CLEAN RESERVE - TERRA WOODS FRAGRANCE


A couple of months ago I came across Clean Reserve by accident whilst browsing through Space NK and initially, it was the sturdy yet minimalistic design of their bottles and branding that caught my eye!

A day later, I received an email asking if I’d like to sample a couple of fragrances by Clean Reserve, now if that isn’t some Black Mirror stuff right there then I don’t know what is… Of course, I jumped at the chance and was kindly gifted two fragrances by the brand:

  1. Terra Woods

  2. Skin

In this particular blog post I will be reviewing the Terra Woods fragrance so check back soon for the ‘Skin’ fragrance review!

TERRA WOODS - CLEAN RESERVE

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A unisex fragrance that is floral yet woody which launched in 2016.

  • Top Notes: Geranium, Jasmine Sambac

  • Middle Notes: Coconut

  • Base Notes: Musk, Woodsy Notes, Tonka Bean, Vanilla

Clean Reserve pledge to change the way you experience fragrances by creating a collection that highlights your individuality whilst tapping into their perfumers reserve of raw ingredients to remove the clutter, heaviness and complexity - so all you’re left with is CLEAN.

Each of the fragrances by Clean Reserve have been created so that you can pair it with another fragrance allowing you to create a fragrance that is truly special to become a firm, signature staple!

On the first spray I was immediately hit with the Geranium note with the ever so subtle hint of Coconut coming through which adds a warmth and a creaminess to the fragrance. The opening is quite bold but once the dry down begins, the scent stays pretty linear and fades after an hour or two… In terms of Terra Woods’ silage, I would say it begins medium/heavy but quickly wears down to a light and stays close to the skin and its projection again, starts off moderate but gradually becomes soft.

I did enjoy wearing Terra Woods for the initial scent itself, however, I wish it just lasted that little bit longer. With that being said, I would recommend wearing Terra Woods during the daytime and perhaps throughout Spring/Summer this may perform better?

To purchase Terra Woods, click here! To learn a little more about Clean Reserve and their brands message, click here.

Have you tried Terra Woods before? How did you find it? Have you come across Clean Reserve before and sampled any of their fragrances? If so, which one? I would love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment down below and I’d love it if you could click the ‘like’ button too!


PERRICONE MD - CBx FOR MEN


Perricone MD was one of the first well-known skincare brands that I worked with back when I started blogging and still to this day remains a firm favourite of mine!

Perricone MD was created by Dr Nicholas Perricone after his life long passion for science inspired him to unlock the secrets to healthy ageing and continues to introduce revolutionary technologies into skincare which aim to get us one step closer to the fountain of youth!

PERRICONE MD CBx

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The CBx range has been designed with men in mind, and has been powered by PHYTOCANNABINOIDS which are naturally derived from the hemp plant. The range delivers potent antioxidant benefits which aim to help stressed skin feel soothed, healthy and refreshed! Within the CBx range there are 3 products;

  1. Super Clean Face Wash

  2. Soothing Post-Shave Treatment

  3. Lightweight Moisturiser

From this range I received the Super Clean Face Wash alongside the Lightweight Moisturiser as at the time of receiving these, I was sporting a beard so didn’t feel the need to try out the Post-Shave Treatment!

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I applied the Super Clean Face Wash both at morning to apply the Lightweight Moisturiser, and at nighttime to remove any skincare products I had worn during the day. Prior to application, I washed my face first leaving my skin moist for the Super Clean Face Wash to be applied and whilst applying this, it began to turn quite foamy.

Once rinsed off, I found that my skin felt smooth and incredibly clean whilst some Face Washes can leave your skin feeling dry and tight, I found that this particular Face Wash didn’t have that feeling instead, leaving it feeling comfortable! I particularly enjoyed the scent of the Super Clean Face Wash which was woody with a green, earthy feel to it.

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For the Lightweight Moisturiser, I applied this in the morning, ready for the day ahead and applied this after cleansing my face with the Super Clean Face Wash. The first thing I noticed about the Lightweight Moisturiser was the texture and how light it felt!

Granted, it is named as ‘Lightweight Moisturiser’ so it’s safe to say that it definitely lives up to its namesake. The Lightweight Moisturiser absorbed into my skin pretty quickly and I liked that it left my skin feeling hydrated and light without feeling too gloopy! My only personal critique is that there was a slight shine to my skin afterwards which some people may love, but for me, I prefer a more matte finish when it comes to the appearance of my skin.

Overall, another great range by Perricone MD! To view more about the range, click here. For more details on the Super Clean Face Wash, click here and for the Lightweight Moisturiser, click here!

Do check out my other reviews from the Perricone MD brand such as the Photo Plasma and Cold Plasma!

You can also read about my time at the H2 Elemental Energy Launch down in London here.

