There are a few things we almost always have in our purses–iphones, hand sanitizer, various lipstick tubes, and good old Chapstick.
Chapstick is a classic that has kept our lips smooth through many a harsh winter and we’re excited to announce that there’s a new tube on the block. The classic brand is adding two limited-edition flavors to their classic lineup for spring: Pomegranate Gum Drop and Citrus Jelly Bean.
We gave both flavors a spin and we’re hooked. They offer the same great Chapstick moisturizing power you know and love and the scents are sweet but not overpowering. Our favorite is the Pomegranate Gum Drop but treat yourself and give both flavors a go! Whether you’re preparing to stuff some Easter baskets or get your lips in tip top shape for warmer weather, these sweet lip-savers are the perfect pick.
Beauties, there are a bevy of fabulous follicle-focused launches this month in the world of affordable hair care. Whether your spring hair inspiration is ’60s big (that’s always mine), ’90s sleek and straight, or cute and curly, these ten items will help you achieve your best coif. Here they are, in no particular order.
1. Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo is sulfate free, so it won’t fade color and includes luxe ingredients like white orchid and almond, coconut and argan oils to revive ravaged locks.
2. John Frieda Frizz Ease Unwind Curls Calming Creme ($7) is a new take on my long-time favorite product, Unwind, with a softer feel. Apply this formula to damp curls and feel them literally unclench to blow out more easily and more quickly. You can also air-dry for relaxed waves.
3. Vo5 Smooth and Sleek Shampoo ($3.50) It doesn’t get more economical than this sweet-smelling shampoo. I love this one for washing pre-curling-iron waves. It keeps my hair sleek even though I rough-dry it instead of properly straightening it before imparting undulations with my Sarah Potempa Beachwaver.
4. L’Oreal Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Iron Straight HeatSpray ($5) Five bucks scores you lightweight heat protection up to 450 degrees, manages frizz and blocks humidity for a sustainable style – 3 days’ worth, to be exact. L’Oréal Paris Consulting Celebrity Hairstylist Mara Roszak suggests that you spray it on damp hair starting at the ends then rough dry until completely dry. You then re-spray the hair lightly, brush through and then flat iron. “The heat spray is a perfect way to cut out the round brush blow-dry and go straight into the smooth straight look you want,” she says.
5. Garnier Fructis Hair Care Triple Miracle Dry Oil ($6) A jewel for travel, this does-it-all oil will stop your ends from looking ragged but also moisturizes your face and body in a pinch.
6. Dove Advanced Series Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray ($7) This fresh-scented spray yields plush volume at the root, key for extending your blow-out an extra 24-36 hours. For real.
7. Pantene Weekly Rehab Creme ($7) You know how those at-home color conditioner tubes are always unicorn-levels of magic on stressed strands? Think of this deep treatment as one you can buy a la carte. It made my hair glossier and less tangled than it’s been in a while.
8. John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate + Rescue Deep Conditioner ($10) resuscitates wrecked tresses with hydration to instantly improve the look and feel of damage after just one use, thanks to Inca Inchi Oil.
9. Suave Professionals Split End Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner ($4 each) If your ends routinely resemble a peace-sign within weeks of a trim, this cleanser and conditioner is officially your slow jam. It mends ends like no one’s biz, plus, it smells divine.
10. TREsemme Keratin 7-Day Regimen Set ($7) For under $10, you get this entire smooth-hair set that will keep frizz and kinks at bay for a full week. It includes shampoo, conditioner and a heat-activated treatment to help you feign a straight mane.
What are your favorite hair care products of late?
Katy Perry: pop star extraordinaire, cat lady, false fringe aficionado.
Yup, you read that correctly. Katy Perry has a line of false lashes, appropriately named Katy Perry Lashes, which are both 1) super affordable ($6.99 each) and 2) all kinds of awesome.
I was a little surprised when I found out about them, even though they’ve been out for a while, but I guess they just hadn’t crossed my radar until now.
I wish they had.
There are four new styles out now for spring — Feline Fierce, which I’m wearing in the top pic; Punk Princess; Banging Beauty and Lovely Lolita — and I’m infatuated with them all. I like them just about as much as the false lashes I usually wear when I wear false lashes, the $16 33 Lashes by MAC.
Compared to the 33s, these cost less than half as much ($6.99 versus $16), and because they’re carried at most drugstores and Ultas, they’re very easy to find (sometimes I don’t want to trek all the way to the mall).
These new spring styles also have something of an edge to them… Nothing too crazy, but I like the range of options Katy gives, from the more dramatic Feline Fierce (perfect for a night on the town) to the more natural Lovely Lolita, which still has some kick.
