Category Archives: stars’ vanities/make-up cases/cabinets in real life

Alessandro Michele’s Perfume Collection

Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele published this picture in his Instagram Stories some days ago. It’s unclear whether all these perfumes belong to him or to somebody else, but nonetheless let’s bask in the beauty of this nocturnal shot.Starting from the left, I’ve spotted Xaris, a frankincense resinous fragrance by the Florentine brand Aquaflor.

Then there’s a French classic: Snob by Le Galion, originally created by Paul Vacher and launched in the 1950s. This is the new version by Thomas Fontaine, launched in 2014.

Next there’s a Baccarat splash bottle containing a Caron perfume. This bottle has been used since the 1930s for many different fragrances. Without a front label it’s impossible to say what perfume is sitting on Alessandro Michele’s table.

Last, there’s Rodin Olio Lusso for Women, a white floral fragrance created in 2012 by David Seth Moltz and Kavi Moltz.

Marc Almond’s Dressing Table

I’ve got a thing for Marc Almond’s dressing rooms. The British singer is often on tour, and he frequently posts pictures of the make-up products he wears in concert. The one above was taken in June 2018, backstage at the Let’s Rock Bristol festival.Starting from the left, there are NARS Soft Velvet loose powder and Dior Nude Air pressed face powder.benefitbrowsetter_bornunicornecotoolsbrushes_bornunicornThe silver tube topped by a ball is BeneFit 24-Hour Brow Setter clear brow gel. In a plastic sleeve there’s a face brush by EcoTools.kikocreamcompactfoundation_bornunicornEyebrow Filler Light Touch Pencil 06kikoconcealer_bornunicornThere are several products by Kiko – two silver compacts (which could contain foundation or pressed powder), an eyebrow filler in pencil form and two concealer compacts.benefit_browzings_bornunicornbeccaevermatteporelessprimingperfector_bornunicornnarscoconutgrove_bornunicornThe silver compact near the Kiko compact is BeneFit Brow Zings, an eyebrow shaping kit. There’s also a tube of Becca Ever-Matte poreless priming perfector. Last, there’s a single eyeshadow in a dark brown shade by NARS.

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Joan Collins’ Dressing Table

Beautiful Joan Collins looked gorgeous in this picture from the 1950s. Some intriguing charm is imparted by the several bottles sitting on her vanity, too.

rochasfemme_vintage_bornunicornFrom the left, there are two Rochas bottles, one of which has the glass stopper. I’d like to say this was Femme, but I’m not 100% sure: other three perfumes – Mousseline, Mouche and La Rose – were housed in the same curvy bottle. All these fragrances were created by Edmond Roudnitska.

rochasfemmecologne_bornunicorn.jpgThe same can be said for the bottle with the plastic stopper: this one could be Femme eau de cologne, or one of the aforementioned scents.

The small square bottle with black stopper is the mini version of a Lanvin perfume. It’s unclear if it was Arpege or another scent (the same container was used to house different fragrances).

dior_dioramavintagebottle_bornunicornNext, there’s a bottle of Christian Dior Dioramaa chypre fruity creation by Edmond Roudnitska launched in 1948. Am I the only one who has always seen Dior’s signature bow-topped front label as the peak of Parisian chic?

worthjereviens_bornunicornThe fluted “skyscraper” bottle is quite unmistakable: it’s Je Reviens by Worth, a fragrance created by Maurice Blanchet and launched in 1932.

The round lace-printed box on the right is another product by Rochas, a perfumed talcum powder which, I guess, was from the Femme line.

A couple of words on the two of the four bottles I haven’t identified, starting with the bottle with rectangular stopper. It looks like Lancôme Bocages, but I can’t see the peculiar semi-circular shape in the stopper. Then the glass bottle on the right looks like a Chanel one, but have Chanel front labels ever been that rectangular? Any ideas on these doubts of mine are welcome!

Thanks to Scentimentalist and Le Petit Civet for the Lanvin id.

