Influenster Vox Box – Baxter Men Skin Care Review

 

I received the Baxter of California Vox Box complimentary from Influence for my blog review. First thing, I want to share is join Influenster! It’s one of best action I took last year ! This is my third box and just so thankful that they gave me a chance to try out and review the products. So anyone want to start be a blogger,I would highly suggest you join Influenster.

I received the following products: Exfoliating body bar, deodorant, hand and body moisturizer, oil free moisturizer and the pomade mixer kit. Wow…

Overall, men who don’t use skin care will find the Baxter of California is not intimidating. The packaging play a big part of this brand. Most men feel masculine and in their mind using a face moisturizer or eye cream is just not manly enough. So the simple packaging and colors, blue or black, works really well. Next is the texture of products. It needs to be lightweight with fast absorption and Baxter Of California nailed these elements.

See below for info on each product (includes info from their website with my comments and thoughts)

Exfoliating Body Bar:

A luxurious scrubbing bar for men with essence of cedarwood and oakmoss. The hydrating, paraben-free formula leaves the entire body feeling smooth, clean and refreshed.

Rich-lathering formula effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, with pumice, jojoba meal and crushed olive seed to scrub away dirt and rough patches all over body. Hydrating ingredients wash away impurities from skin without stripping moisture, making it ideal for daily use. Suitable for all skin types.

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts : 

Overall, I really like this body soap. It has a very refreshing scent and I use the shower puff so it created lots of lather and bubbles. The best part is after I rinse it off and my skin feels so smooth and not dry.

  • Paraben-free
  • 7 oz / 198 g
  • $17.00

Deodorant

Baxter top-selling, clean citrus and herbal musk-scented deodorant is aluminum-free, making it perfect for sensitive skin. The clear solid paraben-free gel won’t stain or discolor clothes.
GQ Grooming Award Winner 2015 for Best Deodorant
AskMen.com Grooming Award Winner 2016

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :

I am not sure why this is top selling. After 10 minutes, it still hasn’t dried so I do not recommend this. Personally, I need to my deodorant to dry quickly and keep me fresh.

  • Paraben-free
  • Aluminum-free
  • 2.65 oz / 75 g
  • $19.00

 Hand and Body Moisturizer 

Hydrating hand and body lotion with a subtle herbal-musk scent.

Versatile enough to use all over your body, this lotion has plant-based moisturizers that combine with natural oils, vitamins and botanical extracts to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Skin is left smooth and refreshed without a greasy residue.

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :
This hand and body moisturizer dried very fast once you apply it on the skin. But as I apply the moisturizer on the body, I see the actual moisture sit on the surface of the skin. It takes extra time to massage in into the skin and disappear. Once the moisturizer absorbs, it makes my body feel very hydrated and not oily. I would strongly recommend this.

10 oz / 300 ml
$18

Oil Free Moisturizer

Hydrating face lotion for men infused with aloe vera, green tea and chamomile.  This oil-free moisturizer features plant-based technology that absorbs quickly to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Green tea helps protect against free radicals and chamomile helps heal delicate facial skin. Skin is left feeling smooth and refreshed with a shine-free finish.

4 oz / 120 ml
$24.00

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :

Personally I have dry combination skin , so this is not enough  for me . But if any guys out there have oil skin, they will like it. because 2 major component.

1.  The tube packaging is smart , also it feel more  masculine and easy to use.
2. The light weigh  lotion absorbs into skin so quick, so didnt make it look shine or oily


Pomade Mixer Kit

I can’t find this kit on their website for pricing … but I find a style guide below

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :
Love these pomade, it created different look, see below for style  sample

 

Can you afford the luxury skin care brands ?

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YES !! Under $10 per month !!!
I recently discovered, luxury skin care brand Sisley, is offering a monthly subscription and it only cost $100 for 12 months. The beauty box includes 5 samples, and of the 5 samples, 2 are deluxe. It’s a great way for people to try this super luxury brand.

