January 16th, 2014

Dry oil is the new lotion.

Take note - tis’ the season for layering Vitamin E.              

               

Starting from left to right, Skin & Bones Luxurious Moisturizer is the oil for all face+bod+locks. This simple yet thoroughly thought out formula of natural oils balances/clears/hydrates/makes you glow. Delicious on my skin, and the smell is addictive.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (no I’m not sure how to pronounce this name either) has a combination of 6 precious plant oils that nurture and repair your everything. This formula is 100% natural, and can also work against stretch marks. (Heyo)

Finally, far right pretty pink Bathlina by Benefit is a fun one. Recently I’ve been using this cutesy dry oil as an up-skirt-static-repellent. The pump makes the dry oil come out in soft little poofs, and it smells powdery fresh. Like a dry oil cloud.. if there were such a thing.

Oil One
Does This: Organic, multi-purpose luxe moisturizer
Is This: Skin & Bones Luxurious Moisturizer
Get This: myskinandbones.com
Price: $76

Oil Two
Does This: Repairs and softens body, face and hair 
Is This: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Use Dry Oil
Get This: Bliss.com
Price: $46

Oil Three
Does This: Lightweight oil mist for immediate hydration
Is This: Bathina Body Oil by Benefit
Get ThisSephora.com
Price: $34

Products c/o the brands Image Via in Vogue Brazil

-Kristin 

November 28th, 2013

It’d be cool if when our faces froze off in the NYC wind, our eyebrows grew pink glitter crystals and our cheeks turned a robin’s egg blue, but alas, we just feel crackly and look dusty. But that’s why we stockpile AquaphorThe cultest of affordable, multi-use balms.

… And also why we are giving away a stockpile to you, dear chilly friends, plus some COLD hard cash (in gift card form), in this Aquaphor Cold Weather Skin Prep #Giveaway! 

                   

A few of the ways we use this stuff include:

Overnight hand treatment | Heel balm | Lip balm | Eye gloss | Scaly leg mender | You get the gist

This Aquaphor Cold Weather Skin Prep Goodie Bag contains one 14oz jar of Aquaphor Healing Ointment, one 3.5oz jar of Aquaphor Healing Ointment, two 7.5oz tubes of Aquaphor Healing Ointment and OH YEAH A $50 VISA GIFT CARD!  A total value of $83.48, you can have Aquaphor hidden in the nooks and crannies of your winter life fo’ free. All you have to do is follow the simple steps below to enter.

Good luck!

1. Do ONE of the following — follow Cult of Pretty on Bloglovin’ OR follow Cult of Pretty from your Tumblr account OR subscribe via email.

2. Leave a DISQUIS comment below [click through if you are reading this post in your Tumblr feed] and tell me your must-have-to-survive-winter item. (I have 5 hats that I rotate through including one in neon green. I will not leave without one on my head..) NOTE: Please don’t comment in the ‘Ask Me Anything’ or ‘Fan Note’ area of Tumblr. If you do we will not see your comment and not be able to enter you into the contest! — Please everyone click through and leave a comment on Cult of Pretty itself.

3. You must be 18 or older to enter. If you happen to be under the legal age of 18 you can have someone else enter for you. Just remember that the product will be sent to their attention.

4. This giveaway is for US Residents only - unfortunately we are unable to ship outside of the USA. Sorry!

Contest ends next Friday December 6th at 11:59PM. NOTE: If you subscribe or follow to enter, you must still be subscribed or following at the time of the drawing to win. Multiple comments do not increase your chances of winning.

Products c/o the brand Image: Vogue Japan

-Kristin & Ann

November 15th, 2013

Lavender + Sweet Almond Oil + Cocoa Butter + Orange Blossom Water.. 

Steamcream gets right to the root of yumminess for your skin, and is capital O organic. Only high quality natural vegan ingredients are used to create this light little tin of cream.

                   

Steamcream is formulated to be gentle enough for your face, but don’t let that stop you from using it on your entire body - it works for that too. It is created via unique steam process. A jet of hot steam unites the natural oils, and the oatmeal and orange water make a gentle emulsion that is easily absorbed by your skin. 

