ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SUBCULTURE PALETTE COMING SOON!!!

Hello Beauty Babes!

So I literally just posted about the new Anastasia Beverly Hills products coming this month, when the whole beautyverse went almonds, cashews, pecans (you know, NUTS) over the official news of a new ABH eyeshadow palette!

Introducing… SUBCULTURE

photos courtesy of Instagram @anastasiabeverlyhills & @budgetbeautyguru

The Subculture palette is supposed to be the sister palette to the Modern Renaissance palette. According to Norvina’s Instagram account:

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“I wanted to add to the ABH palette collection with something darker, grungier, that would compliment Modern Renaissance. I describe Modern Renaissance as day & Subculture as night. Modern Renaissance is my staple, but I found myself looking for deeper tones to intensify & switch up my look from day to night. To me, Subculture is so sexy & mysterious. I kept the hues muted, but packed them with a lot of pigment. I wanted you to be the most interesting person in the room, knowing you’re always in good company, your makeup should be unique, to compliment your amazing skills.”

 

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Photo Courtesy of Instagram, @mucciman

This palette has 14 shades. 3 are metallic, and the rest are matte. The theme of this palette is very sexy and smokey. It has a plethora of unique shades that I feel are really not in any palette out right now. I think most people can agree that the Modern Renaissance palette really sparked the trend of romantic warm brown, deep fuschia, brick red eyeshadows so maybe the Subculture palette will inspire a whole new range of shadows and palettes! (not gonna lie though, I’m still obsessing over warm tones)

 

Seen swatched below, from @anastasiabeverlyhills on Instagram, are the shades in the palette:

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Rowdy: A deep blackened purple
Edge: A warm mustard yellow
Untamed: A deep grayish teal
New Wave: A warm yellow toned orange
Fudge: (a classic ABH shade) chocolate brown with red undertones
Electric: A metallic yellow gold with green shift
Roxy: A peach coral
Axis: A navy blue
Mercury: A taupe gray
All Star: A deep red burgundy
Adorn: A metallic bronze gold
Destiny: A deep sage green
Dawn: A cream beige
Cube: a metallic pearl with pink shift

Personally I love the unique color scheme of this palette. Usually palettes tend to be a bit one track minded and tend to go with colors that are all the same. Which is good, but can also be limiting. With this palette, you have warm tones like Roxy, New Wave, & Edge, you have cool tones like Axis, Mercury, & Rowdy, Greens like Untamed & Destiny, and you can really come up with a bunch of unique looks.

(photo courtesy of Instagram @mucciman)

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This palette has been a hot topic for a while now. Especially when unexpectedly, someone leaked images of the palette, saying that someone who works at ABH gave it to them.

Although, as makeup lovers, we want to know what’s in the works and what’s soon to come, it’s not okay to leak someone’s hard work and preparation, and spoiling all they’ve planned. Norvina and Anastasia Beverly Hills worked extremely hard on this palette and one greedy person tried to mess that up for them, and us. Thankfully, everything worked out and soon, we can all expect the Subculture palette!

So, when is it coming?

This palette has the same launch dates as the ABH Liquid Glow, and the ABH matte lipsticks.

ABH websites in the US & UK: July 25th

Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, Dillard’s (online): August 1st

Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, Dillard’s (in store): August 15th

You guys, that’s in less than a week! And it’ll be in stores in less than a month!!!

That’s all for this post!

Excuse me as I try and rearrange my financial situation to prepare for the Subculture palette….

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XOXO, Sage Slays

 

 

 

New Anastasia Beverly Hills Products Coming THIS MONTH!!!

Hello Beauty Babes!

New products are always exciting! Especially when they come from a brand that’s know for top notch products like ABH!

The ABH Glow Kits have become a staple in so many people’s makeup routine. Anastasia Beverly Hills & Norvina know how to make a stunning highlight.

BUT NOW right as summer’s got us all in a fresh and dewy skin mood, ABH introduces the Liquid Glow Highlight!

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This product comes in four stunning shades and launch on their website on July 25th! They’ll be in Sephora, Ulta, Macys, & Dillard Online on August 1st & in stores on August 15th.

These liquid highlights come in four shades

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Perla – a light platinum champagne shade that will compliment fairer skin with warm undertones

Oyster – a pinky pearl shade that will compliment fairer skin with cool undertones

Peach Fizz – a peach champagne with golden undertones that will compliment medium skin with warm undertones

Bronzed – a bronze gold that will compliment deeper skin with warm undertones

Everyone has been buzzing about these ever since norvina teases them on IG a few weeks ago, and they are absolutely stunning! You can see in the pics below how intense these are!

Photos from IG accounts @makeupbypoohbear (left) & @mspaynter (right)

 

The packaging is all black with a strip to show the shade of the product. It’s in a squeeze tube with a thin round nozzle tip to distribute the product.

photos from IG accounts @hotfiremakeup (left) & @demureartistry (right)

 

If you’re like me, and want to see this product in action in a video, then you’ll enjoy seeing these babies being reviewed below by StylesbyMira!

Guess what beauty babes? there’s more!

I think we’ve ALL been waiting for traditional lipsticks from ABH. In fact, I could’ve sworn they already had them! But they didn’t, and now they do! or will, on July 25th. These are launching the same time as the Liquid Glow highlighters.