This is the best way for anyone who wants to experience Sisley before making the investment. Yes i said investment, as the price of Sisley is very high. As for the results, I only enjoyed a couple of the products, and based on the price of the full size, I would not buy them on a regular basis. However, the beauty box is definitely worth the money, and getting the opportunity to try the products for a small monthly investment before you buy is very good.

I like to share the boxes I received and why i really enjoy them.

August Box:

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Tropical Resins Mask :
A deeply purifying mask with absorbent, cleansing and astringent properties for a clean, radiant complexion.

Mr. Jan’s Thought:
Always apply the eye gel or eye lotion around the eye before use any clay mask. Apply thicker layer for best results

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Black Rose Cream Mask:
A cream mask that has been specifically formulated to instantly provide the skin with a youthful and energized look.

Mr. Jan’s Thought:
For the dry skin no need to rise or wipe off. For oil skin you can use this as face cream
love the scents and make my skin look and feel amazing next day.

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Eye & Lip Contour Balm 
A gel texture to address the sensitive area around the eyes & lips that hydrates, reduces the appearance of fine lines, dryness and under-eye puffiness.

Mr. Jan’s Thought:
honestly any eye cream can be use as lip balm ..just saying

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Phyto – Touche Tinted Body Sun Glow Gel 
For a customized tan in 5 minutes flat.

Mr. Jan’s Thought:
Always exfoliate  before apply this for the best results

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Eau De Campagne Bath & Shower Gel 
Fresh, bright, sparkling, green, citrusy, chic. A foamy gel cleanser to soften and tone the skin while it cleanses.

Mr. Jan’s Thought:
Always use shower puff so you use less and get more foam.

 

*Above information from Sisley Webstie

 

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

 

 

How much is too much ? Sisley Supremya Cream

How much will you pay for a great night moisturizer?
Sisley just released a new face cream, Supremya Cream, and it is retailed for $795.

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Here is what Sisley said:
Supremÿa Cream is the supreme anti-aging night skin care specially developed to meet the specific needs of naturally dry to very dry skin dried out by environmental factors, or skin lacking comfort, in a deliciously smoothing, easily applied, rich and firm cream texture.

At the heart of this formula, is Sisley’s patented* Phyto-Complex LC12 (12-hour Longevity Concentrate): a powerful combination of four plant-based active ingredients, which works at night – a key moment for cellular regeneration – to offer the skin visible rejuvenation.
*patent pending

Supremÿa Cream contains an intensive nourishing complex that regenerates and restructures (Hazelnut oil, Kokum butter, Macadamia oil). An exceptional formula that allows a deep lipid-replenishing action, for comfortable, nourished and revitalized skin.

Night after night, the skin is regenerated, restructured and prepared to tackle the next day.

Active ingredients

  • Sisley’s patented* Phyto-complex LC12 (12-hour Longevity Concentrate): a powerful combination of four plant-based active ingredients that improve the quality of the cells’ life**
  • Hazelnut oil: moisturizing and nourishing properties, helps make the skin softer and more comfortable
  • Kokum butter: gives the skin emollience and suppleness. Rich in protective and repairing emollient fatty acids to nourish and revitalize the skin
  • Macadamia oil: restructuring, nourishing, moisturizing, soothing and softening properties to maintain the hydration and suppleness of damaged, dry and mature skin. * patent pending ** ex-vivo test

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Mr. Jan’s feedback 
After using it for one week, I didn’t see any difference in my skin. In fact, I found that when I just use the cream alone I didn’t get enough hydration. The cream just sits on top of my skin. I have to lay a hydrating serum on top of it to keep my skin hydrated. By the way, I have very dry skin so if you have normal to dry skin, you may find this product to be perfect!!

I love the scent of this cream. It’s very light with a lavender & herb scent. I love anything that smells natural herbs. The texture of the cream is very smooth and velvety.   But would I recommend that you spend $795 on this? No I wouldn’t. Honestly, I don’t expect a miracle but, for this price, I expected the cream to at least keep my skin hydrated without having to layer on other serum.
If you are new to luxury brands and want to upgrade your current skin care ritual, I would recommend you spend your money on a great serum, as serum will address skin concerns and it will penetrate into the skin more than face creams. Face creams serve as a barrier to keep your skin hydrated.

