U. S. Blogosphere

Hi everyone! I’ve seen a lot of twitter pods happening lately, so I created one specifically for US Bloggers. It’s so damn hard to find each other! 

Then I thought, “Why stop there?” So I also created a brand new (active) Facebook group! It’s called U. S. Blogosphere and I’d love for you to join! 

P. S. If you want in on the twitter pod just for some fun conversation, get ahold of me on twitter @ForgedOpulence ūüôā 

Until next time,



*CLOSED* Weekend Promo: Twitter & Pinterest

Hi everyone! Onto the next part of #SocialMediaMonth ♥

This weekend, I’m going to be increasing my Twitter and Pinterest presence as much as I can.

What does that mean for you? Increased visibility!

Share any links below (or on my facebook page) of tweets you want liked or RT’d AND/OR any pins you want repinned.

Once again, you have no obligation other than just leaving your links for me to interact with. Some reciprocation would be nice (just for you to help me get the word out about #SocialMediaMonth), but it’s not required.¬†‚ô•

You can also tweet @ForgedOpulence any time if you’d just like to chat!¬†

Until next time,


Keep up to date with my #SocialMediaMonth Challenge here; Never miss what I’m up to next!

I’d love it if you’d check me out on social media too! You can find me on¬†Facebook,¬†Instagram,¬†BlogLovin, and¬†Pinterest ‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

IMPROMPTU POST: Best Steals for Ulta’s Summer Sale 2017

Hi everyone! I woke up to an email this morning that Ulta is hosting a gigantic summer sale, and I could not be more upset that I don’t have money to spend right now haha. To get over my sadness, I figured I’d write up a quick post to tell you what I think the best steals are! I hope you enjoy‚ô•

$10 & UNDER

  • BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette – $9.99 (reg. $14.50)
  • Bare Minerals Meet Gen Nude Mini Lipcolors & Glosses – $10 (reg. $15)
  • Dose of Colors Lip Glosses – $10 (reg. $15)
  • Julep Holographic & Birthstone Nail Polishes – $10 (reg. $14) LIMITED EDITION
  • *L’Oreal Exfoliate & Refine Clay Mask – $9.99 (reg. $12.99)
  • Garnier Micellar Waters – $6.74 (reg. $8.99)
  • *OGX Shampoos, Conditioners, Styling Products, & Treatments – (price varies)

VitaBath, Burt’s Bees, YesTo, 2B, Catrice, J.Cat Beauty, & More!

$20 & UNDER

  • Laura Geller Beach Matter Baked Hydrating Bronzer – $16.50 (reg. $33)
  • Urban Decay Revolution Lip Glosses – $11 (reg. $22)
  • *The Body Shop Body Butters – $14.99 (reg. $21)
  • *Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizers – $16.99 (reg. $23-28)
  • Macadamia Shampoo & Conditioner – $22 (reg. $50)

Ahava, Joico, Matrix, Sun Bum, Redken, Tarte, & More!

$30 & UNDER

  • *Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Palette – $30 (reg. 40) LIMITED EDITION

Also some picks from Stila, Japonesque, La Roche-Posay, Vichy, & More!

Check out all of these amazing products (and the hella good sale) at Ulta.Com

*An asterisk denotes that it’s an absolute personal recommendation from me ūüôā

If you’ve stuck around this long, please check out what I’ve been up to here, and find me on social media too! You can find me on¬†Facebook,¬†Instagram,¬†Twitter, and¬†Pinterest ‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

Until next time,


Project Pan 2017 Updates #4 & #5

As some of you know, for the last two months-ish, my husband and I have renovated a house and moved (again), so this update is long overdue.

Before we get into it, I will say that in the process of everything, my product inventory got deleted to the most recent backup (which was in February, because the file got too large to save after that), so I just decided to wing it.

The numbers you see might not be the most accurate, but I’m pretty sure they’re at least 90% correct. This is still a new and confusing process for me, so just hang in there!¬†‚ô•

My Starting Inventory: $4,068.18

My Husband’s Inventory: $775.98

Products Bought ($): $178.55

Products Used ($): $104.29

Current Value (Combined): $5,919.55

Another little blurb about how I did these past few months: I’m actually pretty happy with the fact that my total inventory number only went up by a little over $20, but I’m still disappointed in the fact that I only used up a little over $100 worth of products. I know I was wickedly busy and barely had time to sleep (literally), but I feel like I could have been maybe just a tiny bit more focused. My skin feels that I’ve been slacking, trust me.

