COSMETIC MONSTER ❤ STEVE JAN IS MR. JAN ALL in ONE
In the course of my cosmetic’s career, I have rarely met others who are really into cosmetics. Enter the amazing Mr. Steve Jan. He is the National Ambassador for SK-II and vlogger of the recently launched (and professionally done) mrjanallinone.com. I recently had the privilege to be on the amazing SK-II team during the Fall Trend Show at Nordstrom Ala Moana – where Mr. Jan (we call him Steve) shared his expertise with eager clients. Even a seasoned cosmetic junkie like me learned eye cream secrets and how to keep the complexion glowing year round!
Mr. Steve Jan is delightfully chic, humorous, knowledgeable and approachable – and he has amazing skin. Follow his blog, YouTube channel, Facebook and other media outlets for amazing tips, posts and videos about luxury, travel, beauty, fashion and of course Louis Vuitton. He also has a wonderful holiday giveaway happening now! Enjoy!
The Magic of Transformation
Everyone loves a makeover – there’s something undeniably magical about transformation. I would like to share a few simple DIY projects that I’ve completed (with some help) over the last few months.
PROJECT ONE: OUTDOOR BENCH
Problem: Dead, grey wood from extreme exposure. Not pretty.
We’re not sure what kind of wood this is, but when we received the bench it was (as you can see from the bottom image) – grey. At first I was just going to paint over it – I didn’t think restoration was possible. But a challenge is always fun – and I was on vacation for a week.
After scrubbing the bench and stripping a good amount of the dead surface off – we proceeded to basically soak the wood with oil. The center photo was after a single application. After about 4 generous applications and 2 cans of oil – the wood was brought back to a rich, glossy, natural finish.
Interestingly enough, the same can be done for skin. Properly cleansing the skin and removing any dead skin on the surface (I like Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel) before applying a facial oil – or any skin care treatment – can restore even the dullest complexion.
BB Cream & CC Cream Review Catalog
BB (Blemish/Beauty/Beblesh Balm) Cream or CC (Color Correction) products are essentially all-in-one moisturizer, treatment, foundation, concealer, sunscreen, primer products. The only difference between BB and CC is CC creams offer color correction – but in my opinion, they are essentially the same thing. While there can be no expectations when it comes to performance – very few US distributed products are comparable to their Asian counterparts.
BB-What? Read about the young history of BB Creams – where they originated and how it finally hit US shores → HERE.
So are BB Creams for you? Are you overwhelmed by the number of choices? Are there certain features you’re looking for? I’ve tried dozens of BB/CC Creams and have created a resource for you to find the best one for your specific needs. Browse the Cosmetic Monster catalog of BB Cream and CC Cream reviews or [DOWNLOAD .XLS FILE HERE]You can also email me at email@example.com with your personal concerns and I will send you a list of suggestions.
Before I had kids – my nails were always polished. Now, with 2 kids, full time job and an involuntary early bedtime (I have a hard time staying awake past 10) – I’m lucky if I keep my nails trimmed. So when I do manage to carve out some me-time for a manicure, I want it to: 1. Look good and 2. Last pass a week. So I normally opt for a natural sheer – relatively boring shade. The conundrum is sheer polish always looks streaky or are too pink/white.
Enter NEW Formula X for Sephora Translucents polish in Wonderous ($10.50, sephora.com), a sheer milky pink that glides on without a streak in sight. A single coat magically transformed my nails into healthy looking, shiny, smooth tips.
I couldn’t resist Formula X for Sephora Xplosives Top Coat in Demolition ($12.50, sephora.com), a white, turquoise, lime, orange non-glittery confetti. The densely packed polish layered on adequate amounts of confetti to my tips for a super fun manicure.
The entire Formula X for Sephora line is incredibly addictive – even jaded and disenchanted nail aficionados will find the enormous collection amazing and exciting.
My Bucket List
I’ve heard of this term for several years now and found the concept a little silly. You need a list to remind you what you want to do in your lifetime? Would you feel incomplete if you didn’t succeed? How realistic is it to go around the world in a hot air balloon? I suppose if you approach the idea with starry eyes and a touch of reality – a list serving as reminders of what you HOPE for your life isn’t a bad thing.
So here is my list. Its short, sweet and not terribly inventive. They are things I am capable of achieving (except for #10 – which includes other people).
1. Get Kipapa Elementary an AED.
2. Take my kids to Disneyland in 2014.
3. Pay off all credit cards and loans in 2.5 years.
4. Open Roth IRA.
5. Lose 5 pounds.
6. Run Great Aloha Run with <12:19 minute miles.
7. Visit New York and Europe at least once in my lifetime.
8. Write a children’s book (published or not).
9. Eat at 4 new restaurants this year (2014)
10. See my friends socially at least once a month.
I’m putting my list out there. What’s on your list?? Any ideas??
Image Source: freedigitalphotos.net
New Product Alert: Orlane B21 Extraordinaire
For the first time, an exclusive complex resets cells. It targets all the factors that cause problems within the cell and sets the clock back. Cells regain all their energy and function as they did in youth; the skin can benefit fully from the essential elements provided to construct its collagen and its body.
