SOL INVICTUS holiday (Saturnalia) eyeshadow collection- retiring on 1/15/15!

SATURNALIA.1150x.TEMPLATEIn ancient Rome, the Saturnalia festivities had a tendency to go on and on and on… but in this day and age, our sparkly Saturnalia celebration will be seasonally retired on 1/15/15. The collection will be back next holiday season.

If you haven’t shopped this collection yet, or you want to pick up some full sizes SHOP HERE!

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SOL INVICTUS holiday (Saturnalia) eyeshadow collection- retiring on 1/15/15!

SOL INVICTUS Holiday 2014 collection is releasing this Saturday! Check out the new swatch grids and updated descriptions!

Saturnalia was a festival of light leading to the winter solstice, with the abundant presence of candles symbolizing the quest for knowledge and truth. Most people find the word Saturnalia to be synonymous with drunken celebration, but there was so much more to this ancient festival! The renewal of light and the coming of the new year was celebrated at the Dies Natalis of Sol Invictus, the “Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun,” on December 25. Roman mythology of the Golden Age of Saturn’s reign differed from the Greek tradition. Saturn arrived in Italy “dethroned and fugitive”, but brought agriculture and civilization and became a king. As the Augustan poet Vergil described it, “he gathered together the unruly race” of fauns and nymphs “scattered over mountain heights, and gave them laws. Under his reign were the golden ages men tell of: in such perfect peace he ruled the nations.”  (source: Wikipedia)

SHOP “SOL INVICTUS” – currently sample and full sets available for pre-order. Individual samples and jars will be available on the collection release date- NOVEMBER 15th

I hope to have some blogger reviews and swatches to share with you soon! Edit- Just in, this review and awesome swatches from Artistic Shadows!

Opalia was a festival held during Saturnalia, on December 19th to honor Saturn's consort, Ops. "The ancient Roman fertility goddess Ops was known by several different names—among them Rhea, Cybele, Bona Dea, Magna Mater, Thya, and Tellus. She married Saturn and was the mother of Jupiter, and was usually portrayed as a matron, with a loaf of bread in her left hand and her right hand opened as if offering assistance. The Opalia was observed on December 19, when it is believed that a sacrifice to Ops was made in the temple of Saturn.  Color Description: A delicate opalescent pink with bountiful pink to blue color shift. This color would be a perfect shade for highlighting the brow, or even on the cheeks or to add shimmer to the lips!Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp.

Opalia was a festival held during Saturnalia, on December 19th to honor Saturn’s consort, Ops. “The ancient Roman fertility goddess Ops was known by several different names—among them Rhea, Cybele, Bona Dea, Magna Mater, Thya, and Tellus. She married Saturn and was the mother of Jupiter, and was usually portrayed as a matron, with a loaf of bread in her left hand and her right hand opened as if offering assistance. The Opalia was observed on December 19, when it is believed that a sacrifice to Ops was made in the temple of Saturn.

Color Description: A delicate opalescent pink with bountiful pink to blue color shift. This color would be a perfect shade for highlighting the brow, or even on the cheeks or to add shimmer to the lips!Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp.

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The Ancient Romans decorated outdoor trees with ornaments in the shape of figurines or little masks. These are known as “oscilla”. Larger masks (also called oscilla) were also incorporated into various aspects of the Saturnalia celebrations, but in most contexts I read they refer to oscilla as ornaments

Color Description: An exquisite shimmering peach with oodles of icy blue, pink, copper and gold color traveling sparkles. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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This color is “SIGILLARIA”. The day of Sigillaria was a day for exchanging little gifts. Unlike today’s lavish gift-giving of the season, the Romans exchanged small tokens of affection, such as little clay figures, beeswax candles, dice or other small, non-costly items. The most common gift on Sigillaria (December 23) was Sigillaria, which were specifically small clay or wax figurines. It is believed that this tradition stems from more ancient agricultural festivals, which involved human sacrifice. The act of exchanging Sigillaria is seen today in our tradition of gingerbread man cookies! So this holiday, when you eat a figurine-shaped cookie, recall the ancient Romans and their day of little gifts.

Color Description: A gorgeously rich amber which is slightly metallic and having a spectacular amount of strong aqua and fuchsia sparklies. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Sol Invictus is the namesake color for the collection. It means “invincible sun” in Latin, and this was the overall nature of the Saturnalia revelry- a Winter Solstice celebration. The Winter Solstice being the shortest day of the year, which marks the point at which the sun is “reborn” and days become longer. Saturn was also an agricultural God, so this time of year for the Romans marked the point at which their Fall plantings were being sown, while others were being harvested.

Color Description: A beautiful coral/orange shade with a slight golden undertone in certain lighting, bedazzled by color traveling orange-violet-fuchsia shimmer and bright green sparks.  Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Lua was Saturn’s consort, identified with Lua Mater, “Mother Destruction”, a goddess in whose honor the weapons of enemies killed in war were burned, perhaps in expiation. Saturn’s chthonic nature connected him to the underworld and its ruler Dis Pater, the Roman equivalent of Pluto, who was also a god of hidden wealth.

