The Minotaur Menagerie arrives September 15th… here’s the collection’s visual inspiration!

I spend a lot of time immersing myself in my subject matter when I work on a collection, which means a lot of research, reading, pinning, and documentary watching most days!

Concepting ideas and transferring them into a beautiful and wearable color palette is one of my favorite parts of the job. I absolutely love the color inspiration for the Minotaur Menagerie- it contains gorgeous, rich autumnal tones but at the same time hangs on to the last bits of summer, through rich blues and aquas. The frescoes of ancient Knossos and Thera were probably my biggest source of inspiration- they are so beautiful!

I will have sneak peeks of the products in this collection to share with you, soon. The collection contains six eyeshadows, a highlighter, a rouge, a lipgloss and a custom Alchimia Apothecary fragrance- a total of ten Minoan-inspired items!

Lipgloss: Pasiphae’s Curse
Fragrance: Mistress of the Labyrinth
Rouge: Ariadne
Highlighter: Seven
Eyeshadows: Minotauros, Asterion, Snake Goddess, Daidalos, Daughter of Helios, Knossos

The Minotaur Menagerie arrives September 15th… here’s the collection’s visual inspiration!

The Medusa Menagerie arrives at 12 PM EST (Noon) on Tuesday, July 28th!

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!

 

The Medusa Menagerie arrives at 12 PM EST (Noon) on Tuesday, July 28th!

June’s COTM and the Rusalka Menagerie are now live!

June’s COTM and Menagerie theme is the Rusalka! The Menagerie this month has expanded into a more specially curated product range, with the addition of a limited run lipgloss and a custom fragrance by Alchimia Apothecary!

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While not technically a mermaid, the Rusalka is a water nymph- a female spirit in Slavic mythology. Her name vernacularly translates as “mermaid” from Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian, although she is not described as being part fish. The original “rusalka” was an appellation used by Pagan Slavic tribes, who linked them with fertility and did not consider rusalki evil before the nineteenth century. They came out of the water in the spring to transfer life-giving moisture to the fields and thus helped nurture the crop. In nineteenth century versions, the rusalka is an unquiet being who is no longer alive, associated with the unclean spirit and is dangerous. (source: Wikipedia) I much prefer the Pagan incarnation of the Rusalka.

June’s COTM and the Rusalka Menagerie are now live!

June’s COTM and Menagerie arrives on the 15th… take a peek at “Rusalka”!

Here’s the lineup for the Rusalka COTM and Menagerie items! Missing from this is the lipgloss, “Jezibaba”, which you’ll probably be seeing closer to the release date of June 15th.

Eyeshadows: Rusalka, Samodiva

Highlighter: Song to the Moon

Blush: Vodnik (Yes, it’s green! With a blue shift!)

Fragrance: Rusalnaya by Alchimia Apothecary

“Lurking just below the surface of the breeze blown water, awaits a dangerous mystery. A dark blanket of the meadow lands hang in the air all around you. Murky plant filled water laps up on the dirty bank as the lore of scorned femininity materializes before your very eyes. Water logged tree limbs meet the sweetness of water lilies, and as the cat tails and snake grass stop their rustling you aren’t even away you’ve already lost this game.”

Top: Algae, Aquatic Plant Life, Muddy Waters, Lake-Filled Air

Heart: Water Lily, Murky River Bank, Milk Weed

Base: Fallen Tree Limbs, Oakmoss, Ambergris, Dry Meadow Grasses

In case you’ve missed my updates and have no clue what any of this is, here’s some background info about the Rusalka:

While not technically a mermaid, the Rusalka is a water nymph- a female spirit in Slavic mythology. Her name vernacularly translates as “mermaid” from Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian, although she is not described as being part fish. The original “rusalka” was an appellation used by Pagan Slavic tribes, who linked them with fertility and did not consider rusalki evil before the nineteenth century. They came out of the water in the spring to transfer life-giving moisture to the fields and thus helped nurture the crop.
In nineteenth century versions, the rusalka is an unquiet being who is no longer alive, associated with the unclean spirit and is dangerous. (source: Wikipedia) I much prefer the Pagan incarnation of the Rusalka.

The Rusalka’s hair is most often of radiant blond or goldish brown, though in some versions of the myth, she has green hair. It is long (sometimes, twice her own size) and perpetually wet, believing that drying the rusalka’s hair would cause her to die. Rusalka’s eyes are usually water blue, but sometimes are depicted green, with emerald shine to them. Sometimes a rusalka would yield a hair comb which would prevent her hair from drying out, and accounts exist describing the comb as a powerful item allowing the rusalka to walk on land and conjure water out of thin air, when needed.

I’ve combined my love of mythology with my love of classical music in that the Rusalka is the topic of an opera by Antonin Dvorak, who is one of my favorite composers. The color names and cast of characters in the Rusalka Menagerie will reflect this influence.

June’s COTM and Menagerie arrives on the 15th… take a peek at “Rusalka”!

The HYDRA monthly menagerie is now live!

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.

The HYDRA monthly menagerie is now live!