I’ll let you in on a little secret here; I shot these photographs a few months ago and totally forgot about them. But I found them in a lost file, and low and behold – these makeup products are still my absolute must-use essentials, so that has to be saying something right?! Whilst I do really enjoy to play around with new makeup looks and use products in different ways, on a day to day basis I tend to stick to what I know works for me. And these are 5 products that do it for me, time and time again.

– MAC MSF in Lightscapade – I’ve mentioned this a few times on my blog, so I’ll keep it short – but this is holy grail for me. I can’t not use it every single day. Instead of using it as a highlighter, I love to just lightly dust this all over my face to give it a natural glow. It really helps lift my dull skin and always helps maintain my foundation, giving it a helping hand in looking flawless throughout the day. If there’s one thing I couldn’t live without – it’s this bad boy.

– MAC lipstick in Twig – After months of lusting after it, I picked up this lipstick when out makeup shopping with Helen around Easter time. Having fallen in love with the Spice lipliner over Christmas time, I knew I had to try out this lipstick. It took a little patience as it was out of stock for a while, but I finally got my hands on it and I love it. My perfect dark nude, it’s that perfect inbetween brown and pink shade. It’s one of those chuck it on and you’re good to go colours, ideal for day to day wear.

– Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe – I’ve owned this product for as long as I can remember, but having not enjoyed it as an eyeshadow base – it made it’s way to the back of my makeup storage. However, a few months ago, I was really curious over the eye brow pomade products, so being on a budget, I decided to shop my stash and decided to this a go. Used along side a Barry M Eyeliner brush, this has totally changed my brow routine. I was admittedly rather rubbish beforehand, but I have to say, I’m pretty darn in love with what this combo does to my brows. And it’s all under a tenner – winning!

– No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define in Coffee Bean – I think I originally heard about this through Alix’s blog (one of my favourites) and I loved the sounds of it. I’ve not yet nailed the whole smoked out eyeliner thing, but this lovely product is helping me along the way. A deep chocolate shade, on days I’m not wearing liquid eyeliner (which, atm is most #hayfeverproblems) I use this to line my upper eyelid and waterline before slightly blending out to add that little bit definition. It’s a bit of a foolproof product, and a massive bargain if you get your hands on one of those No7 vouchers!

– Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – For me, I tend to just buy the mascara that’s on offer. Guilty as charged. However, after trying out this Maybelline offering, I have to say, I’m already buying back ups. It adds plenty of length, lifts my eyelashes and gives them some much needed volume. I’m definitely a girl who likes quite a lot of mascara on a daily basis (because I look like an egg otherwise) and this product definitely does the job. Plus it doesn’t melt down the side of my face through the day, result!



A few days ago, I was kindly invited along by the lovely people at Fenwick Newcastle with a bunch of my favourite North East bloggers to learn all about their upcoming Beauty Week. Held between 11th – 16th May, their beauty hall will be host to plenty of complimentary treatments, special offers and masterclasses for anyone who wants to get involved.
We were greeted with macarons and rose lemonade which went down an absolute treat and introduced to the event and how it would work. There was a table of appointment cards, from the huge variety of beauty brands with stands in store all offering various complimentary treatments/makeovers, and each of us were allowed to pick a number of cards to visit that evening. Already having an idea of which brands I’d love to try out, I quickly dashed over to pick up a selection of appointments and I was away to go.
La Prairie

First stop was La Prairie, a brand I’ve heard loads about, but with their prices being crazy expensive they’re a brand I couldn’t dream of owning. So the treatment was under-eye brightening, where I was told all about their under-eye concealer and how best to use it. Now I must admit, I’m a sceptic when it comes to concealing my dark circles, as I’m yet to find a product that does it for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised by their offering and I noticed a massive difference in the darkness under my eyes. At £50 I don’t see myself purchasing the products any time soon, but it was a nice treat to try it out.


