Beauty products don’t always have to come with a big price tag. I love expensive makeup and skincare products as much as anyone, but I often find really great beauty items at places like Target very inexpensively.
For the Spring 2018 issue of Luca Magazine I charged our glam crew with finding fantastic beauty products that cost $20 or less. My task was to see what I could find at Target. I wanted to see if you could create all the new season’s beauty looks with bargain priced beauty products. Here is what I found:
Beauty On A Budget
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I broke my beauty finds at Target into 6 categories
Most skin problems start with your choice of cleanser. A cleanser that strips the skin creates a dry and lifeless looking complexion for normal to dry skinned girls, and actually creates more oil for oily skinned girls! I found 2 of my favorite types of cleanser for bargain prices. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water removes makeup and cleanses the skin and is good for all skin types. At $6.99 it is an absolute bargain!
My other favorite type of cleanser is an oil cleanser. Oil cleansers dissolve all makeup, even the most stubborn waterproof mascaras, and are extra gentle on the skin. Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil costs $15.99 and is worth every penny.
No matter what is in your moisturizer or your foundation you still need to use a free standing facial SPF.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 100 has a dry finish that keeps your makeup in place, feels light on your skin and gives you the maximum broad spectrum protection for only $9.99. If I were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one product with me, this would be it!
As the sun comes back out to play the last thing you want is a heavy foundation, but you’re not quite ready to go bare. The perfect cross season product is a BB Cream.
L’Oreal Skin Beautifier BB Cream gives you glowing, gorgeous skin, evens out your color and keeps you looking fresh! With a $7.99 price tag it is super affordable.
What Is Micellar Water? Have you ever tried this fabulous skin cleanser? For years it has been a makeup artist secret but now anyone can get it. If you look inside almost any pro-makeup artist’s makeup kit you will find a bottle of micellar water and cotton pads. Prior to it being readily available in the United States I would bring back bottles of micellaire water every time I went to Paris, then once it was available at the pro makeup artist supply stores such as Naimies in Los Angeles, I would add bottles to every makeup order I placed.
This is a facial cleanser you need to know about.
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What Is Micellar Water?
Originally developed for Parisian women as an alternative to cleansing their skin with Paris’ harsh water, micellar (micellair ) water is a highly effective and efficient skin cleanser. It removes all makeup, oil, and other gunk from your pores while toning your skin. It also works as a makeup remover on the toughest kinds of makeup – from lipstick to waterproof mascara. This fantastically dynamic cleanser is all thanks to tiny cleansing micelles that cling to debris on the skin, while purifying and softening the skin
How does it work? The way micellar water works is that a mild surfactant, the natural chemical that gets rid of dirt and makeup, clusters up into tiny balls called micelles. Once you pump it onto a cotton round, the micelles rearrange themselves for optimal cleansing. All you need to do is saturate a cotton round with the micellar water, and swipe over the skin. You can see all the grime and dirt sweep away!
The two main ingredients in micellar water are soft water and surfactants. These are cool little molecules that have a hydrophilic head at one end, that is attracted to water and repels oils, and a lipophilic tail at the other end that is attracted to oil and grease and repels water. Oil and water naturally repel one another, so it is difficult for water to cleanse away oil on the skin without help. Surfactants in micellar water surround the oils on the surface of our skin and “hide” them from the water, allowing the lipophilic tail to scoop them up and take them away, leaving no residue on the surface of the skin.
Who Should Use Micellar Water?
For makeup artists these cleansers are fantastic because we can do a quick sweep of the skin with micellar water on a cotton pad, and not only remove makeup and cleanse the skin, but also leave it ready to take a new makeup application without any slime or residue gunking up the complexion and making makeup slip off.
Micellar water is also great for everyday use for you and me. It is a lovely cleanser that not only cleans our skin but also leaves our complexion balanced. My pet skin care peeve is cleansers that strip the skin, creating a cycle of oil and dryness problems. Great skin begins with a cleanser that cleans skin while leaving it soft and supple and ready to accept skincare products. Micellar water is good for everyone.
Six Reasons You Should Use Micellar Water
1. It Removes Makeup
Micellar water removes makeup, even longwear and waterproof makeup, and cleanses the skin. It picks up excess oils and cleans away dirt leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean. There is no rinse cycle and your skin doesn’t feel oily or tight or tingly.
