“Birds of a Feather”, a new permanent eyeshadow collection inspired by Chickens! Spring 2016

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I’ve done colors named after birds, butterflies, herbs, orchids, trees, insects, and flowers at different times in the last 18-ish years. Why not chickens?!

Chicken feathers have gorgeous subtle colors and iridescence,  and some breeds lay varied shades of eggs such as blue, mauve, pink or green.

There are twelve shades in this collection- ten a lustrous and glowy, shifting shades. Two are eye-safe borosilicate-based glitter blends.

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The name “Birds of a Feather” was suggested by Aradia Diane Willard. I think it’s perfect! There was a lovely teal eyeshadow shade of the same name from a 2012 collection, so I’m borrowing it for this.

This collection will be available in sample baggie sets, and also in a “deluxe deluxe” sample size (Deluxe sample jars with no sifter, and full top and bottom labeling. These contain 1/4 tsp of product and due to the additional labeling, and are $3.75 each), as well as regular full size jars with custom label art/sifter.

If there is enough interest in this collection, I’ll put up a pre-order in the next day or two. Otherwise, the release date is March 20th.

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The above swatches in the promotional grids were done over a layer of NYX cream eye base in skintone, and photographed under a daylight balanced compact fluorescent bulb. Applying dry will result in less dramatic effects, and applying wet or over a glue base will result in much more flashy shifts and iridescence!

Here are some swatches over NYX cream eye base in skintone, photographed in the sunlight:

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“Birds of a Feather”, a new permanent eyeshadow collection inspired by Chickens! Spring 2016

FATALIS – HALLOWEEN 2015 – PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE!

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A lot of people have sent in contact form requests asking for a pre-order for FATALIS. 

Here you go… the FATALIS Halloween 2015 poisonous flora and fauna pre-order link, below.

Please click through to read and note the numerous important details that pertain to the pre-order prior to ordering, Thanks!

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Sneak peeks posted so far, in case you need a good excuse to click on through!

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FATALIS – HALLOWEEN 2015 – PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE!

Farewell to Ephemera… August’s box will be the final month for the subscription!

I’ve been considering this announcement for the last few months, but I recently realized that I can’t ignore reality any longer, and I need to discontinue the Ephemera monthly subscription.

Ephemera has been a wonderful monthly feature, and I truly enjoy the creative outlet it affords me. However, the stark reality of Ephemera is that it costs me more to produce in materials and my time, than I bring in from it. As Aromaleigh is a business which I do full time to support myself and my Son, I can’t afford to be losing money every month on the box. I’m hopeful that you’ll understand the difficult position I’m in, as I wish I didn’t have to do this. But I do.

The August box will be the final box. Ephemera extras will continue to be offered for sale on the website until they sell out.

Once your charges for through this month, I will be suspending all payment profiles, so you won’t be charged again. (Charges go through mid month, most of you on July 20th)

The good news is that leaving Ephemera behind will give me more time to work on so many things around the shop that have been in need of attention, and the monthly Menagerie will prove to be an exciting monthly feature that I hope you all can look forward to.

Farewell to Ephemera… August’s box will be the final month for the subscription!

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

Arriving February 23rd: Eyeshadows inspired by “Blade Runner”

HERO.BLADERUNNEROn February 23rd, “More Human than Human”, a collection inspired by one of my favorite sci-fi films, “Blade Runner” will be available for ordering! This collection of ten shades will be available in sample, deluxe sample, and full sizes. I’ll be including the inspiration behind each color along with visual inspirations put together by @Cleolinda. Here’s a link to a pin showing the amazing work she’s done in linking the inspiration to scenes from the film! I’m so excited to share all of these with you.

In the meantime, check the colors out below, as well as on the website, where I’ve included multiple swatch views of each shade.

In the next few days I’ll be announcing a contest for this collection, with a range of prizes. The contest will be announced here, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Arriving February 23rd: Eyeshadows inspired by “Blade Runner”

Save the date! Ordering for the EPHEMERA monthly subscription box opens on 12/15 – 30 slots available!

PLEASE SEE THIS POST FOR MOST CURRENT SUBSCRIPTION UPDATES!


 

Yep, you read that right- EPHEMERA is a monthly subscription box coming soon to Aromaleigh!  Ephemera is a word of Greek origin that signifies something being of a short-lived nature, which makes it a perfect name for these exclusive monthly subscription boxes!

Each month will feature an array of mini sizes of products that are entirely exclusive to the sub.

The boxes will each have a specific theme, relating to one of my numerous passing fancies… you won’t know what the theme is until the box arrives, but you might be able to figure it out if your previous month’s box contained a sample with a strong hint… 😉

I will open ordering for the premiere subscription box on December 15th at NOON Eastern Standard Time.

