Galactic: Mission Two launching Black Friday at 9 AM EST!

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Here’s the full Galactic: Mission 2 collection, which will release on ‪#‎blackfriday‬ AM (I am in the Eastern Time Zone, so this will put us at 9 AM EST!) Mission 2 contains ten colorful, satin finish eyeshadows in vivid shades with a glowy countenance. Some are contrasting shifts, others are tonal shifts. This is a permanent collection.

You can purchase deluxe sample or full size jars individually. Sample baggies are available only in sets of all ten colors.

Also releasing on Black Friday will be Galactic: Mission 3 which will be a collection of 7 very glowy, paler toned highlighters which are multipurpose and can be used anywhere- eyes, face, lips, cheeks. Sneak peeks for those will come soon- I am sharing these with you as I complete the photos and materials for my online listings.
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Galactic: Mission Two launching Black Friday at 9 AM EST!

It’s Aromaleigh’s SEVENTEENTH anniversary! Receive “Synchrony” GWP with orders of $17+ through September!

SYNCHRONY.1150x.TEMPLATEThis September marks Aromaleigh’s seventeenth anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been that long… I suddenly feel a little bit old, but definitely not stodgy. 🙂 I admire women like Vivienne Westwood and Betsey Johnson, who are still going as strong as ever in their creative fields, not letting their age hold them back or question what they are passionately inspired by. I’ll be turning 45 on September 10th, but feel as young as ever, and that through Aromaleigh I’m producing my best creative work in almost two decades.

What’s the secret? I love what I do. I create via that which I am personally inspired by, and immerse myself in intense personal interests. It’s important for me that my work displays a unique conceptual perspective, so I always dig deeply for my collection ideas. I love color and how light interacts with and changes it. I love science and physics, and color is all part of that grand design.

For the entire month of September, orders of $17 (after discount/before shipping) will receive a GWP deluxe sample (that’s 1/4 tsp in a jar/no sifter with top label) of a gorgeous shade called “Synchrony”. it’s got a raisin-y base, with borealis sparkle and a strong overall sunny gold shimmer that will make the color appear differently depending on your application method/base.

The word “synchrony” is defined as simultaneous occurrence, and that is what I discovered when I began researching the meaning and numerological significance of the number 17. It’s a number that appears just about everywhere throughout history, religion and myth, which I found fascinating! In Numerology, the number 17 represents the Star of the Magi, which also translates into the star being represented as the 17th card of the tarot. It signifies wishes, hope,  or dreams to come true. The Star of the Magi was expressed in symbolism by the ancient Chaldeans as the 8-pointed Star of Venus, then known as Ishtar. Ishtar and her star symbol were known by many names…

I found the persistence of the number 17 amongst so many different cultures to be an uncanny synchronous occurrence, so instead of calling this special GWP “17 years of Sparkle” or something similar, I chose to call it “Synchrony”. That’s the circuitous manner in which my brain thinks (and over-thinks!). I hope you enjoy this lovely GWP, it’s even prettier in person- it has a lot going on and is very complex and thus hard to capture in camera.

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It’s Aromaleigh’s SEVENTEENTH anniversary! Receive “Synchrony” GWP with orders of $17+ through September!

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!

[PSA] Hannibal fans! Ordering for the ultra-exclusive Hannibal “Primavera” box opens 8/17 at 3 PM EST. 50 slots available!

beauty.cham.grace[PSA] Hannibal fans! Ordering for the ultra-exclusive Hannibal “Primavera” box, inspired by the first half of Hannibal season three… opens on Monday 8/17 at 3 PM EST. There are 50 slots available for this limited edition box.

The concept of the box runs very deep and explores a broad range of themes as exemplified through the characters and the ever-present Botticelli painting, “Primavera” in the first half of the season. I studied this painting extensively while earning my Master of Fine Arts and have also spent my own fair share of time sitting in front of it, in the Uffizi. This collection is very personal to me not just in my love of everything Hannibal, but also Italy, Florence, fine art and mythology. I’ve been collaborating with @Cleolinda and @Tattle_crime and I promise you a collection with very intense meta!

Right now the box is slated to contain 3 mini eyeshadows, a mini rouge, a mini highlighter, an Aromaleigh nourishing colour creme (yes, that’s a lip product!), and a custom fragrance by Alchimia Apothecary. That’s a retail value of $49.75, not including all of the special extras that go into giving this box a beautiful and artistic conceptual presentation. I like to see my small collections as works of art, each one completely assembled by hand, by me.

There are 50 slots available, and the box price is $48 plus shipping. Orders placed on 8/17 should include only this box- no other items. This is because your order represents a special order for this item, which will ship on OCTOBER 1. There is a limit of one box per customer, and the box can ship internationally- just choose your country and ship option when you check out.

