Best gifts with purchased @ Barney’s Spring Beauty Event

Want to know which department stores offer the best gift with purchase? Check it out below!

The high end stores offer better gifts with purchases. Let’s start with Barney’s New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenues. Twice a year, these stores will host a beauty event. Basically, you’ll have to spend $$ and you’ll receive deluxe beauty products from participating brands. I love these events because I can try different brands and experience new products.

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Barney’s Beauty Event was in March with a $200 any cosmetics purchase, you received over 20 deluxe cosmetics ..OMG love love love!

The contents of the gift bag
Tatcha Beauty Papers 1 pack/30 sheets
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid Dream Nail Polish mini 8 ml
ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream 7 ml
Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer 29 ml
La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel 5 ml (I have the full size of this and it’s awesome)
Helmut Lang Cuiron Spray 1.5 ml
Kevyn Aucoin The Fleshtone Lip Pencil Medium  .73 g
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer 5 ml
Sisely Ecological Compound 4 ml
Radical Extreme Repair 8 ml
Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream 7 ml
Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes 4 g
Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream 15 ml
NARS Restorative Night Treatment 2 ml
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment 10 ml
Replica Eau de Toilette mini spray
Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara 2 ml
Chantecaille Mini Brilliant Lipgloss in Pretty 1.5 ml
Moroccan Oil Treatment Light 10 ml
L’Artisan La Chasse Aux Papillons mini spray
Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel 6.7 fl oz
3LAB Perfect Cream 8 g
Long Valery Joseph Extend Hairspray 2 oz
Mila Moursi Ice Cube Infusion 5 ml dose
 Mr Jan All In One recommendations:
I would strongly recommend you have a regular beauty adviser at one of these high end stores. All cosmetics are the same price, but you’d receive much better service at the high end stores. Also, the beauty events usually happens around the same time. If you want to know when, just call the store and ask. I hope you find this helpful!
Please check out my you tube video below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2iHU3BJWyw

Sephora Rouge VIB Haul

Today I want to share with you what I order from Sephora during the Rouge VIB event. I have not tried all the products yet, so this is just an overview. More detailed reviews will be on my YouTube channel sometime in late May.

Sephora VIB Rouge is a customers loyalty program. If you spend over $1,000.00 in one year, you will be become a VIB Rouge customer. In addition, the VIB Rouge program comes with many benefits. One of these benefit is a 15% discount on all purchase, during the VIB Rouge event, which occurs twice a year. This is a great deal! Since I work in the industry I know all retailers’s promo calendar, so I usually will map out what I need to purchase from each store. For Sephora, I usually only purchased the exclusive brands.

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1. belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask $34 1.68 oz
What it is:  A brightening mask that can be left on overnight to reveal radiant skin by morning.
Usage: Gently apply a thin layer to face, avoiding the eye and mouth area, after cleansing and toning. Leave on overnight and wash off in the morning with a cleanser. Follow with a serum and moisturizer.

2. belif Classic Essence Increment $46 1.66oz
What it is: A nutrient-dense essence that nourishes and hydrates skin to improve skin elasticity, tone, and texture.
Suggested Usage: Apply evenly to face and neck, after cleansing and toning. Use daily, morning and evening.

3. belif Tea Tree Oil
I’ve used this tea tree oil a few times already and it appears to help reduce the redness of blemish and it smell so good !! Love it.

What it is: A targeted tea tree oil treatment that helps soothe and heal blemishes.Suggested Usage: Clean affected area. Apply one or two drops onto a cotton swab or wool bud and apply a thin layer to the blemish.

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REN Refresh Your Radiance Set $55

I was introduced this brand by my friend , he gave me a sample of Glycol Lactic Radiance Mask. After just one time, my skin looked brighter and the blemish visibility was reduced. I can’t wait to try all these products.

What it is:
A powerful four-piece collection of REN’s bestselling products from the Radiance range for soft, fresh, radiant skin.

This set contains:
– 1.02 Micro Polish Cleanser
– 1.7 oz Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
– 0.5 oz Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen SPF 15
– 0.7 oz Resurfacing AHA Concentrate
– Muslin cloth

 

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Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum SPF 20 $53 1.oz

More and more brands coming out he serum foundation, this foundation feel so light and offers medium coverage. I love the texture, however, the scent smells like 1980’s body powder … 🙁

What it is:
A lightweight foundation serum that creates an enhanced complexion and a sheer finish.

 

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Breakups To Makeup Bag $24

I just love the message on this bag, so cute and so true. This makeup bag actually holds lots of makeup up items, and it look so chic.

