Yes, Oh Yas! December 2018

Hey, ya’ll!

Here we are on the last day of 2018, so let’s dive right into my final Yes, Oh Yas! box of the year!

*Note: prices listed as photo captions are what I found on the respective product websites. Retail values listed below my descriptions are what was listed by Yes, Oh Yas!

Tell Me ‘Pout It Hydrating Lip Mask

from MaskerAide

Photo of Tell Me 'Pout It Lip Mask from MaskerAide
$7 CAD; MaskerAide

I popped this mask on earlier today to make sure my lips are nice and soft for my midnight kiss. 🙂 It has a soft gel texture, similar to the lip mask I tried from Patchology. I left it on for 15 minutes and enjoyed the tingling sensation (totally normal), but I had a hard time getting it to stay adhered to my upper lip. My lips do feel hydrated and refreshed after using it, but I still prefer wash-off masks since they create less waste. You can get one of these gel masks for $7 CAD, or you can get a box of 4 for $25 CAD.

Key Ingredients:

  • Manuka Honey–hydrates skin
  • Fermented Rose–hydrates & calms
  • Grapefruit Oil–excellent source of Vitamins A & C to tone skin
  • Berry Complex–soothes skin and provides antioxidants
  • bioBRIT-3 Composite (a naturally-derived complex that includes Lechithin and Dipalmitoyl Hydroxproline)–plumps lips and has anti-aging properties

Retail Value: $10 USD

Badger Angle Blush Brush BK32

from Crown Brush

Photo of Badger Angle Brush BK32 from Crown Brush
$3.99; Crown Brush

YOY really seems to like Crown Brush because they include one of their brushes almost every month. Angled brushes like this are versatile because you can use them to apply highlighter/blush, or you can use it to contour the hollows of your cheeks. This badger bristle brush is soft, but I doubt I’ll keep it. I have so many already, so it’ll go into the giveaway bag. It has a very reasonable price point, if you want to pick one up.

Retail Value: $18

Cali Chic Eyeshadow Palette

from Beauty Creations Cosmetics

Photo of Cali Chic Palette from Beauty Creations Cosmetics
$11.99; Beauty Creations Cosmetics

Beauty Creations seems to be another YOY favorite brand. This palette is a combination of 5 matte and 4 shimmer neutral shades. Like other BC palettes I’ve received, the colors apply smoothly with a nice buildable color payoff, and they blend beautifully.

Retail Value: $28

Kissable Liquid Lipstick in “Dolled Up”

from Kokie Cosmetics

Photo of Kissable Liquid Lipstick in "Dolled Up" from Kokie Cosmetics
$6; Kokie Cosmetics

This warm pink isn’t the first shade I would have chosen, but I was surprised that I ended up liking it. I’m glad it’s more of a natural shade because after letting it dry down for a couple of minutes, I still had to blot quite a bit to prevent color transfer. I might have better luck if I apply it with a lip brush instead of the applicator.

Retail Value: $9

Pro Concealer Palette

from BelláPierre Cosmetics

Photo of Pro Concealer Palette from BellaPierre Cosmetics
$32.99; Amazon

This one was weird because I couldn’t find it anywhere on BelláPierre’s website. I understand the color theory of concealers like this: red covers blue-green (i.e. undereye circles or bruising), green covers red (i.e. acne or rosacea), and lavender covers yellow/brown (i.e. sallowness or hyperpigmentation). Applying and blending it to look natural without taking it off is another story, but hey, #beautygoals2019.

Retail Value: $21

Total Value: $86*

*If you go by the current website prices, the total comes out to $60.10 (current conversion rate for CAD to USD makes the lip mask $5.13.) For $14.99 + shipping that’s a win!


What are you most looking forward to in 2019? Leave a comment to tell me about it! I’d love to learn about some of your beauty goals are for the year, too.

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, let’s dive into the final Glam Bag of the year. This gold sequined bag even came with some bonus items!

Nude Beach Eyeshadow in “Bootylicious”

from theBalm Cosmetics

Photo of Nude Beach Eyeshadow in "Bootylicious" from TheBalm Cosmetics
$36 for Nude Beach palette; theBalm Cosmetics

theBalm eyeshadows never fail to disappoint as far as color and longevity. I don’t tend to by them, though, because most of the shades I like are only sold as part of a palette, and I’ve already got more palettes than I know what to do with. “Bootylicious” is a beautiful dark brown shimmer that looks lovely on its own or as a transition shade. Like every other theBalm shadow I’ve tried, it applies smoothly with no fallout, and the color payoff is fabulous. If you want this shade, you’ll have to snag the Nude Beach Palette, which is a mix of 12 shimmer and matte nudes.