[PSA] Hannibal fans! Ordering for the ultra-exclusive Hannibal “Primavera” box opens 8/17 at 3 PM EST. 50 slots available!

Q&A with Aromaleigh – Our Beauty Talk Indie Spotlight

Aromaleigh is the May Indie Spotlight over on the Our Beauty Talk forums. Our Beauty Talk is a relatively new beauty community, that was started a few months ago by a group of former MakeupTalk moderators.

For the spotlight, the mods requested a beautiful color pink rouge color, with a strong green shift. They originally wanted to call it Kali, but after we discussed the shade and the Goddess, we ended up changing it to Shakti, which is very fitting for May, Spring and the goals of the OBT forums! You can check that product out here- it’s been a May top seller!

I did a Q&A for them and wanted to share it, as it’s probably been a good 5-6 years since I’ve been asked to do an interview or Q&A and I was very flattered that the ladies over on OBT wanted to include my company as one of their monthly spotlights!

You can join in on the spotlight HERE. You do have to register to view the forums, and I know many people may not wish to do that. So I am sharing my Q&A here also! My story and how I started my business is probably a little different than most these days- there was no indie community when I started Aromaleigh back in the mid 90’s. Online shopping was a really new thing, and people were really scared to order online!


Was starting your own business a hard decision to make?

It’s hard to remember, as I started on the path to opening my business close to twenty years ago. I always knew I wanted to do my own thing, though- because I come from a family of generations of small business owners and self employed people.

I guess my “ unrest” started around 1995, when I was unhappily working in Rochester, NY, as an Art Director, and surrounded by male domination of the industry, wage inequality, and confusing office politics. I also had a really hard time concentrating in an environment with a lot of people, and preferred to work on my own in a quiet and isolated area- that was a challenge! So I vowed to leave advertising and start doing my own thing.

My first foray into business was when I started an online company called Divine Dog Company in 1996. I have past training as an aromatherapist through Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, and am the author of “Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals” (Findhorn Press/2002). My first order was for a single bottle of dog shampoo. It very slowly grew from there, as there was no indie community, and getting word out was very difficult. Most people didn’t even know what online shopping was, or were hesitant to order online. I was crafting all natural, holistic aromatherapy products for dogs. I’m a dog person all the way!

It sounds funny to describe it now, but my customers started asking me to make products for their own personal use, as I had many people who had decided to wash their hair with their dog shampoo. So it began with custom requests for shampoos, conditioners, bath salts, bath oils or perfumes, and progressed from there. In September 1998, it became clear that I needed to reposition my company to include human clients, and that’s when Aromaleigh was officially born. Aromaleigh wasn’t my first choice for a company name, it was just one that was easily trademarked. All my other names kept coming up with conflicts with the USPTO attorney, so I was advised to use my name. My middle name is the Leigh in the company name. So Aromaleigh is was. Aromaleigh is pronounced “Aroma-lee”.

By 2000/2001, I started offering lip balms, lip tints, loose face powder and loose powder eyeshadows. My business started to really get off the ground in 2002, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time- I was single, pregnant and on bed rest, just one month away from my Son being born two months premature. Those were some crazy times, but it all worked out- and my small indie business enabled me to be an independent single Mother and to provide for my Son, which was a dream come true. In late 2002, I relocated 1500 miles, to South Carolina, to be closer to family.

Becoming a single Mother was (and still is) the impetus that makes me as dedicated and passionate about Aromaleigh as I am. I’m very serious about my work, and am a perfectionist. Aromaleigh has been full time and my sole source of income since 2000, and I feel incredibly blessed to be doing work that I love, while having the freedom to live in a peaceful, rural area- and homeschool my Son. I work a lot, and it can get stressful and intense, but I’ve been slowly learning to unplug and take care of myself.

If you could give a new start up a piece of advice that you wished someone would have given, what would it be?

If I could give my younger self (or any young and aspiring business owner) one piece of advice, it would be to always make sure you make time for yourself and maintain a personal life. I didn’t do this, and worked myself past the breaking point. You can’t work 80-90 hour weeks, barely sleep, take no personal time and expect to stay healthy and happy. That’s what I did, for a long time. I was addicted to working, and high stress levels combined with some major life events affected my wellbeing in a serious way, resulting in health problems.

Always take time to smell the roses. Time is precious, because it’s the only thing in life you can never get back.

How do you come up with the ideas for products/shades/collections?

Everything I come up with is inspired by what I’m passionate about in my day to day life. A lot of my first collections reflected my love of Botany, in that they were named after flowers, orchids, herbs and plants. One early collection was named after all famous women of various stories and histories (this early collection’s influence can be seen in today’s “Ignis Antiquita” collection of eyeshadows inspired by history’s forgotten women).

