Holiday Shopping Event Update! Special offers, a contest and new product release schedule

We’ve never done a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale at Aromaleigh, but it seems to be getting very popular in the indie community, so naturally, we’ve felt inclined to join in. We opened up discussion on our Facebook page and held a poll here on the blog last week, to get your input on these shopping events!

Because we have nonstop, year-round sales, we won’t be doing additional discounts on top of these already occurring events. We will be running our regular sale events through the holiday season, as well as some special things! –

  • Special holiday eyeshadow GIFT WITH PURCHASE of $20+ from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (orders at aromaleighcosmetics.com, not clearance site)
  • One of the free samples with orders at aromaleighcosmetics.com will be a sneak peek of our December color of the month, KRAMPUS
  • There will be a contest that starts on Black Friday and runs through December 1- to promote our Holiday 2014 collection, “Sol Invictus”. Grand prize winner will receive a full sized set, while four runner-ups will win a sample set!
  • Weekly 25% off sales (Sales that go up on Thanksgiving will feature 6 collections instead of the regular 4) (year-round offer)

  • Monday deal flash sale that features a collection at 35-50% off (year-round offer)
  • Clearance site, which currently has hundreds of items all at 50% off. (year-round offer, while supplies last)

  • Generous helping of free samples with orders (year-round offer)

  • Free shipping at aromaleighcosmetics.com for domestic orders over $50 (year-round offer)

We also have some exciting upcoming product releases for December through February!

  • A new Autism Acceptance eyeshadow to benefit the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (December release)
  • In mid December, we will be releasing details and opening up ordering for EPHEMERA, a monthly subscription box. We will start off with 25 available slots for ephemera, and take a waiting list. The first box will ship the first week of January.
  • Winter 2014 release in the Greek nymph series, ten eyeshadows inspired by the ASTERIAE (star nymphs) – (Late December release)
  • “Ignis Antiquita” rouge collection inspired by history’s forgotten women (Late December)
  • Soft matte rouge collection inspired by vintage roses (January)
  • A new fandom eyeshadow collection of smooth metallic shades, inspired by Blade Runner (January)
  • A limited edition collection released around Valentine’s Day, but not really Valentine-themed- it will be inspired by the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia. (February)
  • Some other products currently in the works but without release dates include: sculpting powders, brow powders and more matte eyeshadows!

 

 

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Holiday Shopping Event Update! Special offers, a contest and new product release schedule

DIAVOLI, inspired by Dante’s Inferno retires in 9 DAYS! Catch it while you can…

Our Halloween 2014 collection, “Diavoli” will be seasonally retired on November 30th!

We will bring it back again next year, so if you are interested in this collection please make sure to place your order by November 30th, 2014!

Link to blogger reviews and swatches!

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DIAVOLI, inspired by Dante’s Inferno retires in 9 DAYS! Catch it while you can…

Any #HungerGames fans on your shopping list? Our “Ever in Your Favor” eyeshadow collection is 50% off!

Any #HungerGames fans on your shopping list? Our “Ever in Your Favor” eyeshadow collection is 50% off! We’ve discontinued the collection as we move on to a different creative path, but you can still enjoy these beauties at an awesomely discounted price, while supplies last.

Just $3.25 for full size jars and .50 cents off for samples. These make excellent gift ideas for all of the Hunger Games trilogy fans in your life.

SHOP “EVER IN YOUR FAVOR” ——-> HERE!

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Any #HungerGames fans on your shopping list? Our “Ever in Your Favor” eyeshadow collection is 50% off!

Black Friday thru Cyber Monday Ideas Poll!

Today on Facebook we had a great discussion about Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales (I am abbreviating this as BF/CM in the poll). I’ve never done BF/CM sales with Aromaleigh- not in 16 years, actually! This year there seems to be a lot of interest in this type of sale or event, so I asked customers to weigh in with their opinions. In the past, I’ve had customers be upset that I didn’t do anything for BF/CM, so between both of these things I have felt more pressured to do something for the season, but wanted to hear your thoughts.

Because Aromaleigh has 24/7/365 weekly sales, a deep discount monday deal, free samples with all purchases and a current 50% off clearance site with hundreds of products, having a blowout Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale on top of this is a difficult option. The overall consensus on the Facebook post seemed to be that if a company doesn’t have regular sales, then a BF/CM sale is understandable, but if a company has sales year round, it’s not expected. But that there are lots of other types of fun things and promotions that could happen during that festive shopping weekend!

I’ve gathered some of those ideas and suggestions into the poll below! Please choose your top 3 favorite choices, and I will eventually try to incorporate two of the top choices into Aromaleigh’s holiday shopping kick-off weekend.

Thank you everyone for sharing your ideas with me, I deeply appreciate it and I like hearing from you!

