Dark Glam Coachella Look!

Hello, lovelies! I’m coming at you with another makeup look, this one specifically geared toward COACHELLA! Are any of you attending the festival this year? I’ve actually never been, but I’d love to go within the next few years. Coachella season is super fun, even if you aren’t actually going. I love the makeup tutorials and fashion videos that creators post on YouTube that are Coachella themed, so I thought I’d create a look myself this year! Of course, being me, I went a little dark and vampy. So if you’re into that, keep on reading!

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So this makeup look actually started off with me experimenting with a new foundation. I rarely ever buy or even wear full coverage foundation, but I’ve been dying to try out the Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation. I’d love to do a whole separate post on it because guys…it’s freaking incredible. Of course I then whipped out an eyeshadow palette and the look was built from there. Here are some themes I was going for with this look: dewey, glowy, glam, bronzed, and witchy with a little desert vibe. This made sense in my head…let me know if you understood any of that, LOL.

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As you can tell, I went extremely heavy with the highlighter and glitter shadow. I really wanted to do a sparkle/jewel freckles look, but I didn’t have any of those materials. So I opted for the next best thing: glittery eyeshadow on the cheeks, horizontally across the nose, on specific points of the eyelids, and even on the center of the lips (by the way, I’m wearing a Kylie lip kit in “Gorg”). I never do an ultra highlighted look, so this was super fun to create! For this, I used a combination of the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop highlighter and a Colour Pop shadow in Birthday Girl. 

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Zooming in specifically on the eyes, I used the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. I made sure to use the lighter shades toward my brow bone and the second to darkest shade on the majority of my lid. I placed the Champagne Pop highlighter on the center of my lid and lower lash line. I also dabbed it in my inner corner, directly under the wing of my liquid liner, and under the arch of my brow. With this look, the more highlighter, the better!

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As I mentioned before, I really wanted this look to emanate a day out in the sun and very bronzed. So of course, I used the Benefit Hoola Bronzer along the usual cheek area, as well as my jaw line, temples, and sides of my forehead. I also used a bit of rosy blush from BareMinerals (I’ve had it forever, so I’m not sure of the name). Combined with the Colour Pop eyeshadow on my cheeks, this left a very sun kissed, almost sunburnt look (which, if you’re going to Coachella, you’re more than likely to get a sunburn). Growing up in Southern California, I spend the majority of my summers sunburnt, so I’ve gotten used to the look, LOL.

After throwing a couple braids in my hair and some bohemian inspired jewelry, I’ve completed my dark Coachella look! Let me know if you like it down in the comments below! Also if you’d like specifics on any of the products I used, don’t be afraid to ask!

*Also, just thought I’d throw this out there, I know the lipstick application on my bottom lip looks a little wonky. Sometimes we get breakouts in the worst places and it messes with our fabulous lip colors. But hey, smile through it right?

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Finally Finding What I’ve Been Looking For: My Hair Transformation!

Hello, loves! If you follow me on Instagram, you noticed the little beauty journey I went on yesterday. I’ve researched various different hair colors for so long, and I’ve always done simple blonde highlights. The biggest change I’ve ever made to my hair is cutting it to my shoulders (my hair is usually quite long). The colors that have been put into my hair by so many different hairdressers have never been quite the shade I’ve asked for and I always left the salon a bit disappointed. I’ve never hated my hair, but it just never ended up the color I was expecting. UNTIL YESTERDAY!

Here is my “before” hair photo:

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I asked my hairdresser that I really wanted a cooler toned blonde and very ashy. She knew exactly what I was talking about and mentioned that she would use two different types of toner after coloring my hair. This is a step I wasn’t familiar with and wondered if this was where other salons missed the mark. After a quick trim (cause girl, my hair was DEAD), the next two and a half hours were spent applying the color. Next, we moved over to the sink for the usual washing, conditioning, and of course the two toners.

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After curling my hair, the whole process took about three hours, but was personally SO worth it! I don’t know if it was the colors my hairdresser mixed, the toner, or how she applied the color, but she completely nailed it! I’m just so impressed how she completely removed the golden tones in my hair and replace them with the lovely gray blonde I now have. Linked below is the Instagram accounts of the salon I went to and the account of my personal hairdresser. Definitely check them out if you’re in the Orange County area!

