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AniaR
02-25-2015, 08:25 PM
So while I have a detailed review (http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3092-Merbella-Studios&p=167260&viewfull=1#post167260) up about my tail, I have decided now that I've had it for a few months and been using it a hell of a lot, that I would talk more about the awesome upgrades and let people ask me questions!

So my waist actually comes up really high. When I am sitting it comes up UNDER my top. It's very tight and tricky to get on as it's reinforced; so it takes more time than a regular tail. However, in addition to the lovely blend line that makes the tail look seamless; the high tight waist sucks everything in and gives you less belly roles! If you don't have it up high enough you *can* get a muffin top but as you get used to putting the tail on and managing it you figure out the best way to get it pulled up high. I find I am a lot less self conscious about my waist since having it, and you can see my belly button through it which makes it LOOK like a low rise tail! It also makes it so kids totallllly believe it's real. Even kids point out the waistline. I guess they notice the waists on the h20 mermaids haha.

It honestly creates like a photoshop effect. No, it's not more fragile; it's super reinforced. And Raven has developed a method to totally replace the waist only should it become damaged from the constant wear and tear of putting a tail on a lot. I don't recommend rolling the tail down to get it on. easy to damage the tail IN GENERAL but makes it a bit harder anyway because the waist is tighter and thicker. However, when taking it off if the whole tail is wet you can usually roll it off because the entire thing slides easier.

My suggestions for putting the tail on to make sure you don't damage the tail or the waist line is when you get to the stage that it's time to pull the tail up, put a towel between the tail/waist line of the tail and your hands. So you're gripping the tail or the waist through the towel. Less likely to tear or damage anything, gives you a better grip too. Great for smoothing out wrinkles :)

Edit: I find as long as you have it pulled up enough it rarely gaps at the waist! super tight suction!

Here's a candid photo unedited that mermaid mutiny did.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10996667_1010433505658059_8677282806956596056_n.jp g?oh=116fb98af9273b3e98fc2c17ae2b2322&oe=5596585F&__gda__=1435923040_ad3f2673376cd43973c2a5c93159172 8

In this cell phone picture you can see the line of the top of the tail. I find when I bend the tail slides down a bit in the water (happens with most tails) so the top of the waist comes out from under the top I'm wearing.

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10373989_998010316900378_4453890166283224357_n.jpg ?oh=b640b37f2acf622174c4daa6344f738a&oe=558712CA

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t31.0-8/s2048x2048/10960191_1004599109574832_8256034318372837067_o.jp g

In this picture you can see even though I would normally have loads of belly rolls being carried like this; the waist line sucks it all in

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10891442_980700751964668_327158821308892492_n.jpg? oh=000beb80d70450a7eeb15113e47ae06b&oe=557E0A1A&__gda__=1435314139_bf05775b89ef8a1485f99565e54f55c 0

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10269437_1000570393311037_1684987639576762140_n.jp g?oh=7f87374c8a0b391fb779eb84bd4b3634&oe=5589BF99

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10386746_989688904399186_1520489690575244787_n.jpg ?oh=fd09fd597c99466c0e309e4b6281a4ed&oe=554F3F3F&__gda__=1435532726_97d56b3dd27fe4a5069f7cce5181ff6 9

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/q82/s2048x2048/1559285_986095691425174_1792010078080338887_o.jpg

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10931377_986095714758505_5861036885357722503_n.jpg ?oh=4a90ff705284e10b4f83d877ee02aaa3&oe=5583E796



This isnt some photshop thing, check out some videos!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RywRse22uTw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrLqrwQT7QI



Now as for the upgrade with the drainage system? REVOLUTIONARY. No more lifting your tail to get water out of the waist. No more cutting unsightly holes! Her drainage system is perfectly placed and hidden well. Hop up on the side of the pool, put your fluke by the water, it discretely and quickly pours out, and you're good to go!

Mermaid Jaffa
02-26-2015, 12:30 AM
No more Sean picking you up and shaking you out like lollies stuck to the bottom of the tin! Or maybe that's how I imagine it to be...

It sounds like a super cool upgrade that's fun to swim and frolic in.

mermaidopal
02-26-2015, 03:03 AM
Thanks for all the detailed input and review, Raina! The blended waist effect really is incredible. I couldn't quite believe it at first! Raven really makes some amazing tails.

Ariel Starfish
02-26-2015, 04:09 AM
Thanks for cleaning this up Raina! :D I'm super stoked about the blended waistline on my tail W:drool:

Little_Orca
02-26-2015, 04:36 AM
Super awesome as always. :)

Aziara
02-26-2015, 11:27 AM
With the blended waist, the tail no longer looks like a prosthetic. It looks so darn REAL, I just don't believe it.

PearlieMae
02-26-2015, 11:46 AM
I've seen it. Up close and personal. It's perfect!

I'm annoyed that I can't figure out how she did it!!! :gah:

Aziara
02-26-2015, 11:48 AM
I've seen it. Up close and personal. It's perfect!

I'm annoyed that I can't figure out how she did it!!! :gah:
OMG, I'm laughing so hard right now, Pearlie! That was actually driving me nuts too. I'm quite a mechanical, hands-on person, and not being able to figure something out makes my brain itch.

