TheChequeredLily ** Picture Heavy

I was enlightened to an awesome independent etsy shop from a blog post from Phyrra.  the Chequered Lily Apothecary is reasonable and stunning, I will put in the disclaimer now. I did get these samples at a hella good discount but I had to prove I had a blog and the opinions are completely my own. In fact I was expecting to just be like MEH as I am not into super glittery eyeshadows. I don’t go out anymore socially really, have a conservative job, and I am self-conscious about looking my age to a certain extent. In my experience with independent makeup eyeshadow companies there aren’t a lot of pretty neutrals and rarely a satin finish let alone matte. obviously I couldn’t keep my excitement of receiving the samples but I will let them do the talking in pictures. I know I can’t do them justice with these pics but I sure tried!

First they came in an envelope and I opened it in the sun walking from the mailbox to the house. The first site of them almost took my breath away. The colors are so vibrant and unique in my opinion.

I chose — #22 Princess Aurora per the shop’s site: Inspired by the magical color-changing ball-gown worn by the heroine of Disney’s 1959 animated feature, Sleeping Beauty.  As I was researching for this post I noticed the owner has links to youtube in regards to the colors.

Here are my swatch of the color on bare skin.

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I plan on getting a full pot of this one after Christmas. I won’t have the funds until then.  Boo Hoo. 😀

#24 Tahiti and it is described as: This color reminded me of the earthy crimsons and ochres in Gauguin’s paintings of Tahiti, particularly the painting Savage Poems (http://www.paul-gauguin.net/82676/Savage-Poems-large.jpg). This color looks like a south pacific sunset: rusty red orange sky and the golden glittering of sunlight on sea.

Here are my swatch of the color on bare skin.

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24 Tahiti

Another one I am sure I will get a full pot of.

#13 The 13th – “‘You will be all the things in the world you’ve never been
See all the things in the world you’ve never seen
Dream all the things in the world you’ve never dreamed… ‘
But I think I get a bit confused…
Am I seducing or being seduced?” – The Cure “The 13th”

Burgundy-red with purple glitter and reflect.

Here are my swatch of the color on bare skin.

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13 The 13th

This one I might get but I need to look through my collection as I think I have a similar dupe or two. BUT if you do not do get it!

#126 Her Familiar – A rustle of sooty wings and a loud croak heralds the arrival of a crow to the witch’s windowsill. The bird caws thrice, then re-alights. In the corner of the cottage, a yarn basket stirs. A black tail twitches, black whiskers yawn, and two eyes appear – as golden-orange and luminous as the harvest moon…

Bright Golden-Orange with Green-Gold Glitter

Here are my swatch of the color on bare skin.

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126 Her Familiar

This is a gorgeous color I know I am going to get a full size of this one as I know I don’t have anything like it in my collection and I know is universal to most eye colors and skin tone.

#08 Ivy – “Any greenness is deeper than anyone knows.”
-Richard Wilbur “The Beautiful Changes”

Warm medium green with copper and green sparkles.

Here are my swatch of the color on bare skin.

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08 Ivy

I don’t really want a full pot of this as I don’t wear a ton of greens or blues but for when I am in the mood it would be nice in my collection. (More about this in the cons)

#02 Sushi Ginger – “Gari” is young ginger, sweet-pickled and served along sushi as a palette cleanser. Most Gari is dyed pink, though it can be found in a natural light pink or yellowish color. This color reminds me of the dyed gari, but it’s even brighter and more intense.Bright Coral with Golden Shimmer.

Here are my swatch of the color on bare skin.

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02 Sushi Ginger

Very Unique pink and I am getting a full pot damn it! lol

#120 Crackberry – This color is one of 3 custom shades created by The Chequered Lily Apothecary for a very special project. These 3 shades are part of a larger set of customs that has been split up and shared between several Indie makeup shops. This set was requested by Shelby Goatz, a blogger and indie makeup enthusiast who suggested the project in a MMU Facebook discussion. You can find Shelby’s blog here: http://www.notmakingitup.net/ and I’ll be adding links to the other formulators’ shops working on this project as the colors become available. If you are interested in purchasing all 3 of our colors from this set, there is a separate listing available at a discounted rate.

Deep blue-purple with intense blue reflect and turquoise glitter.

Here are my swatch of the color on bare skin.

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120 Crackberry

Another one I could use more of a half pot for the few times I go out dancing. As below in the group swatches you can see how versatile it is unfortunately (in my opinion) not for my boring every day job.

Part of the sample deals in the shop is one or two additionally picked at owners choice. My owners choice was…

#125 Invocation – Light the candles, speak the words. Our Halloween tale begins here, hearth-side in the Witch’s cottage. Beeswax tapers flicker, dripping ivory wax onto a rough-hewn oaken table. Upon the altar sits a wide bowl of clear water. The water’s surface ripples subtly of its own accord, alive with reflected fire-light. Thin tendrils of incense begin to rise and thread their way through the room, filling the air with a strange sweetness…

Creamy Ivory with Copper Shimmer and Purple Reflect

Here are my swatch of the color on bare skin.