My Rating: 5/5

Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick in “Infamous”

from Ciaté London

Photo of sample size Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick in "Infamous" from Ciate London
$19 for .101 fl. oz.; Ciaté London

Matte liquid lipstick in a gorgeous berry shade? Yes, please! Add glitter? Ehhhh… I’ll admit the color holds up better than I expected, and the glitter doesn’t transfer as much as I thought it would, but I’m still dubious about how much I’ll actually use this. The website claims that it looks matte until you press your lips together and then it “flips” to glittery, but when I swatched it on my hand, it was glittery from the get-go. This might look great for holiday parties, but the jury’s still out.

My Rating: 3/5

Tapered Blending Brush 35E

from F.A.R.A.H Brushes

To be honest I’d never heard of this brand before, and I couldn’t find this brush shape with this exact handle on their website. This brush has a nice weight and balance to it, and the (vegan) bristles are super soft. It can be used with powder or cream eyeshadows, so you’re covered there. If this brush is any indication, F.A.R.A.H delivers a great quality for a reasonable price point. Definitely worth checking out.

My Rating: 5/5

Arch Arrival Brow Definer in “Taupe Tom”

from Sugar Cosmetics

Photo of Arch Arrival Brow Definer in "Taupe Tom" from Sugar Cosmetics
$12.99; Sugar Cosmetics

I never used any eyebrow products until about a year and a half ago, and now it’s the part of my beauty routine that I get the most compliments on, which I find funny. I’m lucky to have naturally full eyebrows with a natural arch, but they wouldn’t look nearly as great without the help of my aesthetician (love you, Lina!) My brows just have a couple of spots that can use some filling in. When I have the time, I contour with a brow powder duo. If I’m in a hurry, I just use a pencil. This particular pencil is iffy. The wedge shape is interesting, but I had to press so hard on my arm just to swatch it. I guess that stops you from going overboard and looking like Groucho Marx, but it left some red marks on my arm. We’ll see how it goes. This color is a pretty good match for me. It only comes in one other shade, Jerry Brown, which is for “medium to dusky” skin tones. Both are currently sold out on their website, so there must be a lot of fans out there.

My Rating: 2/5

Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Cream

from Hey Honey

Photo of sample size Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Moisturizer
$42 for 2.2 oz.; Hey Honey

I tend to really like skincare products with honey in them. It’s so fabulous for your skin, and Hey Honey is such a great brand. This moisturizer has a very subtle scent to it, nothing crazy. It’s also nice and light, so it left my skin feeling moisturized, yet velvety smooth and soft, not saturated.

My Rating: 5/5

Dew Pot in “Fine”

from Laritzy Cosmetics

Photo of Dew Pot in "Fine" from Laritzy Cosmetics
$20 for .12 oz.; Laritzy Cosmetics

If you’ve been counting, you’ll notice that ipsy included 6 items this month as a holiday gift! This gorgeous shimmery cream highlighter is as subtle or as in-your-face as your heart desires. I love that it’s not glittery. Wear it on its own or over your favorite blush!

My Rating: 5/5

Bonus Item: Eyeshadow Brush

from Inmo Cosmetics

Photo of eyeshadow brush from Inmo Cosmetics
$45 for 12-piece set; Inmo Cosmetics

I had some points that were about to expire, so I cashed them in for this brush. You can only get it as part of Inmo’s 12-brush set called “The Essentials,” but it seems like a decent quality. I’ll be honest, at first glance I thought it was a matching brush for the F.A.R.A.H brush, but it’s not.


This month’s bag had an average rating of 4.2. It’s nice to end 2018 on a high note! How did your beauty subscriptions turn out this month? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Meet My Newest Obsession…

Hey, y’all!

