Friday, 14 May 2010

Kiss Me Katie

It's been hard to escape the incessant doom and gloom of recession and the turmoil that's blighted this country in the past few months: economically, politically and environmentally! Especially when it's plastered all over the newspapers and beaming out from every television set. The good news is that there are a few products which can truly be deemed 'recession proof', and one that is a legendary morale booster... lipstick! The idea of using makeup to 'put on a brave face' has seen us through two World Wars and several recessions. And the 'Lipstick Effect' is clearly in force today, where, despite many luxury brands suffering, makeup sales are still going strong.

Once, as well as cheering us up, lipsticks and compacts themselves were true art forms. But over the years, the stylish designs of yesteryear have given way to dull, mass-produced plastic, although the formula and staying power of cosmetics have of course vastly improved. However, there is one modern makeup company trying to revive the art of beautiful vintage packaging: America's Besame Cosmetics. How very apt, then, that What Katie Did are now stocking the full range of Besame, their cosmetic counterparts, on their website (in the Wardrobe section) and in their Portobello Road Boutique! And guess who was asked to do a shoot for them this week?

Meee! :)

Just like What Katie Did, Besame produces products with a real old Hollywood flair. The beautifully crafted metal containers, etched with art deco flourishes contain period perfect lipstick shades like Carmine and Noir Red and blusher that would produce cheeks as peachy as Rita Hayworth's. The chic little Classic Enchanting Lipsticks come in a 1940s style bullet-shaped tube (perfect for a small evening bag), and are specially shaped to help you create a film star pout. The newly introduced Voluptuous Lip Colour sets contain a full-sized, black enamel-clad lipstick, along with a matching lip pencil and ergonomically designed brush... the ultimate gift for a glamorous girlfriend! The rest of the line features equally stunning products with evocative names: Enriching Lip Glaze, Vintage Boudoir Rouge, Vintage Alluring Eye Shadows, Classic Masterliner Pencil and the Signature Compact with Cashmere Pressed Powder – which looks equally at home on a dressing table or being pulled out of your vintage handbag! If that wasn't enough to tempt you, Besame pride themselves on only using the purest, natural ingredients, and never test on animals meaning their products are as ethical as they are elegant. I managed to model SIXTEEN different shades of lipstick, gloss and balm, so as you might imagine, my lips were feeling a bit worse for wear by the end! But they're such moisturising lipsticks that it wasn't too bad. All the products are wonderful to use... it was all I could do not to buy everything on the spot. I already own one Besame Classic lipstick in a lighter pink, that I tend to blend; loose powder and a lovely pink blusher, but now I am definitely going to invest in a set of Rapture Rose - Katie and I both fell in love with it as a perfectly vintage alternative to red!

Some more piccies:

All photos by the super talented Tony Nylons. Find him at Peek Magazine (his new venture)!

The site and shop will have everything in stock, saving you both shipping and customs fees (and in fact I don't think Brits will be able to shop from the US site at all now...). But it's worth visiting the shop if you can, to see and touch these gorgeous products in real life. If you fancy a pillar-box red pout, but don't know where to start, you'll be delighted to hear that almost every staff member at the boutique is a trained makeup artist! I guarantee you won't find any better vintage makeup advice anywhere else!

Do hop over and have a look. I just need to decide what to buy first...

Have great weekends everyone!

Fleur xx


  1. Besame!!!!! Besame muuuuuucho!!!!!!

    Lovely looking product - saw it in the shop the other day - looks fab!

  2. Lovely looking products, but the colours wouldn't quite work for me. I'm keen to find a pretty mirror compact for my handbag. Would you know where to find one? (A bit cheeky, I know...)

  3. I'm so happy that we Europeans now have a way to buy Besame! And I noticed that you can pay with Paypal now on the What Katie Did website. I almost fainted 'cause I wanted to order so badly, but unfortunately I'm broke... :(

  4. oh, that red is so mine! love it! and the pics...gorgeous as always!


