The Bésame Cosmetics Series: The Snow White Collection

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Hello, lovelies!

Remember that blog post I teased a little while ago? Well, it’s finally time! Many of you already know that I’ve been planning an in depth review of Bésame Cosmetics’ Snow White inspired line of cosmetics and artifacts, and here it is! From the first “Storybook” eyeshadow palette released, to their cosmetic travel bag, I’ve acquired (almost) the entirety of the collection thanks in part to Bésame for sending me free products to review, and to my pocket book because some items I just HAD to have right away. That being said, despite being a Bésame Cosmetics lover for many years, I wanted to give an in-depth review talking about the ins-and-outs of this collection. What you absolutely NEED, what you can do without, and let’s be honest, what looks prettiest sitting on the shelf.

For those who aren’t entrenched in the world of Bésame and all the beauty it brings, their Snow White collection was created in official collaboration with Disney for Snow White’s 80th anniversary. This meant that they could combine their stunning vintage aesthetic with Snow White’s 1930s color palette. After looking through and researching the original artwork and colors used for the animation by the Disney Ink & Paint Department, Bésame carefully chose colors to recreate, and proceeded to make the most beautiful Disney-inspired makeup line in existence.  

 

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Since this is such an extensive line of cosmetics and I don’t wish to overwhelm you, I’m going to take it one batch of products at the time.

The Eyes

While Bésame is famous for their lipsticks (this collection boasts 11 shades alone!), I want to start my review by focusing on their eyeshadow palettes since this is a realm less explored by the brand. I’ll start out with a caveat: I am personally not much of an eyeshadow wearer. My general routine is a soft, subtle brown on the lids, and white along the lashes and brows to brighten them. As such, my opinions might differ a bit from the gals who regularly experiment with shadow and take a more current approach with their makeup. I’m all about doing my best to recreate vintage images!

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The first item released from the line was the “Storybook” palette (which is sadly no longer available, and I’m lucky to have snagged to start my collection). Of all of the cosmetics featured in the Snow White collection, this item is by far the most beautifully packaged – easily the purest jewel in the mine. From start to finish, this palette is pure Snow White. Not only is the whole thing packaged in the book that opens the original movie, but inside houses a small mirror, a detailed diagram of where each of the 20 shades presented were used on Snow White for her original artwork, and suggestions on how to recreate her face with their products. 

The colors themselves range from nudes to bright blues, reds, and yellows, making this quite the versatile palette. As is my preference, all shades are matte. Since my palette has gotten quite a bit of use since I bought it and is no longer pristine, I linked an image from their Instagram showing off the colors. It’s an accurate depiction of the shades, albeit the tiniest bit more muted than they are in real life. The pigmentation on these, when applied, is on the softer side and very blendable. They can be built up if desired, but I personally stay away from extreme shadows. 

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My current go-to shades for daily use (and what I’m wearing in the picture above) are Pastel 105, a white with just a hint of warmth to blend out under the brow bone and line the eye, Saddle 104, a light nude brown for the lids and to blend out to the brow, and Saddle 106, a soft brown with the slightest red undertone for the crease. I also find myself reaching for this palette when I want a 1960s look. The blues work wonderfully for the era, and I find the formula never settles into my creases, so I don’t have to worry about the brighter colors becoming a problem. Of the 20 shades, the bright red is the only one I haven’t found a use for (although this might be a deeply intrenched aversion from the one time I tried red shadow in my mid-teen emo days and was told I looked injured).

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On the flip side of this first palette, is Bésame’s recent release of two new eyeshadow palettes (which were shown in the original sneak peeks of the collection, but didn’t drop until last month). Unlike the “Storybook” shadows, the “Keep Singing” and “I’m Wishing” shadows are presented like traditional palettes and simply decorated with a color snapshot of the moment that inspired each one. As such, they’re a bit sturdier, hold more shadow, and are easier to keep clean. Luckily, the wear seems to be the same as the first palette, so I never have to worry about crease problems or fall out.

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“Keep Singing” Palette

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“I’m Wishing” Palette

Of the two, I have found the “I’m Wishing” palette to be much more useful than its sister. Although I’ll dip into one color for a look, I don’t find that the primary colors found in “Keep Singing” lend themselves to a single, cohesive eyeshadow look. The only exception to this is that when I run out of my every day shades from the “Storybook” palette, I plan to use this one. The White as Snow and The Fairest shades from “Keep Singing” work nicely for a similar nude look. That being said, this is a great supplemental palette to “I’m Wishing” because it helps add depth to dark 20s and 30s looks, and the only unwearable color for me is the bright yellow Destiny shade.

 

 

 

 

 

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“I’m Wishing” easily features my favorite collection of colors of the lot. The stunning rosey hues and pigmented blues are great for anything from 20s to 60s (and beyond!) I used this palette to create my dramatic, 1930s look pictured straight above, and was incredibly happy with the blending of colors (we ignore the brows – too thick to be tamed without going the glue route!).  A few days before that, I was able to use the palette for a soft pink version of my normal 50s/60s look.

