It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Nip & Fab products, they are a big part of my daily skincare routine and have been for a few years now. However, I have been eagerly awaiting my chance to try out some of the Rodial products, the original brand created by Maria Hatzistefanis from which Nip & Fab was developed, making Rodials unique and innovative products more accessible.
Rodial products are quite expensive in comparison, so I always thought it would be great to be able to try them out before making the splurge and buying the products. Fortunately, the March edition of Elle magazine gave away an eye mask and lip mask, much to my delight! Apologies for the delay in posting this as I know people would have loved to have also tried these products for free, but hopefully in giving an honest review, you will feel more comfortable splashing out and buying the masks to try.
I waited patiently for a Sunday, when I had no uni work to do so I could give myself the time to have a proper pamper session. I was going out later that day to a cocktail Masterclass, a rare night out for me, and thought this was the ideal opportunity to plump my lips and get rid of my puffy under-eye bags.
Dragon’s Blood Lip Mask
I always tend to get dry, chapped lips, and struggle to find a lip balm that completely repairs the damage rather than just giving a little temporary boost of moisture, so I had high hopes for the lip mask. My favourite lipsticks tend to be matte, which we all know gives us seriously dry lips! My current process for smoothing my lips is using the Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub followed by Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. I have tried pluming lip balms in the past, but they just don’t seem to work for me.
Rodial’s Dragons Blood lip mask claims to give a perfect and fuller pout, using a combination of glycerine, hyaluronic acid and dragon’s blood extracts to provide and maintain moisture, sooth and protect skin and plump lip volume by providing hydration. I was looking forward to this. Having smothered my body in Nip & Fab Bee Sting Deluxe Body Soufflé, put my hair mask on, cleansed my skin to within an inch of its life and made sure my hands were clean, I excitedly ripped open the lip mask. I didn’t expect there to be so much product on the mask, and found it a little difficult to peel away the protective fabric sheets, but once I got the mask on my lips, I felt an instant cooling relief. It was easy to mould the mask to the shape of my lips, and I could feel them working their magic.
I left the mask on for a little over the recommended 15 minutes, took a lot of selfies, and finally peeled them off. It wasn’t uncomfortable to remove them, and I massaged any residue into my lips. My lips were very chapped before I used the mask, and this didn’t go completely, but I think this is more to do with me being dehydrated than the mask not doing what it says it will. Note to self, drink more water! I did notice a difference in how soft my lips felt, and they did seem more plump and hydrated, but I think the masks would need to be used regularly as part of my beauty routine to notice a consistent difference. I did wear a matte lipstick later that day, and whilst dry lips are unavoidable with matte lipsticks, they weren’t as dry as they usually would be, and I didn’t get any red lipstick residue sticking to my lips when I removed my makeup. Always a bonus!
Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask
Next up were the eye masks. I have a big problem with dark, puffy under-eye bags. Even with makeup, they are so noticeable, and something that makes me feel really self-conscious. Especially on those days when you want a no makeup or natural makeup look.
I found the eye masks a little tricky to begin with, as they initially kept sliding down away from my eye. Much like the lip mask, as they set in place, they felt instantly soothing and cooling. The eye masks are described as hydrating and moisturising, with a de-puffing effect on the under-eyes. Also using Dragon’s blood, an extract from the Croton Lechleri Tree and hyaluronic acid, the eye masks also combine bio-cellulose and arnica extract. This winning combination claims to result in smoother, brighter eyes with a noticeable reduction in puffiness.
The masks should be left on for 20-30 minutes. I left the masks on for the maximum time recommended, and was eager to see the results. I was NOT disappointed! In fact, I was ecstatic with the results. It’s been a long, long time since I have seen my under eyes look so smooth, and the darkness seemed to have been massively reduced. When I applied my makeup, my concealer went on much easier and I genuinely felt my eyes looked more youthful and brighter. The eye masks are definitely going to be introduced to my beauty routine. They are quite expensive, so will most likely be saved for when I’m going out or special occasions, but if like me you are self-conscious about under-eye bags, this is definitely the product for you!
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