The Chequered Lily Apothecary: New Shadow review and Giveaway *** closed ***

If you have followed me from the beginning, you know, I have a deep affection for Kimberly the owner of The Chequered Lily Apothecary. You can find her items for sale here on etsy. You can find special deals post and any updates in general on her facebook page. She always has a special going on. When you purchase a cumulative (meaning not just in one order but could be a couple) of 50.00 you get a free shadow.

She recently launched a Halloween line. Visit her shop and read the descriptions you can tell how much love and thought she has put into her work.

Here are the swatches.

Click picture to see the swatches better.

First is #162 Silent As The Snow – “Icy metallic pearl white with silver sparkle. ”

Next is #163 Form Of Mist – “Warm semi-sheer metallic pewter with lavender undertone.”

Then there is #165 Memento Mori – “Metallic charcoal grey with dark maroon undertone. ”

Lastly is #164 Bloodflower – “Rich metallic burgundy-red with red shimmer.”

My favorite is Bloodchilde but all are creamy and it didn’t take much to make this vibrant of a swatch.

Then there is a matching blusher and glitter.

Click picture to see the swatches better.

The glitter is #G12 Nightchilde – ” Ruby & crimson glitters blended with black and silver.”

The blusher is #B07 The Sinking Night – “Cool lavender-tinted matte medium grey.

The glitter is crazy pigmented. And I have other blushers so I can talk about the quality as they are creamy and a lot goes a long way. I have accidentally over powdered before so use sparingly. I think the color is creative and would look awesome on super pale or super dark skin.

Ok so the giveaway is a full size (she now has two sizes in the shadows with the full size being a really awesome looking jar — I wish I could keep it… can I win my own giveaway? lol) of Silent as the Snow.


To win this you must

  • Be over 17 years old
  • Located in the USA
  • Go to the Etsy shop and let me know if you found a favorite eyeshadow color.

Next Saturday I will draw a winner in a video with my youngest son 😀

Disclaimer: The samples in this post and the giveaway item was given to me by the company. I am not being compensated in any way and the opinions are my own.


Bh Cosmetics Haul

EDITED: The coupon is no longer valid. I did have the wrong one. The correct was instylejun2014 but it doesn’t work now either. I apologize. I still think worth it though as I have used the brushes and they are dense, soft,and super cute. 😀 To the person who commented about the wrong code thank you and I am really sorry I thought this code would last longer. I saw at two stores the July issue is already out so I am thinking that is why it is null. 😦 I promise I am not trying to be a bad blogger.

So the other day I let you folks know about a code to get new BH cosmetics brush kit for only 15.00. It is originally  28.95 and without the code is 24.95. The code is INSTYLE (If that doesn’t work let me know) I was not sent these items I purchased with own money and just sharing the deal I saw in the magazine. This is not so much a my thoughts review but a showing what I got. I may mention if I am happy with my purchase so far or not.

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I purchased two of the brushes. Not that I think the brushes are great as I have a couple and they were MEH and came apart after just a few months. I am hoping this was just a fluke and these will be better. I purchased them separately and were the cheaper ones. The main reason I got the brushes and two (besides the price) is the fan brushes and I wanted the canisters for my makeup artist kit. I see on youtube people use them to separate brushes from face and eye then clean and dirty.

Here are each of the brushes you get in the kit and what they are listed as.

Brushes Included:
Deluxe Fan Brush
Powder Brush
Angled Blush Brush
Classic Foundation Brush
Tapered Shadow Blending Brush
Classic Shadow Brush
Flat Eyeliner Brush
Angled Shadow Brush
Small Smudge Brush
Tapered Eye Liner Brush
Lip Brush

The fan one I wanted and love!!

What do you think of the set in person? At the very least they are super cute 😀

And since I can’t stand to pay for shipping I had to spend another twenty dollars. Which was ok as there was a few things I wanted to get and things are usually some level of sale on the BH Cosmetics website.

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So far I have used these three times this week and I really like… almost love the products. The blushes are four different colors “flower” types but I picked up mine based on the highlight like color.

Thoughts, Comments, and questions please leave below and check out my social media as well!!


Sephora Deal You Gotta Get!

This is a quick post to let anyone who wanted some of the Sephora Pantone color but didn’t want to pay the price IE the lipstick. Then right now this kit is a hella awesome deal.


The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set. It was originally 59.00 and on sale for 39.00 original value 110.00.

What it is:
An allover face and nail kit in limited-edition packaging to create chic looks featuring the Color of the Year—Radiant Orchid.

What it does:
This kit features everything you need to create chic trendy looks around the Sephora+Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. The Liquid luminizer features a soft Radiant Orchid-hued shimmer for a sophisticated glow. The hued cream blush is easy to wear, universally flattering, and features variable coverage for a soft flush or dramatic look. The all-day liquid eyeliner has a metallic finish in a shimmering Radiant Orchid hue. The shimmering nail lacquer pulls the look together.

This Set Contains:
– Cosmetic Bag
– Liquid Face, Eye, and Body Luminizer
– Cream blush
– Liquid liner
– Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick
– 0.3 oz Nail Lacquer in Orchid Chrome
– Get-the-look beauty card

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates

What else you need to know:
The limited-edition cosmetic bag in Radiant Orchid is simple, timeless, and large enough to fit brushes as well.

