Five Minutes Skincare for Men

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I have received this question: How much time do I need for my skincare? 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 20 minutes? My thought is not how much time you need but what your skin concerns are and if you are using the right products for you skin conditions.

I like to share some of the budget friendly skin care for Combination Skin Condition: But first what is combination skin? Usually, it means you don’t have dryness or redness on your skin, you will feel a little oily on the face, especially on the T zone after lunch. No major issues of your skin.  I found these products from Sephora.com. I like their website because you select the best products based on your skin conditions and there are mnay options and reviews on their products.

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Cleanser for day and night: Anthony Algae Facial Cleanser $36 8oz :
A gentle cleanser that moisturizes and calms the skin, leaving it feeling soft and refreshed. Algae cleanses and refreshes while extracts of azulene, lavender, and rose hip oil calm and sooth. Ideal for dry, sensitive, or mature skin, skin looks and feels fresh, smooth, and healthy.

Mr. Jan’s thought: No need to have day and night face wash, that’s just too much for men.  I love the fact it’s a very large bottle and lasts for a long time. You can even shave with this cleanser.

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Face Lotion:
Day: Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $28 3.3oz
A multitasking daily moisturizer that acts as a broad-spectrum sunscreen and an advanced facial treatment. It contains blue algae extract to keep skin supple and reduce inflammation along with sea parsley, which contains a combination of naturally occurring vitamins A and C and minerals to improve skin’s overall appearance. UVA and UVB protection plus potent antioxidants help shield skin from premature aging due to sun exposure.

Mr. Jan’s thought: Always use SPF during the day. I love face lotion with SPF together. It saves time and money.

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Night: Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10 percent Moisturizer $45 2.0oz
A luxurious facial cream that features a gentle, patented time-release form of glycolic acid and helps to produce a beautiful, fresh, youthful-looking complexion. It helps clarify the skin and smooth away a rough texture, leaving it looking refined and revitalized.

Mr. Jan’s thoughts: The glycolic acid 10% is perfect to use at night before you go to sleep. It will help exfoliate the surface of the skin.

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Eye Lotion: Anthony High Performance Continuous Moisture Eye Cream $38 0.75oz
An advanced, time-released, cream formula that helps prevent premature aging around the delicate eye area. The eye cream fueled with arnica and allantonin to help stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness, and is infused with jojoba oil, shea butter, squalane, and carrot root to provide maximum hydration. vitamins A, C, and E protect, firm, and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.

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Target Treatment:  The Art of Shaving Facial Scrub – Peppermint Essential Oil $25 3.0oz
An effective face scrub enriched with refreshing peppermint oil. This must-have Facial Scrub gently exfoliates the skin’s surface as it deeply cleanses pores. It’s formulated with peppermint essential oil, white kaolin clay, and lavender essential oil to refresh skin and leave it delicately scented.

Mr. Jan’s thought: 3 time a week you should scrub to polish the skin, but I would  suggest do this at night, if you use this in the morning it may irraites the skin after you shave.

All products informations were taking from the Sephora.com

 

 

My update skin care ritual spring 2016

RNA-Duo_848_v5Spring is just around the corner. Are you ready for your skin care update? I have always found that right after the holidays, my skin becomes very dry and sensitive so I want to share my updated skin care ritual with you.

After cleanser and toner I use SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, but I use cotton pads for application. I find that when I use cotton pads, it absorbs more Pitera, which allows my skin to absorb more Pitera and more is just better!

After the Facial Treatment Essence I apply R.N.A Power Essence, a new anti aging serum that helps address multi skin concerns such as fine lines, large pores, uneven skin tone, etc. This is the new upgrade from the SK-II Essential Power Essence. I love that the consistency is much more rich and absorbs even better than the Essential Power Essence. When I have sensitive conditions, I use less products which means I don’t layer 2 serums at once. Sometimes, you just need to let your skin breath a little.

Then, I use the eye cream, R.N.A Power Cream, which is also a new upgrade from Essential Power Cream. Overall, the texture is much more rich which is perfect for the season changes. I like this cream because you can see a difference after just one use. The skin looks and feels much firmer and my dryness and sensitives improves.

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Here are some products information from SK-II Website for your reference:

FACIAL TREATMENT ESSENCE The much-loved and most awarded SK-II bestseller

SK-II’s signature product, the much-loved and most awarded bestseller, Facial Treatment Essence has over 90% Pitera, the miracle ingredient discovered over 30 years ago that remains essentially unchanged till today.

Its irreplaceable formula gently exfoliates the face and helps moderate the skin surface renewal cycle.

  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence helps to improve the appearance of 5 dimensions of beautiful, crystal clear skin: spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated.
  • Skin becomes breathtakingly crystal clear.

$165 5.1oz

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R.N.A. POWER RADICAL NEW AGE CREAM Brings you the next level of firmness – lengthwise-crosswise firmness – for a hydrated glowing look

Improves multiple signs of aging, giving you a new level of firmness from multiple angles, so that skin becomes firmer, smoother, tighter, and more radiant. After one jar, fine lines appear less defined.

