#NOWTRENDING: We <3 Coconut Oil

Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil Beauty - now available at Ricky's NYC stores & RickysNYC.com!

Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil Beauty - now available at Ricky's NYC stores & RickysNYC.com!

It's a New Year. 2016. Perfect timing to get all your proverbial health ducks in a row. 

One of our resolutions for this year is to seek out products that are as good for you as they are  good. Enter Coconut Revolution, a fab new brand that just hit our shelves from Australia that we are beyond super excited about.

The brand first launched in 2013 and all of their products are feature Coconut Oil as a main ingredient. 

Coconut Oil is basically the bomb dot com (anyone use that phrase anymore? No? Alright.). It's beyond good for you as a food (the fatty acids can help you fight off viruses & infections and has lots of good saturated fats that can help lower your risk for heart disease). Beyond this, Coconut Oil is becoming a more and more popular ingredient in beauty products (like the Coconut Revolution line!) because...

  • It can moisturizes skin like nobody's business when applied topically 
  • It can helps protect against damage to the hair

The line is now available at our store locations and online at RickysNYC.com! Shop now and revel in the (healthy!) goodness! Your body will thank you!

For more on the benefits of Coconut Oil, check out Coconut Revolution's website here.

Hello...It's Ricky's NYC: Adele-Inspired Beauty

We're assuming you're just like us and have Adele's masterstroke album 25 on repeat currently. So good, right? (If you don't, um...what are you doing with your life? It's #NewMusicFriday! Live a little!) In keeping with the current Adele spirit, we've put together a list of some of our favorite items inspired by our favourite (see what we did there?) British songstress.

RickyCare Backstage Waterproof Black Liquid Eyeliner ($2.99)
No Adele homage is complete without a seriously sick cat-eye.

Red Cherry Lashes #76 ($3.99)
Vampy and dramatic is just how we like it. Plus, this way you can skip the mascara and given the tears we've been shedding listening to 25, it's just efficient.

L.A. Girl Endless Auto Lipliner in "NATURAL" ($5)
Practical and fashionable. Like your lips but better.

Morphe Brushes #700 8-piece Candy Apple Red Brush Set ($15.99)
You know how they say "you are what you eat"? It's true. Also, your makeup is only as good as the brushes you apply it with. Just saying.

Embroylisse Lait Creme Concentre (starting at $16)
All of the best makeup artists love this brand and so do we. It totally makes you feel like a celeb minus the crazy paparazzi.

Fekkai Citron Et Menthe Hair Fragrance Mist ($20)
Luxe scent, small bottle.

Y.E.T. Korea Hello Soothing Gel ($5.99)
So punny, eh?

Knock Knock Hello (Gorgeous) Compact Mirror ($10)
To help you master your #selfie game (and practice your lip sync, stop lying). 

Dangerous Trends You Need to Avoid

There are beauty trends these days that unfortunately have a lot to deal with physical aspects that can be difficult to change. Trends such as a sunkissed glow can be so frustrating for those who can't tan without getting a sunburn, and beauty standards such as big breasts with small waists can make women feel helpless. Regardless of what's "in" right now, listen to what your body is telling you and learn to appreciate it for what it is. 

Here's some shortcuts to the hottest trends that you must avoid.

Sunkissed Skin

Melanotan Injection

Tanning Pills

While the idea of popping pills that have a chemical in them that are naturally found in plants and animals may seem okay, don't touch it. 

...the amount used in these pills is way more than what’s added to food... prevalence of adverse side effects (like the deposition of crystals in eyes and the development of welts) has been causing companies to withdraw from FDA approval.
— Deven Hopp

It doesn't matter whether it worked out great for your friend or your favorite celebrity. Injecting your body with substances that aren't prescribed by your doctor will never be a good idea. 

Then bizarre things started to happen. My face became luminous and swollen. It had the strangest green tinge and became hypersensitive. It was itchy, painful and I couldn’t bear to touch it.
— Terri Sotherton

Read more about Sotherton's terrifying story here.

Tanning Beds

We've all seen it on TV at least once- that person who stays too long in the tanning bed and comes out looking like they rubbed their skin with leather. Unfortunately, some parts of TV are true, and this is one of them. 

Read about a woman's fatal story with tanning here.

Love your skin.

Check out the numerous blog posts and magazine articles out there that depict an author's story with how she came to love her natural, pale skin color (such as this one by Em, a blogger who went viral for her video on backlash on beauty, and Sylvia). 

