Spring Trend Look

Kristen von Riesen - Pure Anada Makeup Artist

I always get so excited when it’s MAKEUP TREND season! In this blog, we have our Spring Summer Makeup Trend looks.

We have 4 different and gorgeous looks for you to feast your eyes on! I relied on the skills of another Pure Anada makeup artist (Robyn)
for 2 of the 4 models, and the result is stunning!

We had the pleasure of being one of the last photo shoots at the Assiniboine Conservatory before they shut down to rebuild.
It looked and felt like a jungle in there, and it suited our theme perfectly. Without further ado, here are the makeup products
used for our Spring Summer Makeup Trend:

Bwalya's look (makeup by Kristen von Riesen):

Foundation: Swiss Chocolate Liquid with Swiss Chocolate Loose Mineral Foundation over top.
Blush: Strawberry Field Pressed Mineral Blush.
Contour: Ebony Loose Mineral Foundation.
Brows: Blend of Black Velvet Shadow and Coast Brow Powder.
Lips: Hibiscus Lip Gloss.
Opal (highlight under brows and in the inner corner),
Lilac (inner eyelid),
Plum (outer eyelid),
Onyx (crease/outer corner),
Black Mascara as gel eyeliner and mascara.

Gina's look (makeup by Kristen von Riesen):
Concealer: Porcelain Liquid Concealer.
Blush: Forever Summer Pressed Mineral Blush.
Brows: nothing!
Contour: Alluring Loose Mineral Contour Powder.
Lips: Tahiti Pink Gloss.
Stardust (highlight under brow and in the inner corners),
Champagne (eyelid),
Java (crease and outer corner),
Black Mascara as gel liner and mascara.

Donna’s Look (makeup by Robyn Bergen):
Lips: Vibe Lipstick (Tin Feather Cosmetics)
Lilac (eyelid),
Mountain haze (crease), and lower lashline
Plum (outer corner),
Onyx (blended into lash line),
Black Pureline Pencil for both upper and lower lash line.
Black mascara.

Anna's Makeup Look (makeup by Robyn Bergen):

Foundation: Atlantic Bisque Liquid Foundation.
Concealer: Very Fair Liquid Concealer.
Brows: Cliff Brow Powder.
Finishing Powder: Glow Minerals.
Lips: Emma Rose Lipstick.
Champagne (highlight and eyelid),
Cedar Rose (crease),
Java (in the outer corner and crease),
Ink Liquid Liner,
Black Mascara.

Fathers Day

Tiffany Banman - Pure Anada Social Media Manager 

I've been pondering what to write for Father's Day and also what kind of approach to take. I realize that people are in different situations and walks of life. Everyone has had a different Dad experience, some have never had a Dad experience at all, and some have experienced this kind of love and had to part with their Dad and hold the experience as a memory. Whatever stage of life you're at out there, I hope these words can make you smile as you relate to them, inspire you in some way, or bring happy memories to your heart.

I have come to the conclusion that there are many different Dad styles. When I think of how my Dad is compared to how my brother is as a Dad, I kind of have to grin at the variety of "Dad styles". My Dad is definitely on the quiet side, so he is always around, but never the one doing the talking. My brother is a very "present" Dad in every form of the word. I think his kids have another thing coming when they're old enough to get involved in sports and any other activities. My Dad sits by supportively and applauses, but my brother runs the field and calls out the plays. My Dad laughs at all of the jokes, but my brother generally IS the joke.

So, I tried to come up with a few things that most Dads have in common.

The first outstanding characteristic is faithfulness. The steadfast aspect of faithfulness especially. If you've got Dad in your corner, then I think you're in a pretty good place. I feel like if the whole world is falling apart, the love of a loyal father is kind of binding - the glue that helps make it feel like it's going to be ok. I think faithfulness carries over into everyday life too - the kind of loyalty that causes a Dad to want to be part of every aspect of your life. Growing up, no matter what extracurricular activity I was involved in, I could always look around and see my parents out there, showing their support. My Dad is a man of few words, so his support is often his presence, and he makes sure that he is faithfully there...for everything. Every Dad has been roped into a game of barbies growing up, but my Dad always made a valiant effort to play the Ken barbie with all of the chivalry and lame acting that it requires. Every Dad has had to "look alive" when he gets home from work because kids always have something up their sleeve, whether it's a slip-n-slide in the backyard or a game of soccer that needs a goalie. Every Dad has been required to show up to the piano recital and offer moral support and applause. Every Dad has gone through the dating phase and had to watch his kids make and break relationships, trying to figure out this crazy thing called love. I believe that faithful Dads go through the process of watching their kids make mistakes, but stand by them and show enough support that they dare to try again. Every faithful Dad has shared in the highs and lows, victories and losses of his kids, and felt their joy and sorrow as if it was his own. Can I get a hearty "Amen" for faithful Dads?

