What is Essence? Is it a toner, serum, or face wash?
Today, I am going to dive deep into the most asked question in the beauty industry. In February, 2004, a Japanese skincare called SK-II launched in the USA with a handful of locations in Saks Fifth Avenue. In the same year, Vogue published an editorial page on SK-II. This article got so much buzz that SK-II sold out of the Facial Treatment Essence in the US.
I believe the first Essence has officially taken over the entire beauty industry by storm. With reasons to launch K Beauty at Sephora, more brands started to create their own versions of the essence.
So what is Essence?
A skin balanced liquid packed with lots vitamins and some key essentials to recharge your skin and help maintain skin’s natural rhythm.
In addition, Essence can help other skin care products to absorb much better and deeper into the skin. If the skincare product you apply only sits on the surface of the skin, it will not work to its potential.
So, I call it magical liquid.
If you’ve read this far, you’re probably wondering, which brands have the best Essence?
I honestly believe SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is truly the best of the best in Essence category.
Facial Treatment Essence SK-II’s signature product and highly awarded best-seller. Essentially unchanged for more than 35 years, this essence transforms all five dimensions of your skin to crystal clear – spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated.
Besides, each bottle of Facial Treatment Essence contain over 90% of pitera . I mean every bottle of Facial Treatment Essence is 90% Pitera which is SK-II’s key ingredient.
What I love the most is the texture of the this Essence. It looks and feels like water. Even after applying it onto the skin, there is no weight or stickiness after fact! Most essences have some kind of texture and leaves a residue which I don’t really care for.
Who can use essence? Basically, everyone no matter their age, skin condition or concerns!I hope this helps.
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.
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.
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.
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 don’t rub it. Let the parfum work with your body chemistry to create a unique personal scent.
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.
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.
It’s hard to believe that it has been over eleven years since I first set foot behind an SK-II Skin Care counter. I still remember the very first SK-II product training in 2004 where I first learned about Pitera, the SK-II miracle! Little did I know, from that moment my life would change forever. If you had told me eleven years ago that I would eventually graduate and become the SK-II National Brand Ambassador, I would have replied, “You are out of your mind!”
Over these amazing years, I have come to understand that my life both working for and using SK-II is truly my #changedestiny. Our new slogan #changedestiny is the epitome of my journey, and the foundation for my life as I move forward. However, as I see it, this is just the beginning. There is so much more out there and I can’t wait show our SK-II Team and customers what’s coming next! I know there will be challenges along the way, but I have complete confidence that hard work, wonderful relationships, and a determination to take control of my destiny will prevail. The future is so exciting!
So my question to you is, “What is you #changedestiny story?”
On Friday evening, October 2, 2015 the SK-II team kicked off thirty days of SK-II luxury in one of the most prestigious districts in Manhattan, New York City! Indeed, the SK-II Pop Up Store is now open to the public in Soho and it is everything you could possibly image.
The store stands on the corner of Broome and Greene in the Soho district of Manhattan. It encompasses the main floor of a beautifully restored old building. There are huge windows on two sides of the store that let in an abundance of light making the experience in the store bright, refreshing and cheerful.
When you walk through the double door entrance at the SK-II Pop Up Store a skin consultant will provide a friendly greeting and offer to show you around the store. The store tour will include a brief explanation of Pitera, the essential ingredient in many SK-II products and the philosophies of the SK-II company. This year, SK-II has employed a brand new slogan “Change Destiny” which embodies the company’s quest to change peoples lives by improving their skin.
Once you have toured the store, learned about Pitera and the company’s philosophies, it’s time to experience the SK-II product line first hand. An exclusive feature of the SK-II products experience is to have your skin evaluated by the Beauty Imaging System, a high tech device that is the combination of a camera and very sophisticated software that analyzes pictures of your skin received from the camera. After pictures are taken of your face, which only takes a few moments, the software analyzes the information an creates a profile for the client. The skin consultant then reviews the profile with the client and discusses the appropriate SK-II products for each clients particular concerns. It’s a fun and informative process all at the same time.
As the SK-II National Brand Ambassador and a lover of beautiful skin, I would encourage you to stop by the SK-II Pop Up Studio and experience all of the luxurious SK-II products before the studio closes on October 31st.
As a fun introduction to the SK-II Pop Up Studio, check out my latest YouTube video!
Did you know more than 60% of women don’t use eye cream ? its shocking to me because the eye area is where you start to see the very first fine lines.
The reason? The skin around the eye is very thin and has no sebaceous glands, collagen and elastin fibers. To further complicate matters, our eyes blinks over 10,000 times per day. These are just some of the many reasons why you need a good eye treatment.
Enter the new SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream, SK-II’s premium eye cream. I love the fact that SK-II continues to upgrade their products with some of the best ingredients known to mankind. Just think of how Apple continues to improve iPhone with the newest technology every year, improving and reinventing the cell phone we love so much, well at least most of us.