Estee Lauder
Now I hadn’t intended to go here, but I’ve always wanted to try out the Double Wear Foundation, and since my skin is pretty bad at the moment, thought it would be the best time to give it a go. I was colour matched to their palest colour, and I have to admit, I’m already a big fan. I tend to go for fuller coverage foundations, as I suffer with spot scarring, and I loved the way it helped my skin look flawless. The lovely MUA told me all about my pink undertones, explaining to me which colours suit my complexion the best – which I was incredibly surprised (and happy) to see I should be going for brown hues!
Tom Ford
Now I was one of the lucky few who managed to nab a space in with the Tom Ford counter, whom were offering an eye-makeup mini masterclass. This is the one I was most excited for and boy did it not disappoint. I was introduced to their newest range of products and told all about the basis behind Tom Ford’s makeup which was all incredibly interesting. As I like to add some colour through eye makeup, the MUA suggested we try a blue and khaki Cream and Powder Eye-Colour which admittedly sounded a little terrifying. She applied a wash of the metallic eye colour over the lids, buffing it out to allow to look a little worn in (which was the look we were going for) before packing on the blue powder on top. Now blue eyeshadow is normally a colour I’d stay away from, but I really loved how it helped compliment my eye colour and it’s definitely something I’d try again. She also used the Brow Sculptor which was hands down my favourite product of the night. I’m a little rubbish when it comes to brows, but oh my, they looked incredible if I do say so myself. The staff were really warming, answering any questions I had, and I’ve already booked myself in for a little contouring masterclass with the brand in a few weeks time – I can’t wait!
Molton Brown
With a whole new face of makeup and feeling very pampered, me and the lovely Alice went along to the Molton Brown stand for a hand and arm message. I completely forgot to take photographs for this, but it was the perfect way to end a wonderful event. They used a Rhubarb scented hand cream (which smelt insanely good) and worked their magic. I tend to suffer quite frequently with RSI in my hands and wrists from spending a lot of my time typing and writing, so I found it very beneficial and a nice treat for my rather sore hands.


All in all, I had an amazing evening at the event. It was like Christmas for beauty bloggers, and don’t even get me started on the goodie bag. I really enjoyed being introduced to such a large amount of the brands in the beauty hall, as I often find myself too intimidated to approach the stands myself. Everyone I spoke to felt the same, and each of the brands seemed really interested in how the blogging world works which I thought was really lovely.
What are your favourite makeup brands? Any stands that you always get the best treatment from?








Last week, myself and a few other North East bloggers were invited along by the lovely team at BareMinerals to our very own bloggers event. We were greeted with drinks and nibbles (I’m talking party rings over here, OH YES) and given a little time to take photographs and generally just have a nose around before taking to our seats. The event was primarily to introduce us to the brand, and in particular their newest release – the Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel, but more on that later. The MUAs did that thing and demonstrated how the newest releases work, applying their products onto a client and I think I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say we were sold.

I’ll admit I had reservations at first, with the idea of sheer coverage absolutely terrifying me (I’m definitely more of a full coverage kinda gal) but I have been swayed and can’t wait to give the product a go myself. It’s a product described as somewhere in-between a BB creme, a CC creme and a tinted moisturiser, but with a slight twist – it’s actually formulated with the reverse technology of your typical tinted moisturiser. So basically, it has all the benefits of all of those products in one. Now what does this mean? Mineral infused water which is injected with the pigments, offering some coverage and ensuring your skin is much more hydrated (and within a week of use, you’ll notice a big difference!). It also contains Mineral Electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium which will help to improve the skins texture, as well as Marine Botanicals which help to lock in moisture. With all of this in mind, I was keen to give it a swatch and the first thing I noticed is that it gives a cooling sensation after application, which leaves the skin feeling fresh and plumped for the day ahead – certainly something I personally look for in bases. You can apply the product with your fingertips or their new Smoothing Face Brush, which gives a nice airbrushed finish (trust me, it’s pretty magic!). It can be used on it’s own to balance out skin tone, or if you like a little more coverage like me, under any foundation and will leave you with a dewy finish perfect for these summer months. What more could you want? Oh, and did I forget to mention it has a mineral SPF 30, which means none of that pesky flashback and blocked pores? Perfect!

We also had a little play with their other products, such as the lipsticks (I already have a few on my wishlist… oops) and blushers. As someone relatively new to the brand having only tried their eyeshadows in the past, the staff were incredibly informative and willing to tell us all about each and every product. I learnt a lot about the brand on a whole and I can certainly see myself visiting their counter in the very near future. We were all very kindly gifted a rather generous goodie bag filled with things to try, all which I’m very excited to try out – reviews coming soon!

