Get the Look: Isolt Collection

Posted on April 09, 2014 by Alyson | 1 Comment

Isolt is the Celtic Goddess of love and fertility.  She is known as a powerful force of energy, passion, love, endurance, and healing. Inspired by Isolt, we created a collection of complementary shades that create a strong and romantic look.

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Our Isolt Collection includes Eternal a shimmering bronze eyeshadow, Cosmic a golden toned blue eyeshadow, and Tender Radiant Finishing Powder a sheer nude with a soft golden finish.

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On Sarah, we created and alluring smokey eyed look perfect for spring nights.  Here is how you can get the look.

1.  Start with a sheer layer of Satin Matte Foundation applied with our most loved #25 Foundation Brush.  Sarah’s shade is Beige 3 Satin Matte Foundation.

2. With our #17 Blush Brush apply a very soft application of our Satin Matte Blush in Melon to the apples of your cheeks and blend lightly to your temple.

3. Work a small amount of our Radiant Finishing Powder in Tender in the bristles of our favorite multi-tasker the #23 Kitten Brush, and apply with a light hand as you would a bronzer. With the #37 Eye Blending Brush you can target the brow bone and upper cheekbone for more of a highlighting effect.

4. Now for the eyes…start by wetting the #33 Angle Liner Brush and line your upper lash line with Eternal.  Applying our shadows wet will give you the maximum depth and color pay off.

5. After your liner has had a moment to dry, use the #39 Large Shadow Brush to blend Eternal up into your crease.  For bolder coverage this can also be applied wet.

6.  Line the bottom lash line with Eternal using our #33 Angle Liner Brush.

7.  With a #37 Eye Blending Brush pop Cosmic to the center of the lids to create a burst of color.  You can also use your finger to reapply for more intensity.

8.  We filled in Sarah’s brows with our Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Mahogany.  Our #33 Angle Liner   Brush is the perfect tool for the job.  Sweep the shade sparingly along your brows for extra definition and face framing.

9.  Next, coat your lashes with Natural Definition Mascara in Brown.

10. Our Lip Tint in Mango on the lips is the perfect finishing touch for this look.

This romantic look is lovely on all, and so simple once you follow the steps.  We hope you love the look!  Be inspired, be daring, be naturally gorgeous you.

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Posted in 2014, Alima Pure, Clean Beauty, Collection, Cosmic, Date Makeup, Eternal, Get the Look, Goddess, Green Beauty, Isolt, Makeup Tutorial, Pearluster, Radiant Finishing Powder, Romantic, Shimmer, Spring, Spring Look, Step by Step, Tender

Wellness Wednesday: Apple Ginger Tea

Posted on April 02, 2014 by Kate | 0 Comments

Portland is in full on Spring weather – sun followed quickly by pouring rain and even hail. My grandmother used to say “If you don’t like the weather wait a minute”. Exactly. And then wait again.
All these transitions can make us more susceptible to whatever happens to be going around, and when that happens my family always craves apple ginger ‘tea’. It’s super easy to make and gets us through flu season in good form. Bonus: the kitchen smells divine.
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You’ll need a gallon of organic apple juice and a good sized knob of ginger (I use one about half the size of my hand). Scrub the ginger, slice it into chunks, and put it into a large non-reactive (stainless steel or enameled cast iron rather than aluminum) pot. Bring it to a low simmer and let it cook for an hour or so until it’s well flavored and somewhat reduced. Strain out the ginger (it can get too spicy if the ginger remains), pour the juice into glass jars, and refrigerate. The apple ginger concentrate will keep for 3 days or so in the refrigerator. Reheat cup by cup as needed, or mix with bubbly water for a refreshing cold drink. Cinnamon is also a lovely addition.

What do you crave when the weather turns?

Be well!

Kate

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Staff Favorites for Spring

Posted on March 28, 2014 by Alyson Hancock | 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again! We asked around the office this week to see what everyone was loving this season and here’s what we found. Don’t forget to share what your loving or coveting this spring too!

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“I’ve been wearing Natural Definition Mascara in Brown almost everyday for the past few weeks and I can’t get enough of it. The Brown in particular brightens the eyes.”- Sara, Marketing

“I love Melon Satin Matte Blush for spring and it pairs perfectly with Orchid Pearluster Eyeshadow” -Candice, Customer Care

“The Gaia Collection is so different for spring and I think that’s why I’m drawn to it. It’s strong and wearable, perfect for nights out.” -Hannah, Operations

“When I think spring I think of the shade green and Atlantis Pearluster Eyeshadow is a gorgeous wearable shade of green that I love to wear.” Charlene, Operations

Lotus Lip Tint is such a fun berry shade for spring. If I’m in a rush, I’ll dust on some foundation, mascara and then pop some Lotus on and it looks like a full spring look.”   – Alyson, Marketing

Sombra Contour Powder is the best mult-tasker for spring! You can use it to contour, add warmth to the skin, and also as an eyeshadow." – Kate, CEO

Tigereye Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow has to be my favorite because I wear it every single day!” – Karin, Operations

“It’s all about brows for me. The #33 Liner/Brow Brush is definitely in my bag for spring.”  -Urmila, Sales

“I am really into Olympia Radiant Finishing Powder right now. I usually wear Keiko Satin Finishing Powder for it’s matte finish in the winter but I’ll be wearing it’s radiant counterpart all spring and summer long." -Portia, Operations

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The No-Makeup Makeup Look

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Alyson | 0 Comments

We’re loving the au naturale no-makeup makeup look that is fresh for spring, proving that less really is more sometimes. Follow these simple steps to achieve that barely-there makeup look that will enhance your skin tone and natural features. There’s no harm in saving the shimmer for summer!

