Edinburgh Festival: Stella Graham

Hi guys! So this was meant to come to you on Friday but its the festival and I have been out and about! I did a blog on my picks of the festival (Edinburgh Festival: A Kiwi girls Guide to the shows to see!) – give a look, but for this blog I am going to focus on a lady called Stella Graham!

Stella is come Coventry, and is one of the funniest people I know. She often comes to the festival to do her comedy show, and works hard at her craft. This year she is up here for a few shows during the festival that are well worth it! Here’s a blurb about the show, entitled: Rage Against the Unclean.

Ever felt your inner volcano explode at the sight of a motorway middle lane driver, or had an office job so boring you applied to join the North Korean Circus? Then this is the show for you. Coventry born Stella Graham is like a pressure cooker, barely keeping the lid on her rage, with hilarious consequences.

If you like a comedian who is quick with the punchlines and just an all around nice person, go see Stella! Click the link to find out dates! And its FREE!

Stella Graham – Rage Against the Unclean

T xx

Review: Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask Blackheads and Blocked Pores

Hi guys! Welcome to another review!

This week I’m reviewing the Quick Fix Facials mask. So I have used a few in the range before, and this one is a new one for me so I thought I’d review it!

This one is the Blackheads and Blocked Pores Mask.

On the back, it says the 3 main ingredients to help this is Pink Rose Clay, Glycol Acid, and Pomegranate extract all designed to cleanse and decongest the skin, balance uneven skin tone, and antioxidants to encourage radiant skin.

Opening it up, it smells like roses, which is amazing as I am such an old lady when it comes to my rose scents!

So the instructions say to put a generous layer onto damp skin and leave on for 5-10 minutes, and massage onto problem areas. I do so and then mosey around for 10 minutes scaring the neighbours. I then wash it off and moisturise, and I feel like my skin is lighter! I wear a very heavy foundation and also like a matte look, so my skin is usually crying out for moisture a lot of the time, so this mask is perfect to rebalance my skin.

I would recommend, and any of their other range is really good also!

I give it an 8/10!

T xx

PS – Read my other reviews here!

Review: Soap and Glory Kick Ass Fake Awake Dark Circle Concealer

Review: Clinique Superbalanced Foundation

Review: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

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Edinburgh Festival: A Kiwi girls Guide to the shows to see!

Hi guuuuuuuuuuuys!

So the Edinburgh International Festival is happening, and there are so many amazing things going on! Every year people descend on Edinburgh for a month of gigs, fireworks, and street performers. By the 3rd week the locals are rolling their eyes a tiny bit but for now WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! So I thought I’d put together the shows I will be hitting this month and I hope you do too.

Tape Face – The best of Tape Face – Pleasance Grand – August 2 – 27 (Not 15)

This show is amazing. It won the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2012 and it so deserves it. It really showcases the talent of this guy and is a funny and heartwarming show. He reached the finals of Americas Got Talent and sold out his show in 2013. The best show I saw of him was when he got an audience member up and then through a series of movements got her to do the clay pot making scene from Ghost. It was HILARIOUS. I really recommend it.

Modern Maori Quartet – Assembly George Square Studios Three – August 3 – 28

I’m biased, sue me. 4 Maori boys crooning on an afternoon? Sure! Sign me up. Plus they are funny and good for a laugh. I definitely will be seeing this show with a glass of NZ wine in my hand!

Barnardo’s Big Comedy Benefit – Venue150 at EICC – August 10

This is one close to my heart as it is my chosen charity and they do an amazing job at what they do! Previous acts have included Nina Conti and David O’Doherty, its a great gig for a good cause and it won’t disappoint!

Lush Lock-In – Lush Spa Edinburgh 115 Princes Street – August 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26

Um….lock in at Lush? Yes please!!! They are offering product making, bath art, charity talks, live music, a free cuppa and free massage treatment tasters! First come first served and free so get your butt to one PRONTO.

Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You? – New Town Theatre – August 11

So this is a really interesting event I will be attending, as more than ever we have to be aware of what we put out online. Nicola Osbourne from the University of Edinburgh Digital Footprint team gives a talk on this including the traces we leave online and why we should care.

Making a Murderer – A Conversation with Defence Attorney Jerry Buting – New Town Theatre – August 09-13

If you were obsessed with Making a Murderer as I am, you have to get to this event. I was obsessed with the series and now I want more. Jerry Buting will talk about the American criminal justice system and Steven Avery’s case. Time to get my nerd hat on 🙂 🙂

Darius Davies: Road to Wrestlemania – Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters – August 3-14, 16-28

This is the story about how Darius Davies wanted to be a professional wrestler and failed! With many funny bits, this will be a great show on someone following their dream and what happened!

Auld Reekie Roller Girls Host Roller Derby British Champs Triple Header – Meadowbank Sports Centre – August 12

I am SO DOWN with this. These girls are superheroes to me and I am so excited to watch them in motion and at 8 pounds, its a bargain to watch these ladies in action!!

That is my list!! Let me know if you are going and your reviews!!

T xx

PS – Looking for cool places to go? Read my blog on Edinburgh’s Hidden Places to go!



Short Hair, Don’t Care

So recently, I have had a bit of a fight with my hair. It is so much of my identity so when I want to act out, I simply dye or cut it and it perfectly reflects my mood. Permit me, to take you through my hair history (and please submit me yours!)

  • Dying my hair red to look like Lita, the WWF wrestler
  • Blonde, in attempt to regain my youth (I was only 15)
  • Remember Christina Aguilera’s hair from the ‘Dirty’ video? Yup had that.
  • Dreads (at uni, where else)
  • Purple
  • Fringes
  • No fringes
  • Demanding a single lock of blond in my brunette hair after my hairdresser said no to doing the Cruella de Ville hair (good choice)
  • Ombre (loved this one)
  • Pink (made me feel like a Sailor Soldier)
  • Buzzed side shave and full chop

So you can see I love the extreme. And lets face it, after having dreads you really don’t care what happens to your hair, you are just happy it’s growing back!

Recently I went to my friend Blair at Cheynes (www.cheyneshairdressing.com) who has been cutting my hair for years and always complies with my batshit crazy ideas. He and I decided on a great asymmetrical cut, with my left side of my head shaved to a 1. It turned out terrific and now I’m wondering why I didn’t do it before! If you can have the chance to cut your hair short, do it. Its really liberating!

Here is the pic I took in, we didn’t do the underside, but we did the side shave, and it looks amazing!


Let me know what your next crazy hair idea is, or what you would love to get buy aren’t brave enough!

Shameless plugging, but I’ve been going to Cheynes for years and they really are great. Cheynes Bruntsfield is the best, but I’m biased as I’ve been there a lot and the staff are all so nice! If you are lucky enough to get an appointment with Blair, get it


Note: I don’t get paid by Cheynes, I’m just sharing the love!

T  xx

Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Hi team!

So this week I am talking about the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser! I am on a mission to try primers at the moment, as its summertime and my face is greasier than Danny Zuko’s hair (amirite) so I picked up this one as I have seen this for a few years and thought I would try it out!

So squeezing it onto my fingers, it has a clear vaseline type consistency. I put it on my face, and it did make my face extra smooth, putting a layer over my skin (which primer is meant to do obvs). I put the last of my Kat Von D foundation on over the top (see link to review below) and put powder on and the rest of my makeup and went out into the day. So I work in a place that is usually warm and has air conditioning, plus I run around all day. I also have deep scarring from picking my face as a teen (don’t do it kids) and it did smooth it out somewhat, but more my lighter scars that my deep ones. It did keep the oil off until late afternoon (didn’t apply powder after the first time) and my skin remained soft and supple. I would recommend it to normal skin people with light blemishes, as it will keep the oil at bay for awhile but eventually if you don’t powder it will come through. However I will wear it on makeup free days to pretend I have amazing skin like Neve Campbell obvs.

