There’s definitely a reason that mermaids have always been so alluring, and I’m guessing it’s not because they smell like brine. Maybe it’s the effortlessly sexy hair and their perfect tans (somehow achieved despite dwelling below layers of darkness.) Whatever their secrets, their mythical beauty is not that unachievable. I was inspired by two great nail polishes I’ve been rocking lately: OPI’s Mermaid’s Tears (from the Pirates of Caribbean collection) and Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaid’s Dream. But these aren’t the only great mermaid-inspired products out there. Here, I’ve put together some of my tried-and-true favorites:
- Lily Pulitzer’s “Beachy” is my all-time favorite scent, as you might be able to guess by the dwindling liquid. I can only describe this perfume as a vacation in a bottle. I tend to overspray my perfumes, but adding more of this scent is never a crime. Upon my last healthy dousing, someone actually stopped to tell me I smelled “delicious.” I’ll take it.
- Using The Body Shop’s Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator is like having a rough ocean’s wave pummel your face with sand. Except, you know, more glamorous. I use this product two nights a week for a buffed, healthy glow.
- I love the way my hair looks when I get out of the ocean, but it inevitably feels like a stray dog’s matted fur. Charlotte Ronson’s A Perfect Mess Beach Hair gives you the same look with a better texture and an amazing fresh scent. Any excuse to skip the Jersey shore entirely is good news for me!
- Ever wish you could peel open an oyster and gaze at your reflection in a shining pearl? No? Okay, that’s just me then. These Disney Seashell Compacts from DuWop kind of give you the same effect. I have the eyeshadow dual in “greedy” and the cheek dual in “rogue.” Be careful if you whip one of these out in public for a quick touch up: they start a total frenzy, and someone’s bound to rip it right out of your hands.