Elementals: Fire Inspired Makeup Look!

Hello everyone! Today is the start of my new makeup series, woo! These specific posts will be called the Elementals, because each look will be inspired by a special element found in nature. That is: fire, water, earth, and air. For the very first post in this series, I thought I’d start with fire! I wanted it to be very clear that this look emanated the vibes that come with a flame. That is, hues of yellow, red, pink, and a dark purple (which reflects the smoke of a fire). I kept a very simple technique, layering from light shades to dark. Since it was so smoky, the rest of the look is without eyeliner, but with very feathery lashes.

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I began with a gorgeous yellow/orange shade from the Jaclyn Hill palette to act as the lightest transition shade. I used a fluffy Morphe brush to apply it and bring it out towards the end of my eyebrow. Using a couple pink/red tones from the Modern Renaissance palette, I blended those into the transition shade and moved closer towards my lid. Then comes the tricky part!

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Taking a dark purple shade from the Urban Decay Naked Basics (extended) palette, I packed on the color directly to my lid and blended upwards. I did my best to make sure the pink blended seamlessly with the purple. Although I will admit, this takes some time when you’re dealing with such a dark hue. Don’t give up though, blend blend blend! If there is one trick when it comes it makeup, it’s blending. Most people don’t use this technique enough! Lastly, I took a tiny bit of black eyeshadow and placed it on the outer V and on my inner corners, just to smoke everything out even more.

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For lips, I used a liner and lipstick from the brand ColourPop. I absolutely love ColourPop, I don’t have enough of their products! Similar to Morphe, it can be found online and it is priced very well, which makes the brand accessible to so many people (including students on a tight budget). This is not a matte shade however, so when wearing it for hours I will probably place a bit of translucent setting powder over it. Just to ensure no smudging takes place.

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For a highlight, I used a gold and rose gold shade from the Urban Decay After Glow palette. I love the shades in this palette, but unfortunately they don’t give a blinding highlight that I’m looking for. Still pretty, though!

This look was inspired by @atarahmayhew on Instagram. Let me know if you enjoyed this post and are excited for the rest of the Elemental makeup looks! Did you get a fiery vibe from it? I didn’t go the expected route and use a lot of red shades, so let me know if you prefer this smokey look instead!

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Do I Regret Majoring in Graphic Design?

As you all know, I recently graduated from college and majored in Graphic Design. Many people enter their field of study after college and others take a different route. In today’s post I want to spill all the tea about my major, what it was like, what exactly I studied, and how I’m feeling about it now. Do I regret majoring in Graphic Design? My answer: absolutely not, Graphic Design was an excellent choice for me! Below is tons of information you should know if you’re thinking of majoring in Graphic Design and what my perspective was like. I will also mention that I had an Interdisciplinary concentration (basically both Art and Design). I will scatter some examples of my work throughout this post, but if you’d like to check out my full Graphic Design online portfolio, please click here!

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Shopping bags I created for a self-initiated Pop Up Shop project (based off of my personal brand)

Required classes: Throughout my four years at my university, I was required to take a specific amount of units that were special to my major. The classes started with very basic concepts and built on themselves at projects got more difficult and longer term. As a freshman/sophomore I began with 2D Design, 3D Design, Art History I and II, Design History, Drawing I, Web Design I, Introduction to Computer Graphics, Painting I, Graphic Design I and Typography. As a junior/senior, I took Digital Photography, Ceramics, Interactive Web Design, Branding, Life Drawing, Illustration, Graphic Design Portfolio Preparation, and Graphic Design Portfolio Review. My Contemporary Art requirement I completed in Europe through my school’s Euroterm program. Lastly, my major required 1-3 units of internship, which I completed last summer at an environmental Graphic Design firm.

