Pine Cone Elves

So these pine cone elves happened, and how freakin’ adorable are they?! I had to write a post for them just because I think their lil faces are so precious! They’re pretty self explanatory, just pine cones, pom poms (the eyes are tiny pom poms) pipe cleaners, hot glue, and prepare for a huge glitter mess! Next time I’ll probably use white glitter puffy paint to eliminate the mess. Finding the right pine cones is a bit of a challenge, but once you get good ones they’re so freakin’ cute!!

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CandyLipz Lip Plumper Review!

Yyyouch!! This one is a cool idea in theory, but it was a bit painful for me and left some unpleasant side effects! I had heard both good and bad things from people about these lip treatments, so I figured I would try it for myself since I wanted something done to my lips for a long time now. My bottom lip is really full and my top does NOT match!! I was hesitant after seeing what some ppl look like with lip injections 😵😵😵 and decided I would want a more “natural” approach if possible. When CandyLipz agreed to send me their product, my dumb ass assumed I would be getting a lipgloss with “plumper” in it. So that was my bad!! Anyway, I was super happy to have gotten not just one, but TWO plumping devices both in adorable lil boxes!!

The big one is the black and white one, and the apple is the “mini.” They are food-grade silicone and super cute! The big one came with a lil timer that you can either set for 2 or 4 minuets. Oh, and an awfully thick lil instruction manual that I probably should have read more in depth, but being the impatient person I am, I skimmed through it and went ahead with the treatment. I tried the large one first (maybe should’ve done the little one?!) You’re supposed to squeeze the air out, pucker your lips and put them in the opening, and release the pump while leaving the suction on your lips for either 2 or 4 minuets. I did 2. I DON’T RECOMMEND 4!!!!

OUCH! This thing hurt, but I pushed through it. It was my first time doing the treatment and figured it would hurt since I wasn’t used to it. And here’s the result:

UGHHH! My top lip did get a bit bigger but…THAT MARK!! I guess I put too much of my lips in there? My warning to you all is that these devices seem to work by literally breaking the capillaries in your lips and could do the same around your mouth if you aren’t careful! This was Saturday night, and it’s now Tuesday as I write this. The mark is still there but is diminishing. My lips also have a purple-ish tint in a few spots. As for the mark, I’ve been putting concealer on that shit and going about my day, but please if you try this BE CAREFUL!! Once the mark goes away, I do plan on using the small one with less suction and only putting a little bit of my lips in there. I am SO NOT getting a mark like this again!!

So my final rating for this product would have to be…

The packaging was way cute, CandyLipz is super nice for sending me both the big one and little one, and I may have used the product wrong. But that mark earns this thing some points off! I will be giving it another chance and hopefully writing another post when I figure out the secret to using it right!!

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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