That one is my favorite pair from the spring line because it’s fine for daytime but still only about two seconds away from hitting the club.
Not that I hit the club very often (*cough*, anymore, *cough*).
Also in the plus column, these are 100 percent natural, and they don’t look plastic or fake, unlike some other drugstore brands that shall remain nameless…
But I think what really makes them stand out is how easy they are to apply, especially for someone (like me) who’s normally all thumbs when it comes to applying false lashes, and especially full strip styles like these.
No drama at all.
Seriously, they’re a breeze. I just run a tiny amount of the adhesive, which comes with them, by the way, along the lash strip (I’m serious. You only need a tad.), wait for about 30 seconds, look down into a mirror, set the lashes directly on top of my natural lashes, and squeeeeeeeze the false lashes together with my real ones.
They even comfortable! — even the dramatic styles, which is unusual, I think. Most of the time with other false lashes I’ve tried, in particular super long, thick lashes, I get a headache after a while from how heavy they feel (I’m very sensitive about anything near my eyes), and I end up having to take them off halfway through the day.
These, on the other hand, don’t feel heavy at all.
They’re a great drugstore find. I only wish I’d discovered them sooner.
I definitely plan to stock up on Lovely Lolita next time I see them at CVS or Ulta. They’re also available online.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
Who needs to wait for a love to bring them flowers next week when everything is coming up roses in the world of fine fragrance? I personally plan to take matters into my own hands and buy myself my own rose … one that comes in a super pretty bottle, that is!
Rose has long been at the heart of perfumery, but fell out of favor as an “older” or soapy scent for many years. Recently, a new harvest of roses has bloomed that modernize this cult classic note for today’s woman, with perfumers taking exciting and creative approaches to the flower.
From girlie to intense, fresh to sensual, a rose isn’t a rose anymore. Here are 4 great takes on the trend:
1. Roses De Chloé ($95) – If you love ballet flats and could survive on macarons alone, this scent is for you. Chloé is one of my cult classic fragrances, and this twist on the ultra-chic original marries rose with a modern magnolia for an ethereal experience.
2. Dolce e Gabbana Rose The One ($108) - If a little black dress and killer heels is more your thing, this sensual version of Dolce e Gabbana’s blockbuster The One has a lean-into-me powdery softness that goes from dusk till dawn.
3. Early Roses by Teo Cabanel ($110) – If you live in a white tee and jeans, this unique and effortless fragrance is the simple, fresh way to wear rose that evokes a walk through a dewy garden in Spring. From cult perfumer Teo Cabanel, it’s the kind of scent you want to spray in your hair, on your pillows, in your car …
4. Rose Oud by Perfumes de Nicolai ($78) – For the explorer at heart (and for serious perfume afficianadas), this creative scent marries two niche fragrance trends: rose and oud. Here, a fruity raspberry rose is blended with intriguing, mysterious notes of oud - a smokey, wood-derived ingredient with Middle Eastern origins. Sexy and intriguing, it’s bound to have people asking “Where did you get that scent?’
And remember – these last way longer than the real thing anyway!
THIS WEATHER. This weather. I’ve just about had it with polar vortex 2.0 and 3.0 and so have my strands. They are all, “Bahamavention me, PLEASE.” And then I have to be all, “We’ve got another 2-3 months of this staticky, zero-hydration precipitation situation before you go back to your shiny, flaxen, former version of yourself.” But in the meantime, it’s all about masks (or masques, if you want to be fancy about it), and plenty of them. Here, my three favorites for dry, normal, and oily locks. Best of all? Each one is available at the drug store for under $10.
Seriously dry/color treated/scandalous locks get treated to this little gem–Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture Recovery Hair Mask–which at $6 is full-throttle hair help in a bottle. It blends olive, meadowfoam seed, and sweet almond oils to resuscitate ravaged hair. Use it once a week on a Sunday while cleaning out your purse and watching Girls and I promise you’ll see smoother strands come Monday. Trust.
Normal hair that maybe just needs to be cut, like, a month ago needs the expertise of John FriedaFull Repair Full Body Conditioner. If amplifying volume is your goal (but your ends are still suffering), this moisturizing 5-minute miracle is an ends game-changer. I like to re-suds my roots with shampoo post-application to give my hair more gravitas.
Even Oily hair needs moisture and Aussie 3-Minute Miracle is my favorite way to impart it. The trick is to use a very small amount, only on the ends and to rinse it out after 1 or 2 minutes (I know, sacrilege, but that three minute stuff is for those with either thick or dry hair – oily roots require strategy!). For winter weather, this inexpensive deep treatment will give raggedy ends the slip they need to stay healthy in sub-Arctic temps.
