October 20th, 2014

All of the items below will be contributing to 2014 Halloween attire.

Hint: It will require metallic purples and a lavender lip (TBD). Hair that will hold large volume and a weighted accessory, and of course, finger nails that bring you back to the days of Lisa Frank.

              

It isn’t a person, item or thing, but a creature of sorts. And no it isn’t Barney (which based on my hints is a valid guess). It has been mentioned in a recent post. 

Guesses?

Metallic Purple Shadow

Does This: Metallic shadow that goes on creamy smooth (like SO smooth)
Is This: Ardency Inn Modster Shadows in Orchid and Royal
Get This: Urban Outfitters
Price: ORCHID $21; ROYAL $21

Styling Powder

Does This: Keeps hair volumized and alive alll night long
Is This: The All Nighter Syling Powder
Get This: NastyGal.com
Price: $18

Polish

Does This: Pink & purple polishes - because I’m 12
Is This: A Beautiful Life Nails Natural Lacquer in Roxanne (pink) and Nuit (purple)
Get This: ABeautifulLife.com
Price: $12

Products c/o the brand, Image via Vogue Taiwan

-Kristin

October 19th, 2014
File Under / Cult Collaborates
LOOK NUMBER 2: A bright purple lip. Mission to see if this was something actually wearable or not so much. In the world of berries, I was going for the grape. This photo was our inspiration and the USLU Airlines Lipstick in Mount Pleasant made it come to life.
                       
First note, how cool is this lipstick? USLU Airlines is a Berlin based luxury cosmetics brand that specializes in innovative design, high quality formula’s, and color x 10. Instant love. The purple, though it appears bright in the frosted tube, was surprisingly wearable! In other words - don’t fear the grape, you can do it.
Photograph by Farrah Julin; Makeup by Amanda Holley
Products via Net-A-Porter
-Kristin

File Under / Cult Collaborates

LOOK NUMBER 2: A bright purple lip. Mission to see if this was something actually wearable or not so much. In the world of berries, I was going for the grape. This photo was our inspiration and the USLU Airlines Lipstick in Mount Pleasant made it come to life.

                       

First note, how cool is this lipstick? USLU Airlines is a Berlin based luxury cosmetics brand that specializes in innovative design, high quality formula’s, and color x 10. Instant love. The purple, though it appears bright in the frosted tube, was surprisingly wearable! In other words - don’t fear the grape, you can do it.

Photograph by Farrah Julin; Makeup by Amanda Holley

Products via Net-A-Porter

-Kristin

October 17th, 2014

File Under / Cult Collaborates

LOOK NUMBER 1: With help from a few talented friends and inspiration from Net-A-Porter Beauty - we decided to create four posts dedicated to our favorite beauty looks for fall… or things we were just curious about and wanted to try. (Seeing as how we had a real makeup artist on hand - score.)

Our first look, my personal fave, no make up make up. This look fits into the “naked" & "normcore" movements happening now in beauty and fashion. All it requires is a flawless base - IE sleep, water, moisturizer, concealer (because nobody’s perfect), and just a couple hits of natural color. Enhance what you already have!

                    

The products that made this I’m not wearing anything look are Le Métier de Beauté Crème Fresh Tint in Mystique (currently sold out on Net-a-Porter, find it here) and B The Eyebrow Experts eyebrow gel in Cinnamon Spice. No mascara, no shadow, just a little color on lips and cheeks and gel-sculpted brows. My look, everyday.

Photographs by Farrah Julin; Makeup by Amanda Holley

Products via Net-A-Porter Beauty

-Kristin

September 5th, 2014

Fashion week is in full force here in NYC which means another dreamy collab week with our girl Rachel Scroggins of The Greyest Ghost.

This high contrast moment backstage at Alina German SS15 is amazing inspiration for some Fall lips if you ask me …

Makeup by Inglot, Hair by CHI

August 27th, 2014

File Under // Cult Makeup

There are a few things that attracted me makeup brand Jouer… 

1. The creator, retired model and lovely mom Christina Zilber
2. Beautiful colors, soft formulas, easy application
3. The entire line feels whimsical and romantic

                    

You can use a single item or the entire line and love the outcome. I’m pretty sure Jouer has a little something for anyone’s face. My favorite products as of late are the Lip Sheers, specifically in the new Rosy Stain and St. Barths. They look sheer but they leave a beautiful natural looking color on my lips. 

Aside from the stains, the Luminizing Tinted Moisturizer creates a natural looking dewy glow for days you don’t feel like wearing full foundation. The Lumizing Cheek Tint is the perfect complement in shade and texture to the moisturizer. And it has a little sparkle to it.

