Aromaleigh- Indie Make up Review

Hello darlings.

Long ago yours truly was SUPER HEAVILY into indie make up. I bought a lot of it and sort of fell off of it.

Not long ago Aromaleigh came across my FB feed and I hadn’t bought anything from them in years and I made a wee tiny order.

Well after my order came I was fairly violently reminded why I stopped buying a lot of indie.

So let’s go.

I purchased a sample of the Porcelana Oil Control Mattifying Primer PowderSPIRITS WEPT Lip Lush and a lip balm.

Let’s talk about the primer first. Frankly I was really hesitant to order because at a glance, obviously this is not really for brown people. The face stuff from this brand is not really brown friendly and hasn’t been, wasn’t when I first ordered years ago and I don’t know what I was thinking. From the site:

Porcelana Oil Control Mattifying Primer Powder is a Magnesium-based translucent primer powder which is finely milled with a creamy feel. A thin layer of Porcelana applied to your problem areas can greatly help in keeping your image of perfection… all day long. This product is based on Aromaleigh v1’s “Porcelaine” Primer- it has the same exact formula, but we’ve adjusted the 3 tone levels to be more user-friendly. Instead of coming in light-medium, medium and medium-deep, Porcelana is available in light, medium and deep.

Ahem. This is the “deep”

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[image caption: a baggy labeled deep porcelana oil control primer powder, set on brown skin]

Ahem um.

Okay this should be renamed. There is literally nothing “deep” about this shade. It is deep beige? So opening my pretty little package I just sort of stared at it because…look at it.

Now I did try it on my face. I’m experienced with primer powders, I’ve been doing that Jackie Aina trick of powdering pre-foundation for years. First impression when I put it on, holy shit this is ashy. It was not cute and I had to really work my foundation to cover the ash and STILL got some flashback. Not awesome.

Also, it made my face greasier than normal. When trying out primers, I do nothing else different to my face. Daily I wash my face with cold water, I put on my Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Daily Face Moisturizer With SPF 30 (review soon), use either Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer (review also coming soon) or Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer, use powder then foundation. Normally, at this point in my face I maybe blot before I leave work but otherwise after about 6 hours my face goes from matte to satin.

This primer had me at full greasy shiny in less than 4 hours.

I honestly shouldn’t have bought it, after reading the page on the site about picking foundation shades and seeing this:


Deep (Aromaleigh Level Four): Your skintone is darker, possibly of mediterranean or other ethnic descent, and you tan easily.

“Other ethnic/tan easily” is cosmetic code for nah. this is not for Black people darker than tan. So Aromaleigh for us browner folks in terms of face stuff, skip it. Just don’t.

However, the lip and eye products are so beautiful.

The liplush in Spirits Wept is such a perfect reddish brown nude for brown skin. If you don’t want a lipstick and want something with a bit of sheen and moisture this is the business. It is so close to my natural lip color I can’t even get a good photo. It has a slight lovely scent, goes on silky smooth. Definitely a great thing and I will buy more. I’ll probably grab a few more shades because a nice not streaky brown nude lip balm is a really great addition to your collection. Especially for folks who don’t really go for a lot of make up. If you want a bit of zoom but nothing like BAM POW LOOK, this is a great product for a great price.

As I remember now, this is a great brand for very beautiful eye color formulations. Hands down, Aromaleigh has my favorite color shifting eyeshadows. These are so beautiful and so soft and blendable. I have several and they are another thing I can recommend for brown skin. A wash of a nice colorshift on the lid, mascara and gloss and voila. Low key glam.

So overall, I’m generally pleased. We all know I LOVE my lippies and even the regular balm I got has been settled into regular rotation. I use it under my Rosebud balm on my lips before bed and my regular winter cracked mouth is healed. If you are darker than Rihanna, don’t bother with the face stuff.

Next time, I’ll review one of my all time fave indie companies Fyrinnae. 

Passion planner-Thoughts.

Hello darlings.

