July 4th, 2014

Hope you have an amazing holiday weekend (or just an amazing weekend, if it’s not a holiday for you).

XO Ann + Kristin

July 3rd, 2014

ATTN FRAGRANCE JUNKIES // we have something wonderful for you.. 

Finding a signature scent (though crucial) is not the easiest thing to do. It requires some thought, some consulting of others, and lots of testing. Scentbird is a new online fragrance world that helps you accomplish all three of these steps towards nailing down your signature scent. It’s extremely convenient and a little addicting.

The process goes as follows…

First click in and enter three fragrances that you love. From those three fragrances, Scentbird recommends additional perfumes based on your taste.Then you can select any bottle (or two, or three) and Scentbird will ship it to you for free with a sample to try.(!) After 5 days of testing and consulting of others, you can keep what you love and/or mail back what you don’t free of charge. 

                    

Use offer code “CULTPERFUME" for $15 off your signature scent from Scentbird and please - let us know what you choose! 

tweet tweet @cultofpretty

Offer c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin

July 2nd, 2014

I’m oddly obsessed with elephants (I might or might not have a board dedicated to them on Pinterest.) When I came across Drunk Elephant skincare line, I mean. It was a given. 

                  

I’ve always considered elephants to be the nicest animals on earth (despite their incredibly large size), this skincare line is just that. So friendly! Everything uses minimalist, non-toxic ingredients. The star ingredient is Marula oil - a fruit elephants love to eat that makes them a little tipsy. (Hence, Drunk Elephant) 

I’ve recently adopted the Pekee Bar as my new AM face cleanser. It is made with blueberry extract, honey, aloe vera and virgin marula oil. Sounds delicious doesn’t it? The bar is very gentle, and there is an elephant engraved into the top. So along with being an effective cleanser, it just makes me happy. 

All products support the International Elephant Foundation - cult products for a terrific cause, fellow elephant aficionados. 

Does This: Gentle, non toxic face cleansing bar
Is This: Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar
Get This: Drunkelephant.com
Price: $32

Product c/o the brand, image Arthur Elgort via Sand & Smoke (check this cute elephants and fashion round up!)

-Kristin

July 1st, 2014
File Under // Newness
NYX - masters of funky colored/fantastic products at an incredibly affordable price - have some new releases that I highly suggest you know about.
                    
Macaron Lippie: Do you dare wear green/yellow/grey/black/lavender lips? If you do (there’s a time and place for everything) these highly pigmented lipsticks go on silky smooth, and come in the most unusual, but pretty bomb, colors.$5.99 at Ulta
Proof it! Waterproof Eyebrow Primer: This primer means business. The formula looks a little bit like cement (ironically - clear once on) and it will assure that your brow powder stays safely adhered all day. $7 at NYXcosmetics.com
Honey Dew Me Up: A combination of the magic properties of honey (a natural antiseptic), gold flakes and collagen results in the ultimate dewy touch while priming your face. And there is gold in it so, this rocks. $17 at NYXcosmetics.com
All Over Balm: Find it in three different combos - Macadamia Nut Oil with Honey/Vanilla Butter; Coconut Oil with Coconut/Vanilla Butter; and Argan Oil with Lychee/Vanilla Butter. This balm is for lips, cuticles, hands, dry elbows, anything that needs balming and it comes in a slightly over-sized Moroccan inspired tin.Each $6.50 at NYXcosmetics.com
Renew & Balance Skin Elixirs: Balance with tea tree oils or renew with coenzyme Q10 (fancy). These green and purple primers are means for a pristine/radiant canvas before say, adhering those dramatic eyebrows?Renew $12 at NYXcosmetics.com; Balance $12 at NYXcosmetics.com
Wonder Stick: This evolution of the wonder pencil takes contouring (an intimidating make up move) and makes it so easy. One side of the stick is the highlight, one the contour, and the side of the box shows you exactly how to use it for the ultimate face contour-tion. $12 at NYXcosmetics.com
Products c/o the brand, Image via 
-Kristin

File Under // Newness

NYX - masters of funky colored/fantastic products at an incredibly affordable price - have some new releases that I highly suggest you know about.

                    

Macaron Lippie: Do you dare wear green/yellow/grey/black/lavender lips? If you do (there’s a time and place for everything) these highly pigmented lipsticks go on silky smooth, and come in the most unusual, but pretty bomb, colors.
$5.99 at Ulta

Proof it! Waterproof Eyebrow Primer: This primer means business. The formula looks a little bit like cement (ironically - clear once on) and it will assure that your brow powder stays safely adhered all day. 
$7 at NYXcosmetics.com

Honey Dew Me Up: A combination of the magic properties of honey (a natural antiseptic), gold flakes and collagen results in the ultimate dewy touch while priming your face. And there is gold in it so, this rocks. 
$17 at NYXcosmetics.com

All Over Balm: Find it in three different combos - Macadamia Nut Oil with Honey/Vanilla Butter; Coconut Oil with Coconut/Vanilla Butter; and Argan Oil with Lychee/Vanilla Butter. This balm is for lips, cuticles, hands, dry elbows, anything that needs balming and it comes in a slightly over-sized Moroccan inspired tin.
Each $6.50 at NYXcosmetics.com

Renew & Balance Skin Elixirs: Balance with tea tree oils or renew with coenzyme Q10 (fancy). These green and purple primers are means for a pristine/radiant canvas before say, adhering those dramatic eyebrows?
Renew $12 at NYXcosmetics.com; Balance $12 at NYXcosmetics.com

Wonder Stick: This evolution of the wonder pencil takes contouring (an intimidating make up move) and makes it so easy. One side of the stick is the highlight, one the contour, and the side of the box shows you exactly how to use it for the ultimate face contour-tion. 
$12 at NYXcosmetics.com

Products c/o the brand, Image via 

-Kristin

June 24th, 2014

Turning that "beachy" look on its head.

