Throw Beauty in the Bag – Luxuriate with Kendra-Bracken Ferguson’s Must-Haves!

Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, Founder of Brain Trust, and CEO of rē•spin

Kendra Bracken-Ferguson lives to seize the day by building the bonds of her tight-knit family, and creating transformative brands of the future.
Kendra is the founder of BrainTrust, a global social media, and marketing agency that drives the brand strategy and online presence for huge celebrities and global brands like Halle Berry, Kelly Ripa Home, Drew Barrymore, Sally Beauty, Under Armour and many more. 

Kendra’s latest accomplishment evolved after a long-standing relationship with Halle Berry. The two launched rē•spin, a digital health and wellness community, this year!

Kendra has made it a business practice to support niche influencers, brands, and talent primarily focused on lifestyle, beauty, and wellness so there’s no surprise that her beauty counter is fabulously curated and wonderful. You’re in for a delightful treat as you read about her current beauty must-haves.

Can Too!

Yes you can! Ditch the alcohol, and parabens for this lovely gel with a flexible hold for those sleek wavy looks, twist outs, laying those edges down, swirling the baby hair, whatever styling choice you decide. Luscious avocado oil and shea butter are sure to keep your tresses in place and hydrated.

Roses in a Tube

Although mask life is trying to NOT let our lips be great, counter dryness and chafing with Mario Badescu’s Rose Lip Balm. It boasts a whopping 4.7/5 review score on mariobadescu.com. Soften and nourish dry lips with this delicately rose-fragranced blend of nutrient-dense butters and moisturizing oils. Formulated with Cocoa Butter for moisture, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and antioxidant Vitamin E, Mario Badescu’s ultra-rich Rose Lip Balm melts into the skin to replenish and renew lips.


An award-winning spot treatment solution that dries up surface blemishes overnight, Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion is perfect for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin. Fight acne and blemishes with this lightweight liquid. Effective salicylic acid exfoliates to help shed dead skin cells, sulfur cleanses pores and absorbs excess oil, calamine delivers a cooling, soothing effect. Vegan and cruelty-free your skin will be picture perfect for your next Zoom call.

Get Glowin’!
Undefined created the fragrance-free Glow Gelée CBD Firming Serum. Designed to lift, sculpt and repair it is made to increase elasticity and blur pores & fine lines. CBD is a deeply penetrating anti-inflammatory powerhouse: an antioxidant more potent than vitamin C or E, it regenerates, fights free radicals and rebalances to ward off wrinkles. Apply to clean, damp skin, patting-in for best absorption.

Well-Versed Pillow-Safe Peel

This is the shortcut to glowier skin. In one step, this leave-on exfoliator works overnight while you’re far away in dreamland to resurface and renew your complexion. The blend of lactic and glycolic acid (which work together to break down dead skin cells) and vitamin A (one of the most powerful and proven anti-aging ingredients available) exfoliates, brightens, and hydrates while skin-conditioning allantoin, rosehip, and vitamin E keep skin calm. It’s pH-balanced, non-drying, and non-irritating—basically it’s a non-scary treatment that won’t leave you red or flaky (just bright and refreshed). It’s even gentle enough to use on back-to-back nights, and it absorbs into your skin just like a lotion, residue-free so your pillows are safe too.

Let’s Be Clear

Urban Rx does it again with its LacticGlow Micropolish Gentle Cleansing Gel. It contains a special blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids plus natural Jojoba Esters that reveal skin clarity by gently cleansing buildup. Polishes skin without irritation to reveal a brighter, fresher and healthier complexion.

Licorice Bar in a Jar

The bestselling 3-in-1 Even Tone Cleansing Bar by Urban Rx is a complexion-perfecting cleansing treatment that improves the appearance of uneven skin tone and dark marks. It works as a daily cleanser, mask and exfoliator perfect for anyone who suffers from dark marks or an uneven skin tone and desires an improvement in their overall complexion

This unique cleansing system includes an exfoliating sponge and cleanser to deliver a  proprietary ClearTone Advanced Technology®, a blend of 6 ingredients that work synergistically to reveal a healthier and more even-looking complexion.

Well-Being Wonder Read

InThrive, Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world.

Arianna Huffington’s personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye–the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group–one of the fastest growing media companies in the world–celebrated as one of the world’s most influential women, and gracing the covers of magazines, she was, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful. Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion, she wondered is this really what success feels like?

We need a third leg–a third metric for defining success–to truly thrive. That third metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving.

Bergamot Bright, Woodsy Atmosphere

Joe Malone’s Oud & Bergamot Scented Candle will be sure to uplift, help you wind down, or simply add an air of luxury to any space. Transform the atmosphere with the scent of precious oud. The mysterious, smoky character of this revered wood, central to Middle Eastern fragrance traditions, radiates with the clarity of crisp bergamot and an orange granite accord.

We’d like to thank Kendra for sharing these ever-so-nurturing beauty must-haves from her personal powder room!

To grab daily inspiration for your purpose-filled journey, and to turn your fears into faith, follow Kendra and her brands @KendraBrackenFerguson, @respin & @braintrustla

This listicle was inspired by Kendra’s episode of The Suga, our podcast with Stitcher. You can listen to the entire episode below



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