I got it with my own money yesterday and I have been wanting the lipstick and I don’t have very many brighter cream blush so I LOVE them both and the rest is MEH except the liquid thing is not as it is pure liquid glitter. It is pretty and if I would ever go out then yes it would be cool but in general NO. lol Oh and my thoughts are my own and not sponsored.

Do you own anything for the color of the year?

Comments, random thoughts, and questions please leave below and check out my social media please!!!

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What the video above on my initial review and then here is the pictures of what I purchased. The clown blush was an error when trying to show you the pigmentation

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here is the sample tube.


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If you want to try out the products with a discount check out their FB page. They are always running an x amount off.

Have you tried any of the products? Comments, questions. random thoughts leave them down below and of course check out my social media sites.


Battle of the Boxes: February 2014

This month I just have Birchbox and Ipsy. I am done with Glossybox. I am planning on trying beauty box five. I think it should start in March. This time I am going to take personal pictures in the results post. I am taking the photo from the sites on what they sent me with their descriptions.

In the Glam Bag:
February 2014

You received the below items in your February Glam Bag, crafted for you via ipsyMatchLearn more

POP Beauty
Plump Pout Mini


Nail Polish


City Color
Be Matte Blush


Tini Beauty
Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One


Intense Renewal Mask

See the rest of this month’s official products (and click each to reveal offers)
POP Beauty

Plump Pout Mini

This plumping pout perfector combines the high-shine of a lacquered gloss with the long wear of a stain and is packed full of lip-plumping peptides and avocado and jojoba oils. Lightweight, creamy texture immediately merges with lips & delivers intense glossy color for an extremely long-lasting finish!

Nail Polish

This season’s Zoya Nail polish are full of pure pigment, intense color and modern complexity that are a perfect transition into Spring.  ***** Please Note I gave this to a friend but will review the brand in general.
City Color

Be Matte Blush

Available in 4 shades, this silky-smooth, highly pigmented matte blush compliments and blends evenly with your skin’s natural glow. Extremely buildable to create a subtle or dramatic look.

Tini Beauty

Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One

Say goodbye to creasing and fading with Eyetini Eye Cordial Shadow Tint & Base. Eye Cordial’s revolutionary formula glides on beguiling creamy color and sets to a transfer-resistant finish that doubles as a wear-extending base under powder shadow.Directions: Just sweep on with wand, blend with fingertips or brush, and allow to set. Add additional shades or powder shadow as desired to create gorgeous eyes that make it through last call.


Intense Renewal Mask

Unleash levels of moisture that make hair more resistant to breakage from future styling and color treatments with the protective properties of NuMe’s Intense Renewal Mask. Your hair will show drastic improvement and superior results after the first treatment. With a special blend of powerful ingredients, the restorative and rejuvenating effects of the Intense Renewal Mask will leave hair feeling replenished, and alive.Directions:
After shampooing with NuMe Shampoo, apply a small amount of NuMe Intense Renewal Mask to wet hair. Comb through to evenly distribute product over the entire head of hair, focusing on the ends. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes depending on how dry or porous your hair is. Rinse thoroughly. Use weekly or as needed. For the best results, follow with NuMe Finishing Serum.

So that is my Ipsy items. I paid for the bag myself but if you are interested in joining… I would appreciate you using my link here. I do not get monetary compensation but points for items.

This Month's Box

COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face

Birchbox Breakdown

Slathering on sunscreen can seem more like a chore than a proper primping ritual, but COOLA’s standout facial tint has us (gasp) actually looking forward to applying SPF. The silky, mousse-like consistency is a far cry from the greasy lotions we’re used to, and it gives us lasting sun protection without an overpowering scent. Made with 70 percent organic ingredients—including plenty of antioxidants—the eco-friendly formula dries down to a matte finish. The subtle beige tint evens out skin tone and masks flaws. It works best for light to medium complexions.

Harvey Prince Hello

Birchbox Breakdown

Allow us to introduce you to your new warm weather scent. For their latest fragrance, the brother duo behind Harvey Prince decided to mimic the joy of waking up to a warm day with the sun shining and the flowers blooming. The resulting blend is an energizing mix of citrus and floral notes that will keep you optimistic even when you get up on the wrong side of the bed.

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara

Birchbox Breakdown

While picking blackberries in her garden, 100% Pure founder Susie Wang noticed that the fruit stained her skin a beautiful deep red color—and had an epiphany: All-natural pigments could mimic the brilliance of harsh artificial dyes, minus the irritating side effects. Years later, after earning a high-powered degree from Berkeley and spending countless hours in the lab, 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara was born. Made with antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, the eco-chic mascara lengthens and fortifies even the sparsest lashes.  ****** I gave this to my friend as well so will not be able to direct review but can give my thoughts on it as a product.