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125 Invocation

Though a beautiful color I won’t be getting as I have a ton of light highlight colors and just don’t need it.

Pros: The pigmentation is amazing. The quality is amazing. I think the price is a fair price for an indie company with this quality. The customer service is awesome (more about that later) and they are in constant touch with their customers with contests and deals on their facebook page. 

I could go on… Nice presentation, cool graphics/logo but the above pros really are the main selling points.

Cons: Nothing in the eyeshadows themselves and this might seem petty but I would like the website to make the youtube videos links. It became annoying and tedious as I wrote this to copy and paste. Not a HUGE deal as at least they are made and I am not aware of other companies doing this but it was a con to me. The second is a good majority of indie competitors allow for as many sample bags as you want for X price each and/or a smaller container or amount in a less nice packaging. This will not deter me from purchasing more but it might lower what I do buy as I just don’t need full sizes of a lot of colors. Well I do but I have three mouths to feed and can’t justify it. (Alas to be poor lol)  

All things considered,  if these are the only cons does either really matter? (Well the half size might — hint hint 😀 )

On to the plethora of group swatches. The first set is with a white NYX pencil base.

Bottom to Top #13, 08, 126, 120, 02, 22, 24,125
Bottom to Top #13, 08, 126, 120, 02, 22, 24,125
L to R #13, 08, 126, 120, 02, 22, 24,125
L to R #13, 08, 126, 120, 02, 22, 24,125
Bottom to Top #13, 08, 126, 120, 02
Bottom to Top #13, 08, 126, 120, 02
Bottom to Top #126, 120, 02, 22, 24,125
Bottom to Top #126, 120, 02, 22, 24,125

Next I washed those off and did swatches with  stay don’t stray by Benefit “skin” tone primer.

Top t Bottom #126, 13, 08, 02, 24, 120, 126, 22
Top t Bottom #126, 13, 08, 02, 24, 120, 126, 22
Top t Bottom #08, 02, 24, 120, 126, 22
Top t Bottom #08, 02, 24, 120, 126, 22
Top t Bottom #126,13, 08, 02, 24, 120
Top t Bottom #126,13, 08, 02, 24, 120

Here are the swatches under a deep black creamy liner smudged.

Top to Bottom: #22, 126, 24, 125, 13, 08, 22, 120
Top to Bottom: #22, 126, 24, 125, 13, 08, 22, 120
Top to Bottom: #125, 13, 08, 22, 120
Top to Bottom: #125, 13, 08, 22, 120
Top to Bottom: #22, 126, 24, 125, 13, 08
Top to Bottom: #22, 126, 24, 125, 13, 08

The #120 Crackberry is awesome under the black. It really shows the duo chrome of it by totally bring out the turquoise with slight purple instead of the other swatches where it looks mostly purple.

Next I played around and paired the shadows on my bare eyelid. Please forgive the need for a plucking of the eyebrows and the no foundation. It was give my skin a breather Sunday. *** please note these were put on using my finger not blended etc. This proves how easy they are to use if you ask me (which if you are still reading I think you did! Wink HA)

02 and 24
02 and 24
02 and 24
02 and 24
Left Eye 08, 126, 13 and Right Eye 125, 120, 22
Left Eye 08, 126, 13 and Right Eye 125, 120, 22
08, 126, 13
08, 126, 13
125, 120, 22
125, 120, 22
08, 126, 13
08, 126, 13

I wore them Saturday out to a trick or treat function in the daytime and today during work. These pictures show the endurance of the shadows. Both times I did my three-step priming of a matte primer (I so need to review this it is a God Sent to my oily lids), the stay don’t stray primer, and the NYX white primer in a pot. After applying it was all sealed with ELF shadow Sealer. It does seem like a lot of work but each step just takes seconds and I think the pictures will show totally worth it. 

Saturday I did 02 and 126. The top is earliest down to right before I removed it.

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Here is today through the day at work. The first two were at application  At one time I decided to get creative and time stamp it with my phone. It was a slight fail yet effective. Then the last were right before I started writing this forever blog post. I used 22 on l id, 02 in crease and 13 as outer v crease. 

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Yes I did several levels of prepping and a sealer but the pay off is still excellent one me so it is worth it. I have very oily lids — I mention this again trying to beat the dead horse of how excellent quality these shadows are.

Lastly, the customer service was awesome. The owner Kimberly Bouchu states i her about section of her etsy page….

