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February 2019

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Red Velvet 1946


This is one of the colors that introduced me to the Bésame Cosmetics brand. (It didn’t hurt that it was the color worn by Hayley Atwell on the Agent Carter TV show.)

It is a beautiful dark red and I have been loving it ever since I got it earlier this month.

The packaging is beautiful too.

It applies smoothly, like the other Bésame lipsticks I’ve tried and feels light on the lips.

I was concerned at first that I wouldn’t like the shade or it would be too dark but both concerns turned out to be unfounded.

The color looks great on me and works with a variety of outfits. It has become one of my go-to colors and I’ve been wearing it a lot.

Here is another look at the color with a different outfit.

I would definitely recommend this color to anyone who likes red lipstick and lipstick History.

Check it out here. Bésame Cosmetics


I was doing some reading online recently and happened on some articles about makeup from the 90s. These articles also mentioned Caboodles tackle boxes. That immediately made me think about my own teenage years and the Caboodles cases I had.

I probably got my first one when I was in middle school or high school. I remember seeing the ads in magazines and asking for one for Christmas and how middle school me was disappointed when I received a knock off whit tackle box instead of a Caboodles box. (I did get an actual Caboodle some time after that.)

After high school I had a medium sized blue Caboodles box that I used to carry my work tools. I worked at a distribution center at that time. Most people used shoe box’s for their things. I thought the plastic box was cooler looking. (Not to mention sturdier.)

I had that box up until a few years ago when it started looking worn.

A short time after that I got the one I still have now. I can’t remember exactly where I found it. It was either a garage sale or a thrift store though.

You can see it is slightly worn, but still in very good shape.

I’m also not sure of the exact age of it but it looks like one from the late 80s/ early 90s and not one of the rereleased ones.

I love it for the nostalgia factor and for all the space it has for holding and organizing things.

Here are some more images of the box and it’s current contents.

Speaking of blasts from the past, I found I had a couple vintage items in the Caboodle.

These are a couple of limited edition Christian Dior lipstick sets. They are probably from the late 90s. I don’t use the actual lipstick colors now but I think they are really cool looking.

I wish there was a way to refill these because they are very unique and it would be cool to be able to carry them again.

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V for Victory (Red)

 As I mentioned in the previous post, I’ve been a red lipstick lover for years. Last week I was doing a Google search for something 40s makeup related and a few of the links I went to mentioned Bésame Cosmetics. I had never heard of the brand before. Seeing as that I am a fan of all things vintage beauty I was immediately interested.
I checked out their website and was taken by the beautiful packaging and the variety of red lipsticks available. I was also interested to learn about the Agent Carter 1946 collection. Unfortunately, as commonly happens with me I was finding out about it a few months after the fact and it was mostly sold out. I did find the powder and eyeshadow palette on another site. (Those will be featured in future posts.) I’m gutted I couldn’t find the Sweet Dreams lipstick though.
I also saw they had a special set with Victory Red lipstick and nail polish and a cool looking pin. I ended up ordering that and a Red Velvet lipstick.
Here is what the set looks like.
I thought the packaging was very cool looking. (As was the pin.)
I tried the lipstick and nail polish several days ago. (I’ll review the nail polish in another post.) 
The packaging really is very pretty in person.
I had read a number of reviews of the color and was looking forward to wearing it. I was also slightly apprehensive because several reviews talked about the squared off shape of the lipstick being awkward to use and that the lipstick transfers easily.
Once I put it on I knew I had nothing to worry about.
The lipstick applied easily and I had little trouble with the shape. (The fact that I have full lips might help with that. I can imagine someone with thin lips might find it a bit more challenging..)
I had been concerned that it would have too much slip or be greasy. I found instead that the texture was semi-matte as promised and felt like nothing on my lips.
The color is a bright, true red that is somewhat blue based. I thought it looked very good with my fair skin.
I followed the suggestion to apply, then blot, then apply again. I found that left a nice finish with little transferring. (There was still some so if you are used to super matte or ultra long wearing lipsticks you might be displeased. I personally don’t worry about that or care if lipstick transfers a little.) It wore well for the four hours I had it on, even after being out in a snowstorm.
I didn’t try eating with it on because I generally remove my lipstick before eating or drinking because I don’t like eating lipstick.
Here’s a closer up look at my lips. (I’m still getting the hang of taking close up makeup photos.)
Overall I am extremely happy with the color and wear and think this will be one of my go to reds. 


Welcome to the chaos!

Since it’s Valentines month I thought I would focus on red lipstick and other makeup.

I’ve had a love affair with red lipstick for as long as I can remember. There’s just something about the color that makes me feel powerful whenever I wear it.

There is also the aspect of history and old Hollywood glamour that appeals to a vintage fan like me.

Here is just a part of my red lipstick collection.

I just love trying different shades and variations on the color and different textures like matte and glossy. You can’t go wrong with a classic red lip. It goes with almost everything and elevates a casual outfit into something special.

Here I am wearing one of my favorite reds, MAC Russian Red.

I first bought this color a number of years ago when I was on vacation in San Francisco. It’s been a consistent go-to ever since. The rest of my makeup in the picture is MAC as well. (And looks surprisingly good considering it was done in the morning and the picture was taken in the early evening.)