October 19th, 2014
File Under / Cult Collaborates
LOOK NUMBER 2: A bright purple lip. Mission to see if this was something actually wearable or not so much. In the world of berries, I was going for the grape. This photo was our inspiration and the USLU Airlines Lipstick in Mount Pleasant made it come to life.
                       
First note, how cool is this lipstick? USLU Airlines is a Berlin based luxury cosmetics brand that specializes in innovative design, high quality formula’s, and color x 10. Instant love. The purple, though it appears bright in the frosted tube, was surprisingly wearable! In other words - don’t fear the grape, you can do it.
Photograph by Farrah Julin; Makeup by Amanda Holley
Products via Net-A-Porter
-Kristin

File Under / Cult Collaborates

LOOK NUMBER 2: A bright purple lip. Mission to see if this was something actually wearable or not so much. In the world of berries, I was going for the grape. This photo was our inspiration and the USLU Airlines Lipstick in Mount Pleasant made it come to life.

                       

First note, how cool is this lipstick? USLU Airlines is a Berlin based luxury cosmetics brand that specializes in innovative design, high quality formula’s, and color x 10. Instant love. The purple, though it appears bright in the frosted tube, was surprisingly wearable! In other words - don’t fear the grape, you can do it.

Photograph by Farrah Julin; Makeup by Amanda Holley

Products via Net-A-Porter

-Kristin

October 18th, 2014

File Under / Fragrance Finds

We just got a hold of a few bottle-ettes of by Kilian’s Addictive State of Mind. Three fragrances with one unifying theme: smoke

These fragrances are NOT your classic fruity floral. They are complex, intricate, mysterious, daring and dark. If you crave those “wow I have NEVER smelled this before” perfumes - you will thoroughly enjoy them. If not to wear, for the olfactive experience.

                    

Smoke for the Soul,is perhaps the most intense of the three - first impression is a hit of psychotropic tobacco (don’t ask me exactly what that is) and it dries down to a cool woody almost menthal sensation. Intruiging. And halloween-y. 

Light my Fire captures the sensation of lighting a fire in a very literal way. When you smell it, the inside of your nose feels hot. This could be attributed to top notes of spicy tobacco leaf with dried cumin. The dry down is a creamy vanilla smoke made from blend of smoky birchwood and tonka bean.

Intoxicated has a sharpness to it, a hit of energy and a familar note of vicious Turkish coffee. (Assuming your morning brew is vicious.) This fragrance still has a smokey aspect but it veers towards charred sweetness with dry down notes of burned caramelized sugar. 

Oh and if you haven’t clicked one of the links above to see the box each of the fragrances come in… click click away.  Black veined wood and bronze-finished metal, inspired by a classic vintage cigar box. Too. Cool.

Does This: by Kilian Addictive State of Mind Fragrances 
Is This: Smokey perfumes for olfactive junkies (or Halloween? !)
Get This: Bergdorf Goodmans, Saks Fifth Ave, Kilian NYC Boutique (not yet available online) 
Price: $270 each, for the fragrance and box

Product c/o the brand, Image via Push It Magazine

-Kristin

October 17th, 2014

File Under / Cult Collaborates

LOOK NUMBER 1: With help from a few talented friends and inspiration from Net-A-Porter Beauty - we decided to create four posts dedicated to our favorite beauty looks for fall… or things we were just curious about and wanted to try. (Seeing as how we had a real makeup artist on hand - score.)

Our first look, my personal fave, no make up make up. This look fits into the “naked" & "normcore" movements happening now in beauty and fashion. All it requires is a flawless base - IE sleep, water, moisturizer, concealer (because nobody’s perfect), and just a couple hits of natural color. Enhance what you already have!

                    

The products that made this I’m not wearing anything look are Le Métier de Beauté Crème Fresh Tint in Mystique (currently sold out on Net-a-Porter, find it here) and B The Eyebrow Experts eyebrow gel in Cinnamon Spice. No mascara, no shadow, just a little color on lips and cheeks and gel-sculpted brows. My look, everyday.

