Use it when you want something a little bit
more luxurious, a little bit more… AHHHHH!!! It’s $50! Hey guys, it’s Mi-Anne, and
this is Beauty With Mi. My bathroom is disgusting! Well, it was until I finally stopped complaining
and did something about it. My good friend and co-worker,
Lindsey Stanberry, just penned a book. It’s called Money Diaries. It is the physical culmination of our column
by the same name that catalogs the real-life expenses of women all over the world. I always thought that changing my bathroom
and making it more palatable would be a really massive expense. But, after reading Lindsey’s book, which isn’t
all about beauty but does have some self-care elements to it, I decided to figure out some
ways that I could make my bathroom a little bit more pleasant without spending thousands
and thousands of dollars renovating it. I used to walk into my bathroom and
want to immediately leave it. I hated its awful green walls. I hated the dingy bathtub. I hated the lack of organization. So, I decided that I was going to figure out
different ways to get my bathroom to look like a spa and feel like a spa for
$25, $100, and $750. Before we get into it, though, please make
sure you are subscribed down below, and check the description bar for
more info on Money Diaries. First off is how to turn your bathroom
into a spa for under $25. At the bare minimum, a bathroom should be
a place where you can get clean, do your business… And also relax! You don’t really need to shell out for
hundreds of dollar’s worth of lotions and aromatherapy oils. You can if you want and we’ll
get to that later, but… You can do things that are very affordable
that will still make you feel like you’re having this luxurious experience. The first thing that I did was make a DIY
salt scrub, and this was so affordable, and you can make tons of it. I just bought some grape seed oil, and a
little bit of pink Himalayan salt. Mix equal parts of salt and the grape seed
oil, and then lather up in the shower, scrub, scrub, scrub away,
and you have nice, smooth skin. I love grape seed oil because it’s a very
lightweight oil, so it absorbs relatively quickly, and after you scrub your body, you
can hop out and you don’t have to put moisturizer on because you already have
the oil on your skin. I saved you time, too! After the body scrub, I decided to make a
really affordable DIY mask. So, really all you need for this
is some Bentonite clay. I used some from a brand called Aztec Secret,
and you can just mix it with pretty much anything. You can make just a very simple clay mask
with just the clay and water, put that on your face and let it absorb oil, dirt,
debris, that sort of thing. But, you can also give it a little bit more
horsepower but adding something like honey for hydration, tea tree oil for cleansing,
or yogurt for the lactic acid exfoliation. Now, although DIY body scrubs and masks can
definitely make you feel pampered, I wanted to do a little something to make
the space feel better. So, I went to the store and I got a
$4 bunch of eucalyptus. Grabbed some hemp string and some
scissors, and tied my eucalyptus to the base of my shower head. It doesn’t just make your bathroom look infinitely
more beautiful, but it also smells amazing when the hot water is on. It kind of releases the steam, and the
essential oils kind of come out, and you smell like you’re in a spa. If you close your eyes maybe you’re
not in your bathroom. But then you open your eyes and you are. For the grand total for
all of that was $24.38. Next up, here are some things you can do to
turn your bathroom into a spa for under $100. This is a section for those of you who want
to do a little bit more, you want to buy a few more luxurious things, but
you don’t want to go too far. In my case, this immediately
brought me to candles. I just discovered this new candle brand called
Otherland, and they make stunning candles. I have the scent, it’s called, Stone Fruit. And it smells like… Stone fruits. It smells good, it smells sweet. And they retail for $36, which is… Kind of a lot to spend– it’s not the most
you could spend on a candle. So, they retail for $36, they look beautiful
on a bathroom shelf or on your bathtub, so… I recommend. Next up, this is something that you can do
to kind of feel like you’re in a spa, but you aren’t in a spa, and you didn’t spend
like $150 for a treatment. Last year, I went and got a facial from aesthetician
Renée Rouleau, and toward the tail end of the treatment she used these little frozen
toner bits to shrink my pores and also soothe my skin. This is something really fun and actually
a real treat to do at home. I used Renée’s Energy Boosting
toner, which is a great toner. It has ginseng in it. It’s very soothing. It doesn’t make my skin feel tight or dry. I poured a little bit of this into ice cube
trays, stuck it in the freezer, held tight for a few hours while it froze… Then, I popped those suckers out, glided it
on my skin after cleansing to soothe and tighten and all that good stuff. This is kind of a fun little treat you can
do for yourself at home. After my face was cleansed and toned, I like
to whip out this jade Gua Sha tool. I learned this facial massage technique from
an acupuncturist named Sandra Lanshin. She actually did acupuncture on me. And I really like it because it doesn’t just
feel really good and it’s very relaxing, it stimulates lymphatic drainage and circulation,
but it’s also a really nice and easy way to apply your facial oil. Obviously, you can swap out different
items to keep costs low. You can obviously splurge a little more if
you want something a little bit more luxurious, but these are just a few tips. My total for this round was $98.50. Now here’s the big expense, these are the
things that I did for my bathroom to kind of turn it into a bit more of a
spa-like environment for under $750. I love a good oil, scrub, whatever… But it didn’t really change the fact that
my walls were still green, my bathroom was still kind of dingy. And I just wanted to do things to overall
just brighten it up. The first thing I did was remove the horrible
green walls in my bathroom and paint it white. I was so, so shocked at
what a huge difference a few layers of paint and a couple
of hours could make. Instantly brightened up the room. And it cost me like, $60
for all the supplies. I also switched out the tungsten lightbulb
in favor of an energy-saving LED one in a daylight setting. And this was also like, as soon as I turned
that light on, we were all just like, “Whoaaaa!” It was so like, gross and yellow before, and
