July’s Goddess is DIANA, a gorgeous and luminous highlighter!

DIANA.ARTJuly’s Goddess is Diana. It’s a pale gold highlighter with a soft blue lustre, requested last year by Karissa. I did an Artemis eyeshadow many years ago back in 2009, and did a Goddess kit named after Artemis even further back in 2002, so opted for the Roman version of the Goddess for this month.
From Goddess Guide:

“Diana was the Goddess of the hunt and wild animals. She later took over from Luna as the Roman Goddess of the moon. Despite having no children of her own she is also considered to be a fertility Goddess, worshiped by woman trying to get pregnant and those who wish for an easy labour. Her trinity of gods included Egeria the water nymph and Virvius the woodland God. Originally she was Queen of the open sky and possible a sun Goddess in addition to being a moon Goddess as her name means light or bright sky. She is also known as “Lady of the beasts.” Men fought to the death to for the honour of becoming one of her priests. Origins and Genealogy: Her parents were Jupiter and Latona and she had a twin brother, Apollo. In the Pagan tradition she is also said to have had a daughter Aradia who became queen of the witches.”


The artwork for the jar tops is a gorgeous painting by Maria Cosway, depicting Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, as Diana (although some sources say Cynthia, from the Faerie Queen- she is wearing Diana’s distinctive crescent tiara). Georgiana Cavendish was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales. If you want to read about some fascinating women, I suggest that you google both Maria Cosway and Georgiana- I really enjoyed learning about them. 🙂


This highlighter is shown lightly over eye base (bottom) and buffed out (top right corner). It can be worn on eyes or face, and is very fine-milled and lustrous while still being work friendly!

July’s Goddess is DIANA, a gorgeous and luminous highlighter!

Now Available! Color traveling multichrome shades inspired by colorful insects… INSECTARIUM

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Introducing INSECTARIUM, color traveling multichrome eyeshadows inspired by Entomology- these ten shades specifically, are all named after colorful iridescent beetles.

This collection is permanent. Sizes, options and prices are the same as for the Fatalis collection. The larger sizes have custom artwork. The 6/16 release will be eyeshadows only at this time, additional products may be added as scheduling allows. 

These shades differ from Fatalis in that they use different pigments than Fatalis. Same type of premium pigment, but different hue/color travel. They also have more vibrant base colors, while Fatalis shades are darker and employ more heathered base tones.

I’ve photographed these color-shifting shades in numerous light sources to show difference results you might see. Last year when I released Fatalis, I made the mistake of not including enough light sources in my photographs- I included primarily the mixed lighting conditions, that the unique pigments react to the most. When these go live, each color will show numerous light sources, so you can clearly see how the shadows are most vibrant and reactive to artificial/mixed indoor lighting, and more straightforward under daylight balanced lights or sunlight. This is because the pigments are more reactive to certain wavelengths of light than others, much like the beautiful Alexandrite  gemstone exhibits trichroism, reflecting and absorbing light differently in different directions and color temperatures.

All of my photos are taken in various lighting conditions around my house and outdoors, under the existing light fixtures- I didn’t use a complex or intricate setup to photograph these colors. Some of the places I took the photos were at the kitchen sink, at my desk next to my computer/window/lamp, in the hallway, etc. Incandescent lighting is your run of the mill household light bulbs- typically not daylight balanced. LED and daylight balanced CFL are two different types of light sources with different reactivity to these pigments. As a rule, these are at their best in incandescent light, dimmer lighting conditions, and mixed lighting conditions. NYX cream eye base in skintone was used for all, and the product was applied with a flat taklon brush and then patted with my fingertip to further flatten the pigment particles for optimal reflectivity. Amazing results can also be achieved with a glue base, but I don’t photograph products for my site using a glue base.

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Now Available! Color traveling multichrome shades inspired by colorful insects… INSECTARIUM

New FATALIS lip cremes inspired by the Bleeding Heart, and the Komodo Dragon!

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Dicentra formosa, inspired by the gorgeous pink hue of the bleeding heart flower. Suggested by Angela T.

Dicentra is a Greek term meaning “double spurred,” referring to the way the tips of the petals flare out. Formosa is from the Latin word formosus, meaning “beautiful.”. Dicentra formosa, or Pacific Bleeding Heart is a perennial plant with cascades of heart-shaped flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous, containing toxic alkaloids.

Varanus komodoensis, inspired by scales of the Komodo Dragon. If you loved the “Dragon’s Kiss” lipgloss from last year’s Red Dragon box, this utilizes the same pigment blend, but in color creme form!

The genus name, Varanus is the latinization of the Arabic word “waran” which stands for monitor (Egyptians believed these lizards served as monitors, alerting people to the presence of crocodiles), while komodoensis refers to the island of Komodo, one of the areas where it is found. Varanus komodoensis, or the Komodo monitor lizard, is the largest lizard on earth, found only on certain islands in Indonesia.

Komodo dragons kill using a one-two punch of sharp teeth and a venomous bite, scientists have confirmed for the first time. The find dispels the common belief that toxic bacteria in the Komodos’ mouths are responsible for ultimately killing the dragons‘ prey. (source: National Geographic)

Varanus komodoensis, inspired by scales of the Komodo Dragon. If you loved the “Dragon’s Kiss” lipgloss from last year’s Red Dragon box, this utilizes the same pigment blend, but in color creme form!

