Sage Slay’s 2017 Favorites!!! ✨🎉🎊🎉🎊✨💋💁🏾‍♀️

Hello Beauty Babes, HAPPY 2018!!!!!

Before getting into it, I wanted to wish you all a freaking amazing year that is full of accomplishments and blessings. I wrote you guys a very special message but it was a bit personal, so I decided to put it at the end of this post. so if you want, you can check it out!

Buuut for now, let’s get into some makeup!

This year has been full of new makeup. Some were good, some were bad, some were returned, but the very few have been chosen for my 2017 favorites!

Favorite Primer – NYX Hydratouch Oil Primer ($13.99)

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It’s funny to think that I used to not even be that into primer & now I never go without it.

NYX HydraTouch Oil Primer is unlike any other primer I own. I never thought that using an oil primer would be so beneficial. When I saw it on the NYX website, I thought it was a great affordable dupe for the Smashbox Oil Primer. But seriously, this primer is way more than a dupe. it’s amazing all it’s own. It doesn’t feel greasy, or separate your foundation. It gives your skin and makeup a natural, glowing from within look.

Even when I use other primers, I still use a few drops of this in the foundation I’m wearing to give it an extra boost of glow.

Favorite Foundation – L’oreal Infallible ProGlow ($11.99)/ Maybelline Fit Me Matte&Poreless ($5.99)

I couldn’t choose between these two, so I’ve called a tie.

Loreal ProGlow is a Normal/Dry girl’s dream. It has medium coverage, but it doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin and gives your skin a naturally glowing from within look. I recently repurchased this and have worn it for most of fall/winter.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte&Poreless really suprised me. I thought that because it was matte I wouldn’t like it, but it has the perfect combination of factors that works with my skin, but also gives the benefits of a matte foundation like a flawless finish, long lasting, poreless appearance, etc. I also bought another bottle of this this year and ever since, I haven’t moved it from my vanity. Also, it’s one of the least expensive foundations I own at $5.99 but it performs better than some of my more expensive ones!

Favorite Powder – Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder ($4.99)

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When I heard that the Fit Me line was coming out with a loose powder, I was SOOO HYPE! And it did NOT dissapoint! This powder has such a nice consistency. It sets the under eye area amazingly. And because it’s tinted, I also wear this as an all over powder. It locks in makeup so well, I’ve reached for this numerous times this year!

Favorite Concealer – Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer ($3.99)

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I don’t know how else to describe this other than saying it’s bomb af.

It just works! I can’t explain it! It’s just really good, and it blends out flawlessly and doesn’t crease alot, and it has great coverage. This concealer is less than $5 but it works like a high quality product. I have two tubes of this so that I always have some at the ready.

Favorite Contour Product – Fenty MatchStix in Truffle ($25)

I’m Not gonna lie, I did buy the matchstix trio ($54) this came in because it was named after my dog, truffles. But now, it’s my go to contour product. It’s such a gorgeous brown color that looks great with my skintone. It’s not too cool, but not too warm either so it chisels out your cheeks without looking harsh. It blends out like a cream very effortlessly, but it sets into a powder and lasts for hours.

Favorite Bronzer – Iman Luminous Foundation Powder in Earth 2 ($9.69-$13)

I know this doesn’t advertise as a bronzer, but that’s how I use it and it’s my favorite bronzer this year sooo yeah.

I got this on sale at Walgreens and had no idea I would use it so much. it’s such a great bronzer shade and it has some slight gold reflect that gives your face such an amazing natural looking glow and warmth, it’s awesome. I also have another Iman Foundation Powder in a Matte finish in Earth 6 that’s also really nice, but this one has been on my makeup stand for months and I’ve used it consistently.

I’m not sure the retail price because I got mixed results, so I’m not totally sure the price, but it’s around $10-15. You can get it at Target.

Favorite Blush- Sephora Collection Blush -Hot Flush($14)/ Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso ($9.49)

Another Tie! (sorry, i’m very indecisive)

Hot Flush from Sephora Collection is just such a unique blush color. I still have not seen a blush that looks like this. It’s like the color of cheetos but with this beautiful warm golden sheen. It looks so amazing on the cheeks. It’s like nothing I own, and in 2017 I used this all the damn time

Milani Luminoso is just…I mean come on! It’s freakin’ Luminoso! Soo many beauty gurus love this and now I know why. It looks good all the time, on all skin tones, with any makeup look, etc. It makes your cheeks look absolutely amazeballs.

Favorite Highlighter – Girlactick Luminous Face Veil in See Through & Lustre

You guys know I LOVE highlighter and I have alot. You would think this would be a hard category to choose for me, but it really wasn’t. Because I knew that these highlighters dominated 2017.

Girlactik Luminous Face Veil was MY JAM! It not only looks blinding and like you can be seen from space while still somehow looking natural. It just melts into the skin! And, it lasts on your face all day. Lustre is a gorgeous pink toned highlighter and See through has a stunning gold champagne tone. This year I would switch back and forth depending on what my eye look was. If I was wearing a pink or cool toned look, I would grab Lustre. and for warmer looks, I’d grab See through. I did obviously wear other highlighters, but these two were one of my favorite purchases of 2017.

Honorable Mention: Maybelline Master Chrome ($7.99)

This highlighter is not only drugstore, but it is the perfect gold shade for highlighting your cheekbones AND it has a great formula!  The glow is real, and I had to give it a shoutout because I reached for this all year long!

Favorite Eyebrow Product – NYX 3in1 Brow Pencil ($12.99)

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I’ve never seen a brow product do so much in one. You have a pencil, powder, and gel all in one matching shade, all in one pencil. And all the products are actually great! The brow pencil is pigmented and long lasting, The powder sets in all the right places, and the gel is hella pigmented and keeps your brows in place all day! This idea is so unique and revolutionary. I was a bit shocked at the price, but after using it, you literally are getting 3 products in one, so it really is worth it.

Favorite Eyeliner – NYX Epic Ink Liner ($7.99)

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Don’t be mad at all the NYX. you guys know I love NYX!

I never had an eyeliner that was a holy grail. I kind of just would pick out a liner at Target and hope for the best, but now, I need to have NYX epic ink liner in my life. It’s hella pigmented, the felt tip applicator is pointed, and you get the perfect winged liner that lasts all day and doesn’t budge! You can check all my Instagram (@SageSlays_) video tutorials, and 99% of the time, Nyx Epic Ink Liner is what I’m using!

Favorite Mascara – Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara ($5.59)

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I wasn’t going to do a favorite mascara, because I really have a #1 mascara in my collection I just kind of have my favorites, you know? But I realized when I was picking the products for this post that I used this mascara for most of the year.

It was my go to this year. It just works so well, it gives me volume, and length, it doesn’t make my lashes feel stiff or look clumpy. And I don’t wear false lashes, so I need my mascara to be POPPIN’ and this mascara, is poppin’.

Favorite Eyeshadow Palette – Morphe 39A ($32) / NYX In Your Element Palettes ($30)

You guys, I have alot of palettes. Palettes are like one of my favorite products to buy so this was really hard to pick. And even so, I had to pick two for a tie.

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Morphe 39A is a palette I haven’t had as long, probably a month or so, BUT ever since I got it, I have used it so much. I’ve created two videos using this palette on IG, and I’ve used it everyday as well. You get 7 big pans for transition colors for all different skin tones, and you get shadows in a variety of colors so you can really get creative. Not to mention the formula is awesome, they’re blendable and pigmented.

NYX In Your Element Palettes were a big favorite of mine in 2017. NYX totally stepped it up. These shadows are super pigmented and easy to blend out, and you can create so many looks with the colors in these palettes. I wasn’t a big fan of the hiked up price ($30!!!) but I do feel like you get your money’s worth. The quality of these shadows is up to par with high end palettes.