now it’s so bright and open. It makes it so much easier to put on
makeup in the bathroom. I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. But, I didn’t stop there. I have been eyeing rugs from a brand called
Cold Picnic for years and years and years, but I never really bit the bullet in terms
of buying one. I purchased two mats, the more abstract one,
it’s called, “Sleeping Giant,” and then their most popular bath mat,
it’s called, “The Torso.” Not only is the brand Brooklyn-based, but
the textiles are absolutely beautiful, and they’re also washable. I’m obviously only keeping one of these in
my bathroom, so let me know in the comments down below which one you think
would work better in the space. To deal with all the clutter on all the surfaces
of my bathroom, I went to TJ Maxx and got a bunch of little baskets on sale. I have a lot of beauty products, and
I had so many of them stashed on my bathtub and on shelves. I decided to put them all in a few baskets. It made it look so much more organized. So, I used to have my cleaning products just
like, on the floor, around the sink, which was really, very unattractive. So, I got a nice little basket as well and
put it on the floor, put all my cleaning products in there, and I’m telling you… It might be the thing that give me the most
joy when I walk into the bathroom like, I thought it would be the paint, but actually
just not seeing like, random toilet cleaner on the sink and in a nice basket
makes me very, very happy. When I was brainstorming for this video, I
started to think about some things that spas always have in their waiting rooms and in
their bathrooms to make it look really nice and relaxing,
and I landed on… Greenery. Now, I don’t have any windows in my bathroom,
so having little succulents or hanging plants in the bathroom was kind of not an option. If you have a window, you should get
real plants, but I couldn’t. I got a few fake plants and put them on shelves
and on different areas of the bathroom just to make it look a little bit more natural
and warm and inviting. So, I’ve been looking to switch out my shower
head for something a little bit more water-efficient. The average flow rate for like, a typical
shower head is about 2.1 gallons per minute. I wanted something lower than that. So, I found this really awesome shower head
called the Raindrops shower head. It costs $120, and it has a filter on it. And the filter should be replaced every 6
months, and it costs about $53. So, the filter filters out bacteria, algae,
chlorine, and other trace minerals, and according to the brand, it can help improve the texture
of your skin and your hair, and keep your color fresher longer. I’ve only been using it for about a week,
so it’s too soon to tell whether or not it’s really improving my hair. Although, I used it last night and I’m really
in to the way my hair looks right now. But, I’ll definitely update
you guys in another video. If you guys are interested in that, please
let me know down below. While in the shower, I think it’s sometimes
fun to indulge in a fancy shower oil. This one from Diptyque is my favorite. This fella is $50, which is expensive for
what is essentially a glorified body wash, but… It is absolutely beautiful. I don’t think you should use it everyday. I think you should use it on the days that
you really want to pamper yourself. When you want a kind of body wash/hydrating
product/aroma therapy product in one. It leaves my skin feeling super good – a
couple pumps cleans your entire body. After your shower, you can still kind of smell
the product like, lingering on your skin. I know this because I had
a crew member confirm. The next product seems a little
gimmicky, but trust me, it works. The Aquis hair towel! It is a hair towel that dries your hair faster
and causes less friction on the hair. So I personally, with color-treated
hair try not to heat-style it. I never blow dry my hair. But, it’s annoying when I
shower before I go to bed and my hair’s not dry
when I go to bed! So, I’ve been using this. It works. It dries your hair so much faster. My hair feels so much softer
since I’ve been using it. So, before hopping out of the shower, I like
to use a moisturizer or a body oil to hydrate. And this one, it’s the Pure Radiance
body oil from True Botanicals. It is expensive, it’s $48, but it is the best
body oil I’ve ever used. It is ridiculously lightweight. It absorbs in seconds. It smells amazing. It truly smells like a spa. I used to kind of think that a robe was like,
an extra unnecessary thing to have because you could just put your pajamas on, but I
did get a robe, and it is really nice. I got a really affordable one for $15. It’s just black. It feels really soft. It has this extra little tie places,
so it doesn’t come out all the time when you’re wearing it. I’m a robe person now. Last but not least, if you want something
a little bit more powerful than the Gua Sha tool, I suggest getting
a facial treatment like this one. This is the NuFace Trinity treatment. It costs $325, but you can get the mini version
for $199, and I’m not going to lie to you guys, that’s very expensive! However, microcurrent technology is great
for improving the tone, the contouring, and the overall like, texture of your skin. This is an at-home version, so it is less
powerful than what an aesthetician would use on your skin at a spa, but it is something
that you can use multiple times a week. If it’s something that you want
to splurge for, go for it. But if not, obviously there are a lot of other
things in this video that you can get as well. So, that is it! Everything that I’ve done in my bathroom
over the past month, pretty much, for under $25, $100, and $750. I cannot tell you how thrilled
I am with the new space. Walking into my bathroom isn’t a
debilitating experience anymore. Now, there’s a beautiful white wall,
a beautiful daylight bulb, nice-smelling things around me. My cat started sleeping in the bathroom! At the very least, it’s kitty-approved. But, please let me know down below if there’s
anything that you’ve done to your bathroom to make it feel a little bit more zen. I would love to do more things. And also, let me know while you’re at it what
you’d like to see on Beauty With Mi next. See you next time! Bye! Thanks so much for watching, guys! Click here to subscribe to Refinery29, click
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100 thoughts on “I Turned My Bathroom Into A Spa For $25, $100, & $750 | Beauty With Mi | Refinery29”

