Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes Beauty Review – April 2018
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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About Cult Crushes
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.
Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes April 2018 Review
First, you’ll see an info card that lists all of this month’s Cult Crushes. This month gets you ready for music festival season with the “Festival Glam” theme.
Pinky Rose Bright Lights Palette – Retail Value $24.99
I’ll admit when I first pulled this out of the box I sighed and said to myself “ANOTHER palette?” (stupid thing to say, I know). But then… but THEN… I opened it up and HOLY MOLY my face lit right up. I don’t even wear bright colored makeup like this, but it’s just SO different and wild! This speaks to the fun person that lies deep inside of me. This eyeshadow palette is pretty big at over 8 inches long and has a whopping 14 super bright colors. Of those, 3 are waterproof glitter, 2 are metallic, and the remaining 9 are ultra pigmented bright hues. It also comes with a built-in mirror so you can apply it in the car on the way to that big music fest. If you look closely at the photo of the open palette, you’ll see I was so excited to dig into it that I swatched all of the colors before photographing it. Whoops! I have zero experience with glitter makeup, so it was a little tricky to get the hang of. It’s more of a dabbing application than a swiping. I think Pinky, Pop Rocks, and Lit are my favorite of the bunch because they seem so unique.
These are a pretty fun item to receive! I am partial to the stiletto nail shape and the white iridescent color is really cool. Unfortunately for me, I have acrylic nails that I try to keep up with. That’s not to say that I couldn’t pop these over them for a different look for a night, but I’m a little afraid to use the glue on top of the acrylic. I just temporarily popped these on using some sticky tack so y’all can see how they look and I have to say I’m pretty impressed. These are reusable (the length of wear depends on how much glue you use) and the directions say they’ll come off just by soaking in warm water for 60-90 seconds to loosen enough to start easing off. Each set like this comes with 24 nails, a file, and glue.
Burts Bees Micellar Cleansing Towelettes, Pack of 30 – Retail Value $5.99
As much as I love getting wild and unique beauty items, I also love getting practical ones. I’m close to running out of my usual tried and true Neutrogena makeup removal wipes, so these came at a great time. I love Burts Bees products in general and these are 99.5 % natural and made with white cypress oil. I tested one out when removing that huge swatch of palette colors from my arm and it worked like a dream. The sheets are made from repurposed cotton so you can also feel better about using a disposal item like this.
Moonlit Skincare Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil – Retail Value $0.57 (Buy a full-size 1 oz. bottle for $34.00)
If you’ve read my past reviews, you know I can be a brat about receiving tiny samples like this as an item, but I’ll just gladly accept this since the rest of the box was full-size products and I’m all about “less is more”. I also don’t currently have any overnight oils, so it’s good to tr ya super specific item like this that works while I am dreaming. This oil is really light and smells heavenly due to the lavender scent (which also help me drift off to sleep with it’s calming properties). It does leave my skin feeling pretty soft and more hydrated than without. Here’s hoping I receive a full-size bottle sometime soon!
Verdict: Cult Crushes was short and sweet this month but the insanely cool palette and super useable makeup wipes alone made it more than worth the $11.00 cost. All said and done, this box has a retail value of over $56.00, so I’m a happy camper. I’m excited to see how I can incorporate the zany eyeshadow colors into my everyday look or when I’ll be able to use it for a more costumey night out than my usual. The nails were fun too, but I’ll probably end up passing them on to a friend with shorter nails since I keep my acrylic nail game pretty strong.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Normally you’d have until the 24th to get this month, but April has been sold out for some time. The good news is that their list is open so you can sign up now to receive May! Hurry though, it sells out fast!
Value Breakdown: At $11 for this box, here’s what you’re paying per item:
- Eyeshadow Palette: $4.86
- Snap-On Manicure: $4.86
- Cleansing Wipes: $1.17
- Facil Oil Sample: $0.11
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What do you think of the palette from Cult Crushes this month?