DDF® Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew

Birchbox Breakdown

In an effort to battle an abundance of unwanted shine, we sometimes err on the side of going too matte, caking on unflattering layers that make skin appear dull and dry. This lightweight oil-free moisturizer works on all skin types—yes, even acne-prone—to replenish moisture without clogging pores. A mix of aloe vera, vitamins A, C, and E, and grapeseed extract hydrate, leaving skin soft and dewy (not overly shiny and certainly not lackluster).

Agave Healing Oil Treatment

Birchbox Breakdown

Mexico’s blue agave is best known as the source of tequila, but we’re also intoxicated by its ability to moisturize and strengthen hair. Agave extract is a key ingredient in this healing oil treatment created by Beverly Hills hairdresser Fernando Romero (Romero, an Acapulco native, calls agave “nature’s smoothing secret.”). The lightweight oil helps hair build resiliency as it boosts vibrancy, shine, and color. We’ll raise a glass to that!

And that is it for birchbox. The same disclaimer for Ipsy signing up is for Birchbox. Here is my link if you’d like to join and use my link I would appreciate it.

Please leave any comments or questions below :D

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TAG: Best of Beauty 2013

I newly discovered blog I follow form wordpress is The Beauty Deputy and she did a beauty tag and said anyone can do it so I am lol. I decided to mine as a youtube video though and it is in two parts as I kept adding items. Here is the first part.

Please leave any comments or questions below 😀

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GRWM — High Maintenance Work Day Part Two.

We left off at the end of the  section with this look.

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To start with the face painting, I started with a new fave foundation. Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour hydrating foundation. The color I use is 1.2 warm fair and retails for 42.00. I use Mac Fix +. It retails for 21.00 and the reason I dampen the brush if I feel it helps “meld” the foundation evenly into the skin. I haven’t really mentioned the brushes or prices of them much as I have a hodge podge of lower ended brand brushes. The one in the picture is the Sonia Kashuk synthetic flat top multipurpose brush that retails for 15.79.

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Next I attempt to brighten and conceal my under eye area. I used the new Bare Minerals concealer  (18.00) I bought in Bisque. This was the day using it and I am not sure how I feel about it yet. I use the BM flat concealer brush  (20.00) for it and then set it with the BM Well Rested powder (18.00) and their blending fluffier brush (18.00). I usually like a much more brighter color but I think it did what it should and mask the darkness. Boy I look grumpy in this picture. lol

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Back to the all over foundation….. As you can see the Smashbox Studio Skin gives me an even palette to color. This is the real reason for foundation. It is to smooth, blur, and mask life given imperfections. Next on this day, which makes it a high maintenance make up day, I use Bare Minerals foundation for added coverage as the studio skin is (in my opinion) a light coverage though I find it does last all day. It retails for 27.00 each but I got it at a great discount as part of the get ready kit. I blend two formulas and colors. I use Medium which is a cool darker color in original formula and blend with the warm yellow lighter color Golden Fair Matte formula. I used the BM Handi Kabuki Brush. It retails for 20.00. The brush is much better than the larger Kabuki but BM brushes really are not of good quality for the price. I find they shed and splay like crazy. I went out and bought brush guards for the few I have and it has helped the splaying and the brushes to help keep the integrity of the brush. Ok finally a half smile and I like how it gives the skin a natural glow without a huge make up looking difference.

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On this day I used NYX Mosaic  powder in Silk I got from an Ipsy bag (10.00 a month and I recommend even if the month is Meh, you still get something worth the money). The blush retails for  7.00. MAC MSF in lightscapade which retails for 30.00 and NYC bronzer in Sunny. It retails at different prices since a drugstore item but it is roughly 3.oo which is a total steal! I used the EcoTools Complexion blending brush from the Flawless Face Set. I have two of these sets as I got them on sale at half off last year when they were new. I love all the brushes in this kit and it retails for 14.99. I put the MAC on forehead above my eyebrows, down my nose bridge, my cupids bow, and chin. Then I use the bronzer on my upper forehead and temples then on my lower cheek area and jawline. I finish with the blush along my cheek bone into my hairline. I do it all with the one brush. I am not sure if the picture does it justice.

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I set all the face steps with BM Mineral Veil with the large Kabuki Brush I mentioned above. I don’t think this is an exceptional setting powder but I am using it while I have it as it come in the starter kit as well.

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I finish the look with a lip product, mascara, and eye brow mascara tamer. For my lips day I used my newest lip item a crayon from Be A Bombshell in Hot Damn, It retails for 14.00 but I got it in my Ipsy bag. I love the color and it is a nice matte formula which I was not expecting. I love this Two Faced mascara in Better Than Sex. I just wish it wasn’t 23.00 as I just can’t justify that price tag for a mascara. Click on the link to see how thick and shaped the wand is. I don’t think the formula is special but I love that wand. I am going to keep the wand when this runs out and see if I can use it on other less costly formulas. The other item is a brown mascara but I use it on my eyebrows. I wish I had gotten more when I saw them on sale at walmart. It is I think  brand called Geo Girl??? But not sure.

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Here is the final look. I wish I would have smiled but I think I didn’t realize I wasn’t 😦 I am frowning at that. lol

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I hope you enjoyed this series. I liked doing it and might make it a monthly feature.

Thanks for stopping by and any questions just leave below!

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

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