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Nip + Fab Kale Protecting Shot and Hyaluronic Acid Shot Review

30/06/2017

*Press sample

Nip + Fab is a cruelty free beauty brand that originated in the UK and is readily available in Australia. I have been collecting and enjoying Nip + Fab products for a little while now, but recently got contacted by the brand to see if I would like to review one of the new products they are launching, of course I said yes. This month, they launched four new targeted treatment shots in Australia, the Kale Fix Protecting Shot, Viper Venom Fix Blurring Shot, Bee Sting Fix Repairing Shot, and Glycolic Fix Radiance Shot which join the Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Shot that was already available here. The targeted treatment shots come in dropper bottles so they are perfect to add to your current moisturiser or they can be used by themselves directly on the skin. I was sent the Kale Fix Protecting Shot and I already own the Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot, so I will give you the rundown on both of them today as well as the Glycolic Fix Serum. Nip + Fab are known for their skincare but they also have a range of beauty products in the UK, which aren’t available in Australia yet. Nip + Fab are completely cruelty free and they have a lot of vegan options too. They have told me that everything on the Australian site is vegan unless it is in the Bee Sting Range. They also have a list of non vegan products on their FAQ page.

Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot, Kale Fix Protecting Shot and the Glycolic Fix Serum
Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot, Kale Fix Protecting Shot and the Glycolic Fix Serum

I am a real skincare lover, I don’t think skincare is emphasized enough in the beauty world as makeup looks so much better if you take care of you skin. I have cycled through a few different skin types over the years but my skin is now in a normal to dry steady state with various other problems like large pores, rosacea, eczema and extreme sensitivity. When I take good care of my skin, all the problems can be minimized especially the dry flakiness. I originally looked into Nip + Fab as so many people rave about the Glycolic Fix range. At the time, I wanted to include an AHA in my skincare routine as I was having a lot of difficulties with a certain BHA that is widely raved about (from another brand). I eventually took the plunge and began using the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum, and I’m so happy I did. I haven’t had any of the problems I was having with the BHA. The serum keeps my pores clear and exfoliates just enough so that I don’t tend to get many blemishes but not too much that I get severe redness, irritation and flakiness (which I got with the BHA). I don’t use it on an active eczema flare as the skin needs to stay in tact, but I have used in on a rosacea flare after speaking to my doctor. It does make the rosacea look worse as it takes off the top layer of skin covering the redness but it hasn’t exacerbated the rosacea at all for me and I have not had any issues with reactions or sensitivity to the serum. I wouldn’t advise others to use it over rosacea but I have been able to without problems on the small part I have left that is resistant to treatment. I actually don’t know how I was getting by with my skincare routine before I started using this product. It is the perfect chemical exfoliant for my skin and I’m able to use the 4% glycolic acid formula daily with great results. Even though I love this product, I think the lesser known gems of this brand are the hydrating products.

Nip + Fab cruelty free skincare - Polish and Paws blog
Nip + Fab cruelty free skincare

