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

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

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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!

short-hair

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

www.cheyneshairdressing.com

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

T  xx