 

 

 

 

 

If the packaging is irrelevant to your decision, and you can only afford one palette, I would say “I’m Wishing” is the way to go for a makeup user like myself. At $38, it’s about half the price the “Storybook” palette was, and I would say just as useful (and a bit more unique) in the shades it offers. The “Keep Singing” palette can probably be skipped as a base palette, but helps serve as a supplemental palette and technically completes the eyeshadow collection. And, of course, if you can get your hands on the “Storybook” palette, just do it. Don’t even think about it.

To purchase the “I’m Wishing” palette, head here.
To purchase the “Keep Singing” palette, head here.

The Face

Two items were released in this category: the “Ever After” translucent pearl powder, and the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge.

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The “Ever After” translucent pearl powder comes in a pretty little compact showing an image of Snow White on top that was taken from an original Snow White trading card, a mirror inside framed by a pretty little bird and bunny (a frame style echoed on the mirrors in their two newer eyeshadow palettes), and a small puff to apply.

As someone who’s never opted for a pressed powder for setting due to her dry skin, I was nervous to try it when it arrived in my selection of items to review. I needn’t have been worried as this is a very soft powder and goes on smoothly. I can’t seem to discern much of the boasted “pearl” feature – on my face or in the compact, so this is a subtle addition at best, and shouldn’t be used as a reason to purchase. I do appreciate that it’s a tinted translucent, but it’s a very pale tint, and I wouldn’t suggest this product for those with darker skin. The puff, while cute, is quite thin and flimsy. Although I do use it in a pinch, I would suggest using something sturdier to apply.

It definitely mattifies my face, evens it more overall, and helps set makeup more than the loose powders I have from Bésame; however, I find the affects of the brightening powders to be more my taste for my skin type overall. I’ve been using “Ever After” regularly since receiving it, and I’m still undecided on whether I would purchase this for myself again at $35.

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The “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge is one of my favorite Snow White items. I’m a sucker for Bésame’s cream rouges, so I was over the moon when I saw that they planned to include one in the collection. This one also has the best story of the lot. Before Bésame’s release, I had had no idea that actual blush was used for Snow White’s cheeks in the film. Since Bésame’s goal was to recreate real shades from the movie, using the “With a Smile and a Song” blush is essentially using the same blush that Snow did. Not that I’m a sucker for that type of thing, but…I definitely am.

This formula goes on just as smoothly as their previous two shades (Apricot and Crimson), and is just as easy to apply. I personally prefer applying it with my fingers and then blending it out with a blush brush as I find when the brush is used directly in the tin, it leaves it streaky in the jar and on the face. Bésame’s blush brush specifically works better with their powder blushes than their cream as it’s too soft. Color-wise, this shade is like the Apricot rouge’s lighter, pinker cousin. At $20, it’s more expensive than their current other two rouges, but “With a Smile and a Song” also comes in a much smaller container. As this formula of blush lasts for ages, I don’t really have a problem with it and would certainly repurchase if the need ever arose.

To purchase the “Ever After” translucent pearl powder, head here.
To purchase the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge, head here.

The Lips

And now, without further ado, we come to the lips. A whopping total of 11 shades of lipstick were released in the Snow White collection: the “7 Dwarfs” Mini Lipstick Set, “Snow White Red,” “Make A Wish,” “Love’s First Kiss,” and “One Bite,” as well as a trio of lip balms (the only item I’ve yet to acquire).

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Since I’m going to be releasing more youtube videos specifically reviewing and comparing their formulas like this one…

…I’m actually not going to go as in depth with the lipsticks, but more talking about the highlights of the products overall.

As a series of lipsticks, the Snow White shades generally lean toward pinks and peaches. Of the 11, only one is a red, two are darker brownish purples, and one is a shimmery top coat. My favorite of the lot is, of course, “Snow White Red.” I bought this one to add to my collection because I’m a red lipstick kinda gal, and I knew I had to have it soon as it dropped. It is also one of four full-sized shades sold individually, while the other 7 were released in miniature form as a set. It’s what I’m wearing in the images where I’m in my purple dress, and in my blue, and has become my go to shade along with their “Victory Red,” and “Bésame Red.” Its formula is comparable to the ones I reviewed in the video I just linked, so it comfortably lasts for ages without budging.

The same can be said about the formulas for their “Make a Wish” and “Love’s First Kiss” full-size shades. “Love’s First Kiss” (as worn right above) has fast become my favorite pink shade as it’s bright without being quite as…neon as shades like their “Exotic Pink.” I adore the subtle purple worked into the shade, and love the way it looks with my skin tone. “Make a Wish” (as worn right below) is a coral color with just the barest hint of rose to keep it from being a true orange shade. It’s softness makes it a very wearable coral, and would be a good option for those wishing to branch out from reds (or those who distinguish between day and night shades).

