So Chi-Chi already reviewed a few Yes To products which we were both sent and I’ve used these enough to feel comfortable giving my opinions, now. Here’s the dish:
Yes to Cucumber Soothing Eye Gel - $14.99 - You may ask if you ‘need’ an eye gel, and the short answer is no, because they’re just heavy duty moisturizers that are eye-space space, or so several dermatologists have told me. They’re just an additional step to your regimen you may want to try. I…don’t like this, it tingles. I’ve asked a few people to try this as well and they also say it tingles. It’s not a particularly pleasant tingling, it feels kind of burning the first time you use it and if you stop using it for awhile the burning comes back. Skip.
Yes to Cucumber Daily Calming Moisturizer - $14.99 - While this has it’s upsides — nice creamy, almost primer like formulation, goes on smoothly and has nice SPF coverage, I also think it emphasizes redness (reviews online have mentioned it brings out rosacea) and isn’t quite enough to counteract dryness / flakiness that my acne medication can bring out in my chin. I think there are better moisturizers out there at this price point. Skip. 
Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum - $19.99 - This is definitely my favorite product out of everything currently available from the brand, and when it runs out, I’ll more than likely be restocking immediately. I definitely notice it working on lightening up my acne scars with consistent, daily usage. You have to be a little careful with pumping too much, and it smells weird (I don’t like the smell of the grapefruit line of products in general) and it’s a lil’ goopy BUT it’s a super thin product and works great and is pretty cheap for a scar serum so WUDDUP. Try it.
Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Body Creme - $9.99 - I’m of the same opinion as Chi-Chi on this product. This is strongly fragranced with that grapefruit smell (which I’m not a huge fan of), but it’s basically a body butter. i don’t think it lightens up much really, it’s basically just a moisturizer. While I didn’t experience any negative side effects, break outs or redness etc, i also don’t think I experienced any…effects… in general.
Yes to Cucumbers Calming Facial Mask - $1.99 - These single serve masks are perfect for party sleepovers or traveling. I got 5 uses out of mine actually, I probably could have gotten more. I think it’s a nice mask to alleviate redness, minimize pores. The effects are subtle of course, but it’s nice and if you just want a cheap quick pick me up treat yo self kind of mask this is a nice one to try.
I was also sent over their lip butters, I think the berry and pomegranate ones are my favorite, I keep one in my jacket or bag at all times. Chapped lips are not kawaii.
I think the great thing about the Yes to Brand is the multiple brands within the company that cater to specific concerns (you can see them all here) and the fact they have very funny packaging and their products are paraben and pthalate free. All the packaging is recyclable, sustainable, and they give back to the communities. While some of these products don’t work for me, I’ve been a fan of the brand since high school (So many backups of their discontinued Yes to Cucumbers Leave-In Conditioner!!) and I’ll continue to try stuff out from them because they’re one of my favorite drugstore brands. Hope you liked this review. 

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for editorial consideration, but it (quite obviously) does not impact how I feel about the products. Similarly, links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase through them we get a small commission (of less than 10%, so literally pennies). Our priority is to you first before anything else. See our disclosure policies here.
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So Chi-Chi already reviewed a few Yes To products which we were both sent and I’ve used these enough to feel comfortable giving my opinions, now. Here’s the dish:

  1. Yes to Cucumber Soothing Eye Gel - $14.99 - You may ask if you ‘need’ an eye gel, and the short answer is no, because they’re just heavy duty moisturizers that are eye-space space, or so several dermatologists have told me. They’re just an additional step to your regimen you may want to try. I…don’t like this, it tingles. I’ve asked a few people to try this as well and they also say it tingles. It’s not a particularly pleasant tingling, it feels kind of burning the first time you use it and if you stop using it for awhile the burning comes back. Skip.
  2. Yes to Cucumber Daily Calming Moisturizer - $14.99 - While this has it’s upsides — nice creamy, almost primer like formulation, goes on smoothly and has nice SPF coverage, I also think it emphasizes redness (reviews online have mentioned it brings out rosacea) and isn’t quite enough to counteract dryness / flakiness that my acne medication can bring out in my chin. I think there are better moisturizers out there at this price point. Skip.
  3. Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum - $19.99 - This is definitely my favorite product out of everything currently available from the brand, and when it runs out, I’ll more than likely be restocking immediately. I definitely notice it working on lightening up my acne scars with consistent, daily usage. You have to be a little careful with pumping too much, and it smells weird (I don’t like the smell of the grapefruit line of products in general) and it’s a lil’ goopy BUT it’s a super thin product and works great and is pretty cheap for a scar serum so WUDDUP. Try it.
  4. Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Body Creme - $9.99 - I’m of the same opinion as Chi-Chi on this product. This is strongly fragranced with that grapefruit smell (which I’m not a huge fan of), but it’s basically a body butter. i don’t think it lightens up much really, it’s basically just a moisturizer. While I didn’t experience any negative side effects, break outs or redness etc, i also don’t think I experienced any…effects… in general.
  5. Yes to Cucumbers Calming Facial Mask - $1.99 - These single serve masks are perfect for party sleepovers or traveling. I got 5 uses out of mine actually, I probably could have gotten more. I think it’s a nice mask to alleviate redness, minimize pores. The effects are subtle of course, but it’s nice and if you just want a cheap quick pick me up treat yo self kind of mask this is a nice one to try.