  5. You look amazingly beautiful!!! I cant wait to check the site out!


  6. Gah, you always look so beautiful, it's sickening sometimes :)
    I luurve Besame, their products are such high quality with great packaging. It's great to see your lips in other colours, they all suit you!

  7. Oh, finally. I sooo have to get that lipstick!

    And you are so ravishigly beautiful you always take my breath away.

  8. I can think of no better model for Besame than your gorgeous self!!

  9. How does the new lipstick compare to the classic line?

  10. Hey, I love your blog. It seems like we've got the same interests with that whole vintage thingy. :)
    Would you like to add my blog to your link list?

    Thank you . :)

  11. As you know, I'm a huge fan of Besame'. Wonderful to see your face promoting them. :)

  12. Love these photos. I'd love to try Besame. Though, I think I must be a very strange woman because I'd rather spend two or three times as much money on a dress than buy myself new lipstick. =\
    -Andi x

  13. It's about time there was some beautiful makeup packaging. I collect vintage compacts and I think it's such a shame that companies don't really make anything that compares anymore. I definitely think I'll be investing in one of the lipsticks.

  14. Interesting fact: During times of economic malady, lipstick sales tend to blast off, so to speak. Maybe because you get a lot of proverbial "bang" for your dollar (or pound, to be more specific).

    You look smashing, and you've such an elegant face. Perfect for a quasi-Hedi hair style.

    Rock on sister!

  15. Wow that looks like such a lovely shoot. Lovely makeup, just the sort of thing I've been after for years.
    I think that Raspberry looks amazing on you. Couldn't see it on the website tho :(
    Do you know where these pics will be used?

  16. Hi Fleur, I got my winning undies...glamourous gorgeousness! I have blogged all about it and your lovely self too!
    Hope you like it!
    hugs Deborah x

  17. You look so beautiful! I love that little blusher too...

  18. I'm so glad What Katie Did are selling Bésame now - I celebrated by buying two Red Hot Reds! I do like their reds!!!

    Lovely photos, by the way! What were you using to remove the lippy between each pic? I spose you have to make sure it's all gone otherwise it'll make the colour go a bit peculiar!

  19. Omg <3

    I love love love love your look!!!

    xoxo* by Portugal

  20. You have a great blog here!!! I'm a new follower :)


  21. Ohhh, that's great news, I love Besame!

  22. You look stunning, I love the way you look, as I did with Audrey Hepburn, could gaze for hours at such lovliness. So much pleasanter than all the ghastly orange skinned sluts around, with their backsides on show out of their jeans. Yukk! Make up looks great too.

  23. The make up is gorgeous.
    And you of course look lovely :)
    Love the gown as well!


  24. Edward Snelson-James8 June 2010 at 21:17

    Cher Madame

    I write to seek specialist advice on Nylons.

    I have been sewing in the mind of my Paramour the significance and importance of Nylons to a lady's wardrobe and recently my advocacy has paid off. She has selected and purchased several pairs. However this experience has been traumatic because she is a similar height and build to Nadia Auermann, 5 ft 11 in/180cm which means that Nylons of sufficient length to reach the crucial distance from the corset margin are far too large in diamater. Using smaller sizes of Nylons gives a diameter closer to acceptable but we are now at the smallest size possible within the range acceptable to our purpose.

    Opera length Nylons are completely out, to my immense frustration.

    I have mentioned to her that there is a slight ripple to Nylons, especially around the ankle, which adds to the drama of Nylon-wearing and sometimes a slight ripple elsewhere, depending on what the wearer is doing with her legs. However, from apartment to automobile and automobile to restaurant is enough to place the Nylons in complete disarray. Succesive visits to the powder room are required to adjust the Nylons and again and again.

    This is my Paramour's first experience with Nylons and it has been a difficult one for her. I now have ground to make up.

    We have discovered: That different manufacturers of Nylons use slightly different size patterns.

    Do you know of any manufacturers of Nylons whose fitting is narrow for the length of Nylon. I have asked my Paramour to put on weight but there is only so much she can put on.

    With thanks,

    Edward Snelson-James

  25. gorgeous images, really epitomises 1940's glamour. Well done


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