Steve’s Waikiki Shopping Haul

Steve just returned from Honolulu, Hawaii, where he goes often as the National SK-II Skin Care Ambassador. Even though most of his day is spent at events, he usually finds time in the evening to squeeze in some shopping. This trip was no exception. Check out Steve’s latest video featuring just a few of the items he found on Waikiki Beach … it’s a shopping haul exclusive!

Skin Care Essentials Series, Episode 1, Skin Conditions is on YouTube!

I am so happy to report that the first episode of my Skin Care Essentials series has been uploaded to YouTube! This episode is designed to help you determine your skin condition. Determining your “skin condition” is the initial and most important step in your quest to purchase the correct skin care products.

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.

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.

The 12 Days Of Christmas Gift Review and Giveaway – A Huge Hit!

A special thank you to all of my loyal YouTube subscribers for making my “12 Days Of Christmas Gift Review and Giveaway” and big success! We are on day four now, so there are 8 more days to go, with so many special gifts to review and giveaway. Remember, you must be a subscriber to my YouTube channel, Mr. Jan All In One, you must “like” the video, and you must “comment” on the video in order to qualify for that particular video’s giveaway. I have also added a special Christmas Giveaway page here on the blog so that you can link directly to each video. Happy Holidays Everyone!

The Twelve Days Of Christmas Gift Review and Giveaway!

Happy Holidays Everyone! Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas is right around the corner … wow, the holidays come so fast. I hope you have plans to spend time with family and / or friends, and to eat all of that amazing holiday food.

Beginning November 30, 2013, I will start my Twelve Days of Christmas, Gift Review and Giveaway. Each day, for twelve days, beginning on November 30, I will review an amazing Christmas gift idea and then give it away to one of my YouTube subscribers. To qualify, all you have to do is: be a subscriber of my YouTube channel; like a particular gift review video; and then comment on that same video. You should comment and like all of them! I will review the comments and choose the winners at the end of the twelve days.