Staff Picks For Spring

Top row, left to right: Dolce Luminous Shimmer Powder, Sospiro Luminous Shimmer Blush, Leigh Luminous Shimmer Blush. Middle row, left to right: Atlantis Pearluster Eyeshadow, Whisper Luminous Shimmer Powder, Chai Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow. Bottom row, left to right: Sahara Luminous Shimmer Blush, Brown Sugar Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow.

When there are more than two partly sunny days in a row, spring is coming to Portland! That doesn't mean we won't have more rain and hail showers between now and the real arrival of spring, we're used to the intermitent quality of spring here in Oregon. But with those first glimpses of blue sky comes the urge to change up the beauty routine. We asked some Alima Pure staff what are their favorite products for springtime? A couple of trends emerged--it seems we are gravitating towards a bronzed eye and a bit more shimmer. But the biggest trend of all, a POP of brighter color somewhere on the face leaves no question, spring is definitely in the air!

Hannah, (who normally swears by Pink Satin Matte Blush) switches to Sahara Luminous Shimmer Blush for springtime. "I love the soft, peachy glow it gives," she told us. Terresa goes brighter, with Leigh Luminous Shimmer Blush, because "the pink shade reminds me of flowers, and I love the subtle shimmer." Our newest employee, Kat, fell in love with Sospiro Luminous Shimmer Blush at first sight, "The color is so beautiful for spring!"

Candice prefers to keep her favorite blush, but wear a little Dolce Luminous Shimmer Powder with it. "I love that Dolce gives the illusion that I've gotten a little sun, when I clearly haven't," she quipped.  Alyson goes the opposite direction with Luminous Shimmer Powders for Spring, choosing Whisper. "It has a soft pink subtleness which is perfect to give a little glow!  It's an instant pick-me-up, and you can use it on eyes as well."

Of course, brighter and lighter don't just apply to cheeks! Portia switches from her usual Black or Espresso Satin Matte Eyeliner to the more subtle Black Violet, because "it is a softer look." Karin favors Chai Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow because "it is a nice, springy color with some shimmer to perk me up!" And Katarina loves the more intense shimmer of Brown Sugar Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow, "because it really brings out my blue eyes." Kara is attracted to the brighter shades for spring, like Atlantis Pearluster Eyeshadow, which she wants to try as an on-trend colorful eyeliner!

Urmila couldn't commit to just one shadow, picking the Hanami collection. "These shadows completely brighten up my spring looks," she told us. "I can wear Kanzan and Shogetsu for everyday, and then add drama with Ukon and Yozakura."

Amanda is a fan of the limited edition Sakura Organic Nourishing Lipbalm. "It's fun and new! It enhances my natural lip color without being too bold." Hannah, listening in, added, "and we don't really have any other color like it."

Of course, there's one in every crowd. Eavesdropping on the conversation, Brian revealed himself as a true Portlander with his "choice."  "The Stormy Weather collection," he volunteered--naming a limited edition group from last fall. You see, if you've lived in Portland for long, you know that even when the skies are blue, downpour and hail could be just around the corner.

Alyson Hancock
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