Can you afford the luxury skin care brands ?

Sisley

YES !! Under $10 per month !!!
I recently discovered, luxury skin care brand Sisley, is offering a monthly subscription and it only cost $100 for 12 months. The beauty box includes 5 samples, and of the 5 samples, 2 are deluxe. It’s a great way for people to try this super luxury brand.

This is the best way for anyone who wants to experience Sisley before making the investment. Yes i said investment, as the price of Sisley is very high. As for the results, I only enjoyed a couple of the products, and based on the price of the full size, I would not buy them on a regular basis. However, the beauty box is definitely worth the money, and getting the opportunity to try the products for a small monthly investment before you buy is very good.

I like to share the boxes I received and why i really enjoy them.

August Box:

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Tropical Resins Mask :
A deeply purifying mask with absorbent, cleansing and astringent properties for a clean, radiant complexion.

Mr. Jan’s Thought:
Always apply the eye gel or eye lotion around the eye before use any clay mask. Apply thicker layer for best results

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Black Rose Cream Mask:
A cream mask that has been specifically formulated to instantly provide the skin with a youthful and energized look.

Mr. Jan’s Thought:
For the dry skin no need to rise or wipe off. For oil skin you can use this as face cream
love the scents and make my skin look and feel amazing next day.

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Eye & Lip Contour Balm 
A gel texture to address the sensitive area around the eyes & lips that hydrates, reduces the appearance of fine lines, dryness and under-eye puffiness.

Mr. Jan’s Thought:
honestly any eye cream can be use as lip balm ..just saying

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Phyto – Touche Tinted Body Sun Glow Gel 
For a customized tan in 5 minutes flat.

Mr. Jan’s Thought:
Always exfoliate  before apply this for the best results

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Eau De Campagne Bath & Shower Gel 
Fresh, bright, sparkling, green, citrusy, chic. A foamy gel cleanser to soften and tone the skin while it cleanses.

Mr. Jan’s Thought:
Always use shower puff so you use less and get more foam.

 

*Above information from Sisley Webstie

 

Luxury Christmas Gifts

 

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Many of my fans ask, “What luxury skincare and fragrances do I like to use the most”. The luxury products below are items that I have used for years now, so they are truly my favorites … Steve Jan’s “Holy Grail”. For my last Mr. Jan All In One episode for the year, I will review my favorite luxury products for 2015. This episode will air on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the usual time.

  1. Ultra-rich, dewy finish

    Born from the sea, the legendary Crème de la Mer has the power to transform the skin. In a short time, firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and the look of pores become less visible, skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions are renewed and rejuvenated. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities soothed, radiance restored.

    The Miracle Broth™ in Crème de la Mer is suspended in an extraordinary formula. The secret to activating its renewing power and enjoying its profound benefits lies in a soothing ritual. Crème de la Mer must be warmed for a few seconds between the fingers until it becomes translucent, then pressed gently into the skin.

    Mr. Jan’s thoughts: Is this the best face cream? I don’t know if I can say with confidence that this cream is the best ever, but I find myself coming back to it when my skin is going through a drama. Especially, given the fact that I travel so much. My skin can go through so many different weather conditions, including the super dry conditions in all the hotels. When this happens, I will layer La Mer Cream over my night cream and the next day  WOW, my skin looks and feels super hydrated.

  2. Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance

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    Velvet Patchouli Eau de Parfum, 1.6 fl. oz.

    INSPIRATION
    Incense as a source of inspiration. A church in a tiny village, the scent of incense diffusing all around the streets. A memory reproduced through exquisite ingredients in a perfume filled with chypre accents. Dominant in presence and statement. Exudes strength.

    NOTES

    • Dominant, intense, decisive.
    • Sweet and spicy patchouli oil.
    • The woody tones and elegance of Kephalis.
    • The tenacity of musk.
    • Olfactive family: Woody Chypre.

    1.6 fl. oz./50 ml

    About Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance:
    Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana founded luxury fashion label Dolce & Gabbana in 1982. Under their influence, the brand’s inherently sexy and adventurous designs have shaped Dolce & Gabbana into a globally renowned label. The designing duo has translated the fashion house’s unique point of view into the world of scents with a much-loved Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance collection.

    Mr. Jan’s thought: Fragrance is not a easy gift to give, because it can be very personal. I recommend you make yourself aware of the various scents he/she prefers, i.e. fresh, sweet, warm, light, etc. That will help you narrow the search for the perfect fragrance. I love rich warm earthy scents, this is why I used Velvet Patchouli. Eau de Parfum means that it contains more essential oils and therefore, will last longer. Best way to apply fragrances , spray directly on the skin anywhere you can feel a heart pulse and whatever you do dont rub it. Let the parfum work with your body chemistry to create a unique personal scent.

  3. SK-II LXP ULTIMATE REVIVAL ESSENCE 

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Strengthen your skin’s resilience, while drenching it with an intensive boost of moistureThis precious skin enhancing essence is infused with SK-II’s Highest Concentrated Pitera and Centella Essence to strengthen your skin’s resilience, while drenching it with an intensive boost of moisture.Mr. Jan’s thought:  In my quest to find the ultimate product that will hydrate and boost moisture levels on my skin, and provide the benefit of anti-aging, the list has been long and disappointing. However, after trying numerous products, the one that continues to provide these benefits time and time again is SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence. I use this product nightly and see results and increased moisture on my  skin each time. Using SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence also helps other serums and products to absorb into my skin.

   4. Sisley BLACK ROSE CREAM MASK  

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  1. The Black Rose Cream Mask offers the skin”instant youth”. Rich in active anti aging ingredients (black rose,padina pavonica,and alkekengi calyx extracts), it immediately gets to work on signs of fatigue and leaves the skin looking youthful and energized. It bring tighter three actions to restore a luminous complexion and redensified skin in just 10 to 15 minutes. 1. A smoothing and pluming 2. A revitalizing and 3. A softening and hydrating.Mr. jan’s thought: Everyone knows that I love skin care masks. The Black Rose Cream Mask because makes my skin feel well protected, moisturized, and after washing it off I see a more plump looking complexion. Normally, as all of you know, my “go to” mask will always be SK-II Facial Treatment mask. However, from time to time when you need something different this mask is clearly a treat.

 

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!!!!

Perfect Red lipsticks from Dolce & Gabbana

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All you need is a perfect  red lipstick to complete any look. From blue red  undertone to orange undertone, everyone can find their own unique red lipstick. Finding the perfect red lipstick is like finding the perfect little black dress
As a make-up artist, beauty blogger and someone who has been in the cosmetics industry for twenty years, even though I don’t wear it myself, I definitely know a good “red” lipstick when I see one. Therefore, let me share with you my new favorite “red” lipstick from Dolce&Gabbana. These three colors will work on nearly all skin tones.

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Dolce Matte Red Lipstick $37
A matte lipstick with an opaque formula created to give lips intense, vivid, and full-bodied red color. These matte lipstick offer long lasting wear, without drying the lip. The formula has less wax for fuller coverage and opacifiers that spread in multiple directions for the  most effective matte finish.

1. Dolce Heart – orange undertone
2. Dolce Flirt – clear red
3. Dolce Ruby – blue undertone
* Did you know each color was based on actual Dolce&Gabbana fabrics used in their collection, so wearing these lipsticks is like wear the Dolce&Gabbana fashion.

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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

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!