February 8th, 2013

I arrived home from a 24 hour business trip to find the most delicious thing on my desk — this REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

You know I love a weekly deep cleansing mask … and I also felt disgusting from the airplane, as one does … so I immediately slathered this on.

               REN Radiance Renewal Mask Review

This gentle treatment goes on like something you’d spread on toast and savor by the side of your infinity pool — papaya honey, let’s call it. The active ingredients are a blend of four fruit acids (lactic, glycolic, tartaric and citric) that purge pores without irritation. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then wipe off with the included cotton cloth.

YUM.

I loved that it left my skin soft and really moisturized - the opposite of that stripped feeling common to cleansing masks. Also, like all REN products, it’s paraben, sulfate, petrochemical and synthetic dye and fragrance free.

Also perfect for post fashion week face rehabilitation.

Does this: Gentle and delicious deep cleansing mask
Is this: REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask (and cloth, included)
Get this: Above
Price: $55

Image: David Sims for Alexander McQueen S13 via

January 17th, 2013

$900+ Mega Giveaway - Body, Scent + Your Last Chance!

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Today is the last day to enter this $900+ mega giveaway with cult beauty destination b-glowing.com! Click through for my body and scent picks and to learn how to enter (if you haven’t already!) …

**CONTEST OVER THANKS FOR PLAYING**

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January 13th, 2013

$900+ Mega Giveaway Cont’d - Hair!

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The round-up of this insane $900+ value giveaway with cult beauty destination b-glowing.com continues with three must-have luxury hair products … To enter to win the whole box, see instructions below!

**CONTEST OVER THANKS FOR PLAYING**

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December 27th, 2012

Win My Top 20 Cult Beauty Products of 2012 - $900+ GIVEAWAY!

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Ok, this is seriously the most exciting thing of 2012 for me! I’ve partnered with the cult beauty destination b-glowing to completely makeover your beauty cabinet for 2013 with 20 OF THE BEST CULT PRODUCTS valued at $966!  Yes, this is real life.

**CONTEST OVER THANKS FOR PLAYING**

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So look under your chair … then look back at this screen … because this is my own personal version of fave-or-ite thi-iiiiings {Oprah voice}!!

Click through for the amazingness of it all (and to enter!) …

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December 24th, 2012
Whether you’re stocking up on last minute toilet wrapping paper, cashing in gift cards, or want nothing to do with the holidays and everything to do with good, cheap cult beauty finds … this drugstory’s for you.
1. Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1 Extra Moisturizing Treatment is a base coat, nail moisturizer and vitamin-infuser, nail strengthener and top coat in one very pretty pink glass bottle.  If you hoard nail colors, save space on the other essentials with this guy ($12.49)!
2. Wet n Wild Brandywine Lip Pencil & White Eye Liner.  Since this is a cult beauty products blog, I’d be remiss not to round up these classics that are so nice in price, you can buy them … both. Brandywine is an infamous neutral reddish brown that a large portion of the U.S. population wears as a lipstick (and looks darn good doing it) … while the white reminds us that you need not spend more than 99 cents on a dream highlighter for the inside corners of your thrifty eyes ($0.99 each).
3. EcoTools Bamboo Bristle Bath Brush is ideal for the dry brushing, wet brushing, and repentance brushing I will do to my body after this holiday period of indulgence.  Detox yourself - and the Earth while you’re at it ($5.99).
4. Maybelline SuperStay 10Hr Stain Gloss is a surprisingly good alternative to the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain - what you give up in flavor (this guy is a little cough drop-fruity), you make up in about $23 in your pocket and really pretty staying power ($8.99).
5. L’Oreal Clean Artiste Eye Makeup Remover is the only one I’ve found (and I’ve tried a zill) that removes waterproof makeup but never stings or dries my eyes. I hate using anything else ($4.89).
Today’s virtual basket adds up to $34.34!  Happy holidays to those of you that celebrate … see you guys back here in a few days. XOX
P.S. Click here to see all the Drugstories.