I would say that the Soap and Glory pore minimiser is better for you if you are a greasy girl, however this one is great for the girls who have normal skin and light grease.

Have you tried it? How did you get on?

T xx

PS Here are the product reviews linked below!

Kat Von D Lock it Foundation: Review

Review: Soap and Glory – The Fab Pore 3 in 1 Oil Control Serum

Volunteering at Barnardos!

Hi team!

So this week I am talking about my time volunteering for Barnardos. I lived by and shopped in the Stockbridge, Edinburgh one for ages, and then saw that they wanted a Visual Merchandiser, and wanting to be a Visual Merchandiser myself, I went in and applied to volunteer! I remember being very nervous for my first shift, as at the time, I was in the midst of depression and found it hard to leave the house sometimes. So volunteering even just for a 4 hour shift per week was a huge step for me and in the end, it really helped.

So on my first day, I got to grips with the store and how Barnardos worked. I learned about the company and its values, and got shown how to take and organise donations.

The team were made up of a manager, a full time staffer, and volunteers, and was a very close knit team. There were people from all walks of life volunteering and it was really fun going to volunteer each week!

I quickly came to love my job at Barnardos. We had a vintage section that became my passion, and I loved using props to showcase our fabulous vintage donations and watching people get excited about finding a treasure from the racks.

I also did the windows for summertime and helped come up with themes for it, and refreshing all the trinket shelves.

I also started to help price the vintage items, which was amazing seeing first the goodies being donated. I remember an Alexander McQueen bolero being donated, which was amazing. I also managed to pick myself up some army boots that the names of the 4 previous girls that had owned them – naturally I added mine to that illustrious list.

We had a Christmas night out as a team and I really can remember it being the funnest Christmas night out I’d ever had. We all sat at a long table and got presents and really had a great time. Christmas in the shop was great as well, decorating the windows and seeing all the great Christmas cards and wrap that Barnardos bring out every year and that I still purchase every year!

When I left I got given a beautiful vintage top and a record that I had wanted for ages. I was sad to leave, but by the time I had left, I was more confident in myself and had made so many great friends. Moving back to Edinburgh, I went in and felt that I really missed it. I really would like to go back to volunteering, so once I am out of full time, I would definitely go back, and recommend it to everybody!

T xx

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Where to go in Edinburgh off the beaten track!

Hi team!

Travelling to Edinburgh for the festival? Want to get out of the festival from time to time? Want to feel like a local? Here are some places to get some eats that are different and uniquely Edinburgh.

  1. Vino at the Arches – 37 E Market St, Edinburgh EH7 9AB

This is a part of a whole street that you can parade down and find a lot of fun and interesting shops and coffee bars, however this is the place to be on a sunny festival day. You can sit outside or in, with views of Calton Hill, and a chosen place to watch fireworks over New Year’s and the festival. They have an ever-changing wine list, beers, and you can get great recommendations on booze to take away. Get down here PRONTO.

2.  StarBar – 1 Northumberland Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6LQ

This is a great bar hidden in the new town, and is worth the travel! Hosting an extensive jukebox (10p a play) and a beer garden out the back. It is a great place to have a wild night or hang with the locals by the bar.

3. Tasty Buns Bakery – 67 Bread St, Edinburgh EH3 9AH

This is a great wee place that has amazing coffee and cake to die for. The owner is lovely will recommend the best cake for you, and nab the couch at the back to get the best seat in the house. Enjoy!

4. Black Bull – 43 Leith St EH1 3AT

So this is a great rock bar in the city centre, hosting a great jukebox (girl loves her jukebox) and a great selection of booze, plus a pool table. A great place for alternative crowds to meet, but welcoming to everyone.

This is my little list – let me know how you find them!

T xx

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