7 Must Knows Before and After Getting A Tattoo

7 Must Knows Before and After Getting A Tattoo

All of this is very important, so listen up before you walk into the tattoo parlor

Tattoos are like potato chips, once you get one, you have to get another. Getting your first tattoo can be scary, but I promise, as long as you're not in some random guy's garage with a dirty needle that your friend recommended you to, nothing will go wrong.

1. Visit the Instagram or Facebook accounts of each tattoo studio in your area and look at all of the artists

Each artist has their own style and you want to make sure that you don't hate your tattoo. Even if you get something simple, their style will come out in your tattoo. You don't want to walk out of there with something you completely hate.

2. Go in to the tattoo parlor and actually have a conversation with the tattoo artists of your preferred store

Bring an adult with you, someone you trust and someone that has a clue about tattoos, they will know what to look for, you want to make sure that it isn't dirty, you can ask to see their needles and they will show you. Do not bring your friend who is your same age and who has never gotten a tattoo themselves, chances are you will both be nervous and not know the right questions to ask.

3. Please take the artists advice as to what to do for aftercare

Do not listen to your friend who can't even take care of an infected earring, they most likely do not know what they are doing. And do not ask someone who got a tattoo 30 years ago, everything aftercare wise is different now and if those people care about you, they will tell you to listen to the artist.

When they tell you to use a certain type of topical ointment, use it, make sure you clean it properly, and most parlors will give you a detailed list of instructions, you can usually find it on their websites also (if they have one).

4. Do not be afraid to tell them that you don't like something

This thing is going to be on your body forever, so make sure that placement is correct, size, everything. They are just the ones doing this for you because you can't do it yourself, it isn't their fault if you tell them something incorrect because they ask you about 10 times to make sure that it is correct.

5. Do not itch it or pull off any scabs

This should be self-explanatory, you do not want to pull off scabs because you could mess up the ink, let the scabs fall off naturally and the itchiness is just from the new skin forming, DON'T ITCH.

6. Eat something light and bring snacks and water with you

Especially if this is your first tattoo and especially if you are prone to fainting, you'll feel a lot better if there is something in your stomach, and definitely do this if the tattoo you are getting is going to be a long session.

7. Look up your state's tattoo guidelines and make sure that you are following the rules

A lot of states have guidelines for getting tattoos, this includes placement, some are not able to tattoo on the head, face or neck. So make sure before you decide on a place that you are able to get it there.

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I Tried The Korean Beauty Skincare Routine For A Month And Hated It

Oh, the things we do for picture-perfect skin.


In this ever-crazy society where importance is placed on looks, everyone wants picture-perfect skin. No one wants acne. No one loves acne. It's just something that most people have to accept. Acne and imperfect skin are completely normal, no matter how much we wish it wasn't. It's important to recognize that everyone's skin is different. Some have dry skin while others have oily skin, some have more sensitive skin and others don't. Therefore, what works for one person might not work for you. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different skin care products. I'm sure we've all heard of Neutrogena, Mario Bodescu, Proactiv, etc.

Last year, I went on a journey and attempted to follow the Korean Beauty Skincare Routine that consists of a ridiculous 10 steps, more or less. In all honesty, I say ridiculous just because I'm lazy and my usual routine consists of face wash, moisturizer, and the occasional tea tree oil for pimples. As you can imagine, following this skincare routine is pretty expensive, depending on which products you decide on and where you buy them. While the routine usually consists of 10 steps, I knocked out a couple just because I didn't feel that they were necessary for me (and because I didn't want to spend more money).

For those of you who are unaware of the famous K-Beauty Routine, I'll list them for you in the exact order they should occur. In addition, I will also list the products I used and how I felt about them. As a side note, I bought all of the K-Beauty products off of Amazon because they were much cheaper here than actually K-Beauty websites!

1. Oil Cleanser


I tried the DHC Deep Oil Cleanser and I wasn't too worried because I'm not super oily, I have (slightly) combo skin, I don't get too try or too oily. At first, I loved this product because after I used it, my skin felt so soft and clean, it was not oily whatsoever. However, as I continued, I think this product ended up clogging my skin, as it is oil-based. I started noticing little bumps under my skin all over my face, even in areas I never break out in. However, I think my pores are easily clogged. I'm never able to use cream moisturizers, only gel ones because I break out so bad.

2. Foam Cleanser

I actually skipped this step and would usually just opt for my Neutrogena face wash or use Garnier's micellar water to get the last of the residue/dirt off. Oops.

3. Exfoliator


I loved, loved, loved this product! It smells so good, exactly like a strawberry smoothie or candy. Which in its own way is kind of gross because it almost feels like you're rubbing straight sugar on your face. However, it was a great exfoliator and I feel like it came with a lot! It's kind of like a lip scrub but just for you face.

4. Toner

For my toner, I went ahead and used apple cider vinegar. I already had some laying around because it's great for other uses. I just poured some on a cotton pad and rubbed it on my face. I absolutely hate the smell of ACV but as they say, beauty is pain.

5. Essence

I skipped this because I bought an ampoule instead and I didn't want to waste more money. I wanted clear skin but obviously not that much.

6. Serum, Boosters, or Ampoule Treatments


As I stated above, I bought an ampoule and most (probably all) of you will find this one a little gross. It has "snail filtrate extract" (ew) but targets acne scarring, aging, and texture.

7. Face mask

So for face masks, I already had like 10 other face masks so I didn't feel the need to buy a new one (even though I really did want to).

8. Eye Cream

I skipped this one entirely, I didn't bother because most eye cream products are ~creamy~ and cream-based products clog my pores.

9. Face Cream

I also didn't buy a Korean based product for this, I just continued on with my gel moisturizer!

10.  SPF

I skipped SPF because who really puts on sunscreen nowadays? I feel like being tan is all the rage. Also I hate the smell of sunscreen and a lot of sunscreens clog your pores.

So as you can see, I really half-assed this Korean Beauty Skincare Routine but that's fine. It's the effort that matters, right? However, I'm sure that if I had actually done the full 10 step process, I really would've given up after three days because I am as lazy as can be.

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