Can you afford the luxury skin care brands ?

Sisley

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

 

 

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.

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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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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Louise Vuitton Mask Cruise Collection 2015

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Who said purchasing a limited edition bag will break your bank?
I have been on a mission to find a limited edition designer item at a reasonable price! And I came across this Louise Vuitton 2015 Cruise Tribal Mask Collection!

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TRIBAL MASK KEY POUCH $ 660 
This collection is inspired by Gaston Vuitton’s Africa Tribal Mask back in 1931. For $660 you can own a limited edition piece from LV that is both cute and useful! This Key Pouch 5.5 x 3.1 is small but big enough to carry ID and cash. I would say this is prefect gift for your love one this holiday season.

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Fresh Black Tea Collection

More and more western skin care brands are using Asian remedy as new ingredients. Fresh recently launch a new collection “Black Tea”. I purchased the Age Delay Eye Concentrate and Instant Perfecting Mask . Here are my thoughts on these products.

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Instant Perfecting Mask
When you first open the bottle you’d think you need to apply a very dense cream, but it turn out to be a very cooling and light weight  mask. The mask provides a hydration to the skin, but I would recommend you apply very thick layer to seal the skin better without it quickly drying out (see picture below for reference). The mask also make your skin feel cooling and tickle a little.

TIP: Any time I use any mask I always  apply eye cream around my eye first. The reason is that the mask will pull your skin down and most the mask will tell you avoid eye area ! Therefore apply eye cream before the mask to create a barrier so the mask not pull my eye area. After rise the mask off my face still feel tickling I would say this mask is perfect for hot summer day.

Age Delay Eye Concentrate
I used it for few days and I didn’t see any difference. It hydrates the eye area but I didn’t feel any firming. So I feel this is more for preventatives. I know most the skin care ask you to use for 30 days or longer to see a results, but be honest I have tried some skin care products and you can see results with in 3 days. Also, I didn’t smell the Tea scent in both the mask and eye cream which was a disappointment. I wish I can smell the tea scent . I listed all the products from Black tea collection with a brief info from their company website for your reference .

“Tea is the world’s most ancient remedy. It was discovered thousands of years ago in China, whose people cultivated its use as a medicine, as a ritual, as an art form. Tea has a rich history and an even deeper meaning for us because of our Russian heritage, as it is an enormous part of our own culture.”   —Lev & Alina, Fresh Founders

KEY INGREDIENT

  • Black tea ferment is an advanced antioxidant that helps to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals** while softening, smoothing, and enhancing luster.

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BLACK TEA INSTANT PERFECTING MASK
A hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. 100ml for $88

BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY CREAM
A face cream with advanced antioxidants that is proven to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and firm, smooth, and retextures the skin. 50ml for $95

BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY EYE CONCENTRATE
An advanced eye treatment that diminishes and prevents signs of aging while moisturizing and visibly firming the eye area. 15ml for $85

BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY SERUM
A firming treatment proven to diminish the signs of aging, protect from future damage, and provide 24 hours of supreme moisture. 30ml for $85

BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY INSTANT INFUSION
An advanced treatment toner that’s proven to provide 24 hours of moisture while evening skin tone and refining skin texture. 120ml for $48

*images and information provided from www.fresh.com

 

Skin Care Tips in 2 Minutes

Last week I posted the first video from my new series, “Skin Care Tips In Two Minutes”. This video blog is intended to share and answer questions you may have in a quick and informative two minute video. I will share quick and easy tips that will fit any lifestyle! Leave your skin care questions in the commend area and you just may see you question answered in the series.

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YSL Forever Youth Liberator Products Review

9.17_YSL-FYL-Landing-SiteUpdate-v1YSL Forever Youth Liberator Collection, doesn’t that name sounds an amazing? I am sure everyone on this planet wants a fountain of youth or long lasting beauty. Personally, I know if we take good care of our skin, body and mind, you will see a delay of aging process. Unfortunately, too many people don’t even spend time taking care their skin left alone taking care of their body and mind. So, if you want long lasting beauty you must do the following:

1. Believing in yourself: That’s right! It’s a very simple thing called believing in yourself will change everything in your life.

2. Spend time on your skin: If you spend less than 2 mintues to take care your skin, we have problem. I would recommend starting and ending your day with a cleanse, toner, moisturizer  SPF for day and masking at night.

3. Balance healthy life style: Eat lots green and dark color fruits for antioxidant and exercise!

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Forever Youth Liberator collection contains anti aging ingredients call Glycanatif which will restore your skin’s youthful beauty. Your skin will look instantly more luminous and soft. Skin will feel more supple and visibly improve after one month of use.  As always, I purchased the trial set first, includes Cleansing Foam 0.7 oz. Night Cream 0.2 oz. Serum 1.0 oz and eye serum 0.5 oz. The Eye serum is a full size which costs $120 and the face serum also full size costs $155 but the kit I purchased is only $180 on their company website. The trail kit is not only a great deal but also great way to first experience the line.

Of all 4 products, I like the night cream the best! Simply because it doesn’t have too much perfume. I am very disappointed in the face serum for 2 reasons. The strong perfume scent and the medicine dropper does not work very well. The Eye serum however is smell little less fragranced and the dropper works a little better.

Check out my youtube channel for YSL Forever Youth Liberator review below.

 

 

 

Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale

I get this question all the time, “What product should I get when I am trying “X” brand for the first time?” I never suggest to purchase a full line because it can be very pricey and it may not even work with your skin. I recommend to purchase a trial set or travel set before you invest too much and they usually will cost 50% less than full sizes.

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I heard much buzz about Guerlain’s Orchidee Imperiale because out of the 30,000 different Orchidee in the words, only three were used in the skin care plus a new Gold Orchid  that regenerates cell life. How can I not try it 🙂 I purchased the Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Voyage (travel set ) which includes the Exceptional Complete Care Cream 15ml/0.50fl, Exceptional Complete Care Longevity Concentrate 10ml/0.33oz, and Exceptional Complete Care Eye and Lip Cream 7ml/0.23oz.

1. Exceptional Complete Care Cream 1.7oz retailed at $445.00 is the 3rd generation in the line. Anytime a product goes through a major upgrade and receives great reviews, it is most likely selling very well. Something to consider when you are checking out new brands. This face cream will help revitalize and renew your skin giving you a younger look. The cream recovers skins density, firmness and elasticity.

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2. Exceptional Complete Care Longevity Concentrate 1.0oz retailed at $498.00 works on all visible signs of aging quickly and intensely. The formula restores the skin to a more youthful look. The cream melts into the skin.

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3. Exceptional Complete Care Eye and Lip Cream 0.5oz retailed at $200.00 enhanced with the revitalizing gold orchid technolgy which will reduce fine lines, puffiness and dark circle under the eyes. You can also use it around the lips! Honestly, any eye cream can be applied to the lips area.

So, check out a trial set or travel kit before investing in a new brand!