Whether you’re stocking up on last minute toilet wrapping paper, cashing in gift cards, or want nothing to do with the holidays and everything to do with good, cheap cult beauty finds … this drugstory’s for you.

1. Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1 Extra Moisturizing Treatment is a base coat, nail moisturizer and vitamin-infuser, nail strengthener and top coat in one very pretty pink glass bottle.  If you hoard nail colors, save space on the other essentials with this guy ($12.49)!

2. Wet n Wild Brandywine Lip Pencil & White Eye LinerSince this is a cult beauty products blog, I’d be remiss not to round up these classics that are so nice in price, you can buy them … both. Brandywine is an infamous neutral reddish brown that a large portion of the U.S. population wears as a lipstick (and looks darn good doing it) … while the white reminds us that you need not spend more than 99 cents on a dream highlighter for the inside corners of your thrifty eyes ($0.99 each).

3. EcoTools Bamboo Bristle Bath Brush is ideal for the dry brushing, wet brushing, and repentance brushing I will do to my body after this holiday period of indulgence.  Detox yourself - and the Earth while you’re at it ($5.99).

4. Maybelline SuperStay 10Hr Stain Gloss is a surprisingly good alternative to the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain - what you give up in flavor (this guy is a little cough drop-fruity), you make up in about $23 in your pocket and really pretty staying power ($8.99).

5. L’Oreal Clean Artiste Eye Makeup Remover is the only one I’ve found (and I’ve tried a zill) that removes waterproof makeup but never stings or dries my eyes. I hate using anything else ($4.89).

Today’s virtual basket adds up to $34.34!  Happy holidays to those of you that celebrate … see you guys back here in a few days. XOX

P.S. Click here to see all the Drugstories.

December 18th, 2012

File under / Ask an Artist

I recently met pro makeup artist Tamah Krinksy on set, and after contemplating grabbing her cases full of cult secrets and *running*, I asked her if she might share with us her expert tips.  Luckily she spilled the bags beans on her cult must-haves and her own beauty routine.

Tamah is a born-and-raised New Yorker who studied acting at the legendary High School for the Performing Arts (aka the “Fame” school). She made the leap behind the camera after discovering an innate talent to create beautiful makeup, and has since lent her talents to the pages of Teen Vogue, L’Officiel, InStyle and many more.

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1. What are your must-have cult products on set?

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation ($62).
In my 13 years as a makeup artist I have never found a better foundation. It is so sheer and leaves a beautiful natural finish on the skin, but still has enough pigment to even out skin tone. I love it!

Lime Crime lipstick in “Coquette” ($16). Let’s start by talking about the packaging, these lipsticks come in lavender tubes with unicorns on them, they make you happy just by looking at them! The packaging aside, Coquette is the most universally flattering nude lip color. It literally looks great on everyone.

I also love Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara in black ($7.79). It is the blackest black I have found in a long time, and the brush is fantastic, you can really layer this mascara on and still keep your lashes looking natural.

2. What do you swear by in your own beauty routine?


I use cold pressed coconut oil to wash my face (try Fiji, $13.99). It is a great and efficient way to remove makeup, it is naturally anti-microbial, and it leaves your skin hydrated at the same time. I am also a fan of using vitamin E oil as a moisturizer (try Jason, $8.45), I usually use it at night so that it has a lot of time to soak in. I am big into keeping my skin hydrated.

3. If you could only give out one beauty tip - for every woman - what would it be?

I would say less is more. Keep your everyday makeup simple. And, curl your eyelashes!

Thanks Tamah!!  So many good ideas.

Image: Tamah’s work with Ellen Von Unwerth for L’Officiel Homme

November 26th, 2012

With the holidays cold, flu and family fighting season truly upon us, may I suggest that you arm yourself with this remedy:

                

While your Cloud of Protection may include eggnog infused with Bacardi 151 and non-stop refreshing of Instagram at the dinner table, mine includes this essential oil tincture that ‘fights airborne bacteria & viruses’ with eucalyptus while more importantly clearing negativity by filling the room with microscopic droplets of rose + vanilla scented good vibes.

