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Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh……

How do I even begin? For those of you who are bloggers or frequently use Instagram, you will totally understand me. For those of you who are casual Instagram users, I’m about to sound like a whiny brat who is complaining about major millennial issues. Sooooo here are my millennial complaints.

I LOVE Instagram. I found it as an amazing outlet for my creative juices and was truly loving using it as a platform to bring traffic to my blog and YouTube channel. Then, they changed their algorithm. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the change, let’s just say, most people are not a fan. I only see content from about a third of the people I follow, pages I don’t follow are thrown into the middle of my scroll and sponsored post pop up every two seconds. It’s so frustrating. This effects me in so many ways. Not only does it effect the fact that I have to turn on post notifications to make sure that I see my best friends, family members and favorites bloggers posts, but also my engagement has suffered tremendously.

Now let’s be honest, most of you are reading this and thinking ‘who the hell cares about your engagement Denise, I just like seeing your pictures… yet that’s the messed up thing. So many people who CHOSE to follow me aren’t even seeing my post anymore. For reference, when I had less than 1,000 followers, I was receiving around 200-300 likes and 20-30 comments on each post. I now have around 1,200 followers (because after the algorithm change my follower count has been stuck at the same number) and I receive around 100 likes and 10 comments a post.

It’s mainly just discouraging because I was truly loving posting so much and seeing my page grow and knowing that sooner or later the possibility of making blogging/instagramming a career was possible. I don’t want to blog because it’s easy, I want to blog so I can work from home and provide a stable environment for my future children where I can be present. I never chose a traditional career, I mean I’m a bartender, let’s get real.

I am trying so very hard not to give up on the idea of succeeding in this industry just because of the fear of not growing or working with no result. I am trying to stay positive and motivated and openly praying that Instagram will listen to its users and return back to chronological order.

Then the fighter in me takes over and I want to fight for this. I don’t want to let some algorithm change discourage or defeat me. I am more than a change in an app. I am passionate about this and I will not give up. I am here to spread my positivity and love with the world and nothing can stop that.

So here’s to hoping and I sincerely appreciate every single one of you that took the time to read this post.

Muah 💋

Denise Whelan

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Hello my loves! I’m back blogging after the new year and so excited to share what I’ve been working on with you all. As you guys know, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I feel like most of us are at a loss for what to buy our significant other. My husband and I do not exchange gifts often, but when we do it’s always something sentimental and personalized. So when JORD, a wood watch company, reached out to me wanting to collaborate on a Valentine’s Day campaign, I immediately checked out their collections. They have the most unique and stylish watches for both men and women so of course I said yes to a collaboration! I personalized the watch with a cute saying that I’ve said to him since before we got married “you will forever be my always.” These beautiful watches are made from wood and they are so fresh and unique. They have a ton of different styles and colors for any taste.

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Also, they are doing an amazing giveaway for Valentine’s Day as well! You can enter to win (you only have to put in your name and email, it’s so easy!!) and you could receive a $100 coupon towards the purchase of a watch! How amazing is that? Also, even if you don’t win, you still receive a 10% off code. The giveaway closes Feb 4th at 11:59pm so make sure you click that giveaway link now so you don’t miss out! If you win, the coupon code expires on February 11, 2018 at 11:59pm so be sure to check out their website so you know which style you’d be picking up for yourself or significant other!

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The style of watch I choose for my husband is the ebony and iron from the Hyde collection. It’s so manly and sleek, just like my man!! JORD Watches has so many different styles to choose from and as soon as you engrave it with that special saying or date it just makes it the perfect romantic gift.

Go check out some of their watches here and comment below which style is your favorite!

http://www.jordwatches.com/#denise_whelan

Enter the giveaway here!

http://www.jordwatches.com/g/denise_whelan

Link to the exact watch pictured!

https://www.woodwatches.com/series/hyde/ebony-and-iron/#denise_whelan

Talk to you soon babes!

Denise 💋


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Processed with VSCO with c4 presetHello my loves! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog post so I thought I’d get a quick little recipe up here for the holidays and New Year. I haven’t been blogging because I’ve been VLOGGING!! For those of you who don’t know what vlogging is, it’s just me essentially documenting my daily life in video form so you can see what I’m up to day to day. I’ve been doing this for the month of December so you guys can get a better feel for what I’m really like behind the words and cocktail recipes! You can actually see me making this Sangria in my Vlogmas Week 4 post which should go up on my YouTube channel the week after New Years! If you would like to watch any of my videos or subscribe to my YouTube channel click HERE.