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Here are the final results and a side by side comparison:

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It honestly amazes me, from the color difference to the perfection in the blending from top to bottom. A lot of things in beauty (including hair and makeup) I consider art, and if you aren’t convinced of that, my hairdresser used a legit paintbrush to apply the color, LOL! Let me know what you guys think in the comments below: are you more a fan of warmer tones or cooler ones when it comes to hair and makeup? I’d love to know! Thank you all for your kind words on Instagram regarding this transformation and I’ll talk to you all soon! xx

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Valentine’s Day OOTD & Makeup Look!

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Hello, loves! Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this day of love, I thought I’d share an OOTD. Initially, this post was going to be strictly a makeup look, however I remembered I had the perfect outfit for the day! It’s been so long since I’ve written a post like this, and I forgot how much I enjoy sharing them with you all. Whether you are in a committed relationship or a single pringle like me, I hope you can find some happiness today and celebrate the love that is so abundant in this world. Enjoy the OOTD!

Pink, Purple, and Poised

Once I knew Valentine’s Day was coming up, I really wanted to do a pink inspired makeup look. It quickly turned to a more purple look, but I’m not really mad about it. I started out with the Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay, which is completely made up of pink shades. I personally love the looks you can get from this palette and I use it quite often in the spring time. I then went in with the two dark pink shades from the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette. This really brought out the perfect pink/rosey shades to the outer half of my lid. Lastly, I used the Purple Palette from Kylie cosmetics, which I wrote a full review of (you can find that here), and I was definitely not impressed with it. However, the one shade I truly do love I used today on my lower lash line and a bit in my outer V. I finished everything off with some black Stila waterproof eyeliner and the Better Than Sex Mascara (what else would I use? lol)

For skin, I used my usual Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and translucent powder to set everything in place. As for bronzer, blush, and highlighter, I went in with the Benefit Hoola bronzer, Nars blush in Orgasm, and a pinky toned highlighter from Kylie Cosmetics (let me know if you guys want a full review of her highlighters, I’m very torn on them too). As for lips, I went for a simple tinted chapstick from Burt’s Bees in Pomegranate.

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For the Love of Yellow Hearts

This top I found at Topshop a while back. It’s a cropped blouse with a little tie in the front. I normally am not a fan of these types of tops, but the print completely won me over. The small black and white dots with the yellow hearts made for the perfect look today! The zipper running down the front gives a very edgy look, which of course I’m obsessed with. Sleeves are a big deal to me, and the one on this top definitely don’t disappoint! I love the length and combined with the flowy material, makes for a flattering ensemble.

I paired this top with my favorite jean skirt (which I thought was appropriate for the weather today, but it actually ended up raining!) I added these black heeled sandals and I think it went super well with the top. For accessories, I kept it simple with medium sized silver hoops. I love how casual yet put together this look is. You could definitely spice it up with some more serious heels if you’re going out at night or throw on some tennis shoes if you’re simply running errands.

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I hope you all enjoyed this little Valentine’s themed OOTD. Let me know what you think of the makeup and outfit down below in the comments. If you have any questions, feel free to ask as well! Have a great day everyone!

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Confused by Kylie Cosmetics…The Purple Palette

Hello loves! Hope you are all doing well and keeping warm during these chilly January days. I’m back with another beauty post and I want to get immediately into it because I really want to know your own thoughts on this. A while back I wrote a glowing review of a Kylie matte liquid lipstick (you can read that here if you need to catch up) and its honestly been one of my favorite shades. However, for Christmas I received one of her eyeshadow palettes because I was really curious if she had the same good quality throughout the variety of her products. Reviews in general of Kylie Cosmetics have been so up and down but I really wanted to form an opinion for myself.

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I saw this palette when Kylie first posted about it on her snapchat (and yes I’m afraid I do actually follow her on snapchat) and I was very interested. Not only because I’m a big fan of purple, but because the types of shades she paired together was very unique and I wondered what kind of looks she (or I) could possibly create. The Purple Palette consists of many different shades of purple, from matte tones to shimmery ones. However, it also includes some muted tones as well as some golds. See what I mean by a unique pairing of colors?? But wait, there’s more! Lol, that really sounded like an infomercial! She threw in a green…A GREEN SHADE, PEOPLE! What the heck??

