Monday, 11 December 2017

Tattoo Care With Eco Cosmetics

I am quite lazy when it comes to my tattoos. When I have any work done I take care of it really well and they always heal quickly. However, after the healing process I neglect them quite a bit. I don't moisturise them never mind using an SPF. I think half of the problem is that they just become a part of you, I wouldn't say I forget about them but I definitely don't think about moisturising them.

I have seen quite a lot of tattoo care ranges, however I am always a bit dubious about buying them. When you look at the ingredients they are usually just a tube of chemical gunk, so I am always put off buying them.

Eco-Cosmetics recently approached me after talking about some of my tattoos, in particular my sleeve. Based on wildlife in the UK, it's made up of a fox, hare, badger and a stag. The work was completed by artist Manu Racoon done in his neo-traditional style. Anyway, back to Eco-Cosmetics, they kindly sent me their tattoo care range. There are three products in the range, Eco SPF Sun Lotion, Eco Body Lotion and an Eco Shower Gel.

Out of the three products the Eco Tattoo Body Lotion is the one appealed to me the most. During the winter I find my skin a bit dryer than normal. It is a light cream and soaks into the skin well, which is one of the more important factors for me. I hate putting clothing over layer of moisturiser that hasn't yet soaked in.

The Eco Tattoo Shower Gel contains Noni and Pomegranate, which is gentle on the skin and helps care for your tattoo. I have been using it non stop since receiving it and it's a nice product.

The Eco Tattoo Sun Lotion SPF 30 is probably one I will use the least at the minute due to the winter months. It provides high protection for your skin and is water resistant. As well as protecting yourself it is also coral reef friendly, so when you go for a swim at the beach it doesn't kill off anything in the sea with nasty chemicals. It is quite a thick lotion and slightly fades your tattoo until fully soaked in, however this is a product to protect your tattoo not make it vibrant.

These products felt great on the skin and in no way felt harsh. They left the skin feeling and looking healthy. A good range of products for those looking to protect tattooed skin and keep it looking great.

Have you got any tips on tattoo care? I would love to hear them, comment below!


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Make Or Break An Outfit With BodyBranded.Com

You can spend hours putting together the perfect outfit, it could be for a night out, job interview or even for a casual Sunday shop. It would be choosing a top, something that goes for the bottom and maybe footwear and accessories. Many people forget about one garment that can make or break an outfit, I am talking about socks.

It sounds really trivial and I bet many people will read up to this point thinking, how can socks break an outfit? I see people at work wearing a nice three piece suit and a nice pair of shoes, but then they've got white sports socks on! Swap the sports socks for a nice smart pair of patterned or coloured socks and make the outfit.

The team at BodyBranded.Com kindly sent me some Ben Sherman socks to put to the test. I have bought Ben Sherman boxer shorts in the past but never socks. I always buy the huge multi-packs from the cheaper shops. After trying out these socks out for a few days I wont be going back to the cheap ones. They are really soft and breathable which makes them super comfortable, not only that they look great too. The muted grey socks look great with a smart outfit and the more colourful ones brighten up anything casual. But that's not to say you cant choose a bold sock to pair with a suit, in some occasions it can work.

Is there anything else that's isn't a major about an outfit that you think can make or break it? I would love to know! Leave a comment below. 


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Music And Merch With EMP

Music played a huge part in my teen life and if it was on the heavier side chances are I would like it. I used to wake up to music every morning to some kind of nu-metal or metalcore (or whatever you want to call it), which would blast out of my cd player.

Getting dressed to my chosen playlist, I would try and wear as much band merch as possible. I probably looked ridiculous. Some days it would be a band t-shirt and hoody, but other days it would be a long sleeve band t-shirt with a short sleeved band t-shirt over the top, a hoody, a straight peak and always tons of patches on my backpack! I was basically a walking billboard.

On the way to sixth form/work, I would always break out my trusty Sony Mini Disc player. The good old times, where you used to sit and listen to each track one by one as it recorded onto the next days mini disc.

Music still plays a big part in my life today and I try to break out my guitar or play my drums when I have the time. I still listen to some of the same bands that I listened to through my teens, they have just evolved along the way and I listen to a lot of newer bands, who produce a simliar genre of music.

 Bring Me The Horizon

These guys are a 5 piece band which originated in Sheffield. They received a lot of hate in the early years, but they have gone strength to strength and produced some epic albums. There most recent studio album to be released is That's The Spirit.

A Day To Remember

ADTR are a Florida based band, their first studio album was released in 2005. They are known for songs like 'All I Want' and 'Downfall Of Us All'. They are still going strong today with their latest release Bad Vibrations (2016), I finally purchased the vinyl edition of this at the start of the year.

While She Sleeps

Many will know these guys from their latest album release - You Are We. It features songs such as Silence Speaks (Feat. Oliver Sykes BMTH). They started way back in 2006 and they are another amazing band to come out of Sheffield. You Are We is one of my most listened to albums from the past few months.


Starting in Brighton this 5 piece band have come a long way, they are now getting the recognition they deserve. They have had some absolute classic singles like 'Alpha Omega' and their latest studio album All Gods Have Abandoned Us is an absolute must buy if you like this genre of music.

 Enter Shikari

A lot of people have mixed feelings for these guys, I personally love the music they produce. They released their first studio album in 2006 Take To The Skies, known for tracks such as 'Sorry, You're Not A Winner' and 'Mothership'. With each album the band has grown and their latest release The Spark is a great album.

If you haven't heard of some of these bands then check them out, I know many people out there won't like some of the music I listen to but you never know!

 This post was sponsored by EMP

What are you listening to at the moment? I love finding new music (any genre) comment below with your recommendations :)


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Gaming Night With Hofmeister Beer

After a long week at work some down time is always nice. Whether it comes in the form of a bubble bath :D or a gaming night (where you openly talk rubbish with your mates and poorly attempt to save the world from a pandemic), it's a great start to the weekend.

I haven't gamed much since Jacob was born, but now that our little man is in a good routine I have really got back into it. I have met some great friends through blogging, who have an interest in gaming and we have started streaming on a weekly basis or when we can. We always have a laugh and drink some beers. Shout out to my brothers in arms Carl (A Bloke's Eye View), Alfie (Alfie B Smith) and Mark (The Honest Father).

The team over at Hofmeister were kind enough to send us all some beers, glasses and merch. Hofmeister dissapeared for a while but recently came back rebranded in 2016. Impressively, it then went on to win the best lager award at the IWSC in 2017.

I usually stay away from lager as more often than not I don't like the taste and find it far too carbonated. I usually stick to pale ales with the odd sour here and there. Since discovering real ales I have become abit of a drinks snob. However, Hofmeister is gently carbonated, so it's not full of air and it has a great fresh citrus taste. I could easily drink this all night and is definitely a drink I'll be getting in again. Thanks Hofmeister!

Have you tried Hofmeister? I would love to know your thoughts, Comment Below!