Dentist-Approved Smile

We adore celebrities with pearly whites and perfectly aligned teeth. How far are you willing to go to get the same look?

Elastic Bands as Braces

There have been videos that have gone viral by vloggers letting everyone know how well DIY braces worked for them. However, there are reports that outnumber the amount of great reviews this trick has gotten. While braces can be costly, they are an investment guaranteed to give you what you're going for. On the other hand, the damage that elastic bands can cause cost much more to repair (Warning: Gruesome photos). 

D.I.Y. Braces

Much like tanning pills and melanotan injections, DIY braces are incredibly cheap and easy to get online. While these do look like the braces you get at the orthodontist, they will give you the exact opposite results. Read this article about a man who purchased these and how they completely uncovered a tooth.

Love Yourself.

Yes, there are many beauty "standards" and trends out there. But if you think about the most beautiful people and to the ones you idolize the most, their confidence is what makes them shine. 




There have been a lot of bizarre beauty trends going around (such as DIY braces), but one we would like to shine a spotlight on is 'dermaplaning' which is basically facial shaving... for women. A treatment that has been practically a secret in Hollywood, supposedly first done by Marilyn Monroe, it's supposed to leave an immediate glow and give the appearance of smoother skin. 


While there are no official "tools" for dermaplaning, many women have found the eyebrow razor to be quite useful in doing this at home. There are also some mini razors originally meant to shave off that light mustache that work great for dermaplaning. 



When you're as cautious of a person as I am, you're going to expect downsides to everything, and you're going to be right about 99% of the time. This is not that 1%. 

  • Dermaplaning is not recommended for those with acne, as it can lead to severe breakouts:
...it can trigger over activity of the sebaceous glands. When someone has acne, they need their vellous hairs to expunge the oil that typically builds up under the skin. If the vellous hairs are removed because of the dermaplaning procedure, the individual may experience more breakouts and even more severe acne.
  • It's also not great for people with sensitive skin as this is a more aggressive exfoliating technique than the traditional masks and scrubs. 
  • Skin may peel after the procedure, meaning you need to take extra care of your skin for the next few weeks by using an emollient-rich moisturizer NIGHT and DAY. We recommend applying more moisturizer during the nighttime since your skin repairs itself the most as you sleep. 

And because of my extra-cautious disposition, I can't help but wonder if dermaplaning can affect your skin in the long run. What would people who do this treatment regularly look like in their 80s compared to those who haven't done them at all? Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Welcome to Dismaland

With the recent unveiling of a new "bemusement" park- a concept created by famous street artist, Banksy- fans everywhere are garnering excitement to see the works of art created by 50 artists from 17 countries. The exhibit not only parodies the main inspiration, Disneyland, but also serious issues such as the migrant crisis:

PA Photos

PA Photos

Britain's government: 

and quite possibly other subtle digs through everything that's going on throughout the park. 

It wouldn't be a project by Banksy if it wasn't done secretly. The most famous un-famous man was able to develop the entire park without drawing any attention by reserving the space for "filming" a movie titled, "Gray Fox". The park will be open for five weeks in Weston-Super-Mare in the UK. 

For those of us who won't be able to check out the pop-up dystopia, we've put together a gallery of our favorite artwork from the park!

For a closer look inside the theme park, check out this video from CNN and Channel 4 News.

Chocolate...? CHOCOLATE!!

Jackie Dodd

Jackie Dodd

Yahoo recently released an article proving that ice cream, chocolate to be exact, is America's favorite sweet treat. Topping above cake and cookies (which we wouldn't mind having with ice cream), we spent about $8 billion on ice cream last year. 

While of course photos of the latest trendy ice cream shop invade your news feed during the peak of the summer months, ice cream is great all year round. Whether you're walking through the city with a cup of 10Below in your hands, or snuggled up in a blanket with a bowl of Talenti gelato in your hands, you're going to immediately feel the comforting satisfaction as it melts on your sweet tooth.

In honor of this wonderful recognition of chocolate ice cream, we've put together our favorite products that complement this gorgeous beauty (we also mean you).

We like... Jennifer & Justin's cake ;)



Yup, we love their wedding cake. Jennifer's obsession with muppets has found its way onto the couple's wedding cake, and we couldn't help but notice how well made and adorable it was. While many bakeries can get the figurines made out of fondant wrong, the muppets here look smooth and can almost be confused for actual puppets.