PearlieMae
02-26-2015, 11:56 AM
OMG, I'm laughing so hard right now, Pearlie! That was actually driving me nuts too. I'm quite a mechanical, hands-on person, and not being able to figure something out makes my brain itch.

When that happens, I think of sandpaper. ;)

Mermaid Wesley
02-26-2015, 06:32 PM
I saw it too and it really is lovely. Looks so real.


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AniaR
02-26-2015, 06:47 PM
Pearlie May tries to figure out my tail:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10888800_10155071037255425_5962145501314769381_n.j pg?oh=e35ed271b476e184cb5c18adbb65350a&oe=5593C95B&__gda__=1434445582_5a355aa7662c04e6c30c3beae0bcd42 2

Mermaid Jaffa
02-27-2015, 03:22 AM
So much detail in it! I can't believe there the Finis Foil in it.

Little_Orca
02-27-2015, 05:03 AM
*paws at tail.*

MermaidBrandie
02-28-2015, 06:18 PM
It's so pretty. Without giving away her secret, what do you think she's done differently to make it drain so well? Since you've had her first tail and now this one. Is it more holes or simply placement of those holes?


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Lily
02-28-2015, 06:34 PM
Don't take this the wrong way, Raina, but I want to lick your tail. Just a little. Okay a lot. In my head it tastes like pop rocks and chocolate oranges.

AniaR
02-28-2015, 07:42 PM
Omg I love that comment

Echidna
02-28-2015, 08:08 PM
ahaha, Pearlie looks like a tail scientist.
"must take more samples"

OceanWhisper
02-28-2015, 11:58 PM
Don't take this the wrong way, Raina, but I want to lick your tail. Just a little. Okay a lot. In my head it tastes like pop rocks and chocolate oranges.
What >.<

Mermaid Neri Elvina
03-01-2015, 05:31 AM
Omg Lily! That comment, lmao

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PearlieMae
03-01-2015, 11:30 AM
Pearlie May tries to figure out my tail:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10888800_10155071037255425_5962145501314769381_n.j pg?oh=e35ed271b476e184cb5c18adbb65350a&oe=5593C95B&__gda__=1434445582_5a355aa7662c04e6c30c3beae0bcd42 2

Uh oh, I'm busted!

I don't think she saw me, but I licked it. It tastes like Pixy Stix and magic.

Mermaid Neri Elvina
03-02-2015, 06:38 AM
Uh oh, I'm busted!

I don't think she saw me, but I licked it. It tastes like Pixy Stix and magic.
Omg Pearlie [emoji23] [emoji2]

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Mermaid_Syrenity<3
03-02-2015, 06:42 AM
Omg lol that was funny

OceanWhisper
03-02-2015, 07:52 AM
what's with everyone wanting to lick her tail? lol

Ariel Starfish
03-02-2015, 08:34 AM
I'm not the type to lick a tail, but when my tail arrives - i'm gonna smell on it :'D I love the scent from a fresh silicone tail. :D

OceanWhisper
03-03-2015, 09:41 AM
one day I'll get to experience that :) *sigh* only three or so more years...

Dancing Fish
03-03-2015, 05:30 PM
Uh oh, I'm busted!

I don't think she saw me, but I licked it. It tastes like Pixy Stix and magic.

:lol: OMG I could fill a book with all the Pearlie quotes that make me spew tea onto my monitor. Hee!

H-SAMA
03-05-2015, 05:31 PM
It really looks amazing. <3

AniaR
03-05-2015, 08:29 PM
it's not holes, it's a whole drainage SYSTEM :)

Green Tea Mermaid
03-08-2015, 12:12 PM
Uh oh, I'm busted!

I don't think she saw me, but I licked it. It tastes like Pixy Stix and magic.

OMG this! :rotfl:

H-SAMA
03-08-2015, 04:43 PM
Cool but I could not see the belly of the tail. How does the seem work?

Ariel Starfish
03-09-2015, 05:53 AM
what about the foil monofin instead of the competitor? I got a foil for my new tail but Im worried my feet would not fit the footpockets (wide feet)? should I order one size bigger and wear neoprene socks? I remember u said these type of monofin hurts your feet after a while. I never got BOTH heel straps over my feet when I had my competititor fin.

OceanWhisper
03-09-2015, 07:25 AM
what do you mean by both straps? were your feet too long? I don't know what you mean

AniaR
03-09-2015, 10:31 AM
I just wear socks and I'm fine. I derno monofins feel different to everyone. I found it way more uncomfortable at first but now I'm used to it.

Ariel Starfish
03-09-2015, 12:13 PM
what do you mean by both straps? were your feet too long? I don't know what you
mean

The foot pockets where to narrow, and it took WAY to much effort for pulling the ( non adjustable-)straps way over my heels. I just had the abbility to pull each strap with two fingers, and getting cramps in my fingers afterwards. :(

Fun123joker
03-09-2015, 04:02 PM
well now we know what mermaids taste like.
im also curious about the foil monofin. idk but in my head i dont see it as it giving good prepultion

Mer-Crazy
03-09-2015, 06:28 PM
Ariel I have wide feet too, so I went one size up for my first tail and I never even noticed it was a size too big. I never had too much trouble getting it on. Then again my feet are pretty big. They fit perfectly into a medium until I put booties in and then it's just the tiniest bit too snug. So I'm hoping the large will be fine for me. (I've never worn the monofin and booties at the same time with the large).

