Have you noticed that it is now just a little easier to shop and select makeup colors on the Alima Pure website? We have been adding little features and hints to make it simpler to find what you're looking for, even if you aren't always exactly sure what you're looking for!
In our website make-over, we added a handy feature that allows you to sort all of our eye products and blush shades by color. Of course, we recognize that our idea of "pink" might not be exactly the same as your idea of "pink," but keep in mind that we have listed them by the shade we are most likely to call a particular color. While Eden Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow could be called "green" or "gold," it definitely could not be called "yellow," so it will show up in a search for "green" colors.
A couple of months ago, we added our 3 for $30 Eyehadow collections, to make it easier to buy coordinating eyeshadows based on what you want to achieve. For our first two rounds, we have focused on shades for different eye colors, but in the future we will also have some focusing on "looks," like a smoky eye or a polished, professional trio. In addition to these sets, we do have posts on our blog that recommend shadow shades for different eye colors; brown, blue or green.
And if your needs are more basic, we have added two new kit options. First, of course, is the Foundation Selector tool that we launched this week to help you find your perfect match. By answering the Foundation Selector questions, you are eligible to purchase a kit of samples to lead you to your match. The next step is our new kit, The Basic Face, which includes our cult-favorite #25 Foundation Brush and introductory sizes of your foundation shade, a Satin Matte Blush, Luminous Shimmer Blush and Satin Finishing Powder, all selected to complement your foundation. This kit takes the guess-work out of what blushes and finishing powder will work with your foundation, and includes shades that are the most popular for their category.
But even with all of these aids, sometimes nothing is better than personalized service. Our makeup artists are still available to answer your color questions.
Here in the Alima office, we're ready for summer. It has been a long, rainy winter, but we have had a few days of beautiful weather to whet our appetites and show us what we're missing. This has led us all to get pedicures, do a little summer shopping and start planning how we will be creating our faux glows (because none of us really want to tan our faces). So, we sat down and figured out what blush goes just right with what bronzer to create the perfect "I just came in from the beach" look. Here are the bronzer and blush duos currently inspiring us.
For the fairest of the fair-skinned, try More Sun from Maracaibo. If you have avoided bronzers because they look dark and orange, or even dirty on your fair skin, Maracaibo is the bronzer you always thought didn't exist. Alima Pure believes everyone, no matter how fair-skinned, deserves to be able to fake a sun-kissed glow, and Maracaibo goes beautifully with Luminous Shimmer Blush in Freja.
If you have light skin, you might appreciate Aloha from Mauna Loa. Mauna Loa gives you a hint of matte warmth that never looks orange, and Leigh Luminous Shimmer Blush adds a pop of pure pink and a whisper of subtle shimmer to the apples of the cheeks. Who's ready for dinner on the lanai? You are.
For deeper skin tones, Tropical Glow from Trinidad is your perfect summer pairing. Bronzer isn't just for fair skin! The deep, matte bronze of Trinidad gives you the hue you can normally only accomplish with a week in the tropics. Then, Sospiro Luminous Shimmer Blush brings a lively flush to the cheek, so you look like you just came in from the surf!
If you prefer a shimmer bronzer, we've still got you covered. Light- to medium-toned skins will do best with Beachside in Belize, a combination of our subtly shimmery Belize Bronzer and our cool, pink Satin Matte Blush in Raspberry. This duo is perfect for dancing barefoot on the beach after sunset...or for just looking like you could.
Medium- to deep-toned skins will appreciate the depth of Seaside in Seychelles, an unbeatable combination of shimmer Bronzer Seychelles and Satin Matte Blush in Geranium. Subtle shimmer makes Seychelles resemble a fresh tan by candle light; while Geranium provides the pop of pink that normally occurs when someone remarks on your gorgeous tan.
To wear these duos, start with your bronzer and brush. We recommend our #23 Kitten Brush if you want the most subtle and natural glow, but you can also use the #21 Buff Brush or #17 Blush Brush. Apply your bronzer where the sun would hit your face; the cheekbones, forehead and along the jaw. Finish with a touch down the bridge of your nose. Then apply your blush just to the apples of the cheeks. (Can't find your cheek apples? Smile! There they are!) Now you look like you have been outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine, even if you really have been sitting at your desk all day.
