Birchbox x Vogue box November 2017

Birchbox x Vogue review

I am going to be honest here. I signed up with Birchbox once more just for one of these boxes. I truly could not resist.

The highly anticipated Birchbox x Vogue limited edition box for November has had the beauty world in a bit of a stir lately.

What is exciting about Birchbox is that the items can vary, so there is always that slight element of surprise when you receive it. Despite all the social media excitement and the pictures whizzing about on the great old world wide web that can at time reveal the content of the box.

My personal Birchbox x Vogue November 2017 box contained the following items:

  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • NUXE Huile Prodigieuse®
  • Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo
  • L’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream
  • Birchbox Brush Cleaner

So, what did I think of the Birchbox x Vogue collaboration?

Benefit Hoola Bronzer: The bronzer was a nice little surprise and a mini-sized product that will be gracing my makeup bag till its empty. I am not much of a bronzer girl as I am pretty pale in all honesty. However, the Benefit Hoola Bronzer is famed for its matte golden glow and works great when used delicately to contour my at times ghoulish complexion.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse®: This multi-purpose dry oil certainly felt good on the skin. I liked how you could use it on both the face, body and hair. The oil  features a blend of essential oils, including camellia, sweet almond, borage, hazelnut, St. John’s Wort and macadamia, as well as being enriched with Vitamin E.  It has a light floral scent so perfect for when you want to skip on the perfume for a day.

Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo: I have to admit, I am very loyal to Batiste – having got me through many a rushed morning. So, when I discovered the Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo I was a little dubious. Saying this, it certainly works a treat and doesn’t seem to leave as much residue as its cheaper competitors. However, with the inflated price tag, I will remain loyal to the old faithful.

L’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream: Lets face it, L’Occitane hand cream is a staple in any girls hand bag. This shea butter edition is a go-to for anyone this winter with its pleasant scent and ultra-moisturising effects. However, this sample size is quite frankly teeny – which is a bit of a shame. hereYou can take a read of my shea honey hand cream review .

Birchbox Brush Cleaner: Now, this will come in very handy. I have been mulling over purchasing a brush cleaner for some time and this little brush cleaner easily fits on the fingers for ease of use. It features stripped and dotted silicone for deep cleansing of your brushes.

Although I love the concept of Birchbox and the products are fabulous, I do hold a bit of a vice when the product samples are very small. However, the Vogue x Birchbox box featured a fabulous selection of products and proved itself worth the price. You can sign up to Birchbox or shop their beauty collection here.

Did you order the Vogue x Birchbox box? What is your favourite item within my box?

Stephanie xox

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Thorpe Park Fright Nights

Fright Nights at Thorpe Park review

I love theme parks. Actually, that is an understatement. I ADORE theme parks. There is nothing quite like being hurtled around loops and sheer drops that doesn’t make a great start to the day.

In the South of England, there is really only one place you want to spend Halloween being thrown about from rollercoaster to rollercoaster, and that is Thorpe Park.

Although lacking elaborate make up or a costume, I knew I was in for a spooky and fun day spending my Halloween at Fright Nights at Thorpe Park.

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So, what did I think of the Fright Nights at Thorpe Park experience?

Walking in, the park had evidently had a Halloween theme revamp, with ghoulish decor, low-lit lighting, smoke machines and live actors creeping in as dusk settled for the night.

In collaboartion with AMC The Walking Dead, Thorpe Park also featured two new scary mazes. Say hello to THE WALKING DEAD: Living Nightmare and THE WALKING DEAD: Sanctum.

Sanctum was a real treat, a creepy live action outdoor maze with a deep South twist. With accents haunting each twist and turn, the live actors certainly knew how to put a shiver down your spine.

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In addition to the usual thrill ride and attractions, Fright Nights at Thorpe Park also welcomed four additional mazes and attractions to explore, including Saw Alive, The Big Top, Platform No. 15 and Containment.

It was certainly a worthwhile venture, with later closing times, the addition of new mazes and attractions and the haunted vibe taken into consideration. I would recommend a ticket for 2018 and I will probably return again myself. Do remember though, “the island changes after dark.”

Have you been to Fright Nights at Thorpe Park? How did you spend your Halloween this year? 

Stephanie xox

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Peggy Porschen Exterior, London

Peggy Porschen review

Peggy Porschen has had a rather enchanting Halloween makeover in the lead up to the best holiday of the year – in my opinion anyway, Halloween is fabulous.

Still pretty and perfect in pink, the celebrated cake shop’s décor features some slight adjustments, with pastel pumpkins, cutesy bat bunting and sugar skull cookies aplenty temporarily garnishing its interior.

I paid a visit one morning to their quaint Belgravia bakery to sample some of the exciting new seasonal menu, absolutely delighted by the Halloween and Autumnal overhaul that welcomed me on arrival.

Peggy Porschen’s well-known floral garland door frame was emblazoned with pastel pumpkins, golden skulls and painted broomsticks, nestled amidst the beautiful and vibrant kaleidoscope of coloured flowers woven into the frame.

Each table had its own munchkin pumpkin and the shop had the prettiest (not overly eerie in all honesty) and most welcoming feel as expected – can you even make somewhere so pretty in any way scary? 

Peggy Porschen Halloween Bunting Display, LondonPeggy Porschen Cake Display, LondonPeggy Porschen Interior, London

So, what did I think of the Peggy Porschen Halloween collection?

Sitting inside, I chose a cappuccino which was embellished with cutesy sugar skull shaped topping and a spiced pumpkin cupcake. Although a tad on the expensive side, I must admit this handmade cupcake was delicious, with a fluffy spiced sponge and delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting – which proved a little too indulgent in the end.

Peggy Porschen are known for their picturesque products and décor, and the Halloween spiced pumpkin cupcake was no exception, with an edible rose gold sugar skull with floral decal.

