May was quite the month. In case you aren’t following me on Instagram (seriously ya should we can hang over there too), then you might not know that I graduated college! The last two weeks of school feel like a blur now. If you want to get caught up, you can read my 22 Highlights of Senior Year post here and my #ThursdayThoughts post on Graduating/Finding a Job here. In the meantime, let’s acknowledge the strong, brave products that were on my face this month, withstanding photo shoots, finals, tears, and more.


Benefit Cheekathon: I did a full review on this guy (with an interesting Benefit secret you can read about here) so I won’t go on for too long, but this palette has been a dream. The quality is wonderful and it’s so handy to have every color I’d want all right there.

NIP+FAB No Needle Fix Serum: Once upon a time, The Body Shop discontinued my favorite serum. I was very dramatic about the whole thing. I tweeted about it, The Body Shop DM’ed me to confirm my worst fear, I called every Body Shop I could to try and stock up…like I said, dramatic. AND THEN, just when I’ve fallen in love with a new serum, the Vitamin E Serum is back. Now, I’m unsure which I’ll buy when I’m done with this. This isn’t as moisturizing but I really feel like it plumps the skin.

Bobbi Brown Face Base: This is one of those products that I shouldn’t have even tried, because now I’m in love. I got this very hefty sample as a Sephora reward and because I’m smart, I haven’t looked at how much the full size is. I’m just hoping I’m over it by the time this is out. This base adds the extra moisture my dry skin needs while keeping my makeup in place. It adds such a healthy glow to the skin so I can understand why this is a MUA staple.

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Gel Cleansing Oil: I wore some serious makeup this month and this oil does a great job of breaking it all up before going in with your cleanser.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Opal: I’ve been adding this to my foundation, as my highlight, on my shoulders…I’m ready for summer. It looks so natural on the skin and makes you glow like a dream.

e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream: Most of the month I was layering all of my makeup with cream bases and topping with powder. I’m not a huge fan of the blush in this duo (I like the 4 pan cream blushes better), but the bronzer/contour shade is great. As you can see, it has quite a hefty dent in it.

That’s all! I’d love to hear what you loved this month. xoxo

Time feels like it is passing at lightning speed. Normally April is a boring month, but this one was awesome. I went to Wisconsin, Chicago, got my cap and gown (holy shoot graduation) and a bunch of other fun stuff. Here’s what was hanging out on my face:


e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer: To be honest, I was very skeptical about e.l.f. diving into skincare. Slightly off topic: I’m in a Brand Management class this semester and we’ve talked a lot about companies reaching outside their “brand,” so I didn’t know if I was going to like this moisturizer when I got it in the mail. e.l.f. proved me wrong. This has a very light, fresh scent, is lightweight but still moisturizing, and sits well under makeup. However, the pump broke on me, which is a little annoying.

ColourPop – Puppy Love: WHY are super-shock shadows so good? Unfortunately this exact color is gone, but as we all know, you can’t beat these shadows. I’ve been wearing this all-over the lid and as a highlighter.

ColourPop Puppy Love swatch | Bolt BlogsBenefit Majorette: This cream-to-powder blush is super pretty. It’s a very pretty peachy-coral color and perfect for spring/summer

Maybelline Color Elixer Lip Color: These glosses are pretty pigmented and I love this pink color. They are a little sticky, so be warned if you don’t like that in a gloss.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer – Radiant: I’ve talked about this concealer a lot in the past and it’s made its way back to the daily routine.

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NYX Dark Circle Concealer: This concealer can be a little drying but if you use a good eye cream or primer (like the e.l.f. Hydrating Under Eye primer), this concealer is really nice. I use it as a corrector and layer another on top, usually the Maybelline Age Rewind. Huge life saver with some major dark circles this month.

Tarte Maracuja Oil: I finished up the fresh Seaberry Oil and now I’m on to this mini sample. This seems to soak up a little faster than the Seaberry, which I like, and has a lighter texture.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow – RSVP: Not only do I love this color, but I also love the formula. Even with my hooded, oily lids, this formula doesn’t make my mascara transfer at all. Big win.

e.l.f Contour Palette: I haven’t fully played around with all of the colors, but I would definitely repurchase this palette just for the color that I starred in the picture. I am guilty of trying to make too dark bronzers/contours work, but this color is perfect. I’ve been going in with it as my bronzer/contour and I love this tone because it is very neutral.

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller: This is such an underrated product at the drugstore. It’s light formula is easy to work with and it has pretty great coverage for light makeup days.

EcoTools Precision Blush Brush: This brush has been my go-to brush with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I like to use a really soft brush with this since it seems to be kicking up a little more powder as I’m getting further into the pans. I’ve been using the shade on the left to set my entire face this month and have really liked how my skin has been looking with that. I’ve also been using the middle shade as a “base highlight” and layering another on top. I can’t stress enough how awesome this palette is. It is so worth the splurge with all of it’s uses.

