Cosmetic Brand Spotlight: Bésame

Hello, all you glamorous and fabulous people! This week, I was introduced by one of my friends to an interesting makeup brand that I’m sure most of you makeup-nistas would love to try and get your hands on! Thanks to the power of the Internet, Bésame is a trending topic among the beauty division. It is also in the most notable fashion magazines such as Elle, Vogue, and Marie Claire! Here’s the catch, most of their cosmetics available only through Sephora or exclusively online purchases.

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Bésame is a cosmetics line that specializes in classic and vintage makeup, representing the elegance, femininity, and strength of all women. This cosmetic brand’s purpose is to bring out the confidence in women everywhere. Founder of Bésame, Gabriela Hernandez, created this line in remembrance of her cherished times with her grandmother. Hernandez has always looked to her grandmother’s collection of vintage and classic makeup as inspiration. With the idea of bringing the classic romantic age back, Hernandez created the brand to remind women exactly how beautiful they are, regardless of time.

Bésame cosmetics is focused upon on the beauty of vintage makeup inspired by the time eras of the early 1920s-1950s. The color schemes and the packaging of each cosmetic are made accustomed to fit the style of the certain time period. In most of their products, red and gold are accented as part of their main color schemes.

Recently, Buzzfeed released a video that introduced classic makeup products and trends for the staff to try out, featuring all of the popular bestsellers of the brand, including their cake mascara, Delicate Rouge blush, and classic color lipsticks.

One of their most interesting products, in my opinion, would have to be their cake mascara. Presenting with a black block of mascara, cake mascara was one of the first forms of applying the product. Provided with a brush, users can apply the mascara on their eyelashes, eyebrows, and can even use it as eyeliner.

Delicate Rough blush features pigmented pink, red and orange colors that bring out the dramatic glow to the face, just like the style back over 90 years ago.

Who doesn’t love a good classic lipstick? It’s definitely a must-have in every woman’s cosmetic collection. Bésame’s classic color lipsticks are popular for not only its classic red tones (which has a variety of gorgeous colors) but for its buttery, textured finish and its fun, history fact of the time era that color was trending in.

Check out all the amazing products Bésame has to offer at https://besamecosmetics.com/. Or you can check out other exclusive products at Sephora’s website at http://www.sephora.com/search/search.jsp?keyword=besame.

Also, check out their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/BesameGirl/featured on anything of the Bésame products and application.

So to all my glamorous people, this makeup is perfect for you. It basically screams out the kind of people we aspire to be, or who we already are. Which one of these Bésame products would you like to try? Let us know in the comments below! Or tweet it at @GlamorousPaper on what other classic trends and vintage makeup you would like to try!

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Cultural Appropriation Meets High Fashion

The fashion world is no stranger to cultural appropriation. Appreciation, inspiration, admiration: call it what you want, it still doesn’t change the reality of its existence. It is a real and relevant problem in today’s society, though not a new one. Often, we’ve allowed ourselves to be blind to it. Even more so, we’ve normalized and justified the theft of countless cultures in the name of fashion.

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It was in New York at the well-known “Fashion Week” that Marc Jacobs closed out the show. The outfits of his 2016 Spring collection were – unsurprisingly- to die for, but the hair of his models? Not so much. Rather than fawning over the dazzling ensembles, most people were left trying to wrap their heads around the girls’ colorful dreads.

The poorly mimicked hairstyles immediately elicited the rage of people all over social media. They called Jacobs out for cultural appropriation for this stolen style. Except, it wasn’t just the appropriation itself, but Jacobs’s reaction to the backlash.

Understandably, viewers and fashion fans found Jacobs’ actions to be in poor taste and they had no qualms about verbalizing their complaints. Dreads are a recognized part of a cultural that has been around much longer than fashion shows and the designers whom wish to utilize them for their own selfish reasons. But, rather than give credit or apologize, Jacobs chose to go down with his sinking ship. He even had the audacity to suggest that women of color straightening their hair was no different than white girls with dreads. Probably not the best defense for his wrong doing. And it didn’t stop there.

Jacobs also admitted, “I don’t see color or race- I see people.” Its a nice gesture, on the surface, but the problem is that these cultures have color and they have race, in turn a culture. To ignore the race and background that the cultures come from is willful ignorance. And, put simply, its pretty insulting to those who consider these cultures sentimental and of great value to them.

Marc Jacobs was not the first appropriator of cultures. Far from it, in fact. War Bonnets, or Headdresses, are one of the most common cultural appropriations. They’re worn for sports teams, Halloween costumes and, of course, for fashion. What many people do not understand about Headdresses is that they hold a great deal of meaning to their Native American people. They have cultural and often spiritual (religious-like) significance. Its insulting and inappropriate no matter what the situation.

