I think that my title has used up my best comedic material for this post which is my review of Rodial's Dragon's Blood Sculpting Gel which was, yes, you guessed it, part of the M&S advent calendar.
Obviously I have high hopes for anything referencing mythical creatures and bodily fluids. If I don't look like daenerys targaryen by the end of this I will demand my money back. (For those of you who haven't watched Game of Thrones - where have you been? It basically legitimises porn and crosses more lines than a train track. It is utterly brilliant and utterly wrong in equal parts. The character I am referencing is a young hot blonde who shags a lot. You get my drift.)
Anyway, Rodial prides itself on revolutionary anti ageing skincare and the 'Dragon's Blood' it refers to is the sap from the Croton Lechleri tree (never heard of it) which apparently forms a second skin like film around the face which protects and produces a more youthful looking complexion. It also claims to boost collagen production. They have a variety of products in the Dragon's Blood range but the sculpting gel is one of their bestsellers - £79 for 50ml so fairly expensive.
I suspect that more than one application is required to see noticeable effects. That said i applied it after a cleanse (Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm) an exfoliation (Tata Harper Rejuvenating Cleanser) and a tone (Pixi Glow) and it went on like a charm. Quite a substantial gel so a little goes a long way. Absorbs quickly and did leave my skin feeling very smooth and maybe (I'd drunk 2 glasses of wine and the lights were dimmed) slightly plumper. Most importantly for me it was fine when I layered a night oil (Sunday Riley, Juno) on top of it.
I'll continue to use the sample and see if my jowels are lifted in anyway. I must have about £15 worth of product so I'll be a bit more careful now I know that it is at the higher end of the skincare price range (won't be slapping it on my bunions). Maybe it will become a rival for my favoured Cult 51. I'll keep you posted and any users of this do let me know how you got on.