About

I’ve been playing with color ever since my mom bravely covered our coffee table with butcher paper and let a barely-standing mini-me scribble all over it with jumbo crayons. The mediums have changed many times over the last 30+ years, but looking back, I can clearly see that I always had my hands in something creative (and often messy). I love art and food and music and I think that makeup is just another fantastic form of human art and expression. I strive to create cosmetics that are richly pigmented, blendable, and free of unnecessary ingredients. I work hard at making unique colors and finishes that I love, and I hope you love them too. ^_^ -Kim

Already I get a sense of warmth and down to earthness about her.

I placed my order and within a short amount of time she asked me for my colors. I was a goof as usual and just saw the great deal and that I had a blog and didn’t actually read how the deal works. Oopps but she was very kind to me about it. I advised that I assumed she would pick my colors so the fact that I got to pick was already a plus. She advised me my colors were great options and before I knew it they were in my greedy hands to be played with!

As I was contemplating writing this blog post over the last few days, I had some questions. Here is what I wrote:

I am working on my post to review your shadows. I have a couple questions I would like to add if you are ok with it…

I) What is your make up motto/philosophy (if you have one and ok if you don’t)

2) Any inspirations? I did notice poetry and lyrics appears to be a major them — do you drive down the road here a song or read an excerpt and see color?

3) I like to group my loose shadows in containers like your three in one. Is it possible to get the one gram in a baggie and not in a plastic container. I have too many around already and I do want to buy full sizes.

Thank you,

Angela Watkins

Now I wasn’t at all expecting a a quick reply but since she did reply quickly originally I was afraid I had missed the email reply. I have to admit I did check my email a couple times BUT NEVER DID I FEEL I WAS BEING IGNORED. I want to make that clear. It was more my impatience lol.

Earlier today Ms Bouchu replied.

Hi Angela,
Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply, I’ve been out most of the weekend. -_-‘ I am always happy to answer questions, whether they be about products or pie. 😉

1). I get a little indignant when someone says something to the effect of, “Blue is my favorite color, but I could NEVER wear blue eye shadow because ______.” I truly believe that any color can work on any person so long as the person wearing it has the right attitude. It really comes down to confidence (which is always sexy) and skill, which can be learned through trial and error and repeat application. So yes… with confidence and practice, you can pull off anything.

2. My inspirations mostly come through books, poetry, and music, but also through the nostalgic lens of childhood. I think art begets art, that the muse is fully transferable from medium to medium. Sometimes I will see something incredibly beautiful, like a painting, or a flower that sticks in my memory and I will try to recreate that mood or texture through a color combination in a product. Czarina, Tahiti, and Iris are all examples of this kind of formulation, as well as Jareth and The Labyrinth. I also think everyone has a tiny bit of synesthesia, where our senses overlap a bit and we can interpret tastes as colors and whatnot. Ivy and Sushi Ginger were named this way. Occasionally, I will read a passage or hear a song and it will resonate as a strong color impression and I will attempt to recreate that impression. Love Like Winter is one of these, A Dustland Fairytale is another, both inspired by the songs of those titles. All the Neil Gaiman references work the same way. I’ll have a lot more literary references coming out this year, they are some of my favorite colors to create. 

3. I understand that many of my customers like to de-pot their shadows, and I’m always impressed by the ingenious storage methods of indie enthusiasts, so I try to make accommodations where I can. If I can make somebody’s life a little easier by packing something differently, I will usually try to do that. It really comes down to time and expense, since I am the only person working at this time and I get to wear all the hats. ^_~ I know the baggie samples are a big pain to try to use, but nothing matches them for price and ease of storage, so that allows me to offer samples at low prices and get them out fairly fast, that said, for your particular situation, I don’t know if the baggies have the structural integrity to hold a gram, but we can try to work something out. I have made accommodations for other customers using clamshells, or larger bags might also be possible. The only downside is that when I repackage something to suit a customer’s needs, it is considered a custom item, so the turn around time can be up to 2 weeks, sometimes even longer if I have to order in a specialty container, it varies from order to order, and sometimes there is an upcharge to cover extra labor or materials. I’m always happy to set up a custom listing. 

Thanks Angela, I’m really glad you like your shadows, let me know if there’s anything else i can help with. ^_^ -Kim

OMG — Ms Bouchu or Kim… can I call you Kim?  Can we be best friends you are awesome! Is it possible to have a crush in an indie etsy shop owner that you have only seen hand swatches of? Anyway… I digress.

Fabulous answers and someone who is willing to work with you or at least seem like willing is A++++ in my book as I have had a lot of crappy customer service lately.

Well I think that is more than enough of a review. I hope you all stuck with it and PLEASE go get ya some of these delicious colors! Not because I at all was told to say that but because well I am sure the pictures speak for themselves!

