APRIL’S GODDESS IS OSTARA

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Arriving 4/1 is April’s Goddess- Ostara! If you adored last year’s “Realm of Flora” highlighter from the April Ephemera box, then you’ll love Ostara. It’s very similar, but with a stronger purple highlight. Jar labels feature the art of Alphonse Mucha.

From Goddess Guide:

“Ostara the Germanic Goddess heralds the beginning of spring. She is the Maiden Goddess, full of potential, representing the opportunity of growth and rebirth after the stagnation of winter. There are several different translations of the meaning of her name:- East, dawn and morning light indicating the returning warmth of the sun’s rays and the lengthening days. In Germany her warm nature is still marked by bonfires lit at dawn on the Spring Equinox. The Goddess was also known as Eostre.”

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APRIL’S GODDESS IS OSTARA

September’s Goddess is ASTRAEA, the celestial virgin and goddess of justice associated with the astrological sign of Virgo…

ASTRAEA.1150x.TEMPLATE“The Age Of Gold was the first age of the world, without hardship or toil for those who dwelt on Earth, and was without crime. The most recent age of the world, full of troubles and evils, is called The Age of Iron, but perhaps it would be better to call it the Second Age of Gold, for many of its troubles began when gold first tempted humankind to wickedness and war. through the Ages of Gold, Silver and Bronze, Astraea – the goddess of justice – still remain on Earth, but when the Age Of Iron began, she found she could stay here no longer. Now she shines down from the sky as the constellation Virgo, the virgin.”

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AVAILABLE 9/1!

September is my favorite month of the year, so I wanted to choose a Goddess associated with my astrological sign, Virgo. This month’s Goddess product is something a uniquely soft blue-grey toned highlight powder with a celestial gold shift and shimmer. I think it would work great for strobing, but of course, you can use it as a highlighter or an eyeshadow, also. Those with pale skintones or a penchant for more dramatic looks might even find it can be used as a couture blush shade, or a delicate contour tone.

The uncharacteristic shade of the powder might look a bit risky in the jar, but you might be surprised at it’s ethereal appearance on the skin. The color inspiration for Astraea is inspired by the paintings of Fernando Gallego, a Spanish artist who is believed to have painted the Cielo de Salamanca– an exquisite domed ceiling painted with mixed media painted with oil and tempera and originally overlaid with gold stars plaster relief- depicting the signs of the Zodiac.

Try a sample or mini jar of this unusual powder and see for yourself! Mini and full size jars depict Fernando Gallego’s Virgo/Astraea on the labels. 

Available tomorrow morning on 9/1 when the shop reopens!


 

 

September’s Goddess is ASTRAEA, the celestial virgin and goddess of justice associated with the astrological sign of Virgo…

The Minotaur Menagerie arrives September 15th… here’s the collection’s visual inspiration!

I spend a lot of time immersing myself in my subject matter when I work on a collection, which means a lot of research, reading, pinning, and documentary watching most days!

Concepting ideas and transferring them into a beautiful and wearable color palette is one of my favorite parts of the job. I absolutely love the color inspiration for the Minotaur Menagerie- it contains gorgeous, rich autumnal tones but at the same time hangs on to the last bits of summer, through rich blues and aquas. The frescoes of ancient Knossos and Thera were probably my biggest source of inspiration- they are so beautiful!

I will have sneak peeks of the products in this collection to share with you, soon. The collection contains six eyeshadows, a highlighter, a rouge, a lipgloss and a custom Alchimia Apothecary fragrance- a total of ten Minoan-inspired items!

Lipgloss: Pasiphae’s Curse
Fragrance: Mistress of the Labyrinth
Rouge: Ariadne
Highlighter: Seven
Eyeshadows: Minotauros, Asterion, Snake Goddess, Daidalos, Daughter of Helios, Knossos

The Minotaur Menagerie arrives September 15th… here’s the collection’s visual inspiration!

July’s Goddess is ISHTAR… check out her beautiful rouge!

11666230_1011977435493443_5689352469550723868_n 11665652_1011977442160109_1307132632386938686_nIshtar is July’s monthly Goddess. Each month, I will be formulating a product inspired by a Goddess suggested by my customers. Would you like to suggest a Goddess? You can do so here!

ISHTAR, the Babylonian Goddess of fertility, love and war. She is the counterpart to the Sumerian Goddess Inanna. Her symbols are lions, and the eight-pointed star. She is also believed to have been the divine personification of the planet Venus.

Ishtar is a vivid berry pink with a strong blue/teal interference shimmer. If you liked “Enchanted Turkish Delight” rouge from the January Ephemera box, you’ll love Ishtar- she’s a more intense, shifty version, but with more blue shift instead of just teal.

