So, okay, here’s my Saturday night story. I was doing some overtime work til 10 pm ( sob, I cancelled my night out with my galfriends ), and I was ready for bed at around 12 midnight, and as I was surfing through the channels on TV, I saw this black and white movie, just about to start. Mata Hari. Wow. Then I remembered, this was a NARS shade! It’s a medium pink blush, that’s very matte, but leaves a very naturally pretty pink flush ( a little bit bright but it just pulls off quite perfectly ) to the face, and I was wondering why they’d name the shade that is Asian. I also saw a Mata Hari stall at the mall which sold dried delicacies, so I couldn’t find the connection. Okay, going back to the movie, the title that flashed on my TV screen intrigued me, and the actress who portrayed Mata Hari intrigued me more- Greta Garbo, one of the most beautiful and successful movie stars of all time. So okay, I think bedtime was a little bit postponed because I decided to watch the movie.
It turned out that Mata Hari was a real person. She was the toast of Paris during the WW1 era – dancer exotique, femme fatale, and spy ( double agent ). How intriguing and fascinating ( spies!) . In the movie, her downfall starts when she falls in love with up and coming officer Alexis Rossano. Her life as a spy needed no love, and love led to her death – getting caught by the secret police in the end, and sentenced to death via firing squad. Oh my, that was so sad. Greta Garbo was most beautiful in the movie – even in black and white, you can sense her seductive movements, gestures, and voice attracting every man who sees her. Her exotic costumes are really fabulous. This might just be the Moulin Rouge of her time ( well, it’s just her who was fab there, IMO ). The movie was far fictional than what really transpired. It might bore you to wits since this is a beauty blog, but if you want to read her real story, here is a 7-page long one! Haha!
So, I’ve been hearing Mata Hari for a long time now – just practically about anywhere. I’m sure it’s not only NARS who have made a shade named Mata Hari. The sensual and provocative vibe of the real Mata Hari has indeed lasted for decades for it to live forever – even in cosmetics.