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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Yes, Oh Yas! November 2018

Hey, ya’ll!

November’s theme was “Girls Can!” Keep reading to see what was inside.

*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!

Unicorn Tears Liquid Highlighter

from Beauty Creations

Photo of Unicorn Tears Liquid Highlighter from Beauty Creations
$14.99 for set of 6; Beauty Creations

To be honest, I’ve never used a liquid highlighter like this before. This one was really pretty; I just applied a couple of drops to each cheekbone and blended. I’m still partial to a regular powder or pressed powder highlighter, but it’s always good to try new things!

Retail Value: $17

Brow Lift Brow Highlighting Pencil

from Sormé Cosmetics

Photo of Brow Lift Highlighting Pencil from Sorme Cosmetics
$9.58; Amazon

I get a little annoyed when a Sorm&#233 product is included because they don’t have their own website that you can buy from. I was able to find it on Amazon for much cheaper than Yes, Oh Yas! claimed. It’s similar to the Chella brow pencil I got a couple of months ago; its creamy formula blends really nicely. I don’t really prefer one over the other.

Retail Value: $22

BK40 Deluxe Badger Oval Shadow Brush

from Crown Brushes

I’m not usually a fan of natural bristle brushes; I definitely don’t prefer them. I have to admit, though, that this one feels really nice and does a great job of applying eyeshadow with no fallout. Its size and shape lend well to doing an all-over color when I’m running late in the morning, but it’s still small enough to do some eye contouring, as well. It’s a very affordable price point, so if natural bristles aren’t a deal-breaker for you, I’d certainly recommend it.

Retail Value: $19

Brilliant Highlighter in “Swirling Pearl”

from Mirabella Beauty

This highlighter and I didn’t start off so well. When I took it out of the mailer envelope, it had completely detached from the pan but at least managed to stay intact:

It’s a gorgeous color, but between YoY and ipsy, I feel like I’ve been getting highlighter overload lately. I’m also disappointed to say that I contacted Yes, Oh Yas! after opening it, and I haven’t gotten any response at all. 😦 Anyway, this highlighter is currently on sale for $10, so get on it!

Retail Value: $42

Lip Contour Palette

from Aesthetica

Photo of Lip Contour Kit from Aesthetica Cosmetics
$24.99; Aesthetica

For lippie lovers, this is like Christmas–6 lip colors, 4 lip liners, and a lip brush! Lips aren’t my thing. I tend to stick with a neutral liquid lip that will stay most of the day. If I had to pick just one makeup item to wear, it would probably be my pressed powder foundation or liquid eyeliner. (Sunscreen is skincare, so it doesn’t count. 🙂 ) I swatched these colors, and they didn’t seem to be long-wear, plus I didn’t see myself carrying this palette around for touch-ups, so I gave it to my friend Danielle, who I know will give it a good home. She’s the reigning queen of lipsticks. ❤

Retail Value: $45

Total Value: $145*

*If you go by the website prices, the total comes out to $82.06 (I didn’t use sale prices, and I divided the liquid highlighter price by 6, since it’s normally a set of 6.) For $14.99 + shipping that’s still a heck of a deal!


What goodies did you get this month? Tell me all about them in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Yes, Oh Yas! August 2018

Hey, y’all!

This month’s theme was “Cali Love,” and I got 5 full-size products. I absolutely loved the amount of pink in this box!

*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!

Cali Set Eyeshadow Palette

from Beauty Creations

Photo of Cali Set Eyeshadow Palette from Beauty Creations
$17; Beauty Creations

This palette is absolutely GORGEOUS! It’s a perfect combination of 5 matte shades and 4 foil finish shades. Since last month’s palette was a warm tone palette, this cool tone was a nice balance. The pigment of all of the shades is fantastic. A couple of them have some kick-up in the pan, but there’s no fallout. I have a feeling I’ll be reaching for this palette a lot; it compliments my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette nicely.

Retail Value: $28*

*That’s an $11 difference that I can’t explain…

“Just Blot It Out!” Tea Tree Blotting Paper

from Sormé Treatment Cosmetics

Photo of "Just Blot It Out!" Natural Tea Tree Blotting Paper from Sorme Treatment Cosmetics
$10.99; Amazon

I was excited to try these out because I didn’t read very closely, and I saw “Tea Tree” and automatically thought tea tree oil. I was disappointed to find that they didn’t smell like tea tree oil at all. Shows I need to actually read the information lol. They do absorb oil well (I tried one on my face and one on my husband’s), and with a pack of 100, they should last me a while.

Retail Value: $12*

*Sormé doesn’t sell directly from their website, so Amazon seems like a decent place to buy these.

Cloud Lips in “Cherub”

from Laqa & Co.

Photo of Cloud Lips in "Cherub" from Laqa & Co.
$17; Laqa & Co.

I was a little apprehensive about this one because it’s not a long-wear liquid lipstick. I was afraid it was basically a tinted lip balm, which I’m not a fan of. Oh my goodness, this lippie is so incredibly comfortable, and it packs a lot more pigment than I expected. The avocado oil in it keeps my lips moisturized all day, and it was so light that I didn’t feel like I had anything on my lips at all. I just put it on, let it set for a minute or so while I finished getting ready, and then I lightly blotted with a tissue. It looked great all day and didn’t crack, flake, or get patchy. There are only 3 other colors available right now, but I’ve got my eye on “Daydream” and “Storm.”

