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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Blogmas Day 16: Christmas Gift Ideas for the Makeup Lover!

Hey everyone! Late start again to Blogmas today, I know. But there shall be a post regardless so I hope I haven’t caught you too late in the day! There are a couple items on my Christmas list that I wanted to share with you all, just in case you had someone in your life who loves beauty and fashion as well. So here are a couple great gift ideas for that person!

Naked Heat Palette

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This has been on the top of my MUST BUY list for a while now. I absolutely love Urban Decay shadows. It’s almost all I use for my lids! The formulas are always perfectly blendable and they come out with such unique color combinations! Especially when it came to the Naked Heat palette, I knew I needed it right when I saw it. It included an array of warm tones, with both shimmery and matte shades. What else could a girl want?? I personally have really been enjoying warm shades on my lids; it really makes my brown eyes pop a little more. Hopefully Santa will be good to me this year!

Kylie Jenner Purple Eyeshadow Palette

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I only have one Kylie matte lipstick, and I was quite impressed when I tried it out! I honestly didn’t think it would be the best products out there, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised (you can check out an entire post about that product here). I thought I’d branch out a little bit when it comes to Kylie products, and I’ve really been eyeing this eyeshadow, lol. In high school I really loved putting a little purple tone on my lower lash line and it looked quite cute. The color combinations Kylie chose for this palette are absolutely gorgeous, and I think I could make some great looks with them without looking like I got punched in the face.

Let me know if there’s any other new beauty products that I should put on my Christmas list! I love researching new products and trying them out for myself. Hope you all had a lovely day, and T minus 9 days until Christmas, woo!!

xx Sage

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Blogmas Day 9: Warm Holiday Makeup Look!

Hey everyone! I’m so excited I got around to taking some makeup photos. A makeup post was one of the things on my list that I wanted to write about for Blogmas. I tend to switch around when it comes to eyeshadow palettes, but for this look I stuck almost entirely to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. It’s funny actually, sometimes I have a hard time creating the perfect color combo with this palette, and other times (like these) it completely blows me away. I’ve been using this look quite frequently. It’s extremely warm with the maroon undertones and simply perfect for any Christmas event! Keep reading for some great holiday makeup tips!

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Quick Makeup Tutorial

As a transition shade, I used a combination of Burnt Orange and Realgar with a fluffy brush and took quite some time to blend it out. Blending is everything, girlies! I then used a combo of Love Letter and Venetian Red and placed that along the outer half of my eye. I also made sure that this color was blended well at the middle section of my lid. Next, I placed Red Ochre on my Outer V and kept it very concentrated there. After all this, I took a clean fluffy brush and made sure all these hues were blended out nicely. The Love Letter/Venetian Red mix was then placed all across my lower lash line and Red Ochre was placed on the outer half of my lower lash line. This created a nice gradient that really pulled the whole look together! Finally, since I was working with quite the glittery shade, I placed Birthday Girl from ColourPop on the middle and inner corner of my lid. To add an extra something, I also put this color right in the middle of my lower lash line. This has been a little trick I’ve been using super often, and I just love the effect it gives.

Lastly, I created a very thin wing with the Stila Waterproof Eyeliner in Black and threw on some Waterproof Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced!

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I really love how bright this look is with the glittery shadow. It has some brown/purple undertones in the little bottle, and that pairs very well with the red tones. As a person with brown eyes, I like to wear warm colored eyeshadows (specifically pinks and reds) because it brings out the green colors in my eyes. To be honest, you can only ever see those if I wake up extremely early and my eyes are red from exhaustion, lol. Just college things, right?

Many reviews that I’ve read and watched online are always very positive when it comes to the Modern Renaissance palette. I’m partial to all the Urban Decay palettes, but this one is amazing as well. If you are unfamiliar with ColourPop, I’d definitely recommend giving it a go. It’s online and very affordable! The products (from what I’ve experienced) are very good quality and I’d definitely buy from them again, even though this little eyeshadow color was a birthday gift!

