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


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


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

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

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

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Stay Fierce & Stay Honest!

XOXO, Sage Slays

Big Maybelline Collaboration Reveal Today!(Although I Think I Know Who It Is…)

Hello Beauty Babes!

Before I crash and snuggle with my dogs I wanted to tell you guys some exciting news from earlier today!

Maybelline posted on their Instagram account:


So apparently, there is a special project & collaboration that is being announced today! All the secretiveness has made us all put on our Nancy Drew hats to figure out what is going on! But, I think I may have a theory as to what the big announcement is, and I want to share it with you guys.

I am slightly convinced that the influencer they are collaborating with is…

Makeup Shayla!!!

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WHY do I think this? Allow me to present to you….

Exhibit A:


On her Snapchat (photos courtesy of IG account @hotfiremakeup) Shayla mentioned a big announcement happening today at 9AM PST/ 12PM EST.

It’s a huge coincidence that the same day Maybelline is announcing a collab with an influencer for a special project, Makeup Shayla, who is an influencer announces a similar reveal the SAME DAY!

Not yet convinced? Well…. take a look at exhibit B

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Early in July, Hot Fire Makeup posted about a Makeup Shayla City Mini Palette spotted, but not yet available (to my knowledge). This may be apart of the collaboration with Makeup Shayla & Maybelline, and may even include other products.

And, now, finally Exhibit C:

How can we forget the amazing “That Boss Life” campaign with Shayla & Manny for the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara?! It’s obvious that Shayla & Maybelline are familiar with one another and do great things together.

And, not to sound like I’m speculating or anything, BUT the photo Maybelline posted to announce the collab project had a photo of a ring with “Big Shot” on it, MAYBE they’re alluding to “That Boss Life” with Shayla???

I would totally LOVE for it to be MakeupShayla you guys, but whoever Maybelline collaborates with will be exciting! We’ll find out by 9AM PST/12PM EST you guys, and I can’t wait!

But I really do think it’s Shayla (insert the infamous Shayla “ooooh” here)

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

Make sure you keep up with me on my social media:

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post, & I’ll see you in my next one!

Stay Fierce, & Stay Speculating!

XOXO, Sage Slays


Current Favorites: Products That Slay 💁🏽💋🦄✨

Hello Beauty Babes!

I’ve been wanting to do more favorites posts because personally, I think it’s great to share what works and what doesn’t and also because I enjoy them so much as well. However, it can be kind of tricky. Since I’m always trying and buying new things, by the time a post is up with my favorites for the month, I’m already onto a new group of products. So, I decided to do current favorites so you guys can see what I’m using currently, instead of just for that month.

So, let’s get into it!


With the summer months I’ve been trying to bring more color into the mix and this palette has helped me have more fun and color in my makeup routine!


If you’re a palette person like me, you know how awesome saucesome the Morphe palettes are. I’ve fallen in love with the 35O for warm neutrals and now, i’ve fallen for the 35B.

The 35B has every color in the rainbow. red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and so many more in between! I can go crazy with color and have all the colors I need at my disposal. Another reason I love this palette so much is that there are also softer more wearable shades in there so no matter how you want to do your look, this palette will have what you need. AND THE PIGMENT! WHOO! I can’t say enough about this palette I would recommend it to anyone who loves makeup and wants to add color to their look. img_2323

My most used colors would be the ones in the bottom left corner like the peaches, corals, oranges, and yellows. but I like to dip into pretty much every shade. I will say though, that the red isn’t as pigmented as I would like, and also the blue in the very top right corner. Only those two. You can work with them, but they don’t have as much pigment as the other shades. But overall, I still feel like this palette is 100% worth it.



A product I’ve been obsessing over is the Girlactik Face Glow in Lustre! You guys know I am a big highlight fanatic! This highlight is one of my top 5 favorites and that’s really saying something if you guys knew how many highlights I have. It’s soooo glowy, I can literally signal people in space. ET PHONE HOME!



It’s so illuminating, but what I love is that it places so well on the skin, it looks like you’re just glowing beautifully for no reason. It’s the type of highlighter that doesn’t emphasize
texture if you have it, and it’s not sparkly it’s just pure glowy goodness. It’s definitely worth the price of $25, I would absolutely recommend it.


img_2404-1The Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss in Amber. I’ve been really into glosses and I’m always on the look out for warm orange-y peach-y nudes. I feel like I always see pinky nudes and I want warm nudes! So when I found this lipgloss, I knew it was gonna be a favorite.

I feel like the color isn’t showing up the same on camera, but it’s just such a gorgeous nude color.


It’s exactly the type of nude that is perfect for me! It’s like peaches and cream. I love how this looks on my warm skintone, it just looks so right! I also love the formula of ABH glosses. It’s thick enough to stay on and deliver pigmented color, but not super thick like a lacquer or to the point where it’s just uncomfortable. It’s just amazing.



Next, I’ve been in love with the E.L.F. Aqua Luxe Blush/Bronzer Duos.


