Next Day Delivery 1

Free next day delivery is currently the easy-win strategy for retailers to attract and gain the loyalty of new customers. The immediacy of modern e-commerce is rapidly becoming an arms race to see who can deliver in matter of hours, rather than days, with services like Amazon Prime pushing the boundaries of how quickly a click on “checkout” can put a product in the customer’s hand. This culture has been normalised by so-called “ultra-fast fashion” brands like ASOS, Boohoo and Missguided who all do free next day deliveries and returns on orders for all customers, meaning consumers can order a dress on a Wednesday, receive it on a Thursday and have it returned to the retailer by Friday if it turns out to not be to their liking. The problem is that as this culture becomes more normal, people forget the impact it has on staff treatment, the environment and the ethical attitudes of the company your buying from… View Post

Ex-Conservative Voter Not Voting Conservative

NOTE: I know you’re likely fed up of reading political articles and posts, but with the vote tomorrow and one of the largest decisions of our generation’s lifetime ahead of us, I wanted to talk about the buyer’s remorse I’ve felt following the one time I voted for the Conservative party…

In the 2010 election, at the age of 20, I voted for the Conservative party. Today, this is not something I’m proud of in any way but, at the time, I was a finance and economics student who only really understood the macroeconomic policies being laid out by the parties, so voted with what (to my mind at the time) sounded like the most logical economic policies. The Conservative-Lib Dem coalition was formed as a result of that election and the rest, as they say, is history. I regretted my decision almost immediately after voting as tuition fees increased, the NHS de-stabilised and poverty grew. In the 2015 election I voted Green because I actually read through policies and tried to look through the “political jargon”. Then Brexit happened and I voted Remain, yet again I was dismayed to see my future being pulled away from me, and the guilt from my decision in 2010 grew. View Post

Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel Review - 1

Molton Brown is one of those brands I have a real love/hate relationship with. For everything they get right, they seem to do just as much wrong which can often leave me (and other customers) somewhat upset with their choices. I was a huge fan of their Recharge Black Pepper collection a few years back, it was spicy and subtly masculine, but then they reformulated it and it became way too overpowering and smelt slightly artificial. Their 4-in-1 sports wash was another great product that I found to be a gym bag essential, it was citrus-y, fresh and versatile. However, a few months back they re-released it using their black peppercorn formula and it lost its “fresh” character.

So when they reached out to me to ask if they could gift me their latest collection to review, I was suitably wary of what they had in store for me. Also, having never come across coastal cypress or sea fennel as fragrances before, I wasn’t sure if I’d be a fan of the scent. Nevertheless, I was happy to give it a trial and see how it performed. You can find my thoughts in their usual format below: View Post

Negative Body Image 1

We are our harshest critics, especially when left alone with our own thoughts…

There are those moments when you first stand in front of a mirror and immediately cast a cynical eye over your body. Your mind races to areas you feel insecure about and your negative internal monologue kicks off.

“This doesn’t look toned enough.”

“I wish there were fewer blemishes here.”

“I hate the way that looks.”

It’s incredibly easy to find yourself in a shame spiral, sinking into your own self-doubt and fear, which ultimately leads to you developing an inaccurate perspective about the way you look. Everyone goes through this, for some it’s a daily struggle and for others it’s a less regular occurrence. Either way it has a massive impact on your confidence and how you hold yourself. Today, I want to talk about 5 methods to help stop these thoughts in their tracks and prevent a negative body-image mentality from taking hold of you. View Post

Stoer Skincare

Earlier this year, Stoer Skincare (the brainchild of founder Marianne Morrison) had its soft launch in Harvey Nichols and rapidly became their top selling men’s cosmetics range that month. Since then I, alongside several other male bloggers, was invited to the Corinthia Hotel Spa in London to be introduced to the range, take it away for trial and discuss its creation with Marianne in greater detail. With its background firmly rooted in Scotland and crafted using the expertise of someone who spent years in the beauty industry listening to men complaining about having to buy women’s skincare as men’s was too basic, I was keen to try out this collection and give some top-level thoughts on the collection as a whole.

You can find my notes on the individual products below as well as my thoughts on packaging and pricing. View Post