LUSH Cosmetics don’t just sell bath bombes, you know… They also sell hair care, skincare, make-up, perfume, bubble and massage bars too…
During my lunch break, I headed to my nearest LUSH to try one their massage bars. I was greeted by a lovely Lushie who demoed the Each Peach massage bar on my hand. She rubbed the bar into my skin until it began to melt, explaining all about the ingredients that go into it… She then began massaging the essential oils into my skin – topping it off with a dusting powder.
Although I love the citrussy smell of it and enjoyed how soft it made my skin feel, I opted to purchase the Peace bar instead because I fell in love with the cause… I also knew that my mum would love it because ‘Peace’ is her middle name…
A culmination of the most peaceful ingredients we can find, Peace massage bar is the perfect recipe to settle your soul. We’ve used our new aeration technique to blend Fair Trade organic cocoa butter from the Peace Community in Colombia with Fair Trade olive oil, creating a light, smooth and luxurious massage on the skin. That lovely lavender-chamomile aroma? It’s a combination of four fragrances from our signature Synesthesia massage at our LUSH Spas: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Calm and Content; traits we could all benefit more from. Go on, give Peace a chance.
Okay, so the Peace Bar is a peaceful smelling massage bar that evokes relaxation within you as soon as it absorbs into the skin. Packed with only the best Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter and Fair Trade Olive Oil, this massage bar is sure to send you to sleep at first contact.
Apparently, the majority of the proceeds of Peace go to the Columbian Peace Community who continue to fight for peace in Columbia.
This supports the self-sustaining farmers who are peacefully protesting the civil unrest in their country.
So, once I finished work, I went home to test out the massage bar on my first client – my mum. I copied the Lushie’s every move to make sure my mum had the best hand and foot massage ever. Like I predicted, she loved the smell, the name, and what it stands for. She also fell asleep mid-massage.
A nourishing moisturiser to provide a “second-skin” anti-ageing shield, helping reduce the look of lines + wrinkles through skin hydration. Bee venom works in synergy with wheat proteins to help plump + tighten appearance of skin, restoring a healthy, youthful-looking complexion.
This is one of my favourite creams ever. I used it when I was on holiday in Switzerland, last year and the smell takes me right back! What does it smell like? Honey.
Anyway, this isn’t a scent blog – so I’ll get back to discussing its benefits… The Deluxe Cream is a thick cream that glides on the skin seamlessly to reveal plump, tight skin and restores a healthy, youthful complexion.
I noticed that in just one use my fine lines appeared reduced. Before you ask, no this isn’t something I say about every product I use. If I do, it’s only because it’s true!
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.
If you’re looking for a thick eye cream that covers the look of tiredness, Nip + Fab’s Bee Sting Fix Eye is the one for you… It’ll focus on brightening the eye area, eliminating dark circles in the process. Like the Deluxe Cream, this too smells like honey!
This is my go-to Nip + Fab eye cream and I wear it only at night [as advised]. I personally love the thickness of it, although it may not be to everyone’s taste. I wake up every day with rejuvenated eyes that look as though they’ve had 40 winks. I don’t want to seem like I’m repeating myself, but this too glides on really well…
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.
Okay, so a lot of products are called things that are far-fetched… I mean, let’s face it – who’d have thought that a “Lifting Mask” could actually lift our face as though we’ve had plastic surgery?!
This lifting mask, in the form of a gel, doesn’t claim to give us a face-lift. Instead, it promises to tone our face, and make our skin feel firmer. What’s more, similarly to all Nip + Fab products, there’s an added bonus in the fact that our wrinkles and fine lines will appear visibly smoother.
I’ve tried this for almost a year now, and I can vouch that it does exactly what it says. I’m not joking when I say that it’s like gym for the face…
There are two ways of wearing this cream, either as a 15 minute mask or an intense sleep-in treatment. I always use it as an intense sleep-in treatment. I lather it on [in thick layers] and leave it to seep into my skin. When it’s all absorbed, I sleep and wake up the next morning with a glowing face and shapelier facial contours.
