Ink Natural Definition Eye Pencil

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Alyson | 0 Comments

Ink Natural Definition Eye Pencil has arrived! Ink is a naturally gorgeous carbon black eyeliner that glides on smoothly and lasts all day. It’s filed with 100% natural ingredients – chamomile flower extract soothes and protects the delicate eye area while a rich blend of jojoba, mango seed, macadamia and meadowfoam seed oils nourish and hydrate the lash line. Like Coffee Natural Definition Eye Pencil, Ink contains beeswax, carnauba and candelilla waxes to deliver water-resistant all day wear. Natural mineral pigments give rich, saturated, lasting color.

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Ink complements all eye colors and has the versatility to create many looks. Line your eyes along the lash line for a gorgeous day look or smudge it out with a #33 Angle/Liner for a  dramatic evening look, or create a soft, delicate line for a subtle  daytime look. Ink is the perfect counterpart to the By Night Fall collection. Our favorite shades to pair with Ink are Vertigo and Breathless, but it’s one of those flexible neutrals that works with everything.

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Mari’s Staff Favorites

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Alyson | 0 Comments

Whether I’m asking her what she brought for lunch that day or her opinion on the latest political controversy, lead lab technician Mari Hoiland is my go-to gal for new ideas, influences, and inspirations. Accustomed to being bombarded with questions from me about recent discoveries and daily routines, I thought I’d bug her a little more than usual and ask her for a list of her current and longtime favorite necessities for this installment of Staff Favorites.

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Once a month Mari’s mother whips up a batch of pesto and gifts it to Mari’s household. Mari puts it on just about everything – eggs, pasta, vegetables, rice; you name it. She hopes you love the recipe, too.

With an avid thirst for knowledge, Mari’s New Yorker subscription  is a wonderful and compelling source for current news and culture.

When asked for a product recommendation in the office, one often hears “Radiant Finishing Powder” across the room from Mari. She swears by our Radiant Finishing Powder in Augusta, as well as Satin Matte Eyeliner in Pewter as a subtle and smoky liner, Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Raven for her brows, and our #33 Angle Liner Brush for both.

Before applying our Natural Definition Mascara in Brown, Mari uses Shu Uemura’s Eye Lash Curler to help set and curl the lashes.

As the weather shifts and the season begins to transition, the distinctive voice of Tom Waits is often found playing in her car or as she cooks in the kitchen to accompany the fall air.

In May, WNYC launched a new podcast “Death, Sex, and Money” with Anna Sale.  A podcast that explores the frank conversations we often avoid, Anna speaks with people from all walks of life and experiences on topics we all relate to: “death, sex, and money”, and everything in between.

Coconut oil. For, well, everything…

A splash of cold water in the morning with Witch Hazel Toner to help balance the skin and reduce redness, and the simple yet effective (and very inexpensive!)  Kirk’s Castle Soap (followed by jojoba oil as a moisturizer) in the evening to wash off the day.

Boscia B.B. Cream helps smooth out imperfections while serving as a nourishing moisturizer for a sheer and long lasting coverage.

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Get the Look: Breathless from the By Night Collection

Posted on September 09, 2014 by Alyson Hancock | 0 Comments

One of the most versatile eyeshadows in our By Night Fall collection is Breathless Pearluster Eyeshadow. This gorgeous beige grey brightens the eyes no matter what undertone or eye color you have. Wear Breathless all over the lid, on it’s own, as a base with deeper By Night shades like After Hours or Labyrinth, or as a face highlighter. Here’s one of many ways to get the Breathless look this fall.

Breathless-4 1. Begin with freshly cleansed and moisturized skin. Apply Satin Matte Foundation in your favorite shade with a #25 Foundation Brush. Our lovely model Ashley is wearing a light application of Warm 2 Satin Matte Foundation.

2. To brighten the cheekbones, apply Apple Blossom Satin Matte Blush to the apples of your cheeks with a #17 Blush Brush and blend outwards. This gives a gorgeous natural flush to the cheeks.

3. For a luminous highlight, use your #23 Kitten Brush to apply Breathless Pearluster Eyeshadow on the tops of your cheek bones and down the bridge of the nose. With your finger pop it right onto the cupids bow.

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4. With your #39 Large Eyeshadow Brush apply a wash of Breathless Pearluster Eyeshadow all over the base of your lid and up to your brow bone.

5. With your Coffee Natural Definition Eye Pencil line your lashes and use your #33 Angle/Liner Brush to smudge it out for softness.

6.  Sweep on a coat or two of Natural Definition Mascara in Brown. This richly pigmented formula will neatly define your lashes and complement the deep sea green eyeshadow.

7. This soft and feminine look calls for bold brows. Take your #33 Angle/Liner Brush to define your brows with your brow shade. Ashley is wearing a mixture of Blond and Cocoa Satin Matte Eyeshadow to create her perfect shade.

