One of my goals for 2017 is to have more guest posters so that I can introduce y’all to some other amazing bloggers you might not know otherwise. Today we have Rachel from A Bleach Life sharing a super interesting product review! Like me, Rachel has kind of an edgy style, which I’m a total sucker for. I’m so excited for today’s post so let’s get to it! Also don’t forget to show Rachel some love on her blog and social media (she’s @ableachlife everywhere)!
Hi guys! My name is Rachel, from ableachlife.com (come say hi!), and I am taking over Valery’s blog today! As you all know, Valery has some SICK tattoos, and tattoo virgins, like me, can get just a tiny tiny bit jealous of all that art! I have been wanting to get a tattoo for a while now, but I am a very non-committal person, I get bored of things very easily, and am always changing things up. So instead of going out and getting a full blown tattoo and potentially hating it the next month, I picked up this product called Ink Box.
Ink Box is a temporary tattoo, but it claims to look exactly like a real tattoo, and last 2-3 weeks. A 2 week tattoo is something I can definitely get behind! You can buy free-hand bottles, or you can buy pre-made designs. I opted for a pre-made design, I didn’t feel that this was the right time to test my hand at art. Below, you will find my experience with this semi-permanent tattoo, and all of the fails as well.
The design I chose was just this simple outline of the world map, called Wabi-Sabi, I didn’t really care for any of the designs much, but I did read that they were soon going to venture out and start offering custom designs, which would really broaden their audience, but for now this will do!
You start by peeling off the white backing, wiping it with the alcohol wipe, and placing it on your skin. Next, you remove the other side to reveal the ink. They provide you with a special cloth, which you microwave for 15 seconds, and press it very hard onto the tattoo, against your skin, for 30 seconds. Keep applying firm pressure for 15 minutes after that. Once the 15 minutes is up, remove the tattoo, let fully dry, and wash with soap and water. (washing is a VERY important step, that I will get to later). Here’s a how-to video you can watch:
Once you have peeled the tattoo off your skin, you won’t really see anything, that is because it takes 24-36 hours for the ink to fully develop.
Okay, so I obviously forgot to wash the ink off right away (did I mention that this is a very important step?!) When I bent my arm, the ink transferred to my bicep area, more than once…. And since you can’t see the ink, I didn’t even know this was happening! Ugh…I was a little disappointed in myself, this is going to be on me for 2-3 weeks! I take full blame for this, though, I should have followed the directions more carefully. Let’s get on to talking about the actual tattoo, though.
It looks pretty cute if you don’t get to close to it, a couple of my friends asked if I actually got a tattoo, and told me they thought it looked cool, but looking closer is a different story. It almost looks like a dark blue, and not black, and it could definitely pass off as something I drew on my arm with a pen. The lines also have bleeding that fades outwards, but I can’t be too sure if that is because I didn’t wash it off right away, so maybe it was caused when the ink transferred. Either way, it still looks like a pen doodle, but I don’t hate it.
All in all, I think this is a brilliant idea, especially for someone who wants to test out their tattoo idea, before permanently tattooing it onto them. Or maybe you just want a little detail on an area of your body for a special occasion (but in that case a regular temp. tattoo would work just fine) I don’t really see the point of wanting a tattoo for that long of a time unless you are eventually going to get it permanently on you.
What I have found from this experience is that I actually don’t want a tattoo at all, I am already sick of having this on my arm! (but that could also be because I royally fudged it up) I just get bored of looking at the same thing, and I know I would regret anything I ever get. My style is always changing and tattoos are something you can’t change. I still love tattoo’s on other people, I just don’t think they are for me.
At the end of the day, I don’t think I would ever try out this product again, but I could see how it would be useful to others.
What do you think, would you ever try out this 2 week tattoo?
(Hi, it’s Valery again!) Thanks again to Rachel for guest posting! If you’re interested in guest posting – fill out this form and I’ll get back to you if I think it’s a good fit.
Valery (and Rachel!)