Monday, August 12, 2013

Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex

*Disclaimer: I received this for free from Ifabbo for review. This in no way has effected my opinion*
Hydroxatone AM/PM Wrinkle Cream

By employing the most advanced beauty research technology, Hydroxatone products conclusively deliver rapid, safe and long-term visible results. AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex SPF 15 is a unique moisturizer specifically designed to increase skin hydration and soften the appearance of visible wrinkles by helping the skin stimulate the production of collagen. Increased collagen produces a long-term reduction in visible wrinkles, crow's feet, and facial lines. Your multi-functional anti-aging powerhouse and moisturizer in one! Hydroxatone is formulated for all skin types, both women and men, and all ethnicities. Hydroxatone is not tested on animals and is paraben free.

The color and texture of this reminds me of whipped butter like if you were making butter cream frosting. There is no discernible scent which is nice. I've read some reviews that said this was super hydrating. I may have mentioned once or twice that I live in the desert. Las Vegas has had a HOT summer. We didn't break the record but we tied the record for hottest day ever recorded. So when I first started using this I didn't think it was that hydrating and I had to use more than I thought I would need. Now that we're into monsoon season and it's more humid, I found it more hydrating. This does have an SPF of 15 but I use a separate sunscreen on my face anyway. 

I'm in my mid-30s and do have some fine lines in my forehead and under my eyes. I used this day and night. I have seen an improvement in my wrinkles since I started using this. I also changed my diet and increased my already high water intake. So I'm not sure that can be 100% attributed to Hydroxatone.

I'm not a fan of the packaging. I would definitely prefer a pump bottle or a tube. This was difficult to maneuver when I was testing the Brodaway Nails imPress Manicure. My forehead also broke out slightly when I started to use this but cleared up fairly quickly. The retail price on this is $69 at Ulta. I liked it but I didn't like it that much.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Oil, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, BHT, Polysorbate-20, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sorbic Acid, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, White Pine (Pinus Strobus) Bark Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi) Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Root Extract

Pros: Hydrating, diminishes wrinkles.  
Cons: Packaging & Price
Bat's Rating: 7.5 Cost plays a major factor.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Update

Greetings lovelies! I have been sorely neglecting you and for this I am sorry. I've had so much going on this summer. I feel like I can hardly catch my breath sometimes.

For those of you interested in my belly dance adventures, I recently performed my first solo of my own choreography. My troupe leader pushed me to do it for our last gig. Otherwise I may never have finished it. I definitely work better with a deadline. I love this song and I think the dance turned out well. It was very well received which makes me all warm and fuzzy.

Now we're preparing for the Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive in September. The troupe dance I'm doing is a folkloric piece but it is probably the hardest dance I've ever done.  I pretty much went from "OMGSOLO!" to "OMGINTENSIVE!" So lots of belly dance going on these days.

My weight loss efforts for the year had pretty much stalled out. So at the beginning of June I drastically changed my diet and really focused on the mental/emotional aspects of my relationship with food. The main thing is I eat food made from actual food. So there's a lot of planning and making meals ahead of time which can be pretty time consuming. Since I changed my diet, I've lost 10lbs which brings me up to 19lbs for the year. It's pretty noticeable if you watch this video and the video in my last general update post. Same costume worn three months apart. I had to move the snaps on my belt an inch and a half! It was one thing to see it on my costume but watching those videos back to back was a real eye opener. The most important part is that I feel AMAZING. I have a ton more energy and I feel really healthy. I tend not to call it a "diet" but a "lifestyle change" which I intend to maintain.

In other news I've been going to meditation class and trying to develop my intuition. I've severely neglected my spiritual side for many years. Now that I'm focusing on it, I really feel things coming together.

I'm planning to move to a new apartment at the beginning of the year and I'm contemplating making a major life change within two years. In my bones, I feel it is the right thing to do but it will take sacrifice and a lot of hard work This change will make my discretionary income a lot less discretionary. So you probably won't see many haul posts from me in the future. I'm trying to downsize not just my makeup collection but also my stuff in general.

I can't promise that I'll be able to keep this running all the time. It may turn to more of a lifestyle blog. Would ya'll be interested in hearing more about my weight loss, spiritual development, recipes, etc? I may try to start doing shorter reviews too. I have a ton of stuff I could review.  Let me know what you're interested in.

I've also massively cut down the number of blogs I follow. It was overwhelming to look up and see the Bloglovin' extension sitting at 99+. I just don't have the time to devote to reading blogs that I used to. Don't worry. It's not you it's me.

Thanks everyone for sticking with me!

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