Here at Ricky's, we LOVE sweets- we salivate over any form of sugar and constantly ponder whether or not we should get some gelato. So we dug around and found that the cakes were made by a cute little bakery named Charm City Cakes

We know where we're ordering our cakes from now on. Congrats Jennifer & Justin- and thanks for the cake.


Making History | Caitlyn Jenner on ESPYs

Photo from AP//PageSix

Photo from AP//PageSix

She's been all over the news lately, and we still can't get enough of Caitlyn for her acceptance speech for the transgender community. 

“[Transgender people are] getting bullied. They’re getting beaten up. They’re getting murdered and they’re committing suicide... My plea to you tonight is to join me and make this one of your issues as well."

We'll be keeping an eye out for what this superwoman has coming up next, but right now, we'll be in the back row cheering her, and the LGBT community on. Be proud to be yourself.

Ombré: All day, Erry-way

om·bré (ˈämbrā/)

1. having tones of color that shade into each other, graduating from light to dark.

Ombré is a style that's been going around for who-knows how long. A trend that started with hair has now found its way onto nails and even lips! We're in love with everything ombré and believe it will be a timeless classic. 


We're big believers in experimenting and playing around with your hair while you still can, of course with the occasional oil treatment every now and then and allowing your hair to rest in between dyes, especially with long hair! The ombré style is perfect for those who don't want to damage their roots, yet want to change up their look a bit. We love that long hair gives you the option to put in multiple colors, as seen often in the mermaid trend. 

Don't worry, we didn't forget about the short haired girls! We think the ombré look is absolutely adorable on short hair. Curl those short locks a bit (be careful not to burn yourself!) and you've got a look that can be dressed for any occasion.

While we're huge fans of DIY, we don't recommend trying to get this at home, especially if you don't have anyone helping you or if you're inexperienced with dying your hair. Check out the Revolver Salon website to locate a salon near you to have one of our experienced stylists help you get this look!


Ombré nails, or gradient nails in other words, is a perfect style for anyone that wants to change up their plain solid-color nails, yet don't want to go all out using fancy decals and meticulously drawing shapes and patterns.

We've asked the Manicure Du Jour to give us her tips and tricks on how to get the perfect ombre nail. Check it out below!

What better way to start off the summer than with some brightly colored ombre nails! It may look hard, but follow along with the simple steps below and you can be an ombre pro in under 10 minutes. Just know—your friends are probably going to want you to paint their nails once they see how awesome yours look.

The How-To:


  1. Paint two coats of white nail polish on your nails and let dry completely.
  2. Remove the tops of all three colored polishes. We need to move fast!
  3. Take your first polish of choice and lightly paint a thin stroke on the top of the angled part of the sponge.
  4. Take your second color and lightly paint a thin stroke below your first one. It's alright if the colors bleed together. Repeat the same concept with the third color. (Steps 2-3 should be done rather quickly, or the sponge will absorb too much polish.)


  1. Dab the nail with the painted sponge about 5-6 times (or until you achieve your desired color)
  2. Repeat for all nails, reapplying the polish to the sponge after each nail.
  3. Finish by adding a clear coat of polish.

Got polish all over your fingers? Easy fix: grab some cotton swabs and dip them in nail polish remover to remove the excess polish. 

youtube beauty guru, frmheadtotoe

youtube beauty guru, frmheadtotoe

Made popular by celebrities in Korea and picked up by YouTube beauty gurus such as frmheadtotoethe gradient lip effect started as a way to make the lips have an innocent touch of plump and color without making it obvious that makeup was being used. Move to the west a bit and you've got this trend intensified as models strut down the runway wearing different shades of bold colors on their lips.

We love this trend for its' simplicity, yet the various ways you could play around with it. We've whipped up a simple how-to guide so you can try it out for yourself. When you feel comfortable enough, switch it up using different shades to have your makeup look come to life!

We've asked Renarda Joy to show us how she gets this trend!

Step 1: Prep your lips with Carmex lip balm

Step 2: Using a lip liner with the color of your choice, (I used Lydia Lip Liner from OCC), trace the inner edge of your lips. 
Step 3: Next, use a brown lip liner (I'm using NYX Collection Chocolate Satin Finish Brown Eyeliner), trace just the inner corner of your lip.
Step 4: Next, use a glossy color to fill in the center of your lips that complements the lip liner you used in the second step. I decided to continue on with shades of purple using NYX Butter Gloss.


Step 5: Next, finish off the look by using the matte Lip Tar, Covet, by OCC!

What's your favorite way to do ombré? Try out one of these looks from your very own home!