The DRYADES are back… multichromatic eyeshadows inspired by the Greek nymphs of the trees and forests

DRYADES.1150x.TEMPLATEAutumn 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.

I rephotographed the colors during the recent shop closing, and they turned out remarkedly improved being shot with my new camera. Look at those gorgeous color shifts and complexity!

Available seasonally! –> SHOP

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The DRYADES are back… multichromatic eyeshadows inspired by the Greek nymphs of the trees and forests

Featured Product/Weekly Sale through 11:59 PM PST 8/26- GALACTIC duochrome eyeshadows!

This week’s 25% off featured product is the GALACTIC collection, all duochrome shades inspired by the beauty of the heavens.

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Each week brings a new featured product, specially priced at 25% off. The featured product pricing begins at Noon EST on Thursdays, and ends by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesdays.

Featured Product/Weekly Sale through 11:59 PM PST 8/26- GALACTIC duochrome eyeshadows!

Featured Product @ 25% OFF this week – GALACTIC duochrome eyeshadows!

The nebula-inspired GALACTIC collection is this week’s featured product, marked down to 25% off savings! This collection was released last month, and this is it’s debut on sale as a weekly featured product.

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Featured Product @ 25% OFF this week – GALACTIC duochrome eyeshadows!

GALACTIC duochrome eyeshadows inspired by the beauty of the universe, now available!

Galactic: Mission One is now available! Each duochrome shade is inspired by the beautiful composite imagery captured by various NASA agencies, such as Hubble, Spitzer, JPL and Chandra.

This permanent collection contains ten shades. Visit the collection page, for full details about each color, nebula, size options and specific ingredients. The full sizes for this collection come with corresponding label art!  SHOP HERE!

Mission Two will be released in May, with ten additional shades.

The duochrome effects of these shades are best obtained with a cream eyeshadow base, such as NYX cream eyeshadow base. If you apply these without a base, you will see less dramatic color shifts and more muted effects.

All site swatches are done over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed with a daylight lamp (just a daylight balanced CFL bulb in a small desk lamp). I don’t recommend sticky/glue bases for Aromaleigh formulations, as they can result in patchy application because I often formulate using matte bases. Your mileage may vary if you choose to use a sticky/glue/epoxy type of base.

GALACTIC duochrome eyeshadows inspired by the beauty of the universe, now available!

“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)

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!

“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!