Month: September 2014

Brand Focus – Rodial

P1000868The first time I heard of Rodial was in a Pixiwoo skincare video. The ladies won Rodial awards and talked about their night. In saying so, that did nothing for me to jump on bandwagon. It was names of their lines with shock factor that got me on board. Shock factor words such as Bee Venom, Glamoxy Snake, Dragon’s blood, Stemcell, added lot of drama to what could be simply described as a serum or facial oil!

If you haven’t already heard of this brand here is some background to get you started:

Rodial was founded in 1999 by Maria Hatzistefanis and was designed to bridge the gap in the market between scientific and more natural based skincare. Rodial is based in London-UK. Rodial offers natural alternatives to injectiables & plastic surgery procedures, delivering targeted treatments to specific skin concerns combining the best of anti-ageing and firming ingredients. All of Rodial products contain Pomegranate Ellagic Tannin, with its natural anti-ageing, firming and collagen-boosting properties, is combined with breakthrough natural ingredients clinically tested to show results. Rodial products are dermatologically tested and are recommended by dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the UK”.

So over a considerable period of time I invested in the following products from their lines:

Balms & Cleanser

Dragons Blood Cleansing WaterMy delightfully fragranced substitute to Bioderma Micellar water. That’s how I write one line reviews on a product. When you have a product such as Bioderma Micellar water and that’s your benchmark, this product performs in similar fashion except it’s fragranced. I’d like to call it Aromatherapy Makeup Removal.

Stem Cell Super Food Cleanser – Ok, this is a huge pot of lush cleanser. The scent of Rose Hip Seed Oil, Rose Wax, Coconut oil is simply astounding. This is not for primary cleanse (i.e. makeup removal) it is more apt for second cleanse or morning cleanse. I keep massaging this cleanser for 2-4 mins just because the scent transcends me to another world. Wipe with warm face cloth and my skin feels ‘normal’. Not tight, not squeaky clean, not dull…just normal (I realise it’s a relative term).

Glamtox Cleansing Balm – I own a range of cleansing balms and this is the one I own back up for in case I was marooned on an island with face full of makeup (likely scenario…not)! Excellent for removing makeup and scent is kind of herbaly and spa like. Of all my cleansing balms, this is only one with pump! Well done Maria Hatzistefanis aka Mrs Rodial. Same drill, remove with warm steamed face cloth, hold for 30 secs and wipe away. Glorious!!!

Serums & Face Oils

Stem Cell Super Food Facial Oil – This smells celestial. I had to start off saying it insanely wonderful, rosey perhaps. Somehow the texture of this face oil doesn’t feel greasy. Oddly enough it feels very cooling on my skin and it instantly absorbs in my skin. I can’t exactly say it’s oily but it doesn’t feel oily at all. I don’t know what’s with this oil, but leaves my skin nourished. This one I may not repurchase purely because I’m so confused with it. I would recommend it either way since it’s decent, absorbs nicely, smells wonderful and hydrates skin.

Glamtox Serum – I was shocked (in a good way) this was sold at TJ Maxx. Obviously I leaped and bought it immediately without second thought. When I first read the name of product I expected regular serum consistency however it is actually facial oil. Very pleasant smelling instantly absorbed facial oil. In a pump bottle, it dispenses just the right amount for face and neck. I top this serum/oil with Dr Scheller Organic Lavender and my skin looks plump and glows next morning. With my recent skin stresses, this combination has become my HG combination.

Venom Skin Tint – Hamptons (not included in picture above, it was buried deep in my handbag) – LOVE it. The right amount of coverage to conceal some old acne scars and slight pigmentation but not heavy enough to make skin look ridiculously heavy. When I wear this, I feel like my skin is breathing. The only downside to this cream, my skin gets oily within 4-5 hours. Nothing I can’t get under control but it would have been nicer if I dint have to make that extra effort.

My growing addiction to these products is gradually turning into an obsession right before my eyes. Whilst I don’t base the performance or overall rating of a product on how they smell. In saying so they certainly attract me more for sake of aromatherapy. On my never ending wishlist I would like to try their lip range, snake and fruit acid line.



Arsenal of Toners

P1000862I’ve been a huge fan of toners since its terrible astringent & alcoholic days. They sure have come a long way since we’ve known them to strip our sensitive skins. I’ve been stashing and using various types of toners such as exfoliating, calming, hydrating, brightening, and clarifying! I’ve also tried them from all different geographic regions….USA, France, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia and home turf (DIY – homemade).

