Bedside Essentials for Lazy Nights


As the title of my blog suggests, I'm a big proponent of properly taking the time to wash your face and tend to your skin. As I see it, if you're not using running water and a decent cleanser and then following with some combination of nice treatments and moisturisers then your skin isn't going to look its best. Realistically though, life sometimes gets in the way and pushes a good skincare routine down on the list of priorities.

Case in point: I've got a cold and I'm feeling pathetically sorry for myself. I always get caught off guard when I start feeling ill and rather than getting on with things and dealing with it like a grown-up, I generally take to my bed, surround myself with glasses of Berocca, stick on some trashy Netflix shows and try to focus on the faint distant memories I have of what life was like before I was sick. In these states, I can't even entertain the idea of leaving the comfort of my duvet to go to do my big evening skincare routine - the thought of getting out of bed, walking to the bathroom and then having to stand upright and do all my usual skin things is just a massive nope.

There are other times I don't feel up for doing a proper cleanse too, like after a late night with lots of wine, or after accidentally falling asleep on the sofa and waking up dazed, achey and desperate to get back to sleep, or after doing grown-up things with a bedfellow and not wanting to get up and leave them and all the warm fuzzy feelings in the bedroom. All perfectly valid excuses not to want to spend time standing at the bathroom sink, I reckon.

I always regret it the next morning if I skip cleansing entirely though, so I keep a little stash of products next to my bed that makes it harder to excuse completely neglecting my skin. Even if I'm not taking perfect care of it in the way I'd usually like to, having some cleansers and creams that are easy to use and within arm's reach means I'm less likely to wake up with spots or panda eyes.

I deliberately stick to basic products that just get the job done - I know from experience that if I attempt to leave my favourite products near the bed then I inevitably end up taking them into the bathroom and forgetting to return them, and a fancy serum or moisturiser isn't going to work as well as it should anyway if you're not cleaning your skin properly first. These are the bedside staples I've been relying on to get me through my bout of lurgy:


Boots Essentials Eye Make-Up Remover Pads - £1.50
I absolutely don't understand how people can think micellar water is a viable option for removing eye make-up - it only works for me if I really scrub at my eyes with the cotton pad, and I feel like I'd almost be better off just sleeping in my mascara than doing that. These eye make-up remover pads use a gentle fragrance-free oil based solution and get every last trace of make-up off with barely any effort. I've been using them for years - they're cheap, they're effective and I can't imagine I'll ever not have a pot or two in the house somewhere.



Garnier Micellar Water - £1.99
This is one of those products everyone seems to love. In all honestly, I don't really believe in micellar waters - they're reasonably effective at removing dirt and light make-up, but I just don't think they do enough to earn a place in a regular skincare routine. The whole hype about micelles is, well, just hype - micelles are just light detergents and loads of products contained them long before Bioderma came about and made them an "in" ingredient (keep an eye out next week for a more in-depth post about what micellar water actually is!). They're still a much better option than using a cleansing wipe though, and Garnier's offering is dirt-cheap and does the job as well as any other.


Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream - £4.99
Botanics is an often overlooked and, in my opinion, underrated brand. There's nothing very exciting in their range, but they do have a lot of good budget-friendly basics. This night cream has lots of glycerin, some hyaluronic acid and a few different plant oils to keep skin moisturised, and has a small amount of natural AHAs from hibiscus flowers that act as mild chemical exfoliants to brighten skin. Unlike a lot of night creams, it isn't too heavy and it sinks in quickly, which I consider essential in a product I'm planning to use right before my head hits the pillow.



Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm - £3.69
I have about a dozen of these lip balms in various drawers and handbags. It's one of the best I've ever used - it contains loads of nice oils and (obviously) beeswax to keep lips nice and soft. Having something to nourish my lips is especially important if I've got a cold, have dehydrated myself with a couple too many glasses of plonk or have been doing a lot of kissing, so I always make sure I have one of these by the bed to avoid waking up with flaking and dryness.