Have you tried the CBx range? Which ones did you try? Have you used any products from Perricone MD before? If so, which ones? I would love to hear from you so leave me a comment down below and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


SHOWstudio: 100 WOMEN


Towards the end of last year, I had the pleasure of being invited along to the preview night of the exhibition; 100 Women at SHOWStudio in London! I had previously viewed a few other exhibits at the studio before such as Moving Kate and Fashion Flora, so to be invited along to an exhibition where women in fashion were being celebrated as part of the Centenary year, was a must for me.

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The exhibition was created by selecting 50 fashion illustrators to interpret 100 models, past and present, who have all been known to challenge the typical conventions of femininity such as; Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Halima Aden, Iman, Slick Woods, Stella Tennant and many more.

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I made my way into the exhibit and was immediately drawn to the illustration of Naomi Campbell by Tobie Giddio. The artwork was strong, powerful and was the perfect representation of Naomi I felt!

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Each model was asked to select an image or look of them that made them feel empowered at the time alongside a quote of how and why this was so impactful to them. It was interesting to see the models favourite looks and their accompanying quote to grasp a better understanding of how they felt empowered at the time.

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100 Women is available to the public to view at SHOWstudio and is a must for any fashion lover out there! 10% of the proceeds from the sale of any artworks will be donated to Women For Women UK and you can view the full list of the illustrations alongside the models captions here.

SHOWstudio
22D Ebury Street
Belgravia, London,
SW1W 0LU

Have you visited the 100 Women exhibit yet? Can you spot any of your favourite models in my photographs? Have you been to any exhibitions at SHOWstudio before? If so, which ones? Do let me know your thoughts below, and don't forget to click that 'like' button!


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GIVE THE GIFT OF CREED THIS CHRISTMAS


For those of you who are frantically panicking for those last minute Christmas gifts, I wanted to share with you a fragrance that I have recently come across by the fragrance powerhouse; Creed.

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CREED: ORIGINAL SANTAL

Inspired by the spiritual and royal splendor of India, Original Santal captures the essence of precious Sandalwood trees from India which are best known for spiritual strength, calming power and the beautiful scent of Sandalwood. I was already a fan of Sandalwood prior to smelling this fragrance, and I was also already a fan of Creed, especially their fragrance; Aventus. So much so, that I named this my number 1 fragrance of 2015!

  • Top Notes: Coriander, Juniper Berries, Cinnamon, Sandalwood

  • Middle Notes: Rosemary, Ginger, Lavender, Petitgrain

  • Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla

A clean, sophisticated fragrance that felt light, dry and crisp during the opening, yet a little busy and manic with all of the different notes bouncing around off of each other. After 15/20 minutes or so, the fragrance began to turn a little more woody and with the Sandalwood note coming through which blends beautifully with the Tonka Bean and Vanilla notes which left the fragrance to feel creamy on my skin which was undoubtedly my favourite part of the fragrance!

The silage and projection began quite strong but sat closer to the skin a little quicker than I would have liked, which meant that every time I got a little hint of the fragrance on my skin, I kept wanting to go back to it. Original Santal lasted for up to 5/6 hours on my skin with the occassional ‘Ooo what aftershave are you wearing today?’ question being asked to me by my friends!

Overall, the fragrance had a really warm feel to it that may feel a little too rich to wear during the daytime, but would perform beautifully on an evening. To purchase Creed: Original Santal, click here!

Have you smelt Original Santal by Creed before? What did you think to the fragrance? Have you smelt any fragrances from Creed? If so, which ones? I would love to hear from you, so leave me a comment below and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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THE IVY: LEEDS VICTORIA QUARTER


I had been invited along to The Ivy in Leeds which is a fairly new addition to the ever-expanding Victoria Quarter having just opened up in late September! Having already visited The Ivy before in Harrogate, I was excited to take a look at the restaurant in Leeds to see the layout and to get my hands on their delicious food.

*Please note, this image was taken a week or so after my visit!

*Please note, this image was taken a week or so after my visit!

I invited my blogger friend with me, Jessica, who I had met at the Northern Blog Awards where we had both just clicked! Upon arrival, the lovely hosts had taken our coats and walked us over to the bar where we had a glass of Prosecco waiting for us. We then got seated at a table just by the entrance, and as I was looking around at the surroundings, the restaurant was rather busy yet had a chilled atmosphere and it wasn’t too loud for me to be able to hear which is something I always take into consideration as I am deaf so restaurants and bars can prove rather tricky sometimes!

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The interior and decor of The Ivy was very glamorous with an Art Deco theme running throughout and had that luxurious feel that The Ivy is well known for. We were treated to a three course meal where for starters I had the Prawn Cocktail which came with baby gem, avocado, cherry tomatoes and Marie Rose sauce. The starter was delicious although the sauce was a little sweet for me.

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For my main I chose the Chicken Bourguignon which was a flat-iron chicken with crispy skin with creamed potato, chestnut mushrooms and bacon lardons. This was very tasty, however, a rather large portion! There was just a little too much on the plate for me but I gave a good go at trying to finish it all!

