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


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?)


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:

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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?)


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:

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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!)


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).


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!


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.


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.


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!


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…)

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.


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?


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

PUR Cosmetics My Little Pony Palette: First Impression & Swatches! 🦄🌈✨

Hello Beauty Babes!

So, this week has been stressful here in Florida and I’ve been trying to keep my mind off it by trying out some new makeup. But in all seriousness, I hope all my makeup lovers in this little beauty community of ours will survive and we can hopefully get back to normal as soon as possible.

But, with all the heavy seriousness going on, we need a distraction to keep our minds in a good place. So we should do what we enjoy and keep our love for makeup strong!

So, back to this palette. From the title, you know what this post is about; the BRAND NEW PUR Cosmetics My Little Pony Palette!


This palette is colorful and fun just like a scene from My Little Pony. Side note, I had no idea My Little Pony was out here making moves! They got a TV show, dolls, merchandise, a movie in theaters, and NOW a makeup collab? Dang! When I was a kid, I had one or two MLP dolls. I even had a few Little Pony Happy Meal toys. I’d keep them on my nightstand. So this palette is pretty nostalgic!

But, let’s get to the actual palette.


There are 12 shadows in the palette (7 matte, 5 metallic) and it retails for $29 at Ulta Beauty. This palette is a colorful rainbow full of bright shades like hot pink, bold red, and more.

In size, it’s relatively small, about the size of a spread out palm, or a little bigger. In terms of cost, it’s not inexpensive, but it isn’t as highly priced as most prestige brand shadow palettes. When asking if it’s worth it, you need to consider the quality.

So, let’s get into it.


I’m gonna be 100% honest with you, I was a bit underwhelmed when I first opened this palette. I kind of thought the quality would be redonkulous, so when I wasn’t completely happy with every shadow, I did have a moment of “huh”.

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The mattes are awesome. Well, most of them. I was specifically impressed with the bright red (Tempest Shadow) and hot pink (Pinkie Pie). I’ve had palettes with similar shades that are just not good in terms of formulation. streaky, patchy, no pigment. with bold colors, the pigmentation needs to be FIRE so when you use it it can serve it’s purpose. otherwise, it looks like you just didn’t apply it right. These are insanely pigmented, and you don’t need to dig into them to get color. I used the red on the lid and it applied gorgeously. I did use a base, so I would like to see how it performs truly on its own.

I also loved the chocolate brown (Honesty) which had the same great formula as the other mattes. The only mattes I was unhappy with were first, the yellow (Kindness) & the purple (Magic). The yellow didn’t really show up. Only after layer on top of layer do you get any color, and not much at that. Yellow eyeshadows are really hard to make in terms of formula. They can tend to lack pigment which makes it hard to pack onto the lid. This one has even less pigment than that, so be warned. Speaking of no pigment, the purple was a total “pfffft”. NO COLOR AT ALL. you have to really dig in to get even a little bit of color. And with purple, you need it to be pigmented otherwise when you blend the shadow onto the eye it’ll look muddy.

All the other mattes are great. The light cool toned brown (Generosity) is great, I tried it as a transition shade and it was awesome. it blended so well. Also the stark white (Rarity) is pigmented on its own. I used it as a base and it actually brightened the lid.



Now onto the metallics. I love metallic, shimmery shades. I want a palette to have pigmented blendable mattes, and pigmented show stopping metallics. I like metallics that really stand out on the lid, and are super reflective, and even shimmery.

When I saw the metallics in the pan, I had high hopes. But the swatches, were disappointing at best. The gold (applejack), the metallic bubblegum pink (fluttershy) and the champagne (laughter) were not stunning, or showstopping, and the shimmery blue (rainbow dash) was not very pigmented. Neither was the metallic green (loyalty). The shimmery turquoise (princess skystar) was actually not bad. it wasn’t super pigmented, but it was a nice shade. the light pink with shimmer (twilight sparkle) was just totally not a favorite. I have no idea how to use it.

I really think using the metallics with water is necessary. Some of them are simply unworkable without a damp brush. It doesn’t make them somehow stunning, they still aren’t the best, but they do get better. Overall, the metallics are dry. which in some cases doesn’t always effect the quality, but in this case I think it does. You do need to work with these, but I haven’t played with these alot so I’ll keep you updated on how they perform. If not here, then on my Instagram @SageSlays_ (there’s a widget on my homepage!)

Do I think this palette is good? First impressions, I’m not sure.  Some of the shadows were a bit disappointing, but like most things, there are good and bad. The question is if the good outweighs the bad. I’m not sure, but right now I’m hopeful.

The price is a bit high, and I feel like the quality should be better for the price. Juvias Place palettes are priced similarly and their formula is outrageously phenomenal! Like, AMAZING. Even with Morphe, you get 35 shadows of amazing quality for $22 each, so the caliber on Prestige brands has been raised and brands like PUR should keep up.

Alright Beauty Babes, thanks for reading! I hope that everyone stays safe and we can resume normalcy as soon as possible.

Stay in touch with me on social media:

Instagram @SageSlays      Snapchat @SageCatherineXO     Twitter @SageSlays

I’ll see you guys in my next post!

Stay Fierce, & Stay Safe (seriously)

And protect your makeup!!!! (but mostly yourselves)

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


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.



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 @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.


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


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?


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.


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


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.


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, 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!


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.


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!


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


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?)


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??


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.


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!

Make sure to keep up with me on social media:

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

Stay Fierce, & Stay Elemental! (Get it? Because of the new palettes?)

XOXO, Sage Slays


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.