Honorary Mention: Lime Crime Venus II Palette ($34)

The Venus II palette is such a unique palette. The shades are one of a kind, and thats why I use it so much. My favorite most used shade from this palette is Mustard and it is the perfect mustard shade. I use it in so many looks to get that warm mustard tone in an eye look. But the palette all together is very useful. Jam and Mud are two shades that I can use on a daily basis and pretty much all the shades are well loved.

Favorite Lip Liner – Sephora Collection Rouge Gel Lip Liner in Monarch ($11)

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I don’t use lip liner all the time, but this lip liner was a HUGE favorite in 2017.

The sephora rouge gel lip liners as a whole are amazing, the formula is so unique. it’s not hard or stiff, and it feels so luxurious on the lips.

This shade Monarch however I literally took with me everywhere. It just looks good with pretty much any nude shade. I wore this sooo many times by itself, under a gloss, with a lipstick, etc. it’s such a diverse lip liner and is absolutely a holy grail product. I keep it in my makeup bag so that I always have it with me on the go.

Favorite Lipstick – H&M Beauty Lipstick in Biscotti ($9.99)

I’ve never tried anything from H&M beauty, but this lipstick is awesome saucesome. It is the nudest nude i’ve ever seen. It’s like concealer nude, but it looks good. The undertones in it are not at all pink (which I love) and it works well with so many nude shades. I like to use it sometimes on top of deeper nude shades to lighten them. But my favorite way to wear this is with the sephora liner in monarch.

Honarary Mention: Revlon Lipstick in Sandalwood Beige ($4.99) 

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This lipstick is such a gorgeous warm nude. I reached for this alot in 2017 because the color was so stunning, and the lipstick formula was fabulous.

Favorite Lip Gloss – Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in My Jam & Cabana Boy ($6 each)

I love lip gloss, I swear it’s making a comeback you guys. But this year, my go to lip gloss was the Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in My Jam & Cabana Boy.

Now I know these are two glosses, but they’re so freaking similar. same formula, same metallic finish, etc. But Cabana Boy is more rose gold while My Jam is a gold shade. These look so gorgeous on their own, but they also pair well on top of other lip colors and give them a nice metallic glossy finish. If i’m ever unsure of what lip to where I throw one of these in my makeup bag.

Favorite Miscellaneous Product – NYX Glitter Glue ($5.99)

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I wanted to include this product because I’ve literally used it in 99% of my makeup looks this year. pigments, glitters, metallic shadows, I ALWAYS use the Nyx Glitter Glue. It keeps my shadows in place, and it also intensifies the shadow so it really stands out. I even keep a tube of this in my makeup bag so that I always have some on hand! I had to give this product a shoutout because it was well used in 2017.

Favorite Beauty Sponge: Mikasa Beauty Lemon Drop Sponge ($8.25 with code SAGCATHERINE25)

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I had to mention my Mikasa Beauty Lemon Drop sponge. I was so happy to have Mikasa Beauty reach out to me to become their affiliate. One of the products I tried was this sponge and I’ve used it ever since! It is sooo soft, it blends makeup out flawlessly, and I just love it. This retails for $11, but you can use my code SAGCATHERINE25 to get 25% off of your purchase!

Alright you guys! These are all my favorite products of 2017! What a year of makeup. I’m so hype to try out all the new makeup coming our way and to keep posting about it.

I want to say how blessed I am to have my beauty babes. You guys, the people who share my love for makeup and read my blog and watch my Instagram, you guys make me feel great. I love our little community and I love being able to thrive in it in my own unique way. The beginning of this year was very melancholy for me. to be honest I didn’t really believe I was capable of anything. I was kind of stuck. I spent a lot of time alone not progressing and wishing for a change. I was not only depressed, but was letting my emotions affect my physical health and sickle cell disease and got very sick as well. I don’t mean to make this a long ass sob story, I just wanted to really share so that you realize how much getting to this point means to me. I feel so blessed to be at this point in my life. I still have a lot I need to tackle and deal with, but unlike last year, I now know that I am capable of doing what I set out to. I know some may not think makeup is valuable, but it’s about expressing yourself and showing the world a different side of you every single day. and to anyone that hopefully is a reader of my blog that ever feels incompetent or alone, just keep going. You are EXACTLY where you need to be at this point in your life.

Success is Defined by your Willingness to Keep Going.

Keep up with me in 2018 on social media

Instagram: @SageSlays_    Snapchat: @SageCatherineXO

I love you beauty babes!

Stay Fierce, & Stay Ready for the new year!

XOXO, Sage Slays

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Colourpop Haul!!! (Part One)

Hello Beauty Babes!

Its haul time!

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You guys know I love Colourpop products and picked up some new products.

So let’s get started!

First, is the Colourpop All I See Is Magic palette.

 

This palette comes with 15 shades 9 metallic and 6 matte shades in warm, cool, and neutral shades. I feel like this palette is great for the fall/winter especially with the deeper toned metallic shades.

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I really love the formula of these shadows, especially the mattes. the shade I’m drawn towards a lot is the matte berry shade, “Tinsel Town”. you can use it for both more natural, and more dramatic looks.

The metallics also have an amazing formula. they’re very soft and buttery. the metallic gold shade in the bottom left corner (swatched on top) “Save It For Later” which I actually already own as a single and the top center metallic pink shade “11:11” are the ones that I like. Although, there isn’t really one I don’t like. I can pretty much find use for all these shades.

 

I’m gonna be very honest with you guys. I haven’t really gravitated towards this palette. I haven’t really been inspired to do a creative look using this. I’ve used it a few times for quick easy looks, but nothing that really made me want to take a selfie or get super creative you know? I’ll keep you guys posted. One of the reasons i haven’t had the chance to get into it is because I’ve been trying out other palettes I recently bought. So I’m not saying it’s bad, or that I wouldn’t recommend it. I’ll keep you all posted.

These shadows do swatch beautifully and the mattes blend out really well.

The All I See Is Magic palette costs $20 originally but right now is on sale for only $14 so if you like this palette, don’t wait!

Next, I picked up the You’re A Gem Lip Trio which comes with 2 Ultra Satin Lips, and 1 Ultra Glossy Lip.

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Colourpop’s Ultra Satin Lip formula is one of my FAVORITE liquid lipstick formulas. It lasts on your lips without feeling crusty and dry. Yes it transfers, but that really doesn’t bother me.

I love the shades.

Misbehaving, which is a true purple plum shade is so gorgeous especially for winter. there isn’t too much red in it which I really like.

Catching Feels is a warm brick red that is neutral enough to be worn with a variety of looks, but has enough color to really make a statement! I feel like shades like these look awesome on a variety of skintones.

The Ultra Glossy lip in the shade Charming is a golden semi-sheer gloss with gold
& pink shimmer. It gives you that really sexy shimmery lip look that goes well with anything, even a bare face. The one takeback would be that it’s a bit gritty, so when you rub your lips you can feel the glitter, but it isn’t intolerable.

This set is originally $18, but it is currently on sale for $10.80 so if you do want it, head to the colourpop website!

Lastly, I picked up one of the newer products from Colourpop, their Supernova Shadows. This is the shade Moonlit, which is a purple with

This formula has been compared to the Stila liquid shadows, personally, I don’t think so, but so far I do like this. I don’t use it by itself, but I do use it on top of existing shadows and it kind of helps tie in the look. I haven’t noticed too much flaking, however the color is not as showstopping as I expected it to be. HOWEVER, this is a good quality product, especially for the price. It retails for $7, but is also on sale for $5.60 right now.