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Teamed with freshly brewed coffee, it is certainly a delicious morning or lunchtime pick-me-up – and is a fabulous date idea if you are looking for something a little different. 

It is definitely one of the most Instagramable spots in London. I will certainly be back to revisit their exclusive products this festive season and perhaps even for a little morning time treat again in the meantime…

Have you been to Peggy Porschen yet? What do you think of the Halloween theme? 

Stephanie xox

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Two Ruba Halloween Cocktails Scary Mary

TwoRuba Review

Exquisite cocktails in a beautiful bar in London? It is certainly a sought after affair after a busy week of work in the big smoke.

TwoRuba ticks these boxes, a fantastic urban champagne and cocktail bar located on the ground floor of the Hilton London Tower Bridge.

I have to admit, I was very excited when asked to come down and taste their Autumnal cocktail menu and sample some of their small plate dishes, with limited edition drinks and a cocktail masterclass being the highlight of the evening.

Two Ruba Halloween Cocktails Rainbow Cocktail

So, what did I think of the TwoRuba Autumn cocktails?

After a glass of Prosecco and getting to know the other lovely girls and guys around me, we were offered the Scary Mary, a twist on the classic Bloody Mary with a warming kick. The Scary Mary offered a celery juice base and a hint of spice. I honestly thought it would be perfect after a night of cocktails, both refreshing and smooth.

Next up, was the Autumn Lady, with a splash of gin and whisked egg white froth, emblazoned with brand logos or Halloween decal. Still with a slight kick – we need it with these chilly Autumn evenings.

TwoRuba Hilton London Bridge Cocktail Bar My Rainbow Cocktail

The highlight of the evening for many was the cocktail masterclass, where we were given a demonstration and then allowed to get stuck in and create our own take on the layered Rainbow Cocktail. I must admit, I was impressed with my final result (although, it was a tad heavy on the syrup) and the whole experience was a lot of fun.

Swing by TwoRuba some evening after work and enjoy the spacious, relaxed and welcoming ambience, the cocktail bar is open each day from 7am to 1am (closing at midnight on a Sunday). Check out their drinks menu here.

They are also getting in the festive spirit with their own TwoRuba by the pier pop-up on the lead up to Christmas. So, appreciate the London cityscape with views of Tower Bridge and the Thames and sip on mulled vine with an enchanting view.

Have you been to TwoRuba yet? What is your go-to cocktail?

Stephanie xox

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Social Media and the #MeToo Hashtag

Spreading around the social media world in a frenzy, the #MeToo hashtag has caused some confusion.

So, what does it mean? Well, anyone keeping up with the latest Hollywood news will be familiar with the Harvey Weinstein scandal circulating and worsening each day.

For those who are unfamiliar with the story, here is a quick recap. Weinstein is a very famous and influential film producer with a lot of power in the entertainment circuit. In the last few weeks, many an actress (nearing almost 40 now) has come out against him, speaking of his sexual harassment in one form or another.

This unification has led to a string of accusations, with many women detailing their harrowing experiences at the hands of the producer.

The #MeToo hashtag is an extension of this unification. Originally, it begin circulating on social media, a declaration from women who have faced similar experiences. The sad reality is that the #MeToo hashtag applies to the majority of females on the planet (and many a male also).

So, why in this day and age are we still afraid to speak out against predators? There are two reasons, power and fear.

Power: Power is a terrifying thing and many try and attempt to justify the abuses of power they have had to ensure in order to progess with their lives and succeed.

Fear: Fear that you will not be believed and your complaint disregarded.

It is a truly terrible combination, especially when looking at this particular case and all of the women who have spoken out, all too afraid that their careers would suffer and even more worringly that noone would believe them.

The #MeToo hashtag continues to encourage, shaking away the ‘shame’ and enabling women to come forward in their masses.

Everyone has a #MeToo story and the more we condemn the perpatrators of these stories and speak out against them, the less of a norm these stories will become. No person should ever fear for their personal integreity, no person should ever feel unsafe.


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Tutti Rouge Rougette Alexa Lingerie Set

Tutti Rouge lingerie review

If you are female with a chest bigger than a DD, this post is for you. Growing up with a bust that was somewhat larger than this was quite frankly, a nightmare.

If you did manage to find pretty lingerie, it would cost a small fortune and be a harrowing investment at best. If you found a bargain, there was a 90 per cent chance it was pretty hideous.

So, you can imagine my delight when I discovered Tuttie Rouge on an Instagram spree. Tutti Rouge are a UK-based company that specialise in curvy girl lingerie, catering for sizes from a D to J cup – it is a pretty exciting find to say the least. 

Tutti Rouge Rougette Alexa Lingerie Brief Close Up

So, what did I think of the Alexa lingerie set by Tutti Rouge?

I was delighted when the Alexa bra and briefs arrived, forming a truly beautiful and complimentary set to say the least.

The Alexa bra features molded cups, an adjustable harness design and patterned mesh panel detail, the heart decal to adjust its straps was a pretty cute addition, I must admit.

The Alexa brief completes the set, these high waisted brief feature sheer panels complimented by black patterned lace detail and a two-tone patterned mesh panel centrepiece.

Tutti Rouge Rougette Alexa Lingerie Bra Detail

Overall, I am very satisfied with this set, it is hard to find pretty and practical lingerie as a fuller-busted woman and the selection of underwear at Tutti Rouge offer just that.

I have to admit, the harness and heart detail on the bra and the high-waisted briefs were an absolute winner for me.

Tutti Rouge also offer a selection of supportive and decorative bralettes for those who prefer a soft lace cup style.

What is your favourite item from the Tutti Rouge collection? Do you struggle to find pretty lingerie in your size?

Stephanie xox

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