Elegant beauty with BESAME Cosmetics

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There is something so unique about Besame Cosmetics. It’s in a class of its own with their elegant packaging and glamorous shades. It’s always been a small independent brand but now it’s starting to be available at Sephora so hopefully more people will be introduced to the wonder of Besame.

Besame Cosmetics by Gabriela Hernandez was influenced by her grandmother from Buenos Aires. She considered her to be a sophisticated beauty and wanted to emulate her. Gabriela’s dream came true when she created the cosmetic brand of her dreams, Besame, in 2004. It’s always been a cult favorite especially in places like Hollywood.

We were sent two of her wonderful products for this article and we feel that much more sophisticated ourselves now!

MARCIA’S PRODUCT:  Apricot Rouge

Apricot Rouge from Besame

Apricot Rouge from Besame

When we received the package from Besame, Lisa didn’t have to ask me which product I wanted. She knew that I love cream blushes and that this would be made for me.

Besame Cream Rouge packaging

Besame Cream Rouge packaging

Besame Cream Rouge is available in 2 shades, Apricot and Crimson ($22). You can’t help but be swept away by the timeless packaging. It’s such a pleasure to have this on your dressing table and know that inside you’ll have the finest of products. These are made to be worn on both lips and cheeks but I really only use it on my cheeks. If I were to put this in an evening bag though this would serve double duty.

Besame Apricot Rouge

Besame Apricot Rouge

I don’t have the best of cameras so my photo shows this as scarily bright, actually though it’s a beautiful and soft shade of apricot. I’d say it’s more of a neutral shade than cool or warm. There’s a pink undertone that comes through making this a pleasure to wear.

Besame Apricot Rouge

Besame Apricot Rouge

Besame Apricot Rouge

Besame Apricot Rouge

The things I really appreciate about the blush are that it has no fragrance, applies easily, the tin is big and will last a long time. My past experience with Besame made me stay away from lipsticks and creams because I noticed a fragrance but, to my delight, this is fragrance free. I’m thrilled that the tin is large enough for my finger since that’s a rarity in itself. The wear is not as long as I’d like but it does last about 6 hours before I notice fading. In addition it doesn’t make my pores look like craters.

Besame Apricot Rouge

Besame Apricot Rouge

LISA’S PRODUCT :  Debutante Pink Lipstick

No one does vintage like Besame Cosmetics. The exact shade reproductions and spot on packaging make this line one of my favorites. The lipsticks are dreamy…a red velvet pouch envelops a golden bullet-shaped lipstick which is neatly nestled inside. The pouch is a perfect carrying case for the small tube, which holds more lipstick than you’d think.

The elegant packaging for Besame Lipsticks

The elegant packaging for Besame Lipsticks

Besame Lipstick

Besame Lipstick

Debutante Pink is a shade from 1967. It’s a light pink silver shimmer with a semi-matte finish. One coat gives lips full coverage because of the high amount of pigment.

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I love this shade because it’s feminine and flirty. The silver shimmer gives lips depth and it doesn’t get frosty even though it’s a 1967 color! Plus I am a huge fan of the lipstick’s shape – the flat top is exactly what I prefer.

Besame Debutante Pink Lipstick swatched

Besame Debutante Pink Lipstick swatched

The shade may be vintage, but the coverage and wear is definitely modern-day. The formula includes mod ingredients like squalene, vitamin C, and aloe. I love getting the best of both worlds, the past and present. There is no doubt that more Besame is in my future, too!

Be sure to check out besamecosmetics.com for their rouge, lipstick, powder, mascara, and pencils in vintage reproduction packaging with exact vintage shades.  Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @BesameCosmetics for daily tips and the latest product information.

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Lisa from Beauty Info Zone visits her fantasy Desert Island

My fellow Beauty Spotlight bloggers have banished me to a desert island, and I can only bring 12 products (with sunscreen and lip balm already generously provided).  Ok, it’s my fantasy so I am going to let you know up front I am NOT going alone. Nope, on my trip to a deserted island I am accompanied by JOE.

One sniff of Lavanila Vanilla Coconut and I am here.  With Joe.