All in all, it was a lovely event with the staff making me and the others feel very welcomed. If you’re based in the North East (or are just visiting Newcastle), if you pop along to the counter in Fenwick Newcastle and quote my blog name, you’ll receive a free sample of Complexion Rescue Gel! Plus, they’re now offering girlfriend parties, which allow you to sit down with a member of the staff and talk through all things make-up and skincare, they’ll help direct you to which products will work best for you and your preferences. So basically, it’s just a free chance for a good pamper and hour long talk about make-up, what else could you ask for?!


Do you use any BareMinerals products? I’d love to hear your recommendations!




With my skin looking the clearest it has in a while, I’ve been cutting back on my makeup and challenging myself to wearing less products than I normally would. I’ve found it much easier than I expected to, and already found myself with a new daily makeup routine that I’ve been loving.

Instead of piling on the foundation, I’ve been using a high-coverage concealer in favour to cover up any redness, my dark circles and some scarring. I go through concealer like there’s no tomorrow, and whilst I can find the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer to be too heavy on my skin – it applies wonderfully without foundation when buffed into the skin with the Real Techniques Contour Brush.

As someone who wasn’t graced with very obvious eyebrows (I’ve never even had to use tweezers on them before…) a product to enhance these in a must for me. I normally tend to fill them in using a matte brown eyeshadow and Zoeva liner brush, with my recent choice being the Natural Collection eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut. For a mere £1.99, I find its forumla to be well pigmented for the price, and it’s a colour that doesn’t budge throughout the day. I’d certainly recommend it!

To create some definition around my eyes, the No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define in Coffee Bean has done the trick. I’ve heard that this is very similar to the infamous By Terry Ombre Blackstar, but at a much more affordable price. A multi-use product, I’ve been applying it roughly along my upper lash line and blending it out – but I think the chocolate brown colour would also look incredible applied all over the lid.

Mascara-wise, I’ve mentioned this product various times on my blog so I’ll keep it short. Easily one of my favourite mascaras, the Rimmel Lash Accelerator is pretty close to perfect. Since this look doesn’t involve any heavy eye makeup, I like to make my eyelashes really stand out and this mascara certainly does the trick. It lengthens, keeps a good curl and gives that much needed volume, without going clumpy in the slightest.

And finally, what better to finish off a minimal makeup look than to add a statement lip? I’ve heard a lot of rave reviews over the Maybelline Color Drama Lipsticks recently, so I decided to pick up a few shades and give these a go myself. They glide onto the lips perfectly, with a lot of colour pay-off. I don’t find them to have a matte finish so much as others I’ve tried, I’d definitely say it’s more satin – but I think that makes it much more comfortable to wear. I tend to reapply once throughout the day, but that’s about it even with meals and drinks, as its lasting power is very impressive. I’ve been wearing the shade Keep It Classy most days, which is a red-toned deep plum. And for less than a fiver, I can see myself picking up a few of the other shades… Nude Perfection, I’m looking at you!





With a new haircut comes a new haircare routine, and for the past 2 months since I had it cut, I’ve been trying a few new products in an attempt to add as much volume as I can to my hair. It’s in the best condition it has been for a while, and I thought it was about time I shared with you my haircare routine.

As someone who washes their hair most nights, I tend to chop and change my shampoo and conditioner around a lot to help prevent build-up which can help my hair feel very weighed-down and flat. I could be here for hours listing the various shampoos I’ve tried (as I always go for the ones on offer in Boots), but a pair I’ve found myself going for time and time again is the Paul Mitchell Extra Boost Daily Shampoo* and Extra Boost Daily Rinse* which I find adds a lovely bounce to my hair, without it feeling too heavy, making it perfect for us folk with fine hair.

I rarely use heat to dry my hair (I can’t get that blow-drying technique down at all) and often leave it to air-dry most nights. When it’s slightly damp, this is when I’ll lightly brush through using my Tangle Teezer to help prevent any knots. My hair is prone to snapping quite easily, and if it’s feeling particularly weak, I’ll often apply a serum to the ends before using my Tangle Teezer. This helps prevent breaking, whilst also helping tame the fizz, keeping my hair much softer. I’ll also spray a little of the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray into the roots to give it that little lift.

