Besame Cosmetics

I have been wanting to do a blog post about Besame Cosmetics for a while now. I love their products and would like to share with you some of my absolute favorites. I just recently got a chance to try out the Cashmere Foundation Stick. I'll give a brief review on that in a bit. I love the story behind Besame Cosmetics and how the products are based on actual vintage products. The designs are so adorable and cohesive. They make a lovely addition to my vanity.

My favorite products from Besame Cosmetics, hands down are the lipsticks. To be honest, I used to try out all kinds of lipsticks all the time, but once I received my first Besame lipstick I have not turned back. Pictured above are the top 4 colors that I use regularly. I feel that these colors look the best for my skin tone. 

I use Merlot when I am dressed casually. Although I don't put on a full face daily, I feel that Merlot is a perfect everyday lip color. It's not too light or dark for me. I usually use Cherry Red when I am on the stage or for when I dress up. It is definitely a more dramatic red that pops well. Blood Red is a little on the darker side, but I still like to wear it for special occasions. Carmine is not a color that I use alone. However, it is a great color to mix with the other colors that I use. If I want to do an ombre lip I will use Carmine to do it. Carmine alone is way too bright for my skin tone. The Masterliner Lip Pencil in Red/Cerise is also great for using when you want to achieve an ombre lip or to simply just use as a liner. I like to use both sides and play around with different color variations. 

I must admit that although I was super excited to try the new Cashmere Foundation Stick, I was a little nervous. I have a love hate relationship with foundations in general. I have used the same Foundation and Concealer for about 7 years. I currently use Clinique Acne Solutions liquid makeup and Clinique line smoothing concealer. I also use Clinique Acne Solutions Powder makeup as a setting powder. Anytime I try different brands I'm usually disappointed. I break out, or it doesn't match etc... You know the struggle. So I wanted to try these out a few times in order to give a good honest review. 

To my surprise it turned out good. I didn't wake up with a massive zit and the colors matched pretty well. I found that I have to use both Cocoa and Deep Bronze. I don't usually do the whole contour thing, but with these foundations, I can easily use the Deep Bronze as a contour color and the cocoa for the highlights for a perfect match. I then use the brightening powder for the areas where I use the cocoa foundation after smoothing it out with the Contour Brush. The Contour Brush is the best. It blends the colors in so well and is so soft. I still finish the look with my Acne Solutions Powder makeup to set it though. I guess old habits die hard.  

I must say that I was satisfied with the results. It was much faster to apply with the contour brush and it has very good coverage. I didn't have to put concealer on afterwards like I usually do in my normal routine. The finish seemed to be more of a semi-satin finish and it lasted pretty long. Honestly, my Clinique lasts a little longer on me though. It does transfer a bit, but so does every other foundation I've ever used. I will probably stick to my normal routine, but if I'm ever in a hurry this is a great go to. 

Last year I posted a photo of me wearing Cherry Red that showed how long I wore it. I did not reapply throughout the day at all and it lasted the entire day. The lighting was different because I was in a different location, but you can still see that the lipstick lasted much longer than even my hairstyle that day. 

This year I did the same thing, but at different times and this time I used Besame Cosmetics for my full face. I used the foundation, the Cream Mascara for my eyebrows, my eyelashes, my beauty mark and as an eyeliner. I used Crimson Creme Rouge as blush and American Beauty lined with Cerise Masterliner. I love how this look turned out. The lipstick lasted once again. The only difference I noticed was that it faded a bit in the corners. Considering that I had dinner and went out to a show afterwards and came back with a lip on is a good thing. The Creme Rouge faded a little but it still looked nice. I'm used to a more matte finish, but the finish on this foundation doesn't bother me much. Would I wear this everyday? Probably not, but I would definitely wear it for special occasions. 

Have you tried Besame Cosmetics? Let me know what you think of it in the comments below. Also, let me know if you have any questions. I'm not an expert, but I can try to answer any questions to the best of my ability. I can't wait to hear from you.

Fortune Gold dress by Stop Staring

Hello beautiful people. I am so excited because this is my first blog post. So I thought what better way to kick things off than by reviewing this gorgeous Fortune Gold dress I received from Stop Staring.

I have always loved the quality of Stop Staring dresses and this dress does not disappoint. Now I know what you're thinking. The dress looks Silver right? I actually thought that it was silver at first myself. The metallic color of the material used can look either gold or silver depending on the lighting which gives you options for accessorizing. 

 

Not only is this dress gorgeous, it is also figure-flattering. The ruching is strategically placed and hides my "mom pooch" perfectly. I also love that it has a nice stretch to it. 

Sometimes it's hard to find dresses that fit right on me. According to "body shape standards" I am considered pear shaped although that doesn't seem to be the case. I also have a super long torso. This dress fit perfectly. I like the wrap twist bust detail because I have a smaller chest. This dress gives me all the right curves. I absolutely love it.

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You can find this dress and so many other beautiful dresses here. Also, don't forget to check out their Instagram page here.

I would also like to give a special thanks to My Hubby for taking these beautiful photos.