The Beauty Secrets Of Pompeii

I recently saw the movie Pompeii, and it was pretty darn good. This movie was particularly interesting to me because in 2012 I went on a two week vacation to the Mediterranean which included a trip while in Naples, Italy to the ancient city of Pompeii. Trust me when I say, I am not easily impressed, so as we made our way down to Pompeii I prepared myself for just Pompeii Movie Posteranother tourist trap and a few ancient ruins. When we arrived in Pompeii, I was left speechless by the awesome size of the place … Pompeii was not only fascinating, it was huge! We walked for two or three hours through the ancient ruins, never repeating our steps. Pompeii was nothing less than amazing.

I am not a big scholar of history, and frankly, I am not normally interested in ancient ruins, but Pompeii had me captivated. There was something interesting everywhere you looked. The way the citizens of Pompeii cooked, the difference in housing between the very wealthy and the poor, the way they shopped and traded, and the rather seedy side of Pompeii (brothels, taverns, etc) that would make modern day Las Vegas look like an entry level adult playground. Pompeii was definitely the ultimate place for indulgence.

Steve Jan in the ancient city of Pompeii

Anticipating the release of the movie, I began to think about how the women, and men for that matter, managed beauty. Remember, this was a city obsessed with indulging in every pleasure of the flesh know to mankind, so they had to look beautiful. So, I did some research and put together a brand new video called “Beauty Secrets Of Pompeii”. I hope that you enjoy it.

Birchbox For Men, January 2014 Review

Birchbox For Men 2 January 2014January ushers in a brand new year, and with every New Year comes a brand new set of resolutions. Looking back through the years, how often have you kept your New Years Resolutions? I decided long ago to stop publically announcing my New Year’s resolutions; I find it’s much less embarrassing to simply go with the flow. However, I would love to hear your New Year’s resolutions, so please share.

Just when I thought the Christmas gifts had come to an end, my January Birchbox appeared in the mailbox. When I opened the box the first thing I saw was a pair men’s underwear by Tommy John! What a great surprise! Here are the items including in the January Birchbox:

 Billy Jealousy

A liquid sand exfoliating facial cleanser / a full size sells for $24. What is it: A gentle exfoliator that cleanses and sloughs away dead skin from a healthier complexion. How to use: Use every other day, massage a quarter size dollop into wet face before rinsing thoroughly. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: I like the sandy feeling on the skin, it defiantly gives you a clean feeling. The product has a very light scent, which is plus, as most men do not want a strong fragrance in their skin care, just not manly enough.

English Laundry

Notting Hill/Full size sells for $70 – $85. What is it: A standout fragrance that pairs notes of bergamot and sage with the woodsy scent of amber. How to use: Sprits each wrist once and dab on your neck. Mr. Jan’s thoughts:  I love the earthly scent, it is deep and rich, perfect for a first date! Wear fragrances like an outfit, because everyday you will experience different weather conditions and surroundings. I found wearing a rich and deep scent gives me more confident. Try it and let me know!


Dry Deodorant Wipes, a six (6) pack sells for $16. What is it: Innovative wipes that purge clothing of persistent odors, from smoke to post – workout. How to use: Slide fingers onto the sleeve, than swipe across clothing and hair to eradicate odor. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: two words Korean BBQ !!! It’s perfect to use after BBQ , we all know what your cloths will smell like after eating that stuff.

The Sasquatch Soap Company

Gold moss Bar Soap, a full size sells for $6. What it is: Hydrating soap made with natural oils to help you wash –but not smell – like a mountain man. How to use: Use your hands or washcloth to work up a rich lather, wash and then rinse. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: I am confused, because I can’t tell if this is for face or body? After I tried it on my hands, it made my hands feel squeaky clean, but a little dry, so I would not use this product on my face.

Tommy John

Sport Truck 360 sells separately for $31. What is it: performance trunks that flex with you body and wick away moisture for daylong comfort also enhance your workday or workout. Mr. Jan’s thoughts: what a surprise, underwear in this month’s Birchbox. Great deal, the truck give a good support when you workout, but I wouldn’t wear this daily, I am just not a truck guy!

Birchbox For Men 1 January 2014


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.

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.