2. It’s Good For All Skin Types, Even Sensitive Skin
Micellar water is mild and non irritating and is perfect for even the most sensitive skin. It works for those with oily complexions too – the surfactants lift away excess oil leaving the skin clean and clear.
3. Micellar Water Helps Keep Skin Clear
The cleansing agents in micellar water naturally clear the skin not only of sebum but also of the wax based substances that cause breakouts. Also, because you don’t need a washcloth there is no rubbing to further irritate the skin or cause redness.
4. Micellar Water Protects Your Skin From Harsh Water
Most big cities have harsh, hard water, full of chemicals and heaven only knows what else. Do your faucets get calcium deposits? Do your kettles and coffee makers get a build up of scales? If so you have hard water. It is no doubt drying out the skin on your arms and legs, requiring you to use lotions and body oils after you shower, and is also stripping the skin on your face. Micellar water was originally created to be an alternative to using harsh water that strips your skin and leaves it feeling tight and pulled.
5. It Leaves Your Skin Feeling Soft.
With no soaps, alcohol, detergents or chemicals to dry your skin out after cleansing, micellar water leaves your skin feeling soft and dewy.
6. Micellar Water Is Ideal For Travel
The only thing micellar water requires to cleanse your skin is a cotton pad. You don’t need a wash cloth, water, toner or additional cleansers. This makes it the ideal cleanser to keep in your gym bag, to take on a road trip or camping, and makes it perfect for airline travel and overseas trips!
You can find micellar water everywhere now, from Ulta to Sephora to Target. One of my favorite skin care lines, Skyn Iceland, also has their own micellar water. Skyn Iceland has been one of my favorite skincare brands for years. Using spectacular ingredients from Iceland they provide solutions for stressed skin. I first learned about the line from celebrities asking for their Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. These are the best eye gels I have ever used, and are a staple in my personal skincare travel products as well as my pro makeup artist kit. They depuff, hydrate, cool and soothe and breathe life back into the delicate skin under the eyes. If you have ever not had enough sleep, been on a long flight, woken up with a hangover or allergies or just felt tired and run down, the Skyn Iceland eye gels are perfect for you – they provide instant relief!
Skyn Iceland Micellar Water contains Icelandic Glacial Water which protects, nurtures and fights free radicals, Arctic Algae Extract which detoxifies the skin, Nordic Birch Sap to boost collagen production and Aloe Leaf Juice to soothe. Plus, it comes in an easy to use pump package!
Check out Skyn Iceland Micellar Water here and also look at the Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels here.
In case you are interested I also found this info on Skyn Iceland:
Skyn ICELAND offers skincare solutions to combat and treat the damage caused by stress. Its high performance skincare system of products brings instant relief, immediate results and long term benefits addressing the five symptoms of stressed skin: accelerated aging, adult acne, irritation, dryness, and dullness. Skyn’s inspiration comes from nature, in the pure unspoiled natural resources of Iceland – with its mineral rich waters, antioxidant powered berries, soothing algaes, replenishing mosses and immunity boosting Angelica Archangelica. With these potent naturals, products soothe, stabilize, fortify and nourish skin, bringing it back into balance and returning it to a glowing, youthful state. All Skyn ICELAND products are certified cruelty free by PETA, 100% healthy and vegan.
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Have you ever had your makeup airbrushed? Do you like a flawless finish foundation that lasts all day? Airbrushing is one of my favorite ways to use foundation when I’m working on makeup jobs. It gives an even, flawless finish, its lightweight so foundation doesn’t look thick or caked on, and it is designed to stay on all day which means I have less touch up work as the day progresses.
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It only takes 45 seconds to one minute to airbrush your foundation, which means you have more time each morning to enjoy your coffee
I use airbrush foundation on all my brides and wedding parties because it keeps everyone looking gorgeous until the end of the night, no matter how hard they are dancing! Invariably when I am working on weddings or with celebrity clients and they see their beautiful airbrushed faces in the mirror they ask me if I airbrush myself.
The truth is for years no I didn’t, just because I couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of unpacking my professional airbrush system, re-cleaning the airbrush gun and then packing it all away again. I had been meaning to get a Temptu Pod Airbrush System to use at home but didn’t get around to it.
