Thursday, May 16, 2013

FOTD with Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream

*some products in this post provided for review*

Please excuse me if I'm all over the place with this one.  It's been a while since I've done a make-up post, but today I'm here to tell y'all what I think about the Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream(sent for review) that I've been trying out for the past few weeks.  I've heard about this brand a LOT on the radio, but just recently discovered that they're also available HERE at Ulta.  

From the box:
Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen is your all-in-one multi-tasking perfecting cream that hydrates, conceals, protects, reduces the look of aging, and brightens the skin in just one step.  Hides uneven skin tone and minimizes the appearance of imperfections.  Works perfectly under foundation, or all on its own.  Skin looks naturally flawless.  Effortlessly perfect.  Overall more youthful.

The shade I received is Medium, which is described as light-medium.  I "think" I am around a NC25, and this matches very well.  Plus, BONUS, it has SPF40.  It's light and creamy, & smells like an orange creamsicle(the smell does go away).  I haven't tested this alone, yet...but have been using it as I would a tinted moisturizer or foundation.  I have noticed no irritation and it has a light coverage.  I'm sure you could apply a 2nd layer to build it up to medium.  I've also only applied it with my beauty blender instead of my fingers.  I'll be sure to make an edit to this post once I have tested it alone and applied with my fingers.  

please excuse my brows
This is my face after one application/layer, no powder.  It dries to a semi-matte finish with a beauty blender application.  I did have a few shiny spots, but nothing horrible.  I didn't use a primer, as I've had issues with it sliding off my face when I do.  I have extremely oily skin and have noticed those areas getting shiny about 4-5 hours after applying this BB Cream.  Blotting my face with a tissue(I'm sure oil blotting sheets would work too, I've never used them) seemed to take away the shine without removing any product.  I have a few facial scars, some of which would need a dozen layers of foundation to cover, and this does make most of the areas less noticeable.  

As far as concealing, there were a few imperfections that stuck out which still needed concealer, but I'm sure just dabbing a little bit more Hydroxatone on them would've covered just fine.  It looks very natural to me.  It covered redness without covering my freckles and making me look like I actually had anything on my face.  That is very rare for me to find.  Even with adding powder on top it's my skin but better.  I can't wait to use it at the pool this summer.  SPF plus weightless feel = AMAZING.  

Now I'll show y'all my face once I finished putting the rest of my make-up on and all that jazz.

Products used:
  • Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream - medium (product provided for review)
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer - 125 Fair
  • Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder - 020 Light
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder - Milk Chocolate(product for review - will do a full separate post on this later)
  • LA Colors - Pink Blush
  • ELF Studio Blush - Peachy Keen(as highlight on my cheeks)
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion - original
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics palette - used every shade on my eyes with Crave over top of my liner
  • Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner - Zero
  • Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara - Very Black - lower lashes(this also works great on my top lashes)
  • Josie Maran GoGo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara - Pitch Black - top lashes
  • Maybelline Define-A-Brow - Light Brown
  • MAC RiRi Woo
Overall, I really like this.  I think it would work beautifully on every skin type. I can definitely see myself getting more when I run out since it's a one step product.  If you're heading to the beach this summer, you definitely need this, but be advised shades run kinda light.

Key Benefits:
  • Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and overall skin aging as it visibly firms and lifts; make skin instantly look flawless and more youthful
  • Contains a potent antioxidant to reduce free radical damage in the skin
  • Evens out skin tone and visibly brightens dullness and discoloration with active Vitamin C and an advanced encapsulated peptide
  • Contains a special blend of plant extracts to help calm and sooth irritated skin
  • Shields the skin with powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 40
  • Hides uneven skin tone and minimizes the appearance of imperfections
  • A perfecting cream designed to visibly firm and lift the skin, brighten, moisturize and protect
  • Works perfectly under foundation, or all on its own
  • Contains a highly effective level of Vitamin C
  • Vitamin C help stimulate collagen used during the skin's own regenerative process
  • For a complete 3-step beauty regimen, partner with Hydroxatone Milky Cleanser and Hydroxatone Age-Defying Toner.
  • For best results combine with Hydroxatone Microdermabrasion one to two times per week.

    Why is Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream so effective?
  • Vitamin C: Support optimal skin health by promoting the skin's own regenerative properties help stimulate collagen used during the skin's own regenerative process
  • PhytoCellTec: Formulated with an ingredient that help skin stem cells maintain their natural renewal capacity
  • PhytoCellTec & EMortal: Formulated with ingredients that increase the vitality of the skins' stem cells.
  • Contains ingredients that support the natural renewal process of the skin
  • SPF 40: SPF 40 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protects the skin from the elements including harmful UV rays and oxidative stress

    Apply once in the morning and once at night to face and neck, away from eyes by using a gentle, upward motion with fingertips.

  • This retails on the Ulta website for $39.00 for 1.5Fl Oz

    I think I remembered to cover everything.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  :D

    *some products provided for review (noted in post)*

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