For the last year, I have battled with dry flakey skin from time to time, and it always appears in the middle of the face (like on the nose), so it’s impossible to hide. I knew I needed to find a product with Hyaluronic Acid to help with the dehydration in my skin, but it was a bit of a minefield trying to decide what to get. I tested out a couple of other products before I decided to try the Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot, but I’m glad I did. The high Hyaluronic Acid content of 50% is what really sold me on buying it, a lot of other brands don’t disclose the percentage of Hyaluronic Acid so it’s hard to tell which product will work the best from the packaging alone. Anyway, after using the Hyaluronic Acid shot for only a short period of time, I was absolutely sold. This is one of the products I couldn’t take out of my skincare routine now, it has really helped with skin flaking. If I start to feel that any area is becoming dehydrated, I immediately apply some of this straight to the skin and it fixes it. Every night I add two drops of the orange coloured gel to my Trilogy Age Proof Replenishing Night Cream and together they make my skin nice and smooth, ready for the next day. It has been really cold in Melbourne so I noticed that I have to use it straight onto my skin more often at the moment, but being a gel base, it is really easy to apply. By itself, the Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot can leave a slightly tacky residue, which I don’t mind as the results are worth it, but this doesn’t happen when I mix it with my moisturiser. I have noticed that it has helped a lot with skin plumping. I don’t have many wrinkles but the slight ones I have on my forehead have been reduced by using this and my rosacea feels a lot less tight because of this product too. I haven’t been able to use it on the small lines around my eyes as I am so prone to milia that any product there causes them to pop up, but I have had the milia removed this week (blog post to come in a month or so about it), so it will be interesting to see if this also helps to plump up those lines – I think it will. At $69.95 it’s not a budget buy but it is so worth the money, plus you only use a tiny amount at a time so the bottle will last a while. Between Target and Priceline there are frequent sales on Nip + Fab, so you can keep any eye out for those. One thing I do want to note is that many people with oily skin still end up with dehydrated skin in winter. I get both dry and dehydrated so I put both oil and hyaluronic acid products on my skin, but this should work well for for oily and combination skinned people who deal with dehydration in winter – note: dry is a lack of oil and dehydrated is a lack of water. I know I have heard from friends with oily skin that getting the dehydration under control has also helped to reduce the amount of oil the skin is producing, so it’s certainly worth looking into.

Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot
Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot

The latest Nip + Fab product to join my skincare routine is the Kale Fix Protecting Shot. This targeted treatment is meant to help shield skin from ‘atmospheric pollution which causes dry and dull looking skin’. This lightweight oil contains vitamins B5, C and E and sinks into the skin quickly without leaving a heavy residue. The Kale Fix liquid has a green tint to it, but the colour doesn’t show up on the skin at all. It has a much thinner consistency than the Hyaluronic Shot so it’s not as easy to mix in with a moisturiser – I have however found myself wanting to use it as a stand alone product all the time. At the moment I use it in my morning skincare routine in place of a facial oil. I absolutely love my facial oils but I am really bad at over applying them. It’s ok at night as I’m happy to look like an oily mess when sleeping, but it doesn’t work so well in the day time. So the Kale Fix Protecting Shot has worked well for me like that, and the day time is when I will be exposed to the most atmospheric pollutants too. I have no way of confirming that it is protecting my skin from pollution as it’s not something visible like skin hydration but I have noticed that it has made my skin softer. In my facial this week, the esthetician noted how soft my skin is, so I know it’s not just me thinking that. If you don’t like the feel of a thicker gel or serum formula like the Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot then this Kale Fix Protecting Shot would be worth trying first as it has hydrating properties too.

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Protecting Shot and Dragon's Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot
Nip + Fab Kale Fix Protecting Shot and Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot

I don’t think any of the other targeted treatment shots would be able to push the Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Acid Shot out of top place for me as I am really in love with it, but they all have interesting properties. The Bee Sting Repairing Shot is best for dry and damaged skin as it helps to hydrate, condition and plump the skin. The Viper Venom Fix Blurring Shot helps to hide pores and smooth out lines giving a blurred skin effect and the Glycolic Fix Radiance Shot exfoliates skin to give a luminescent glow. They also sound like something I would use but the Glycolic Fix Radiance Shot is probably the one I would grab from the shops next. It would be interesting to compare to the Glycolic Fix Serum as I love that the serum contains pore away plus it has aloe vera to help calm the skin. I haven’t tried any of the cleansers or moisturisers from Nip + Fab as I already have some I have found that I love from other brands but I have tried both the Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads and the Dragon’s Blood Fix Pads. I have repurchased both lots of cleansing pads and they are great daily facial wipes (the Glycolic Fix was also a great way to slowly introduce my skin to AHA), but they aren’t must haves like the above serum and shots are for me. I also have the Viper Venom Eye Fix and the Glycolic Fix Body Cream but I haven’t used either long enough to have an opinion on them yet. If you want a review on something in particular from Nip + Fab, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Nip + Fab cruelty free skincare
Nip + Fab cruelty free skincare