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Birthday Haul

Here is a picture of the foundation from Sephora: Click Link to Purchase

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I purposefully got the tan hoping to use it as a way to darken my lighter foundation. In particular the MAC I bought when I was at my palest last winter. It has went back as I decided even at 9.00 there was less expensive things I could mix it with and it didn’t seem to be a HG kind of formula. While at the store I did ask for a sample just in case I regretted the decision.

Here is a picture of the OCC Lip Tar set I purchased

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They are very thick and smeared super easy! The colors are Black Dahlia described as a blackened red, Anime described as vibrant neon pink, Momento described as a pink/plum neutral, and NSFW a true-balanced Red. All are gorgeous. I did previously purchase the Black Metal Dahlia and it is way prettier and a better tone BUT I think if I get the white or some other color to lighten the color it could be gorgeous on me. I do think on darker skins it would look awesome or if I had fuller lips.

I did not take a picture of the Sephora Eye Shadow’s I purchased. Here is a stock photo.

I purchased the Taupe Silver which arrived broke and has been returned and the Golden Taupe. Both were very pretty. The picture above is for the one I kept.

I am in love with my Tarte Off the Cuff 12-hour Blush Palette and Bracelet 

H ere is a Stock Photo of this one too.

From http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Tarte-Off-The-Cuff-Amazonian-Clay-12-Hour-Blush-Palette-Bracelet1.jpg

Next because I have thin lips and didn’t want to invest in a ton of lip pencils I purchased Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in Ozone.

So far I like it but I wouldn’t buy different colors.

From ASOS.com I purchased two things that had high reviews on Makeup Alley.

Bourjois Healthy Mix FOundation in 52 Vanilla

 

I am on the fence about it. It doesn’t seem to last all day or be anything special. I think it might go back. Plus the packaging was iffy to me and I am having issues letting it go.

Next is the Bourjois Bronzing Primer … it is a cool texture but I don’t really see that it does anything when worn under the foundation and as a primer I have no need for it to be on top?????

 

Well that is pretty much it other than the free samples from Sephora. I talk a little about them in the Youtube video I just posted. Go check it out too, please and subscribe if you like what I have to say and willing to stick it out while I improve my quality.

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LOTD’s

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The last one is my favorite. The other’s I don’t know if it is the product I am using or if I am doing something different but the pigment just isn’t there for eyeshadow. Most of these I am wearing Kat VonD foundation. I plan on doing a review soon.

Thanks for taking a peek!

**The Makeup Whisperer
{All I Desire Is To Empower And Beautify The World … No Matter The Situation}

Looks of the Day

These are some pictures I have taken of my eye make up and then basic face makeup the last few weeks. I do this mainly to see if the color combinations are as good in reality as they are in my head AND practice. If anyone has an question on what products are used let me know. I am thinking of doing this more often where I say what products I use. Of course that would mean I have to keep track and well I am good to get out the door on time most days. lol So the last couple of weeks I have been traveling to a larger city with a Sephora and getting free samples so far I thought at first I loved the Marc Jacobs foundation but it gets blotchy. My favorite so far is the Kat Von D which I am thinking hard core of purchasing. The hold up is I let myself get a little nature sun in the summer which has darkened me a smidgen so I am not sure how long I will be this coloring. My usual is a shade up from porcalin and even two years ago was porcelain. Has anyone else had that issue? Where their skin with age got darker? I am thinking I am in the sun a lot more due to my job but not sure.???

Without further ado…

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UGh I meant to have this posted sooner but we had internet issues. Again I hope you enjoy this post and the different looks and any questions in product please let me know 😀

**The Makeup Whisperer
{All I Desire Is To Empower And Beautify The World … No Matter The Situation}

Wet N Wild Mini Haul

I have been off since Thursday as I was on call the previous weekend. It really makes the potential stress for being on call worth it. I had appointments in town so I stopped at Walgreens. This was my finds. I have since returned the fairy princess one as it had no color payoff. My video will show you my surprise.

Fairy Fantasy Maker
Fairy Fantasy Maker
Fairy Fantasy Maker
Fairy Fantasy Maker
Vampriss Fantasy Maker
Vampriss Fantasy Maker
Vampriss Fantasy Maker
Vampriss Fantasy Maker
Fairy Fantasy Maker
Fairy Fantasy Maker
Swatches Silent Movie Era
Swatches Silent Movie Era and one of the cream colors of the vampriss line
Swatches of the army brat and the black icon pencil
Swatches of the army brat and the black icon pencil
Swatches of the Fantasy Makers
Swatches of the Fantasy Makers
Fantasy Makers Wet n Wild -- Silent Era and Army Brat
Fantasy Makers Wet n Wild — Silent Era and Army Brat
Fantasy Makers Wet n Wild
Fantasy Makers Wet n Wild
Fantasy Makers Wet n Wild
Fantasy Makers Wet n Wild

I put together a video on the mini haul and my immediate thoughts on the product here