Nip + Fab is a skincare brand that had been on my radar for a while but one that I only got around to trying out for myself last December when I stocked up in Belfast on a Christmas shopping trip. This Dragon's Blood Fix range promised to help me achieve plumper, smoother and more youthful looking skin and is celebrated as being inspired by the Rodial Dragon's Blood range. Once you get over the fact that "Dragon's Blood" actually sounds rank, you can satisfy yourself that no dragons were harmed in the making of this product- with the product deriving from the red resin of the "dragon" tree (or Croton Lechleri tree) which has antiseptic and medicinal properties. Now, I am willing to try just about anything to tackle my beleaguered dry skin and I picked up all three products in the range to try out. My biggest skin concerns at the moment are hydration and minimising the appearance of fine lines and this range sounded like it was made for me. I'll go through each of the three products individually:
Nip + Fab Skin Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum
This is described on the Nip + Fab website as a "lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin". This serum contains hyaluronic acid (for hydration), velvet flower (moisture and illumination), gransil EP-9 (absorb excess oil and smoothes) and, of course, the star of the show, Dragon's blood (forms a protective film on the skin to protect against environmental aggressors)- all of which combine to leave skin feeling comforted and looking plumper, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Nip + Fab may have gained more notoriety in recent weeks after signing the new Princess of Cool (Kylie Jenner obvs)
I have tried lots of different serums over the last few months- but this one is right up there at the top with the best of them. I can't say it fills out all my fine lines and makes me look 10 years younger, but it does feel nourishing, leaves my skin feeling softer and more hydrated and improves the texture of my skin which I have noticed in how foundation sits on my skin now. It feels quite lightweight, sinks into the skin relatively quickly and doesn't really feel present when I'm wearing it, and I like to use this as a night time treatment. I particularly like the effect that this has had on my forehead which used to be the most dry area of my face. This serum will set you back €19.95 for 50ml of product.
Nip + Fab Skin Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads
One of the cult Nip + Fab products is the Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads (which I will report back on another day) and these pads here are the equivalent from the Dragon's Blood Fix line. These pads are enriched with Dragon's blood (protection against environmental aggressors), salicylic acid (cleanses and aids exfoliation), hyaluronic acid (hydration and refine skin texture) and witch hazel (reduce redness and tighten pores)- when powers are combined, these pads promise to refresh and smooth your skin.
I use these every other day- take a pad and sweep it across my entire face before applying the Dragon's Blood Fix Serum- and these are not offensive at all- not even the scent (which is quite strong in comparison to other similar pads I have used from First Aid Beauty etc. - I quite like the clean, medicinal smell of these pads in all honesty!) These feel quite damp and leave a little residue on the skin which sinks away quite quickly without feeling greasy or oily. One side of the pad is textured and the other is flat and I generally use both sides of the pad just to make sure I extract as much Dragon's blood goodness as I can from each pad. I find these are particularly good for tackling blemishes and I notice than when I use these, the appearance any little red bumps or blemishes I have along my chin diminish. You get 60 pads in the pot for €12.95.
Nip + Fab Skin Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask
Nip + Fab promise that this mask is an "intensely hydrating gel mask combining multiple skin perfecting complexes to plump the look of wrinkles and refine the skin's appearance for a brighter, more youthful looking complexion". This mask contains Dragon's blood (you know the drill by now, protection against environmental aggressors), salicylic acid (cleansing and exfoliating), hyaluronic acid (hydration and refining skin texture), glycerin (draw water to outer layer of the skin to keep it moisturised and restore skin suppleness) and TEGO Cosmo C 250 (brighten skin and fade age spots).
I love a decent face mask and this face mask is definitely a departure from the usual creamy or clay face masks that I try. This is a gel like texture which actually feels quite soothing and fresh on the skin. I've used this two ways, throwing on a good thick layer and rinsing after about 15 mins, or applying a less thick layer and leaving it on overnight before rinsing this morning when my skin is in need of a rescue remedy. Even though the mask is very gel like and feels very wet on the skin, it skins away almost completely, so by the time you get around to rinsing it off, be it 15 minutes or 8 hours later, it has done its job. I do feel like my skin looks more radiant when I use this- and unlike some other masks I have, the results were pretty much visible from the first use.
Overall, I am very impressed with the Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix range, particularly for the little price, and I have no qualms in recommending it. If you are interested in purchasing it yourself, check out the Nip + Fab EU website, Cloud 10 Beauty, Superdrug, some larger Boots stores or Boots website.
If you've tried any Nip + Fab products or have any suggestions, I would love to hear from you. If you're interested in reviews of the Deep Cleansing Fix or the Glycolic Fix range, stay tuned and they will be coming up in the next few weeks!