17 February 2015

1000 Follower Giveaway Featuring Passion For Natural


When I started blogging I said to my self when, or if, I ever reach 1000 Twitter followers I would do a giveaway.

I didn't think after 6 weeks of blogging I would be sat here typing it up.

But as things stand I am just over the 1000 follower mark now, so I better had get one sorted out.

This giveaway is a big thank you to all of my followers

Cheers for all of your support and feedback - it is very much appreciated.  

One of my favorite posts was this - my Passion For Natural post see it (Here) 

So I thought what better than to be able to feature Passion For Natural's full range in my giveaway 

All the products are organic and...natural.


This is a great range and I think you should definitely check out their website

To be honest I want to win it all my self.

All you need to do to enter is follow mine and  Passion For Natural's Twitter pages

Please use the rafflecopter below to enter
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CARL

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16 February 2015

Osmo UK hair products



Life as a blogger is going really well for me at the moment - not only have I met loads of new, cool people and have had a bit of interaction with a few cool brands but it's really helped me get back on track a bit with my image 

Growing up was hard, keeping up with all the latest hair styles especially when you have a thick head of hair like me  

I have the sort of hair that needs a product on it to make it look half decent 
That's maybe why I am so in to my hats 

Growing up I went through many different hairstyles, crew cut - the most easiest to manage, dyed blond and shaved grade 2 all over - so I could look like my idol at the time Slim Shady, I also copied Scott from Five's spiky twists, and many more 

I once grew my hair really long but now I look back at the photos and I think what the hell was I doing 

So as you can imagine I've used a lot of different products over the years but I always found that the normal gels and wax's just could not control the thickness of my hair, so I had to always use the strongest wax I could find 

But when it came to washing the wax out there became the problem.
It took about 5 or 6 washes, which is no good because I kept getting told off for using all the shampoo!

When I got asked to review some men's hair products I was thinking there going to have to be good to work on my hair but I wanted to give them a good go.
At least my hair would be perfect to put the products to the test.

But before I could test them, I really needed to get my hair cut first 

If you have read my last post you will know how that adventure went 

So let me introduce you to my new products, from


OSMO UK 


And the products I was sent were all from their men's range


I was sent 5 different styling products all with different hold factors

I will start with the strongest hold factor first

This is called FIBRE HARD with a hold factor of 5 out of 6





 A hair sculptor for a strong hold and added thickness with a matte finish.
This can applied to wet or dry hair and is more suited to short or medium length hair.

At first I found this hard to apply as it is a tough, thick product but as I used it more I realised
 I had to rub it through my hands and fingers more before applying and then it became easier to manage.

Using this product you could sculpt your hair into any style you wanted to.
It also smelt really nice too - a really sweet smell

Its definitely a product I will carry on using.

The next product I used was

AQUA WAX HARD





A hard wax with an incredible shine and strong hold

Again, with a hold factor of 5 out of 6 again.

It can also be used on wet or dry hair - I found using it on slightly wet hair was the best.

Once again it was a really tough wax but by now I had learnt my lesson, so I give it a good rub through my hands and fingers before applying it to my hair.

The wax was really strong and I would achieve any hair style I wanted.
I found this wax really good and combing it through whilst blow drying my hair helped to create a real slicked back look

On to the next - I know what you're thinking - I have very much been spoilt with all of these!

AQUA WAX



Similar to the Aqua Wax Hard but not as strong with a hold factor of 3 out of 6

Again, this can be applied to wet or dry hair but I found this product didn't really hold my hair where I wanted it to - but I totally blame my really thick hair and not the product.

If you hair isn't too thick then this product would do the exact same job as the Aqua Wax Hard does for me.

Both of the Aqua Wax products have a barber shop gel smell which I find is a pleasant aroma.

But I don't really think that this is the product for me...but it doesn't matter because my son loves it.

The next product had the best name and is one I couldn't wait to test

CORRUPTOR




The ultimate corrupting cream for long lasting versatile hold

To be honest I was sold just on the name and with a hold factor of 5 out of 6 I knew I was in safe hands.

As soon as I opened this tin I was hit with what I could only describe as pudding - a real sort of sweet cookie dough scent.

I really wanted to eat it, not put it on my hair!

This to me was the perfect product - it held my hair just how I wanted it to but if my hair got disturbed it just kind of sprung back into the same position - which was awesome on those really cold days that we have had a lot of recently as have I often have to put my beanie hat on at work.
But my hair doesn't become ruined.

Unlike the Aqua Wax's it gave a nice matte finish too, which I prefer.

Now onto my last styling product

WAX POMADE 



I chose to use this last due to it only having an hold factor of 2 out of 6

But also knowing what a pomade was already - if you don't know it's a really greasy, waxy substance that is used to style hair to make it look slick and shiny, and does not dry out - I know a lot of people who use a Pomade on their beard - I knew I had to use just a little bit of it.

