Happy Friday!


It’s my last day of work before the Christmas holidays! Christmas dinner and drinks with my friends tonight! I’ve just printed off my boarding pass and booked my taxi to the airport and I’m flying off home on Sunday!

All the excitement! (and all the exclamation points.)

Let’s move on shall we?

Last week I posted about my morning Winter skincare routine, and today I’m here to talk about my EVENING skincare routine.

Rodial Stemcell Skincare range

For makeup removal I’m still totally addicted and loyal to my Pond’s Cold Cream cleanser.

I wrote a review and how-to-use guide for it a few months back and I can honestly say it’s completely transformed my skin for the better.

It’s the best makeup remover I’ve EVER used. No stinging in the eyes, and makes it easy to wipe away even the toughest of waterproof mascaras. I do still get the odd spot (hormones. whatcha gonna do eh?), but on the whole my breakouts are far less severe and don’t last as long.

Cleanser: sorted.

Moisturisers, however, have been more of an issue.

The Body Shop day cream I reviewed last week is fab but, for evenings, I wanted something thicker, creamier and more indulgent.

When I first started using Pond’s, I was using Simple’s Rich Moisturiser. Basic and cheap. Then I tried Pond’s Hydro-Nourishing Cream, which my skin liked much more than the Simple’s Rich.

Now, I’ll probably go back to it in Summer but, for Winter, my poor sensitive skin really needs an extra heavy boost of nourishment. Something that can repair the damage from a day’s worth of yucky tube air, freezing cold winds and dehydrating central heating.

I’d been toying with the idea of splashing out for a high-quality serum and moisturiser when Rodial offered to let me try some of their moisturising products from their Stemcell Super-Food range*.

And I’m IN LOVE.

Rodial Stemcell Skincare range

My absolute favourite product from the range is the Super-Food Facial Oil* which I apply right after cleansing, before my cream-based products.

It’s light, non-greasy and smells absolutele diviiiiine: of roses and coconut.

Over the serum I then use one of two cream moisturisers, depending on how heavy a moisture boost I think I need.

The lighter option is the Super-Food Day Cream*.

This is (obviously) meant to be used in the mornings, but I find it just a tad too heavy, especially when I need it to sink in quickly so I can do my makeup for work. So it’s become my every-night moisturiser.

About twice a week, I then swap it for the Super-Food Glam Balm Multi*.

I find it really hard to describe the texture of this one. It’s something between a cream, a gel and an oil?

I shake it all up in the tube before squeezing it out, as this mixes all the oils into the rest of it. Then I massage a tiny pea size amount all over my face and neck.

It’s a bit greasy, but I can FEEL my skin soaking up all the goodness and it’s great for giving my face a really intense hydration boost.

Almost like a face mask! :)

The cool thing about this one is it also comes with a list of 100 ways you can use the balm. It’s not just for faces! I’ve been using it on my hands and feet at night, and it works great as a cuticle oil as well.

Pictured below from left to right: Glam Balm Multi, Day Cream, Facial Oil.

Rodial Stemcell Skincare range

The last item I was sent is the Glam Balm Lip*.

Again, it smells nice but, to be honest, I probably wouldn’t spend £19 on a lip balm. Not when my £1 Vaseline tubs do just as good a job!

All the products in the Rodial Stemcell Super-Food range are created using stemcells from the alpine rose.

Supposedly, because the alpine rose is an evergreen flower (it blooms all year round), using the stemcells in skincare helps protect the skin whilst reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Now, I have to be honest with you guys: I’m not entirely convinced that this is actually a thing that works. From my own research, it doesn’t seem to have much scientific basis.

But I can tell you that every product holds it’s own in the moisturising stakes, and I’ll definitely be buying the Glam Balm Multi and the Facial Oil again, once my samples run out.

Which is saying a lot, because at £35 and £60 respectively, these babies don’t come cheap!

