Mutterings of a Fool

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Long live the beard

Big news people, I am officially not fashionable when it comes to facial hair, something I didn’t realise was possible but it seems that I can add that to the list of areas I’m not fashionable in. According to a survey conducted by Braun 52% of British men now sport some kind of facial hair and 7% of British men claim having facial hair has made them more successful at work. Not entirely sure about that 2nd stat, unless of course all those men are extras in movies about Roman gladiators. The most popular beard is the full beard if you’re interested, clearly a better choice than a Lewis Hamilton chin curtain (even the name sounds ridiculous) or a soul patch whatever that is.

However not having a beard isn’t necessarily a choice for me, you see I am quite incapable of growing one properly. The combination of fair hair and not very thick growth mean that instead of a stylish thick beard I end up with something that from a distance looks like my face is just dirty. That didn’t stop me sporting a beard on my wedding day though, oh no, aged 23 I thought I looked awesome but looking back I realise I really didn’t.

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Which is why I am generally clean shaven these days, not to mention the fact that Henry hates me having ‘prickles’ and refuses to cuddle me when I have stubble. I do quite enjoy going 4 or 5 days without shaving over a long weekend or if we go camping and have that bit of growth but it soon starts to get itchy and annoy me so I have to get rid of it.

I’ve tried out a couple of Braun shavers in the past which you can find here and here, but I’ve been lucky to have had their very latest model the Braun Series 9 (released on 1st July) to use for the past couple of weeks and I’m extremely impressed. The look of it isn’t dramatically different to other models because how different can a shaver really be? But it doesn’t have some cool features like the digital display showing how much battery is left and the button that locks the head in place for when you are trying to cut fiddly bits.

The Braun Series 9 comes with SyncroSonic™ technology which the cynic in me thinks is just nice marketing talk but whether it’s that or the 4 cutting blades this shaver gives a seriously good shave. As close as any wet shave I’ve ever had but with zero irritation, cuts or soreness and best of all you can of course use it in the shower. Which I know sounds incredibly lazy but most of the time I’m shaving in the morning after my 6am run so I love being able to stand in the hot shower a bit longer and have my shave there rather than in front of the sink.Braun Series 9

My one note of caution here is that I’ve found with the other shavers I’ve tested that after a few months of use the cut isn’t quite as good and takes a little more effort to ensure you don’t miss any. I wonder if this in part because I do use it in the shower and we have very hard water here so that could be detrimental to the blades. The Series 9 comes with some oil which it’s recommended that you use every so often if you use the shaver in the shower, so I’m going to try and be fastidious with doing that and see how I get on.

But that doesn’t stop me giving a top rating to the Braun Series 9, it cuts beautifully and you can really see the benefit of having 4 cutting elements. I love that it tells me how much battery is left, such a simple thing but means you have good warning and don’t get stuck mid shave waiting for it to recharge.

You can find more information about the Braun Series 9 and details on where to buy by visiting the Braun website here.

Disclosure – I was clearly sent this item for review, all words and opinions here are my own.

Review – Braun no touch thermometer

My children are so enthusiastic about helping me do reviews now that when they heard I was getting a thermometer to test out they made sure they were sick so it could be tested properly. How thoughtful of them? Currently I am the last man standing; Matilda and Henry both have flu like bugs with streaming noses and high temperatures, Rupert has a run of the mill cold and the lady of the manor has a chesty cough and sore throat. Not a whole lot of fun as you can imagine, but the perfect testing ground for a shiny new Braun thermometer.

What you may not know is that the lady of the manor is a nurse, a paediatric nurse no less, which has been very useful since we’ve had children I can tell you. She knows how to look after and monitor a sick child which takes an awful lot of stress out of the situation. It also means we’ve actually had a Braun ear thermometer since before Matilda was born, they’re the ones that are used on her ward in the hospital. If it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for us.

2 sick children, an NHS nurse and an enthusiastic dad blogger is basically the dream test team for a thermometer don’t you think. In I’ve just had to take a break from writing this post to go and check on Matilda and see if her temperature has come down. She went to bed at 5.30pm with a temperature of 38.5 degrees and looking thoroughly sorry for herself. The beauty of this thermometer is that it’s no touch, you simply hold it a couple of centimetres from the child’s forehead and it can read the temperature. Which avoids the risk of waking a sick child who is much better off not having their sleep disturbed so that hopefully they get better.

