Rahel is so warm that it almost feels like she is radiating sunshine. A Portland physician who cares for women with pelvic floor disorders such as prolapse and incontinence, Rahel has also worked at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa in her native Ethiopia. It is easy to imagine the soothing effect she would have on young women suffering from the condition of fistula, which causes them to become social outcasts.
We selected Rahel as our third Naturally Gorgeous model because of her smile and warmth, but we were delighted when she expressed surprise that we could match a foundation to her skin. Prior to Alima Pure, she had never found a foundation that truly matched her skin. Can you guess from her photo which shade is hers? Read on to find out!
AP: Where were you born?
RN: I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I got a scholarship to attend college in the US, which is how I got here.
AP: Now you work in Portland as a physician, but how often do you get back to Ethiopia?
RN: I spent a year at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa between my residency and fellowship training. That was a life altering experience and probably informs much of what I do now. I now go back about once a year to do medical work in rural Ethiopia where I spend about 2 weeks. I wish I could spend more time, but it is hard to do with all my clinical and motherly obligations in the US.
AP: What do you do for fun?
RN: I like exploring Portland and finding new places to eat with my (six-year-old) son and husband.
AP: What do you really care about?
RN: I care about my family, my patients and my profession as a clinician, researcher and educator. I also deeply care about my medical work in rural Ethiopia. Our global project called Footsteps to Healing is about improving the maternal and women’s health in rural Ethiopia, building local healthcare capacity and educating our students, residents and colleagues.
AP: What inspires you?
RN: I am inspired by people who have achieved greatness in their life but manage to stay humble. I am even more inspired by people who have very little material things but have the biggest heart and the brightest smiles. This is the virtue of my Ethiopian people.
AP: What scares you?
AP: How do you define beauty?
RN: To me, beauty is simple, unadulterated, genuine and deep. I think if you have true beauty, you do not have to work hard to feel it or to see it in others.
AP: What makes you feel beautiful?
RN: A relaxing steam bath after yoga. The rare occasions when I actually dress up for a night out and take time to put on my simple Ethiopian silver or wooden jewelry.
AP: What surprises people about you?
RN: Introducing myself as the doctor to my elderly female patients. They think I look too young. It also surprises me how fast their surprise is replaced with trust and openness once we start to talk.
To get Rahel’s Look:
We applied Satin Matte Foundation in Golden 6 with the #25 Foundation Brush. For extra coverage under the eyes, we used her foundation with the #3 Concealer Brush. On her cheeks, we used Antique Rose Satin Matte Blush applied with the #17 Blush Brush.
For her eyes, we used Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Leone on the #37 All Over Blending Brush (which helps keep shimmer from becoming overwhelming). Then we added Luminous Shimmer Shadow in Aphrodite on her lid with the #39 Large Shadow Brush. We filled in Rahel’s brows with Satin Matte Eyeliner in Espresso with the #33 Angle Liner Brush.
For the finishing touch, we used our Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Holly Berry.
Please click to learn more about the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital.
Can you create the highly stylized makeup looks of a Robert Palmer video girl with Alima Pure's Irresistible Brush Set? Absolutely! But you don't have to, you can use it for more current and wearable looks...something we highly recommend. And as this week's Deal of the Week, we hope you find it Simply Irresistible!
With a retail value of $85, the Irresistible Brush Set features four of our handiest brushes; the #25 Foundation Brush, the #17 Blush Brush, the #39 Large Shadow Brush and the #35 Eye Detail Brush in our signature Alima Pure bag for only $55. But this week only you can get this fabulous set for only $45. Don't miss this opportunity to stock up for you and the people on your gift list!
Click here for more details about the specific brushes in this great set, and how to use them.
Brush sets are classic holiday gifts. Nearly every woman wants high-quality makeup tools, but not every woman can justify buying them for herself. Here's your chance to make a friend, sister, mother or daughter swoon this holiday season! Alima Pure's Irresistible Brush Set includes four of our incredibly soft makeup brushes in a beautiful signature bag for only $55, a savings of $30!
The set includes our cult-favorite #25 Foundation Brush, the plush and perfect #17 Blush Brush, the does-it-all #39 Large Shadow Brush and the oh-so-handy #35 Eye Detail Brush. The bag is easy to clean and features our adorable Bird zipper pull.
The #25 Foundation Brush was created by Alima Pure for the most efficient and beautiful application of our Satin Matte Foundation. It's synthetic bristles are gently domed to easily reach all of the contours of your face. The #17 Blush Brush will deliver your blush or bronzer without a hint of the itchiness or scratchiness that animal-hair brushes can cause. The #39 Large Shadow Brush can be used to cover the entire lid with a base shade, or turned on it's side to contour a crease or lid; and the #35 Eye Detail Brush can quickly smudge a liner, cover a blemish or polish a lip.
It may sound a little silly at first, why would anyone want a little spray bottle for water? But if you are a devoted Alima Pure wearer, you probably already know...it is not silly at all! Our atomizer can be very handy when you are applying your makeup.
When you are applying your foundation (in several sheer layers, of course), sometimes it can start to look a little dry, especially when the weather is changing as it is in many places right now. Mist your face very lightly with the atomizer and allow the mist to air dry. Suddenly what looked a little dry looks a little dewy and very natural. As an added bonus, it will also wear a bit longer. If you still want more coverage, it is perfectly acceptable to apply more foundation after your mist has dried.