Do you have any bedside table essentials? Which products help you get through a cold?
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44 comments:

  1. So sorry you're sick, I'm the same way when I'm sick though! Although I tend to be very angry at everyone around me or play the "I'm sick, feel sorry for me" card. A+ adult.
    I love your bedside prods, they're so necessary, they kind of really are essentials (especially a lip balm oh, man.) I totes agree on the Micellar water front - I only use it after makeup remover to clean away excess oils and dirt and as a toner. They really aren't a great makeup remover, you need to scrub and scrub which defeats the purpose of "no scrub" on the bottle.
    Anywho, I really dig this list!

    Kindly,
    Sheree

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    1. Haha, yeah I definitely have a *slight* tendency to get a bit stroppy with people too! Glad someone else agrees on the micellar water thing too, I'm just always amazed by how many people rave about it - like, what make-up are they using that comes off so easily with it?? X

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    2. hi misia k I really love your blog its so informative ! x

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  2. I love the Burt's Bees lipbalms, so so hydrating! Definitely an essential.
    I am one of those people who uses micellar water to remove my eye make-up... I don't wear waterproof mascara so that might help? I just hold the cotton pad over my eye for about ten seconds and then it all just wipes off!!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Impatience might actually be my problem then - I'm so used to using oil based products that get things off with the first swipe that ten seconds is like an eternity to me, ha!

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  3. The Burt's bees lip balm is one of my all-time favourites, they really do hydrate your lips, you've reminded me that i've finished mine and need to go pick out another! I've heard such amazing things about Botanics and is definitely a range I need to take a look at! xx

    www.iridescentplaces.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They're great, right? I buy one like every time I go to Boots, I'm terrible at losing lip balms so I make sure I have loads of backups all the time! X

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  4. I hope you'll feel better soon :)
    I have the micellar water by Garnier, too and I like it a lot :)
    Other brands you've mentioned are not available in Croatia (at least I think they're not), but they sound amazing. If you're interested in seeing what is my skincare routine, you can see it here: http://beautypeptalk.blogspot.hr/2015/09/my-skincare-routine.html

    xx

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    1. Ah, always annoying when things aren't available where you live - it's like all the US bloggers I read always recommending things I can't get in the UK! Definitely worth trying if you spot them anywhere though :)
      Just looked at your skincare routine and was reminded of the Nivea creams - I used to use them a couple of years ago, they're really great basics :) X

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  5. It's awful when you're ill and don't feel like doing anything, lots of people at my work have got a cold and I've avoided it so far but I think it might catch up to me soon!

    www.laurenashleighbarden.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah, no! That's always such a horrible feeling, when everyone around you is sick and you know it's just a waiting game until you get it! Hope you manage to avoid it! X

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  6. I always, ALWAYS get up to do my night time routine, so no bed side table products for me. If I don't, I just stay awake wondering if that is a new zit I can feel forming on my chin due to not removing my makeup properly...
    But I guess I am a little overdramatic.
    Any way, get better soon!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Haha, not over-dramatic, admirable if anything!
      Thank you! :) X

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  7. For me every night is a lazy night! I never realised how reasonably priced the Garnier Micellar water is; I will definitely have to give it a go.

    http://emmasworld31.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah, it's incredibly cheap and lasts for ages too (the one in the picture is the mini one, and I've had it a good couple of months) :) X

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  8. I completely agree that micellar waters just don't do the job taking eye makeup off. Once I started wearing waterproof mascara I stopped using them all together as it just wasn't worth the time, but I love the sound of the Boots remover pads, I'll have to pop in and get some! Thanks :)

    Chloe x
    Snug Corner

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    1. Yeah, they're great! They definitely leave an oily residue though so just be aware you'll need a micellar or a face wash or something after using! X

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  9. Bless you, hope you feel better soon. Nobody likes to be sick. I love all your reviews of the product. I myself a fan of Botanics product, I use the day cream version.