P.S. if you want to try them all, feel free to check out Nip + Fab’s website where you can purchase the whole range [including the body moisturiser] for £35.00.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re all amazing, and work well to do different things, but my skin actually looks and feels noticeably different when using Viper Venom. Again, I’ve noticed a difference using the other product ranges too – but I find Viper Venom works best to clear my skin and freeze my frown lines.
I’ve always had frown lines, ever since I was young… Although England gets almost zero sunshine, I manage to spend a lot of my time squinting and drooping my eyebrows to protect the sun from going in my eyes, in Summer. With that in mind, here is the Viper Venom range.
The innovative Viper Venom Frown Fix contains a concentrated blend of high-tech ingredients combined for targeted action on the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles. Infused with wonder ingredient SYN®-AKE, which works instantly to freeze lines for a smooth and wrinkle-free finish. The brush pen is easy to use, simply brush the product over particularly deep or noticeable lines for an instant blurring effect.
I’d like to start off by saying that I carry this brush pen with me everywhere I go. I need this product more than most people do because I spend my entire life laughing and smiling… Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom Frown Fix is incredible, it’ll minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles in just one use.As I said, I smile a heck of a lot and although I’m only 24, I’ve already developed fine crows feet and a nasolabial fold. So, you could imagine my sheer glee when I came across product – it was like gift from the dermatological Gods! There’s really not much else to say apart from: “PURCHASE IT NOW!”
A revolutionary skin refining serum with innovative LIFTONIN®-XPRESS + SYN®-AKE to help visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles. Wrinkle Blur Technology softens the appearance of imperfections for a naturally smoother + more even looking complexion.
I swear by this product. This is the only product that I’ve used which doesn’t break me out. One thing I forgot to mention is that I’ve suffered from acne for many years. Cystic, little white spots, zits, pimples – you name it, I’ve had it. But, after trying Nip + Fab, my skin cleared up nicely. Obviously I get the odd spot, because I’m human and hormonal, but they’re nowhere near as bad and as much as they used to be.
Viper Venom Wrinkle Fix “is a revolutionary skin refining serum innovative LIFTONIN®-XPRESS + SYN®-AKE to help visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkle Blur Technology softens the appearance of imperfections for a naturally smoother and more even looking complexion.” It features: Syn®-ake (Dipeptide) Neuropeptide which mimics the effects of muscle relaxing cosmetic procedures and softens expression lines. Now, I don’t have wrinkles but I do have nasolabial folds aka laugh lines. I spend my whole life laughing and smiling because like Buddy the Elf, “smiling is my favourite”. In a nutshell, this serum is great if you want something which works instantly and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
A refreshing eye gel in a cooling roll-on applicator with wrinkle minimising LIFTONIN® + SYN®-AKE to smooth the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles around the eye area. Red Algae Extract reduces the look of dark circles for a radiance boosting effect. With Syn-ake, a revolutionary ingredient that works to smooth skin and liftonin for instant tightening.
This roll-on eye gel should win awards, I’ll tell you that much! It’s the only roll-on eye gel that has left a lasting impact on and underneath my eyes. I use it in the morning and evening, finding that it begins to work it’s magic almost instantly.
The formula is a transparent liquid which is easily dispensed through the metal rotating ball applicator and does not drag on the delicate under-eye area. It is cooling, hydrating and after regular use, helps to eliminate dark circles and/or crow’s feet.
The clear fluid is non-greasy, absorbs quickly and leaves no residue on the skin. It is pleasant and easy to use, brightens the eye area and leaves you with that refreshed ‘wide awake’ feeling.
The latest addition to our Viper Venom range, the Micro Blur Fix works to prime, blur and mattify the skin, for an instant flawless complexion so you’re selfie ready. This innovative priming serum contains a concentrated blend of high-tech ingredients to reduce the appearance of pores, diminish signs of oil on the skin and give an instant blurring effect for matte, selfie ready skin. The addition of wonder ingredient SYN®-AKE also works to instantly freeze lines for a smooth finish.