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Mock up of my Creation Care Week poster (wildfires theme)

Study Abroad Opportunities: I was so blessed that my school offered a summer term in Europe! As I mentioned above, I completed the Contemporary Art class and travelled to five different countries in three and a half weeks. We started in London, went to Germany, Paris, Italy, and Greece last. Everyday during our travels, we went to various contemporary art museums and had a lecture every morning. It was so thrilling to learn about pieces of art in the morning and go see them in person that same afternoon. If your university offers a study abroad program (especially in the Art and Design majors) I would really recommend going if you have the means to do so! It honestly enriched my education so much and my time in school would not have been the same. Even if you’re a little nervous to travel, the best things in life make you the most uncomfortable!

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Personal brand business cards (complete with hand painted flowers)

Workload & Critiques: When it comes to Graphic Design, I’m not sure many people understand just how much work goes into this major. I’m not saying that to scare anybody, because I really enjoyed working on all my assignments! While Biology, Chemistry, Accounting, and various other majors spend hours in the library or in a lab, I was spending hours in the Mac Lab or in my dorm making sketches/illustrations for my designs. I absolutely love the process that comes with Graphic Design, so I never minded spending so much time on campus. Nothing felt better than putting all your energy into a piece and getting positive reviews of it during a critique.

Speaking of critiques, what are they? My professors would give us a few weeks at least to finish an assignment. During class time, my professors would come to each student and discuss their progress one on one. After this period of experimentation and quick reviews, we would have critiques that involved the entire class. One by one we went through everyone’s work, discussing composition, design elements, the reason for creating something on the page, and what could be improved. I really loved critique days (they normally lasted about two and a half hours) but they were definitely exhausting! I usually received positive feedback and great advice on what to tweak or change.

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Album Cover I illustrated for a playlist I put together (inspired by the artistic style of illustrator Jesse Ledoux)

Looking Back on my Experience: Overall, I love that I majored in Graphic Design. I wasn’t someone that wanted to sit in a studio all day and create art. It definitely is a passion of mine, but I wanted something more to aspire to than gallery shows. Graphic Design is a perfect mix of hands on art making and modern design techniques (by this, I mean using the computer). I love creating a sketch, scanning it into Illustrator, and turning it into a virtual piece of art that can be used for posters, cards, books, or logos. Even if you do not end up as a full time Graphic Designer, the design principles and skills you learn in this major will be beneficial to any creative career. Being able to draw or work with the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, etc.) will give you that extra edge compared to other job applicants. Understand that if you are in fact applying for a Graphic Design position, you will absolutely need to know how to use these systems. As a Graphic Design major, I ended up graduating with a print portfolio, web portfolio, and a personal brand that consisted of business cards, postcards, a letterhead and more. Totally worth it in my opinion!

Alright, I know this post was super wordy, but I hope it was helpful to some of you! These are some things I wish I would have known going into this major. To be honest, I switched from Visual Arts to Graphic Design my freshman year without knowing quite what it was, lol. However, I’m so glad I took the leap and went into this major. I met so many motivated people that became my close friends and I received tons of support from my family to go into this field. If you’re considering Graphic Design and you’re passionate about art, I say go for it!! See you guys in the next post!

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New Beauty Series Coming Soon and Collaboration Opportunity!

Hello everyone! For today’s post I actually wanted to announce a short series I’ll be starting on the blog. As you may know, I’ve loved creating makeup looks and you all seem to enjoy them or want some tutorials. So I thought a cohesive series would be one of the best ways to showcase some inspired makeup looks. I won’t announce the theme of the series yet, but I think it’ll be a great opportunity not only to practice my makeup skills, but hopefully give you ideas for your own looks as well. I want to find different ways to explore and share beauty on this blog, whether that is through different series or through collaborations. With that being said, if you love beauty/makeup and would like to work with another blogger to create different looks, please contact me through my email (sageoliviablog@gmail.com) or comment below! We can brainstorm and of course think up the perfect posts together!

I also wanted to share a quick makeup look with you guys today. The funny thing with makeup (at least for me) is going in with a specific idea in mind, and the look going in a completely different direction. That’s exactly what happened to me this time around, but I still think it turned out pretty cute and very wearable.

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I used very warm tones in the crease as well as a gray/smokey color from the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette. This was my first go at a halo eye, which is placing shades at the outer corner of your eye, but also the inner corner. This leaves an empty space on the middle of the lid for a metallic or glitter shade. I went for a rose gold glitter and a classic gold shade.

