3 Skincare Tools Worth Investing In

Three little tools I love to use... 

I mean who doesn't love Skincare? There is something so relaxing about a morning and evening routine which you love to do, especially the evening routine, taking off your makeup and applying all the goodness. Working in a good routine with products designed to suit you is one thing I would highly recommend. I thought I would talk through the products that aid with my enjoyment in my skincare routine, the tools. 

Adexe London: MAC Petite Brown Watch*


It's so beautiful. So so beautiful. I love a classic look to a watch, and this one is exactly that, with a teal face and stunning brown straps. 

I have worked with Adexe London before, they very kindly sent across the Pink Freerunner previously, and wow is it pretty. Adexe have a very signature look of old vs new. The curved slimline face reminds me of watches from years ago, something outside of the norm now, something that makes me reach for them constantly. 

Building My Own Beauty Advent Calendar: What's Inside.

Those of you who have followed me for a while will know my confusion, indecisiveness and hatred of the beauty advent calendars. Part of me loves them, I want them all. But a much bigger part of me cannot bare to part with £100-£300 on items I wouldn't necessarily buy myself, then by the time I FINALLY decide to part with the cash it is December and they are all sold out. *Facepalm* Typical. My usual argument is that I would rather spend £200 on things I actually want... 

The Best Lip Care

The dry weather is WRECKING my lips. 

I have been what most would consider as "lip blessed" AKA, my lips are huge on my face. The majority of the time I am very happy to have loads of lip space to smear loads of lipstick onto them, but dealing with crusty lips is definitely a disadvantage. 

Over the past few years I have tried and tested pretty much every lip product going. I like to take good care of my lips, I abuse them enough with product that it would be cruel not to. Plus no one likes applying lipstick onto crusty sore lips - it is never good. 

JORD Wood Watches: Dover Koa & Black + Competition!*

Oooooo It's so Pretty! 

Who doesn't love a new watch as a gift? Or even just to treat yourself! Jord reached out to me recently asking if I would like to try one of their watches. I already have one from them - which I love, so it was an absolute pleasure to pick another. 

Student Midwifery Diaries #2

Month 2: October 2018

And another month bites the dust. I feel SO overwhelmed right now. The information overload that is first year is well and truly landed. The sheer amount of knowledge we have been given is SO intense. Every human system, digestive, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, cardio, ALL THE INFORMATION. It is definitely a drowning feeling in all of the course work. 

October Favourites 2018

Another month down. 

Goodbye October, goodbye PSLs and pumpkins *cries* (not that they have been available for most of this month, but I will be avoiding that rant lol) Here is everything I have been loving this month, no surprises as always - I am so predictable! 

October Skincare Saviours

Another Month, Another Skincare Routine

I love switching up my skincare, but at the same time I know what I like, and I love using my favourites. There is some items which constantly reappear in here, and well, that speaks volumes. There is of course some new appearances too - because I just love trying new bits. 

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette Review + Swatches

It's like Pokemon, you gotta catch them all. 

New Too Faced Palette you say? Well I definitely didn't need it... but damn did I want it. Everytime I seen anyone using it all I could think was I WANT THAT PALETTE. So it came back into stock and I grabbed it while I could - and I recommend you do the same. Not that you need it, but you probably want it. 

Pixi Multi-Toning Perfection* #PixiPerfect*

The ever loved Glow Tonic now has two sisters. 

I don't know a blogger who doesn't love the Pixi Glow Tonic. Forever set in cult status now, forever loved. It is now a staple in my skincare stash and one I cannot see being pushed from that top spot anytime soon. I love it. (I did a full post on it here) 

Life Without A Bath (AD)

*Sponsored Post 
Hi, My Name Is Erin, And I Do Not Own A Bath

Sometimes I find myself looking through websites at all the Bath Accessories I am missing out on, all those bath bombs, fancy oils and soaks. Dreaming of a time where I can live somewhere with the space for a bath. The whole idea of lying soaking in a hot bath just seems so odd to me now, as I have been bathless for over 10 years. 

Padrino Pizza Dundee*

mmmmm pizza. 

Who doesn't love pizza? Padrino pizza is relatively new to Dundee, in the heart of the student hub that is the Perth Road - it is the ideal location for a quick bite to eat. They very kindly invited us along to try out their menu - so AJ & I took Sarah for some pizza. 

11 Years With Tesco

After 11 years. Today is my last day with Tesco. 

Recently the trend on twitter has been "first seven jobs". Everyone has been sharing their progression from their first, school age job to where they are now, and it has been SO inspiring.... but with the timing, it has had me really considering my career up until this point, what has been my progression...

