Storage Ideas For Small Bathrooms

Friday, 21 November 2014

 The bathroom has got to be one of the most difficult rooms to work with when it comes to storage and organisation. When you have a lot of products and not a whole lot of space it can be a pain finding storage that not only fits, but holds what you need it to and actually looks half decent as well. I dream of having a huge bathroom space one day- freestanding bath in the middle, gorgeous panelled walls and ceilings and heating under the flooring... you know the drill- but as we're renting at the moment that's all probably a long way off (unless I win the lottery!) So for now it's making the most of the space I have, here are five of my bathroom storage ideas- if like me you don't have a lot of floor space I hope you find it useful! 

Apothecary Jars
I'm obsessed with apothecary jars, they can be used to store just about anything and look pretty in any room. They're particularly good for things like bath bombs and soaps, as not only are you keeping moisture out but it's a good way of displaying them. When you buy products from places like Lush they're usually really pretty so it's a shame to have them wrapped up and put away until you use them. While I don't have a whole load of surface space in my bathroom, I do have a wide windowsill which is perfect for displaying something like this.

Shower Caddy
 It's not going to hold much of your overall product stash, but a shower caddy is a handy bit of storage to have in the bathroom. I like to use more relaxing, pampering products in the bath and more invigorating/ refreshing products in the shower, so I find having a shower caddy keeps my daily bath and shower products separate and means I'm not having to dig around in drawers for them. 

Tall Drawers
 Tall, narrow drawers are definitely your friend when you have a small bathroom, as you get maximum storage with little floor space. I currently use a narrow set of plastic drawers to store my bathroom products, while it's far from my ideal piece of furniture I have to admit I chose practicality on this one. I used to have a lovely set of rattan drawers in my bathroom but after a bit of a mishap with a leaky shampoo bottle they had to be replaced as it ruined the wood. The plastic ones are much handier as you can take the entire drawer out and wash them if a product leaks, they're hardwearing and the narrow style isn't too obstructive. I went for a black and clear set which matches the rest of my bathroom so doesnt look too out of place.

Storage Baskets 
This is currently how I store my everyday bath products, I have a ledge at the bottom of my bath which fits three little baskets on perfectly. I have one for the things I use every day, one for the things I use weekly and the last one has my boyfriends products (which is basically useless as he always pinches mine). It looks much better than just standing up a load of products in the corner of the bathroom or on the sides of the bath and keeps everything nice and organised.

Acrylic Storage 
You can find loads of different varieties of these acrylic storage holders on eBay and they're so handy, I use one for my everyday makeup and highly recommend it. If your bathroom mirror has a shelf under it then something like this would be perfect for smaller bits and pieces like cotton wool, tweezers, hair ties and dental floss.

Do you have any storage ideas for a small bathroom?

Absolute Pearls Review

Thursday, 20 November 2014

As someone that owns quite a lot of stuff in general (thanks to my past and current addictions I probably have enough makeup, perfume and handbags to last me a lifetime)  I own surprisingly little 'nice' jewellery. While I've accumulated a tonne of dress pieces over the years from the likes of Primark, eBay and other highstreet shops I haven't owned any special pieces or things I'd wear for special occasions for quite a while. So this freshwater pearl bracelet from Absolute Pearls has filled the 'fancy jewellery' shaped void in my life, and I'm actually in love with it. My photos are really not doing this piece justice, it's beautiful!

 Absolute Pearls are a website specialising in gorgeous pearl jewellery, there's a huge selection of pieces on the website which are suited to pretty much all budgets. There are items ranging from about £30 all the way up to a few hundred pounds depending on the type of pearls that are used. I never realised that pearls came in so many shapes and colours- there are pink, golden and even black ones on there! The piece on the site that immediately caught my eye was the triple strand wrap bracelet, I prefer chunkier/ more substantial jewellery and I think the chunky twisted style brings a modern look to something that is usually considered quite traditional and classic. Each pearl is really shiny and feels cold to the touch, I own loads of little white pearl effect strand bracelets and side by side to this the difference is just unreal. You get the colourful pearlescent shimmer in each individual pearl which looks stunning when it catches the light. This piece uses 'cultured freshwater pearls' which are genuine pearls, usually farmed in China.

I think the £45 price tag is really reasonable for a piece of fine jewellery, I was under the impression that genuine pearls would set you back hundreds of pounds. If you're on the lookout for Christmas gifts then this is definitely one to look into (it's no bad thing that it looks as though you've spent a lot more than you actually have!) All of the jewellery from Absolute Pearls comes with a certificate of authenticity and a twelve month warranty too.

Do you own any pearl jewellery? Is it the type of thing you'd go for?