Alright you guys, This has been part 1 of my colourpop haul! Part 2 will have even MORE products, reviews, swatches, etc. so seriously, STAY TUNED!

Also, make sure to follow me on social media to keep up with me between posts.

Instagram @SageSlays_     Snapchat @SageCatherineXO

Stay Fierce & Stay Tuned for Part 2!

XOXO, Sage Slays

Great Deals on High End Makeup?!?! (More than 60%!) – My Secret to Staying on Budget 💰💰💰💸💸💸

Hey Beauty Babes!

So you guys, as a makeup lover I know that makeup can sometimes be hella expensive or as Kathleen Lights likes to say, “DAS EXPENSIVE”. I mean I love the drugstore to find makeup but there are certain things that the drugstore doesn’t have. A certain color, a certain formula, or maybe its just high quality product. The issue we all have though, is the dang price!!!

 

Now you guys, I’m 21. I’m still in school, I’ve never had a job until about a week ago. HOW THE F*#& DO I BUY HIGH END MAKEUP?

Well, I have a TON of affordable tips and tricks but the one I’m talking about for THIS post is one that no one seems to take advantage of!

BA DA DA DA DADADADADA TJ MAXX!!!! (And Marshalls but they don’t have a theme song)

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YES Beauty Babes Marshalls and TJ Maxx are a GREAT WAY to get crazy good deals, 50% 60% 70% off ALL THE TIME! and I’m gonna tell you how to not only FIND these hidden gems, but maneuver them all the time so you always get the best deal.

I shop at these stores all the time and find amazing deals on high end makeup, skincare, and body products all for marked down prices and it’s TOTALLY legit. the hardest part is finding what you want. I’ve found LUXURY AND HIGH END products for drugstore prices!!!! And now beauty babes, because I love you guys so much, I am sharing this well kept secret with you.

BTW, If you guys want any more posts on my tips for getting makeup without paying alot, lemme know!

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So the thing with Marshalls and TJMaxx is that it is NOT a beauty store like Ulta or Sephora. Why is this important to know? What’s even the difference? Two things.

  1. Because they aren’t primarily beauty/cosmetic stores, to be blatantly honest, they could give a sh*% about that section. If you find a mac lipstick but it’s opened and you don’t see another one, don’t get your hopes up that there’s any more. They can’t check the back, they can’t order more, that’s that. What you see is EXACTLY what you get.
  2. It’s a crap storm, honestly. for the most part, nothing is organized well, you can’t find exactly what you want, the only organization is sections for Makeup, Skincare, Body Products. So the aisle for makeup is a LITERAL FREE FOR ALL. There’s broken products, opened, packages, (I mean don’t get scared it’s only like one or two) but the point is that it’s super casual.
  3. You are on your own girl! (or guy) Say goodbye to the helpful workers pestering you, asking you for help, saying how cute you look, because they don’t exist. not for the makeup section. I’ve even had a TJ Maxx employee say “we sell makeup here?” when I asked for assistance. You are gonna maneuver this storm solo.

The thing about TJ Maxx/Marshalls (or how I will now call them TJ/M) is that you really never know what’s there. That’s the whole sales pitch! I love these stores and this method does have it’s perks, but for the makeup section it can be annoying. If you see something one month and check back in in a few weeks it’s gone. It’s not like other stores that bring in new merchandise but will still keep the rest of the collection. Products are in constant rotation. Which can also be amazing, because you always have opportunities to find great deals on makeup/skincare.

To the people I tell this to, most of them say “I’ve seen the makeup section there and it’s total sh*%. Here’s the thing. TJ/M carry various brands and products. Quite a few are from brands you’ve never seen before, or only see at their stores. I find that for skincare, these unknown brands have better results but unreputable makeup brands sold there can come across as just bootleg. a cheap substitute for a popular product like silicone sponges or rainbow highlighter. and from my experience, it’s usually not as good. If you do find products in store but haven’t heard of the brand, just google it. I bought a face serum for $5 from a brand I didn’t know and googled it and saw it was this highly prestigious brand from Asia that retailed for $40!

It’s kind of like a treasure hunt. But the trail doesn’t end there. when you scan through and start moving things over, you’ll find not just great high end makeup, but great high end makeup for more than half off it’s retail price.

Before I go into the actual finds, let me give you one last tip. don’t go in there knowing what you want, or expecting to find something. Well, at least not something super specific. Like if you saw on IG that Too Faced was at Marshalls. You can go to look of course, but don’t let it not being there discourage you.

So what in actuality can you find at TJ Maxx or Marshalls? I’ve found Too Faced, Kat Von D, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Ole Henrickson, Laura Geller, Tony Moly, The Body Shop, Bobbi Brown, Marc Jacobs, Philosophy, Smashbox, NARS, MAC, Stila, Bite Beauty, Bare Minerals, Origins, and MORE. All products marked down around 50% or more from the retail price. boom.

I have a TON of photos of products in store, so I’ll put them all in a slide show so you can click through:

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Here are a few of the deals I bought.

I picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit originally $40 , I got it for $20

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Marc Jacobs. I NEVER thought I would buy an eyeshadow palette from this brand that is not just high end, but is LUXURY. This retails for $49 at Sephora. I got this for $20. That’s almost 60%!!!!

Laura Geller Merry and Bright set including a Primer, Lip Gloss and Gelato Baked Blush retailed for $18 and I got it for $12 (not 60% but still good right?)

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So, There it is! One of my favorite tricks to buying high end makeup on a budget! Now go on with your fancy self! (well, technically our fancy selves since I told you about it heehee)

Alright you guys, that is IT for this post! I’m headed to bed to wrap myself up in a burrito with my blanket.

Keep up with me on social media:

Instagram: @SageSlays_    Snapchat: @SageCatherineXO    Twitter: @SageSlays

I’ll see you in my next post!

Stay Fierce, & Stay Frugal

XOXO, Sage Slays

 

Wet N Wild Haul! – Featuring NEW Wet N Wild Shadow Palettes!

Hello Beauty Babes!

I missed you guys so so so so much! These past months have been crazy. I’ve been trying to improve myself both physically and emotionally, as well as trying to make moves in my life. I have been busy competing in a makeup competition, job searching, and managing my health and in all the crazy-ness I haven’t posted and for that I’m sorry! If you’ve followed me on Instagram (@SageSlays) or Snapchat (@SageCatherineXO) then you’ve been able to keep up with me, and see what I’ve been up to.

But, now I am back, and just in time for the craziness of the holidays! There are so many new launches and products, including Wet N Wild. I actually went into Walgreens and saw a bunch of products that aren’t at my local Walgreens and I got all googly eyed!

Let me start with the product that is brand new to Wet N Wild.

Before going further, let me just say that Wet N Wild has SERIOUSLY upped it’s game! from their highlighters, to their shadows and lip products, they have given high end brands a run for their money. And these new eye products are even more proof of Wet N Wild’s revamp.

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Here is the display showcasing the new Wet N Wild eyeshadow palettes. As you can see, there is new packaging, new shadows, new everythang!  There are shadow singles, quads, and palettes.

I picked up one of the palettes on display, in “Not A Basic Peach” which is a warm toned peachy shadow palette.

This format is also new for WNW. There are two larger pans of transition colors, and eight smaller pans of various shadows. I love the color selection for this palette I feel like you not only get all the shadows you need for a complete look, but different colors to play around with looks.

The mattes in this palette are great. They’re very soft and pigmented. The bottom transition color is a favorite of mine. It really worked well when I wore this palette a few days ago. I also really enjoyed the deep dark brown in the bottom right corner. I used this for a smoked out liner and it worked great. also, again, the pigmentation was great. not patchy at all. the only thing I would say about the mattes that wasn’t all good was the fall out and kick up. I definitely needed to tap my brush before using to avoid kick up on some of the shadows. The light peach when I first applied it resulted in a puff of kick up.

