Horses are fun to look at, even more fun to ride.
And turns out, fun to steal products from.
Yes that says horse edition. Two of our cult favorites were initially make for horses, who woulda thunk it?
You are probably familiar with Mane N’ Tail shampoo and conditioner. I remember seeing pages dedicated to this product in spreads of my pre-teen mags and thinking “I Need That.” Unfortunately, L’Oreal Kids shampoo won over mom (boo). Years later, Mane N’ Tail is still a cult favorite for ladies looking to have locks as luscious as a horse’s mane - n’ tail too. Due to popular demand they have expanded from shampoo and conditioner into an entire line of styling products including detangler. Which I am using now since I didn’t get to indulge back in the 90’s.
The second one is a MUST GRAB drugstore find when it’s in stock: Healthy Hoof. Technically this is for your cuticles (hoofs = nails) but I’ve found that it works amazingly well as a before bed cream for anything that is excruciatingly dry. Heels, hands, elbows - whatever.
Does This: Intense moisture for hands/feet/nails
Is This: Healthy Hoof Intensive Protein Treatment
Get This: Your local drugstore or Folica
Price: $6.94 for 4oz
Does This: Makes hair as luscious as a horse mane
Is This: Mane N’ Tail
Get This: Sally Beauty Supply
Price: Shampoo $3.99; Conditioner $5.29; Detangler $4.59
Mane n’ Tail c/o the brand, Image via
I saw this product a few weeks ago and did a double take.
Milk, for your face?
I put a few droplets on the back of my hand and it sank right into my skin. And felt pretty silky smooth. Josie Maran’s new ‘Milk’ formula includes her cult Argan Oil, but it also uses purified water. She made this to be power food for your face. Especially for those with dry/sensitive skin, it has intensive moisturizing abilities and can even help symptoms of eczema and rosacea.
We wonder …could beauty milks be the next evolution of the beauty oil?
Does This: Intensive Moisturizing Treatment
Is This: Josie Maran Milk
Get This: Sephora
Ann mentioned in her beautiful feature on Barney’s The Window (see here!) the importance of a ‘pop of pink’. Something bright right on the apples of your cheeks - equally flattering as it is mood-enhancing.
A new little ‘pop of pink’ crossed my desk the other day … this daisy shaped pressed powder by Clinique called, appropriately enough, Cheek Pop. Berry Pop (pinkest) is my favorite. Should you want a pop of a slightly different color, they also come in Peach Pop, Plum Pop, and Ginger Pop.
Does This: Pop for the cheeks - and the mood
Is This: Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop
Get This: Sephora
Product c/o Barneys, Image via
just because it’s friday … and related but unrelated, if you guys haven’t seen it, La Grande Bellezza is amazing
image via vogue italia
The best way to really make hair last and minimize styling time is by maximizing your blow outs … thus the secret to amazing two day (three day?) hair. Since I’m not looking to do this everyday during the winter … ahem … I’ve found that it’s completely achievable with a combination of great products + 30 minutes + reasonable arm strength + high blow dryer tolerance. (And nearby source of cold air when you begin to overheat.)
We are giving away the new Keratin Smooth Collection from TRESemme to help maximize your blowouts for Two-Day-Hair-Perfection. This includes Keratin Smooth Shampoo, Keratin Smooth Conditioner, Heat Activated Treatment, and (bonus) new Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, valued at $21.96. Read below for instructions 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. Leave a DISQUIS comment below [click through if you are reading this post in your Tumblr feed] and tell me your secret for beautiful two day hair. 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 March 7th 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
File under / Cult Classics
"Feel Your Face Pulsate" is literally the back panel copy on this, "The World’s Most Powerful Facial."
I mean I don’t really know that I can add a lot to that brilliance … except to say: if you love a mud mask, buy this value tub of cult magic, add some water, drop some beats, and feel the pulse.
Does This: Deep pore cleansing mud mask, amazing value
Is This: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
Get This: Drugstore.com
Price: $7.50 for 1 lb. - just saying
Image: Mario Testino via
Time for a #CultBrand shout out to nyakio.