This new eye cream helps to address multiple signs of aging, such as lines, wrinkles, sagging, lack of firmness, dehydration and dark circles. You can use this both day and night. What I like about this eye cream is the texture, very creamy but not too rich and sticky, easy to apply and massage around the eye. The scent of this eye cream is same as the Essential Power Essence and Essential Power Rich Cream which I love. its hard to discernible the scent, just think of a walk in a natural forest with smell of fresh herbs.
This new eye cream is $125
The best application to apply the eye cream as follows:
Step one: Massage the eye cream on your hand – wait until the eye cream turns clear.
Step two: Use ring fingers gently pad the eye cream around the orbital bone.
For sagging (after steps two) : start your finger at the inner corner eye and glide toward to temple and press the pressure point for 3 seconds. start begins of eye brow and glide toward to temple press the pressure point for 3 seconds – repeat 3 time each eye
For puffiness (after steps two): use ring finger massage circular from inner corner to temple press the pressure point at temple for 3 seconds. massage circular begin of eye brow to temple press the pressure point for 3 seconds.
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.
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.
Have you tried SK-II skincare? This is a perfect time for you to experience some of the best products from SK-II. Visit my youtube channel and find out how you can WIN this special SK-II beauty box.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR NEW YORK CITY AREA FOLLOWERS AT THE END OF THIS VIDEO!
It’s time for day 5, and it is extra special! As most of you know, I am the SK-II National Skin Care Ambassador, 80% of my job is to make appearances at SK-II events in the United States. SK-II skin care products are among the finest skin care in the world, and therefore are rarely given away as contest gifts. During a recent trip to New York City, I was given permission to giveaway a sample of each SK-II mask and a sample of the LXP Essence. These are amazing products, that will make an absolutely fabulous gift for you or a friend.
I believe that you truly enjoy this fifth day of Twelve Days Of Christmas Giveaway. As a reminder, here are the contest rules:
1. Be a subscriber or subscribe to Steve’s YouTube channel.
2. “LIKE” each day’s video
3. Comment on each day’s video
4. Share each day’s video on your social media
5. You must be 18 years old or older.
6. International subscribers are eligible
That’s it! Good luck and Merry Christmas!
INFORMATION ON STEVE’S APPEARANCE AT SAKS IN NEW YORK CITY:
Saks Fifth Avenue
611 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022
It’s almost time for Christmas shopping and I plan to share my favorite cosmetics products! I know each person has a different budget so you can also find great products from drugstores, other speciality cosmetic stores, department stores and luxury shops. I hope you will find what I’m about to share useful!
If you received an e-mail from Sephora that says you are now “VIB Rouge”, it simply means that you have spent a lot of money lol. But being at Rouge level is not a bad thing at all. For example, you get free shipping on all your purchases all year. For today’s post, I am going to share with you the biggest event at Sephora, the VIB Rough 20% off everything in store. This ends Monday, November 10, 2014.
The only stores offer 20% off are Sephora and Ulta. But Sephora carry much high end brands so I usually will take advantage of this event. Below items are what I purchased from online and in store:
1. Glam Gift Sexy 2014 $69
This kit contains a full size Thirsty Mud which is $69 so you get both the Super Mud and Youth Mud for free and it’s usually $19 each. I recommend deep cleansing for your skin weekly. This will help keep your skin feel smooth and clean which can prevent further breakout!
Thirsty Mud 1.7 oz / Super Mud 0.5 oz / Youth Mud 0.5 o
2. Sephora Favorites $29
If your budget is smaller and you are still look to try different masks,this can be great deal! This wonderful box contains 5 deluxe sizes you can try.
Origins Clear Improvement 1.7oz / Bosica Luminizing Mask 1.0oz / Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber gel maks 0.5oz /Galmglow Thirthymud 0.5oz
3. Josie Maran Winter Dreams Agran Skincare Collection $39
If you are looking for Organic cosmetic available at Sephora, I would recommend this brand. I’ve been using their Argan oil for a little over one year now. I find it very useful when I travel. I use the oil for everything.
Argan Cleansing Oil 1.9 oz / Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment /
Pure Argan Oil 0.5 oz / Argan Infintiy Intensive Cream Oil 0.5oz /
Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 0.5 oz / whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream 1 oz
4. Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler $60
This is one of the best kits you can buy! It’s mostly for you to try all the different scents, and if you like it then get it.Basically, you can try 12 fragrance samples before you commit to buying one. Once you find what you like, you can redeem the voucher for a full size (small bottle).
5. YSL L’Homme 1.3 oz $52 ($0 redeem from Cologne Sampler)
I love this scent! It’s a woody fragrance with bergamot, ginger and vetiver. Perfect for work in the office. You never want to wear something super rich and deep in the office.
6. SK-II Pitera Essence Set Red Flower $105
This is a perfect trial set for new users. I would always recommend that before you spend a lot of money on new skin care products, try the serum or their most popular product. In this case SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is the hero product for the brand. This 2.5 oz bottle is $105 so you will received 1 Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 30ml and 1 piece Facial Treatment Mask as gift.
Hey all, my recent YouTube video is all about the amazing SK-II Brightening products! These products include SK-II Power Brightening Specialist and SK-II Cellumination Aura Bright. In the video I define the which of the two brightening products you should use for your particular skin condition. Enjoy!