Resulting in instant softness and moisture. And a scent that reminds me of mom…

In case you didn’t pick this up from the photo above - it comes in (SOMANY!) different patterned tins that are 100% reusable for say, jewelry organizing or button collecting, once you use up the cream inside.

Stocking stuffer? Yes please.

Does This: Organic yummy smelling full body cream
Is This: Steamcream
Get This: Asos.com
Price:$23.14

Product c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

October 22nd, 2013
Long live the days of heaters sucking the moisture from … everywhere.
                    
If the people at Dr.Ci Labo hadn’t already named this product, I would call it Water BOMB (actually called Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX). It is pure moisturizing goodness. It feels like heaven as it sits and slowly absorbs into the surface of your skin. In just one cherry size dollop (at night) or two pea sized ones (in the AM) this one gel is actually all of these things… toner, milky lotion, beauty essence, brightening essence and primer. Yes definition “All in One”.
The secret to looking young, healthy, and indefinitely refreshed all lies in the moisture. And it can’t get much moister than this (and we mean that in a good way).
Does This: Complete “All in One” Moisturizer for your faceIs This: Dr. Ci Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EXGet This: cilabousa.comPrice: $107 for 4.23oz full size container
Product c/o the brand Image via TFS

Long live the days of heaters sucking the moisture from … everywhere.

                    

If the people at Dr.Ci Labo hadn’t already named this product, I would call it Water BOMB (actually called Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX). It is pure moisturizing goodness. It feels like heaven as it sits and slowly absorbs into the surface of your skin. In just one cherry size dollop (at night) or two pea sized ones (in the AM) this one gel is actually all of these things… toner, milky lotion, beauty essence, brightening essence and primer. Yes definition “All in One”.

The secret to looking young, healthy, and indefinitely refreshed all lies in the moisture. And it can’t get much moister than this (and we mean that in a good way).

Does This: Complete “All in One” Moisturizer for your face
Is This: Dr. Ci Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX
Get This: cilabousa.com
Price: $107 for 4.23oz full size container

Product c/o the brand Image via TFS

October 16th, 2013

Even though the sun is gone {weeps}, it’s still important to protect yo’self. I’m always on the hunt for the most skin-friendly veil of environmental protection for my face, because I’m breakout-prone and anything heavy just feels wrong … but I know how important UVA/UVB protection is to fight even more signs of aging {more weeps}.

Enter Dr. Perricone’s Photo Plasma, which is some light-as-air, fluffy pink magic.

                    

This extremely lightweight moisturizer is packed with Broad Spectrum mineral sunscreen (SPF 30) and absorbs quickly with no greasy residue. Honestly, though, I just love dipping my finger in the pink fluff every morning - it’s a fun way to keep up a great habit.

Does This: Anti-aging moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Is This: Perricone MD Photo Plasma
Get This: Sephora.com
Price:$69

Product c/o the brand Image via We Heart It

October 29th, 2012

Unless you’re doing a sense-less test (blind/numb/nose plugged), it’s pretty much impossible to evaluate your experience of a beauty product on the effectiveness of the product alone. What makes you perceive a product as “working for you” is, in my opinion, a product of the cumulative experience - how the packaging works, the price/value relationship in terms of size etc., how good it smells, how it feels in use, the feeling it leaves behind, etc.

So I’m here to say this product really works, because:

- I don’t like the packaging; dual-ended feels gimmicky to me
- Smells a lil’ weird
- Feels strange going on; mucus-like yellow color
- Only use the night half, so arguably not a great use of money

                

This dual-ended doohickey from Philosophy is indeed Full of Promise, claiming to support natural collagen for “uplifting days and volumizing nights.” Whatever with that though!

I got this in a giftbag and for some reason decided to try the night side, which is a serum-like retinoid formula, and the results were seriously just awesome!  My skin looked so smooth and flawless (/is now so smooth and flawless), with no breakouts, that I just kept coming back for more. My dog recently ate this (<- where was this dog in high school) and I’ll be going out to buy more without hesitation.

