Hello my loves!! Now that Halloween is over we are on a fast track through all of my favorite holidays! I honestly cannot wait to douse myself in glitter and drink champagne for the next two months. With that said, of course I’ll be sharing all of my favorite holiday makeup looks and products, but for now I thought I’d give you guys a run down of all of the beauty products I was absolutely loving last month.

SUMMER FRIDAYS JET LAG MASK

$48

I cannot say enough positive things about this product to do it justice. I originally tried it because one of my favorite influencers is the co creator of this brand; Marianna Hewitt. I wasn’t expecting much from it, I just wanted to support her, but I was blown away. In the summer time I used it as my moisturizer, but since my skin requires a little more attention in the cooler temps I’ve been using it as a primer and an overnight mask along with a thicker moisturizer. This product smells like peppermint and it’s heavenly. For those of you who are conscious of what’s in your products, this mask is free of all the bad stuff and has a CLEAN seal of approval from Sephora. Plus can we talk about this packaging?? I dieeee it’s to good.

L’ORÉAL PRO GLOW FOUNDATION + GLUMI LOTION

$12.99 & $14.99

I’m listing this as one product because that’s how I use it. I made an in depth blog post exclusively about these two products together after trying them for the first time a few months ago and I am still in awe. This is my go to foundation combination and I cannot stop. I love to look dewy and glowy and since my skin is dry, sometimes that can be difficult to achieve but this combo does the trick. I use about a dime sized drop of the foundation and a small little drop of the glotion and blend it out with a beauty sponge. Big fan of this combo for any season.

ESTEE LAUDER BRONZE GODDESS

$42

 

First of all, can we talk about how ginormous this product is? I’ve been using it almost every day for months and I still haven’t even come close to hitting pan. I love this bronzer because it’s not too warm for my pale skin and it has some flecks of sparkle in it to give your skin a nice glow. I use the lightest shade, although they have 4 different shades to choose from. I don’t use this to contour, only to bronze my skin so it’s perfect for day to day use and I have a feeling it will last FOREVER.

HUDA BEAUTY CORAL OBSESSIONS EYESHADOW PALETTE

$27

 

I love this palette for so many reasons. It’s a pretty tiny palette so it’s perfect for travel and I know that I’ll most likely use up all of the product before it expires. The tones of these shadows are warm and vibrant; perfect shades to enhance blue eyes. I also love that there are only two shimmer shades and the rest are mattes since day to day I use more mattes than anything else. The yellow shadow on the bottom left was my absolute favorite this past month. I layered it under pretty much every look that I did! Over all a super wearable everyday palette.

COLOURPOP BROW GEL

$6

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I use this product every single day you guys. I have extremely blonde eyebrows that aren’t really visible if they aren’t filled in so even on the lightest of makeup days my brows are a priority. I’ve used a few different products on my brows but brow gel is by far the fastest and most natural way to do them and my preferred method to fill them in. I’ve also used a few other brands and while I learn to love each of them for their positive attributes this is the brand of brow gel I’m currently into. It’s super affordable and the color is ashy which is perfect for my skin tone.

MILANI BLUSH ‘DOLCE PINK’

$7.99

I LOVE THIS BLUSH SO EFFING MUCH. Not only just this shade but the Milani blush formula in general is my absolute favorite. I love this shade specifically because it gives a youthful rosey glow to my cheeks . There’s no glitter in it but it’s definitely illuminating, I’d say it’s a “sheen”. I love how this product allows you to skip the step of putting on highlighter because it’s a blush and highlighter all in one.

REVLON COLORBURST MATTE BALM ‘SULTRY’

$8.49

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The perfect sheer berry shade for Fall, that’s all. No but seriously you guys, this product is the prettiest berry shade and the perfect amount of sheer yet pigmented to give you just the right amount of flush on your lips for everyday wear. I keep this in my purse all of the time because I’m a notorious for forgetting to put lipstick on before I leave the house. If you’re doubting how much I love this product, can we just note how all of the decals have rubbed off of the packaging!!

NEST FRAGRANCE ‘INDIGO’

$27 rollerball $74 full size

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I find fragrances difficult to explain but I am in love with this scent. It smells very sweet but sultry on me and it’s been my absolute favorite this last month or so. I’ll list the notes to give you a better idea of the scent. Notes: Moroccan tea, Cashmere wood, Cardamom, and Wild fig. Sephora describes this scent as warm, aromatic and mysterious. I’d agree!