Another designer who aimed for a “culturally-inspired” look and fell a little short of successful was the one and only, Givenchy. When “Victorian Cholas” hit the runway in 2015, the name alone was cringe-inspiring. The faux facial piercings and familiarly styled baby hairs were more than good cause to throw our hands in the air and wonder when creativity became more about blind-ignorance. It doesn’t take a genius to see how tasteless and thoughtless the look was. Clearly, though, it didn’t do much in setting an example for potential future appropriators.

Givenchy

Last, but certainly not the least horrifying, is Valentino’s Spring 2016 collection. With a collection that claimed inspiration from Africa, we would have hoped to see a bit more diversity on the runway. Unfortunately, there was hardly any at all.

The lack of diversity only added salt to the wound of poor taste and bad choices. It seems extraordinarily daft to unleash this level of insult; the outfits, the hair, the blatant lack of diversity of the models.It was like one, continuous slap in the face…the sting of which stays with you for days. And, for some, maybe that sting never goes away.

We get it. The fashion world is in a constant competition. Designers look for inspiration all over the world. To broaden the fluidity of fashion and the diversity of it, it is difficult to avoid looking outside your own race and culture entirely. To be honest, its not really what people are asking. The problem of appropriation is  a mix of avoiding culturally significant concepts, staying away from blatant stereotypes, acknowledging the need for diversity in race if you chose to take on a diversity in culture. Not to mention, doing it with respect, taste, and yes , maybe some well-informed guidance.

Beauty isn’t everything. And, that which we admire should often stay that way: as something we admire. Knowledge and respect are about knowing the difference between admiration and appropriation.

What do you Glamorous people think? Comment below your thought of culture in fashion (or it’s lack of appropriate appreciation). Let us know what you’re thinking!

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The Most Iconic Halloween Costumes of 2016

Halloween may be over but we’re all still recovering from a year of some truly iconic costumes. Creativity, flawless execution and well-thought out representation, these costumes have it all…

1. No-Face

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Five-year-old, Momo Lo, from Taiwan had no idea the attention her costume would invite when she dressed as her favorite animated character, No-Face, from “Spirited Away.”

“Who do you want to go as for Halloween?”
“No-face!”
“Do you like no face the most?”
“Yes!”

And play the part Momo Lu did. In a sea of princesses and childish movie characters, Momo stuck out like a sore thumb. Her classmates didn’t seem to share her love for no face, though. But, the tears of her peers only seem to make Momo feel more successful. Considering the mass of attention the costume and reactions got her, Momo didn’t do too bad for herself. Maybe next year, people will be going as, “Momo the overnight sensation.”

2. Beyoncé (“Hold Up”)

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Hold up! They don’t love you like we love these tot-costumes. This five-year-old gave Beyoncé a run for her money. Armed with a familiar gold dress and a baseball bat, this cutie isn’t playing any games. She came to win.

3. Dog and Toy; Man as Dog and Toy

The next costume is a two-part win. The first is of a man dressed as his dog’s favorite Gumby toy. The video of the dogs reaction to his owner’s costume went viral.

The result of this viral video created the next costume. “The guy who dress as Gumby and went viral.”
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The costume may not of gotten the reaction intended, though. People were slow to pick up on the creativity of the costume venture. Maybe it was a bit too soon to catch on. No worries “Gumby man and dog recreation,” we’ve got your back.

4. TLC

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This trio take the trophy for perfection- right down to the stitches of their clothes and those effortless poses. This TLC costume was bad in all the right ways.

5. The Plastics

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Mean girls costumes will never lose their charm: these three girls prove that with the iconic pink ensembles. From the look like outfits to the ‘burn book,’ these “Plastics” were on-point.

6. Amazon Prime

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Amazon Prime. Talk about original. It takes a special kind of Halloween love her to reach this level of genius.

 

7. Severed Head

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There have been a lot of tutorials for ‘severed head’ Halloween make-up, but this mom takes it a step further and transforms into “a severed head in the freezer.” If you weren’t already feeling boring and basic from this list, let that feeling sink in now.

8. Romy and Michelle

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Romy and Michelle. It may not be original but it’s definitely a chronic. The dynamic duo was brought to life flawlessly.

9. Samsung Galaxy

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Nowadays, there are really no limitations to creativity or originality of Halloween costumes. There’s always that one costume that makes you want to simultaneously slap your forehead and clap your hands in appreciation.  A burnt Samsung Galaxy phone is the complete embodiment of jaw-dropping and “no they didn’t” kind of costume.