There will be 30 slots available, on a first come-first served basis.

I have not yet figured the exact cost for the box, but it will be under $15. (You will choose how you want it shipped when you subscribe- shipping is additional).

Boxes will ship in the first week of January, with the next month’s box being billed to you in the last week of January and shipping the first week of February. If anyone cancels their sub, additional slots will open up and be available.

If there is a hugely positive response to the first box and a large number of people would like to subscribe, I will do my best to increase the available February slots.

I’m still working through details, but I wanted to announce this with plenty of time for you to budget for it and also so that word will travel and this will be a successful venture!

 

Save the date! Ordering for the EPHEMERA monthly subscription box opens on 12/15 – 30 slots available!

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!

 

 

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

It’s our Sweet Sixteen! 30% OFF on over 200 Aromaleigh eyeshadows thru 12 Noon EST 9/28!

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A special sale to say THANK YOU for sixteen years! It was sixteen years ago September in 1998 that Aromaleigh was officially born!

I’ve put over 200 eyeshadows on 30% off sale from top collections. I truly wish I could have put the entire store on sale for all of you, but my inventory is very depleted for most of the foundations and face and cheek products.

SALE RUNS THROUGH 12 NOON EST ON SUNDAY 9/28!
High order volume may increase our TAT. If your order goes past our maximum 6 business day turnaround, we will contact you about it!

PLEASE SHARE! Thank you

It’s our Sweet Sixteen! 30% OFF on over 200 Aromaleigh eyeshadows thru 12 Noon EST 9/28!

Aromaleigh Weekly Update!

September 19, 2014 – Aromaleigh Email Newsletter

 

A new round of 25% off weekly sales was published yesterday.

This week, enjoy discounts on the Dryades eyeshadow, Serpens eyeshadows, Bloom eyeshadows and Illuminata finishing powders! SHOP

 


 

Kristen was recently interviewed by THE MARY SUE for this article,

“Nerd Power, Make Up! A Look at the Amazing Women Who Make Geeky Cosmetics”

Yup, just as nerds have quietly begun to infect other more “normal” hobbies with our favorite things (Like knitting? Make a Doctor Who scarf! Like sports? Sign up for a Quidditch league!), so too has the makeup world opened up and made room for those of us who want our eyelids to be the same blue as the TARDIS. But when it comes to indie creators, the process involves more than just slapping a reference onto a tin of eyeshadow. The women who run these companies truly care about the stories and characters which inspire their work—and now that the female arm of the nerd community is no longer satisfied with badly-fitted t-shirts from the men’s departments, they’re happy to oblige our demand for more. CLICK FOR THE WHOLE ARTICLE!

 


Our new website is up and running perfectly! Point your browsers towards www.aromaleighcosmetics.com!
Create an account and review your favorite products to earn points towards discounts on future orders!

There are numerous features with our new system that we didn’t have before:

  • You can create an account directly, or use your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Amazon accounts.
  • The Points system allows you to earn points to use towards discounts on future orders. You earn 1 point for each dollar you spend, 10 points for creating your account, and 5 points for each eligible product review. 50 points = $1 off when you shop!
  • You can now create multiple wishlists! These wishlists can be set as private, public or shared.
  • Order History – once you’ve placed an order on our new website, your order appears on your account page.

New Autumn 2014 Collection – DRYADES is on this week’s 25% off weekly sale!

Autumn 2014 welcomes the DRYADES collection at Aromaleigh… ten dramatic duochrome shades imbued with the tones of Fall’s splendor. Dryads and Hamadryads were the Greek nymphs of the forests and trees. These colors were all inspired by specific Dryads or groups of Dryads, and incredible classic paintings portraying them.

We’ve been getting some amazing feedback on this collection!

Here’s the first review, from Glitter Bomb: “Thumbs way up on this one. Definitely check it out, especially if you’re a fan of earthy colors. I really liked everything, and more than half of them made it onto my “must-haves” list, so you know I’m a fan! Anything that isn’t there is filed under “we’ll see how it looks when I actually wear it”. (All swatches done dry, on bare skin.)” Click through for swatches and the full review!

Amber (from our Facebook) says:  I have tried most of the Dryades collection and absolutely LOVE it. Beautiful earthy colors with some very magical shifts complexities! I keep wearing each color on its own because I love the effect that each one has! Daphnis and Ekho are my top favs! 

Zillah (from our Facebook) says:“I got my Dryades the other day. they are unbelievably gorgeous. I think it’s one of the most beautiful AL collections yet, and that’s saying something. The colour shifts are complex and mysterious without being overwhelming and they have incredible depth. Absolutely breathtaking.”

