I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!
Whenever a new beauty subscription box joins the market, I get extremely excited. It's hard to stand out among all of the beauty boxes out there, and I love discovering new boxes that have a unique twist. My favorite subscription box Boxycharm sends full-size products, Birchbox is only $10, and my beloved Allure Beauty Thrills box comes quarterly, packed with award winners and enough hair product to last the entire year. I was very intrigued when I was browsing the Ricky's NYC website, and saw that they were launching a beauty box of their own called Cult Crushes.
Ricky's NYC is a beauty supply store like no other. Think Sally's on steroids. Beauty lovers and makeup artists visit Ricky's in person and online every single day to pick up goodies for their kits, and for themselves. Since this is a beauty supply store to artists, I was immediately interested in their box, thinking that they would send products that cater to the professional as well as the everyday consumer. I'm happy to announce that my assumptions were correct. I received the November box and I am absolutely in love.
First up we have the Jean Pierre Moisturizing Lip Mask. This came as a set of 5 which I was very excited to see - no foil packets here! I tried it out the day after I received the box and I think that it was just okay. I had a tough time keeping the mask on my lips, and I still had to slather on the lip balm at night. I think that it would work well you don't have particularly dry lips to begin with as a maintenance product. There was no distinguishable scent, and no adverse reactions on my skin, so all in all I was very happy with the product. In my efforts to keep my makeup collection under control, I will be giving the remaining 4 masks away to family members/friends since I don't think I will find myself using them.
The next product I received was a sample of the Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper. This is a product that needs to be used every day for a few weeks to really see results. I tried it out only once, and I liked it. It definitely gives the lips a tingly feeling, but nothing painful. If you are very sensitive then you may not like this product. I didn't notice any plumping during the first application, but because of the tingling sensation, I would imagine that slight plumping would take effect after a few days or a week of use. I think I will continue to use this product to see how it works with longer term use - my lips could definitely use a little bit of plumping!
I was very excited to see a lip liner and a liquid lipstick in this box, and the red shades were calling my name. The L.A. Girl Endless Auto Lipliner in Dark Plum is definitely more on the red side than the plum side, but nevertheless it is a beautiful color. It's perfect for prepping the lips for a bold splash of red, or for filling in the lips completely and topping with a clear gloss. The formula glided onto the lips very easily, and it stayed put for quite a while. This was my first time using anything from L.A. Girl and I was very impressed! To top off the liner, I tried the Pop of Color Liquid Lipstick in Rags to Riches which is a STUNNING red shade. You all probably know by now that red lipstick makes me feel weird since I'm definitely more of a nudes girl, but this color had me SHOOK. I'm absolutely hanging onto it because I think that it will be perfect for the holidays!
The last product that came in the box was a bag of pointed q-tips which are perfect for cleaning up the edges of your mouth, and also for fixing eyeliner mistakes. I'm really happy to see that Ricky's is popping some artist tools in the kit because they are multipurpose, and they aren't things that I ever think to purchase myself!
Want to see some of these products in action? I filmed an unboxing video, and I tried on the lip liner and liquid lipstick for a first impression! I'm absolutely going to be doing this every time I get a box in going forward - it's so much fun to try products out on camera, especially when they are new brands and products that you weren't expecting!
Interested in signing up for Cult Crushes? The box is $11/month, and I'm thinking that it will contain 4-5 products including a tool similar to the pointed cotton swabs. You can sign up for your subscription here if you are interested!