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.
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.
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.
I recently used up an entire Alima Pure eyeshadow. If you own any of our shadows, you know that this is not all that easy to do! The shadows last a long time, to say the least. But Gazelle Luminous Shimmer Shadow has overtaken all other shadows as my "go-to." When you wear an eyeshadow daily, it does eventually run out!
What is it about Gazelle that makes it so perfect? Well, for me at least, everything! The shade, a soft beige that is not too far from my natural skin tone (Beige 2). But what makes it really special is the shimmer. It's not sparkly like some of the other Luminous Shimmer Shadows, but it is not pearly like a Pearluster. It is just the right amount of shimmer to brighten up my eye area without looking inappropriate for my age.
If your skin is more of a neutral or cool, and maybe slightly deeper, Chai Luminous Shimmer Shadow may end up being the "go-to" shade for you. I just used it on a Neutral 5 today, and the effect was similar to Gazelle on my skin, and it was beautiful! If you have darker skin, Palomino Luminous Shimmer Shadow would fit the bill for you.
And here's a little good news, if you happen to be looking for an entire set that is perfect for every day, our Simply Perfect Collection is available on the website for a limited time only. It contains my favorite Gazelle, but also Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Tigereye and Satin Matte Blush in Pink. It is a great set for daily wear or as a gift to introduce someone to the wonders of Alima Pure mineral cosmetics!
Our lovely friend Jessa Blades, natural makeup artist extraordinaire, teamed up with eco fashionista Greta Eagan for an eco photo shoot. And what eyeshadow did they use? Alima Pure, of course! Read all about it here.
This year’s featured goddesses are Isis and Artemis. Isis was the Egyptian goddess of motherhood and magic. (Really, what’s the difference?) She was the ideal mother and wife. Greek goddess Artemis was the patron of women in childbirth and the guardian of young children and wild animals. Isis has a medium beige matte base, but with a generous helping of golden sparkle added. Artemis is a deep, matte eggplant with a brown undertone.
The collection comes in our adorable Alima Pure travel bag that houses four beautiful signature Alima Pure eye brushes as well as the Goddess shadow duo. The brushes are the #33 (Angle Liner/Brow), the #36 (Crease), #37 (All-Over Blending) and #39 (Large Shadow). The brushes are tucked into brush slots on one side of the bag, and the shadows are located in a zippered pouch on the opposite side. The two sides come together with our signature bird as the zipper pull.
The collection, with a value of $83 if purchased separately, is just $47, for a limited time only.
How to wear it:
With the #37 or #39 brush, apply Isis from lashes to brow. With the #36 brush, swirl a touch of Artemis in the outer corner and crease. Then line with Artemis and a damp #33 brush. In keeping with the goddess theme, wing your liner up and out just a bit at the other corner.