Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Range Review

19 August 2014

Nip and Fab have recently launched their Bee Sting Fix Range of skin and body care products.   The collection consists of the Bee Sting Fix Cream Deluxe, Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask, Bee Sting Eye Fix and Bee Sting Deluxe Body Souffle.

The Claims

Nip + Fab claim that the products use Bee Venom to control the facial muscles, increase circulation, gently plump out and firm the skin and fill in fine lines and wrinkles.

My Thoughts on 'Bee Venom'

Anti ageing and skin plumping products are all the rage, as ever, but newer releases seem to sometimes focus more on including the new must have 'wonder' ingredient, especially some of the Rodial and Nip and Fab ranges, which also tend to have eye catching colourful packaging and interesting names rather than just the standard day cream, night cream and eye cream.  According to Maria Hatzistefanis, who is owner of Rodial and Nip + Fab, a lot of customers were asking for bee venom products so they 'took bee venom and the latest stem cell technology to develop a range for more mature skin'.

I think sometimes people read too much into the shocking names or ingredients the products are said to contain, and forget to use some common sense when it comes to products.  It is extremely unlikely that using any of these, or similar products will be the same freezing effect on lines and wrinkles as botox, bee venom, being bitten by a snake etc. etc.  However, the products are likely to smooth the appearance of skin and hydrate, therefore giving the effect of your fine lines and wrinkles looking better.  And these are all good things! I have really enjoyed using this range of products and will review them in more depth below but this is just a note to remember that nothing will lift your face permanently like a face lift, nothing will freeze or fill in your wrinkles like botox and filler so if that is what you want, then use those methods, these are the type of products to use to slow down further effects of ageing or minimise what signs of ageing you do have already perhaps over time or just temporarily after you have applied them and are an easy, cheaper, and less invasive way, with much less risk than having any kind of surgical or non-surgical procedure.

Some of the other ingredients and their benefits are below:

Key Benefits

Bee Venom - Controls the facial muscles, increases blood circulation gently plumping out and firming the skin. Also fills and appears to make fine lines and wrinkles look smoother.

Propolis Extract – A great skin healer, this is a resinous substance harvested by bees on flower buds, anti-oxidant and antiseptic.

Gransil – spheres scatter incoming rays of light and diminish the reflected light, resulting in a matte look.

AC Moisture Plex – Helps skin retain moisture and improves moisture balance in the skin.

Instensyl – Lifting effect.  The skins surface will appear smoother. According to clinical tests this showed lifting and firming within 30 minutes (to what degree however I cannot confirm).

Bee Sting Fix Cream Deluxe and Bee Sting Eye Fix

This is an anti ageing moisturiser, designed to be used as both a day cream and a night cream, I only use it as a day cream if I am not using my primer, as that is a moisturising primer, and I use it every evening in conjunction with the eye cream.  My skin is dehydrated and sensitive so I am always quite prepared to have a reaction to any new skincare and was pleasantly surprised to find my skin gets on really well with this moisturiser and eye cream combination.

The products are slightly on the thicker side so I can see why they are in pots rather than tubes, you would waste a lot at the end of the tube as it would get stuck.  Just use a clean cotton bud to remove the creams if you don't want to put your fingers into the pots.  

The moisturiser is a very light but rich white cream that sinks in pretty quickly and feels very smooth to apply.  I can't quite put my finger on the scent, I want to say honey but I don't know if that is due to the bee venom connection, if not honey it smells very similar, nothing offensive at all and the eye cream has the same light scent.

The eye fix is thicker but you really only need a tiny bit.  Apply by either patting with your ringer finger or smoothing from the inside to the outside of your under eye with a light slightly upward sweeping motion to the outer corner of your eye, try not to rub or drag the delicate skin around your eye.

The eye fix has not brought me out in any allergies, caused any milia or greasiness under the eye and has really helped make the skin look more plumped which in turn makes the skin look younger.  Nearly all eye creams give me milia (those tiny white bumps under the skin) as they are too rich for the thin under eye skin.

My skin both under eye and on the rest of my face feels extremely soft and smooth when using these products and makeup applies really well, there is no 'balling up' of foundation or concealer once applied over the top which sometimes happens if the moisturiser hasn't sunk in properly.  Fine lines do look reduced while you are using the products although obviously only minimally.

Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask

Despite perhaps sounding that it might sting your face or make it tingle to obtain the lifting effect this isn't the case.  The consistency is more of a thick serum gel and it is clear.  You apply all over your face and leave on for as long as you like, you can leave it on overnight as a deep moisturising treatment which I tend to do after a  long day or perhaps a (ahem) hangover.

This doesn't dramatically lift the skin on my face, and I would be quite worried at 29 if I had a saggy face, especially after the botox.  On a side note the botox is sadly wearing off now after 6 months and with no spare $$ to replenish at the present time due to my upcoming trips to Hong Kong and Vietnam I shall be slathering myself in this mask once a week! 

There is no redness or ill effect to using this mask, your skin doesn't heat up or tingle, look red or burn.  It is very hydrating and makes your skin look fuller and brighter, more hydrated, super soft and just overall quite glowy.  Definitely a great mask for those with ageing, or dehydrated and dry skin.  

Bee Sting Deluxe Body Souffle

At around £10 RRP this is quite an expensive body cream for me personally, I usually would use coconut oil or one of the Vaseline spray moisturises or good old cocoa butter.  

I do find the difference with this cream compared to cheaper ones is in the consistency, it soaks in much quicker than lower priced products which is great for early mornings when I am running late. 