Black Friday thru Cyber Monday Ideas Poll!

SOL INVICTUS Holiday 2014 collection is releasing this Saturday! Check out the new swatch grids and updated descriptions!

Saturnalia was a festival of light leading to the winter solstice, with the abundant presence of candles symbolizing the quest for knowledge and truth. Most people find the word Saturnalia to be synonymous with drunken celebration, but there was so much more to this ancient festival! The renewal of light and the coming of the new year was celebrated at the Dies Natalis of Sol Invictus, the “Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun,” on December 25. Roman mythology of the Golden Age of Saturn’s reign differed from the Greek tradition. Saturn arrived in Italy “dethroned and fugitive”, but brought agriculture and civilization and became a king. As the Augustan poet Vergil described it, “he gathered together the unruly race” of fauns and nymphs “scattered over mountain heights, and gave them laws. Under his reign were the golden ages men tell of: in such perfect peace he ruled the nations.”  (source: Wikipedia)

SHOP “SOL INVICTUS” – currently sample and full sets available for pre-order. Individual samples and jars will be available on the collection release date- NOVEMBER 15th

I hope to have some blogger reviews and swatches to share with you soon! Edit- Just in, this review and awesome swatches from Artistic Shadows!

Opalia was a festival held during Saturnalia, on December 19th to honor Saturn's consort, Ops. "The ancient Roman fertility goddess Ops was known by several different names—among them Rhea, Cybele, Bona Dea, Magna Mater, Thya, and Tellus. She married Saturn and was the mother of Jupiter, and was usually portrayed as a matron, with a loaf of bread in her left hand and her right hand opened as if offering assistance. The Opalia was observed on December 19, when it is believed that a sacrifice to Ops was made in the temple of Saturn.  Color Description: A delicate opalescent pink with bountiful pink to blue color shift. This color would be a perfect shade for highlighting the brow, or even on the cheeks or to add shimmer to the lips!Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp.

Opalia was a festival held during Saturnalia, on December 19th to honor Saturn’s consort, Ops. “The ancient Roman fertility goddess Ops was known by several different names—among them Rhea, Cybele, Bona Dea, Magna Mater, Thya, and Tellus. She married Saturn and was the mother of Jupiter, and was usually portrayed as a matron, with a loaf of bread in her left hand and her right hand opened as if offering assistance. The Opalia was observed on December 19, when it is believed that a sacrifice to Ops was made in the temple of Saturn.

Color Description: A delicate opalescent pink with bountiful pink to blue color shift. This color would be a perfect shade for highlighting the brow, or even on the cheeks or to add shimmer to the lips!Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp.

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The Ancient Romans decorated outdoor trees with ornaments in the shape of figurines or little masks. These are known as “oscilla”. Larger masks (also called oscilla) were also incorporated into various aspects of the Saturnalia celebrations, but in most contexts I read they refer to oscilla as ornaments

Color Description: An exquisite shimmering peach with oodles of icy blue, pink, copper and gold color traveling sparkles. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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This color is “SIGILLARIA”. The day of Sigillaria was a day for exchanging little gifts. Unlike today’s lavish gift-giving of the season, the Romans exchanged small tokens of affection, such as little clay figures, beeswax candles, dice or other small, non-costly items. The most common gift on Sigillaria (December 23) was Sigillaria, which were specifically small clay or wax figurines. It is believed that this tradition stems from more ancient agricultural festivals, which involved human sacrifice. The act of exchanging Sigillaria is seen today in our tradition of gingerbread man cookies! So this holiday, when you eat a figurine-shaped cookie, recall the ancient Romans and their day of little gifts.

Color Description: A gorgeously rich amber which is slightly metallic and having a spectacular amount of strong aqua and fuchsia sparklies. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Sol Invictus is the namesake color for the collection. It means “invincible sun” in Latin, and this was the overall nature of the Saturnalia revelry- a Winter Solstice celebration. The Winter Solstice being the shortest day of the year, which marks the point at which the sun is “reborn” and days become longer. Saturn was also an agricultural God, so this time of year for the Romans marked the point at which their Fall plantings were being sown, while others were being harvested.

Color Description: A beautiful coral/orange shade with a slight golden undertone in certain lighting, bedazzled by color traveling orange-violet-fuchsia shimmer and bright green sparks.  Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Lua was Saturn’s consort, identified with Lua Mater, “Mother Destruction”, a goddess in whose honor the weapons of enemies killed in war were burned, perhaps in expiation. Saturn’s chthonic nature connected him to the underworld and its ruler Dis Pater, the Roman equivalent of Pluto, who was also a god of hidden wealth.