10. Bette Midler as Winifred

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Most people wouldn’t be able to pull off dressing as themselves for Halloween. It’s who you are the other 364 days of the year, so where’s the fun in that? Bette Midler as her character in Hocus Pocus is, and will always be, the exception to this rule. After all, who would have the gall to mess with Winifred Sanderson?

11. Girl as her  ‘Grandmother’

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While its hard to find a costume that hasn’t been done before, there are few who brave the unique, often misunderstood costumes. It might not be considered ‘cool’ to dress up as your grandmother, but that didn’t stop this young girl. What better way to say ‘I love you’ than dressing up as your favorite family member?

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The Fanny Pack and its Revival

The fanny pack: a classic 1980’s accessory that was not only incredibly stylish, but also functional. After falling to the wayside for a few decades, fanny packs are slowing creeping their way into mainstream fashion. With all the other 1990s and 1980s trends coming back into play (hello, Superstars!), this is not suprising! Scrunchies made their revival a few years ago, we should have seen the fanny pack fever coming.

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Fanny packs are coming into mainstream fashion with full force. They’re a music festival and college frat party essential. If something is a popular fashion accessory at Coachella, then you know it is hip and trendy. I personally own one that says party that you guys can see above. I also have a Texas flag themed one (#texasforever) that is a high school graduation gift from a friend. Consequently, the revival of the fanny pack will not be ignored with such a mainstream presence like this.

Not only is the fanny pack undeniable functional, but it is a fashion statement in itself. Nowadays you can find all sorts of different fanny packs. There are ones with galaxy prints, American flag prints, monogrammed ones, and even clear ones to show off your valuables. Search for a specific type of fanny pack and you’ll most likely find it nowadays! Need a pineapple themed one for a Hawaiian luau? You got it. What about one with cats all over it? Don’t worry, you can find that too.

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With popular trends from the 1980s and 1990s taking over mainstream fashion, we can expect this fanny pack revival to last a little while longer. We’re not complaining though. Any fashion accessory that looks cute and can hold my stuff hands free is something I can definitely support.

So Glamorous people, are you hopping on the fanny pack trend? If so, comment below and tell us about your fanny pack! Or even better, tweet @GlamorousPaper and show us your fav fanny pack outfit!

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All About That Disney Bound!

Apart from being glamorous individuals, is anyone out there Disney fans? Confession: I am a huge Disney enthusiast. For those who are Disney enthusiasts and love to dress up as their favorite Disney characters, we can all unanimously agree that Disney Bounding is the way to go.

Created by entrepreneur, Leslie Kay, Disney Bound is a term used to describe affordable, fashionable outfits inspired by Disney characters and themes. It’s somewhat of a pseudo-costume, but the intention is never used as just a regular costume. The focus of Disney Bound is to have people express their unique fashion style through a variety of Disney inspiration. The key is to create an outfit to be able to subtlety wear it anytime and anywhere. This is especially popular among teens and adults within Disney theme park resorts. Why? Well there is a rule at Disney that those age 14 years or older are not allowed to wear the actual costumes inside the amusement parks.

Since its exposure over the last few years, it has caught the eyes and attention of Disney fanatics everywhere. It has even caught the attention from the Big Mouse Boss himself! Many social media news outlets such as Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and Time Magazine, and Disney sponsor websites like Disney Style. The Disney Blog even features this fashion trend.

The best part about Disney Bound is that everything is completely fan made. All clothes and accessories can be purchased at an affordable price at any mall, outlet, or corporate store.

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Disney Bound can be used at any time of the year and there’s no exception during Halloween. If you haven’t noticed, Halloween is just over a week away! If you’re still scrambling for a costume to wear, go ahead and check out Kirstin Carlson’s Halloween Costume Ideas for the Procrastinators. One of our very own writer’s features awesome recommendations for last-minute costumes with fun, miscellaneous stuff for you to slap on before trick-or-treating.

If you still can’t decide,check out Leslie Kay’s website at http://disneybound.co/ for all Disney Bound inspired outfits. Or check out the Disney Style website at https://style.disney.com/ for all other ideas that revolve around being Disney chic!

So my glamorous Disney fanatics, what Disney character will you try Disney Bounding for Halloween? Or will you Disney Bound the next time you come to the Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Leave a comment below on your favorite Disney character you would like to dress up as! Or tweet @GlamorousPaper on an Disney Bound outfit you would like to try!

 

 

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