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These lipsticks are all matte, and come in a variety of shades. I wish I could give you guys a list of all the shades, but unfortunately, I couldn’t seem to get all the shades in a list somewhere. However, Norvina & ABH cosmetics have been dropping bread crumbs on IG showing us different shades one at a time.

Shown here is the shade Plumeria, which is a gorgeous Plum Wine shade

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Here below is Rage, a gorgeous bold blue with a purple undertone

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In the photos posted on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Instagram account, you can see how many different shades are in this line! From a range of different nudes, to a bold blue, pink, purple, and girl is that a TURQUOISE???

 

I really love the packaging. You can the shade Rage again below in the tube and I’m love the black and gold detail it’s so classic and chic, especially with the embossed ABH logo, I’m loving it!

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Alright beauty babes, that is all for this post! I love sharing new product release news with you guys so we can all freak out together in unison! Let us all take a moment to shimmy with excitement

(shimmy shimmy shimmy)

Thank you guys so much for checking out this post, and check in soon for the next post!

If you don’t already know, I just became an affiliate for Mikasa Beauty! Make sure to check out my post where I review their brushes, and if you want to check out their products, you can use my code SAGCATHERINE25 for 25% off all products on their site!

I know I know i’m annoying but I can’t help it! I’m excited!

Keep up with me on social media

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Stay Fierce!

XOXO, Sage Slays

 

Mikasa Beauty Haul & Review AND SOME EXCITING NEWS!!!!

Hello Beauty Babes!!!!

So in this post I’m gonna be reviewing makeup brushes from Mikasa Beauty, which  is a makeup brand that makes high quality brushes. They’re pretty popular on Instagram with almost half a million followers which include a few top influencers and on their website they sell brushes, as well as Bodyography Cosmetics, CND Nails, and Esquido Lashes.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, you guys I am so so so excited to tell you guys that I am OFFICIALLY an AFFILIATE FOR MIKASA BEAUTY!!!! This is the first time any brand has ever reached out to me, or the first time my blog or social media has received this kind of attention so to anyone and everyone who reads my blog, follows me, and lets me blog about what I love, THANK YOU. I’m sending you an internet hug and jiggle. In fact, if you’re reading this, hug yourself right now from me to you.

SOOOOO, you guys know I love my beauty babes and saving claude when & where you can! So I’m really happy to share my code with Mikasa Beauty with you guys, and this code is going to save you 25% OFF of EVERYTHING on the Mikasa Beauty website! This includes Esquido, Bodyography, and CND products as well!

The code is SAGCATHERINE25 and works on anything at http://www.mikasabeauty.com

I’m not even gonna lie you guys I may frame this code and put it on my front door. then make a lawn mat with the code also. Don’t judge.

 

Before getting started, I want you guys to know that I would not even be posting about these brushes if I did not honestly and truly feel they were quality products that are worth the money. Despite any company reaching out to me, I will always be honest with which I support and personally use, and the ones I don’t. And if there is even a small detail that matters, I will tell you.

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So, let’s get into it!

Here’s a video of the brushes I’ll be reviewing in action!

I purchased the Mikasa Cream Contour Set which is $35 (but with the code SAGCATHERINE25 it’s $26.25 woot woot!) This set comes with:

  • The F200 Stippling Brush
  • The E220 Concealer Brush
  • The S100 Lemon Drop Sponge

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Let me first tell you about the F200 brush. It has a mix of natural and synthetic bristles, and retails for $18 ($13.50 with the code SAGCATHERINE25). Before I start, You guys should know I am not a big user of stippling brushes. When I heard how seamless they were supposed to be, I thought I would use them nonstop! But after trying out a bad one that made my foundation look streaky and had hard bristles, I never used them.

The F200 made me regret swearing off stippling brushes! The bristles were really soft and using them on the face wasn’t uncomfortable. I do have to say, there was minimal shedding the first time using this, but I haven’t had any shedding since. I thought I would use this brush for foundation, but honestly, it didn’t really work for me. Not like it made me look streaky, I’m just so used to using a beauty sponge or a brush with that kind of shape and effect it felt foreign to me. I liked how it applied foundation to the bigger areas of my face like the cheeks and forehead, but for hard to reach places it was weird.

However, This brush is literally PERFECT for cream contouring! I know I should have guessed because of the name of the set, but I was blown away by how seamless my contour looked! When it comes to contouring the forehead, some brushes can make it look helmet-y but this brush buffed it into all the right places.

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The next brush, the E220, is a concealer brush made with synthetic bristles that is seperately priced at $12 ($9 with the code SAGCATHERINE25). The way I use concealer brushes is either to clean up brows, or to apply concealer under my eyes, on my forehead, nose, and chin. I have not used this to blend out concealer yet because I used another Mikasa brush for that, but I loved using this to clean up my brows. The bristles are packed in tight, but are also soft and flexible so it’s not stiff. Trust me, it’s not good to have a stiff brush around your under eyes!

Another major reason I liked this brush was that it has a nicely tapered point, so I can really get close to my brows when cleaning them up. This brush did really great cleaning my brows. Honestly, I have no complaints! If you want to see the E220 in action, check out the video below where I’m using it to clean my brows. (I’ve probably said clean my brows 20 times by now)

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The last product in the Mikasa Cream Contouring Set, is the S100 Lemon Drop Sponge. it’s made with non-latex foam. Honestly, This may be my favorite product from this haul. You may know that I love beauty sponges. I use them literally whenever I do my makeup. But like all things, there’s good and bad ones. Not to mention factoring in price! I was nervous buying a beauty sponge online because you can’t feel it or anything but you guys, this sponge is so SOFT! It reminds me of a Peep Marshmallow. It’s so bouncy and soft and blends out makeup so freaking well. Like for real you guys, this sponge is like right up there in like the top 5 or top 3 for all time favorite beauty sponges!

