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Nip + Fab is a brand that I had heard good things about and was interested in for their supposedly miracle-working results. I received a set of Nip + Fab products as a free gift when subscribing to a magazine and I was really pleased with this as they are more expensive than the products I would usually go for. You can buy Nip + Fab products from many beauty stores, and online at their website www.nipandfab.com. The Tummy Fix Daily 'Ab' Gel costs RRP £19.25 for 100mls.
Product description: "This revolutionary formula helps to improve skin tone + texture around the abdominal area."
This Tummy Fix comes in a simple plastic tube containing 100mls of product. The packaging is quite nice looking with a green and white pattern that is used across their entire range, but you cannot see through the bottle to gauge how much product is left inside, which is a bit of a pain. The bottle has a flip-top cap at the base of the tube, which means that it is easy to dispense the gel through the small hole inside the cap.
Recommended directions for use: Apply on clean skin in circular movements, focusing on tummy + hips. For best results, use twice daily for a visibly firmer + flatter looking silhouette.
The gel itself is colourless and doesn't have any sort of stand-out fragrance. It feels quite thick but is not heavy, which allows it to spread easily over the skin and it is absorbed quickly. Unlike a lot of the other firming body lotions that I've tried before, this gel has a light finish that does not leave behind any sticky residue, so I can dress straight away after applying it without having to wait around for it to soak in. The only really bad thing about using it is that it feels incredibly cold against my skin. I always tense up in anticipation of it touching my skin and giving a horrible cold sensation, and this is not a nice aspect of using the product. I have been applying the gel at least once a day, and twice when I have the time, to the whole of my stomach area covering my upper and lower abdominals, and also spreading it out over the sides of my torso.
The lotion contains a mixture of ingredients which offer impressive benefits:
+ amarashape - sculpts and promotes elasticity
+ bitter orange - smoothes and skin appears firmer
+ lecithin - softens and hydrates
I don't usually bother to moisturise my stomach at all, as this area of skin seems to be quite well balanced and I have never suffered from any dryness. I was expecting to see some good results after I started paying attention to a somewhat overlooked area, but in reality I can't say a lot has changed. I try and look after my body and live a reasonably healthy lifestyle, and part of this includes my regular exercise routine. I do work on my core abdominal and oblique muscles, and I like to think they're in pretty good shape! While I wasn't expecting this lotion to work any miracles and give me more defined abs, I was hoping that my skin would have a more toned appearance and feel firmer to the touch. The lotion absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling very soft and smooth. However, I have not noticed any real improvements in the level of firmness and it doesn't seem to have any firming effect even after regular repeated uses. I don't really have any loose or saggy skin, so it could be that I'm just not the target audience for this product and maybe it is more effective when there is more room for improvement.
Overall I think this is good for keeping my skin soft and moisturised, but in all honesty I have not noticed any significant results. I wouldn't bother buying this for myself as I don't think I really need to use a moisturising product over this part of my skin, and will just carry on with my exercise routine in the hope of toning the skin here as well as my muscles.
I was fortunate enough to find this product in a £9 gift set from TK Maxx which included Bust Fix and Dry Leg Fix which I swiftly sold as it was the Tummy Fix I was eager to try and certainly did not want to branch out £19.25 (RRP Jun'13) just to try it. I must say, I am very glad I did not pay for this product alone because quite simply, out of the many 'toning' products I have used, this is by far the worst (and potentially most expensive).
I did not buy this product expecting miracles. I workout frequently and have a good diet. Abs come from hard work and dedication, not a bottle. However, I still buy these products as I like to think I'm getting something extra in my daily moisturiser. Every little helps right?
Upon using the product, I felt no difference. My torso area was no more moisturised than it is from regular lotion. I would even go as far to say that is was less moisturised and instead coated with a slow drying sticky gel which scent bordered on average to bland. I am very habitual in my routine. I would wake up, dry body brush, apply Tummy Fix and wait for it to dry before getting dressed. I did this almost every day until the tube ran dry. From a product that states "uses a revolutionary formula to improve skin tone + texture around the abdominal area... with active ingredients to promote elasticity, sculpt, hydrate..." I was obviously expecting results. Not ripped washboard abs, but maybe a subtle tightening feeling, a little tingle, a slight sheen perhaps, just anything! So I decided to continue to use it and see it through to the end as I thought maybe after continuous use of beyond 6 weeks I would start to feel/see a difference. I was wrong.
It certainly did not live up the the hype and you are better off buying products that are a 5th of the price which actually give results.
Any positive points? Well, the packaging is pretty and because I sold the two additional products it came with, I made a profit. If I had realised that people would pay so much for such an inferior product, I would have stocked up and made a small fortune.
I am a marketing man's dream, I always fall for the ad lines on items like this. So when I saw a lotion that was supposed to "tone, smooth, tighten and slim the tummy area" (their words not mine), I was convinced that I needed to try it.
With a price tag of around £19 from places like Boots, it's not a cheap impulse purchase. You can occasionally find deals, but this product has been in the media a lot over the past few months, and the brand has a bit of a cult following, so don't expect miracles.
The packaging is nice. The box it comes in is slightly oversized, and in an age of packaging devils, I think they could reduce the size of the box greatly, but hey, it's recyclable so I'm not going to hold it against them. The tube itself is made of sturdy plastic (not sure whether this is recyclable though), so unlikely to crack under pressure. The design is basic but elegant, with simple green and white colouring it doesn't draw too much attention to itself - great for keeping in the bathroom without worrying that visitors will be instantly drawn to look at your belly reducing cream!
You need to use this product over a period of about 6 weeks, and according to their studies the average person lost 2.5cm in their waist girth. and skin smoothness was increased by 23%. Depending on your starting "girth" a tube could last you the 6 weeks, but those with more girth might require a couple of tubes to complete the course.
When I applied this the first thing I noticed was the strong smell. It reminds me of floral aromatherapy oils, and the smells does linger for a while - probably attributed to the many ingredients inside that are fat busting! The texture is rather like a jelly to me, and went on smoothly at first but after a few vigorous rubs of the belly area I started to feel like I had sticky skin. This does wear off after a few minutes, but can be a bit disconcerting at first. You will have to wash your hands after application otherwise they will retain the smell all day and it does start to give you a headache after a while.
After a couple of days of using this product I found that I needed to use the bathroom a lot more frequently. I wondered what I had changed in my diet to cause this - the answer was nothing. Applying this lotion was the only new thing in my routine. So I stayed off it for a couple of days and my bathroom habits returned to normal. I mentioned this to a friend, who hadn't had the same reaction, but she thought it must have been related to the lotion and that perhaps it worked by clearing your system out - combined with the vigorous rubbing of the belly area. Not sure how accurate that is, but that was my own personal experience of using it. I tired it again a few days later and the same thing happened again, I have not read any reviews of it happening to others, so it could be psychological, but I wanted to mention it.
After using this for a few weeks, my skin was indeed smoother, but my little tyre around my belly had not diminished at all, which was very disappointing. I think perhaps this works better on people who have more wobbly belly fat rather than those of us with a little muffin top - the last stubborn bit that we want to remove. This is perhaps more suited as something to start with when trying to lose a more substantial amount of weight.
My personal opinion would be to save the £20 plus that you need to spend to lose the 2.5cm, put down the crisps and chocolate, and save even more money, and lose the 2.5cm the conventional way. And perhaps a little cocoa butter or baby oil for the smooth skin!