I have never been much of a fan of lip plumpers because my lips are quite full anyway, but if you’re a regular reader of BBB then you’ll know I’m very complaining about the fact that I have always had quite creased lips. No matter how much water I drink or how much balm I slather on, that’s just their natural state I think. They’re not at all dry (thanks to Lanolips which is in daily use) but just never look particularly smooth. So, the only way to give them any smoothness is to go the plumping route – any injectables around the mouth area are super painful in my experience so that’s absolutely not an option.
I tried NIOD Lip Bio Lipid Concentrate for the first time at about 7am this morning – it’s described as (take a deep breath): ‘A comprehensive treatment for short-, medium-
and longer-term enhancement of lip colour, volume, texture, softness and contour, combining a wide borrowing from peptide technology and bio-technology. This serum targets production of collagen, hyaluronic acid and lipids, as well as retainment of water, while multiple age prevention and age correction technologies work synergistically’. Whew! Although I can’t give you any long term testing results, I can tell you the immediate results.
I’ll say ahead you need only the tiniest amount – and actually, I think there is an argument for the product coming with a brush insert rather than a dropper. Either way, as a tip, I’d use a lip brush to apply for precision, and you’ll understand why in a minute. The moment that NIOD Lip Bio Lipid Concentrate goes on, you get the tingle. I was quite scared we were back in Lip Venom territory, and for anyone who went there, it’s not an unfamiliar feeling, only far less stinging and alarming! But, there is definitely a tingle from the short-term result actives. Give it a few minutes, and your lips start to redden slightly (which actually looks rather nice) and then the swelling effect happens. For the first few minutes I felt they looked over-swollen – as though I’d had an injectible, which wasn’t what I was after at all, but a short while later, things calm down, and truly, my lip creases were greatly improved. In fact, once I’d put my gloss on, I did a little (self-conscious, because I’m British) air-punch. It’s quite honestly never looked so good. Two and half hours later, the effect is still there – not in quite such glorious smoothness but enough that I’m wearing lipstick and rather liking it. It is a blood circulation enhancer which is what gives the reddened effect and the immediate swelling.
In terms of longer-term activity, it’s advised to use NIOD Lip Bio Lipid Concentrate twice daily for a month to see more hydrated, less creased and more bountiful lips. I’m going to list out the ingredients (caution to nut allergy sufferers, it contains sesame) but each one comes with the longest ever descriptions so I’m hoping that NIOD will pop those up on their site at some point. I’m just going to give top line info.
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
I’d be prepared to put money down to bet that you won’t have experienced a skin care texture like this before...
Bio-Commipheroline Pro-Lipid Complex (can stimulate triglyceride storage by up to 400%)
Patended Dihydrodehydrodiisoeugenol Complex (volume enhancement)
Palmitoyl-KMO2K-Sugar-Ester Peptide Bio-Complex (pathway for stimulation of production of collagen)
Nicotinic Acid Methyl Ester (dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation)
Chinese Zhi Mu Bio Complex (visible tissue volume increase of 10.4% compared to untreated tissue)
Lipid Hyaluronic Acid Cross-Linked with Japanese Konjac (Very-low-molecular-weight, water-deprived hyaluronic acid cross-linked with a bio-derivative of Japanese Konjac)
Lipid Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 Complex (mimics the ability of elastin fibres to retain skin elasticity)
Inca Inchi Oil (composed of more than 80% omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids)
Lipid Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 Complex (to stimulate stem cell proliferation to boost fibroblast, collagen, elastin, proteoglycans and glycoproteins)
Sesamin Bio-Fractions (to increase triglyceride storage by 48.2%)
Bottom line on NIOD Lip Bio Lipid Concentrate is that it works extremely effectively in the short term – jury is still out on the long term effects but I’m expecting good things in terms of hydration, smoothness and volume – and I’m definitely keeping this in the beauty drawer as a backdrop for helping lipstick and gloss look stellar. I thought it was expensive at £38, but given how little you need, I can see it lasting for literally years. NIOD Lip Bio Lipid Concentrate is still on pre-order at Victoria Health HERE but I know that stock is almost ready to be sent out so it’s worth doing (I also know that it will sell out in moments when it’s live). I rarely use the term ‘must have’, but if you’re unhappy with your lip volume and smoothness, it is actually that.
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