    Ana
    http://anarazon.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you :) I used to use the day cream too actually, I only stopped because I've amassed a ridiculous collection of day creams and don't really need to buy more! X

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  10. nothing worse than a cold, I tend to power on through and live off lemsips! Really looking forward to your post on Micellar water though, I really suck with skincare (probably because im spotty no matter what) so maybe should start paying more attention to what is actually in things! lol :)

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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    1. It made such a difference to me when I started reading up on ingredients! Definitely worth learning a bit about what's in things - thebeautybrains.com is a great blog to visit for that :) xx

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  11. The Garnier Micellar water is definitely a fav of mine!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. It is awesome for the price - really don't see why you'd pay for something like Bioderma when the Garnier one's available! X

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  12. Love this post, the Botanics night cream sounds really good :) Burts Bees is the best! xx
    Chasing Belle 23

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, Botanics is a really good one to try :) (And Burt's Bees... basically perfect!) X

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  13. I do use Micellar water to remove all my makeup and I love it, I just keep a soaked cotton pad on my eyes for a few seconds to make it easier to remove the makeup. I used before some products from the Botanics All Bright range and they're definitely nice. I like your excuses for not being able to properly cleanse your face at night, haha! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Ha, yeah, I think sometimes it's important to be honest and realistic about cleansing routines! But yes, I think this might be one of my problems with micellar waters - I'm just too damn impatient to actually hold the cotton pad on my eyes for long enough! X

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  14. Hope you feel better soon! When I have a cold I like to have a bath with a bath oil that contains eucalyptus and it helps me feel a bit more pampered and it helps me breathe better. As for essentials, I keep lip balm (Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream lip balm) and a bottle of E45 body lotion, which is also pretty basic. My favourite treat though is This Works Sleep Pillow Mist, which is heavenly :)

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

    PS. I love and share your thinking about skincare, so I'm really glad I found your blog. I know I'm going to like reading it a lot!

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    1. 8 Hour Cream is fab - I use it for so many different things! Really keen on trying the pillow mist too, so many glowing reviews!
      And thanks :) I've been enjoying your blog too :) X

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  15. I had one of these lazy nights at the weekend as I was so sick and I couldn't be arsed to do anything. Garnier Micellar water is one of my favourite, it does a good job and it is really cheap! But after that I mostly use cleansing milk, I just hate when my eye makeup isn't cleaned properly. Keep drinking Beecham, it always makes me feel better! x

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. Yup, nothing worse than not getting it all off and waking up with those horrible black bits in the corner of your eyes! (And yeah, Beechams is ace, I don't know how or why it beats Lemsip but it totally does!) X

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  16. Most of the products you listed are on my repurchase list! I love Burts bees, Garnier Micellar Water, and I will definitely want to try the Eye Make-up removing pads! They look great x Ania
    http://aniaaniapawlak.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yeah, they're excellent and SO cheap! X

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  17. I really like the Garnier Micellar water :) but I've actually never tried Boots's own brand, but I keep hearing good things about Botanics in particular. The night cream sounds especially amazing as I love AHA-based products xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty | High-End Palette Giveaway

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    1. Yeah, Botanics are fab - the All Bright range is brilliant for its price point :)

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  18. Aww hope you feel better soon, girlie. I feel super sorry for myself atm as well since I've got a cold lol.
    I love these products and I am defo a super huge supporter of "washing your face" as in looking after your skin, just like you :)
    I am still to try Micellar Water! Feel like the last person on earth to give it a go :)
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks, wishing you a speedy recovery too! To be honest, micellar water is one of those ones I think is only really useful for times like this - generally I feel totally meh about it! X

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  19. The garnier micellar water is my favourite. Love it, especially for the bargain price.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger

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    1. I know right, super reasonable price :)

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  20. Burt's Bees Lip Balms are definitely an essential for me! They are by far the best lip balm I have ever used. #obsessed :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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    1. They're fantastic,right? :)
      And thank you - hope you have a good one too! X

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  21. The Garnier Micellar Water is amazing its such a good dupe for Bioderma i honestly didnt think it would do much but i was so impressed at the removing power it had

    www.beautyandtheboy.com

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    1. It's definitely the best of the micellar waters I've used :)

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