A quick spritz of toners on skin, straight from shower is not only refreshing but also great for skin. It immediately calms down any redness and starts communicating with my open pores (from hot shower) and balances pH levels in skin. The fascinating part of toners are not only its properties but in its application and benefits its ingredients provides. These are some of my favourite toners from over the years:

Andalou Naturals Clementine Vitamin C Brightening Toner

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner

Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyun Hylauronic Lotion

Shiseido Ibuki Toner

Acure Rose and Red Tea Toner

Pixi Glow Tonic

Neostrata Oily Skin Solution

Alpha H Liquid Gold Toner

Forest Essentials Facial Tonic Panchpushp (distilled flower water)

L’occitane Rose Et Reines Toner

Thayers Witch Hazel with Tea Tree Oil (Oil is my addition)

DIY – Green Tea and Glycerin

A lot of these are on a rotation. My skin’s needs are assessed and then I determine which toner will be my best choice. Sometimes, I choose a toner purely based on its fragrance and how it makes me feel. Sometimes I think even if my skin needs something specifically but I choose a fragrance pleasing toner, I feel I’m psychologically toning my skin. May be this concept is valid only in my slightly delusional head (very likely possibility). So what works for you? Which toners are your go to?


Ooops I did it again!….

A visit to TJ Maxx always leads to unnecessary purchases (sometimes necessary to my defense!). So here’s my damage from today:


Federic Fekkai Full Volume Shampoo – Definitely needed purchase. I was genuinely out of shampoo, and even if I wasn’t, shampoo is consumable item so no big whoop! Moving on from my justification….

The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Butter – on the onset of winter, I thought I’d stock up on good, delish fragrances body butters. Now again a needed purchase because I don’t have other body butters that smell like this…and you know we need to change things a little every now & then

Next 2 purchases….what was I thinking however excited to try them!

My Spa Life Shimmering Under Eye Revitalizer with 24K Gold – Pffftt yeah right, 24K gold my arse! Apparently it claims to have anti aging benefits and tightens skin around eyes.  The gold brightens and collagen tightens….only time will tell when I give it a go.

Bamboo Spa Revitalizing Eye Masks – What’s the point of buying something when you don’t have anything to compare with…right? So I purchased this lil baby! Enriched with Vitamin B3 and Aloe Vera it claims to reduce wrinkles and smooth fine lines, improve dark circles, and instantly soothe and hydrate tired eyes. Something tells me this would be best to try when I’m seriously hungover, I guess you get the drift 😉

Total damage $24.96 <happy dance>


Birchbox – September 2014


Whoooop Whooooop…….my favorite time of the month when I receive a package from Birchbox.


Avene Cleanance Soap Free Gel Cleanser – I have always adored Avene brand and loved their spray water (can’t remember the sophisticated name of it). Anyway yet to try this one, will get back to you in few days.

Harvey Prince Hello – Emmmmm don’t know. Smells nice but disappears in an hour. Seriously?!

Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray – LOVE I have been wanting to try this product for a while and now I don’t know why I waited this long. Easy spray, light weight oil and my dry ends thank me for this.

Temptu Highlighter – WHAT? WHY? Birchbox seriously look at my profile before you send me stuff like this! This one was epic fail.

Tocca Crema da Mano – Me limey, needed hand cream for work and this is good option. Doesn’t leave my hands with greasy feeling that my finger slips off the keyboard…you know what I mean Jelly Bean 😉

Chapstick Hydration Stick – I haven’t tried yet, will get back to you and lets see if it makes itself to my Lip Balm Trail.

What do you think of this box? Could they have done better?


My Thoughts: Laniege Multiberry Yoghurt Peeling Gel


I don’t know where to start with this product, I don’t know if I’m using it correctly, there I said it! So whilst the following are my initial thoughts, suggestions on how to use this are more than welcome.

I’ve used other peeling gels in the past and they actually peel and roll off dead skin from surface. So when I purchased this product based on its name ‘peeling gel’, I expected it to do exactly the same. However much to my surprise I still don’t understand what it does. Now I’m not one to waste products, so I find some way to use them. In this case, I now use it as face mask….and low and behold I still don’t get it! So I use it now as my morning cleanser! Still don’t fully grasp its purpose in life but with the spirit of no wastage, I’m determined to finish the product and present it in my 2014 empties.

The gel is very tiny grainy texture, that doesn’t feel exfoliating even one tiny bit. As a cleanser it does ‘a’ job and not quite sure what to make of it. On bright side (yes there is one) my skin doesn’t feel stripped or funny after using it. Would I repurchase it? No! Would I recommend this to a person with ultra sensitive skin? Possibly yes, I don’t think I was right audience for this product.


Mannan, Sogurty, Multi Berry Complex (from

Laniege Multiberry Yoghurt Peeling Gel $20