Our lives have been a bit crazy the last month or so with work obligations and the impending move. I read an article years ago about how moving is ranked in the top 3 most stressful events a person can experience. Considering this will be our 6th move in 3 years, I consider myself something of an expert on the topic. And my expert opinion is…YES. I love to be in new places, but I would rather learn to do a backflip over a shark tank than have to pack and unpack boxes and furniture yet again.
In the midst of things, Husboy announced the release of the band’s new album “The Color Before the Sun” this coming October, cuing the onslaught of related press/video/show news. Wanting to soak up as much time as possible before the tour cycle kicks in, Atlas and I decided to join him on a last minute trip to Los Angeles this weekend to film a music video. A fun plan in theory! In hindsight, nearly 16 hours of travel for 48 hours on the West Coast with a mobile toddler whose idea of sleeping through the night is 3 wake ups, may have been, ambitious.
What the trip did give me a chance to do is test out a beauty product I’ve been wanting to try. You may or may not remember that a few years ago, I had a beauty review blog with my friend Natalie Zfat, called The Road Tested, where we would put products to the test in real life situations. I have been meaning to bring back a review component to this blog. What better place to start than with a fast facial mask that promises to be an instant face lift at a point in my life where the bags under my eyes are bigger than the two I checked at the airport?
The mask is called Roloxin Lift. According to the packaging, it uses a “matrix of silica particles” to create a “smooth and luminous” facial surface. Sounds pretty futuristic to me (is that you, Neo?) Other notable ingredients are Vitamin A & E, along with aloe. These alone could pack a nice little quenching nutrient punch for my parched skin.
I woke up an hour before call time, at a crisp 5AM on Saturday to start the treatment, chugging a black coffee before beginning, because a girl can’t be expected to follow instructions without caffeine. Next, I washed my face and broke open the box of 10 to pull out a single sachet, kneading it gently for about 20 seconds like the instructions specified. Then, I applied the light cream evenly over my mug, paying extra attention to the little smile lines and crow’s feet I have starting to creep up (Note: I don’t begrudge you smile lines and eye wrinkles—you’ve borne witness to so many happy moments and I do appreciate you—but I would like to camouflage you from time to time.)
Finally, I waited for the magic to happen. Unlike most masks, this one doesn’t require a huge chunk of time and the process is surprisingly simple. The mask dried in about 6 minutes, to a powdery white, which means it’s ready to be washed off. A quick rinse with water and voila…
A mere 6 minutes had seemingly given me instant pregnancy glow without the morning sickness (or tiny human.) My lines were softened gently and my skin felt plumper, creating a smoother surface for moisturizer and makeup. The results weren’t overtly dramatic, more like I had just gotten an amazing night’s sleep. Which is exactly what I’d hoped for.
Roloxin Lift is a great product to keep on hand for special events or days that you need an added boost. Though a bit pricey ($110 for a box of 10 at Sephora) it comes out to $11 a treatment, which is far less than hitting the spa for a facial…and significantly more time-starved mama-friendly.
Some days, we just need a little extra help.