The sun came out in Portland this past weekend. And it didn’t just come out, it came out with a vengeance, drying up the perma-puddles and sending sun-starved Portlanders in search of tank tops, shorts and pedicures. Then came the aftermath -- photos on Facebook, with the caption, “maybe it will turn into a tan,” and a run on aloe vera gel at the drugstore.
But until it does turn into a tan, consider toning down your sunburn with Pistachio! Alima Pure’s Color Balancing Powder in Pistachio is perfect for toning down unwanted red, and although that usually refers to redness from rosacea or allergies, Pistachio is an equal-opportunity red-fighter; sunburn and windburn also fade away under this soft green powder.
Of course, having Pistachio in your collection doesn’t mean that you should skip the sunscreen…far from it! But sometimes, no matter how hard you try to reapply, you end up with too much sun. When you do, just buff on Pistachio with your #15 Flat Top Foundation Brush, #21 Buff Brush or #25 Foundation Brush, and follow with your regular foundation. Or, if your sunburn is on your body, skip the foundation and just let Pistachio do all the work. You’ll be amazed at how efficient it can be!
When we set out to design a foundation brush that would be a perfect complement for our silky Satin Matte Foundation, we knew that it should be soft and gentle, and that the shape was very important.
In fact, we were fairly picky about it.
We sent back plenty of samples; "too flat," "not full enough," "what is this -- ANIMAL HAIR?" were common exclamations as we reviewed our options. We finally got them the way we wanted, and apparently, we got it the way you, our customers, wanted it as well. The #25 Foundation Brush is always among our best-selling items, and even has a bit of a cult-like following.
So, what makes this brush so special? To start with, we insist on the finest, man-made bristles available. They are high-quality taklon, and they are unlike anything else you have ever felt. We insist on man-made for two reasons:
Its shape also makes the #25 effective. At the time we created it, "kabuki" style brushes were all the rage for mineral makeup, but we found the lack of a handle just meant that the brush couldn't be stored with the other brushes, meaning it was often rolling around in a bag or drawer, getting bristles crushed and generally making a mess. The shape of a true kabuki didn't really work for us either; that really rounded shape makes it difficult to distribute the powder throughout the brush. Flat top brushes were also gaining in popularity, and while they have their place (when you want fuller coverage), they don't provide the natural look that most Alima Pure customers seem to prefer.
So, we took the best of both worlds and created a tightly-packed, slightly-domed brush with a handle. Apparently, it was just what mineral makeup users were looking for, as it has been a customer favorite since it first became available.
To use the #25, pick up a little foundation on the brush, then use the lid of your jar, the palm of your hand or a small dish to work the color into the bristles, and then brush the foundation onto the skin with downward strokes. Add more layers if you desire more coverage.
What can you say about someone who takes their personal tragedy and turns it into a way to help others? Someone who deals with their own grief by finding a way to ease the road for those that are dealt a similar, devastating hand? We think you could say she is fiercely loving. Or maybe bravely compassionate. Definitely Naturally Gorgeous!
This month’s Naturally Gorgeous model is Regina Ellis, founder and CEO of Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). CCA was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1995, by the Ellis family after their daughter Alexandra died from cancer. As the only organization of its kind in the nation, CCA helps inspire kids to meet the challenge of facing a life threatening illness by providing JoyRx delivered through non-medical programs of chemo pal mentors, bedside music medicine, tailored support and resources. CCA's innovative brand attracts powerful, strategic partners and global leaders such as Apple iTunes, Converse, Genentech, Blazers, Gatorade, Nike, Fader, Atlantic Records, Anomaly and others who support CCA's initiatives helping thousands of kids- transform a moment and have a better day.
AP: How do you describe what you do for a living?
RE: I deliver joy.
AP: What do you want to tell us about the journey that brought you to your current position?
RE: Life, my children, family, my daughter’s courage and joy in life facing cancer and then death at 5 years old; hope, laughter and passion to leave the world a little better than I found it. Oh, and my type A personality.
AP: Do you have kids or pets?
RE: Alexandra, my oldest, died of cancer in 1995. Zach is 20, Kate is 16. Max is our 1-year-old Golden Retriever.
AP: Anything you really want to tell people about yourself?
RE: I don’t take myself too seriously. Most people don’t know that I have a secret crush on …rap and hip-hop music!
AP: What do you really care about?
RE: Family dinner and laughter.
AP: How do you define beauty?
RE: The width of your smile.
AP: What makes you feel beautiful?
RE: My reflection in my children’s eyes. And always being around my momma.