I was also sent over their lip butters, I think the berry and pomegranate ones are my favorite, I keep one in my jacket or bag at all times. Chapped lips are not kawaii.

I think the great thing about the Yes to Brand is the multiple brands within the company that cater to specific concerns (you can see them all here) and the fact they have very funny packaging and their products are paraben and pthalate free. All the packaging is recyclable, sustainable, and they give back to the communities. While some of these products don’t work for me, I’ve been a fan of the brand since high school (So many backups of their discontinued Yes to Cucumbers Leave-In Conditioner!!) and I’ll continue to try stuff out from them because they’re one of my favorite drugstore brands. Hope you liked this review. 

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for editorial consideration, but it (quite obviously) does not impact how I feel about the products. Similarly, links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase through them we get a small commission (of less than 10%, so literally pennies). Our priority is to you first before anything else. See our disclosure policies here.

POST X-MAS HAUL POST! I’m seperating it from my actual Christmas ‘Haul’ because well, these aren’t gifts and I bought them with my own money. 
Lush is having it’s annual sale right now and I always take advantage of it (see last year’s haul) and this year was no exception. Here’s what I purchased: 
Avobath - I wouldn’t have purchased this but I saw the super beautiful dark green water that happens because of it and I had to have it. It’s not the usual scent personality I go for but the color is so good and I was getting a bit bored of my usual Lush bathbomb+melt combo anyway. Very fragrant! It’s a bummer it’s not the kind of bomb you can chop up and use multiple times though, it wouldn’t be as fun that way. 
Father Christmas - BOGO on the seasonal bath bombs so I picked this one up. Brandy and vanilla with pink insides apparently? Kind of describes me actually. (Just kidding) (This is a work appropriate, dry blog devoid of alcoholism) 
So White - Not usually the scent I go for but I felt like experimenting. 
Demon in the Dark - Got a half pound of this because BOGO. I only like 3 soaps from Lush and this is one of them. My dad likes to steal it though it’s always suspiciously low in supply at my house…. 
Ice Blue Soap - Also 1/2 lb because BOGO. If you can’t tell I like super fresh, woodsy and uplifting kinds of smells, none of that rosey, floral, or fruity business is to exist in my vicinity. 
I also stopped by at Sephora to exchange a BB Cream that wasn’t working for me (this Dr. Jart+ one) for another one (another Dr. Jart+ one, the one I always use). There is nothing wrong with the one I exchanged, it just didn’t suit my skin type and the color was too yellow for me to look good. It is good if you have warm undertones and oily skin and redness, but none of that stuff applies to me. I also picked up Dr. Jart+’s Water Fuse Sleeping Mask after a talk with one of my beauty friends about it, and my skin has been hideously dry and pimply lately and this will hopefully alleviate at least some of the problems. Will keep you updated! Let me know what product you use for YOUR super dry patchy skin, I’m curious. I have CeraVe, Eucerin, Argan Oil, and now this… hopefully some combination of these things helps me out.  High-res

POST X-MAS HAUL POST! I’m seperating it from my actual Christmas ‘Haul’ because well, these aren’t gifts and I bought them with my own money. 

Lush is having it’s annual sale right now and I always take advantage of it (see last year’s haul) and this year was no exception. Here’s what I purchased: 

  1. Avobath - I wouldn’t have purchased this but I saw the super beautiful dark green water that happens because of it and I had to have it. It’s not the usual scent personality I go for but the color is so good and I was getting a bit bored of my usual Lush bathbomb+melt combo anyway. Very fragrant! It’s a bummer it’s not the kind of bomb you can chop up and use multiple times though, it wouldn’t be as fun that way. 
  2. Father Christmas - BOGO on the seasonal bath bombs so I picked this one up. Brandy and vanilla with pink insides apparently? Kind of describes me actually. (Just kidding) (This is a work appropriate, dry blog devoid of alcoholism) 
  3. So White - Not usually the scent I go for but I felt like experimenting. 
  4. Demon in the Dark - Got a half pound of this because BOGO. I only like 3 soaps from Lush and this is one of them. My dad likes to steal it though it’s always suspiciously low in supply at my house…. 
  5. Ice Blue Soap - Also 1/2 lb because BOGO. If you can’t tell I like super fresh, woodsy and uplifting kinds of smells, none of that rosey, floral, or fruity business is to exist in my vicinity. 

I also stopped by at Sephora to exchange a BB Cream that wasn’t working for me (this Dr. Jart+ one) for another one (another Dr. Jart+ one, the one I always use). There is nothing wrong with the one I exchanged, it just didn’t suit my skin type and the color was too yellow for me to look good. It is good if you have warm undertones and oily skin and redness, but none of that stuff applies to me. I also picked up Dr. Jart+’s Water Fuse Sleeping Mask after a talk with one of my beauty friends about it, and my skin has been hideously dry and pimply lately and this will hopefully alleviate at least some of the problems. Will keep you updated! Let me know what product you use for YOUR super dry patchy skin, I’m curious. I have CeraVe, Eucerin, Argan Oil, and now this… hopefully some combination of these things helps me out. 

