Electric Ink Skincare for Tattoo Lovers

Gary and I have been getting tattooed for a long time now and between the two of us, we have quite the collection (you can check out a full ‘tour’ of my tattoos here!). The number one question that we’re often asked from strangers is how our tattoos are still so bright after all these years, and our answer is pretty straightforward: look after them! Moisturising and protecting your tattoos long after the healing process is over is honestly the most important thing you can do, especially if they are a big part of your personal style.

Keeping everything looking fresh and vibrant can be challenging, especially when you’ve had some of your tattoos for a number of years, so we’re always on the lookout for anything that might give us a hand!

Electric Ink tattoo care initially caught my eye due to their beautiful branding, and I was keen to find out more about this new range of products to see if they were more than just a pretty package.

The collection – which is exclusive to Superdrug – consists of a daily moisturiser, a vibrancy serum and a defining body oil. All three Electric Ink products are vegan friendly, and use nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, plant extracts and vitamin C to hydrate the skin and help maintain the colour pigment of your tattoos.

You could choose to incorporate the defining body oil into your usual skincare routine – it’s helpful against sun damage (but ALWAYS use SPF too!) and it smells great! It’s also in a handy spray bottle, which is useful if you have tattoos in hard to reach areas (and I do!).

Gary’s latest tattoo is a portrait of Bosley – I love it so much! 

The vibrancy serum and daily moisturiser by Electric Ink are perfect for helping to enhance your tattoos, while giving your skin a treat at the same time. The daily moisturiser is light in texture and ideal for quenching dry skin, and it’s probably the product we reach for the most. The vibrancy serum is less of an ‘everyday’ product, but it’s great for helping tattoos look fresh and defined – I can see it especially coming in handy when I’m shooting photos.

So far, both Gary and I have been impressed with this collection. It’s refreshing to see products on the market aimed at maintaining healed tattoos, especially as you can just walk into Superdrug and pick them up. Our tattoos are a reflection of who we are, from our first ever pieces right through to our most recent work – so we want them to look as good as possible for as long as possible!

Have you tried any of the Electric Ink line? Tell me about your first tattoo!

 

 

 

This post contains PR samples but all views and tattoo anecdotes are mine 

Beauty Hit List: April & May 2017

April and May have gone by in a flash and suddenly it’s time for another Beauty Hit List! These are the latest products that I’ve been reaching for and, as always, some are new releases while the others are simply new to me!

Let’s dive in and take a look…

Marula Oil range by Paul Mitchell 

One of the reasons why I don’t tend to grow my hair out much is because I have really, REALLY thick hair. And, no matter what length it is, it can get a bit difficult to manage if I don’t look after it! I love discovering new ways to treat my locks and keep them feeling soft and the Marula Oil styling products have the moisture boost of a hair mask built into their sprays and creams. The Rare Oil Style Extending Primer is my favourite from the collection – it’s been ideal for quenching my hair during the hot weather lately.

Solait SPF 50 Moisturising Sun Lotion by Superdrug 

I’m a bit of a broken record when it comes to wearing sunscreen I will admit but, at this time of year, it’s more important than ever to have a tube of SPF 50 in your handbag. One of the best things about summer is how spontaneous you can be, right? An afternoon in the park can suddenly turn into dinner al fresco (and beyond), so I’m keeping this Superdrug Solait sunscreen handy for wherever the day takes me. Feel the burn? Not on my watch!

Unicorn Snot glitter hair and body gel 

Had to. I was in a drugstore in Aspen earlier this month when a basket of sparkles caught my eye and, when I investigated further, I found jars of Unicorn Snot! Not only did I give in to the name but the sparkly gel also made me feel very nostalgic! I figured it would come in handy for glitter roots, smearing on my cheekbones and much more. Plus, it’s a jar of pink glitter, guys – I don’t need any other reasons. Ten bucks well spent!  #sorrynotsorry 

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Let’s Go Crazy by NARS

Oh, friends – if there was ever a clever ploy to entice me to buy a beauty product, naming the colours after Prince songs is a surefire way to win me over! Dig if you will, the picture: I was cruising the aisles in Sephora and checking out the NARS counter when, all of a sudden, the names of the shades started to feel oh-so-familiar. Dirty Mind. Do Me, Baby. Get Off. Pop Life. It was the dream we all dream of (or at least, the dream I dream of!). So I limited myself to just one – a rich, vivid pink in Let’s Go Crazy. I can’t promise that I won’t go back for the others soon though – after all, what good is a playlist with only one song?

