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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My Online Hiatus Is Over (Part 1)

Well… I should start this by saying HAPPY OLD YEAR and MERRY BELATED CHRISTMAS.We are officially into the second month of 2017 and I am yet to post, in fact, I haven’t posted in 4 months… FOUR MONTHS! My activity on social media has nose-dived more spectacularly than Arsenal’s title challenge this season

… There’s always next season, eh lads? Lads?!

I have been offline for a few months, rarely popping online to be nosey and occasionally Retweet stuff I was either obligated to or generally anti-Trump/pro-equality – both are pretty much the same thing. Although I have been keeping a low profile online, I have been busy with my personal life. As any student knows or even if you have friends who have students, December is deadline month and November is the month you spend being stressed about December, hence why I was inactive online over those 2 months… but still remained active in real life.

November

On the 12th November, I was honoured to be asked to attend the Rainbow Valley Charity Ball at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. You can read more about them here at their website and what the charity are doing and the story about why they are doing it. Working with Angela MacVicar and Lindsay MacCallum on a campaign in 2016 was definitely one of my highlights and all for an amazing cause.

I attended the ball with my best friend of many years, Clare Armstrong (she wanted a mention). Due to me moving away from Glasgow, her studying and working a lot, we haven’t seen as much of each other as we would have liked. Since I was going to be back home in Glasgow the event, it felt fitting that I kill 2 birds with one stone (I have just realised that is an incredibly grim analogy.) I felt this was the perfect chance to have a catch-up like old times so we got dolled up and headed to the ball.

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Halfway through the night, the alcohol – and the central heating – kicked in so of course, the jacket had to come off for a pose

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While all this was going on, the full night was incredible and full of fun and entertainment coming from cheerleading group, The Scottish Rockettes, Govan School Pipes and Drums and also real-life Sherlock Holmes (without all the murder and detective-y stuff), Colin Cloud.collage

The night was a hugely enjoyable and was also a huge success with a lot of money being raised for a great cause – tickets are already on sale for the 2017 ball, to purchase tickets click here.

The Rainbow Valley Charity Ball was my last public event I attended as a guest, however for one of my university modules I had to host an event with some people I had never met before. We bandied together and created a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt in the city of Harry Potter, Edinburgh. The event was called  Harry Potter Horcrux Hunt.

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The event was a huge success with the event selling out and gaining quite a large waiting list. For my first proper event, this was definitely a great start and I have just found out that the event is being put forward for an award so, we’re definitely excited. Considering the amount of work and stress that went into this, we could not have been more pleased with the outcome – and nor could the winning group, The Blast Ended Skrewts who won a £50 bar tab and a cup for their achievements.

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The event was incredible to put together and was made even better working with my group who were just the coolest guys to work especially on such an event. As a huge Harry Potter fan, I was so glad I managed to do this especially with so many notorious Harry Potter landmarks around this beautiful city.

We had to get a post-event picture so our faces are something of that of relief, exhaustion and 10 weeks of stress coming to and end. Don’t be fooled by the picture, we were incredibly happy!

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me, Jeanie, Rachael and Misbah (MJR Events)

 

November, was a funny ol’ month, but I was looking forward to December so I could go back home and see my friends and put all my studying and stress behind me…

 

Jay Carrington

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My XFactor Weekend

XFactor isn’t usually a TV show that I watch, but when your friends are on it, you tend to make a special exception. So when I got a call last week from my buddy Ryan asking me if I wanted a ticket to watch him perform in the first week of the live shows so obviously, I had to sort out my travel that night.

On Friday night, I packed a bag and travelled from Edinburgh to London with my friend Hollie and arrived at London Victoria at 9am – She was incredibly excited, I don’t know if you can tell.

After a solid nap, a meaty Domino’s pizza and a bottle of wine, I still felt something was missing to make me feel my usual 100% self. In Scotland, we use a certain orange-coloured liquid called Irn-Bru. A beverage that has it’s own unique flavour packed full of sugar that gives you that kick that cures hangovers and gives you energy for the rest of the day.

Sadly, I have never spotted any of the ginger stuff on my travels to England. However, while I was waiting to get picked up I decided to pop into a little shop at Golder’s Green for some chewing gum. I glanced at the fridge and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. A can of Barr’s products. Cherryade, Limeade, Coca-Cola, and even the classic Irn-Bru!

After I consumed my can of diabetes and Ryan’s brother and uncle picked us up in the car we headed to venue armed with these sexy T-shirts

 

and wristbands!

The boys (Hollie included) found our seats and the audience was told from this point on we weren’t allowed to have our phones or any other sort of recording device during the show so basically, they’re no images. However, you did miss a hilarious viewing of a bunch of Glasgow lads, trying to speak to an English upper-class family aka Honey G’s family. They did not understand a single word any of us said. It took about 10 times of rephrasing “We’re fae Glesga in Scoatland” to “We are from Glasgow in Scotland” at half the speed it originally got said. You genuinely had to be there. Just like you had to be there for Ryan’s amazing performance…

and Emily’s amazing performance…

 

Two incredible performances by my favourite couple, it made me so proud to be sitting there watching them perform on one of the biggest platforms being judged by Simon Cowell & co. Apart from Ryan and Emily, the one person who blew me away with their performance was Matt Terry. His falsetto in Grace’s You Don’t Own Me was incredible!

