Meet Naturally Gorgeous Candace

Posted on January 10, 2012 by terresa | 1 Comment

Meet Naturally Gorgeous Candance If you are a fan of Oregon Ballet Theatre (and who isn’t?), Candace may look familiar to you. After starting as an apprentice with OBT in 2003, Candace joined the company in 2004 and has been a soloist since 2008. Her grace and passion are two of the qualities that make her Naturally Gorgeous, but her slightly mischievous dimples and long legs certainly don’t hurt!

AP: How did you decide to become a dancer?

CB: I always knew from the time I was very small, that I wanted to dance. Once I knew that this could be a profession, I was all in. Something in me needs to tell the world something, and dancing seems like the best way for me to accomplish that.


AP: What do you like to do for fun?

CB: I love reading, and spending time alone in the incredible forests of the Northwest. I also have a real affection for just being out with good food, good drinks and good conversation. Apparently I’m the instigator of many a too-late weeknight bar crawl with my friends. I didn’t think I was so boisterous, but they keep blaming me, so I guess it’s true!

AP: What is always in your handbag?

CB: A book! It’s my security blanket.

AP: What inspires you?

CB: Expansive nature, unexpected moments, reminders of that which is greater than myself.

AP: What scares you?

CB: People that think they have everything figured out. Losing connection with a sense of community in our culture.

AP: How do you define beauty?

CB: Fullness of life…crafting a positive being out of whatever combination of “good” and “bad” we’ve experienced.

AP: What makes you feel beautiful?

CB: Connecting deeply with another person. Sharing all the wonder I feel for the world around me.

AP: What surprises people about you?

CB: That I think of myself as shy. I guess I’m not, anymore, but I always imagine that it will creep back in when I least expect it, and I won’t be able to force a word out of my mouth when I’m meeting someone fascinating and new, or speaking in front of a group.

AP: Is there anything that you would really like to tell people about yourself, or something that you really care about that you’d like to share?

CB: I think those have the same answer. I have this side project called Uprising. The goal is to bring dance together with other forms of art so we can inspire each other, and then to bring that work to people in unconventional spaces. We’ve done shows with Horse Feathers, Weinland and Laura Gibson; created our own costumes and worn designs made for us by Emily Katz; and performed at Mississippi Studios, Wonder Ballroom and the Aladdin Theatre, plus some benefit shows for local non-profits here and there. I’m pretty excited about it! I wish we had a show coming up that I could plug here!

(AP note: When Uprising has a show coming up, we will definitely let everyone know!)

AP: What roles do you have coming up at OBT?

CB: We have just finished The Nutcracker and A Holiday Revue. The next ballet we’re working on is Giselle, which opens in February, but I don’t know for sure what my roles will be yet.

Meet Naturally Gorgeous Model Candace

To get Candace’s naturally gorgeous look:

We started with a bit of Color Balancing Powder in Pistachio on Candace’s cheeks and then applied her Beige 3 Satin Matte Foundation with the #25 Foundation Brush. We added a touch more foundation with the #3 Concealer Brush around her eyes and nose. Then we applied Satin Matte Blush in Raspberry to the apples of her cheeks with the #17 Blush Brush.

To enhance the green in Candace’s eyes, we used Nymph Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow with a #37 brush from her lashes to brows. Then we added Grace Pearluster Eyeshadow to her crease and outer corner with the #36 brush. A damp #33 brush was used to apply Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Carnevale, and a dry #33 brush filled in her brows with a touch of Raven Satin Matte Shadow. As a finishing touch, we slicked on some Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Rhubarb.

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Introducing Rahel, our Naturally Gorgeous Model

Posted on November 29, 2011 by terresa | 2 Comments

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?

RN: Ignorance.

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.

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Meet Jenn, our second Naturally Gorgeous model!

Posted on November 01, 2011 by terresa | 2 Comments

 Meet Naturally Gorgeous Model Jenn Meet Jenn, the second of our Alima Pure Naturally Gorgeous models.

When we first met Jenn, we were captivated by her ready smile and natural exuberance. She’s one of those people who, after spending just a short period of time in her presence, you feel as if you have known her for years. And if you did, maybe you’d be lucky enough to be invited to a dinner party at her house…she is apparently a fearless hostess! Read on to see…

Alima Pure: What do you do for a living?
Jenn: Office Manager at a High Tech company in downtown Portland – I fondly think of myself as the “den mom.”


AP: What do you do for fun?
J: Ride my bikes, bird-watch, travel the world, bake, read non-fiction.

AP: Pets?
J: One black and white cat named Dorothy Rabbit – the softest cat in the world, we sell tickets!

AP: What do you really care about?
J: I care about the health and well being of the planet and the health and well being of all the creatures on it.

AP: How do you define beauty?
J: Someone who respects herself and has balance in her life is always beautiful. Intelligence, honesty and humor are wonderful beauty aids.

AP: What inspires you?
J: Nature, music, kind people.

AP: What scares you?
J: People who have made up their minds about everything. Meanness. Going downhill really fast on my bike.

