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


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 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


March 20th, 2014

Happy first day of Spring!!!

Images: Elle Vietnam

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


February 18th, 2014

Last weekend I embarked on a mission to find the solution to my ehk so dry it’s peeling skin situation. 

The problem (as we all know) is it’s winter and furnace-generated heat is not a friend of your skin’s. Also, I use a retinal cream on my face before bed which really dries me out. So I did a little research, went to Sephora and then to Caudalie, where I was persuaded into purchasing the Energizing Concentrate with lavender and grape seed oil. Being that I fear breakouts and oil is pinned in my head as one of the number one causes, purchasing an oil for my face was definitely a leap of faith. But thus far, a very successful one. 


Beauty oils are all the rage at the moment. Take it from the girl who fears the grease - they are definitely worth a try. Think of it as the 2014 revamp of your everyday moisturizer, kind of like how dry oil is the new body butter.

Above are a few beauty oil favorites. The various potential benefits: wrinkle reducing, paraben free, no residue, enhanced radiance and moisture without clogging pores

See which ones best fits your face and take. the. leap. 
(you won’t be disappointed) ->

One: Caudalie Energizing Concentrate | $44 | Nordstrom
Two: Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil | $46 | Sephora
Three: Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil Light | $48 | Sephora
Four: Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil | $62 | Sephora
Five: Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil | $50 | Sephora

Image Via


February 17th, 2014

You all know Iman, supermodel turned superhuman … transforming the modeling industry and then directing her super powers towards various charities: The Childs Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger and RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO, no less. 

Iman also took this world-altering energy of hers and put it towards beauty. The result, IMAN Cosmetics, the first skincare/cosmetics line designed for women of all colors. 

No matter which skin color you happen to have, the pigmentation in this line are so impactful they make other drugstore brands seem less than super powerful (remember H.I.P. - if you miss that, you might want to consider this).


Here are a few spring time newbies to IMAN Cosmetics … 

CC Correct & Cover Powder to Crème Concealer - this is no ordinary concealer, this formula goes from a powder to a creme. Yes. Hold all ‘oooh’s and ahhh’s’ until trying. It’s pretty sweet.

Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick - these cult lipsticks come in 5 new colors that make you say WOW. Really: wow. They are saturated in brilliantly bright shades (Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, and Kinky Pink) that really last.

Does This: Provides coverage and makes lips POP
Is ThisIMAN Cosmetics CC Concealer & Luxury Lipstick
Get This: CC Correct & Cover Concealer at Target | Luxury Lipstick at Drugstore.com
Price: CC Concealer $15 | Luxury Lipstick $8.50

Products c/o the brand, Image via Trend Hunter 


February 13th, 2014

#Backstage at Karen Walker #NYFW

Makeup by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics; Hair by Bumble and Bumble; Nails by JINsoon

Image; Rachel Scroggins for Cult of Pretty (The Greyest Ghost)

February 12th, 2014

Here’s a little midweek Pick-Me-Up and Make-Me-Pretty surprise:

Today 2/12 through this Saturday 2/15 at Barney’s - spend $250 on beauty and grooming (a surprisingly easy thing to do) and receive a LOVE YOURSELF gift bag filled with Barney’s favorite things! [pictured above]

Everyone can use a little self love…