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Aromaleigh "Hot in the City" Limited Edition Eyes 2009

July 10, 2009
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I love that Aromaleigh’s 2009 Limited Edition eyeshadow collection is inspired by New York City – I love the idea of pairing shadows like Return to Tiffany’s and Late for Work while playing hooky from the office and shopping on Fifth Avenue, or rocking Hoity Toity, Socialite and Girl’s Night Out for a night out on the town with friends.

I saw swatches of these on Decorative Diva’s blog yesterday (check them out HERE) and, despite my intentions to be fiscally responsible for the next few months, I’m having a very very hard time resisting. I rarely like every item from a collection but these are all pretty stunning, my favorites being Coney Island, Rooftop Garden, Girl’s Night Out, Return to Tiffany’s, Swelter, Italian Ice and Concrete Jungle.

Here are Aromaleigh’s shade descriptions:

window shopping :
neutral champagne buff with golden iridescent highlight and vivid gold sparkles.

skyscraper: rich, deep gray/green/brown tones with shimmery highlights of copper, pink and blue.

coney island : joyous green apple luster with bright sparks of green.

swelter: lustrous tangerine with a pink iridescent highlight and contrasting purple sparkles.

gridlock: mysterious midnight blue, teal green, silvery pewter and warm chocolate tones… all in one, ever-changing.

return to tiffany’s : gorgeous aqua sheen with diamond luster and bright teal sparkles.

girl’s night out: warm purple frost with bright green sparkles.

hustle & bustle : a warm coppery brown shade with iridescence of pearlized greens and roses…

asphalt: darkest ebony matte black offset by the brightest sparks of pink and gold.

italian ice: sweet and tart bright lemon yellow with pretty pink sparkles throughout…

concrete jungle : warmed taupe with the most amazing bright sparks of aqua.

neon lights : soft flame orange with sparks of blue.

lady liberty : lustrous smokey blue green frost, the shade of weathered copper… like the lady herself!

socialite: roses, mauves and browns in a lustrous frost with bright sparks of pinky mauve.

late for work : Vivid deep cornflower blue luster with sparkles of blue and green.

hoity toity: Deep smokey mauve tones with a metallic pewter undertone and bright sparkles of blue.

heat wave: Warm golden luster with iridescent pink highlights and tiny golden sparkles.

rooftop garden: Warm golden green frost with tiny sparkles of gold and blue.

24 hours : deep coppered garnets, smooth and lustrous with tiny sparkles of gold and pink.

brownstone: cocoa brown frost with tiny borealis luster sparkles. Not your average brown…

My only gripe is that Aromaleigh’s samples (available HERE) come in plastic baggies as opposed to sifter jars, which I find difficult to work with. I know that you can transfer them to jars, but I just don’t have the time/patience/energy. I am dying to get my hands on a few of these though!

What shades are you loving?

Aromaleigh Rocks! Sonic Rouges (Plus Some Gothic Lolita): Reviews and Swatches

September 4, 2008
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My Aromaleigh Samples! (and a little piggy courtesy of Nicole–isn’t he the cutest thing ever?)

All the Aromaleigh samples come in little plastic baggies–see how I got them into their cute little sifter jars below!

This was my first Aromaleigh purchase–I’d visited their site many times before, but had never placed an order because I happen to like my Everyday Minerals blushes quite a bit. However, I’d always felt that the EM products lacked the crazy bright colors that I love (as you can see in my EM post, most of the blush shades are very natural/neutral), and so Aromaleigh crept its way into my heart (thanks in large part to the prompting of Decorative Diva).

BTW did I mention that Aromaleigh has free shipping on all “samples only” orders and includes free samples with every order??? See all the great free samples I got way down below!

I ordered samples of:

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Rocks! Sonic Rouges in Breathless and Candy-O ($2.10)

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Rocks! Sonic Rouges in Femmefatale and Sundaygirl ($2.10)

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Gothic Lolita Rouge in Rococo ($2.20); Gothic Lolita You’re a Doll! Finshing Powder in Metamorphosis ($2.20)

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Swatches (L to R): Rococo, Breathless, Candy-O, Femmefatale, Sundaygirl

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Same swatches, sheered out a little using a brush.

  • Rococo: Described as a clear sweet nectar-hued rouge. On me it’s a very sparkly peachy shade bordering just the tiniest bit on tangerine. I LOVE this shade it’s everything I wanted Nars Orgasm to be!
  • Breathless: Straight up bright pink with tiny silver flecks.
  • Candy-O: Described as a wicked fuchsia. Honestly I wouldn’t say this shade is fuchsia-it’s lacked both the purple and the red tones to qualify as such. It’s more of a bright, almost neon hot pink with silver shimmer that’s one of my favorites out of the bunch!
  • Femmefatale: A softer, more coral tinged pink. It’s a toss-up between this and Candy-O for my favorite blush! Just gorgeous and reminds me of candy.
  • Sundaygirl: Ever since Taryn sent me a a peachy/orange Pupa blush that I fell in love with, I’ve been experimenting with tangerine-y shades that I wouldn’t even have touched with a pole! Unfortunately this one didn’t work out so well (unlike Rococo)-it’s described as a loud reddish tangerine, but to me it’s more of a bright orange that makes me look a little “fake baked” for my liking.
  • Metamorphosis Finishing Powder: I LOVE this! Scroll down to see the photos of this in a jar–it looks to be a not so attractive pale green/gray (the color of wet concrete), but once on it gives you a soft, candlelit glow with just the right amount of shimmer!

Don’t be scared off by the fluorescence of these shades! With a skunk brush, a few grains of blush (literally) and a little blending, they leave behind that perfect sheer but bright pop of color that we all love!

My Free Samples:

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Pure Hue Powders: these are multi-purpose!

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The Le Mystere eyeshadows are limited edition eyeshadow samples that are never replicated!

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Swatches (L to R): Color Infusion Lipstick in Vivid; Pure Hue in Ruby, Pure Hue in Zinfandel; Pure Hue in Le Mystere #64

How to Transfer Mineral Samples from Baggy to Sifter Jar:

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1. Cut off one corner of the plastic baggy–don’t make the hole too big!

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2. Dump the contents into your container of choice (this is the Metamorphosis finishing powder I mentioned above).
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3. And voila–conveniently packaged samples!

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See my review of Everyday Minerals blushes (plus tons of swatches) here.