Once it’s dry, I’ll style my hair either very straight or I’ll curl it with my straighteners, leaving it to cool and then brushing it out to give a relaxed curl. I’m definitely no expert with hair-styling, in fact, I’m rather rubbish, so I keep it very basic. Either way, I’ll spray the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray into my hair – which is a miracle worker in my eyes. This product gives instant volume that doesn’t drop straight away. It can be a tricky one to brush out, as when applied too heavily can leave your hair feeling a little sticky, but it’s all about finding how much works best on your hair. And if even my hair is still looking a little worse for wear, I’ll go for my back-up hair-do, a beehive. Using a backcombing brush, I try to add as much volume as possible to my roots, before securing the up-do with plenty of bobby pins. It’s one of those fail-safe looks, and after some practice takes only a few minutes to perfect!


Are their any haircare products you’d recommend? Which are your favourites?




It’s no secret that I read a lot of blogs, and having felt at a bit of a blogging loss recently, have spent days scrolling through Bloglovin’ and reading through many of my favourites. There’s a huge amount of blogs which I follow, all which I love, but there’s those blogs that I never get bored of reading time and time again. I’m pretty sure I’ll have missed some from here (chances are I’ll keep editing it as time goes on) but these are the ones that sprung to mind. I like to read a mix of lifestyle, fashion and beauty posts – with amazing photographing, excellent writing skills and a sense of personality being what draws me into a blog.


 A Beautiful Mess, Alices Wonder Emporium, A Little Boat Sailing, A Little Opulent, amyalaska // Beauty Full Homes, Beauty Sauce, Bloomin’ Rouge,
Bonjour Luce // CharissaRae // Daisy Butter, D is for Dangerous // Essie Button //
From Roses // Georgia Luisa Meramo, Gh0stParties, Girl With Makeup,
The Goodowl // Hannah Louise Fashion, Hello October, Helloo Monica // iamcharlottemartin,
I Covet Thee, It’s Cohen, // Jazzabelle’s Diary, Jenny Purr // Kerralina // Ladylike Len, Lady Liquor, Like Neon Love,
The Little Magpie, Little Winter, Llymlrs, The Lovecats Inc, Love Cloth, Lydia Rose // Media Marmalade, Milk Bubble Tea,
More Than Adored // No. 21, Nouvelle Daily // Pages By Megan, Parisian To Be, PINKPOT,
The Private Life of a Girl // Rush & Teal // Salt and Chic, Sarah Nunn // Talking About M, Temporary:Secretary, That Grace Girl, Thumbelina Lillie, Thunderl0ve //
 Vivianna Does Makeup // What Olivia Did, WishWishWish //
Zoe London, Zoe Newlove //
What are your favourite reads? (Or feel free to leave me your links & I’ll check them out!)\




As an attempt to branch into beauty blogging, I thought it would be fitting to pay homage to my favourite song of the moment (all of you Taylor Swift fans may recognise the post’s title) and go through some of my favourite red lipsticks. It’s a look I’ve been sporting an awful lot in the past few months, after previously cowering away from anything that drew attention to my teeth which I’m incredibly self-concious of. However, I’ve fallen in love with a few (read: a lot) and I wanted to share those with you!
(From Left to Right)

MAC Lipstick in ‘Deeply Adored’ 
– The darkest of the reds I own, Deeply Adored is a lipstick that often makes its appearance throughout the colder months. One I picked up two years ago in MAC’s Marilyn Monroe collection (please tell me I’m not the only one who always gets sucked into the ‘oh my god it’s only temporary’ trap?!) it’s very much on the berry side of the red lipstick spectrum. A matte finish that isn’t too matte and lasts a while before needing to be topped up – a winner in my eyes.

Illamasqua Lipstick in ‘Box’
– I actually received this lipstick when I won myself a hamper of make-up goodies from Company Magazine last year, but have since found myself using this on many occasion. A true pillar box red, this classic colour is one I find most flattering on most. Again, a very matte/slightly satin finish which isn’t at all drying and very long-lasting.

