A few weeks ago, Red Magazine was giving away free full-sized Rodial mascaras worth just under £25… I don’t usually read Red Magazine, but I was thinking of the BARGAIN! So, I picked one up…
I tried it out for the first time a few days ago and have only just got round to writing up a review… This is it. Strap yourselves into your seats. Glue your eyes to your screens and get did.
I’ve reviewed another Rodial product before – in fact, my first post on this blog was Rodial and it’s had the most views of any blog post I’ve ever posted, ever.
Anyway, we’re not here to discuss my previous post, we’re here to talk about Glamolash XXL.
Lengthen, separate and lift eyelashes with this matte, dry formula mascara. With a soft black pigment and short, finely packed bristles, this will give a lengthened natural flutter to eyelashes with long-lasting hold for a wide eyed look.
If you’ve read my blog and are familiar with my existence, you’d know I love mascara more than any other make-up product. I think it’s because I’ve been blessed with long-ish lashes, so I like to just keep them looking good. If I spent as much time looking after my head and eyebrow hair as much as I do my eyelashes, I’d probably look a damn sight better. 😆
Why do I keep going off on tangents?! Must. Stick. To. The. PLAN! Speaking of plans, how does NASA run parties/events? They PLANET. That sentence just then has EVERYTHING to do with Rodial’s Glamolash. I promise*…
So, Rodial’s mascara Glamolash was free as an incentive from Red Magazine, as I said, and it’s actually the most rubbish mascara I’ve ever used. No offence.
Firstly, the packaging feels beyond belief tacky (and kind of looks it too). Imagine paying £20-something for a “high end” mascara that makes MaxFactor’s “drug store” one look like Beyoncé… Exactly.
Don’t even get me started on the formula… I got it in my eye by accident and almost went blind. Seriously. It’s that bad. My eye started crying those rivers that Justin Timberlake sang about, it wasted about seven kitchen towels, Q-Tips and time applying the rest of my makeup – which then got wiped away.
The result? Clumpy. I looked as though I completed day one on a BTEC Hair & Beauty course and didn’t go back. We all know what might happen on Day One, don’t we? An induction to the course, getting to know each other by name, and discussing our previous make-up faux pas. Exactly, we wouldn’t even had been taught how to apply the damn thing.
If I had to choose one good thing about it, I’d have to say the applicator.
To conclude this post, Rodial’s Glamolash is trash. Don’t waste your money. Thankfully, I paid for the magazine so not all was lost…
Bourjois is making another appearance on this blog because – why not? Air Mat is a foundation that does exactly what it sounds like on the packaging: it leaves your face feeling airy fairy and mattifies it.
Bourjois’ Air Mat foundation has been specially developed to give skin a smooth, matte finish that lasts for up to 24 hours. Its non drying, lightweight formula lets skin breathe throughout the day and provides high coverage for a flawless finish.
Enriched with mattifying micronized powders, it elimates shine with no mask effect for an undetectable result.
Do I love it? I would love it a hell of a lot more if I hadn’t picked up the wrong shade…
Hahahahahahaa! Hahahahahah! Hahahahaha! Wait – hahahaha! … Okay, so – do I usually look like a Lebanese polar bear? Yes. But, did I look like I am on a PALE-O skin-tone diet when I tried this foundation? Again, yes.
Other than the wrong shade, I love this foundation. It’s amazing. Like, for real. I wear it and feel like I’ve got nothing on [facially, I wear clothes – obvs.]. It leaves my face looking flawless and even. Yes, that’s right – it’s got a high coverage, similar to Yves Saint Laurent’s Camouflage. You wouldn’t think so though because it’s called “AIR” Mat.
Like all other Boujois products, this one smells incredible. It’s more floral than fruity but still: lush.
Do I know the ingredients? No, I’m not a dermatologist, soz… But, I do know that Bourjois states that it lasts 24 hours. I wore it on my face long for enough to know it lasts 9 hours and is durable. However, I haven’t tested it out for 24 hours.
Mate, I love my blog, but not enough to keep foundation on my face for 24 straight hours knowing full well I have to position myself between a sweat sandwich and breath pie every morning and night (just to get to and from work by train)… I’d have to want post-breakouts, skin-coli or dermatological salmonella, and I don’t. Apologies.
Back to the shade, there are five shades to choose from. I may have bought the wrong one, I know you won’t because you’re not that colour blind and dumb.
I just wanted to chuck out a quick post on anxiety. Look, you might read my Twitter, Facebook and blog thinking that I’m a really happy person all of the time, wrong. I’m not always happy. Some days, like today, I get down and depressed/anxious – sometimes, like today, for no reason at all…
For me, I think it’s the weather. Today was really rainy, grey and dull. It looked super depressive and overcast.
Anxiety can strike at any moment and comes in a range of extremes. You can’t really plan it, but you can definitely notice the signs. If you notice the signs before it’s too late, you can prevent a meltdown.
What are the signs?
1) palpitations and uneasiness – when your heart starts racing or beating faster and you can feel in yourself that there’s a sort of emptiness or weird feeling coming over you.
The way to counteract those is through breathing techniques and trying to find out exactly what it is that’s causing the uneasiness. Could it be that you’ve changed something in your routine? Had something on your mind? Drank or taken something that you wouldn’t usually take? For instance, I was on a really bad concoction of weight loss supplements, and that spurred on severe anxiety a couple of years ago.