Her label (on mini and full size jars) is the Babylonian Queen of the Night relief, believed to feature an aspect of Ishtar/Inanna.  SHOP ISHTAR

July’s Goddess is ISHTAR… check out her beautiful rouge!

June’s COTM and the Rusalka Menagerie are now live!

June’s COTM and Menagerie theme is the Rusalka! The Menagerie this month has expanded into a more specially curated product range, with the addition of a limited run lipgloss and a custom fragrance by Alchimia Apothecary!

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While not technically a mermaid, the Rusalka is a water nymph- a female spirit in Slavic mythology. Her name vernacularly translates as “mermaid” from Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian, although she is not described as being part fish. The original “rusalka” was an appellation used by Pagan Slavic tribes, who linked them with fertility and did not consider rusalki evil before the nineteenth century. They came out of the water in the spring to transfer life-giving moisture to the fields and thus helped nurture the crop. In nineteenth century versions, the rusalka is an unquiet being who is no longer alive, associated with the unclean spirit and is dangerous. (source: Wikipedia) I much prefer the Pagan incarnation of the Rusalka.

June’s COTM and the Rusalka Menagerie are now live!

June’s COTM and Menagerie arrives on the 15th… take a peek at “Rusalka”!

Here’s the lineup for the Rusalka COTM and Menagerie items! Missing from this is the lipgloss, “Jezibaba”, which you’ll probably be seeing closer to the release date of June 15th.

Eyeshadows: Rusalka, Samodiva

Highlighter: Song to the Moon

Blush: Vodnik (Yes, it’s green! With a blue shift!)

Fragrance: Rusalnaya by Alchimia Apothecary

“Lurking just below the surface of the breeze blown water, awaits a dangerous mystery. A dark blanket of the meadow lands hang in the air all around you. Murky plant filled water laps up on the dirty bank as the lore of scorned femininity materializes before your very eyes. Water logged tree limbs meet the sweetness of water lilies, and as the cat tails and snake grass stop their rustling you aren’t even away you’ve already lost this game.”

Top: Algae, Aquatic Plant Life, Muddy Waters, Lake-Filled Air

Heart: Water Lily, Murky River Bank, Milk Weed

Base: Fallen Tree Limbs, Oakmoss, Ambergris, Dry Meadow Grasses

In case you’ve missed my updates and have no clue what any of this is, here’s some background info about the Rusalka:

While not technically a mermaid, the Rusalka is a water nymph- a female spirit in Slavic mythology. Her name vernacularly translates as “mermaid” from Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian, although she is not described as being part fish. The original “rusalka” was an appellation used by Pagan Slavic tribes, who linked them with fertility and did not consider rusalki evil before the nineteenth century. They came out of the water in the spring to transfer life-giving moisture to the fields and thus helped nurture the crop.
In nineteenth century versions, the rusalka is an unquiet being who is no longer alive, associated with the unclean spirit and is dangerous. (source: Wikipedia) I much prefer the Pagan incarnation of the Rusalka.

The Rusalka’s hair is most often of radiant blond or goldish brown, though in some versions of the myth, she has green hair. It is long (sometimes, twice her own size) and perpetually wet, believing that drying the rusalka’s hair would cause her to die. Rusalka’s eyes are usually water blue, but sometimes are depicted green, with emerald shine to them. Sometimes a rusalka would yield a hair comb which would prevent her hair from drying out, and accounts exist describing the comb as a powerful item allowing the rusalka to walk on land and conjure water out of thin air, when needed.

I’ve combined my love of mythology with my love of classical music in that the Rusalka is the topic of an opera by Antonin Dvorak, who is one of my favorite composers. The color names and cast of characters in the Rusalka Menagerie will reflect this influence.

June’s COTM and Menagerie arrives on the 15th… take a peek at “Rusalka”!

The HYDRA monthly menagerie is now live!

Introducing the “Menagerie”, an offshoot of the Color of the Month series. The Menagerie will feature a range of products in more daring and experimental shades and finishes, which are themed around each mythical creature COTM. I was going to discontinue the COTM in August, but I’m too excited about this project to do that! This monthly feature will allow me to test out new shades, formulas and finishes, as well as meet the needs of customers who would like more daring and colorful shades. Request a mythical creature to potentially be chosen as a future Monthly Menagerie theme, HERE.

May’s Menagerie is the Greek myth of the HYDRA –> SHOP HERE!

The daughter of Ekhidna and Typhon, the Lernaean Hydra was an ancient serpent-like water monster with reptilian traits. It possessed many heads, and for each head cut off it grew two more. It had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its scent was deadly. The Hydra was conquered by the heroic Herakles while Karkinos, the crab, bit at his feet…Herakles dipped his arrows into the Hydra’s blood after vanquishing it, and used those poison arrows to conquer the Stymphalian Birds and the giant Geryon. This shade is part of the Hydra Menagerie.

The HYDRA monthly menagerie is now live!