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Alima Pure – Black Tie Gala – Face – Limited Edition Holiday Collection

Hi everyone!

Today’s post features 2 very lovely limited edition holiday collections from Alima Pure. If you’ve been following for a bit, you may know about my love for Alima Pure’s loose powder foundation and that love has now extended out into their line of eyeshadows and other great mineral powders that they offer. If you’re unfamiliar, Alima Pure offers some incredibly high quality mineral cosmetics including a unique line of loose eyeshadows, blushes, powder foundations and much more! They even offer natural makeup brushes! All of their products are cruelty free, BDIH certified, and free from harmful ingredients such as bismuth oxychloride.

For the holiday season, they are offering 2 great mineral makeup collections that are limited edition which feature some really lovely colors!

Black Tie Gala – Face – Clockwise – Tuxedo, Chandelier, & Red Carpet

Swatches L to R – Tuxedo Shadow / Liner, Red Carpet Blush, & Chandelier Highlighter


Alima Pure – Black Tie Gala – Eyes – Limited Edition Holiday Collection

What I really love about these collections is that they both really represent the holidays very nicely with appropriate colors and combinations, but they also include a lovely glow in their eye shadows, blush and highlighter included in these collections just seem really warm and beautiful in a way that can be applied for a natural, understated holiday look or built up for a more glamorous and bold one. I love that their products are so versatile and customizable for many looks.

Eye Shadows – From top left clockwise – Minaudiere, Bijou, Stilettos & Ballgown

Eyes Swatches from Left to right – Stilettos, Ballgown, Minaudiere & Bijou

Here is My Finished Look Using Both Collections:

@AlimaPure Black Tie Gala for Face & Eyes!

Sorry for the half- face photo, but I was in a bit of a rush and I just wanted to give you an idea of what can be done. I’ve used all the shadows in the Black Tie Gala for Eyes Collection on my eyes in this photo. I also used the highlighter, blush and eyeliner from the Black Tie Gala for Face Collection, though it’s not really discernible in the photo. I even mixed the Red Carpet blush with a bit of lip balm for a tinted lip. For my lashes, I used the Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara.

Either or both of these collections would make great gifts for mineral makeup enthusiasts or those looking to get a lovely makeup look without all the harmful ingredients.

You can check out the Black Tie Gala for Eyes – here.

You can check out the Black Tie Gala for Face – here. 

They also have a holiday lip collection called Holiday Kisses which you can see – here.

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ISUN Samples from Beauty Habit Mini Reviews!

More Beauty Habit Samples!

This time they’re from ISUN Skincare, a natural cosmetics company that specializes in healing your skin with natural, organic, wild crafted, and eco ingredients in all areas. I really love that they retain most of their ingredients from domestic organic farms and other fair trade organizations to support indigenous cultures worldwide. All products are produced in Colorado, USA.

Firstly, I tried their Blue-Green Algae Mask. This one is a little hard to warm up to because it just looks like green algae sludge, but it smells really nice – just like cucumbers and greens – which I personally love! Also, it is a bit runny to use, but the effects are nice. It helps calm breakouts within 24 hours while hydrating the skin nicely. No dryness, No tight feeling that you usually get with clay based masks – just balance.

Next, I tried the Rosemary-Sage Body Scrub and the Herb-Infused Shea Butter. The Body scrub is a nicely done herbal scrub, but it doesn’t seem more special than any other scrub I’ve ever tried. Then, I was only able to try it once given the small sample so I don’t want to make any conclusions about it. Now, that being said, the Herb Infused Shea Butter is pretty amazing! It smells delicious and does wonders on the face and body. It definitely helps to calm skin irritations – itchy and dryness – especially.

After that, I was able to try the Trim and Tone Body Butter. I don’t know how effective the “trim and tone” claims are as I was only able to try this twice, but it’s still a nice body butter nonetheless and a natural one at that.

The Clarifying Serum was great for calming and soothing breakouts, albeit it took a few days to do so. That might make it less desirable for some given the slow healing time compared to some others, but I like that there’s no negative effects. It just heals naturally. I also tried the Ultra Sapphire Serum  is meant to help hydrate and soothe the skin as well as giving it a natural glow. I don’t how well this works given the amount of time I was able to use the small sample (about 4 days), I didn’t really see any distinctive effects. I do think it’s very hydrating and nourishing, though, without clogging pores or being too heavy on the skin.

Lastly, I tried their loose powder foundation in 3 different shades – Selenite, Citrine & Rubellite. The Rubellite was seriously just way too dark for my skin so I tried to use it as a bronzer with okay effects, but very little glow to it so it just made my skin look dirty. I think it might be okay to use for contour, though I haven’t tried it myself. The Citrine shade worked well for me when I was more tan, but it won’t fit my skin tone now that the tan is fading or during the winter. I will need to use the Selenite for fall and winter months for a more accurate shade. That being said, these are pretty basic mineral powders, though they are naturally made. I do like that they are talc free and include basic minerals only so they are unlikely to clog pores, but other than that, there is nothing too special about them. Personally, I still prefer Alima Pure foundation to these no contest.

Overall, I do really like the ISUN Skincare line, but where they really shine is with their masks and body butters. The Herb Infused Shea Butter is something special and I think it would truly be effective for those with skin irritations or extremely dry, damaged skin. The herbs help to heal damage and calm irritation while the shea hydrates and it’s nicely done. The Blue-Algae mask, though a bit messy, was really nice to use and, most importantly, effective. I definitely recommend these two over all the others, though the serums are nicely done as well so they may be worth a try.

Check out the entire ISUN line – Here! 

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Beauty Habit for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Stormy Weather Fall Limited Edition Collection Eye Shadows with Alima Pure!

Introducing Stormy Weather

I ‘ve got the scoop on Alima Pure‘s “Stormy Weather” Fall Limited Edition Eye Shadow Collection!

Check out these awesome colors for the fall!


(From the Left: Mist, Drizzle, Deluge and Thunder)

Mist is a gold-tinged, white shimmer.

Drizzle is a light, sterling-silver shimmer with a subtle hint of gold.

Deluge is a deep pewter shimmer with silver sparkle and hints of blue and purple.

Thunder is a deep, matte purple that can line or contour.

I really love these colors! They’re so pigmented and soft; great for a night out fall smoky eye look! I love all iridescence of these shades. The 2 colors in the center (Drizzle and Deluge) are really lovely with lots of multicolored glitter bits in them, one is a lighter grey color and the other seems to be a greyish blue. Thunder is a more matte-ish dark purple, though it still has a small bit of glitter and finally, Mist is a really lovely and lovely white gold color that complements all of these colors really well.

Here is a quick simple smoky eye look I created with all of these colors!

(If you’re reading this sis, yes I know I need to tweeze!)

So, I’ve just done this one really light with no primer so you can see a simple look. Obviously you can layer these colors on and/or use an eye primer to get a more pigmented look. These shadows are super pigmented and colorful and they could easily work for a lot of different looks, light or dark. Also, as pigmented as they are, they are not difficult to wash off and they stay on well so I’m impressed by that!

This awesome fall limited edition collection of shadows launches from Alima Pure for $36 on August 21, 2012.

Stormy Weather Eye Shadow Collection NOW AVAILABLE – Here!

Check out Alima Pure’s entire line of cosmetics – here!

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Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Alima Pure for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.