Braun no touch thermometer

Not having to insert it into your child’s ear is also very useful if, like Henry, you have an ear infection (something I was always prone to as a child, what a thing to inherit). He wouldn’t let us anywhere near his ear because it was hurting but with this thermometer that isn’t an issue. Although you do need to try and keep your child still which isn’t always the easiest thing in the world.

Finally when you get the reading of your child’s temperature the screen is handily colour coded green, amber or red so at a quick glance you can tell if you need to be worried or not. This is particularly useful in the middle of the night when you’re half asleep and trying to remember whether a temperature of 36.9 is normal or not.

Incidentally you can also use the thermometer when it is touching the head if you want to, you just aim at the same spot in the middle of the forehead but gently place on the skin rather than holding away from the head.

A big thumbs up all around for the Braun no touch thermometer, easy to use (just 2 buttons), we really like the colour coding and the no touch element has been extremely useful this week.

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Review – Braun CoolTec

It would seem that I am fast becoming the authoritative voice on male grooming in the parent blogging community. First there was the Braun series 3 shaver, then there was the premium toiletries from RockFace and now the latest in electric shavers from Braun. Let’s be honest it’s no surprise that these brands are looking to me to test these things out, I have that rugged but classy look going on that all the top models do these days. Now I’m just waiting for a spa to offer me the chance to try out some treatments for men, I know my poor battered running feet would appreciate that.

Braun CoolTecI’ve never really been an electric shaver kind of guy, but using the Braun Series 3 shaver got my interest, it didn’t quite cut as well as a wet shave but it did mean I could shave in the shower. I’ll be honest more and more I’ve been using the Braun rather than my trusty razor; I run most mornings and being able to stand in the shower a bit longer with the excuse of shaving is most welcome. So I was intrigued when Braun offered to send me their latest shaver, the CoolTec (in sexy white), which of course they claim is ‘new and improved’.

Specifically ‘new and improved’ refers to the CoolTec technology which as the name suggests is designed to cool your face as you shave. One of the downsides of not having a wet shave is you have no shave gel to lubricate your skin as you shave and so your skin can get irritated. I have found this with the Series 3, especially when not shaving in the shower, so was interested to see if it really made a difference.

Braun CoolTec bladesI’ve used this shaver for a week now and I have to say I’m impressed, the CoolTec takes the form of a bar between the 2 cutting elements and it really does make your skin feel cold. It does a really good job of cooling your skin and reducing any irritation as you shave. You can turn it off if you want using a button on the side, I’ve tried this a few times when shaving to compare the difference and every time I turn it back on again, it just feels better with it on.

The acid test of course is whether I would give up my shave gel and disposable razor to use the Braun CoolTec permanently? Almost, I think 90% of the time I’ll use the Braun but sometimes only a wet shave will do, I don’t think an electric shave cuts quite as close and smooth. It’s pretty close but not quite, which is fine most days, it’s also better than a razor when I’ve not shaved for 3-4 days (over a weekend for example) and cuts that long stubble really well.

Also one final tip I discovered, I now use the RockFace face scrub most mornings and have found using this before using the shaver gives a better cut. I think it’s because the scrub leaves a bit of the minerals in it on your face and helps create a bit of friction for the shaver. Certainly seems to cut better than if my face is just wet.

Fathers day dreams

The older I get the more I come to realise that I’m like my dad, for starters I’ve inherited his wonderful baldness genes but I also have the same silly sense of humour. The lady of the manor is often telling me that a particular facial expression or voice is exactly like him which can only mean one thing; he’s a comedy genius.

Now while that does of course make him awesome it’s not why I think he’s a hero, if you want to find that out then give this short video a watch. It’s a little video about why I think my dad is a hero and what some of his father’s day dreams are. Ignore the slightly abrupt end to the video, my phone battery died so I lost the last few seconds and had to crop it. Also note the video bombing from Bracken about half way through!.

So now you know where my fitness obsession comes from, I bet you can imagine what happens when all my brothers and my dad get together! If you’d like to be in with the chance of making your dad’s dreams come true courtesy of those lovely people at Braun then all you need to do is upload your own video to YouTube.

Simply record a short video about why your dad is a hero and what his father’s day dreams are, tag it with the hashtags #FathersDayDreams and #Braun and upload to YouTube. Simply really. If you don’t want to do a video you can also tweet them using the same hashtags.

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Disclosure – this is a sponsored post and was produced in association with Braun.