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To complete the meal, for my dessert I chose the Chocolate Bombe which I had previously seen on Instagram being ‘Boomeranged’ countless of times which entails of a melting Chocolate Bombe with a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce poured over it… Okay I think I’m going to head back especially just for this ASAP! It tasted just as good as it sounds!

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Throughout the meal the staff were very attentive, kind and friendly, even to the point where they had recommended which food we should try out and what their personal favourites were. We also had a bottle of Provence Rosé which went down a treat! By the end of the night it was safe to say both Jessica and I were stuffed and were equally impressed with both the quality of service and food/drink throughout. Thank you to The Ivy for inviting us along!

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To view more details and to take a look at their menu, click here! To book book a table, click here.

Have you visited any of The Ivy restaurants before? Where did you go? Have you visited the Leeds restaurant yet? If so, what did you order? What is your favourite part of The Ivy if you have visited? What do you recommend I should try next? Let me know your thoughts below, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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ACQUA DI PARMA - CHRISTMAS 2018


Acqua Di Parma are one of my favourite Male Grooming brands with their Ebano fragrance being one of my favourites for this time of year, alongside the rich and aquatic fragrance for Spring/Summer; Cedro di Taormina! So you can imagine that I was completely bowled over when a large ‘Hat Box’ had arrived from one of their Christmas Collections. The box itself was presented with a ribbon wrapped beautifully around it and I didn’t dare spoil it by pulling it apart!

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With that being said, once inside of the box there were three items from one of their Christmas Collections which have all been given a Festive touch this Christmas where the packaging has been beautifully designed and illustrated by the British artist, Clym Evernden. Other Collections include;

  • Colonia Pura

  • Blu Mediterraneo

  • Le Nobili

  • Ingredient Collection

  • Home

  • Body Collection

  • Made To Measure Sets

Fo this particular Festive Gift Set that I received, it contained;

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  • Colonia - Candle

  • Colonia - Eau de Cologne

  • Colonia - Hand Wash & Hand Cream

The Colonia Pura scent is bold and citrusy that feels fresh when sprayed upon my skin which is making me yearn for those long, hot Summer days! I will be sure to revisit this fragrance again next Spring for a full blog review so be sure to check back for this. I also love the design of the Festive packaging this year, minimal yet fun!

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To view more of the Festive Gift Sets this Christmas, click here.

Acqua Di Parma are currently offering engraving on their bottles in which you can leave a special message for that special somebody this Christmas and please note, there is guaranteed delivery by 24th December on all orders placed by 20th December by 12pm. Only two days left to take advantage of this before it’s too late!

Have you smelt anything by Acqua Di Parma before? If so, what fragrance have you smelt? Which is your favourite from the brand? Do you have your eye on anything for Christmas? Let me know your thoughts as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below!


INSTAGRAM CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY: MANKIND


Being a part of the Mankind Collective allows me to explore and try out some of the latest launches in Male Grooming and as a way of saying thank you for all of your support this year, I have teamed up with Mankind for a chance to win their INCREDIBLE Christmas Collection Box!

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MANKIND CHRISTMAS COLLECTION BOX

Featuring 12 full sized Male Grooming products which have all been selected to create the perfect Grooming routine for you, and worth over a whopping £475, this Christmas Collection Box will allow you to experiment and try out products from brands you may not have come across before!

Inside this box contains;

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  1. Elemis - Pro Collagen Marine Cream (50ml) £80

  2. men-u - Facial Wash (100ml) £14.95

  3. Hanz De Fuko - Claymation (56g) £16

  4. Anthony - Shower Sheets (12 Sheets) £22

  5. Korres - Fig Shower Gel (250ml) £8

  6. avant - Anti-Ageing Glycolic Firming Eye Contour Cream (10ml) £99

  7. Argentum - L’Etoile Infinie (30ml) £82

  8. Regenerate - Advanced Foaming Mouth Wash (50ml) £10

  9. Omorovicza - Deep Cleansing Mask (50ml) £62

  10. Jack Black - Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather (226ml) £22

  11. Recipe For Men - Deodorant (75ml) £16

  12. Molton Brown - Tobacco Absolute Bath & Shower Gel (300ml) £20

As you can see, this Christmas Giveaway is pretty astonishing, and for your chance to enter all you need to do is simply:

  • Follow me on Instagram and Mankind on Instagram

  • Tag a friend (multiple entries are allowed!)

  • That’s it!

It’s as simple as that!

The winner will be announced this Thursday 20th December to allow postage/shipping in time for Christmas and this Giveaway is for UK entries only. (Sorry!)

Best of luck, and Merry Christmas!

Have you shopped with Mankind before? If so, what did you buy? What do you think to their Christmas Collection? Will you be entering this Giveaway? What products do you have your eye on? Let me know your thoughts as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below!