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Curtain Call: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

Hey guys! It’s a nice pleasant Saturday in June! It’s not as hot as it usually is so we’ve gone out earlier today to just go see stuff and I also gave our dog Yeager a bath out in the backyard. I’m just doing a few loads of laundry and will settle in for a quiet night finishing up the last season of “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix. Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

What I love about this product? It is a “rehydrating and soothing toner” that comes in an easy-to-use spray bottle with straightforward instructions. “Lightly mist onto clean skin and allow to absorb thoroughly. Can be used anytime skin needs a hydrating boost.” The sharp, refreshing scent is light and dissipates quickly once it is absorbed into the skin. I did get a tingling feeling when using this the first few times especially after a PMD treatment. I use this as my step 3 in the Korean 10-step skin routine I started a little while ago (mine is about 8 steps really but you get the point). The first 2 times I used it as is, spritzing it onto my clean face but I disliked getting the product onto my lips even when I tried to hide my lips by smacking them together (best way to describe it at the moment). I then started just spritzing it straight onto the clean palm of my hand and patting it onto my face, using my clean fingers to distribute it evenly by patting all over. It’s absorbed pretty quickly.

What I don’t like about this product? Honestly, nothing really. Since I am out of toner for step 3 of my daily skincare regimen, I am looking to putting in an order for it since it worked really well with everything else I’m using. I can’t seem to find the same exact product available on their website currently, but I do see they have a Dragon’s Blood Essence Mist that works as a toner as well. It doesn’t have the same ingredients so I’ll have to read about it more before I decide to try that.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag

5 more days ’til Christmas! I’ve been off since last week and have finished all holiday related shopping so I’m just spending my time catching up on my recorded shows on the Investigation Discovery channel and have just started watching some Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. I was out-of-town for 2 nights at a cabin in Clayton Lake State Park (OK) and it was a beautiful stay. The cabin is right by the lake so it was convenient to go fishing there at night. The cabin we stayed at was far from the other cabins so we didn’t really see anyone else there really. Our dog loved every minute of it. He even took a few dips in the cold lake! Now I’m already starting to research which state park we should go to next! I returned to a few things piling up in the mailbox and this is one of them. Here’s what I got in my ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag

I would’ve liked the bag more if it was more symmetrical. I don’t know if you can tell but the “height” of the bag on one side is different from the other side. I don’t know if it’s intentional but oh well…it’s still usable. First item that caught my eye is the Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Lipstick. The shade everyone got is called Legendary. It’s a bold red shade that I simply love. Next item that caught my eye is the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. I’ve actually tried out this product before and have reviewed it here. Then we have the Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL. The only Rodial product I’ve had the pleasure of trying out left me impressed so I’m looking forward to trying this out. I did not know they have a makeup line! Next we have the NIP+FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum. I love facial serums so I’m eager to try this one out ASAP! It’s starting to get cold and dry again this weekend where I’m at so this is simply perfect timing to have received this in my glam bag. Last up is NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner. The shade I got this in is Onyx.

Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Lipstick

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner

So I was expecting a little bit more wow with the bag itself for Christmas but it’s better than last year’s bag in my opinion — so it’s all good! I think I’ll get to keep most of the items in my glam bag to try for myself, which is pretty rare really so I’m looking forward to it!

ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag

I got this in yesterday and am very excited to share it with you guys. Here’s what I got with my ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag

The bag is made out of a denim type of material I think. It’s actually very neat looking and has an edgy look for Fall. The first item up is the Onomie Powerful Priming Serum. The shade I got is called Truth. I ran out of the serum I was using a few months ago so I switched my facial skincare regimen a bit. Now I think it’s time to reintroduce it back! 🙂 Next up is the Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner. This one strikes me both as interesting and gimmicky. I am familiar with dry shampoos but dry conditioner? Really? I’ll definitely be trying this out and reviewing this so keep your eyes peeled for it. Then we have the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic. This brand is on the higher end of what I usually go for and after using Korean skincare products I am more open to using items such as this tonic. I’ll put this to the test for the added moisture part since I don’t really use makeup and can’t test it to set makeup. Then we have BelláPierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush. The shade I got is in Autumn Glow. I have too many blushes open already that I don’t even use so I’ll be throwing this in as an extra gift come holiday season. Lastly, we have Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. This caught my eye immediately due to the pretty packaging. I don’t really have any use for this, but I’ve used lip plumpers before so you bet I’m trying this out and will be sharing with y’all my thoughts on it.

Onomie Powerful Priming Serum

Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

BelláPierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Autumn Glow

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme

Overall, not bad. More keepers this time around it seems!

Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser

Hey guys! How y’all doing? I’ve been gone the past few days cause I went on a short vacation to Vegas! It was a really nice break that I enjoyed a lot. Anyway, back to regular blog posting, today I have another Curtain Call post. Here’s my take on the Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser.

At 1.76 oz / 50 g, this retails for $190 when sold as is (AKA not in a set). It’s a very high price point for me. It’s also not something widely offered here unlike similar products from other competitor brands. You can get this in a set with the Bee Venom Super Serum and Bee Venom Eye for a better value. This product is described as the following:

“The revolutionary bee venom moisturiser is an advanced formula that revitalises and renews for naturally younger looking skin. 72% of trial volunteers felt the cream left their complexion looking firmer. Working in synergy with complex plant extracts to visibly improve skin tone and elasticity, bee venom helps to smooth and plump out fine lines and wrinkles by controlling muscle contractions in the face and helps increase blood circulation in treated areas. Also contains Cyclopeptide-5, a next generation skincare peptide that restores and increases skin elasticity and firmness, to help prevent signs of ageing. Juvinity encourages ageing cells to behave younger by reactivating the production of collagen making this the premium anti-ageing cream.”

Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser

Verdict? I have a sample size tube of this product that I got from an ULTA freebie bag with purchase. I started using this the week before I left for my trip to Vegas and then took it with me for continued use. I figured that if it’s a great product that I’d get great results from — what better time to use it than for my vacation? The tube lasted about ten days in total with daily use at night. The product is white in color and the texture is just what I would expect from a face moisturizer. The scent is very pleasant and familiar — I just can’t quite pinpoint what it is. My first thought is it’s some scent I smelled before from Bath & Body Works but that’s a very vague description. The best way I can describe it is it’s a cross or a blend of soap and baby powder. I just squeeze a small amount onto my fingertip and gently spread it all over my face. It absorbs really quick into my skin and then I can apply sunscreen over it easily. As for the claims….I can’t really comment on that as I can’t really say I’ve used it long enough to see any real results.

This product can easily be purchased on their website here or at other retailers such as ULTA.