Samaya Ayurveda Kapha Hydrating Cleanser Review*

*This Post Contains Gifted Products
Say Hello To A Newbie... 

Samaya are looking at skincare in a new light. They consider it to be more involved in your lifestyle, considering us as whole beings rather than a skin type - which is quite interesting. They have developed a quiz which will catagorise you into three "Dosha" catagories - VATA, PITTA, KAPHA. I won't try to explain it more than that, because I'm sure I won't do it justice, but you can read more here. 

Marks & Spencers New In: Formula Skin Solutions Masks*

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Who doesn't love a good mask? 

I have been working with Marks & Spencers for a while now, and they never fail to impress me. Their own skincare range Formula is definitely worthwhile checking out when you are next in store. Their latest launch is this trio of masks designed to suit all skincare needs. I must admit I am impressed with them all. 

MakeErinOver Turns 4: A Blog Birthday


Happy Birthday To The Blog!

With every year that passes - I am shocked I am still blogging. I know, I know. I should be saying hard work pays off and talking about commitment and how much it has grown. But the reality is it hasn't. My blog hasn't changed much in the past year - my Instagram and Twitter followers are the same, as are Bloglovin' and views - nothing has changed here on the blog. But my life has changed. 

Pixi Glow Mask Selection #SkinTreats*

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Pixi's Latest Additions...

With Spring quickly approaching I think everyone is dreaming of beautiful, clear glowy skin for the warmer weather. I know I have had enough masks on this month to ensure my skin is in fantastic condition - with huge help from these goodies from Pixi. 

Pixi is yet to disappoint me with their products. These have been so nice to try out, each one with a different purpose to ensure you have that glow ready for warmer weather. 

Top 5 Classic Lipsticks You Need In Your Stash

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Lipstick Perfection...

I was going through all my lipsticks the other day, and realised there were certain shades I refuse to move from my rotation - simply due to me marking them as "classics". I thought I would take the time to go through them all - because who doesn't like a lipstick post? (I love them). 

Student Midwife Diaries #7


Over Half Way Through First Year!

I didn't know how to start this months update. I didn't know what I was going to say, if I was going to glaze over my month or approach it from a realistic viewpoint.. I just didn't know what to do - because this month has been a bit of a reality check.

New Wall Art With Posterlounge [AD]


*This is a PAID collaboration with Posterlounge. 
A Little Bit of Paradise to Brighten a Dark Space

A beautiful piece of wall art can make all the difference in any room, and for my bedroom, it was just what was needed. My room is definitely the most neglected part of the house - used for storage, photo taking and sleeping, it never feels overly uplifting - especially when working night shifts. 

My Current Favourite Base Products


A Quick Base Recap. 

I was committed for a long time to the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear (£33.50) (See Post Here) and to be fair, I still love it to bits. But, it is nice to try something different, and for once I have found a mix which can practically rival my love for the Lancome. 

For reference, my skin type is combination oily. My nose is really oily, so if a foundation is going to fail on me - it's usually there. 

March Favourites 2019

*Gifted Items & Affiliate Links
I have no idea how it is the end of March...

I thought I would go through a quick roundup of this months favourite items - the ones I have loved and used constantly. 

March Skincare Saviours

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A little Skincare Roundup... 

Another month, another skincare routine. I thought I would share with you the new bits, and the bits I have been loving in my routine over the past month. Definitely, a bit Pixi orientated this month - like every other to be fair!

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30 Light Activated Skin Defence*

*Gifted Item 

Oooooo new goodies from Dermalogica. 

New SPF goodies too, and that is something I am always happy to see and try out. Who doesn't love an SPF? It has been something I have been actively trying to use daily - because it plays such a huge role in your skins texture, appearance and ageing - what a difference it can make... 

Pixi Rose Infused Collection*

*Gifted Items & Affiliate Links
New Pixi Collection You Say?

I am forever impressed by Pixi, and their new offerings seem to have everyone a tad obsessed with everything pastel green & pink. Pixi very kindly sent across their new collection for me to try - and wow have I loved trying it all. 

Everything has been involved in my routine now for around a month, some definitely more than others - but wow is there some standouts in this collection. 

10 Shows Worth Switching To Prime For

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Poor Prime is Forever Neglected 

When it comes to online streaming services Netflix is forever going to come out tops. From their incredible new movies, productions and new offerings it has all of us with the ability to work a computer (or smart TV) weak at the knees. I will never take away Netflix's reign, but I have to admit that I have been preferring Prime lately.

My First ColourPop Haul! (With Info About UK Shipping + Customs)


ColourPop Goodies! 