NARS Lipstick in ‘Jungle Red’
– Given as a gift, I’d always wanted to try out a NARS lipstick, but if I’m honest hadn’t really heard much about the colour. However, my friend who bought this done well and it quickly won it’s place in my favourites. More of a orange-red than a red-red, this was my summer colour of the year and something tells me I’ll be reaching once more for it next season. Perfect when applied straight to the lip, but also when sheered out with a lip balm, it’s perfect for both day and night wear.

Wet n Wild Lipstick in ‘Purty Persimmon’
– My lovely friend Megan (go check out her blog, it’s a good’un) picked this lipstick up for me over the summer when she was visiting the big old US of A. I’d heard many good things about these lipsticks on a whole, and boy did it not disappoint! Picking up this amazing orangey red shade (a true Megan colour if I did see one), I wore this shade pretty much non-stop for weeks after first trying it out. A satin finish with incredible lasting power, I barely had to re-apply during the day and I couldn’t believe how it’s amazing it’s quality is for the price. Y U NOT IN THE UK!?

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in ’01 Always Red’
– Ok, so I’ve definitely left the best until last. At first I was sceptical about this product, a matte liquid lipstick sounded a bit of an odd concept to me, and I’d never gotten along with the Rimmel Apocalips which I found to just be ridiculously messy to apply. However, I saw this raved about on many of my favourite blogs, and when my friend offered to pick me up a few bits in Sephora, this lip product rocketed to the top of my list. And it was love with first swatch. The perfect red-red with blue undertones, making it oh-so flattering, this lip cream is like nothing else I’ve used. It’s perfectly matte without being drying and the best part? It’s staying power. I mean, I’m talking 8 hours, including food and drink without even budging. If anything, it’s difficult to take off at night. If you ever get the chance to get your hands on this, I couldn’t recommend it more!



What are your favourite red lipsticks? I’m always up for recommendations!



The Little Magpie

Well, what can I say about Amy’s blog (apart from the fact she has a pretty fantastic first name)? Her style is nothing short of perfect, and has been a massive source of my inspiration over the last few weeks. This girl sure knows how to dress, with her laid-back style quickly becoming my favourite. Plenty of pool sliders, leather jackets, and culottes – what more can you ask for? And don’t even get me started on her photographs!


Style Peaches

Possibly my newest find mentioned on here, I’d recommend this blog to anyone. Ran by a lovely girl called Peaches, she has the most refreshing outfit photographs shot at the most wonderful locations. With her style heavily influenced by the 60s, she’s a girl after my own heart and has me pining over many of her a-line skirts, coats and sunglasses. Certainly one of the most under-rated blogs out there, because it’s an absolute joy to read!


Salted Roses

A blog I recently discovered through LOOKBOOK is Salted Roses. A fellow NE blogger, Amy has a style which packs a punch. Not shy of wearing bright colours, her use of patterns and clashing colours is outstanding, something I really admire (and probably should learn a lesson or two from!). Oh and I have some seriously hair envy going on, if I wasn’t already wanting to get a fringe cut in enough, now I definitely want to!


Media Marmalade
Since I’ve began to use Instagram more (you can follow me here) I came across Melissa’s blog after spotting a photograph of her wearing a lilac fedora – and we all know how mine hasn’t left my head recently. And boy did I fall in love with blog! With the most beautifully taken photographs, and almost daily posts – what isn’t there to love? Her style is just my cup of tea, I can definitely find myself making some inspired purchases in the near future!
What are your favourite blogs?



In a new feature, at the end of each month I’ll be doing a little post over some of my favourite reads. Seeing as I have many favourite blogs and love to discover new ones (I’ve already got my favourites for next month sorted), I can’t wait to share some of them with you!


Hello October


A relatively new find, Suzie’s blog has quickly become one of my favourites. The first thing that caught my attention was her incredible photography, this girl sure does know how to setup up great photographs. And while I’m a little bit of a newbie when it comes to skincare, her posts have been especially helpful… even if I do want to spend a little (a lot) of money afterwards.