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Alright so here are the swatches. The lighting in my apartment is very yellow, but I hope these swatches give a good representation of the palette. These colors applied fairly nicely. As with many palettes, the shimmery shades were much more pigmented than the matte ones. I’m starting to wonder if maybe this is the case for ALL shadows? Maybe that’s just how the formulas work? Let me know if you can confirm or deny this. Anyways, one thing I noticed was these shadows are not very creamy. I’m used to Urban Decay’s shadows, which in my opinion are quite creamy. Kylie’s shadows just seemed…more packed in and rougher in texture. This leads me to conclude that her shadows may have a lot of fallout. I’ve only used it once so far, so maybe that’ll be my next experiment.

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Let’s talk about packaging very briefly. You guys know me, packaging means a lot and it says so much about the integrity and care of the company. Kylie is not good at packaging in my opinion. The drips in her logo are honestly a bit boring and are overused in design. This palette in particular felt very cheap and thrown together. You can tell it obviously wasn’t her biggest concern, which is troublesome to me because an outer appearance should be a customer’s first impression of who you are as a brand or company.

Okay, I feel like I’ve been brutally honest throughout this whole post, so let me tell you some things I truly like about the palette. The color Amethyst (bottom left corner) is one of the most unique shades I have ever seen. I used this on my lid, and although I ultimately regretted the placement, it really is a gorgeous and unique shade. It would look lovely as an accent color on the lower lash line. Similarly the shade to the right of it, Purple Smoke, is something I have never seen before. On first glance, it looks like a shimmery bronze shade, maybe with some pink in it. When I swatched it however, it came out a golden purple. That sounds confusing, but it’s a gorgeous mix of shimmery gold and lavender that somehow combine to create this shade. The lighting doesn’t show that very well on my arm, but I’d love to do a makeup tutorial with it. Let me know which shades you find most interesting and post them in the comments below! Whichever shades are the most popular, I’ll do a makeup look with!

That’s about it! I’ve told you all that I will always be honest on this blog, and this has been one of those times. As much as I wanted to be head over heels for this palette, it leaves me confused and puts me at risk for an overly bright, costume makeup vibe. That’s a no no! Until next time, bye guys!

xx Sage

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Urban Decay’s Newest Palette Comes With Some Heat!

Hello loves! I’m sorry I’ve been a little MIA from this blog lately, but I’ve been so looking forward to chatting with you about Urban Decay’s newest eyeshadow palette! I’ve been a big fan of Urban Decay (specifically their shadows) for some time now, and I’ve been eyeing their newest one for the longest time! No pun intended. From the packaging, to the shimmer shades, to the matte ones, I’m so in love with it!

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The Urban Decay Heat palette is chock-full of warm tones. If you’re someone who can’t get enough of shades with a red or orange undertone, then this is definitely the palette for you. If you’re a person who likes cool tones with more blue or purple undertones, maybe stay away from this palette. Honestly though, I’m so impressed with this shade range! There are so many shimmery shades with matte one; there’s just so many varieties of looks that you could create with this palette! Whatever you create, you can be sure that it’ll be completely warm and fiery! All of these shades would really make green or blue eyes pop!

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So here are all the swatches from the palette. At the bottom of my arm is the lightest shade and at the top is the darkest. All of them are extremely creamy, although some are more pigmented than others. I’ve found that the shimmery shades are much more pigmented than the matte shades. I noticed that from one single swipe on the arm, the shimmery shades were extremely bright and colorful, while the matte shades needed a few swipes to get the full effect of their pigmentation.

My Favorite Color Combinations

The following are a few of my favorite variations of the colors. There’s so many different options as mentioned before, but with these combinations I’ve created the coolest (or warmest) looks! Also, there is no good way to take a good picture of your hand or arm so please disregard my oddly positioned limbs, lol.

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These three shades are a few of the darkest shades in the palette, and all completely matte. They create the most beautiful gradient and would be a great combo for a “going out” type of look. The lovely auburn shade is warm and inviting while the deep plum gives a very edgy vibe!