AP: What is always in your handbag?
RE: Alima Pure lip balm in Cranberry.
AP: What movie have you seen lately that you really enjoyed?
RE: I watched “Queen to Play” on Netflix last weekend. My all-time favorites are “Life is Beautiful” and “Chocolat.”
AP: Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
RE: My daughter Alexandra, who died in 1995, Mary Oliver; Van Morrison, Oscar Pistorius, Juliette Binoche, Mario Batali, Bobbi Brown, Ghandi, Morgan Freeman, Bob Marley, Kelley Corrigan, Martin Luther King, Anne Frank, Roberto Benigni, Stevie Wonder, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller and my crazy, Italian family!
AP: If you were given an all-expense-paid, weeklong vacation that you had to take next week, where in the world would you go and what would you do?
RE: Florence and Lucca, Italy. I go every chance I get, to walk the cobblestone streets, hear the church bells, go to the Mercato to get dinner, and breathe in the simplicity and music of life.
We applied Satin Matte Foundation in Beige 5 with our #25 Foundation Brush, and added a tiny bit under her eyes with the #3 Concealer Brush. We highlighted Regina’s cheeks with Satin Matte Blush in Antique Rose on our #17 Blush Brush.
We swept Luminous Shimmer Eye Shadow in Chai over Regina’s entire eye area with the #37 Eye Blending Brush. From the lashes to the crease, we used Pearluster Eye Shadow in Grace to bring out her eye color. We lined her upper lash line with Satin Matte Eye Liner in Onyx on a damp #33 Angle Liner Brush, and used a bit of Onyx to fill in the brows. We finished the entire look with Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Cranberry.
If you live in Portland and listen to 97.1 Charlie FM in the mornings, you probably already feel like you know our latest Naturally Gorgeous Model Nicolle Camarata, as she is the host of "Mornings with Nicolle Camarata from 6-9am." That’s one of the beautiful things about Nicolle… her bubbly personality (which we think comes across on the radio and in a photo almost as well as it does in person) makes everyone feel like a BFF.
AP: What is your favorite part of your job?
NC: Making new friends! People come up to me all the time and say how something I did made them laugh, or gave them good advice, and you feel like you just made a new friend. Mornings have always been my favorite day-part because you have a chance to cheer people on at the start of their day.
AP: We also know you have another job, and that it is related to something you care very much about. Would you like to explain that?
NC: I am the director of Nicolle Shops Portland, a popular shopping website that promotes Portland and encourages people to buy locally. I really care about this city—its economic growth, its advancements in green technology, its national appeal for tourism, and all of the people and places that make it so special. I started Nicolle Shops Portland ten years ago to promote the Rose City and it is still exciting to cover my first true love, Portland, Oregon. I have been all over the world and I can honestly say that this is heaven on earth to me.
AP: Do you have children or pets?
NC: Oh yes! We have a busy household full of fun and laughter. I got married last summer and now in addition to my daughter Kaden, I have my husband Cory and his two kids, Justice and Lanie; two energetic dogs, Mojo and Rosie (named after the Rose City); and Lola and Billy Idol, our two cats. Our house is a constant whirlwind of activity!
AP: What do you do for fun?
NC: Playing by the water is my idea of fun. It is so soothing and I’m not even picky--rivers, lakes or beaches; boating, sun-bathing or swimming...if it's in the sun, I’m having fun. We moved over the holidays and are now two miles from the shore line and I am really excited about this summer!
AP: What inspires you?
NC: I’m inspired by possibility, the ever-evolving nature and limitlessness of our potential.
AP: What scares you?
NC: That something will happen to our precious children. Their safety and well-being is our top priority but as any parent knows, only in our control to a degree. Being a protective parent of kids who are getting older is always scary!
AP: How do you define beauty?
NC: Beauty comes from the inside and makes you shine on the outside. It’s a glimpse of someone’s genuine and loving spirit combined with their strong sense of self and purpose that makes them beautiful.
AP: What’s always in your handbag?
NC: My camera! I use it daily to remember and record what is important to me. Just yesterday I took pictures of my children all eating ice cream out of the carton, the dogs snuggling in front of the fire, and several store fronts and shop owners on NW 23rd for work.
AP: What surprises people about you?
NC: I’m not sure. Most of my life has been an open book since I grew up here and I’ve been doing radio and television for so long. People usually feel like they know me way before we’ve even met. But, I think it surprises some people that I like to sew, scrapbook, garden and bake. I am going to be really good at being a little old lady!
