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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Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

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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

Review: Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo

Hi guys!

So this week I am reviewing the Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo!

I popped into Poundland for a look and found this on the shelf. Naturally being a new product magpie I bought this and his Kiss of Colour in Pink (review to come).

So my verdict on this – IT IS AMAZING.

The back of the can says to hold from about 16cm away onto your root area then rub the powder with your fingers. I did this, and then started to work on the product. It went on really well and didn’t actually leave a powder for me to rub in, but I massaged the roots and then brushed up my hair. It really made a big difference to my hair, compared to another one I had used earlier. It really have it more volume and had a nice scent. I styled my hair and then went out for the day. Over the day I did hair checks and my hair kept really nice and not oily, yet still remained shiny and bouncy. It also has a nice scent as well, and my husband also used it and it really worked on his hair too!

Overall I’d give it a 10/10, would highly recommend to everyone!!

T xx

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Review: Simple Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil

Review: Barry M Showgirl Mascara

Kat Von D Lock it Foundation: Review

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Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream

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So this review is in a two part series of the everyday moisturisers I use, and the first one is the Simple Vital Vitamin Day cream.

I first got introduced to Simple when I came into the UK, and had tried a few of their products, but make the jump to using their moisturisers a year or so ago which I wanted to start taking my skin seriously. I have slight eczema around my nose, large pores and scars from pimples, and slight wrinkling starting to appear. So I started a proper skincare routine and flagged these two products to use first to see if I could see a difference.

So the product says that it has 3 vitamins, no artificial perfume or colour, and SPF protection, with hydration for 12 hours.

The texture is like softly mixed cream, and melts into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. My skin felt plum and hydrated and very soft!

I layered it up with my makeup and went to work, and it worked with my foundation well, as my foundation is matte and powder based, so it still managed to keep my skin hydrated though that.

I also find in the winter it really works hard for your skin. Here in Edinburgh, the wind, rain and snow have a huge effect on my skin but the cream seems to calm it down and stop any redness or any rawness. I find i just have a rosy glow.

So  I would rate this product 10/10 and am a lifelong user now!

See Part 2 of my everyday moisturisers next week!

T xx

Review: Hello Kitty Instax Camera

Hi team! Welcome to my review on the Hello Kitty Instax Camera! So I wanted an instant camera, and started to have a look through all the brands. Fuji Films I have used a lot of for film projects and their products are great. I spotted the Instax Mini 8, which comes in many colours, and then I spotted the Hello Kitty version, created for the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty and was sold. It also came with a close up lens, a selfie mirror – which is two more features that the standard Instax doesn’t have – a Hello Kitty Strap, batteries (2xAAs) and special Hello Kitty photo paper, its just the cutest.

So I got a good deal on Amazon, and bought two packets of plain photo paper as well because I want to save my Hello Kitty ones for me and my niece as she is OBSESSED.

Unboxing this was so much fun. It comes in the cutest box, and you see the camera as soon as you open the lid. Let me tell you, it is big. But it is easy to grip onto when you are taking pictures.

It is really simple to use. The button on the right hand side pops out the lens and turns it on, and the left hand button takes the photos. It also has five settings – Home, Cloudy, Sun, Very Sunny and Hi Key (which makes everything softer and lighter). It also shoots from 60cm to 2.7 metres. You can also purchase close up lenses or coloured lenses.

You load the photo pack into the back, clip it in, and then do a random snap to get the back of the pack out, then you are ready to shoot.

My first shots were of my shelves in my bedroom with my trinkets, and then a selfie of me. They recommend under any circumstances do NOT shake the picture while it is developing, as it will mess things a bit, so just set it down and watch it happen.

The photo is a credit card size, perfect for sending to people and having in your wallet. I intend to send these to people for their birthdays, and commemorate great events, starting with one of my good friends weddings.

I am in love with this camera, it is so easy to use, and I am keen on letting my niece and nephew have a go so they can start looking at taking photos and making memories in a different way. I am also looking forward to putting it into my friends hands and watch them try and figure it out. It really makes me smile and I will definitely be using it in my blogging pics too, so thats also an excuse!!

 

T xx

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SHB Brand Pick – New Look!

Hi team!

Welcome to another She Hangs Bright Brand Pick! This blog I am looking at New Look as they are killing it with the fashion this Spring/Summer! So without further ado, here are my picks, and as always, not paid by the companies, just love them!

The Cold Shoulder Top

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The cold shoulder fashion has been around for awhile now and it will not be going away this season either! Not acquainted with the cold shoulder top yet? This top will change your mind. It shows a bit of skin but you can tuck it into your mum jeans or leather mini, it is just that versatile. And its only £8.99.