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I made my winged liner a little longer than I normally would, but a dramatic look deserves a dramatic wing, right?! I also layered dark blue and teal glitter shades on top of each other for a bright and colorful under eye. Lastly, I put on a pair of Eye Spy lashes from Dani Mansutti. This was my first time trying these lashes, and I love how gorgeous but natural they look! That’s very important when I’m buying lashes; I adore that extra flare falsies give, but I don’t love when they look too thick or too fake.

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I finished off the whole look with a warm lip color. I used a brick tone from Tarte and layered a nude shade from Anastasia Beverly Hills on top. I made sure to concentrate the nude shade at the center of my lips to create a light to dark effect. It’s very subtle, but these shades worked well together. It was a bit difficult to blend them together to create a gradient because they are both matte shades. Once everything was complete, the look actually ended up matching my t-shirt very well which was great for photographs!

Let me know what you guys think of this look! If you have any questions about anything makeup related that you’d like me to create a tutorial on, please let me know in the comments! Again, if you’re interested in a collaboration please reach out to me through email or in the comments letting me know you’d like to be involved (and of course include some ideas if you’d like!) Talk to you all soon!

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Throwback to the 90’s and 00’s!

What’s up, everyone! One of the best aspects about blogging is having an audience made up of various types of people. Young or more mature, different cultures and colors; I just love it! With that being said, I know a lot of you were either born in the 90’s or have lived through them. As for myself, I was born in 1996 and caught the tail end of this fabulous decade. I’m enamored by the culture of the 90’s and as a kid growing up during this time and well into the 00’s, I don’t remember a single moment where I was bored! For today’s post, I thought I’d make a little list of items I was obsessed with as a kid growing up in the 90’s and 00’s!

Tamagotchis (1996)

Wow, these toys were absolutely the bomb when I was young! These little circular toys fit in the palm of your hand and only consisted of three tiny buttons. I remember keeping mine in the car so I could check up on my virtual pet right after school. The goal is to keep your Tamagotchi alive, and the longer you sustain it, the more it grows and evolves into a more mature creature. I remember the days when it would evolve, I’d get so incredibly excited!

Webkinz (2005)

Ahh, the middle school days! They seem so long ago and so innocent. During these years, I discovered Webkinz, which were plush animals you could collect. These weren’t just any toy though, they came with a virtual code! Kids could take this code, enter it into the Webkinz site, and build a world for their pet. Looking back, I really had a thing for virtual pets! I remember my first Webkinz was a white rabbit, which of course I named Snuggles. My collection grew from there and soon I had a zoo at home and online. They were the only gifts I asked for, and my parents definitely delivered.

VideoNow (2003)

Okay, I’m not sure how many of you will remember these. VideoNow was a portable movie player for kids. They came in different colors and could be taken anywhere because they were so small. The downside to their small size though, is you had to buy PVD’s (Personal Video Discs) that would fit the player. Looking back as an adult, it was a great way for the company to make more money because you couldn’t watch a normal sized DVD! Very sneaky, VideoNow, very sneaky! However, I really did love watching some of my favorite TV shows on it. For example, My Life as a Teenage Robot and Catscratch. Wow, what a throwback!

Game Boy-Advance Version (2001)

The moment my parents bought my sister and I a Game Boy was one of the most exciting days as a kid. We received the dark blue Game Boy Advance with the flip up screen and a couple buttons. This console seems like such a dinosaur compared to the kind of gaming technology we have now! Nevertheless, this little game console was a treasure to me. I believe I still have it stowed away in a drawer somewhere; I’d love to take a trip down memory lane and play that thing again!

Nintendo DS (2004)

As I graduated from my little blue Game Boy, I was given a lovely coral pink Ninetendo DS. I may have been more obsessed with this than the Game Boy to be honest! It came with a stylus, which opened up a whole new world for my gaming self. Animal Crossing was my absolute favorite game, along with Nintendogs and the Beauty and the Beast game. I still have this console and its charger, so once in a great while it’s fun to look back on and play!