I use this product as a primer of course. I have an oily T-zone and it gets really greasy and shiny after about 3 or 4 hours into my day. I even where a powder foundation and it still gets greasy.
This kept my T-zone matte looking for over 8 hours. It also really did help my makeup stay put. My makeup tends to rub off on areas I’ve applied concealer (like on pimples and acne scars) but this helped keep them covered.
It goes on smooth like a primer but feels more like a serum. Definitely does not have the heavy silicone feel. I don’t put lotion underneath since my skin is oily and this is moisturizing enough for me on days that I do wear makeup. Best part, it does not break me out.
A powerful night cream specially formulated with encapsulated time release retinol + SYN®-AKE, to reduce the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles + retexture skin, whilst you sleep. Hyaluronic acid provides long term hydration + an intensive plumping effect. Awake to smoother looking skin with a renewed youthful glow.
This is a night cream which boasts ‘encapsulated time release retinol’ (one of the animal forms of vitamin A) ‘and SYN-AKE’, which together are supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst you sleep.
‘SYN-AKE’ is a topical anti-ageing treatment, developed by the Swedish company Pentapharm, marketed as an alternative to Botox injections and other types of synthetic treatments formulated to minimise wrinkles, crow’s feet and other signs of ageing. The ingredient is a synthetic form of snake venom. SYN-AKE is said to replicate the effects of a peptide that is known as Waglerin 1, which is a component of the venom found in the poisonous temple viper. The serum can either be used on its own or added to any moisturising cream as an anti-aging element. The manufacturers of SYN-AKE claim that it offers users all the benefits of Botox without having to pay for costly injections.
Now, let’s get down to discussing whether it works or not… I mean, you won’t wake up looking like those celebrities with frozen faces after applying this. But, you will notice a reduction in the apparance of your fine-lines and wrinkles, put it that way…
It absorbs easily and is gentle and subtle on the skin. The fragrance is quite pleasant, and, after a few applications, it does indeed seem to smooth out the small laughter lines and slightly firm-up the skin around the eyes and jawline. Nothing dramatic happens, but there’s a minor improvement that makes you feel a little better about your looks. The relatively low price is another positive.
Wake up to beautiful skin with new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, a technical innovation combining the power of a serum and oil to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight.
I’m so glad that I get to write a review about this beauty oil from The Body Shop because it has played a vital role in improving my skin over the years that I’ve used it.
The Body Shop has been running since 1976 and like LUSH is against animal-testing, priding itself on selling mainly plant-based products. Founded in Brighton by Anita Roddick, The Body Shop opened over 3,000 stores in more than 60 countries.
Anyway, enough about the brand and onto its products… The Body Shop International offers more than 900 natural beauty products. Of all the 900 products it has released, Vitamin E is by far the best, in my opinion!
I’ve got the whole range, and haven’t got a bad word to say about it. However, that’s not to say that I’ve got a bad word to say about anything that The Body Shop has produced…
With a unique texture, the non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula of Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil delivers fuss-free, instant skin comfort! This technical innovation combines power and indulgence to replenish and recharge
skin with moisture overnight.
I agree with The Body Shop, it’s like locking 8 hours of beauty-sleep in a bottle ready, awaiting at our disposal. The Serum-in-Oil promises to rejuvenate the skin, helping it to feel softer, while looking fresher, radiant and more rested. This product includes the highest concentration of wheatgerm oil, a non-greasy, fast absorbing formula.
Although I tend to mix it with Rodial‘s Airbrush Make-Up [before going on a night out], it’s also worth mixing with your moisturiser before bed. This renews your skin and brings a soft, natural glow to your face upon waking up.
But, what does ‘serum-in-oil’ actually mean? Basically, it has all the goodness of a serum, but comes in liquid-oil form to further hydrate and moisturise.
A deep cleansing, purifying formula for clear + radiant skin.
The key ingredients used in this cleanser are Glycolic Acid, Apple Amino Acid, and Olive Oil – all of which perform different tasks. Glycolic Acid retextures and resurfaces, and the Apple Amino Acid provides foaming affect and softens the skin while the Olive Oil smooths and gives long-lasting hydration.