I am currently 27 years old, and this year will mark my eleventh year working for Tesco. 16 year old me got a part time job working in the Tesco PFS while I was still at school. Then 17 year old me got a transfer to the Customer Service Centre - and I have been there since, 10 years. 10 years on Back shift.

SensatioNail Peel Off Gel Polish Review

Pumpkin Orange Nails 

There is a couple of silly things about being a midwifery student that annoys me, one of them is I am no longer allowed to grow my nails long, or paint them. This applies when I am on placement, or when I have skills lab. I have skills lab at least once a week, so when I do opt to paint my nails, they need to be removed after a few days.

Gone are the days of wishing my nail varnish would last a week. I'm happy now if it dries quick, it is easy to remove and it makes my short stubby sausage fingers look a little more feminine and pretty.

Pixi Beauty: MatteLast Liquid Lipstick + Swatches*

The shades are STUNNING. So beautiful...

Sometimes creativity can be overwhelming, especially around content, photos, ideas. If I went with all the ideas I wanted to do for this post you would be here ALL day reading it. So I decided to break it down into two posts, this being the first one. A look at all the shades, my thoughts on the overall formula, and a shot at making my own shade. 

New In at M&SBeauty: Lifeology*

Say hello to the beautiful new range from M&S.

This whole collection on first impressions is just utter packaging goals. Everything from the collection has this sleek white packaging with the coloured background - each scent a different colour - I am so impressed asthetically, it's beautiful to have out on display, to use of course too.

The new Lifeology range from M&S is more budget friendly - without missing out on the indulgence. The whole range is priced £3.00-£8.00 each.  

The scent I have tried is Lemongrass & Thyme, but the range also contains two more scents, Waterlily & Pink Pepper and Orange Flower & Vanilla - which I will need to check out the next time I am in store. 

Why I've Handed In My Notice

"Don't fear failure, fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today"

I've worked for the same company since I was 16. I've done the same job for the past 10 years. I've never not had a job, Tesco has owned a part of me my whole adult life. Funded my life. 

For the past two years I have juggled work, college, parenting, volunteering and the blog. I have managed, but it wasn't exactly the most fun experience ever. When I said juggling - I meant it. Imagine that feeling of being late, really late, and running about like a headless chicken and trying to get everything done but not quite ever having enough time - that has been my life with college and work for the past two years. No days off, no time off, a full day at college followed by work until 11pm, half the time I was like a walking zombie, a walking zombie carrying around a bag full of guilt because she doesn't get to see her child. 

So I have done it for the past two years. It was needed. I was working towards my goals, it was a hurdle I had to overcome and work through to achieve what I want. To become a Midwife. And this Summer, I did it. I got in. Mission achieved after two years at college, hours upon hours of stress and unrelated learning (yeah Higher English) and I finally got what I had worked so hard to achieve. 

So I kept my job for the time being. All the What Ifs crept up. What if I hate it? What if I don't manage the work load? What if I hate the commute? What if I can't afford to live? What if, What if, What if. I am far too used to having a Tesco shaped safety net to fall back on. So I didn't quit. Not when I started uni, I stayed juggling work with university, parenting, blogging and everything else. 

The issue is - my much loved safety net quickly became a burden. Doing a 37.5hrs a week course alongside a 16hr a week job is pretty horrific. On a Monday I left at 7am, uni 9-4, drive home for 5.30pm, work 6-11pm then back up at 6am to leave at 7am for uni 9-4 on the Tuesday. By the time I drove the 65mile trip home on the Tuesday night I was dead walking, then it would take me days to recover - having to neglect writing up notes or revising what we had learnt, not having the weekends to go over notes. I cannot commit to the level I need to. 

Money-wise the Scottish Government still fund Nurses & Midwives (YAY!) so I now receive a full bursary to support me and AJ while I am studying. It covers everything, bills, travel, childcare, food. Quitting work was an option, I could not work, and focus on university and be okay...

Then there was the joy aspect. Two weeks into my course I cried the whole way home. Never in my life have I felt like I loved my job. Never have I felt like I was in the right place for me, but in every class I sit in at university - every lecture - I feel that spark of utter joy of "THIS IS ME". I cannot describe how incredible it feels. To feel a sense of belonging, to know this is what I want to do, and know with all my being this is the right choice for me. All of a sudden my doubts of "what if.." had disappeared. This IS where I belong, and this IS what I am going to do. 

