AUDACIOUS


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One of the things that I have never been able to deal with being deaf, is being able to communicate effectively via the telephone/mobile. It has always been a struggle for me, and being deaf from birth, this is something that I have just had to ‘put up with’.

The times where I have had to be on the phone, I have had to turn the volume up to full, and have the speaker mode on. Not exactly ideal for public situations! Now, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t all ‘woe is me’ and an X Factor sob story, as when I am able to communicate on the phone, it’s in a very quiet environment and the person calling me on the other line is usually fully aware that I am deaf so take that into consideration.

I had recently been contacted by Audacious, a new mobile network that aims to optimise sounds for people with hearing loss, to make their calls easier to understand. When this opportunity arose, at first I was sceptical but was rather intrigued to see if it would actually work and most of all, help me to hear on the phone better!

How Audacious works

To set up a profile and in order to get the correct settings for your phone in terms of volume, you can go to the Audacious website and take a ‘Sound Check’. All you need for this is a computer and your mobile phone. The test begins by taking a few basic details from you and then the Sound Check will ring your phone and the test will start.

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If you have been to an audiology appointment before where you’re sat in a soundproof room or booth and you have to wear headphones with a clicker to click every time you hear a sound, it’s exactly like that! There are a few different sounds which get played at different levels of volume and frequency, so every time you hear a sound, you can either hit the space bar or click the button. The test takes roughly just under 5 minutes and once the test is complete, Audacious will then determine the best level of volume for you to be able to use your phone on based on your Sound Check.

Once your phone has been adjusted to your results from your Sound Check, you do have the option of being able to select your own volume also. If you feel that what Audacious have set your phone to is perhaps a little quieter than you’d like, or a little louder, then you can adjust this yourself by selecting the volume on the dial to the level you feel most comfortable with. To take a Sound Check for yourself, click here.

My Result

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Now that my Sound Check was complete, Audacious then set my mobile phone’s volume to the volume matching the Sound Check automatically.

I trialled the Sound Check out in my bedroom with no noise or sound around me and where the signal coverage was strongest. I found it was better to trial this out this way rather than somewhere noisy and busy, so that I could really concentrate on the sounds being played to me through the Sound Check in order for me to get the best results. I then called my friend and found that it was louder than I had had prior to taking the Sound Check, which made things clearer and easier for me however, with that being said, whilst out and about in public, I still couldn’t hear as well. Perhaps this is more due to the background noise and hustle and bustle of everything else around me rather than the phone and volume itself.

I took the Sound Check 3 times in total, just to see if there was any difference in each test but my results stayed the same throughout and have since found the experience to have helped me in terms of dealing with the phone when in a quiet environment!

I found the whole experience of using Audacious quite exciting, innovative and most importantly, helpful! To find out more about Audacious, click here.


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POCKET WATCH UK - MOUNT ROYAL


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Now that Autumn is officially here which just so happens to be my favourite season of the year, and with the return of Peaky Blinders for its 5th series, Pocket Watch UK have very kindly gifted me this stunning Mount Royal - Chrome Plated Half Hunter Pocket Watch!

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Throughout the Autumn/Winter seasons, my go-to outfits tend to be long, tailored overcoats with a skinny fit suit underneath, a crisp white t-shirt and some trainers to dress the outfit down to add more of a laid-back, relaxed feel. It’s only been recently that I’ve discovered jewellery and accessories, so this Pocket Watch has come at the perfect time!

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A sleek, stylish and sophisticated design, this Mount Royal Pocket Watch has a crisp, white dial with a skeletal display and I have always preferred a skeletal display as I find this to be rather understated and fascinating to see the elements that make up a watch! This Pocket Watch also comes with its own chain that you can select from, perfect to slip away neatly in your suit jacket pocket.

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I found that my Mount Royal Pocket Watch went perfectly when styled with my outfit, and its sleek design gained me many compliments! Pocket Watch UK also provide an engraving service on a wide range of their watches which could be used for a special birthday gift, retirement gift, a wedding gift and much more.

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Each Pocket Watch is encased in a leather presentation box which also comes with an extended 1 year warranty, and to find out more about the Mount Royal Pocket Watch, click here.

Have you shopped with Pocket Watch UK before? If so, what did you buy? What do you think to my Mount Royal Pocket Watch? Is this a style you like? I’d love to hear your thoughts below so drop me a comment, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


BYREDO LEATHER COLLECTION


About a month or so ago I had an e-vite come through from Byredo. Now, I will confess that I had an absolute ‘fan-girl’ moment as Byredo is one of my favourite brands when it comes to fragrances. Ever.

