Besame Cosmetics: Delicate Rouge Blush Review

When it comes to make up, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. I love the way it can transform the face, enhancing features whilst concealing others. I also adore the way it can be used alongside a vintage look to further enhance that look. For instance, a classic red lip immediately finishes a retro 1950s style.

In some ways, I feel I should be more adventurous with make up, and question why this is not the case. I am adventurous with my clothing and hair, experimenting with different styles and genres. Maybe, when it comes to make up, I am a tad cowardly. Of course, I love a red lipstick. In fact, pretty much all my lipsticks are shades of red, from dark berry to bright corals. I tend to steer clear of pink, as I find it makes me look a tad unwell (perhaps I have just been using the wrong shades for my skin tone).

My usual make up products consist of: very light touch of foundation, powder, blush, eyebrow pencil and lipstick. Generally, I do not wear eye make up (as it usually ends up irritating my eyes or melted-off into the crease of my eyelids. Not attractive). But, on occasion I do  *and let it be noted, for these pictures I am indeed wearing eye make up – eyeshadow, mascara and a swipe of white liner in the inner rim*.

Anyway, whilst I may not be wildly adventurous when it comes to make up, I am of course interested in it. One such company that commands my complete attention is USA based Besame.

Launched in 2004, the company specialises in recreating authentic colours and formulations. Usually, when a cosmetics company focuses on vintage shades, they tend to hone-in on the 1950s or 1960s. Besame however, cover the entire first half and beyond of the twentieth century.

I was lucky enough to receive two matchbox testers of their Red Hot Red and Besame Red lipsticks from a make up masterclass with Vanessa Frankenstein last year (which you can read about here). Not only are the colours period appropriate, but the packaging is so beautiful.

So, onto the point of this rambling, long blog post. A few weeks ago, I had to go away for a few days. Upon packing my blusher, I accidentally dropped it, and it broke. So, I now found myself in need of a new blusher to replace my old one with. Immediately, I thought of Besame. But, there was a problem. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ALL THE UK STOCKISTS OF BESAME? Seriously, if anyone knows the answer to this question, please let me know in the comments. I checked all the places that I had known did at one point or another, stock Besame – only to find them all no longer carrying the brand. Through an Instagram conversation with Eleanor (@valle_mortis) I discovered that Beauty Bay were stocking Besame in the UK. At this point, you may cry ‘but why did you not just purchase from the Besame website?’ – because they only ship to the USA. And even if they did ship to the UK, I dread to imagine the shipping and customs charges.

Now, onto the actual product. The sturdy outer cardboard box is beautifully illustrated, and lists all the ingredients, along with the shade number. Opening the box, a gorgeous round compact is revealed, that fits nicely into the palm of the hand. Unscrewing the lid, a little round mirror is contained affixed to the inside. The blush itself is generous, at 4.5grams. To attempt to put that into context, my previous blush – Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush only contains 2.5grams.

The blush features a beautiful Besame logo, which I know will eventually wear away with use. To apply, I dabbed my brush into the product. Initially, I was surprised at how loose the particles were. With my Bourjois blush, I had to work the brush right into it to get any product. However, with Besame Delicate Rouge, the product particles are very loose, so you only need to dab gently at the product with your brush. I then spotted the blush onto each cheek. Next, I used the back of my hand to swirl away the excess blush from the brush, then proceeded to work the brush into each cheek to blend the blusher.

The shade I selected was 1915 Rose, and I absolutely adore it. Compared to my previous Bourjois blush, the difference in tone when I compared the two side-by-side did disturb me initially (I used 74 Rose Ambre in Bourjois). However, the 1915 is a beautiful pink rose shade. It recreates a natural flush perfectly, putting me in mind of a heroine from a romantic novel (Room with a View anyone?)

I have a feeling this blusher is going to last me a very long time, not only due to the actual amount of product it contains, but also due to not needing to actually apply all that much. Initially it may seem lunacy to spend over £20 on a blusher, but providing I don’t drop this one(!) I imagine I will be using it for a good few years.

Details

  • Blusher – Besame Delicate Rouge in 1915 Rose. Find via Besame’s website, or on Beauty Bay if in the UK
  • Brush used – Real Techniques Multi Task Brush (purchased as part of a set from Superdrug last year)

Where to find Besame Cosmetics in the UK

*This may be subject to change/edits in the future, but as of October 2016 this information is assumed correct*

If anyone knows of any additional UK stockists of Besame, do let me know in the comments!