The shape is great because I can use the pointed end for hard to reach places like my nose, and I can use the butt (heehee butt) for blending out large areas. I’ve tried so many beauty sponges and this one really stacks up.

Now here comes the honesty…This sponge is priced at $11 ($8.25 with the code SAGCATHERINE25) and it’s a little pricey, especially when you factor in shipping. Is it worth it? The cheapo in me says “girl, no just pick up one from the dollar store” but the makeup lover in me says “yes! it’s such a good quality beauty sponge, and it’s half the price of the beauty blender at original pricing”. So, you can decide if this is worth the cost, but I do strongly recommend it. In fact, I would recommend that the first time on their site, to pick up one brush to try out, and the Lemon Drop Sponge. I totally recommend it without a doubt!

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Finally, I tried out the Mikasa Techni Brush in 01. This brush is recommended for use with concealer, or any other cream products, and individually retails for $25 (18.75 with the code SAGCATHERINE25) I did use this for concealer, and I was skeptical of this. In my experience with these types of brushes, most are either too expensive or cheaply made. I have maybe 3 out of 12 that I bought before that I would even use on a regular basis.

When I felt how soft the bristles on this brush were, I was so relieved. Like I said, the under eye area is sensitive, and nothing to mess with. These bristles are synthetic which help with picking up cream product. Using them for concealer, I was happy with the results. It blended out concealer well without it looking patchy or streaky. I did use the Lemon Drop sponge afterwards just because I’m so used to using a sponge for foundation and concealer, but I don’t doubt that using the Techni 01 alone would work just as well. I will say, the price is pretty lofty but the quality does match up.

Alright you guys, now you have my full review and thoughts for all the Mikasa Beauty products I tried out. I wouldn’t be an affiliate of a brand I didn’t genuinely like and want people to buy so please don’t take it lightly when I say this is brand I’m really happy to be working with!

I know I’ve shoved it down your throats enough, but in case you somehow decided to randomly start reading at this very position, HELLO! Make sure to go to http://www.mikasabeauty.com and use the code SAGCATHERINE25 for 25% off on EVERYTHING on their website!

You can see ALL these brushes in action in the video below, where I try them out for the first time.

That’s all for this post! Thank you guys so much for supporting me and my blog. I love our little makeup community so much. There are so many unique and artistic bloggers, influencers, and artists. Not everyone understands what this whole makeup thing is about, but we know that it’s so much more than a shallow ploy to trap men (I mean seriously? come on) it’s a way for us to show ourselves. A way for us to feel beautiful, with or without makeup. I love it. And I love you guys for helping me reach this small milestone. Thank you. Give yourself one more big hug and we can pretend it’s from me to you.

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I’ll see you guys in my next post.

Stay Fierce Beauty Babes!

XOXO, Sage Slays

 

 

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YOU GUYS!!!! I am so freaking excited to show you guys these @mikasabeauty brushes 💁🏽 I wanted to show you guys how they perform. If I honestly felt these brushes weren't good I wouldn't even be telling you about them. But honestly, these brushes are great! Mikasa Beauty reached out to me and I am now an affiliate for Mikasa Beauty 😍😫 And I'm sharing a code for 25% off ANY purchase on their website!!! I'll be giving a more in depth review of these on my blog, and posting a few more videos on IG as well. Hope you enjoy 😘💄 #makeup #beauty #beautyblog #beautyguru #beautygram #blog #blogger #beautyblogger #foundation #mikasabeauty #mikasa #yass #slay #funny #cute #girly #girl #makeuplove #makeupblogger #makeupblog #makeupforblackwomen #makeupforwoc #cosmetics #concealer #eyeshadow #beautyjunkie #instaglam #makeupguru #makeuptutorial

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FACE GLOSS?! WTF?! Gimmick or Gorgeous? 🤔✨💎

Hey Beauty Babes!

You guys know that I love to glow! And if you don’t know, now you know.

When I saw that NYX was releasing a Face Gloss I was initially so skeptical and unsure. It was such a unique product, especially for the drugstore! I wanted to put this product to the test, especially as someone with an affinity for #thatglow.

So beauty babes, we’re about to find out. Is this face gloss forreal? or no deal? does it slay, or nay? Is it the bomb or a con? is it poppin’ or should you not be shoppin’?

Okay okay you get the point. Let’s get started!

Before I give you my two cents, let’s see the advertised use and claims of this product.

The full name is the NYX Cosmetics Dose of Dew Face Gloss and is priced at $9.00

According to the descriptions at http://www.nyxcosmetics.com:

Glisten from every angle with Dose of Dew, our new face gloss that creates a soft, pearly glow for a totally mesmerizing glossy effect. Inspired by the new beauty trend of the “wet and glossy face,” this dreamy balm highlighter glides on like silk and sets to a lightweight, dewy finish. In short, it’s the best thing your makeup bag has even seen (and we know it’s seen some good stuff).

So the basic premise of this product is like a glossy balm highlighter.

So firstly, the packaging is very travel friendly. It reminds me of a large lipstick tube. the product itself is shaped like a lipstick bullet too.