Well Heeled Express Pedicure System by Magnitone

Summer means sandals, and sandals usually mean getting your feet out. Which is great, except I’ve had tights and boots on for the last five months and I don’t think you’re ready for these tootsies. Heck, I’m not sure I am! However, there’s something super relaxing about giving yourself a home pedicure, and this express system from Magnitone is ideal for buffing and smoothing my feet during a Netflix marathon. So if you see me parading around in open-toed shoes, it’s all down to Magnitone!

I guess this edition of the Beauty Hit List really does cover everything from head to toe! But what else do I need to check out? Be sure to tell me what’s made your list too!

 

 

Beauty Hit List: February & March 2017

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It’s been two whole months since my last Beauty Hit List and, since then, I’ve discovered (and re-discovered) plenty of new goodies to obsess over. Today we’ve got some new makeup releases, one of my long-time favourite scents, the Easter collection we’ve all been waiting for and a new beauty store to hit up!

So what are we waiting for? As Shania Twain would say, let’s go girls (and boys!)…

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GEN NUDE by bareMinerals

How do you like to go nude? At the office? The gym? Buying groceries? bareMinerals have a nude for every occasion with their new collection of GEN NUDE lip colours and are proving that nude shades don’t need to mean boring! With four dreamy formulas and 40 shades (!) to choose from, there’s never been a better time to go nude.

The Matte Liquid Lip colours are creamy and moisturising, while the Radiant Lipsticks are serving up “your lips, but better” coverage. 10 new Buttercream lipglosses are non-sticky and plumping and the Under Over lip liners can be worn on their own or to accentuate the perfect pout. My favourites from the collection have to be the Radiant Lipsticks, which feel super hydrating and add a slight shine (I’m wearing the shade XOX in this photo, if you want to see it on!).

Whether you’re into pink, peach, beige or mauve, bareMinerals have you covered. Nudes for days!

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Sugar Crush by Soap & Glory

Hands up if you got some Soap & Glory at Christmas time? Oh, who am I kidding? I love me some Soap and Glory all year round! My all-time favourite scent by Soap & Glory is Sugar Crush, a fresh kick of sherbet and citrus – so you can imagine my excitement when some of the brand’s classic products were recreated using my go-to fruity scent!

Over the last few months, I’ve been enjoying using Sugar Crush-scented Hand Food, Body Wash and Buttercream body butter. The dinky ones above came inside a Christmas gift set, which are perfect for stashing in your overnight bag for a burst of zing on the go!

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LUSH Spring 2017 Releases

One of my favourite things about LUSH are their seasonal collections. As well as REALLY knowing how to run with a theme, the exclusive products are packed with good-enough-to-eat ingredients and the LUSH Spring releases are no exception.

Covering Easter, Mother’s Day and the general joys of Springtime, this year’s products are an explosion of colour, creativity and cruelty-free fun! The Golden Egg bath bomb is back (phew!) to turn your bath into a glittering pool of toffee-scented bliss and there are plenty of gorgeous gifts to spoil your mama, your bestie or yourself. I just love the Chocolate Egg soap, which smells like vanilla, white chocolate and lemon.

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Superdrug Partick

If you’re Glasgow-based and want to pick up all your beauty essentials, you need to check out the shiny new Partick branch of Superdrug, which opened yesterday. Part of Crow Road retail park, this bright, modern unit is packed with everyone’s favourite brands plus Superdrug’s own-label products.

When I popped along to check it out, I was immediately drawn to the makeup section, which was packed with the store’s exclusive ranges like Makeup Revolution, MUA and Freedom. I also loved the Googly Eyes makeup bags, which are a super cute way to keep your handbag must-haves organised!

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It’s been an awesome couple of months for beauty – I think this time of year is always so great for new releases! I’m sure you guys have a few of your own favourites too, so be sure to tell me what I should be adding to my basket in the comments below or over on Twitter.

Love, glitter and googly eyes…

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This post contains some PR samples but all views, country music references and lipstick obsessions are mine