Beauty Advice | Client Tested and Approved Cleansers

By Liliana Aranda, LE, COE, Spatrepreneur of FACES Mobile Spa

It’s that time of year—spring cleaning for your skin and makeup has begun! If you haven’t thought about your Spring Skin routine, there is no better time than today. A few notable products for cleansing have popped onto my radar and they are top performers, priced right and easy to purchase via your favorite Esthetician, in most retail outlets or online.

Le Mieux Phyto Cleanser Line. With two formulas, you can’t go wrong for solving dry, combination or oily skin types. Claim to fame: cleanses and hydrates at the same time.

1. Phyto-Marine Cleansing Lotion: “A unique marine-vegetal formulation purifies as it gently cleanses” but it does double duty to soothe and moisturize skin as well. This cleanser, though creamy and rich, benefits dry and combination-oily skin as well since it is an expert at removing environmental impurities and makeup, even mascara. Phyto-Marine Cleansing lotion soothes and nourishes the epidermal cell layers with a protective barrier than is slowly absorbed—much appreciated by skin that tends to feel tight and dry after washing.

6 oz

2. Phyto-Nutrient Cleansing Gel: A spa guest favorite for Oily skin, this “opulent blend of unique, phytonutrient micro bubbles completely removes all surface impurities and makeup,” while preserving the skin’s moisture balance intact. No tightness, dryness or pinching after washing with the cleanser— all skin types will feel clean and refreshed while enjoying the light effervescence and creaminess once moistened. Voted Best Cleanser of 2013 by Spa Professional.

6 oz

Available from Licensed Skin Care professionals and Spas

TecNiche Savvy Solutions for Sensitive Skin. With a complete line of care for Oncology, Sensitive and Anti-aging concerns, there is a product that will soothe and resolve these common issues. Claim to fame: gently soothes redness and inflammation, ideal for sensitive skin types.

Plantae Foaming Wash: “is not like any other anti-aging, sensitive cleanser available on the market,” utilizing eight soothing botanical ingredients proven to reduce redness, inflammation and environmental stress that takes toll on the skin. Peptide from Moringa Seeds purifies and refuels nutrient-depleted skin with its “extremely high, naturally-occurring antioxidant content.” Canadian Willowherb has a viable, non-steroidal activity, which reduces redness and inflammation, ideal for skin that suffers from chronic irritation. Anti-aging benefits come from the Betula Alba Bark extract, which is responsible for collagen production (to strengthen cells) and encourages supple skin. Very few products can deliver anti-aging and sensitive skin promises, but TecNiche has been able to corner this niche market with a variety of products.


Available from Licensed Skin Care professionals

Purity Made Simple by Philosophy. Universally loved by oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin types. Claim to fame: a one-step facial cleanser for all skin types.

Purity Made Simple: an award-winning cleanser, loved for its triple duty that “gently cleanses, tones and melts away all face and eye makeup” without needing a separate makeup remover. Fans of this product say it works with their electric facial brush and requires no moisturizer afterwards. Those with hypersensitive skin will find TecNiche to be less reactive than Purity, but this cleanser has won over fans worldwide for its Meadowfoam seed oil—a natural oil that lightly hydrates the skin to leave it comfortable, not pulled or tight. My favorite trick: use Purity to clean my makeup brushes, sponges and cosmetic cases.

purity made simple
Available in department stores, Philosophy stores and online

Alba Natural Hawaiian Facial Cleanser. An inexpensive, but effective cleanser for most skin types. Claim to fame: a pore purging pineapple enzyme-based cleanser.

Alba Natural Hawaiian Facial Cleanser says, “Awaken your a-glow-ha” with a refreshed and radiant complexion cleanser that most skin types will enjoy. Exfoliating pineapple and skin-brightening papaya enzymes (Bromelain) dissolve pore-clogging impurities, makeup and dead skin that causes dullness. Soothing Aloe, hibiscus flower and passion flower provide much needed refreshment to soothe and balance oily and combination skin types. Mature skin types like the gentle exfoliating quality that doesn’t involve harsh scrub particles or more aggressive ingredients. Fans of this line claim it “is as you would expect, like pineapples with a bit of a citrus clean following it.” With earth-conscious packaging, “it is light years beyond other brands in attempting to be truly green. Best of all no Sulfates, Parabens, or phthalates” for those with sensitivities and a conscience.

Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme

Alba Botanica

Available in most drugstores, health food stores, and online.

PMA Presents: The Product of the Month Project

By Lindsay Skog
PMA Associate Artist + PMA StyleTV Correspondant

When it comes to trying new products I am a glorified junkie. Sometimes we get set in our ways when it comes to our hair and makeup but I love switching things up and trying out new products. The Product of the Month Project is a fun way for me to share my love of products with you as well as my experience with new products.
March Product of the Month!
Paul Mitchell Worked Up *****
Worked Up®
I fell in love almost instantly! While each hairspray has its own special purposes this bad boy has some awesome qualities and stands to be one of my most favorite products to date. 
In a nut shell: This is a light weight working spray that helps keep the memory of your curls while adding shine and bounce. Whether you are creating an updo or trying to keep fly always under control, Worked Up is my go to styling spray! It smells delicious, light and fruity, and it doesn’t cause any crunchy build up in the hair (which is a major plus). I will also use it on day two curls to liven and refresh my ends. I use just a few sprays and some scrunching and I’m out the door! 
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Please comment below on your favorite styling product or let me know if there’s a product you would love to know more about.
In Beauty and Kindness,

FAVORITE PRODUCT | Aveda Inner Light Loose Powder

A PMA favorite! Add a touch of illumination with Aveda’s lighter-than-air powder, infused with skin-loving, reflective minerals. Silky on skin, and kind to complexion: it sets makeup while reducing excess shine and the appearance of fine lines and pores.