My goals for the next update: Since I clearly didn’t do as well as I wanted to, I shouldn’t have to explain that my “goals” turned into an epic fail since last update. I’m just going to concentrate on the same ones as last time. If you need a refresher of what those are, you can see them here.


Neutrogena Face Wash: I actually think this is called Acne Cream Cleanser or something, but I’m not sure. I had to toss this product because it went rancid on me (EW!). I used this for¬†forever¬†and it just stopped working for me after a while. It’s a decent drugstore product, but now that I’ve introduced myself to “luxury” skincare, I’m never looking back.

Bath & Body Works Oahu Body Wash: This is a pretty run-of-the-mill B&BW body wash. Nothing fantastic to say. It smelled nice, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to repurchase it.

Treehut Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub: I absolutely love these scrubs, and I use pretty much every scent they have. Will keep repurchasing for life. If you want to know more, I ranted about how much I love them in my last update (link is above).

Tresemm√© Shampoo & Conditioner Samples (4): I hate these things. Unfortunately, the little foil packets I had didn’t have much information on them, but omg.. Please avoid. These dried the life out of my hair and it ended up taking me three days of constant deep conditioning to make it feel less like hay.

OGX Coconut Dry Oil: I think this is actually supposed to be used as a texturizing spray, but I don’t need more texture in my hair (thanks, but no thanks). I just use this as a little bit of an aid to comb my hair out when it gets absolutely unruly. It works okay. I’ll probably keep repurchasing until I find something better (that I can afford).

OGX Moroccan Argan Oil: I use this the same as the coconut dry oil. Same review, different product.

OGX Repairing Awapuhi & Ginger Shampoo: Seeing a trend yet? I lovelovelove this shampoo and will keep repurchasing. You can also check out a love-rant for this product in my last update.

YesTo Grapefruit Facial Wipes: I really don’t like these at all. I find that they dry the crap out of my face and they’re actually pretty painful if you use them around your eyes for any reason whatsoever. These do come in handy if you have a fresh breakout, though. If you wipe your face with these right before you go to bed, I find that I woke up and my acne was visibly less horrific. Even still, will never repurchase.

Dove Dry Oil Moisture ¬†Body Wash: I hated this. Absolutely awful. The body was itself wasn’t bad at all, but I couldn’t stand the smell. It was almost like I was washing myself in mildew? Gross, I know, but that’s the only way I can describe it. Don’t recommend; won’t repurchase.

L’Oreal Extraordinary Curls Hair Mask: I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS. The smell was to die for and it worked super well at conditioning my hair. I think I used this once (obviously, it was a foil), but I didn’t have to condition my hair for about four days afterward. Once I get through all of my conditioners, I’m totally going to purchase this.

Nivea In Shower Moisturizer (2): I had the regular one and the cocoa butter one. I have to say that they’re both nothing to rush out and buy. They smell weird (both of them smell like baby powder) and they also leave a visible film on your skin, no matter how thorough you are with rinsing. Don’t recommend; wouldn’t purchase.

Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Moisturizer: This was just an average moisturizer in my opinion. I actually think it might have been a little too light for my skin, because I had to reapply twice throughout the day when I tried to use this. I know a lot of people love it, but I’m not a fan.

Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer: Different product, but I have the exact same feelings as the one above. Not for me.

The Cr√©me Shop Milk Sheet Mask: I bought this for $1 off of ShopMissA, and let me tell you, you get what you pay for. This wrecked my skin. My face was red with little irritation bumps on it for days after I used this mask. I still have a few to get through, but once they’re all done, I’m never making that mistake again.

Suave Honey Infusion Shampoo: I actually really liked this shampoo. It felt like it cleaned my hair without stripping it, it had a nice light scent that lingered, and it kept my hair feeling like hair and didn’t turn it into a hay bale. I have my ride or die shampoo already, but if I was in a pinch and needed something, this is the first thing I’d run out to buy. Definitely recommend.

Nubian Heritage Honey & Blackseed Soap: I use this soap when my skin (on my body, of course) is having little freak out episodes. It works really well to keep everything balanced and calm. It also smells absolutely fantastic. I would absolutely recommend and will repurchase once I run out of backups.

Bath & Body Works Honey Sweetheart Body Wash: Same as the review all the way at the top. I actually like this scent, though, so I would repurchase if the opportunity presented itself. The scent of this particular product pairs brilliantly with everything! If you haven’t tried it, you should pick one up when B&BW brings back their OG scents.