Now the metallics. If you know me you know I love my metallics. not only that, but I’m super picky about them too. I want metallics that are show stopping, liquid metal, reflective, shimmery, etc. I didn’t really get what I wanted out of these metallics. I wouldn’t say they’re all bad. I actually used the duochrome peach shade on part of the lid and was happy with how it turned out. However, these don’t give me showstopping metallic shadow quality. I especially had an issue with the turquoise, and that really pissed me off considering that shade caught my eye when buying this palette. when I swatched it, it was no where near pigmented enough to use alone on the lid! I haven’t worked with any other metallics but from swatches, I’m not sure how they’ll turn out but I’ll keep you updated. I do however, think these are workable and you could get a good eyeshadow look from this palette alone.

Would I recommend buying this? YES! For one, it’s HELLA affordable. and the overall quality is pretty good, and you’re definitely able to come up with a great shadow look using this. Not to mention, it’s a good size for travel.

These 10 pan palettes come in four shades, including one that is an exact dupe for the modern renaissance palette (shown below; photo courtesy of IG: @Beauddiction / Samantha Jane), as well as a revamped version of their popular Comfort Zone palette.

For me, I love my Modern Renaissance palette, but don’t want to risk losing it or damaging it when traveling, so I would buy this to bring with me on the go to get the same look.

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Up next, is a glitter single from WNW named NudeComer which is a deep champagne shade with gold shimmer. These Wet N Wild glitter singles are like a solid vaseline texture. It almost reminds me of an eye gloss. Honestly, this product wasn’t my favorite. I have only used it once, but on top of my shadow it didn’t really make a difference, besides making my lid shiny. It is a beautiful shade, and I think that using it by itself on the lid would look good. I’ll keep you guys updated on how I feel about this.

Next, Is a product that isn’t brand new, BUT I’ve been looking for it EVERYWHERE! It is the MegaGlo  Highlighter in Precious Petals. This has been such a favorite in the beauty community. Even when I tried to snag it when it first came out, it wasn’t available so I grabbed Crown of Your Canopy (which I love too) so I was flippin’ excited to finally pick this up! And it is just as amazing as people say.

It gives you this gorgeous pink/gold shift with a finish that is glowy enough, but not shimmery.

Another item I picked up that’s not necessarily new, is the Photofocus Liquid Foundation. Again, I had heard good things about this product but my local Walgreens didn’t carry my shade. (which is ridiculous because if they don’t even have my shade, what about all the shades deeper than mine? ugh.) So anyways, I found my shade and picked it up.

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I think this is a really good foundation. it gives a natural finish to the skin, and gives me the look I want. I LOVE the spatula it helps to get the foundation where you want and helps you not put on too much. Plus, it’s kind of fun! The only complaint I have, and it’s not even that I outright don’t like it, it’s just not my favorite, is the smell. It has a smell like suntan lotion or something. However, I would definitely recommend this foundation. It’s affordable (under $10), and it’s great quality.

Coming to the end of our haul beauty babes, I picked up some Wet N Wild Brushes. You guys, I freaking love these brushes. They are $1-2 each, and are AMAZING QUALITY!

I picked up 3 different brushes, each costing $1.

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I picked up the Fan Brush, because it’s great for applying highlighter, specifically Precious Petals.

Next, the Angled Eyeliner Brush. I don’t have alot of brushes like this, except maybe one, and these are really versatile. You can obviously use them for eyeliner, but you can also use them for faux freckles, cleaning up lipstick, polka dot designs, inner corner highlight, etc.

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And, if you don’t already know, one of my favorite must have brush types is a blending brush, and the Wet N Wild blending brush is a favorite of mine, so even though I have one already, I picked up another one. I may use one for eyeshadow and one for highlighter. But at 99 cents I may buy a few more especially considering how fire they are!

Alright you guys! This haul is officially finished! But stay tuned because I will have more hauls up, as well as news, including all the new products coming from Wet N Wild. I am so excited to get back to blogging!

Thank you guys for being patient with me, I’ve honestly been trying to rise above some personal struggles recently and am so blessed to come out on the other side. So if you read this and are dealing with something or just feel like you can’t get out of your own way, just breathe. Sometimes things seem so hard when really all we have to do is get started.

Keep up with me on social media!

Instagram: @Sageslays_   Snapchat: SageCatherineXO

I love you guys!

Stay Fierce, Stay Strong, & Stay Tuned!

XOXO, Sage Slays

 

 

NYX Haul!!! Including The New NYX In Your Element Fire Palette! 🔥✨

Hello Beauty Babes!

I ordered one of the palettes from the new NYX In Your Element collection which features 6 elements (Fire, Earth, Air, Metal, Water, Wind) Each element has its own palette for $30
(which I really think is just hella expensive), and three lipsticks for $9.

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I only picked up the Fire palette from the Elements collection, but I did pick up a few products from the website that are either new, or only online right now.

I’ve spent the past few weeks really testing this baby out (as well as the other products) and am gonna give you ALL the tea!

 

So, let’s get into it. I’m gonna go straight to the palette!

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I was very happy with the packaging and size. It’s about the size of my hand, not including the fingertips, and the pan sizes are great. They aren’t super small, so you can swatch with your finger, and get into it with your brush. plus, you get a fair amount of product!

so, lemme be 100% honest with you guys

I love this palette.

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I do! specifically, the mattes. They are so amazing! They have the formula of higher end shadows, and in some cases, its actually better! Well, from swatching. I haven’t done a full eye look yet but seriously these are sooooo smooth. they only need one or two layers for full pigmentation.

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The red is like a classic firetruck engine red color and it is so stunning and pigmented! I also love the orange shade in the bottom left corner. pretty much all the mattes are fire. the burgundy is rich in pigment, and the warm red toned brown is as well. Yellow is not an easy eyeshadow color to make. I’ve found that some can be less pigmented than the other shadows in the palette, and can also bunch up when swatching. I find that the yellow in this palette does kind of the same thing, but its pigmented and blends well.

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The metallics. If you’ve read my post on the My Little Pony palette from PUR then you’ll understand me when I say this:

WHY CAN’T I FIND A PALETTE WITH THE METALLICS I WANT?!?!?!

I want metallics that POP that stand out, that sparkle and reflect. These metallics, just don’t do that. However, they aren’t ALL bad.

The gold in the middle section is probably my least favorite metallic shade. It doesn’t pop, and in my opinion why else would you wear gold if it isn’t showstopping? Same with the yellow toned shade in the top left corner. Honestly I don’t see myself wearing that shade. However, The Copper and Blue/Brown shades in the bottom right corner. I love them! The copper isn’t sparkly, but it is very pigmented and I’ve worn this and loved it! Same with the blue brown shade. It’s pigmented and actually metallic!

So, the big question is…Is it worth the high price point? $30?! When I heard that I was like BIHHHHHHHH but now that I own and use this palette, here’s my two cents…

I think it’s worth it. These shadows are so pigmented, and blendable. Of all the red’s I own, this may be my favorite! Fall out isn’t crazy, and I get a pigmented blended look every time! The only negative would be the two metallic shades that don’t give me the metallized look I want. But still, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another palette. In fact, I’m really hoping to get the Earth palette next!

So, I really do think this is a good buy. If you like warm, fiery looks, this is the palette for you!

So, I picked up some other products from the NYX website. Mainly products I haven’t found at Ulta, that are just online.

I bought the NYX HydraTouch Oil Primer for $13.99.

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I haven’t seen this in store and i was also really interested in this because one, I have normal/dry skin and am always up to try anything that will help hydrate skin, and two, because this reminded a lot of the Smashbox Oil Primer!