If you’re looking for a good night treatment for 30’s-older skin, especially oily or acne prone skin, I highly recommend this.

Does this: Amazing night treatment for smooth, flawless skin (don’t ask me about the day side - also, the jarred version of Full of Promise is not this night treatment, it’s more like the day side)
Is this: Philosophy Full of Promise Treatment Duo
Get this: Above
Price: $75

Image: Vogue Italia; product c/o GLAM

February 20th, 2012
I have a lot of stuff in my cabinets (this is not mine, someday I will show you though) &#8230; Whenever the stakes are high and I&#8217;m trying to prepare my skin for something - an event or something involving photos - I always feel kind of stressed out looking in there. What if I use the wrong combo, break out, use too much to combat a break out and dry out &#8230; etc.
So I was kind of relieved when, pre-Fashion Week, I received the Somme Institute 5 Step Regimen.
                 
I&#8217;d seen this line before - I love the packaging - but I never knew much about it.  Turns out it was created by a research lab after they ended up patenting their own discovery - MDT5 - which Somme says allows the products to penetrate deeper into the skin to better aid in repairing sun damage, reducing fine lines/wrinkles, and treating/preventing acne/rosacea, all while working to improve skin tone, texture and clarity.
The kit came with clinicals (photos and written derm reports) that were really impressive, which helped convince me to up my morning routine from ZERO products to 5, and my night routine from 2 products to 4.
What I love about this system is it takes the guess work completely out of how to use and layer products.  Here&#8217;s what you do:
AM: Nourishing Cleanser (Cleanses), Transport (Exfoliating Pads), Serum (Vitamin C Treatment), A-Bomb (Moisturizer) and Double Defense SPF 30+ (Sun Protection).
PM: Above - except no sunscreen.
I actually loved the ritual of it all, and the lemon-y scent of the products. After about five days, I definitely saw an improvement in my overall skintone evenness and clarity.  My skin felt plumper too - I think because I was finally moisturizing regularly. 
I won&#8217;t get into all the details but I have a pretty good understanding of the key ingredients of each product just knowing what I know about skincare &#8230; they definitely cover all the essentials.  Think of it like a multi-vitamin for your beauty routine. If you&#8217;re looking to take the guesswork out of your routine, I highly recommend switching to this system if you can afford it - at first blush it looks expensive, but if you do the math on what you&#8217;ll save experimenting on creams that don&#8217;t work (or work together), it makes sense.
Also, it looks so much nicer on your counter than the average stuff!
Does this: Somme Institute 5 Step Regimen for All Skin TypesIs this: A simple way to get everything you need in a skincare regimen - all it looks pretty tooGet this: AbovePrice: $298
Image via; product via the brand

I have a lot of stuff in my cabinets (this is not mine, someday I will show you though) … Whenever the stakes are high and I’m trying to prepare my skin for something - an event or something involving photos - I always feel kind of stressed out looking in there. What if I use the wrong combo, break out, use too much to combat a break out and dry out … etc.

So I was kind of relieved when, pre-Fashion Week, I received the Somme Institute 5 Step Regimen.

                

I’d seen this line before - I love the packaging - but I never knew much about it.  Turns out it was created by a research lab after they ended up patenting their own discovery - MDT5 - which Somme says allows the products to penetrate deeper into the skin to better aid in repairing sun damage, reducing fine lines/wrinkles, and treating/preventing acne/rosacea, all while working to improve skin tone, texture and clarity.

The kit came with clinicals (photos and written derm reports) that were really impressive, which helped convince me to up my morning routine from ZERO products to 5, and my night routine from 2 products to 4.

What I love about this system is it takes the guess work completely out of how to use and layer products.  Here’s what you do:

AM: Nourishing Cleanser (Cleanses), Transport (Exfoliating Pads), Serum (Vitamin C Treatment), A-Bomb (Moisturizer) and Double Defense SPF 30+ (Sun Protection).

PM: Above - except no sunscreen.

I actually loved the ritual of it all, and the lemon-y scent of the products. After about five days, I definitely saw an improvement in my overall skintone evenness and clarity.  My skin felt plumper too - I think because I was finally moisturizing regularly. 

