ELECTRIC INK SKINCARE REVIEW

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When it comes to tattoos, everyone has an opinion. Some people love them, others hate them. Whatever your opinion is there’s no denying the design and dedication that goes in to creating the perfect tattoo.

If you have ever had a tattoo you will know the healing process can be quite lengthy and irritating. No matter how you choose to aid the healing process, the key is to keep it hydrated to stop it drying out or cracking. Once healed you will then be left with a bright strong tattoo that you will want to keep looking it’s best.

When tattooed skin is dry and dehydrated it is visible to the eye. Tattoos look dull and lifeless and when you’ve spent so much money on something, you want it to look its best, don’t you?

Keeping your tattoo moisturised will make sure your tattoo is looking it’s best at all times so when I was asked if I would like to try out the Electric Ink Skincare range I was keen to see if it could improve the appearance of my tattoos.

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The range consists of 3 products – the Daily Moisturiser, Defining Body Oil and Vibrancy Serum, and are each packed with active ingredients to help protect your tattoos. Liftonin®-Xpert helps to reduce inflammation and supports the maintenance of tattoo ink, whilst coconut oil, inca inch oil and vitamin E acetate all help in keeping your skin moisturised and nourished. Each product comes individually packaged in a unit carton adorned with classic tattoo designs, which is a nice touch while the coloured text defines which each product is – I’m all about packaging!

Daily Moisturiser 200ml What it says: A everyday moisturiser to help protect your tattoo and skin whilst keeping it fresh, nourished and defined.

Out of the 3, this has been the most used product. Not only does it smell great, but it also does the job. The lightweight formula quickly absorbs into skin leaving your tattoo looking healthy and bright. I particularly think this works well if you have coloured tattoos, as it brings out the intensity of the colours.

Vibrancy Serum 60ml What it says: Enhances colour, maintains pigment and promotes vibrancy of tattoos whilst hydrating your skin.

Much like the daily moisturiser, the vibrancy serum really helps bring your tattoos back to life. Out of the two I would say this one is more intensive but as I have naturally dry skin this is the type of formula I would usually go for.  I found that not only did this make the lines look more defined and darker, it also made the skin around the tattoo look so much healthier too – the addition of amino acids really allow the serum absorb deeper into the skin. The only downside for me is that the tube is quite small so if you do have a lot of ink, it’s not going to last as long as the daily moisturiser but a treat for your tattoos non the less.

Defining Body Oil 110ml What it says: Moisturises whilst delivering gloss and clarity for that fresh ink look.

The body oil spray is a great option for those who like to have their tattoos on display and really show them off. After spending the past two weeks away, the defining body oil spray came in handy at the end of a day in the sun. Not only did it keep my tattoos hydrated but it also made them look a lot bolder, even through tanned skin. Unlike the other two products the body oil has a more sheer finish so it draws more attention to your tattoos, however it absorbs nicely into the skin and doesn’t leave your skin sticky which is the first thing I though about when I saw it was an oil.

Overall I’m really impressed with all the products in the range and look forward to seeing what else is introduced in the future! Have you tried any of the Electric Ink range? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

 

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HOTEL GOTHAM, MANCHESTER

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The past couple of weeks have been weird. I don’t know if it’s something to do with the change in weather (again) or what, but I have felt SO drained and run down. No matter how much I try and pull myself out of this ‘slump’ nothing has really worked, I just haven’t had any motivation.

So, with a couple of days off and no plans I thought I would take advantage and book a night somewhere because sometimes you just need to get away!

I have wanted to check into Hotel Gotham for sometime now but it’s often very pricey so have always just left it on my ‘bucket list’ of places to go. With so many deals around at the moment, we got a great price and finally decided to book our stay.

For those who are not familiar with Hotel Gotham; Hotel Gotham is located at 100 King Street in Manchester City Centre in the old banking quarter. The hotel is home to 60 rooms from a standard Club room to the Bank Managers suite – complete with its own roll top bath.

The carefully themed interior of the hotel and rooms is reminiscent to the golden era of 1920s New York featuring leather, furs and velvet, with brass details.