The scent is really nice but very light so it doesn't interfere with your perfume or body spray.  It helped the skin on my shins look much less terrifyingly snake-like and I was complimented on the softness of my skin by the nurse giving me some travel vaccinations!

The Verdict

My first foray into using products containing Bee Venom and I am remarkably impressed. The stand out items for me are the moisturiser and eye cream, which leave skin smooth and plumped just as they claim to and I will definitely continue using these.  You can pick them up online, from Asos to Boots.  Apparently Sainsburys have a discount offer on at the moment so that would be worth a look to save a few pounds.

Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate Review

13 August 2014

Hand Chemistry is a new brand to me and I am always looking for a) products containing Hyaluronic acid, after using the indeed labs product on my face with great results and no breakouts or sensitivities, it is definitely one ingredient that I have found that really works to moisturise and, in turn, make my skin look youthful and dewy versus old and weirdly textured.  Approaching 30 I am starting to see slight changes in my skin, it used to be so so smooth and now if I put my foundation on sometimes it just looks a bit different, not as smooth and more dry/dehydrated.  I have tried to combat this by drinking so much water I am starting to wonder if I should buy an at-desk portaloo, but this only makes so much difference.  The skin on my hands, shins and neck has been starting to get slightly less smooth and way more dry as well, and so once finding out there were the new Hand Chemistry products available including my favorite ingredient, I decided to give them all a go and see if they really do work.

Also, quite vain of me, but I am attending someone else's wedding soon and, as I despite all forms of photo of myself, I am trying to look as passable as possible, just in case I have to end up in any, as everyone seems to be wielding cameras these days at events like weddings, and I don't want to see any pictures of me, especially on Facebook, with me looking like a hag!

Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate 

The Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate is fairly expensive if you just use it as a hand gel,  but it is a huge 240ml pump bottle and I have been using it on the backs of my hands, my shins, my neck and even my face (which is very sensitive) with great results of just two weeks of use.  The results are so obvious even after only two weeks of twice daily use that I wanted to blog about it so soon.

I make the assumption with this product, as with most products containing hyaluronic acid, that you need to apply it to slightly damp skin and then apply your moisturiser over the top to seal it in, think of it as a serum if you will although it is in a gel form, sandwich it between either cleansing your face or neck or having a shower, then applying it, and then applying your moisturiser or hand cream over the top.

I believe this is because the hyaluronic acid draws moisture to it, so you need to apply the moisturiser over the top so the hyaluronic acid draws the moisture from the moisturiser into your skin rather than drawing the moisture out of your skin and evaporating it, which would make your skin dry! Not what we want.  As long as you use this product in the correct manner, I am sure you will get as great a result as I have seen.

My hands look more uniform in colour,  I have zero dry bits, my cuticles are moisturised and generally my hands look smoother and younger.  I wouldn't say they looked old but the skin didn't look as good as it does now.

I have also been using this on my neck and decolletage as the skin is thin and can be damaged by the sun easier than a lot of other places on the body, the skin there is looking much plumper and smoother as well. My shins are looking less dry and flaky, I wouldn't say they are looking amazing yet but I think they were so dry they are going to need a bit more TLC.

You only need to apply a tiny amount as it will be very tacky on your skin if you have applied too much, a pea sized amount is enough for 1 neck or 2 hands, about the same for each shin, a bit more if you're doing your whole leg.

I wish this product had been created years ago, even my eczema flare up spots are really hydrated and I haven't had any flare ups, this seems so gentle and it is also unscented.

Overall this is the product from the range that I think is an absolute must buy if you can't afford any of the others as well as it is such good value, a little goes a long way and, I don't say this lightly but this product is totally AMAZING.

Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex 

Heel Chemistry Heel Hydration Complex is literally the most amazing hand cream I have ever used. In fact I don't think I have ever used a hand cream that is anything more than 'ok' before, some of them did the job, some of them were too thin in consistency and some, like the Neutrogena one, were great but far too thick and took forever to sink in.

This cream has the perfect consistency, sinks in quickly and has amazing and fairly speedy results.  It is very concentrated so you only need a little and you apply twice a day, morning and evening.  Or I apply it twice during the work day after I have washed my hands, as I would forget being half asleep in the morning or evening!

This makes crepey hands smoother, makes skin tone more even and has even started to help heal the discolouration I have from a scar (made by the ever evil cat Benny) on my wrist.  This works even better when used over the top of the Hyaluronic acid concentrate but it does a great job on it's own as well.

I love that it is compatible with my eczema, it has made it better and caused no problems at all and the scent is so light it is barely there, so most people should be fine with it. 

It mentions the active ingredients on the tube and you can read more about it here which mentions something about it containing Biological GHK, I had no idea what that was so I found out more from this article so it really does seem that the ingredients have science backing it up.  I thought I would include that as I saw people saying on line in reviews that it doesn't explain what the ingredients are.

Hand Heel Chemistry 

This is an amazing product from the range as well, I have to admit that I am not normally the type of person to spend so much on a foot cream but it really does work. I believe it to be very similar to the Hand Chemistry product but formulated as a thicker and more heavy duty version for feet.

I find that the results are pretty much as with the hand cream, my skin is much more moisturised, heels are no longer sad looking and look nice and pink rather than the bizarre purpley tone they had before (not sure what that was about).  My skin on my feet, just as with my hands, looks more 'plumped up' and much smoother, so this definitely does the job.

I do think though, this is probably a product I wouldn't be so inclined to repurchase, just because with my budget and wanting to repurchase the hand cream and the hyaluronic concentrate, I would probably just use both of them on my feet to save a few pounds.  Obviously if your feet are the only issues that you have, then this would be a must-have. You have to pick your battles sometimes!

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