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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

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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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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!

Swatches: 

(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.

Beauty Without Cruelty Cosmetics Review

I was so happy to receive these 3 products for review from Beauty Without Cruelty!

They are all really high quality natural cosmetics that have many great features.

If you’ve never heard of Beauty Without Cruelty, you should check them out for the sake of all beauty things cruelty free and vegan.

Made in the UK,  these top quality beauty products redefined natural beauty before anyone else, or so it seems, as they began back in 1963!

To learn more about Beauty Without Cruelty’s goals and humble beginnings – click here!

Plus, their products are very good; they work well without sacrificing quality or harming animals in their manufacturing process and are completely vegan. You’ll be glad to know they also make their products without a lot of harmful ingredients!

Straight out of the gate, I love this nail polish! It’s a nice orange color which I find to be very suitable for Summer and it’s 3 free – No formaldehyde, toluene or PEG in sight! I know my nails look like crap; I’m just not good at doing them. I’ve done my best for you all, but alas, nail painting is not one of my high points so there.

Hopefully some of my friends read this, take pity and come do my nails so mine don’t have to consistently look like utter .. yep.

Until then, this is the best I can do!

Anyhow, back to this awesome polish. I love the packaging for this polish; it’s so chic and simple. The polish stays on fairly well and looks really flattering and happy. I like it a lot and find the color is nice and vibrant, even when dry. It certainly made me look more put together to have them painted on days when I went without makeup and it added a fun pop of color to my wardrobe of endless black and grey. I know, I need to incorporate more color into my closet, but it’s a process!

Check out this awesome polish – Here!

Check out their whole line of nail colours (it’s UK made so I feel obligated! LOL. Maybe I should have written this post in Brit English?)- Here!

Next up is this Cream Concealer Pencil in Fair. This was a favorite for sure! I will certainly be purchasing this one once I run out because it’s so handy to use. It really takes the guesswork out of using concealer which, to be honest, I have always had trouble with. I always end up looking pasty and cakey when I wear most concealers which is why I normally avoid them altogether, but this one is simple, easy to use and blends in very naturally with the skin.

 I used it to highlight my under eyes and also spot conceal some small blemish spots that I had going on with much success. It is really easy to use, covers decently and does not break me out which is a big one for me. A lot of concealers are often so overbearing and heavy that, when I use them, have a tendency to break me out worse when I try to conceal spots so rather than the spot healing, it just aggravates the situation more. This is so light and breathable on my skin while also concealing spots, but it doesn’t break me out further which is a huge bonus for me.

Random fact – apparently this one is made in Germany.

Check it out – here!

Check out their line of concealer pencils – here! 

Likely my favorite from the products I was sent, this naturally infused lipstick is a lovely coral color that includes jojoba oil, castor oil, and vitamin E in its formula for highly moisturized and soft looking lips.

It really does hydrate my lips while giving them a nice bright Summer splash of color!

As you can see, the color is a perfect coral tint and it has a tiny bit of shimmer in it, though not too much to be distracting or dramatic. It wears well with day and night looks alike and is a nice change to many conventional lipsticks. This certainly is a cut above those because of the infusion of vitamin E and vegetable oils that work to hydrate, plump and soften the lips while you wear it.

I definitely want to expand my collection of these lipsticks – very flattering and hydrating!

Check out this Coral shade of naturally infused lipstick – Here!

Check out the whole line of naturally infused lipsticks – Here! 

Awesome Features of Beauty Without Cruelty Products:

  • No Animal Cruelty – Leaping Bunny Certified
  • No Animal Ingredients
  • No Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, Formaldehyde,  Toluene, or PEG
  • No Gluten
  • Imported from the UK
  • Vegan Friendly – Certified

My final thoughts on this brand are that they have a nice line of products that are very good quality, extremely affordable and attainable for those who want a conscience friendly brand. They are vegan and cruelty free certified and feature natural ingredients in their cosmetics which is a big plus for someone like me who is always on the hunt for multi-tasking products. They also offer a line of skincare, body care and hair care products as well so you can get all your needs met in one fell swoop!

Check out the entire Beauty Without Cruelty shop – Here! 

How do you feel about brands that go cruelty free?

Does this matter to you in a cosmetics brand?

Have you tried Beauty Without Cruelty?

Your thoughts are totally welcome!

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 Without Cruelty for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

My Top Organic Natural Mascara: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Black Tea Mascara Review

Okay, so for some reason I just never thought to do a review on this mascara even though I really love it.

It’s certainly one of the best natural mascaras I have ever tried.

So, yesterday I was reading a review on the 100% Pure Eye Balm on SkinGoodness (see that review – here! ) and I remembered that I love this mascara and use it a lot.

I don’t know why I’m that absent minded, but I guess I’ve just been scatter-brained lately so there it is.

Anyhow, on with the review!

This mascara is made by 100% Pure, a natural cosmetics company that focuses on keeping their products 100% pure.

Awesome Product Features:

  • NO fillers
  • NO synthetic preservatives
  • NO harsh detergents
  • NO chemical preservatives
  • NO artificial fragrances

Instead, they focus on putting massive amounts of antioxidants in their products to improve the condition of your skin without harming your body.

They include a lot of fruit pigments in their products, especially their makeup, so naturally their mascaras are made with either Black Tea, Blackberry, Dark Chocolate, and Blueberry respectively.

The one that I own is the Black Tea Mascara.

The ingredient list alone is pretty impressive:

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Organic Green Tea), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cera Alba (Honey Beeswax), Rubus Fruticosus Fruit Extract (Blackberry Extract), Ribes Nigrum Fruit Extract (Blackcurrant Extract), Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract (Raspberry Extract), Hydrolyzed Oat Protein (Oat Protein), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Wheat Protein), Pantothenic Acid (Pro-vitamin B5), Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (Seaweed Powder), Coconut Stearic Acid (Coconut Acid), Mica, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa Butter), Pearl Powder, Oryza Sativa Germ Powder (Rice Powder), Theobroma Cacao Extract (Cocoa Powder), Coffea Arabica Seed Extract (Powdered Coffee Beans), Mel (Lavender Honey), Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract (Oregano Extract), Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract (Thyme Extract), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary Extract), Lavandula Angustifolia Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (Lavender Extract), Hydrastis Canadensis Extract (Goldenseal Extract)

I really love this mascara because I feel so confident that it won’t damage my eyes and the ingredients are natural and beneficial to the skin and body.

The Black Tea Mascara has a nice satiny black pigment that coats my lashes very evenly and doesn’t clump at all!

Although it isn’t waterproof, it works very well, doesn’t have much bleed (unless I sobbed hysterically, then it might!), and curls and lengthens lashes pretty well also.

I haven’t tried any other colors, but I really love this one and at only $18 for a full sized mascara, it’s really budget friendly! You can even get the mini version for $12 if that is too price is too steep!

They also have a nice line of skincare products that I have been dying to try, but haven’t gotten around to doing so.

Check the full size mascaras – here!

Check out the mini mascaras – here!

Have you ever tried any 100% Pure beauty products?

What are your experiences with natural and organic mascaras compared to conventional types?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

BTW, be sure to sign up for my current beauty giveaways – Here and Here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this product with my own money and of my own free will. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.