Retail Value: $20*

*$3 difference–I’ll let it slide…

Angle Contour Blush Brush

from Crown Brushes

Photo of Ombre Angle Blush Brush from Crown Brushes
$14 (currently on sale for $0.95); Crown

I’m flush with blush brushes, so I’m going to add this to my giveaway bag. The main highlights of this brush: synthetic bristles, ergonomic handle, can be used with liquids, powders, or creams.

Retail Value: $22*

*Why does this seem to happen with Crown brushes every time? $22 is quite a difference from $14 and a HUGE difference from the current $0.95 sale price. What gives??

Pre-Party Prep Hydrating Sheet Mask

from MaskerAide

Photo of Pre Party Prep Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask from MaskerAide
$7 CAD; MaskerAide

Based on the last time I tried a “primer” sheet mask, I’m pretty dubious about this one. I’m actually going to hold off on using this because we’re going to Ireland in about a month, and I wouldn’t mind being able to give my skin a moisture boost after a trans-Atlantic flight. The fewer liquids I have to transport, the better. This sheet mask is made of Tencel, which is a 100% biodegradable cellulosic fiber (why can’t all sheet masks be biodegradable??) The packaging is recyclable (hooray!) and their products contain no parabens, mineral oils, sulfates, phthalates, benzophones, artificial fragrances or pigments. Now this is a line of sheet masks that catches my attention.

Retail Value: $12*

*Again with the price differences. What the what??

Total Package Value: $94*

*If you go off of the website prices, it’s $52.94 (using the sale price of the brush), but for $14.99, it’s still a great deal.


I’m curious to see what September brings. I’m on the fence about the highlighter palette that’s coming because I already have so many highlighters, but supposedly there will be “brushes, brushes, and more brushes.” I’m hoping it’s the ones in this photo.

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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Yes, Oh Yas! April 2018

Hey, y’all!

I was so excited to get my first Yes, Oh Yas! package this month! I got 4 full-size items– check ’em out!

*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!

12 Pc. Pink Vegan Brush Set

from Crown Brushes

Photo of 12pc Pink Vegan Brush Set from Crown Brushes
$12; Crown Brushes

I’ve never tried Crown Brushes before, but I’ve heard good things. The brushes are soooooo soft, and they’re super easy to clean. The set includes:

  • Brow-Lash Comb Brush
  • Lash Brush
  • Smudger Brush
  • Pointed Liner Brush
  • Lip Brush
  • Angled Liner Brush
  • Deluxe Fan
  • Concealer Brush
  • Shadow Brush
  • Angled Shadow Brush
  • Blush Brush
  • Powder Brush

They’re not as dense as some brushes I already own, so it’s nice to have a wider variety of options. The only real detractor for me was the carrying case. It felt really cheap, and some of the compartments were already starting to tear. I’ll be keeping the brushes, but I’m probably going to toss the case or give it away, which is a shame.

Retail Value: $29.99*

*I’m a little confused about this because the insert I got in my package listed the retail value of all the items, and it said this brush set retails for $29.99. When I looked it up on the Crown Brushes website, it said it’s normally $12, but at the time of this post, it’s on sale for $8.40. $29.99 and $12 is quite a difference…

Mineral Bronzer in “Sensual”

from Bella Terra Cosmetics

Photo of Mineral Bronzer in Sensual from Bella Terra Cosmetics
$59.99 for Net Wt. 9g; Bella Terra Cosmetics

The color of this bronzer is absolutely gorgeous, and it applies beautifully. It’s just too glittery for me to wear for an everyday look. I tend to gravitate more towards shimmer or matte bronzers. This would make a really lovely body bronzer on the weekends, especially with summer coming. Due to how glittery it is, I don’t think it’s something I’d repurchase, but that’s purely based on my personal preference.

Retail Value: $24.99*

*I assume this is because I received a 2g jar, while what’s listed on the Bella Terra website is a 9g jar.

Flutter Mascara in “Jet Black”

from Manna Kadar Beauty

Photo of Flutter Mascara in Jet Black from Manna Kadar Beauty
$29 for .34 fl. oz.; Manna Kadar Beauty

I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m no mascara expert. I’m blessed with long thick lashes, so I don’t really need it for day-to-day life. I’ll wear a little of it when I wear my magnetic false lashes so that they have something to grip onto, but that’s really only for special occasions like weddings when I know there will be lots of photos. Otherwise, I find mascara tedious to apply and remove, and it’s my least favorite part of makeup.

I tried this mascara one day just to take it for a spin. I was concerned that it didn’t say “waterproof” anywhere on the packaging, but after a full day of work and getting a full sweat on with an aerial silks class, it didn’t flake, smudge, or run. I was pretty impressed. The hourglass applicator is interesting; it’s supposed to help you get every last lash without clumping. Not too shabby.

Retail Value: $29.99

Mechanical Eyeliner in “Gray”

from Girlactik Beauty

Photo of Mechanical Eyeliner in Gray from Girlactik Beauty
$19; Girlactik Beauty

As I’ve said before, I’m a liquid or gel liner kind of girl. I tried this eyeliner anyway to see how I liked it. I tried it on my water line one day to see how it held up–not so much. I tried it on my lids another day; it went on smoothly and had a nice color, but it wasn’t as crisp or intense as I prefer. I ended up going over it with my Lorac Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner in “Charcoal.”

The fact that it’s angled is interesting and keeps the line uniform after multiple uses. It’s not that this isn’t a good product; it’s just not my thing.

Retail Value: $19.99

Total package value: $104.96*

*If you count the Crown Brushes based on the price listed on their website, the total comes out to $84.99. Considering the subscription is only $14.99/month + shipping, that’s still a really good bang for your buck!


I can’t wait to see what May has in store! Which of these items are you dying to get your hands on? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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