Anyway, I really like the bedside table blog. In a similar way to 'empties' posts it shows the products that you are actually using regularly, if not religiously. So after giving my table a bit of a dust, clearing off discarded jewellery, receipts, keys and all the other rubbish that somehow ends up there, I thought I'd show you what's currently helping me get my beauty sleep.
I'd never really considered getting a pillow spray until I was on holiday in a plush hotel and they had left little tiny bottles of pillow sprays on the beds. After a few nights of liberally dousing my pillow in the hotel's lavender scented pillow spray, I was hooked and decided to hunt down the much discussed This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray when I got home. It has a beautiful herby-lavender scent that I spritz on pillow and bedclothes before dropping off to sleep. Whether or not it actually helps me sleep, I'm not entirely sure, but it does help me relax and switch off after a long day. I'm getting perilously close to the end of the bottle now, and I'm definitely going to pick up another.
I ran out of my favourite Caudalie serum recently, and having heard a lot about Nip & Fab, I picked up their Glycolic Fix Serum when Boots had one of their amazing 3 for 2 deals on. It's early days with this product, but so far so good. My skin feels softer and smoother even in this sudden cold weather and it's a really nice product to smooth on. I do feel a slight stickiness on my skin after application, but as it's an overnight treatment this doesn't bother me. I could just be applying too much anyway!
The next two products I'm sure you've heard plenty of; Lucas' Papaw Ointment and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. The first I fell in love with when I went travelling. It's fantastic for blisters, cuts and insect bites but especially good for your lips, especially in this cold weather. Goodbye cracked, chapped lips! As for Effaclar Duo, this stuff has revolutionised my skin. Since using it, my skin has been clearer, smoother and brighter with much fewer breakouts. A definite repurchase!
I've always got a couple of books on the nightstand. Recently I went to a Man Ray exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which was brilliant. I love that era in art, and did a project on Dada in my final year, so when I saw that there was a Man Ray portraits exhibition on, I had to go. I was really intrigued by his relationship with Lee Miller, and then with her work in the fashion industry, so when I saw this book in the gift shop I picked it up. It's really interesting so far, and a great book to dip in and out of. Oh, there's an interesting article on the pair here.
I'll admit I haven't read much of Bruce Chatwin's What Am I Doing Here, but again, it's a great book to just dip into now and again. It's a selection of short stories, essays and profiles about travel and misadventures in foreign countries, that so far has me itching to up and leave, and try my hand at travel writing or gonzo journalism, or just getting myself into trouble really.
I drink a ridiculous amount of tea, and love a cup before bed. My current favourite is Pukka's Green Chai, which was a little housewarming gift from one of my lovely friends when I moved in here. It's nice and warming - perfect for cosying up in bed with a book, candle flickering in the background. As much as I love summer, sometimes it's nice to snuggle up in bed and be all warm and cosy when it's freezing and miserable outside!
I'm gonna go pour myself a cup of tea, I think.
What are your nighttime essentials?