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.
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).
The 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.
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 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.
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“.
The hairspray Mr. Gallant uses on Coco is Wella Mistify Me Light from the EIMI line.
On 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.
On the same counter there’s also a Mason Pearson hairbrush.
Ally 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.
When 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.
It’s the Persimmon & Copal candle from the Japonica collection by Voluspa.
The displays includes candles (boxed and unboxed) from the Maison Noir collection by Voluspa.
There 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.
The ones with the red glass jar are Goji Tarocco Orange.
Ally’s horrific “scratch and pierce” dream is set in her bathroom, so we get to see some of the products she uses.
The pink bottle contains Victoria’s Secret Jeweled Citrus body mist (now discontinued).
In 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.
There’s a box of Coty Airspun face powder on the wooden shelf.
There 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.
There’s a Voluspa Classic Maison candle (from the Maison Noir collection) in Ally’s bathroom.
There are a Louis Vuitton perfume box and a tin of Smith’s Rosebud Salve on the dressing table in Ally and Ivy’s bedroom.