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The next combination is a more day time friendly look. The first shade I have been using as a transition color in my crease for every look. It’s the perfect light, middle tone for all the rest of the shadows. The shimmery/pink middle color I’ve been using on my lid and it really is gorgeous, although turns out much lighter than you’d expect. The auburn shade has also been one of my favorites and is very similar to a shade in the Naked Basics palette (the larger one).

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Lastly, this look is more complicated with four tones. It’s a shimmer and matte combination. It uses some of the darker tones at the end of the palette with some of the orangey shimmer shades. I really do think it ends up looking like a sunset on your lids, lol. It would be an excellent combo for an important occasion!

Packaging

Finally, I’d love to discuss the packaging of this palette. The front is designed so beautifully with all of the shades crushed in a line. I love the organized chaos and the look is just perfect against the sans-serif, gold font. When you take off this sleeve, the palette is sitting in a beautiful little paper case with matches on the inside. It really accentuates the theme of the entire palette, so I appreciated this little detail. Lastly, the packaging of the palette itself mirrors all the shades so beautifully and the vertical gold lines parallel the burnt matches perfectly.

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As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of this palette. The only “negative” thing I would say about this palette is you are strictly able to create only warm shades. It’s absolutely perfect if that’s the look you’re going for, but there’s not a lot of variety if you want something a little more natural or low key. What do you guys think about this palette, have you tried it out yourself? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll talk to you guys next time!

xx Sage

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Blogmas Day 21: Soft Eyes & Bold Lip Makeup Look!

Hello lovelies! I really love writing about makeup and creating new looks for you. So today I’m bringing you another look that is perfect for the holiday season! As you can tell from some of my previous makeup posts, I tend to lean more towards the matte shades than any glittery ones. Although I love to throw in a little glitter once in a while, I love a good ol’ matte shade and a natural yet beautiful style. That’s what I went for with this makeup when it came to the eyes. Simple and soft eyes so the lip could then stand out!

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For the eyes, I used three shades from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, which has a wide array of pink tones that are matte and shimmery. I started with a fluffy brush from Morphe and went into the shade “Limit” for my crease color. This is one of my favorite shades for the crease, and I’ve almost hit pan! I then used the larger end of the brush that came with the palette and dipped into “Nooner.” I placed this on the outer corner of my eye and brought it in until it reached the halfway point of my lid. Then, simply with my finger, I took “Liar” and placed that from the middle of my lid to the inner corner, covering the space that didn’t have any eyeshadow on it yet. To add a little something, I took a detail brush and placed “Nooner” on the outer half of my lower lash line and “Liar” on the inner half. And of course for my wing, I used my typical Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black and the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (also the waterproof version).

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As for the lips, I went super bold as mentioned before! I’ve worn this color for a blog post before, but it really is perfect for the Christmas season so I had to wear it again. This is the Kylie/Koko Collection from Kylie Cosmetics in the shade “Gorg.” It’s a matte liquid lipstick and applies seamlessly! I actually have an entire post on it here, if you think it’d make for a good Christmas gift and want to know more!

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When it came to skin, I completed my normal routine: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, Laura Mercier Bronzer, Nars blush in “Orgasm,” and the Becca x Jaclyn Hill highlighter in “Champagne Pop.” I placed Champagne Pop on the high point under my eyebrow, in my inner corners, and at the tip of my nose! I seriously am in love with that highlighter!

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Lastly, for eyebrows I again used my usual go to product: the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe.

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This look was super easy to put together and actually took less time than most looks, especially when it came to the eyeshadow. I’m not sure the Naked 3 palette got the best reviews, but I honestly think it’s very easy to use and all of the colors match so well together! Let me know what you think about this palette and the look as a whole! Do you have a favorite eyeshadow palette that you absolutely need in your life?

xx Sage

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Blogmas Day 18: How To Create Natural Winged Liner in 3 Easy Steps!