The Embroidered Dress

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As I could not download a better picture, I encourage you to go straight to this link:

Smock Dress

AND JUST LOOK PEOPLE.

So embroidery is still a huge trend and this gorgeous dress really drives it for Spring/Summer. The outfit is completely on point and what I would suggest you wear with it this summer for that Bohemian Goth look (see my blog about this HERE.

It is also a purse friendly £24.99. Get it before it goes!

The Skirt

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This skirt taps into something for me. Its the pink, its the embroidery, its the top paired with it, its just the best. I love this so much. It also comes in black, and that might mean I might have to buy two skirts. Its also only £22.99. At the moment it only seems to come in the Petite range, so if you are not petite, try on a few sizes to see where you are at in this range. This skirt is coming into my wardrobe on payday!

So that is my edit of New Look and what they have to offer this season. You can visit their website here:

New Look

T xx

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Barry M Flawless Colour Correcting Primer – Review

You know what? Barry M is one of the best drugstore makeup lines out there. When I came to the UK I was drawn like a magpie to their nail colours (makeup in general is very expensive in New Zealand) and then when it came time to bump up my makeup I pretty much grabbed everything as it was a good price point for me to learn with. I went through a couple of primers and then tried this one.

I got the green one for redness, and there is a purple one for brightening your complexion.

Now I was intrigued on combining a primer and a colour corrector, so I got the green one and proceeded to try it. The consistency is like hand soap, a little tacky (which gave me confidence as a primer) and it was VERY green. I smoothed a pump full on my face and worked it into the skin. As a primer – great. As a colour corrector…not so much. It didn’t do much to my pimples or redness around my nose, but it did prime my skin fantastically ready for foundation!

In conclusion (sounds so formal) I recommend just springing for a colour corrector and a primer separately. Its a great idea, but it really doesn’t work in this case. Id be happy to try a new formula if they ever put it out, as this would be my dream product!

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SHB Brand Pick – Nobody’s Child!

Hi team!

So this season there are some brands SLAYING the fashion game and I wanted to highlight a few that I love, and hope that you love too! I am not paid by any of these companies, I just genuinely love the clothes!

So this one is all about Nobody’s Child. They are based in London, and have fast fashion but ethically produced, which if you are a mindful shopper, you will be happy to hear!

The Cami

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This cami is £12 and is SO cute. Pop it over everything, with skinny/straight jeans, a crisp tshirt, and a hat. Super cool, and adds whimsy to your outfit! I love this and will be ordering this next payday for sure.

The Culottes

 

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Now I don’t know if you got the memo, but culottes are a key piece for Spring/Summer 2017. You need a pair that is made of luxurious fabric, and in either a pale pink, or a black. This jumpsuit is so chic, and does the work for you really – especially if you aren’t a dress girl, you just pop your fav tee underneath and your cool girl shoes and you are away! Only £18 too, absolute steal.

The Slogan Tee

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Slogan tees will always be in fashion. And after International Women’s Day this year, why not just display your love for the girl gang all year around? This is a kick ass tshirt and will easily fit into your wardrobe. £12

Thats my round up of Nobody’s Child! Want to shop it? Here’s the link!

Nobody’s Child

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Review: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

Hi team, welcome to another review! As always, not paid, not given any fancy houses in Greece, etc etc…

So growing up, I hated my eyebrows. I thought they were way too thick, they were fighting with my eyes to fit onto my face, (heck, they were most of my forehead), and it definitely wasn’t the fashion to have them in the early 00s.

So in the last few years we have seen a resurgence of the EYEBROW. Cara Delevingne started the return with her amazing eyebrows in her Burberry campaign, and since then we have heard all about them, from them being on fleek, to full news articles about them. So for girls with thick eyebrows like me, I was pleased as its now given me a catalyst to look after them and be proud of them!

I was on the hunt for a product to find a product that essentially could make my eyebrows look full and awesome. I got a good eyebrow technician to tidy them up, and then set out from there. I do not pencil my brows, and I don’t want to spend ages on them. I just want a product that helps me talk with my eyebrows (which if you know me in real life, I am quite prone to a suggestive eyebrow lift or a lifted eyebrow like oh no you didn’t etc)

After going through a couple, I was recommended the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara. It comes in 5 shades, and I got the Chocolate shade.

So I applied it one cold morning and it was like the sun came out! This brow mascara is the da bomb.com (more 00s lingo).

The wand is great, the application and product is smooth, and it just gives that much more shape and depth to my brows. I am really impressed and think this will be a ride or die product for me.

10/10 for me!

Get it HERE:

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara, £5.50

T xx

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