When we viewed our flat, we forgot to check out the bathroom. The rest of the place wowed us so much that we were in the place for two minutes, then calling the agent straight away. All the rooms in our flat are huge, with really high ceilings, so I knew that the bathroom would, more than likely, suffer space-wise because of that. Our bathroom is tiny, so I wanted to share some tips on how to maximise the space in your bathroom, as well as give you a peek at the cleansers and toners inside my bathroom cabinet.
This is a commissioned post by Bathroom Supplies, who have also written a post with their tips, but all opinions are my own.
I am a total skincare geek, so having a huge, stunning bathroom would be my dream, but sometimes you have to sacrifice some things in return for, say, my huge, bright living room with gorgeous fireplace. I’m happy with that and I’ve learnt to maximise the space in my bathroom to make it work for us. When I say the bathroom is small, what I mean is, it would be a struggle for two people to squeeze past each other in it. It’s very long, but very narrow.
We have one small bathroom wall-mounted cabinet, as any more would crowd the space. In addition to this, we have a rustic wooden crate where we keep bath and body products, and a couple of rope baskets to keep Lush bath bombs in and toilet rolls in. Current shampoos and shower gels live around the bath in wire baskets. That’s all the space we have. All my skincare and face masks are kept in my bedroom. I’d recommend that you utilise the sides of your bath by adding wire baskets, the space under the sink could house a unit that’s either custom built or from a store, floor crates and baskets, and shower-mounted product holders – are all great ways to be able to fit more into your bathroom. If you make sure that each of these look visually attractive and fit with the decor of your bathroom, you won’t mind having them in your small space.
If you have money to rennovate your bathroom and own your own property, a walk-in shower* would be something to consider. I used to love having a bath, but since I broke my knee, I’ve struggled getting in and out. Now, I’d love a walk-in shower* as there would be so much more floor space or wall space to keep products on and it would take up less room than a bath; occupying just a corner. I would build shelves into my shower cubicle to house a lot of my hair and body products.INSIDE MY BATHROOM CABINET
Wall-mounted cabinets are definitely the best for a bathroom that’s small and short of floor space. They can double up as a mirror (if you get one with one on the door), and everything is easily accessible at eye-level. In my bathroom cabinet are all my cleansers and toners. This is what I’m using at the moment.
AM – Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Cleanser (£25)
I like to squeeze out a pea-sized amount of this onto wet hands, and then massage into my skin in the morning. It transforms into a lather (not a skin-stripping, soap-containing foam), and I like to use this as my morning cleanse. It contains Antioxidant-rich White Tea, to protect your skin from environmental stresses, as well as minerals that trap and remove dirt as well as amino acids to detoxify the skin of impurities. It’s a gentle cleanser that’s suitable for all skin types, and has a lovely spa-like scent. It leaves my skin feeling so fresh and revitalised.
AM – Pixi Glow Tonic Pads To-Go (£20)
These are basically Pixi’s famous acid toner in portable form – in easy to use, pre-soaked pads that you gently rub over the surface of your skin to chemically exfoliate and brighten it. They are soaked with Glycolic Acid as well as soothing and conditioning Aloe. So handy if you are a frequent flyer, or just to lazy to soak your own cotton pads. I love how these transform my skin after just a couple of days use. My skin tone looks even and my complexion is bright.
PM – Frances Prescott Tri-Balm (£46)
This is my all-time favourite cleanser and it smells so relaxing too. It comes in stick form, so it’s so easy and lightweight to take on your travels. It’s so good, I always have a back-up. I don’t know how much to rave about this here as i’ve written a full blog-post on it, and also featured it here. It cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises all in one and you can even use it as a mini mask treatment as it’s so conditioning. Do not continue with anymore of your life without this cleanser in it.
PM – Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (£47)
This is a cult classic and the Moringa Seed scent of fresh oranges is so nice to use. It performs so well and it’s one that I will always have in my cleanser stash. It deeply cleanses, balances, hydrates and moisturises. There’s Moringa Seed Extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E to balance, purify and minimise the appearance of pores, and the essential oils of Orange, Neroli, Mandarin, Jasmine and Rose to rejuvenate and deeply condition the skin. I don’t like to use this with the cloth is comes with, as I always prefer a good old-fashioned flannel.
PM – Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil (£25)
I prefer a balm cleanser and don’t often reach for an oil, but if I have really heavy eye makeup on or have glitter on my face, I’ll use an oil as it takes it off quicker. It’s a light oil with a fresh citrus scent, and you really don’t need to use much of it at all. It’s a blend of Olive, Sunflower, Sesame and Safflower Oils, and also contains moisturising Kukui Nut and Macadamia, as well as antioxident Vitamin E. It’s just a great product to have on stand-by if you need it.
PM – Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (£15)
This doesn’t smell great, but it’s not unpleasant either. It’s just a very good, basic gel cleanser that’s perfect for post-balm cleanser cleanses to make sure all traces of the balm cleanser (and your day) is removed. I like to use it on wet skin as it emulsifies into a gentle milk. It’s pH-balanced and contains 5 different skin conditioners. It’s suitable for all skin types, leaves your skin feeling soft and supple, and contains the same cleansing agent found in contact lens solution – so it’s safe to use on your eyes.
PM – Origins A Perfect World Treatment Lotion (£26)
This is technically a ‘lotion’, but for those who just want to keep their skincare simple, use it after cleansing as a toner. Instead of adding it to your skincare routine as an extra step. It’s oil and alcohol-free and it hydrates and protects the skin (via antioxidant-rich White Tea). I should probably use this in the morning for the full antioxidant benefits, but I use the Origins A Perfect World serum anyway. This toner/lotion just smells really fresh, feels cooling, and makes your skin lovely and soft before your pre-bedtime skincare routine.
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