Here’s a gorgeous look using Kraneia, Hesperides and Heliades, from the Dryades collection- by Blix Moonmaiden! Click through to her blog for more photos and a complete description of which colors she’s wearing, and where! (She also makes beautiful jewelry- check out Moon Maiden Jewelry!)


 

The 50% off product clearance continues: CLICK HERE FOR OUR CLEARANCE SITE! Eyeshadows just $3.25 for full sizes and .50 cents for samples!

There’s still tons of things to choose from! All clearance items have remained on our old website, which has a new url : http://aromaleighinc.stores.yahoo.net/

We can combine orders from the clearance site and the new site to save you on shipping- full details can be found on the home page of the clearance site. There is no order minimum on the clearance site.

Two of the most popular eyeshadow collections on the clearance site are Bete Noire and Alchemie. Indie Know blog recently reviewed the complete Bete Noire collection and provided some amazing skin swatches- if you haven’t seen these, they will make you run to the clearance site and scoop up some of these colors before they’re gone! (A sneak peek of some of their swatches is below the links, but you’ll want to click through to the reviews to see them in their full splendor!) Just ready to shop? SHOP BETE NOIRE!

Bete Noire Collection Overview and Swatches Part 1!

Swatch Post! Bete Noire from Aromaleigh Mineral Cosmetics! Part 2 of 2

Our ALCHEMIE line of shadows is also on 50% off clearance for just 3.25/full size and .50/sample.(SHOP HERE) These are rich, metallic finishes. The inventory on some of these colors is getting very low. So if you’ve been on the fence about this collection, now is the time to act. Some shades are already sold out. If you need some convincing, check out these gorgeous swatches and review from Baroque in Babylon, one of our favorite beauty blogs! CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW!


 

“DIAVOLI”, eyeshadows inspired by Dante’s Inferno… now available!

SHOP the DIAVOLI collection!

Aromaleigh Halloween 2014 presents the “DIAVOLI” collection. Diavoli translates to devil in Italian, and this collection is inspired by the devilish demons of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. There’s 13 colors inspired by the Malebranche of the 8th circle of Hell, which in italian is called “Malebolge”, which translates to “evil ditches”.  The Malebranche (which means “evil claws”) were 13 devilish demons who patrolled the 5th Bolgia. (only 12 are named in the Inferno). Bolgia 5 was where extortionists, blackmailers, politicians and unscrupulous businessmen: sinners who used their positions in life to gain personal wealth or other advantages for themselves) are punished by being thrown into a river of boiling tar. Should they try to escape, the Malebranche, armed with grappling hooks and barbs, stand guard over them.  Visual inspiration comes from my own reader’s eye, as well as illustrations and paintings by Gustav Doré, Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni di Paolo and Giovanni Stradano.

The shades in this collection all feature a plush matte base with strong color-traveling duochrome/multichrome pigments. You can experience this color traveling effect by altering the angle of light as it reflects off your eyeshadow. The easiest way to do this is to move your jar/swatched skin underneath a direct light source, such as a desk lamp. As you move it, you’ll see the color switch from one to another. The effect is very dramatic in some shades.

 

We’re waiting on swatches and reviews from several bloggers, but preliminary reviews so far include the word “STUNNING”

We tend to agree, here’s a few of our favorites from that collection- at full size so you can see the gorgeous and intense color-traveling shifts!

 


 

HOLIDAY 2014 TIDBIT!

If you’ve gotten this far into our newsletter, we thank you! You’ve earned an exclusive news tidbit about our upcoming Holiday 2014 collection, which we are doing something different and unique for this year! Here’s the scoop:

This year’s holiday collection will be very exclusive, using super-duper luxe, sparkly color-traveling multichromatic pigments. This will be the first collection ever using these uber pigments, which we’re extremely excited about. If you’re enjoying Dryades and Diavoli, these will blow your mind, as they’ll have the same awesome chameleon effects, but with much more sparkle.

There will be very limited numbers of sample sets, full size (with custom gift packaging), and individual full sizes available.

The theme of this year’s holiday collection will be… SATURNALIA! With my current obsession with ancient history (and my Italian ancestry), I’m taking this year’s theme to heart. We’ll be doing a week-long Saturnalia inspired celebration in our household, complete with recreating ancient Roman recipes, reviving some of the Saturnalia customs, and decorating our tree in honor of the solar celebration, with holly branches, a giant sun tree topper, and the colors of blue and gold. I’ve been researching this ancient festival for the last few weeks, and seeing that I tend to take my collection themes quite seriously, I can’t wait to celebrate this year’s winter solstice this way.

 

Aromaleigh Weekly Update!

