EM Cosmetics by Michelle Phan, Mr. Jan All In One Review

Since I started my YouTube journey, I have been inspired and impressed with Michelle Phan’s success, her expertise in the industry, and her amazing presence on YouTube. I wanted to see if her products were as amazing as her ability to sell them on YouTube, so I purchased the following items during her black Friday sale (which was an amazing value).

Michelle Phan EM MakeUp 4

Shade Play (concealer color mixing palette – medium)
The Life Palette (party life) with free travel compact
The Life Palette (night life) with free travel compact

Michelle Phan EM MakeUp 3In addition to the above products that I purchased, they included samples of products that I was allowed to select myself. Sending along samples that I was able to choose myself is very cool. I selected to receive samples of the EM Great Cover UP and the EM Everything CC.

The Life Palette contains twenty four (24) eye shadows, four (4) blushes, and eight (8) lip colors. The colors are very natural and easy to use. Under the color palette is a step-by-step chart that they call “recipes” for various looks. If you are a beginner in the make-up world, I would suggest that you follow these instruction first and then develop your unique look from that point. All of the colors can be removed and organized into a travel compact which was included in the Life Palette purchase. Please look at my YouTube video for New Years Eve Party Make-Up ideas in which I used the EM Life Palette and the Shade Play concealer.

Overall, I love the concept behind the EM Life Palette, and found it very easy to use. If you are purchasing this make-up for the first time, I would suggest that you purchase the Life Palette and then build your collection of EM Cosmetics based on your needs.

Skin Care Essentials – YouTube Teaser

I am very happy to premiere our brand new YouTube teaser video for my Skin Care Essentials series coming in January 2014. Skin care is my passion, so we at Mr. Jan All In One thought it would be perfect to start the new year off with a series on taking care of the most visible part of your body … your skin!

We exercise to keep our bodies in shape, we periodically see our doctors to make sure everything on the inside is working in good order, so why should we neglect our skin. Picking the correct cleanser for our particular skin, sorting through countless moisturizers to remedy a particular skin concern, and researching hundreds of skin care products to determine the best skin care regiment can be daunting. Over the next three months, I hope to guide you through this process and take away some of the concern over picking the correct products.

Birchbox For Men, December 2013

Birchbox For Men December 2013

The Birchbox for December is dedicated to the “Man Of The Year”. Who is the “Man Of The Year” in your life? How did he impact you as person and make your life wonderful. I love this concept. With all the hustle and bustle in our daily lives, it can be easy to take for granted what we have, no matter how much or little. Especially at this time of year, but truly all year round, we should be thankful for what we have in life and be kind to those around us. Let’s see what is in the Birchbox for December … Cheers everyone!

 Amercian Crew – Alternator /Full Size $15

What is it: A user – friendly styler that features medium hold and shine, along with all day pliability. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: You can use this product with wet or dry hair, feel a little like hair spray, but in a wet form.

 2. Dr. Brandt – Microdermabrasion/Full Size $78

What is it: An at home alternative to pricey procedure that erases dead cells for soft, health skin. Mr. Jan’s thoughts:  Men should exfoliate the face once a week to avoid in grown hairs, diminish the appearance of lines, acne marks and skin discolorations. This product is formulated with pharmaceutical grade crystals, and smells very fresh. I like it!

 3. GO247 – Lip Balm / $4

What is it: Invigorating balm that soothes cracked lips with refreshing burst of menthol. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: it smell very waxy and thick … I feel the menthol, but can’t stand the waxy smell.

4. Lucky Tiger – Liquid Cream Shave / Full Size $18.50

What is it : Luxe cream that goes from liquid to lather on contact, softening hair for a superior shave. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: I recommend using a shaving brush, as the brushes will generate a rich lather, softens and lifts the beard for the best shaving experience.

5. Grey Area – Fake Roly / $40

What is it: Unique statement piece that mimics the classic silhouette and style of a Rolex Submariner watch. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: This is defiantly for the younger generation, its cool and edgy.