Wii (2006)

The Wii was a console me and my whole family enjoyed! With the wireless controllers and the ability to connect four at once, the possibilities were endless. My sister and I spent our summers either out by the pool, at the beach, or playing Guitar Hero on the Wii. I will admit, I became quite the good virtual guitarist because of this game! Wii Sport Resort and Wii Fit were also quite popular in my family. During my middle school days, I was a huge fan of the show Avatar: The Last Airbender and of course a game was created in its honor for the Wii. I would play that game for hours and I was a dang pro!

I hope you guys enjoyed this list, let me know if you remember any of these games or consoles! They definitely shaped my childhood!

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James Charles Inspired Makeup Look!

Hello, loves! I am SO excited to share this makeup look with you. It really pushed my makeup skills to the next level and gave me an opportunity to work on my technique. I’ve found the more I play around with makeup and practice, everything comes together so much better in the end. It is actually very similar to painting, which I am very familiar with and I think has helped when it comes to my makeup journey. Beauty and style really is an art and I’ve been learning that more and more often!

Recently, I’ve been into watching James Charles on YouTube. While he is quite eccentric, he is an extremely positive person and I appreciate his motivation and backstory so much. He has a lot of great tips when it comes to makeup and has really helped me learn specifically how to apply eyeshadow properly and beautifully. With that said, I adored his last look and decided to give it a whirl! I will leave a link to his video where he completes this look here. Keep reading to see how my own look turned out!

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I didn’t watch James’s video while I created this look, so all of the colors I matched as best I could to his and applied them in the most logical sequence possible. This look involved more colors than I’ve ever used and more blending than I’ve ever done! (Blending is key, make no mistake!) I started with oranges and deep burgundy tones near my brow bone and the crease to start, beginning with the lightest shades and working into the dark. I also created a cut crease with concealer before I dove into the purple shades and the blue hues.

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I even decided to add a little pop of black shadow at the outer corners of my eyes to really deepen it up. In James’s look, the corners are very smoked out while the inner corners are bright and sparkling. I didn’t have any large sparkles to place over the shadow, but I used a light pink highlighter from Kylie Cosmetics to really make that blue pop and shine!

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I also made sure to repeat these colorful shades on the bottom lash line. I do this with any makeup look because it ties everything together and adds that extra sense of professionalism. I again started with the lighter shades and moved the darker ones up towards my waterline. While concentrating the burgundy shades towards my outer corner, I kept the blue shades toward the inner corner.

Of course, I finished off by highlighting underneath my brow bone and inner corner with Champagne Pop (a gold toned highlighter). I also threw on a pair of falsies, which I’ve been super into lately! I didn’t think they were of much importance, but they really do add a special flare to your eyes! They give an elongating effect, which makes your eyes look extra feminine and pretty. I used the Benefit Roller Lash to blend these into my natural lashes and for my bottom ones.

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The Jaclyn Hill Palette, Kylie Purple Palette (finally found a use for it, LOL), and the Modern Renaissance Palette all played a part in creating this look. It took quite some time to perfect it, but I’m really happy with the result (it kind of makes me feel like a mermaid!) I’ve seen a lot of videos and blog posts on people recreating the looks of beauty gurus. I’m super interested in making a video like that, so let me know if that’s something you all would like to see! I know I’d have a ball filming it!

Lots more makeup looks and tutorials coming for you guys soon, I really enjoy making content like this! Talk to you in the next post and good luck to those of you taking finals in high school/college in the coming week!

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Spring 2018 Spotify Playlist!

Hello, lovelies! When I firsts started this blog, I used to write quite frequently about the music I was into. Ever since I started playing piano at age five, music has been a significant part of my life and I truly believe someone’s music taste says a whole lot about them (including myself). Music digs deep and has the ability to describe and paint situations that are hard for us to verbalize. Anyways, without going on a whole rant about my feelings towards music, I thought I’d share my Spring 2018 playlist from Spotify. I know some people have giant playlists filled with hours of music, but I tend to create a lot of smaller playlists depending on my mood or the season. I haven’t added to taken away from this playlist in a while, so you’re getting one of the first versions of it!

