Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and word to the fellas, your girl doesn’t want a Whitman’s Sampler or that played out diamond pendant that’s in every JC Penney ad.
If you want to delight the bella in your life on this most commercial of faux-holidays, I’ve got some brilliant suggestions. Starting with Besame Cosmetics. If your lady love is the kind of woman who has a vanity covered in beautiful jewel boxes and perfume bottles, she’s a Besame kinda gal. The company is all about elegant packaging and high quality makeup, the kind of stuff you’d be proud to display on your gorgeous dressing table, alongside a silver brush and mirror set.
The company’s credo is recreating the timeless class of retro makeup, so many of their colors are vintage reproductions of antique makeup samples. And if your girl is also an animal-loving, anti-fur and cruelty kind of lady, reassure that Besame doesn’t test on animals or use any animal by-products!
I was lucky enough to try the Masterliner Eye Pencil, which is elegant, gold, self-sharpening, and satisfyingly weighty. It feels like a $24 pencil (as it should!). I got to try Brown/Plum, which is definitely one of those color combos that would work so much better on a light skinned bella than someone my complexion — I could hardly see the brown on my skin, and the plum turned out to be not quite the shade I expected, but left quite a charming merlot glow on my eyelids.
The emerald/denim combo is where it’s at for afrobellas my complexion and darker, both of those colors really complimented my brown eyes. Gorgeous!
Plum Dandy and Peacock Blue alluring eye shadow also did not disappoint, delivering vibrant color that accentuated my eyes beautifully. I’d wager the pistachio shade is worth the $20 price — warm green with a hint of gold sounds amazing!
I got a teeny, tiny sample of Enchanting Lipstick in Noir Red, and it is just as alluring as it sounds. This is no wussy cut-and-run lipstick, bellas. The pigmentation is so high that it can be used as a stain, and it lasted for ages. Apparently when you buy the full size $18 lipstick, it comes in an elegant gold bullet and a red velvet pouch.
Besame’s lipsticks are smaller than many brands currently on the market, to recreate 1940s war 55 mm bullet-sized lipsticks. Noir Red could make a sexy and elegant V-Day gift for any bella who loves classic films and cappucinos. (psst, to really make the day memorable, get the $75 enchanting lipstick set in the red collection.
Besame has glorious gift collections. Personally, I’m spelling for the Luxurious Trio Set which includes a lipstick (I’d go for the Chocolate Kiss, it sounds divine), translucent powder, and the irresistably named Boudoir Rouge blush.
I’ve gotten braver with blush, so I’d go for the raspberry or ooh, the crimson.
Besame is only available in specialty stores and online now, so hurry if you’re trying to make a purchase that will arrive by the 14th! (They do offer overnight shipping!)