1.5 oz of Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream

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Hello and welcome to the Beauty Week on Being Zhenya! Today I am going review a BB cream by Hydroxatone (#BetterBB), which arrived in my mail box a couple of weeks ago! See, I’ve recently joined iFabbo and this was one of the first products I “bought”!

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I don’t think you know, but I’m the biggest BB Cream fanatic out there! I don’t use foundations anymore. There is no point, especially during the summer when it’s so hot and I’m outside a lot whether for work, gardening or sailing!

So let’s talk this BB!

The manufacturer claims that it:

– Shields the skin with powerful broad spectrum SPF 40,

– Protects from the elements and oxidative stress with potent antioxidants,

– Soothes and nourishes with natural anti-irritants and vitamins,

– Evens out skin tone and brightens dullness and discoloration with active Vitamin C and advanced encapsulated peptide,

– Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and overall skin aging, as it firms and lifts, making skin instantly look flawless and more youthful!

And here is what I have to say: 

First of all it came in a bigger size than what the website said! More product for me said I and put it right on my dresser!
Second, the SPF factor in this BB is 40! How awesome is that? We need all the sun protection we can get these days, especially me, since I am in my late 20’s.
Third, the tone matched my skin perfectly (I got Medium shade), but it did go on quiet thick and the color was lighter than after I blended it in!

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Fourth, the retail value of this was almost $50, and I got it free, nothing beats that, does it?
Fifth, it is lightly scented, and I know to some of you that may be a downside, but I actually like it!
Now let’s talk application:
In spite of the fact that it’s a cream, I always wear a moisturizer underneath. I spread my BB with fingertips and use a powder finish on top. Plus add blush. I haven’t been using bronzer as much this summer, because I’ve been getting so tan.

Stay tuned for my Go-to Summer (hot weather) Make-up Tutorial later this week!

Have a great Sunday!



Makeup No More

Happy hump day! How is your week going? Mine is pretty, well if we put it in my husband’s best friend’s words – shnazzy (is that how you spell shnazzy? I hope so!)

First of all, let me share something with you:

– Working in retail turns you into a mean, spiteful person, who constantly wants to make fun of other people, especially customers. So let’s all try and be a perfect customer to each other shall we?

– Working in retail turns you into a helpful and compassionate person, who is supportive and loving of his coworkers, so lets be that coworker to each other!

– Sometimes helping each other pays off, today it paid off in:


Another thing that’s been on my mind today and honestly for a while is


Here is why:

And this is how it’s all organized in and on my dresser:

Now being the geek that I have been this past week, I came up with some numbers. So my collection includes:

5 Blushes

3 Powders

2 Bronzers

2 Highlighters

1 BB Cream

1 Tinted Moisturizer

1 VitaZing

1 Foundation

11 Liners:

– 7 gel

– 1 liquid

– 4 pencils

10 Mascaras:

– 1 Primer

– 1 Clear

– 1 Blue

– 7 Black


– 1 Lipliner

– 6 glosses, plus whatever is at work (about 3, I think)

– 2 chubby sticks

– 4 lipsticks

2 Serums and 1 Primer (I know these are mainly skincare, but they have snuck in the pictures somehow)

5 Concealers:

– 1 Brightening

– 1 Dark Circle corrector

– 1 Acne corrector

– 2 regular ones

1 Eyeshadow base ( 🙂 )

34 Nailpolishes

4 Shimmer Powders

6 Eyeshadow singles

23 Eyeshadow Palettes, 10 of which include blushes, bronzer and/or highlighters, then 5 of these include lipsticks and glosses

Now you know why I am going to stop buying make up. I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to use those things up, some items will run out/expire faster than others, but the goal is to use up as much items as possible 🙂 And I will definitely keep you updated!

Also, please no judgement on my collection, it is what it is 🙂



PS. If you want to learn more about any specific item, or for me to post swatches and reviews on any of these products, please leave a comment below 🙂 Also most of the brands are listed in the tags cloud!

Birchbox goodies

Getting my Birchbox yesterday was a nice surprise, since the delivery system told me not to expect it until the 14th.

Opening it I kept saying in my head: Please be good, please be good!

And it was, at least I think so.

I tried some of the products today, I was really excited about the liquid eyeliner by Stila, which came in an amazing blue color! I am not a huge fan of liquid eyeliners to be honest, I am more of a gel kind of girl, but this one was so easy to apply, and yes, it smudged a little, but I got it off right away, so that wasn’t an issue. I am also wearing the BB Cream that came in the box, and it’s nowhere near the one from Estee Lauder!

Overall, I think Birchbox is one big gimmick and I am going to unsubscribe today 🙂

Have an amazing day everyone!



Итак, вчера мне пришла моя первая коробочка Birchbox (на подобие Elle Box, Glam Box, etc.) – на самом деле она пришла мне раньше, чем я ожидала – ждала я ее 14 мая, а не 11!

Фото того, что было внутри – выше. Скажу одно – когда я ее открывала, то повторяла про себя – лишь бы она оказалась хорошей, лишь бы она оказалась хорошей! Ну и вроде так, ничего!

Сегодня я уже попробовала некоторые из продуктов! Больше всего я обрадовалась жидкой подводке от Stila. Обычно я не покупаю жидкую подводку – пользуюсь гелевой, поэтому было интересно попробовать данный продукт, особенно в таком красивом голубом цвете! Я также нанесла BB Cream на кожу лица, и скажу честно, что для меня самый лучший продукт из этой серии – это BB Cream от Estee Lauder!

Скажу одно – мне кажется что эти все коробочки полная чушь и развод на деньги! Пойду отпишусь!

Всем отличного дня!