Photographs by Farrah Julin; Makeup by Amanda Holley

Products via Net-A-Porter Beauty

-Kristin

October 3rd, 2014

ATTENTION CULT - it’s Friday, and we have a #GIVEAWAY for you. 

Yes we have done something similar in the past but it’s like your favorite lip stick…once it runs out that doesn’t mean you won’t buy it again. (!)

On that note I bring you, a #giveaway from Kerastase. Meet the Discipline Line. Loaded with products that will keep your beautiful locks free of frizz and put your blow drying woes at ease. (It’s Friday…feeling wordy). Discipline actually accelerates the time it takes to dry and make hair your behave. Hence, the name.

                    

3 LUCKY WINNERS will receive: Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste($39), Bain Fluidealiste Sulfate-Free ($39), Fondant Fluidealiste ($42)Maskeratine ($62.50) and the star product Spray Fluidissime ($42), a lightweight serum that instantly eases blow-drying. This brings each giveaway to a total value of $224.50. Please follow the guidelines below to enter. Good luck!

 1. Do ONE of the following — follow Cult of Pretty on Bloglovin OR follow Cult of Pretty from your Tumblr account OR subscribe via email

2. Be social! Follow Kerastase on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to keep up to date with the latest greatest from the line. Bonus points for talking and tagging #KDISCIPLINE

3. Leave a DISQUIS comment below [click through if you are reading this post in your Tumblr feed] and tell us how you tame your mane! De-tangler? Balms? Spray?  NOTE: Please don’t comment in the ‘Ask Me Anything’ or ‘Fan Note’ area of Tumblr. If you do we will not see your comment and not be able to enter you into the contest! — Please everyone click through and leave a comment on Cult of Pretty itself.

4. You must be 18 or older to enter. If you happen to be under the legal age of 18 you can have someone else enter for you. Just remember that the product will be sent to their attention.

5. This giveaway is for US Residents only - unfortunately we are unable to ship outside of the USA. 

Contest ends Friday 10/10 at 12:00PM!

Products c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin

September 30th, 2014

file under / cult brand

The packaging got me. It practically jumped off the shelf and said “you need me, right now”. Ever since I added a little R + Co to my morning routine, my hair and bathroom have become so much…cooler

                    

I’ll start with the dry shampoo, so dry it’s actually Death Valley Dry Shampoo. Two fold satisfaction with this product. 1) The tribute to death valley on the container (or, the packaging that demanded attention) and 2) the dry shampoo itself. This dry-shamp as opposed to others didn’t leave white residue in my hair. Even after wrestling my fingers around a bit, sometimes dry shampoo resins sneak back to my roots. Which is unacceptable. Death Valley leaves no residue, but still diminishes oil and gives flat hair a little umph.  

The Park Ave Blow Out Balm (New York on my product, yes) came to my assistance this morning. In the midst of a rain storm, I needed to blow dry my hair. After rubbing the balm through my perhaps-too-long locks and proceeding to blow dry, I made it to work with minimal frizz. Note, I also rubbed the balm in my hands and over my hair after it was dry.

It is easy to see why this line is a favorite among-st hair stylists and salons. The products are incredible quality, and the packaging. I mean. Have you seen anything like it?

Does This: Resin free dry shampoo and anti-frizz blow dry balm
Is This: R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo & Park Ave Blow Out Balm
Get This: Space Nk
Price: Death Valley Dry Shampoo $29  | Park Ave Blow Out Balm: $28

Products c/o the brand, Image Karlie Kloss for Vogue Netherlands

-Kristin

September 15th, 2014
file under / back to school
On the topic of niche brands that make us smile but are also genuinely awesome… have you heard of A Beautiful Life? We spotted them at Urban Outfitters and now we are trying everything. So expect a few more glimpses into things they make after this fragrant post…
                                