I feel like I am the only person left on planet earth who hasn't tried ColourPop yet. Everyone has been raving about it for so long now. It has had my attention for such a long time - and for some reason I just hadn't taken the time to try it yet. The hassle of overseas shipping was too much for me to get my head around - and I hate the long wait. (If only I had known what I know now).

Emile Cordon Miracle Lip Balms*

*Gifted Product / Unpaid AD. 
A Kiss Full Of Luxe And Charm

Say hello to the Emile Cordon Miracle Lip Balms. They are the height of 'treat yo self' and why not? At this time of year especially my lips are cracked and sore, so investing in a lip balm with incredible, luxury ingredients can make all the difference in the world. 

Top 10 Tasks I Will Avoid Doing


The Contrast To My Motivation. 

After my motivational post here. I thought I would share with you the bits I can never find the motivation to do. The places I steal time, motivation and energy from - to ensure I do well at university (or just because I'm lazy mostly). Think of this post as the balance to my last one. The reality of being human - the flaws. 

How Find Motivation To Change Your Career (And Return To Education)


Where to find Motivation 

One of the most frequent things I hear on my midwifery content is "I just don't know how you do it" or "I wish I had your motivation". Very similar comments about either having the motivation to change your career path - or having the confidence to go back into learning as a "mature student". 

I feel like sometimes people think motivation is something that can be ordered online or something that I have stumbled across luckily while looking in a cupboard. The reality is far different. So I thought I would take the time to throw a post together with the realities of pushing yourself further than you thought possible - and where to find the strength to do it. 

Student Midwife Diaries #6


Second Placement, Labour Suite. 

I'm so sleepy I feel like I could sleep for about 4 years. Placement is incredible, but it is exhausting. In every way imaginable. 

Pixi Eye Refection Shadow Palettes & Brushes + Swatches*

*Gifted Products & Affiliated Links
Say hello to the newest additions from Pixi Beauty

Over the past year I have really fallen for Pixi Beauty, and to be fair Pixi as a whole brand. I am yet to find anything from them I dislike, and this post is no exception. Pixi very kindly sent me across a very generous PR package containing all of their new launches - which I am very excited about! 

February Favourites 2019

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Another month down. 

February has flown by, thanks to its short 28 days. I'm so excited for warmer weather now, I cannot wait. Here is everything I have been loving in the meantime. 

February Skincare Saviours

*Gifted Products & Affiliated Links 
The skincare Routine...

February is such a little month. Everything seems to fly in faster, or is that just me? Here is everything I have been loving over the past month. The items which have impressed me, the ones I have reached for time and time again. 

NEW IN: Magnitone XOXO Micro Sonic Cleansing Brush + AntiBacterial WipeOut Clothes*


*Gifted Items 
New In Tools To Invest In

The Magnitone Wipe Out cloth is already heavily recommended by me. I LOVE them. Can never seem to wash mine quick enough, so I am SO excited to have some more. Then there is the new XOXO micro sonic cleansing brush - which is brand spanking new, and I was very excited to give it a go. 

Gatineau Floracil Gentle Eye Makeup Remover*



*Gifted Item 
One swipe and the makeup is gone! 

Gatineau have very recently re-released their classic eye makeup remover. I have no idea how this ended up being discontinued, but luckily it is back. 

Urban Decay On The Run "Detour" Palette + Swatches


Oooooo Urban Decay. 

It's been such a long time since Urban Decay really caught my eye. Ever since they changed ownership and directions they have been under my radar - just completely missing the mark, when I used to be completely obsessed with their products. 

The Best of Cleansing Balms


The Best of the Best. 

Favourite category of skincare? Cleansers. Favourite type of cleanser? BALMS. So really this is the best of the best, nothing can beat them in my opinion. suitable for any and all skin types a balm will leave your face feeling super clean, but hydrated too. 

Photography: A Love of Lighting


If you get the light right, not much else matters. 

Photography is something I take great pleasure in. I love spending a few hours with my camera in my hand, props ready, lightbox on, trying to take some good photos while the light is just right. 

5 Barely There Lip Shades


The lipsticks we never talk about... 

There is a time and a place for every type of lipstick, and as much as I love a matte, pigmented shade... I must admit I find myself reaching for a quick wash of colour on my busiest days; the days where I run out the door with no makeup on... or the days I opt to not wear it (like the 12-hour shifts in the Hospital). 

These are the shades I reach for when I need to feel a little more human, a little brighter, a little less corpse-like. Along with adding some colour - I love them to hydrate too, dual purpose, perfect for placement.  

This one is the boldest shade of my non-lipsticky lipsticks. a sheer, shimmery plum shade which seems to just make my lips look full and healthy. Plus the packaging is completely extra and OTT, but I love it. 