I won’t get into all the details but I have a pretty good understanding of the key ingredients of each product just knowing what I know about skincare … they definitely cover all the essentials.  Think of it like a multi-vitamin for your beauty routine. If you’re looking to take the guesswork out of your routine, I highly recommend switching to this system if you can afford it - at first blush it looks expensive, but if you do the math on what you’ll save experimenting on creams that don’t work (or work together), it makes sense.

Also, it looks so much nicer on your counter than the average stuff!

Does this: Somme Institute 5 Step Regimen for All Skin Types
Is this: A simple way to get everything you need in a skincare regimen - all it looks pretty too
Get this: Above
Price: $298

Image via; product via the brand

January 6th, 2012

                

It’s Friday, so Resolution #5 is in the form of a #GIVEAWAY!

CONTEST OVER THANKS FOR PLAYING

The vow?  To keep an extremely open mind.  I think in beauty, as in life, we get very comfortable with sets of assumptions, and I’m all about throwing them out the window in 2012. If you’re doing the same stuff you did last year, you’re not making progress.  Right? 

To this end, I introduce you to the founder of Sprout Skincare, Adina Grigore:

                

Sprout is an utterly simple and truly all-natural line of skincare that grew from Adina’s desire to cure herself. Her constant skin and digestion issues led her to study nutrition, but having addressed her diet, she was still frustrated by skin concerns … even with all-natural brands.  She was given a ‘70’s book on how to mix your own natural skincare, ended up starting workshops on crafting beauty products, and then - with a set of perfected recipes - launched her own brand.

Sprout is handmade in Brooklyn and signed by hand. The packaging is mostly glass and so beautiful!  All ingredients are organic, local and fair trade whenever possible (which is often).  You know what’s in the stuff because the ingredients (around three per product) are listed on the front.  It’s almost confusing because they’re so simple … you want to flip to the back to see the laundry list but there is none.

I’ve heard so much about oil as the next wave in skincare - but I have really breakout-prone skin, so I had to take a leap of faith to get into Adina’s soap-free cleansing and oil-based moisturizing … but I took one look at her flawless skin and was sold.

I gave myself permission to get zits, be depressed, and quit … but that hasn’t happened.  This is what I use and now swear by:

- Sprout Toner ($24): Smells so fresh, raw and amazing.  Like kombucha for your face. Trust.

- Sprout Cream ($32): Literally melts into your skin like butter, absorbing surprisingly quickly.  Made from wildcrafted shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil AND THAT’S IT.

I know you’re thinking: I could never put that cream on my face … it’s too rich.  Take it from a person who BARELY used even “non-comedogenic” moisturizer for fear of breaking out: this cream is a life-changer.  I’m so glad I opened my mind, because it feels great to put something so pure and effective on your face every night.

The line is all about “one product for every purpose for every person,” and Sprout has excellent customer service so feel free to write them for advice on what would be best for your skin.

In the meantime, you can WIN the Cream, Toner and a Lip Balm of your choice ($61.00 value).

TO ENTER YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH OF THESE STEPS …

1. Do ONE of the following…. reblog this post OR follow Cult of Pretty on Bloglovin’ OR follow Cult of Pretty on tumblr OR subscribe via email.

2. Leave a DISQUS comment below [click through if you’re reading this in tumblr] and tell me WHAT’S ONE THING YOU’RE GOING TO CHANGE UP IN 2012?  Could be a habit, a relationship, your hairstyle … anything. Don’t comment in “Ask Me Anything.”

Contest ends next Friday January 13th, 2012 at 11.59pm Eastern.  If you subscribe or follow to enter, you must be subscribed or following at the time of the drawing. Multiple comments DO NOT increase your chances of winning but love ya.

XO

Products and product shot courtesy of the brand; Adina by Cult of Pretty

December 2nd, 2011

                 

You know how they say oil and water don’t mix?  "They" are idiots (but "they" always have been, right?) … Let’s exclude "them" from this winter skin #GIVEAWAY, shall we? CONTEST OVER THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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