What’s your favorite mask?
I’m a recent convert to the bold lip scene. I dabbled in a few red and pink shades back in the day but until working for Ladies’ Home Journal I didn’t realize the true power of a statement pout. When I did begin to dip my toe in the pool of lipsticks, balms, stains, and lacquers my first stop was the drugstore (I didn’t want to drop major bucks on products before I knew if I could rock them!) One of the very first items I went home with was a Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain and from then on I was hooked. Since that first fateful purchase I’ve hoarded Revlon’s long-wearing, convenient balm stains and (excited squeal) they recently released two new formulas–matte balm stain and lacquer balm stain.
I went straight for the matte shades as soon as I could get my hands on them. As you can see below I tried each and every shade! I did a test-run with several hues over a couple of weeks and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Not only are these stains richly pigmented, easy to carry, and even easier to apply (thanks to their pencil-like shape) they also have incredible staying power. My color lasted through water-bottle sipping, snacking, and a couple hello kisses to the hubby. Plus, unlike other stains I’ve tried, these little sticks didn’t dry out my lips. The matte look of these balm stains is incredibly chic and every color I tried got major compliments at work.
Here are my tips for flawless application:
1. Exfoliate! If there are two things that don’t mesh in the beauty world it’s dry, flaky lips and a matte lip color–disaster! You want your lips to be as smooth as possible before you apply color.
2. Keep the rest of your makeup low key. A statement lip shouldn’t compete for attention with heavily made-up eyes or bright blush.
3. My favorite trick when wearing a matte shade is to add highlighter to your cupid’s bow (those little peaks above your upper lip). This will bring some light to your lips and keep the matte color from looking flat.
Check out the color guide below to find your favorite shade!
Elusive / Sultry
Mischievous / Complex
Shameless / Audacious
Showy / Standout
Striking / Unapologetic
I don’t know about you, but the holidays left me feeling a little gross. I definitely needed to hit the reset button on my diet and my beauty routine. Between piling on every gold, sparkly makeup product known to woman (hey, I like to get festive!) and the endless parade of sweets that left my skin a little drab, I needed a fresh start. Now I don’t believe in making tons of unrealistic resolutions, and I also don’t believe that humans need to pull toxins from our bodies via drastic detox regimes. (Nope, not really a thing.) But I do think that the new year is a great time to refresh both mind and body, so I went in search of some fun detox beauty products to get me in the mood. (Call it the January equivalent of pine-scented, sparkly-Christmas-festive.) My faves:
This Nip + Fab Detox Blend Body Lotion ($10) is a delight. The scent is a delicious mixture of tea tree, jasmine, and green tea that smells vaguely medicinal (in a really, strangely good way—I promise). It absorbs quickly—my lotion must-have—but leaves skin super-soft so it’s moisturizing enough to stand up to this wacky winter we’re having.
Did I mention my skin looked blah? Between the flaky wind-chap (terrifying) and the clogged pores, there was absolutely no winter glow happening. That’s why I love Doll Face’s Refine Peel-Away Refining Gel Mask ($28). You let it dry and then peel it off (which I find strangely satisfying) so it deep-cleans and exfoliates but it’s also moisturizing thanks to the hyaluronic acid. Perfect for winter skin that needs both kinds of TLC!
My hair had also gotten bogged down: In a way-overboard attempt to hydrate, I’d been slathering on a super-moisturizing shampoo plus a super-moisturizing conditioner plus styling products (yes, multiple). Enter this Pantene Damage Detox Daily Revitalizing Shampoo ($5). It gives you a good deep clean but it’s gentle enough for daily use. And it smells great. Welcome back shiny, bouncy hair.
The lesson? You can definitely have too much of a good thing—booze, Christmas cookies, and yes, even moisturizer. It’s all about balance, and that’s a beautiful New Year’s goal we can all embrace.
For as long as I can remember my fragrance tastes have tended toward the dark side. In eighth grade while my peers were spritzing on the baby-powder scented Love’s Baby Soft perfume I was sneaking sprays of my older sister’s CK One with its bergamot, musk, and amber notes. In high school when anything and everything that smelled like cucumber melon was the rage, I was buying deep amber and vanilla scents. My love for woodsy scents with a hint of sweetness has only grown through the years but until recently I’d never found a single fragrance that I could label a favorite.
