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

Hello Beauty Babes, HAPPY 2018!!!!!

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

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

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

Favorite Primer – NYX Hydratouch Oil Primer ($13.99)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honorable Mention: Maybelline Master Chrome ($7.99)

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

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


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

Favorite Eyeliner – NYX Epic Ink Liner ($7.99)


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Favorite Miscellaneous Product – NYX Glitter Glue ($5.99)


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

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

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

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

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

Success is Defined by your Willingness to Keep Going.

Keep up with me in 2018 on social media

Instagram: @SageSlays_    Snapchat: @SageCatherineXO

I love you beauty babes!

Stay Fierce, & Stay Ready for the new year!

XOXO, Sage Slays


Colourpop Haul!!! (Part One)

Hello Beauty Babes!

Its haul time!


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

So let’s get started!

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

I love the shades.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instagram @SageSlays_     Snapchat @SageCatherineXO

Stay Fierce & Stay Tuned for Part 2!

XOXO, Sage Slays

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

Hey Beauty Babes!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here are a few of the deals I bought.

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


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:

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

I’ll see you in my next post!

Stay Fierce, & Stay Frugal

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:

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

I’ll see you guys in my next post!

Stay Fierce, & Stay Fiery!

XOXO, Sage Slays


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

Hello Beauty Babes!

SO much has happened!

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

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

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

Let’s get started!

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

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


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

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I’ll see you in my next one!

Stay Fierce & Stay Shopping

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!

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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!

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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!

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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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