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The event took place at the Byredo boutique in Soho, London and was to showcase the new leather goods. I was greeted with champagne (always a good sign) and I was taken upstairs where the leather goods had been displayed. As I walked around the room, I was immediately drawn to the ‘Blueprint’ collection. A series of beautifully crafted leather bags which can be hand-held, shoulder held or worn across the body in a range of designs such as:

  • Embroidered Black Leather

  • Overstitched Black Leather

  • Printed Black Leather

  • Black Leather and Painted Python

  • Black Anaconda

  • Black Python

  • most of which are available in other sizes and colours

My personal favourite? The Black Leather and Painted Python - so chic.

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I then noticed another display in which several bottles of Byredo fragrances and candles had been encased in leather! These leather cases were designed for the traveller in mind, for those who want to be able to take their favourite fragrance and candle away with them with the comfort of knowing that their glass bottles will be protected. I had also been informed that with every leather fragrance and candle purchase, you get a free bottle of your choice. Ideal!

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Another collection that caught my eye was the ‘De La Sac’. My particular favourite one was the Red Leather bag. The shade of red was so striking and the detailing was so precise which really stood out amongst the rest!

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Other pieces from the Leather Collection are:

  • Eazy Bag

  • Umbrella Wallet

  • Credit Card Holder

  • Wallet Clutch

  • Circuit Bag

  • Travel Perfume Case

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To read more on the Leather goods from Byredo, click here! Shortly after this event, I was then invited along to the launch of the new fragrance ‘Sundazed’. Check back soon for the review on the fragrance!

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In the meantime, be sure to check out my other reviews on Byredo such as -

Gypsy Water Fragrance / Baudelaire Fragrance / Bibliotheque Fragrance and Home Scent / Seven Veils Fragrance / Ambre Japonais Home Scent / Chai Home Scent

Have you visited the Byredo store in Soho before? What do you think to it? Have you tried anything from Byredo before? If so, what have you tried? Have you managed to see the Leather Collection? Which is your favourite piece? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below!


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THE PERSONAL BARBER


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I had recently been contacted by The Personal Barber to try out one of their subscription boxes! The box that I had received was their ‘Wet Shaving Box’ and this is the first box that you receive when signing up to their subscription service.

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The Personal Barber aim to create the ‘ultimate shaving subscription for men’ and by doing so, they wanted to turn a shaving routine into a fun experience as opposed to a daily chore. Using a single sharp blade for maximum control and comfort combined with top quality products, they wanted to show that you don’t need a gimmicky razor with extra, unnecessary add-ons! Every 6 weeks you will receive some of their hand-picked, top quality shaving products and all orders get shipped out on the same day, including free delivery to the UK.

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Within the box came some handy tips and how to care for each of the items inside such as:

  • What To Do With Your Used Blades

  • Keeping Your Razor In Good Nick

  • Looking After Your Brush

  • Getting The Most Out Of Your Soap

I liked this little touch as this would prove highly useful for somebody who is a complete beginner to shaving! Now, the products that I had received inside of the box were:

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  • The Personal Barber - Double Edged Safety Razor

A double edged safety razor that was a new one for me having not used a razor like this one before! Upon first glance it did confuse me a little as I couldn’t see a blade on it. Luckily, this came with instructions… Made up of 3 parts, you can unscrew the handle, place one of the blades from Polsilver Super Iridum or Shark in between both of the head plates and then screw back into place. I found this razor to be strong, sturdy and managed to eliminate most of my facial hair. I’ll admit, it did take about 3 or 4 attempts getting used to this style of razor, but now that I have gotten used to it, I like that it feels more premium with a luxurious feel to it as opposed to other razors I have used before where they have been made from plastic and felt rather cheap in comparison!

  • The Personal Barber - Synthetic Hair Shaving Brush

Made from high quality nylon, this synthetic hair shaving brush felt smooth upon my skin when applying the shaving soap, and I also liked how the sturdy handle made it easy to use. Again, I found that this brush had a premium touch to it, similar to the double edged safety razor!

  • Faena - Premium Electron Shaving Soap

Sourced directly from the island, Lesvos - Greece, this premium shaving soap contains the ingredients such as: Tallow, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, stearic acid, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, aqua, potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, lanolin, glycerin, kaolin, dehydroacetic acid (and) benzyl alcohol, parfum. I enjoyed using this shaving soap and I liked how the texture felt on my skin! I’m used to shaving gels and creams where they ‘foam up’ so to speak so this soap was rather unique to use in as it began to lather up which allowed the blade to glide easily across my face thus resulting in a rather easy and effective shave! There is a slight, subtle fragrance to this which had a woody, musky scent.