 

 

Luxury Shopping Haul and Tips

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Do you ever feel like you always over spend at your favorite store? Well today I want to shared with you my luxury shopping tips:

Tip 1: Know your budget
At the beginning of my search, I give myself a budget for beauty products, luxury items and fashion accessory. Know how much you can spend and be very disciplined to not spend over the set budget. This will allow you to have another budget for the next season!

Tip 2: Pre Shop
What is pre shop? Use the internet and help you find what you are looking for and how much you can save. i,e, Ebates offer third party online shopping and gives you 2% – 10 % cash rebate or current sales and coupons. I usually use this site for Sephora and Nordstrom online shopping. Remember, every little bit counts!

Tip 3: How will this item impact your total look
Do I really need these shoes? Do I realty need another handbag? I am sure you ask yourself this a lot haha. For me, I always do a mental inventory check and make sure the luxury item will improve or add versatility to my current wardrobe.

I hope these tips help you make a more budget conscious decision while you’re shopping.

Now, I want to show you what I purchased from Hawaii!

Louis Vuitton Pocket Organiser

3.1 x 4.3 inches
(Length x Height)- Matte cowhide leather trim
– Mix of cowhide leather & cotton lining
– 1 external pocket
– 3 credit card slots
– 5 interior pockets
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– Dimensions: 1.13 cm / 0.4 inches
– Gold- and Palladium-plated brass and SWAROVSKI®ELEMENTS
– Design incorporating LV initials; engraved damier pattern on LV motif
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Hermes leather bracelet
Black box calfskin
Palladium plated hardware, 15.5″ long, 2.5″ diameter, 0.5″ wide, 6.7″ circumference.
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Spring Look Book –

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“For me, tailoring is the backbone of menswear.
This linen blazer is perfect, because it’s lightweight for warmer weather, and still has a sharp line and cut.”  DAVID BECKHAM

It’s spring time and it’s time to get a new look. I’d like to show you how pick the best look for less and use what you already have in your closet to create the perfect look for spring.

There are many affordable men’s fashion brands available now. Here is my philosophy on fashion:

1. Always know your budget for spending
2. Know what looks the best on you
3. Study and see what’s new and hot
4. Do research before you shop
5. Invest on the key pieces i.e. jacket, Pants..etc

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Melange Blazer $79.95   Patterned Cotton Shirt $29.95  Chino Slim Fit light pink $29.95
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Fine Knit Sweater $34.95 Suit Pants Skinny Fit $29.95

After some research, I decided to purchase from H&M for 2 major reasons:
1. The price is within my budget

2.  David Beckham is the face and he also designed the look.

 

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Look One – Casual Friday 
Melange Blazer $79.95
Fine Knit Sweater $34.95
Chino Slim Fit light pink $29.95
Donald J Pliner Shoes $$

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Look Two – 
Patterned Cotton Shirt $29.95
Chino Slim Fit light pink $29.95
Gucci Hang Bag $535
Karlito $$$$
Donald J Pliner Shoes $$
Louis Vuitton Sunglass $$$

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Look Three – 
Patterned Cotton Shirt $29.95
Suit Pants Skinny Fit $29.95
Donald J Pliner Shoes $$
Louis Vuitton Sunglass $$$

 

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Look Four – 
Suit Pants Skinny Fit $29.95
Ted Baker Coat $$
Louis Vuitton Scarf $$$
Fendi Bird Mini Shoulder Bag $$$
Donald J Pliner Shoes $$

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Look Five – Sport Chic 
Suit Pants Skinny Fit $29.95
Melange Blazer $79.95
Louis Vuitton Shoes $$
Cashmere Hoodie $$

 

Sisley – Sisleya Essential Skin Care Lotion

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SISLEŸA ESSENTIAL SKIN CARE LOTION

The new generation preparation lotion.

More and more cosmetic brands is coming out with a treatment lotion- a product used after toner before the serum. So what does the treatment lotion do? It is the first step before applying the serum, which helps to absorb the serum and moisturizer quickly and deeper.
In the western world, this seems like a new steps but in Asia it has been part of skin care routine for a long time. The question is, will you take additional time and steps to have best skin ever?

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This season, Sisley launched Sisleya Essential Skin Care Lotion, a treatment lotion.
Immediately, the skin is re-plumped, radiant and better prepared to benefit from the daily skin care products. After 4 weeks, signs of aging are reduced and skin appears visibly younger.

Active Ingredients:

  • Marshmallow extract: moisturizes the skin by delivering molecules able to retain water
  • Padina pavonica: reinforces the hydric layer of the dermis by boosting the synthesis of GAGs
  • Phytosqualane: moisturizes and nourishes by delivering lipids that are structurally similar to those found in the skin
  • Ginkgo biloba extract: helps tone the skin, anti-oxidant
  • Alkekengi Calyx extract: helps protect the skin, thanks to its anti-free radical action
  • White Willow extract: helps protect the dermis fibers thanks to its anti-collagenase and anti-elastase properties

Siesta Essential Skin Care Lotion is 5.1 oz for $185

My own results:
First impression: The texture of this lotion feels very light and soon I used it on the skin, it turns into liquid within 30 seconds and penetrates the skin.