Here’s my deserted island. And here is Joe.

Joe and I are going to be spending a LOT of time together so I kept that in mind when selecting my twelve items.  Here’s what I am packing for my romantic retreat… I mean desert island experience.

1. Beautisol Dark Self Tanner ($39):  I’m not going to tan in the sun, but a tan makes you look thinner, healthier, and it covers so many flaws!!  Before hanging out with Joe, I am first going to slather myself from head to toe with self tanner. Beautisol Dark Self Tanner is my go-to for a full body tan.

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan

2. MAC Blot Powder ($24):  I live in fear of walking around with a shiny nose so I always have this with me.  It’s the perfect pressed powder.

MAC Blot Powder

MAC Blot Powder

3. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer  ($24):  It’s full coverage, it’s waterproof, and it covers my dark undereye circles beautifully.  Joe and I may be staying up REALLY late at night, but it won’t show under my eyes!

Bye Bye Under Eye

Bye Bye Under Eye

4. MAC Paint Pot in Painterly ($18.50):  I am quite sure I’m not going to be doing full eye makeup on a desert island, but MAC’s Paint Pot in Painterly is my go-to for a clean, finished eye look in seconds.  This creamy eyeshadow dries down quickly and stays all day, and it never creases or cakes on me.

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

5. Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($12.95):  I need a cleanser, cause there is no way I am going to get stuck with a blemish on this trip! This is the very best makeup remover I have ever found. It’s super gentle so it doesn’t irritate the eyes, but at the same time it removes even the most stubborn makeup. Another plus – it has anti-irritants that help reduce puffiness.

Paula's Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

6. VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment ($85):  I have issues with hereditary vertical wrinkle lines around my lips – and this stuff truly reduces their appearance. I’m not going anywhere without it.

VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment

VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment

7. Besame Sweetheart Balm in Cherry ($18):  I can’t believe I am picking a lip gloss that’s in a pot – sticking sandy fingers into lip gloss doesn’t sound good at all. But I just adore the unbelievable slip and texture of this gloss and the color is simply perfect with tanned skin.

Besame Sweetheart Balm

Besame Sweetheart Balm – Cherry is second from the left

8. Sugar Works Body Gloss in Tybee Island Beach Cottage ($12.95):  I love their body oil, it leaves skin super moist but not wet, and the scent really becomes one with your body so it seems like you just naturally smell that way. This scent is described as “Sun, the ocean, warm sand, beach grass, wild beach flowers, a touch of suntan oil.” For sure Joe won’t be able to keep his hands off me.

Sugar Works Body Gloss

Sugar Works Body Gloss

9. Beach Day Spray by Unite ($29.95):  This is the best spray for that wavy, beachy look because it smells amazing and doesn’t leave your air-dried hair crunchy.

Life's a Beach Day

Life’s a Beach Day

10. Whatever Lola Wants from the Lippmann Collection ($17):  This is my most favorite summer nail color of all time. It’s a beautiful shimmery lilac/lavender/pink and it looks especially amazing in the sun. This color makes me feel cute and sexy all at the same time.

Whatever Lola Wants

Whatever Lola Wants

11.  Body Glide from Athleta ($8):  This is a terrific way to prevent blisters on your feet and chafing around sports bras, plus it does extra duty moisturizing dry, cracked skin. You can insert your own joke about how with Body Glide I won’t have to worry about chafed thighs.

Body Glide

Body Glide

12.  My Poipu hat from Athleta:  I LOVE this sun hat. It has a nice foldable brim that is perfect for shading your eyes, but isn’t so big you bump into things as you walk. Squish it into your beach bag, and it pops right back into shape when you put it on.  It’s on sale now too for only $29.99 – sheesh, I paid $54 for mine!! You can find the hat HERE.

Poipu Hat

Poipu Hat

There’s my list! I’d invite you along, but Joe and I are in some serious need of ‘alone time’.  Aloha!  – Lisa

What do you say, Joe...are you ready to go to that deserted island with me??

What do you say, Joe…are you ready to go to that deserted island with me?

*several items were PR samples, others were personally purchased