I was delighted to be invited to the Nip + Fab bloggers event held this week at the Rodial headquarters on Kings Road in London. Nip + Fab was founded by Maria Hatzistefanis (founder of Rodial) and the brand is what you might call the ‘little sister’ to Rodial. Nip + Fab offers a wide variety of targeted treatments for the face and body at great price points. Although I had tried Nip + Fab’s Dry Leg Fix previously, I was eager to learn more about the brand.
The first product that caught my eye at the event (besides the fab cupcakes!) was the Viper Venom Body Serum and for several good reasons. First of all – a serum for the body? Fantastic.
The whole point of serums is to deliver a higher dose of potent and active ingredients to your skin. I see serums as the real skin saviours and moisturisers as more of a supportive system/accompaniment to a great serum, as well as a barrier to environmental elements. Both are necessary in your skincare routine. Much like a great wine is a nice accompaniment to a fabulous meal, so is a moisturiser to a serum and the key is that they must work in harmony.
So the fact that Nip + Fab has made a serum for the body is ‘Fab’ news because our body will age, just like our face. To be able to deliver more potent ingredients to the skin on our bodies, i.e. with serum, is a great step forward in skincare.
Luckily, with the Viper Venom Body Serum also comes a face serum. I was given a Viper Venom Wrinkle Fix* (£19.95) which promises to ‘freeze, blur + smooth your wrinkles’. The active ingredients in the product are LIFTONIN® + SYN-AKE® to smooth and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The price point is great for a serum and I believe the technology from Rodial’s premium Glamoxy snake serum line has inspired the Viper Venom range from Nip + Fab. That’s the great thing about a premium brand starting a brand with more affordable price points. Generally the technology and research that went into the premium brand trickles down into the brand with a more affordable price point. As a consequence, everyone wins.
Second of all the Viper Venom Body Serum attracted me because it is going along with the snake venom trend that we have started seeing more and more of in Western skin care. Having spent a lot of time in Asia, I am very familiar with the snake venom trend as it is very popular there. While you probably think of snake venom as harmful, it actually can produce anti-ageing benefits when applied topically to the skin.
The third reason the Viper Venom caught my eye? The packaging. Most people don’t realise how much packaging plays a role in their purchasing habits. The bright green and black of the product stood out to me and definitely played upon the ‘venomous’ look.
Another great trend hitting skincare? Bee venom and honey products. Nip + Fab has become a part of this trend by releasing their Bee Sting Fix range. Targeted to mature skin, it aims to plump and firm skin, as well as offer some tightening effects. This collection comes in a body range and face range.
I was able to try the Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask*. This can either be left on for 10 minutes upon application of a thick layer of the gel mask or spread thinly and left on overnight. I chose to leave it on overnight for a more intensive treatment.
Nip + Fab also offers a Body Slim Fix*. This is a product I generally wouldn’t go out and buy purposely so was happy to have the chance to try it. I liked the fact that it acts as both a body moisturiser and toning gel-a multi-tasking product! The gel sinks in easily and leaves a pleasant smell. After a week of using it on targeted areas I can actually see a small different in those areas. This is definitely a product I would keep using. Let’s hope this gets me out of going to the gym!
The evening was a great success and I want to say a big thank you to the PR team behind the event as well as Maria for creating two great brands!