American Horror Story S04E06 (Bullseye)

When Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) announces she will move to Hollywood for a fresh start, her “freaks” give her a precious gift: a set of Westmores of Hollywood beauty products. The set is made of three golden bottles and a round box. The gold bottle on the left surely contains body powder, while the box contains face powder. The three bottles look like factices, while … Continue reading American Horror Story S04E06 (Bullseye)

Indiscreet (1958)

There are several perfumes and toiletries on Anna Kalman’s dressing table. First, two bottles of Revlon nail polish, in the signature bottle with super-long cap handle. Now let’s focus on the perfume bottles. At the centre of the table there’s Jean Patou Joy, “the world’s most expensive perfume” created in 1930 by Henri Alméras. Next to it, a beautiful amphora bottle by Christian Dior. Hard … Continue reading Indiscreet (1958)

Gli amici di Milano (1963)

Franca Valeri is one of the most popular and talented Italian actresses. I’ve always loved her irony, her poised glamour and nonconformity. Imagine my delight when I found this clip from a 1963 tv documentary: the camera goes along the famous via Montenapoleone in Milan, and Franca (born in Milan) comments. The windows of a perfume shop are filmed, showing an array of Guerlain and Rochas perfumes. … Continue reading Gli amici di Milano (1963)

Opening Night (1977)

One of the most famous scenes of the film is Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) putting on her signature lip colour just before hitting the stage. As you can see, she’s not holding a lipstick but a jumbo crayon. In the 1970s several beauty brands released make-up in crayon form, including Max Factor, which created the Pure Magic line. Myrtle uses the cheek crayon, bigger than … Continue reading Opening Night (1977)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S01E08 (Thank You and Good Night)

There are two products on Maxine’s dressing table which have roses on their packaging. First, a Velta rose talc in a tin. Second, a box of Mennen baby oil from 1957: the rose is in the graphics, with a baby head in it. Creepy, I know. Continue reading The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S01E08 (Thank You and Good Night)