Influenster Vox Box – Baxter Men Skin Care Review

 

I received the Baxter of California Vox Box complimentary from Influence for my blog review. First thing, I want to share is join Influenster! It’s one of best action I took last year ! This is my third box and just so thankful that they gave me a chance to try out and review the products. So anyone want to start be a blogger,I would highly suggest you join Influenster.

I received the following products: Exfoliating body bar, deodorant, hand and body moisturizer, oil free moisturizer and the pomade mixer kit. Wow…

Overall, men who don’t use skin care will find the Baxter of California is not intimidating. The packaging play a big part of this brand. Most men feel masculine and in their mind using a face moisturizer or eye cream is just not manly enough. So the simple packaging and colors, blue or black, works really well. Next is the texture of products. It needs to be lightweight with fast absorption and Baxter Of California nailed these elements.

See below for info on each product (includes info from their website with my comments and thoughts)

Exfoliating Body Bar:

A luxurious scrubbing bar for men with essence of cedarwood and oakmoss. The hydrating, paraben-free formula leaves the entire body feeling smooth, clean and refreshed.

Rich-lathering formula effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, with pumice, jojoba meal and crushed olive seed to scrub away dirt and rough patches all over body. Hydrating ingredients wash away impurities from skin without stripping moisture, making it ideal for daily use. Suitable for all skin types.

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts : 

Overall, I really like this body soap. It has a very refreshing scent and I use the shower puff so it created lots of lather and bubbles. The best part is after I rinse it off and my skin feels so smooth and not dry.

  • Paraben-free
  • 7 oz / 198 g
  • $17.00

Deodorant

Baxter top-selling, clean citrus and herbal musk-scented deodorant is aluminum-free, making it perfect for sensitive skin. The clear solid paraben-free gel won’t stain or discolor clothes.
GQ Grooming Award Winner 2015 for Best Deodorant
AskMen.com Grooming Award Winner 2016

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :

I am not sure why this is top selling. After 10 minutes, it still hasn’t dried so I do not recommend this. Personally, I need to my deodorant to dry quickly and keep me fresh.

  • Paraben-free
  • Aluminum-free
  • 2.65 oz / 75 g
  • $19.00

 Hand and Body Moisturizer 

Hydrating hand and body lotion with a subtle herbal-musk scent.

Versatile enough to use all over your body, this lotion has plant-based moisturizers that combine with natural oils, vitamins and botanical extracts to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Skin is left smooth and refreshed without a greasy residue.

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :
This hand and body moisturizer dried very fast once you apply it on the skin. But as I apply the moisturizer on the body, I see the actual moisture sit on the surface of the skin. It takes extra time to massage in into the skin and disappear. Once the moisturizer absorbs, it makes my body feel very hydrated and not oily. I would strongly recommend this.

10 oz / 300 ml
$18

Oil Free Moisturizer

Hydrating face lotion for men infused with aloe vera, green tea and chamomile.  This oil-free moisturizer features plant-based technology that absorbs quickly to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Green tea helps protect against free radicals and chamomile helps heal delicate facial skin. Skin is left feeling smooth and refreshed with a shine-free finish.

4 oz / 120 ml
$24.00

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :

Personally I have dry combination skin , so this is not enough  for me . But if any guys out there have oil skin, they will like it. because 2 major component.

1.  The tube packaging is smart , also it feel more  masculine and easy to use.
2. The light weigh  lotion absorbs into skin so quick, so didnt make it look shine or oily


Pomade Mixer Kit

I can’t find this kit on their website for pricing … but I find a style guide below

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :
Love these pomade, it created different look, see below for style  sample

 

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

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.

Estee Lauder Micro Essence and Infusion Mask

hqdefaultMany cosmetics brands have launched the “Essence”. So what is “Essence”? The Essence is originally from Asia. A treatment after purifying before serum. Usually it’s a liquid format. The purpose is to prepare and allow subsequent treatments go deeper in to the skin. When I was at the Honolulu airport duty-free shop, I purchased the Micro Essence and Infusion Mask from Estee Lauder and the mask is only available in duty-free shops.

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  • A groundbreaking essence-in-lotion activates and strengthens skin’s foundation to reveal its youthful glow.
  • This Essence penetrates deeply within skin’s surface to renew and rebalance and delivers concentration of exclusive Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment to nourish and energize.
  • Good for all skin types. It delivers energy and vitality, fights visible aging, deeply hydrates, and promotes smooth, supple skin.
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Mirco Essence Infusion Mask 6 Sheets .
I lost the receipt so I don’t remember how much it was but definitely under $100 and it’s only available at the Honolulu duty-free shop.

