La Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Collection

Posted on January 19, 2009 by Alyson Hancock | 3 Comments

Valentine’s Day is definitely all about living “the sweet life.”  With that in mind, Alima Pure has created La Dolce Vita - four seasonal eyeshadow colors to bring a little extra sweetness to your look, all without one extra calorie or fat gram.

Cupcake is a sweet, shimmery pink, as light and frothy as it’s namesake.
Petit Four is a sparkling beige with sparks of gold, as irresistible as the little cakes of the same name.
Tiramisu is a much-loved shade making a return appearance.  If you were lucky enough to receive last year’s “Alima Signature Colors” stack of three shades, you have seen Tiramisu before.  A shimmery, light-to-medium brown, Tiramisu will surely be a go-to color for many.
Mousse is named for dark chocolate mousse; deep enough to satisfy but not so heavy as to overwhelm.  Our Mousse features a lovely golden shimmer.
As an added bonus, you will receive a deluxe sample of Meringue, a sparkling white.

La Dolce Vita “Sweet” look

Apply Cupcake from lashes to brow.  Sweep Tiramisu into the crease, blending well. Apply Petit Four under lower lashes, from the outer corner and stopping about 2/3 of the way in.  With a damp brush, line the upper lid with Mousse.
Use a matte pink blush like Pink or Raspberry on the apples of the cheek and apply a tiny bit of Cupcake shadow on the tops of cheekbones.
Finish with a pink balm like Acai or Rhubarb.

La Dolce Vita “Sultry” look

Apply Meringue from crease to brow, and Petit Four from lashes to crease.  Use Mousse as a liner on top and bottom lashes, smudging well.  Place Tiramisu directly above Mousse on the upper lid, blending it upwards toward the crease.  Add a bit of Mousse to the outer corner and crease, blending well.
Apply a soft, earthy blush like Carnation to apples of cheeks and blend back towards ear.
Use a deeper lip balm like Cranberry, and apply liberally, then gently blot to leave a soft stain.

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Some days it's all about being lucky.

Posted on January 19, 2009 by Alyson Hancock | 6 Comments

Do you ever have one of those days when you just feel lucky?  Like maybe you should buy a lottery ticket lucky?  Lucky you!  It's great to feel lucky, even if you don't end up winning the lottery. We feel lucky when our skin is behaving nicely and our Satin Matte Foundation goes on like silk; when the eyeshadow colors we selected blend like a work of art.  We feel lucky when we are filling orders from our wonderful customers, and reading all the delightful emails you send us.  

Of course, there are those days that don't feel so lucky.  Gravity seems to be working extra well, and you drop everything you touch.  There are days that the calendar tells us should be unlucky. We try to not be superstitious, but some days can just feel jinxed.

We aren't making any specific promises, but we think there might be something to help you alleviate the fear of those predicted "unlucky" days.  Carry your lucky coin, wear your lucky blouse, but also take a few moments to read our blog on days that seem as they might otherwise be troublesome. Perhaps you'll find some information that will make you feel more lucky! Lucky you!

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Why your order may be delayed a bit...

Posted on December 30, 2008 by Alyson Hancock | 0 Comments

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!

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Happy Holidays from Alima Pure to you!

Posted on November 30, 2008 by Alyson Hancock | 3 Comments

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

  • Bondi, a light, shimmering sand
  • Cosmo, a bright sparkling purple
  • Merino, a shimmering light blue laced with gold
  • Daiquiri, an earthy pink with more subtle shimmer
  • Aphrodite, a shimmering medium brown
  • Aroa, a vivid, sparkling gold
  • Antique Gold, a tarnished sparkly gold
  • Thames, a shimmering dark silver
  • Pashmina, a black with gold sparkles that makes a beautiful liner.

 

Thank you for a wonderful 2008, here's to a beautiful 2009!

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Alima Pure wins 'Beauty with a Conscience' awards

Posted on November 18, 2008 by Alyson Hancock | 0 Comments

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.

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Festive holiday makeup

Posted on November 11, 2008 by Alyson Hancock | 2 Comments

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

  • Apply Meringue Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow all over the lid and brow bone.
  • Use Oceana Pearluster Eyeshadow on the lid, with Zen Pearluster shadow smudged along the lash line and extending past the outer corner.
  • Finish with a strong defined line of Black Satin Matte Eyeliner.
  • On the cheeks, use a light dusting of Rosa Luminous Shimmer Blush.
  • Dust Whisper Luminous Shimmer Powder over the rest of the face, shoulders and décolletage.
  • Finish with Acai lip balm.

Gleaming Gold look

  • Apply Leone Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow over the entire lid and brow bone.
  • Blend Pyrite Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow into the crease and along the lower lash line.
  • Add a touch of Sphinx Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in the outer corner and blend well.
  • Line with Paparazzi Luminous Shimmer liner on a damp brush.
  • Extend the liner past the outer corner, and angle it gently across and up from the mid-point of the eye, rather than following the downward slope of the lid.
  • Dust Dolce Luminous Shimmer Powder along cheekbones, shoulders and décolletage.
  • If Dolce is too dark for your body, try blending just a touch of it with your body lotion.
  • Add a spot ofHoney Rose Satin Matte Blush on the apples of cheeks.
  • Cranberry Lip Balm will give lips a muted red stain that will complete the 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.

  • Apply Lana Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow over the entire lid and brow bone.
  • Smudge Black Satin Matte liner or Bette Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow along the top and bottom lash-line, extending past the outer corner.
  • Blend Ingrid Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow or Garbo Contour lightly into the crease.
  • Dust Harlow Highlighter over the high areas of the face (cheekbones, forehead), then
  • Add a light spot of Leigh blush on the apples of the cheeks and blend well.
  • Contour under the cheekbones and jawline with Garbo Contour.
  • Mix Geranium Satin Matte Blush with Natural Organic Nourishing Lipbalm for a beautiful red lip.

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Is titanium dioxide natural?

Posted on November 07, 2008 by Alyson Hancock | 2 Comments

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.

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