I was a bit skeptical about putting an oil primer on my face. I was worried it may act badly with the foundation or make me look greasy.

BUT OH MY GOD THIS PRIMER IS AMAZING!!!

It gives me such a dewy fresh flawless makeup look. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten asked what primer/foundation I use whenever I wear this! I do make sure to set my face with powder just so my face makeup will last and won’t look shiny. I do think if you aren’t wearing a full face of foundation you can get away with not setting the whole face.

If you were like me and wanted to try out the smashbox oil primer without paying so much, I would totally buy this primer. Even if you have drier skin, and want a hydrating primer for a dewy finish, check this primer out!

P.S. if you want to see this primer in action, check my IG posts from the past week or so. (there’s a link on my home page) @SageSlays_

Next, I picked up the NYX #ThisIsEverything Lip Oil for $6.00. (why am I so into oils?)

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I am always interested in products that moisturize and hydrate and prep lips. So I thought this would be great for that.

This is such a great formula. It’s not too thick and it isn’t sticky, but it’s thick enough to really moisturize the lips. I use this before bed, when I wake up, before makeup to prep my lips for lipstick, AND this is great by itself for a clear gloss lip look. I am totally loving this product.

Lastly, I bought one of the NYX Prismatic Shadows in the shade Dollface for $5.99.

I have a few of the Prismatic Shadows. These are either amazing in terms of color and formula (Like the shades Rose Dust & Gilded, which are faves of mine) or, they just…aren’t as good.

Dollface is a shadow that I don’t yet know how to feel about it. When I first swatched it was dissapointed. It wasn’t super metallized, and there was some fall out from the swatch. However, when I applied this damp, the formula had improved alot and I got really great color. I haven’t worn this on the lid yet, but will update you on this post when I do eventually.

Alright you guys! That’s all for this post!

Keep up with me on social media:

Instagram: @SageSlays_      Snapchat: @SageCatherineXO        Twitter: @SageSlays

I’ll see you guys in my next post!

Stay Fierce, & Stay Fiery!

XOXO, Sage Slays

 

Sephora Birthday Haul!!! 🎉🎁🎈(Featuring Fenty Beauty)

Hello Beauty Babes!

SO much has happened!

Me and my family are so blessed and have made it through Irma,

I turned 21!!!! As of Sept.13th, and MY HAIR IS NOW BRIGHT ORANGE!

And more things are in the works but right now, I wanted to update you guys on my life a little and also share with you the products I bought on my birthday trip to Sephora, and how I feel about them after using them for a few days.

Let’s get started!

So I’m just gonna go ahead and get into this Fenty Beauty!!! As soon as I saw the display I was like “yassss take my money”

Of course the big fan favorite is Trophy Wife Killawatt highlighter. And it was still in stock, however, it wasn’t a highlighter I was used to, it was pretty glittery, and the color was a bright yellow. So in the store, I decided to go for the MatchStix trio. (however, after seeing people slay in Trophy Wife, I had MAJOR FOMO and went back to pick it up so expect a review soon!)

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I got the MatchStix trio in Tan. This trio comes with two matte colors, a highlight (Caramel) and a contour (Truffle) and one shimmer shade, an illuminator (Rum).

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One of the reasons I decided on this was because I wanted to see how the matchstix performed and a trio like this can be used on a daily basis, so you get use out of it. But I can’t even lie, one of my dogs is named Truffles and as soon as I saw that the contour shade was called Truffle I was like “yeeeeeee!!!”

But seriously, Tan is a perfect shade match for me. I’m SO SO SO pleased with the diversity of Fenty Beauty. not just the 40 shades of foundation (which is amazing) but also contour/highlight shades and blush shades that compliment a variety of skintones. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the Deep category. Which really isn’t right because if I’m deep, then you aren’t considering a wide array of skintones. So I was really happy that these trios are for all skintones.

So I’ve been using these in my makeup routine all week and here’s my two cents

I love it!

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I’m always nervous with “matte” products because of my normal/dry skin. but using caramel under the eyes, it didn’t crease, or feel powdery. It did everything I wanted it to do, and more. Also, I used Caramel as eyeshadow primer, and it works well for that too.

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Truffle already is a favorite because of the name, but in all seriousness I love this contour stick. The shade compliments the undertones in my skin really well, but GIRL that blendability though??? It blends amazingly! You could blend this out with one finger. And not even a strong one either, you could use your pinky finger and blend this out with precision. I love the formula of the Matte Matchstix they aren’t too mattifying or drying, and they blend out effortlessly!

So when I saw Rum in store, I thought it would be such a GORGEOUS highlight. However, I do have to be careful with this product because if you blend it out too much it can look odd and not glow-y. I use this either under or over existing highlight and then blend it very slightly with my ring finger so it looks cohesive.

All in all, I do really like this. I feel like my skintone falls between Tan and Medium, so I was at first concerned that the highlight would be too dark, but it works really well.

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Not to mention you can use these in so many ways. Priscilla Ono, who is Rihanna’s MUA (and someone I follow on IG because she’s so talented) used one of the contour sticks as a gorgeous brown lip color (shown above) and I’ve been playing around with them ever since! I tried Truffle as a lipstick and loved it! Also Rum is Gorgeous as a Lip topper and a lid shade. These are totally worth it!

Because it was my birthday I decided to venture out to the forbidden land of luxury makeup! I do not have anything luxury. AT ALL. (for those who don’t know the heirarchy of makeup, there’s drugstore, prestige (tarte, too faced, urban decay, etc.) Then there is luxury. (Marc jacobs, YSL, Chanel, etc.)

I’m always a drugstore kind of girl, and am a FIRM believer in finding the best quality for the lowest price. My mantra has been to spend the extra money because the product in question is one of a kind in quality and color, and a similar product can’t be found.

When I saw this Marc Jacobs Lip Lacquer, I knew that I have not seen anything like it.

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I bought the Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer in Call Me!

This color is first, right up my alley I am OBSESSED with orange rust browns like this, and secondly, the color is SO UNIQUE. I have never seen a lip lacquer in this color! Not in the drugstore, not in prestige, so I knew that not only would I use it immensely, but I also knew that it would be worth it to spend the extra money because of the color.

But the formula is also amazing! Lip Lacquers can’t be too thick and sticky, or too thin and slippery. This one has such a nice formula. Also, it’s extremely versatile!

I thought I would only wear this one way, But I’ve actually worn this a different way each time I’ve used it. Using a nude lip liner with this on top gives a gorgeous glossy warm nude lip, a rust color underneath deepens and intensifies it, and with a burgundy lip liner it gives a gorgeous warm autumn ombre. And you can obviously wear this alone with no problem. It’s pretty opaque alone so wearing this by itself produces intense color!

So the rest of this haul is actually the Sephora Insider Birthday Gift BUT I wanted to include it because some of you may want to know if this freebie is any good?

I absolutely LOVE the blush. This is a sample size of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Paaarty!

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I usually wear warm toned peach blushes like Milani Luminoso or Orange colors. Pink blush I’m not opposed to wearing, but I lean more peach. However, I really like this blush! Putting it on it gives me a nice natural flush. It has mauve tones that compliment my deeper complexion so it’s not just for fair skin tones. Plus the actual formula is great. These blushes are a favorite of youtubers and they really do last on the cheeks (not sure if the 12 hour claim is real though…)
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The sample size lip is the Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit. It’s a light dusty pink nude. The formula is good, but honestly, the color isn’t my favorite. I’m just personally not usually a big fan of these types of nudes because they seem so common. So many nudes have pink and I personally like nudes that are peachy or warm brown. So something like this I might give away, or use it with a liner.

