Bathroom Habits:

The ‘merman’ in the bathroom

Women lock up your beauty products! Almost half of British men are beautifying- with YOUR bathroom supplies and only 1 in 10 will tell you when they do!


We recently surveyed 2,000 men in the UK regarding their bathroom habits. The findings were somewhat shocking, revealing that nearly half (44%) of Britain’s men are actually using women’s beauty buys instead of their own.

Ever wondered why your products run out so quickly?

Only 1 in 10 men actually admit to the female owner each time they reach for their toiletries. The 2,000 men surveyed have revealed that they rarely or never tell the owner if they are using their cosmetics. Time to get a lockable bathroom cabinet!

Almost half of men are in it for the thrill of experimenting and the sensation of smelling like a tropical goddess. Our less sweet-scented males (an alarming 43%) are just stealing women’s toiletries because they have run out of their own – cheeky!

Guys aged 25-34 are tPicture1he most likely culprits, with over half saying that they use women’s products more than once a month. However, it seems like these bathroom bandits are also the ones who are being most honest as they are almost twice as likely to admit to the owner, than men aged 55+.

CEO and Founder Ian Monk said “It’s great to see that men are open to experimenting with women’s products like shampoo and body wash, whether they are proud to say it or prefer to keep it a secret! At we believe that the bathroom is a place to relax whether you are a metrosexual merman or a simple soap and water kind of guy.”

The survey also reveals that it is engaged men, using their female partner’s products the most. It seems as though putting a ring on it, comes with the entitlement to share toiletries – maybe something you should think about adding to your vows!

Top five women’s products men use:

1.     Shampoo (57.40%)

2.     Shower gel (37.45)

3.     Conditioner (29.45%)

4.     Bubble bath 20.8%)

5.     Body cream/moisturiser (13.10%)

Get a futuristic bathroom on a budget

With “Back to the Future Day” fast approaching on 21st October 2015, has put together the latest high street tech, ceramics and gadgets to bring your bathroom into the sci-fi age.

Whether you are celebrating by having friends round for a Back to the Future movie marathon, or indulging in the trilogy on your own, here is how you bring the future to your bathroom without spending a fortune.

High tech, smart bathrooms are undoubtedly going to become an essential part to any modern home, but until these technologies become more readily available (and less pricey), you can still emulate an ultra contemporary sci-fi futuristic look, even in the smallest of bathrooms. Here are some of our favourite ideas:

LED Illumined Bathroom Mirror

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A simple way to create futuristic lighting in your bathroom is as simple as purchasing neon mirrors, which create a bright and seamless finish.

LED Illuminated Bathroom Mirror – £149.99

LED Lighting Tape

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Why not go the extra mile and add lighting to your bath panels or even a freestanding bath for that added sci-fi edge? Simple Lighting offer flexible strip lighting for bathrooms for a subtle futuristic glow. You can purchase white light LED tape for as little as £14.95 per metre, which makes this a savvy saving!

LED Tape – Cool White LED – £14.95 per metre

LED Color Shower Head

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There are lots of reasonably priced impressive bathroom gadgets on the market now giving you the look without the need to seriously splash the cash!

Turn every shower into a dazzling light show to suit your mood, with an LED colour therapy showerhead. Water runs green to indicate when water is cold and red when water gets hot, as well as a multicolour rainbow function.

Icemoon LED Color Shower Head – £12.99

Waterproof Wireless Shower Speaker
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The connected, smart home wouldn’t be complete without wireless speakers so you can enjoy your music in the bathroom. Waterproof wireless shower speakers are compatible with mobile phones, laptops, PCs and all other Bluetooth enabled devices.

Sunvito Mini Ultra Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Speakers – £5.99

Colour Changing Tap Lights

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We see the bathrooms of the future as not only personalised, but also smarter, and these tap lights are just that. Beam fluorescent light into your bathroom every time you turn of the tap with colour changing tap lights from Lazy Bone. The light starts off blue but will automatically change to red if the water temperature reaches 32 degrees Celsius.

Colour Changing Tap Light – £14.99
In the bath with:

In The Bath With Who’s the Mummy Blog author Sally Whittle

Sally Whittle
Continuing our “In The Bath With” series, this week we interviewed Sally Whittle, author of Who’s the Mummy Blog. We chatted about her career so far and her exciting life as a mum and blogger.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into blogging?

Well, first and foremost, I’m a working mum and mother to a gorgeous 9-year-old called Flea (it’s a nickname, don’t send hate mail). 