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The texture of this product is very light and thin, but it has a component to it that has slip to it, almost kind of oily, but not in an uncomfortable way.

The color is like a pearly pink shade which I think works on so many skintones. It’s not really like a highlighter so the coloring comes into play differently.

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This product is really dewy skin in a stick. I love wearing this without foundation, under my highlighter, over my eye makeup, it’s such a versatile product.

When it comes to #thatglow, we all have our own preferences. If you love a natural glow, you will enjoy this. if you only like buh bam shimmery glow, you might not think this is enough.

For me, my glow depends on my mood. But I feel like no matter my mood, I can find some way to use this. if I want a natural face look with no foundation, I’ll use this on my high points alone. If I want a full glam, I’ll use this under my foundation then again under my highlighter for super glow.

Cons? hmmm….

I do have to say this can react badly with powders. I’ve noticed that when I apply this directly over powder foundation it can get muddled up. I have applied it over powder highlighter and the few times I did, there wasn’t a problem. Only once did I notice it start to get muddled up like with the powder foundation. However it doesn’t do that with powder highlighter.

That is probably the only con. I can definitely say that the pros totally outweigh the cons.

What alot of people have asked, is if this is just an illuminator stick with a shmancy name. I mean, is it a face gloss? why is it called that?

I wouldn’t say that it’s an illuminator stick. It definitely gives your skin a more glowy finish than a typical highlighter stick or balm would. the oily texture is what I think gives your face a nice glow.

Does it replace a liquid highlight, for me, it doesn’t. It adds onto as opposed to just replacing.

Would I reccomend this product? Absolutely! I think it’s such a great and easy way to give your skin a natural glowy texture. It really is a unique and diverse product. I would give it a 9 out of 10. For someone with oily skin, I would probably try to see if it would work for your skin type first, since it’s made to give you a dewy texture.

Whenever I get a new product I love seeing what can I use it for? How many different ways can I use this? Can I use this on my earlobes? on my kneecaps? I love getting full use out of products.

This product is definitely versatile. I like using this on my decolletage and shoulders when I wear a shoulderless top, on my calves, and even on the tops of my feet when wearing sandals or flats. It’s very seamless so wearing it on the body doesn’t pose an inconvenience.

For the face, you really can use this anywhere. Obviously you can use it on the cheekbones and high points of your face. I also like to kind of connect the highlight to my eyes for an over all glowy look on no makeup days

If you also want a high intensity highlight and need some more oomph, use the Dose of Dew underneath a powder highlight. Pictured below is the Pixi Glow-y Powder in London Lustre alone on the left, and then intensified with the Dose of Dew on the left.

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Lips? sure thing! I think this looks so pretty on the lips. i haven’t worn the Dose of Dew over a lipstick, but the way I love to wear this on my lips is applying it on the lips like lipstick, then taking a high shine gloss and applying it over top. I love wearing Covergirl Queen Lipgloss in Premier Pink with it. It pairs perfectly.

In the picture below I have on the Dose of Dew by itself. I totally think you can wear this as a lip product. It’s moisturizing, and it gives your lips a gorgeous glow.

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Alright you guys! That’s all for this post! I hope this made it easier for you decide whether or not you want to buy this product, or if you had no idea about it, now you know!

You can buy this product online at Nyxcosmetics.com or Ulta.com, or you can buy them at Ulta stores.

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Stay Fierce!

XOXO, Sage Slays 💄✨🦄💁🏽

 

NEW PRODUCTS AT TARGET: Maybelline, Covergirl and More! 😍💁🏽🎉

Hello Beauty Babes!

You guys, I love it when new products pop up at the drugstore! Brands get to make their products that much better and get to introduce products to keep up with new trends.

It’s like mini Christmas.

So, everyone usually has a go to store to check out drugstore makeup. Mine is Target, because Target is just awesome.

So recently, Target has stocked it’s shelves with new summer releases that I have been waiting to get my chubby little hands on and I wanted to share these spotted products with my beauty babes so we could all jiggle with joy in unison from all across the internet.

Now I know with product spottings it’s kind of bittersweet because you know that new products are coming but you can never tell when it’s going to be coming to your local drugstore. Seriously though it’s so annoying when it feels like you’re specific drugstore isn’t on point with the new stuff. (Like why are you punishing me?)

But, personally, I feel like it’s nice to know what’s there, what to look for, and what to expect.

So, like your finger about to swatch a brand new eye shadow, LET”S GET INTO IT!

Maybelline was probably the brand with the most talked about new releases. There are so many that some aren’t even in this post!

The first that I’m going to discuss is the Master Camo Color Correcting Pens. These retail between $7.99-9.99 and come in 6 different shades that accommodate different skin tones. Honestly when I heard about these I wasn’t excited. The color correctors at the drugstore usually only come in green and purple and peach which are all waaayyy too light for my skin tone not to mention other women of color and have a heavy or dried out texture (not all, but you know what I mean) Now that I’ve seen and bought them (review coming soon) I am so excited about these! They thought of every major color correcting shade for each skin tone and problem. There’s even red! I’m so excited that they thought of different skin types. The packaging is pretty nice. There’s a doe-foot applicator in a horseshoe shape that I thing will really fit in the places you usually color correct like under the eyes, around the nose and chin, etc. So excited for these!

