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.

 

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

Steve Jan SK-II National Brand Ambassador

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?”

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 🙂

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day Four

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day Four 

Day four of Twelve Day Of Christmas Giveaway is just a little bit different. It’s a special day for our male subscribers (ladies, you can still enter the contest for your man). So many great samples, gift ideas and beauty tips.

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 of 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 eligible

That’s it! Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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Here are the products list in this box:
1. Clinique – Clinique for Men Moisturizing Lotion
2. Clinique – Clinique for Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer 
3. Clinique – Clinique for Men Anti Age Eye Cream 
4. American Crew – Flexible Styling Finishing Spray 
5. Baxter –  Facial Scrub 
6. Baxter –  After Shave Balm 
7. Go 24-7 –  Lip Balm 
8. Beckman – Tough Skin Relief
9. Clinique – Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar

 

 

 

2014 Twelve Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day One

10420178_625036967607454_25894285576439487_nHappy Black Friday 2014 as most of you busy finding deals, I would like to announce I am starting my very own Mr. Jan All In One Beauty Box giveaways. This giveaway is my way to thank you for your supporting my Youtube Channel. Make sure you subscribe my youtube channel and find out how you can win these amazing beauty boxes!

Day One –

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Here are the list of products:
1. Philip B : Light Weight Deep Conditioning
2. Origins : Peace Of Mind
3. Algenist : Overnight Restorative Cream
4. Chanel : Le Lift (Firming and Anti Wrinkle
5. Natura Bisse : Oxygen Cream
6. Glamglow : Powermud
7. Murad : Advanced Active Radiance Serum
8. Cel de Peau : Essence Contour Eye Cream
9. Dr. Brandt : Vacuum Cleanser
10. Aerin : Rose lip conditioner
11. Glam Glow : Eye Treatment
12. Glam Glow : Supermud
13. Giorgio Armani :Luminous Silk Foundation
14. The History of Fo : Jinyul Cream

 

Sephora Haul – Josie Maran / Fresh

One of my favorite things to do is online shopping. What a surprise! Since I spend 90% of my time traveling for work and staying at hotels. This must be the contributor of this bad behavior.  Sephora.com is my usual first place to go and here are the reasons why:

1. I love their online skin consultation tools. It’s easy to use with great explanations on how the products work with key ingredients.
2. Weekly special for different brands or collections, plus free shipping over $50 purchase (that shouldn’t bet a problem right?)
3. With every order you can always picks 3 samples.

So a few weeks back, Sephora.com offered a VIB GWP with deluxe sample, and I ordered the Josie Maran Argan Skincare Ritual  (travel set) and Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy. I have become a big fan of Josie Maran for about a year now. I started with the Argan Oil and I totally love it because it offers hydration and keep my skin feel and look healthier while I am traveling. The travel kit contains

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1. Argan Cleansing Oil 1.9oz – A gentle, all-natural cleanser with nourishing argan oil.
2. 100% Pure Argan Oil 0.5oz – A argan oil can use everywhere to hydarte your skinArgan Daily
3. Moisturizer SPF47 0.5 oz – A light weight moisturizser contain SPF 47 broad spectrum
Since I travel a lot, these are great products to keep on hand. All these 3 amazing items for $24.00

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I have been looking for a perfect lip treatment. For some reason, I have a hard time finding one that will change my lip condition “dryness”. Trust me, I have tried super luxury brands to drug store and still have not found one. Fresh launch a new lip treatment  Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy 0.3oz $35.00
This lip serum contains Acmella flower extract which is known to reduce lines and wrinkles. Kigelia Africana fruit extract helps to improve elasticity and Sugar helps to moisturize and smooth the skin. I like this lip serum and it doesn’t have a scent and is super lightweight so I plan to use it under my lip treatment and hopefully it will work out for me.

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Now, I am super happy to share with you the 8 deluxe GWP:
1. Laura Mercier foundation primer – protect SPF30 0.5oz
2. Blinc Mascara Amplified 0.12 oz
3. Buxom Lash Mascara 0.06oz
4. Dr.Jart+ BB cream SPF25 0.2 oz
5. Benefit Watts Up highlighter 0.08 oz
6. Algenist Completed Eye Renewal Balm 0.23 oz
7. Make Up For Ever HD Blush 410 0.012oz
8. Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue 0.05oz

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This time, I picked  Caudale overnight  recovery oil , Fresh Life fragrance  and Hourglass veil mineral primer. For some reason, I didn’t get the hourglass sample but they sent me Givenchy Mister Light. I love these deluxe samples because you can really try the products before you purchase the full size. Heaven!! And one more thing, the cosmetics bag is also very useful!

 

Dolce & Gabbana Skincare Aurealux

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I am so exciting about the AUREALUX skincare collection by Dolce & Gabbana. The name Aurealux is inspired from the latin term for Gold or “Aurea” which has played a sigificant part of the Dolce & Gabbana image and has been a element of their fashion for many years, and Lux or “Light” represents a desired radiance from the skin. This product is very new and so my opinions are based on the initial release.

The key ingredients of Aurealux are Gold Silk Cocoon from the East, rich and nourishing Olive Oil from the West, and Vitamin B3 inspired by the wheat fields of southern Sicily. Dolce & Gabbana science has isolated the life fostering qualities of the extremely rare and resilient Gold Silk Cocoon into an exclusively sourced Gold Silk Sericin. Gold Flavo Silk Tricomplex offers radiance, smooth texture and contour for your skin.

There are total Five (5) products in this collection : Aurealux Essence , Aurealux Serum , Aurealux  Cream, Aurealux Eye Gel and Auealux Mask. I have only used three of the five products to date.

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D&G Aurealux Serum

Aurealux Serum (Radiance Elixir) 1.0 oz $ 129.00
Hydrates to boost skin radiance and actively helps improve firmness over time. I would said this is a super light weight serum, it penetrate to your skin soon after you apply and it has floral scent.

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Aurealux Cream (Radiance Moisturizer) 1.6oz $129.00
A cream that almost feel like a  cream gel texture , this cream helps radiantly even tone, smooth texture and sensually contoured shape. The floral scent is little more richer than the serum

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Aurealux Eye Gel (Instant Revitaliser) 0.5oz $ 72.00
This eye gel offer instantly revitalizes, refresh and soothes tired looking eyes. This is also my favorite of the three products. As you can see in the picture above, the gel texture has a bounce back technology. After you remove the required amount of product, the surface of the unused portion of the product will “bounce back” and return to a smooth surface. This is super cool technology. The products floral scent is so light that you will hardly smell it. This gel is perfect for any one who has oily skin and it can be use under make up.

In addition to the Aurealux collection, Dolce & Gabbana also is offering the Essential collection. The Essential collection includes cleansing and protection products including, Essential Cleansing Gel, Essential Cleansing Milk, Essential Cleansing Oil, Essential Cleansing Water, Essential Eye Make Up Remover, Essential Exfoliator, Essential Toner and Essential UV cream.

Overall I love the packaging of this collection, it look so beautiful and elegant. As for the results, I immediately experienced a very smooth and soft feeling. The next day, I still felt the effects of these products. If you like Dolce & Gabbana make up, D&G has carried their theme through to the skin care, creating a very elegant and classy packaging. If you love D&G products, you will love their skin care.

In the USA , Dolce & Gabbana Skin Care is only available select Saks Fifth Avenue