The genus name, Varanus is the latinization of the Arabic word “waran” which stands for monitor (Egyptians believed these lizards served as monitors, alerting people to the presence of crocodiles), while komodoensis refers to the island of Komodo, one of the areas where it is found. Varanus komodoensis, or the Komodo monitor lizard, is the largest lizard on earth, found only on certain islands in Indonesia.

Komodo dragons kill using a one-two punch of sharp teeth and a venomous bite, scientists have confirmed for the first time. The find dispels the common belief that toxic bacteria in the Komodos’ mouths are responsible for ultimately killing the dragons‘ prey. (source: National Geographic)

New FATALIS lip cremes inspired by the Bleeding Heart, and the Komodo Dragon!

“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

This week, all blush, highlighter and finishing powders are on 25% OFF sale. Also, new clearance discounts taken!

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New weekly sales are up! This week is another special week with a large number of products being on the 25% off sale… I guess you could call it “Moving Sale Part II”

I’ve placed all highlighters, blush/rouge, finishing powder and the dolci lip balms in the 25% off section. The discount is shown when you add the item to your cart and this sale runs through 11:59 PM on December 23rd.
SHOP WEEKLY SALE –> http://aromaleighcosmetics.com/weekly-sale/

I’ve also taken new discounts in the clearance section. 30% off Bloom eyeshadows, Brilliant Deductions eyeshadows, all remaining Ephemera extras, and select lip tints! The 30% discount is also shown when you add items to your cart.
SHOP CLEARANCE –> http://aromaleighcosmetics.com/clearance/

This week, all blush, highlighter and finishing powders are on 25% OFF sale. Also, new clearance discounts taken!

Just in for the holidays- DOLCI lip balms inspired by Italian sweets!

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The DOLCI lip balm collection is inspired by popular Italian desserts, candies and drinks. Italian pastries always remind me of the holidays. When I was a little girl, I remember we’d go to New Jersey to visit my Aunt and Uncle, and there were always large boxes of decadent pastries for all to enjoy from the local Italian bakery.

**Specially formulated for Black Friday release and the holiday season, there are limited quantities available for each variety.

AMARETTI: Also known as Amaretti di Saronno, Amaretti are a sweet and chewy cookie made with almond paste and meringue, with a crispy outer layer. They are traditional to Saronno, a comune of Lombardy, Italy.

BACI: Baci is a type of candy made by famous Italian choclatier Perugina. My favorite Baci is the chocolate covered cherry variety. Perugina is located in Perugia, Umbria.

BELLINI: A Bellini cocktail is a mixture of Prosecco sparkling wine (a type of champagne) and peach purée or nectar. This cocktail originated in Venice, Veneto, Italy.

BISCOTTI: Biscotti, known also as cantuccini, are Italian biscuits that originated in the city of Prato. My favorite are the anise variety, with bits of dried fruit and nuts.

CANNOLI: Cannoli hail from Palermo, Sicily and are a tube of fried dough filled with sweet cream or ricotta mixture and garnished with pistachios or chocolate. For this balm, I opted for Pistachio!

CASSATA: Cassata consists of round sponge cake moistened with fruit juices or liqueur and layered with ricotta cheese, candied peel, and a chocolate or vanilla filling similar to cannoli cream. It is covered with a shell of marzipan, pink and green pastel colored icing, and decorative designs.

FONDENTE: Fondente dell’arancio is a delectable dark chocolate gelato with orange flavoring.

PANNA COTTA: Sweetened, cooked cream. Panna Cotta is usually molded into a simple round shape and served with a medley of berries. It hails from the Piemonte region of Italy.

PIZELLE: Traditional thin Italian waffle cookies, from the Abruzzo region. My favorite are made with lemon zest, but anise is also popular.

TIRAMISU: A popular layered Italian dessert made with ladyfingers soaked in espresso and layered with sweetened marscapone cheese, cream and cocoa. It’s origin is believed to be the Veneto or Friuli regions.

This formula is nourishing, with Pomegranate butter and Meadowfoam oil.

$6 each, quantities limited  SHOP

Just in for the holidays- DOLCI lip balms inspired by Italian sweets!

Galactic: Mission 3 (multipurpose highlighters) launches 9 AM EST Black Friday!

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Galactic Mission 3 launches the morning of Black Friday at 9 AM EST, and includes 7 iridescent/glowy multipurpose highlighters inspired by the universe and galaxies.

These can be used anywhere- eyes, lips, cheeks, face… and make amazing highlighters and strobing powders. Use over different bases for different effects. These have a fine, lustrous/satin finish.

They will be available for individual purchase in the mini and full sizes (same as other cheek product sizing), and in 1/4 tsp sample baggie sets. I am unable to offer individual sample baggie purchases on these during the holiday sale rush. They will be offered after the new year, when I reopen the shop. The mini and full sizes have label art of the astronomical inspiration!

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Galactic: Mission 3 (multipurpose highlighters) launches 9 AM EST Black Friday!