My update skin care ritual spring 2016

RNA-Duo_848_v5Spring is just around the corner. Are you ready for your skin care update? I have always found that right after the holidays, my skin becomes very dry and sensitive so I want to share my updated skin care ritual with you.

After cleanser and toner I use SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, but I use cotton pads for application. I find that when I use cotton pads, it absorbs more Pitera, which allows my skin to absorb more Pitera and more is just better!

After the Facial Treatment Essence I apply R.N.A Power Essence, a new anti aging serum that helps address multi skin concerns such as fine lines, large pores, uneven skin tone, etc. This is the new upgrade from the SK-II Essential Power Essence. I love that the consistency is much more rich and absorbs even better than the Essential Power Essence. When I have sensitive conditions, I use less products which means I don’t layer 2 serums at once. Sometimes, you just need to let your skin breath a little.

Then, I use the eye cream, R.N.A Power Cream, which is also a new upgrade from Essential Power Cream. Overall, the texture is much more rich which is perfect for the season changes. I like this cream because you can see a difference after just one use. The skin looks and feels much firmer and my dryness and sensitives improves.

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Here are some products information from SK-II Website for your reference:

FACIAL TREATMENT ESSENCE The much-loved and most awarded SK-II bestseller

SK-II’s signature product, the much-loved and most awarded bestseller, Facial Treatment Essence has over 90% Pitera, the miracle ingredient discovered over 30 years ago that remains essentially unchanged till today.

Its irreplaceable formula gently exfoliates the face and helps moderate the skin surface renewal cycle.

  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence helps to improve the appearance of 5 dimensions of beautiful, crystal clear skin: spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated.
  • Skin becomes breathtakingly crystal clear.

$165 5.1oz

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R.N.A. POWER RADICAL NEW AGE CREAM Brings you the next level of firmness – lengthwise-crosswise firmness – for a hydrated glowing look

Improves multiple signs of aging, giving you a new level of firmness from multiple angles, so that skin becomes firmer, smoother, tighter, and more radiant. After one jar, fine lines appear less defined.

$230 2.8oz

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R.N.A. POWER RADICAL NEW AGE ESSENCE Minimizes the appearance of pores next morning, with a fresh morning glow.

New R.N.A Power Essence brings you the next level of firmness – lengthwise-crosswise firmness

This powerful firming serum minimizes the appearance of your pores for a more youthful looking fresh morning glow. Immediately upon application, each drop fills the gaps in your skin, making it firm, resilient, and feeling plump.

Used with R.N.A Power Cream, this new duo from SK-II brings you to a new level of confidence from today and for the next 15 years.

$195 1.7oz

Happy Birthday! Steve Jan SK-II National Brand Ambassador, Blogger, and YouTuber

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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?”

SK-II Pop Up Studio, Soho District, Manhattan, New York City – The Ultimate Luxury Experience

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SK-II Pop Up Store, Soho

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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As a fun introduction to the SK-II Pop Up Studio, check out my latest YouTube video!

Olay Regenerist Luminous Cleanser and Moisturizer review

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You have asked me to review more budget friendly skin care brands, so I’d like to share with you my recent experience with Olay Regenerist Luminous Cleaner and Moisturizer. I hope you will find this helpful!

It instantly brightens dull and uneven skin with Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser. Its gentle exfoliating micro-beads cleans to reveal more luminous skin.

  • Instantly brighten dull and uneven skin
  • Remove micro-residue, even the smallest traces of dirt and makeup

5oz / $8.99

My thoughts and experience:
I like the micro beads in this cleanser. It really offers a clean feeling on the skin. There isn’t too much foam in the cleanser. It has a very light scent and I actually see a brighter skin. For $8.99, it’s pretty good. I would recommend for day time use for brighter looking skin.

It fades the look of dark spots in 8 weeks with Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer. Its Brightening Complex delivers tone ingredients that helps reveal pearlescent skin that glows.

  • Reduce the appearance of dark spots over time
  • Brighten, exfoliate, and smooth skin
  • Regenerate skin’s appearance

1.7oz / $25.99

My thoughts and experience:
I guess my issues with this cream is the texture of it after I apply it on my skin. It feels like a plastic seat on my skin, which I don’t really care for because of the texture. I have only used it once and stopped using it.

Mr Jan All In One recommendations:
Overall, if you are looking for budget friendly skin care, I would recommend Olay because they use good ingredients such as Glycerin and Niacinamide, both are for hydration and  accelerates skin renewal.

Let me know if there are any brands you would like me to review.

 

 

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

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

Sephora Rouge VIB Haul

Today I want to share with you what I order from Sephora during the Rouge VIB event. I have not tried all the products yet, so this is just an overview. More detailed reviews will be on my YouTube channel sometime in late May.