Well, what can I say? Carrie’s blog has always been number one in my eyes. Maybe I’m a little biased because it’s the first blog I ever read around 5 years ago but if there’s one blog I’m always excited to see post again – it’s hers. She has the most incredible style, as 60s dresses and plenty of cat-inspired pieces get a massive yes from me and I can’t leave her blog without having made a massive wishlist. And don’t even get me started on her photography! If I ever take learn to take photographs as wonderful as hers, I’ll be one happy girl.

Megan Ellaby


Another relative new find of mine is Megan’s blog. With a wardrobe to die for, I definitely have a case of serious envy – especially with her incredible coat collection, I need. Her outfit posts are some of my favourites, and whenever I need a little bit of inspiration know exactly where to turn to. Plus she rocks a good hat, and we all know how I feel about hats!




Kate’s blog has always been a big fave of mine, with her posts being a mix of lifestyle, beauty and fashion. I’m not quite sure what I love more, her blog, her Instagram or her YouTube, they’re always a wonderful read/watch – and boy is she a funny ‘un. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a YouTube video of hers which has not led to me laughing out loud. And of course, I couldn’t not mention her other website – Nouvelle Daily – which hosts some of the most wonderful posts (and photographs). I’ve been lucky enough to write a few posts of the site in the past (which I’d love to do again someday) and it’s one of my daily visits.


Who are your favourites?


Hello… Luce from BonjourLuce!

Whenever I’m looking to buy a new beauty product, there’s a couple of blogs which I always rush to first to check out their reviews. One of these is BonjourLuce, an incredible beauty/lifestyle/sometimes fashion blog ran by the lovely Luce. If like me, you find the world of skincare bamboozling, then this is one blog you want to check out. Making everything seem simple, this girl certainly knows how to persuade me to go shopping!
What was it that sparked your decision to start your blog?
 I had been reading blogs for a few years and I was suddenly buying a lot more than I usually do, so I thought why not write about it all?
Were there any blogs in particular that inspired you? If so, which ones?
I had been reading Lily Pebbles, Vivianna Does Makeup and Zoella from the beginning, so probably them!
What would you say are the pros and cons of blogging?
The main pro is the community. I’ve met some of my closest friends through blogging which is amazing, everyone is so similar in some way that we all get along. Similar the last pro is meeting a lot of people in the beauty industry. It’s really helped me decide what I want to do as a career in the future, as they’re so inspiring. To me there aren’t many cons, as I rarely get hate, but there are so many girls in the blogging community that it can get quite bitchy at times. Another one would be when you start to compare your own blogs to other people’s blogs. That isn’t healthy for you.
Have you had any blogging highlights?
One of the main blogging highlights was going to London fashion week! I’ve always been avid follower of the fashion weeks so it was a dream come true. Another one would be landing myself an internship at a great PR company through my blog.
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How long have you been interested in beauty?
Since my early teens! I’ve made my mistakes with beauty, like over plucking eyebrows, but I’ve always been interested in it. It was my older sister who sparked this whole beauty obsession, she used to pass on her unwanted items!
Something I love about your blog is how simply you explain the importance of skincare/haircare/make-up whilst making it super easy to understand. 
So, what advice would you give to those just branching out into it all?
Invest in good skincare, I don’t mean £50+ creams, just a good cleanser and moisturiser. Your skin will thank you later in life. Once you have good skin, you can just use high street make up as it will sit perfectly on your perfect skin!
Have you any skincare tips that you swear by?
Ooo, my top tip would be to always double cleanse after wearing make up. Step away from make up wipes and never cleanse with micellar water, just use that to remove your make up.
If you could only have 5 pieces of skincare and 5 pieces of make-up, what products would you choose?
My five skincare bits would be REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel, Pixi Glow Tonic, Origins Make A Difference Plus Serum, Origins GinZing Moisturiser and REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask!
My five make-up bits would be Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, NARS Creamy Concealer, Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Blonde, Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara and MAC Plumful Lipstick!
And finally, what’s currently at the top of your beauty wishlist?
The item I’m craving at the moment is Hourglass Ambient Lightening Powder palette. It comes out on Nov 4th and it’s limited edition, meaning I HAVE to have it!
Are you a reader of BonjourLuce? Who are your favourite beauty bloggers?