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

March 14th, 2014
I’ve gotten into the habit of spraying my face with something before bed, you know, an elixir or whatnot. A few weeks ago I ran out of my favorite (shoot). But then a little bottle of C Booth Honey Almond Dry Oil Mist appeared out of no where in my stash of products.
I grabbed it and spritzed, and I’ve used it every night (occasional morning) since.
                       
I admit at first I was unsure of how I felt about this dry oil mist because upon first spray, it smells like you are sticking your face into a cupcake. But you know what? I’m into it.
After the initial face full of almondy-vanilla goodness, the scent fades and my face instantly drinks up the oil. It’s a sweet addiction.
If dry oils aren’t your thing - you can also experience this delicious scent via body lotion, body butter, body wash, or hand cream.(Try all at one time and you could be mistaken for a walking dessert, i.e. girl above.)
Does This: Nourishing dry oil for face, that smells like dessertIs This: c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil MistGet This: A drugstore nearest youPrice: $4.95 for 4oz
Image via
-Kristin

I’ve gotten into the habit of spraying my face with something before bed, you know, an elixir or whatnot. A few weeks ago I ran out of my favorite (shoot). But then a little bottle of C Booth Honey Almond Dry Oil Mist appeared out of no where in my stash of products.

I grabbed it and spritzed, and I’ve used it every night (occasional morning) since.

                       

I admit at first I was unsure of how I felt about this dry oil mist because upon first spray, it smells like you are sticking your face into a cupcake. But you know what? I’m into it.

After the initial face full of almondy-vanilla goodness, the scent fades and my face instantly drinks up the oil. It’s a sweet addiction.

If dry oils aren’t your thing - you can also experience this delicious scent via body lotion, body butter, body wash, or hand cream.(Try all at one time and you could be mistaken for a walking dessert, i.e. girl above.)

Does This: Nourishing dry oil for face, that smells like dessert
Is This: c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist
Get This: A drugstore nearest you
Price: $4.95 for 4oz

Image via

-Kristin

March 10th, 2014
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. 
giddyupp
Does This: Intense moisture for hands/feet/nailsIs This: Healthy Hoof Intensive Protein TreatmentGet This: Your local drugstore or FolicaPrice: $6.94 for 4oz
Does This: Makes hair as luscious as a horse maneIs This: Mane N’ Tail Get This: Sally Beauty SupplyPrice: Shampoo $3.99; Conditioner $5.29; Detangler $4.59 
Mane n’ Tail c/o the brand, Image via
-Kristin 

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. 

giddyupp

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
PriceShampoo $3.99; Conditioner $5.29; Detangler $4.59 

Mane n’ Tail c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

March 5th, 2014

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
Price: $56

Image via

-Kristin 

March 4th, 2014

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 PopBerry 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
Price: $21.00

Product c/o Barneys, Image via

-Kristin 

February 28th, 2014

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

February 27th, 2014
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 
-Kristin 

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 

-Kristin 

February 26th, 2014
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.comPrice: $7.50 for 1 lb. - just saying 
Image: Mario Testino 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

February 25th, 2014

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 ThisNyakio
Get This: Nyakio.com
Price: Depending on product; between $20 - $89

Products c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 


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