After liking Nip+Fab’s Dragon’s Blood Serum I wanted to see if the face mask was as good. Unfortunately I felt a bit disappointed after using Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask as it wasn’t a gamechanger skin product.
The mask comes from the tube as a clear gel like substance. Because it also doubles as an overnight mask it stays clear on the skin and sinks in rather than drys out. I used it as a normal mask as with sensitive skin I worried about using it overnight. But I probably will try it overnight at some point as I’ve had no bad reaction to it as of yet.
After using it my skin didn’t feel or look drastically different. My skin did feel moisturised, but as I’m quite oily at the moment I can’t say it was because of this mask. The anti-aging effects don’t really apply to me, and my skin didn’t seem any brighter, although I had previously been using the serum which has the same benefit.
I did feel that after a few days however my skin did feel softer and smoother. My blemishes seem to heal up and fade a bit faster. I’m attributing this to the dragon’s blood as it acts as a barrier to environmental irritants. I probably won’t repurchase as I find other masks to be much more beneficial for my skin type. I would recommend to anyone who’s starting an anti wrinkle routine though as it’s supposed to be good for skin plumping and fine lines.
I’ve heard about Nip+Fab skincare products for a while now but have held off due to the price. My local Boots had an offer on, which I just couldn’t refuse, so I bought this serum and the mask. I was intrigued by this range because it’s ‘Dragon’s Blood’ which I’ve never heard of before. Apparently, it’s a plant substance and not the blood of mystical beings.
This serum contains (obviously) dragon’s blood which helps to create a barrier over the skin when applied. This helps to reduce pollutants and dirt from clogging the skin. It has velvet flower which moisturises and illuminates the skin. Gransil EP-9 helps to absorb excess oil and smooth the skin. This is one of the important things for me as I get very oily. It also has Hyaluronic acid which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. This hydrates and further helps with a smoother more refined skin texture.
The serum is quite thick when you pump it out, but you only need the tiniest bit as it spreads so easily on application. It feels lightweight and absorbs into your skin quickly. After it’s been applying you cant really tell except your skin feels immediately smoother.
I found after a few days of using Nip+Fab Serum that my skin felt smoother and looked healthier. My breakouts were smaller and were less visible. Dry patches on my face felt normal again but I also didn’t feel too oily. The ingredients clearly work together well to keep me moisturised, but not too moisturised.
One of the big benefits is that it’s suitable for sensitive skin. So I actually tried it on some eczema on my neck and it helped to clear it up a bit. It didn’t fully go away but it was visibly less red, hydrated and smoother. I’ll definitely be picking up some more Nip+Fab products as this one was such a success for me.
Have you ever had that problem where you’ve been out the house all day and your face just needs touching up? Yeah I had this problem before meeting a friend and had nothing on me. I quickly took a wander into Boots and found this Max Factor Pan Stik. It was small, cheap and I trust most Max Factor Makeup. So I bought it and re-applied my makeup.
I picked this foundation because Max Factor are usually good with their pale shades. Shade 13, Nouveau Beige is slightly too dark for me unfortunately. But, it did it’s job of touching up my foundation. I’d say powder is necessary to match it to my skin better for everyday though.
It’s really small and ‘handbag sized’ which is perfect for me. It also doubles as a concealer because it’s full coverage. That means I can just go over blemishes throughout the day. I also enjoyed the lipstick style packaging as you have to spin the bottom for the stick to move up. There seems to be a lot of product for the price of £8.
The Max Factor Pan Stik has a creamy formula and is a block of solid foundation. It glides onto the skin really well and blends out easily. It’s better on dryer skin as with oily skin it does make you look oilier. Because it’s full coverage it’s not the greatest for my skin in general. My skin breaks out very easily, and this product does seem to make it worse slightly.
Overall, it’s not the best for my everyday makeup routine. But, I would gladly take it with me if I was going out all day and night and knew I would need to touch up my make-up.
Cetaphil is a brand which caters for sensitive skin. It’s main selling point is how gentle the products are. I got these samples from my parents who had picked them up somewhere. As I have sensitive and eczema prone skin I was excited to try these out.
The first product is the Gentle Skin Cleanser. This is another foaming in water cleanser but a lot more affordable than the Clinique one I tried. It comes as a thick gel substance which doesn’t lather up too much when washing. When I used the cleanser I didn’t really feel anything which is good for my sensitive skin. My skin also did feel clean without feeling oily or dry which can sometimes happen with cleansers.
Next we have the Moisturising Cream. This is meant for your body rather than face according to the website. I tried it on both, because it’s a handy sample size for me to pop in my bag. It works well to moisturise without making my skin feel greasy or oily. It’s formula is similar to most handcreams and it soaks into the skin quite fast. I also tried it on a patch of eczema on my elbow, which has completely gone down now.
Then we have the Moisturising Lotion. This is for your face and comes as a very thick substance, similar to the cleanser but white. Similar to the cream it worked really well to moisturise without making my skin too oily. It also soaked in fast, but I did find it sat on my skin for longer than the cream. So I accidentally put my foundation on over it a bit early a couple of times.
Overall Cetaphil is a wonderful brand for my sensitive skin. The one thing of note is that there’s no ingredient which is solely to target acne, which is something I need a lot. Therefore I probably wouldn’t use the cleanser but I would definitely buy the Moisturing Cream for my face and body.
After a recommendation from one of my friends, I picked up the Sleek Solstice highlighter palette. Even though I usually use Revolution’s highlighter, I wanted to try out a cream highlighter. The gold metallic case is quite sturdy. Both the product and mirror were intact after moving day! It comes with 4 highlighters and a small brush.
From the top right clockwise the colours are: Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Equinox and Subsolar. Ecliptic is a rose-nude colour and is a cream highlighter. It creates a very subtle highlight, as it’s not quite as shimmery as the others. The cream texture feels quite oily, which I dislike when I have oily skin. When I first tried it, it was a lot better because I had dry skin at the time. So I expect it would work well for those with normal to dry skin.
Hemsiphere and Equinox are baked powders. Hemisphere is really strange as it’s lilac. It’s not as strong a colour when on your skin though. When applied, it looks very vibrant, and is the strongest highlight of the four. It also applies quite heavy, you don’t need to put a lot on to see the effect. Equinox is not quite as bright as Hemisphere, but it’s still very visible as a highlighter. It’s more peach when applied, so don’t worry about your face looking orange like it looks it the palette.
Subsolar is a silky shimmer powder and has a yellow colouring within the palette. It is a lot less vibrant than the other two powders, but because it’s a more neutral colour, it works better on day to day basis. I prefer using Subsolar with my everyday makeup just to bring out my cheekbones a bit. Hemisphere and Equinox on the other hand work a lot better for night time looks. This is a personal preference as I prefer to keep my make-up ‘natural’ looking for my everyday.
I will probably still use my Revolution highlighter, as once Subsolar runs out, I won’t the Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette for everyday. But, when they all run out, I would be happy to purchase again as they are good value for money.