During my 20s, I worked as a journalist writing terribly grown-up business and technology features for various magazines and websites. On the surface, it was a great job – I earned a good living and travelled all over the world meeting ridiculously smart people who were shaping the world. I’d always blogged about my work, but as a Mum I found myself sharing silly stories and parenting adventures so in 2009 decided to set up a new blog to capture our family story.  What happened next was a perfect collision of luck, a good idea and knowing the right people – I had an idea that there should be a database of bloggers, I knew lots of clever tech people who could help me build it, and I was lucky enough for it to work. Over the next two years it became a whole new career that was even more fun than what I used to do – now I get to travel and meet great people, and take Flea with me! 

Apart from Flea, (whose name we love, by the way!) do you have an inspirational hero?

At the risk of being cheesy, it’s definitely my own Mum. She fostered me from the age of 2, adopting me when I was the age Flea is now, and there’s not a day I don’t thank my lucky stars that I got to be a part of her family – my Mum taught me everything I know about being smart, independent and fair, and she’s still the person I ring (almost daily) when I’m lost or confused about something. 

Is it hard to find a balance between work and family?

Very much so. I think there’s a notion these days that we’re all working flexibly so there’s no need for a divide between home and work, but the reality is people end up working all the time whilst never being fully present in their own lives. Being a business owner it’s especially hard because half my customer base (brands) work 9 to 5 and the other half (bloggers) work evenings and weekends. I suppose I’ve learned that unless you’re a surgeon nobody’s going to die if you reply to that email an hour or two later. Also, if you’re in a position to do so, hire help. I started out hiring a virtual PA for a few hours a week to answer routine emails, and a developer to do the tech side of my websites- it was life-changing. Now I have a fantastic team of 12 people who all work part-time, and having those people means I can actually take a holiday, knowing there is someone at home who can handle (almost) any crisis that might pop up. 

We’ve seen what an awesome job you’ve done with the Harry Potter makeover for Flea’s bedroom. For the rest of the house, how do you combine design and practicality?

My house is a period house and it’s not naturally very light, so I opted to have all the walls an off-white, and I use a sage green as a secondary colour with splashes of red. It makes it very calming, which is the most important thing I want in my home – it’s very much a calm space in a very busy life! We use lots of natural wood, of various hues and hundreds of photos – happy memories make a house a home! (Also white is easily painted over, and wood sanded down – essential when you have a puppy and a child!) 

Your life looks like a continuous adventure! What’s your next challenge for 2015?

We are off to Tenerife for a short break, then we are spending a month in California – we’ve booked a series of rentals along the coast and we’re just going to wing it, and see what happens. 

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out blogging?  

Love it. Seriously. Blogging can be hard – to succeed, you need to invest quite a lot of time and energy, be nice to everyone, be enthusiastic even if you don’t feel like it, and deal with a lot of temperamental technology. If you’re writing about something you love, you love to write, and have a passion to share stories, none of this really seems like hard work. 

If you could only take one possession to a desert island, what would you take?

Probably a book – something I could read over and over, and which would make me happy. Maybe My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. I’ve read that book at least 50 times since I was a kid and it still feels like sunshine in print. 

Want to see more of Who’s The Mummy Blog? Follow Sally on her blog and Social channels:


Twitter: @swhittle


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In The Bath With…Maxine Brady, WeLoveHomeBlog


This month we’re in the bath with Maxine Brady, author of WeLoveHomeBlog, we chat to her about her career so far and her latest home renovation project.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your career?

I got my first break working on magazines and worked my way up to the style team of the House Beautiful. After seven years, I decided to go freelance and I was able to write for many leading design magazines, writing about styling interiors, decorating features, as well as covering the latest trends. More recently I have been working on TV shows, producing makeovers and large scale renovation projects. And of course, this year I have just bought a house and launched my own interiors blog, which covers all my ideas and passions. I like to keep busy!

How did you get into blogging? 

Friends and family often asked me for advice and ideas on how to decorate their homes and they often encouraged me to share my know-how. When reading other blogs, I got really inspired to do my own. I have fallen in love with blogging and the on-line community support. I love being my own editor, stylist, writer and V-logger. It’s regenerated my love of interior design and gives me a creative buzz.

What are your plans for 2015 and which trends do you think will be most popular this summer?

At the moment I’m working on finding my blogging voice as well as teaming up with lots of partners, like British Gas, Primrose, Dulux and Tesco – whilst working on collaborative projects with them. I’m always following trends, such as the tropical look for my garden, with hints of flamingo pinks and acid teals, whilst inside the home I love the movement towards rich dark colours like navy, charcoal, black and burgundy (although my actual home is all white!)

