Whether we like to admit it or not we all one the quiet fancy ourselves as being a bit of a James Bond, but have you ever wondered how James Bond smells? errm no me neither but I was recently send the new Bond Ocean Royale fragrance to try and I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised how nice it is.
Ocean Royale is the second in the series of Bond scents, its a very summery fresh scent that really reminds me of lazing by the beach sipping a cold beer, or in Bonds case a Vesper Martini?
At £24.50 for a 50ml bottle its very competitively priced but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a cheap cash in as it genuinely does smell great and the scent seems to last quite a while too, I thoroughly recommend all you budding spys check it out.
I like to travel as much as possible but when I do I’m often on one of those budget airlines where luggage space is a little on the tight side, I stopped taking a full size was bag with me a while back as it just took up too much room, and the products within were all full size as that’s all you can really buy in supermarkets and is really OTT for a few days away.
So a few weeks ago I was packing to go to Philadelphia for a short break and I decided I needed a more compact solution for my toiletries and upon looking came across the VitaMan Skin Pod
Instead of the usual oblong shape of most toiletry bags this is kind of a flat square which is surprisingly usefully for squeezing into the tiniest places in your luggage.
The Skin Pod comes with the following included :
Vita Man Face Scrub 50Ml
Vita Man Face Mud Masque 50ML
Vita Man Face Moistener 50ML
So pretty much all the products you will need for a well balanced skin routine, there’s also a nice bit of space in there where I managed to get in a folding toothbrush and toothpaste which left me pretty much set for my trip, I thoroughly recommend checking out the Skin Pod if you like to keep up a good skin routine like I do.
For more info on the Vita Man Skin Pod and the other great products they have on offer head over to
I have recently started going to the gym and I have to tell you its an effort to motivate myself to get down there but one thing that makes things a little more bearable is listening to my Ipod while working out and getting lost in the music for 45mins.
The thing is if you have ever tried to do anything active while using ear buds you will know they are prone to falling out your ear and this can be really annoying as not only it interrupts the music but if you are on something like the tread mill it can be really difficult to put them back in your ear without interrupting your workout.
So with this in mind I was quite excited to try the new Pioneer Steez SE-D10E headphones which they say are designed to be used while be active whether it be down the gym, running in the street or dancing!
First of all they have a great hook that goes behind the ears which ensures they feel really secure on your ears, yes you may have seen this before but what you wont have seen before is their uniquely designed ball joint earbud which allows a snug fit and mostly importantly accommodates any moving about without any danger of the buds coming loose.
Sound quality wise I was really impressed, dance high beat music sounds crisp and clear with excellent bass , the more guitar based tunes also sound great with good instrument separation, for the price point of £59.99 these headphones are seriously impressive.
The SE-D10Es come in black and Gold or White and silver and can be purchased directly from www.pioneer.co.uk for £59.99
So you may have followed my recent posts involving #DryJan with the help of Equator alcohol free beer , its a great alternative to real beer good for the waist line too being 0% calories.
The kind people at Equator have given me two cases of the stuff to give away to one lucky reader so you too can experience the great taste of Equator and why not go dry for a month yourself? its really not that hard well at least for me it wasn’t!
anyway to win the two cases all you have to do is email us at email@example.com and tell us how many calories would be in the two cases of Equator
Closing date is 1st March so get those answers in quick!
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Ive just drawn the winner and congratulations to Anthony Horsfall from Yorkshire, your two cases of Equator will be with you very soon
Recently I was in the market for a portable speaker to take with me while travelling, while my Iphones speakers are ok they don’t really let you appreciate your music that clearly and I like to play some tunes while getting ready in my hotel room.
So after looking around I decided to go for the WOW Bluetooth speaker and Im really glad I did.
First off the speaker are made out of a durable rubber material ideal to take the bumps and bruises my gear take when travelling, also the speaker has a built in USB rechargeable battery making it easy to charge and a separate charger isn’t needed as most of us have one already for our phone or can charge via the laptop.
Also one of the main things I loved was the easy connection, my phone found the speaker straight away with no fuss and there was no need to enter a password (another annoyance I find with bluetooh devices!)
all in all this speaker was well worth £49.95 and if you want one yourself head over to http://www.highstreettv.com where you can purchase them in anyone of six colours.
Recently I was invited to try Wilkinson Swords brand new Razor the Hydro 5 Power Select, and over the last month I have been using it for my daily shave to give it a proper evaluation.
I think we are all getting a bit tired of a new razor coming out every year claiming to be the next big thing in shaving by adding that all important ( or not!) extra blade and to be honest I expect the Hydro 5 to be no different but after near on a month using it I will say its probably the best shave I have ever given myself, not as good a a professional cut throat shave but its very close!
The razor has a built in vibration setting which can be customised to limit skin irritation and also a handy battery indicator lets you know clearly when you are about to run out of juice.
Probably my favourite feature of this new razor though is the gel reservoir which contains Wilkinson Swords ‘skin defence complex’ which hydrates your skin during the shave and feels rather wonderful once you are done.