AP: What book have you read lately that you really enjoyed?
NC: I got The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm for Christmas, and have really enjoyed reading it. It is written by James Napoli, the executive vice president of the National Sarcasm Society) and he has a ridiculously unapologetic sense of humor that is hysterical.
AP: Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party? (Living or deceased, from different eras—no rules!)
NC: I would invite my dad, Babe Camarata. He passed away suddenly when my mom was pregnant with me and naturally I would like to meet him. It broke my mom’s heart and she never remarried. She was going to name me after him, but she jokes that I was too ugly of a newborn to be named Babe! But I kept my maiden name to honor his memory and I inherited his eyebrows.
AP: Is there anything else you want people to know about you?
NC: Don’t let the small stature and big smile fool you. I am older and smarter than I look!
One of Nicolle’s favorite Alima Pure products is our Pistachio Color Balancing Powder. We applied some Pistachio with a #15 brush to her cheeks and nose area to tone down a little redness. Then we applied her Warm 2 Satin Matte Foundation with a #25 Foundation Brush and added a bit of Mimosa Satin Matte Blush to the apples of her cheeks with a #17 brush. Because Nicolle was wearing a turtleneck for some of the shoot, we contoured along her jaw-line with a bit of Mauna Loa Bronzer and the #17 brush.
On her eyes, we applied Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Venus with a slightly damp #37 brush from her lashes to her brows. Her crease was contoured with Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Raven on a #36 Crease brush. We swirled a little more Raven at the outer corner of the eye for a little added drama. Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Paparazzi was applied along the upper lash line with a damp #33 brush. To finish the look, we slipped on a bit of Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Sugar Plum!
To get Nicolle's complete look or to shop Alima Pure collections, click here.
With our semi-annual Foundation Sale going on, it seems like a good time to answer some of the questions we hear most often here at Alima! Here are answers to some frequently asked foundation questions.
Q: Does your foundation contain sunscreen?
A: Two of the main ingredients in our foundation are physical sun blocks, but we have not had our foundation evaluated by the FDA to be able to claim a specific SPF. In our experience, the foundation provides sufficient sun protection for incidental sun exposure, but we recommend sunscreen for outdoor activities or prolonged exposure.
Q: Do your products contain nanoparticles or nanospheres?
A: They do not, and you have our word that they never will.
Q: Are your foundations organic?
A: “Organic” is shorthand for "organically grown.” Because minerals are mined and not grown, they cannot be classified as “organic” or “organically grown.” Minerals are, in fact, considered inorganic, since they do not contain organic matter. In spite of being “inorganic,” the ingredients are as pure and natural as ingredients can be.
Q: I have dry skin, can I still wear your foundation?
A: Absolutely! Many of our happiest clients have dry skin. You will just want to take care to moisturize your skin well before you apply your foundation. If you are switching from a liquid foundation, you may need to consider a more intense moisturizer to make up for the lack of liquid.
Q: I love the idea of mineral foundation, but I’m just not sure I can get used to using a powder foundation.
A: Most people find that it is easier than they expected to give up liquids, but if you struggle with it, remember that you can combine some of your foundation with a lightweight moisturizer and use that as a tinted moisturizer. Then for extra coverage, you can apply more foundation over the top.
Q: Will mineral foundation call attention to my pores or lines?
A: It shouldn’t! We don’t use the ingredient Bismuth Oxychloride, which can emphasize uneven texture. But if you do find that your imperfections seem more noticeable, you will want to try applying less foundation at a time. Applying in several sheer layers will give you a softer, more airbrushed look as well as make your foundation wear better!
Q: My foundation looks generally great, but I still have some redness around my nose. Do I need your concealer?
A: Maybe, but first try these two possible solutions. If redness is generally a concern for you, you may benefit from a bit of our Color Balancing Powder in Pistachio under your foundation. This will tone down redness so that you are applying your foundation to a more neutral “canvas.” Or you can try using a concealer brush (like our #3) , dipped in the foundation and applied to the areas where you need a little more coverage. The foundation can give excellent coverage applied this way, and most people find it works like a charm!
If we haven’t answered your question here, remember that you can send any questions about product use to firstname.lastname@example.org. The makeup artists get a little busy around big sales like the foundation sale, but they will get back to you just as quickly as they can!