Then last year one of my makeup heroes and social media makeup friends (she is a TV/film/commercials makeup artist based in San Diego and I do editorial/celebrity/commercials based out of Phoenix) did a Facebook live session talking about the Temptu Air. She uses hers on her TV clients as well as film, commercials, and on herself. It was so cool watching her airbrush herself and chat away about how she uses hers Temptu Air system in her work that I got online and ordered one for myself as soon as she was done!
Why I Love My Temptu Air
It’s Easy. The TemptuAir is designed for you to use at home. Instead of having multiple parts like the regular professional systems do, this one is just one self-contained unit. It is super simple to use.
The foundation is lovely. When I first tried mine I wasn’t sure if it was working properly – the foundation mist was so fine I couldn’t see it going on. I did half of my face and then saw that I was one side flawless and the other side just regular old me! The foundation is so highly pigmented that it only needs a tiny amount to give you flawless coverage while still looking really sheer.
There is no cleanup. There is no airbrush gun with the Temptu system. A normal airbrush system has a gun that requires fanatic cleaning as soon as you have completed airbrushing. This is time consuming and if you don’t get it 100% perfect then your gun will clog up and jam. It’s actually quite a hassle.
The TemptuAir uses preloaded foundation pods instead of a gun, so you don’t have any cleaning. You can change out the foundation colors as your skin changes color throughout the year by using different color pods. Or if there is more than one person using it you can simply change out the foundation pod. It is just so incredibly functional and easy!
It is really fast. I just timed myself applying my foundation with the Temptu Air system and it took me 45 seconds. Isn’t that crazy? 45 seconds to get a flawless finish foundation that looks like fresh skin. I’m loving it!
It’s not thick. I really dislike heavy, caked on foundation. If you have been reading this blog for a while then you already know that I like healthy, glowing skin. Or at least the illusion of healthy skin. Thick foundation is in my opinion ugly. It hides the girl underneath. The pod foundations mist on so fine that you almost think there is no foundation on. It’s beautiful.
You don’t need powder. Most foundations require powder to set them and make them stay on. With this foundation most of the time I can get away with no powder because the foundation sets by itself. If, or when you do need to powder it to set it you need very little powder, which again makes your skin look fresh and lovely.
How To Use Temptu Air
The Temptu Air system comes as one handheld unit. Nice and easy. You just plug it in and charge it, the initial charge takes a couple of hours, then from there it is only as needed.
The compressor has three controllable speeds to mist your foundation on with, so you don’t need to worry about it getting overpowered and blasting makeup all over your face.
Airbrushing with one of these systems is a breeze too. You don’t have to change the PSI or try to get it just right – the system does it by itself. You will feel a mist of air when you turn your pod system on, and you can either guide it by feel or watch it as you mist foundation over your face.
Once your system has charged you need to insert the pod.
Start by shaking the pod to keep the foundation mixed, then separate the cover from the pod.
The rubberized ball on the left is the plug you need to open before inserting the pod into your Temptu Air
There is a small rubber plug at the back of the pod which you need to open.
Press the pod release button on the handheld unit and slide the pod in. It’s so simple!
The pod release button is next to my thumb.
The power button turns on the system but also adjusts the speed.
When you have finished airbrushing release the pod, plug the rubber stopper back in, and use the foam inside the pod cap to clean the nozzle.
With any airbrush foundation you need to make sure you are well moisturized before you start. I moisturize, apply facial SPF and then prime my skin the same way I do with any foundation.
I don’t bother concealing my skin or under my eyes when I use my airbrush. The foundation is so concentrated and so beautifully pigmented that it disappears any darkness under my eyes. When you first use your try it without concealing first, as you may find you can skip that makeup step.
Eyeliner, mascara and lips. With the Temptu Air you don’t need much else
You can also buy Temptu pods for blush and for bronzer. At the time of writing this post I haven’t used them but I do know plenty of people who have. If you are going to use the blush and bronzer pod options you would just release the foundation pod and slip in the blush pod and create your cheeks before powdering. It is super simple and efficient.
The Temptu Air system is a really fabulous addition to your makeup routine. It is so quick to use and the finish is so lovely – you can’t go wrong. Any of you who hate rushing in the mornings will LOVE how much time it saves you! You will even have time for an extra cup of coffee in the morning …