Do you have an inspiration hero?

My mum. She was never afraid to take on the latest crazy interior trends – from rag rolling to sponging and stencilling. Not all of these ideas worked but she was never afraid to try. She would paint and decorate a whole room in a day. I learned that doing up a room didn’t have to be this massive task – taking up weeks of your time – instead you can update your space when the whim takes you. I’m known among my friends for being a speedy decorator as I get onto DIY mission, painting and revamping my home at speed, with Mum’s help of course.

Do you have any tips for our readers on how to approach bathroom design?

Bathrooms are the busiest rooms in the house so they have to serve you and your family well. The design has to be durable and easy to keep clean, as well as work for how you live in the house. This is where blogs come in so handy, as you can gleam ideas and advice for tiles, taps and flooring and put all the ideas together. Personally, I love a p shaped shower bath – and as much as wet rooms look fantastic – there’s nothing better than having a soak in the tub. At the moment, I’m lusting after a roll top and I’m working out how to squeeze in a rose shower too.

As a winner of the Home DIY Awards 2015 (Congrats!) Do you think there is much of a movement towards accessibility online for Home DIY in the UK this year and how do you see this changing?

I was thrilled to win the award for my home DIY Vlogs on my YouTube channel. I’ve tried to come up with simple ideas and chart the renovations on my own home. I wanted them to be fun, interesting and helpful as well as covering the topic that I’m interested in myself. As more and more people reach out to the Internet for help and advice for their home, it’s the Vlogs and Blogs that will lead the way (I hope!)

What would you say are the most important things to keep in mind when trying to update a room on a budget?

You may not be able to afford fancy finishing or accessories but you don’t need £1000s to give a room a new look. The key to is to make sure you get the finish perfect. If the end product is completed to a high standard then your home will look polished and smart. No one will suspect how much (or little!) you have spent.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out blogging?

I’m just learning myself so would love the advice! I’m talking to lots of other bloggers and joining their mailing lists. I’m also a fan of BlogLovin so that I can get updates from a large selection of bloggers. I’m also always chatting away on Twitter and picking up ideas from there. I read a lot of advice on how to start and take note of everyone’s suggestions about being super organised.

Want to see more of WeLoveHomeBlog? Follow Maxine on her blog and Social Media channels:


Twitter: @welovehome





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It’s been a busy week here at, as our panel of judges have been reviewing the shortlisted bloggers in this year’s awards.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our public vote over the last few weeks for our Home Design Blogger Awards 2015. The response was fantastic, and we hope that you have found inspiration from the excellent work of all the home tutorials and design ideas from this year’s shortlisted blogs.

Our expert panel of judges this year included co-founders Ian and Rebekah Monk, along with the businesses own Design and Installation Consultant, Lianne Boddy. . The judging panel have come together to oversee this year’s talent, including a brand new Instagram category, highlighting home DIY on social media.

After much consideration, the judging panel have come to a decision and we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 home DIY awards!


Home DIY Award


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Yasmin Chopin is an Interior designer and writer and dubs herself as a ‘property junkie’, has gained much of her experience working a range of different building interiors. Yasmin says whether it’s listed, falling down or a new concept, she enjoys the challenge of a project, transforming objects and spaces.

Runners up


Home DIY Tutorial


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Maxine Brady is an interiors stylist and has appeared in print magazines and on TV. Maxine writes about the highs and the lows of renovating her first home, acting as a great inspiration to those in a similar position. Considering that Maxine only launched her blog earlier this year, her step-by-step guides and top 10 lists are the highlight of her blog. 

Runners up


Affordable DIY Award


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Karen Clough’s blog follows the progress of taking the plunge into adulthood and renovating her and her partner’s first home in Manchester. Karen and her partner Joe are recently married and are also expecting their first baby. Karen blogs about the challenges they both face in young adulthood, posting about their home DIY progresses step by step, and more tailored posts such as decorating tips in the house in the lead up to Karen’s due date.


Runners up

Home DIY Instagram


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James and Josephine run BlogAndBuySale, which was launched to support and showcase innovative stylists and designers from all over the world. Their Instagram posts feature a range of quirky and unique design ideas and products for decorating and styling the home, including a “Wish List’ feature for followers.

Runner up 


Congratulations to all winners and runners up in this year’s blogger awards! It’s been another fantastic year for the blogging community, and we wouldn’t have had such a great blogger awards season without you, the inspirational bloggers. We’ll see you next year!

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