Archive | March, 2014


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Posted on 31 March 2014 by Chris Ford

New research by has found that Brits who own cars 5 years and older spend an average of £6,407 purchasing their cars and spend almost an additional £1,000 a year maintaining, repairing and servicing their car. But why do we keep on spending money on something that is decreasing in value each day? Over half (62%) of motorists admit they simply can’t afford to buy a new car, with more than a quarter (28%) believing they are preserving the value of it by maintaining and servicing it.

Although a car is something many of us can’t live without, does the cost of keeping them really have to affect the way we live?


Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell, reveals his top 5 tips for minimizing the cost of car ownership, something we could all do with learning! This video will take you through a step by step guide on how to maintain your pride and joy until the very end.


100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil

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100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil

Posted on 17 March 2014 by Eddie

This product is described as useful for pretty much any reason, from moisturising the skin to being therapeutic to acne and eczema sufferers. I received a 30ml bottle of this oil. The bottle is nicely shaped with a pump top to dispense a small amount with each press. I prefer this, as all too often with these products you struggle to get any, then most of the bottle ends up in your hand (just like ketchup).


When I was sent this to try I was told that it is a good pre-shave oil. As some of you may have read in an earlier review I’ve been converted to using oils under a lather to reduce irritation whilst shaving.

The most important thing that I find when testing these products is to isolate them in a routine so that I can be objective about the performance. So I soaked my brush and then put a couple of squirts of oil in my hand. I rubbed this into my wet stubble and then lathered as per usual. This oil didn’t perform quite as well as dedicated shaving oil, but for a multipurpose product is performed much better than my expectation. That said, given the benefits to people with eczema and acne I can see this being a great product to help reduce shaving irritation without making these skin complaints worse.

I also used it as post shave oil. Jojoba oil is very similar to the sebum that the skin produces naturally. This means that is can moisturise without causing irritation. I found it a good post shave product used this way. The lack of scent means I can twin it with whatever scent I want without a clash. It is reported to reduce ingrown hairs, I’ve not had it long enough to find this out, but have no reason to doubt it and it will be the icing on the cake.

In conclusion, this is a great product to have in the bathroom, it works both before and after shaving and works well used in both situations. I’d especially recommend to people who struggle with sensitivity to normal shaving products.

Prices start from 12.99 for 30ml for stockists please visit

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Stella Artois Launches “The Chalice Symphony”

Posted on 17 March 2014 by Chris Ford

Stella Artois the rather lovely Belgian beer have launched The Chalice Symphony – a year-long collaboration between craftsman Andy Cavatorta and indie rock band Cold War Kids exploring the beautiful sounds of the signature Stella Artois Chalice.
Inspired by his previous work with singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Björk – where music was created by harnessing forces of nature with new technology – Andy Cavatorta has crafted a quartet of instruments inspired by elements of Stella Artois’ signature glassware. These include:

• The Hive which takes its name from the instrument’s unique shape and sound, resembling a soft xylophone.
• The Pyrophone which adds depth to the symphony with a deep whistling sound, like a boat horn.
• The Star Harp which uses robotics to play a harp-like sound using strings and the Stella Artois Chalice. “Stella” means “star” in Latin.
• The Violina which leverages a higher-pitched string sound, resembling a violin for the symphony.

This month, iconic rock band Cold War Kids have debuted the instruments in a new single called “A Million Eyes”, a soulful ballad which incorporates the unique sounds from the Stella Artois Chalice.
The music video and story behind the concept and craftsmanship have been captured in a stunning series of short films which are available to watch at The “A Million Eyes” track is available for download at, iTunes and Spotify.
The results are pretty amazing, I was already a fan of Cold War Kids but I;m truly impressed by what they have achieved with Andy’s fantastic instruments.
Visit for more information and additional content on the Chalice Symphony.

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