Yes, Oh Yas! March 2019

Hey, ya’ll!

March is National Women’s History Month, so this month’s YoY theme was “Girl Power!”

*Note: prices listed as photo captions are what I found on the respective product websites at the time of posting. Yes, Oh Yas! stopped listing the dollar value of the box and just provided the total savings, based on the information they received from the individual partner companies.

Lash Allure Mascara in “Black”

from Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics

Mascara in "Pitch Black" from Bella Terra Cosmetics
$19.99; Bella Terra Cosmetics

The packaging is different than on the website, which threw me a little, but I digress. I’m not a mascara girl. It was my least favorite part of doing stage makeup for ballet performances as a little girl, and I still avoid at all costs as an adult. I was going to put this mascara in my giveaway bag, but then I was getting ready for a wedding and needed some mascara to prep my lashes for putting on my falsies. I’m not really a mascara connoisseur, but this one doesn’t appear to be waterproof, so I probably wouldn’t have chosen it for myself. It came off fairly easily at the end of the night, so at least there’s that.

Ultra Precision Eyeliner in “Black”

from Doucce Cosmetics

Ultra Precision Eyeliner in "Black" from Doucce Cosmetics
$22; Doucce

I love, love, love this liner for my waterline. It goes on so smoothly with great pigmentation, and because it’s waterproof, it lasts all day. Two thumbs up, for sure.

Semisweet Eye Crayon

from Mirabella Beauty

Semisweet Eye Crayon from Mirabella Cosmetics
$20; Mirabella Beauty

I’m not a fan of the smudgy eyeliner look (probably because I’m not good at it–or maybe I’m not good at it because I don’t like it…hm.) Anyway, this pencil is waterproof and works great on my waterline instead. It goes on smooth as butter and creates a bit of a softer look than black.

Peachy Blush Cheek to Cheek Palette

from IBY Beauty

Photo of Peachy Blush Cheek to Cheek Palette from IBY Cosmetics
$16; IBY Beauty

The palette is cute, and these shades will flatter any complexion. These blushes blend like a dream and pack some serious pigmentation–a little bit of product goes a loooooong way. The website describes “Jive” as a Coral Peach and “Cha-Cha” as an Orange Marmalade. There’s also a Rosy Blush palette, which is what I probably would have gravitated towards. It contains “West Coast Swing” (Burnt Hibiscus) and “Foxtrot” (Rose Taupe.) This peachy palette will be gorgeous for spring/summer.

PS: these blushes contain Rosehip Seed Oil, which is great for your skin, and this product is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. 🙂

Lush Matte Cream in “Butter Cake”

from Moira Beauty

Photo of Lush Matte Cream Liquid Lipstick in "Butter Cake" from Moira Beauty
$7; Moira Beauty

I love trying new brands, and this was one I’d never even heard of before! I liked how well it set without being sticky or drying, and the color is a really flattering nude. My only complaint was that it started to break up over the course of the day, and it didn’t touch up well. At such a reasonable price point, though, you don’t have much to lose by trying it out. You’ve got 22 shades to choose from!

Total Value: $84.99

For $14.99 means I saved 82% on retail! What are you waiting for?


What made you feel empowered this month? Share in a comment!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Yes, Oh Yas! October 2018

Hey, y’all!

This month’s theme was “Resting Witch Face” (appropriate since I suffer from RBF), and I got 5 full-size bewitching 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!

Lipstick in “Tangerine”

from STIKS Cosmetiks

Photo of STIKS Lipstick in "Tangerine"
$18; STIKS Cosmetiks

I really dig the idea of this lipstick. It has a flip top so you can apply it one-handed, and the packaging looks cool and futuristic. It’s just not my kind of lipstick (I love longwear liquid). I swatched this beauty, and the color isn’t really my jam, either. It’s also weird that this color isn’t on the website. Maybe it was seasonal? Anyway, it does seem that the color is buildable, which is nice. It went on a little sheer at first, but then I was able to amp up the color with another coat. Bonus: you can also use STIKS on your cheeks and eyes. This lipstick will be going to a good home with my friend Danielle, who is the queen of lipstick. Her collection is legendary. 🙂

Retail Value: $20

Nail Lacquer in “I Been Drinkin'”

from NCLA Beauty

Photo of Nail Lacquer in "I Been Drinkin'" from NCLA Beauty
$16; NCLA

It’s always nice to get a new nail polish that isn’t similar to colors you already have. This lovely watermelon pink is a great addition to my collection. It’s a little bright for fall, but when you live in Florida and it still feels like summer, it’s easier to get away with. 🙂

I was really happy with how this lacquer applied. It was opaque enough that I only needed to do one coat. It’s also free of yucky things like Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, TPHP, and Xylene, AND it’s cruelty-free. The only thing left is to test out it’s staying power. Time will tell.

Retail Value: $18

Visionary Longwear Eyeshadow

from Mirabella Beauty

Photo of Visionary Longwear Eyeshadow in "Charmed" from Mirabella Beauty
$29; Mirabella Beauty

This eyeshadow may be longwear, but it also has a nice and light creamy texture. True to its name, it stayed in place all day long. I haven’t tried this out yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this shade also works as a gorgeous blush. Since it has a shimmer, it would probably take care of highlighting your cheekbones, too. BAM!

If you want to try it, I’d recommend you get on it now. At the time of writing this post, it’s on sale for $10! You have this and 2 other shades to choose from.

