In Shower Essentials

Having moved house very recently I was excited to get in and organise my beauty products so you can imagine my HORROR when I discovered that this was the only storage in our shower. Not only that but it’s impossible to add any – I’ll show you properly in another post. Irritating as this was initially it’s made me really think about my shower essentials as I can’t have multiple bottles scattered around all over the place. I had to get it down to the basics and these are they..

I am OBSESSED with this Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Balm. Nothing makes my skin feel cleaner while leaving it soft and plump. Amazing! It smells nice, feel super luxurious (it’s like a liquid balm, you just have to try it for yourself) and when I cleanse with a piping hot wash cloth I feel like I’ve been to the spa. I’ve neglected my skin lately and developed a monster spot I just couldn’t shift but once I unpacked everything and started using this again it improved almost immediately. It’s not the cheapest cleanser but I think it’s the best I’ve tried!

I’m on my second bottle of the femfresh Daily Gel Wash now and I’m entirely converted. I’ve used their products off and on for years after my Auntie recommended them to me as a teenager, I’m fairly certain at the time I was super embarrassed but hey, it’s life ladies! Some parts are more sensitive than others and need a little more care and femfresh has a low pH balance for those delicate areas. It’s not a huge adjustment I just replaced my regular shower gel and it’s nice to know there’s not a chance of my daily routine causing irritation. Their Freshening Cloths are also excellent for on the go … long journeys, camping etc.. Essential!

Moving on from gentle products to the opposite, Lush Rub Rub Rub is pretty much the Ronseal of body products isn’t it? I feel like that reference might be a little dated now I’ve used it but I’m committing.. if you’re lost, google it! Rub Rub Rub is a body and (wait for it) HAIR scrub that’s super invigorating, I haven’t dared use it on my scalp yet since I’ve had some breakage issues recently (more on that in a moment) but I’d love to know what you thought if you’ve tried it! On my body it’s just a very scrubby scrub, I want to say harsh but that sounds negative.. it is but that’s what I like. It just makes me feel extra clean. I’m not sure about the scent yet, very fresh but in a soapy way which is not usually my thing but it’s no big deal. TIP: for an EXTRA scrubby scrub use on your dry skin before you turn the shower on!

Lastly I’ve been loving the Redken Extreme range for my hair lately. I talked about these products in a post the other day so you’ve heard me rave already but I had to include them as they are sitting on that shelf after all. For those who missed that post they’re protein treatments so need to be alternated or followed up with something that will give a moisture kick and they smell exactly like the Rose Jam products from Lush.. YUM! I’ve already noticed less hair loss and am hoping using the system long term will stop it altogether.. watch this space!

Since my shower shelf is so small I might start doing a regular ‘currently using’ style post when I switch things out, maybe on a monthly/bi-monthly basis.. let me know if you’d like to see that and what your shower essentials are right now!

Miss BB

*sponsored by femfresh




  1. 11 August, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Ahh I just love the Redken Extreme range – that mask is amazing! xx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:28 am

      I’m trying just about everything right now but love the scent of this stuff

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:27 am

      I picked one up from Ikea but it’s massive and the shower’s really small lol

  2. Oana
    11 August, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    The balance me cleanser is available at boots? I haven’t seen this yet and I’ll love to give this a try!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:27 am

      not sure, I buy online

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:27 am

      one of the only cleansers I feel is better than all the others I’ve tried

  3. Char
    11 August, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    I’ve used the other Balance me cleanser, the pure cleanser that comes in a similar package to yours, and really liked it, so will probably give this one a go!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:26 am

      I need to restock this soon so might try that one

  4. Charlotte Samantha
    11 August, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    I really want to try some of Lush’s shower products! 100% on the list after Ive re stocked the bath bomb basket!!

    CharlotteSamantha //

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:26 am

      their other stuff is pricey but very nice

  5. Gillian Pidler
    11 August, 2015 / 4:47 pm

    Wishing you many happy memories in your new home Miss BB! I’ve been following your moving vlogs and little Milo seems well settled already, he’s a cutie!!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:26 am

      thank you x

  6. Jayd Alice
    11 August, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    Rub Rub Rub has to be one of my favourite shower essentials too! I really need to invest in a in-shower moisturiser as well, as I’m super lazy when it comes to taking care of my skin x

    Always, Alice

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:26 am

      the Ro’s Argan is amazing!

  7. Jodie
    11 August, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Apparently Femfresh and other similar products are a load of marketing rubbish. Unless you’re attempting to scrub yourself clean with soap and killing all your friendly bacteria then there’s no reason why you can’t just use normal shower gel.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:25 am

      I think it depends on the person and how sensitive they are. For a lot of people it probably makes no difference but if you’re prone to irritation it will and it’s not expensive so I’m happy to use it to be on the safe side

    • Harriet
      12 August, 2015 / 3:45 pm

      Doctors and nurses I’ve spoken to have consistently advised against shower gel and recommended just water or a bit of aqueous cream and water. I have to be super careful about rinsing anything else too, particularly shampoo. But I get thrush pretty easily so you might not need to be so careful. I’ve never tried femfresh or similar because I just don’t want to risk it and I’m happy with my aqueous cream.

      • missbudgetbeauty
        12 August, 2015 / 5:39 pm

        Well that’s the thing, if you’re happy with your already gentle routine then why mess with it? I use it to be on the safe side, I’m not particularly sensitive but have definitely had periods when I seem to constantly have thrush and this has helped calm things

  8. 11 August, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    I had the exact same experience after moving a month ago! In our old place, there were built in cubbies in our showers which were AWESOME, plus a full ledge for more storage. In our new place, we’re restricted to just a shower caddy that hangs from the shower head. It definitely helps you consolidate though,

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:24 am

      tough though! lol

    • missbudgetbeauty
      12 August, 2015 / 10:24 am

      very interesting! Thanks! Yeah I’m really struggling, using the other bathroom for now haha

  9. Nicola
    13 August, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    Think I need to try some balance me products I’ve had samples and really like them femfresh is an essential x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 August, 2015 / 8:39 pm

      Just repurchased the cleanser.. brilliant product!

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