  • Seven Potions - Pure Equilibrium Pre-Shave Oil

This pre-shave oil was again, unique for me as when I have previously shaven before, I tend to just stick the shaving gel/cream on and hadn’t thought about using a pre-shave oil before! Using a pre-shave oil helps to soothe and protect your skin and are rich in vitamins such as Vitamin E which helps with anti-oxidation, moisturisation and anti-inflammation. I was slightly dubious at first adding this into my shaving routine, but now, it’s a firm staple! I applied this when my skin had been cleansed, still slightly damp and I have noticed that since using this pre-shave oil, it has helped to make my facial hair feel softer in texture which in return allows the blade to work more effectively.

  • The Personal Barber - Waffle Piqué Shaving Towel

I liked how easily this waffle piqué shaving towel absorbed water after a shave which I used to wipe off any excess. Plus, the aesthetic of the yellow logo against the dark grey makes for a rather good ‘insta-shot’!

  • Polsilver Super Iridum & Shark - Super Chrome Replacement Blades

Working out how to insert these into the double edged safety razor was a bit of a challenge I’ll admit! (The razor does come with instructions so don’t panic!) Within this particular box I got 2 packs of replacement blades and the reason for this is due to different blades varying in levels of sharpness and different materials which allows you to pick out which best suits your facial hair and needs!

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Overall, I was impressed with the results after the shave and I think this is a great introductory service somebody new to shaving! I also like that the products featured within the box are of top quality, and the packaging of the blades are rather slick too.

To find out more and to sign up for The Personal Barber, click here!

Have you tried The Personal Barber before? If so, what did you think? Is a subscription service something you’d be interested in? Will you be giving this a try? Let me know your thoughts as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below!


FATHER'S DAY FRAGRANCES 2019


With Father’s Day approaching us here in the U.K on Sunday 16th June, I have put together a few fragrances that will win your Father over! Failing that however, at least you’ve managed to gain yourself a new fragrance...

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HUGO BOSS - BOTTLED INFINITE

  • Top Notes: Apple, Mandarin Orange, Cinnamon, Sage

  • Middle Notes: Lavender, Patchouli, Rosemary

  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Olive Tree

A woody, aromatic fragrance that feels clean and sophisticated which has a strong projection and lasts on the skin for around 6-7 hours! Ideal for the Father who likes to make an impact without worrying about the scent fading away. To purchase, click here.

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CALVIN KLEIN - ETERNITY FOR MEN: FLAME

  • Top Notes: Pineapple

  • Middle Notes: Rosemary

  • Base Notes: Labdanum, Amber, Leather

A fragrance that takes you on an interesting journey, starting off with a sweet, punchy hit of fruitiness, that then settles down into a dense, smokey scent with a long lasting performance around 7-8 hours on the skin! If your Father enjoys interesting fragrances, then perhaps this could be one to try! To purchase, click here.

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VERSACE POUR HOMME - DYLAN BLUE

  • Top Notes: Water Notes, Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fig Leaf

  • Middle Notes: Violet Leaf, Papyrus, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Ambroxan

  • Base Notes: Musk, Incense, Tonka Bean, Saffron

A solid fragrance in that it delivers a fresh, aquatic scent that epitomises the Summer feeling. Perfect for this time of year and despite feeling so light, its performance is rather impressive with the fragrance lasting for around 6-7 hours! A perfect fragrance for your Father if he enjoys a fresh, aquatic scent. To purchase, click here.

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JUSBOX - BLACK POWDER

  • Top Notes: Blackcurrant, Apple, Pimento

  • Middle Notes: Suede, Tobacco Leaf, Olibanum

  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Patchouli

Possibly the most interesting and unique fragrance within this Gift Guide. A leathery and spicy fragrance with a few of the fruity notes bursting out during the fragrances opening with a heavy silage and long lasting performance. If your Father enjoys having the attention on him and likes to impress, then I would strongly recommend Black Powder! To purchase, click here.

