Yes, Oh Yas! February 2019

Hey, ya’ll!

Sorry I’m a little late on this one. Between February being a short month and celebrating our wedding anniversary last weekend, I’m a little behind on my posts. This month’s YOY box had 7 items! Check ’em out.

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

Waterproof Velvet Smooth Eyeliner in “525 Royal Blue”

from Kokie Cosmetics

Photo of Waterproof Velvet Smooth Eyeliner in 525 Royal Blue from Kokie Cosmetics
$6; Kokie Cosmetics

Ok, truth time: as soon as I saw this blue eyeliner, I was really hesitant to give it a try. Other than the occasional deep plum or olive, I tend to shy away from bold colors. After reading some tips online, I went for it…and I ended up loving the finished look! This liner glided on like a dream, and I was able to smudge it beautifully. It made my hazel eyes pop without looking over-the-top. It’s good to push yourself out of your comfort zone every now and then, even in little ways. 🙂

Emerald Eyeshadow Palette

from Beauty Creations

Photo of Emerald Palette from Beauty Creations
$11.99: Beauty Creations

First off, I’m confused about the actual name of this palette. Clearly it says “Emerald” but on the Beauty Creations website it’s called “Esmeralda.” Huh?

Anyway, as far as the palette itself, I love how many mattes it has. I feel like the tones are more autumn than spring, but at least most of the colors are subdued enough to use for work. With all of the palettes I’ve been getting, I need to have a de-potting party soon!

Lip Crayon in “Dangerous”

from Bang Beauty

$18; Bang Beauty

This was another product I was hesitant to try because the color was outside of my normal palette. I was brave, but as soon as I applied it, I regretted everything. I didn’t feel like I could pull it off at full intensity (this was too far out of my comfort zone.) I blotted it (quite a few times), so it ended up being more sheer, which I didn’t mind one bit. I ended up using it as more of a lip stain, which worked out okay. I’m not sure how often I’ll wear it, though, because even after blotting it’s still so. dang. bright.

Crease Brush, Angled Brush, & Small Concealer Brush

from Inmo Cosmetics

Photo of Crease Brush, Angled Brush, and Small Concealer Brush from Inmo Cosmetics

You can’t buy any of these individually, but they come as part of the 12-piece “Essentials” set.

  • Crease Brush (top): I got one of these from ipsy recently, so this new one is going in my giveaway bag.
  • Angled Brush (middle): Unlike my other angled brushes, this one has shorter bristles, so it helps me apply shadow on the outer corner of my eyes with a little more control.
  • Concealer Brush (bottom): I don’t see myself using this very often for concealer because it’s pretty small, but it could come in handy for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes.

Wholly Addiction Eyeliner in “Shimmer Bronze”

from J.Cat Beauty

Photo of Wholly Addiction Pro Define Eyeliner in "Shimmer Bronze" from J.Cat Beauty
$2.99; Beauty

I’m reeeeeeally not a fan of regular wooden pencil eyeliners. They tug and skip, and I love a clean defined line. I just swatched this one, and then added it to the giveaway bag. Meh. Reasonable price point, at least.

Total Value: $93*

*If you go by the current website prices, the total comes out to $50.23 (I took the brush set and divided by 12 to estimate each brush’s value.) For $14.99 + shipping, those are some great savings!

Any new favorite products in February? Leave a comment, and do tell!


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!


Sarah xoxo

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