AP: What surprises people about you?
J: That I live in Portland and I don’t drink beer OR coffee!
(AP Note: That really IS surprising!)

AP: Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
J: Julia Child, Albert Einstein, MFK Fisher, David Attenborough, Eleanor Roosevelt, Pablo Neruda, Jane Goodall.

AP: Really? Julia Child? Would you do the cooking yourself?
J: Yes, I think I would cook for Julia Child. One of my favorite things I learned from her books is that she very firmly says "“....never apologize for the food you prepare...I don't believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make... Usually one's cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is vile,...then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile- and learn from her mistakes.” She also says that you don't have to cook fancy or masterpieces, just good simple food from fresh ingredients - I can do that! Can't you just hear her voice saying that? Love her. (Quotes from Julia Child, My Life in France.)

AP: What makes you feel beautiful?
J: Smiling, exercise and spoiling my skin with care.

AP: Do you have any beauty challenges?
J: Mostly my own insecurity - I constantly have to refrain myself from comparing myself physically to all the beautiful women in the world - it seems to be a bad habit women get themselves into. After I work on that discipline. I mostly have to work on keeping my activity level up so I'm comfortable in my clothes. I also have very fair and pinky-blotchy skin, which I'm horribly self-conscious about. I like to feel like my nose isn't red like a strawberry and my vitiligo isn't too obvious!

We think Jenn is Naturally Gorgeous! To get her look:

We started with our Color Balancing Powder in Pistachio, applied with the #25 Foundation brush to tone down a little redness. We then applied Satin Matte Foundation in Neutral 2 with a #25 brush, and then used some on the #3 Concealer brush where she needed a little extra coverage. Then we added a bit of Satin Matte Blush in Pink to the apples of her cheeks with our #17 Blush Brush.

On her eyes, we used Satin Matte Eye Shadow in Fawn as a base, from lashes to brows, with the #37 brush. This matte shade is great for neutralizing the lid color so that colors show up more true. We then contoured the crease with Satin Matte Eye Shadow in Putty and the #36 brush. On the lid, we added a bit of Luminous Shimmer Shadows in Aubergine and Black Orchid, both with the #36 brush. The eye was lined with Luminous Shimmer Eye Liner in Carnevale on a damp #33 brush, and her brows were filled in with Satin Matte Shadow in Raven on a dry #33 brush.

We slicked Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Rhubarb on Jenn’s lips, and she was ready for her close-up!

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Introducing Tara, our first Naturally Gorgeous model

Posted on September 28, 2011 by terresa | 2 Comments

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 applied Beige 4 with a #25 brush, then swirled Soft Plum Satin Matte Blush to the apples of her cheeks and blended it back towards her hairline.

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.

To finish, we filled in her brows with Brunette Satin Matte Shadow on the #33 Angle Liner Brush. Lips were glossed with Fig Organic Nourishing Lip Balm.

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Alima Pure Profile: Sally Duvall

Posted on April 06, 2011 by kate | 0 Comments

About Sally Duvall

1.                       *Former assistant to celebrity makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin

2.                       *Named one of NYC’s top transformers’ 2004 Allure Magazine

3.                       *Name one of NYC’s best wedding makeup artists by New York Magazine, 2005-2010

Having been kicked out of her fourth grade class for wearing Madonna red lipstick, Sally knew early on makeup was her thing.  She moved to NYC from Canada at age 17 to pursue her big city dreams.  Sally is happy to admit that she now never wears red lipstick.

What inspired you to start your business?

I love beauty products, obviously being a makeup artist sort of naturally lends itself to trying every product on the market. But three years ago I personally had a bad reaction to some dermatologist recommended products. I never thought my skin was particularly sensitive so I looked into the ingredients and after I researched some of them I had a very eye opening moment. I stumbled onto the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website and was hooked. I now use only organic or as natural as possible skin care/makeup/body lotions and shampoos.

It is shocking how little the cosmetics industry is regulated and how much garbage goes into commercial beauty products. But what's more shocking is how many women are uninformed about what they're putting on their bodies.

How do you define beauty?
I define beauty as simplicity. I like simple, clean, glowing skin. A touch of shimmer here or there, a pretty pink lip and cheek.

What do people love about your boutique?
I think people appreciate the uncluttered atmosphere and the simple lines. I tried to design a space that was open and clean.

What are the other 'don't miss' gems in your neighborhood?
Emma's Brick Oven Pizza across the street - they claim to use NYC water so the pizza is pretty amazing.

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Alima Pure Profile: White Rabbit Beauty

Posted on January 04, 2011 by kate | 2 Comments

We're delighted to introduce Jean Knight from White Rabbit Beauty, one of Alima Pure's Online retail partners. White Rabbit Beauty carries a full line of natural cosmetics and skin care products, and is based in lovely Half Moon Bay, California.

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Alima Pure Profile: The Sweet Spot

Posted on September 23, 2010 by kate | 0 Comments

This week we're delighted to introduce Lara Olsha, founder of The Sweet Spot in Seattle.

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