When applying eye shadows and liner, the colors look more vibrant and wear without creasing if they are applied wet. Rather than pouring shadow out of the jar and adding water to them, try loading up your brush with color and working the color into the bristles, then spritz the brush! By doing this, you avoid having overly wet shadows, and by the time you have applied the shadow to your eye, your brush is dry enough to repeat the process. This technique works very well with the liners and gives a more dramatic look than using them dry, but less dramatic than if you mixed up shadow with water in a container.
Until November 2, receive an atomizer with any Alima Pure purchase of $20 or more (before shipping, and after any discounts).
Were you surprised to find a picture of a person in our newsletter? It is something we've struggled with--putting a model on a page may alienate people who can't identify with that particular model. And the whole issue of Photoshop is problematic. If most cosmetics companies are using Photoshop to alter their advertising images, will we look bad next to them if we don't? We think smart women know that makeup doesn't make skin look flawless, Photoshop makes skin look flawless.
We started slowly, by experimenting with employees on our blog. Our real employees (and friends, sisters and daughters) volunteered to go in front of the camera to show how our makeup looks on real people. Not one reader complained that the women we featured were not gorgeous, 14-year-old models with perfect (or photoshopped perfect) skin, so we knew we were on the right track.
Welcome to the first installment of our Naturally Gorgeous campaign!
Our goal with this campaign is to showcase women. Women who have complex personalities and lives, diverse interests and concerns - and none of them need a trunk of products or a Photoshop expert to look Naturally Gorgeous. They are all gorgeous without a bit of makeup on their skin because of who they are and what they do, but we had fun enhancing their natural beauty with Alima Pure. We hope you enjoy meeting them!
Tara is a true northwest girl - born and raised in Washington state and a graduate from the University of Idaho. She lives in Portland where she works in advertising. Tara is an animal lover with an interesting approach – she recently adopted a cat to keep her dog company while she’s away at work. She’s been wearing Alima Pure for about 3 years.
AP: What surprises people about you?
TS: That I don’t really have a problem speaking my mind, or letting my personal views come out. People think I am quiet, but I say what I think.
AP: What inspires you?
TS: Making people proud of my accomplishments inspires me to do better in general.
AP: How do you define beauty?
TS: I think it comes more from confidence than physical beauty.
AP: Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
TS: John Lennon, John F. Kennedy, George Harrison, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and myself.
AP: Wouldn’t you be a little concerned, having both JFK and Marilyn there?
TS: Not at all. You need some drama to have a good dinner party!
AP: What type of music are you loving lately?
TS: I’ve been listening to a lot of acoustic country.
AP: What is your biggest makeup challenge?
TS: Until I found Alima Pure, it was finding a foundation that didn’t feel heavy but still gave me great coverage.
To get Tara’s look:
We went with yellow and orange-based shades to emphasize Tara’s gorgeous blue eyes, as if they need any more emphasis! Buttercream Luminous Shimmer Shadow was applied with a #37 brush from her crease to her brows, and Leone Luminous Shimmer Shadow went from lashes to crease with the #39. Brown Sugar Luminous Shimmer Shadow went in the crease with the #36 brush. A damp #33 Angle Liner Brush dipped in Paparazzi Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner lined her upper lashes, and a bit more Leone smudged under her eyes with the #31 Fine Liner Brush.
Have you ever wondered what makes our #23 Kitten Brush so special? As I was explaining to it a customer yesterday, I realized that many people may never have stopped to think what it is about that brush that makes it possible to use just about any blush, bronzer or shimmer powder (no matter how intense the color or shimmer) and look as if it were the perfect choice for your skin!
The secret is in the bristles. In a traditional brush of this style, often called a "duo-fiber" or "dual-fiber" brush, the white bristles are synthetic and the black are animal hair. Of course, Alima Pure would not use animal hair in our brushes, so ours are all the highest quality synthetic. This means that all of our bristles are soft and gentle, not just the white ones. They will not irritate those who suffer from animal allergies.
The real key to a brush like this though, is that the white bristles are longer. Since only about half the bristles are white, there are roughly half as many bristles that pick up color as would do so with a regular blush or powder brush. Half as many bristles in the product means half as much color is picked up, which in turn means much less intensity. This is the brush for when you want a sheer application. The real beauty of the brush though, is when you apply it to your face, the white bristles and the black bristles will both touch your face. All of the bristles participate in blending the color, so the look is almost air-brushed, with no harsh lines.
So if you're thinking you might need a lighter bronzer for fall, or if your favorite new blush is looking a little bright as your tan fades, no worries--the #23 Kitten Brush is the right tool for the job.
Kara has worked for Alima Pure for three years and is a photography student at a local school. She has been doing the photography of our products, as well as employees for the blog. Of course, for this particular post, Sara had to step in to photograph Kara and she did an amazing job!
Kara has beautiful olive skin that tans if she even looks at the sun. At the point in the summer that we took this photo, Kara was wearing Satin Matte Foundation in Olive 1.5. On her cheeks, we added Satin Matte Blush in Bisque.
On Kara's eyes, we used Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadows in Venus from crease to brows and Truffle from lashes to crease. Tigereye went into the crease and concentrated at the outer corner of the eye. Paparazzi Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner was applied wet to the lash-line with our #33 Angle Liner Brush.
To finish, we applied our Holly Berry Organic Nourishing Lip Balm. We think Kara looks stunning!