9.  Dab on Sweet Pea Lip Tint to enhance the natural color of your lips.  

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2014 Fall Trends

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Alyson Hancock | 0 Comments

There’s no denying it, this fall is all about the eyes. Bold colors and monochrome lids were seen at Dior, Alturzarra, and Chanel while lux lashes of all lengths and thickness captured the attention at Saint Laurent and Prada.

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The most accessible and our favorite trend to grace this fall? Metallics. Whether worn strong and sultry, or playful and understated, metallic shadows are THE fall trend to add a little depth and glow to your look. Inspired by this, we launched the cinematic By Night collection last week. Each shade in the collection looks gorgeous with the others or worn on it’s own.

By Night metallics:

Breathless is an ultra-flattering pearled two-toned grey gold. It illuminates, brightens, and beautifully awakens the eye. Breathless is lovely with eyes of all colors, we love it as a soft glowing wash over the whole lid.

Vertigo is a soft, antiqued taupe with a glowing finish. Versatile and ultra-flattering, Vertigo has just the right amount of warmth to brighten the eye area. It is quickly becoming one of our favorites for day and for night.

Labyrinth is a glowing, smoky, sultry deep sea green. We love Labyrinth applied using a damp #35 Eye Detail Brush for a bold yet wearable pop of color.

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Q and A with Sara Bedau

Posted on September 05, 2014 by Alyson Hancock | 0 Comments

Our Art Director, Sara Bedau, has literally grown up with Alima Pure. Find out what it’s like to work with her mother and what her favorite products are in our latest Q&A.

What are your top 5 Alima Pure products?

  • Espresso Satin Matte Eyeliner for my brows- I also use this dry over Coffee Natural Definition Eye Pencil for a soft, smoky, lived-in winged eyeliner
  • #33 Angle Liner/ Brow Brush
  • Brown Natural Definition Mascara- I love how this draws attention to the eyes as opposed to the eyelashes
  • Breathless Pearluster Eyeshadow
  • I have been carrying ‘Georgia’ and ‘Lucy’ (coming soon) with me everywhere. My lips are currently sealed on the details, but stay tuned! We’ll be sharing more on that subject soon.
  • What is your favorite thing about working with your mother?
    We know each other very, very well, which expedites certain aspects of my job as Art Director. I am able to anticipate her reaction to most decisions regarding the brand without needing to repeatedly consult her.

    Do you have any health tricks or tips?
    Dry brushing and going on hikes with my dog.

    What is your favorite fall trend?
    Bold eyeshadows worn casually. 

    What product would you recommend to an Alima Pure first-timer?
    Satin Finishing Powder. I’m a very loyal fan of this versatile product. For years I gave it to friends as an introduction to Alima. I’ve also been gifting a lot of Natural Definition Mascaras and Natural Definition Eye Pencils since they launched.

    What has been your favorite limited edition collection?
    By Night. The five eyeshadows are so beautiful and wearable.

    ​What’s the best thing about living in Portland?
    Forest Park. It’s one of the largest urban forests in the US with close to 70 miles of trails.

    What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
    Be the sky, not the weather.

    What’s your favorite part of your job?
    Helping women feel beautiful and confident in their own skin.

    ​Can you share your favorite travel destination/s?
    I really like visiting loved ones, seeing art, eating good food, and being outside. I have Ethiopia, Japan, and the Painted Hills in eastern Oregon at the top of my current wishlist.

    Do you have a style uniform?
    I wear things that make me happy. I have also been told by many friends that I wear a lot of white.

    How long have you been with Alima Pure?
    I just passed the official 8 year mark in June.

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    By Night Fall Collection: Get the Look with Labyrinth

    Posted on September 03, 2014 by Kate OBrien | 0 Comments

    The By Night fall collection is here! We’ve created five limited edition eyeshadows to add drama to your look this fall. Inspired by film noir, each shade beautifully captures the light and adds mystery to the eyes with just a simple wash of color. As always, each of these vibrant eyeshadows provides intensity using just three natural ingredients.

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    Each shadow is unique and can be simply worn on its own or combined for a day or amped up nighttime look. Each week we will show you how to ‘get the look’ with each of the eyeshadows. This week is all about Labyrinth which is a glowing, sultry deep sea green.

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    1. Begin with freshly cleansed and moisturized skin. Apply Satin Matte Foundation in your perfect shade with a #25 Foundation Brush. Our lovely model Ashley is wearing Warm 2 Satin Matte Foundation.

    2. To add definition to you cheekbones, apply Sombra Contour Powder into the hollows of your cheekbones with a #7 Half Moon Brush.

    3.  Apply a touch of Mimosa Satin Matte Blush the apples of your cheeks and blend to your temples for a natural flush with a #17 Blush Brush. This blends well with Sombra Contour Powder and lifts the cheeks while adding a hint of sweetness to your look.

