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.



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.


$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.




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.




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.




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.



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.




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!!


$27 rollerball $74 full size


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!




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?


$25 full size $13 mini


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 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