If you are in the market for a new razor I can thoroughly recomend the Hydro 5, I’m really happy with the close shave and the soft and refreshed feeeling after the shave, Im sure you will be too.
Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Power select is available nationwide now with a RRP of £12.99 for the razor and a pack of 4 blades is £9.99
As another Christmas draws ever closer, the season of stress and last-minute searching for that one special, unique Christmas gift begins and if you are looking for something a bit different this may be for you.
Peugeot has come up with the perfect Christmas gift – a weekend in the highly-desirable Peugeot RCZ – the sports coupé with a distinctive double-bubble roofline.
Thanks to the ‘Mu by Peugeot’ scheme, the pay as you drive rental service, this gorgeous sports car can be hired for just £80 a day or £140 for the whole weekend.
‘Mu by Peugeot’ is great value and perfect for treating loved ones to an experience that they will cherish.
The service is available across the entire Peugeot range so it’s easy to find the ideal match for family and friends from a selection of great drives such as the electric iOn car, or even the practical 5008 Compact MPV, great for travelling families with a boot full of Christmas presents.
‘Mu by Peugeot’ is currently available at Peugeot dealerships in six locations: Chiswick in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and Northallerton in the North East.
Its always a pain when the remote batteries go just when you want to change the channel and you have to fumble about for some new batteries , well interestingly Duracell have started a new campaign to highlight the fact that some of your batteries arent as dead as you think, in fact they say a staggering one third of alkaline batteries thrown away may still have up to 67% of usable power left inside which is more than what’s being used in the first place!
To highlight how these these part used batteries can still have some life left in them Duracell kindly sent me this rather awesome box of retro goodies which I’m going to have lots of fun playing around with ( my girlfriend isn’t so impressed!)
Are you jealous? well there’s no need to be, Duracell have offered to send one of you lucky readers a box of equal battery powered goodies so you too can discover there’s more life left in your batteries than you thought.
A fifth of Brits admits to declining dates based on dress sense as discovered in a new My Ariel survey
· 1 in 10 Brits admit to intentionally destroying a partner’s item of clothing if they don’t like it.
· Dress sense voted primary factor to look out for by 58% of Brits.
· 43% of Brits demand their partner changes their clothes because they are embarrassed to be seen with them
· Unlucky in love? Wear purple – women are more likely accept a date from men wearing purple.
Its official, a survey to launch the new My Ariel campaign from laundry brand Ariel , has discovered that when it comes to finding love women are far pickier about appearances than men, with over a fifth (28%) of women and just 14% of men admitting to declining a date with someone because they hated their clothes.
In fact British women feel so strongly about a man’s dress sense that 60% reported clothes are the number one dating deal breaker, followed in second place by a suitor’s haircut (17%) and style of shoes (9%).
Passionate purple – the colour women fall for
The poll of 2000 Brits to celebrate the new My Ariel campaign discovered that men stand more chance with the ladies if they wear purple, with over a third (36%) accepting a date from a man dressed in a purple shirt. Men who prefer the black ‘milk tray man’ look come in a close second (32%), with the classic crisp white shirt taking third place (13%).
Wearing blue or pink is likely to leave men standing lonely on the dance floor, taking just 11% and 6% of the votes.
If any men are lucky enough to pass the ‘clothing test’ and secure a second date it’s likely that she’s already plotting to overhaul his wardrobe with a quarter (25%) of British women believing there is always room for improvement on the clothes front, and nearly one in 20 admitting that every time they go out with a new partner they like to dictate their style.
But men are confident in their style choices as a quarter (25%) won’t seek anyone else’s opinion on what they choose to wear for a night out.
31% of women admit to having no qualms in demanding their partner changes their clothes because they are embarrassed to be seen out with them. It’s not only the ladies, however, that have a say in their other half’s wardrobe, as nearly a fifth (18%) of men are guilty of doing the exact same thing.
When it comes to taking drastic measures, men and women are both as guilty as each other with one in 10 admitting that they’ve even destroyed a partner’s item of clothing that they really disliked.
This might explain why nearly a quarter of men (23%) still take their washing home for their mum to do – and only 4 in 10 couples allow their partner to wash their favorite item of clothing with half preferring to do their own washing – separately!
The survey was conducted to celebrate the launch of Ariel’s new TV ad campaign ‘My Ariel’ which is themed around people’s real life clothing stories. Visit www.facebook.com/ArielUKandIRE for further information and to watch the videos.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
This year supplier to the Royal Households Kent Brushes has teamed up with men’s health charity Movember and launched a Moustache Comb to keep those male lip-sprouts looking suave and help raise money to boot.
Specially customised for the moustache growing charity the extra small comb is one of just 3200 pieces made in total to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health, including prostate and other cancers. Completely handmade, its teeth are saw cut, then hand polished and buffed to create soft, rounded teeth that will glide effortlessly through his top-lip shrubbery providing impeccable grooming. What’s more as the product is part of the official Mo-Merchandise, £2 from every comb sold goes directly back to the charity to help change the face of men’s health, so the man in your life knows he is doing his little bit to help fellow males worldwide too!