I love lipstick books

Here’s my second lipstick book, all the way from Australia: “Pout Perfect: The Complete Guide to Building Your Lipstick Wardrobe,” by Yishan Chan, aka @BeautySwatch:

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Pout Perfect book

It is so glossy and colorful… I cannot wait to really give it a good look through!

The other lipstick book I have is “Lips of Luxury,” by Jean-Marie Martin-Hattenberg, which I definitely recommend.

And I have “Lipstick: A Celebration of the World’s Favorite Cosmetic,” by Jessica Pallingston, on its way to me. It has lots of good reviews on Amazon, and I am totally looking forward.

I am going to need a whole bookshelf for all the lipstick books I want to collect (each one ever made).

More later; I have some drooling over glossy pages to do.

The Lipstick Lady

Besame Lipstick Review: Champagne and Coral

I recently received these two new Besame Classic Lipstick colors, and am really pleased.

Champagne and Coral:

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Besame Champagne and Coral Lipstick Review

besame classic lipstick review
Besame Champagne and Coral Lipstick Swatches

Although I am always excited about getting any new lipstick, I am generally more excited about colors such as red, rose, purple, fuchsia, or magenta. Colors with names like “Coral” or “Champagne,” usually don’t do it for me; I want bright and exciting and, well… colorful.

Idk, maybe it is just that Besame rocks every color so hard. But as soon as I opened my Besame Coral lipstick, I was wowed. I mean, I was in my car, by myself, straight out of the post office. I opened the package and the tube of lipstick, and I think I literally said “wow” out loud, with wide eyes and everything. This coral is gorgeous.

I lifted the tube to my nose and inhaled, and seriously wondered if Besame recently made some kind of enhancement to their formula so that the fragrance is even more intoxicating. Then, I glided the lipstick on, and as usual, the sensation was one of perfectly creamy smoothness. Not too liquid-y or too dry… just perfect.

And I was shockingly pleased with how this color looks on my mouth. It goes with my complexion, and I imagine it would look good on just about any other complexion. It’s a warm, somewhat deep, shiny orange with teeny-tiny specks of gold. The specks of gold give it a kind of holiday shimmer. And just when I thought nothing “orange” would ever really look good on me. But this is beyond anything typically orange. It is Of Another World.

Onto the Champagne color: these days I generally prefer a shade that darkens my lips from my skin tone, rather than lightens them. I went through a phase during my early teens when this lipstick color would have been the Holy Grail of all lipsticks. I think because I was obsessed with being tan, and lighter lips tend to make skin look darker.

But even with my current preference for deeper shades, I really like Champagne. It is a very shiny nude/beige color. It is similar to Debutante Pink, which I included in my other most recent Besame lipstick review, in that it is a light color that is very shiny and pretty. Champagne is just a light beige whereas Debutante Pink is a light pink.

I am super glad I went beyond my addiction to red Besame lipsticks into their other color options. There’s no argument: all of their hues are gorgeous. And I am fiending to try their latest addition, American Beauty. Go here and scroll over the swatch boxes to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Lipstick Lady

Lipstick Links!

lipstick linksHere’s a list of some lipstick-topical links I’ve collected recently. They’ve been piling up in my “Bookmarks,” and I figure I might as well share!

“Editorial: The Lipstick Reviews” at Beautylish

Lip product reviews at MakeupTalk

Lipstick Queen

“I always loved lipstick,” by Mamie Van Doren

“Pout Perfect” book, by Yishan Chan

Find cosmetics expiration date


The Lipstick Lady