Uber Sonic Electric Toothbrush Review | The LDN Gal

Uber Sonic electronic toothbrush review

The Uber Sonic electronic toothbrush is sleek and efficient with an exterior crafted from brushed aluminium.

It comes as part of a subscription service ensuring your whites stay pearly with two replacement toothbrush heads being sent to your address each second month.

These refills are certainly a unique selling point, as well as the tooth whitening kit when you first sign up. You can choose to purchase these separately if you prefer.

Since using the Uber Sonic, I have noticed that my teeth do in fact feel great after each use when compared to my manual toothbrush.

So, what did I think of the Uber Sonic electronic toothbrush? 

The toothbrush has a timer inside that tells you every thirty seconds to change quadrant. The small toothbrush head makes it easy to reach difficult areas of your mouth.

Although the Uber Sonic is aesthetically pleasing, I would perhaps like a little more power. Nothing drastic, just a slight bit more intensity.

What makes the Uber Sonic oh so unique is its subscription service, gorgeous aluminium exterior and ease of use. You can buy the Uber Sonic here.

Have you tried the Uber Sonic yet? Do you prefer manual or electronic toothbrushes? 

Stephanie xox

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5 great European road trips | The LDN Gal

5 great European road trips

Europe’s mix of open fields and rolling mountains make a perfect scenic backdrop for any road trip or holiday. From the stunning scenery, unforgettable nature or even vibrant nightlife, Europe will not disappoint.

I’ve teamed up with Compare and Choose to round up my top five European road trips.

Verdon Gorge circuit, Provence, France

Province boasts one of France’s deepest central gorges, the Gorges du Verdon, and a lot of care has gone into keeping it as beautiful as possible. The circuit takes just under two hours at full speed, but you can easily enjoy it at a more leisurely pace – from the quaint little town of Moustiers Sante Marie to the spectacular views of Balcons de la Mescala, this road is a constant stream of new sights and sounds that you’ll never get tired of!

There’s plenty of places to stop and take in the fantastic view from a distance, and if you’re hungry, there’s classic French food available from the many towns and businesses that you’ll find on your journey.

The Autobahns, Germany

Adrenaline seekers will flock to Germany’s famous Autobahns, the giant highways that let you cut loose and enjoy miles upon miles of raw speed! If you prefer to pace yourself, you can always slow down on the side lane and enjoy a long, smooth, hassle-free afternoon drive.

Most Autobahn roads are lined with trees, fields and small forests – nothing over-the-top or exotic, but enough to keep you relaxed and interested throughout the whole journey.

Plus, with so many places you can break away from the road, who knows where you’ll end up?

La Route des Grandes Alpes, France

Designed, constructed and maintained specifically for tourists, this road takes drivers through over fifteen mountain passes and four national parks, as well as some of the most scenic points in the French Alps. The gorgeous Geneva Lake provides a lovely backdrop to the fresh air and wide-open spaces of the mountain region.

There’s no need to rush – the easy turns and straight roads make the Alps easier to explore than ever, offering a new way to see some of the world’s most famous mountains from the comfort and warmth of your car.

Furka Pass, Switzerland

A Swiss Alps road that challenges even the most confident of drivers – more variety and fewer stretches of plain straight road mean that you’re always seeing something new with each new corner you turn or hill you pass. The beautiful grasslands and majestic mountains give you a view that’s definitely worth the effort.

Patience is a key part of any good road trip, and there’s almost nowhere it’ll pay off more than Furka Pass.

Transfăgărășan, Romania

The “Road to the Sky” takes drivers from the base of the mountain range to the highest peaks in all of Romania, always sticking to an easy-to-climb angle that even the most overloaded car could easily tackle! From a beautiful grassy valley to a spectacular mountain peak, the Transfăgărășan is the definition of variety and can last anywhere from a few hours to a whole day depending on how you want to pace your trip.

The intriguing wildlife and scenic pathways offered by the mountains’ off-road areas mean that you can easily stretch your legs, so there’s no need to confine yourself to your car all day – every good road trip needs a stop now and then, after all, and the Transfăgărășan is more than happy to oblige.

