Reducing Waste and Swapping to Cloth

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, etc. 

I feel we are all now trying to reduce the amount of plastic we are using, for good reasons too. Some changes I had made years ago, others are new. But I thought I would talk through the bits I have been loving - and why I am enjoying them way more than their disposable counterparts. 

I will place links where I can, but overall they have all saved me money changing over too. 

Shay & Blue London: Blood Oranges

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Summer Perfection in a Bottle

Say hello to Shay & Blue, a brand I hadn't tried up until now... but wow was I excited to. I love fragrances. There is something so lovely about how a fragrance can change your mood, remember happier times or incredible moments. I was excited to see which scent they would send across, and I was not disappointed. 

Let's Talk About Thick Hair + Undercuts (With Fin&Co.)

*In Collaboration with Fin & Co. (Gifted Service, No payment). 
Let's Chat About Hair

Over the past year, my hair and I have been on one hell of a journey. It's been long, it's been short. It's been blonde, brown, red? It's also changed in terms of how I get to wear it. Which has been the main difference to me, and something that ends up on my mind on a daily basis. 

Clinique Chubby Stick Favourites!

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A staple within my routine

I noticed the other day how much of my makeup routine is currently made up of the Clinique Chubby Stick range. So I thought I would share with you all the bits I reach for daily... they are all quick and easy to use, last all day and blend beautifully. 

A Summery SpaceNK Haul (With £15 off £60)

QUICK! SPACENK have their promotion on! 

Who doesn't love a SpaceNK Haul? Without a doubt one of my most used (high end) online retailer. I love the brands they carry along with the promotions they run. I thought I would share with you the bits I have picked up on this promotion - because I always use it as an excuse to treat myself. 

Student Midwife Diaries #9

If you need me I'll be napping. 

The essays are DONE! Thank goodness. I've had feedback on one, just waiting on the other. The first one (NU1202 - The midwife within society, establishing foundations) I got an A on. Which I am completely over the moon about. I got some really good feedback too - and as someone who really struggled with English and essay writing skills throughout school, always shocks me (I like to think writing for the blog has played a huge impact here). "Overall excellent work. Well done.Overall grade: A"

May Skincare Saviours

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May's Skincare Favourites

The end of May! AAAAH. Another month, another line-up. Here is everything I have been loving to use this month on my face. The skincare favourites. 

The Pixi GLOW Range*

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Say Hello to the Expansion of the Pixi Glow Range 

My love for Pixi seems to be never-ending. My whole skincare collection now seems to be a familiar pixi green shade - and I am completely thrilled about it. Pixi very kindly sent across their latest launches to me to try - how exciting! 

Best & Worst TV Show Endings (Goodbye GoT)

The Best Vs The Worst

With the end of two favourite shows this week (Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones) I thought I would share with you shows which have left me in tears - either for good or bad reasons.  Game of Thrones to me was a complete anti-climax. Not bad, not good... just "Meh", rushed almost, just not done overly well... and so many questions left unanswered. It's left me feeling completely deflated since I watched it... is that it?! Seems so. (Until they release 10+ spin-offs). I don't think it fits into their catagory.. which was shocking to me at least. 

The ending of the big TV shows I have been invested in always gives me the fear. The fear of thinking they could ruin it all in an episode - which has been known to happen... so I thought I would go through my best and worst... 

A MakeUp Haul!

A simple Haul 

It's been SUCH a long time since I did a haul on here, so I thought I would do a very old school post and share with you all what I have picked up recently. Purchased with my own money (and a lot of Debenhams points) of course! :) 

3 Favourites Worth The Investment

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Where to Start in High End

High-end skincare can be a scary place to start exploring, especially with the accompanying price tags - so I thought I would share three of my favourites - well worth the investment, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed with. 

Clinique Even Better Refresh Foundation Review + Swatches

My new favourite... 

Say hello to Clinique's new foundation launch. I have been loyal to Lancome now for well over a year - so it's been one hell of a surprise to find a foundation I love more than that. For me, finding a foundation that can last all day on my oily t-zone is a game changer. As a glasses wearer too, my nose is forever a problem area. 

Introducing Colour To Your Living Room

A tip from a big colour fan. 

Who doesn't love Mrs Hinch? I love watching her clean her house to perfection. Her home is beautiful, all white, grey and silver. It really is beautiful... but it isn't me. At all. Now that everyone is moving away from the white look - I am seeing more and more people ask for colour home inspiration, so I thought I would share with you all how I incorporate colour into my home without it becoming *too* much... she says with a multicoloured cow and living room... but meh. lol 

Take inspiration from bits, you don't need to embrace it all - well unless you want to! 

Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence*

*Gifted Product 
A new redness toner to try... 

The more I try from Dermalogica the more impressed I am. I love their collection at the moment, and it seems the more I try the more my regular skincare routine seems to be turning white and grey. The redness relief essence is the latest addition to their collection - and they very kindly sent me one over to try out. 

Student Midwife Diaries #8

Another month at University. 

I've spent the past month on annual leave and writing essays... which has been fun? I think. Not the essays - but the annual leave aspect is good. We have had two essays to do over the past month - the end of the units for first year. It's odd to think our course work for first year is now complete - finished. Time really does fly.

LQ Liquid Health Suppliments: Skin, Hair and Nails*

*This Post Contains a PR Sample 
A little boost... 

I've rarely had any issues with my hair and nails - I have no idea why, but my nails and hair are strong, thick. Good genes I suppose - because my diet is definitely not helped. 

However, my nails have taken one hell of a hit thanks to all the hand washing at the hospital - and the cold weather definitely didn't help matters either. My nails were more claw-like by the end of my first placement, so it was nice to have a little boost to get them back to normal, and I'm really happy to see the results. 

April Favourites 2019

All the Bests... most reached for... 

Here are my most used products for this month, and the things I have loved.. predictable or not. 

April Skincare Saviours

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The Latest Lineup. 

I have been loving using all the masks this month - ALL the masks, it's been fun. I thought I would share my favourites and the rest of the products I have been reaching for - my skincare routine. 

Spring Empties 2019

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It's been such a long time since I did an empties post! 

My bin was overflowing so I figured it was definitely time to do another empties post. I seem to have only used up body wash - so at least I smell good right? I need to focus more on skincare and some makeup, so i'm hoping by the next update this will be a lot more well rounded shall we say :) - but here is this update, I hope you enjoy.

Nails: Ready For Easter

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Happy Easter Weekend Everyone! 

I so love an excuse to change up my theme! I do hope you are enjoying the change over on instagram for this week - you can check it out here. Mini Eggs everywhere.

Samaya Ayurveda Kapha Hydrating Cleanser Review*

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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

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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*

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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*

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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

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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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