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DSQUARED2 - WOOD

  • Top Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Mandarin Orange

  • Middle Notes: Ginger, Cardamom, Violet Leaf

  • Base Notes: Vetiver, White Woods, Ambroxan

WOOD opens up with a citrusy feel which then quickly turns into a more woody scent. A pretty steady fragrance in the sense that its performance is quite linear. Ideal for daytime and those who prefer a fuss-free fragrance that simply does its job! Its silage is soft-medium and lasts upon the skin for around 4-5 hours. To purchase, click here.

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LACOSTE - EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 POUR LUI FRENCH PANACHE

  • Top Notes: Lemon Zest, Mandarin Orange, Cardamom

  • Middle Notes: Apple, Lavender

  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Narcissus

A woody, aromatic fragrance that has a spicy kick throughout its performance! Eau De Lacoste French Panache lasted for up to 6-7 hours with a medium to heavy silage. I would recommend this for those Fathers who enjoy a fragrance that has a clean and sophisticated feel to it. To purchase, click here.

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I hope you have enjoyed this Fragrance Gift Guide for Fathers Day! Are there any which you know will win your Father over? Perhaps any you think he might like to try out? Do you have any other recommendations when it comes to fragrances? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!

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FATHER'S DAY GIVEAWAY - HUGO BOSS: DARK BLUE


For this Father’s Day I wanted to give away a classic staple in any mans fragrance collection: Hugo Boss - Dark Blue! Launched in 1999, this fragrance has stood around for 20 years and still feels as fresh and as relevant today. Pretty impressive right? A fragrance that is sweet yet spicy and has a dark, mysterious undertone to it running right through its performance.

  • Top Notes: Orange, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime

  • Middle Notes: Mahogany, Cypress, Sage, Geranium, Cardamom

  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Benzoin, Vetiver, Cedar, Vanilla

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For your chance to win this classic fragrance, all you need to do is the following;

  1. Follow me on my Twitter page here

  2. Retweet my pinned Father's Day Giveaway tweet here

It's that simple! All entries will be checked on my Twitter feed, and the winner of Hugo Boss: Dark Blue will be announced via my Twitter on Thursday 13th June in time for Father's Day.

I wish you the very best of luck!

*Please note, this has no affiliation or link to the brand. This was purchased with my own money and this is classed as an AD due to having worked with Hugo Boss before on separate blog posts/work.


BETTY'S EASTER GIFTS 2019


For the past 3 years that I have been blogging, and whenever Easter has arrived, there is always one thing that I look forward to each time which is, a bundle of gorgeous treats from Betty’s! I feel proud and lucky to be able to work with such an iconic brand known both nationally and internationally, so it feels only right to share with you; Betty’s Easter Gifts for 2019!

I had been gifted some treats which include:

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Trio of Filled Chocolate Eggs - £10.50

A gorgeous little box which contains 3 pastel coloured eggs, all made from Betty’s finest Swiss Chocolate! A white chocolate egg filled with vanilla caramel, a pink egg filled with raspberry ganache and an eau de nil egg filled with Moët & Chandon and Marc de Champagne ganache. All of which have been hand-decorated with Royal iced-spring flowers. To purchase, click here!

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Praline & Milk Chocolate Eggs - £7.95

A continental styled paper cone, this treat contains both solid milk and praline-filled milk chocolate eggs! A fun way to enjoy some delicious Easter goodies with Betty’s illustrations displayed on it. To purchase, click here!

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Dark Chocolate Shimmer Egg - £7.50

A Venezuelan dark chocolate easter egg, a perfect alternative to those who favour dark chocolate to milk chocolate (I know I do!) - hand finished with a gold lustre and a piped design based around Betty’s Centenary emblem!

To purchase, click here.

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Betty’s Tea Room Blend (80 Tea Bags) - £4.25

A fragrant blend of teas from East Africa and Assam, these teabags can be enjoyed at any given time and these come encased in the stylish box designed by Yorkshire artist; Emily Sutton! To purchase, click here.

Milk and White Speckled Rabbits - £7.50

A group of 4 Spring rabbits, these were created using milk and white Swiss Grand Cru chocolate which are presented on a milk chocolate base. So tasty! To purchase, click here.

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I hope you have enjoyed this tasty guide from Betty’s, hopefully to inspire you when it comes to selecting your Easter treats for this upcoming Easter weekend! (Friday 19th - Monday 22nd April).

For more details and to have a look at the full range of Betty’s Easter treats, simply click here, or why not pop along to one of their cafes/tea rooms such as Harrogate, Harlow Carr, York, Stonegate, Ilkley, North Allerton!

Have you visited Betty’s before? If so, which tea room did you go to? Do you have any favourites from Betty’s? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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