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Monday, June 2, 2014

The Bedside Beauty Stash

When I was younger, my bedside table was occupied by books, magazines, and my portable CD player; yes, I'm practically ancient. As Parisian To Be–and, most important, I–grow older, it seems like I'm just becoming more high maintenance. I can no longer wash my face in the shower. When I go on family vacations, my brother balks at the area which my travel beauty stash occupies. And I now have a bedside beauty routine that is multiple steps long. Heck, I even moved my lamp further away just so I could have my frivolous products closer at hand. Is the routine extraneous? Probably so. But, at least my cuticles, hands, dry patches, and lips will be in tip top shape. 

To maintain such a glamorous, perfectly-handed aesthetic, everything starts with moisture; thus it's excusable that I have four different hand options. For the whole area, I use either the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask–which I'm repurposing–or the Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream. The Origins formula is the richer of the options, pumped with sodium hyaluronate (the cousin of hyaluronic acid) and apricot oil. The Caudalie doubles as my day time hand cream, thus making it lighter in consistency, although matching in the hydration levels to its thicker rival. The driest part of my hands, though is my cuticles, therefore, my eyes and raging perfectionist nature demand that I slap on the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme; I've tried other cuticle hydrators, but this is by far the best I've found. It never fails to shock me how polished my nail beds look the morning after use. 

The cult, French balm, Homeoplasmine*, works cuticle duty, as well as general dry patch nourishment, whether said desert is on my arm, leg, hands, lips–just none on my feet (ballerinas don't moisturize anything on their feet). Nevertheless, I try to apprehend using this around my face (including my lips) because the ingredients and I don't get along–i.e. it normally makes me breakout. The safe lip option, as well as the one that I slap on morning and evening, is the Kari Gran Tinted Lip Whip. I have the peppermint scent, so it's nourishing mousse-y–just like the name suggests–and goes along well with the toothpaste after-taste. To complete the winding down experience, I always keep a good read (currently, it's ELLE magazine, Kinfolk magazine, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette), as well as the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. This lavender, vetivert, and chamomile mist is as luxurious as it sounds, and whether it's a placebo or not, I like to think it helps me drift to sleep a little easier, as well. The next time anyone comments on my beauty habits in the pejorative, I'll say, "Shut up,"...then have some serious pondering on how to reduce my routine.

23 comments :

  1. I love the pillow spray, I seriously think it really helps me sleep better (or is it just me?)! I have way too many bedside beauty products as well but I'm still super curious about the Caudalie hand cream which sounds pretty amazing!

    x Giada | Miel Café

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  2. Ha ha I can totally relate with your "transition" :D and everyone seems to have only praises for the Deep Sleep pillow spray! whatever happened to good 'ol sleep after a tiring day at work and exercise?

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  3. i never thought to use that face mask on my hands... but it must be crazy good on those in-to AC out-of AC days when the hands are very rough! Wonder how it'll work on a long haul flight?

    Thank you for opening my eyes to repurposing :)

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  4. Ive been really wanting to try Homeplasmine xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

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  5. I did a bedside beauty post recently. I love these kinds of blogposts... it really shows what people are loving and there are some great HG products.


    Have you entered my summer French skincare giveaway yet?


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    Sophie

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  6. I tend to just have a Bath & Body Works hand cream and a lip balm on my bedside table (which is actually a bookcase...so it's mostly full of books haha). But my concern is definitely moisturizing as well!
    Amber | Lovely Notions

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  7. Well, this puts my bedside table to shame! Although I've been lusting after Homeplasmine for ages.

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  8. I'm not this way with my hands, but I am this way with all of my serums. I hoard at least 4 or 5 on my bedside table and only claim that they all do different things. Sigh, such is the life of a beauty obsessive. Totally agree with you on the Burt's Bees Hand and Nail Care products - their Almond hand cream is my favorite.
    teenbeautylover.blogspot.com

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  9. I didn't think to use the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask as a hand cream. It really didn't work for my face and I can't return it so I'm kind of just stuck with it until someone else wants to take it off my hands. Maybe I'll try using it as a hand cream too! xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  10. I feel like the only person without bedside beauty! I just keep a lip balm and thats it haha!

    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  11. I think the pillow spray is wondrous. And I guess that makes two of us with a plentiful bedside stock. x

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  12. I do that, too. (: x

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  13. It's worth a try; unfortunately I don't go on many long haul flights. And it's more than my pleasure. x

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  14. If I'm honest, I don't think it's great at all. In fact, I rarely use it; it just kind of hangs there. x

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  15. I think I'll try to adapt that routine! (:

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  16. Haha! Oh, don't be silly! x

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  17. I tried the Almond Hand Cream once and thought it was awesome. Surprisingly, I'm rather minimal when it comes to skincare, but obviously not hand cream. x

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  18. Well, now it won't go to waste. (:

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  19. All hail the minimalist. (:

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  20. I like them, too. x

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  21. Where'd You Go, Bernadette was an amazing read! I loved every bit of it!

    Nikki | http://floralsundays.blogspot.com

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  22. You are so right the lemon butter cuticle cream is amazing, but I keep it at my desk. Only water and nivea lip cream are allowed near the bed

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  23. I also repurpose moisturizers that don't get on with my face into night time hand creams, but hadn't thought to do the same with the Origins mask. Finally, it'll have a purpose rather than sit in my drawer getting closer and closer to the expiration date.

    Cindy | cicique.blogspot.com

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