I’ve used the original duos before, but they didn’t blow me away. These Aqua Luxe duos have such a hydrating, moussey texture. It reminds me of the Colourpop super shock formula. What’s so great is that even though it has a moussey texture, it still delivers pigmentation! Also, it sets to a powder finish so it won’t move your foundation out of place. I love the blush, and I really love the bronzer! it blends into place so well, I have zero complaints. And for $6?! GIRL!

img_2327The shade I’ve used the most is Bronzed Peach. I even keep it in my makeup bag. I also love the shade Bronzed Violet. At first I was nervous because of how bright it is in the tin, but the blush isn’t as harsh it goes on really nice. The bronzer really warms up my face. I love how it looks on my face. I was worried something with this texture  wouldn’t last on my face, but it really does. Sometimes, I’ll just use this alone and I love the way it looks. You can use these with a beauty sponge, or a synthetic brush, or even your fingers!


img_2361-1Another product I’ve been loving recently is also from Elf. The E.L.F. Lock on Brown/Liner Cream has been so amazing. It’s the only thing I use on my brows and I’m usually a 3/4 product kind of girl when it comes to getting my brows on fleek! But this $3 product is all I’ve been using. It doesn’t feel hard or stiff and doesn’t end up crumbling off after a while. They stay in place all day, and it literally doesn’t budge, doesn’t smear, I love it.


img_2317The NYX Big&Loud Lash Primer has made me believe in lash primers. I used to think they were such a waste of time and money, that you could use baby powder, basically I never thought a lash primer would make a difference. I got this in a holiday duo with a liquid liner and recently when I was organizing my makeup, I found this, and used it and haven’t stopped since then! It not only separates lashes, but it makes lashes look fuller, more voluminous, and longer. It just makes lashes look fierce! I really don’t wear lashes often, so to have something that has made people think I am wearing falsies, then I am all for it.

Next, the Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil in Nude Oasis.

img_2336I’ve got to be honest with you. The big reason for me buying this was because of how adorable and cool the packaging is! It’s like a cute little sphere! It’s a squeeze tube which surprised me for some reason. The reason this is a favorite though, isn’t the cute packaging. img_2340-1It’s because it’s such a great lip product! It’s so nourishing, it makes your lips look and feel amazing, it’s not oily, it’s not sticky at all it’s like the perfect mix between a lip balm, a lip oil treatment, and a lip gloss. The way I would describe how this feels on the lips, is like a cloud. it makes my lips feel so soft like clouds. I love how nourishing and revitalizing it is, while still giving me that Alyssa Edwards tongue poppin’ (insert here) gloss. priced at $20, it is a bit costly but I really do love this product. I would totally buy more.

img_2366img_2368-1The Wet N Wild Photo Focus Concealer has been my go to concealer for at least a month straight. Let me start by saying it’s hard enough finding a concealer with olive undertones. So as soon as I saw that, I was sold. I actually didn’t fall head over heels for this concealer until recently. I was using it with a setting powder that didn’t work and I really never honed in on it.

But now I’ve just been loving it so much!  It has great coverage, even being compared by some influencers to the infamous Tarte Shape Tape but at a fraction of the cost at $4!!! This looks so great under the eyes, there’s no flashback, I just love it. I even bought a back up!



Alright beauty babes! Those were my current favorites. I’ve already been trying out new products, so hopefully I can be more consistent with favorites posts. What I may end up doing is just posting about products I’m loving right away instead of always waiting to gather all my favorites up. I don’t know. Let me know what you think!

Keep up with me on social media! Some really exciting things are in the works, so don’t miss out!

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Stay Fierce & Stay Tuned!

XOXO, Sage Slays





My Two Cents: Does Everyone Really Need A Makeup Line?

Hello Beauty Babes!

So, I kind of just wanted to give my two cents, my opinion, on something that I feel like now is happening really often.

Now, it’s easier than ever to achieve public recognition. With that, most people try to use that to support themselves and make money, so they create business. It’s nothing new, it’s just the way things are.

In the beauty community, when an influencer gains popularity, they collaborate with brands for products, like Morphe, Colourpop, Violet Voss, etc. and some then decide to create their own makeup brand.

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I’m not gonna beat around the bush. It’s 6am, I’m tired, I just ate a bunch of empanadas, and I just want to share my opinion.

Not everyone needs a makeup line. I feel like we’ve gotten to a point where having a makeup line is merely a way to promote yourself or make more money as opposed to a true desire to better the beauty industry and create unique product. You hear almost every day about some guru in the process of starting there makeup line. But to be honest, not everyone should.

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There seems to be brands popping up everyday. I feel like right now, things are in a place where we can all coexist and create products for our desired market so that everyone can have fun with makeup. If you want something edgy, it’s out there. something fun, it’s there. colorful, it’s there. neutral, it’s there. and if you want it for under 10 bucks, or over 50, it’s there. And i love that! I love how many brands there are to uncover and try. But I feel like now people are coming into the business of owning a makeup brand without that necessary vision. They just want to start one because they like makeup, and want to make money. But before they do this, they need to ask.