Rodial Stemcell Skincare range

I’ve always been really resistant to spending a ton of money on skincare and beauty products. For years I’d just pick the cheapest option I could find (mainly Simple!), without really thinking about whether they actually worked for my skin or not.

And I am still wary of expensive products (what if you pay £60 for something that then brings you out in hives?!)

I use a £4 cleanser, Vaseline as a lipbalm and Herbal Essences is my haircare provider of choice (I’m currently obsessed with their Chamomile range!). My makeup is pretty much all Max Factor, Rimmel and Makeup Revolution.

I’m very much a quantity over quality kinda gal!

But I’m starting to realise that some products might actually be worth spending the extra cash on (especially if you can get a sample to try first!)

There’s no denying that my skin is MUCH nicer since I started using a better (and more expensive) moisturiser. I keep getting comments on it from everyone. It’s smoother, clearer and my makeup glides on SO much easier.

In fact, mostly on the weekends I’ve stopped wearing foundation altogether!

And if that’s not a good sign I don’t know what is :)

But what do you guys think?

Are you a high-end lover or would you rather spend £4 on a moisturiser and then buy three lipsticks with the money you saved?

And if you’re in a mixed mind like me, what type of product WOULD you consider spending a lot of money on?

*All Rodial products were gifted to me for review purposes.

As always, if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t blog it! :)

  • I admit I’m a high-end lover – but I don’t discriminate, there are products of all price ranges in my stash. Funny, I just purchased the Rodial Super Food kit to test out. It was a great deal and an awesome way to try a range of the products from the line. I’m more excited now that I’ve read your post. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • Ooooh I can’t wait to see what you think of them Kimmy!!! :D I’ll keep an eye out for your review! xx

  • tianna

    awesome review post! I’ve been wanting to try this brand for ages now so I’m glad it seems to be living up to it’s promises as it’s super pricey! If it’s good enough, though, I’m not afraid to splurge for a good product haha

    • I’d say it’s definitely worth the splurge :) if you’re not sure, why not try one of the smaller products first and see if you like that? The scents are all the same in this range and at least you’d have a bit of rough idea for it! xx

  • The oil sounds fab, I am looking for one so I will give it a try! I do think the stem cell claim is a marketing ploy, not sure how plant stem cells would ever affect ours. I am totally a fan of the budget skin care, especially while we are young and our skin is still pretty good and tough, we just need to make sure we protect it from the sun! Then I think when I am older I will invest in some more expensive anti aging stuff..

    Yay holidays! Have a fab time back home and we should catch up when you’re back! :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • Hahaha I SO nearly emailed you before posting this to get your scientific opinion!!!

      Thank you Jas!! xxx

  • I own the Glam Balm Lip and I love it. It was a magazine freebie though, I don’t think I would have bought it otherwise! The oil sounds amazing, and although rose and coconut aren’t scents I would have put together I really like the idea of it :) xx


    • I wouldn’t have put them together either! Yet it really works doesn’t it? :) I think it’s a great balm for indoors but I’ve discovered it doesn’t do very well at protecting my lips from the cold which is a shame :( xxx

  • ninegrandstudent

    I am still too terrified to spend money on something my skin might hate – at the moment it’s fine so I don’t feel the need to shake things up. My budget is still too small too, bring on graduation! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

    • I know exactly what you mean Chloe! Why not try asking for samples at the counter? I’ve since discovered most places will give you a tiny amount to try first, so you now if you’ll have a bad effect :) xx

  • Ohh, I was actually after a new serum so I may have to have a nose of this!!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Lucy

    Great review. I was originally put off by oils and adding them to my face for fear of them being to greasy but they do wonders for moisturising my skin. Rodial do wonderful products that have good ingredients and science behind them Lucy x

    • It’s funny, I had the exact same problem! But actually it’s the opposite, isn’t it? I find my face is much LESS greasy with them! :) xx

  • Stefanie Meier

    what an awesome review and your photos are lovely

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

  • nice review! and I would love to try Rodial products.