I use this constantly, the scent is so nice, and it adds a pink shade without being too much. This is one which will also hydrate your lips while looking pretty too. A definite go-to on the days where my lips are wrecked. 

The classic colour changing lipstick. Green to a pink. This shade is pinker than I would typically like, but as it is sheer it is easier for me to wear and still feel comfortable. 

This one is definitely the prefered colour changing, not only is it yellow, it is more coral or warmer in tone once it is applied onto the lips. I find it more flattering on me, and I wear this all the time now. 

My sweet Mum actually bought me this at Stobo Castle. So it has good memories alongside it being really nice to wear. This one actually stays in my car now, which means it is used constantly. Such a beautiful shade - and the scent is fab too. 

please ignore my sore wrist/hands...



I think subtle lipstick or tints are definitely underrated. They deserve more love. Which ones are your favourites? 

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Clinique Gift With Purchase (Exclusive to Debenhams!)*


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Nothing quite beats a Clinique Gift With Purchase.

There is something really nice about buying something you wanted, and getting freebies while you are there. Winner winner chicken dinner. That is what I love about the Clinique gift with purchase promotion. I remember when I was younger I would always get it when my mum would need more moisturiser, I would get the bag and the contents. 

MakeErin.... a Midwife (Student Midwife Diaries) #5


The Big Update: Placement

My mentor said to me today: "You may be 'MakeErinOver'.. but i'm MakeErin A Midwife." And Wow has she made one hell of a start. 

I've been struggling to write this update, simply because so much as happened in the past month. How can I break it all down using words alone? When so much has happened, so much has changed. Words seem so little, just not enough. But i'm up for trying?

Top 10: The Best of Scotland


*Food Sent as PR Sample
Oh they joy of being Scottish

There are so many things I love about Scotland, it really is an incredible place. I thought I would go over my absolute favourite parts. This post came about through the lovely girls at M&S sent me some of their top picks for Burn's Night. The ultimate Scottish meal, Haggis, Neeps and Tatties - with some whiskey too of course. 

Definitely worthwhile checking out some of M&S Scottish range the next time you have a chance. 

January Favourites 2019


AAAAAH HELLO 2019. 

It's currently the 17th January. I'm PRE-WRITING content. Which is a huge deal to me, I'm usually soooooooooo lazy with content. I'm usually a solid write it the night before kinda chick. So, I'm hoping I still have all the feels for these for the next two weeks, cause lets face it, it would suck if I changed my mind now. I mean I took the photos already. But I can't imagine I will, I just get good vibes from these. 

January Skincare Saviours


All the new Products! 

This month has been such a big skincare month, I've tried out some new and incredible products, and my skin is loving them. My aim for 2019 is to attempt to calm down my skincare, but it seems that won't be happening - especially when you have such incredible brands to try out. So here is what I have been loving this month. 

First Impressions of Dermalogica Skincare



*This was sent as a PR Sample
This brand is giving me ALL the feels. 

Some brands spark interest long before I have the opportunity to try them. Dermalogica is one brand I know from through friends - which is rare nowadays. Two of my close friends are obsessed with Dermalogica, so needless to say - when Dermalogica contacted me I couldn't quite believe they wanted to work with little me. Plus it would finally give me the chance to try out some of their best bits - and finally give my friends the chance to say how right they were about the products they love. 

Clinique iD Custom Blend Hydrator


Say hello to the new kid on the block. 

Purchasing skincare now feels like a special treat.. one which I probably shouldn't do, but still, special none the less... being a blogger does mean we have the incredible opportunity to try out some absolutely amazing brands and products. This has left me with enough skincare to supply a small town, but still.. every now and then a product catches my eye and I just have to try it for myself. The Clinique iD range was one of these launches for me. 

Project Pan 2019 #TeamProjectPan


Hello 2019, Hello new Project Pan. 

Well, last years Project Pan kinda came to an epic fail. I just stopped, I forgot. So it was far easier just to start over and focus on a new Project for the new year. So welcome to my 2019 Project Pan. 

Kat and Hailey from BeautyNews decided to do an interactive Project Pan called #TeamProjectPan and I thought I would join in - but maybe not as hardcore as they do! I'm definitely up for trying it though.... Worth checking out their video here if you haven't seen it already. 

I thought I would go for a mixture of products this year, a good mix of cream, base, powder, new, older. I wanted to see if I could finish any of them, and go from there. No pressure... just a trial to see how long it would take me to use up some products. 



First up was the base products. I've had the YSL All Hours Foundation for ages now, and it's about time it was finished up. I really can't see this taking too long - especially as I don't have much left of it. I'm pretty sure this will be finished by the first check-in, which will be a boost. 