Retail Value: $30

Luxe Pro Smudger Brush

from Skone Cosmetics

Photo of Lux Pro Smudger Brush from Skone Cosmetics
$12; Skone Cosmetics

I’m a brush collector–I have more than I know what to do with. I’ve used other smudged brushes, but they’re so stiff that they end up feeling scratchy and irritating my skin. Thankfully that’s not the case with this one. It’s stiff enough to do its job, but it didn’t hurt my skin. It has a nice wooden handle and nylon bristles (cruelty free!)

Retail Value: $20

City Limits Eyeshadow Palette

from IBY Beauty

Photo of City Limits Palette from IBY Beauty
$20; IBY Beauty

Yes, Oh Yas! promised a palette every month, and they delivered. There’s a variety of shades and a mix of matte and shimmer. A couple of the darker shades are patchy, but I’m less likely to use them often, so whatever. Similar to the Desert Vibes Palette I got in July, there are 12 Rosehip Seed Oil-infused shades arranged from light to dark, and they apply and blend smoothly with no fallout. This product is also cruelty-free!

Retail Value: $20

Total Package Value: $116*

*If you go off of the website prices, it’s $76 (using the sale price of the Mirabella eyeshadow). For $14.99, no complaints here!


November’s palette will be a lip palette from Aesthetica–can’t wait to see what else!

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

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Yes, Oh Yas! July 2018

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This month’s theme was “Summer in the Desert,” and I got 5 full-size products. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Florida it’s more like a rainforest than a desert–super humid and hot, hot, hot. Anyway, these products totally scream summer. 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!

Perfect Performance Lip Colour in “Bliss”

from Sormé Cosmetics

Perfect Performance Lip Colour in "Bliss" from Sorme Treatment Cosmetics
$16; Skincare Makeup Shop

I’m not typically a bullet lipstick kind of gal. I tend to prefer matte liquid, so I’m not sure if I’m going to keep and use this (so far I’ve only swatched it). The color was much sheerer than I expected, but I don’t really like shimmery lipsticks. It’s infused with Vitamin E to moisturize and protect your lips, but I’m dubious about its staying power.

Retail Value: $22*

*SormĂ© doesn’t sell directly from their own website. They have authorized online retailers as well as brick and mortar retailers. Maybe this retailer has better deals?

Desert Vibes Eyeshadow Palette

from IBY Beauty

Photo of Desert Vibes Eyeshadow Palette from IBY Beauty
$20; IBY Beauty

IBY stands for “Inspired By You” (in case you were wondering). This 12-shade palette, inspired by California desert sunsets, is an absolutely gorgeous mix of matte and shimmer shades. They apply very smoothly with no fallout, and they blend effortlessly. They’re infused with Rosehip Seed Oil to protect your skin, and with the intense pigmentation, the looks you can create are endless! The arrangement of the colors within the palette from light to dark make it easier to create smooth transitions, and it’s cruelty-free. Gotta love that!

Retail Value: $25*

*A noticeable difference from the website–not sure why…

Perse Professional Smearproof Lip Liner in “Nudist P21”

from Sormé Cosmetics (?)

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This one frustrates me. I can’t for the life of me find this specific lip liner online in this color. It says SormĂ© Company on the back, but this color is nowhere on the SormĂ© website, or the authorized online retailers. Whatever it is and wherever it’s from, it applies smoothly and is a nice color. I’ll have to test out the longevity to let you know for sure, but I’ve been needing a nude lip liner, so this is perfect.

Retail Value: $23

Lemongrass Exfoliating Face Wash

from Jivi

Photo of Exfoliating Face Wash in Lemongrass from Jivi
$12 for 1.7 fl. oz.; Jivi

I had never heard of this brand before, but they seem to hold themselves to some pretty high standards, which is impressive. This is from their website:

All of our products are:

  • Edible and 100% natural
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Tear-free, hypoallergenic, and pH balanced
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Made without petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, dyes…you get the point
  • Cruelty-free, and made without animal products
  • Gluten-free
  • Free of synthetic preservatives. We use vitamin E and rosemary along with our German-engineered airless bottles to give our products a 12-month shelf life
  • Designed and manufactured in Apex, NC

Pretty cool. This face wash caught me off-guard when I first used it because it’s an exfoliating face wash, but there’s no grittiness to it. It turns out the exfoliation comes from the pineapple and papaya enzymes that remove dead skin cells. The smell was a little weird at first, but I got used to it. It’s better than having perfumes in it! I probably would have liked the Eucalyptus Mint better, but oh well. I like that this leaves my face feeling clean but not totally dried out and stripped. I’m not used to being able to pronounce and identify every single ingredient in a face wash (or most beauty products, for that matter), so that was refreshing. 🙂 I’m definitely curious to check out some of their other products!

Retail Value: $18*

*This is a noticeable 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.

Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner in “Plum”

from Skone Cosmetics

Photo of Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner from Skone Cosmetics
$15 for .07 oz.; Skone Cosmetics

I got this eyeliner in “Jet Black” in one of my first ipsy bags, and I remember liking it. I was glad to get it in “Plum” this time because it’s a nice subtle alternative to black, and I’ve been meaning to get one. The color is nice and intense, and the felt tip applicator comes to a nice fine point, so you can draw your line as thin or thick as your little heart desires. I encounter a little bit of skipping, but I’ll fully admit that that could just be user error. 🙂 Waterproof, smudge-proof, cruelty-free, and a decent price point. What’s not to love?

Retail Value: $19*

*Again with the price differences. What’s going on this month?

Total Package Value: $107*

*If you go off of the website prices, it’s $86 (assuming the lip liner price is accurate since I can’t find anything to suggest otherwise), but for $14.99, I’ll take it!


I’ve been seeing spoilers on Instagram for next month’s box, and I’m already getting excited! My July box came later in the month than usual, but at least it came! Hopefully things go back to normal in August.

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

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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