Which of these road trips would you take? Where is your favourite place in Europe?

Stephanie xox

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A 20-something’s guide to Budapest: Top 10 things to do in Budapest

A city of beauty, culture and cheap eats, Budapest is simply on everyone’s European bucket list – and for good reason.

Celebrated as the “Paris of the East”, the winding Danube highlights the city’s beauty, separating Buda from Pest in a sea of twinkling lights by twilight, emulating the grandeur of its buildings and monuments that line its banks.

With a Budapest card in tow, it is time to explore this city and with your new card, all your public transport travel within Budapest is totally free!

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The Hungarian Parliament building:

Renowned as one of the most iconic buildings in Budapest, The Hungarian Parliament building is a truly spectacular sight on the Pest side of the river and one that cannot be missed. You can venture inside and see its stunning interior and the Holy Crown of St. Stephen on an organised tour.

See it from the Fisherman’s Bastion on the Buda side at night for a truly enchanting view – and photograph to boot.

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St. Stephen’s Basilica:

St. Stephen’s Basilica is a truly magnificent Roman Catholic cathedral, named in the honour of the first King of Hungary.

Step inside this Neoclassical church and discover its gorgeous and grand interior and the mummified hand of St. Stephen himself (eek). Once done, ascend up to its cupola lookout for some fantastic panoramic views.

You can save 15% off your cupola lookout ticket with the Budapest card.

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Szimpla Kert:

Allow yourself a cheeky evening treat and stop for a drink in one of Budapest’s famed ruin bars. Within seemingly disused buildings and overgrown outdoor spaces, these bars are housed within their remnants.

My favourite? Szimpla Kert. A quirky bar embellished with stolen literature, mismatched furnishings and years of memories, its ceilings littered paper. It has a cool vibe and offers a fantastic selection of drinks, food and even shisha. It can get busy, so head there early or during the week to soak up the interior and just unwind for a few hours.

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House of Terror Museum:

Discover more about Budapest and its fascist and communist past at the House of Terror Museum. Here, you will learn more about the historical terror the tyrannic occupying forces made locals endure as you immerse yourself in the interactive exhibitions within.

This haunting building served as the former Nazi and Soviet headquarters and commemorates the victims of these regimes. Its basement, the former prison, emulates the horror faced by these victims at the time, who were tortured in its darkness.

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Explore the Danube:

Regarded as one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, the banks of the Danube are just asking to be explored. Be sure to take a cruise, be it in the day or at night, to soak up the architecture and beauty around you.

Once done, spare a moment by the haunting Shoes on the Danube memorial and pay your respects to the 20,000 lives cut short on the Danube banks under Ferenc Szalasi’s influence.

Be sure to cross the illuminated Chain Bridge at night, it offers a lovely evening stroll from Buda to Pest or vice-versa. With brazen lions standing to welcome you at each side, be sure to use it as a photostop.

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Gellért Hill:

For the best view in the city, take a leisurely stroll-come-hike up Gellért Hill. Once atop, you will see Budapest in all her magnificence with panoramic views. It is the perfect place for a shop-bought picnic beneath the grand statues of the Citadella.

As you make your way down, stop by the GellĂ©rt Hill cave church for a unique venture into a church within the hill – not an everyday attraction.

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Hospital in the Rock: 

The Hospital in the Rock presents a turbulent and at times tragic wartime past, offering visitors a fantastic history lesson. Step back in time and discover this former hospital located within a cave system underneath Castle Hill.

Tours are given on the hour in numerous languages and offer an informative insight into the hospital and its fascinating WW2 and 1956 Revolution history, as well as touching on the nuclear disasters within Japan – I held back tears on more than one occassion.

You can save 30% off your ticket with the Budapest card.

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Fisherman’s Bastion:

Fisherman’s Bastion is a dreamy structure sitting atop Castle Hill. This fairytale terrace sits in front of Matthias Church and close to Budapest castle.

It is free to wander around but if you desire to go up the ramparts to the upper lookout there is a small fee. From here, discover the picturesque and panoramic views of the Danube and Budapest cityscape.

You can save 10% off your ticket to the upper lookout with the Budapest card.

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Holocaust Memorial Center:

Within the Holocaust Memorial Center you will discover that around 1/3rd of the people at Auschwitz-Birkenau were Hungarian. It is a shocking statistic and the interior of this memorial center emulates the shocking reality of the horrors faced by Hungarian citizens, Jews, Roma gypsies and homosexuals during this time. Its a harrowing and humbling experience, and one that simply cannot be missed.

You can save 10% off your ticket with the Budapest card.

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Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden:

The Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest in Europe and rather strangely, located within the city centre. It has nearly 1,000 species of animals on display from across the globe and a lovely botanical garden to boot. The best part for most? An interactive petting zoo where you can stroke goats and deer.

You can save 25% off your ticket with the Budapest card.

Have you been to Budapest? Where would be your first stop?

Stephanie xox

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How to enjoy guilt-free icecream this summer | The LDN Gal

Enjoy guilt-free ice cream this summer

With summer just around the corner and the sunny weather making an early appearance this year, I have been craving more of my favourite summer treats.  However, like most people, I don’t like the idea of consuming all those dreaded calories or paying an excessive amount of money to do so either. Which is why I have teamed up with Peak Body to put together a simple recipe for guilt-free ice cream recipe you can enjoy this summer.

Ice cream doesn’t have to be a one-off treat you have once a week, you can make your own protein ice cream for less money and half the time.

In order to get the same creamy texture and tasted of full-fat ice cream, I would recommend using bananas as the main ingredient. It’s as easy as peeling and chopping your banana, before popping them into a freezer bag. It doesn’t really matter what size you chop the bananas just as long as they are even chunks that will blend well when frozen.

Just when you thought this ice cream couldn’t get any better, by adding vanilla protein to the mix this tasty treat is perfect for helping to recover and build muscle when training hard for that bikini bod. As well as being to the full to the rim of nutrients and flavours, this ice cream can also be enjoyed by vegetarians, just use soy protein as a substitute. Here is how to enjoy guilt-free ice cream this summer:

Method

Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 500g frozen bananas
  • 4-6 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (use 3 scoops of soy protein for vegans/vegetarians)
  • 250ml fat-free yoghurt (use dairy-free for vegan)
  • 50ml milk (can use almond to give it more flavour)

Method:

  1. First, blend all ingredients together (once the banana is fully frozen) until they’re just about smooth. Try not to over process the mixture as this may cause overheating and the mixture will begin to liquify. Which is subsequently means you can’t eat the delicious ice cream straight away.
  2. Get yourself an ice cream scoop or spoon and run it under a tap so you can make yourself a bowl up.
  3. Pour the remaining ice cream into a sealable Tupperware container and freeze for more servings.
  4. To keep your protein ice cream creamy you can mix it up every hour for the first 4 hours of freezing. If this seems like to much hassle just leave the mixture and thaw the ice cream out before helping yourself to another serving.
  5. Top with your delicious and nutritious toppings like blueberries, cinnamon, strawberries, dark chocolate flakes or sugar-free syrup.

What do you think of this guilt-free recipe? What are your go-to icecream toppings?

Stephanie xox

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Top 10 Netflix UK shows in 2018 | The LDN Gal

Discover The Top 10 TV series to binge watch on Netflix UK in 2018

It has to be said, Netflix UK have been doing the country proud of late, with an incredible selection of binge-worthy TV series sourced from across the globe. No matter what you are into, you will certainly find something to spend hours transfixed on. Flicking through can be an arduous task, so here are the top 10 TV series to binge watch on Netflix UK in 2018.

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Black Mirror 

From the critically-acclaimed genius of Charlie Brooker, the anthology series Black Mirror was brought to Netflix exclusively from series 3, with Netflix UK currently hosting all seasons. This fictitious and fascinating TV series looks at the world from an entirely cynical and satirical perspective. Each disturbing episode works as a standalone piece, looking at the evolution of society, our relationships with others and technological advancements. Its futuristic nature cautions us with ongoing depictions of the worst case scenario in each dystopian episode, highlighting the ultimately negative effects that we and our technology have had on the world as we know it. Black Mirror will not fail to suck you in with its plausible tales and will certainly make you think twice about your actual and virtual relationships.