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Second impression: The scent of this lotion is very light and I have to said it’s very pleasant and not over powering. After 30 seconds of application, I honestly didn’t see any major difference with the Sisley Essential Skin Care lotion. However, I have only used the samples for 3 days.

Glossybox February Review

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Glossybox is one of best beauty boxes in USA !! Why? Five beauty products in a super cute pink box and sometimes you will receive 1- 2 full size products! This is a $21 monthly subscription but it’s totally worth it.
Here is what’s included in the February Box:
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1. JULEP – Nail color – Full Size $14.00 / 0.27 oz
They give you the full size nail polish but what I like the most is that it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Inside the polish, it has heart shape glitters and is super cute.
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2. UNWASH – Bio Cleansing Conditioner  – Full Size $36 / 13.5 oz
This replaces the shampoo and conditioner. It’s a new technology to wash your hair without over stripping the natural oil. It’s perfect for dry hair. The box is 2.5 oz and is perfect size for travel.
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3. Royal Apothic – Tinties Lip Butter In Pink – Full Size $14 / 0.12 oz
This vintage packaged lip balm offers hydration and tint color. It’s super cute and very girly. By the way, it’s another full size product – so happy!
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4. Jelly Pong Pong – Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara – Full Size $22 / 0.27 oz
A UK brand that offers lasting, all day wear and Glossybox offers the full size.
5. Rituals Cosmetic – Foaming Shower Gel Sensation in YOGI Flow -Full Size  $15 / 6.7 oz
I can’t believed when I open the box and see Ritual body wash. I have been using Rituals wash gel and I love it. I love how the gel turns into foam and makes the skin feel so soft and smooth. Of course, this month’s Glossybox is a full size.

If you are looking to subscribe to a beauty box, I strongly recommend you try out GlossyBOX!! xoxo

 

GLAMGLOW Supercleanse and Thirstycleanse review

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Many people don’t realize how important it is to have clean skin. Ask yourself this: do you take less than 3 minutes to wash your face? If your answers is YES, you probably don’t have a clean face. If your skin is not clean, all the skin care products and makeup will build on top of the skin. In fact, unclean face is one of biggest reasons we break out. Clean skin is important. “So how long do I need to wash my face?” or “What products should I use?”

Taking a longer time to wash the face is not the solution. Using the right cleanser is what you need. Know your skin condition before you purchased the cleanser.  Glamglow recently launched two (2) new face cleanser: supercleanse and thirstycelanse. After using both cleansers, I really liked them! They change from mud to foam which is very unique.

Supercleanse is great to use a few times per week for deep pores cleanse. This cleanser makes your skin feel so refreshed and clean. My tip is to use this mud cleanser as a mask. First, apply a large amount of mud on the face and avoid the eye area. Wait for few minutes, then add water and transform the mud to a cleanser. By the way, I love the eucalyptus smell! It’s so refreshing.

$39 / 5.0 oz

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Supercleanse contains the following key ingredients:

  • TEAOXI® Technology (Eucalyptus Leaf Powder): Delivers natural eucalyptol, natural linalool oil, and powerful flavonoids to soothe and treat skin.
  • K17 and Mediterranean Clays: Detoxify, refine skin texture, and balance problem-prone skin.
  • Bamboo Charcoal: Provides balanced replenishment to the skin with essential bamboo minerals.
  • Black Cumin Seed Extract: Provides antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to help provide a more clear complexion.

The Thirstycleanse is designed for dry skin but I still feel a little to dry for my skin. So if you have very dry skin, I would recommend you use this only a few times a week but not daily. I also found that I like to use this mud cleanser as a hydration mask after any mud or clay mask.

$39 / 5 oz

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Thirstycleanse contains the following key ingredients:

  • Brazilian yellow clay to help to remineralize the skin, pure green coconut water to immediately boost skin for intense hydration.
  • Olive milk rich in olive lipids and proteins to replenish skin.
  • Plumeria flower blossom extract rich in omega 3, 6, and 9 to restore the skin barrier function.
  • Indian gooseberry revitalizes and restores natural skin clarity while TEAOXI® olive leaf powder delivers natural linoleic acid to maintain moisture.

Glam Glow was famous for the mud treatment, but personally I found that it’s a bit pricey for their mud. So if you are on a budget, these cleaners would be a great way to experience them.