So, this Sangria recipe is super simple but absolutely delicious. Hope you guys love it and if you recreate it make sure you tag me on any of my socials so I can see!

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INGREDIENTS

2 bottles of Cabernet (whichever brand you prefer)

Orange Liquer (any brand)

3 Red Apples

3 Large Oranges

Fresh Rosemary

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HOW TO MAKE

Cut apples into small cubes add them to the container your Sangria is going in

Slice one orange into wheels or half moons and add to apples

Add fresh rosemary on top (I just put the whole container of them in)

Pour the two bottles of Cabernet right on top of all of the fruit and rosemary

Add half of the bottle of orange liqueur (.5L) – you can adjust the amount of this if you don’t want it to be as strong

Juice the two leftover oranges into the Sangria bowl

Stir all of the ingredients together and let sit overnight so the fruit can soak up the booze

That’s it!!!! Just pour over ice, and add some of the sangria soaked fruit in and drink. So simple and it’s such hit at any party or just to keep in your home for the frigid cold days where you don’t want to leave your house! Fair warning though, this Sangria is surprisingly strong and it will creep up on you haha

Cheers guys 🥂

Denise Whelan

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DC433AFE-101C-4317-8D24-79F9E5B02A22Hi my loves! I went to an amazing Armani Beauty event last night that was also a meet and greet with Marianna Hewitt so I thought I’d share some pictures from the event and my experience. It was the first beauty event I’ve attended in NYC so I was so excited!

So first let’s talk about the event. I found out about it through Marianna Hewitt’s secondary Instagram page @blogwithme. It’s a page she uses to share her personal tips and experiences on blogging for the rest of us rookie bloggers to learn a little something. She’s so helpful and I’m so appreciative that she made this page to help others in her industry succeed. So I quickly signed up as soon as she announced an event in NYC. The event was held in Soho at the Armani Box pop up shop. They have all of their amazing beauty products lined up for everyone to try on and test out. I decided to trust one of the makeup artists there and let him pick me out a lip color to purchase. I ended up with the lip magnet in shade 500 which he insisted when I wore it, it should be named “free drinks all night.” I was laughing because it was such a cute thing to say. They also engraved each lipstick personally as an adorable little bonus for purchasing a product at the event.

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Meeting Marianna Hewitt was amazing. I saw her as soon as I walked in and she is SO tiny in person. She is so stunning and looks just as beautiful as she does in her photos. I waited until later in the event to say hi because she had a lot of people around her. She was so sweet and down to earth and even checked back in with me later when she saw me buying a product to ask what I had bought. It just makes me want to support her and her brand even more knowing that she’s such a genuine person.

My absolute favorite part of the event was the photo booth! You guys!!!!!! They had red glitter confetti blowing up in the air with a cute little video being taken of you. It was by far the cutest thing I’ve ever seen so of course I had to do it! I met another blogger while waiting in line to do the photo booth and we chit chatted and decided to take pictures for each other so we had some extra content from the event! She was so sweet. Her IG handle is @g_for_grace go give her a follow!

Overall, it was a fun filled night and I met so many genuinely sweet bloggers as well as fellow New Yorkers. I can’t wait to attend more of these types of events in the near future and try some more beauty products from Armani Beauty!

Don’t forget to keep up with me on Instagram @denise_whelan and thanks for stopping by loves!!

Muah 💋

Denise Whelan

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Hello my little lovebug chickadee babes ♥️ First of all, I just want to get super sappy and say thank you a million for 1,000 followers on Instagram. I know it’s a small number but it means the world to me to be able to share my passion and love with even just 1,000 of you! Hopefully a few years from now I’ll be thanking 100,000 of you but until then, let’s talk about my current beauty favorites shall we? Okay cool.

