Are you stumped about what to give your niece who is just beginning to wear makeup, or your best friend the makeup aficionada? Our makeup artist has assembled some suggestions for those special people in your life.
For the teenager: For a younger teen who is just beginning to wear makeup, a foundation might not be necessary. Consider a Satin Finishing Powder, a shimmery blush, a light sparkly eyeshadow and a softly tinted lipbalm. Keiko Satin Finishing Powder, Freja Luminous Shimmer Blush, Paris Luminous Shimmer Shadow and Rhubarb Nurturing Lip Balm would be excellent choices for fair-to-medium skins; Ami Satin Finishing Powder, Guava Luminous Shimmer Blush, Tigereye Luminous Shimmer Shadow and Fig Nurturing Lip Balm would work for medium-to-dark skin. If you want to really earn her undying affection, add a Buff Brush, Blush Brush and Large Shadow Brush. You might even get rewarded a couple of hours of free babysitting!
Mom is always difficult to buy for, isn't she? She doesn't "need" anything if you ask her. This year don't ask. Surprise her with a set of subtle eyeshadows, and the brushes to apply them. A combination that works for many skin tones and eye colors is Fleur and Raven Satin Matte Eyeshadows with Grace Pearluster eyeshadow and Carnevale Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner. Fleur is the base shade, Raven can be used as a contour color for a toned-down daytime look, or as an outer-corner accent to add depth. Grace is the optional shade, adding a touch of subtle shimmer and color to the lid or crease. Carnevale can be worn damp for a defined line or dry for a softly smudged line. Eye brushes #33, #36, #37 and #39 round out the gift.
For the bona-fide makeup lover in your life, consider our special holiday collections: Silver Screen I and Silver Screen II. But if she's already purchased those for herself, you might have to get a little more creative. Why not give her some things to round out that collection? Nourishing Lipbalm in Cranberry, Luminous Shimmer Powder in Lumina, Satin Matte Eyeliner in Black and a #23 Kitten Brush would delight even the most discriminating makeup diva.
We're honored that Natural Solutions Magazine has selected 2 Alima Pure products to win their 2008 'Beauty With a Conscience' awards:
Best Foundation - Alima Satin Matte Foundation
"Never cakey, this light powder imparted a healthy radiance and all-day coverage. Plus, their 60 shades are bound to match any skintone."
Best Blush - Alima Satin Matte Blush
"This color left our cheeks with a lovely glow that garnered us a boatload of compliments whenever we wore it."
Our dear friends at Talulah won 'Best Cleanser for Dry to Normal Skin' for their fabulous Vanilla Bean Cleanser.
As the holiday party season approaches, it's not too early to think about your "look" and what features you want to emphasize this season. Planning ahead will mean you'll have more time to spend on your hair and outfit, or having fun at the soiree!
The three things that come to mind for holiday makeup are shimmer, dramatic eyes and red lips.Since you don’t generally want to use more than two of these at a time, the looks below are festive but still tasteful.
For holiday shimmer and shine, go with cool-toned shimmers (silver and white-based shimmers) for an “ice-princess” type look; or choose warmer, gold-based shimmers for a more traditional holiday glow.Red lips create a dramatic look and can be easily achieved by blending a red-toned blush with a clear lip balm or gloss.
Shimmer powders carry the shimmer theme from your face to your body, and can look beautiful in low-light situations.They can be dusted on with a fluffy brush, or blended with your favorite body lotion for an even and more subtle glow.
Ice Princess look
Gleaming Gold look –
Hollywood Glamour look –Use the new limited edition Silver Screen Act I and Act II sets to achieve a look worthy of a starlet.
Titanium dioxide is mined and purified before it can be used as a cosmetic pigment. In fact, all minerals are purified before they can be used medicinally (for example, in mineral tablets from the health food store) or as cosmetics. Indeed, virtually all cosmetic 'chemicals' are refined in some way - essential oils are extracted from plants, plant oils are pressed or extracted with solvents, and purified in various ways, soaps are catalyzed with lye, and almost everything is preserved one way or another.
Mineral pigments, including titanium dioxide, are very highly regulated by the FDA, and must adhere to strict standards for purity, particle size, etc. Frankly, we wouldn't have it any other way.
The term 'natural' is bandied about in the cosmetics world quite a bit these days. Cosmetic grade mineral pigments are generally considered to be natural because they are purified, natural substances. One industry standard bearer, BDIH, has a comprehensive list of guidelines they use to certify natural cosmetics, and you can read about them here.
What is not natural are the many polysyllabic synthetic chemicals that populate the long ingredients lists of most conventional cosmetics, and even many claiming to be natural. You can find some of the worst offenders here.
Alima Pure worked hard for our BDIH natural cosmetics certification, and we're proud to carry the symbol of assurance that our ingredient deck has been carefully audited, and falls within meaningful guidelines.
If you have any questions, please ask us. We love hearing from you.
Le Bon Marché, in Paris, is considered by many aficionados to be the most exclusive department store in the world. The store is stunningly gorgeous, and they carry some of the loveliest merchandise you can find anywhere. And now, it's even a little more beautiful, at least in our humble opinion. Alima Pure is available at Le Bon Marché! We stopped in on our recent trip, and were delighted to see our lovely little jars in such a sophisticated setting.
You'll find the Alima Pure corner in the natural cosmetics department. So on your next trip to Paris, between fabulous meals and sightseeing, stop by Le Bon Marché and get yourself a little something that you know you'll use!
We get this question quite often, and the answer may surprise you. Mineral makeup is not organic but 'inorganic'. Being of mineral origin, it is inert, and doesn't breakdown the way, say, flower petals do. Because it's inert, mineral makeup don't require preservatives to stay fresh, and it has great longevity.
How do some mineral cosmetics manage to call themselves organic? They add a little organic something - corn starch, lavender oil, or plant extracts, for example. Just a little bit, and they can claim to be 'organic minerals', however non-sensical that may sound to a chemist. And with that they need preservatives, because they are no longer inert.
We prefer to keep it simple. Pure minerals, and nothing more. It's really all you need.
What would you say if we told you we found the perfect clear natural nail polish? What if it pampered your cuticles, strengthened your nails, never required harsh chemical removers, and never chipped?
We didn't believe it at first, either. But after a week of use, Unpetroleum Jelly has won our hearts. Smooth it on your nails a couple of times each day, and you won't believe the transformation. Rub it into your cuticles and they will become soft and well behaved. Each additional application seems to make nails stronger and more lustrous. Okay, maybe it's not quite as shiny as polish, but we think it's infinitely better. You only need a tiny bit at a time, so a tube will last forever. It's great for keeping feet soft, too.