  • Formulated without parabens 
  • translucent coverage; semi-matte finish 
  • increases radiance by up to 22% upon application 
  • talc-free; non-acnegenic 
  • packaged in a polyethylene (PET) jar and a 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) carton


Aqua Eyes

What it is:
An award-winning, waterproof, smudge-proof, and fade-proof eyeliner that doubles as a vibrant eyeshadow.

What it does:
This best-selling eyeliner has become a favorite among all women who fear the dreaded raccoon eyes. Formulated to glide on effortlessly and withstand the most extreme conditions, it stays put on eyelids without melting for precise application and intense color throughout the day.

What else you need to know:
Aqua Eyes is available in extensive range of 25 vibrant shades. Fun Fact: Dany Sanz originally created this product for performers of water ballet.

Sephora is the exclusive beauty retailer for this product.

FEATURED PRODUCT | 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20

I typically use airbrush foundation for all of my clients simply because is the best option for photography. I often get asked if I use airbrush makeup for myself everyday; the answer is “NO”. I use 100% Pure Cosmetics tinted moisturizer with SPF 20. This product is tinted with natural fruit and vegetable pigments to give your complexion a flawless appearance while feeding your skin with nourishing white tea, acai oil, pomegranate oil and vitamins. SPF 20 protects your skin against the sun’s harmful UVA (ultra violet aging) and UVB (ultra violet burning) rays while antioxidants protect your skin from other environmental hazards such as pollution, smog, smoke, exhaust, etc.

100% Pure Cosmetics are 100% Natural, 100% Vegetarian, & Gluten Free.

FAVORITE PRODUCT | Fresh Here Comes the Sun

Is the perfect bronzing and highlighting essential that contains two new shades of bronzing Face Luster and a highlighting Blush Powder.

– Face Luster is an innovative, multi-functional, one-of-a-kind pressed powder arising from unique micronizing technology applied to pure mineral pigments

– Blush Powder is deeply pigmented, yet sheer in application

– Just about anybody can use it

-This is a MUST HAVE in my kit!

colors (left to right): resolute gold, here comes the sun, intense bronze

AWESOME SITE | The Boudoir Queen

If you have been following Jennifer Skog amazing Boudoir work, then you are going to love Boudoir Queen! I love assisting Jennifer at our boudoir shoots and part of my job is to help style the shoot aside from doing hair & makeup. We are blessed with clients that give us full creative control and we are able to come up with great editorial concepts. We are dying to use some of Boudoir Queen products!!! It’s the epitomy of Couture Boudoir!!
  • Check it out
  • Buy some stuff
  • Contact us to schedule your Couture Boudoir Session!

Instant Easy to Achieve Radiance…

Many of my clients ask me about foundations and concealers; as a makeup artist I’ve have several favorites for different effects and complexions… by far my favorite products for everyday use are the YSL amazing duo of PERFECT TOUCH Radiant Brush Foundation and TOUCHE ECLAT Radiant Touch Highlighter, with these two products you are guaranteed a fresh soft coverage with a natural finish.

Click here to see a VIDEO of the proper application of these two products to optimize your radiance everyday.

Creme de la Mer

Is no secret that the ubber expensive Creme de la Mer has a cult celebrity following but that’s not the reason I use it on my clients. Flawless makeup starts with very hydrated skin, my first and most important step before I start makeup is skin preparation. Since I don’t have control of how my clients take care of their skin, I need something that can give me instant hydration; Creme de la Mer delivers every time. It is like putting 8 glasses of water in your skin, dehydrated skin becomes plumped with moisture instantly. For me, the high price is totally worth it, I don’t mind it since it gives my clients a glowing complexion on contact. Check out the Story behind this miracle in a jar.

Baume de la Ferte

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People ask me all the time if there is one cosmetic line I prefer… my usual response is “I use everything.” I do have favorite products such as Baume de la Ferte lip balm by Guerlain. I swear by this product!

I need products with instant gratification and this one sure delivers moist luscious lips on contact. One of its ingredients is Bordeaux wine which is known for its healing properties and unlike chapstick, you don’t have to keep reapplying it, once or twice a day is enough to do the job. No more chapped lips!

I have the best testimonial for this product too: I did makeup for a music video for a Sony artist and the video shoot took place in the freezing mountains outside of Madrid Spain. The entire crew was wearing snow suits because it was so windy and cold (except for the singer who was wearing blue jeans and a sexy t-shirt as you can see in the picture), one of the crew members asked me if I had something for his extremely chapped lips and I gave him Baume de la Ferte and within a few minutes he had told the entire crew that I had some miracle lip potion that completely healed his lips in minutes… needless to say I had the entire crew forming a line to get the lip balm. I used the entire tube that day, but we had a happy crew.

This product can be found at Neiman Marcus or Saks Fith Avenue.