Sorry for being a little absent lately. We’ve had visitors, the holidays are always busy, you know how it goes. On top of all that, though, we’ve added a new member to our little family…

Meet our new fur baby, Shorty! She’s a 10 month-old Chiweenie (Chihuahua/Dachshund mix), and we’re totally in love with her. We found her on Craigslist of all places and picked her up the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Over the past few weeks we’ve been getting her settled into our home and her routine. She’s a total cuddle bug and fits perfectly into our lives. We’re quickly forgetting what life was like before she came along. ❤

We’re still working on things like not barking at the next door neighbor (we live in a condo), and she certainly has that Dachshund stubbornness, but she’s really smart (sometimes too smart haha). She’s lucky she’s so darn cute! 🙂 We’re getting her spayed on Friday, which won’t be fun for any of us, but it needs to be done. At least we’ll have the whole next week to stay home with her and give her extra love.

Bonus: she was already completely house trained when we got her, and even after staying home alone for whole 10-hour workdays, she hasn’t had a single accident.

Bonus bonus: she loves wearing outfits! 😀

Things we’ve learned so far:

  1. If you are a doting pet parent and search online for the annual cost of a dog, multiply it by AT LEAST 2. Maybe that will change as we get all of the initial costs out of the way, but for now, I call BS on those numbers.
  2. Having a dog that sheds makes you do laundry a LOT more often.
  3. Dogs are like kids in a lot of ways. The first one we noticed was that we won’t be getting to sleep late for the foreseeable future.
  4. The second way we noticed dogs are like kids: they will try to eat anything that they can get into their mouths. Thankfully she seems to do well with leaving things like shoes and electrical cords alone.

I’ll try to do a better job of keeping up with the beauty stuff that I love, but this puppy is such an adorable distraction. ❤ Any puppy parenting tips? Tell me about your fur babies in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: November 2018

November is here! This month’s bag was a super cute purple with black hearts. Check out the 5 products I got inside!

LOCK IT Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in “Pearl Brown”

from L.O.C.K. Color

We know I’m a sucker for liquid liner, so that’s one drawback with this one, but the gel formula holds up nicely all day long. While I appreciate that I don’t need a sharpener for this pencil because it twists, I don’t like the fact that it’s not very precise. The color is absolutely gorgeous, though! Depending on the color of your eyeshadow, it reads as a deep copper or as a bronze with a hint of metallic olive. It’s great for fall.

My Rating: 3/5

Microfiber Dewdrop Sponge

from Juno & Co.

I haven’t been using a lot of liquid foundation lately, but I wanted to give this sponge an honest try, so I set my Laura Geller Baked Balance-n-Brighten aside. I really wanted to like this sponge, but I couldn’t. The velvety texture didn’t give me anything close to an airbrush finish. I had to go back over with a regular sponge to smooth things out. It didn’t do much better on my concealer, either. On top of all that, the texture made it difficult to clean. Pass.

My Rating: 1/5

Always On Liquid Lipstick in “Out Loud”

from Smashbox Cosmetics

Photo of sample size Always On Liquid Lipstick in "Out Loud" from Smashbox Cosmetics
$24 for .13 fl. oz.; Smashbox Cosmetics

This color is absolutely perfect for fall! It’s a deep orange that ipsy claims is universally flattering. I usually find Smashbox’s formula to be a little drying (I like Too Faced’s Liquid Matte better,) but I didn’t experience that this time, and the color payoff is really nice. It never became truly transfer-proof, but it managed to last a whole work day without needing to touch up.

My Rating: 4/5

Strictly Curls Miracle Treatment

from Marc Anthony True Professional

Photo of Strictly Curls Perfect Curl Miracle Treatment from Marc Anthony True Professional
$17.21 for (6) 1.01 fl. oz. jars; Amazon

I wasn’t super impressed with how it felt after blow-drying when I used this product the first time; I don’t think I used enough of it. The second time, though, my hair felt much smoother and softer. To be fair, I don’t have curly hair. It’s more randomly wavy. Have any of my curly haired gals tried it? What did you think?

My Rating: 4/5

Extraordinary Translucent Setting Powder

from Ciaté London

Just like my highlighter overload lately, I’m feeling a bit of a translucent powder overload from my beauty subscriptions. This one didn’t do anything to wow me. The jar size is so tiny, and it left my skin feeling a bit dry in some areas. It has a very fine consistency, so it did a decent job under my eyes to set my concealer, but it didn’t brighten my eyes like my Becca powder does.

My Rating: 2/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 3.5. How did your beauty subscriptions stack up this month? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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