A Beautiful Life has a collection of perfumes that are cutesy-cool and unlike anything you’ve ever smelled. Pictured above (a top Lisa Frank #FBF) is their signature I Heart Unicorns and a new one called Composition - in lure of the BTS season.
We are a little obsessed with I Heart Unicorns… mostly because it’s a delicious and juicy melange of bright aromas that send us straight back to the 90’s when all of our paper products had a bit of rainbow on them. If Lisa Frank had a smell, it would be I Heart Unicorns. 
Composition captures the bitter-sweet essence of going back to school with a hint of tart green apple and a whole lot of crisp paper and cozy sweaters. Get anywhere near this fragrance and I guarantee you will be rushed into a wave of middle school nostalgia. 
Does This: Perfumes that bring you back to a fruitier/simpler timeIs This: A Beautiful Life I Heart Unicorns & Composition perfumeGet This: A Beautiful Life.com (I Heart Unicorns \ Composition)Price: both $52 for 60ml
-Kristin
Product c/o the brand, Image via

file under / back to school

On the topic of niche brands that make us smile but are also genuinely awesome… have you heard of A Beautiful Life? We spotted them at Urban Outfitters and now we are trying everything. So expect a few more glimpses into things they make after this fragrant post…

                                

A Beautiful Life has a collection of perfumes that are cutesy-cool and unlike anything you’ve ever smelled. Pictured above (a top Lisa Frank #FBF) is their signature I Heart Unicorns and a new one called Composition - in lure of the BTS season.

We are a little obsessed with I Heart Unicorns… mostly because it’s a delicious and juicy melange of bright aromas that send us straight back to the 90’s when all of our paper products had a bit of rainbow on them. If Lisa Frank had a smell, it would be I Heart Unicorns. 

Composition captures the bitter-sweet essence of going back to school with a hint of tart green apple and a whole lot of crisp paper and cozy sweaters. Get anywhere near this fragrance and I guarantee you will be rushed into a wave of middle school nostalgia

Does This: Perfumes that bring you back to a fruitier/simpler time
Is This: A Beautiful Life I Heart Unicorns & Composition perfume
Get This: A Beautiful Life.com (I Heart Unicorns \ Composition)
Price: both $52 for 60ml

-Kristin

Product c/o the brand, Image via

September 14th, 2014

for him and then you steal it / glamping edition

I ran into a niche line called Fieldworks at Magic a couple of weeks ago. I was taken by their mini size things (of course), nature-esque scents and names like “Hose Off." Then I learned the line was created for men’s grooming… as if that’s ever stopped me.

                    

Fieldworks is based out of Portland, Oregan, ie. the middle of nature. They specialize in small hand craft batches of skincare items for men made from all natural & beneficial ingredients such as bentonite clay … which if you didn’t know isfinely weathered volcanic ash. (cool)

The great thing about these men’s products is that they are extra-strength grime & odor removers (bentonite’s specialty) and they are multi-purpose. Perfect for glamping. Hose Off can be your body wash, shampoo, and face wash. Well for men, I wish I was that low maintenance. And the Bar None Body Brick is made with oils, bentonite clay, vetiver, and nutmeg that deep cleanse and smell like nuzzling up to a freshly showered flannel wearing man. Mmm

I highly recommend getting these for your man, so you can steal them. 

Does This: Fieldworks all natural grooming skincare line for men (technically)
Is This: Hose Off Body Wash and Bar None Body Brick
Get This: Fieldworks.com
Price: Hose Off $12.99 | Bar None Body Brick $9.99

Products c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin

September 13th, 2014

Loosely pinned side-swoop inspiration backstage at Karen Walker. Hair by Bumble & Bumble.

Images: The Greyest Ghost exclusively for Cult of Pretty

September 13th, 2014

Seriously the most adorable way to do a temporary bang … backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs SS15. (Hair by Redken).

Images: The Greyest Ghost exclusively for Cult of Pretty

September 6th, 2014

Giving a new meaning to pearlized nails backstage at Honor

Nails by Nonie Creme for beauty.com.

Image: The Greyest Ghost

 


Likes