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Besame Cosmetics Wild Orchid Lipstick and 1915 Rose Delicate Rouge

(Wearing both products)

I’ve been a fan of Besame’s vintage aesthetic for quite a while, and these products don’t disappoint.

The newly-released Wild Orchid lipstick is a slight departure from the brand’s mostly-matte offerings, as it contains a slight shimmer. It’s not glittery and is very flattering. The shade is balanced between red and purple, so it skews neutral in tone and would work on many skintones. The shade wore well on me for 6-8 hours.

I’ve tried Besame cream rouges in the past and been thrilled, and their powder is equally spectacular. It’s so pigmented I barely needed to touch brush to pan, and it provided a lovely and blendable natural rosy pink flush with a hint of plum. I also love that the top of the packaging is detachable from the product pan, which means you can apply with the mirror wherever needed. 

Besame continues to provide classic beauty at an affordable price tag, with packaging designed to make every wearer feel like a diva. These products are available at Besamecosmetics.com

(This Review was not sponsored & I bought these products with my own money.)

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection (Photos and Thoughts)

Like many a makeup enthusiast (addict), I waited up until the wee hours on December 14th to get my hands on Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Collection.

I purchased the (cult mania) Sweet Peach Eyehsdow Palette, Papa Don’t Peach Blush, the Sweet Peach Glow Kit, and the Lip Oil in Tickle-Me-Peach.

The eyeshadow formula is very comparable with Too Faced’s full-sized chocolate bar palettes, so if you like those, you’re not in for any nasty surprises. They’re finely-milled, soft, buttery, and non-powdery.

The blush is a deep, bronzy peach, and it doesn’t have glitter, but it has a satin finish (definitely not matte). Would work well on deeper skintones. I had to use a light hand not to overdo it.

The Glow Kit is absolutely phenomenal. Seriously. The neutral bronzer is matte, so it makes a good contour, and the highlight is shimmery without being insane. This kit has its own blush, a slightly lighter pinky peach that can be built up.

I only ordered one lip oil because I’m not really a gloss fan, but it’s full coverage, smells amazing, and is hydrating like a balm. 

The peach scent is strong with all products, and they’re made with real peaches, so if you’re allergic or not into that, definitely give it a miss.

Here are some photos, including a quick look I did to try all the products. I’m happy to say there’s not a dud in the bunch. Highly recommend.


The Sweet Peach Collection is available at TooFaced.com (The eyeshadow palette is now permanent; some of the rest is limited [Too Faced has been weirdly confusing about this], so hurry)

I was not compensated for this review, and I purchased these products with my own money. 

MAC Cosmetics Star Trek 50th anniversary collection


Where No Man has Gone Before lipstick & Strange New Worlds trip the light fantastic powder. (On me, the powder is a luminous coral blush; on darker skintones, it would be a highlighter)

This is a lovely collection that has Trekkie-chic packaging and is on-trend with the current push toward metallic and glittery textures. Not for the matte-only makeup lover. Every piece sparkles, but in a sophisticated, grown up kind of way. 

I don’t think it’s a can’t-miss collection for the general makeup enthusiast, but if you’re a Trekkie like I am, or if you love glitter, it’s right up your alley.

(Some places are sold out. My nearest MAC counter still has a ton.)

Vintage Makeup Finds

I love vintage makeup because it makes me feel connected to women of the past and their fascinating history. Today, my sister and I came across some fabulous vintage powder compacts at a local antique shop. We wanted to buy about ten of them, but we kept ourselves to three.

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This is a Prince Matchabelli compact from 1931. I love the gold crown detail.

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The interior of the compact shows the patented technology that allowed the owner to put loose powder into the middle compartment and then release it into the compact to use, making things simple and mess free.

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This lovely compact is Rex 5th Avenue. My research indicates it’s from the 40s, but it could also be 50s.

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The interior shows the powder puff and the mesh cloth that kept the powder from escaping when the compact was opened.

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This is another Rex 5th Avenue compact, definitely from the 1940s. The rhinestones make it an extremely rare find.

We also came across several compacts with built in lipstick and rouge compartments. I’d like to pick up a few, but they tend to be more expensive and will have to wait for a future shopping trip. In particular, I have my eye on a Bourjois compact from 1936.

Do you like vintage cosmetics, or are you more of a modern beauty addict?

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