Alright Beauty Babes! That’s all for this post

Keep up with me on Instagram 📸 @SageSlays_ Snapchat 👻 @SageCatherineXO Twitter 🐦 @SageSlays

I’ll see you in my next one!

Stay Fierce & Stay Shopping

XOXO Sage Slays

What do we want? NEW MAKEUP CONTENT! When do we want it? NOW! My Two Cents on Youtube Content

I am so confused Beauty Babes.

WHERE ARE ALL THE GOOD YOUTUBE VIDEOS?

Is it just me or is Youtube just not cutting it right now?

I usually go to my Subscriptions & can find a handful of videos that are different from one another. New looks using new products, seasonal makeup tutorials, favorites and hate its, etc.

But NOW?

GIRL.

49 videos of the same thing. Not even exaggerating. THE SAME THING.

So do we need 27 reviews on sponsored products uploaded on the same day??? Doing the same look??? Or 29 videos on the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette?

I’m sensing lack of originality and it’s stinking up my nostrils.

The thing we all love about the makeup world on youtube is the diversity and creativity. Hundreds of POVs, ideas, thoughts, which produce different makeup looks different favorites. But then why are Youtubers turning into carbon copies?

A video I was watching from Manny MUA touched on this a little bit. He said that he felt that tutorials don’t amass views and that looks have already been created.

Although I love Manny, and agree on some points, I don’t agree with this.

First about the views, I feel it comes down to QUALITY v. QUANTITY. Quality content that makes your subs happy, or a video with a ridiculous thumbnail showing you doing something crazy like burning makeup brushes that attracts random people who want to watch something out of control.

Second, I feel like although yes, looks have been done, that certainly is not the end. We are no where near the point of “well thats it no more looks” and we probably never will. Why? because the beauty world is continuously reinventing itself every day. A makeup look from last year would not be the same as one for this year. There are new trends, new products, new techniques, new color combinations, new ideas.

So to Youtubers saying they’ve simply run out of juice, I say this. Try again because I’m simply not buying it.

I remember seeing somewhere that Jaclyn Hill said she was “kind of over” the whole thing. And immediately I rolled my eyes. Let me preface this by saying I actually am a fan of hers. But, if you truly were “over” the source of your popularity, then there isn’t a need for your makeup products.

This is what really butters my biscuits fellow beauty babes.

Beauty Youtubers connect with us on social media, yes. But the REAL medium is Youtube. We are able to watch their tutorials and opinions and products and really get to know them and their knowledge of beauty. There’s no shame in them eventually wanting to pursue opportunities to make money. Make your coin girl, I insist. Palette? sure. Lip gloss? okay. I wouldn’t even be mad at a few TV cameos.

BUT. If you are constantly pushing your product in our face and haven’t posted a video in 4 months, then you aren’t being fair to your fans. Plain and simple.

It’s like a singer who hasn’t made music in forever trying to sell something. The way we connect with them isn’t there, so how are we expected to pay when we aren’t getting what we want?

And let’s not forget to factor in money. It’s not a coincidence when 10 youtubers go to an event for a brand and come out with videos using their products.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all youtubers are corrupt or money hungry. But companies paying for product placement or sending freebies has affected the honesty level. For example, why post a 7 minute video about a product that you’re being paid to promote, as opposed to making a video that’s truly for your subs?

And don’t even get me started on the vlogs. I don’t hate vlogs, but I don’t need a beauty channel to be mostly vlogs. I wanna see how your contour blends not how blue the water is in Aruba.

I’ve literally been type-ranting. But let me try to just say what this all is supposed to mean.

I’m honestly just bummed. Feeling like the youtubers I watched before are now too busy trying to get me to buy their products to post a video on youtube that subs want is not a good feeling. Where is the Youtube that inspired beauty lovers? Gave them product recommendations that DON’T come with strings attached or creative makeup tutorials?

I mean it’s pretty simple. Beauty Youtubers should post videos that deal with beauty. Videos that aren’t always sponsored or always feature the products you want to sell.

We want tutorials, favorites videos, recreations, product recommendations, and reviews, all of that. But more importantly we want them to be real. To be unique to the youtuber in the video. It doesn’t have to be the product everyone has talked about.

We just want to be inspired.

Now that you’ve read this, I hope you know I’m not lumping in all youtubers as money hungry or sell outs. In fact, Youtubers that do this aren’t all bad. This is just my opinion as a fan of Beauty Influencers and would like to see improvements in content.

Alright Beauty Babes, That’s all for this post.

Stay Fierce, & Stay Inspired.

XOXO, Sage Slays

Fenty Beauty Is HERE! And It’s Slaying The Game (Wait Until You See The Shade Range!)

Hello Beauty Babes!

So how many Rihanna song references can I fit into this post? I don’t know but I’ll keep work work work work working on it

HA!

So, we have all been eagerly waiting in our California King Beds for the day Fenty Beauty would be available in Sephora stores as well as online. But, we have finally found love in a hopeless place! The Fenty Beauty collection officially launched and we’re all so excited about the collection. It’s seriously beautiful.

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LIKE DIAMONDS IN THE SKY

Alright alright. Let’s really get into it, sans puns.

So Riri and the Fenty Beauty team have kept this whole thing under wraps. No leaks, no reports, nothing. Which made it even more shocking to see the gorgeousness of it all!

Fenty Beauty came out with a number of different products, and I’ve listed them all below including price. Also, check out the slide show to see photos and sneak peaks of each product.

(photos courtesy of Instagram accounts @trendmood1 @hotfire.makeup @alexsteinhen and the official @fentybeauty account.)

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  • Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (40 shades) $34.00
  • Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter (6 shades) $34.00
  • Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer $32.00
  • Match Stix Skinstick Shimmer (10 shades) or Matte (20 shades) $25.00 – Trio for $54.00
  • Invisimatte Blotting Powder $32.00
  • Portable Touchup Brush 130 $24.00
  • Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer $18.00 
  • Cheek Hugging Highlight Brush 120 $32.00
  • Full Bodied Foundation Brush 110 $34.00
  • Precision Makeup Sponge 100 $16.00
  • Portable Contour & Concealer Brush 150 $24.00
  • Portable Highlighter Brush 140 $24.00
  • Invisimatte Blotting Paper $16.00

Honestly, celebrity makeup brands don’t always excite me, but I truly feel like Fenty Beauty has set itself truly ahead of the pack.

Here’s what’s so great about this brand.

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One, the products. From the modern nude geometric packaging, to the unique colors, it’s all thought out and consumer driven. Sometimes beauty brands get into a funk or a cycle of all putting out the same thing for the same type of girl with the same preferences. But all that does is give people multiple options of the same thing, which really isn’t interesting or unique. Products that you can’t find 3 or 4 dupes for. Products that give you new looks. Products that inspire. Those are the products that I want to see and buy!

Trophy wife Killowatt Highlighter is a straight up “hyper-metallic” yellow gold. I can honestly say I have NEVER seen a highlighter like this.

Also, the Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick comes in 9 unique shades from Unicorn, a platinum lilac, to Chili Mango, a straight up bright orange with sheen. If you aren’t as daring, and want regular shades, they have them as well. There’s something for everyone. Which brings me to my next point

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THAT SHADE RANGE THO!!!! There is seriously a shade for (most) everybody and that makes me so happy! Rihanna said that while making this line, she wanted to be very inclusive and make shades for all skin tones and under tones. She believes that all women  deserve to feel beautiful.

Yassss Rihanna. How is it that Rihanna was able to do what WOC have asked brands that have been making makeup for DECADES to do? They make it seem like it’s impossible. But yet again, Rihanna has broken the status quo.

