April 15th, 2014

We love BB’s because they are an all-in-one solution to multiple different products. Here is a new one for you..

BB Cream for thy tresses. 

(DISCLAIMER: it doesn’t turn your hair to above color, though we wouldn’t mind if it did..)

                    

Ecru Acacia Protein BB Cream is an all-in-one styling solution for hair. Upon first squeeze, I found a light and airy conditioning formula that is quadro powered to strengthen, tame, moisturize, and protect. Star ingredients include Acacia Collagen™, Silk Protein, Jojoba Oil, and Monoi Oil.. which we lusted over not too long ago. An unstoppable combination that smells lovely. 

I have some pretty ill-behaved flyaways around the front of my face that become especially noticeable whilst blow drying.. they are no match for this BB. 

Does This: All-In-One BB Cream for hair
Is This: Ecru Acacia Protein BB Cream
Get This: OpenSky
Price: $30.00

Product c/o the brand. Image via 

-Kristin 

April 12th, 2014

These are more than just delicious soaps that make showers feel like bathing in hot tea water (in the best way).

They are the result of someones effort to better the world.. see below

                    

Erin Zaikis started making Sundara soaps after her life changing adventure abroad. [Read the full story here.]  Each soap is hand made, chalked with beautiful aromatic spices, molded into an exotic flower, and packaged up in a little linen pouch. There are three different types, each representative of the country that it was inspired by. Profits benefit programs that support hygiein in Ghana, Thailand, and Mumbai..   

See the impact Sundara is having in Haiti - installing clean water systems and teaching youngin’s how to wash their hands!

Click here for the video 

Does This: Soaps that provide beauty for a better world  
Is This: Sundara Soaps
Get This: LiveSundara.com
Price: $7.99

Product c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

April 11th, 2014

a whimsical fairy-like look backstage this morning with Marchesa Bridal 2015 

Hairy by Kerastase, Makeup by Revlon 

Cult of Pretty photography

April 11th, 2014

The sun is awake later and slowly 30 temperature days are being phased out.. leaving me on a summer skincare bender. 

My ideal qualities in a great summer skin line - light, quick to dry, non greasy, gentle and eau natural. California Naturel, is all that. 

Maybe it’s the printed palms on the front, this line makes me think of products found in a tropical resort or spa. It makes sense, California Naturel did draw their product inspo from the beachy terrain of California. The Gentle Cleansing Gel, Nourishing Cream, and Balancing Complex are a nice reflection of this.

                    

All three products met all of my summer skincare criteria and then some. I really love the Balancing Complex. It is a light gel formula, so light it’s closer to a liquid than a gel. Perfect for summer skin that get’s a little oily - it’s moisturizing but dries to a soft matte finish. The Nourishing Cream while still light has a little more substance, great for those still recovering from artificial heat or looking to beat fine lines. All three products incorporate natural ingredients that faces love including aloe, olive and jojoba oils, and alfafa extract. 

Does This: Cleansing, moisturizing, natural skincare line
Is This: California Naturel
Get This: CaliforniaNaturel.com
Price: Gentle Cleansing Gel $33 | Balancing Complex $45 | Nourishing Cream $45

Products c/o the brand, Image via Fashion Gone Rogue

-Kristin 

April 7th, 2014

So thrilled to have been asked to take part in Rimmel London’s Mod Mania campaign.  I grew up in London and have been using this cult British brand’s makeup my whole life - their products just keep getting better.

                   

For this 60’s inspired look, created by Yuui for Rimmel (hair by my girl Remy Lane Moore), we pumped up a cat eye with an extra thick inky line using Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner, and created a softer version of the classic mod look using Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Witness White and Scandaleyes Shadow Paint in Mercury Silver. The upper lashes were faux, enhanced with Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara which we also applied to the bottom lashes to complete the look.  Check out the ingenious brush which wings out lashes and plumps them at the center … for bold, wide-eyed volume inspired by the Twiggy era.

                   

If you’re inspired to create a look inspired by the mod era, click over to Rimmel’s tumblr to upload (and find tons of inspiration) for a chance to win prizes from Rimmel London … including a trip to New York City!  You can also simply tag your tweets or Instagram looks with #ModMonday and @rimmellondonus.

And check out the whole Retro Glam campaign for even more inspiration!

Does This: Creates retro glam inspired looks for less
Is This: Rimmel London Scandaleyes collection
Get This: Walmart, Walgreens, Target and tons of other convenient spots (click here).
Price: Around $6

Image: Aaron Wenck for Rimmel; Makeup Yuui; hair Remy Lane Moore). This project created in collaboration with Rimmel London.

March 31st, 2014

I (regrettably) just came back from a beach getaway. During which I decided to let my skin soak in all the sun (spf protected) it could and use minimal to no make up. 

During this skin-restation period, I tried out the Earth Tu Face Voyage Travel Kit - featuring mini size Earth Tu Face products. As the name suggests these products really are the earth, on your face. 

