April 21st, 2014

Furthering our facial oil obsession.. estelle & thild is a cult brand in Northern Europe (ie. land of the tall/blond/beautiful). They recently just sailed over to the US of A via Net-A-Porter Beauty. One of my favorite URLs on the www. 

                    

estelle & thild has a variety of skin care products from lip glosses, to toners and cleansers, hand lotions, facial creams etc etc. But their most coveted items are their face serums and oils. 

The Age Control Serum + Repairing Oil Complex (above) is the recipe for extremely happy, protected skin that carries a youthful glow at any age. A mixture of antioxidants and marine micro-algae make it possible. My skin is currently eating it up.

This formula is light and soft with just the teeniest bit of an airy floral aroma. Oh, and did I mention that all of estelle & thild’s products are 100% certified organic? We love this line.

Does This: Keeps skin radiant, youthful, moisturized, free-radical-free
Is This: estelle & thild Repairing Oil Complex
Get This: Selfridges
Price: $98.33

Product c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin

April 19th, 2014

I am a hoarder of lipsticks. Really, I can’t help myself. Ilia Lipsticks are quickly becoming my new lip-obsession. 

                

I love so many things about these little gems - the packaging, the colors, the names, the fact that they’re made from all-natural ingredients, and that they don’t dry your lips out. They go on relatively sheer but can be layered or reapplied for a more intense wash of color. I’ve been wearing In My Room - a pretty pink neutral. I’m not afraid to put it on sans mirror … yes, we have established that level of trust.

The Tinted Lip Conditioners take the properties of the lip sticks but are even more hydrating - and the two combined is the perfect lip-storm. 

Does This: Beautiful color for lips - all natural and hydrating
Is This: Ilia Lip Stick - In My Room
Get This: Net-A-Porter
Price: $26

Product c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

April 18th, 2014

James Read should be considered a guru of self tanning. To think I never knew about this product until recently… 

                    

Like everyone, I love a tan but I am well aware of the repercussions of a bad sunburn and fear ‘safe’ tanning my way to orange. That’s why when I heard about the James Read Sleep Mask Tan, I was a little wary … because as much as I like a little glow, I’ve never used self tanner on my face. 

This product is culty x 100. It sells out everywhere - and now I understand why. It’s a cloudy clear gel-like formula that you smooth over clean skin before bed. Then when you wake up and look in the mirror - voilà. It wasn’t that I was exceptionally bronze, but my skin had this wonderful healthy glow and my face had become all the same color. It was as if I fell asleep and spent the night somehow in the sun soaking in Vitamin D. I felt like I could run out to work without make up on. (Not that I did … but we’ll see about this summer).

Seriously, you have to try this.

Does This: Sleep mask 
Is This: James Read Sleep Mask Tan
Get This: Net-A-Porter
Price: $43

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 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


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