Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes Beauty Review – October 2017
Cult Crushes is a monthly subscription box from Ricky’s NYC that gives you the chance to test their hottest brands and products – both classic and new – and learn how to optimize them through exclusive online tutorials lead by influencers they love.
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The Box: Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes
The Cost: $11 per month + free shipping
The Products: Each month, subscribers receive a themed selection of handpicked products in cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and fashion.
Ships to: US
Good to Know: As a subscriber, you also get 25% off all online purchases and free shipping on purchases of $50 or more when you shop with Ricky’s NYC.
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When we asked you which boxes were underrated, a lot of you mentioned Cult Crushes! I don’t know how we missed this one, but I’m here to remedy that and jump into our first review of the beloved beauty box! Thanks for opening our eyes!
First, you’ll see an info card that lists all of this month’s Cult Crushes.
Dr. Lip Bang’s Lip Freak in Berry Sinister – Retail Value $4.95
Holy CRAP, you gals. This is the most intense lip balm I have ever tried in my life! If you read the package, you see that it says this is the strongest BUZZING lip balm in the whole world. They are not lying. I put it on and expected a bit of a tingle, but within two minutes your lips are LITERALLY buzzing! It’s so crazy! This balm is 100% natural, so the buzzing is mainly caused by the amount of cinnamon oil they put in this baby. They are VIBRATING, I kid you not. On top of that, it tastes wonderful and makes your lips super duper hydrated. I really need to try this before kissing someone. Will report back.
LASplash Wickedly Divine Liquid Lip Gloss in Kiss of Death – Retail Value $14.40
This color is super dark and I really like it on! The tube it comes in is pretty goth with its matte black top that is encrusted with a dark red gemstone. The wand delivers the liquid lipstick to your lips easily with its unique needle-hole design. I’ll say that this formula is a bit on the thin side compared to other liquid lipsticks I’ve used. When it goes on, you really have to spread it around and use a good bit. Once it dries, it really dries, so to say that it doesn’t feel very moisturizing at all. It reminds me a lot of Doucce liquid lipstick that I’ve received in other sub boxes. Packaging: cool, color: very cool, the formula: meh. This one might be better with a gloss or balm over top.
House of Lashes False Eye Lashes in Bombshell – Retail Value $9? (linked to similar styles)
If you read my Le Metier De Beaute Beauty Vault VIP Review back in June, you know that I can’t take myself seriously in false eyelashes. The package says that these are 100% human hair OR a synthetic blend, so I can’t be sure which these are. Either way, I don’t keep eyelash glue stocked at my house, so these ladies will be not be getting a test drive from me. They certainly look fun, but I wouldn’t be able to keep these on for any amount of time, so I salute those of you out there who do this on the reg! I will be passing these on to a friend to enjoy instead!
The Makeup Bullet – Retail Value $14.95
This little bullet-shaped sponge came with a ton of literature on how it came to be (created by a makeup artist), how to use it (dry is preferred), and how to keep it clean (water and cleanser). I myself use my fingertips to smooth my foundation onto my skin but have been slowly experimenting with some options. The first was a silicone applicator that I did not care for at all. I gave the Makeup Bullet a try and was really impressed! It slides onto your finger, so I use it exactly how I use my own digit, but with less mess and more blending ease. I use Milk Makeup’s Sunshine Skin Tint that comes in a pump stick, so I rolled it onto my face using the rollerball, then used the Makeup Bullet to spread it evenly across my face with no weird streaking. The tip made it easy to spread into the corners near my eyes, which can be a struggle with my stiletto acrylic nails, so this is really great for me! Very impressed!
Comodynes Micellar Solution Makeup Remover Towelettes for Normal Skin, Pack of 20 – Retail Value $6.99
I’ve tried a lot of makeup remover wipes, which are my preferred way to remove makeup (even if my facialist tells me to wash my face instead). When you review a lot of makeup and skincare, these wipes come in handy. These Comodynes brand wipes successfully removed some eyeshadow, but when put to the true test of removing some super-pigmented lipstick, they didn’t stand up. They smell pretty fresh, though I can’t put a finger on an exact scent. These will be reserved for lighter makeup removing jobs.
Verdict: Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes is pretty unbelievable! For only $11 (plus FREE SHIPPING) I received a whopping $50 retail value of cool stuff! I am now obsessed with Dr. Lip Bang’s Lip Freak, and am happily using the Makeup Bullet on the reg. I can’t wait to see what’s in store moving forward! Why did y’all wait so long to tell me about this?! 😉
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Not for this one, but you have until the 25th of each month to sign up for that month’s box. Once subscribed, your reoccurring payment will happen on the 5th of each month. You can pause or cancel your subscription at any time.
Value Breakdown: At $11 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item: 50.29
- Lip Balm: $1.08
- Liquid Lipstick: $3.15
- False Lashes: $1.97
- Makeup Bullet: $3.27
- Makeup Wipes: $1.53
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