Finally, I look at my son and I cannot be prouder of the little man he is becoming. He brings me such utter joy and pride, but I am missing SO much. I don't see him at weekends while I'm working. I don't see him during the school runs because I am at university. My course is 46 weeks a year. I don't get twelve weeks holiday over summer to see him. I don't get that. I. Miss. Him. He needs me, he needs me here, and he needs to see his mum happy and pushing for what she wants without being miserable pushing too hard. 

All of a sudden I was sitting at work and finding it all meaningless. Wrong, like I didn't belong after 10 years of being there. It wasn't me anymore. So why am I staying?

I spent the weekend off work - a rare occasion. I caught up with university work, I caught up on blogging, I lay in bed with AJ watching Dr Who, I spent hours wrestling with that inner demon who is usually right in saying "YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO DO" - I didn't. I had done it. I got to... relax - gah what is THAT! 

Some will see it as giving up, but for me it is moving on. Tesco has played a huge role in my life so far, but there is no longer space for it anymore. I want to grow as a Student Midwife, I want to have the time to learn, revise, read, go to conferences, watch Ted Talks, volunteer, I want to grow that part of my life, and I cannot do that with a job which conflicts so much with what I am doing. 

 So I handed in my Notice. My last day is 21/10/18. After 11 years at Tesco. 

I'm still unsure why I needed to write this post, maybe it's for me to look back on, maybe it's to organise my thought process. Some posts just need to be written, this was one. 

I would love to know if you have ever given up a job to pursue something completely different? Would you? Do you love your job? I would love to know. 


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My Foundation Stash! (+ Swatches)

It's been a while since I chatted foundation, to be frank I used to find it boring. Beige products which just don't excite me. What has changed that is finding foundations which just work for me and my skin - it can completely change the way you view them, going from being happy with anything that matches and covers, to finding something that makes your skin look flawless and stays on aaaall day long.  

so I thought I would take the time to talk through what is currently in my stash - either loved or neglected - this is what I have. I will be the first to admit I definitely use some far more than others - usually down to shade or my oily nose - but I have some definite go to foundations here - some which I will continuously repurchase thanks to their all round capabilities.  

Bobbi Brown: Highlight & Glow Highlighting Powder Duo + Swatches


I would be lying if I said I bought this for anything other than the packaging. Don't judge a product by its packaging, but oh my goodness this one is SO beautiful, judge away. I could stare at this one ALL day long, infact it took me double the time to take photos of it because I was too busy shaking it to get the glitter to fall on the front. Packaging perfection. 

This will be a quick post. I just wanted to share the existance of this Christmas beauty from Bobbi Brown, and I REALLY wanted to take photos of it. I mean look. It also helps the products within it are utterly perfect too. The Bobbi Brown highlighters are definitely more natural vs glittery, which I love. The shades just give off just a stunning sheen from your cheekbones. 

"Two deluxe-size shades of our cult-favourite Highlighting Powder in a festive palette that glitters like a snow globe when shaken—perfect for gifting or keeping for yourself. Formulated with a clear base and light-reflective pearl pigments, the luminizing powder gives skin a radiant glow when used individually and a high-impact, multidimensional look when layered. A £81 value, yours for £49.50.

Shades Included:
Highlighting Powder in Limited-Edition Shade Bare Glow 
Highlighting Powder in Limited-Edition Shade Opal Glow"

Sure it's expensive, but for the joy of using it - it is worth every penny. 

Have you ever bought anything just for the packaging? What is your thoughts? 


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Student Midwifery Diaries #1

Month 1: September 2018 

I think the first month of anything is always completely overwhelming. Not only are you having to adjust to a new routine, you are adjusting to new surroundings, classes, people, commutes, learning and sleep schedules. So - I'm like a zombie walking currently. 

September Favourites 2018

I'm still shocked it's the end of September already.

Another month down and we say hello to the bits I have been loving this month. All the pretty products. 

September Skincare Saviours

The months are now flying in, and this month has been super busy. This skincare routine has been all about quick and easy, along with dealing with stress affects - spots.

Who doesn't love a orange scented face wash for first thing in the morning? The Una Brennan range is incredible too, it's my go to for a mid range, high proforming skincare brand. LOVE them. 

I'm still using this constantly, and I completely understand the hype now, well and truly earned pixi. This stuff is incredible, so so good. I use it in the morning before SPF and moisturiser. 

Who doesn't love a hydration boost? This whole range is beautifully done. I have been using this to deal with my skin adjusting to wearing makeup every day again. It's light, easy to use and soaks in quickly. 

This has been my boost on mornings where I have slept in, or simply not had enough sleep - which is constantly when you need to leave at 7am. They are quick and perfect for on the go. I may have applied it in the car a few times before going into university. 