6. La Fresh – Travel Lite Shoe Shine Wipes / $2.49 for pack of 3

What is it: Quick and powerful shoe shine wipes, in a handy portable package. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: LOVE IT! A white cloth to polish your shoes with no dry time.

Remember men’s subscription is $20 / month. I recommend you try it … It’s like Christmas every month.


Sparkle and Shine December 2013 Birchbox

Sparkle and Shine Birchbox for Women December 2013

The theme for December’s Birchbox is “sparkle and shine”. A perfect idea for the holiday season. The items in this month’s Birchbox will definitely prepare you for all of your holiday events. Starting with skin care, a little body care, makeup, something special for your hair and even a snack to boost your energy! Here is a brief description and my take on each fabulous item.

1. BeeKind – Body Lotion/Full Size $15

What is it: this natural hydrator from the eco – softens skin with honey and organic chamomile extracts. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: the body lotion feels very refreshing and has a very pleasant natural organic smell.

 2. Grand Central Beauty – S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Polisher/ Full Size $38

What is it: made with natural botanical, this exfoliating polisher is great for sensitive skin. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: wow..very cool exfoliator, feels like a light weight gel with a very nice smell. Just 30 seconds will make your skin feel soft and smooth.

 3. Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Sheer Glo in Birchbox Love /Full Size $29

What is it: Exclusive to Birchbox, this pearly lotion creates a dewy, fresh-from-the-spa glow. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: It is very sheer, i didn’t see any shimmer at all.

4. SARAHPOYTEMPA – The Half-Up / Full Size $9

What is it: This nifty tool helps create the perfect half – up style. small top knot or low bun. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: Bun Bun Bun, if you are looking for a Bun hairdo, this tool is perfect for you.

5. Chuao – Assorted Choco Pod, 8 Piece Gift Set $9.95 (Birchbox includes one sample)

What is it: Made with premium cacao, these inventive treats satisfy any sweet tooth. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: OMG it pops in your mouth! Totally reminds me of the pop rock candy. Very cool, and very interesting.

Remember a women’s subscription is $10 per month. I would totally recommend you try it. It’s like Christmas every month.

Camille Clark of Genlux Magazine Interviews Steve

Camille Clark of Genlux Magazine interviews Steve on December 12, 2013 in Glendale, CA
Camille Clark of Genlux Magazine interviews Steve on December 12, 2013 in Glendale, CA

I had a great interview today with Camille Clark, Beauty Editor of Genlux Magazine. We met at the Nordstroms Store in the Americana shopping plaza in Glendale, CA. Please check out their amazing website at www.genluxmagazine.com .

Clover Store, Long Beach, CA

Clover Store Long Beach, CA Entrance

Every Monday evening for the last several years I play Pinochle … yep, that’s right Pinochle! Most of the time, our card games are held in Long Beach, CA (that’s where most of the card club members live), and so I find myself in that part of Southern California often. Last Monday evening, December 9th, 2013 was no exception, however I desperately needed to pick-up a few Christmas gifts for a dinner that I was attending on Wednesday. I remembered seeing this cute little women’s clothing store on Atlantic Ave., so I decided to stop by and see if they had what I needed.

Clover Store Long Beach JewelryThe store is absolutely adorable and the staff extremely helpful, especially Kristen who helped me find my gifts. They have a large collection of women’s clothing, hand bags, and jewelry at very reasonable prices. In addition, they carry some wonderful candles and interesting perfumes. The store is located at 3803-B Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, California, 90807. You can also contact them at (562) 426-1777. Here are a few pictures from my visit. Please check out their website at www.cloverlongbeach.com.

Clover Store Long Beach, CA, Women's Clothing

Steve is freezing in Chicago, IL

On Thursday, December 5th, Steve left early in the morning and caught a flight to Chicago, IL. He will be making two appearances, December 6th and 7th at the brand new SK-II Skin Care counter in Bloomingdales on Michigan Ave. As most of you know, Steve is the National Skin Care Ambassador for the SK-II brand here in the United States. As you can see in the photo below, it is crazy cold in Chicago this weekend, so Steve is staying bundled up and warm.

Steve in Chicago, December 2013
Steve in Chicago, December 2013