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We stayed in the Executive Club room which is  a larger version of the Club room. On arrival we were greeted by the friendly ‘bell boy’ who took our luggage and directed us to the elevators (the reception is located on the 6th floor). We were welcomed by the friendly staff and given a vodka infused drink on arrival. Our room was located on the first floor where we were met with our bags.

The room itself was huge. the first thing you notice is the black and grey statement carpet which is a nod to the art deco designs of the era. The king size bed was adorned with a luxurious faux fur throw and peacock print cushions and the crisp white linen contrasted with the dark interiors and black furniture.

The bathroom boasts a rainfall shower and just like the room is a decent size. It features luxury toiletries from The White Company, on top of a gold bullion which embraces the buildings history.

On the top floor of the hotel you will find Club Brass, Hotel Gotham’s very own private members’ bar, which is also open to hotel residents. Unfortunately there was a private function being held in the main area of the bar so we were directed to a smaller area.

Regardless, we enjoyed our drinks and nibbles before heading out for the evening.

Overall, Hotel Gotham was the pick me up I needed. If you get the chance to visit or are looking for somewhere to stay for a special occasion,  I would definitely recommend it.

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JUNE GROOMING EDIT

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For June’s Grooming Edit I have once again teamed up with Panasonic and the new i-Shaper Mens Trimmer to bring you my favourite products which I have been using this past month.

The i-Shaper 3-in-1 Precision Trimmer is the perfect tool to style, trim and shave facial hair to keep you looking your best this summer. The ergonomic design and cordless operation allows for precise trimming and complete control over the difficult areas such as the jaw line and cheeks to get your desired style. Featuring 20 different cutting lengths the i-Shaper ensures a hassle free dry shave which is gentle on your skin – the perfect tool for someone who likes to keep a bit of stubble, but wants to keep it looking neat and tidy. For more information and to see the i-Shaper in action, head on over to the Panasonic YouTube page.

So what new products have I been using this month?

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon Eau De Toilette. The latest fragrance for men from Prada is a good one. Combining a mix of lavender, citrus and amber, the fragrance is sweet yet warm and masculine. This is the type of fragrance which is universal and would appeal to most people – I get so many compliments every time I wear it and its the perfect scent for the summer months. £49

LUSH Enzymion Moisturiser. I recently visited the Lush Spa in Leeds where I had the Validation Facial treatment which was amazing! I would definitely recommend booking in for a treatment if you can. The treatment itself involved a number of different LUSH products so after it was over I was keen to add some of these to my everyday routine. Stand out products to me were the Enzymion Moisturiser and the Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask (which they gave me after my treatment). The moisturiser is so thick and hydrating and is just what someone with dry skin like me needs. I was worried it would leave my skin feeling oily but as each pot contains a whole lemon, it leaves your skin with a matte finish. Again, another product which is perfect for the warmer weather. £14/£7

Jack Black Eye Balm. If the warm weather we’ve been having has stopped you getting a good nights sleep, this product is for you and it’s so easy to use. Featuring a stainless-steel rollerball applicator to massage and cool on contact, the blend of soothing and hydrating ingredients helps to minimise puffiness and brighten tired-looking eyes. The clear gel quickly absorbs into your skin and is non-sticky so is ideal any time of the day when you need a pick me up. Think mid afternoon slump or after a night of drinking.. £24

Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream. The latest innovation from Perricone MD comes in the form of the H2 Elemental Energy range. The light weight ‘cloud-like’ formula is highly moisturising and is powered with Hydrogen to deliver ‘deep penetrating hydration to the surface layers of skin for 24 hour results’. The fragrance-free formula absorbs almost immediately into your skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth, without any oily residue. It kept me hydrated through the day and felt very natural. Not only does it do wonders for the skin, but it also looks amazing too, just look at that packaging! £80

Omorovicza Instant Perection Serum. I had never heard of this brand before receiving this item, but since I was introduced to it, I have seen it everywhere! I received this when I attended the Mankind Father’s day event at the beginning of the month. I wasn’t really sure what to do with a ‘face serum’ at first as I had never used one before. Turns out you apply this before you moisturise and, a third of a bottle later, it’s something I can always see being part of my everyday grooming routine. It feels a little bit sticky on first contact but soon disappears into your skin leaving it instantly firmer, brighter and hydrated. The Hyaluronic acid helps to plump up the skin and helps to lock in moisture. I also found that it made my complexion look so much better; minimising pores and making blemishes appear less red for a more evened out my skin tone. By applying a moisturiser over the top you are sure to have healthy hydrated skin all day long. £80

There you have it, my June favourites, have you tried any of these? What do you think about the Panasonic i-Shaper?

