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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask & Eye Cream

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You know how some stores put those giant sale tags on the shelves? They're usually bright red or yellow and you can't help but glance at whatever it is that's on sale? Yeah? That's how I ended up with these new Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix products. The sale lured me in and the packing sealed the deal with all kinds of alluring promises liking lifting, firming, plumping, and... all kinds of good 'ings'. Did they deliver? Well, you know what to do.

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'An advanced performance gel mask combining bee venom with 3D express lifting effect technology. Wrinkles appear visibly smoother + skin feels firmer for the appearance of a more lifted facial contour.'

I am a sucker for masks in general, and the idea of one that could firm and lift sounded quite appealing. Obviously, it's not going to perform miracles, but a little firmness and added definition seems plausible.

The mask is formulated with key ingredients including:

  • Bee Venom: controls the facial muscles, increases blood circulation gently plumping out and firming the skin. Also fills and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Propolis Extract: this is a resinous substance harvested by bees on flower buds and it is a great skin healer, anti-oxidant and antiseptic
  • Gransil: spheres scatter incoming rays of light + diminish the reflected light, resulting in a matte look
  • AC Moisture Plex: helps skin retain moisture and improves moisture balance in the skin
  • Instensyl: immediate 3D lifting and the skins surface will be immediately smoother. Clinical test showed lifting + smoothing effect within 30 minutes.  

The mask is a clear, semi-thick gel that you apply thickly for ten minutes for a typical mask session, or used thinly as an overnight treatment. Either way, you simply wash it off once it's done. So, the question you're all asking- Does it work? Err... Not really. Of the five or so times I've used it- which included twice as a night treatment- I didn't find that I found much difference in terms of firming or lifting, but my skin does feel a bit smoother. There is a slight firming through my cheeks, but I mean slight. Humph...

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'A rich + stimulating eye cream to defend against the look of fatigue. Nip+Fab brings you Bee Venom which is the latest anti-ageing active for younger looking skin. This will target your eye area to brighten and reduce the look of tiredness.' 

Eye cream. I'm usually not too phased by hyped up claims on eye creams- as long as it hydrates I'm happy- but the idea that this could plump the under eye area and brighten sounded pretty appealing. I don't get puffy eyes, but when I haven't had enough sleep get the always sexy sunken in look. There really aren't many eye plumping products to counteract that, plus, I did mention these were on sale.

The formula includes the same bee venom and propolis extract as the mask along with:

  • Cocoa Butter: contains fatty acids which improve skin moisture + elasticity
  • Shea Butter: helps strengthen skin + repair damage
  • Tegocosmo: a skin brightener + will help fade age spots
  • Elestan: recovers firmer + more elastic skin

The eye cream has a nice texture that is light yet creamy, and absorbs quickly and easily into skin. After using it for a few weeks, I haven't seen any visible results in terms of brighter  or more plump skin, but I do like how hydrating the cream is. It's a great cream for before makeup as it fully absorbs, but still gives a good dose of moisture.

Overall, I wouldn't call either of these must haves. The eye cream is effective in the sense that it does hydrate quite well, and even at full price, is a less expensive option that most others at the drugstore. Who knows, I could see more results with prolonged use, but I won't hold my breath. Tried either of these? Would you? Have a favourite Nip + Fab product?