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.
You've seen Cold Outside on a real person, and now here is Warm Inside on Jessica!
We started with her foundation, Beige 2. Then we applied Candlelight from her lashes to her brows and Mulled Cider on her lids. We brushed Hot Toddy into the crease, and concentrated a little bit at the outer corner of her eye, then applied it with a damp #33 brush along her upper lashes. A touch of Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Raven filled in her brows.
We swept Firelight Luminous Shimmer Powder along the tops of Jessica's cheekbones with the #23 Kitten Brush, and dusted what remained on the brush across her forehead. We added a touch of Satin Matte Blush in Pink to the apples of her cheeks, and finished the look with a sheer layer of Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Sweet Pea.
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.
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.
Alima is tickled to announce our new Half Moon Brush. This adorable little brush has an exquisite feel to it; dense, silky, smooth…it’s truly a pleasure to glide over your face. Because it’s so soft and gentle, all skin types can use it, even those with sensitive or Rosacea-prone skin. Plus, it fits effortlessly into your purse or handbag.
The Half Moon Brush boasts a uniquely wide, flat design with a small, manageable handle, making it ideal for blending, highlighting or contouring. It quickly, easily, applies a sheer application of bronzers, luminous shimmer powders, finishing powders, primer powders, and is fabulous for blending or touching up mineral foundation.
I’ve found it works beautifully under my eyes and have been using it there, as well, for spot application. Another bonus: the Half Moon Brush’s slender arc of bristles is especially easy to clean and air-dry.
We’re offering our new brush right now at a special introductory price of $20.00 (see details on Alima’s Home Page). You will also receive, for a limited time, a sample of Autumn Glow Luminous Shimmer Powders; perfect to replicate the burnished, late day glow of the season.
We think you’ll be as pleased with the Half Moon Brush as we are and invite you, as always, to share any questions, comments or experiences.
Happy autumn to all of you!
If you're wondering where our #31 (Fine Eyeliner/Concealer) brush is, don't despair, it will be back soon. But in the meantime, we have a few suggestions that might help you survive the wait.
If you were going to use the #31 for eye lining, you might enjoy the #33 Angle Liner brush, which works beautifully, wet or dry. If you were seeking the #31 for concealer, a good substitute is our #35 Eye Detail Brush. This handy little brush works much like the #31 for applying concealer to spots and blemishes, and also does a nice job applying a smudgy liner for a smokey eye. Turn it sideways and you can use it much like the #31 for applying a thinner liner. And like the #31, it can also be used to apply lip color in a pinch!