$230 2.8oz

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R.N.A. POWER RADICAL NEW AGE ESSENCE Minimizes the appearance of pores next morning, with a fresh morning glow.

New R.N.A Power Essence brings you the next level of firmness – lengthwise-crosswise firmness

This powerful firming serum minimizes the appearance of your pores for a more youthful looking fresh morning glow. Immediately upon application, each drop fills the gaps in your skin, making it firm, resilient, and feeling plump.

Used with R.N.A Power Cream, this new duo from SK-II brings you to a new level of confidence from today and for the next 15 years.

$195 1.7oz

Luxury Korean Skin Care Sulwhasoo

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Korean skincare is like a big wave coming to USA. More and more people are asking which of these Korean brands are the best. Today, I want to share with you Sulwhasoo, one of the luxury skincares in Korea, and it is my personal favorite!

The simple way to describe Sulwhasoo is Herbal Medicinal Skincare and the highest content ingredient is ginseng. See the below information about their ingredients from the company website:
All of Sulwhasoo’s ingredients are natural ingredients native to Korea and raised through a meticulous process on our very own Amorepacific herb farm under the most excellent conditions. These are some key ingredients of Sulwhasoo that make Sulwhasoo so beneficial and effective.

Sulwhasoo Ingredients

Ginseng naturally grows only in the Far East and the ones from the Korean Peninsula are considered the best. Ginseng is a very sensitive plant that is highly affected by the nature of the soil it is cultivated in. It is very valuable and precious with many wondrous efficacies. Sulwhasoo uses a 4-year old Ginseng, which known to have the highest saponin content. Sulwhasoo created matchless material after a long research on Ginseng.
Let me show you some of the products I enjoy using from time to time.

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First Care Activating Serum 60ml / 2.2oz $84 
The treatment liquid is used after the toner before the serum. It helps renew skin conditions and allow your serum and moisturizer penetrate deeper into your skin. This is a very lightweight liquid and people with any skin conditions can use it. In fact, this is the first product you should try!

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Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum 35ml / 1.2oz $150 
This serum encapsulated the ginseng helps to reduce signs of aging and fortify skin’s natural elasticity and resilience. I like to use this at night which gives my skin a boost.

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Concentrated Ginseng Renew Cream   60ml / 2.2 oz $220.00
Very luxurious texture and smells very herbal and ginseng. A nutrient-rich cream to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin to revive damaged, youth-depleted skin from within. This is best if used at night.

Mother’s Day Luxury Gifts Recommendations

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I want to shared with you a few of my favorite luxury skin care products and fragrance for someone special in your life! How do I celebrate Mother’s Day? Well, everyday is a special day and it’s not just today. The products I recommend today are also what I have been using for long time.

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1. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask 10pk $135
“A luxurious facial mask with an indulgent concentration of Pitera™ in a single application. Your skin is immediately and exceptionally immersed in moisturization, resulting in a visibly radiant and crystal clear complexion.
Texture: Soft and luxurious, each cotton mask is generously soaked with Pitera™ for maximum delivery to the skin.
At a Glance: An indulgent dose of Pitera™ in one mask for an instant boost in your skin’s suppleness and translucency.”

My Thoughts: 
One of best facial masks I’ve ever used. In just one time, you will see the transformation of the skin and provides more hydration, radiance, smoother and softer skin. I would recommend use the face mask at least 1x a week.

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2. SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence 5 oz $305
“This precious skin enhancing essence is infused with SK-II’s Highest Concentrated Pitera and Centella Essence to strengthen your skin’s resilience, while drenching it with an intensive boost of moisture. Your skin is firmer, smoother and more radiant.
Texture: Ultra-light liquid essence that is instantly absorbed by your skin.
At a Glance: This precious essence drenches your skin with an intensive boost of moisture for a firmer, smoother, more radiant looking complexion.”

My Thoughts :
I use this beauty essence daily at night over toner before serum. I use it especially when I am traveling. It offers intensive hydration and my skin feel so supple.

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3. La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask 2.5 oz $160
“This energizing mask instantly revitalizes the skin and helps promote its natural renewal process. The Vitality Ferment drenches skin in hydration, plumping skin from within. Instantly, skin looks healthy, resilient and glowing- infused with life.”

My Thoughts:
The best sleep mask ever!! I have dry skin so I use this mask over my night cream when I am traveling. Next day, my skin looks and feels great!

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4. Sisley paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil 0.84 oz $235
“Black Rose Precious Face Oil is a satin-smooth dry oil that prepares, nourishes, moisturizes and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. An essential in the daily care of dry or mature skin, this product contains legendary Black Rose oil and an exquisite combination of essences and natural active ingredients with repairing and stimulating properties that give skin a healthy glow.”

My Thoughts:
Talk about luxury skin care! This precious face oil makes my fine lines less noticable and the best part is it’s not oily at all. I like to mix this with my moisturizer at night. I have been trying different brands, but most of the time they are just too oily for me.

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5. Darphin Nourishing Satin Oil 3.4 oz  $45
“A nectar of nourishment, its formula brings to the skin a perfect balance of fatty acids; nourished, it reveals all of its softness. A powerful anti – oxidant , red ginger essential oil enhances the formula.”

