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I am fortunate that I live in a town with wonderful vintage-inspired retail options.  When two came together – What Katie Did and Besame – for a vintage 1940s makeup workshop, I couldn’t resist.   I was especially interested in figuring out vintage makeup techniques, not necessarily how to achieve a vintage look using modern makeup.

The Workshop

Gabriela, the owner of Besame, thoroughly covered the topic of 1940s makeup.  It was a treat to be able to get all of my questions answered.  After the workshop, we got to engage in some retail therapy.  We also received a lovely little gift in the shape of Besame Sweetheart Balm and little pots of all of Gabriela’s lipstick shades to find just that perfect red.
I was, of course, inspired, so I purchased her new book, Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup, which is a really interesting read, as it talks about the origins of makeup in antiquity all the way through the modern era.  She kindly signed it for me.  She has a couple of book signings coming up in the Los Angeles area in the next few months, so like Besame on Facebook for the details.
 As extra little goodie goodies, I purchased…
Besame 1930s mascara by Lady by Choice
 Besame 1930s mascara – it is scrumptious, beautiful  and smells like gingerbread.
Besame cherry lipstick by Lady by Choice
And another lipstick, this shade in Cherry, which I plan to use for more 1920s looks.
Lots of fun experimenting in the coming weeks for me!

4 comments so far.


  1. Miss Matilda says:

    oooh smashing post! thanks 🙂

  2. Andrea says:

    Oh, I'm so jealous! I would love to meet Gabriela and not have to wait for the mailman to bring my Besame fix. I hope you like the cherry red, it's my daily lip.

  3. Isis says:

    Found you through The Fedora Lounge. 🙂

    I ordered those samples recently, and thought they were great value for money. Lot of lipstick in those samples! And though I knowthat everyone raves over the quality, it was quite anotehr thing to find that it was true. best lipstick I have ever found.

    I'm eagerly waiting for my copy of that book!

  4. admin says:

    Isis, thanks for finding me! Can't wait to try all of those samples out.

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