Here’s what has been getting us excited and inspired this week at Alima Pure!
Spend an afternoon exploring the Italian Style exhibit at the Portland Art Museum celebrating the glamour, detail, and craft that Italy is known for.
Or if you’re not in Portland, or even if you are, indulge yourself further by checking out the absolute visual treat that is the book “Italian Style: Fashion since 1945”.
“A peer-to-peer, self-directed learning lab, School of Doodle is dedicated to activating girls’ imaginations through entertainment, education and community. With its free online curriculum, School of Doodle is a new kind of digital learning experience where artists, creators and students are the teachers and imagination and creativity are the lessons.” What’s not to love about that?
Iris Apfel has been an inspiration and icon to me for years. A strong woman and personality, she is getting her moment in the spotlight this April when the documentary “Iris” is released. Until then, we at least have the trailer!
Seeking recipe inspiration? Tending the Table is my new source for meal creativity. This weekend I’ll be whipping up the white bean, parsnip, and sage dip for a (hopefully) sunny picnic on the Portland Skidmore Bluffs.
If you’re looking to spice up your bathroom, these are probably what you didn’t know you needed.
Raf Simons was announced as Creative Director at Dior in April 2012, and had just eight weeks to create and present his first couture collection at Paris Fashion Week. This new documentary follows that journey and transition while paying homage to the high power fashion house and all the people who encompass it.
Victor Hugo once said, “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” We couldn’t agree more, but Alima Pure wasn’t around in the 19th century so he couldn’t have known about our Satin Matte Blush in the sweet shades of Mimosa and Apple Blossom Satin Matte Blushes.
Brighten up fair complexions and start spring early with one of our lightest blushes. The pale pink or peach tones will give your cheeks a soft, effortless flush of color.
Apple Blossom is a muted pink that compliments cool and neutral tones while Mimosa, a creamy peach, is suitable for all skin tones. Both feminine petal pinks, these soft hues add the perfect touch of color without being too dramatic on even the fairest of skin.
Bonus tip! Mix your shade with your favorite moisturizer for a sweet and subtle glow.
Alima’s mineral Concealer is super pigmented, long-lasting. It’s perfect for hiding discoloration, spots, and under eye circles. Best of all, it is completely weightless and blends beautifully with your Satin Matte Foundation. Plus, it’s on sale this week only!
With six gorgeous shades there is a mineral concealer for every skin tone.
A few tips:
For hiding blemishes use a fluffy brush like the #36 Pointed Crease Brush so you can really blend the product for natural coverage. Since you’re working with powder you’ll find this trick will make application much easier and quicker.
For under eye darkness use a little moisturizer and allow the product to dry before applying Concealer. You’ll want the skin to be hydrated yet dry to avoid streaking. Pat a little Concealer powder under your eyes with a #3 Concealer Brush, and blend upward towards your hairline.
Less is more. Powder Concealer covers beautifully so you just need a small amount when you first apply the product. You can later build if you need more coverage.
Nothing beats sitting outside with a good page turner when the weather gets a bit warmer. Here are some of our spring picks to engage and also relax your mind.
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Candid and unapologetic, Viv Albertine’s autobiography reads as a private diary, transporting you to the era when the punk scene in the UK and New York was exploding and Viv Albertine had helped set the bomb.
I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist
I have wanted Betty Halbreich to dress me since I first heard of her when I was a teenager. With her autobiography, I’ve been given the next best opportunity in this honest and candid glimpse into the life of a true maverick who carved her own place into the fashion world.
A Christmas gift to many of my friends, Roxane Gay’s intelligent, inspirational, and relatable book of essays explores the topic of embracing, celebrating, and navigating being a woman in our pop culture driven society full of contradictions and expectations.
The Secret History
An intriguing and subtle thriller centered on a group of highly intelligent and debaucherous misfits, Donna Tartt uses the talent that won her the Pulitzer in 2014 for “The Goldfinch” to turn this novel into an exposing character analysis in the wake of a murder.
A coming of age story that follows a group of friends from summer camp into adulthood, exploring the complexities of relationships in all forms and the shared moments that bond us for a lifetime.
Our Color Balancing Powder brightens your complexion and minimizes any discoloration you may have from acne, rosacea, and other pigmentation issues.
Using your #23 Kitten Brush, apply Color Balancing Powder under your Satin Matte Foundation as a primer or if you have fair to light skin tones you can wear it completely on it’s own. It’s as easy as that!
Pistachio is the most popular of our three shades and perfect for correcting any redness caused by rosacea or other irritations on sensitive skin.
Buttercup brightens dull, tired skin and corrects mild redness and darkness from under eye circles and veins.
Radiant Finishing Powder is one of those superhero products that can shorten your beauty routine and bring a healthy, radiant complexion to lackluster winter skin. Whether you're applying it on top of your Satin Matte Foundation or using it on its own, it will provide just enough dewiness and warmth to your skin, perfect for spring.
Olympia is our lightest shade of the three Radiant Finishing Powders that is suited for light skin tones that fall under depth levels 0-2. Augusta suits light to medium depth levels of 2-5 and Sedona provides warmth and glow for deeper tones.
There are no rules for applying Radiant Finishing Powder as it was created to be used as either an all-over setting powder or as a highlighter where needed. It can also be used as a blush if you’re looking for a warm flush of color on the cheeks. We particularly love applying Radiant Finishing Powder with #23 Kitten Brush, as it gives you a ton of control with the product.
When it comes to my everyday makeup routine I like to keep it simple. I tend to accentuate just one feature, whether a bright, bold lip or dramatic eyes, while leaving the rest of my face natural and fresh. This winter I’ve been especially loving amping up my look with a metallic eyeshadow all over my lower lid or as an eyeliner.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to wear metallics:
1. Subtle and simple: tightly apply Natural Definition Eyeliner in Ink to the top lash line only, and then with a dampened #35 Eye Detail Brush follow directly above the dark eyeliner with our Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in either Gold Dust or Ava, extending the metallic shadow slightly past your lash line for a take on the cat eye. The unassuming glint of silver and gold has the playful subtlety for any every day look. Keep the look clean by lightly applying your shade of Satin Matte Foundation for soft coverage and a fresh face.
2. For a more dramatic take on the smokey eye: our Pearluster Eyeshadow in Zen allows for a sultry smolder ideal for a night out. With a wetted #39 Large Shadow Brush, cover the lid with Zen, and then using the same shade but with the #35 Eye Detail Brush, line the bottom lash line with the deep slate shade. To make this look even bolder, layer the top lash line with Natural Definition Eyeliner in Ink and either way don’t forget the two coats of Natural Definition Mascara in Black to accentuate the powerful look. For a contrast, compliment the eyes with a lighter lipstick such as our Velvet Lipsticks in Emma or Lucy.
Other metallic shadows that I would recommend to have fun playing as an eyeliner are Pearluster Eyeshadows in Camel and Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadows in Brown Sugar, Martinique, Tigereye, and Truffle. Just remember, apply wet and unleash your inner glam goddess!