PETER THOMAS ROTH PUMPKIN ENZYME MASK

$58

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So I could spend 3 or 4 sentences giving you the scientific run down of what this product actually does for your skin, or I could tell you it smells exactly like pumpkin pie and you need it. It smells absolutely wonderful and it exfoliates my skin so well. As you know, I have very dry skin so I exfoliate at least every other day to help my skin not look like a flakey mess. I mainly use this product twice a week in the shower. After I put on my conditioner to sit, I’ll lather this all over my face in circular motions and then leave it on while I’m shavings my legs. My skin afterwards feel so soft and rejuvenated and did I mention it smells like pumpkin pie?

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH 

$25 full size $13 mini

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This product was a YouTube cult favorite for a long time. I feel like my rebellious side refuses to buy products when too many people are talking about them, so I held out for a long time before I tried this bad boy. I only decided to try it because I received a sample size of it with a different order. Well now, I’m obsessed. All of the hype was real and you need this mascara. The wand does an amazing job of getting right down to the root of the lash without getting product on your eye lid and it separates and lengthens my lashes better than any other mascara I’ve tried. You can also pile on layers and layers of this without it getting clumpy. I am a huge fan of this product and will be purchasing the full sized one ASAP.

Alright guys, I hope you enjoyed this favorites post and please comment below what your favorites have been recently so I have an excuse to go buy more makeup!

Muah 💋

Denise Whelan

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Hello loves! If you’re anywhere near the level of procrastinator that I’ve come to be then it’s almost Halloween and you don’t have a costume yet. I’ve got your back, a problem easily solved with some fun makeup and clothes you already have in your possession. Here are some quick and easy makeup looks to pull together a last minute Halloween costume!

SEXY VAMPIRE/GLAMPIRE

This look is surprisingly easy to create. Just use your palest foundation shade and don’t bronze at all! Give yourself a sharp contour, bold brows and a bright red lip. The eyeshadow is easier than it looks, I just put light brown, pink and cranberry eyeshadow in my crease and on my lower lash line. Honestly, the messier the better, you want to look sloppy and blown out. Throw some of that pinkish shadow around your lips to give it that smeared look and then mix your cranberry and pink shadow with water to create the “blood drip” from your mouth (or use fake blood if you can get your hands on it.) Then just throw on a sexy red top or all black and a choker to set the look off.

GLITTER SKULL

This skull looks way more difficult than it actually is. I used nothing but eyeshadows to create this look and once again, the messier the better because it’s Halloween and you’re supposed to look messed up right? Give yourself the best Smokey eye you can with lots of eyeliner and mascara. Drag the darker shades into the inner hallows under your eyes to create that “dead” look we all really want. Draw lines from the corner of your mouth straight out to your ear with black or dark brown eyeshadow. And vertical lines over your mouth and out towards your ears with the same eyeshadow. For the nose, either copy what I did here with black eyeshadow or google skeleton nose for other ideas of how to create the nose makeup. I added liquid glitter eyeshadow to pretty much everywhere on my face to make this skull extra AF. For an outfit, you could go with all black to keep it simple or wear a glitter dress to keep on theme with your glitter eyebrows 😉 If you want to be even more extra you can throw black eyeshadow and glitter on your finger tips like I did, but beware that it gets absolutely effing EVERYWHERE and on EVERYTHING.

SPACE GIRL/CUTE ALIEN

This one is BY FAR my favorite one from this year. She’s so cute right? For this I just used silver and blue shimmery eyeshadow for my entire face. I put the silver eyeshadow all over my eyes and contoured with it, then went over that with a shimmery blue eyeshadow. For the forehead I just took a piece of paper and used the corner of it to create the two “V”s. I then just shaded with silver and blue in between to make it stand out more. For the lips, I used the same silver shadow and then decided it was a little boring and I wanted to make her more of a “warrior alien” but still cute. I added the black line down the lip and chin with black eyeliner and created the lines over the nose and over the brows to give it more pizzaz. To create the black dots I just dipped the other side of the eyeliner brush in the eyeliner pot and dotted some circles above my brows. Then of course, add glitter! You could use a spray glitter if you have some or I used an iridescent glitter eyeshadow. I loved the way this top paired with the look but you could dress this up anyway you’d like! Just throw on some space buns and get to partying!

VOODOO DOLL

This one is so fun because it’s scary but still cute! I would definitely recommend wearing low pig tails with this look to make it doll-like and you could wear a ripped up black, white or nude dress. I used the Morphe 35O palette for this look. I used the taupe-cooler toned shades in my crease and under my lower lash line. Really any colors would work for this as long as they have a brown-ish or dirty tint to them. I used a gel liner pot and the smallest brush I had to create the stitch marks on my mouth and over my eye, but I think a liquid eyeliner pen would’ve worked better. It was actually super easy, I just followed a picture of Halloween stitches. I think the heart on the cheek is the perfect touch to really give it that voodoo vibe. I just outlined the heart in black and used liquid lipstick to fill the heart in red. I went with a nude lip for this look but I’ve also seen it done with a red lip and it looks really good! If you used eyeshadow to make your chest look “dirty” that would really set off the voodoo doll look! She’s cute, but creepy, but cute! Perfect last minute Halloween costume.