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.


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


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. even made an article with 21 dupes for single shades from the Subculture palette, so I seriously think you have plenty of options!

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!

Keep up with me on social media:

Instagram: @SageSlays_

Snapchat: @SageCatherineXO

Twitter: @SageSlays

Stay Fierce & Stay Honest!

XOXO, Sage Slays

COLOURPOP HAUL!!! Trying Out the Newest Products (Concealers, Highlighters, & More!) 😍🛍💸✨💋💁🏽

Hello Beauty Babes!

I just got back from a much needed vacation to Orlando, which somehow I feel like I needed a vacation to recover from the vacation. Disney is no joke! I swear it’s like a mad house! I don’t know about you, but the happiest place on earth is now my bed. (Or Ulta & Sephora)

So, after a few days rest, I’m back! And seriously, I couldn’t have picked a worse time to go on vacay. So much is happening in the beautyverse! I’m gonna be popping out new content like booty pops at a J-Lo concert.

As soon as I got home, I was greeted with a new Colourpop Package! So, get ready for a haul!!!


I picked up a bunch of new stuff, and I can’t wait to show you guys and share my thoughts!

First, I picked up one of the new Colourpop Concealers!!! Does anyone else dread picking out face product shades online? I always feel like there’s a shade I could’ve gotten that would be better.


But anyways, I picked up the shade Medium Tan 35. I would’ve like a more yellow tone concealer, but I think this shade will work out for me.

The packaging is pretty big compared to other concealers. It’s .14 oz (4.0g) which isn’t as much product compared to other concealers.

The texture is very smooth. It’s not too light or thick & cakey. It kind of dries to a matte finish. I’ve worn it only once since I got it so I haven’t formed a full opinion on it yet, but I didn’t have any problems wearing it.

Next I picked up one of the new Super Shock shadows recently released in Lightning Bug, which is one of the shadows in their Summer Solstice Quad.


I try to buy more different things instead of buying the same old stuff (at least a try, but I mean come on. We all have at least five lipstick colors that are the exact same but we swear are somehow different). When I saw this, I didn’t think I was going to buy it. I mean, it’s a golden eyeshadow. but I decided to get it, and I am SOOO glad I did!

This shadow is so stunning! It’s like a gorgeous piece of jewelry on your face. It’s a warm classic gold color that’s bursting with shimmery goodness. The swatches don’t do it justice! Sometimes super shock shadows can vary in pigmentation, but Lightning Bug is full of pigmentation! It’s such a great shadow I’m so excited to wear this!

I was so excited that CP came out with pressed highlighters/bronzers so I decided to pick one up!


The shade is called Boujee Call, and yes the name is why I picked it. I had high expectations for these, but because beauty babes should always be honest with each other, I’m gonna tell you guys this didn’t meet my expectations.

When I swatched this, my mind went “whomp whomp whomp”. it was dissapointing! It was clumpy and not very smooth. However, when i swatched it on my hand, it looked pretty good. I was even more suprised when I wore it. It actually looked good!


I’ll be honest, it wasn’t the smoothest highlighter, But it is wearable. I wouldn’t 100% reccomend this, but if you are curious, it isn’t a total waste of money, especially since it’s only $8

The Sun Seeker Lip Trio was another product I picked up. I really like the shades in this trio, but I was more so into this trio because of the gorgeous sparkly gloss inside!


Sizzle, an Ultra Matte warm red berry shade

Tidal, an Ultra Satin warm brown shade with red undertones

Cabana Boy, an Ultra Glossy Metallic rose gold


Sizzle is such a pretty color that’s perfect for this time of year between summer and fall. The only thing is the finish! I feel like the Ultra Satin formula is amazing for liquid lipsticks! The Ultra Matte formula for me is too matte! I’ll probably wear this with a gloss. I think Cabana Boy would look great on top of it.


Tidal is right up my alley. I love warm toned browns! This actually reminds me alot of Tansy from Colourpop! (also an Ultra Satin Lip) Putting them side by side, they do look really similar, but not the same. Tansy is a straight up yellow brown while Tidal is a warm toned brown with slight red undertones. However, I probably wouldn’t stress over buying both.


Cabana Boy is soooo stunning! It’s a rose gold tube of fabulousness. And, like Tidal, Cabana Boy has a doppleganger of its own from Colourpop. My Jam is really similar to Cabana Boy. They even have the same colored shimmer. The difference is the base. My Jam is more gold while Cabana Boy is a rose gold. If you want to be logical, then you probably don’t need both but if you love shimmery metallic glosses like I do, then do whatever floats your boat. Colourpop does metallic shimmer glosses well. Cabana Boy & My Jam both have a great formula without any friction or discomfort.

Last but not least, I got the Ultra Matte Lip in the shade Troublemaker.


As soon as I saw this mid-tone brown peach shade, I was all into it! A lot of times, peach shades are too pink. I love how brown toned this peach shade is. Also, the brown tones are great for other WOC who love peach lip colors like me!


The only thing is that this is an Ultra Matte Lip. Really, it’s more of a preference thing, and sometimes I can wear these with no problem, but I’m really not into non-transfer stay all day super matte liquid lipsticks. I’m more into satin finish, comfortable, semi-transfer formulas, so I would probably wear this with a gloss. I actually tried this out with Smith’s Rosebud Salve on top, and I loved how it looked and felt! So if you’re like me, try using Smith’s on top or something similar to it or a gloss so it’s more wearable.

Alright you guys! That is it for this post! I’ll let you guys know how these products work out. I might even do a haul update post later on.

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