Images via

June 23rd, 2014

File Under // Fragrance Finds

Yesterday I made my unofficial monthly stop - okay, my every time I walk by stop - into C.O. Bigelow and found a treasure that I needed. (needed)

The find - a line of Eau de Toilettes called Societe de Senteur by West Third Brand. Sidenote: eau de toilette’s are slightly less concentrated than perfumes, think body mist with a little more umph. 

                    

I was initially attracted to the minimalist black & white label with scripty fonts, then the names reached out and grabbed me. “Wanderful” “7 Heartbreaks” “Ropes & Sails” “Road Trip” and “Love First.” I wondered - how does Societe Senteur interpret a road trip? Each fragrance has a completely enveloping top that pulls you in and makes you want to keep smelling until you see how it turns out. The one I walked out with was Love First

You can imagine, love comes with lots of flowers so this scent is entirely floral with a little patchouli and musk. I’m normally not a real floral type of gal but this EDT smells like falling into a bed of petaly soft flowers, and then rolling around in them. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love that..

Does This: Summery light floral fragrance that smells like rolling in flowers
Is This: Societe de Senteur Love First
Get This: In store at C.O. Bigelow or WestThirdBrand.com
Price: $32 for 2oz

Image via

-Kristin

June 20th, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a lovely woman named Negin. She is the creator of product line and spa JustBe here in NYC. 

Negin has created a wholesome little cult within the beauty world, wholesome in its ingredients and its ways. JustBe skincare is entirely organic/vegan AND everything has been energized with good vibes. The result of which, is remarkable for your skin and your chakras. 

                     

A little on her story - Negin became tired of her career as an actress and one day found herself enrolling at the Aveda Institute. Not too long after, she was filling little lunch bags with products made by hand for friends. The products were a hit and they begged her to start making more. This led to a leap of faith and her line JustBe was born. 

I was fortunate enough to be sent home with a little bag of my own (yay). The combination of her Rose Water Mist and Nourishing Face Oil cured this mysterious dry patch on my face I’ve been trying to resolve since April. So I am thankful. (and a little addicted) All of her facials are custom tailored to fit your skin - and her cozy studio is bubbling with positive energy.

If you join the JustBe cult you won’t regret it.

Does This: Vegan/organic skincare line blessed with positive energy & custom facials
Is This: JustBe
Get This: JustBeSkinline.com
Price: Rose Water $22 for 2oz; Nourishing Face Oil $45 1oz

Products c/o the brand, Image via 

-Kristin

June 16th, 2014

Quirky / cute / unlike any other apothecary you will stumble upon..

Meet Meow Meow Tweet - before I divulge any information, visit their site and look at their packaging/logo because it makes them that much cuter.                     

                   

Meow Meow Tweet is a Brooklyn based modern vegan apothecary. They start with a scent then hand mix each product in small batches until they arrive at the perfect aromatic/benefit balance. Everything has a uniquely calming quality that is crafted from 100% plant based ingredients. 

One of my favorite products from the line is the Face Exfoliant. Unlike many exfoliant scrubs, MMT has created a unique variation that has the consistency of a spice - like the kind you scoop out of a jar and put into muffin mix. The main ingredients are oats and chamomile flowers which, YUM, smell amazing. It is powdery soft on your face, but does everything you want/need an exfoliant to do. Except, it might be even better because it’s so gentle (and smells even better than muffins).

Other products to check out (we like them all): Organic Soaps | Coco Skin Cream | Body Oil | Soy Candles

Does This: Gentle chamomile & oat face exfoliant
Is This: Meow Meow Tweet Face Exfoliate (and entire line)
Get This: Meow Meow Tweet.com
Price: $20

Products c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

June 16th, 2014

I love my job. 

No matter how many phenomenal beauty lines I get to feel/use/play with/tell you about, there are always more waiting to be found. (It is the job that never ends, in the best way.)

                 

Herbivore Botalicals is a recent indulgence. Aside from the fact that they are '100% Natural Vegan Handcrafted' - which I love considering my sensitive skin - the line is beautiful. I’m talking next level I want to collect my favorites and display them on top of my dresser next to my jewelry beautiful.

The product line falls within a very affordable price range (roughly $18 - $38 per item, $60+ for gift sets) but every item feels very high quality, in the jar and on your skin. It could be that I am particularly attracted to this line because it has an upscale free-spirited vibe, like a California flower child with remarkable taste. But I really think there is something here for any & every beauty fanatic (men included). 

The products are simple, smell delicious, and yield great results. A few of my favorites —>
Pink Clay Mask (it’s pink!)
Luminous Body Oil (mmm smells like jasmine)
Calm Bath Salts (I actually do have these sitting on my dresser)
Sea Salt Spray (for hair that always looks straight off the beach)

You can shop Herbivore Botanicals on their website or (which I didn’t realize until this moment - coincidence that they’ve come up twice recently) at Urban Outfitters

Products c/o the brand, Image via 

- Kristin


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