I didn't use this product by itself either, I used it after I had blow dried the Aqua Wax Hard through my hair

And I really didn't use loads of it - I just ran it through my hair and then combed it through to achieve that super slick look before heading on a night out

When I woke up the next morning for work hair hair hadn't moved which was a huge bonus

But I did have a little problem that night when it took me a few washes to get it out...

But that's a small price for such a good look the night before

So would I use the OSMO UK range again?

! YES !

But I don't think I would need all 5 of products - just a few are fully suited to me, but they are all brilliant.

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I did testing the products



CARL





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9 February 2015

My adventure to King Koby




Hi guys if you have read some of my other posts you will know that in 2015 I am trying to smarten up my image 

I've always had a laid back sort of look, it's what I feel most comfortable in, but it's time to change things up I think I'm 32 and now I have entered in to the blog world I've come to notice that everyone is dressed so nice and a lot attention is taken over appearance.

They all look great 

I think a lot of it is down to me being lazy. I mean I'm the sort of guy who can just roll out of bed have a quick wash, brush my teeth, put my clothes on and just go out whether it be to work or just out for a bit 

It's not normally till a few hours later that I'll notice what state my hair is in.

Sometimes it can be really bad so my beanie hats get a lot of use, but on a warm day this is no good but to get my hair into a condition I can work with I was going to have to get it cut

As you may know I'm a big fan of UK hiphop /rap music especially the Yorkshire music scene at the moment 

I've been to a few gigs, shows, whatever you call them and met a few of the artists which are as cool as are all really down to earth guys.

I follow them all on Twitter and Facebook as I find it's a good way to interact with them and find out what they get up to in every day life.

The one thing I did notice is that they all chat about where they go for a fresh new hair cut and the same name kept popping up

Sandy Minto 

I thought to my self I've heard this name before and then realised that I also follow this guy on Twitter - he's one of the guys who I listen to and is part of the Yorkshire Hiphop scene!

How cool was that!

So I messaged one of the guys I've met through social media (as I know he goes there for his hair cut) to find out how do u book in and where the shop was.

The shop is in the Corn Exchange in Leeds and the shop Sandy works at is called King Koby
I message through and booked in for a Saturday afternoon at 17.30 - he told me it was his last cut of the day so we could have a good chin wag!
Again - I thought this was really cool 


So I headed off on my little adventure to Leeds and it was really weird because if I ever go anywhere it's normally with the wife or my boy

 I found that the closest, and cheapest place to park near to the Corn Exchange was the Trinity centre

It was only £3
 5pm till 5am was a really good price  

After a 5 minute walk I finally arrived at the Corn Exchange
It took me a minute or so to find the shop 


To be honest I felt a bit nervous for some reason but I was soon put at ease when I heard the chorus of the Afroman's song Colt 45
 It was so funny to see all the members of staff and a few customers dancing and singing along to it 

I knew then - this was the place for me! 

I was a bit early so I introduced my self to Sandy who was going to be cutting my hair and he told me to sit down and relax and he would give me a shout when he was finished 

My nerves had all gone - I was sat on a old style leather sofa in the middle of the shop
It was such a cool. relaxing place and there was a good mixture of music - none of it was current chart stuff which was perfect for me there was a good selection of magazines to look at too

I had a good look around, all the staff were dressed so cool with big beards, cool slick hair styles and tattoos everywhere 

I mean come on who wouldn't want a hair cut of one of these guys



The shop walls were covered in odd quirky picture, posters, stickers and ornaments and they all made the place stand out 







Every body was so polite and chatty
After about 10 minutes or so it was my turn. 


So I took my jacket and snapback off and Sandy responded with a


"Wow! Now that's what you call a head of hair!"

He swiveled the fancy barber chair around and told me to hop on.



When I was ready with my gown on we spoke about what style I wanted and he give me a few ideas and explained what he would do.

We both agreed on how I wanted it to look and then he began to work his magic.

You know when you get your hair cut there's the normal questions , how's work, have you been out lately, any holidays planned?

Well we had none of this - we spoke about music, who we like and we were both in agreement that Jack Flash is killing the UK hiphop scene at the moment.

Then we spoke about how he became a barber at King Koby 
The story was really cool - he's been there about 5 years now also he has a great relationship with his boss and all the staff are like one big family

Halfway through he took me to another part of the shop to shampoo my hair 
Its not very often I get my hair washed when getting it cut so I found this a nice touch 

After he dried my hair a bit it was back over to the chair to finish the cut off 

The attention to detail that he was applying to my hair was amazing using both scissors and clippers

I wasn't just my hair that was getting a great cut I had a look around at the other barbers techniques and all of them were amazing - there was so much attention to detail going on all around the room 

And it wasn't just on the hair styles, it was on beard trims as well 

Talking about beard trims I was asked if I wanted mine trimming 

I was a bit unsure to be honest but I trusted him - at this point my hair was starting to take shape 

He just took the scraggy bits off and shaped it a little and it looked so different 
It looked thicker 

So the hair was cut, the beard was trimmed, now it was time for the products 

At first it was a bit of hard wax which was blow dried and brushed through my hair - I really need to learn the technique he used.