After The X factor, the stage turned into the setting for Xtra Factor and Matt & Rylan weirdly impressed me as a double act. Wasn’t really a fan of Matt Edmondson and not really a fan of Rylan but the 2 of them together was actually quite enjoyable. If The X Factor gets another season , I should expect to see those 2 back again on Xtra Factor duties.

Family & friends got escorted through into a big hall so they could meet with everyone. We only got about 1 hour to hang out. Imagine the situation of 6 people meeting 1 close friend/family who they haven’t seen for a few weeks, in a room with Honey G, a bar and only one hour to spare and ask all the questions they want to ask. There is genuinely not enough hours in the day.

We chatted, we laughed, we drank and we took some pictures…

 

I mean those pictures are fine and dandy. However, I had met Ryan & Emily before. I had spent many a time in their presence… I had never met Honey G before. I couldn’t ask for a picture, could I? Nah, I mean what am I? A super fan? I mean it would take someone with literally no shame to walk right up to Honey G, give her a high 5 and ask if they could grab a picture together…

… Woops…

Sunday arrived and the nerves were kicking in, firstly there was an issue with leaving our luggage at Victoria also I found out my ticket from London to Edinburgh was at 10.30pm. I would have to run right after XFactor at 9pm from Wembley to Victoria and also pick up my bags as well. The worst thing was knowing I couldn’t wait about and say hi to Ryan and Emily again after the show.

After a cheeky Chiquitos and a beer at Leicester Square we headed to Wembley, we got seated right behind Saara Aalto’s family and girlfriend and again us Glaswegians try and make friends wherever we go but trying to speak to Finnish people in a broad Glaswegian accent is incredibly difficult but that did not deter us from creating new friendships and by the end of the show we were BBFL’s.

The show started all fun and games with the contestants cover of Fleur East’s “Sax” and James Arthur performing his new single “Say You Won’t Let Go” and all was well until Dermot announce that the votes were in.

To make it this stage is incredible, each contestant has battled their way to the stage seeing out tens of thousands of people along the way BUT that all apparently becomes irrelevant if you’re the first person out in the live shows. In these shows, no one knows how things are going to turn out, who’s voted, how many have voted etc and my worst fear was either Ryan or Emily going out in the first week which is on a par with career suicide. When you reach the live shows of XFactor you become a reality TV star, rather than an actual artist

When you reach the live shows of XFactor your label becomes “Reality TV star”  rather than “musician” and to go out in week 1 you’ve not become popular enough to carve a career out of being a TV personality and any sort of hope for a music career is pretty much lessened with the title of “XFactor flop”. That is a title that is near enough impossible to shake.

The amount of fear you feel while waiting on the votes coming through watching it on your tv is unreal;y. However, actually being there live in the studio the fear is intensified by 100. Hearing the names being read out and seeing the list shorten down while your friends still stand there waiting is unreal. The tension is in the air around the family & friends section. Then when you hear Dermot say “RYAN!” all the boys stood up and cheered as if it  was a football match. Emily got announced and again we’re all up cheering and by then we could all finally relax.  Bratavio and Saara Aalto ended up in the bottom 2 and at that point, all us Scots teamed up with our new Finnish buddies and cheered for Saara. It was a beautiful moment.

9pm came, Xfactor had finished and Bratavio had been kicked out but I had to run to the tube. However, security wouldn’t let me leave until the judges had left. On Xtra Factor, Rylan & Matt take live calls from the public for the judges and I couldn’t leave till that had happened and the judges had left. Stress levels were through the roof. However, security realised I was in a rush and managed to get someone to escort me out and I ran and got 2 tubes, an Uber – and a stitch.

However, I made it to Victoria with 5 minutes remaining and made it home several hours later and that was my XFactor journey! If you are a fan of Ryan and Emily, make sure you vote using these details! 

Jay Carrington

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My First Blog

Sooo, Hello? This is my first blog, which like every first time is filled with a mixture of excitement, curiosity and nerves –  a change of pants will be needed. I’ve had what some would call a “fun” life and I happen to be blessed with having such fun people to share these fun activities with. FUN. Whether I be writing songs with my brother for his band, I’m discovering a new talent to play their music on the radio station that I work at or I’m at a party for a celebrity(ies?) that I’ve organised, I just feel I should document my activities.

Throughout my blogging journey I am beginning I shall be blogging about various topics:

  • Music – Ones to watch, reviews of albums, singles and gigs, interviews with artists and possibly even some stuff of my own…
  • Films/TV Shows – Reviews on new releases and classic films and generally just my thoughts on them – Especially as I have a bad tendency to get hooked on a TV show.
  • Food – I’m fat, so yeah. I like food. YUMMY YUMMY, FOOD FOOD.
  • Life – Those silly random thoughts you get when you’re in bed at night and you’re about to fall asleep and your brain tells you otherwise and you lay awake and overthink every silly little detail. Remember that person you really fancied the pants off when you were 13 and you fell right in front of them? Bad, bad times.
  • Projects – whether I’m promoting an after party I’m putting on or I have an interview with some special guests or just anything at all I’m working on music-wise. I’ll blog it.

That’s just some topics along with other nonsense that pops in to my head.

That should be enough from me and My First Blog.

Ps. Should stick around for Blog 2. It’ll be fab, honest.