Friday, March 4, 2016

My Hospital Beauty Essentials

Molton Brown White Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion, Aromatherapy Associates Lotion with Lavender & Ylang Ylang, Almay Oil Free Gentle Makeup Remover Towelettes, Clinique Smart Custom Repair Eye Treatment, Fresh Rose Hydrating Face Serum, Bonne Bell Raspberry Jelly Lip Smacker, skincare, bath and body products, hospital beauty product essentials
I broke my ankle last Friday. I was visiting some friends in Pittsburgh, slipped on some ice and down I went. And I don't mean just any break. I broke the tibia and the fibula AND managed to fracture a whole bunch of other important stuff. I've been on bed rest in the hospital ever since, and let me tell you -- it changes things. I'm not someone who ever asks for help, and I don't require much care. I'm extremely independent. So having to rely on other people for everything definitely puts life in very different perspective. Luckily I have excellent care and I'm preparing for surgery #2 on Monday. In the meantime, I've culled my beauty essentials to an eye-popping six products! Check out what's getting me through the long days in the hospital.

Almay Oil Free Gentle Makeup Remover Towelettes
As you might imagine, washing my face is incredibly challenging at the moment. Thank goodness I happened to bring these face wipes with me! They remove all traces of dirt, grime and oil from my skin without stripping or irritating it. A blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea makes them super refreshing to boot!
$5.99 at

Molton Brown White Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion
I happened to take this from my hotel room in Palo Alto a couple weeks ago -- and then just HAPPENED to put it in my travel bag at the last second before I came to Pittsburgh -- and am I ever glad I did! My hands have been so dry from the hospital air. I usually am not a huge sandalwood fan, but this has a way of smelling just enough like sandalwood to be soothing and calming but not overpowering. It's really just a bonus that my skin is now super soft and silky again.
$42 at

Aromatherapy Associates Lotion with Lavender & Ylang Ylang
Some of my friends stopped by this week and brought me a basket full of goodies. Inside was this DELICIOUS scented lotion that not only nourishes and smooths my skin but instantly transports me to a spa-like atmosphere ... which is definitely welcome while I'm lying motionless in the hospital.
$37 at

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Eye Treatment
The circles under my eyes would DEFINITELY be darker without this miracle worker. Not only am I constantly checked on by nurses and doctors during the day, but I'm woken up every four hours during the night for medicine. Unfortunately I can't do anything about my migraines because of this, but my eyes sure are looking rested thanks to this rich eye cream!
$49 at

Fresh Rose Hydrating Face Serum
I actually just bought this serum on Friday and it's already become one of my favorite products. First of all, it smells like roses, so if that's a scent you love (which I do), then you're immediately going to be drawn to it. The design is also interesting -- you press down on the top to release the product rather than dipping into a tub or unscrewing a top. It's really just a bonus that it hydrates, moisturizes, nourishes, plumps and soothes the skin to the point that some friends visiting me earlier in the week asked whether I'd gotten a facial while I'd been sitting in the hospital. I swear it's taken at least five years off my face in just a week's time!
$55 at

Bonne Bell Raspberry Jelly Lip Smacker
My obsession with Lip Smackers will never, EVER cease. I carry them everywhere -- and, not only that, but I carry them in bulk. I'm fairly certain there are at least five of them in my purse right now. This just happened to be the one I pulled out first when I initially got into my hospital bed, and it's getting my lips through the week in soft, smooth, delicious style.
$2.50 at


  1. Well, Jamie, you certainly are keeping your spirits up. I loved this post! And I'm also going to check out the Fresh Face Rose Serum because it sounds like heaven. Good luck with the surgery on Monday. I hope you'll be able to be on your way after that. What a siege!

    1. Thank you so much, Allison! I really appreciate it. Hopefully surgery will help me finally get out of bed!

  2. Oh Jamie, I am amazed by how great your attitude is! I will be thinking of you and sending you lots of good vibes on Monday!

    I love your list of hospital essentials! That Rose Serum sounds delectable!

  3. Molton Brown White Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion sounds nice.

  4. A hospital stay will really have you paring down and picking essentials! I hope you get better soon! <3

  5. I hope your recovery time is quick and painless girl... for me, a great body butter or lotion and lip balm are always essentials for my hospital bag.

  6. Again, it's totally sucky to be in the situation you are, but at least you're not without a few beauty essentials. The Almay wipes sound really great and sending happy thoughts!

  7. What a great attitude in a sucky situation!

  8. I couldn't imagine being laid up like that, I hope it heals up quickly! That Fresh serum sounds pretty great!

  9. I remember being in the hospital when I shattered my heel and embedded my tibia into my ankle! I had no personal stuff there and felt so icky!

  10. Oh no! :( Good luck with the surgery and I hope you heal fast <3 I hate being in a hospital. Good for you keeping your spirits up and blogging even from hospital bed :) Feel better soon!

  11. Oh gosh, I hope you heal fast! It's incredible that you still feel like blogging from a hospital bed!
    I, too, have an obsession for lip balms!

  12. I love your high spirits! I definitely wouldn't be so perky in a yucky situation. The rose facial serum sounds divine!

  13. Good luck in there, and great post. I am always curious as to what people really consider essentials in moments like these.

    Hope for speedy recovery