How do you start off your day? I always like to start the day off in a positive manner and run with that positiveness throughout the day. I'm pretty routine with my morning 'chores' and it goes something like this. I don't normally set an alarm, however I don't wake up naturally either - I have a needy French Bulldog that sleeps in the front room and whines for attention between 06:30 and 07:30 everyday without fail, so that is my alarm clock. Seriously if you want an alarm sound that is soooooo annoying, it is the whine of a French Bulldog.
So I'm awake (kind of), what next? Well like pretty much everyone out there, I hit the snooze button a couple of times - but for me the snooze button is shouting out 'BED' to Charlie-dog until I can hear his paws tip-tap back into his own bed. He'll then go back to sleep for about 30 minutes and then whine for attention again - perfect as I'm actually ready to get up now. Coffee has to be the first thing of my morning routine, I mean I just can't function without one, then feed myself, feed Charlie, put on the news, check my emails, whatsapp, social media and thats all done in my pants!
Being a menswear blogger, appearance is key so I do have a morning grooming regime. Regime makes it sound like an absolute chore but it isn't and only takes 5-10 minutes. I like to have a bit of stubble, however on occasions I clean shave and when I do the only razor I use is Cornerstone to achieve a smoother, more comfortable shave than I have previously been able to. If you are normally clean shaven, I would recommend shaving daily and adding it to your routine, then shaving will become habit and less tiresome.
I have very thick, curly, course stubble (give or take a couple of bald patches!) and often get ingrown hairs, so when I shave it is crucial to always start with the Cornerstone pre-shave face scrub which is a thick cream with cedarwood & volcanic sand to help prevent nicks, cuts and shaving bumps. The grains, when massaged into your beard/stubble helps release ingrowing hairs, unblock pores and lifts away dead skin cells.
Forget cheap shaving foams, this shaving gel from Cornerstone is the real deal, as soon as you apply to your face you can feel it soothing the skin. Their sensitive shave gel has ginger & eucalyptus to protect, rehydrate and help reduce shaving irritation.
All of the Cornerstone skincare products have been formulated and made in the UK specifically for people with sensitive skin so they’re paraben free, soap free, don’t contain any harsh chemicals. The face scrub and shave gel are vegan friendly and post-shave balm is vegetarian friendly.
The final post shave step is often the most forgotten but is a vital last step in your shaving routine - it will calm and soothe irritated skin as well as put back any lost moisture in your skin. It will also leave your face protected throughout the day. The post-shave balm by Cornerstone is refreshing, lightweight and non-greasy with mint & honey to soothe.
As I mentioned earlier, I don't shave too often but what I like about Cornerstone is that they have a subscription package whether you are a daily shaver or like myself shave as and when. So I receive 1 box every 18 months, which only costs £30 and that includes delivery.
I know my face is in good care with Cornerstone as they have won the 'Best Razor Award' at last year’s 'Shortlist Grooming Awards' where they beat the bigger, more well-known brands. Quite a success story.
SO HOW DOES IT WORK? IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS
1. HOW OFTEN? Choose between daily (they'll send 1 box every 6 weeks), now & then (they'll send 1 box every 12 weeks) or not often (they'll send 1 box every 18 weeks). However is their pre-set delivery schedule is not to your liking, you can simply customise this by moving a sliding bar left or right.
2. WHICH PRODUCTS? Time to choose what you would like to include in your subscription box. Pick and choose any of the 3 shaving products - Pre-Shave Face Scrub (£5), Shave Gel (£6) and the Post-Shave Balm (£5). Select the 6 Razor Blades and you'll receive, a free engraved aluminium razor handle with your first delivery.
3. PERSONALISE YOUR RAZOR. Finally you can choose to engrave your razor with up to 3 letters.