Enter two of my ultimate fashion muses–Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Leave it to this stylish, quirky, and wildly creative duo to start 2014 off with a beauty bombshell. They just released their first fragrances; a yin-yang pair (naturally) of sophisticated scents–Nirvana Black and Nirvana White. The twins developed the fragrances in partnership with Kendo and Sephora under their chic Elizabeth and James brand. Nirvana White is a feminine, elegant mix of peony, muget, and musk but it was Nirvana black with it’s simple three-note formula of violet, sandalwood, and vanilla that made me swoon.
Nirvana Black is a deep, sensual fragrance that gets a surprising feminine touch from the vanilla note. In my opinion it’s the fragrance equivalent to a black cocktail dress–sexy and timeless. While everyone’s skin reacts to perfume differently; on mine, Nirvana Black lasts easily through an eight-hour workday. The light, sweet violet note dissolves beautifully into a woodsy-yet-elegant sandalwood and vanilla scent throughout the day. If you’re looking for a dark scent that is a little bold this may just be the fragrance for you. From the first spray I knew Nirvana Black would have a permanent place on my dresser.
Both Nirvana scents are available at Sephora in the 1.7 ounce bottles pictured above and later this month they’ll be released is a convenient rollerball so you can take your fragrance on the go.
Of course, we know candles add a touch of glambiance and impart a chic scent, but many contribute to your interior aesthetic concept long after they’ve burned out. I like to keep empty candle jars in my bathroom cabinets to house tubes of creams and lip balms and on my vanity to group certain makeup brushes en masse. Here, the 5 candles I’ve repurchased over and over – for the glass jars in which they’re prettily packaged.
3. Tocca Tahiti Candle
When you’ve had just about enough of polar vortexes, precipitation, and gusty winds, infusing your home with the essence of French Polynesia does wonders. This coconut-infused candle makes me feel deeply tropical, even if my environs are anything but.
4. Manuel Canovas Bois de Lune Candle
This simple, frosted, gold-trimmed cup holds odds and ends on your desk from pushpins to paper clips – but it smells divine before it retires–a rich, smoky winter-time aroma.
5. Tokyomilk Gin & Rosewater Candle
This scent is housed in a smaller, lidded compact jar that’s ideal for storing hair paraphernalia within drawers. I stuff mine with bobby pins and elastics when I travel. And the candle’s scent? Don’t get it twisted: it smells nothing like your drunk aunt on New Year’s Eve. It’s a sophisticated, fresh scent that reveals a fresh, citrusy hybrid curiously boasting no trace of gin nor rosewater.
What are your favorite candles?
January feels like a great month for trying new things and considering a fresh take on your routine. – Here in NYC, where temps are hovering in the lowest digits and skin is at it’s driest, it’s also an opportune time to ditch harsh cleansers for a gentler approach!
If you’ve found your skin tiring (or tightening …) of the ultra-popular spin brushes, here are 4 completely different approaches to cleansing that marry gentle exfoliation and smoothing with gentle deep cleansing. From cult classics to the new and exotic, each feels like a new sensation …
1. Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge ($18) This vegetable material feels like nothing you’ve touched before – unless you’ve been deep sea diving lately! Ever-popular in Asia, it’s naturally detoxing properties pair with your favorite cleansing to create a gently foaming, smoothing effect.
2. Eve Lom Cleanser ($80) For the price of a single facial, you can invest in the cult nightly routine that many swear has changed their skin. Unfurl Eve’s soft muslin cloth and her map-like instructions as to how to apply, massage, and remove her ultra-luxe cleansing balm (it’s the most relaxing ritual ever), and you may find your routine, and possibly your mental state, changed for life. Tip: if you already have a favorite cleansing balm or oil, take a tip from Eve and pick up a muslin cloth (aka cheese cloth) – you can buy them at the supermarket!
3. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser ($24.50) If you’ve ever been given a warm cloth at the beginning of your sushi meal, you know how refreshing and relaxing something so simple can be! In the winter months, nothing is more soothing than this cult British facialist’s creamy cleanser, washed clean with the included cloth soaked in hot water and wrung out in her “polishing” step. At a third of the cost of Eve Lom, it’s a great alternative to try a similar ritual for less.
4. Wondercloth ($9.20) If you’re now convinced a cloth may change your life, at Cult of Pretty we recently discovered this oddity, which deep cleanses with just water (seriously) and rinses clean without soap. Watch in awe as your makeup slides off you and this new-fangled material – we don’t understand it either, we just know it works! If you’ve wanted to experiment with dropping cleanser from your routine to let your skin rebalance, this is an amazingly simple way to give your skin a break.
What are your favorite cult cleansing tools, tips and tricks?