And then he used a wax which had a bit of a shine to it and he combed that through untill he got it how he wanted it 

It looked amazing I never thought with me having really thick hair it could ever look this good 

I would just like to thank my new pal Wydeboi for talking a few photos of me (with my camera) whilst I was busy in the chair







I was so happy - I'm not a vain person but I will admit I did look in the mirror a few times 

If anybody lives in Leeds or happen to be visiting the city I would highly recommend taking a visit here, or maybe treating your partner

I will definitely visiting King Koby on a monthly basis 

I found that everything is priced really well and I would have happily paid more 


  I really hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it and participating in it

Please check out King Koby's Facebook and Twitter pages

Also click on my social media links below 

CARL

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6 February 2015

A Close Shave by Bearded Colonel

Hi guys for those who haven't noticed from my profile - I have a beard and it's been growing now for around 7 months, maybe a bit more, check out my beard progress on my Twitter page found here

I've always had stubble but never a full beard 

My beard is not the thickest but I think it looks OK and I get plenty of comments from people saying they like it and that I suit it.
Which is cool because it's here to stay 

The reason it's not the thickest I think is that when I was just a guy with stubble I never used to clean shave 
I always just trimmed it, maybe grade 1 or 2, and have been doing this for at least 10 years now 

I don't know if it's true or not but people say if you shave more your hair gets thicker! 

I like my beard but is was starting to look a bit scruffy 
So last weekend I went to get my hair cut as it was getting a bit to long - Look out for my future post on that adventure 

But when the hairstylist had finished my hair he asked if I wanted my beard trimming I was a bit sceptical but I thought "new hair cut, new beard trim - will look awesome" 

I was right it did and all he did was even it out and shape it with a razor 

I couldn't believe how different it looked

So I was thinking I need to keep this look up instead of looking like a hobo - well that's what a few family members and friends have been calling me anyway

 I've even had the odd "Marv" comment - you know the guy from Home Alone! 
All I needed was the iron print on my head
ha ha 

So how was I going to keep this look up?

I found the answer


A Shaving kit I could use to keep my beard edges in perfect shape 


 This is their Flagship Shaving Razor 

In the kit I was sent:

A German engineered handle

The handle has a really nice sleek design.It is all back with a a nice black grip on it 
The handle is neither too light or too heavy, in fact it is perfectly balanced

I was also sent 4 changeable blades in a lovely tin too keep them together 




The blades are also made in Germany   

The razor has 5 blades in it, for a really close shave with an aloe vera moisturising strip so your skin is kept fresh whist you are shaving 

The blades have a technology that is unique to them 
It is called the Gothic Arch II

This refers to the shape in which the blades are cut. They have inverted bevels giving the razor blades the same shape as a straight razor, only smaller 

This makes the blades not only really sharpe, but really strong as well

You know what they say - the sharper the blade, the smother the shave 



So on to using it

This was the tough bit - one slip and the beard could be ruined 

I failed at the 1st hurdle 

I didn't have any foam or gel 
But I've heard that soap is just as good.

So I wet my face and lathered it with soap 

The feel of the razor was really good on my skin.
 I could hardly feel it on my face as I edged the beard line on my check bone 

One swift movement and the excess hair was gone 

And same again for the the side 

A quick rinse under the tap and the hair on the razor disappeared. That's one thing I do remember from shaving back in the day,  my shaver clogging up with hair and me having to keep banging it on the side of the sink to get it all off 

You know you've been there!

Now it was on to the neck 

I added a bit more soap and held my beard out of the way 

Once again the feel was really smooth and only took a couple of strokes for all of the hair to be gone even over the adam apple - it slid over with ease 

All in all it was a great shave and now 3 hours later my skin still feels really smooth 
I've had no burning sensation either like I've had in the past so I've had no need to even use any moisturiser   


 So the question is would I recommend this shaver 

HELL YES!

Especially for somebody who shaves on a regular basis 

I feel that I have let the razor down by not using it to it's full potential but I'm sorry the beard is staying 

As I was browsing the web site I notice that I could sign up for a subscription 
That's right you can have the fresh blades delivered to your door step
Monthly 
Every 2 Month or 
Every 3 Month 

It just depends on how frequent you shave 

For me I would probably sign up to the every 3 month subscription 
  
At £8.50 it seems a really reasonable price too

And with no contract it's ideal as you may find that you have plenty of spare blades one month so there would be no need to order any more 

If you are a frequent shaver or a casual shaver like me I strongly recommend you visit 


And check out what else they have to offer 

you can also find them on Twitter and Facebook

I hope you have enjoyed this post please feel free to leave a comment 
and click my my social media links below


CARL

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