I’ve also been using the Creme Eye Shadow Crayon in Rococo combined with the Creme Mousse Eyeshadow for fun metallic-a eyes that are all the rage this fall. I could go on for hours …

If you’ve never played with Jouer (which in French means to play) I recommend starting with a Lip Sheer or their cult Luminizing Body Glow. You can’t go wrong!

Does This: Full cosmetics line for your face
Is This: Jouer Cosmetics
Get ThisNordstroms or Birchbox 

Products c/o the brand, image via Vogue

-Kristin

July 18th, 2014

So you know how Nordstrom stocks so many of your favorite beauty besties - Bobbi, Kate, Jo, Laura, Trish and much more?  Well, they are having a massive Anniversary sale on Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com starting today (July 18-August 3).

They have TONS of beauty exclusives, lemme throw out some numbers - $208 value for $85, etc.

GO!

Image: Elle

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 4th, 2014

File under // Retailer Beauty Round Up

What’s not to love about Urban Outfitters? All those lose fitting floral dresses + Chuck Taylor’s + beaded hair pieces of sorts + hilarious books..

Okay, never mind the books. Has anyone else noticed that their beauty section is um - amazing recently?                     

                    

Here are five cultish pulls that are worth taking a glimpse of (if not purchasing) the next time you are in your neighborhood UO. 

1. EVO Hair Care - With clever names like “the therapist,” “root canal,” “easy tiger” and “shape vixen,” these products are difficult to walk by without reading. EVO has an extensive hair care line filled with great products that address your hair care needs in a laughably creative way. 
Find them in stores at Urban Outfitters or online at Look Fantstic | Most products $29.95 - $32

2. Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask - You probably haven’t heard of them until now, and for good reason - they’re actually a Korean skin care line. Of course Urban was cool enough to recruit Mizon for their store and embrace the unknown characters on the packaging. The Good Night Sleep Mask works wonders while you dream, turning you into quite literally a sleeping beauty. 
Find this at Urban Outfitters or Urbanoutfitters.com | $24 for larger size - tube picture above sold out online!

3. Lime Crime Lipsticks - yes the colors are brilliant and yes there is a holographic unicorn adhered to the cake-pop-purple tube. Need I say more? 
Find these at Urban Outfitter or Urbanoutfitters.com | $18

4. Cocooil - Coconut oil is everything. But you beauties already knew that. This particular genre of Cocooil includes a few additional fruit fueled oils like apricot and grape, making it a turbo charged version of traditional coconut oil that you really should consider putting all over your body, because your skin/face/hair will love it that much. 
Find this in stores at Urban Outfitters of Urbanoutfitters.com | $25

5. 3D Ampoule Face Masks - if you find traditional mud masks to be a complete bore, pick up one of these funky masks and I guarantee you will be amused. Unlike a mud mask, expect to stay put throughout the duration of the masking process. Or go to a costume party as a ghost/mask face. Your choice.
Find these at Urban Outfitters or Urbanoutfitters.com | $5 

Products from Urban Outfitters, Image via

-Kristin  

May 16th, 2014

Bare Minerals (brought to me in 2003 via infomercial) has really grown to support their cult following. Over the past 10 years they have become so much more than mineral powder, offering everything up to their new BARESKIN foundation. 

Did I mention that they also made a funky/cool foundation brush to go with it? 

                    

I could fall asleep wearing bareMinerals and not have to worry about waking up with a zit.(Though, I’m a religious face-washer.) Their new liquid foundation is as pure as a foundation could possibly be - formulated with the bare minimum of ingredients. In fact, you have to shake it up before you use it because it doesn’t contain any premixing chemicals. I’ll say it once more. P-URE. 

I am not a fan of heavy liquid foundations. This one is weightless, while still providing coverage (magic). And, it has a coconut derived base, which makes me feel good because coconut oil is the new everything. In fact the mix of ingredients is so thought out and pure (last time) it is tone correcting + brightening + a foundation all in one. 

Oh and the fun brush? Add a droplet of the foundation into the pool-reservoir-like area and then rub it on your face for application. The brush is multi purpose too - application + face yoga device. 

Does This: Liquid foundation free of oil, silicone, water, parabens, and fragrance with SPF 20 and a good for you ingredients
Is This: bareMinerals BARESKIN foundation
Get This: Foundation at Sephora Here (though I’d visit first to make sure you are grabbing the right shade) and cool brush Here
Price: Foundation $29; Reservoir Brush $28

Product c/o the brand, Image via Elle

-Kristin


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