Hey loves! Today I though I’d write another beauty related posts. I really love writing about this subject and the posts seem to do very well! I have wanted to do this specific post for a while now, and since I’ve been using this same method throughout December, it’s the perfect time. This post will be all about how I create my perfect winged liner. I’ve been doing winged liner for quite some time now, and the method I use works very well. I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but I prefer a brown liquid liner for the spring/summer months and a jet black liquid liner for the fall/winter months. Black is much less forgiving than brown however it gives more definition. The choice is up to you! I will be splitting this post up into steps to make it as easy to follow as possible!

To keep this look solely focused on the liner, I went with a very simple skin look, with light bronzer, blush, and a bit of highlighter. I used a peach toned transition shade in my crease and lightly filled in my eyebrows.

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Step 1: The First Stroke

When creating the perfect wing, I personally do not like taking the liner all the way into my inner corner. I let the liner end halfway across my upper lash line; it seems to work the best for my eye shape, but it’s different for every person. I begin the liner almost exactly at the middle of my lid and create small strokes moving outward. Starting is one of the hardest parts, so go slow and try to be as precise as possible.

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Step 2: Precise Edges & Continuation

Next step is to extend that first line we created to the outer corner of the eye. The finishing stroke at the outer edge does not have to be perfect, since we will be creating the wing at that spot. I will also continue the first stroke we made more towards the middle of the eye to get a more precise edge and to make it look like it’s fading into my lash line. This second step in particular consists of a lot of repetition, going over this long line multiple times and trying to eliminate any wobbly strokes. You should be left with one continual precise line from the middle of your eye to the outer edge. Again, short strokes are the best way to go when constructing, and longer strokes help create that perfect straight line.

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Step 3: Creating the Wing!

I’ll be honest, here’s where the scary part comes in. This can either turn out absolutely perfect, or be the downfall of all your precision. Personally, when I create a wing, I try to get the correct angle first of all. The best way to do this is to imagine a line going from the outer edge of your eye, all the way to the tail end of your eyebrow. If you create a wing along this imaginary line, you will end up with the perfect winged liner! In my method, I will create a very thin line moving downwards toward the outer edge of my eye. I believe most people like to do the opposite and move towards the eyebrow tail, but that never seems to work well for me. Again, I start off with a very light hand and try to create the straightest line possible and connect it to the outer edge of the eye.

Once you have that first line, you can take a breath. I tend to hold my breath as I do this to avoid any shakiness in my hand, but try to remember to breath in between! Sometimes it helps to tug at the skin a bit as you’re creating this line, but not too hard, just ever so slightly! The last step is to finish off the liner by making the wing a little thicker and completing the connection to the first steps (as seen in the second photo). I try to connect the wing looking downwards so I can create one seamless line from the end of the wing to the middle of my eye. Throughout this process as well, I will continue to draw over lines I’ve already made to ensure no wobbles are seen and to achieve maximum perfection.

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Your Wing is Complete!

As you can see, I personally like to keep my wings fairly “natural,” meaning I don’t like them to be extremely thick, although there are definitely occasions where I like to try that out. As an everyday makeup look, I love a thin, defined wing. Some days I will create a wing without any eyeshadow. It’s such a classic look and I always feel very put together. You know when you create the perfect wing without any mistakes on both eyes, it’s going to be a good day! Of course I have my days where I will make a mistake on my wings, but I will simply fix any mishaps with a cotton swab.

Here are a couple photos showing what a difference winged liner can make. As you can see, the liner completely transforms the shape of my eye. In my opinion, the liner makes my eye look larger and honestly more awake. The last photo is after I applied a layer of mascara, which again makes the eyes pop, become more defined, and makes them wider.  I’ll also thrown in that I really need a new tube of Better Than Sex mascara, because I’m getting those little mascara chunks on my lashes (not cute!)

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That’s all for my three step perfect winged liner tutorial! I hope this was helpful to you guys. It’s a very simple look, but I honestly do love it! It took me so long and A LOT of practice to get to this point, so if you’re new to winged liner, try to be patient! It’s all about repetition and trying to find the perfect wing shape for your eye. Everyone is different, so if this method doesn’t work well for you, take the time to find what does!

If you have any questions about this method or the products I use, please leave them down in the comments below! One more week of Blogmas, thank you to everyone who has stuck with me so far!

xx Sage

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