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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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

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.