Let me know if you will you pay for a luxe face cream and if you have any great recommendations.

 

 

 

Estee Lauder Micro Essence and Infusion Mask

hqdefaultMany cosmetics brands have launched the “Essence”. So what is “Essence”? The Essence is originally from Asia. A treatment after purifying before serum. Usually it’s a liquid format. The purpose is to prepare and allow subsequent treatments go deeper in to the skin. When I was at the Honolulu airport duty-free shop, I purchased the Micro Essence and Infusion Mask from Estee Lauder and the mask is only available in duty-free shops.

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  • A groundbreaking essence-in-lotion activates and strengthens skin’s foundation to reveal its youthful glow.
  • This Essence penetrates deeply within skin’s surface to renew and rebalance and delivers concentration of exclusive Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment to nourish and energize.
  • Good for all skin types. It delivers energy and vitality, fights visible aging, deeply hydrates, and promotes smooth, supple skin.
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Mirco Essence Infusion Mask 6 Sheets .
I lost the receipt so I don’t remember how much it was but definitely under $100 and it’s only available at the Honolulu duty-free shop.

  • Unique Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment infuses 200% nourishing essence in the silky, hydro-spun cotton sheet and envelops skin in a cocoon of deep nourishment.
  • Enriched with double the amount of Bio-Ferment. It penetrates rapidly to rehydrate skin, re-activate moisture barrier and trigger collagen growth for younger, fuller skin with reduced fine lines.
  • Combined with Bio-mimetic restorative actives and Hydrators, it revitalizes and skin emerges dewy fresh, translucent and alive with youthful radiance that lasts all day.
  • The mask is make from hydro spun cotton sheet, so it feel little harder than other face mask.
  • Good for all skin types. It delivers energy and vitality, fights visible aging, deeply hydrates, and promotes smooth, supple skin.

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My personal thoughts after using these products:
Overall, it’s not bad for the price you paid. The actual essence feel like a light weight clear lotion, makes my skin feel slippery after applying the essence and mask. It feels like a light film on the skin and the smell I just don’t really care for. (the smell disappears after few minutes). It makes my skin look and feel more radiant and supple, which is great!!!!

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

 

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 !

Nina Vaca, Modern Luxury Event, SK-II in Dallas, Texas

 

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Approximately eighteen months ago, when I begun my venture into social media, I vowed to focus on beauty, fashion, luxury and travel. I am not political person and normally refrain from discussing my personal life. As a result, these faucets of my life have been absent from my social media. Don’t worry, Lord now’s I have no intentions of changing my focus and Mr. Jan All In One will continue to bring the best social media content in the world of beauty, fashion, luxury and travel.

That said, last week I had the opportunity to meet Nina Vaca, Chief Executive Officer Of Pinnacle Technical Resources, at a private reception she hosted in Dallas, Texas. As the SK-II National Skin Care Ambassador, I was asked to attend the event and give a short presentation on my beloved SK-II products. My colleagues and I were welcomed with open arms by Nina and her friends. Most importantly, getting to know Nina, her plight to success and her love for people, was so inspiring.

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I am from Taipei, Taiwan, raised in a family where there was a roller-coaster of success and failure. When I came to the United States I could not speak any English, kids made fun of me in school, sometimes I would cry and yearn for my life in Asia. However, through all this adversity, I stayed on my feet. I finished school, went on to the Fashion Design Institute in Los Angeles, got my degree, and started my career in retail. Working hard to improve myself has opened many doors of opportunity including my current position with SK-II.

Meeting Nina has opened a new chapter in my life. Like her, I hope that I can be an inspiration to those who think they are held back from success due to ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities and other personal hurdles.

Nina, thank you again for a very successful event and your inspiration in my life.