Thursday, 2 February 2017

My bedside table essentials

We all have little bedtime routines, things we do, products we use, just right before dozing off. I always found interesting and fun to see what other people tend to keep close to their beds and what help them feel calm and relaxed. So today I am sharing with you my bedside table essentials.
I usually fall asleep between 11-11.30 PM, I stay up until this time because after I put my kids to bed that's my time to relax or, mostly, work on my blog. I always take my shower and do my skincare routine much earlier so when 11PM rolls around I just go to bed but almost never fall asleep straight away, I usually like to do a few of my beauty rituals first.

bedside table essentials

Lip balms are an absolute 'must have' for me, I have many of them, in different rooms, in my handbags, in my car, I can't be without one, so of course there has to be one on my bedside table. My favourite is a good old Carmex Lip Balm*, £2.69, it just works so well at moisturising my lips, soothing them if they're irritated and keeping them smooth and plump.

Just as I can't be without a lip balm I also have to have multiple jars/tubes of hand creams and the one I love to use at night time is the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula, jar, £3.49. I've used it for years and it's still one of my absolute favourites as it deeply hydrates my skin, smells nice and it's not greasy. I also use it on my feet, especially after morning shower when I want something that will get absorbed quickly.

But at night time I love to use for my feet the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream, £2.10, which is richer, a bit more greasier but very effective at moisturising very dry skin. I like to apply a generous layer of it and wear cotton sock for an overnight feet mask which softens and hydrates the skin amazingly well. I do this every week as I can't stand neglected feet, lol!

I've had the tube of Weleda Skin Food, £6.95 for a while and knew it suppose to be amazing for dry, parched skin but I started using it only couple of weeks ago after seeing some of my favourite bloggers (Sal and Paula, I'm looking at you girls) were recommending it. And rightly so because it's a fantastic product to nourish and hydrate my skin when it's suffering from irritation and/or dryness, especially at this time of year. It's a rich, quite thick moisturiser, made with organic sunflower seed oil, extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and rosemary and I love to use it on my lips, elbows and hands as a special treatment. It deeply moisturises the skin, it stays a bit greasy but not for long and it's one of the most nourishing products I can use all over my body. It has quite pleasant, citrusy herbal scent which doesn't linger for too long.
I am very tempted to use it as my face mask but I'm a bit scared it might break me out. If you used this on your face do let me know :)

bedside table essentials

As I mentioned I do my skincare long before going to bed so I don't usually apply anything extra on my face at that time, apart from the Mario Badescu Facial Spray, £7.50 which I like  to have on my bedside table and give my face a light spritz with it for extra bit of hydration. It's also nice to use it in the morning to help me wake up. The facial mist is soothing, has mild, calming scent of roses and it actually feels hydrating on my face.

I've had Marula Facial Oil*, £37.50 for a long time and loved using it on my face but in recent months other facial oils took its place so I've decided to use this one up for my nails which are very weak and brittle. I take a few drops of the oil and massage it onto my nails and cuticles, I never remembered to do it regularly until I put the bottle on my bedside table so I hope in a few weeks my nails will be super healthy.

Like probably most of us, I like to check my social media while in bed and we all know that couple of minutes might easily turn into half an hour or more, so while I still do it I am trying to be quite strict and only quickly check my Instagram leaving everything else for another day. For the few more minutes before I need to sleep I like to grab Sali Hughes Pretty Iconic, £12 and have a read. It's the perfect book for the bedtime as you can just flick through the pages, read only a few captions and relax before nodding off. Sali talks about all the products that, in her opinion, are some of the most iconic currently, they will most likely become in the future or they were in the past. She also brings up all her favourite ones that takes her bag to her childhood and teenage years. Really nice book for any beauty enthusiast.

I also like to have a bottle of my favourite perfume nearby and have a little spritz when going to bed as it relaxes me and I just like to smell nice even in my sleep.
Anyone else likes to do that or I'm the only one weird like this? Haha!
Currently I'm obsessed with LancĂ´me La Vie Est Belle, £54, it's a beautiful floral, feminine but also sensual yet subtle scent that makes me feel all cosy and nice.
Last but not least, I always have a glass of water on my bedside table as I like to have a sip before falling asleep and right after waking up.
What are your bedtime essentials?

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