2) racing thoughts – do your thoughts run at a million miles per hour, forcing your head to overheat?
The way to stop this from happening is by doing a mindfulness podcast. There are great podcasts that calm the nerves. You can find them online.
3) bad/negative feelings – these are just feelings that you’re going to have to let pass. Some days are just not our days. Those feelings are an indication of that, if and only if it carries on for longer than normal, seek medical help. You can get referred to the psychologist or a counsellor. You can also get a prescription for antidepressants or tranquilizers. What I will say though is – don’t rely on them. It’s not healthy or safe to get used or addicted to them.
4) hyper sensitive to noise and emotions – this one is a tough one to get rid of because first you’ve got to establish what it isn’t that’s causing the hyper-sensitivity, then you’ve got to try to avoid the places or situations that bring it on. That’s hard. Especially when you don’t know why the heck you’re feeling anxious in the first place. I mean, if there’s nothing that you can put your finger on, nothing going on to make you feel that way; it could just be a hormone or emotional imbalance that’s passing through. Let it.
Seriously, the only way to beat anxiety is to know that there’s a better day awaiting you in tomorrow. The precise moment that anxiety strikes might not be for you, but tomorrow will be. Don’t dwell, don’t think about it too much. Distract yourself. Watch something hysterical, do something you enjoy, be with the people who make you laugh/happy. Life’s too short for anything else.
Alternatively, just speak to a friend or friends who you can trust and you know won’t judge. If you’re spiritual, a prayer or meditation helps too. The main thing is to not let it get you down, or worse than you are already feeling.
Remember, it’s a phase, it’ll pass and what you’re stressing about (if anything at all) will be a distant memory or not even one come next year. It’s really not that deep.
Enjoy every moment, and try to find the positive of the anxiety. The fact that you’re able to notice that you’re anxious is a huge plus. Trust me when I say there are people who don’t realise it until it’s too late. They don’t even the right tools to deal with it so the healing process takes longer. Don’t let that be you. Don’t be ashamed of anxiety either. Only the greats get anxious.
Anxiety occurs in people who are hyper sensitive and caring. Granted that being hyper-sensitive might not be perceived in society as a good thing, but at least you’ve got feelings. I have too much of them. Sensitivity is a massive turn on. Also, who doesn’t want to be caring?! It’s the nicest trait ever (equal with being funny).
The important thing is that whatever it is, don’t bottle it up. Speak to someone. Do something about it. Mental health is the most important of the health. It affects the rest of our organs, so make sure it’s been well treated, well fed (in thoughts). Keep it positive. A smile is of most importance. Keep smiling, even when you really don’t feel like it. Your mind will get tricked into releasing serotonin and endorphins that are responsible for making us happy.
Finally, the trick is to make yourself feel happy, even if you might not feel it during times of anxiety and depression. It’s easy for us to crack when we hit an all time low, but remember that you can only go up from there. Try to make a strength from your weaknesses without adding unnecessary pressure.
That’s all I wanted to say. If you ever need a chat, you know where I am. X
Here is my favourite award-winning peel-off mask of all time looking all nonchalant (and shizz) in its packaging…
This skin rejuvenating formula loosens blackheads and cleanses deep into the
pores to remove impurities while clarifying and purifying the skin and rebalancing oily areas.
- Detoxifying, targets blackheads and acne
- Rebalances oily zones and clears impurities
- Exfoliates dead skin cells, increases hydration
- Repairs skin damage and brightens complexion
- Boosting skin firmness
- Improving skin clarity, tone and elasticity
- Ready to use, 20 minute treatment
- No animal ingredients or testing
- Free of Mineral Oils, Lanolin, Petroleum and Parabens
As much as I’d love to type: “I cannot actually tell you how good it is”, I’m going to have to dig deep because this post ain’t going to write itself…
It’s amazing. Like, for real amazing. This is the first charcoal mask that cools my skin and detoxifies whilst tightening and rejuvenating it. It’s lovely.
I have to admit that I didn’t keep it on for 20 minutes though (as advised)… I washed it off just after 10 mins, but luckily still saw great results.
My skin’s so squeaky clean, bright, more supple and soft. My face feels like a baby’s bottom and a medium rare steak. #RaisingTheStakesSince1991 #Booyakasha #WhatTheHeckAmIOnAbout? #IDontEvenKnow… #GoodLuckFiguringItOut! 😆
The only things I didn’t like about this mask are that it’s messy and pretty hard to open. It comes in a little sachet and when you rip it open, the gel is so sticky and thick that you need to put your hand in to get it out…
Once it’s out, you’ve got to spread it across your face and neck and leave it like you usually would. It’s probably better to use a brush..? More hygienic.
The biggest surprise for me was that it wasn’t hard to wash off and that it didn’t stain my sink. (That’s my only issue with activated charcoal masks. Most of the ones I’ve tried before stick to the surface, this one did not.)
In a black diamond, activated charcoal peel-off masked nutshell, I think this product is great.
Get it on and around your facial crevices. Leave it on for 20 mins. Peel off. Look like a baby. I dare you.
Oh, and, uh… This costs a mere £4.99 which beats getting a facial done in the beauty salon for £37!
I mean, what the HECKory dickory dock?! Man(sour) didn’t go up the clock ’cause I don’t have that stupidity gene which justifies wanting to spend £37 on a facial when I could give myself one for free at home…