CUTE SCARECROW

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You guys this look is SOOOOO easy and super cute!! I feel like most people own a flannel and a straw or tan hat of some sort of at least one of your best friends does and it really makes it look like a well thought out costume when in reality you came up with it on the fly. I did my foundation, bronzer and brows like I usually would and just used a bunch of yellow and orange eye shadows for my eye look. I wanted it to be a bit more glam so i loaded up the eyeliner and mascara. For the orange cheeks I just dipped a round, dense foundation brush into my brightest orange eyeshadow and pressed it directly into my cheeks and then patted it on to get the desired pigmentation. For the nose I just created a tear drop shape with orange shadow and outlined it with black eyeliner and put a few lines through  the perimeter. For the lips I used a bright orange lipstick, this shade is “CHI CHI” from colourpop but I’ve also seen this look done with nude, black and red lips that all looked really cool. I used the same “stitching” technique on the sides of my mouth just using a black liner pencil this time. I added what I’d call tic tac toe boxes on me chin and forehead with the same eyeliner pencil and just patted it in with my finger for a less perfect look. Then I added faux freckles with a light brown eyeliner pencil, or you could use a brow pencil for this too. I’m obsessed with the way this one turned out! It’s so cute and super easy, I did the makeup in about 25 minutes.

CITY KITTY/LEOPARD

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I love this one so much you guys!!! If you know me at all, you would know that I’m insanely obsessed with cats of all kind including big kitties, so this look was super fun for me and pretty easy. I wore my normal foundation, bronzer and eyebrow routine and used a pretty gold eyeshadow on my eyes. I knew I had to create a wing (duh cat eyes) but I’m terrible at it so I bought a new eyeliner that worked amazingly. I used the NYX ‘Super Skinny Eye Marker’ and my wing wasn’t perfect but definitely a billion times better than what I’ve done in the past. I used the same marker to color in the front of my nose and nostrils and create the whiskers. I used a regular black pencil liner to create the 6 dots on my upper lip and decided to do a plum/fuscia lip to make this kitty a bit more glam. To top this look off I threw on the fluffiest and most extra leopard coat that I own and I am OBSESSED. Honestly, anything leopard print would work for this look and even better if you have a pair of ears to put on!

I hope you guys love all of these looks and that they’re helpful to you this Halloween season! Just remember, no need to make these looks perfect; the messier the better! It’s Halloween after all, you want to look a little f*d up!

Comment below what you’re being for Halloween and don’t forget to keep up with me on Instagram @denise_whelan

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Oh hey there!! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve put out a blog post. I’m sure I’m not the first blogger you’ve come across with a “sorry for my hiatus” speech or post. Look, I am not into making excuses so here’s the harsh truth, blogging is hard. I follow a lot of bloggers on Instagram and had a thought about a year ago of “oh this can’t be that hard, I want to do this.” So I did. I started a blog and I started posting on Instagram everyday and after about three months I was bored out of my mind with it. I felt I was being super repetitive and couldn’t keep up with all of the larger bloggers, traveling the world and having a new outfit every single day. Anyway, to avoid this blog post being 800 years long, I gave up. It was exhausting and I was down on myself and it was no longer a fun outlet.

So, that’s why I stopped but why am I back now? I’ve found myself actually getting bored with some of the bigger bloggers and their unrealistic lives. I’ve found myself attracted to the smaller bloggers who are keeping it real and wearing the same jeans on repeat. Also, I started blogging in the first place as an outlet for my creative side and my mind. I’ve been through a lot of hard time this year alone and I’m just ready to spread my positive vibes to the world. I’m going to focus on sharing and connecting with whoever is watching or reading and stop worrying about how many people like my pictures or read my post. If I can make even one persons day better or teach one person something new than that is enough for me.

Honestly, that’s it. I love sharing my life and my interests so I’m back! I’m excited to share more of my life with you guys and hopefully grow organically with you all.

Until next time baby dolls ♥️✌🏻

Denise Alexandra Whelan

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Hey guys! I thought it would be fun to share some of my pictures from my little weekend trip to Washington, DC. My best friend Maggie and I decided to go for two nights on a whim to see some of the blooming cherry blossoms and magnolias. We were technically only there for one full day but we made the most of it and enjoyed the little break from the city.