Keith Richards’ Library

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This picture of Keith Richards was taken by Christopher Simon Sykes in 1995 in the guitarist’s mansion in Weston, Connecticut. Published in the book Rock Stars at Home (2019) by Chris Charlesworth, Eddi Fiegel, Bryan Reesman, Colin Salter, Simon Spence and Daryl Easlea, the portrait shows Richards in his library, lounging on a velvet sofa. What caught my attention is on the desk on the left: a bottle of Dior Fahrenheit after-shave lotion.


It’s not surprising: I can totally see Richards wearing the classic leathery masterpiece by Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Michel Almairac, launched in 1988.


A close-up on the table makes it possible to see more perfumes. 


The mirrored bottle is the old packaging of Comptoir Sud Pacifique. Unfortunately it’s not possible to read the front label. 


There’s also a bottle of Guerlain Vetiver, created by Jean-Paul Guerlain in 1961. The presence of this perfume is not surprising: Richards is said to have worn another best seller of the French maison (Habit Rouge) since he was young and it seems he’s passed the passion for Guerlain to the rest of the family (his daughters Theodora and Alexandra and his wife Patti Hansen starred in the advertising campaign for Shalimar Light in 2004).

Thanks to Thelonious in the comments for the ids.

Isabelle Huppert’s Dressing Room

If you, like me, are a fan of Isabelle Huppert, you’ll be delighted to see this backstage picture, taken on April 15th, 2019 at the Linda Gross Theater in New York. For roughly two months the French actress performed as the Mother in the namesake play by Florian Zeller, under the direction of Trip Cullman.

From left to right there are:


dovedeodorant_bornunicornDove spray deodorant

avene_hydranceoptimale_bornunicornAvène Hydrance Optimale light hydrating cream

byterry_terryblydensilissfoundation_bornunicornBy Terry Terrybly Densiliss foundation


Two Chanel lipsticks

esteelauder_doublewearfoundation_bornunicornEstee Lauder Double Wear liquid foundation



NARS blush and loose face powder

As a die-hard fan of Diptyque, I must admit I jumped on my chair when I saw an eau de toilette bottle on Isabelle’s table. I’m not 100% sure of my id because the front label is partially hidden, but my guess is that she uses Do Son, a tuberose fragrance created in Fabrice Pellegrin and launched in 2005.

sergelutens_lorpheline_bornunicornNext to the Diptyque bottle there’s a Serge Lutens fragrance. In this case, it’s impossible to tell what it is.



There are also two items that not beauty-related but are very nice: a small jar of Tiger Balm (one of my staples) and a tin box containing Gommose Leone, delicious Italian liquorice gummy candy.

Thanks to Scentimentalist for the foundation id.

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Anna May Wong’s Dressing Table

annamaywong_bornunicornThis beautiful picture of the American actress was taken backstage at the Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen (Scotland) in October 1933. Max Factor Supreme. Among the beauty products on her dressing table there are two particularly interesting items.

maxfactorsupremefacepowder_bornunicornThe first – in the round tin box – is Max Factor Supreme face powder, which was part of a theatrical make-up line.

The second is the iconic flacon bouchon coeur by Guerlain. The label cannot be read, so it’s hard to tell what fragrance it contained. We can make some assumptions, though.

guerlainflaconbouchoncoeur_bornunicornThis bottle was originally created for the extracts of L’Heure BleueFol Arôme (both released in 1912) and Mitsouko (released in 1919). All of them were released way before 1933, so one of these could be sitting on Wong’s table.

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Oscars 2019’s Dressing Table Round-Up

The big night happened and delivered lots of glamour! I was really looking forward to reading the Oscars winner list this morning but my mind was actually on the red carpet. I loved many outfits and beauty looks, even if the neutral trend seems to go still strong and no extravagant trends were seen. As usual, I’ve collected the most interesting kits that make-up artists have posted on Instagram, starting from Sarah Uslan, who did Olivia Colman’s make-up.

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Cosmetics by Pat McGrath Labs, skincare by Emma Hardie (Plump & Glow hydrating facial mist, Midas Touch revitalising eye serum and face serum duo, Moisture Boost vitamin-C cream) and Lashify lashes were used on the British actress who won as Best Actress for The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos.

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In this picture, Sarah is applying a red lipstick.