Happy Monday! I hope all of you had a lovely month of February. This month I didn’t have too many new things in my favorites. My daily staples are still what was in my January Favorites. There were 2 body products I couldn’t not talk about this month though and a few others, so let’s get to it:

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The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Butter: Awhile back I talked about how The Body Shop discontinued the Almond Body Butter but I was so happy to find the Hand & Nail Butter in the same scent! I’m unsure how new/old this is, but I must have overlooked it before. My friend told me that the L’Occitane almond products smell great so I still need to give those a sniff next time I can!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara: I have a love/hate relationship with this mascara. Right now, we’re getting along. I can only use this as a second coat mascara, it doesn’t work on its own for me.

YSL Tint-In-Oil #5: This is the best hybrid between a stain, gloss, and moisturizing lip treatment. So gorgeous.

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – Amber Rush: These eyeshadows are stunning. I definitely need a base with these but the color is the prettiest rose gold with an almost metallic finish. You can see me wearing the Tint-In-Oil and the eyeshadow here.

MAC Brave: This was such a staple for me this month. It was perfect with every look and I wore it a ton.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation: I feel like this foundation is highly underrated and doesn’t get enough hype! It has a very natural finish, not too dewy and not too matte. I have 10 Classic Ivory and it leans much more yellow than most light foundations do, which many of you fair toned girls with warm undertones might welcome. I mix a touch of my The Body Shop lightening drops in to make the tone match me a little better, but I’ve really been enjoying this foundation a lot.

Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana Exfoliating Body Polish: GO SMELL THIS! For starters, this scent is right up my alley. The package says it’s a “grapefruit with musk,” which is spot on. It almost reminds me a little of Nirvana White, so if you like that you’ll love this. I also love the consistency of this scrub. It’s like a thick paste so it doesn’t just slide off as you’re washing in the shower and you have some time to actually work with it and give yourself a good scrub. I couldn’t find the body polish specifically online so I just linked to the entire line on Target’s website!

Hope you all have a month full of love! xoxo

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great start to your 2016 and an awesome first month! I missed last month’s favorites because I was super busy, so I have a lot to catch up on for this month!

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Moonstone: I got this mini size in the Radiant Glow Collection from Ulta, which is still available. You can read a full review on the kit here. I’ve been super into using this as my main highlight and then going over it with Champagne Pop to really add a lot of light. I know I don’t need pearl, but the obsession with these is strong…

Wet 'n Wild Contour Dulce de Leche Swatch

Wet ‘n Wild Contouring Palette – Dulce de Leche: I’ve really been searching for a cooler toned contour color but don’t do a proper contour often enough to make a splurge on something high end (I normally just lightly contour with Chocolate Soleil). When I found this at walmart, I was super excited to give it a try. The tone is perfect for me. This does kick up some powder, but it’s not a huge deal. I would recommend starting light and then building the color because it is pretty pigmented, but blends beautifully. The light shade is a little too heavy to set my under-eyes with, but I use it to set my t-zone. Wet ‘n Wild nailed this one. I really like using it with the BH Cosmetics brush. I got it in a set and unfortunately it isn’t sold individually but wanted to show what I’ve been using.

BareMinerals 5 in 1 BB – Radiant Sand: I think these are the most underrated beauty product on the market. I got the color Blushing Apricot and after falling in love got the color Radiant Sand. This color is so beautiful if you take a minute to create a nice gradient with layering and a fluffy synthetic brush. The formula is the perfect consistency and stays in place on my hooded, oily lids all day long!

It! Cosmetics CC+ – Light: I am so in love with this CC Cream. My only complaint is that the color is pretty off, but that’s where the next product comes in. Fair was too ashy but light is too dark…I really wish they had more colors in this product. Anyway, the coverage on this for a CC cream is unbelievable. Obviously it breaks up a little faster than a foundation but using a primer really helps.

The Body Shop Lightening Drops Swatch

The Body Shop Lightening Drops: When these drops first came out, I lost it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten the lightest shade in a foundation and it’s still too dark! The Body Shop came out with Lightening and Darkening drops so you can adjust your foundation shades instead of having multiple shades in a foundation to fit you throughout the year. My only complaint with these is that it does make the product you’re working with a little more matte. Since the lightening shades have a pink undertone, I’m unsure how it would work on those who have warmer undertones.

L'Oreal la Palette Nude 1 Swatches

L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1: When I picked up this palette for $3 (read how here), I wasn’t going to be too upset if I didn’t like it, but there are a few colors in here I really enjoy. Overall, I don’t think I’d spend $20 on this palette but if you can use coupons or get a sale, I think it’s worth considering. I wish the colors were a little smoother to blend. There is one shade in the palette that is a total standout – it’s a bronze shade with a lot of brown and a gorgeous gold shimmer.

Nip+Fab Viper Venom Primer: Nip+Fab kindly sent me this primer and their new frown fix, which is also from the same line. The primer is very cooling and even a little hydrating but really smoothes out my skin and helps the makeup stick. I like that it doesn’t have a silicon feel because I hate primers that feel slippery.

If you made it to the end, thank you! Those are all of my favorites this month and I would love to hear yours! xoxo