PSA for ALL makeup brands that have a lack of diverse shades. This includes those of you who have 2 or 3 deeper shades that have major flashback and ashy undertones. Are you ready? Here it is. MAKEUP FOR WOMEN OF COLOR IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE AND IT SHOULD NOT BE A SECOND THOUGHT. Do better. Or we will take our money someplace that wants us.

*snaps in Z formation*

What are the products I’m most excited about or want to buy?

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The Killowatt Highlighter in the shades Trophy Wife is a big favorite, and at first I was worried I wouldn’t be able to wear it because of its unique bold yellow gold shade, but seeing it online and seeing how STUNNING it looks on all skintones, makes me want to blow money on it! I really think Trophy Wife will look so fire on deep skintones. So happy Rihanna thought of a shade like this.

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Next, would be the Gloss Bomb. I’m a gloss person, and I really love the shade of it.

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Also, I really was drawn to the Match Stix in the shade Chili Mango. it is such a unique orange shade. Usually brands like to add pink tones because they tend to compliment fairer skintones, but a shade like Chili Mango will look amazing on more exotic skintones, and even people with deeper complexions that have warm undertones. Also, Unicorn really caught my attention. I love the ethereal purple color.

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I would also love to try the foundation. Because it caters to so many different skin tones, I feel like I would be able to find a shade that PERFECTLY matches my medium warm olive skin tone. Also, I’m interested to see how the primer performs.

As of right now, sephora.com still has some Fenty Beauty products available, so if you want to grab some, go ahead! Also, check your local Sephora for Fenty Beauty!

Alright beauty babes, that’s all for this post!

So I’m actually writing this Saturday Sept.9, which is right before Irma, and I hope that I’ll still be able to connect with you guys. I hope everyone stays safe and that we can just return to normalcy!

Stay Fierce, & Stay Safe!

XOXO, Sage Slays

 

 

New NYX Products! Including the New Elements Palettes Launching TODAY!!! 🔥🌎💧🌬🌪⭐️

Hello Beauty Babes!

Happy September! Not only is September my birthday month and Sickle Cell Awareness month (which i’ll get into in another post), AND Beyonce’s Birthday, BUT it also lines up with some of the hottest makeup releases for the upcoming Fall season!

NYX cosmetics is a BIG favorite of mine. They always come out with such amazing products for an affordable price!

On Labor Day/Bey Day (9/4), NYX is dropping their new Elements collection on their website! (in Ulta Stores 9/24) This collection, based on 6 different elements, Fire, Earth, Water, Air, Wind, & Metal. Each element has a coinciding palette with 12 shades in a variety of finishes. Also, each element will have 3 lipsticks. All in all, that’s 6 new palettes, and 12 new lipstick shades!

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Personally, I love the entire concept and product idea. Each element gives a different feel, and there is seriously something for everybody. Warm to cool, matte to metallic, soft to bold, bright to dark, NYX definitely covered their bases!

I’m not sure how much these will be, but I expect them to be in the $20-25 range, and I also expect the lipsticks to be no more than $10 each.

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Photo Courtesy of IG Account @BudgetBeautyGuru

Let me show you guys each Elements palette, swatches, and some looks created by some of our favorite beauty influencers!

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The Fire Palette is probably the palette I’m most excited for. We saw a quick glimpse of this palette on their IG story a few weeks back, and I instantly was drawn to the warm tones. With all the warm toned palettes coming out, NYX really picked great shades for their Fire palette. from yellows, reds, browns, etc. It really stands out on its own.

NYX decided to partner with 6 influencers, one for each element. @ILuvSarahii is #TeamFire, and she has been giving us serious FOMO with how she’s been slaying in this palette.

DO YOU SEE THESE SWATCHES??? I love how the color scheme of this palette. You can really do so much with this palette.

Next, is the Earth palette. As a Virgo (earth sign) I was also really excited about this palette. Especially for the upcoming fall season!

This palette is full of earthy fall tones. I love that bold green shade! The influencer for #TeamEarth is @Ssssamantha

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Next up is Air. This shade is a colorful pastel dream!

I was kind of worried that some of these shades are too light for women of color, and that it might not allow for alot of use out of this palette. However, the #TeamAir influencer is a favorite of mine, @AlissaAshley! She has the same skintone as me, and this palette looks amazing on her!

She even did a makeup look on her Youtube channel using the Air palette, and wore two of the #TeamAir lipsticks as well.

Alissa created this gorgeous cotton candy themed eye look with the Air palette. You get to see how pigmented the shadows are, but they don’t have crazy amounts of fallout.

Up next, Metals! This palette is straight up METALLIC. You get 12 metallic shadows in a range of neutral true metal shades. There are bronzes, silvers, coppers, etc. Again, I love how well they paired the shadows for each palette. It goes with the theme, but it’s a unique pairing.

The #TeamMetal Influencer is @JaimeGenevieve, who is known not only for her adorable accent, but for her ability to slay edgy looks. Look at how she pulls off this metallic look! From the bronze eye and bold brows, to the matching metallic lip! (BTW, I haven’t seen the lipsticks for #TeamMetal yet, but I really hope they’re in a metallic finish. I mean, wouldn’t that make sense?)

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Next up, is Water! This palette is full of a range of blue and green shades, from sky blue, to turquoise and navy.

The face of #TeamWater is @Chrisspy! who is a big favorite of mine. She did this amazing winged out blue eye look using this palette, and swatched the shades!

The shadows look so much brighter in the swatches. I don’t wear a lot of cool tones or blues, but I do like this palette and would think about buying it.

Last but not least is the Wind palette! If you love smokey cool toned looks, this Elements palette is for you!

I never knew there were so many different grays! This would be a good dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette.

The face of #TeamWind is @PromiseTamang, who is a makeup master. Have you seen all her transformation videos??

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These palettes launch TODAY on Bey Day (aka Labor Day) Sept. 4th

I’m not sure on the time specifically, but I expect it would be sometime in the afternoon around 12-1pm. There also isn’t any info. on pricing, but I’m gonna assume it’s $20-25, like their other palettes.

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NYX is also having a HUGE sale on their website that brings a lot of their popular products down in price, so if you are planning to order the Elements palettes, make sure to check out the items on sale!

These aren’t the only new products from NYX coming!

A few days ago, NYX cosmetics gave us a sneak peak on their IG story showing us their Holographic Shimmer Sticks, that will be coming soon (not sure exactly when though). These look like holographic highlighter sticks that are really in right now. Very Unicorn, Mermaid Fantasy like.

They come in 3 shades.

NYX also dropped some other sneak peeks! We can expect new shades of their Liquid Suede Liquid Lipsticks, which are one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas.

Also, new shades of the Soft Matte Lip Creams! These will be launching on September 5th, according to their IG story.

That’s not all! They also showed us swatches of a mystery product that hasn’t been fully revealed yet. It looks like a glitter lip (or possibly eyelid) gloss product that comes in a variety of fun shades.

Alright you guys! That’s all for this post!

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Why I Returned The Subculture Palette in Less than 24 Hours

Hello Beauty Babes!

So, I did it. I bought into the hype, and bought the Subculture palette.

And, in less than 24 hours, I returned it and bought something else.

I guess what you want to know is, WHY? Well, I’m gonna tell you.

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Everyone’s been so excited for this palette, ever since it’s unfortunate leak early this year. Makeup lovers were thrilled to be introduced to the sister palette of the infamous Modern Renaissance Palette!

I actually have, and use the Modern Renaissance Palette and love the formula, so I was so excited to try out the Subculture palette.

I’m a student that lives at home so I really am not someone who gets something first. Which can be annoying, but can also be a blessing in disguise, because you get to see how the people who ordered their makeup months in advance are liking it. And as we all know, the reviews for the Subculture palette were not good. Not even so/so. They were BAD.