  1. I can buy all of this and and change 750 to like 100 by doing a thrift challenge 🤷🏻‍♀️ and it would look vintage!

  2. I think you could change much more for a lot less money when you don't buy candles for 40$ and body oils for 50$. There are so much more things you could improve for under 50$

  3. Everyone is saying “Oh she’s not updating her bathroom she’s just focusing on products” But the title is making her bathroom into a SPA. Which does rely on products as well as decorations. Great video! I prefer the body rug. It’s cute. ❤️

  4. Get some white grout, some gloves, run it over the seem where the grout is cracked and discolored…let it dry for 48 hours…chill at a friend's house so your tub will look less gross….super cheap and clean that shower vent or change it.

  5. A lot of product placement, beauty products, and not enough cleaning/ decorating the actual bathroom. Cool video though 🤷🏾‍♀️

  6. I would have started with the redecorating but with cheaper products. The paint, baskets, new light bulb and plants would have been enough. Get some lavender essential oil then mix it with your soap/scrub and clean up the edges of the bath. That’s probably 100 max. Plus with the essential oil you can mix it with anything eg. A face mask (but not too much), hair mask, bubble bath, body scrub, soap, or get a wax melter thing and put the oil in there to distribute the smell in the room.

  7. Not so keen on the torso bath mat much prefer the abstract one. Love the bathroom! love the relaxing vibe. I recently did the same and got candles and a bamboo faux plant it made a huge difference

  8. Shouldn’t use bentonite clay with metal spoon, it looses its benefits! Also try the nuxe body oil once too it’s absolutely amazing ! And those Clarisonic face cleaning device it’s so good

  9. Even getting a better shower curtain would make it look better, getting a really nice one and putting the bar higher up will make the bathroom look taller as well. 🙏🏼

  10. Re caulk the tub. One can of mis tint paint. De clutter. White shower curtain with black fabric ribbon in a hotel stripe pattern. $25

  11. I added a window film to my windows that gives me privacy while allowing me to light my bathroom with natural light. It also creates rainbows when hit by direct sunlight 🌈🌈🌈

  12. I would also suggest replacing your shower curtain rod with a bowed one for more room in the shower, as well as a new curtain! Also caulking the tub will improve it tremendously.

  13. For $750 she probably could have installed a small vanity in place of her sink and stored her cleaning products in its cabinets.

  14. I think the biggest change should've been cleaning the mould off the vent in the shower and overall cleaning the whole bathroom and caulking the tub, also the 700 dollars is not worht it because you didnt add many changes like new furniture it was just body washes and candles and face vibrators lmao

  15. Oh you should have upgraded the shower curtain and gotten matching towels (and also a matching robe). Missed oppurtunity for sure! And recaulk the tub of course!

  16. tbh she’s looked the same since the beginning of this series so idk if those products actually worked (not in a bad way)

  17. I like the sleeping giant! It's more abstract and fun to match up with your LED light color. Imagining every time after the shower, you stand on the giant's shoulder nakedly. 😂😂😂😂

  18. 9:31 That hair towel is just a towel turban. They have been around for over a decade. You can get better ones in Target or Sally's for $5.

  19. You could have just bought all those from tjmaxx for less. And half the 750 cost is the freaking face massage tool. REALLY?
    Could have just cleaned the broom, repainted white, got decor from tjmaxx (they have a shit ton of candles where tf yall shopping??), add color matching bath rug sets….thumbs down.

  20. You could have bought new furniture and decoration at Ikea for under 100 and make your bath look super different instead of buying candles and toner 🙁 I expected a bit more

  21. It came out nice. I get wanting to see more done to the bathroom but I also understand, per the title, the point was to turn it into a spa, hence a focus on products and not an all out makeover. I hope you went with the brighter rug. I'm seriously considering that type of shower head (one more in my price range). Thanks for sharing.

    Btw that intro was hilarious

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