Sunday, February 8, 2015

Aromaleigh Ephemera February 2015

Hello, world!

Wow, it's been a while, huh?

Life has just been so crazy & I think I was getting a little burned out doing spoiler post for Ipsy and whatnot. It's just not that exciting for me anymore & kind of made blogging a chore. But, I miss writing and interacting with the blogging community so I'm back! I've gotten super into indies lately, so expect lots of posts about new collections and subscriptions.

Anyway, the first subscription that arrived on my doorstep for February was Aromaleigh Ephemera. Aromaleigh's subscription is fairly new - the first box was January of this year. It's $15 per month (plus shipping) and the box always contains a nice variety of themed mini sized products plus an extra product from another indie brand. Kristen, the owner of Aromaleigh, is currently using a lottery system for fans to win a subscription. You can enter via Rafflecopter on the main Aromaleigh Facebook page.

February's theme was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, one of my all time favorite movies. I was a little worried that the colors were going to be too bright for me, since there are so many vibrant shades featured in the film, but you will see that they all look very wearable!

First, a quick look at the packaging. I think these look so classy! January and February have both come packaged like this - a simple cardboard box with a theme sticker and a bow. It's obvious that Kristen puts a lot of thought into all the little details of this subscription, including her packaging. Definitely not something that is just thrown together!

When you open the box, you will find a pamphlet explaining that month's theme and describing each product. So far both of the themes have been movies I am familiar with, but these inserts are definitely going to come in handy for the month's where I have NO idea what's being referenced. 

I've never been big into calculating the monetary value of my subscriptions because for me it depends more on what I will or will not use, but if you are it's all broken down for you along with the descriptions! As you can see, the value of this box is well over the $15 charge for the subscription.

Here's a quick look at the contents of the box. Admittedly inhaled that chocolate heart the moment I saw it, so this is the only evidence of it's existence. 

Now let's take a closer look at the products. First up we have a blush called 'Blessed are the Forgetful.' 

The vivid warm red of Clementine's hair when she and Joel are happily in love, with a soft coppery glow of emotional states yet to come. 

The first of the three eye shadows is called 'Meet Me in Montauk.'

The green of Clementine's hair when she first meets Joel in Montauk, with a mattering of hopeful blue sparkle. 

Next we have 'Remember Me.' 

The coral/orange of Clementine's hair as her love affair with Joel falters, accented by the golden amber glow of dying memories.

The last of the three eye shadows is called 'Do I Know You?'

Enduring the aftermath of the breakup and memory erasure, Clementine's hair is blue. This shadow is a wintry blue with a lovely copper/rose duochrome shimmer. Finally, she meets Joel again on the train and says, "Do I know you?"

Some of those shades look a little intimidating in the jars, so let's see what they look like swatched, shall we?

Left to right: Remember Me, Meet Me in Montauk, Do I Know You?, & Blessed Are The Forgetful.
All swatches over Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter Glue.

Remember Me isn't nearly as orange as it looks in the jar. It's more of a coral and it could be fairly sheer if applied lightly. Blessed Are The Forgetful will definitely have to be applied with a light hand when used as a blush, but if it's too intimidating for you it would make a beautiful lip or eye color!

Those products alone make for an awesome month, but, of course, there are extras!

The month's main extra is from Alchemia Apothecary. This is a brand I've had my eye on for a while, so I was thrilled to finally get to try one of their perfumes!

There were two scents sent out with Ephemera, both from the Valentine's Day Collection. The one I received is 'Violet Me' and the other one is called 'Love Drops.' 'Violet Me' is a very fruity scent with just a hint of bakery sweetness - right up my alley!

Violet Me: Fruity blue African violets mingle with the tart aroma of fresh red apples and dewy green willow leaves. Sweet juicy plums meld in incredible harmony to lighten the heavenly trail of fresh baked sugar cookies.

Love Drops: Pink lotus and hawthorn roses burst with the brightness of Mandarin oranges and fresh green bamboo. Transparent hints of amber work to ground this blend. 

You can purchase these and other scents for yourself at Alchemia Apothecary's website.

Kristen was also kind enough to include two sample bags of eye shadow this month. Origami Unicorn is a sneak peek from her upcoming Blade Runner Collection & Ragnarรถk is a sneak peek at next month's Ephemera theme.

What do you all think? Will you be entering the raffle to try to win yourself a subscription? If you're already subscribed, are you sticking around?

I keep waffling back and forth on cancelling. I loved January and February but I just have so much eye shadow and this is one of my pricier subscriptions. I think I'll wait for another sneak peek and decide then!

If you're waiting for a subscription, definitely make sure you check out the rest of Aromaleigh's products on her website! The Feast of Lupercal collection looks absolutely beautiful & it's only available until March 1st.

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