The Maybelline City Mini Palettes retail between $7.99-9.99 and are eyeshadow palettes that come with six shadows in matte, metallic, or shimmer finishes and come in seven different shades (reportedly, there is a MakeupShayla City Mini palette that she collaborated on which will soon be available, but I’ll have more info. on that soon!) Anyways, these are relatively small probably the size of the palm of your hand so they’re easy to travel with in your purse. Not sure how these perform, I did purchase one and haven’t tried it yet but I’ll keep you guys updated.

Maybelline’s Fit Me collection is a universal favorite from their foundations, concealers, and pressed powders. They recently revamped their blushes (and bronzers, which I didn’t see yet) and have included a new Fit Me Loose Powder!

The Fit Me Blush retails for $4.99-5.99 and comes in 10 shades In terms of size, these are smaller that I expected them to be, but their small size does make it easy to use them on the go. I haven’t tried or bought these yet, but I am interested in doing so soon!

As for the Fit Me Loose Powder, this retails for $5.99-7.99 and comes in 8 shades from Fair to Dark. This does not come in Translucent, which I expected, but their is a pretty good shade range so finding your color shouldn’t be impossible. I’m in the shade Medium Deep. I’ll discuss this more on my blog later when I give a review on this product but so far, so good! Also, I absolutely LOVE the sleek square packaging, it looks so high end!

I’m gonna veer away from Maybelline and talk about the new Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation. This retails for $9.99-11.99 and comes in 10 shades from Ivory to Soft Sable. I was concerned that they wouldn’t have my shade from what I had seen before on display but I did find a matching shade. I will say that (surprise surprise) there are not enough shades! I know it’s challenging to match everyone with a foundation, but women of color shouldn’t have to be left out of the shade range this frequently.

From what I’ve seen, this foundation is supposed to have alot of really amazing vitamins to help your skin look great and is described as hydrating. I haven’t tried this yet but I’ll keep you up to date!

Covergirl also released this new Easy Breezy Brow Powder kit. This retails from $8.99-10.99 which is a bit pricey for a brow kit. It comes in four shades from Soft Blonde to Rich Brown. This is a three step brow powder kit with two brow powders and a browbone highlight. It also comes with a small double ended brow brush. I don’t know if I will be purchasing this product, I would like to see more on it before buying it.

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Finally, there are some new matte liquid lip releases at the drugstore from both Rimmel London and Maybelline.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color retails from $4.99-5.49 and comes in 14 different colors from pinky nudes like Blush to deep blue-purples like Blue Iris and even black or gray like Pitch Black and Shadow. I’m still deciding whether or not to try these out, but I have heard that they are extremely long lasting, and have also heard that there is a strong odd perfumey smell to these as well.

Maybelline has also released a matte liquid lip color called the Superstay Matte Ink Lip Color. They retail from $7.99-9.49 and come in 10 colors from nudes like Loyalist to a bright hot orange called Heroine which has been a social media favorite. I also have not purchased this product, but have seen positive reviews. I’ve heard these also stay on a very long time and leave a lasting stain on the lips. I’m pretty spontaneous with my lip color and love changing it so I’m still thinking about buying this.

Last but not least is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude Mascara, & Curvitude Liner. The mascara retails from $6.99-8.99 and the liner retails from $6.99-8.99 as well.

This mascara has a curving wand that’s supposed to give curled full fan lashes. I have purchased this mascara because I really love Maybelline mascaras and am still trying out this mascara, so I will have a review of this coming soon. This mascara is the third mascara from the Lash Sensational line.

The Curvitude liner is Maybelline’s 1st angled tip liquid liner and it has a curved tip pen with an ultra fine flex tip. I haven’t bought this liner, but it apparently has a unique tip a curved groove in it that is supposed to hug the curve of the eyelid. I think the most important thing is making sure you can still make a fierce winged liner with this!

Alright you guys! That’s all for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed it.

I’ll probably be doing another part to this post because of all the newness at the drugstore so stay tuned!

Stay in touch with my on social media for makeup looks, news, and my general awesomeness!

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

Stay Fierce!

XOXO, Sage Slays 💄💁🏾✨🦄

Colourpop Yes,Please Palette Makeup Look! 🔥💥✨

Hello Beauty Babes! 

My eyes are so heavy with tiredness but I wanted to share this video with you guys of a makeup look I created using the new Yes, Please palette from Colourpop! I will have a full review up as well as a Colourpop Haul so get ready! The palette is out of stock BUT there will be a restock of it as well as their new highlighter palette soon! 

I absolutely LOVE this makeup look it’s so warm with the reds and oranges and browns it remind me of fire 🔥 


In addition to the Yes, Please palette I also used Cannonball & Oh Ship, which are two pressed single shadows from Colourpop. 

Liner used was Mr.Bing from CP as well with Stila cushion liner in Copper Ink on top. On the waterline I used UD X Basquiat eyeliner in Anatomy

Mascara was the new Maybelline Curvitude Liner (1st time using!) 

For Lips I stuck with Colourpop products using the Ultra Satin Lip in Tansy (I❤️it) with the gold metallic lipgloss in Flatline on top. (The lipgloss came in a seasonal set and may not be available). 

I hope you guys enjoy this video! I’m still getting used to editing & making makeup videos! 


That’s all for this post Beauty Babes! 

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Stay Fierce! 

XOXO, Sage Slays 🦄👸🏾✨

Rihanna Wild Wild Wild Thoughts Makeup Recreation- Mostly Affordable!

