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American Horror Story S10E09 (Blue Moon)

There’s a Guerlain flacon montre in Marilyn Monroe’s bedroom.

This is a very unusual choice because there’s no evidence that Marily wore Guerlain colognes. The reason behind this prop is easy to explain: Ryan Murphy is clearly a fan of this bottle and of the French brand; both have often been shown or quoted in his shows.

It’s not a historically accurate choice, though: the gold screw-cap stopper was first introduced in 1972, 10 years after the death of the American actress. In the 1960s flacons montre were available with the ground glass stopper.

[1] Marilyn’s name will forever be connected to Chanel No. 5, but she was a fan of the now-discontinued Rose Geranium eau de toilette by Floris.

American Horror Story S10E05 (Gaslight)

There are several skincare products in Doris’s bathroom cabinet.

The white bottle on the left is E.l.f. mineral-infused face primer.

Next, there’s a tube of Avène Cleanance Hydra soothing cream.

The jar with silver cap is La Mer The Eye Concentrate.

The white plastic bag contains Burt’s Bees facial cleansing towelettes.

From a different angle we can also see a pump bottle of Aveeno Positively Radiant daily moisturizer.

American Horror Story S10E01 (Cape Fear)

Sarah (Frances Conroy) wants Mickey (Macaulay Culkin) to sleep over and she tries to convince him by listing the perks of her house.

There’s heat (a pretty basic feature) and the scent of Rigaud candles, which is definitely a luxurious touch. Produced by the French perfume house founded in 1852, these candles conjure an atmosphere of decadent wealth, perfectly in tune with the personality of the writer.

Even if we don’t actually see any candle on screen, I imagine Sarah burning Reine de la Nuit, with top notes of gardenia and freesia, middle notes of jasmine, rose and coriander, and a base note of patchouli.

American Horror Story S08E06 (Return to Murder House)

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americanhorrorstory_s08e06_bornunicorn (2)Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) is a character from Season 1 whose return in Season 8 has been much awaited and anticipated. She was “born to be a mother”, as shown by her decision to commit suicide in the Murder House, so as to spend eternity with her beloved children (who already live in the house). She gives lots of importance to appearances and to her own look, so it’s not surprising that she re-applies her lipstick before dying.  The shade she’s using is a nude beige, reminiscent of the 1960s/1970s (decades in which she was young and desirable).

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juliehewettnudelipstick_bornunicorn.jpgThe gold tube is visible on a coffee table in the living room where her nephew Michael (Cody Fern) finds her lifeless. It’s a lipstick by Julie Hewett. The exact shade is hard to identify: it could be Annette, Biba, Simone or Odessa.

 

American Horror Story S04E06 (Bullseye)

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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.

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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 the box is emblazoned with the Westmore logo.

Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates) explains these products are “the best” and she’s right. The brand was founded in 1917 by George Westmore, an English wigmaker who established Hollywood’s first make-up department; he became the forefather of a dynasty of make-up artists who left an indelible mark in the history of cinema.

American Horror Story S08E01 (The End)

ahsapocalypse_e01_bornunicorn (1)ahsapocalypse_e01_bornunicorn (2)The episode opens with an ordinary scene: the heiress Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt (Leslie Grossman) is getting a haircut. She wants to become an Instagram influencer: she has no intention to “show her full ass crack” so her hairstyle “has to be on point.” Her hair stylist is Mr. Gallant (Evan Peters), who comes from a rich family just like Coco but, unlike her, has been able to make something out of himself: he’s a celebrity hair stylist, “the new Chris McMillan“.

wella-eimi-mistify-me-light_bornunicornThe hairspray Mr. Gallant uses on Coco is Wella Mistify Me Light from the EIMI line.

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wella-eimi-stay-styled-bornunicorn.jpgOn the counter in front of Coco there are other products from the same line: Perfect Setting (but Sugar Lift and Body Crafter have the same spray bottle) and Stay Styled hairspray.

masonpearsonbrush_junior_nylonbristle_bornunicornOn the same counter there’s also a Mason Pearson hairbrush.

American Horror Story S07E11 (Great Again)

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besamerougebrush_bornunicornAlly Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson) has gone through hell to save herself and her son from the white suprematist craze gripping U.S.A. Now she’s a senator, but her project to assert women’s power is not over. In the very last scene of the episode she’s getting ready to go out: the gold brush she uses to retouch her make-up is the rouge brush by Bésame Cosmetics.

Thanks to my friend Jennifer for the id.

American Horror Story S07E06 (Mid-Western Assassin)

americanhorrorstorys07e06_voluspa_bornunicornWhen Ally takes Meadow (Leslie Grossman) to the Butchery on Main restaurant, the latter finally discloses the whole cult plot. Before starting the conversation, she takes a candle in a decorative tin from a table display and puts it in her bag.
voluspapersimmonandcopal_bornunicornIt’s the Persimmon & Copal candle from the Japonica collection by Voluspa.

voluspaclassicmaisoncandle_bornunicornThe displays includes candles (boxed and unboxed) from the Maison Noir collection by Voluspa.

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voluspamokara_bornunicornThere are also large candles in embossed glass jars from the Japonica collection again. The ones with the glass jar in light colours are Nissho-Soleil, French Cade Lavender and Mokara.

voluspagojitaroccoorangecandle_bornunicornThe ones with the red glass jar are Goji Tarocco Orange.

American Horror Story S07E05 (Holes)

americanhorrorstorycult_e05_bornunicorn (2)Ally’s horrific “scratch and pierce” dream is set in her bathroom, so we get to see some of the products she uses.

victoriassecretjeweledcitrusbodymist_bornunicornThe pink bottle contains Victoria’s Secret Jeweled Citrus body mist (now discontinued).

cliniqueblackhoney_bornunicornmacsilverbullet_bornunicornIn the clear make-up tray I can see Clinique Almost lipstick in Black Honey and another discontinued item: a MAC lipstick in a silver bullet. The Canadian brand used this packaging (and not the classic black one) just during the late 1990s.

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coty_airspunpowder_bornunicornThere’s a box of Coty Airspun face powder on the wooden shelf.

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epicuren_gelplus_bornunicornThere are two Epicuren skincare products on the glass shelf by the washbasin – the Enzyme Concentrate vitamin protein complex and the Gel Plus enzyme protein gel in the pump bottle.

Thanks to my friend Jennifer for the body mist id.