My Winter Beauty Essentials

Thursday, 13 November 2014

With the freezing cold autumn weather in full swing (and Christmas gift guides and wishlists already flying about the place) it's all too obvious that winter will soon be here. Along with the festivities and merriment it's well worth sparing a thought for your skin and hair at this time of year, I don't know about you but mine can become dry, damaged and generally pretty unruly when left to their own devices! I like to have products on hand that I know are reliable and really work, here are a few that I'm currently loving for over the coldest months.

Facial Oil
I like: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil
Facial oils were once a verrrry scary concept to me- the idea of putting oil onto my skin which can already be slightly oily seemed a bit counter productive to say the least. But facial oils are amazing for all skin types, and are particularly good for over the winter months as they keep the skin hydrated for longer. I've tried a couple of facial oils now (an honourable mention goes to Nspa's Deeply Hydrating Facial Oil) but the Clarins Blue Orchid treatment is my favourite. I use this around three times a week, it takes a couple of minutes to soak in so is definitely a night time product for me rather than something I'd put on before makeup. In the morning my skin feels noticeably softer and more nourished, always a good start to the day!

Hydrating Moisturiser
I like: Lotil Original Cream for Dry Skin
Lotil is one of those products that everyone should have in their stash. It's really cheap from Boots and an absolute lifesaver for all kinds of dry skin (it's good for everything from blisters, cuts and burns to psoriasis and eczema!) After using my regular night cream I've been going in with this on the drier patches on my cheeks and around my nose, but it would also make a really good hand or foot cream because it's incredibly hydrating. It's been tested over 100 years, and has been shown to be 100% effective in healing even the most dry and inflamed skin. Pretty impressive stuff!

Face Mask
I like: Skin Chemists Rapide Facial 
I do love a good face mask, if I'm feeling a bit rough or just want to give my skin a pick me up then a face mask always makes me feel so much better. While I have quite a few that I like and use regularly, this has got to me my ultimate favourite. Skin Chemists Rapide Facial is a glycolic mask which breaks down the 'glue' which holds all of those horrible dead skin cells together, which is perfect for this time of year when the weather and central heating can cause skin to look really dull and drab.

Lip Balm
I like: Jelly Belly Berry Blue
Jelly Belly do lip balms- who knew? As you'd expect if you've tasted their jelly beans, this tastes amazing and is a really effective little lip balm. The blue colour doesn't translate to the lips at all which is good (I'm not sure I'd pull off pale blue corpse lips if I'm honest!) I like that this is a stick format, throughout the autumn and winter when you're reapplying lip balm often it makes sense to go for the more hygenic stick format, rather than sticking your fingers into a lip balm tin. They do a whole range of other tasty looking flavours as well, definitely one to look out for if like me you're a sucker for fruity lip balm!

Eye Cream
I like: Una Brennan Super Facialist Neroli Firming
While eye cream is a year round essential, I feel that it's extra important to be appling it religiously in the winter. The delicate eye area is one of the first places to show signs of age, and so it makes sense to protect it from the elements with the right products. This one by Una Brennan is a great all rounder- it contains hylauronic acid for firming, shea butter for moisturising and caffeine extract to combat puffiness. It doesn't sting or irritate my eyes in the slighest, and absorbs really quickly. Una Brennan products are really reasonably priced, you can find them in Boots.

Repairing Hair Mask 
I like: Weleda Oat Replenishing Treatment
As with skin, the cold weather can cause havoc on hair and so using the right products to keep it hydrated and protected will mean you wont end up with a damaged mop on your head come the new year. Hair oils and masks are so important at this time of year, and just applying one a couple of times a week for ten minutes can make the world of difference. Weleda's Oat Replenishing Mask is one of the thickest and richest hair masks I've ever used- it contains organic jojoba, shea butter and extract of organic oat to smooth rough hair and add moisture. I apply this after conditioning my hair for ten to fifteen minutes while I'm soaking in the bath, usually with a face mask on too! 

What are your winter beauty essentials? Have you tried any of these products?
This month's Platinum advertiser is Ashylnn from A Beauty Moment

Dreamy Dressing Tables

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

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Even if you're not especially into beauty or makeup, I still think it's important to have a place where you can sit down to get ready for the day. So many of my friends do their makeup stood in their bathroom or sit perched on the end of their bed using a little hand mirror, and I always advise them the same thing- invest in a dressing table! Not only are you much more inclined to stick to a skincare routine when all of your products are on hand, but doing your hair and makeup in the morning (or getting ready for bed) is so much more relaxing when you have everything you need within arms reach. I know that when I sit down at my dressing table to get ready that I'm going to save myself a lot of stress, just from not having to scuffle around finding things when I'm half asleep. Here are five of my favourite styles, I hope it gives you some inspo if you're on the lookout for a new dressing table!

