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!

[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!

Coming Soon, “Anthousai” eyeshadows inspired by the Greek flower nymphs

Here’s sneak peeks from the ANTHOUSAI (Greek flower nymph) collection! This series focuses on the overall concept of metamorphoses, and myths of maidens turned into flowers and plants. 

I hope to make the collection orderable on May 1, a perfect day for it, being May Day/Beltane!

These shadows are all very smooth, lustrous and buttery. They feature a new formula I’ve been working with, which makes the colors easy to apply with lovely effects even over bare skin (the upper right hand swatches are all over bare skin). Of course you can use a variety of bases or primers with these for even more intense effects. The new formula isn’t semi-loose where you receive a jar with little balls of eyeshadow- it’s still a loose powder, but due to formula changes is less likely to leak through the sifter, and may require a heavier hand to get the powder through the sifter. I will continue to use sifters with my shipments, for added security against leakage. They are easily removed.

 

ANEMONE.painting
This is Anemone, a muted red with a strong green to gold shift, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! The jealous Goddess Flora turned the beautiful nymph Anemone into a flower because she had captured the attentions of Zephyrus, Flora’s husband. According to myth, Anemone flowers stay closed unless the West Wind Zephyrus breathes on them. This color is inspired by the painting “The Idle Hour” John William Godward.
IANTHE.painting
This is Ianthe- it’s a lustrous violet with a strong silvery green shift, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! Ianthe was the Okeanis of “violet flowers” or the colour “violet”. She may have been a Nephele of the violet tinged clouds of dawn, or an Anthousa (flower-nymph) of violets. (source: Theoi.com) This color is inspired by the painting “Windflowers” by John William Waterhouse.
KHLORIS.painting
This is Khloris- it’s a lustrous mint green with a golden glow, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! KHLORIS (or Chloris) was the goddess of flowers, a Nymph of the Islands of the Blessed. She was the wife of Zephyros (the West-Wind), and the mother of Karpos (Fruit). Khloris was identified with the Roman goddess Flora. (source: Theoi.com) This color is inspired by the painting “In the Orchard” by Franz Dvorak.
KLYTIE.painting
This is Klytie- it’s a lustrous blue violet with golden and copper shift and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! KLYTIE (or Clytie) was an Okeanid nymph loved by sun-god Helios. When he abandoned her for the love of Leukothoe, she pined away and was transformed into the sun-gazing, purple flower of the heliotrope. (source: Theoi.com) This color is inspired by the painting “Clytie” by Evelyn De Morgan.
LEIRIOPE.painting
This is Leiriope- it’s lustrous yellow gold with a green to aqua shift that refused to show up on camera, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! LEIRIOPE was a Naiad Nymph of Phokis (central Greece) loved by the River-god Kephisos (Cephisus). Her names means “face of the narcissus”, leirion being another Greek name for the flower narkissos, though possibly the two were different species. Appropriately she was the mother of the boy Narkissos, who was transformed into his self-named flower. (source: Theoi.com) This color is inspired by the painting “The Storm Spirits” by Evelyn De Morgan.
LOTIS.painting
This is Lotis- it’s a lustrous peachy pink, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! Lotis was a Naiad Nymph of the springs of the River Sperkheios on Mount Othrys in Malis, northern Greece. She metamorphosed into a lotus flower in order to escape the pursuit of the god Priapos. (source: Theoi.com) This color is inspired by the painting “Lamia” by John William Waterhouse. I was unable to find a classical depiction of Lotis, but this is how I imagine her, as a Naias nymph, next to a pool of water lilies.
PHILYRA.painting
This is Phylira, a soft buff shade with strong yellowish green duochrome, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! PHILYRA was an Okeanid nymph of Mount Pelion in Thessalia loved by the Titan Kronos. When his wife Rhea came upon their rendevous, he quickly transformed himself into a horse to escape detection. As a result, Philyra birthed a half-horse, half-man hybrid, the kentauros Kheiron (Chiron). To ease her shame, Kronos transformed the girl into a linden tree. (source: Theoi.com) This color is inspired by the painting “In Contemplation” by Franz Dvorak.
PHYLLIS.painting
This is Phyllis, a pale creamy yellow with a strong copper to rose shift (very strong in person), and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! A daughter of king Sithon, in Thrace, fell in love with Demophon on his return from Troy to Greece. Demophon promised her, by a certain day, to come back from Athens and marry her, and as he was prevented from keeping his word, Phyllis hung herself, but was metamorphosed into an almond-tree, just at the moment when at length Demophon came, and in vain embraced the tree (source: mythindex.com) This color is inspired by the painting “Spring” by Gaston Bussier.
RHODEIA.painting
This is Rhodeia- it’s a lustrous rose with blue and violet tones, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! RHODEIA The Okeanis named “of the roses” or “rose-coloured” was either an Anthousa flower-nymphe, Naias of a rose-draped spring, or Nephele of the rose-tinged clouds of dawn. (source: Theoi.com) This color is inspired by the painting “Moonlit Dreams” by Gabriel Ferrier.
SYRINX.painting
This is Syrinx- it’s a gorgeous, chromatic brown with gold and green shifts and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! SYRINX was a Naiad Nymph of the River Ladon in Arkadia (southern Greece). She was pursued by the amorous god Pan and to avoid his embrace was transformed into a reed plant (syrinx). From her plant the god plant crafted his famous pan-pipes. (source: Theoi.com) This color is inspired by the painting “Syrinx” by Arthur Hacker. There are many classical depictions of the pursuit of Syrinx by Pan, but I liked this one the most. Syrinx is serene, and not running away in fear.

