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1930 Noir Red


This is the latest Bésame lipstick I’ve purchased. (I want to reiterate that all the Besame products I’m posting about have been purchased with my own money and not received as promotional items.)

I’ve always had an affinity for the 1920s, flappers, and Art Deco style.

Here I am at a 1920s party several years ago

Since this color (and Blood Red) are replicas of 1920s colors (and Noir Red was part of the Gatsby collection several years ago.) I was very interested in them.

Here is the lipstick (with my powder rouge next to it.)

Noir red is a dark, blackberry color. It looks very dramatic against pale skin like mine. Some fair skinned people might not like that. (Depends on the looks you go for. As someone into goth style as well as rockabilly/vintage it’s right up my alley.)

Here’s a swatch of the color.

I really like this shade and am glad I bought it. I have also gotten a number of compliments since I started wearing it.

Here is another look at the color on me.

This is the third Besame lipstick I bought. I originally wasn’t planning on getting another one right now but when I saw this was based on Marilyn Monroe’s favorite color I couldn’t resist. (I’ve been a big Marilyn fan for years.)

The packaging is pretty as all Bésame lipsticks are.

The color is a bright, warm toned red. After reading reviews and looking at swatches I was a little concerned it would look too orange on me. After trying it I saw happily that It didn’t.

It feels light on the lips and wears well without feathering. The texture seems a bit creamier than some of the other Bésame colors but it doesn’t feel greasy or like it will smear a lot.

I am very pleased with the color and how it looks on me, and happy that I bought it.


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.


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.)