I've spent half of this year pursuing my newest venture, creating art prints as an underwater model with the uber fabulous Brandon Howard Photography empire in Florida. It's been a learning experience to say the least - learning to swim in a dress and pointe shoes [something you typically don't do], learning to swim with a mermaid tail [maybe something you typically do?], learning how to pretend I'm not freezing to death in the water all day, and learning how to keep my makeup intact for a full day's shooting. I adapted fairly well to the first 3 things, but honestly, keeping my makeup in place for the first couple sessions was way harder than I thought. I bought some waterproof makeup which wasn't all that waterproof, and gave up on that after the second use. As someone with skin allergies to phenoxyethanol, a preservative found in a lot of skin care products and makeup, I have to be careful about what I put on my face, so my choices were limited from the start. But I finally found the Siia Makeup Setting Spray, which worked great. Let's be honest, if you're in the water all day, your makeup isn't going to stay perfect. This stuff does a great job of sealing everything up though, and the best part, no phenoxyethanol. I highly suggest popping over to www.siiacosmetics.com and investing in a bottle.
Our most recent shoot was mermaid photos, which are being sorted now. To say I was excited about being a mermaid was an understatement, and to say I'm excited about seeing our photos and videos is an even bigger understatement. There's a wonderful company in Germany called Magictail that lets you design your own mermaid tail, and I've already finished designing my first mermaid tail; again, an understatement to say I'm excited about its imminent arrival. The tail I wore in my most recent shoot was a FinFun Elite tail with a custom dorsal fin that I designed and sewed myself. I'll be making more customisations and unique designs that will be available for purchase sometime next year on our website, www.tresordelamer.shop