Until next time dears!

 

Make Up Masterclass with Vanessa Frankenstein

When it comes to make up, I am a bit lazy. I normally just wear the least amount I can feasibly get away with, and I only wear eye make up on very rare occasions. This is partly due to finding that spending that much time staring at myself in the mirror is boring and disconcerting, and partly due to the fact that most eye make up products that I have worn in the past just never stayed in place; and inevitably my eyeliner/mascara would end up smudged underneath or around my eyes.

So when I discovered that one of my favourite models and Instagrammers Vanessa Frankenstein was holding a make up masterclass, I was definitely on board! The class was to be held at Scarlet Rage Vintage, which is also one of my favourite vintage clothing shops. I had the pleasure to meet both Jade (the owner of SRV), and Vanessa last year when I attended the launch of Scarlet Rage Vintage pop-up shop in Camden. I was so excited to be seeing them both again, and to get the opportunity to visit SRV flagship store for the first time!

After getting to know everyone in the class (which was pretty nerve-racking for me, as even though the group was small, I panic a bit *read – a lot* when talking to groups of people. But it was really interesting finding out where everyone came from, what their careers and hobbies were etc); we then commenced with the class.

For this demonstration, Vanessa was recreating a Betty Grable inspired 1940s make up look on her model Nicola. This look was to be a fresh-faced take on the innocent girlish 1940s style, taking you through from daytime to night time easily. She talked us through prepping the skin, applying foundation then concealer afterwards, using a brush to apply the foundation to the face. She then talked us through contouring, a concept which I find slightly terrifying as a make up beginner. But Vanessa demonstrated it clearly, and I can see how the foundation ‘flattens’ the skin, so contouring brings definition back into the face.

Next was the blusher, which I actually do not use myself. But, Vanessa used Besame Apricot Cream Blush, and I am so tempted to get some! I have always veered away from blusher, as my pale skin flushes easily, so I am scared I may look clownish. But actually, the blush Vanessa demonstrated looked so lovely, so natural, dewy and youthful – that I may have to start using some. Vanessa asked Nicola to smile, so that the apples of the cheeks were apparent, then blended the blusher directly onto the apples of the cheeks.

After the eyebrows, she then talked us through creating a 1940s eye, using eyeshadows, mascara and false lashes. All of these things fill me with an uncomfortable feeling of fear, but seeing how Vanessa expertly applied the make up to create a beautiful effect has changed my mind. I particularly loved how the false lashes were trimmed and applied to the outer edges of the eye only, creating a natural but beautiful wide-eyed look. Before applying the false lashes, Vanessa curled Nicola’s lashes with an eyelash curler, then gently added the false lashes. After this, the mascara was applied to help the real and false lashes blend together and appear more natural.

Lastly, creating a 1940s lip. Vanessa showed us that by using two different shades of red lipliner, you can achieve a lovely depth to the pigment. Using an orange-based red first, Vanessa drew around the lips, then filled them in. Then, taking a darker red liner, Vanessa then started to create depth and dimension to the lips. I had never thought of using lip liner to fill in my lips entirely, I had only used it to draw around them to ‘contain’ the lip colour that I would then apply on top. But by using lip liner to fill in the lips, it creates a great base for your chosen lip colour to sit on, making your lip colour last longer. Besame Red Hot Red was then applied on top as the ‘main’ lip colour.

To finish, a light dusting of Besame Vanilla Powder was applied, just to combat any shine and ‘set’ the make up.

I think you will agree that Nicola looks absolutely stunning in the pictures! Vanessa is truly a highly talented and skilled make up artist, and I’m so happy I got the opportunity to learn from her.

As a special surprise, we were each given a goodie bag, which contained some Besame products! Swoon! I have been wanting to buy some Besame make up for years and years, but have never been able to decide on what colour lipstick to get, or which shade of blush. Now I can try out Red Hot Red & Besame Red shades and see what I think, hurrah!

It was a lovely evening, and I also to got to meet and chat with the lovely Siri, who I have been following on Instagram for a while now. It was especially amazing to meet her, as we both share a passion for lingerie, and she actually lives in Denmark, so I was excited that she was here in London for a visit.

Thank you so much to Jade and Vanessa for a fabulous evening, I’m sure I will be back to swoon over all the beautiful vintage pieces in the shop before long!

Until next time dears x