My Bedside Essentials

My bedside essentials

A few months ago I finally got myself a proper bedside table, and since then I’ve been working on creating the perfect pinterest worthy table. And as well as trying to create the perfect table-top, I’ve also been trying to collect together the perfect bedside tables. After all, I spend a lot of time in my bed, so it only makes sense that I have the essential items at my finger tips. So without further ado, here are the items I like to reach for when I’m in bed.


Is there a girl out there who doesn’t have a lipbalm on her bedside table? I mean, I have them everywhere; my dressing table, my bag, my work jacket, car, boyfriends room… so it only makes sense I have one on my bedside table. I have an assortment of different lipbalms, but I generally use Carmex (seriously, pretty sure on last count I had like ten pots). I reach for it so many times during the day.


I generally apply my moisturiser at my dressing table before getting into bed, but there is the odd time I’ve been too lazy or forgetful, so I like to keep a moisturiser in my bedside table for those occasions. At the minute I have the Garnier Moisture Matte, but to be honest I’m not the biggest of fans. I mean, it’s not that I hate it, it just happens to be a moisturiser I bought but never really got on with, so I soon replaced it with something else, but it’s alright for the rare occurrences.

Body Butter

Sometimes when I’m lying in bed I randomly realise just how dry my knees or elbows are. I used to jump out of bed to go grab a lotion, but I decided to allow myself more time to be lazy, so I now keep a body butter in my drawer. It’s not as if I have a shortage of them, and my main body butter drawer is also full, so this helps to solve two issues. I pretty much only use The Body Shop body butters and the mini versions that I tend to receive at Christmas are perfect.

Hand Cream

Does anybody have extremely dry hands or is it just me? Honestly, they’ve given me such a headache lately, I feel like I’m constantly apply hand cream. Luckily I must have a million hand creams so this isn’t a massive issue. Atm I have a L’Occitane Hand Cream, but this changes quite regularly.

Hand Sanitiser

If I’m going to apply moisturiser, then I’m obviously going to want clean hands. Since I’m too lazy to get out of bed for my moisturiser, I’m also too lazy to wash my hands, so this is where hand sanitisers come in. Currently I have one Bath and Body Works, which tbh, is pretty damn old and probably doesn’t even work anymore.

Nail File

I have quite long nails, and I often find myself getting a slight chip or rough edge, so I’m forever reaching for my nail file. This is just a random nail file that I bought for Β£1, but it does the job.

What are you bedside table essentials?

  • I’m such a big fan of all the moisturising products as well! I have a night cream, hand cream, and a body butter on the windowsill next to my bed (sadly I don’t have a nightstand!) 🌷 I also have a lot of aromatherapy oils next to my bed, including a sleep blend and a de-stress blend to use if I’m struggling to fall asleep! Thanks for sharing!

    Abbey 😘

    • I really need to get some aromatherapy oils! That will definitely be on my next to-buy list. Thanks for reading Abbey!
      x Lauren

  • Emma Boatman

    Always a hand cream!!! Also my Kindle as I always read before sleepy time…#granny (!!)
    Em x

    • Oh I always have a boon on my bedside as well! Though I’ve been so bad at reading them lately
      x Lauren

  • I love the photo in this post so much! Such a lovely flatlay πŸ™‚

    I can’t live without lip balm and hand cream within my reach so I have to have both by my bed, as well as on my desk and in every bag!

    Katie xx

    • Aw thank-you Katie, I’m trying to work on my flatlays atm so I’m glad you think it’s nice πŸ™‚
      I have them in every bag as well, I feel lost without them
      x Lauren

  • I really really need to up my lifestyle photography game, your shots are just gorgeous!

    I’ve only just started using hand creams, I used to bloody hate feeling it on my hands but as I’m getting older I’ve noticed my hands have for super dry 😞

    Iamfoxxtailz | Alternative Style Diary

    • Aw thank-you Jessica! My hands are super dry as well, I think it’s because I end up washing my hands so much when I’m in work.
      x Lauren

  • Deimante Baurinaite

    I see all of those as my daily essentilas apart from the hand sanitizer lol I have that body butter and hand cream, good choices girl!
    Deimante x

    • They are all just so useful to have aren’t they? Thanks for reading!
      x Lauren

  • Tea Party Beauty

    We have more or less the same essentials, except I don’t have sanitiser… I might have to go buy some tonight now haha. I do love the L’occitane hand creams, those and the Body Shop ones are my all time faves

    • Oh I love the Body Shop ones as well! I have so many of them somewhere, I’m just not sure where ha
      x Lauren

  • Keeping an extra moisturiser in there is such a good idea! So many times I’ll get into bed and realise I haven’t done something and have to get back up haha.

    • I do it all the time so it’s definitely so useful! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • Yes to all this.
    Love your new bedside table and set up. πŸ™‚
    I have a calendar, light, moisturiser and lip balm on mine. And as you say, lip balms


    • Thanks Caroline! Ha I don’t know how people manage not to have them everywhere, especially since I’m always losing mine
      x Lauren

  • Sian…

    We have pretty much all the same essentials; I just switch out the body butter for a body moisturiser! I’ve moved so much rubbish from the tops of my drawers recently and am only keeping my essentials in a cute little basket!

    Sian x

    • I might switch to a moisturiser when my body butter runs out! Thanks for reading Sian πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • Yes to the hand sanitiser – My OH get’s so mad with me! I have a bottle in every room! You also can’t beat a good body butter!

    Katie x

    • They are just so handy to have! Yep, you definitely can’t beat them! I have an obsession with them ha
      x Lauren

  • Everything looks so lovely, I adore your photos too! I am in love with the B&Bworks sanitisers, they smell amazing and I love all of the different scents! πŸ˜€ xx

    elizabeth β™‘ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    • Aww thank-you Elizabeth! Yes there’s such a great selection of scents! I wish I had more of them
      x Lauren

  • Lucy

    Great post!!! I love my bedside table and having some handy bits. Xxxxxx

    • Thanks Lucy! It’s so great having everything so close by ha
      x Lauren