The release date for the fifth season has not yet been announced.

  • Genres: sci-fi / satire/ utopian and dystopian fiction / psychological thriller / anthology series
  • Seasons: 4

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The Sinner

The Sinner is a slow burner but for good reason, throwing you in with an unexplained public murder within the first episode and leaving you utterly perplexed until the last. The first season follows the story of a depressed Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) who although satisfied with her husband and child, seems unfulfilled and detached in her mundane life. After committing murder on a family day at the beach, she is thrust behind bars with no indication as to why she has committed this heinous act on a total stranger. With psychological analysis and persistence, her haunting past comes back to life piece-by-piece in this oh so clever and thrilling psychological drama.

The release date for the second season has not yet been announced.

  • Genres: psychological thriller / crime drama / mystery
  • Seasons: 1

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Bates Motel

Bates Motel is the contemporary prequel to the infamous story of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) in Psycho and his downright creepy relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga). Looking at Norman’s adolescence, this series shows this almost charming young man’s slow descent into psychosis as we meander through the trials and tribulations of his life – his mother never too far away. His delicate mental state ensures this teenage journey is no ordinary one, thrusting the characters within down a violent and dangerous path.  Who will make it out of the other side?

  • Genres: psychological thriller / drama / mystery
  • Seasons: 5

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13 Reasons Why 

As infamous as it is famed, 13 Reasons Why emulates the horrors of bullying, depression and suicide. Following the aftermath of school girl Hannah Baker’s (Katherine Langford) untimely  death, Hannah leaves tapes depicting the 13 reasons why she chose to commit suicide. These are to be listened to in turn by all the people who had wronged her. Her closest friend, Clay (Dylan Minnette) is handed these tapes last. 13 Reasons Why follows Clay as he listens to each in turn, addressing and coming to terms with each and every person involved in her tragic decision. This gripping drama highlights key issues facing many teenagers across the world and acts as a wake up call to those who choose to bully.

The second season is to be released on the 18th of May, 2018.

  • Genre: teen drama / mystery
  • Seasons: 1

 

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Gilmore Girls 

If you are looking for some feel-good watching, look no further than Gilmore Girls. Following the life of single mother Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and daughter Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) in the sleepy hamlet of Stars Hollow, you will soon become immersed in their lives. Watch an ambitious Rory grow from adolescence into adulthood as her dreams for the future come to fruition with the love, support and downright persistence of her somewhat overbearing-yet-loveable mother, Lorelai. The show is packed with relatable moments and sheer wit. Although it’s an older TV series, this pop-culture US classic will not fail to steal your heart – and hours upon hours of your time.

Be sure to watch the Netflix exclusive Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Of once your finished binging all seven seasons.

  • Genre: comedy / teen drama
  • Seasons: 7

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American Horror Story 

American Horror Story offers fans a unique adventure into the spooky, strange and mysterious. In this horror anthology series, each season follows a distinct tale, often in a different period of time and with a somewhat refreshed cast. Throughout the series, you will come face-to-face with a host of killers, ghosts, aliens,witches, clowns and vampires to name but a few. You will put yourself in the protagonists-come-victims shoes as each creepy tale develops with a roller-coaster of twists-and-turns before coming to a penultimate conclusion. Interestingly, each season is connected in some way. So keep your eyes peeled as you binge to join together the dots.

The release date for the eighth season has not yet been announced.

  • Genre: horror / drama / supernatural / anthology series
  • Seasons: 7

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Stranger Things 

Stranger Things follows the lives of a group of downright nerdy kids in the 80s. When one of their friends go missing, the group are thrust into a world of supernatural forces, secret government experiments and are to meet a very odd little girl indeed. They must find their friend and in turn come face-to-face with their worst nightmares in an alternate world known as the Upside Down. Can it all work out in the end in this beloved sci-fi hit?

