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.
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!
If you are concerned about what is in the cosmetics that you wear, then certainly you have hesitated to purchase Halloween makeup for your children. Those thick, greasy colors made in China can't be good for the glowing, healthy skin of a small child, can they?
Luckily, choosing a safe Halloween does not mean settling for a boring costume. Alima Pure cosmetics are safe for all ages, and you can create any look your little trick-or-treaters desires, from a cute kitten to a scary zombie. Let your imagination run wild.
Look #1 - Cute kitten.
For this simple look, we used Onyx Satin Matte Eyeliner with water. We painted on whiskers, outlined the nose, and lined the upper eyelid. On the lid, we winged the liner out past the edge of the eye, and then curved down under the eye to create a more rounded, dramatic cat eye. We dabbed some Satin Matte Blush in Pink onto the tip of the nose, and slicked a little Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Rhubarb on her lips. Add a pair of kitty ears and your little cat is ready to prowl!
Look #2 - Fairy Princesses
For these cute little princesses, we kept the look simple. We started with a little Luminous Shimmer Shadow in Hellebore right under the brows on each girl. Then we used bright, shimmering eyeshadow, applied with a damp brush all over their lids. (From left to right, Aegean, Amethyst and Leone.) Then we dusted Luminous Shimmer Powder in Lumina all over their faces. Satin Matte Blush in Pink went on the apples of their cheeks, and Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Rhubarb was applied to their lips. Add a pretty dress, wings, maybe a headband or crown, and they are totally fancy!
Look #3 - Rock Star
This was a first for Alima, applying makeup to boys for a photo shoot! We think the results speak for themselves, but before we begin, a warning. Do not attempt this at home if you have a child (or adult), who has a difficult time sitting still. Peter, seen here in "Cat Man" face, was in the makeup chair for close to 45 minutes because of the complexity of his design.
For both boys, we started with Satin Matte Eyeshadow in White, mixed with water and applied with a large brush. Because we were going to be shooting this under lights, we did not do the whole face in white, and then paint the other colors over, because we were worried that the black would appear grey with the flash. If you are just sending someone off to a party or trick-or-treating, however, it may be fine to do the entire face in white, then paint the other colors over the top. We sketched the designs on with black first, so the white was painted up to the edges of the black. After it was applied, we layered on more white with a #15 Flat Top Foundation Brush and a sponge. Then we mixed Satin Matte Eyeliner in Black with water and painted it on with a smaller brush for the black areas. "Cat Man" has green around his eyes, we used Luminous Shimmer Shadow in London, mixed with water. For the grey tip of his nose, we mixed Pearluster Eye Shadow in Zen with water. Evan, in his "Star Child" makeup was a little simpler, but in case your wig allows more eyes to show than his does, remember that the eye without the star needs to be completely covered in white, and that a strong black brow should be painted over that eye. For both boys, we finished with Nourishing Lip Balm in Holly Berry. Neither one wanted to take the makeup off after the photo shoot, so they wore it for several hours at home. It looked good and fresh for several hours, but after 3 or 4 hours the white, because it was applied so heavily, did start to flake off. Plan your activities accordingly! Black "rock star" wigs completed the look for both boys.
You'd practically have to live under a rock to miss the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The pink products start taking over store shelves in September, and in past years the offerings ran the gamut from jewelry in the shape of a pink ribbon to vacuum cleaners and car tires. In the beauty category, especially, there are hundreds of offerings of special "pink" products, with portions of the sales of each item going to one of the non-profit organizations that are tied to Breast Cancer.
As honorable as most of these offerings are, there have been more concerns raised about "pink ribbon abuse" and "pink-washing," two terms that are most often used in regards to products that are donating to the cause while they may also be contributing to the illness. The most recent example is a fragrance that was commissioned by a large non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. Many people are concerned that two of the frangrance's ingredients have been linked to cancer.
At Alima Pure, we are well aware that not all claims that an ingredient is harmful are relevant to their use. You have to do your research. We hope that whenever you are faced with a "pink" product, or any other product, that you do your homework and check the ingredients to see if you are comfortable with their safety.
Breast Cancer is a cause that is close to our hearts for a number of reasons. But rather than create a special pink product for this month, we have decided that we simply would rather donate to the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF). At the end of October, we will be making a donation in the name of Alima Pure and our customers.
The BCF's mission is "In response to the public health crisis of breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Fund identifies — and advocates for elimination of — the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease." We think that sounds perfect. They are doing their research, and we encourage you to do yours. We think that when you do, you will be impressed with Alima Pure's dedication to safe ingredients. After all, we wear the products; as do our mothers, daughters, aunts, cousins and friends. We make the products, so we have employees who are exposed to the ingredients. We are concerned for their safety, and yours.
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.
Sara is more than just one of the longest-term Alima Pure employees, you could really call her the Alima Pure muse! Back when Sara was approaching the age when her mom had promised she could begin wearing makeup, mom began to have some concerns about what Sara would be putting on her young, beautiful skin. That's what prompted Kate O'Brien to create Alima Pure!
When we needed a photo for a blog post we did on Alicia Silverstone's blog, The Kind Life, we recruited Sara to model for us. We asked her to pick out her five favorite products to take for the photo shoot, and the results can be seen above. Sara is wearing Satin Matte Foundation in Warm 1, Satin Matte Blush in Pink, Pearluster Eyeshadow in Silk, Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Tigereye and our Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Rhubarb. The result is soft, gorgeous and so easy to apply!
Mariama has worked at Alima Pure for three years. During the school year, she splits her time between Alima Pure and a teaching job, teaching handwork to elementary students. When she is off teaching, we miss her infectious laugh and dazzling smile, but we know the students are benefiting from our loss!
Mariama wears Satin Matte Foundation in Warm 6, so we applied that over her entire face. Then we highlighted her cheeks with Satin Matte Blush in Melon, which Mariama loves because it looks so natural.
We used Mariama's favorite shadows, Luminous Shimmer in Leone from her crease to her brow, and Satin Matte in Bayou on her lid. Then we dusted a bit of Luminous Shimmer in Brown Sugar over the whole thing. We finished with Luminous Shimmer Eye Liner in Maya in the crease and used damp as a liner. A touch of Satin Matte Eye Liner in Espresso filled in her brows.
The finishing touch was our Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Cranberry. This super easy look has enough sparkle to fit Mariama's personality, but is quick and easy enough to apply before rushing off for a day of teaching little people!