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Shocktober Fest

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on Monday, 10 October 2016
Last week I attended the VIP opening of Tulley Farm's 'Shocktober Fest' Scream Park in Crawley. Every year, I love to get in the Halloween spirit by doing a haunted house live action maze. I've been doing them since I was young with my family who are totally and utterly scare proof, and despite my lack of courage and 'scaredy-cat' tendencies, I somehow can't stop going to them.

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There was absolutely no way I was going alone, however. I rounded up four friends as allies on Friday night (including Letters to Stateside author Lindsay) and we made our way up to Three Bridges on the train. We didn't know what to expect, and we were speculating all kinds of horrible things. Upon arrival, a van drove us 10 minutes into dark plush forests, farms and fog until we arrived at Tulley Farms. We were greeted by two massive flaming skull pillars and a gaggle of ushers directing us to the VIP lounge area.

Here, we feasted on snacks and 'punch' (mulled wine) while actors weaved through the crowd to get us in the spirit. After a few glasses of punch to ease the nerves, we decided to head out to the scream park. Our VIP wristbands meant we were allowed to cut the lines, but I was so scared, I dreaded getting into the houses faster and wished we had lined up so I had time to calm myself down and prepare. Our first visit was the Creepy Cottage. We pushed Lindsay to lead the group (as I mentioned, my family are scare proof, and she's my cousin) to which she happily obliged. As we made our way through the haunted home, actors dressed in tattered nightgowns, masks and spooky makeup jumped out as us from every crevice. At one point, one of my friends even fell over in shock. It was quite funny, but that quickly subsided as we were met with more jumping skeleton props and loud noises.

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From the Creepy Cottage, we also tried Hell-ements, Coven of 13, the Horrorwood Haunted Hayride, The Colony and the Chop Shop. The worst for me was Hell-ements, as they placed an opaque bag over your head while actors made noises in your ears and grabbed you unexpectedly. I liked the Horrorwood Hayride, as the showmanship of the 10 minute ride through the forest was outstanding. Characters popped in and out of the back of the truck to scare you, and there was always amazing props to look at on the path. There was even a lot of fire.

Between the fright, we did fun activities like pumpkin paintballing and 'corn shooting' (sort of like a 'potato gun' but with corn, and a field. It's the simple things). There were fair rides and food stands abound, and we didn't end up leaving until the last trains home. I'd definitely recommend heading to Shocktoberfest for some fearful fun this year!

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#BigHairDo at Trevor Sorbie

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on Friday, 07 October 2016
Last week I attended the #BigHairDo event at the Trevor Sorbie salon in Covent Garden. It was an evening of every girls dream- hair, makeup, eyebrow threading, chocolate, champagne and more!

Upon arrival, I was swiftly handed a glass of fizz and whisked over to the Urban Decay makeup station. A makeup artist used the newly launched UB basics palette to create a natural smoky eye on me. I had a few nibbles of Hotel Chocolat chocolate, crisps and little sushi bites before lining up for the most coveted station of the evening- the braid bar.

The braid choices were overwhelming, styles were sophisticated and catwalk ready. I picked an up do 'S' braid (for lack of a better way to describe it), starting at the top of my head and 'snaking' it's way down. Incredibly, it only took the stylist 15 minutes, and the results were flawless.

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Strutting around with my makeup and new braid in, I explored the Cloud Nine products, the Malika brow threading area, the colour consultation station and had my photo taken. I chatted to a few other girls from a variety of media publications who were equally as chuffed with their new do's.

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Leaving with a goodie bag full of products and salon/brand discounts, I couldn't help but feel like I had to go out. I was too tired to hit the clubs, but I definitely held my head high as I walked home feeling glam!

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American Horror Story: Hotel Murder Mystery Night

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on Monday, 03 October 2016
Last week, I was invited to the American Horror Story: Hotel murder mystery evening at the beautiful Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair.

Unsure of what to expect, I invited along a clever accomplice and food blogger Sofia Dench to help me tackle the murder mystery challenge. Arriving at the reception dressed in cocktail attire (as per request), we were escorted to the Cub Room, where we were met with crème de cassis champagne and canapes. Iris, the 'Hotel Cortez manager', scurried over to bring us a crucial information challenge pack each: we were to read through the character list, hotel description, serial killer compilation and other bits thoroughly, as they were to be key to our investigation.

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After we read through our packs and nibbled on chicken liver parfait bites and quail eggs in celery salt, we were briefed by Iris and James March, the eccentric hotel owner. The setting was 1925, we were invited to the first wedding anniversary of Mr March and his wife Countess Elizabeth. We were to figure out who had killed James March, but we had to 'keep our eyes and ears open' before making a decision.