Philosophy Christmas Cookie Body Wash: I love this body wash. It’s $18 so it’s literally just a treat, but oh man is it worth it. It’s so creamy and moisturizing, and it has a light vanilla scent. I repurchase one of these every year around the holidays, and I recommend that you do too!

That was everything for this round! Like I said, I would have liked to do a little ¬†better, but some progress is better than zero progress….Especially when you have as big of a collection as I do.

If you want to check out a picture of my empties for this month, it’s up on my¬†Instagram, as usual. Leave me a like or a comment for some encouragement!

If you’ve stuck around this long, please check me out on social media too! You can find me on¬†Facebook,¬†Twitter, and¬†Pinterest ‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

Until next time,


Updates #2 & #3: Project Pan 2017

If you remember, I wrote this post to let you guys know that my life has been pretty crazy as of late, but I’d give you a combo update on my year long Project Pan. Here it is! Thank you for sticking with me and I’m sorry for the long wait. This’ll be a little long, but I’ll cut it into sections like normal. Just skip around until you see what you’re looking for! Or help a girl out and read the whole post and leave your encouragements because I need them‚ô•

I’ve decided to do my calculations a little differently since I was crap about keeping up with the dates which I purchased things. Below are the categories that are here to stay! Side Note: My Husband’s inventory was well needed, because he also has a lot of products just sitting that he often forgets that he has. Since he doesn’t have¬†nearly as much as I do, I’ve just combined his starting inventory, products bought, and products used. All of the other three categories are all me and they’re on a rolling calculation starting 01/01/2017 instead of monthly. (Send help)

My Starting Inventory: $4,068.18

My Husband’s Inventory: $822.80

Products Bought ($): $1,189.03

Products Used ($): $194.74

Current Value (Combined): $5,892.11

For my little blurb about how I did: I know I said I wasn’t really going to start being hard on myself until after this update…but holy cow. I feel like a hoarder? Kinda? And I clearly have a shopping problem, which is really ironic considering that I don’t work. I really need to start moving through my vast collection, since I already know that I would never repurchase most of the things I already have. There’s not a point in holding onto the stuff for “eventually” because it’s been way too long already.

My Goals for May: I really want to start working on my collection to tailor it to my wants and needs instead of just a mass of bleh. That being said, there are some specific things I wanted to work on for next month. Hopefully setting some goals will help me keep focus and really power through some products.

I’d like to work through all of my samples (not deluxe sizes, just foil packets and little pots, etc.), use one moisturizer of any size, use one serum, use one acne treatment, and work on my hair products and masks. Now, I’m not going to be too upset if I don’t finish much – I really just want to get a jumpstart on as much as I can before I move next month.

Something New: In order to keep myself on track, I think that for the next month (until my next update), I’m going to post weekly on Instagram with photos of the products I’ve managed to get used up. I think this might be really fun considering the whole “working through samples” thing. Also, please let me know if you’d like to see my hauls posted on Instagram so you can see exactly what I’m spending my money on. I was considering it, but only if you guys would be interested in seeing what I’m adding to my collection.


OGX Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo: I’ve already touched on how I feel about this shampoo. It’s basically holy grail at this point. Shame I can’t find it anywhere in stores lately! If you want to see a more in depth review, please check out my last update post.

Bath & Body Works Hawaii Passionfruit Kiss Shower Gel: This has a nice floral scent. Nothing to complain or rave about.¬†This shower gel just works for me, and I’ve been using Bath & Body Works for as long as I can remember and I don’t really intend on changing that any time soon. Nothing fun to say about this one!

Treehut Coconut Lime Body Lotion: I absolutely¬†love¬†this lotion. I only recently discovered this brand and I have yet to find a product that I don’t love using. This smells amazing (coconut lime, duh), and the scent isn’t overpowering. The lotion absorbs fairly quickly and doesn’t leave me sticky, but at the same time it does a wonderful job of moisturizing my skin for hours. Also, this doesn’t contain any parabens so it’s safe for use everywhere, which I really appreciate. If you haven’t tried this brand, I seriously think you should!

Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Deodorant: I love this deodorant and I’ve been using it for years, but I think it’s time to part ways. For years, I’ve had issues with blackheads and general irritation under my arms and I just got tired of it. That being said, I’ve switched to a natural aloe deodorant and I don’t think I’ll be going back to this unless there’s an extenuating circumstance. However, I would still recommend it as it smells wonderful and keeps me fresh and dry all day.

Dove Men +Care Clean Comfort Deodorant: This is another deodorant I tried in order to get my underarms under control. It didn’t work, obviously. This actually made my skin pretty red and sore and it also didn’t even smell good enough to make it worth it. Would not recommend at all, not even for your man friends.

Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant in Maine Woodspice: Once again, another deodorant that didn’t work for me at all. It actually gave me the same reaction that the Dove Men +Care did, which is strange. However, this did smell amazing. I would repurchase this one if my skin wasn’t so incredibly finicky. That being said, I think it’s a good deodorant and I would still recommend it. It unfortunately just didn’t work for me the way that I would have liked.

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizers in Warm Apple Cider, Island Nectar, and Sweet Tangerine: Nothing fantastic to say about these, as they’re just better smelling, run of the mill hand sanitizers. I will say, though.. that the Sweet Tangerine scent is absolutely amazing. I’ll keep repurchasing these for the foreseeable future, just not until I get through my backstock.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo: I really liked this dry shampoo. It’s “blonde” tinted, but being that I’m blonde, I don’t have an issue with that. The scent is also pretty strong, but I didn’t find that it clashed with my perfumes or lotions. Also, when you’re on third day bed hair, a scented dry shampoo is where it’s at. I don’t know about you, but my hair just starts smelling like body after a day or so (yuck), but this dry shampoo fixes my hair right up pretty nicely. I would definitely recommend it if you’re not sensitive to scents and you’re looking for an awesome dry shampoo.

BioClarity Restore Gel: This is part of a three step system that I haven’t fully gotten through yet, otherwise a full review would already exist. Honestly, I’m really disappointed in this product. It’s supposed to be used as a finishing lotion, essentially. However, I found that this leaves a green tint on my face, interferes with my makeup, and it breaks me out! I was using this for¬†months and could not figure out why I kept breaking out. This is why. That’s all I’ll say on this for now, but keep your eye out for the full review!

Ouai Haircare Treatment Masque: This is definitely an interesting product. I used this in my hair before a shower – I just brushed it through and waited about 15 minutes to wash it out and go on with my regular routine. While I wouldn’t buy the full sized product because of the packaging, I will say that this did¬†wonders for my hair. It made it so soft and so much easier to deal with. I also noticed that while I was using this, my hair wasn’t as tangled as usual. I will say that the scent is very overpowering, though, but if you use it like I did, there shouldn’t be any issues. I would absolutely recommend this and I would totally purchase it if they would just change the darn packaging.

The Color Workshop Red Nail Polish: I can’t even begin to tell you how old this polish is, but it still worked just fine! Just your run of the mill red polish. Nothing phenomenal or interesting to say about it. For some reason, I think you can probably still find this brand at places like Walmart, but I could be wrong. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with buying this polish if you’re in the market for something cheap but decent. However, I wouldn’t repurchase because I prefer OPI and I also have a massive stash of polish already.

L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara in Black: This has been my holy grail mascara for as long as I’ve been wearing makeup. This lengthens and thickens my lashes without making them clumpy. It’s just perfection and I would recommend this to anyone and everyone if I had the platform to do so. You really can’t go wrong with this product, and I have nothing negative to say about it.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes: These have always been my holy grail makeup remover wipes, since they’re the only thing I’ve found that takes off waterproof makeup without hurting my skin in any way. However, I will say that I can not use these without cleansing my face. They’re incredibly oily, so I wouldn’t suggest leaving that mess on your skin. But nevertheless, I’ll probably always continue to repurchase these and I would recommend them with caution if you have finicky or sensitive skin.

LUSH Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb: I know that this bath bomb was from Christmas, but I legitimately hoard these until I can’t anymore. I love my LUSH bath products. I would absolutely repurchase this and recommend it if they continue to bring it back for the holiday season. It just smells like nature and it’s wonderful. I can’t even begin to describe how much I like this product.

LUSH Intergalactic Bath Bomb: This bath bomb is one I’m not too fond of. I’m not a fan of mint scents, but I have to say that this is absolutely beautiful when you use it. It’s also pretty decent to use when you’re sick to try to relax your body and open up your sinuses a little bit. That being said, I would recommend since I know a lot of people love this bomb, but I wouldn’t repurchase unless I was really stuffed up and couldn’t get relief. I don’t hate this bath bomb, it’s just not for me.

Epic Soap Co. Bacon Soap: I’ve already written a full review on this product that you can see here. I will say though, that everything I said stands true still and I personally wouldn’t repurchase unless it was in a different scent.

