Organising Bathroom Essentials & Looking After My Skin
I enjoy taking a bit of time for little everyday luxuries like skincare. It’s one of those things that make me feel like myself amongst the busyness of family life.
When I moved internationally back in January, I purchased two trays to put the bathroom drawer for my make up and skin care items. That worked okay for a while, but I found in the rush of a morning (or the tiredness of an evening), I pulled out what I needed, and then stuff slowly ended up living all over the bathroom counter by the end of the week.
What I’ve learned about organisation over the years is how important it is to work with what happens in reality…and in reality (even though I have good intentions) I use items best when essentials are left out in easy reach.
After a few months of bathroom-bench-sprawl, I decided to invest in dedicated counter storage for the bathroom. It works really well for me. I bought the featured items from Storage Box in NZ (but places like Howards Storage World would sell similar products in Australia).
If you’re interested in a more detailed look how I organise the station, I’ve gone into it in the video below.
Or for a quick glimpse
- Top left hand side: Make up essentials, including my most used brushes and bobby pins
- Top right hand side: Skin care (night/morning)
- Top drawer: Most used powders and blush
- Bottom left hand drawer: Miscellaneous brushes/make up
- Bottom right hand drawer: brush, pencil sharpener, deodorant
I found it interesting when I moved to another country, how much I fell on brands that have worked well for me in the past. Garnier is one of those brands that work well for my oil/combination skin. I have been using a face wash in the shower and it’s become one of my fav beauty products (PureActive 3 in 1 Wash, Scrub) – if your skin tends to be oily like mine, it is totally fab. I’ve been a long time user of BB Cream (which I mention here) and I also reviewed a make up remover new to the market here.
When Garnier was looking for bloggers to review the new Miracle Sleeping Cream, I put my hand up because I was already using a (different) Garnier night cream and a heap of other products that I was happy with. I put it on the first night, and in the morning, my husband mentioned to me before he left for work, “You look like you’re glowing this morning.” I don’t make a habit of telling him every time I get new cream, so I was impressed someone else noticed a difference. The cream is thick in the jar, but feels light on my skin. It acts like a night mask, inspired by popular sleeping packs in Asia. I’ve been using it for a good 3 months or so now. Even though my skin tends to be oily, it also can get very dry, so having a good moisturiser is important, especially during winter.
In terms of the longer term anti-aging effects (the cream contains 7 anti-ageing actives) it’s not something I take a lot of notice of, however, I will say that my face is gorgeously moisturised in the morning, and I think that is what gives me that glowing, rested look my husband mentioned. I did particularly notice after using the cream for a couple of months, a darker spot on my forehead faded considerably. I’m almost finished the pot and I will definitely buy it again because it’s so affordable (The RRP is – $19.95) and I’m really happy with the way it works on my skin. I had the opportunity to do a fun little promo for Kidspot and Garnier featuring the cream (the kids were stoked to be part of it too) and you can watch it here.
Loving my girly skin care station. It’s a little space all to myself.