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

 

Luxury Christmas Gifts

 

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Many of my fans ask, “What luxury skincare and fragrances do I like to use the most”. The luxury products below are items that I have used for years now, so they are truly my favorites … Steve Jan’s “Holy Grail”. For my last Mr. Jan All In One episode for the year, I will review my favorite luxury products for 2015. This episode will air on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the usual time.

  1. Ultra-rich, dewy finish

    Born from the sea, the legendary Crème de la Mer has the power to transform the skin. In a short time, firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and the look of pores become less visible, skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions are renewed and rejuvenated. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities soothed, radiance restored.

    The Miracle Broth™ in Crème de la Mer is suspended in an extraordinary formula. The secret to activating its renewing power and enjoying its profound benefits lies in a soothing ritual. Crème de la Mer must be warmed for a few seconds between the fingers until it becomes translucent, then pressed gently into the skin.

    Mr. Jan’s thoughts: Is this the best face cream? I don’t know if I can say with confidence that this cream is the best ever, but I find myself coming back to it when my skin is going through a drama. Especially, given the fact that I travel so much. My skin can go through so many different weather conditions, including the super dry conditions in all the hotels. When this happens, I will layer La Mer Cream over my night cream and the next day  WOW, my skin looks and feels super hydrated.

  2. Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance

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    Velvet Patchouli Eau de Parfum, 1.6 fl. oz.

    INSPIRATION
    Incense as a source of inspiration. A church in a tiny village, the scent of incense diffusing all around the streets. A memory reproduced through exquisite ingredients in a perfume filled with chypre accents. Dominant in presence and statement. Exudes strength.

    NOTES

    • Dominant, intense, decisive.
    • Sweet and spicy patchouli oil.
    • The woody tones and elegance of Kephalis.
    • The tenacity of musk.
    • Olfactive family: Woody Chypre.

    1.6 fl. oz./50 ml

    About Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance:
    Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana founded luxury fashion label Dolce & Gabbana in 1982. Under their influence, the brand’s inherently sexy and adventurous designs have shaped Dolce & Gabbana into a globally renowned label. The designing duo has translated the fashion house’s unique point of view into the world of scents with a much-loved Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance collection.

    Mr. Jan’s thought: Fragrance is not a easy gift to give, because it can be very personal. I recommend you make yourself aware of the various scents he/she prefers, i.e. fresh, sweet, warm, light, etc. That will help you narrow the search for the perfect fragrance. I love rich warm earthy scents, this is why I used Velvet Patchouli. Eau de Parfum means that it contains more essential oils and therefore, will last longer. Best way to apply fragrances , spray directly on the skin anywhere you can feel a heart pulse and whatever you do dont rub it. Let the parfum work with your body chemistry to create a unique personal scent.

  3. SK-II LXP ULTIMATE REVIVAL ESSENCE 

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Strengthen your skin’s resilience, while drenching it with an intensive boost of moistureThis 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.Mr. Jan’s thought:  In my quest to find the ultimate product that will hydrate and boost moisture levels on my skin, and provide the benefit of anti-aging, the list has been long and disappointing. However, after trying numerous products, the one that continues to provide these benefits time and time again is SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence. I use this product nightly and see results and increased moisture on my  skin each time. Using SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence also helps other serums and products to absorb into my skin.

   4. Sisley BLACK ROSE CREAM MASK  

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  1. The Black Rose Cream Mask offers the skin”instant youth”. Rich in active anti aging ingredients (black rose,padina pavonica,and alkekengi calyx extracts), it immediately gets to work on signs of fatigue and leaves the skin looking youthful and energized. It bring tighter three actions to restore a luminous complexion and redensified skin in just 10 to 15 minutes. 1. A smoothing and pluming 2. A revitalizing and 3. A softening and hydrating.Mr. jan’s thought: Everyone knows that I love skin care masks. The Black Rose Cream Mask because makes my skin feel well protected, moisturized, and after washing it off I see a more plump looking complexion. Normally, as all of you know, my “go to” mask will always be SK-II Facial Treatment mask. However, from time to time when you need something different this mask is clearly a treat.

 

Aesop Soho store impression and Boston travel set review

One of my favorite places to visit when I am in New York is SoHo. It almost reminds me of Melrose Ave in LA but with more upscale shops and unique stores.

I like to just walk around and discover new places and things. It could be a restaurant, shops or new skincare products.  So this time, I stumbled upon this super cool store call Aesop. What attracted me to it was the window display ” In The Light Of Summer”. So I walked in.

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My very first thought was, “What does the store have?”. All the bottles are displayed on the wood barrel shelving and they play relaxing classical music. I almost feel like I am not in SoHo anymore and the store has this very light herbal scent, but it’s not like when you walk in Aveda with that overpowering smell.
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After I talked to the salesperson in the store, I learned Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987. The brand carries skin, hair and body care products. It uses plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients. All products are designed to address different skin concerns and use very specific natural ingredients as an essential part of the product creation.