This is the dressing table that I personally have, and almost two years on I still love it. I think the shabby chic design is really pretty and I love the attached mirror. On the downside there's not a brilliant amount of storage as the drawers are quite shallow, although it does mean that you you're not loading it up with stuff you don't need. I keep my essentials in the little drawers as well as in acrylic storage on the top, then the rest of my products are housed in a separate set of drawers. That way I can switch out products when I need, and keep my dressing table just for things I'm using on a daily basis.

This is the dressing table I originally had my eye on, but at the time we didn't have a car and Ikea's delivery prices are ridiculous. I think this is lovely, the design is still very pretty and romantic looking but the glass top means it's nice and hardwearing so no worries of staining the top with makeup. Again there's not a lot of storage with this one, but you could keep most used products on the top and the little drawers would be handy for smaller things like cotton wool or hair ties.

I feel as though this is a fancier version of the Ikea Hemnes table. I love the shabby chic style, and I think it looks a lot more expensive than it is. This is the smallest dressing table of the bunch, but would be perfect if you had a smaller bedroom or just wanted something a bit more compact
The Hammonds Palladian range is my actual dream bedroom. The creamy white shade is gorgeous, and unlike a lot of furniture it comes with really pretty handles too. I'd absolutely love to have a completely fitted bedroom one day, and when I do it will definitely be something like this. I particularly love the dressing table from this range because of the storage space- three shallow drawers and two deeper ones. You could get a fair few products in there!

Last but not least we've got the famous Ikea Malm. There's a good reason it's adored by beauty bloggers though, that massive draw can house loads of products and again the glass top is handy as you're not having to worry about staining the surface. At less than £100 this is really reasonable for a piece of furniture, however unlike the other dressing tables it doesn't come with a stool or a mirror. Definitely something to consider as you have to factor in the costs of those.

Which of these do you like the best?
This month's Platinum advertiser is Ashlynn from A Beauty Moment

#AngelAddictions With Thierry Mugler

Monday, 10 November 2014

In celebration of their iconic Angel perfume, Thierry Mugler have challenged me to share some of my 'cherished addictions' for their campaign #angeladdictions. I've been reflecting on some of my obsessions and vices, and while there are far too many to sit and list I noticed that there are general themes of things that I've loved throughout different stages of my life. This is in no way a sponsored post it's just something I thought would fun to do, if you decide to give it a go leave me the link so I can check them out!

When I think back to my childhood, the memories that stand out most involve spending time outside. I used to love going for walks in the woods by where I lived, climbing trees, going to the park and playing sports and games. I was really quite outdoorsy and sporty when I was young, which definitely didn't follow me through to adulthood! One of my childhood addictions was a little blue mountain bike that I had, I came downstairs to it one Christmas morning and it was basically love at first sight. I was obsessed with it for a couple of years (before inevitably turning into a lazy teenager) but for a long time I used to go everywhere on that bike. I had a bit of a chuckle thinking back to that thing as I had a fair few accidents on it. One even landed me in hospital with a pretty major concussion after I went over on it in the rain and hit my head so hard that I blacked out (I've always been, shall we say, 'accident prone') It goes to show how addicted I was to it if my injuries didn't put me off, I always ended up back on it soon afterwards

 The teenage years were the start of many obsessions and addictions that I still have today- beauty products, clothes, accessories and home decor. One of my first addictions has got to have been costume jewellery, me and my friends would go into town on the weekends to find pieces that we could wear with different outfits. Unfortunately this was back in the day before bargain online shops like eBay, and before there was a Primark in my city. So we'd be regularly ripped off by Claire's Accessories extortionate prices, even to this day I can't understand why they're so expensive seeing as they're aimed at teenagers! In my later teens I became addicted to hair extensions (to the point that I'd refuse to leave the house without them in) and over a couple of years of peroxide and extension glue did some rather nasty damage to my hair. Eventually it did recover and I can laugh now and chalk it up to being a clueless teenager- I have to admit there were many more beauty mishaps over the years before I worked out what does and doesnt work!

My current addiction probably won't come as much of a surprise- blogging! I've been working on this little space for over two years now, and had no idea how consumed with it all I'd become. I think with any passion there's always going to be a bit of addiction in there- and being somewhat a perfectionist I'm addicted to getting things just how I want them (I often spend ages wording and rewording paragraphs, or scrapping whole batches of photos and re-doing them!) Being able to have a space where I can write freely, push myself creatively and learn new things is definitely one of the best things I've done in the past couple of years. And of course my magpie-like addictions from my teens are still around, anything that looks pretty or can make me or my home look nicer will draw me in every time!

What are your #angeladdictions from the past and present?
This month's Platinum advertiser is Ashylnn from A Beauty Moment
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