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“One Bite,” on the other hand, the final of the full-sized lipsticks released, wears closer to their medium-darkness shades (think “Merlot” and “Red Velvet”). Its formula leans toward the watery side making it easier to smudge, fade, and sink into lines than its sister lipsticks. Lipliner worn all over the lips is a must for this shade in order to keep an even look throughout the day. Although it looks thoroughly purple in the image below, it definitely has more of a brown tint to it, which is something new for me. I’m not 100% sold on how it looks, but I have a suspicion that when I get my hair touched up to pure black, I’ll like it better.

The “7 Dwarfs” minis are a perfect option for those looking to expand their lip color wardrobe without investing in a bunch of shades they might not use. For $35, you get to try 6 shades plus a top coat. The only negative with Bésame’s lipstick minis is that it’s QUITE easy for the lipstick to just…slip right out of their containers. They’re not housed in a particularly sturdy way, so one has to be a bit careful when applying. This is the case with all of their minis – not just the “7 Dwarfs.”

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Each color represents one of the dwarves, and each tube is decorated with the silhouette of the relevant dwarf. Of these shades, my favorite is Grumpy’s. It’s a beautiful color that doesn’t resemble any of Bésame’s other lipsticks, and is incredibly flattering on my skin tone. Sleepy, Bashful, and Happy work wonderfully for my brighter 50s and 60s looks, and I love Sneezy for 30s and cold-weather looks. My least favorites are Doc’s (I ain’t about that nude lip) and Dopey’s (I have difficulty actually using it as a top coat and never have a need for a pearly sheen by itself). I will say that it can be trying to remember which shade goes with which dwarf when trying to find the color I have in mind, but dang is the packaging idea adorable, making the slight inconvenience totally forgivable. Like the “Storybook” palette, I think these lipsticks show how this collection goes that extra mile in theming, and is a must-have for Snow White and Bésame collectors alike.

To purchase the “7 Dwarfs” mini lipstick set, head here.
To purchase the “Snow White Red” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “Make a Wish” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “Love’s First Kiss” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “One Bite” lipstick, head here.

At the End of the Day

If you’re reading this review, you’re most likely one of three things: an avid Bésame Cosmetics fan (such as myself), an avid Snow White fan (such as myself), or a vintage cosmetics lover (such as myself). I can wholeheartedly say that this collection will satisfy all of the above.

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For those hoping to expand their cosmetics range, I would suggest the “7 Dwarfs” mini lipstick set, and the “I’m Wishing” eyeshadow palette. For those looking for key Snow White themed items, I would suggest finding the “Storybook” eyeshadow palette, the “7 Dwarfs” lipsticks, and the Snow White cosmetic travel bag (which you can find here for $35). And for those just joining the vintage-inspired cosmetics train, I would suggest the “Snow White Red” lipstick, the “7 Dwarfs” lipsticks, and the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge.

What are YOUR must haves from this collection?

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

The Bésame Cosmetics Series: A 1950s Makeover

Welcome to the next installment in my Bésame Cosmetics series!

Having recently gained access to a higher quality camera, I knew I wanted to film my next video in my series focusing on my favorite vintage-inspired makeup brand as soon as possible. For this video, I made over my little sister by tossing her hair up in its first poodle hairdo, throwing her in a close-fitting wiggle, and making her face over exclusively with Bésame Cosmetics products. With the authentic product range that Bésame offers, its easy to create looks from any era, but I wanted to start with the routine that most closely resembles my daily routine.

List of products used:

Cashmere Foundation Stick in Bisque

1920 Black Cake Mascara

Mascara Brush Set

1915 Rose Delicate Rouge

1930 Raspberry Delicate Rouge

Violet Brightening Powder

Rose Brightening Powder

Vanilla Brightening Powder

Short Hair Contour Brush

1946 Red Velvet Lipstick

Travel Lip Brush

With the new camera at my disposal, I can finally really work on videos, so expect many more installments in this series as well as new hair tutorials! And I’m always open to suggestions.

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

The Bésame Cosmetics Series: Cashmere Foundation Sticks

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For those who have been longtime followers (and even those who’ve recently joined me for the ride), it has been no secret that my love for a certain vintage-inspired makeup brand is rampant. As such, I’ve been trying to find the time to put together proper review and how-to videos using their products showing off the one company who has earned my brand loyalty. Well…now is the time!