I really hope you guys enjoyed this mini makeup tutorial! I always have a lot of fun creating them and writing about my process, especially since that’s exactly how I learned to do makeup! I thought about doing this in a video format, but wasn’t so sure. Maybe that’s a goal I could set for the new year? P.S. I’m sorry for my nails, but real life gets busy during finals! Let me know your thoughts about this look down in the comments, and leave any makeup tips or suggestions that (Colour) pop into your mind, lol! See you guys tomorrow!

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Simple Tricks to Keep Your Skin Clear This Season!

Hey everyone! As you may know, skin and the topic of acne has been a recurring theme here on the blog. It’s been a huge part of my life and something that has affected me for years. When it comes to my skin, you name it, I’ve tried it! But sometimes after all the steps, companies, and various products you could go through, it’s the simplest procedures you can do yourself that will make the biggest difference. Lately, my skin has not been very clear, so after lots of time trying to figure out why that was, I decided to take a step back and think about the basics. Here is a little list for you guys about the best ways to keep your skin clear through all the holiday festivities!

  • Drink water! I thought I’d start off with the easiest, most straightforward tips you’ve probably heard a million times before. Drinking water is one of the best things you could do for your skin and your body in general! Up to 60% of our bodies are made of water so why wouldn’t you hydrate the heck out of it?? Through busy schedules, I know it is extremely easy to forget about drinking water, but that’s no bueno. I’ve gotten in the habit the last four years of college to bring a hydroflask with me everywhere I go. If I don’t drink enough water, I end up getting pretty bad headaches as well. So all around for me, water is absolutely essential!
  • Clean your makeup brushes! Ah the dreaded and often forgotten chore of cleaning the makeup brushes. You should be cleaning your makeup brushes about every couple weeks if not more than that. Brushes and beauty blenders collect so much bacteria and oil from your skin and if they are not cleaned often, it could end in a pretty bad breakout. I understand this from personal experience. I’ll be the first to admit I’m extremely bad about cleaning my makeup brushes. It’s just something that isn’t at the top of my to do list…and it really should be! Whenever I have any major breakouts, I ask myself when the last time I cleaned my brushes was. I have an entire post about how I clean my makeup brushes here if you’d like to check it out, it’s really very easy just time consuming!
  • Wash your sheets! Another idea you wouldn’t think would cause breakouts! But the sad reality is that if you don’t clean your sheets often enough, your pillowcase will cause you to flare up. I usually clean my sheets every other week to try and avoid this. I also just love feeling clean, comfy and cozy in my bed so it’s a habit I’ve gotten myself into. Specifically freshman year of college I was religious about changing my sheets every other week on the dot!
  • Don’t workout with makeup on! There have been times in my life where I felt like I had to cover up my breakouts before working out. I look back on this and I just want to scream at myself! This is probably one of the worst things you could do if you’re mid breakout. Just the thought of having makeup on my skin and my pores opening up while running makes me cringe. You already sweat when you workout, so adding insult to injury by having a face of makeup on won’t do you any favors. I’ve come to the point in my life when even though I have breakout every now and again, I will never go to the gym with foundation on. Never ever again! However, this semester I have been taking yoga/sculpting class which has been surprisingly challenging! I have a design class right before yoga so I have a full face of makeup on. I think one of the main causes of my breakouts lately is going to yoga with this makeup on and working out in it. That’s been the only down side to having yoga in the middle of the day. I unfortunately have no time to remove it between classes. Luckily the class will end soon and I won’t ever have to sweat in makeup again!
  • Wash your face twice a day! Another fairly obvious tip. I use the face wash Cetaphil once in the morning and once before I go to bed. It’s very foamy and gentle and has worked very well for my skin the last couple years. When looking for a new face wash, try to avoid anything with beads in it and look for something softer. I also recommend finding a good face mask that really works well for your skin. Everyone is different, so you may have to experiment a little to find the perfect product for you. I’ve done so many face masks in the past and I’ve mentioned this before, but the Lush Mask of Magnaminty is one of the crown jewels in my skincare routine. I try to use it at least a couple times a week and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and new. Wow, that totally sounded like a scam commercial, but I promise this product is a keeper!

That’s about it for my skincare list! Do you have any tips or tricks that keep your skin free of breakouts? I’m always looking for new home remedies to try out! Comment down below if you’d like to share or if you liked this list! Talk to you guys tomorrow for a little surprise announcement! xx