Last August, I went home to Vancouver for a family emergency and spent a lot of time by the ocean, either swimming, tanning, or just thinking and throwing a stick into the water for the family dog. The ocean brought me a lot of serenity and made me feel truly grounded, safe, and at home.
It was around that time that I decided I might be a mermaid.
It sounds silly, but I really do have a lot of mermaid qualities! I always feel drawn to the ocean and adore swimming more than almost anything else; I feel nauseous when I think of beautiful creatures like whales and dolphins being harmed or kept in captivity, and I have a strong, intense desire to learn how to sail so I can leave the land behind for a couple years.
For now, though, it’s still winter, I don’t know how to sail, and I live nowhere near the ocean.
All I can really do to satisfy my mermaid feelings is share petitions about saving killer whales, dye my hair mint green, wear glittery star headbands, and covet all my favourite mermaid-inspired products. There are quite a few, but I’ve compiled a shortlist for all you sea witches and merpeople:
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Shell Shock
I’m not much of a lipstick fan--I find I always have super-chapped lips after I apply a colour--but Ilia’s Tinted Lip Conditioners are a total dream! More lip balm than lipstick, Shell Shock gives my lips a perfect beachy pink stain that I can’t get enough of, all while moisturizing them with soothing ingredients like jojoba oil and cocoa butter.
Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Mermaid’s Dream
I’ve always loved this nail polish, even before it matched my hair. It's a perfect mint shade, with tiny specks of gold and blue glitter confetti.
Mermaid Hair Shampoo and Conditioner
I just couldn’t resist the delicious scent and cute packaging of this combo. All-natural and cruelty-free, this shampoo and conditioner pair smell like orange blossom, coconut, and the seaside. I was a bit worried because my poor bleached hair needs extra-special treatment, but they left my hair feeling soft and silky, and smelling delicious.
Captain Blankenship Dry Shampoo
I love finding new indie, small-batch brands to try out. Captain Blankenship is an all-natural brand based out of the Hudson River Valley, and the products are made with organic ingredients and a bit of ocean breeze magic.
One of my favourite products so far is the Days at Sea dry shampoo, a hair powder with a soft rose geranium scent that I just can’t get enough of. I avoid washing my hair as much as possible because it’s so frail, so a great dry shampoo is always high on my list. This product gives me great texture and volume, and eliminates all the greasy bits.
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Distortion
I adore all of Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal liners, but Distortion is by far my favourite. An iridescent white glitter with hints of blue, pink, and purple, this glittery liquid is perfect for lining lower lashes, creating a glitter cat eye, adding bits of glitter to the tips of your eyelashes, or even covering your cheekbones with subtle hints of glitter magic.
Manic Panic in Atomic Turquoise and Electric Lizard
I couldn’t bring myself to leave the products responsible for my new mermaid hair out of this list. I used a combination of white conditioner, a lot of Atomic Turquoise and a bit of Electric Lizard green, mixed it all together, and mushed it all over my head for half an hour.
The result was a totally perfect minty dream, with tiny hints of Davines Mother of Pearl still in tact for extra mermaid points.
Are there any other mermaid-inspired products I need to know about?