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I’d describe my music taste as saturated in alternative bops. Coldplay was my first love and since then my love of alternative music has blossomed. So I’ll describe this playlist by artist, since some are featured a few different times. My Spotify username is sagepetersen, if any of you would like to follow me. I don’t usually interact much on Spotify, but if you guys like this playlist, I’ll definitely be more active and make more posts about it.

Panic! at the Disco

Of course, this is very expected of me, LOL. Ever since the concert, I’ve been in a big Panic! and throwback phase. Most of these songs are from their very first album, the classics! Most of the titles from the first album are very long and aren’t a part of the lyrics of the actual song. These songs include:

  • The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage
  • LA Devotee
  • Build God, Then We’ll Talk
  • There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought Of It Yet

Paramore

This is where my rock and roll side kicks in. Paramore has some amazing hits from way back when, but their newer sound is memorable as well! Who can forget good ol’ Misery Business? I only have a couple songs from them on my Spring playlist, but they’re definitely one of my favorite bands of all:

  • Last Hope
  • Hard Times

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish is one of my newer obsessions. I discovered her a little over a year ago because of her song Ocean Eyes, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Whenever I have her playing in the car, whoever is riding with me always asks who the artist is…and it’s always Billie! She really is killing the music game right now; she is extremely unique and has one of the loveliest voices I’ve ever heard. If you’re a Billie Eilish fan, you probably caught my reference to her new song! 😉 I have quite a bit from her on the playlist:

  • my boy
  • Six Feet Under
  • watch
  • lovely (with Khalid) 
  • ocean eyes

MUNA

This is a band I discovered at the beginning of this year. I heard them mentioned on the radio, where they played a snippet of one of their songs. It really drew me in so I thought I’d look them up. I ended up loving their sound, and they’re one of my go-to’s now. I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you’ve never heard of them. If you’d like an extremely brief synopsis of them, they are the chiller, female version of The 1975. I put a couple of my favorites on the playlist:

  • Winterbreak
  • I Know A Place 

Random Songs & Artists

The rest of my Spring 2018 playlists consists of a montage of random songs and artists that really set the mood for my last semester of college. Some of these I love listening to when I’m doing a glam makeup look or getting ready for a night out, others are great for a nice drive!

  • Dua Lipa: New Rules
  • Marshmello, Khalid: Silence
  • Bleachers: Don’t Take the Money
  • Lorde: Homemade Dynamite (Feat. Khalid, Post Malone, & SZA)
  • A R I Z O N A: Cross My Mind
  • Willow: Marceline (this song is adapted from the show Adventure Time and it honestly has such a great vibe!)
  • Khalid: Location
  • Fall Out Boy: 20 Dollar Nose Bleed
  • Floatinurboat: Spirit of Things (great for makeup tutorials)
  • Kendrick Lamar: All the Stars (with SZA)
  • Calum Scott: Dancing on my Own (Scott is from the X Factor!)

Let me know if I had any of your favorites on this list! I love connecting with people that have a similar music taste as me, so definitely give me a follow on Spotify or let me know in the comments below! By the way, I’m hoping to photograph a new makeup look soon, I’ve just been waiting for this cold to get out of my system! Thanks for your patience, talk to you all soon!

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Follow My New Twitter!

Hello, loves! Just a quick little PSA for today. I created a Twitter for this blog! I know I probably should have been keeping up with one for years now, but I simply never got into it. The first year I had this blog (and when it was under a different domain name) I tried creating one, but never stuck to it. I’d really like to be consistent this time and see what the Twitter hype is all about! So let’s connect and follow me on Twitter! My username is @sageoliviablog and I’ll be following everyone back!

I will also be posting all of my new blog posts to Twitter, so you can keep up with me that way if you do not have the WordPress app on your phone. I’d also like it to be a platform where I can post about my personal life. Where I’m going, what I’m doing after college, how I’m feeling, advice, opinions, all that good stuff! Hop on over to Twitter and give me a follow! Thanks everyone, hope you are all having a lovely day!

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