Also ideal for air travel and stocking stuffing!

Does this: Keeps one of sound mind and body
Is this: By Nieves Cloud of Protection
Get this: Above
Price: $18

Image: Vogue Italia

November 20th, 2012

If you’re in NYC, please join me next Tuesday for some drinking & shopping at Kate Spade in Soho!

In the meantime, have you seen Kate Spade’s new beauty items?  The lip crayon kit is beyond cult.  Everything’s in my wish list - click here or above to stuff your stockings.

                

projects created in partnership with kate spade + vogue

November 18th, 2012

File under: Sainted or Overrated / Jao Goe Oil Review

When I started this blog, I promised myself I’d avoid the obvious: shout-outs to products so often listed as “cult” that they’re practically mainstream.  You know the types … Carmex, Egyptian Magic, Elnett, etc.

But having received so many “is this worth the hype?” ask me anythings, I’m going to start today with a question you may have asked yourself about this cult classic body oil.  For $36, should you Goe there?

                

Jao’s Goe Oil is a pure moisturizing oil with no fillers - and an extremely cult-ish formula feel that goes from cream to oil almost instantly in your hands.

I’m a huge fan of Monoi oil, and this melt-on-your-bod, not-in-the-box oil smells lightly of that Tahitian nectar of the gods, but it’s made up of much more: a total of 28 plant, fruit and flower oils and butters. Supposedly the formula is similar to sebum, which sounds seriously gross until you see how your skin drinks it in. 

It’s ideal for slathering over bare legs and arms before you head out, because it creates a very natural and long-lasting glow.  The first time I tried it was on a set - the makeup team used it to de-ghostify my legs - and I’ve been using it ever since.  I can feel and see the difference.

The bottom line? It’s pricey, but if you’re suffering from dry winter skin or live in a place where bare legs get a daily showing (you’re so lucky), I can definitely cosign this cult purchase. 

Does this: Ultra-pure, multi-purpose, cream-to-oil cult classic
Is this: Jao’s Goe Oil
Get this: Above
Price: $36

Are you on the fence about a cult beauty product?  Ask away in the comments or ask me anything.

Image: Cosmo Australia via FGR

August 23rd, 2012

I’ve been office surfing a bit this summer on the Upper East, and one of the office mainstays (a guy in finance, mind you) mentioned he was going to Brazil and would I like anything from there.  I couldn’t resist asking for some cult beauty products - ‘some what?’ - ‘you know, things that are cult-ish, brands that are classic, funny little products, that kind of thing’ - ‘I have no idea what you mean.’

Imagine my surprise when a pile of Granado items showed up on my desk!  He told me a little about this brand, which is sort of the Kiehl’s or C.O. Bigelow of Brazil … and when I dug deeper I realized that, yes, this is the ne plus ultra of Brazilian cult beauty.

This apothecary was founded in 1870 in Rio, and was not only the go-to locale for tinctures of health etc., but was also a social center (sort of like a Starbucks, back when you wanted to hang out in Starbucks).  The company was acquired from the Granado family in 1994, but hasn’t lost its roots in classic, effective and simple beauty products. (You can read all about the brand here).

My favorites are these lip glosses in Suave and Emoliente (technically smooth and emollient, but I think it’s more like matte and glossy). 

I was also blessed with what is potentially a lifetime supply of these Terramater mud packs … they’re pure mineral mud, and you just add water to create a paste which is actually surprisingly exfoliating.  I rub it on like a scrub, then leave it to dry like a mask.

I can’t wait to get back to Brazil and go in this place!  The original flagship in Rio still exists … dreamy.

Go there: Granado, the cult apothecary of Brazil
Find this: Rua Primeiro de Março 14 Centro, Rio, Brazil (info here)

Thanks so much GABRIEL!  You DO know what cult beauty is.


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