It's so cozy and Warm Inside

Posted on November 23, 2011 by terresa | 1 Comment

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.

 

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Simply Irresistible!

Posted on November 17, 2011 by terresa | 0 Comments

Simply Irresistable girl
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.

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Baby, It's Cold Outside

Posted on November 10, 2011 by terresa | 3 Comments

Cold Outside If you've been eyeing the Cold Outside holiday collection, but wondering if you could really pull off those vivid, cool tones, we hope this helps.  We applied the colors to our model, Nikki, so you can see how fantastic they look on a real person.

Nikki is wearing Beige 4 foundation and the entire "Cold Outside" collection.  We applied Snowdrift from her lashes to her brows, and then put Snow Angel on the inner 2/3 of her lid.  With a damp brush, we lined under her lower lashes with Snow Angel.  We then applied Jack Frost to the outer 1/3 of her lid, and blended it gently into the crease.  With a damp brush, we lined her upper lashes with Jack Frost.

We gently applied a little Rosy Cheeks to the apples of her cheeks, and slicked on some Cranberry Organic Nourishing Lip Balm as the finishing touch.  We think Nikki looks beautiful! Her image is unretouched.

 

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Dramatic Eyeliner

Posted on November 08, 2011 by terresa | 3 Comments

Winged Eyeliner One easy way to bring a little drama to your holiday look is to wear your eyeliner in this "winged" fashion.  This is easier than you think - don't be intimidated!

Tip: When experimenting with a new makeup technique, the best time is right before bed.  You're going to take your makeup off anyway, so it doesn't matter if it gets a little messy.

Winged Look
Start with one of our powdered eyeliners and a very small bowl, or the lid of the jar.  Tap some product into the bowl and add a few drops of water.  Mix, adding more water or powder until you get the consistency you want.  Practice drawing a few lines on your hand to see if you need to add more liner for more intense color.  In this demonstration, we used Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Paparazzi and our #33 Angle Liner Brush.  The #33 is perfect for applying the eyeliner mixed with water, because it is easy to draw it on in one, smooth motion.

Step One Begin at the inner corner of the eye and draw a line right in the roots of your eyelashes, stopping a little before you get to the outer edge.  Stop before your lashline starts to angle down (or you will be drawing the eye down which is not what we want.)   Now gently slope the line upward, aiming toward the end of your brow.  Start small with this upwards motion, you can add to it later for a more intense effect.

Step Two Go back over this line, thickening it, not being so careful to stay at the roots of the lashes.  Taper the line to a point as shown.  If this "tail" at the end looks too far away from your lashes, fill in underneath, working from your point back towards the lashes.

Step three
Open your eyes and examine your line.  How does it look with your eyes open?  Do you need to extend the line further, or did you go too far?  Is the line smooth?  Touch up as needed.

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Update your makeup bag for winter

Posted on November 04, 2011 by terresa | 0 Comments

The sudden drop in temperature here leaves no doubt, winter truly is just around the corner!  And as the weather changes and the last traces of any tan you had fades into oblivion, you may want to consider updating the contents of your makeup bag for the season.

Comfort is key when the weather gets colder, so it is always a good idea to have a moisturizer that you can apply to hands, elbows or even your face when you really need some moisture.  Coconut oil is a great choice, you can easily transfer some from a larger container into a small jar, and because it is solid at room temperature, you don't need to worry about leaks or spills.

To add a little color back to your face, carry a bronzer that is slightly darker than your natural skintone and a blush with a rosier tone.  Satin Matte Blush in Antique Rose, Honey Rose and Desert Rose are great options, as are Bronzers like Maricaibo, Mauna Loa and Trinidad.

When the skies are dull, add a bit more brightness to your look with a Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow with not-so-subtle sparkle.  Buttercream, Venus, Paris or Leone are easy to sweep all over the eye area and look great with or without a contour color.

Finally, switch from a drying lipstick to our moisturizing Organic Nourishing Lip Balm.  Cranberry gives lipstick-like coverage, but provides anti-oxidants and moisture at the same time.

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Holiday Brush Collection

Posted on October 28, 2011 by terresa | 0 Comments

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.

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Just a little spritz!

Posted on October 25, 2011 by terresa | 0 Comments

The Alima Pure Atomizer 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).

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