Treehut Passionfruit & Guava Sugar Scrub: My glowing review of the lotion above extends to this sugar scrub. It works really well while smelling amazing, not irritating my skin, and doing an excellent job of exfoliating my skin. This is actually the only thing I’ll use to exfoliate my face. Since I have combo skin, my dry patches are¬†really¬† dry and my oily patches are just ugh and this scrub does a really good job of giving me an even surface to work with. I absolutely recommend this and will continue to repurchase.

TonyMoly Tea Tree Sheet Mask: This is the only brand of sheet masks I’ll use from K Beauty just for personal reasons. That being said, this was a good mask and I would definitely recommend and repurchase. It did a nice job of calming down my irritated skin without adding any extra issues. It wasn’t life changing, but I have nothing negative to say at the same time.

Seventh Heaven Tea Tree Peel Off Mask: This mask wasn’t anything too fantastic. Pretty much your run-of-the-mill drugstore peel off face mask. I will say, however, that this dried the living hell out of my face and it definitely got rid of any baby hairs that had cropped up. This was surprisingly painful to peel off haha. That being said, there was something oddly satisfying about this mask, so I would definitely repurchase.

Tarte Frxxxion Stick: I’m pretty sure that’s how you spell it, but you get the gist nonetheless. This is supposed to be a mild exfoliating cleanser, and it definitely does what its marketed to do. This product is very mild but still works at the same time, and does a good job at light exfoliation. However, I think the full price is something around $28 and there’s no way in the world that I’d pay that much for this. It goes so incredibly fast and is pretty difficult to use while in the shower (there are two caps). It’s good, but not good enough for the price tag, in my opinion.

That’s all for this update! I’m sorry it took so long to get this to you, and I’m also sorry that it’s so insanely long. However, from here on out I can tell you that they’ll probably all be this long. But, I’ll keep breaking it up into sections like usual so you only have to read what your’e interested in.

I hope you enjoyed! Please feel free to leave me comments, encouragement, criticism, or suggestions to help keep me motivated to get through my stash. I’d greatly appreciate it! Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram to see photos of my monthly Project Pan empties as well as my little weekly updates. Let me know if you’d like to see haul pictures like I mentioned above! If you’re still sticking around, please check out one of my favorite posts X

Until next time,


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Super Chatty Post #1

So, I had two posts planned for yesterday and today¬†(obviously, one a day, duhhh), but I just needed to vent. If you follow me on SnapChat (@hippiehxc), you’d know that some serious drama has been going down just in general.

Let’s start with the whole house situation. For months, we’ve been having major leaks in our house. Nine to be exact. If you think I’m kidding, I can name all of them for you and probably the day they started if I look back in my planner. Yes, I’m one of those. I keep track of¬†everything,¬†and for good reason in my opinion. Anyway, the last leak was in our master bathroom¬†again¬†and started about a month and a half ago. Within two days, maintenance was at our house and told us that they were just going to rip out the entire shower and replace it since we had so many issues. Three weeks later, no one had come back. This past week, someone stopped by again and said that they were going to hire a contractor to do the work instead. So we’ve been without a master bathroom for a month and a half now. Again. After being without it for months this past summer. Essentially, we’re paying for a 3 bed, 2.5 bath and can’t even use a full bathroom out of that. It was worse before, so I guess I should be counting my blessings. Best part though? Aside from not having a shower, they’re raising our rent once our lease is up. Excuse me? I wish so badly that I had the time and resources to look for a new place to rent because I’m so done. Understandably so.

Then we have the whole issue with my post office, which I ranted about on SnapChat yesterday and again on Twitter today. Essentially, someone at the post office stole my Sephora Play box. I know it’s not really a thing since it’s only $10 and tax, but it’s the premise that I paid for it, it’s mine, and someone working at USPS took it. I’m not jumping to conclusions either. I was told that my tracking was manually altered to show that the package was delivered when I have screen shots that prove otherwise. On top of that, I finally got some answers from my post office today. They just informed me that my package entered the PO and never left, and now no one can find it. And even though my tracking was manually altered to say that it was delivered, my postal carrier said she had never seen it, nor delivered it. Sephora is already shipping me out a new box at no cost to me, which I’m insanely grateful for, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t still be mad that someone is being so clearly negligent and deceitful. I ended up (just now) going through the crap of submitting a formal complaint with the Inspector General. This isn’t the first time that my packages has been weird with showing up while living here, and the fact that the carrier has changed so many times makes me weary in the first place. Like I said earlier on Twitter, lord knows what other companies have sent me gratis and I have no idea because there wasn’t tracking and I never received anything. I feel so bad for companies that have to ship out extra product at their cost because the PO can’t get their shit together. It’s not their fault, and it’s certainly not mine. Example: I asked the woman I spoke to flat out if the carrier left my package with my office attendant (which is what my tracking says (now)), and she responded with “No.” Nothing else. Just one word. So why does my tracking tell me otherwise? It’s so shady¬†that it literally makes my blood boil.