Sephora VIB Rouge is a customers loyalty program. If you spend over $1,000.00 in one year, you will be become a VIB Rouge customer. In addition, the VIB Rouge program comes with many benefits. One of these benefit is a 15% discount on all purchase, during the VIB Rouge event, which occurs twice a year. This is a great deal! Since I work in the industry I know all retailers’s promo calendar, so I usually will map out what I need to purchase from each store. For Sephora, I usually only purchased the exclusive brands.

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1. belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask $34 1.68 oz
What it is:  A brightening mask that can be left on overnight to reveal radiant skin by morning.
Usage: Gently apply a thin layer to face, avoiding the eye and mouth area, after cleansing and toning. Leave on overnight and wash off in the morning with a cleanser. Follow with a serum and moisturizer.

2. belif Classic Essence Increment $46 1.66oz
What it is: A nutrient-dense essence that nourishes and hydrates skin to improve skin elasticity, tone, and texture.
Suggested Usage: Apply evenly to face and neck, after cleansing and toning. Use daily, morning and evening.

3. belif Tea Tree Oil
I’ve used this tea tree oil a few times already and it appears to help reduce the redness of blemish and it smell so good !! Love it.

What it is: A targeted tea tree oil treatment that helps soothe and heal blemishes.Suggested Usage: Clean affected area. Apply one or two drops onto a cotton swab or wool bud and apply a thin layer to the blemish.

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REN Refresh Your Radiance Set $55

I was introduced this brand by my friend , he gave me a sample of Glycol Lactic Radiance Mask. After just one time, my skin looked brighter and the blemish visibility was reduced. I can’t wait to try all these products.

What it is:
A powerful four-piece collection of REN’s bestselling products from the Radiance range for soft, fresh, radiant skin.

This set contains:
– 1.02 Micro Polish Cleanser
– 1.7 oz Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
– 0.5 oz Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen SPF 15
– 0.7 oz Resurfacing AHA Concentrate
– Muslin cloth

 

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Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum SPF 20 $53 1.oz

More and more brands coming out he serum foundation, this foundation feel so light and offers medium coverage. I love the texture, however, the scent smells like 1980’s body powder … 🙁

What it is:
A lightweight foundation serum that creates an enhanced complexion and a sheer finish.

 

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Breakups To Makeup Bag $24

I just love the message on this bag, so cute and so true. This makeup bag actually holds lots of makeup up items, and it look so chic.

 

 

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.

GLAMGLOW Supercleanse and Thirstycleanse review

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Many people don’t realize how important it is to have clean skin. Ask yourself this: do you take less than 3 minutes to wash your face? If your answers is YES, you probably don’t have a clean face. If your skin is not clean, all the skin care products and makeup will build on top of the skin. In fact, unclean face is one of biggest reasons we break out. Clean skin is important. “So how long do I need to wash my face?” or “What products should I use?”

Taking a longer time to wash the face is not the solution. Using the right cleanser is what you need. Know your skin condition before you purchased the cleanser.  Glamglow recently launched two (2) new face cleanser: supercleanse and thirstycelanse. After using both cleansers, I really liked them! They change from mud to foam which is very unique.

Supercleanse is great to use a few times per week for deep pores cleanse. This cleanser makes your skin feel so refreshed and clean. My tip is to use this mud cleanser as a mask. First, apply a large amount of mud on the face and avoid the eye area. Wait for few minutes, then add water and transform the mud to a cleanser. By the way, I love the eucalyptus smell! It’s so refreshing.

$39 / 5.0 oz

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Supercleanse contains the following key ingredients:

  • TEAOXI® Technology (Eucalyptus Leaf Powder): Delivers natural eucalyptol, natural linalool oil, and powerful flavonoids to soothe and treat skin.
  • K17 and Mediterranean Clays: Detoxify, refine skin texture, and balance problem-prone skin.
  • Bamboo Charcoal: Provides balanced replenishment to the skin with essential bamboo minerals.
  • Black Cumin Seed Extract: Provides antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to help provide a more clear complexion.

The Thirstycleanse is designed for dry skin but I still feel a little to dry for my skin. So if you have very dry skin, I would recommend you use this only a few times a week but not daily. I also found that I like to use this mud cleanser as a hydration mask after any mud or clay mask.

$39 / 5 oz

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Thirstycleanse contains the following key ingredients:

  • Brazilian yellow clay to help to remineralize the skin, pure green coconut water to immediately boost skin for intense hydration.
  • Olive milk rich in olive lipids and proteins to replenish skin.
  • Plumeria flower blossom extract rich in omega 3, 6, and 9 to restore the skin barrier function.
  • Indian gooseberry revitalizes and restores natural skin clarity while TEAOXI® olive leaf powder delivers natural linoleic acid to maintain moisture.

Glam Glow was famous for the mud treatment, but personally I found that it’s a bit pricey for their mud. So if you are on a budget, these cleaners would be a great way to experience them.

* Ingredients info are from Sephora.com

 

SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream Review

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.