Hello Beauty Babes!!!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many beauty influencers all want to recreate the same look at the same time!

I’ve been waiting for a Bryson Tiller & Rihanna collab ever since Trapsoul and I was even more stoked when I saw Rihanna SLAYING in the music video! Only Rihanna can get everyone to wear green shadow with red lips and make it look fierce, and not like Christmas.

As soon as I saw her in the video, I knew I wanted to recreate this look, and show you guys how I did it! I was even able to do this look with almost entirely affordable products, minus one or two products.

So the key to a great recreation is knowing about the original. So, I researched more about Rihanna’s look.

So, Rihanna’s Makeup Artist is someone I love as a makeup lover and artist, Mylah Morales. She created this iconic look.

One of the most exciting things was learning that the makeup used for this look is rumored to be from Rihanna’s upcoming makeup line, Fenty Beauty!

Here’s the photos of the original music video look:

I wanted to get the eye look juuust right. It’s a mix between teal, green, blue, so for a recreation you want to make sure you swatch all your options.

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I decided to come up with the perfect shade for the eyes, I would layer two shadows.

The first (which I think would work just by itself) is from the Morphe X Kathleen Lights palette and its this emerald bright green shade. For more teal and blue, I added Fringe from the UD Electric Palette.

For the rest of the eye look, I used the NYX Perfect Filter Palette in Olive You, and to deepen the crease, I used the blackened olive color in the Morphe X Kathleen Lights palette.

In the music video, it’s set in a steamy hot setting so Rihanna’s makeup is dewy and fresh, so I wanted to reflect that on the eyes, by making them a little glossy. To do that, I used the NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in ElectroMagnetic.

There isn’t a bold wing, just a little black eyeliner near the lashline to make the eyes pop more. I used the Maybelline Lasting Drama Liners in Glossy Emerald & Silken Turquoise on the lower lashline. Mascara was the new L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black.

I’m not gonna go too much into the face makeup, but if you are planning on giving this look a whirl, go dewy and glowy for the skin. I feel like it ties in well with the tropical nature of look, and it reflects the original concept. Also go for a bronzey warm look in terms of contouring so your face doesn’t look cold and sculpted. For blush, I went with a nude-y peach to help warm up the face. I wouldn’t go with a bright or deep colored blush, so keep it soft and warm. Like a puppy.

Lips really are important and tie this whole look together. When choosing a lip, don’t go with a blue toned red. green and red don’t typically go together, especially if it’s just the basic green and red. What will really help this look come together is to add more tropical hints to the red and green. Add hints of teal, or bright greens, and for the lips, go with just a hint of orange, while still keeping a vibrant red.

Keeping with the fresh and dewy theme, I wouldn’t go with a matte necessarily. I would go with creme shine finish, or possible a glossy finish. On the lips I’m wearing NYX Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels, topped with Kiko Milano Lip Stylo Rossetto Lipstick in 06 Mirage. Something similar to the Kiko Milano lipstick would be the Milani lipstick in Empress.

Alright Beauty Babes, now that you have all the deets, let me show you the final look!

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And of course I had to make a video of myself lip syncing to Wild Thoughts in my Wild Thoughts makeup recreation. (you may not know this, but I am an expert lip syncer).

Alright you guys! That’s all for this post! I hope you enjoyed my makeup recreation, and if you wanted to recreate this look, I really hoped I could help you out! I’ve loved seeing everyone’s different recreations. It really shows how amazingly unique everyone is with their own unique artistic vision. One person adds blue winged liner, another does glittery red lips, and I love it. I love our little makeup/beauty community we’re so fire.

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I’ll see you guys in my next post! Stay Wild Wild Wild!

XOXO, Sage Slays

 

Jeffree Vs. Jackie: Racism in The Beauty Community

Hello Beauty Babes.

This post is a long one and the receipts are BOUNTIFUL

Before going into this, I just want to let you guys know WHY I’m posting this. As a black woman, as well as a black woman in makeup, race is something that matters. People say that race isn’t important, but it is. It’s not everything, but it does matter. Where it gets difficult, is when people use race to demean people and consider their race as superior to someone else’s Like any community, there will be disagreements. But when someone in our makeup community feels that someone of a different race is less than, or not equal to them, something is wrong.

With that being said, this post is going to be LOOONG and full of info. So sit back, and start reading!

So Jeffree Star has never been one to shy away from confrontation. If you don’t know, I decided to not post about Jeffree because of his past statements regarding race, using the n-word, etc.

Someone else who feels this way is Jackie Aina, a black female beauty vlogger who I am a big fan of. I posted about Jackie calling out Tarte in an anti-haul video. In that video, she also denounced Jeffree Star Cosmetics due to his previous racially insensitive comments, as well as him never officially apologizing for making them.

Months later, Jackie tweeted to her fans showing that JS BLOCKED her.

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Other Beauty Influencers tweeted who had also been blocked by Jeffree, who as I’ve said, is not one to shy away from confrontation. Thomas Halbert, and Stefanie Nicole are shown tweeting below:

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Things got interesting when Jeffree fired back calling Jackie a “rat” and insinuating she had not paid her taxes, even calling her channel “stale”.

