If you are at all familiar with Portland, Oregon, you know we are rather infamous for our rain. We do get some snow during the winter, but most years it is only what you would call a “skiff,” and sometimes up to an inch or so. Because we don’t get much, the city usually pretty much shuts down when this happens. This time you might say that we had a substantial amount of snow. We had snow for the better part of two weeks, and it took a toll on the ability of some of us to get to work. Combined with the holidays, this mean that some orders have taken longer than usual to get out, and we apologize. As of December 30 are caught up, but if you are waiting for an order that you think should have arrived by now, be assured it will be there soon!
We may be biased, but we think Alima Pure has the absolute best customers in the world! (And you come to us from all around the world!) We want to thank you this holiday season with a little present or two.
First, every order placed between November 27th and December 25th will receive a lovely little holiday "Kiss Stick," in a beautiful soft red shade that looks good on everyone. Although it isn't nearly as bright as one, we've named this pretty little shade "Holly Berry" in honor of the season. This Kiss Stick isn't the same formula as the ones we featured last holiday season, but instead a glossier version of our regular lip balms. We would love to hear how you feel about the formula when you try it!
Second, every order over $50 (before shipping and after any discounts) between now and December 25 will receive a "Best of 2008" set of samples. This package includes deluxe samples of nine of the most popular eye shadows from our special collections released in 2008. The samples come in our cute little bird-topped sample jars, but are generously filled to last you much longer than a regular sample.
The shades in this set are
Introducing Alima Pure's newest addition...(drumroll)...our retractable foundation brush! It took a while for the manufacturer to get this just the way we wanted it, but we think it was well worth the wait. This beautiful brush is Alima-bronze on the outside, with black, super-soft, man-made bristles inside and our adorable bird on the end. Tuck it into a purse or travel bag so that you can take your foundation brush with you without a mess. Pre-load it with foundation before you go for an instant touch-up. What we love about it (besides the obvious) is that you can control the bristles to make the brush good for more than just foundation application. If you slip the metal collar all the way down, you have a full brush, perfect for a sheer application of foundation, but also nice for Satin Finishing Powder, Luminous Shimmer Powder, or even Blush or Bronzer. If you only pull the collar half the way down, you have tighter bristles, for a slightly heavier foundation application (without the clouds of powder a loosely bristled brush can create), and more control around the contours of the face. Priced the same as our regular #25 Foundation Brush, this gorgeous little side-kick comes to you with an extra surprise this month.
Fête: a lavish party or celebration. Alima Pure Fête: a gleaming all-over shimmer powder perfect for everything from lavish parties to intimate celebrations. With your purchase of our new Retractable Brush, you will receive a 10 gram jar of our Limited Edition Shimmer Powder in Fête, a soft coppery shimmer with just enough gleam to make you glow. Wear it on your cheekbones or on your shoulders, but be sure to put it on and celebrate! Offer good through December 25th.
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.