Lately, I’ve been most inspired by mythology and history, and I spend a lot of time reading and researching these topics. I also love art, so you’ll also see that as a source of inspiration for my colors. I’m Autistic (diagnosed in 2011), so I most definitely have a long list of very focused special interest areas from which I draw inspiration.

I’ll do an occasional fandom-inspired collection, but I’ve been moving away from these more and more. My rule with fandom collections is that it has to be something I have a deep interest in, and I like to do themes that haven’t been done a lot. So sometimes that means for example- that when tons of customers requested Game of Thrones, I’ll go off on a tangent and we’ll end up with a collection of colors inspired by Dragon myths from all around the world (Serpens). Things like that.

Are there any past products/shades you wished you hadn’t discontinued or would like to bring back (if, say, the magical Component Fairy could bring back that missing component, the Labor Fairy made something easier to make, etc.)?

I miss creating fragrances. I’ve got a background in Aromatherapy and traditional perfumery, so it’s something that I really enjoy, and I’ve got boxes and boxes packed with essential oils, absolutes, CO2 extracts and other fragrance materials. I’ve been satisfying my itch regarding that by sampling a lot of indie fragrance companies- my favorite of which is Alchimia Apothecary. Erin’s fragrances are some of my absolute favorites, and she made a custom scent for me that smells exactly like hiking through the Appalachian cove forest in the Spring, when the trillium is blooming.

What is your favorite product/shade and why?

Oh, that’s a super tough question. I’ve formulated possibly over a thousand eyeshadows and I love so many of them, so I’ll answer in terms of recent shades! My most recent beloved shade is Juno, from the Feast of Lupercal LE collection (currently on hiatus until next year). It’s really unique in that I’ve never seen another shade like it. It’s like an oil slick of purples and greens. I love it! I also really love a shade I just formulated for the May subscription box, but I can’t tell you about that- just that it is the June hint sample!

My favorite collection right now, is Galactic. It’s full of beautiful duo chromes inspired by nebulas.

What is your favorite kind of shadow (duochrome, satin, matte, metallic, sparkly, etc.) or product (eyeshadow, highlighter, blush, face powder) to create

I love making super sparkly shades, and duo chromes the best.

Do you have any happy accidents (shades that were intended to be one thing and ended up being something completely different, but you liked the result better than the original idea)?

Happy accidents are the best. I love happenstance and while most of the time, I actually have my colors already formulated in my mind before I go in to working directly with my materials, even after such a long time of working with the pigments I still get surprises. I work with a lot of color traveling pigments that have varied reflection and absorption properties and sometimes you just don’t know exactly what you’re going to get until you try it. I still find myself going “oooooh” and “aaaaaah” like a little girl with a new box of glitter pens, so I guess you could say that I’m still very much in love with my work.

If you could add one new product type to your line, what would it be?

I would bring back my lip products, because so many customers have requested it. But unfortunately, I’m not able to handle making them on my own in-house. I’ve got too much else going on between Aromaleigh and life.

Q&A with Aromaleigh – Our Beauty Talk Indie Spotlight

Try this gorgeous deep blue smokey eye for Fall!

We’re in love with this simple and sophisticated smokey eye with perfect wings- by @Aishers87! There’s something crisp and clean about deep blue for Autumn eye looks, especially when paired with Fall’s rich tonal shades.

@Aishers87 used Gaasyendietha, from the dragon-inspired SERPENS collection to create this look. Will you try deep blue for Fall?

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According to Seneca mythology, the Gaasyendietha is a meteor dragon that dwells in the deep areas of rivers and lakes of Canada, especially Lake Ontario. Not only did the Gaasyendietha spew fire, it could also cross the heavens on a trail of fire. The name “Gaasyendietha” was offered by native people to French explorer Jacques Cartier when he inquired about a creature briefly sighted by him and his crew in the St. Lawrence River. They described the creature as “a blue giant finned snake” that moved like a caterpillar. Some argue that Gaasyendietha is the product of meteors; others claim that this is a meteor-fire dragon.

Color Description: It’s a very rich deep satin finish blue, filled with a rainbow of colorful sparkles- to represent the depths of space, and the depths of the deep lakes where this dragon dwelled. This color would make a great eyeliner or smokey eye look.

 

Try this gorgeous deep blue smokey eye for Fall!

Aromaleigh Autumn 2014: The DRYADES collection, inspired by the Greek nymphs of the forests and trees

 

Aromaleigh Autumn 2014: DRYADES

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The Dryades were the nymphs of the trees and forests in Greek mythology. Autumn is the perfect time of year to pay homage to the beauty of nature, the changing colors of the leaves, and other Fall bounty. Each duochrome/multichrome color is inspired by a particular Dryad or group of Dryads, with a classical painting as the color inspiration.