    4. For a gorgeous glow, use your #23 Kitten Brush to apply Lumina Highlighter on the tops of your cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose and with your finger pop it right onto the cupids bow.

    5. Wet your #35 Eye Detail Brush and liberally apply Labyrinth Pearluster Eyeshadow all over the base of your lid and up to the crease (never going above the crease). Wetting the brush intensifies the eyeshadow into a vibrant sultry blue green.

    6.  Once Labyrinth Pearluster Eyeshadow is somewhat dry, go ahead and blend it out  with your #37 Blending Brush to avoid any unwanted unevenness.

    7. With your Coffee Natural Definition Eye Pencil line your lashes and use your #33 Angle/Liner Brush to smudge out for softness.

    8.  Sweep on a coat or two of Natural Definition Mascara in Brown. This richly pigmented formula will neatly define your lashes and complement the deep sea green eyeshadow.

    9.  Dab on Sweet Pea Lip Tint for gorgeous neutral pink lips.

     

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    Q & A with Alima Pure Founder Kate O’Brien

    Posted on August 22, 2014 by Kate OBrien | 1 Comment

     What are the 5 Alima Pure products you couldn’t live without?

    Ha! That’s hard. Can I choose whole categories? I love mattes. Satin Matte Eyeshadow, Satin Matte Blush, Satin Matte Foundation, LipTint and Mascara. And then of course brushes and our new eyeliner. It has been so hot in Portland this summer –  eyeliner and mascara help me feel pulled together in the heat.

     

    Do you have any health tricks or tips?
    If I can workout before heading into the office in the morning I feel terrific all day. My trick is to have my yoga clothes ready so I’m out the door before I can think about how lovely it would have been to sleep longer. Then I pop home for a shower and make myself a big salad to take in for lunch.

     

    Your background is in teaching, what inspired you to create a beauty company?
    I loved teaching kindergarten but my dear aunt and my darling mother died within 18 months of each other, both from complications of breast cancer. I was teaching and quietly grieving. Teaching is very outwardly focused, and I found balance on the weekends by nurturing myself making natural skincare and then natural makeup. From that Alima grew organically – friends started asking for products and it grew.

     

    Tell us a little bit about your everyday routine.
    I usually wake up just before 5 am and meditate for half an hour, then zip off to early morning yoga. I’m home by 7:30 and then on my way to work by 8:45. Those hours in the morning have a huge impact on the rest of my day – I feel so much more focused and grounded when I’ve taken time to meditate and exercise. Workdays are filled with meetings, emails, product development and special projects. I love to go for a walk after work and cook dinner with my husband, and snuggle with my little rescue mutt, Ella. I usually read for awhile and conk out by 9:30 or so.

     

    How do you find balance between yourself, family, and company?
    Oh, it’s tricky for all of us, isn’t it? Most days I carve time for myself first thing in the morning and it makes a big difference. I generally get up at 5, meditate for half an hour and then take a 6 am yoga class in a beautiful studio 5 minutes from my house. I still have time to pop home for a shower and a good breakfast before work. Usually I make lunch, too – it takes 10 minutes to put together a wonderful salad. With a start like that I’m ready for all of the challenges of the day. Evenings are peaceful and fun – often my husband and I will go out, I have some snuggle time with our little pup, and then fall asleep fairly early.

     

    What product would you recommend to an Alima Pure first-timer?
    Foundation! It’s my favorite product and the cornerstone of our line. I spent months working on getting the proportions right so that it would have a light creamy feel and just disappear weightlessly into the skin. I love it.

     

    What’s the best part about living in Portland?
    Oh, so many things! There is so much support for living a healthy fun life here. By far the best aspect for me is the people. It’s so easy to connect with Portlanders – our beautiful city is laid back and easy going. I love to joke around with people, to laugh about how excited we get when the sun comes out, to ask questions and engage. Bike lanes and farmers markets and indie brands and food carts and awesome coffee. I love everything about it. Except the rain, perhaps, in February.

     

    What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
    I had the good fortune to grow up around strong, empowered women. There wasn’t specific advice but a sense that with commitment and imagination one could accomplish just about anything. Whenever I feel wobbly I just have to think of them and I come back to center. Every woman should have that. We can share that message of empowerment though our community. That’s my dream.

     

    What’s your favorite part about your job?
    People! Our wonderful employees who make it a pleasure to come to work every single day, and our customers who totally wow us with their unfailing awesomeness, and our wonderful suppliers and partners who have nurtured and cheered for us as we have grown.

     

    Can you share your favorite travel destinations?
    We lived in Venice Italy, for a couple of years (I know, right?), and I can never get enough of it. There are so many amazing placed to visit in Europe but I can be absolutely happy roaming around my one little corner of Dorsoduro (a neighborhood in Venice) day after day. My sister has lived in India for years and I would very much love to visit her. And closer to home there is spectacularly beautiful Eastern Oregon and San Francisco.

     

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