Bésame Cosmetics, founded by the stunning Gabriela Hernandez, is a makeup brand that constantly strives to recreate shades and formulations from the 1920s-1960s, all in the most beautiful, retro packaging. Although I can’t remember how I first discovered the brand, it was certainly years ago, and it began with their lipstick Red Velvet – a beautiful, incredibly wearable neutral red shade based on a 1946 color. Since then, I’ve collected (almost) the entirety of their lipstick range, cake mascara, cream and powder rouges, perfumes, powders, makeup brushes, and most recently, their new Cashmere Stick Foundations.

As their most recent product release, I wanted to start with a review of their Cashmere Stick Foundations as well as a mini how-to to show off how the foundation applies. Of their 8 shades, I tried 5 to find the perfect shade, and settled on my three favorites for concealer, foundation, and contour. You can catch the full review on my youtube channel:

I’m excited to get the first video of my Bésame Cosmetics series up and running and can’t wait to play with the video lights on their way to me so I can stop relying on ever-changing natural light! Stay tuned for more videos reviewing, swatching, and gabbing about this unique brand.

P.S., any other Bésame Cosmetics fans geeking out over their announcement of the new Snow White and Agent Carter range?

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

WEEKLY OUTFIT ROUNDUP (02/06/2017-02/12/2017)

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Although I was home applying to jobs most of the week, I still forced myself into a few outings to keep myself out of the laziness that comes from having to lie around at home the majority of the time. Luckily, I had an early Galentine’s Day celebration and a trip to the zoo to give me a reason for enjoying getting dressed.

Hope you enjoy this week’s looks!

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Friday’s Look

My best friend, lil sis, and I all celebrated Galentine’s Day together, so the outfit was naturally composed of hearts, reds, and pinks. I went with a casual look for my review of these FABULOUS jeans from Lady K Loves (which you can read here).

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Red Scarf: Thrifted
Sunglasses: Retro Sunnies “Ava” sunglasses in black
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
Pink Earrings: Etsy shop CRUZVINTAGE
Light Pink Cropped Peasant Top: Tatyana
Red & White Heart Brooch: Gifted
Red Bangle: Splendette
Hug Me Baby Jeans: Lady K Loves
Vintage Black Flats: Thrifted

Saturday’s Look

Yesterday’s look featured a rare combination, a summer top paired with a winter skirt. Since it’s generally either too hot or too cold here, I can rarely combine outfits, but since we decided to do some window shopping at a local downtown event, and the weather forecast featured the rare cloudy sky, I opted for a combo outfit to cover my bases. I was actually quite pleased with the color combination!

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1950s Silver Straw Hat by Noreen’s Fashions: Etsy shop VeryOaklandVintage
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
Flapper Brooch: Gifted
Teal & Blue Catalina Top: Thrifted
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Large Clear Starburst Bangle: Splendette
1950s Silver Purse: Etsy shop FromTheVanity
1940s Wool Skirt: Gifted
Black Seamed Tights: Transparenze brand from Amazon 
Clear Embellished Heels: Poshmark

Sunday’s Look

Decided to head to the zoo for the first time in at LEAST half a decade! Opted to wear my new-to-me vintage yellow top I found Saturday downtown by pairing it with a holiday skirt I won in a giveaway to make it less seasonal.

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Holly’s Resin Hoop Earrings in Red Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
Jiminy Cricket Brooch: Disney pin
1950s Yellow Western Top: Thrifted
Yellow, Green, & Light Brown Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Red Bangle: Splendette
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Holiday Harlequin Skirt: Custom from Etsy shop VioletsinMay1945
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Gold Flats: Poshmark

 

Loves & Desires of the Week: Besame Cosmetics’ Decades of Fragrances

If anything’s obvious about my cosmetic tastes, it’s that Besame Cosmetics’ lipsticks and blushes are my go-to items. When I first tried one of their lipstick colors, the gorgeous 1946 Red Velvet, I was astounded by how smoothly the lipstick went on and how long it lasted! Didn’t budge in the least after a long days’ work. And the rouge? Well, their Crimson Rouge is not only the only blush I use now, but has changed the way I do my make-up completely!

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While I’ve been dying to try their brightening powders and their various mascaras, as well as branching out into their pink shades of lip color, on the top of my Besame Cosmetics wishlist is their perfumes.

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As someone who’s incredibly picky with fragrances, but is always on the look-out for the more masculine, musky scents with a decadent feel, as soon as Besame began releasing their era-appropriate perfumes, and even included a set with samples from all decades, I became extremely excited!

No longer did I have to choose between 6 $68 fragrances that all sounded gorgeous, but I could get all of them for only $45! Sadly, the rollerball set sold out (twice!) before I had a chance to order it, so I have yet to try any of them. While many are also sold out as individual perfume bottles, I hope that Besame will restock all of them soon! Take a peek at the fragrances and their inspirations:

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While the 1940s one sounds the most immediately appealing to me, I hesitate to make such a costly purchase without being able to try it when all of the other scents sound just as wonderful. Do you have a favorite Besame Cosmetics perfume? Help me choose!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar