The Halloween Special
Unleash your dark side with the best beauty buys for Halloween 2019
If you’re anything like us, it doesn’t take much to want to celebrate something. Full moon? Let’s have a party! Summer’s here? Break out the champers! Which is why we can fully get behind any Halloween event. Despite being thought of as primarily an American celebration, it actually has Celtic origins, borrowing inspiration from a pagan religious festival (called Samhain) where people would come together to celebrate the end of harvest season and mark the beginning of the darker months (sometimes referred to as their new year).
They would dress up and dance around bonfires with the intention of warding off evil spirits and ghosts. However, it wasn’t until much later that it got its name. In the 8th century, the Christian All Saints Day was moved from May 13 to November 1, and in doing so, the night before (October 31) became a holy (aka: “hallowed”) evening… and just like that Halloween was born.
Of course modern Halloween doesn’t generally involve dancing around bonfires, but it does include some epic parties and a chance to unleash your dark side. So, this Halloween we thought we’d play trick or treat with some devilishly good beauty products.
Naughty or nice? Good or bad? Dark or light? Sweet or sexy? We all have a shadow side that creeps out every now and then, and Halloween is all about embracing that. Whether you’re a sexy nurse type, or someone who spends weeks crafting the perfecting zombie costume, these products with complement you perfectly.
Tokyo Milk Dark range: Featuring scents like “Bulletproof”, “La Vie La Mort” and “Novocaine”, Tokyo Milk Dark is the naughty sister to the Tokyo Milk range. Combining sleek design with unexpected fragrance combinations, the handcrafted fragrances are edgy, irresistible, and love to flirt with the dark side.
The Elvira range, Demeter Fragrance Library: A collaboration between Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Demeter Fragrance Library, this range embraces the supernatural - and the spooky. Each of the dark floral scents are a unique expression of Elvira’s personality. From Sexy Witch to Vp, Black Roses to Zombie, they are the perfect pairing to any Halloween costume.
Demeter Fragrance Library Thunderstorm Cologne Spray, $29.95: You know how you can smell a thunderstorm coming? Demeter have bottled that. Reflecting what they say is the “deep, violent nature of a summer storm,” it perfectly captures the anticipation and build up before the rain.
If you're more sugar than spice, you still won’t be forgotten this Halloween. Call “treat” instead and get stuck into these super-sweet treats.
Demeter Fragrance Library Jelly Doughnut Cologne Spray, $29.95: A fragrance that smells like a jam donut. Can you think of anything more delicious? Didn’t think so.
Crazy Rumors Banana Split Lip Balm, $7.50: Banana topped with chocolate, strawberry and vanilla cream. On your lips - but not on the hips. Yes please!
Demeter Fragrance Library Pixie Dust Cologne Spray, $29.95: For the Tinkerbells, the fairies, the pixies and sprites, this is exactly what we imagine pixie dust to smell like: fruity, sugary and a little bit dreamy. It’s the type of scent that always makes you smile, and wholeheartedly believe in magic.