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!

Bolt Blogs January Favorites

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

Hello all! I am here today to review this highly anticipated NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette. I do not own a powder contouring palette such as the Anastasia or Kat Von D so I thought I’d pick this up and give it a try!

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Cost: $30 for 8 pans (refillable)

Colors: (Top to Bottom)

First Row

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  1. Pearl finish; White
  2. Matte finish; Pale beige with pink
  3. Matte finish; Yellow
  4. Sheen/hint of pearl finish; Beige/peach

Second Row

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  1. Matte finish; Neutral bronzer
  2. Sheen finish; Warm bronzer (hint of gold sheen but not glitter)
  3. Matte finish; Taupe (touch of red)
  4. Sheen finish; Chocolate brown

Pros:

  • If you don’t own a contour kit, this is a great start
  • Slim, sturdy packaging

Cons:

  • 2 Matte highlight shades are a little chalky as is the first contour shade
  • Pricey for drugstore? Some might disagree, but I’d recommend waiting for an Ulta/NYX coupon

Verdict: If you already own a high end contour palette, I don’t think you need this one. If you don’t have one and would like one, I think this one would be very nice. I’ve been trying it out for the past few days and I’m not sure if the contour shades work well with my skin tone. The shade I was most excited about was the matte yellow and since the payoff of that shade isn’t the best, I’m a little disappointed. I’m on the fence at the moment whether or not I’m going to keep this, so it might be better for someone who isn’t as fair as I am.

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