Color Description: A heathered deep indigo/violet (will change from more blue to more violet depending on your viewing conditions) with dominant blue to teal sparkles that color shift to fuchsia/red. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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The Lord of Misrule was the “Saturnalia Princeps”, or master of ceremonies who participated in capricious behavior, practical jokes, chaos and absurdity, similar in concept to the medieval Feast of Fools.

Color Description: A gorgeous taupe base with really strong orange-red-violet color traveling iridescence. It’s a neutral with an amazing, shimmery twist! Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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“Io, Saturnalia!” was a salutation commonly heard during conversation during the holiday, much like our “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”.

While Saturnalia was a very colorful and festive celebration, the main colors were blue and gold- which is the basis of this shade.

Color Description: A smooth rich teal blue with prominent gold/copper/red color traveling sparkles. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Aureum means “golden age” in Latin, relating to the reign of Saturn as being a bountiful and peaceful era in history. 

Color Description: A richly shimmering soft warm gold with color traveling sparkles of gold/green and red/violet. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Even if you don’t know much about Saturnalia, mere mention of it brings to mind a week of ancient Roman style partying and debauchery. But that’s not all that it was about… It was an occasion for giving thanks for bountiful harvest (Saturn was an agricultural God), as well as the winter solstice- the return of the invincible sun. Social order was reversed, there were large public banquets, and it was a time of gift-giving, song, dance, time off from work, and overall, joyous merry-making!

Color Description: A gorgeous berry shade that shifts to a softly metallic copper, with brilliant iridescent fuchsia and blue sparkles and copper iridescence. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp.This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Topsy Turvy signifies the aspect of the ancient Roman Saturnalia festival which involves the upending of the regular social order.

Slaves acted as free men/women, donning the red pileus cap during the celebrations. Social order within the family might also be changed up, between children and parents, and likewise. It must have been an interesting time, in a culture with such strict social hierarchy, for masters to be serving slaves, and participating in activities they normally could not. During Saturnalia, the Romans decorated their homes with clippings of laurel branches, and what holiday collection would be complete without a beautiful, sparkling green shade? Even if you think you can’t wear green eyeshadow, you’ll want to sample this one- the color-shifting chromatics make this shade appear differently depending on angle of viewing and lighting. It’s quite surprising!

Color Description: A gorgeous multi-dimensional festive green with amber metallic lowlights and color-shifting highlight sparkles that keep this color ever-changing. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp.This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Luxuriae Maniae translates to “luxury to debauch”, which is in part one of the most historically well-known aspects of the Roman Saturnalia. Social roles were reversed, as slaves enjoyed some of the luxury and privilege usually only known to freeman. The typical Roman uniform of the toga was cast aside in favor of extravagant, colorful clothing known as “synthesis”.

Color Description: An imperial purplish mauve with chestnut tones and a strong and sparkling color traveling duochrome effect that ranges from gold, bronze and copper. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp. This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

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Munera represents a darker side to the ancient Roman’s celebrations of the time. Munera were gladiator offerings that would coincide with the Saturnalia celebrations. These gladiator events, ten days in all throughout December, were presented mainly by the quaestors and sponsored with funds from the treasury of Saturn.

Color Description: Aa rich taupe-y shade with brilliant aqua/gold/copper sparkles. If you foil this color, or rub it in to your lips or cheeks, it also leans to the rosy side! Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base and photographed under a daylight lamp.This color is Vegan and Lip Safe!

SOL INVICTUS Holiday 2014 collection is releasing this Saturday! Check out the new swatch grids and updated descriptions!

Exclusive sneak peek Holiday 2014 samples being included in orders! More details in post!

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Exclusive sneak peek samples from our Holiday 2014 collection “SOL INVICTUS” started shipping out in orders on 10/27… from that date, they be included in the next 120 orders to ship (clearance site orders not included- only orders at aromaleighcosmetics.com).

We’ve got ten samples each of all twelve shades packed up to share with you as sneak peeks. Official collection is mid-November so this is way ahead of our release date! Order volume has been very, very low the last 4-5 days, so if you place an order in the next week, odds are extremely high that you will be receiving one of these special samples!

Here’s the first ten sneak peeks of the shades (twelve colors total will be released)

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Exclusive sneak peek Holiday 2014 samples being included in orders! More details in post!

Upcoming Holiday 2014! “SOL INVICTVS” Saturnalia-themed luxe limited edition eyeshadows!

 

 

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Just a little heads up! Before you know it, the winter celebrations will be upon us. This collection will be ultra limited edition, using some jaw-droppingly beautiful new multichromatic high shimmer pigments. Follow us on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr or our blog to get updates about this beautiful upcoming set!

As we get closer to the release date, there will be pre-orders taken…

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Upcoming Holiday 2014! “SOL INVICTVS” Saturnalia-themed luxe limited edition eyeshadows!

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!

 


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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:

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  • 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!