 

Coming Soon, “Anthousai” eyeshadows inspired by the Greek flower nymphs

“Galactic” collection sneak peek – behold astronomical, nebula-inspired DUOCHROMES! (eta: 2nd half of March)

It’s official- everyone loves a sweet duochrome. You can look forward to these in the second half of March. This is just a sneak peek to whet your appetite!

I love doing space-themed collections, and I’m hoping that this one meets your mark for your desires for strong/vivid duochrome shades. This is a permanent collection, and I’ll be releasing ten shades this month and then ten more shades in May (which will be influenced by your feedback on these initial ten!).

The visual inspirations for the colors are exquisite color composite imagery from NASA- Hubble, Spitzer, JPL, etc.  In naming the shades, sometimes I named the color after the constellation in which it appears, while other times I gave it the Latin name for it’s English counterpart, as in naming “Aquila” (eagle in Latin) for the Eagle Nebula, or “Oculus” (eye in Latin) for the Cat’s Eye Nebula. Why? Because Latin sounds cooler, admit it.

Here’s the ten shades from GALACTIC: Mission One. Enjoy, and feel free to share!

These are all photographed under a daylight lamp, and swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base in skintone.

“Galactic” collection sneak peek – behold astronomical, nebula-inspired DUOCHROMES! (eta: 2nd half of March)

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”

Upcoming collection sneak peek: Vivid duochromes with a galactic theme!

Upcoming March/April collection sneak peek!

Past Aromaleigh collections such as “Astronomical” and “Starry Night” have explored astronomy-based themes. This galactic inspired collection will pick up where these themes left off, with twenty vividly colored duochromes reflective of the amazing photographs taken by the Hubble telescope. Colors will be inspired by galaxies, nebulas and other colorful galactic scenes. This will be a permanent collection.

Here’s a sneak peek of the first shade, “Carina” – which is inspired by the palette of the Hubble Telescope image, “Jet in Carina: WFC3 UVIS Full Field” IMAGE CREDIT: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

**my swatches are done over a light layer of NYX cream eyeshadow primer in skintone.

This collection will be a March/April release- there isn’t an exact release date at this time.

Upcoming collection sneak peek: Vivid duochromes with a galactic theme!

Sneak Peek: “Like Tears in Rain” from our upcoming collection, inspired by Blade Runner!

likeTEARSinRAINA special sneak peek for you from the upcoming Blade Runner inspired collection. “Like Tears in Rain”, from Roy Batty’s final monologue… ETA for this collection is currently the third week of February.

“I have seen things you people wouldn’t believe… Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those… moments… will be lost in time, like tears in rain. “

This shade looks like a muted deeper blue/grey with copper shimmer in the jar, but applied over regular Nyx cream primer it explodes to life, with a strong turquoise interference highlight, and multidimensional color traveling sparks in coppery tones.

Photographed over NYX cream eyeshadow primer in skintone, under a daylight lamp.

(watch it here –> spoilers, if you have not seen the film) 

Sneak Peek: “Like Tears in Rain” from our upcoming collection, inspired by Blade Runner!

“Feast of Lupercal” eyeshadow collection… coming 5PM EST January 17th!