The release date for the third season has not yet been announced.

  • Genre: sci-fi / horror / supernatural / period drama
  • Seasons: 2

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The End of the F***ing World

Become immersed in the dysfunctional world of James (Alex Lawther), a UK school boy who is convinced that he is a psychopath in The End of the F***ing World. Following his inner monologue throughout, he targets new girl Alyssa (Jessica Barden) as his next victim who soon forces him into a romance with her rebellious nature. This quirky dynamic duo run away together, causing far too much trouble along the way as they grow closer on their road trip. However, their criminal spree cannot last forever and the pair have to face up to reality quickly in this coming-of-age drama fest.

The release date for the second season has not yet been announced.

  • Genre: dark comedy / teen drama
  • Seasons: 1

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Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black follows the story of privileged Piper Champan (Taylor Schilling) who ends up in a women’s prison when a crime from her youth catches up with her – and gosh is she out of her depth.  This fascinating show demonstrates the reality of just how difficult and life changing a stint in prison can be. It follows a breadth of characters with a clever series of developmental stories and flashback tales to understand each backstory. In no time, you will be sucked into the inmates world at Litchfield Penitentiary prison. It also tackles modern problems in the current prison system such as overcrowding, funding cuts, corruption, drug smuggling and violence.

The release date for the sixth season has not yet been announced.

  • Genre: comedy / drama
  • Seasons: 5

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3%

Although badly dubbed, 3% is a fascinating tale of elitism in a dystopian world. Hordes of people from the impoverished ‘inland’ face a process of elimination in order to gain access to the fabled ‘offshore’ island – those who succeed, are the lucky and worthy 3%. The story follows protagonist Michele Satana (Biana Comparato) as she makes her way through the process in a hope to kill the head of it whom she believes has murdered her brother. Supported by revolutionary party, ‘the cause’, she aims to destroy this unfair and immoral process from within in vengeance. These lucky candidates who pass the process are promised a life of bliss within this utopia, but is the grass always greener on the other side?

  • Genre: sci-fi / drama / thriller
  • Seasons: 2

It would seem the US is doing us Brits proud when it comes to fantastic TV this year and with this list, you are pretty much sorted for summertime watching on Netflix UK. Whatever your mood, put one of the above TV series on and enjoy a long and lazy evening in.

Which of these TV series have you watched? Which would be your first pick on this list? 

Stephanie xox

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A Tonight Josephine experience review

If you haven’t been to Tonight Josephine yet, you are in for a treat. Based in Waterloo, this pretty-in-pink hot spot is probably one of the most Instagram-worthy bars in London.

Adorned with a neon light feature wall on entrance and an interior embellished with iridescent streamer lined walls, mirrored ceilings, a floral ‘lady garden’ and mug shot decorated bathroom. This overtly girly bar serves quirky cocktails in an oh so cool environment.

Every corner of the bar proves to be a photo opportunity and most will probably spend just as much time sipping cocktails as they will taking the perfect picture – it is simply a millennial girls dream come true. 

Tonight Josephine is certainly a lot of fun with its bright, bold and brilliant interior. The bar itself is quite small but this offers a degree of intimacy and exclusivity to boot I guess.

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So, what did I think of Tonight Josephine?

Obviously, the dĂ©cor and atmosphere is fabulous – it is marketed to be just so. Though despite the glamour, its nineties and noughties soundtrack and scented interior (yes, I said scented), you cannot help but feel a little cheated when it comes to drinks – no matter how good they taste.

Unfortunately, my cocktail proved to be more ice than alcohol, free-poured swiftly before being garnished and passed across the bar. It certainly didn’t last long.

Despite this, a few hours at Tonight Josephine makes for a lovely evening and is certainly a fabulous place to stop by for drinks and snaps with the girls – just be sure to take advantage of the 2-4-1 happy hour! 

You can get a free cocktail when you sign up to the Tonight Josephine mailing list here.

Have you been to Tonight Josephine yet? Which cocktail would be your go to?

Stephanie xox

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