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ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST ‘PRIDE’

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To coincide with Pride celebrations this weekend, my latest pick up comes in the form of this new pair of adidas Ultra Boost.

Much like Nike’s ‘Be True’ collection, the ‘Pride pack’ from adidas celebrates Pride month with four models featuring the colors of the Pride rainbow flag.

Staying true to previous releases, the “Pride/LGBTQ Ultra Boost 3.0” features a tonal black Primeknit upper and white BOOST midsole, much like the ‘Core Black 3.0’ released earlier this year. However, the moulded heel cage is now white and is adorned with multi coloured bubbles – paying tribute to the colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag.

At £160 these aren’t cheap, but when you consider adidas’ donation to The Rainbow Laces campaign to coincide with the release; a charity which aims to champion LGBTQ equality in sport, you can see past it. In addition if you have ever owned a pair of Ultra Boost you will know just how comfortable they are on foot!

What do you think about the latest Ultra Boost?

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THICKER FULLER HAIR FOR MEN

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One thing I have always worried about as I get older is losing my hair. Whilst there are many factors that may lead to hair loss, male pattern baldness is something most men will experience through their lifetime.

There might not be any particular cure to losing hair but as technology advances there are more and more treatments you might like to consider. From extreme surgical procedures to spray on fibres, there’s something to cover everyones needs.

Although I might not be losing my hair (just yet) as the saying goes prevention is better than the cure. With that in mind I have been using thickening or caffeine shampoo for years as well as other thickening products to help keeping my hair thick and at its fullest.

For the past couple weeks I have been trying out some of the NIOXIN 3D Styling range, which is available at Mankind. Formulated with ‘Pro-Thick technology’ the NIOXIN Bodifying Foam and NIOXIN Thickening Spray contain thickening polymers that deposit on the hair. The polymers form bonds between gaps in the hair strands to create a fuller-looking appearance. Both products are quite similar, in the fact you apply to clean hair and blow dry for volume however I found the thickening spray a lot more easier (and less messy) to use.

The Thickening Spray is great for adding instant texture and hold. Simply spray from root to tip and blow dry into your desired style. Depending on what style you usually go for, you can either use it as a styler and leave it how it’s been dried or for a more manageable style, you can brush the product out to work in other products to create your look.

I did find once dried, my hair felt quite stiff and dry but this wasn’t really an issue for me as I opted for the second option and also used a pomade on top of it, followed by the NIOXIN Regular Hold Spray to keep it in place.

The NIOXIN Regular Hold Spray provides a light, balanced hold. Featuring LIGHTPLEX technology with thickening polymers and conditioning agents, it has just enough hold to keep it in place all day, but without any of the stiffness or stickiness. I’m not sure if I noticed much difference in terms of thickness but it provided the right amount of hold and did the job.

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If you’re looking for an added boost, the American Crew Boost Powder instantly thickens and lifts the hair to the areas applied. It might take a bit of trial and error to start with but once you’ve got the hang of sprinkling the white powder directly on to your hair, you can create a style full of weight and texture which will last all day.

It gives your hair a matte finish, but it works well with the rest of the American Crew range as a pre-stlyer if you are looking for a more slick style. Once again, I usually apply the American Crew Pomade to finish off.

Finally, if you read my last post you will know that the latest grooming box from Mankind contains the Nanogen 5-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner. Having used the Nanogen range before I was interested to see if this would be just as good as the individual shampoo and conditioners. Luckily, it is, and more. The incredible 5-in-1 treatment helps to cleanse, condition, exfoliate, thicken and strengthen hair. To put it simply, it leaves your hair feeling super healthy and… thick.

Have you tried any of these thickening products? What are your thoughts?

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