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So firstly, we decided to take a greyhound bus from NYC to Washington, DC, which seemed like a good idea at the time but after being delayed for two hours and then sitting in what felt like a sauna for 4.5 hours, I think we will take the train next time. We got there super late at night and checked into our hotel. We stayed at THE HIVE near Georgetown University. It was the cutest hotel with the tiniest room, but it had bunk beds which made it all better. Talk about making you feel like a little kid again.

Friday was our first and only full day there. We woke up and had brunch at a cute spot called Tonic and then proceeded to head over towards the White House. We frolicked amongst all of the blooming trees and soaked up every bit of sunshine we could, considering how cold and gloomy NYC has been for the past few months. Even though it was a bit chilly, the sunshine and flowers made us feel the glory of Spring and gave us something to smile about. We did the whole touristy walk and took pictures in front of all the typical government buildings you’d want to see. This place was filled with so much history, however the awe of the building became underwhelming after each building seemingly looked the same. We made our way towards the capital but got distracted by the desire to stop walking and have a beer and go shopping. What can I say? Nothing like creature comforts, even when you’re in a new town. We decided to head back to the hotel after shopping and get ready for dinner! We went to an area referred to as the West End, which apparently is the hotspot in town to go out. We settled on a multi story Mexican restaurant after walking past many places with a very long wait. The food was good and the service was even better. We left dinner and went to a bar called SERVICE BAR near by on the recommendation of a friend. They had absolutely phenomenal cocktails and about the best playlist I’ve heard in a while. We had such an amazing time that night just jamming out and enjoying killer cocktails.

The following day, Saturday, we didn’t have much time before we had to catch the bus. We woke up and went to brunch at the same spot, Tonic, purely out of convenience. We then decided together that the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian were the two things we couldn’t leave without seeing. We headed to the Smithsonian and quickly realized that wasn’t happening after we saw the insanely long line to get it. We were going with the flow so we both decided to just head over to the Washington Monument. There was a kite festival going on this day, so it was interesting to see but also extremely busy. We walked up, took some beautiful pictures of the cherry blossoms with the monument and then escaped out of the craziness as fast as we could. The thing about traveling to destinations when you’re from NYC is that you want to escape the crowds, not be in a different one, so we were both down to take a few shots and scamper. We passed by the reflecting pond on the way back to the hotel which was so cool, but way more shallow that I had anticipated.

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Overall it was a lovely trip, and I enjoyed seeing places and buildings that are so significant to our countries history. Although the cherry blossoms were not in full bloom, they were beautiful and the magnolia trees made up for what was by bloomed yet! I would love to go back and explore the West End a bit more and definitely go see the Smithsonian (possibly on a much less busy weekday).

Tell me, have any of you ever been to DC? I would love to hear about your experience.

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Hello my loves! Can you guys believe it’s already Easter? This year is absolutely flying by. I was thinking about Easter and how if you celebrate you always have so many extra eggs left after dying them or after the Easter egg hunt. So, what better way to use those extra eggs than to make a fun cocktail? Egg white cocktails have become such a trendy drink in swanky cocktail bars in NYC so I thought it would be fun to share a recipe with you all. Before I do that, I have to give a huge shout out to my bestie Maggie for helping me come up with this recipe. She is a stellar bartender who is far more sophisticated and knowledgeable with her cocktails than I could ever dream of being. Plus, she gets an A+ for shaking this baby up so I could get cute blog posts shots at a bar!

INGREDIENTS:

GIN (your preference of brand)

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ELDERFLOWER LIQUER (St. Germains is pretty popular and most liquor stores carry it)

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1 EGG

1 LEMON

SIMPLE SYRUP (you can buy this at the store or make it yourself, it’s only equal parts sugar and hot water)

COCKTAIL SHAKER

DIRECTIONS:

In a tin shaker add all ingredients without ice

1.5 oz Gin

.5 oz elderflower liquer

.5 oz lemon juice (fresh squeezed)

.5 oz simple syrup

one egg white (leave out the yolk!)

•Vigorously shake up the ingredients without ice for about 30 seconds

•Add ice to the shaker and shake again vigorously for another 30 seconds (we are trying to get the egg white nice and frothy)

•Strain into your favorite glass. I would personally use a coupe glass, however we didn’t have one on hand so we improvised and used a martini glass.

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For a fun Easter twist on this drink you could add one small drop of your favorite color dye to make a cute pastel concoction!

Hope you all loved this post and for anyone who celebrates Easter has a wonderful day with their family and friends! Hopefully a little buzzed and boozy egg white cocktails ;)!

Keep up with me on Instagram where I am the most active @denise_whelan and of course tag me if you make this drink at home!

Muah 💋

Denise

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