D.I.Y Skincare: Scrub Edition

DIY Pore-Opening Scrub

  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 Tablespoon raw brown sugar 

Mix the baking soda with the sugar then rub it onto your face until your skin tingles (this will take 30seconds to 5 minutes). Wash it off with warm water. This is good for opening up your pores, and helps clear up your skin and mattify it. 

NOTE: You should test out how your skin reacts to baking soda before you put it all over your face. You might want to replace it with honey; honey and sugar = amazing face scrub as well. 

Oatmeal Skin-Polishing Scrub

  • 3/4 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup honey

Mix the oatmeal with honey until it’s well blended, rub it onto your face for a few minutes then rinse it off in the shower. 

Almond-Mayonnaise Scrub

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/8 tsp mayonnaise

Grind almonds until fine. Add mayonnaise just until it’s mixed, then rub this paste gently over face, leave 10 minutes and then rinse. This is best for dry skin. 

D.I.Y Skincare: Scrub Edition

Since you guys seem to love my home skincare recipes (most notes per post, easily) here’s a few more scrubs to add to your liked posts. I think once I’ve posted like, 50, I’ll release a special edition pdf of all my favorite home recipes for skin and hair. Would you guys like that? Like this post if you would so I get an idea if it’s worth it or not. 

DIY Pore-Opening Scrub

  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 Tablespoon raw brown sugar 

Mix the baking soda with the sugar then rub it onto your face until your skin tingles (this will take 30seconds to 5 minutes). Wash it off with warm water. This is good for opening up your pores, and helps clear up your skin and mattify it. 

NOTE: You should test out how your skin reacts to baking soda before you put it all over your face. You might want to replace it with honey; honey and sugar = amazing face scrub as well. 

Oatmeal Skin-Polishing Scrub

  • 3/4 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup honey

Mix the oatmeal with honey until it’s well blended, rub it onto your face for a few minutes then rinse it off in the shower. 

Almond-Mayonnaise Scrub

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/8 tsp mayonnaise

Grind almonds until fine. Add mayonnaise just until it’s mixed, then rub this paste gently over face, leave 10 minutes and then rinse. This is best for dry skin. 

Lip & Face Scrubs in Your Dorm

I live in a dorm on weekdays and that means I don’t have access to drugstores etc in which I would normally buy face scrubs or what have you to pamper myself with. Since I am one of the most vain people in the entire world I cannot go a few hours without preening in the mirror. Unfortch since both sides of my family have bad skin in the family I’m cursed with perpetual skin problems — acne and combination skin that veers on dry in most cases. I always have these products nearby in my dorm or at home because  a combination of them can create a good toner, makeup remover, spot treatment, lip scrub, or face scrub. And it’s cheap and it tastes good. 

  • Honey
  • Lemon juice 
  • Olive oil 
  • Organic cane sugar — only for my face, I use zero calorie sweetener for noms. Organic cane sugar is just like, a larger grit and I prefer it over regular ground sugar on my face for the texture. 
  • Yogurt, plain. One with a plastic cap, not a tin one, because you want to keep using it. 
  • Witch hazel - a good toner on it’s own and when mixed with olive oil it makes a good eye makeup remover too. 
  • Un-coated aspirin tablets

My favorite mask for acne:

  1. Grab a few tablets of aspirin, uncoated, and drop some water onto it — maybe like, three drops, so it dissolved. Not too much water because it will dissolve very quickly and you want to make a thin paste, not a soggy white liquid. 
  2. Heat up a few drops of honey — I eyeball it so be maybe half a teaspoon or so and mix it into the paste. It shouldn’t be too hot because you are putting it on your face. 
  3. Mix in a squirt of lemon juice. It does make a difference if you use it or not, but it will work without it. 
  4. You can also add in a small spoonful of unflavored yogurt. It’s not necessary either but it’s really amazing. 
  5. PUT THE WEIRD GOOP ON YOUR FACE AND WAIT. You can wash it off after 15 to 20 minutes but I leave it long for however as long as I feel like it, sometimes overnight. 

Super awesome sugar scrub:

  1. Mix a teaspoon of olive oil, a packet of organic sugar (or two depending on the texture) and some honey together until it’s a thick paste. 
  2. Steam your face! I don’t do it as long as usual, which is 10 minutes, but just until I’m sweating like I’ve ran ten miles and feel like someone put me in a volcano. 
  3. Cleanse your face with your favorite cleanser, preferably a foaming or liquid one over one with beads in it. Cold water. 
  4. Apply face scrub in circular motions and work it into your face. 
  5. Wash it off, use your favorite toner. 
  6. Viola your skin is as soft as a baby’s ass. Not that I would know what one feels like because no one trusts me to babysit their children and change their diapers. 

Lip scrub: 

  1. It’s basically the same as the face scrub but you don’t steam your face, you just apply the mixture to your lips in a gentle scrubbing motion and wipe off.