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I Heart the Besame Snow White Collection!

Besame Snow White Collection

Some things I ordered from the Besame Snow White Collection

I really love Besame Cosmetics – the packaging, the whole vibe and philosophy behind all of their retro vintage-inspired beauty products. I’m also a huge fan of everything Snow White, as evidenced by my 2016 Halloween costume:

Snow White makeup and hair

Halloween 2016

As soon as I saw the limited edition Besame Cosmetics Snow White Collection in my Instagram feed I just about nearly freaked out. The only problem? I live in Canada. I did order from Besame once before in 2013, and the brokerage and customs fees through UPS were $55.00 on top of the exchange rate from USD for the order. Although I loved the products (you can check out my post), particularly the Classic Color Lipsticks, I was reluctant to order from them again. Luckily, my Dad was wintering in Florida. So I had my order delivered to his address and then he mailed it to me through Canada Post. Hooray! Continue reading


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Vampy Retro Lips (just in time for fall)

vampy, retro, vintage fall lipsticks

Vampy, plum-toned lipsticks perfect for fall!

All the leaves have turned beautiful fall colours here in Canada, and isn’t fall a perfect time for rich, plum-toned lip colours? Dark, vampy lipsticks always make me feel like I’m in a classic black and white film. These are some of my favourite vintagey lipsticks:

Besame Noir Red: Not actually a red, but a deep 1930s plum, it has a semi-matte finish. Totally vintage, the Besame lipsticks are exact reproductions of shades worn by Hollywood starlets. This is a perfect film noir, retro pin-up lipstick! $22 USD.

theBalm Girls Amanda Kissmylips: More of a brown-toned plum, on fair skin this has a similar, old-school vampy look as the Besame Noir Red. But theBalm Gilrs lipsticks are very hydrating and have a bit more shine. Love the cute names too! $20 CAD.

Revlon Super Lustrous Va Va Violet:  The Revlon lipsticks are some of my favourites. This rich purple lipstick is a full-on goth type of shade. It goes on a bit sheer, so you could go for a more subtle plum stain or build it up for a bold, vampy lip. Embrace your inner femme fatale! $9.99 CAD.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion: Another great drugstore option. I was really impressed by the Moisture Stain and love this deep purple/plum shade. Check-out my full review. $9.99 CAD.

MAC Hang-up (cremesheen): This “deep berry” is a perfect fall shade. I think depending on your undertones, it could look either more raspberry or more blackberry. Its definitely more purpley-plummy on me. $19 CAD.

MAC Capricious (lustre): This luscious plum lipstick is my absolute favourite right now. I have almost used it up and will definitely be repurchasing this shade. Its also the plum lipstick worn by “evil queen” Regina on one of my favourite shows, One Upon a Time. $19 CAD.

Swatches: Besame Noir Red, theBalm Amanda Kissmylips,Revlon Va Va Violet, Revlon Parisian Passion, MAC Hang-up, MAC Capricious

Swatches: Besame Noir Red, theBalm Amanda Kissmylips, Revlon Va Va Violet, Revlon Parisian Passion, MAC Hang-up, MAC Capricious

I’d love to hear your fall lipstick favourites!

Hoping all my Canadian readers are having an awesome, turkey-filled Thanksgiving long-weekend!
Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Besame Cosmetics Order Arrived!

I was really excited to open this. Besame is a unique, vintage-inspired make-up line. Although shipping it here was crazy (more on that later) and I probably won’t place another order, it was totally worth it.

Besame Cosmetics

Besame Cosmetics

I ordered two of the Classic Color Lipsticks in Portrait Pink and Noir Red; their Signature Compact in Porcelain; the Crimson Cream Rouge; and their 1930s Mascara.

Besame Classic Color Lipsticks in Noir Red and Portrait Pink

Besame Classic Color Lipsticks in Noir Red and Portrait Pink

I love the lipsticks. You really feel like you’ve gone back in time to the 1950s. Back then, lipsticks were smaller, so the Besame lipsticks are smaller than a typical lipstick:

Besame Lipstick Compared to MAC Lipstick

Besame Lipstick Compared to MAC Lipstick

Speaking of MAC…the Besame lipsticks are similar to the MAC cremesheen lipsticks in formula, finish, and even the vanilla scent.

Besame Signature Compact, 1930s Mascara, and Crimson Cream Rouge

Besame Signature Compact, 1930s Mascara, and Crimson Cream Rouge

The mascara packaging is so glamorous, but it was the only product that was disappointing. I didn’t think the formula or brush did much for my lashes. But, I loved the rouge and the compact. Again, you really feel like you’ve gone back to another era. I mean, just look at this compact:

Besame Signature Compact

Besame Signature Compact

My order initially came to $122.00. The problem was with the brokerage and customs fees which weren’t included. Besame ships using UPS and they charged me an additional $55.00! which means I am not likely to place another order. I will just have to enjoy these for now.


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