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Natural, not neutral, beauty

The market seems to be flooded with mineral makeup these days. But we’ve found it’s hard to find colors that aren’t, well, natural looking and therefore neutral. Alima Pure seems to have solved that problem and offers some bright pigments for your eyes perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

Pick up their Act I holiday collection, which has four shades to create the perfect smoky eye. Included are Lana, a whisper of pink; Ingrid, a pearly taupe; Ava, a sterling silver; and Bette, a deep, velvety blue — and the true show-stopper in this collection. The Act II collection includes blush and two colors to create some facial contours.

The pigments can be worn as deeply or as sheer as you like. And the color is long-lasting and provides a creaseless look. I wore the shimmery eye shades for about 18 hours and even though there was some forgetful eye-rubbing on my part, the color still looked nearly flawless.

Besides the fact that the products carry the European "Certified Natural Cosmetics" seal, which guarantees they are safe for both you and the environment, the next best part is the price. For the quality and long-lasting wear, it’s a steal at just $25 for each collection, plus $2 of each sale is donated to the Global Fund for Women.


Find the collections online at and at select boutiques and spas.

Head wear idea takes off

Cancer wasn’t about to cancel Bonita Schamp’s chicness.

The 52-year-old entrepreneur wanted to look fashionable while boating, fishing, snorkeling, motorcycling and cruising in her convertible — even after losing her hair from chemotherapy.

So, the Merritt Island, Fla., resident manufactured an idea she’d had in the back of her mind since the ’70s: the ABonita Scarf, designed to stay in place thanks to a sewn-in, adjustable headband with snaps. They retail for $23 to $25.

"Of course, now I have hair again," said Schamp, who was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer in 2003 and is now in remission. "But I still wear the scarves all the time."

They’re also for men and children, she said, because they are adjustable.

"Bikers love them because doo-rags don’t stay on," said Schamp, who’s also a licensed real estate agent. "There’s never enough fabric to tie securely. Mine you can put over the ears, or under the ears. ...


"I was at (Bike Week) in Daytona and this one guy offered me $50 to buy one right off of my head."

ABonita Scarf is available at

— McClatchy Newspapers

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