Cornerstone Review

At the ripe old age of 24, I still haven’t mastered the art of growing facial hair. I get whiskers above my top lip, the occasional bit of fluff on my chin and faded mutton chops. It’s not a great look, although some people can pull off the small amount of facial hair, I am not one one of those people.

I look less like this…

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and more like this…

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So even though I don’t have a fully-fledged man-beard that all the girls get excited over, I still need to shave even more than the average guy. Guys can pull off the cool, bearded look, guys cannot pull off the creepy paedo-tache look.

As a student, I’ve had an extremely busy few days spending the vast majority of my time in a library, generally not looking after my appearance.  I honestly spent 99.99999% of my time wearing an XXXXL sweatshirt, sweatpants and a beanie for my hair. It was only when I looked in the mirror and noticed that I was sporting a horrific paedo-tache that would have made Adam Johnson proud, I realised it is time to shave before I get arrested.

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Disgusting, right? Luckily subscription-based shaving brand, Cornerstone came to the rescue and sent me out a box so I could at least look like an approachable human being, thanks, Cornerstone!

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I had to prepare firstly by using the pre-face scrub, this scrub helps release any ingrown hairs, reduces shaving spots, unblock pores and lift dead skin cells for smoother, clearer skin. Also, it’s a really cement-like grey colour which is incredibly amusing as some of you would have noticed by my Snapchat (“ThePookiepop” if you’re looking for it).  It didn’t smell that great in comparison to the other the shaving gel and the post-shave balm, I’m not going to lie but afterwards, my skin felt incredible, so clear!

My next step was to finally shave – with my personally-engraved razor. For anybody who has ever lived in student halls or shared a flat with strangers it’s always recommended to label your items with your name on it – and now I have a razor with my initials on it.

I applied my shaving gel, it was like green goo and looked like a booger but it smelled amazing! Usually, shaving gel/foam smells just like soap or quite musky but this was made up of Eucalyptus oil with ginger extract. If it wasn’t filled with non-edible toxins I would have been smearing that on some toast!

I then picked up the razor and the first thing I noticed – apart from my beautiful initials – was how flexible the head was. Usually, razors have a such a firm head so when you’re shaving, it makes it more difficult to shave down your jawline without angling your wrist. With this razor, you can shave down your jawline and with its flexible head, it shaves without having to change the motion in your wrist. It really is the simple things in life.

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After my shave, I glanced up into the mirror and I was a changed man, but I was not finished just yet. I still had to use my post-shave balm, mint and honey? Yes, please! It really was as good as it sounds, it smelled even better than the gel and that’s saying something. Apart from the wondrous scent that was floating up my nostrils like a freshly-baked, Disney pie, the actual quality of the product was incredible. It was like a really good moisturiser that hydrated my skin without making it look oily and also reduces any post-shaving redness.

Everyone feels better when they take care of their appearance and I’m no different. A good, quality shave can make you feel so much better about yourself and that’s what you get with Cornerstone. The best thing about it is how affordable and convenient it is, through the subscription service as a non-regular shaver I would receive a box every 18 weeks containing:

  • Pre-Shave face scrub – £5
  • Shave gel/Foam – £6
  • 6 Razor blades – £14
  • Post-shave balm – £5

Total = £30

and you can design your box to what suits your own needs. I’m definitely a fan of the product and I recommend it to any other guys who don’t want to spend over the odds on shaving products but still want to use quality products.

Conclusion

The products are of a great quality, the razor isn’t heavy and the head is flexible. The pre-shave scrub is great for cleansing pores, the gel isn’t overly soapy and messy and the post-face balm is incredibly soothing.

We always hear horror stories with regards to subscriptions and I am the probably the most sceptical person when it comes to subscribing because it can be a nightmare to leave. However, with Cornerstone, there’s no commitment and you can cancel at any point making it all about the customer. You design your own box, you arrange when you want it delivered, you arrange when you want to pause your subscription, it’s all completely on the customer’s terms which helped put me at ease. If I didn’t believe in the subscription service, I wouldn’t recommend it.

I recommend you should at the very least sign up for this product and at least try it once, if you don’t like a certain product, you can remove it from the subscription. For the price of it, there’s no harm in at least giving it a try.

 

Jay Carrington

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Why Everyone’s New Woman Crush Is Ruby Rose

If you don’t know who Ruby Rose is then you clearly must have been living on Mars for the past week. She is the woman who came closer to breaking the internet with a wink than Kim Kardashian ever did by exposing her full body. Over the past week she has been turning innocent heterosexual girls heads (and you can see why).

So Who Exactly Is Ruby Rose?

Ruby Rose is a multi-talented, 29 year old gender fluid Australian who has made her name as a:

– DJ

– Model

– MTV Host

LGBT Icon

– Musician

Ruby had already amassed a large following of 700k on Instagram before her first appearance on Orange Is The New Black and her Twitter had over 100k which shows she wasn’t just a random overnight sensation but since then her Instagram is at 2.2m and her Twitter at 601k. She’s had the likes of models Gigi Hadid and Karreuche Tran crushing on her, even Mr Bieber couldn’t stop himself from tweeting the most talked about person on the planet right now and they even hung out. If that’s not cool enough she is also engaged to Roald Dahl’s grandaughter, I don’t know about you guys but I think that is pretty bloody cool.

So why is she so popular now?

Although she has been around for years just bubbling under the surface, appearing on one of the most popular TV shows right now that can even be mentioned in the same breath as Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad has pushed her in front of the eyes of millions. She’s not your conventional pretty girl. She’s not your busty, blonde hair, blue eyed, Playboy Bunny girly girl. She’s a gender fluid, tomboy, self-confessed nerd who oozes natural beauty and a personality that seems truly genuine. In an industry where image is often number 1 priority she never changed who she was. People are more accepting of originality now, in fact they embrace it. Cara Delevigne has a kooky sense of humour, boyish personality, thick eyebrows and the whole world fell in love with her. Individuality is finally being appreciated  It’s things like this that just get you right in the feels.

We now live in a world where people are evolving and more understanding and respectful of other people whether it’s regarding their sexuality, race, gender and just about everyone. 10 years ago there would be anti-gay marches and the sheer thought of a black president would be laughed off. However, right now we have a black president that is respected throughout the world and the 2 most talked about people over the past month have been Caitlyn Jenner (Transgender) and Ruby Rose (Gender Fluid) and the vast majority of people have been incredibly supportive, appreciative and view both of these women as icons in their own right. Just by being themselves and seeing the love the world has shown them will inspire others who may be scared or have doubts of their own to come forward or even to learn to love themselves.

Without realising it this woman has been thrust in to the spotlight and she continues to encourage people to be original and be themselves. People of all ages, genders, sexualities, race now look at her and respect her because of who she is. People who struggle to identify with their own identity and wondering what “group” they fit in or what “label” they come under, Ruby has proved that you don’t need a group or a label. Just be true to yourself.

I hope being 29 years old and already being semi-famous that this fame doesn’t go to her head like so many others. She seems like an incredibly intelligent headstrong kind of girl who knows the difference between right and wrong. It’ will be exciting to keep track of her career and see what she does now and whether she’ll focus more on her acting now or other projects.

Has Ruby Rose inspired you? Do you want to see her in more acting roles? Do you prefer her music? Are you pleased about the impact she is having? Were you a fan before OITNB? Let me know in the comments or social media links below.

Guest Blogger – Jen McEwan (KarmaSoup)

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