What struck me most was its fragrant fruity scent, and the fact that one pump was enough for my whole face and neck (which is good because it means that it’ll last longer).
As with all products that I review, I’ve got to give an honest opinion… As much as I love Nip + Fab, I found that this cleanser broke me out. I’m not talking the odd spot here and there, I’m talking full on cystic acne!
However, I could not tell whether it was a reaction to the cleanser, or if it was in fact working to bring forward trapped zits that lay under the skin. There’s no way of finding out because I’ve since stopped using it.
A night-time clarifying treatment for dull and oily skin, this purifying gel contains glycolic and salicylic acid which combine to resurface and purify the skin by gently lifting away dead skin cells with a continuous deep pore cleansing action. By the morning skin will look and feel fresher and smoother and skin tone will improve over time.
It’s a well known fact that our skin repairs itself while we sleep, and dermatologists recommend that we wear a night cream before bed to help restore our skin. Enter Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel…
Okay, this product is a Godsend as far as I’m concerned. I’ve been using it for about a month now and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it.
I love Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel because it balances the oils in my skin, evens my skin-tone, removes dead skin-cells and blackheads to reveal a clean and clear face. I mean, it’s even reduced the look of my pimples as well as my acne-scarring. I wake up to flawless skin every day thanks to this bad boy of a night gel!
Introducing Glycolic Fix Serum, an innovative overnight serum with 4% glycolic acid to retexture the skin’s appearance. This highly effective formua contains powerful glycolic acid to smooth the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles while improving skin texture. Designed with pore refining ingredient PoreAway, the size of pores are visibly reduced for a more refined, even looking complexion.
Like the Overnight Purifying Gel, this serum should only be worn at night – when it’s at its most effective… I bought this recently and was pleasantly surprised by how it well it smoothed over my fine-lines and wrinkles, helping reduce the appearance of my spots.
Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Serum features 4% glycolic acid – helpful when smoothing fine-lines and wrinkles, PoreAway– to minimise the look of large pores, and aloe vera – a natural herb that soothes and calms the skin.
Scrub your skin to perfection with a new breed of facial exfoliator, Glycolic Facial Scrub Fix. This 3-in-1 micro exfoliant is packed with 3% glycolic acid and salicylic acids to refine, brighten + renew. Glycolic Fix Facial scrub works deep into pores to cleanse, polish + reduce blemishes from the first use. With a fruity grapefruit scent, it energises + awakens the skin.
Now we move on to one of my favourite Nip + Fab products, ever! This scrub is one of the best scrubs I have ever tried! It includes glycolic acid granules that gently exfoliate and retexture the skin to reveal fresh, and smooth skin. Other ingredients include salicylic acid which cleanses the pores from within.
The only bad thing about this scrub is that it leaves an oily residue after wash, so you might need to rinse it out more than once if you want to get it off completely.
Get radiant and smoother looking skin with this duo, which is easily incorporated into your weekly routine.
All hail the creme de la creme of exfoliator cleansing pads…
Glycolic Fix Pads & Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme
Unveil younger-looking skin with our innovative Glycolic Fix. 60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid (2.8%) retexture + resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturising formula with hyaluronic acid + soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter + smoother looking skin. [Glycolic Fix Pads]
A more potent version of our bestselling glycolic fix pads, these extreme night pads contain our highest level of glycolic acid at 5% and have been further enhanced with the addition of salicylic acid, making these your ultimate night treatment to refine pores, brighten the complexion and de-congest the skin through the improvement of the skin’s natural exfoliation process. Easily incorporated into a weekly routine, use one pad at night 2-3 times a week. For more sensitive skin types we advise usage once a week. [Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme]
These pads have revolutionised the way that I wake up and go to sleep, I kid you not… I am absolutely obsessed with how soft they are to touch but how deep they cleanse. I use these as a toner when my skin needs extra love, and they work amazingly well to clear up an excess oils, removing any impurities!
Obviously start off with a cleanser of your choice, then use these [during the day, or at night], before applying serum and moisturiser.