The action of the 21 essential amino acids extracted from (organic) Pale Iris stem cells, obtained using biotechnology techniques, is optimized. They are the building blocks of every protein, helping to build younger, denser skin. (Source: product brochure)
$250, 1oz. | Available at Neiman Marcus Ala Moana (808) 948-7586 (Jodi) Limited quantity available, not available online as of 11/08/2013.
NOTES: Super lightweight, readily absorbed, pleasant scent. Can be used with any skin care routine regardless of brand. The scientific research that supported the claims along with actual 28 day use before and after images were quite astounding. It addresses all aging concerns and can be used as a preventative product as well.
Simple is not the adjective I’d use to describe my approach to skin care. So the idea of using only two products is (to quote my favorite movie) “inconceivable”. How can you possibly achieve clear, glowing skin without a counter top full of bottles, tubes and jars?
Mèreadesso (a combination of mother, now, woman) as a brand, simply consists of five multitasking products including the All-In-One Moisturizer (aka Mereadesso Face + Neck Toning Gel) and Face + Neck Cleanser.
Color me skeptical, but I approached this review with caution – ready to ditch the experiment all together if even one little breakout appeared. The results? Aside from my utter amazement – clearer, calmer, glowing, glorious skin after one week. I’m not quite ditching my other products – but these two bottles have earned a long standing spot on my vanity.
IN THIS POST: My amazement, ingredient lists, two steps to glowing skin, before & after shots.
Travel Retail Exclusive Cosmetic Sets
Three gorgeous glosses, a powerful anti-aging duo, a skin saving trio and a quad of glam-worthy shadows…find these exclusive, limited-edition sets at travel retail locations like DFS Galleria Waikiki. Kama’aina? You don’t need to be a visitor to shop the general areas of this magnificent shopping mecca. The cosmetic floor is my vision of heaven on earth - glorious and dripping with products and sets you can’t get at the neighborhood mall. You can also park for free (yes, in Waikiki) in the slightly hidden DFS parking lot.
I should mention that besides exclusives and standard brands (Chanel, Estee Lauder, Dior, MAC) they also carry Paul & Joe, Burberry Beauty, Jurlique and Helena Rubinstein. You also need to check out their amazing Tom Ford Beauty counter and the La Mer installation as well.
FOR MORE TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES CLICK → HERE
(L-R) Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Trio, Clinique Repairwear All Around Set, Clinique All About Moisture Set, Bobbi Brown Bobbi’s Browns Eye Palette.
Simplify & Organize with Pinterest (3 Ideas)
Pinterest is a great resource for finding recipes (for EVERYTHING and with glorious, drool worthy pictures), things to do with your kids, a gazillion fashion ideas, makeup techniques and a ton of other useful (or simply entertaining) “pins”: 23 Ways to Eat a Baked Potato. Seriously. It helps me quickly share WHAT’S NEW IN BEAUTY and even documented my first THANKSGIVING TURKEY (wild success, BTW!). Then I thought of a way for Pinterest to help keep me organized.
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See all your handbags (or shoes, or whatnot) in one place, keep a virtual journal of your travels, keep a secret Christmas list and always get what you want.
Tom Ford Beauty Fall 2013 Color Collection + Daytime Smokey Eyes
COLLECTION: Ombré Eye Color in She Wolf* & In the Pink ($60 each), Ultra Length Mascara* ($42), Eye Defining Pen* ($55), Eye Primer Duo* ($45), Nail Lacquer in Show Me the Pink* & Black Sugar ($32, limited edition), Lip Color in Vanilla Suede, Sable Smoke, Crimson Noir, Bruised Plum ($49 each, repromote),
TOM FORD BEAUTY is now available at DFS Galleria in Waikiki, London Heathrow Airport (Terminal 3 &5) and Dubai International Airport (Terminal 1 & Concourse 3). Also available at Neiman Marcus Ala Moana (Hawaii).
IN THIS POST: Reviews and swatches of the Tom Ford Beauty Fall Collection (products marked with *), how to create a daytime smokey eye without getting funny looks from your kids and co-workers.
Cosmetic Monster Holiday 2013 Happy Face Giveaway
WIN THIS ENORMOUS BEAUTY BOX STUFFED WITH 90 PIECES WORTH OVER $500!
GIVEAWAY DURATION: 10/15/2013 – 11/21/2013 (Ends at 11:59 pm HST).
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What made you HAPPY today?
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The Cutest LUSH Holiday Gift Sets EVER!
Looking for something unique and fun to give as gifts this holiday? LUSH gift sets are always festive and smell amazing – but this year’s offerings are so fantastically adorable (and well curated) that you may not be able to wait for Christmas morning.
Don’t know what to buy that kid-who-has-everything (or hates baths)? CHRISTMAS FRIENDS ($48.95) is a set of bath time cheer in the shape of 6 whimsical bombs, bubble bars and melts. PUDDING ($39.95) has a little something for everyone in the family (Dads included – Mr. Punch soap is fruity, but in a boozy juniper and lime sort of way). Someone been extra good this year (ME!) – SWEET CHRISTMAS ($69.95) is the ultimate collection of LUSH yummy wonders – including our family’s year round fave (yes, I stock up annually – 4 large bottles last a year) Snow Fairy Shower gel.