This resulted in a bit of a tit for tat, where Jackie clapped back quite instantaneously:

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Sssamatha and Alissa Ashley tweeted in support of Jackie, deeming Jeffree’s racially insensitive comments unacceptable:

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Of course people thought that the reason for this block-ation was the anti haul video, which JS swiftly denied. However, receipts showed that in March of this year right before the video, he congratulated Jackie on an award nomination. Hmmm…

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I could go on and on showing you guys tweets, but I think I’ve shown you the major pieces to this feud. Before giving you my opinion, let me share a key piece in the whole thing, a video Jeffree just posted:

In the video, Jeffree discusses his past racial statements, not specifically mentioning Jackie Aina, but more generally his experience dealing with his past brought up. I know what you’re thinking, and YES there is an apology.

Alright, here’s my opinion.

Let me just start by saying, not liking someone takes so much more effort and energy than liking them, which is why I feel like no one likes to make a stance against things said that are wrong whether they be sexist, racist, homophobic, or just plain mean. In a community like the beauty community, disliking someone is never easy. Do I dislike Jeffree Star? No. But I don’t agree with him saying what he said.

I have to commend Jackie, seriously because there is always someone saying that by standing up for yourself or what’s right, you’re being “dramatic” or “overreacting”. When really, this is what you should do. stand up against something wrong.

I believe it’s not always what you say, but how you say it when it comes to the N-word. I do occasionally bop to rap songs, and if a person of color uses it to refer to someone as a friend, I personally don’t take offense. But Jeffree used the N-word to suggest something wrong. That being that was disgusting. He joked about bleaching darker skin, and there is more. That is something that can’t be shrugged off, but like I said, it’s so easy to just go along with everyone and just like them. It’s hard to stand alone in righteousness, but just because it;s easy doesn’t mean it’s right.

I’m not a big name by any means. But like anyone with a blog, I have a platform. I choose to use my platform to speak my mind and say that racist behavior is wrong. whether it was 2 days, 2 years, 12 years, 20 years, whatever. if it came out of your mouth, that was how you felt. I need to see that you have changed and do not feel that way anymore. You can’t just brush it aside.

In regards to the video, I am glad he did it, but it really should have been done long ago. This is not something new, and I feel like Jackie’s statement in her video was correct. He should have made a statement about this. Blocking Jackie for pointing it out and calling her a rat (which he also called MakeupShayla, another popular black beauty influencer) only makes him look worse. had he just released this video, the situation would have been better. But now it appears to only be a means to an end.

I do feel that sometimes in this overly sensitized time we live in, things get blown out of proportion. Only Jeffree knows what his true intent was. But there are things present here that really can’t be denied. Things that as a women of color make me upset.

As a woman of color, I accept Jeffree’s apology. I do. I feel that he really was genuine and is sorry about his words. I mean if everyone recorded us at our most vulnerable moments, would we be happy? However, when you are provoked, reacting in a racially degrading way is not normal. And by not addressing it, you only make it more difficult for people to determine your true nature. Sadly, racists exist around us. If a person that deems someone of a different race below them runs a business, I would want to know so that I don’t make them richer if they feel like I’m not valuable to them.

So, I don’t hate Jeffree Star. I admire him for being different and showing that it’s okay to not fit a certain preconceived group. HOWEVER, that does not make it okay in the least to say something to degrade someone different than you.

I don’t have an interest to buy from Jeffree Star Cosmetics, or to post about it. I want to see if the Jeffree in this video is legitimate. The thing with the truth, and the true nature of someone, is that it always comes out.

But, to conclude beauty babes, let me leave you with a quote of Maya Angelou’s that my mom has always told me:

When someone shows you who they are, believe them.

I’ll see you in my next post babes, and hopefully it’ll be less serious.

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Love you guys, Stay Fierce, and Stay Woke.

 

 

Sage’s Stuff: My Colourpop Single Shadow Collection 🌈 

Hello Beauty Babes!

So, recently, I’ve been kind of having some trouble deciding what to post. I want to have more of myself on here and not just report makeup news. I feel like I haven’t been using my voice enough and because of what’s going on in my personal life I’ve not been able to really show more of myself like I want.

I just wanted to let you guys know what’s going on. The main point is, that in order to start having a more personal blog, that’s more me, I wanted to start doing a series of posts called “Sage’s Stuff” where I show you guys my personal collection of makeup that I like, what I think about it, how I use it, etc.

So the first post of Sage’s Stuff is about the Colourpop shadow singles. Colourpop is known for their super shock shadows, which I have and like alot, but now that Colourpop has introduced us to their super shock shadows at the end of last year, there is a whole new range to fall in love with!

I own a total of 14 single shadows which isn’t a crazy bunch, but is enough I think to really get a good idea of the full range of shadows.

I’ll go in the order of when I bought them, so it can be more organized.

The very first pressed eyeshadows Colourpop released were apart of a collection in collaboration with Amanda Steele. To be honest, if these weren’t the very first pressed shadows, I wouldn’t have gotten them. I usually don’t lean towards the color scheme. However, I was glad I got them. They came in a quad that I depotted and although I don’t lean towards cool toned grays, or smokey teals and purples, I did use them for smoked out looks and I really enjoyed them. They were pigmented and blendable.

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The next time I bought pressed shadows was when the pressed shadow collection was first announced, so I ordered four that paired well together. They were my go to eye look for weeks straight. that’s how much I loved them.

Paper Tiger, which is a rusty, yellow, brown shade, is a good transition color and helps warm up the crease.