I’m really glad I branched out and tried this brand in the beginning as I have found some absolute staples for my skincare routine. It would take a lot to pry the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum and Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot out of my hands. I have also really enjoyed using the Kale Fix Protecting Shot and it will remain a part of my morning skin routine, but I also want to try more from the Nip+Fab skin care range. Some of these Nip + Fab products have really rounded off my skincare routine so that I have everything covered, including gentle exfoliation and deep hydration. One of the great things about having a good skincare routine that addresses both my dryness and dehydration is that my skin has become less sensitive to outside factors like changes in temperature, which makes looking after my skin a lot easier. Overall, I really like the products from Nip + Fab, and I will look at trying out more in future. I buy mine from Priceline or Target but all the new products are sold only on the website for now, plus they have extra deals there too. Have you tried any of the Nip + Fab products? Is there something you want to try in future? I have lots of skincare reviews I want to post soon, as skincare really is so important so sign up to email updates if you want to be notified of new blog posts.

See posts from other beauty bloggers at Fabulous and Fun Life’s link up.

Love, Alinta

6 Comments

  • Kez | acaciasdreams 02/07/2017 at 12:58 pm

    What interesting products! I’ve only tried a few Nip + Fab things, but I’d definitely be keen to give some more a go, especially since they are cruelty free! Xx

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

    • Alinta McMurdo 03/07/2017 at 5:45 pm

      Yep, definitely cruelty free. I love finding new cruelty free skincare to try 🙂

  • Laura Caitlin Tough 03/07/2017 at 10:20 am

    These sound so lovely! I am a huge Nip and Fab fan, especially of the Glycolic Range. I really want to pick up some of these new serums though

    Laura || http://www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

    • Alinta McMurdo 03/07/2017 at 5:46 pm

      The glycolic range is certainly a crowd favourite. I love it too but the hyaluronic acid is just amazing 🙂

  • Ingrid Ingrid 03/07/2017 at 9:16 pm

    These sound like great products. I’ve only used the Nip and Fab Glycolic Cleansing Pads from their range before which I loved. I’ll have to check out the extra deals on their website.

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

    • Alinta McMurdo 06/07/2017 at 10:29 pm

      Oh yeah, definitely check out their other products. The glycolic serum works better than the pads for me so it’s worth checking out 🙂

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    I know I promised a blog post on these a very long time ago but that didn’t happen so here’s some swatches instead. These are some of @elatecosmetics cruelty, vegan and sustainable pencils. There’s the 4 EyeColour Pencils Gleam, Mystic, Evolve and Merit which are buildable and easy to blend. I’m so pale that Gleam and Mystic and almost my skin colour but I still use them for highlights. Then there’s Hearth the EyeLine pencil which is a neutral brown. And finally the LipColours Enigma and Ardent which I’ve shown you how to use as lipstick and blush previously in a video. I probably get the most use out of Mystic and Ardent. Mystic is a good neutral shade on me and Ardent is one of my fave lip colours. Which one is your fave? 
Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). 
Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. 
#elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    I know I promised a blog post on these a very long time ago but that didn’t happen so here’s some swatches instead. These are some of @elatecosmetics cruelty, vegan and sustainable pencils. There’s the 4 EyeColour Pencils Gleam, Mystic, Evolve and Merit which are buildable and easy to blend. I’m so pale that Gleam and Mystic and almost my skin colour but I still use them for highlights. Then there’s Hearth the EyeLine pencil which is a neutral brown. And finally the LipColours Enigma and Ardent which I’ve shown you how to use as lipstick and blush previously in a video. I probably get the most use out of Mystic and Ardent. Mystic is a good neutral shade on me and Ardent is one of my fave lip colours. Which one is your fave? Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. #elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    3 months ago
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    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after.  As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒
#rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after. As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒 #rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    3 months ago
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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    8/9
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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