Gift Giving Tips from the Pros

Posted on December 07, 2011 by terresa | 0 Comments

 

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration, especially when it comes to crossing names off of our gift list. In hopes of making your gift-giving a bit easier, we asked some of our favorite makeup artists for some advice on what gifts they would give from Alima Pure.

Jessa Blades is a Natural Beauty Expert, Makeup Artist and Founder of Blades Natural Beauty – Your Trusted Natural Beauty Resource. You can visit her site or her blog.

Jessica Belknap is a Portland, Oregon based Makeup Artist and Green Beauty Expert. Visit her website or find her on facebook.

Terri Lodge is a National Makeup Artist, owner of Blush Premier, specializing in beauty, fashion, special occasion and tv/print/film makeup. You can find Terri at Blush Premier or beautybyterri.com .

With a budget of just $25, and shopping for hostess gifts, office gifts or nieces, the makeup artists recommend:

Jessa Blades: Pearluster Eyeshadow in Quartz ($11) with a #35 Eye Detail Brush ($12). “Everyone needs a go-to perfect smoky-eye color. It can be worn layered for a bold look for special events and worn lightly for everyday. This is a great gift to give anyone who is trying to find an easy way to define their eyes and bring a bit of “fancy” into their makeup routine.”

Jessica Belknap: Luminous Shimmer Blush in Freja or Satin Matte Blush in Mimosa ($17 each) and an Organic Tinted Lipbalm in Mango ($7 each). Freja would be the choice for someone who likes shimmer; Mimosa would be a more matte selection.

Terri Lodge: A Luminous Shimmer Powder ($17) and Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Natural ($7). “These shimmer powders are beautiful on the skin and come in a variety of colors/tones to match any skin tone perfectly.” Or Satin Matte Eyeshadows in Fleur and Raven ($11 each). “These are great neutrals and Raven can be used as a contour and an eyeliner.”

The artists came up with great gift selections for friends and family with a budget of $50:

Jessa Blades: Bronzer in Trinidad ($17), #23 Kitten Brush ($25) and Pearluster Eyeshadow in Champagne ($11). “A set perfect for winter, for all the holiday parties and for everyday, helping you glow and look healthy and luminous.”

Jessica Belknap: The Irresistible Brush Set ($55) and Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Natural ($7). Okay, she went $12 over, but the brush set is such a great value, she couldn’t help herself!

Terri Lodge had a several suggestions at this price point:

-Either the Cold Outside Holiday Collection ($36) with Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Holly Berry ($7) for a cool toned gift, or the Warm Inside Holiday Collection ($36) with Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Mango ($7) for a warm toned gift.

-Trinidad Bronzer ($17), the #7 Half Moon Brush ($25) and Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Natural ($7).

-Satin Matte Foundation ($22) to match their skin with Concealer ($12) and Satin Finishing Powder ($17) to match. “The perfect palette!”

-Three eyeshadows and a eyeliner ($11 each) in your choice of colors and an Organic Nourishing Lipbalm ($7).

When the budget increased to $100, the artists pulled out all the stops. These make great gifts for Mom, your sister or your BFF:

Jessa Blades: Alima Pure Brushes #17 Blush ($22), #33 Angle Liner ($14), #35 Eye Detail ($12) and #39 Large Shadow ($16) for a complete set of must-have brushes. “These are a great gift that people never buy for themselves but are a MUST HAVE for any makeup bag. And a lipbalm in Natural and a tint ($7 each) for some fun treats for the lips.”

Jessica Belknap: The perfect gift for Mom! #21 Buff Brush ($18), Pearluster Eyeshadow in Champagne ($11), Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Raven ($11), Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Illusion ($11), four samples of Satin Matte Foundation in shades close to hers ($1.50 each) and an “IOU” for her perfect match color ($22), Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Holly Berry or Fig ($7) and Satin Matte Blush in Carnation or Desert Rose ($17).

Terri Lodge: The Irresistible Brush Set ($55), a Luminous Shimmer Blush ($17), a Pearluster and a Satin Matte Eyeshadow ($11 each) and an Organic Nourishing Lipbalm ($7). “The perfect face! A good rule to go by, the younger the person, the more you can use shimmer. More mature ladies can use pearls and mattes and can highlight with soft shimmers.”

We hope these suggestions give you the inspiration you need to wrap up your holiday shopping!

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Glam it up with a little Holiday Glow!

Posted on December 01, 2011 by terresa | 0 Comments

Holiday Glow This week Alima Pure has a special on three of our Luminous Shimmer Powders (your choice of Lumina, Sorbet or Dolce) and the amazing #21 Buff Brush for only $25. This great value makes a great gift and is also a fun way to treat yourself, but how exactly do you use a shimmer powder?

During the holidays, it is fun to add a bit of glam to your regular look with a touch of shimmer on the tops of the cheekbones or under the brow bone. If confined to these two areas, there is no reason you can't wear shimmer powder during the day.

At night, let your imagination run wild! In addition to the brow bone and cheekbones, you can dab a small amount of shimmer on the bridge of the nose and the chin, and run a bit across the forehead. Or if you are truly not shimmer-phobic, tap out some of your Satin Matte Foundation into a bowl or on a paper towel and mix a small amount of the shimmer powder in, to give you a subtle, but radiant glow. You can also apply the shimmer powder to the lips, either mixed with your favorite lip color, or dabbed on top (focus on the center of the lips, don't go clear out to the sides). If you apply a small amount to the center of your lower lip, you can create a pouty, fuller look.

If you are wearing something that is either low-cut or has a wide neckline, dust shimmer on exposed skin. If you're wearing bare shoulders, carry the shimmer across your shoulders, gradually blending it down the arms.

If you're wearing a skirt, pour some body lotion into your hand and then tap shimmer powder on top. Mix the two well and apply to your legs. Don't go overboard here, because you don't want it to rub off on everything you touch. Just a tiny bit will adhere nicely with the lotion and should wear for hours.

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Spring Break Essentials

Posted on February 19, 2009 by kate | 1 Comment

Alima Pure Spring Break

It's hard to believe but Spring Break is just around the corner.  Whether you're going to the mountains or the beach (or staying home dreaming of the mountains or the beach), there are a few essentials that you'll want in your beauty bag.

First, remember to take care of your skin while traveling.  Dry climates and airplanes can take a toll on your skin. Be sure to pack small containers of moisturizer in an easily accessible place and tuck in two Alima Nourishing Lip Balms to keep your lips hydrated – one in your favorite tint and one in Natural.

While we understanding skipping the foundation on vacation, sometimes you still want a polished look.  Try Satin Finishing Powder to knock out the shine and a Bronzer to heighten your healthy glow.  And don’t forget the sunscreen!

If you’re packing especially light and taking only the basics, toss in a Luminous Shimmer Powder. This handy jar can do it all – provide subtle sheen to the face, shimmer to the body and a gorgeous sheer wash of color on the eyes.  Add a smudgy line with a dark shadow and you’re set for the evening! Remember that both the shimmer powder and bronzer can be combined with body lotion or moisturizer if you prefer a dewy glow. Just a few carefully selected Alima products can take you from beach to club; or slopes to soiree.

Bon voyage!

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