                    

Earth tu Face was created by two herbalists in California, who took ingredients in their purest forms and created this line. Using them after stepping out of a steaming show does feel like herbal therapy thanks fo the light natural textures, refreshing and gentle formulas, and unmistakable aromas of earth. The cleanser, serum, and body butter provided in the kit were the perfect trifecta for my resting skin. As if I sent my face alone on a yoga retreat. 

An interesting note - the body butter uses coconut oil (love) and cardamom. The cardamom gives it a somewhat spicy decadent aroma. At first I was a little conspicuous of the scent but after using it a handful of times I decided, it’s really amazing. 

Does This: Au natural travel size cleanser, serum, and body butter 
Is This: Earth Tu Face Voyage Travel Kit
Get This: Need Supply Co
Price: $64

Products c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

PS Click HERE to enter our #Giveaway with Commodity Goods! 

March 28th, 2014

Let’s discuss actual no makeup realness - and what it takes to go there. Clearasil invited me to participate in their #wintheday campaign to which I say, cheers, and dunzo - because I just put an unretouched photo of my face with no makeup on the internet.

Even though I am old an adult, my skin is, like, super immature (in a bad way) and I still get breakouts - weirdly as I get older, they migrate from place to place, like a sad nation of displaced losers. Right now, in their 3rd decade as a society, they have taken up residence on my jawline.

Anyway, I’m a believer in spending on skincare products when it’s worth it, but when it comes to zits it really doesn’t make sense to spend my grown-up money on grown-up priced luxury products that have similar active ingredients to the cultest of all classic acne fighters - Clearasil.

The folks at Refinery 29 and Clearasil sent me the Daily Clear collection, which is all about simplicity, yummy smells, antioxidant Superfruits, and Salicylic Acid (to help unclog pores and reduce breakouts).

                   

Since you’re already on the internet, you can head over to the offers section of the Clearasil site to pick up coupons for these fighters, because hey, free money!

Does This: Cult classic skin clearing goodness for modern times, at a very very reasonable price (
Is This: Clearasil Daily Clear Collection
Get This: Your drugstore
Price: $5.99 each 

Photo of my face by Rachel Scroggins; post and face brought to you by Refinery 29 and Clearasil - thanks guys!

March 28th, 2014

Happy #GIVEAWAY Friday! 
#cherrytopper #tgif

We love perfume here at Cult. Spritzing, smelling, layering, packaging, the whole bit. We always have an eye out for what’s new on the market - recently fragrance sampling programs. Our top player of the moment, Commodity Goods

                    

This company has taken fragrance to the next level with their innovation and incorporation of digital and I DIG it. Here are my top 5 reasons to love this line:

1. The feel/typography/white&copper/black&white look rocks
2. They have a mascot, Eau de Bear, who has an Instagram account
3. They mail you an at home fitting kit that comes in a legit numbered sleeve (fun to open, tiny bottles fun to spray - shown above)
4. They created interactive-easy-to-understand fragrance descriptions, that have pictures
5. Their fragrances smell unique and amazing. Our favorite is Gold

Thanks to our friends at Commodity Goods we have an awesome #giveaway for one of you today! Commodity goods will mail you their entire fitting kit, let you try them for as long as you’d like, and then send you a 100ml bottle of the fragrance of your choice. Valued at $108 dollars - this is one you don’t want to miss. Follow the instructions below to enter:

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.

Optional 1.5 Tweet or Instagram us and tag #CultCommodity telling us you’ve entered! Then check out the Commodity Scent Journal hereand find them on social Facebook | Twitter | Instagram. (Their Instagram is beautiful, just sayin.)

2. Leave a DISQUIS comment below [click through if you are reading this post in your Tumblr feed] and tell us which Commodity fragrances you are DYING to try. (Women’s here; Men’s here) Our favorites are gold, dew, and pinot. Mmmmm. 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.

3. 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.

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

Contest ends next Friday April 4th at 11:59PM. NOTE: If you subscribe or follow to enter, you must still be subscribed or following at the time of the drawing to win. Multiple comments do not increase your chances of winning.

Products c/o the brand, Image via Style.com

-Kristin

March 26th, 2014

Hard Candy just released a collection of ombre lip sticks. Further proving the point that not all brilliant products have to break the bank

                    

While fun to play with on paper.. these lip sticks are perfect for creating a dramatic lip in one swipe (and a bit of blending). Each lip stick is has a dark and light color, giving your lips a little additional luster and ‘joosh’ … if you know what I mean.

Best method is to always put the lighter shade towards the inside of your mouth and darker towards the outline of your lip. 

While I am not bold enough to rock this style, I’d love to see any pictures of you who do! Tweet us cultofpretty or tag us on Instagram with @cultograms.

Does This: One stick treatment to contoured lustrous lips
Is This: Hard Candy Ombre Lip Stick
Get This: Walmart
Price: $6.00

Product c/o the brand, Image Nicole Miller SS14 via

-Kristin 

March 20th, 2014

Happy first day of Spring!!!

Images: Elle Vietnam


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