!

Have you tried it? What’s your favorite highlighter? Let me know in the comments and tag me on Instagram at @stephaniepiix

Happy sparkling!

XO 😘

Weird Beauty Secret: To Tape or Not To Tape?

You’ve most likely heard of a million different solutions or products geared toward women (and guys) who want to get rid of fine lines or wrinkles. Let me just say, I know I’m WAYYYY too young to be having this problem! It would seem the only real, promising solution is surgery. But after reading through different forums and comments on the internet, I’ve noticed I’m not the only 20-something having this issue. I’ve seen quite a few young women complaining of fine lines, mostly “smile lines.” This is what was bothering me the most, so I did some research.

After watching some YouTube reviews on various face-tape and sticky-like products, I read the comments and noticed people mentioning surgical paper tape.

Yep, that cheap gauze tape from the bandage section of the drug store.

So I tried it, and I want to share my experience with you guys! It’s NOT easy to admit to the whole internet, of course. It’s a somewhat embarrassing problem that I usually bitch about to close friends on FaceTime…in my robe….with my face covered in tape. But alas, this is what drives me insane pretty much every day, and what I’ve done about it:

You can see the line is not as deep and more of a “surface line.” However, you do have to do this all the time, preferably every night for the best results. The internet seems to be full of articles written by people whining about how this doesn’t really work. Well, that is because you have to keep doing it, and there is no guarantee since one persons skin is not going to be the same as another’s. You will most likely see results happen slowly over time. This is why it’s not considered a “permanent fix.” It does, however, make my skin feel and look tighter in the morning when done right!

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should find the stiffest tape possible!! This is actually very important. The flimsy dollar store tape may give you some results, but could leave you with residual lines once you remove the tape.

Don’t be alarmed, though. Those will disappear as the morning wears on. But the better solution is to just avoid the cheap tape (lesson learned!!) It may also take a few tries to get the hang of it, since everyone’s face is different.

If this is something you want to try, here’s a few key points to sum things up:

•place tape long ways along the “wrinkle”

•make sure your face is clean

•you may do this after your nightly skin care routine

• always use the stiffest tape possible

•be sure to use tape that is meant for skin, NEVER use masking tape or any other tape not in the bandage section!! It could have chemicals on it that you don’t want on your skin!😵

Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments! XO