Autumn 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
“The Age Of Gold was the first age of the world, without hardship or toil for those who dwelt on Earth, and was without crime. The most recent age of the world, full of troubles and evils, is called The Age of Iron, but perhaps it would be better to call it the Second Age of Gold, for many of its troubles began when gold first tempted humankind to wickedness and war. through the Ages of Gold, Silver and Bronze, Astraea – the goddess of justice – still remain on Earth, but when the Age Of Iron began, she found she could stay here no longer. Now she shines down from the sky as the constellation Virgo, the virgin.”
September is my favorite month of the year, so I wanted to choose a Goddess associated with my astrological sign, Virgo. This month’s Goddess product is something a uniquely soft blue-grey toned highlight powder with a celestial gold shift and shimmer. I think it would work great for strobing, but of course, you can use it as a highlighter or an eyeshadow, also. Those with pale skintones or a penchant for more dramatic looks might even find it can be used as a couture blush shade, or a delicate contour tone.
The uncharacteristic shade of the powder might look a bit risky in the jar, but you might be surprised at it’s ethereal appearance on the skin. The color inspiration for Astraea is inspired by the paintings of Fernando Gallego, a Spanish artist who is believed to have painted the Cielo de Salamanca– an exquisite domed ceiling painted with mixed media painted with oil and tempera and originally overlaid with gold stars plaster relief- depicting the signs of the Zodiac.
Try a sample or mini jar of this unusual powder and see for yourself! Mini and full size jars depict Fernando Gallego’s Virgo/Astraea on the labels.
Available tomorrow morning on 9/1 when the shop reopens!
Medousa (Medusa) was a Gorgon, one of three daughters of Phorkys and Keto.
In a late version of the Medusa myth, related by the Roman poet Ovid (Metamorphoses 4.770), Medusa was originally a ravishingly beautiful maiden, “the jealous aspiration of many suitors,” but because Poseidon had raped her in Athena’s temple, the enraged Athena transformed Medusa’s beautiful hair to serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone. In Ovid’s telling, Perseus describes Medusa’s punishment by Minerva (Athena) as just and well earned.
In most versions of the story, she was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who was sent to fetch her head by King Polydectes of Seriphus because Polydectes wanted to marry his mother. The gods were well aware of this, and Perseus received help. He received a mirrored shield from Athena, gold, winged sandals from Hermes, a sword from Hephaestus and Hades’s helm of invisibility. Medusa was the only one of the three Gorgons who was mortal, so Perseus was able to slay her while looking at the reflection from the mirrored shield he received from Athena. During that time, Medusa was pregnant by Poseidon. When Perseus beheaded her, Pegasus, a winged horse, and Chrysaor, a golden sword-wielding giant, sprang from her body. (source Wikipedia)
Ordering for the Medusa Menagerie opens on Tuesday, July 28th at 12 PM (Noon) EST! The collection is inspired by the story of Medusa and includes four eyeshadows (Medousa, Sthenno, Euryale, Khrysaor), a lipgloss (Gorgon), a fragrance from Alchimia Apothecary (Temple of Athena), a highlighter (Pegasos) and a contour powder (Amphisbaena).
SHOP HERE at 12 PM EST (Noon) on Tuesday, July 28th!
The lipgloss and fragrance are limited quantities!
“OKEANIDES”, which translates to “Daughters of Oceanus”, is inspired by the Okeanid nymphs of Greek mythology. The daughters of Okeanos (Oceanus) were three thousand goddess Nymphs who presided over the sources of earth’s water, ranging from rainclouds to subterranean springs and fountains. Each nymph is paired with the visual inspiration of a classical painting. –> SHOP!
Newly reformulated and now available in the deluxe sample size!
** Reformulated: All sizes of this shade as of the 5/23 restocking are a new and improved formula. This formula features added ingredients for adhesion and wear, which also intensify the color shifts and make it easier to wear and blend over both bare skin and a variety of primers. As always, I recommend a regular cream base such as NYX eyeshadow base. Your mileage may vary with sticky glue type primers.
This contest is taking place on Facebook—> HERE!
It’s contest time! This is a very special contest for several reasons… First, I love Spring. Second, I love flowers and Greek mythology. And third, I love the beautiful spring blossoms fragrances I recently sampled from Alchimia Apothecary and want to share all of these things with you!
Alchimia Apothecary has awesomely donated 5 sample sets of their Blossoms collection, which includes eight different fragrances. Each winner will receive one of those, in addition to one of a range of Aromaleigh prizes featuring the newest collection- Anthousai.
Aromaleigh prizes include 1st prize: Full size Anthousai collection, 2nd prize: Deluxe Sample set of Anthousai, and 3 runner up prizes of an Anthousai sample set.
*** Please read the contest rules carefully. You have until 12 PM EST on May 23rd to enter! 5 winners will be randomly chosen using the rafflecopter flash app.***
Introducing the “Menagerie”, an offshoot of the Color of the Month series. The Menagerie will feature a range of products in more daring and experimental shades and finishes, which are themed around each mythical creature COTM. I was going to discontinue the COTM in August, but I’m too excited about this project to do that! This monthly feature will allow me to test out new shades, formulas and finishes, as well as meet the needs of customers who would like more daring and colorful shades. Request a mythical creature to potentially be chosen as a future Monthly Menagerie theme, HERE.
May’s Menagerie is the Greek myth of the HYDRA –> SHOP HERE!
The daughter of Ekhidna and Typhon, the Lernaean Hydra was an ancient serpent-like water monster with reptilian traits. It possessed many heads, and for each head cut off it grew two more. It had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its scent was deadly. The Hydra was conquered by the heroic Herakles while Karkinos, the crab, bit at his feet…Herakles dipped his arrows into the Hydra’s blood after vanquishing it, and used those poison arrows to conquer the Stymphalian Birds and the giant Geryon. This shade is part of the Hydra Menagerie.
Herakles and the Hydra Water Jar (Etruscan, c. 525 BC) – Herakles clubs the Hydra, while a crab assists it by attacking Herakles