Lipstick and Powder and Perfume. Oh My!

Most of you know by now that another creative outlet for me is that I am a makeup artist. I love both beauty and blood, but of course, there isn’t occasion to wear blood aside from Halloween. 😛

This past weekend I visited an adorable little shop in Burbank, California called Besame Cosmetics.


Looks like a regular store front, right? Trust me when I say that when you step through the door, you are instantly transported back in time to the 1940’s. Yes, I was home. #historyspaz LOL The shop itself smelled so feminine (they have shaving products for men, but since there’s no man in my life at present, I merely glanced at the display) and the 1940’s music was heaven.

I had been looking for a lipstick that wouldn’t turn my lips pink for quite a while now. Yes, that’s a thing for me, and for someone who adores product like I do, it’s a very frustrating thing. So I thought I’d give Besame’s formula a try. Of course, I was absolutely charmed by the shop, but the lipstick colors drew me moth-to-flame style.


Every color is associated with a year (which is way cool for a history geek like me) so I tried the Merlot that is said to have been popular in 1933. It’s described as a dark brown, brick red tone, but because my lips turn everything pink, the color ends up being more like wine, which fits the name perfectly. Then the sales gal (I believe her name was Danielle) showed me Besame’s Brightening Powders.

They come in a loose powder in tones of Violet, Vanilla, French Vanilla, Vanilla Chai and Vanilla Rose. Using color theory, each has a different use that would be too long and complicated to get into here. Now, I was a sun worshiper (yeah, I know, hard to believe right?) for the first seventeen years of my life, thus, I have lots of freckles (that have merged together over the years) that are now considered sun damage. They were cute when I was a kid, but now it’s – let’s be honest – embarrassing for a woman of my age to have these ugly brown patches on my face and decolletage. So I applied the French Vanilla to the rosie apples of my cheeks and to a few of the more problem dark patches.


This miracle powder evened the colors to a more neutral tone and I knew that were I to dust on my foundation, that it would improve coverage by at least forty percent. (Which later when I tried it at home, it did.) It has a light scent of Vanilla and I just ADORE this stuff! 🙂

Then Danielle brought my attention to the Fragrance wall behind me. This is where my world was rocked. Each perfume, labeled appropriately by year (1910 – 1960) was blended with the popular scents of that decade. Yup. You guessed it. I geeked out. It was interesting that each bottle had decidedly different effects on me. Please note that I hadn’t read the descriptions before I sampled each bottle.

Click on each year to learn more about the scent:

1910 I fell in love with immediately. (Of course!)

1920 to me had a predominate Musk scent that reminded me of my paternal grandmother (she wore Musk.)

1930 hit me with a Shalimar scent that reminded me of my mother.

1940 was fantastic – my second favorite (I’m wearing it right now). It has a haunting effect on me, like I know this scent (maybe my maternal great-grandmother?) but I can’t place it. It’s lovely though! 🙂

1950, oddly enough, seemed just meh. No idea why.

1960 was SO familiar to me, but I couldn’t place that one, either. (Definitely my third favorite.)

Needless to say, I’m going back to purchase 1910 and 1940 when my bank account permits. 😉 Good news for those of you who don’t live near Burbank or their second location in Wittier, California – they sell some of Besame collection at Sephora 🙂

Learn more at Besame’s blog here.

So as you can imagine, this history and cosmetics geek is thrilled to have someone like Besame around 🙂