Conferring over our packs and a glass of wine, Sofia and I were determined to catch the killer. We were lead downstairs to the function room where we were to chat to all the potential suspects: the Countess herself, Liz Tayler the cross dressing bar attendant, Sally the drug addict, and Iris the manager. We were to eavesdrop on the private conversations between characters around the room, encouraged to ask them questions, and talk among ourselves. Who looked suspicious? Who had it out for James? After a good 30 minutes of investigation and open discussion (accompanied by more nibbles and wine) Sofia and I were pretty confident on who to pin the murder on.

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Placing our votes, we eagerly awaited the killer to step forward. We were sure it was Iris, the hotel manager, predominantly because she had spoken so negatively of James and slipped me a 'pill' in a tissue whispering "you might need this". Our confidence was quickly struck down as Liz Taylor strutted forward to take responsibility for the murder, hiding a glass bottle shard in her bra.

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After the revelation and many cheers and sighs, the guests sat and watched the first episode of American Horror Story: Hotel. Having watched a few episodes here and there of AHS in the past, I was pleasantly intrigued and entertained by the first episode of the Hotel season, and I even left the event only to watch another three over the weekend!

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MUA Luxe: The Art of Illumination

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on Wednesday, 28 September 2016
I recently attended the 'Art of Illumination' evening by MUA Luxe cosmetics, launching their new luxe highlighter collection. The event was held just off of Oxford Street in Central London in a beautiful open white space filled with small tea light candles, white furs, and gilded mirrors.

Upon arrival, I was greeted by the organisers, and headed straight over to the table of treats. This included rose infused lemonade, bags of popcorn, cake pops, and prosecco. It was all presented beautifully and I was tempted by the lemonade as I mingled with the other guests!

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The new highlighting collection included three products: the illumination highlighting kit, the glow beam liquid highlight cushion, and the glow beam highlighting powder. MUA Luxe were also launching a brand new range of liquid velvet matte lipsticks. As you walked around the space, there were large posters of different face shapes hung from the ceiling, all appearing blank. Guests were to take a black light torch to shine on the posters, where 'highlighting spots' would reveal the best places to highlight and accentuate your face shape. I thought this was a quite clever and innovative way to demonstrate where the products would prove most beneficial.

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Next, we all stood round for a highlighter demonstration by an MUA Luxe makeup artist. She sat down a member of the MUA Luxe team as a face volunteer, and swiped her cheekbones, cupids bow and nose with each product. We learnt a few tips and tricks while applying highlighter (like spraying your brush with setting spray before applying to make it stay all day). My favourite product was easily the glow beam liquid highlight cushion: it's a subtle coverage and a gorgeous golden colour, the perfect addition to make any makeup look pop!
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The makeup artist finished off the demonstration by applying one of the new liquid lipsticks. The range comes in four colours: red, dark brown, light brown, and blue. I was a bit taken aback by the blue, but I think on the right person, it could look amazing! I left the event with the goodies to try for myself, and I haven't stopped wearing the different highlighters since.
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The Emotional Driving Test

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on Wednesday, 21 September 2016
IMG 3343When I got the call about participating in an 'emotional driving test', one that would put my senses through their paces to determine my emotional intelligence behind the wheel, I jumped at the chance. What exciting technology, I thought to myself, and how on earth is it going to know how I feel and what I need to better myself into a cool, calm, collected driver? Only one, small problem. I don't drive.

Luckily, Hannah from Hyundai UK and the designated researcher for the test does, so it was no issue she arrived. With surprise, confusion and laughs, we swapped places for the day. I was to be the researcher, and she was to be the guinea pig. After hooking her heart monitor up and fixing the GoPro's in place (so behavioural psychologist Patrick Fagan could assess her reactions to the test), we were off on our 30 min designated route around London.IMG 3364
My job was to listen to the computer and complete its robotic voice orders throughout our drive. We had to remember to remain quiet to get a more accurate reading of Hannah's reactions and expressions to the test while on the road. My first task was to feed Hannah sour sweets, which she was more than happy about.

Throughout our route around Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and back, the tasks varied: spraying new car smell, feeding her chocolate, smoothies and water, playing unnervingly loud car beeping noises and metal music (then turning it back to Pharell's 'Happy), spraying a seaside scent, speaking to Hannah for an allocated time about her day, and then opening a jar filled with petrol. On top of all that, we were told to open and close the windows sporadically, where noises from the aligning streets would be equally as loud and distracting. Needless to say, I wasn't even driving, and it was a rollercoaster of the senses.

Hannah handled the tasks well, and her driving was superb. Although there were some intense distractions, Hannah kept her calm. I failed my driver's test twice in America, so I can only imagine how I'd do in the middle of England's biggest city with IMG 3353noises and smells and tastes being thrown at me. Her GoPro footage will be sent back to Patrick to determine her emotional intelligence behind the wheel, and as well as what would conditions would best suit her for a casual and calm driving experience.

Over 1,000 people have taken the same test in the UK, and as it so happens, women are 12% angrier drivers than men.
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