I am also including both the Urban Decay Naked Skin Pink Corrector and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. Both I purchased over a year ago and was pushed to the side when I discovered Tarte Shape Tape. These shouldn't be too difficult to use, as I enjoy both - just have better now. Time to finish these up. 


The Mario Badescu Facial Spray is included here simply to clear up some space. The packaging is pretty bulky, and I have a fair few sprays needing used up, so I figured tackling this one first might be a good move. 

The Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick is a firm favourite for contouring. But it is also known for breaking - which mine has done. I think I would like to finish it up and see the bottom of a few more cream bronze products. I've used a fair bit of this one so far, so I can't see this being too difficult to finish. 

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince is definitely more lip balm than a lipstick. Which is why it is appearing here at almost untouched. I figured this would be perfect for on placement - a touch of colour without being too much, easy to apply and pretty once on. Oh and for those of you who may be unfamiliar with these lipsticks - don't worry, it isn't actually green. More a very subtle sheer pink once applied onto the lips. 

My bottle of Chanel Chance Eau Tendre has been in my stash for far too long now, to the point I am questioning if it is still the same as it was. At just over half way to go, I'm sure this won't take me too long. The scent is beautifully fresh, floral and feminine. I love this scent, so much that this was a repurchase. But I need to stop keeping them "for good" and just start using what I love. 


The Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette is brand new in my stash, but in honesty, I added it into this just to see the progress I could make in a few months with a cream eyeshadow product. The shade is perfect for a one wash colour over the lids, so I figured why not - let's see how much progress we can make. 

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure is my nemesis. I both love and hate this product. I love the shade, the formula, everything about it. But it has been the only blush I have used in what feels like 100 years. yet still no pan. This will be in yet another Pan because I WILL finish it. Or hit pan at least. 

Finally, MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skin Finish. I feel like I could potentially hit pan on this. Mostly because I've used it loads already - I know I love it, and I know with some effort I may just manage it. Well maybe by the end of the year. 



Have you considered doing a project pan this year? Which products would you include? 


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YouTube Clear Out & Refresh


Ah YouTube, how I love you. 

I have found my love of YouTube has never decreased, but I have found my tastes change over what I am viewing. With this, my subscription box has been a place of clutter recently. Channels which have changed to utter poop, and channels which I have simply outgrown - either way, I was in desperate need of a YouTube tidy up. 

Natural Skincare With Antipodes

*This was sent as a PR Sample
Antipodes - The Natural, Vegan approach to Skincare. 

I really love a more natural approach to skincare, and Antipodes are exactly that. I have been lucky enough to work with them before too - you can view that post here

Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks + Swatches


Lipstick Perfection

I swear there is no better feeling than purchasing a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick. That sleek classic packaging is utter perfection, the shape of the bullet, the weight of the packaging. It really is something special - and something everyone should have in their collection. 

I have previously done a post on my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick collection (I did lip swatches too) You can view that post here. Buuut, I have bought a few more since then, and I figured it would be the perfect excuse to take some pretty photos and have a chat about them - because who doesn't love a lipstick post? 

Life on Film #4


Developing Photos Really Is Fun! 

It's been SO long since I had photos developed, so it was a lovely surprise to find some of these. Here is everything from September to Christmas. A fair lot has happened since then, my baby cousin turned 21 - and had the most amazing cake. I changed my hair, I started university. My best friend had a baby. I turned 28. Then CHRISTMAS! All the fun. I sure do love developing my pictures when the time comes. Hope you enjoy a little bit more of a personal update...

A Christmas Candle Showdown: Diptyque Vs Jo Malone


Gulp, the great showdown. 

I honestly cannot believe I have both. It seems to odd to look at them both, in all their glory. I am very lucky this year to be the proud owner of both pine scented candles from the big brand candles - well amongst us bloggers anyway. I feel like we all covet both Jo Malone and Diptyque, and both set you back around £50 they aren't the cheapest - a definite treat moment. 

Student Midwifery Diaries #4



The Calm before the Storm. 

The past month has been stressful, amazing, anxious, peaceful, nerve-racking. You name it, I've experienced it this month. Up until the 19th December I was in stress mode, simply due to my first exam - I'm hoping that I was overreacting in my stress, and I'm really hoping I've pulled a B, but overall I'm happy with how it went. We then went to Wagamamas to celebrate - then had the realisation that we wouldn't be seeing one another until March. Placements from Orkney to Dundee - we would be busy. 

After the 19th, life has been pretty sweet. For the first time in over 10 years - I had Christmas and New Year off. After 10 years of retail, 10 years of people whining that I ruined their Christmas over a pack of mouldy carrots - I FINALLY got to enjoy my Christmas without the dampness of Tesco. It's been glorious.