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Another kit by Pat McGrath Labs was used by Moani Lee, who did Kacey Musgraves’ dreamy make-up to match the baby pink tulle dress by Giambattista Valli.

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Chanel make-up in neutral and golden tones was used by Alex Babsky on Tessa Thompson, who wore a black Chanel dress with silver and gold accents. The eyeshadow palettes seen above are Les 9 Ombres in Édition N°2 Quintessence and Les 4 Ombres in Codes Élégants #274.

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Adam Breuchaud did Sarah Paulson‘s make-up using Tom Ford products.

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Make-up artist Carissa Ferreri used Arbonne products on Yalitza Aparicio. In the picture she’s applying the blush Blossom.

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Last but not least, Jillian Dempsey‘s kit for Emilia Clarke had Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics only. In the picture above, she’s holding the Sicilian Lace palette, which includes four eyeshadows, one blush, one highlighter and two lipsticks. What I love in the first picture is not only the nice packaging of the make-up products but the presence of a perfume bottle, too! It seldom happens to see what fragrances celebrities wear on the red carpet, so this is a fortunate coincidence. The perfume here is The Only One eau de parfum, launched in 2018 as a variation of the 2006 perfume The One. In the first picture we can also see Dempsey’s Gold Bar, a 24-carat, gold plated, vibrating t-bar used as skin sculpting and contouring tool.

What do you think of the dressing tables I’ve selected? What are your favourites?

Golden Globes 2019’s Dressing Table Round-Up

I’ve had a passion for people’s make-up cases and bathroom cabinets since I was a child, so you can imagine my enthusiasm when it comes to celebrities’ dressing tables. I am not really interested in knowing the products they use because I want to replicate their looks, but because what they use tells a lot about beauty habits and trends.

Today, the day after the 76th Golden Globes,  I’ve selected some make-up kits that artists have posted on their Instagram accounts: seeing all these beautiful items displayed on tables, bamboo mats or towels is such a feast for the eyes!

goldenglobes2019_camillabelle_bornunicornThe first kit has been used by Hung Vanngo to achieve the beautiful tropical look seen on Camilla Belle. It only includes Chanel products.

goldenglobes2019_thandienewton_bornunicorn (1)This kit was used by Georgie Eisdell for the soft smokey eye look on Thandie Newton. It includes Chantecaille cosmetics and skincare, like the Rose de Mai face oil and the gold energizing eye recovery mask.

goldenglobes2019_lupitanyongo_bornunicornThis picture, posted by make-up artist Nick Barose, includes the source of inspiration (Yves Klein’s blue) for the look seen on Lupita Nyong’o, which included eyes lined in bright blue and matching Lashify eyelashes.

goldenglobes2019_elisabethmoss_bornunicornDaniel Martin did a “sparkly bruised eye” look on Elisabeth Moss, using Dior, Honest Beauty, Clé de Peau and Charlotte Tilbury products.

goldenglobes2019_rachelbrosnahan_bornunicorn (2)I love the old Hollywood glamour of the Charlotte Tilbury kit used by Lisa Aharon for the neutral look seen on Rachel Brosnahan.

goldenglobes2019_rosamundpike_bornunicornMélanie Inglessis snapped a picture of her Chantecaille kit after using it on Rosamund Pike. I really like the lip colour she used on the actress – Lip Chic lipstick in Amour.

goldenglobes2019_amyadams_bornunicornThis is the Pat McGrath kit that Stephen Sollitto used on Amy Adams. Neutral tones and glossy pink lips to match her Calvin Klein dress.

goldenglobes2019_gemmachan_bornunicornMonika Blunder used Clé de Peau products on Gemma Chan, including the Lipstick Cashmere in Legend. On the table there’s also a Boy Smells candle in Cedar Stack.

goldenglobes2019_penelopecruz_bornunicornI am in awe of the massive kit Charlotte Tilbury displayed for Penelope Cruz. I guess it includes basically her whole make-up line.

goldenglobes2019_lilireinhart_bornunicornLast but not least, Lili Reinhart and the intense look created by Adam Breuchaud using Pat McGrath Mothership V: Bronze Seduction eye palette.

I can’t wait for the upcoming award ceremonies to see more dressing tables!