  • Unique Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment infuses 200% nourishing essence in the silky, hydro-spun cotton sheet and envelops skin in a cocoon of deep nourishment.
  • Enriched with double the amount of Bio-Ferment. It penetrates rapidly to rehydrate skin, re-activate moisture barrier and trigger collagen growth for younger, fuller skin with reduced fine lines.
  • Combined with Bio-mimetic restorative actives and Hydrators, it revitalizes and skin emerges dewy fresh, translucent and alive with youthful radiance that lasts all day.
  • The mask is make from hydro spun cotton sheet, so it feel little harder than other face mask.
  • Good for all skin types. It delivers energy and vitality, fights visible aging, deeply hydrates, and promotes smooth, supple skin.

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My personal thoughts after using these products:
Overall, it’s not bad for the price you paid. The actual essence feel like a light weight clear lotion, makes my skin feel slippery after applying the essence and mask. It feels like a light film on the skin and the smell I just don’t really care for. (the smell disappears after few minutes). It makes my skin look and feel more radiant and supple, which is great!!!!

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.

 

 

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

BIRCHBOX MAN February 2015 Products Review

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Beauty box is the newest trend in the cosmetic industry. So what is a beauty box? Basically, for a small fee between $10 – $30 you can subscribe to a beauty box that contains 4-6 deluxe skin care products, makeup…etc and the purpose is for you to experience them before you pay a full price,. What a great way to try new products right?

Box subscriptions offer clothes, accessories, food, toys…etc but my favorite is still beauty products. Birch Box have 2 options. One is for women and other one is for men. Today, I want to share with you what is my February men’s box.

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1. Ernest Supplies – Awake & Exfoliate body bar – full size $15
A daily soap made with coconut, jojoba, peppermint and caffeine. Helps to stimulate, exfoliate and keep the body feel clean.

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2. MALIN + GOETZ – Peppermint shampoo – full size $25
Conditioning shampoo – made with crisp peppermint extract that won’t strip hair of moisture. I wish the peppermint scent is stronger and since I have very dry hair. It didn’t work for my hair condition, but with normal to oily hair, it maybe good.

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3. Brickell – Purifying Charcoal Face Wash – full size $25
Natural cleanser pairing purifying olive oil and charcoal with restorative jojoba and aloe. I like the smell of this cleanser. After I rise it off my skin it still feels comfortable and not overly dried.

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4. Rite In The Rain – Field Flex All Weather Memo Book – $4.95
This pocket size note book have build in ruler in the back just in case you need to measure something. Overall, it’s very useful.

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5. This IS Ground – Cord Taco Grand 3 pack $29
Another full size item. This taco shape leather cord organizer really keeps all your cords in one place. For some who likes to have all the electric cords in control, this will be your new BFF.

Overall, I like everything in this month’s box with 2 full size products. To subscribe to Birchbox Man, it is $20 per month and includes 3-4 grooming deluxe samples and handsome accessories.

Share with me which beauty box is your favorite!

Nina Vaca, Modern Luxury Event, SK-II in Dallas, Texas

 

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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.

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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.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream Review

the_caviar_collection_collection-dp-h2-en_US-1280By now, you know I love luxury skin care brands! I strongly feel that the more I try different brands the better I will be able to share my experiences with you.  There are many new products that are launched every month but today I am going to share an existing product from La Prairie.

1987 La Praire creates the first phenomenon by introducing the Skin Caviar, the encapsulated delivery system containing the Caviar Pearls.  20 years later, The Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream was launched despite the many new eye creams available. This is still one of best seller in luxury brands.  This eye cream helps to target seven concerns around the eyes: fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, loss of elasticity , puffiness, dark circle and dryness.

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This eye cream addresses the 3 areas:

1. Lifting and Firming : 3 dimensional protein network, firm, lift and tightens. Caviar extracts, biopolymer of sweet almond proteins, marines lifting complex , bio mimetic peptide and extracellular matrix tripeptide work together for maximum lifting  and firming.

2. Hydrating : Moisture complex imparts 24 hours hydration. Botanical root, rich in potassium, boosts hydration.

3. Brightening and Smoothing: Restorative algae extract. Inhibits the appearance of dark circles.

The texture feels rich but not heavy. Very little amount will allow you cover entire the eye area. I would suggest using this eye cream at night (as you should use the best products you have at night) allowing deeper penetration.

The packaging is beautiful. You will just have to watch my video to see their attention to details!

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This Eye cream is 20ml/0.68 oz $320 can you call this luxury !

Check out my Youtube video below