I would be lying if I said I had used anything other than this since it arrived. It smells amazing, it removes makeup in record time without drying up my skin or needing to rub excessively. 

My poor spotty face isn't liking all the makeup and stress, so I have been reaching for a cleansing mask over the past month to help clear up my pores from all the nasties. This one is perfect for the job, and I love using it after a shower while my pores are big. 

 I LOVE Niacinamide in skincare now, honestly don't know how I managed my spotty skin without it. Since using this I have reduced my breakouts massively, and my skin is clearer than it ever has been before. 

Applying a night cream remains my favourite skincare step, this is thick, creamy, hydrating, moisturising and a pleasure to use. I find my skin is at it's absolute best when using a night cream like this one. 

Which skincare items have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below 

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Summer Empties 2018

What is living in my bin... 

It feels like such a long time since I have done an empties post, so it was about time I did a little update on everything I finished up over summer. The sweatiest summer in history may I add. SO sweaty. I showered far too much lol. 

My Favourite Sleepy Scents

SO Sleepy... 

The first week of university is over, and I have never been so exhausted in all my life. On Tuesday I went to bed at 5.30pm. My issue is that I have been a backshift worker all my adult life. I go to sleep at 12.30am and sleep til 8.30am (Just in time for the school run). 

Kebelo Hair Treatment & Shorter Brown Hair With Fin & Co (Carnoustie)*

My hair has never been so soft & easy to manage.

A holiday in the sun and water parks, summer in the heat, killer dandruff after AJ had nits and I had to put 4x treatment in my extremely thick hair *BLECH*  The past few months RUINED my hair. It was drier than it has ever been before, and my ends were ruined. I went into see Fin & Co and my hair resembled a nest. - Not cute.

M&SBeauty: Formula Absolute Skincare*

M&S take on skincare...

I am slightly obsessed with M&S skincare range at the moment, they have such an amazing selection to choose from - so it makes sense their own skincare range will be incredible too. I have loved trying the Formula Absolute range too, SO nice. M&S describe it as:

"Formula Skincare is created with more than 20 years of expertise with results proven by real women. Proven to tackle 10 signs of ageing, Absolute offers the very best of Formula skincare. Luxurious textures designed to be layered into your skincare regime or combined for the Ultimate Anti-Ageing Solution. 100% Intuitive skincare."

Top 5 Autumn Lipsticks + Swatches

*Turns Sept 1st* Ooooo Dark Lippies. 

There is never any hiding that Autumn is without a doubt my favourite time of year. My pretty large lips love a dark red lip - and I love how it goes with my glasses. (weird I know). But still, now that we are into autumn, the darker lips are now everywhere, and I thought I would share with you the ones I reach for - new and old.

M&S Beauty: Sleepy Favourites*

Normality has arrived.. Hello Term-Time. 

Summer is over with the schools going back, how excited is everyone? With the arrival of September everyone seems to have gone back to their normality. Kids are tucked away in school, College has started and University semesters have begun. 

Top 10 Teen Movies I Will Not Admit To Loving (But Watch All The Time)

"What am I watching?... it's just a movie..."

I have been going through a phase recently where I am watching movies that 12-14 year old me would have loved - or did love at the time... it's like pre-relationship Erin is just wanting to believe in high school love again... or maybe it's just the lack of brain cells required to watch them... or potentially just because they are brilliant movies (even if I am slightly ashamed to admit it). 

Most of these fit the same mould. Awkward misfit girl finds herself and bags a cute as hell boy in the process. 14 year old me loves it. Even if 27 year old me thinks they are so unrealistic, really weird and I should probably grow up... 

First Impressions: L.O.V Makeup*

Say Hello to a New Brand...

I hadn't heard of L.O.V makeup until this little bag of goodies arrived in my mailbox about a month ago, I was excited to open them all and swach them - and they have been so much fun to play with over the past few weeks. 

Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Colour Lipsticks + ALL SWATCHES

What is the last thing I need? More Nudes... What did I buy... well yeah. 

Say Hello to the latest Bobbi Brown launch. Meet the Luxe Matte Range. *SQUEAL*. I LOVE a matte lipstick, and Bobbi Brown are quickly becoming firm favourites in my makeup stash. Needless to say I was VERY excited about this launch.... 

Blogger Types: Writer Vs Photographer

Are you a Photographer or a Writer?

I've been a blogger now for 3.5 years. It seems to have flown in, definitely a blink and miss it kind of situation. Over the past 3.5 years I have had the pleasure of  e-meeting and getting to know so many people through the blogging world. I spend a good chunk of my free time scrolling through their blogs I have grown to love and obsess over, but I have noticed differences in our creativity that I have found amusing and curious at times. 