SHOP! (or scroll through the pretties, below and read their stories and color descriptions!)

These colors are very complex, color-traveling shades, which can appear very different depending on the lighting conditions they’re viewed in. They have a plush matte satin base, layered with multichromatic pigments, and we recommend you use them with a regular eye primer (such as Nyx primer or Too Faced Shadow Insurance). If you use a heavy glue/epoxy type of primer with these, the color-traveling effects will be dulled.

PITYS

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This color is “Pitys” (pronounced “Pit-iss”). Pitys was a nymph loved by Pan. She fled his advances and was transformed into a pine-tree.

Her color is extremely unusual- it will look different in just about every lighting condition due to the strong color traveling multichrome effect. It has a chestnut-purple plush base, with color shifting effects of chartreuse to gold to green. Inspiration: “The Wood Nymph” by Sidney Harold Meteyard


KRANEIA

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Kraneia was a dryad nymph of the cherry tree.

Her color is a deep breen (brown-green) with a strong red to violet duochrome, inspired by the painting “The Dryad” by Evelyn DeMorgan.


HELIADES

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The HELIADES were seven nymph daughters of the sun-god Helios. When their brother Phaethon was struck from the chariot of the sun by Zeus, they gathered around his smoky grave on the banks of the River Eridanos and in their unrelenting grief were transformed into poplar-trees and their tears into golden amber.

Their color is a warm golden tan with a very strong red to copper duochrome effect. It is inspired by the painting “A Nymph” by Angelica Kauffmann.


 

KYLLENE

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KYLLENE was a nymph of Mount Kyllene (Cyllene) in Arkadia, southern Greece. She was the wife of Pelasgos the first Arkadian king who lived in the days before the Great Deluge.

Her color is a warm medium brown plush matte base with a brilliant green to teal duochrome. It is inspired by the painting “Nymph With Morning Glory Flowers” by Jules Joseph Lefebvre


EKHO

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This is EKHO, from the Dryades collection. You might know Ekho from the story of Echo and Narcissus. EKHO (or Echo) was a nymph of Mount Kithairon (Cithaeron) in Boiotia.

Ekho is a soft warm carmel shade, with a lively verdant duochrome. Extremely wearable for Fall! Her color is inspired by the painting by Alexandre Cabanel, “Echo”.


DAPHNIS

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This is DAPHNIS, inspired by the painting of Apollo pursuing Daphne by Waterhouse. DAPHNIS was an Oread nymph of Mount Parnassos in Phokis (central Greece). She was the prophetess of Gaia at Delphi before Apollon took control of the oracle.

Daphnis is a rich chestnut brown with a vibrant color traveling duochrome that shifts from blue to teal to green. Inspiration: Daphne and Apollo by John William Waterhouse


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This color is HESPERIDES, a plush terracotta shade with a strong golden to chartreuse color traveling duochrome.

The Hesperides were three hamadryad nymphs that were the guardians of the golden apple tree groves. They were entrusted with the care of the tree of the golden apples which was first presented to the goddess Hera by Gaia on her wedding day. The three nymphs and their golden apples were apparently regarded as the source of the golden light of sunset. The inspiration for this gorgeous autumn-toned duochrome is this painting by Edward Burnes-Jones, “The Garden of the Hesperides”


BYBLIS

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This is “BYBLIS”. There are several different stories about Byblis, but basically, she was stricken with grief over love of her Brother, and wandered the country in tears. She finally leapt to her fate, but was saved by the Hamadryads who changed her into a fellow nymph. Her tears created the spring of Byblis, which still flows today.

Her color is an exquisite warm green with a very strong red/copper duochrome. It is inspired by the painting “Byblis” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.


 

DRYOPE

 

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This is DRYOPE, a beautiful fall-toned shade with color traveling duochrome effects. This color is a real chameleon- it shifts from chestnut to brownish green, while the duochrome overlay shifts from red to aqua!

Dryope was the daughter of Dryops, king of Oeta (“oak-man”). She was metamorphosed into a black poplar.

Her color is inspired by the painting ‘Nymphs and Satyr’, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.


OTHREIS

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This is “Othreis”, a beautiful, delicate gold to green color traveling duochrome in a plush matte fawn base. 

Othreis was a dryad nymph who consorted with both Zeus and Apollo and became by them mother of Meliteus and Phager respectively. When Meliteus was born, Othreis, in fear of Hera’s wrath, exposed the child. The boy, however, was nurtured by bees and thus survived.

Her color is inspired by this painting by Charles Amable Lenoir, “A Nymph in the Forest”.

 

Aromaleigh Autumn 2014: The DRYADES collection, inspired by the Greek nymphs of the forests and trees