Lena (Penélope Cruz) has several beauty products on her vanity.
There’s a can of L’Oreal Elnett Satin extra strong-hold hairspray.
There’s also a Helena Rubinstein skincare product. The bottle pictured above is just for reference, because the one seen in the film is not All Mascaras! make-up remover. If I remember correctly, this was a cleansing milk.
Next to the Helena Rubinstein bottle there’s Lancôme Trésor body lotion.
Lucía (Julieta Serrano) is a woman with a troubled past: abandoned by her husband Iván with a child (Carlos, now grown-up and interpreted by Antonio Banderas), she’s spent a long time in a mental institution. Now she’s living with her parents, who try to support her and her extravagant looks.
In this scene, she’s applying her eyeliner. On her dresser there are many beauty products, among which the unmistakable golden spray can of L’Oreal Elnett Satin hairspray.
But there’s also another interesting product – a white jar with pink lid, which screams “Christian Dior skincare”.
It’s impossible to say exactly what product this was, but was for sure part of the Hydra-Dior collection.
It’s not a coincidence that later in the film we see several products from the same line on Pepa’s vanity. Pepa (Carmen Maura) is the former mistress of Iván. She’s another woman “on the verge of a nervous breakdown”, just like Lucía: they’re in love with the same man (who has dumped both of them for another lover) and happen to use the same skincare.
There are L’Oreal Elnett Satin hairspray and Cetaphil moisturizing lotion in Harper’s office.
Thanks to Emily for the ids.
The latest Kesha video is a fun one. The American singer plays a televangelist à la Dolly Parton, who’s unfortunately trapped into an abusive marriage with a horrible husband who doesn’t care about her and beats her up all the time. But she’ll soon know how to take her revenge on him. In the video, directed by Luke Gilford, there are two interesting scenes featuring beauty products.
In the screencap above, Kesha is in her dressing room; on her vanity there’s a can of L’Oreal Elnett Satin extra-strong hold hairspray.
But the most interesting moment is set in her house, where we can get a good look at her vanity.
The white fluted refillable atomiser is the super-romantic L’air du temps by Nina Ricci.There’s also the eau de toilette version of Pasha de Cartier, a fresh spicy men’s fragrance created by Jacques Cavallier and launched in 1992. I like to think the televangelist – not her husband – wears it.
Such an eclectic perfume selection wouldn’t be such without a blast of white flowers! So here is Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt, the 1980s best seller created by Sophia Grojsman.
Another nod to the past is the aqua green tube of Clinique lipstick, a packaging now sadly discontinued.
Thanks to Marco Ortolano for telling me about this video and for the Vanderbilt id.
Angel (Indya Moore) finally scores a modeling job for the Wet ‘n Wild spring 1990 campaign. While she’s having her make-up done on set, we can see L’Oreal Elnett Satin strong-hold hairspray in front of her.
Clara (Angela Molina) is finally leaving her abusive husband Sancho, so she’s quickly packing some toiletries. In her bathroom there are many beauty products.
On the glass shelf there are two Shiseido Benefiance products – a toner and a cleansing milk.
There’s also L’Oreal Elnett Satin hairspray, which has an important function in this scene.
In classic Almodóvar style, Chanel products make their appearance. In this case, there are a compact and a bottle of bi-phase make-up remover (or toner). There’s also a black box with gold band I haven’t been able to identify. It may be related to No. 5, but I have no idea what it can be.
Under the glass shelf there’s a cardboard bottle of Ausonia talc.
Next to the Chanel make-up remover there’s Guerlain Champs Elysées in a beautiful gold bottle designed by Robert Granai. The perfume, created by Jacques and Jean-Paul Guerlain, was launched in 1996.
But Champs Elysées is not the only Guerlain item in Clara’s bathroom. On the top glass shelf there’s a round gold box containing Météorites face powder pearls.
There’s a can of L’Oreal Elnett Satin Supreme Hold hairspray on Veronica and Betty’s dressing table.
The opening scene of the film sees the actress Gloria Grahame is in her dressing room at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster, UK, unpacking her toiletries and getting ready to perform in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams .
She takes out a can of L’Oreal Elnett hairspray.
The perfume sitting on the dressing table is Chanel No. 5.
 The film is based on the last years of the American actress’ life. It’s true she performed at the Dukes in 1980, but she had the leading role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, not in the Williams play as seen in the film.