Color Description: A heathered deep indigo/violet (will change from more blue to more violet depending on your viewing conditions) with dominant blue to teal sparkles that color shift to fuchsia/red. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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The Lord of Misrule was the “Saturnalia Princeps”, or master of ceremonies who participated in capricious behavior, practical jokes, chaos and absurdity, similar in concept to the medieval Feast of Fools.

Color Description: A gorgeous taupe base with really strong orange-red-violet color traveling iridescence. It’s a neutral with an amazing, shimmery twist! Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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“Io, Saturnalia!” was a salutation commonly heard during conversation during the holiday, much like our “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”.

While Saturnalia was a very colorful and festive celebration, the main colors were blue and gold- which is the basis of this shade.

Color Description: A smooth rich teal blue with prominent gold/copper/red color traveling sparkles. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Aureum means “golden age” in Latin, relating to the reign of Saturn as being a bountiful and peaceful era in history. 

Color Description: A richly shimmering soft warm gold with color traveling sparkles of gold/green and red/violet. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Even if you don’t know much about Saturnalia, mere mention of it brings to mind a week of ancient Roman style partying and debauchery. But that’s not all that it was about… It was an occasion for giving thanks for bountiful harvest (Saturn was an agricultural God), as well as the winter solstice- the return of the invincible sun. Social order was reversed, there were large public banquets, and it was a time of gift-giving, song, dance, time off from work, and overall, joyous merry-making!

Color Description: A gorgeous berry shade that shifts to a softly metallic copper, with brilliant iridescent fuchsia and blue sparkles and copper iridescence. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp.This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Topsy Turvy signifies the aspect of the ancient Roman Saturnalia festival which involves the upending of the regular social order.

Slaves acted as free men/women, donning the red pileus cap during the celebrations. Social order within the family might also be changed up, between children and parents, and likewise. It must have been an interesting time, in a culture with such strict social hierarchy, for masters to be serving slaves, and participating in activities they normally could not. During Saturnalia, the Romans decorated their homes with clippings of laurel branches, and what holiday collection would be complete without a beautiful, sparkling green shade? Even if you think you can’t wear green eyeshadow, you’ll want to sample this one- the color-shifting chromatics make this shade appear differently depending on angle of viewing and lighting. It’s quite surprising!

Color Description: A gorgeous multi-dimensional festive green with amber metallic lowlights and color-shifting highlight sparkles that keep this color ever-changing. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp.This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Luxuriae Maniae translates to “luxury to debauch”, which is in part one of the most historically well-known aspects of the Roman Saturnalia. Social roles were reversed, as slaves enjoyed some of the luxury and privilege usually only known to freeman. The typical Roman uniform of the toga was cast aside in favor of extravagant, colorful clothing known as “synthesis”.

Color Description: An imperial purplish mauve with chestnut tones and a strong and sparkling color traveling duochrome effect that ranges from gold, bronze and copper. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Munera represents a darker side to the ancient Roman’s celebrations of the time. Munera were gladiator offerings that would coincide with the Saturnalia celebrations. These gladiator events, ten days in all throughout December, were presented mainly by the quaestors and sponsored with funds from the treasury of Saturn.

Color Description: Aa rich taupe-y shade with brilliant aqua/gold/copper sparkles. If you foil this color, or rub it in to your lips or cheeks, it also leans to the rosy side! Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp.This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

SOL INVICTUS Holiday 2014 collection is releasing this Saturday! Check out the new swatch grids and updated descriptions!

Update: A brief shop closing to work on orders, holiday inventory and upcoming new products!

The last week has brought a surprising influx of orders, and more pre-orders for the upcoming holiday collection, “Sol Invictus” than I imagined would come in! Thank you! It makes me so happy to know that you’re excited enough about this new release to pre-order it. I’m very excited about it too, and I hope you all love it as I do.

I need to close down the shop for a few days to tend to the orders, work on replenishing low stock on many collections/products, and spending some time with upcoming new product releases. I don’t like to close the shop, but sometimes I have to, in order to best manage my workload and keep my TAT low.

I will be reopening the shop before Noon EST on Thursday, November 13th.

If you have an emergency situation in which you need to get an order placed, please send a message through the website contact form so we can assist you. I don’t want to leave anyone high and dry!

Thank you as always for your continued support of Aromaleigh!!!

xo

Kristen

 

Update: A brief shop closing to work on orders, holiday inventory and upcoming new products!

Monday Deal – 40% OFF the SERPENS collection: eyeshadows inspired by dragon lore!

This  week’s Monday Deal is 40% OFF the SERPENS collection, inspired by dragon lore and mythology the world over! Great savings on these shades for 24 HOURS ONLY! This deal ends Tuesday November 4th at 3 PM EST! SHOP SERPENS!

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Monday Deal – 40% OFF the SERPENS collection: eyeshadows inspired by dragon lore!