Another invaluable characteristic of a Dad is love. If I think back, I can remember the very first impressions of love that moved me as a child. Dad would show me love by coming to my room to pray with me before bed and NEVER missed a night of goodnight hugs and kisses. He would sometimes just lay beside me and let me pepper him with questions, just because. He always knew the next day was early to rise and off to work, but making sure that I was loved was a priority. When it comes to teen years, my Dad would again sit up late to hear every rant, every tearful misunderstanding, and every dramatic experience that shook my small world. Looking back, I'm actually impressed that I had functionable parents with so few hours of sleep. Bless their hearts. I understood love by watching my Dad love my Mom. Haven't we all been the awkward pre-teen who would really prefer not to see Dad kiss Mom or watch uncomfortable embraces? Just ew. Dads have to spread their love all around growing up, making sure that everyone is taken care of. Dad never wavered showing love to my Mom, and I think it's what inspires kids to move forward in life and start their own story of love. Dads inspire their kids by showing love to others, people that aren't even family. Our home was always open to everyone growing up and still is. I will never forget how my parents became the parents of many friends who didn't grow up in a loving home like I did. How they would show me in everyday life and small things, just how much of an impact love could truly have on a life. Ultimately, love is sacrifice, and I thank my Dad for showing such selfless love to me and those around me too.

Dads teach valuable lessons everyday. Lessons like work ethic - I guess they'd have to develop work ethics since kids always want to be involved in EVERYTHING including baseball, swimming lessons, piano lessons, hockey, and gymnastics. Lessons like friendship - learning how to hold onto people who need your help, and how to let go of people that are tearing you down. Lessons like honesty - the vulnerability of sharing what is really laying heavy on your heart, and the right time and place to say the hard things without hurting the ones you love. Lessons like perseverance - doing what you know you are responsible to do when everything in you wants to give up and quit. And mostly the lesson of love - putting self aside to make a difference in someone else's life and making such an impact by love, that the legacy carries on for generations to come. 

Mineral Makeup On Dry Skin

Kristen von Riesen - Pure Anada Makeup Artist 

This month’s Ask The Makeup Artist features how to use Pure Anada’s mineral makeup on dry skin. Let’s dive in!

This is a hot topic! Since our loose mineral foundation is the fullest coverage we offer, we find that clients with all skin types will gravitate toward it - not just those with combination or oily skin. Not everyone with dry skin wants to wear liquid foundation (for various reasons), but finding a way to use mineral powders on dry skin can be tricky if you’re not lead in the right direction!

I want to lead off by saying that I don’t recommend the pressed mineral foundation for dry skin.
It is great for oily skin, however it is a little too drying for dry skin. If you want to use mineral
foundation, use the loose mineral powder.

Pure Anada’s founder and owner, Candace Grenier, has dry/dehydrated skin herself and uses the loose mineral foundation on a regular basis. Candace has a few tips and tricks up her sleeve and thought she would share them on the blog today!

“I've always struggled with dry, flakey skin.  Over the years, I have determined it is actually
"dehydrated" (lacking water), more-so than "dry" (lacking oil).  It's interesting, however, that the
foundation that works best for my skin is the loose mineral, as opposed to our liquid foundation options.  
It goes on smooth, almost like a creamy powder.

There are a few tips I've learned over the years to make it work best.  

The first is to take care of your skin before you go to bed.  Apparently we lose a lot of water when we sleep! Especially in winter, our face can lose valuable hydration at night.  Cleansing, and then applying couple drops of a skincare oil (like Pure Anada Luxury Facial Serum), underneath your moisturizer, creates a barrier to prevent hydration loss.  It also helps to nourish and repair skin cells. When you wake up, you're starting out with your best possible skin!

Many times (especially in winter), I don't even cleanse it again in the morning (with a cleanser, but still rinse with water).  If I do cleanse - our Calming Cleanser - Lavender & Chamomile is what I use. I apply a bit of moisturizer; my favourite is the Hydrating Cream - Berry & Bouquet.  Then, the key step to using the loose mineral foundation with dehydrated or dry skin is to mist your skin with the Hydrating Toner - with Marine Minerals!  It contains hyaluronic acid which helps to plump skin cells prior application.  Some people like to mist their brush (rather than their face) before applying the loose mineral powder.  Either way works. They key is to add some hydration prior to applying. Sometimes when the air is very dry, I even spray another mist on top of my skin to set my makeup and give it another refreshing boost.”

As Candace mentioned, it all starts with a great skincare regimen! Apply your moisturizer, then toner to hydrate, then foundation. Unlike oily skin, where you want to have your moisturizer soak into your skin before applying foundation, with dry skin often you want to start applying your mineral foundation when the moisturizer/toner still has a bit of stick to it on your skin. This way it stays put better instead of being too dry to stick. As you are applying your foundation, you can also spritz your face with more toner to continue to hydrate your skin.

Don’t forget to exfoliate. This removes dry and dead skin. However, with dry skin make sure you don’t over-exfoliate either. Once per week will suffice. Also make sure to always remove your makeup at the end of each day.

When it comes to the actual application technique for mineral makeup on dry skin, there are a number of different ways. My recommendation is to use Pure Anada’s Flat Top Foundation Brush to buff the foundation into the skin. Especially if you have a good skincare regimen, this is the best way to have the foundation stick to the skin. I have also used a blending sponge to apply loose mineral foundation (I know, I know, crazy right? Everyone uses it for liquid foundation! I love using it for loose mineral foundation). With a blending sponge, you can press/dab the foundation onto the skin to help it stick. Or a combination of these two techniques would work great!

To summarize, it is completely possible to use mineral powder foundation on dry skin! A solid skincare
regimen is necessary, as well as proper tools and technique. Don’t be afraid to give it a try if you have
been wary!