June 8th Aromaleigh weekly wrap-up! Dragons, Hannibal, Shakespeare, and other happenings…

Here’s this week’s wrap-up! Many things are in the works or on the immediate horizon. There’s excitement about dragons, antique roses, new blush colors and something about Shakespeare? The recent satin metallic finish colors are a hit, so more of those are on the way. Meanwhile, Kristen is giddy over a new shipment of pigment samples with amazing new effects/colors, and her work on the new website is looking very fine! Now on to the official stuff…


 

New website update: The new Aromaleigh site is well under way! It has cool product filtering features (sort by color/collection/finish/tone), product reviews, wishlist, sharing, customer accounts and more! Kristen is in the process of adding products, which is the most time consuming part, as each one has to be manually added (our current Yahoo store platform has no export feature). ETA for now is end of July, but sooner if at all possible. The new site will also have a smart, new and modern design- carrying through over 15 years of Aromaleigh branding into the future. We’re really excited about it! (You can sneak peek the new site, HERE. Please note that the design is not final and it’s been changing constantly as new features and more products are added. It’s evolving!)


 


Every Sunday, we will be hosting a fun giveaway on FACEBOOK! Last Sunday, we gave away 4 full sized eyeshadows.

Last week’s question was: “What does your holy grail blush or rouge color look like?” Here’s what last week’s event looked like. There were many great suggestions in this comment thread for blush colors and formulas. What we never realized was that so many people seem to prefer a matte formula!  There are two new lines of blush/cheek colors in the works and they’ll incorporate many of your suggestions! One will be themed after Antique/Heirloom/Vintage roses, and the other will be Ignis Antiquita cheek colors- continuing the theme of history’s forgotten women.

Congratulations to Heather Funk, she won four full size eyeshadows and will be receiving them in her mailbox soon!


 

Next up, product clearance and discontinues: 

Hundreds of items added to our Clearance page! New creative path, new products on the way!

Check out Kristen’s message about these changes, the new creative direction she will be taking Aromaleigh in, and information about our new website that is currently in the works,HERE.


 

New weekly sale items are up! Since we have a large proportion of our current catalog on clearance right now, we will be offering fewer weekly sale items. The Monday deal will still occur as regularly scheduled. Check out the weekly sale items: HERE.


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Our Hannibal-Inspired collection, “THIS IS MY DESIGN” sees one new releases this week, for a new total of 25 shades. More colors are in the works! This collection may see a total of 26-30 colors at completion. Check out this write-up about the collection at PAPER DROIDS!

This week’s color is a beautiful veil of aqua iridescence, inspired by some varied concepts as well as the show’s cinematography. You can check out photo inspiration and back story, HERE.

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Below, Check out these, and future TIMD color combinations from Cleolinda- she’s paired them up with the photo inspirations from the show.

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She’s also been doing amazing photo inspiration and creative conception back-story posts for each of the shades from THIS IS MY DESIGN, and we’ve linked to them on our site on each color’s individual page. She created this grid of the collection when it was at 20 shades, last week- we have it as our desktop wallpaper!

Click through to see the big size file of this one, and check out all of Cleolinda’s posts tagged Aromaleigh. She does lots of skin swatches, and talks color combinations and application, too!

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Our winning shade for June color of the month was “FATEFUL STORM”, suggested by Zillah.

It’s a deep steel gray satin base with navy tones, and a strong gold metallic duochrome shift. It also has some pale coppery microshimmer.

This color is shifty, and you’ll get drastic different effects by applying it dry, over primer, or with a sealant. Our swatch photos are over a very light layer of primer, with the color patted on. It appears more gray/blue dry, and when applied over primer, the gold duochrome shifts it into green tones sometimes!

It was suggested by Zillah during our monthly suggestion thread. The color is in honor of the June 6th D-Day Invasion, in which weather played a crucial factor. Thanks everyone for participating in our monthly thread, this is a gorgeous color and we hope you love it! Zillah, keep an eye on your mailbox for your full size jar of this great shade!

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We also went ahead and did a 2nd COTM, “Mater Matuta”! We’ve definitely had some Roman-themed colors this year, such as “Bona Dea”, “Et tu, Brute?” and “Janus Primus, Vesta Extrema”. This one is in that same concept.

Mater Matuta was the Roman dawn goddess, worshipped by women during the June festival of Matralia. She is also known as Aurora, or Eos. (The festival of the Mater Matuta, Matralia- was held on June 11 and was marked by several unusual customs—among them that only free women in their first marriage might take part and that their prayers were not for their own children but for those of their sisters.)

The color was originally suggested as a pale pink with gold shimmer, but we adapted it to reflect more of the deeper, pre-dawn colors of the rising sun. It’s a satin rose/buff base with a rosy metallic undertone and sparkles of copper and rose.

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This painting is the inspiration for the color! Cephalus and Aurora (Eos), by Nicolas PoussinCephalusAuroraPoussin

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