Hi my loves! Thought I’d share a few fun gift ideas for your bestie for the holidays!! Hope you love them and don’t forget to use my discount codes if you purchase any of these items to save some money!

SCRUNCHIES

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My. 90’s heart can’t take it. Scrunchies are back you guys, and I do not care what anyone says. I have loved scrunchies since I was a little girl and they are back on trend so I am buying all of them! Pretty much every place on planet earth sells them now but I like to support small shops and real humans who do a happy dance when you purchase so I’ve been buying mine from Brynn Bands and they are SO cute and durable!! You absolutely need them and you can snag 10% off with code ‘DENISE10‘ and buy them for your best friend, mom, aunt, niece, enemy… you know, the crew.

REUSABLE STRAWS

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Okay this one may seem weird at first but let me explain. One of my New Years resolutions for 2018 is to be more environmentally conscious and I want to extend that to my friends as well. I love sea turtles and I’m so sick of seeing videos of them with straws stuck in their nostrils so I’m doing something about it. As an avid coffee drinker I use one plastic straw per day that cannot be recycled and I am not okay with that. One of my friends founded this amazing company called Saving Straws and they make reusable straws with sustainable carry bags to help you become more environmentally friendly. Plus, they’re cute AF and come in multiple different styles with a cleaning tool as well! Plus, they’re super affordable so you really have no excuse not to buy these for you and all of your friends.

DAINTY JEWELRY

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Dainty jewelry is always my go to for my besties. Not only is it super trendy right now but it’s super wearable for day to day. My current favorite dainty pieces are from  Sixty Stax  and you can get 15% off with code ‘DENISE15‘.

CELL PHONE ACCESSORIES

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If you know what type of phone your bestie has, you can get her an adorable new cell phone case or maybe even a laptop case. My current favorite place to scope cute cases is Caseapp. You can shop from already existing designs or create your own for a personal touch. Use code ‘DWHELAN20‘ for 20% off any case and visit my instagram for a fun giveaway!

MATCHING PAJAMA SETS

This is always an easy go to because it’s not something your friends are typically going to buy themselves yet they will definitely get use out of it! I always love the cute sets from Victoria’s Secret but Target always has cute options as well.

WINE/ALCOHOL

I’m a bartender by trade so it’s in my instincts to buy my friends booze. I always love to get them either their favorite bottle of wine that’s maybe a bit more expensive or a large bottle of their favorite liquor for their bar cart. It’s always a cute way to show them how well you know them and give their gift a personalized touch.

MAKEUP

I don’t know about you but I absolutely love receiving makeup as a present. I love to gift my friends either expensive eyeshadow palettes that they wouldn’t typically buy themselves or more personalized makeup choices. For example, I once gave my bestie a lipstick that the shade name was her daughter’s name so it was personal and thought out, plus the color was adorable. It’s a great option because it makes them feel special and they will also get use out of it! My current favorite brands to buy from are Colourpop, Anastasia of Beverly Hills, and Kylie Cosmetics.

COFFEE MUGS

I love buying friends coffee mugs because I love receiving them. There are so many cute ones out there and it’s an easy gift to use as a filler with other presents. My favorite places to find cute mugs are TJ Maxx and Anthropologie.

I hope this was helpful and gives you lots of fun ideas to shop for your BFF’s. Don’t forget to use my discount codes to save some money if you chose to buy any of these recommended items. Happy Holidays my loves.

Muah 💋

Denise

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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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Hello my loves! Happy first day of Spring! I’m just sitting here in New York City praying that Spring actually visits us sometime in the near future. We are expecting a snow storm tomorrow and it’s freezing outside, and I am in need of some serious sunshine in my life.

However, because the sunshine has been substantially absent from my everyday life for the past few months, I have discovered the best foundation combo. It makes my skin look like it has been kissed by the sunshine gods. The best part about this combo is that it’s from the drugstore and is super affordable! I have insanely dry skin so honestly I struggle with finding foundations that make me look dewy or glowy. When I discovered this combo last month I was so excited!! I have been wearing it non stop as my everyday foundation.

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I’m talking about the L’Oréal Pro Glow foundation, mixed with the L’Oréal Glotion. This combo makes my skin look like I’ve just drank an abundance of water and sat in the sun for an hour! I am officially obsessed you guys. I can’t stop wearing the two mixed together.

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The L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation is only $12.50 and claims to provide 24 hours of glowing skin. I usually apply this at 10am or so and don’t take it off until around 10pm and in those 12 hours it definitely doesn’t budge or slip on my face at all. It’s described as a medium coverage foundation, best for normal to dry skin and I completely agree.

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The product I mix it with is the L’Oreal True Match LUMI Glotion. It costs $14.99 and I am using the shade 901 ‘Fair Glow’. It claims to hydrate and illuminate your skin for an all over fresh and natural glow. That is the thing I love most about this product; I feel like I’m glowing from within. Especially in these harsh winter months, my skin becomes so dull and this product has been my secret weapon to looking hydrated and glowy. I actually cannot wait until spring so I can try the more bronzey shade in this collection and look super sunkissed and illuminated.

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I absolutely love mixing these two products together, it gives my skin the perfect about of coverage and glow. I use a foundation brush and put a drop on each onto it and paint it onto my face. Then I use a damp Real Techniques perfecting sponge to give it an extra flawless, dewy finish.

Thank you all for reading and comment below your current favorite foundation! I am always looking to try something new.

Muah 💋

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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