what’s on my bathroom shelf?

:: by Lizzie
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As I’m getting more into skin and haircare (and because I’m nosey enough to find it interesting when ‘proper bloggers’ write these sorts of posts), I thought I’d give you a little tour of my bathroom shelf.

 

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray – Okay so hear me out on this one. It’s sort of the most expensive texturising hair spray ever, BUT it’s also a complete game-changer. Just washed but flat and lifeless hair? Grubby/tangly hair that you really should wash or at least brush but you’re in too much of a rush? Spray this bad boy at the roots, or in the lengths, for just the right amount of volume, texture and hold to make your ‘do’ look deliberate. You really can get that perfect ‘not too done’ look (I realise that’s a contradiction in terms) with just a few sprays and a bit of a jush.

 

Oskia Renaissance Cleaning Gel – Another game changer for me. This cleansing gel is my go to cleanser morning and evening and has visibly cleared up my skin. It’s helped with redness, breakouts, dryness and oiliness. How can one product do all these things? You may well ask! It seems to induce a happy equilibrium for my skin and I’m loving it. I massage two pumps of the stuff all over my face for a few seconds and then wash with a warm and wet muslin cloth. I would highly recommend you try it.

 

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Boost Mousse Styling Foam – I still remember standing in front of the mirror with my older brother JD enjoying styling my then naturally blonde shoulder length hair with mousse. It was the 80s, it was an experiment on what would have otherwise been a bit of a boring day and it actually looked pretty cool. I’d not used mousse again until going ombre a year or two ago. As a result I got into John Frieda’s blonde range and this little moussy number not only locks in the blonde, it also gives a really nice volume and hold. On days I feel in the mood, I put the purple foam through my wet hair and blow dry. I like the look and feel of slightly thicker hair with better hold, but more than that, I like going to bed with it in a plait and looking forward to the waves I get on the second day which would otherwise drop out within 5 minutes.

 

Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil – I do love me a bit of Aesop. It was one of the first brands that got me into skincare. The Parsley Seed range is a classic that I would recommend to anyone. I use the Cleaning Oil and Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner less these days as I have other favourites but they are both solid options well worth having as backups.

 

Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil – It may seem that three cleansing oils is a bit much, to be honest I agree with you, but next up on the shelf is one of my all-time favourite skincare products. This orangey smelling oil, packed full of vitamin C feels wonderful on the skin. I love the smell, I love the feel, I love the effect. I just like the Oskia Cleansing Oil a tiny fraction more. This Una Brennan number (decanted into a Muji bottle) comes with me on my travels as it’s loads easier than the Oskia to take along for the ride.

 

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask – More Aesop Parsley Seed love. I told you, it’s a classic range! This is possibly the best clay mask of all time. So clarifying it leaves your skin obscenely clean. Like clean to the core. But not dried out or likely to breakout and it’s gentle on the skin too. If you’re after a real double whammy start with the Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste. Massage a pea sized amount into the skin and wash off before applying the mask. Finish with your moisturiser of choice and it will leave you feeling like you’ve been for a facial.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask – Another mask option, this one is a little more hardcore as it’s technically a peel too. Since seeing that episode of Sex and the City when Samantha’s peel is not a success and leaves her skin bright red and well, peeled, I’ve steered clear of any such product. This mask is different though. It’s so very gentle and packed full of ingredients that your skin will love. Start by applying for just 5 mins before rinsing off and feel how soft and bright your skin becomes.

 

Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray – I’m not actually a huge one for hairsprays but like the Oribe Texturising Spray, this Hairspray is a holy grail product. The name says it all ‘flex’. Not sticky, not crunchy, not dulling, just flexible hold. Living Proof has managed to get Jennifer Aniston – the best hair in the business – on board. Who doesn’t want Rachel hair? The Living Proof Good Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment is my favourite product. Applied to wet hair and combed through it does magical things to your locks when dried. It promises to smooth, volume, condition, strengthen and polish. What’s not to love? Well actually, there is one thing. Living Proof’s ‘Perfect Hair Day’ collection is not yet available in the UK. I picked up my 5 in 1 when I was in New York. Sorry to be a tease. Maybe start with the Flex Hairspray which is available round these parts and keep your ear to the ground for any friends hopping over the pond who might pick you up a bottle of the 5 in 1 Styling Treatment. It’s worth the wait.

 

I’ve showed you mine, now you show me yours. What’s on your bathroom shelf?