MVMT: Camden Watch & Kilo Sunglasses + Money Off Code

Oh my goodness aren't they beautiful? 

A yellow watch is something I have been meaning to get for a while now, and this one definitely hits all the colour marks - it is utter perfection. 

MVMT is quickly becoming a well-known brand. I see them pop up on YouTube adverts, instagram, facebook - and all their products are SO pretty. They offer watches for both men and women, sunglasses, bracelets. Their watches also come with the option for additional straps - how fun. 

August Favourites 2018

August has been the best month this year, without a doubt. 

I thought I would share with you my favourites from the past month, and celebrate the best month yet of my 2018. 

August Skincare Saviours

How on earth is August almost over? 

There goes another month down, how can it be September in a few days? Here is my favourite skincare from the past month, even if I have been a bit shit at keeping up a good routine...

Bedroom Gallery Wall With Cheerz*

I am SO happy with my bedroom vanity now, I did a full post here on the desk itself if you want to have a nosy around there... but recently I have made changes to the wall above and the team over at Cheerz very kindly allowed me to choose some prints from their site to display. 

Pixi Glow Tonic Review*

The Biggest Hype of 2016 right here. 

Who remembers when everyone who was anyone had to have this in their routine. It was like an entryway into the online makeup and skincare world, you just HAD to have the Pixi Glow Tonic. To the point, it was a nightmare to get a hold of. I somehow missed the hype back then. I have no idea what I was distracted by - probably glitter, it's always glitter: I am SUCH a magpie. 

Life on Film #4

Life Lately... 

Another spool of film down, and I am still utterly obsessed with the look it gives. So old school. So here is what we have been up to over the summer holidays! Lots of holiday snaps, and some terrible photos of me - yay! AJ was off for a full 6 weeks, and we had SUCH a good time in the sunshine. So here is everything we have been up to, that ended up on film. 

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm Review*

The Hype is REAL 

There is something so incredible about finding a cleanser which not only moisturises, retains moisture and is so gentle - but can actually removes a full face of makeup too. Quite a lot either do one or the other, but the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing balm is definitely an all-round multitasker. 

Netflix: Watching Female Comedians (AD)

*Sponsored Post 

Who doesn't love Binge watching Netflix?

I usually watch Netflix on my iPad or laptop, but I need to reinvest in a new TV for my livingroom.  AJ and I will cuddle up round the laptop at the moment, which just isn't as fun as a day in front of the TV. The new 4KTV Panasonic has me lusting after it. The bright colourful displays and their sleek designs have me dreaming of watching Netflix on the big screen again, something I haven't done in a while. 

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask Review

I feel like it has been such a long time since I fell head over heels in love with a product, and then this one came along. Say hello to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. 

M&S very kindly sent me their Best in Beauty round-up - and this was included. Needless to say, I can now understand why this was included in their best - it is just SO good!

I GOT IN! : Midwifery First Year Goals

I am still in shock... I repeatedly shake myself, like Erin: You freaking DID IT! 

Just in case you missed the hype over on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I got into University on Tuesday. I got 3 A's at higher, and completely smashed my university conditions. So I will be studying Midwifery at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, YAY. 

If you want to learn about my life as a Mature, Single Parent Learner you can read about that here

So, for the next 3 years, my life will continue on in chaos, but the best kind of chaos. One where I am working towards what I want to do, something I have wanted to do for such a long time. So I thought I would write up a wish list of everything I want to do in the next year, and hopefully, by then I will have a full list of new things to replace them. 

M&S Best In Beauty

Thee most incredible goodies.

I cried when I opened this, I mean what an incredible collection of products, their best of the best. The most common thing I hear about M&S and their beauty selection is: "I didn't realise they stocked so many brands" - indeed they do. They are SLAYING the game at the moment when it comes to products, and I seem to be endlessly recommending them as a place to shop, and half my links on here end up being for M&S, they are just so easy to use, readily available, and perfect for a quick (or not so quick) walk around if you are in town.

July Favourites 2018

How is it almost August?

First off, I am SO sorry about the photos for this post, to be honest, I completely forgot, then rushed, and urgh they look terrible. SO BAD. If they all of a sudden change, you know why! 

So I thought I would take the time to walk through my July favourites, including bits I wore or purchased on holiday! :) 

July Skincare Saviours


This is definitely the - 'I'm too hot to breathe' edition of this post, and my skincare favourites definitely reflect this. Everything within this roundup seems to help either cool me, or combat the fact that I am too hot and sweaty. Fun times.