At this point, there’s not really anything I can do about either situation except wait. Hopefully I can find a way to make sure my next package actually enters my hands. As for the shower, at this point I’m so past caring. That situation sucked up enough of my energy when it was going on for months previously.

I know that 90% of this probably didn’t make any sense to you, but this is my blog and I needed somewhere to vent all of my frustration so I didn’t end up taking it out on someone who didn’t deserve it. I’m not perfect or happy all the time, and I do get angry and sometimes you’ll see that. I’m just a regular person who happens to write.

So, thank you for reading if you’ve made it this far. My regular posts will start back up again tomorrow. Please feel free to¬†check me out on social media too, that way you don’t miss any drama. You can find me on¬†Facebook,¬†Instagram,¬†Twitter, and¬†Pinterest¬†– SnapChat @hippiehxc¬†‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•



Transformation Tuesday: My Tattoo Story

This should be interesting. If you want to know the story behind my stomach tattoo, please keep reading!

So, I was¬†19 at the time, and had just gone through a bad breakup with a long term boyfriend. Oh yeah. This is one of¬†those¬†stories. Feel free to judge. Honestly, if I could go back I would have smacked myself. Like open handed. I was really young and really stupid, but you couldn’t have told me otherwise.

The ironic part about this whole story is that prior to this experience, I had already gotten the vast majority of my work (47 or so tattoos) done at a reputable shop. I knew better.

I started out by doing some shopping around at all of my local (within 20 miles) tattoo shops to get the best price I could find. I wanted “Pain is weakness leaving the body” tattooed all the way across my stomach, right under my boobs. My regular tattoo shop quoted me something around $1K for the work in total just because of how big I wanted it. Go big or go home, right? I should have went home. Eventually I was on my 4th tattoo shop and this dude goes, “I can do it right now for $200.” This was after spending an entire day hearing people quote me anywhere between $600 and $1K.

I was stupid. I was super angsty. I just wanted to get the work done. Some people drink. I got tattoos. Now I just smoke. Wow, I have great vices. 

The entire process took an hour, with me almost passing out twice and choking back vomit more times than I can count. And clearly, with the amount of tattoos I already have, I’m no baby when it comes to pain. The gun was so loud that I couldn’t even hear my friends speak to me, when they were right next to me. And I remember the “artist” getting pissy with me for something stupid like breathing too hard. I don’t remember exactly what it was, just that it was insanely stupid and unavoidable.

When it was all said and done, I literally felt like I was about to die. I didn’t even look at the work until later that night (it had been done at noon and I don’t think I saw it until around 6pm). Originally, I showed my dad and he goes, “Did you write on yourself with a sharpie?” I really didn’t think it could be that bad, so I turned and looked for myself.

Oh. My. God.

This was six hours later and the lines were already blown out and I was starting to get a blister. After six hours. Once the swelling went down (which took days, and that’s not normal for me), I saw how bad it really was.¬†On top of what I had already noticed, I saw that the cursive was just bad and that one letter in the middle of the sentence was capitalized, and that the shading was patchy at best. And then certain parts of my tattoo started to blister. What even????

Needless to say, I went back to those other shops and asked how to pull the ink out, what could be done about the tattoo, and where I should go to have removal done. After that, I spent an entire week out of work, lathering myself in Neosporin and Vasoline, picking the scabs, draining the blisters, just trying to pull out as much ink as I could. After getting different opinions on what everyone could do for me once I lightened it and healed up well enough, I ended up going back to my trusted tattoo shop and getting a massive coverup done. This took about 29 hours in total and cost me another $1,300. But, the experience was well worth it. I had grown men coming up to me in awe of how well I was sitting. And then I went out back and puked all over myself. Hot, right? But now I know my pain threshold, haha.

Moral of the story is, don’t be stupid and do things on a whim. Especially things that will be permanent.

If you’re interested to see the before and after, you can click here to see what the tattoo looked like on day 2, and here to see the final coverup the day after it was completed.

Do you have a story like this? Or do you know someone who does? I’d love to know if there are more people out there that have had horribly botched tattoos. Then maybe I won’t feel so bad about how stupid I was ;P Let me know below!

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