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1. Moisturize your skin with your favorite moisturizer. We love to use coconut oil!

2. Apply a layer of your favorite shade of Satin Matte Foundation with a #25 Foundation Brush.

3. With a #23 Kitten Brush pop a Pink Satin Matte Blush into the apples of the cheeks and blend upward on the cheekbones to the hairline.

4. Prep the eyes with a wash of Champagne Pearluster Eyeshadow using a #39 Large Eyeshadow Brush. This particular shade brightens the eyes and conceals any discoloration on the lids. The perfect nude!

5. Tightline your lids with either Espresso or Black Satin Matte Eyeliner using a #33 Eyeliner/Brow Brush to enhance the eyes even more. Remember to make the line thin for a more natural look.

6. Apply a layer of Natural Definition Mascara in Brown to liven up your lashes.

7. Use Sweet Pea Lip Tint to give lips a healthy shine and hint of natural color.

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Sombra Contour Powder + Half Moon Brush = Sculpting Perfection

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Alyson | 0 Comments

Sombra Contour Powder is deeply pigmented to enhance natural bone structure and sculpt the face by creating shadow and definition. Whether you want to make your face thinner, your nose longer or your cheekbones stand out, adding shadows give the appearance of depth to balance your overall face shape.

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Swirl your #7 Half Moon Brush in Sombra Contour Powder and outline your hairline or sweep it along your jawline for a stronger jawbone. This versatile shaping powder is a luxurious matte for a natural finish. The Half Moon Brush is the perfect shape to sculpt your naturally gorgeous bone structure and is on sale for a limited time only! 

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Radiate your Inner Beauty with Highlighter

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Alyson | 0 Comments

Dust, glow and go!

Formerly known as our “Luminous Shimmer Powders,” our natural mineral Highlighters are a great pick-me-up for the cheeks, forehead, eyes and shoulders. Lightly dust under the eyes, above the brows and on the browbone to add life and brightness to your peepers, or add a dab above your cupid’s bow for a fuller pout.

HIghlighters

Incandescent and brightening, our Highlighters can also perk up your complexion, accentuate the features you love and add an overall youthful, healthy glow. They are free of irritants, dyes, fillers, gluten and toxins and certified natural by BDIH. Go ahead—highlight and radiate your inner beauty. It’s illuminating.

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Get the Look: Gaia Spring Collection

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Alyson | 0 Comments

Greek mythology tells us that out of Chaos Gaia was born.  As the creator of the universe she is mother earth, and everything that exists in the world originates from her.  Gaia represents strength, power, creation, and maternal nurturing.  Inspired by this, we created a collection of strong earth tones.  Our Gaia Collection features two Limited Edition Eyeshadows, and our all new Limited Edition Radiant Finishing Powder. The eyeshadow in Chaos is a fiery copper, Celestial eyeshadow is a deep blacked gold, and Radiant Finishing Powder in Sacred is a soft glowing peach.  Together these shades create a strong and enchanting look.  Follow these simple steps to achieve this powerful look:

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1. Start by applying a sheer layer of Satin Matte Foundation (Sara’s shade is Warm 1) using the #25 Foundation Brush.

2. With the #17 Blush Brush add just a touch of Satin Matte Blush in Carnation to the apples of the cheeks.

3. Lightly dust Radiant Finishing Powder in Sacred along the forehead, cheekbone and jawline; as you would with a bronzer or highlighter.  The #23 Kitten Brush is the perfect tool for the job, this way you will get a sheer glowing application.

4. With the #37 Eye Blending Brush sweep the Sacred Radiant Finishing Powder from the lash line to brow bone. This acts as a nice base and brow bone highlight.

5. Pick up a small amount of Chaos on the #39 Large Shadow Brush. Then work the shadow into the bristles, spritz with water, and pat the shadow onto your lid and into the crease.

6. Dampen your  #33 Angle Liner Brush with water and blend with Celestial to create a liquid liner.  Apply Celestial to the upper and lower lash line for intense definition.  Bring the line as close to your lashes as possible..  Extend the liner slightly past your natural lash line and wing it up for an eye widening effect.

7..  With the #36 Pointed Crease Brush blend (dry) Celestial along your crease, but concentrate the color along your outer crease.

8. Coat your lashes with several layers of Natural Definition Mascara in Black to add drama.

9. Finish the look with Rhubarb Lip Tint to moisturize and enhance your natural lip color.

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Posted in 2014, Eco Makeup, Gaia Collection, General, Get the Look, Green Makeup, Limited Edition, Mineral Makeup, Powerful, Radiant Finishing Powder, Sets, Spring Collections, SpringCollection

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