* Ingredients info are from Sephora.com

 

BIRCHBOX MAN February 2015 Products Review

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Beauty box is the newest trend in the cosmetic industry. So what is a beauty box? Basically, for a small fee between $10 – $30 you can subscribe to a beauty box that contains 4-6 deluxe skin care products, makeup…etc and the purpose is for you to experience them before you pay a full price,. What a great way to try new products right?

Box subscriptions offer clothes, accessories, food, toys…etc but my favorite is still beauty products. Birch Box have 2 options. One is for women and other one is for men. Today, I want to share with you what is my February men’s box.

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1. Ernest Supplies – Awake & Exfoliate body bar – full size $15
A daily soap made with coconut, jojoba, peppermint and caffeine. Helps to stimulate, exfoliate and keep the body feel clean.

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2. MALIN + GOETZ – Peppermint shampoo – full size $25
Conditioning shampoo – made with crisp peppermint extract that won’t strip hair of moisture. I wish the peppermint scent is stronger and since I have very dry hair. It didn’t work for my hair condition, but with normal to oily hair, it maybe good.

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3. Brickell – Purifying Charcoal Face Wash – full size $25
Natural cleanser pairing purifying olive oil and charcoal with restorative jojoba and aloe. I like the smell of this cleanser. After I rise it off my skin it still feels comfortable and not overly dried.

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4. Rite In The Rain – Field Flex All Weather Memo Book – $4.95
This pocket size note book have build in ruler in the back just in case you need to measure something. Overall, it’s very useful.

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5. This IS Ground – Cord Taco Grand 3 pack $29
Another full size item. This taco shape leather cord organizer really keeps all your cords in one place. For some who likes to have all the electric cords in control, this will be your new BFF.

Overall, I like everything in this month’s box with 2 full size products. To subscribe to Birchbox Man, it is $20 per month and includes 3-4 grooming deluxe samples and handsome accessories.

Share with me which beauty box is your favorite!

January 2015 Mr. Jan All In One Beauty Box Giveaway

Monthly subscription beauty boxes have become one of the fastest growing trends. You may ask, “Why is this beauty box thing getting bigger and bigger?”. Well, for a reasonable price, you can try and experience at least five, and sometimes MORE, beauty products, without ever setting foot in a department store.

Currently, I subscribe to six different beauty boxes services. Each of these companies send a monthly beauty box containing everything from luxury to organic skin care products. I absolutely love getting these little surprises every month.

Last December, we celebrated the holidays by providing our YouTube subscribers a special Twelve Days Of Christmas Giveaway! It was so much fun! It was such a huge success, that I decided to carry it forwards into 2015. So, I announced just before the end of the year on YouTube that  I will offer monthly beauty boxes giveaways for the entire 2015 year.

Check out the link below for my January 2015 Beauty Box Giveaway. It is simple to participate, all you need to do is the following:

1. Be at least 18 years of age or older,
2. Subscribe or be a subscriber to my YouTube channel (it’s a lot of fun)
3. Like this video,
4. Comment on the video, telling us why you would love this beauty box!

This is an YouTube channel giveaway, and includes all of our international subscribers. The contest ends at 12:00 PM PST on 2/1/2015, so check it out now!

Good luck !

SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream Review

Did you know more than 60% of women don’t use eye cream ? its shocking to me because the eye area is where you start to see the very first fine lines.
The reason? The skin around the eye is very thin and has no sebaceous glands, collagen and elastin fibers. To further complicate matters, our eyes blinks over 10,000 times per day. These are just some of the many reasons why you need a good eye treatment.
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Enter the new SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream, SK-II’s premium eye cream. I love the fact that SK-II continues to upgrade their products with some of the best ingredients known to mankind. Just think of how Apple continues to improve iPhone with the newest technology every year, improving and reinventing the cell phone we love so much, well at least most of us.
This new eye cream helps to address multiple signs of aging, such as lines, wrinkles, sagging, lack of firmness, dehydration and dark circles.  You can use this both day and night. What I like about this eye cream is the texture, very creamy but not too rich and sticky, easy to apply and massage around the eye. The scent of this eye cream is same as the Essential Power Essence and Essential Power Rich Cream which I love. its hard to discernible the scent, just think of a walk in a natural forest with smell of fresh herbs.
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This new eye cream is $125
The best application to apply the eye cream as follows:
Step one: Massage the eye cream on your hand – wait until the eye cream turns clear.
Step two: Use ring fingers gently pad the eye cream around the orbital bone.
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For sagging  (after steps two) : start your finger at the inner corner eye and glide toward to temple and press the pressure point for 3 seconds. start begins of eye brow and glide toward to temple press the pressure point for 3 seconds – repeat 3 time each eye
For puffiness (after steps two): use ring finger massage circular from inner corner to temple press the pressure point at temple for 3 seconds. massage circular begin of eye brow to temple press the pressure point for 3 seconds.