As for fun joker yeah of course the foil doesn't give as much push as a competitor, but from what I've seen of Ariel's videos she does mostly pool swims so it doesn't matter too much if she doesn't have that push there. I do a lot of ocean swimming so sadly the foil just wasn't an option for me though I loved the flowy look so much.

AniaR
03-09-2015, 06:35 PM
Yeah I talked about the fin in my review this is more so for the upgrades. Lots of similar discussion in the monofin area

Lily
03-09-2015, 07:01 PM
well now we know what mermaids taste like.
I think I might have a mild case of synesthesia because I can taste certain visual stimuli (paintings, sculpture, and apparently mermaid tails). Like, my tail tastes like blue and pink Sweet Tarts with a hint of rum. Psyke Revived by Cupid's Kiss (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psyche_Revived_by_Cupid%27s_Kiss) is cookies 'n' cream ice cream and cocoa nibs and rosť wine.

BlueMermaid
03-14-2015, 12:52 PM
this new tail and top is stunning! You look amazing!!


So while I have a detailed review (http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3092-Merbella-Studios&p=167260&viewfull=1#post167260) up about my tail, I have decided now that I've had it for a few months and been using it a hell of a lot, that I would talk more about the awesome upgrades and let people ask me questions!

So my waist actually comes up really high. When I am sitting it comes up UNDER my top. It's very tight and tricky to get on as it's reinforced; so it takes more time than a regular tail. However, in addition to the lovely blend line that makes the tail look seamless; the high tight waist sucks everything in and gives you less belly roles! If you don't have it up high enough you *can* get a muffin top but as you get used to putting the tail on and managing it you figure out the best way to get it pulled up high. I find I am a lot less self conscious about my waist since having it, and you can see my belly button through it which makes it LOOK like a low rise tail! It also makes it so kids totallllly believe it's real. Even kids point out the waistline. I guess they notice the waists on the h20 mermaids haha.

It honestly creates like a photoshop effect. No, it's not more fragile; it's super reinforced. And Raven has developed a method to totally replace the waist only should it become damaged from the constant wear and tear of putting a tail on a lot. I don't recommend rolling the tail down to get it on. easy to damage the tail IN GENERAL but makes it a bit harder anyway because the waist is tighter and thicker. However, when taking it off if the whole tail is wet you can usually roll it off because the entire thing slides easier.

My suggestions for putting the tail on to make sure you don't damage the tail or the waist line is when you get to the stage that it's time to pull the tail up, put a towel between the tail/waist line of the tail and your hands. So you're gripping the tail or the waist through the towel. Less likely to tear or damage anything, gives you a better grip too. Great for smoothing out wrinkles :)

Edit: I find as long as you have it pulled up enough it rarely gaps at the waist! super tight suction!

Here's a candid photo unedited that mermaid mutiny did.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10996667_1010433505658059_8677282806956596056_n.jp g?oh=116fb98af9273b3e98fc2c17ae2b2322&oe=5596585F&__gda__=1435923040_ad3f2673376cd43973c2a5c93159172 8

In this cell phone picture you can see the line of the top of the tail. I find when I bend the tail slides down a bit in the water (happens with most tails) so the top of the waist comes out from under the top I'm wearing.

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10373989_998010316900378_4453890166283224357_n.jpg ?oh=b640b37f2acf622174c4daa6344f738a&oe=558712CA

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t31.0-8/s2048x2048/10960191_1004599109574832_8256034318372837067_o.jp g

In this picture you can see even though I would normally have loads of belly rolls being carried like this; the waist line sucks it all in

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10891442_980700751964668_327158821308892492_n.jpg? oh=000beb80d70450a7eeb15113e47ae06b&oe=557E0A1A&__gda__=1435314139_bf05775b89ef8a1485f99565e54f55c 0

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10269437_1000570393311037_1684987639576762140_n.jp g?oh=7f87374c8a0b391fb779eb84bd4b3634&oe=5589BF99

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10386746_989688904399186_1520489690575244787_n.jpg ?oh=fd09fd597c99466c0e309e4b6281a4ed&oe=554F3F3F&__gda__=1435532726_97d56b3dd27fe4a5069f7cce5181ff6 9

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/q82/s2048x2048/1559285_986095691425174_1792010078080338887_o.jpg

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10931377_986095714758505_5861036885357722503_n.jpg ?oh=4a90ff705284e10b4f83d877ee02aaa3&oe=5583E796



This isnt some photshop thing, check out some videos!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RywRse22uTw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrLqrwQT7QI



Now as for the upgrade with the drainage system? REVOLUTIONARY. No more lifting your tail to get water out of the waist. No more cutting unsightly holes! Her drainage system is perfectly placed and hidden well. Hop up on the side of the pool, put your fluke by the water, it discretely and quickly pours out, and you're good to go!