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

 

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 $$
Cashmere Hoodie $$

 

Fendi Karlito Review

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Key charms have been very popular in the past few years and Fendi’s monster was the leader of this trend. Last February, super model Cara Delevingne opened the Fendi show with Karlito, which was a personal gift from creative director, Sylvia Venturini Fendi, to designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Ever since the show, Karlito became a huge demand. This super cute Karlito was sold out within a few days. I was lucky enough to get one of the famous Karlito in December and here is my review.

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First impression:  The Fendi Box. This was my second purchase from Fendi and I was not impressed with their box. It sounds silly but when you purchase these luxury items every detail counts from the tissues, box, ribbon to the handle of the bag. However, this box does have Karl’s autograph.

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Second impression: After I opened the box, the Karlito was wrapped in plain tissue paper. It looked very sad. Honestly,  I feel disappointed with the presentation. I was hoping Fendi will offer a stand to house Karlito. The box also included a dust bag too.
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The Karlito key charm looks super cute! I love how Fendi used three (3) different types of fur to create this; the black mink is used for the sunglasses, sliver fox fur for the body and white goat fur for the hair. The Karlito looks just like mini Karl Lagerfeld. His signature black sunglasses, high collar with a black tie and, of course, the ponytail. I think I will only bring Karlito to special events. He will stay in my walk-in closet inside a museum case. The Karlito took the fashion industry by storm! I hear Fendi is planning to make a super mini Karlito in spring 2015. I will definitely keep my fingers crossed!

Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading this!

 

 

 

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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Gucci Make Up review

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The most anticipated make up launch of 2014 Fall “GUCCI Beauty” is finally here. Currently available in the United States at www.Gucci.com , www.Saks.com and www.NeimanMarcus.com. In the forthcoming months, there are plans to launch Gucci Beauty make-up at Saks Fifth Ave in New York City, Neiman Marcus Las Vegas and selected Gucci boutiques. This is a full line launch from colors to basic skin care. All products are made in Italy, the home of Gucci fashion.

I ordered three (3) Gucci products from Neiman Marcus:

1. Gucci Eye Magnetic Color Shadow Quad – Cosmic Deco 010, $65
The eye shadow compact is magnetic and the Gucci in-pirnt on the color surface is deeply embossed and glamorous. After my color swatch, I could still see the in-print very clear in the make-up compact. This shows that they have pressed the make-up extra hard and deep. The surface texture of the eye shadow is like velvet and go on very easy. I didn’t use any primer before I swatched the colors.

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2. Gucci Face Luxe Finishing Powder – Color 020, $55
The compact is just beautiful and once again, I love the Gucci logo. This compact is also magnetic. The finishing powder has a sheer finish, that goes on the skin smooth and soft. It is so sheer that in one application it didn’t cover much, but you could easily use this as a touch up makeup or for selfie ready. I love love the brush applicator, it is better than most of the luxury brands.

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3. Luxurious Moisture Rich Lip Stick – Nude Satin 340, $39
After I tested the color on my arm and lip, I love the texture and feel, it’s not too rich or heavy. I can smell the scent of the lip stick, but you can not taste the lip stick on the lip.Once again, Gucci has made the packaging amazingly beautiful.

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All in all, I really love the Gucci Eye Quad , Finishing Power and Lip Stick. I can’t wait to visit the Gucci make up counter and try other products. Please stay tune for a YouTube review in the near future.

 

Natural Make Up for Men and Women

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Natural Makeup for men and women

Wearing makeup is not just for only for women anymore. Many makeup brands are starting to carry men’s makeup. Let even skin complexions help build you’re confident, which will impact self esteem.

The best compliment you can get is “Your skin looks amazing. What skin care do you use? “  The worse compliment is “ Wow I like your foundation. What brand you are using now?” I am going to share my favorites products that will help you achieved a natural makeup for both men and women.

Loreal BB cream

 

I like L’oreal Youth Code BB cream because the BB cream is very light (feels like a non-greasy, lightweight moisturizer), evens our my skin tone and provides a broad spectrum SPF 15. When you apply this BB Cream it melts into the skin and makes your skin look and feel more radiant, soft and hydrated. However, if you apply with your finger it will only offer low coverage. If you’re like me, I need more than low coverage so I use a sponge or beauty blender to apply the foundation and get more medium coverage. To get a more defined look, I often use two colors “Light and Medium” to created a super natural contour look (check out my YouTube video for demo) for $13.99 on Target online.

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When I need complete coverage I also use the Laneige BB Cushion after the L’oreal Youth Code BB cream. It’s still a BB cream that’s also very light but in the compact form.  For men, you’d have to see beyond the compact adn focus on the result. Laneige, offering a fuller coverage, is a Korean brand used to only be available at Korean markets but they are now available at Target!! BB Cushion is very unique with a SPF 50 broad spectrum protection. The liquid makeup is saturated in the sponge. See the image below. I recommend using the sponge and pressing on the skin for fuller coverage. You will be surprised how your skin looks after the makeup. So glowing with an even compexion! It will almost look like you have no makeup! The BB Cushion is only $34.00 on Target online, includes one refill.

I also use Chanel Les Beiges; this press power can be use alone or over the makeup. This press pwder gives a natural and translucent finish. The best part of this compact is that it comes with a mini brush for application. Chanel.com $57.50

 

Check out my Youtube video for tutorial

 

 

 

La Prairie Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream Review

the_caviar_collection_collection-dp-h2-en_US-1280By now, you know I love luxury skin care brands! I strongly feel that the more I try different brands the better I will be able to share my experiences with you.  There are many new products that are launched every month but today I am going to share an existing product from La Prairie.

1987 La Praire creates the first phenomenon by introducing the Skin Caviar, the encapsulated delivery system containing the Caviar Pearls.  20 years later, The Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream was launched despite the many new eye creams available. This is still one of best seller in luxury brands.  This eye cream helps to target seven concerns around the eyes: fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, loss of elasticity , puffiness, dark circle and dryness.

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This eye cream addresses the 3 areas:

1. Lifting and Firming : 3 dimensional protein network, firm, lift and tightens. Caviar extracts, biopolymer of sweet almond proteins, marines lifting complex , bio mimetic peptide and extracellular matrix tripeptide work together for maximum lifting  and firming.

2. Hydrating : Moisture complex imparts 24 hours hydration. Botanical root, rich in potassium, boosts hydration.

3. Brightening and Smoothing: Restorative algae extract. Inhibits the appearance of dark circles.

The texture feels rich but not heavy. Very little amount will allow you cover entire the eye area. I would suggest using this eye cream at night (as you should use the best products you have at night) allowing deeper penetration.

The packaging is beautiful. You will just have to watch my video to see their attention to details!

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This Eye cream is 20ml/0.68 oz $320 can you call this luxury !

Check out my Youtube video below