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Coming soon, a collection of ten shades full of iridescence and spectral overlays of color… inspired by the Ancient Roman Feast of Lupercal- the Lupercalia. While not a traditional Valentine’s Day collection, you will find that many of the shades in this collection will work wonderfully for your modern celebrations. Nine of the shades are eyeshadow formulations, while one (Lucina) is a glitter finish, similar to the shades Oscilla and Opalia from the Sol Invictus holiday collection.

This collection will be available seasonally, through March 15th, and it will be available in three sizes: 1/8 tsp sample baggies, 1/4 tsp deluxe sample jars, and our regular full size jars with sifters.

History:
In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia was observed February 13 through 15 to purify the city of Rome, releasing health and fertility. Lupercalia took the place of Februa, an earlier-origin spring cleansing ritual held on the same date, which gives the month of February its name. The word Februata also means “purification”, further explaining the purpose of the rites.

In Roman mythology, Lupercus  was a god, often identified with the Roman god Faunus, known as Pan or Pan Lycaeus in Greek mythology.  Lupercus was the god of shepherds. The Lupercalia festival also honored Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the infants Romulus and Remus, legendary founders of Rome, thus additionally explaining the name of the festival, Lupercalia, or “Festival of the Wolf” The festival was celebrated near the cave of Lupercal on the Palatine Hill.

The priests who presided over the Lupercalia rites were known as Luperci- Brothers of the wolf. On the day of celebration two young men were led to the altar, to be anointed on their foreheads with the sacrificial blood, which was wiped off the bloody knife with wool soaked in milk, after which they were expected to jovially laugh. Salt meal cakes prepared by the Vestal Virgins were burnt as part of the offering.

After the traditional sacrificial feast, the Luperci would cut thongs called “amicula Junonis” from the skins of the animals, dress themselves in the skins of the sacrificed goats, in imitation of Lupercus, and would run round the walls of the old Palatine city, the line of which was marked with stones. With thongs in their hands, in two bands, they would strike the people who crowded near. Women would actively seek out lashings from these whips. It was supposed to ensure fertility, prevent sterility in women and ease the pains of childbirth.

By the 5th century, when the public performance of pagan rites had been outlawed,  Pope Gelasius I (494–96) finally abolished the Lupercalia after a long dispute. Although many articles hint at the Feast of Lupercal as being the origins of our modern Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day as we know it didn’t begin until the 1800’s. The fertility and purification rites of the Pagan Festival of Lupercal were essentially superseded by the Catholic church marked February 14th as the Feast of St. Valentine. A day that just so happened to fall right in the middle of the Feast of Lupercal.

“Feast of Lupercal” eyeshadow collection… coming 5PM EST January 17th!

ASTERIAI collection, inspired by Greek nymphs of the stars – release date 12/25

The Asteriai were the star nymphs, most well exemplified by the Daughters of Atlas- the Pleiades and Hyades. This is the third of four seasonal collections featuring different types of Greek nymphs (Summer was Okeanides and Fall was Dryades). Each color of this series has matching inspiration found in a classical painting, often of the Pre-Raphaelite style.

Eight of these shades are smooth, rich and/or jewel toned color traveling duochromes, while two of them are super shimmery and starry shades. I still have two more shades to photograph and arrange into grids, so this sneak peek preview shows you the first eight!

Winter is a time of year where I do a lot of star gazing, because the sky is so clear, crisp and beautiful. Both the Pleiades and Hyades shine down on us all winter long. There’s stories about these star clusters in just about every culture and mythology in the world.

These are all photographed under a daylight lamp, swatched over Nyx Black Bean pencil (top RH corner), and Nyx cream eyeshadow base in skintone.

This collection is set to launch on December 25th, and will be the first time I am making a collection available in the mini jar size. If this trial run of offering mini jars goes well, I will start expanding it to other collections. Sample baggies and regular full sizes will also be available.

*Note- the font used on the eyeshadow grids is not meant to be read as the Greek alphabet. Read and pronounce these as you would letters in English (or any other language using the Latin alphabet). I chose to use this font (out of many others I tested while working on the design) to evoke a Greek influence. The font is called “ancient geek” and you can read what the font’s designer intended, here. I apologize for any confusion this causes to those who speak Greek. I didn’t use this font without first consulting a friend born/raised/living in Greece.

ASTERIAI collection, inspired by Greek nymphs of the stars – release date 12/25

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