Besame Lip Balm

While I’m on this Besame kick, I thought I’d write a quick review of the Sweetheart Balm colors I have so far. I mentioned the Tangerine color in my recent post of beauty product recommendations, and I’ve since then also received the Sweet Rose color. Both appear in the photo below, with Sweet Rose on the left.

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I was already in love with Tangerine, but I personally like Sweet Rose even better. The scent of Sweet Rose is more soft, subtle, and musky, whereas Tangerine is fruity and a bit more… I guess you could say invigorating. Like, it’s more intense and tangy, which I definitely do not dislike. On most days, however, I prefer the more subtle effect of the lighter color. I find I like the way Sweet Rose looks on my lips better, too, giving them a soft, pinkish shine, as opposed to the more vibrant dash of red produced by the other.

Both glosses can stand alone, or look amazing when paired with the right Besame matte lipstick. The other two Besame Sweetheart Balm flavors (which I totally want) are Cherry and Peach. Besame Sweetheart Balm is a great gift for yourself or anyone in your life who might like a lovely little addition to her boudoir vanity. It’s a high-quality balm that I wear nearly every day, and even to bed many nights.

I hope you found this review helpful!

The Lipstick Lady

Besame: Kenley Collins Scarf and Lipstick Set

As I mentioned in my review of Besame’s 1920s Deco Collection, my favorite vintage-style makeup store currently also has another special “set,” which is the Kenley Collins Scarf and Lipstick Set.

If you have watched “Project Runway,” you might remember Kenley Collins from Season 5. She was the saucy, 1940s-inspired designer with the nasally voice, who was labelled the show’s “problem child” by fashion mentor Tim Gunn. Kenley Collins also returned to the show a second time for “Project Runway All Stars.”

I really loved the clothing designs she came up with for the individual competitions, and was also a fan of her collection as a finalist on Season 5. I’ll admit that I was also a fan of the bitchy, stuck-up attitude that seemed to put her out of the favor of most other people, both on the show and in the audience. I just liked that she was different, and a badass, and that she didn’t give a hoot. And I liked her even more when she exhibited a new level of maturity upon her return to the show, for “All Stars.” She had “grown up” a good deal, and proved she could actually be pleasant to be around, while still somehow retaining her badass-edness.

Well naturally, when I saw that she and Besame were collaborating on a scarf and lipstick set, I knew had to have it. I first learned about the set from the YouTube promotions that Kenley did with Besame’s founder, Gabriela Hernandez:

I am glad I got the set, despite my realization that the scarf really does not go with any of my outfits, or even any of the decor in my house. While I appreciate the design as a stand-alone piece, it really doesn’t fit my personal style, and I doubt I will ever wear it. However, I like having it. The chiffon feels wonderful to touch, and I just keep it in an area of my house with all my lingerie and hosiery and gloves, just enjoying it being there.

I do love the color of the limited edition lipstick, which is called “Kenley Red.” And I have already been wearing that.

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kenley red lipstick swatch

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In my first Besame lipstick review I noted the similarity between the colors Besame Red and Red Hot Red. Well, I found that Besame Red is even more similar to Kenley Red than it is to Red Hot Red. The photo below actually shows the differences between swatches quite well, considering that, in certain lighting, a difference can hardly be detected at all.

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besame lipstick swatches

It seems that Kenley Red has maybe a pinch more warmth, like a bit more of a raspberry hue than Besame Red. And because I do love raspberry hues, Kenley Red might just be my favorite of the three. Still, the colors are so very close to one another. The Besame lipstick colors I have so far are either bright red or dark red, and I have six tubes. I am excited to have more on the way, which will fall more into the pinkish category. It will be nice to try a color from them that’s really different.

Overall, I like the Kenley Collins Scarf and Lipstick Set by Besame, and look forward to more limited edition and special collections from them in the future.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy mouth-painting!

The Lipstick Lady

Besame: 1920s Deco Collection

I adore Besame lipstick, as you can see from my previous Besame lipstick review. I hope to write many more reviews in the future, because that would mean that I somehow got my makeup-greedy little hands on more of their products. On the official Besame website, there are currently two special “sets” for sale. One is theĀ 1920s Deco Collection, which this entry will be a review of, and the other is the Kenley Collins Scarf and Lipstick Set, which I plan to review in the near future.

Below is the little advertisement flier for the 1920s Deco set. Their marketing is just brilliant. How could this not appeal to every woman in the world interested in vintage and retro glamor?

1920s Deco Collection
The 1920s Deco Collection includes the Besame “Noir Red Lipstick” and the Besame “Black Liquorice Lip Glaze.” The packaging is gorgeous, as you can see in the photos below.

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The boxes that the lipstick and lip gloss came in:
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The red velvet lipstick pouch that all my Besame lipsticks so far have been packaged in:

Decorative tubes:

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The lipstick color seems fairly darker on my lips than it looks in the Besame flier I posted above. It still looks good, in my opinion, but I’d wear it only on those days I feel I want to look kind of dramatic in a moody sort of way. I am now in my 30s, and I can imagine flipping head over heels for this lipstick set when I was a goth girl in my late teens and early twenties. Still, I find the color wearable, and even quite attractive, for certain days and events.

I really like the liquorice fragrance of the gloss. If you like black liquorice, you might love the way this gloss smells, and how it tastes on your lips. I think it looks good on top of the lipstick it comes with, but also can stand by itself on an otherwise naked mouth.

Besame lipstick and gloss are always good quality, and I would recommend this set to anyone who likes really dark red lipstick and a vintage vibe.

In appreciation of your viewer-ship,

The Lipstick Lady