After all the backlash, I kind of had in my mind that I wasn’t going to buy this palette. However, I couldn’t hold back the giddy giggle I let out when I saw the palette available at Ulta. Still skeptical, I swatched the palette and was in LOVE with the pigmentation. Seriously! ONE swipe and you had hella pigmentation. So, I decided to splurge and buy it.

I was so excited. I had seen so many looks online using this palette on the ABH Instagram and was so excited to dive in. Also, I was curious to see what was so god awful about this palette?

I was so excited, I unboxed it in the car. I even wiped off my eye makeup with a makeup wipe, applied primer, and started playing. First using Axis, I had no real problems.

However. when I really started in on a look, something wasn’t right.

Houston, we have a problem.

It was so odd to me. I’m really not that picky of a makeup user. When I watched videos seeing youtubers ignore highend palettes because they had a dry texture, or performed inadequately, I really thought they were just picky. Before this, I thought that as long as it was pigmented I could make it work. And maybe that just speaks to the quality of the palettes I’ve tried out before with no issues. But this, was something else.

I always thought it was the artist’s job to blend, not the shadows. That any shadow could look seamless if it was blended correctly.

But seriously, these shadows WOULD. NOT. BLEND.

It was just so patchy. I thought maybe it was me, or it was just that shadow. So I tried another shadow. Same patchy look. In fact, it’s like they just refused to work with one another. Soon it developed a white film. I thought maybe it was my skintone, but it seriously looked like flashback.

So, I tried again. *WIPE*. This time, with less shadows. But the same thing was happening. *WIPE*. Soon, I decided to just try one shadow on the lid. I went for a teal that swatched amazingly. I packed it on the lid. Not  only was there shadow everywhere, but it wasn’t even a solid color on the lid. It was a dusty mess. And, to top it all off, one of the shadows came loose from the glue. It was like the hot mess express.

Let’s talk about the fallout shall we? Fall out isn’t a deal breaker for me, sometimes the best formulas have fall out because they’re so soft and blendable. So how is it, that a formula with the most fall out I’ve ever seen, isn’t blending? It should blend like butter! I only had this palette for less than a day, and it looked pretty beat up. I could only IMAGINE having it for a week or two, it would be totally busted up!

By the time I had dinner, I knew this palette was not going to be a favorite.

After spending the evening trying so hard to make this work, I realized, I don’t usually have to try this hard to make something work. Even if it’s drugstore. So why am I wasting time trying to make this $42 palette work? So I returned it, and I’m glad I did. I ended up buying another palette for $42, the Laura Geller Downtown Cools Palette and honestly, seeing how blendable those shadows were, made me realize how dissapointing the Subculture palette was.

Even beauty influencers were voicing their feelings! Sometimes, the stigma is that influencers don’t like speaking out against products because companies may take them off the mailing list. Of course their are honest influencers out there, but we can all think of a handful of youtubers who always like whats new and never speak badly about it. So for such a large group of influencers to all voice clear upset with a product, not even “well it’s not for me but..” no. they were beyond dissapointed.

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The good thing with living in such a connected world, is that companies see our voices, see our feelings, and work to fix things. So, I guess we had all assumed Norvina would come out and announce a new formula considering the amount of unsatisfied customers. But, instead, Norvina hasn’t hinted at any changes whatsoever.

After @AlissaAshley (who I’m a big fan of) posted the honest review of her swirling her brush in the shadow, Norvina released this statement, which was all kinds of shady

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Many felt she pinpointed Alissa negatively for sharing her thoughts. In addition to this, many felt she also had a pretty blase’ attitude saying “the palette isn’t to blame, it must be you”. However, she did claim refunds were a viable option.

Before going on, Let me say I LOVE Anastasia Beverly Hills. I blog about them, I buy their products, and enjoy using them. But if someone isn’t going to speak honestly in all aspects of their makeup use, then how are we helping people who go on blogs or online to decide whether spending this amount of money is worth it? That’s what I want to do, and why I’m sharing my experience with you guys.

I would describe this product as a total catfish. In the store, it was promising, pigmented, and appealing. But by the time I actually opened it, I had Nev & Max trying to help me figure out what was going on!

All these issues by themselves are enough to cop out. But because this palette is $42!!! It seriously made me so pissed off when I thought about how much I spent on this subpar palette, and what a waste it seemed it be!

Makeup is extremely personal. But I seriously don’t think I’ve ever seen such opposing views on one product before! After trying out this product, I think I can pin point why.

Besides the obvious personal preferences everyone has, I feel like this palette has a really appealing exterior. Mainly, the pigment. It is so pigmented! And pigment can really go a long way. For some, pigment is enough. Maybe, using it with such and such might work, who knows. But for me, it’s a very clear NO.

I feel like when a popular product comes out, alot of us almost try even harder to make it work. It’s like high school again, trying to be “in” with the latest thing. But quality can’t be replaced and I really feel like this doesn’t have it. After spending the evening trying so hard to make this work, I realized, I don’t usually have to try this hard to make something work. Even if it’s drugstore. So why am I wasting time trying to make this $42 palette work? So I returned it, and I’m glad I did. I ended up buying another palette for $42, the Laura Geller Downtown Cools Palette and honestly, seeing how blendable those shadows were, made me realize how dissapointing the Subculture palette was.

In comparison to the Modern Renaissance palette, there is definitely NOT a similar formula. I know some people said the fall out and formula is the same, but it really is not. In fact, the first ingredients are even different, so they clearly changed the formula! I’m not sure why, but they did.

I understand where Norvina comes from defending this palette, I mean it’s her baby. But if you have a majority of people all over saying they aren’t happy, shouldn’t you try to remedy that in some grandiose way? Maybe, try using the Modern Renaissance formula again? I don’t know. But seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large unsatisfied group of people before about one product.

Would I recommend trying this palette out for yourself? NO. Especially with the high price point, and overwhelming negative reviews.  Would I buy more products (even palettes) from Anastasia Beverly Hills? Yes! It doesn’t make sense to condemn the entire brand for one bad product. As I said before, I really do enjoy this brand.

If you like the color scheme, or want some other options, don’t worry, I gotchu.

The Lime Crime Venus II palette is pretty similar with the mustards, and olive greens. at $34, it isn’t inexpensive, but I do own this palette, and love using it. The quality is amazing and you can do alot with it.

BeBella Cosmetics isn’t the most well known, but I do own their Silent Night palette which is filled with a variety of olive, moss green shades as well as burgundy, brown, mustard, and alot of other similarities with the Subculture palette. Not only do you get more shadows (35) but you also get them for a cheaper price at $20.

For a drugstore option, the NYX Perfect Filter palette in Olive You is a close dupe with alot of shade similarities. The formula isn’t my favorite, but I do prefer it over the Subculture palette. For $19.99, it’s a good deal.

Not to mention, dupes for single shades can be found easily at Makeup Geek, Colourpop, etc. Bustle.com even made an article with 21 dupes for single shades from the Subculture palette, so I seriously think you have plenty of options!

https://www.bustle.com/p/21-abh-subculture-shade-dupes-thatll-help-you-create-your-own-version-of-this-excellent-palette-74379

Here are some videos using this palette so you guys get some different opinions. Also, keep in mind you guys in a studio with lighting and filters, you may not see the full extent of issues going on with a product.

 

Alright you guys! That’s all for this post!

Hopefully, my next one will be more positive. But I feel like honesty really is the best policy, and I love you guys for voicing appreciation for me telling you guys how I feel.

I’ll see you in my next post! Stay tuned!

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Stay Fierce & Stay Honest!

XOXO, Sage Slays