Can we talk planners?

Back in the day before smart phones I was a devout user of dollar store calenders and pocket journals like this. Small chubby notebooks like this were my jam (affiliate link back there). I wrote everything in them, chunks of stories, my work schedule, bus times, everything.

This is also how I developed my love of this specific pen. Always purple. Back then, that was my ultimate treat myself thing was one of those pens. My current very favorite pen (that I use daily) are these. Also always in purple.

Now that we live in the future, I’ve mainly been using my google calendar for stuff. I share it with my partner and use it for appointments, budgeting, bills and whatnots but it wasn’t really fulfilling. And not really doing what I needed.

In the last few years, paper planners have been trendy. I’ve seen lots of styles and whatnot. I’ve tried Bullet Journaling. From their site:

Rapid Logging

Note-taking and traditional journaling take time; the more complex the entry, the more effort is expended. The more effort expended, the more of a chore it becomes, the more likely you’ll underutilize or abandon your journal. Rapid Logging is the solution. Rapid Logging is the language in which the Bullet Journal is written. It consists of four components: topics, page numbers, short sentences, and bullets.

For me, when I tried this system, it didn’t really work with my brain. For me, a big part of this process is slowing my brain works. I think this method would be great for folks who want quick easy and very open planning.

After that I started researching Passion Planners. I read a lot of reviews and watched videos and ultimately treated myself to the UNDATED MONDAY COMPACT TIMELESS BLACK.  Y’all.

First up the quality is very nice. The construction is solid, the paper has a nice feel and color. From their website:

WHAT’S INSIDE

  • Passion RoadMap: Annual exercise that helps you define, and create actions for your goals in 3 months, 1 year, 3 years, and throughout your life.
  • Weekly layouts starting on Monday
  • Annual and monthly overview calendars
  • Monthly reflection questions to keep you focused on your progress
  • 28 additional blank pages
  • 28 additional gridded pages

WEEKLY LAYOUTS

  • Weekly and daily focuses to keep your attention on the most important tasks.
  • Weekly plans from Monday – Sunday, 6 AM – 11 PM. Every day, broken down into 30 minute sections to help you manage your time.
  • “Good Things That Happened” section to keep you focused on the positive.
  • A motivational quote and challenge to inspire positive action.
  • Personal and work to-do lists organized by priority to encourage work-life balance, because very often we forget to take care of ourselves.
  • “Space of Infinite Possibility” where you can take notes, draw, create, write, brainstorm or customize to your needs.

For me this is what I needed. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and I am super in love. In love enough to start personalizing it with stickers from artist Jesse Dewyer (the amazing mermaid) and some from the Evil Supply Co.

cover

[image description: image of a black planner with a fat great white mermaid sticker in the lower left, a pink and purple rose sticker and a graveyard dirt sticker on top]

It is A5 size 5.5”x8.5” and fits in my purse very nicely. There is a little pocket on the inside where I have some stickers and extra notes.

Okay, so overall I am very into this.

If part of your planning/journaling is some down/quiet time to spend with yourself I think this system is great. There is enough structure to include work/creative life and space for other stuff. I also get to indulge my love of stickers, I have some other color pens that are gonna be incorporated.

How do I use it?

I do the weekly plans as you can see in the photo below (sorry it is blurry)

inside

[image description: pages in a passion planner with purple writing, and a green 13 sticker]

My handwritng isn’t as arty as you might find if you search the hashtag #pashfam but I’m making it my own.

Lastly, I really appreciate their charity program. For part of the year they do a buy one and they donate one thing that is pretty great.

I will be posting more photos as I get more into it. You can follow me on Insta @weebeasty to see what I do with it.

Overall I’m giving it a 9.5/10 ONLY because I hate the color of the ribbon. Super petty I know but whatevs. Also, if you decide to pick one up, do me a solid and come back here and I can give you a referral. I’ll be saving up to buy another one because I love them.

That’s all y’all.

Do you use planners? Show me yours.