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This Josie Maran Vibrancy foundation has been the answer to my dry skin needs! Before Fall and Winter, I was way more into matte foundations but my skin completely changes with the weather so my foundation has to as well. Matte foundations just cake up and make my skin look worse in the winter. I had heard some great reviews on this foundation and heard that it was super dewy which was exactly what I was looking for! This bad boy is light/medium coverage and definitely dewy. I personally don’t LOVE full coverage foundations, I prefer medium coverage and then to use concealer to cover up any blemishes or dark spots, so this is perfect for me. Any time I do a full face of makeup, this is the foundation I’ve been reaching for. I’ve been using it in the shade “Supernatural” which is a fair neutral shade and it retails for $45.

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Who loves a good setting spray? I know I do! Not to be repetitive, but my skin needs some moisture and glow since it’s dry and dull in this weather. This Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray came in my last Boxy Charm box and I am OBSESSED! For those of you who don’t know what Boxy Charm is, check out my blog post on it! This spray helps my makeup sink into my skin while giving me a luminous glow and it retails for $31. Also, I love how fine the mist comes out because we all know a bad mist on a setting spray can ruin the whole product and your full face of makeup! Long story short, you need this for your dry, dull winter skin. You can thank me later. 

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Whatever your feelings about the Kardashians or Kylie Jenner are, she makes a damn good liquid lipstick. I love the formula of her matte liquid lipsticks and I have a few shades from the range. My favorite for Fall is the shade ‘Kristen’. This shade, actually named after Kris Jenner is the perfect Fall shade for an in between neutral and bold lip! I’ll insert a pic of me wearing it here and I don’t even need to do any extra explaining. The Kylie Cosmetics liquid lip alone is $17 and if you buy the lip kit that includes the creamy lip liner it’s $29.

 

Processed with VSCO with v3 presetAnorher favorite for me currently is the classic red lip. I love the formula of this Colourpop lippie pencil in the shade ‘Bossy’ and it only costs $5 people… $5!!! It glides on super smooth but doesn’t feather like a lot of other lip liners can do. It’s also the perfect ‘blue hued red’ meaning it has more of a blue undertone, therefore making your teeth look whiter. It’s my favorite shade of red to wear, especially during the holidays. Of course I’ll put a picture right below of what it looks like on the lips!

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This Origins face mask is a life saver for me. Dry skin=problematic skin in my world and this product helps me keep the breakouts at bay. The Origins clear improvement active charcoal mask will take my skin from a dry sandpaper texture with breakouts to a smooth breakout free status in only 1-2 uses! No joke!! This mask is my secret weapon for when my skin is misbehaving and it’s only $27 and lasts for a few months. I’ve repurchased it multiple times and even have my husband using it occasionally. Shhhhh don’t tell him I told you guys 😉 haha. I’ve tried a few different charcoal masks and this is by far my favorite.

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You guys I love this stuff!! I’m always so hesitant when buying serums because, well one they are expensive as hell, and two, I have super sensitive skin. So the last thing I want to do is spend $50-$100 on a serum that doesn’t work or that irritates my skin. I bought this specific serum for $48 on the recommendation of a Sephora employee and it’s also on the Sephora best sellers list. Okay so first let’s talk about what it CLAIMS to do. The Olehenriksen Truth serum says it’s a remedy for dry, dull skin with uneven texture and has a loss of firmness and elasticity. Check, check and check! It’s described on the Sephora website as a multivitamin for your skin. It says it helps brighten and visibly firm your skin with the power of Vitamin C and collagen. I’ve heard so many amazing things about vitamin C for the skin so I had to try this out. I’ve been using it for a few weeks and can definitely tell the difference. Is this a miracle product? No. Has it improved my skin and is it worth the money? Yes!

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Last but definitely not least, I’m obsessed with this Kenzo perfume! I ordered a sample of this with a previous Sephora order and immediately fell in love after trying it once. Its $87 for the 1oz bottle which is pricey but it’s worth it to me. It smells sweet, but mature and perfect for a Fall signature scent in my opinion. Describing smells is so difficult so I’m just going to tell you that I usually lean towards sweet, warm, floral scents and list the notes below for you. KENZO World Eau de Parfume: NOTES: Peony, Jasmine, Ambroxyn Crystals STYLE: Sensual, Modern, Cool. Also, the fact that the bottle looks like an evil eye, which you all know I’m obsessed with, doesn’t hurt.

Hope that my current favorites help you decide on some new products to treat yourself to. Thanks for reading and as always don’t forget to keep up with me on Instagram! Follow me @denise_whelan

Muah 💋

Denise Alexandra Whelan

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