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.
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!
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).
Okay, maybe it isn't exactly cold yet, but we know it is coming--the winter chill and the holidays. Whether you prefer strolling through the snow or snuggling by the fire, Alima Pure has you covered with two Limited Edition holiday collections that can be worn separately or together.
The Cold Outside collection features three cool-toned shadows and a blush. Snowdrift is an off-white shimmer with a hint of silvery blue. Snow Angel is a light-to-medium blue with silver sparkle. Jack Frost is a deep, blue-toned purple shimmer. Rosy Cheeks is a gorgeous, just-in-from-the-cold pink blush.
For the Cold Outside look, apply Snowdrift from crease to brows. Apply Snow Angel on the lid form the inner corner, and over 2/3 of the lid. With a damp brush, line under the lash line with Snow Angel. Apply Jack Frost to the outer 1/3 of the lid, and lightly blend into the crease. With a damp brush, line the upper lid with Jack Frost. Swirl a bit of Rosy Cheeks on the apples of the cheeks. Finish with Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Cranberry.
Warm Inside features three warm-toned shadows and a shimmer powder. Candlelight is a pale gold shimmer. Mulled Cider is a medium rose-gold sparkle. Hot Toddy is a deep, shimmering bronze. Firelight is a warm gold Luminous Shimmer Powder.
For the Warm Inside look, apply Candlelight from the lashes to the brow. Add Mulled Cider to the lid, and sweep Hot Toddy into the crease and at the other corner. With a damp brush, line upper lashes and outer 1/3 of the bottom lashes with Hot Toddy. If desired, dust a little of your favorite blush on the apples of your cheeks. (We really like Satin Matte Blush in Pink for this, or Rosy Cheeks from the Cold Outside collection!) Then highlight the tops of the cheekbones and around the temples with Firelight. Finish with Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Cranberry.
The Baby, It's Cold Outside collection is available only at www.alimapure.com for a limited time. Each set contains three full-sized eyeshadows and a full-sized blush or shimmer powder, packaged in a beautiful Alima Pure gift box. Cold Outside and Warm inside are $36 each, with $2 from each set going to the Global Fund for Women.
When Alicia first walked into the photo shoot, we thought it would almost be a waste of time to apply make up to her. Although she isn't a professional model, just the roommate of one of our employees, she is clearly a very beautiful girl. Putting makeup on her seemed a little like "gilding the lily." And we thought that you, our readers and customers, might feel as if we were going the route of traditional cosmetics companies, who show their products on gorgeous models in an attempt to increase sales because, well, who doesn't want to look like that?
But sometime after the photo shoot, someone accidentally opened one of the "before" shots of Alicia. We were amazed. Although there is no denying how beautiful she is without a stitch of makeup, we couldn't believe what a difference just a few Alima Pure products made.
That got us thinking, so we looked back at some of our other "before" shots. (Unfortunately, we weren't diligent about doing "before" shots at every photo shoot!) Sure enough, we also had before and after shots of Kelly and Melissa, two more of our Naturally Gorgeous women. And so we have presented them here, on our "Amazing" page for you to enjoy. The details about what we used on each of them are also found on that page.
The sun may still be shining, but you know it is coming...winter weather and the dry skin that goes with it. If you haven't been wearing mineral makeup for long, you may wonder, how does this work when my skin gets drier? The answer? Very well!
It is a simple thing to make yourself a tinted moisturizer for days when your skin feels dry. When I do this, I moisturize as usual with a moisturizer that includes an SPF, and allow that to absorb. Then I take a lighter-weight lotion that does not have SPF (it just seems to mix easier, but you can experiment with anything you have on hand) and combine it in the palm of my hand with some of my foundation, mix and apply. If I want a little more coverage, I just apply a sheer layer of my foundation instead of a finishing powder, once the tinted moisturizer has dried down.
The same moisturizer can be mixed with blush or bronzer to give a dewy kiss of color to the cheeks. You can also mix it with our Luminous Shimmer Powder if you want a shimmering glow. Shimmer Powder or Bronzer can also mix with a body lotion to apply to legs or shoulders.
For the eyes, water is probably the best thing to mix with shadows and liners. It is certainly the most gentle, and it intensifies colors while keeping creasing to a minimum. To apply shadows or liners wet, you can transfer a bit of powder into a small bowl (or the jar lid) and add a couple of drops of water to get the consistency you want, then apply. If you don't want the liner or shadow to be completely liquid, you can pick up some color on your brush and work it into the bristles, but then before you apply the color to the eye, spritz the bristles of the brush with a little water.
And finally, you can take your favorite untinted lip balm or gloss and mix it with any of our blushes to create a custom tinted lip gloss or balm. The blush shades can change slightly when they are added to a liquid, so you may want to experiment first by mixing them with some water in your hand to see if the color is what you want. Then you can either mix enough for just one application, or mix a little more and put it in an empty jar so you can take it with you for later.
Playing with your makeup can be fun, and the results can definitely benefit dry winter skin. Please let us know if you stumble on any creations that work exceptionally well!
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.