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When she offered me some water, I was surprised to see a message inside the ceramic cup. lol I love this little touch!

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I purchased the travel set “Boston”. It contains seven products from body care, hair care to skin care and I always recommend trying the travel set before investing in full sizes.
Classic Shampoo 1.7 oz
Classic Conditioner 1.7oz
Geranium Leaf Body Cleaner 1.7 oz
Rind Concentrate Body Balm 1.7oz
Fabulous Face Cleanser 0.5 oz
B&Tea Balancing Toner 0.5oz
Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream 0.5 oz
Mouthwash 1.7OZ

After using these products for 2 days , I really enjoy the the following products:
1. Classic Shampoo contain: rosemary , leaf, cedarwoodbrak and juniper berry. This just smells so nice but it’s not too strong and makes my hair feel clean and soft.
2. Geranium leaf Body Cleanser contain: geranium leaf, mandarin rind and bergamot rind. This body cleanser also has a very nice hit of bergamont which is very relaxing.
3. Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream contain: sage leaf,rosemary leaf and lavender stem. This face cream is creamy but not too rich, goes on smoothly and makes my skin feel hydrated. Keep in mind, I was at the hotel when I try these 🙂
Overall I think if you like products that contain essential oil scents, this is a brand you need to try. I would recommend trying their travel set first 🙂

 

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.

 

 

 

Korean Skin Care Laneige – Budget Friendly SkinCare

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You have requested for a review on budget friendly skincare. After trying out many brands, I can finally shared with you, Laneige. It is my favorite budget friendly skincare and is available at Target. Target only carry a small assortment, but they have some of their hero products. If you’re interested to see more of Laneige products, click here.

Here are the products I purchased and my review:

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Laneige 200 ml Multiple Forms Moisturizing Facial Skin Care Sets $29

Radiant skin at your fingertips. This 24-Hour Ultra Hydrating System features Laneige’s exclusive skin-perfecting Mineral Water. From deep-cleansing to intensive revitalization. This six piece, travel-size kit in its own zippered pouch includes:

– Multi Cleanser 30 ML / 1.0 FL. OZ.
I find this cleanser too dry for my skin, but it’s truly a foaming cleanser.

– Power Essential Skin Toner 50 ML / 1.6 FL. OZ.
This toner has a lotion texture and makes your skin very hydrated.

– Balancing Emulsion 50 ML / 1.6 FL. OZ.
If you have oily skin, you will like it this one. This is a very light weight moisturizer without SPF so it can be used day or night.

– Water Bank Serum 30 ML / 1.0 FL. OZ.
A serum for all skin types and for people with a dehydration concern.

– Water Bank Moisture Cream 20 ML / 0.6 FL. OZ.
A moisturizer for normal to dry skin. There is no SPF so it can be used day or night.

– Water Sleeping Mask 20ML / 0.6 FL. OZ.
This is a overnight treatment and over the face cream. I LOVE this!

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Overall, I love the travel set and for only $29 you can try 6 great products. After using these products, I purchased the Water Sleeping Mask $23 with 80ml.
This overnight Water Sleeping Mask Recharge dehydrates the skin overnight. Highly concentrated, ionized mineral water and ceramides delivers intensive doses of moisture to stressed and parched skin. Aromatic Sleepscent — orange flower, rose and sandalwood — relaxes and rejuvenates while apricot and chestnut extracts, brighten, and purify fatigued skin. The result: skin looks and feels radiant, refreshed. Wake up to soft, glowing skin with Water Sleeping Mask.

 

 

 

Perfect Red lipsticks from Dolce & Gabbana

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All you need is a perfect  red lipstick to complete any look. From blue red  undertone to orange undertone, everyone can find their own unique red lipstick. Finding the perfect red lipstick is like finding the perfect little black dress
As a make-up artist, beauty blogger and someone who has been in the cosmetics industry for twenty years, even though I don’t wear it myself, I definitely know a good “red” lipstick when I see one. Therefore, let me share with you my new favorite “red” lipstick from Dolce&Gabbana. These three colors will work on nearly all skin tones.

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Dolce Matte Red Lipstick $37
A matte lipstick with an opaque formula created to give lips intense, vivid, and full-bodied red color. These matte lipstick offer long lasting wear, without drying the lip. The formula has less wax for fuller coverage and opacifiers that spread in multiple directions for the  most effective matte finish.

1. Dolce Heart – orange undertone
2. Dolce Flirt – clear red
3. Dolce Ruby – blue undertone
* Did you know each color was based on actual Dolce&Gabbana fabrics used in their collection, so wearing these lipsticks is like wear the Dolce&Gabbana fashion.

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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

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 $$
Cashmere Hoodie $$

 

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