This line takes the best-of-skincare ingredients from Africa and modernizes them, resulting in spa-worthy products, all wrapped up in art deco packaging that’s hard to resist. The brand was created by a first-generation American from Kenya, who makes everything with her grandmother’s African beauty secrets in mind …
The giant fig Collection - from which I’ve been using the giant fig body wash - features the Gabon Giant Fig as well as African Honeybush Tea, an antioxidant-rich concoction that leaves skin looking gorgeous - and smelling delicious.
We also tried the kenyan coffee body scrub (a fan favorite) from the kenyan coffee collection. The scrub has a rich coffee meets shea butter aroma. Just like a cup of coffee works wonders in the morning, coffee on skin has amazing exfoliating/revitalizing benefits.
Another source of skin-caffeine-rejuvenation can be found in the kola nut, the third collection from nyakio. A combination of the hydrating face oil and hydrating lip balm with kola and trichilia oils leaves my face feeling rich with moisture, and like I just spent bundles at an upscale spa.
Browse the nyakio ingredients library to see all of the beauty wonders each product has to offer.
Does This: Amazing skin care formulated from best-of-Africa ingredients (also, so pretty on your bathroom shelves)
Is This: Nyakio
Get This: Nyakio.com
Price: Depending on product; between $20 - $89
Products c/o the brand, Image via
I keep getting press releases saying Spring is just around the corner, which is kinda sorta a lie? but it makes me feel less bad about waxing lyrical about my recent 7 days in Miami, where I felt sun on my sad, pale body and where I fell in love with this incroyable body glow product that I so badly needed to blend in with the locals.
If you are naturally on the paler side, you know the pain of body bronzing: often streaky, always smelly, disappointingly faux and rarely your friend. I literally never turn down a sample offer for body bronzing products because you never know - I forever hold out for that holy grail of glow. Bring me your strippers, your drag artistes, your “celebrity” “stylist” what-have-yous … if you invent a bronzer, I will try it.
SO FINALLY I found it and it’s the most cultest of things …
Melanie Mills is an Emmy-award winning makeup artist and she won that jam for Dancing with the Stars so need I say more? She invented Gleam Body Radiance to shortcut to beautiful bronze (or just a gorgeous glow) on a range of skin tones.
What’s different about this product? It’s makeup, not self-tanner, so there are no surprises. It’s completely blendable and buildable so it’s mistake-proof. It’s amazing how easy it is to blend, as well. And last but not least - IT SMELLS AMAZING - like
sex summer summer sex in a tube (what? you know what I mean). I put this on every day/night in Miami and it made me feel human in the best possible way. You can put it on your face too …
Does This: Incredible, blendable body glow in four shades (clockwise above - Rose Gold, Deep Gold, Bronze Gold, Light Gold - I used Bronze Gold).
Is This: Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Radiance
Get This: Here
Price: Available in 1 oz ($15), 2 oz ($30), and 3.5 oz ($40) so buy a few!
Often times when the word ‘exfoliate’ is used, we think of a face wash with tiny (what feels like) grains of sand mixed in. But exfoliants don’t have to be textured, they can in fact come in the form of a tonic or toner such as this ‘skintreat’ below … pixi (<-upside down i) skintreats Glow Tonic w Aloe Vera & Ginseng.
What I love most about this Glow Tonic? It feels so nice on my skin. It doesn’t burn/string/smell harsh like the classic drugstore toners that I have tried. The aloe vera and ginseng have a noticeable calming effect, reducing redness and - over time - really making your skin glow. Another KEY point to this skintreat - it’s alcohol-free.
Alcohol is acceptable for Saturdays and Sundays, but never for dry skin.
Does This: Tones, tightens, exfoliates, and sooths skin
Is This: Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic
Get This: Pixi Beauty
Product c/o the brand, image by Linnea Strid
My beauty favorites and other life learnings over on the Barney’s blog!