My Thoughts:
This body oil is not greasy at all. In fact, it makes your skin feel super soft. But always make sure you exfoliate your body 1x a week before you apply the oil. If you still feel dry, you can layer with additional body cream over the dry area.

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6. Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Drops 2.5 oz $101
“Dolce Floral Drops’ elegant packaging is reminiscent of a vintage fragrance flacon. The flower cap pays tribute to Sicilian customs, the original design handcrafted to portray the marzipan sculptures seen in traditional confections. Dolce signed in a flourish of black script, a replica of Domenico Dolce’s father’s own signature underscored by a graphic twist of thin black grosgrain ribbon.

A lighter version of Dolce, neroli leaves replacing papaya flower at the top. White Amaryllis, Daffodil, Water Lily, Cashmeran, Musky Notes and Sandalwood. Made in UK.”

My Thoughts:
Overall, this has a very light scent and is not overpowering. I think most women want to wear something that smells natural and can become more of personal scent when they wear it. This is definitely one of those scents.

All products info were from Saks.com or NeimanMarcus.com

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

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

 

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 !

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Review and Color Swatches

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On December 26, 2014, one of the biggest launches was Tom Ford Lips & Boys. 50 mini size Tom Ford lipsticks became available to the public. So what’s the big deal? Well it’s the most smart marketing ever, if I may say. These lip sticks were name after 50 men who influenced Tom Ford… Thats right! They named the colors after male names. Who won’t want to wear Adriano or Luca.
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These are mini size 0.07 oz, cost $32. Everything looks just the same as the regular size lipstick 1.0 oz for $50. Both lipsticks have the same ingredients: soda see extract , Brazilian murmur butter and chamomila flower oil. I think it’s the size of this luxury lipstick that got everyone talking about it. It’s so easy to carry around! When you’re going to the club with a smaller purse, lipstick is by far the most important make up you need to bring so a smaller size is in demand!

Tip: There are 50 colors available but you do not need to buy all 50. Purchase one shade in each color family group. For example, purchase just one orange shade then use a different colored lipliner to create multiple colors from that one (orange) color! Create many different colors with all your favorite shades!

I ordered Adriano, Luca, Alexander and Didier. The Tom Ford makeup artist picked out these colors for me because he thinks these are going to be the hottest colors for Spring. I like how these lipsticks just glide smoothly onto my skin. It’s also good for dry lips too!

Here are the swatches for these colors.
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Luca 31
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Didie 48
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Alexander 21
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Also here are the size comparisons between 1 0z – 0.7 oz to the super mini 0.3 oz
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day Three

 

2014 Christmas Giveaway Day 3

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day Three 

Here is the list of my skincare beauty box. I hope you like these beauty products as much as I do. Make sure you subscribe to my You Tube channel and find out how to WIN this box.

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1. Lancer – Nourish face cream 
2. Malin & Goetz – grape fruit face cleanser
3. Bliss – Body butter lemon & sage 
4. Alterna – Bamboo volumespray 
5. Hey honey – Peel off mask 
6. Darphin – Wrinkle corrective eye contour cream
7. Bare Minerals – Active cell renewal 
8. Guerlain – Issima anti aging serum
9. La Mer – Eye concentrate 
10. YSL beauty – Forever youth serum 
11. La Prairie – Cellular radiance eye cream 
12. Eve Lom – Rescue mask 

 

 

How to select right mask for your skin

Here are some of my suggestions on how to select the right mask or treatment for your skin:

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1. Know your skin conditions and what are you are addressing.
2. If possible, try the sample in the inner arms and make sure your don’t have a reaction.
3. Purchase the travel size, before you purchase a full size.
4. Check out the products review on Youtube or other social media network.

I purchased the few travel size mask and exfoliated treatment. Here is my review on each.

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1. Boscia: Luminizing Black mask full size 2.8 $34.00
This peel-off black mask will help to detoxify, purify and brighten the skin. However, after I peeled it off my inner arm, the mask made my arm turn red. Well, this is a sign telling me this mask is too strong for me.

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2. Glam Glow : Supermud full size 1.2oz $69.00
This clay mud mask helps to deep clean the skin and prevent problem skin. After I applied a thin layer on my skin for 10 minutes, I rinsed it off with water immediately. My skin feels and looks more fresh and clean. I will purchase this is full size soon!

3. KateSomerville : Exfolikate full size 0.5 oz $22.00 /2.0 oz $85.00/ 5.0 oz $175
This exfoliated treatment helps to reduce acne, blackhead and reduces discoloration. After I massaged my face with this exfoliate and left it on for 30 seconds (the enzymes doing their magic) I rinsed off with warm water, my skin felt very fresh and smooth. Another product I will purchase in full size.

4. Peter Thomas Roth: Firm Peeling Gel full size 3.4 oz $48.00
This peeling gel rolls, lifts and sweeps away dead skin cells. So after massaged and left it on for 1 minute, I don’t feel it was working for me! So, I will pass on the full size.

Here are the winners for the mask and exfoliate!

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