Yes, Oh Yas! September 2018

Hey, y’all!

This month’s theme was “Believe in Unicorns,” and I got 4 full-size magical products.

*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!

Holographic Highlighter Palette

from Naked Cosmetics

Photo of Holographic Highlighter Palette from Naked Cosmetics
$29.99 (reg. $39.99); Naked Cosmetics

The first thought I had when I opened this palette was that it reminded me A LOT of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Aurora Glow Kit palette that I already own. Even the packaging is similar. Some of the colors are a little different, but it basically makes me think of a less glittery version of Aurora, which is fine by me. I’m not a fan of glittery highlighters. It also blends nicely and is buildable.

Retail Value: $32*

*Maybe that’s the sale price plus tax?

Matte Lipstick in “Wondrous Wine”

from Chella Skin Care

Matte Lipstick in "Wondrous Wine" from Chella Beauty
$18; Chella

Matte lipstick is my jam, so I was excited to try this out. The color is really pretty, but it definitely wasn’t transfer-proof. I didn’t like how it ended up settling into the creases in my lips, either. Even when I reapplied, you could see the dark lines underneath. I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this one much in the future. 😦

Retail Value: $20

Pro Series 3-Piece Eye & Brow Brush Set

from Aesthetica

Photo of Pro Series 3-Piece Eye & Brow Brush Set from Aesthetica
$45; Aesthetica

I had never tried Aesthetica brushes before. These have good quality synthetic bristles and the handles are a comfortable length. The angled brush is a little thicker than the ones I already have, so it’s a nice alternative for doing my brows. The spoolie is the perfect length and is great for my brows or my lashes.

Retail Value: $45

Glo Stix Semi-Matte Liquid Lipstick in “Honey Bun”

from Glo by Glory

Photo of Glo Stix Semi-Matte Liquid Lipstick from Glo by Glory
$18; Glo by Glory

You know I love my liquid lippies! I really, really wanted to like this one, and the color is gorgeous. This independent beauty brand is based in Austin, TX (any Texas brand gets extra points in my book <3) and is 100% cruelty-free. I hate to say I was disappointed with this lipstick. It stayed sticky from the moment I put it on, even though I blotted it after about 2 minutes. By the time it stopped being sticky, it had gotten patchy over the course of the day. Some lipsticks fade evenly in such a way that it looks like a subtle ombré effect–no such luck with this one. I’m probably going to end up tossing it. 😦

Retail Value: $18

Total Package Value: $119*

*If you go off of the website prices, it’s $110.99 (using the sale price of the palette). For $14.99, that’s an absolute steal!


October will be bringing the IBY “City Limits” palette. Can’t wait to see what else!

What goodies did you get in your beauty subscription(s) this month? Anything you recommend?

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Yes, Oh Yas! June 2018

Hey, y’all!

This month’s theme was “Glam Treasures,” and I got 4 full-size products. They feel so fancy, especially with that sparkly palette. Let’s jump in!

*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!

Treasure Chest Eyeshadow Palette

from Mellow Cosmetics

Photo of Treasure Chest Eyeshadow Palette from Mellow Cosmetics
$28; Mellow Cosmetics

Whenever I’m trying a new brand for the first time, I like to check out their “About” page to learn about their history and get a feel for their vibe and company culture. I loved that  Mellow’s page says outright that their products are cruelty-free and vegan (I don’t feel as strongly about the vegan aspect). That makes me a lot more likely to look into other products, knowing that this holds true for everything they make. It can be frustrating when companies aren’t very forthcoming with their stance on animal testing.

Now, about this palette…it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s mostly shimmer shades with a few mattes mixed in. The pigmentation isn’t very intense, but it’s buildable, so if you want a more subtle look for daywear, it’s easily achievable. Totally smooth application with zero fallout, and it’s so easy to blend. The glittery gold packaging is beautiful, too. I’m definitely interested in checking out some of their other products.

Retail Value: $27.99

Punk Volumizer Mascara

from Doucce Cosmetics

Photo of Punk Volumizer Mascara from Doucce Cosmetics
$24; Doucce Cosmetics

Full disclosure: I didn’t test this product out. I hardly ever wear mascara, and I didn’t want another tube to go to waste, so I gave it to my officemate. It’s the least I could do since she gave me a Doucce eyeshadow palette and a bunch of other cosmetics to try out. 🙂 Here’s the mascara’s description from the website:

“The jumbo brush fiber bristles are cut smaller and larger, in succession, to coat every lash, while distributing the formula evenly throughout. The lightweight and creamy formula pulls every lash upwards to create a long lasting curl without any clumping, flaking, or smudging.”

The packaging is very modern and sleek, and Doucce states on their FAQ page that they don’t do any animal testing. If I liked mascara, I’d probably be all about this one.

Retail Value: $26.99*

*A bit of a difference from the website, but not egregious.

Eyebrow Highlighter Pencil in “Ivory Lace”

from Chella Skin Care

Photo of Chella Eyebrow Highlighter Pencil in "Ivory Lace" from Chella Skin Care
$20; Chella Skin Care

Another cruelty-free brand that I’ve never tried before! This pencil seems very versatile. I’ve only used it as a brow highlighter; it seems you can also use it as a concealer, depending on your skin tone (and the pencil color). It comes in 4 shades, and the darker shades could be used as a bronzer, if you wanted. I don’t use it on my dark under eye circles because I prefer a liquid that’s easier to blend, but a brow bone application blended out with a smudger brush looks great! I love the fact that it’s totally matte with no shimmer at all. If the “Ivory Lace” is any indication, the color samples shown on the website are darker than real life, so keep that in mind.

Retail Value: $19.99

Pro Blush Brush

from Crown Brush

Photo of Pro Blush Brush from Crown Brush
$12; Crown Brush

There’s literally zero description about this product on the Crown website, so I can’t tell you for sure what it’s made of, but the bristles feel synthetic to me. I like the ergonomic grooves in the handle that make it easier to hold. Other than that, there’s nothing really noteworthy about this brush. It’s denser than some of my other blush brushes. Might keep it, might give it away, haven’t decided.

Retail Value: $22.99*

*This is quite a difference from the $12 value listed on the website. There’s no indication that it’s currently on sale or anything, so I don’t really know what to make of that.

Total Package Value: $97.96*

*If you go off of the website prices, it’s $84, but for $14.99, I’ll take it!


I think one of my favorite things about Yes, Oh Yas! so far is that they send so many products from brands that aren’t super mainstream. I love discovering new brands, and I’m super excited that all of them this month are cruelty-free! (Totally assuming about the Crown brush, here.)

What fun things did you get in your beauty subscription(s) this month? Any new favs? Sharing is caring! 🙂

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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