Note To Self, is a warm caramel brown and is one of my absolute favorite shades for using as a transition shade, or using in the crease. It pairs so well with my skintone, and helps the whole eyelook mesh together

Stay Golden, a warm raspberry shade, is so versatile. I love it in the crease or sometimes on the lid, it just gives neutral looks something extra.

Save It For Later: a classic warm gold is great for on the center lid. I feel like this gold is a staple shade that isn’t unique, but is definitely necessary

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This past Valentine’s Day, Colourpop released pressed shadow duos in adorable packaging that looked like little love letters! I grabbed a duo with two burgundy purple shades one matte one metallic.

Pinky Promise, a metallic purple burgundy is a shade I like to use all year round, not just in winter, because it pairs well with pinks and purples, even gold shades like Save It For Later, and even by itself gives you a sultry burgundy eye look that goes with a lot of different looks.

Going Steady, a matte purple burgundy is a shade I probably use more than Pinky Promise, because I like blending this into the crease of a variety of eye looks even during summer.

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The last group of pressed shadows I purchased was a few months ago after Colourpop introduced more shades. This time of year, these four are always used. together, or separately.

143, a magenta barney purple, was originally apart of their valentines day collection, but is now available as a single. This color looks so well with peaches, pinks, golds, its a key shadow when I want to do sunset colored eyes.

Play By Play, a gold with green shift, is nice on the lid, and is such a unique color. I also like it as a highlight.

Cut Outs, a classic light peach, is a great all over shadow, especially for summer. I like to use this and Note to Self as a transition shade, or on the lid with 143 in the crease. This is also great as a blush if you’re in a rush or something.

Pebbles, a satin finish rose-y pink reminds me of a french poodle for some reason! But anyways, this is probably one of the most versatile shades. I love using this in the crease, on the lid, etc. It pairs well under Play by Play, and I love wearing this with both Cut Outs, and 143. I recommend this to anyone who loves pinky toned shadows like me!

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Now, as for the formula, is it the best formula of shadows? no. on a scale of 1-10 I would give the formula in terms of pigmentation, fall out, blendability, it would receive an 8. The mattes have a drier formulation, but they’re still soft, and they blend out really well. however, there is a fair amount of fall out so if you are a stickler for fall out, I would be careful. The metallics are not shimmery metallic, so I sometimes like to add a pigment on top of the lid, but the shades are so pretty that they don’t really require shimmer. Pigmentation is really good. for a brighter shade like 143, if you want to pack it on the lid, you would only need 2 or 3 layers for a full opaque color.

Would I recommend these? YES! Only $6 each and they come in a range of colors? not to mention deals on top of that at certain times! these stand up against higher end shadows. The formula is actually very similar to the Tarte shadow formulas, like from the Tartelette in Bloom and Tarteist Amazonian Clay palette, but I honestly use the Colourpop shadows more.

Alright you guys, that’s all for this post! I really hope you guys enjoyed looking into my makeup collection, I’m really looking forward to doing more on here!

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ColourPop’s First Ever EYESHADOW PALETTE!!! ✨🔥

Hello Beauty Babes!

The beauty-verse is swirling with excitement. Colourpop is releasing their FIRST EVER EYESHADOW PALETTE !!! 

Colourpop has come so far in such a short amount of time. Does anyone remember when there were only lippie stix and super shock shadows on their site and we would all wish for more products on their site? Everyone speculated what was to come. In just 3 years, Colourpop has expanded their range from highlighters, blushes, pressed eyeshadows, lip glosses, liquid lipsticks, and now, palettes!

This palette is called the “Cute AF” palette and it’s name is well deserved. This color scheme is amazing with shades that work for everyday looks, but isn’t like any ol’ neutral eyeshadow palette. The pan size is a little smaller than their single pressed shadows , which are 1.2 grams. There are 12 shades and the cost is $16.

Photos Courtesy of @g_glowbeauty & @lipstickjunkieforever on IG

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But wait! 

Colourpop is known for bringing out all the stops. So of course right when were celebrating the release of a new eye palette, they would reveal….a HIGHLIGHTER PALETTE?!?!

Yes! there will also be a highlighter palette releasing! there are six shades that come in various colors so makeup lovers of all shades can get glowy and fierce! The name of the highlighter palette is #colourpopme and the pans seem pretty big, so you’re getting alot of product.

Photos Courtesy of @TrendMood1 on IG

BUT WAIT! 

That is STILL NOT ALL! Colourpop is snatching edges with the news of these palettes releasing, and they are not stopping there. they are not satisfied with snatching edges, they are trying to snatch wigs!

Karrueche is killing it on Claws, and reports have been swirling about another Colourpop collab. But now, we have a sneak peek of the new collaboration with Karrueche Tran and it’s a good one! The upcoming collection will include a 12 pan eyeshadow palette, and a highlighter/blush/bronzer trio! Karrueche also gave away a new shade of the Ultra Matte Lip, so there is also expected to be a lip color included in the collection. The collection is called “Fem Rosa” and has a romantic purple, mauve, rose tone. Also, the face trio looks women of color friendly.

Photo Courtesy of @BudgetBeautyGuru on IG

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Let us take a moment of silence for all the edges and wigs snatched by the exciting news of these releases.

You guys are probably wondering exactly when will these be launching?

TODAY! Well, at least the highlighter palette and the Cute AF eyeshadow palette. Both will launch TODAY, June 16, at 1PM EST/10AM PST So get excited, and get ready!

Alright you guys, that’s all for this post!

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Stay Fierce! XOXO, Sage Slays