What are you, specifically, going to put out into the beauty world that is so one of a kind, and smartly created, that gives buyers something special? Or are they merely buying it because an influencer they like has their name on it? 

Apparently Laura lee is in the process of creating a makeup line and this made me ask, why? Not with an attitude, or anything, just purely wondering what would she be putting out that will really stand out?

I feel like only a small iota of gurus are doing this, and they all seem to be copying one another, producing basically the same thing. I mean think about it. An influencer with a great personality, lives in la, always wears neutral makeup, isn’t extremely artistic, but is really pretty and funny, and always seems to be “obsessed with” the same thing as everyone else. right now, it’s the jaclyn hill palette, and the KKW contour sticks. So they say they want to have a makeup line, or they do a collab. It always consists of a neutral palette, a light nude lipstick, and a golden highlighter.

I hope you guys aren’t taking this like I don’t like these types of gurus. I watch some of them, follow them, and want them to succeed, but do I want to keep buying the same exact thing over and over again just because someone new is making it?

There are just too many different types of makeup lovers and artists to have this much repetitiveness! You have super artistic makeup lovers who do works of art on their eyes and lips, you have color loving makeup artists who have at least 5 different colors on their face in every look they do. you have kind of punk goth makeup lovers who can do amazing things with black shadow, you have fantasy type makeup lovers, who love using glitter in place of blush and bronzer and only use pastel colored mascara. You have fierce women of color makeup lovers who slay hijabs, or african headscarfs, I mean I could go on and on and on and on.

But with all this diversity and creativity, how do we always seem to end up with the same prototype, same type of influencer creating products for us? Is this really the product we want?

I feel like someone who did it right was Kathleen Fuentes a.k.a. @KathleenLights. She has an amazing channel, is incredibly genuine, cares for her followers, and did not just decide to have a makeup line just because she was into makeup and had a following. She collaborated with certain brands, and then has a line of nail polishes that actually offer something worth buying to her consumers.

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I’m just kind of tired of people in our little makeup community always having to sell. Sell merchandise with their face on it. Sell makeup with their name on it. Can we be smart consumers, and stop to think “what is special about this particular product?”

I would never want to discourage someone from doing what they’re passionate about. There are definitely influencers out there who I feel like certainly CAN and SHOULD produce products. I would be lying to you guys if I said I don’t want to have MY own brand of products. But I don’t feel like that makes me a hypocrite or a judgemental, bitter person for saying what I’ve said.

Someone who I feel like would really add something to the makeup industry with their own brand is Rihanna. She isn’t an influencer, but I think we all can think of two or three celebs that have makeup brands that don’t need to have them. I feel like Rihanna has a unique style and an amazing aesthetic and would produce makeup that would make her fans happy, and would be unique and fun.

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The difference between my passion to hopefully one day be able to make cosmetic products is that as a makeup lover, there is an area of the beauty market that isn’t fulfilled and I would love to one day contribute to fulfilling it. To make a more diverse makeup market, and introduce products I want to see. I personally feel that the reason certain influencers are doing this is not to diversify the products we see and buy, or to offer unique and creative new products. I feel like they have a different objective that ultimately produces more of the same.

I hope beauty babes, that if you read this you’ll at least understand what I mean, and not take offense. I honestly just wanted to share what myself, and others have said and felt. At the end of the day, I don’t know the full truth of the matter, or how things will turn out. This is my opinion, my feelings. everyone has them, and everyone deserves to share theirs.

I will just say this you guys. I know how amazing this community is, and I feel like we all deserve to be offered unique quality products with thought and meaning. Products that add something to our own collections, not just multiply. Just know that as consumers, you set the tone, you decide what matters. Shouldn’t we use our power as consumers to voice reason? To question for quality, not quantity? Just because someone in the public eye creates something, doesn’t make it worth the cost.

Let’s ask questions and actually wonder what makes this product worth buying?  and let’s put our energy and money towards quality products that are worth what they cost and actually add something to the beauty industry.

Again you guys, let me just say I’m not trying to bash anyone. creating a brand is not like an easy thing. I just want to have products and brands praised and appreciated for what matters. unique, thought out products that are made for its consumers, and brands that have a passion for creating original quality products.

Okay you guys, that’s all for this post, and my two cents.

go buy yourself something pretty.

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Stay Fierce, & Stay Smart

XOXO, Sage Slays




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:


“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.”



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:


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)


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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Stay Fierce, & Stay Tuned!

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!


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


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.


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


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



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!


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!

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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.


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


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.


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)


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!


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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!

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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! 

Stay in touch on social media:

Twitter: @SageSlays SnapChat: @SageCatherineXO Instagram: @SageSlays_ 

Stay Fierce! 

XOXO, Sage Slays 🦄👸🏾✨