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!

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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! Welcome back 🙂 I just recently received my monthly Boxycharm  for August and I thought I’d give you guys a peak! I am seriously in love with this subscription box. Every month I am consistently impressed by the FULL SIZE products I receive for only $21 a month. There are times where I do not like every single product, but I usually love at least 2 or 3 of them and would 100% pay $21 for those two products alone! So, I would say if you haven’t tried this subscription box yet, you totally should. Okay let’s just get into this months box!

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First thing I grabbed was the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume ll eyeshadow palette. I love getting Tarte products in these boxes and especially an entire eyeshadow palette. I love the colors in this one, very neutral and wearable. Most of these eyeshadows were not super pigmented but definitely perfect for everyday wear. The palette had zero fallout which is nice because I like to do my foundation first. I used the shades Pearl, Conch, Marina, Seaside and Breezy. I used Breezy all over the lid and it’s such a beautiful color! Gives you that sultry look without having to try too hard. This palette retails for $36.

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So next thing I was drawn to in the box was the trio brush set. I love getting brushes in my box because I legit hate spending money on makeup brushes. I don’t know why, but it pains me to spend money on good brushes, but they really do make such a difference when applying your makeup. The Moda Pro 3 piece brush set came with a crease brush, a chisel brush and a pointed blush brush (say that fast three times) haha. To be honest, I’ll probably never use the chisel brush, but I love the crease eyeshadow brush for blending shadows and I used the pointed blush brush to powder my face but I would consider using it for blush too. These brushes were super soft and not scratchy at all. The handles are that soft touch material which makes them feel so luxurious and expensive. This brush trio retails for $26.

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Next up, I saw these super wispy falsies! Now, I do not wear false lashes so I wasn’t super excited about this product, but I’ll keep them on deck in case I need them for a special event or something because they look so stunning! They are the PÜR Cosmetics Pro Lashes and they retail for $14.

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Next up, this cute little lip/cheek product from Aloette. It is actually called a face paint, so I’m assuming that you could use this for any sort of make (eyeshadow, cheek stain, lip tint.) I personally don’t like using cream products on my face but this made for a beautiful lip color and was super easy to apply. It stained my lips for HOURS which is amazing. This product retails for $35! That’s expensive but I can see how this product would last you an extremely long time since you don’t need much to see the color pay off.

Next product was a black gel liner pencil from Bellapierre. This eyeliner also claims to be waterproof. I must have like 1,000 different black eyeliners in my collection at this point and I honestly rarely ever wear eyeliner but hey, I know a lot of other people do. After applying this product, it’s definitely not as black and pigmented as I’d like but it definitely stayed on my water line for a long time. Overall not my favorite and it retails for $15.

Did that seem like a million products to you? I felt like they were never going to end!! I really enjoy the Tarte eyeshadow palette, the Aloette face paint and the Moda makeup brushes. Definitely makes this box worth the $21 I paid for it. The total value of this months box was $126!!! That’s so crazy to me! Anyway, if I haven’t already said it a million times, this subscription box is soooooooo good and sooooo worth the monthly price of $21. Okay my loves that is all the information I have for your pretty faces today. Talk to you next time!

Leave a comment below of what your favorite subscription box is and don’t forget to keep up with me daily on Instagram @alexandra_avenue!!

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Denise Alexandra

 

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Hello loves! Today I am going to share with you two different makeup looks I created with the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe eyeshadow palette and also give you my honest review of it! This palette is sold out as of right now but is being restocked TOMORROW AUGUST 22nd at 8am PST. If you miss out tomorrow, Jaclyn usually announces the restock dates first on her Snapchat or Instagram, so keep an eye out! This palette costs $38 and has 35 unique shades. I know there are many youtubers and instagrammers that have a morphe discount code, so enter one of those before you cash out for 10% off.

Look 1: Mermaid vibes

 

 

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Look 2: Everyday Pinky Natural 

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Review:

I honestly love this palette. It has a very wide range of shades both neutral and colorful. It does not have many cool tone shades, but I rarely ever use cool tones anyway. I’m missing a light matte shade to set my eye lids with or to highlight the brow bone with, but that’s not a deal breaker. The shades are extremely pigmented and blend out so easily. They do have a bit of kick up/fallout but that’s to be expected with pigmented shadows so just be careful with your undereye area when using this palette. My only real con for this palette is how dirty is gets. Because Jaclyn decided to go with a white and silver palette, the shadows get all over and makes it look dingy. Although, as long as your not taking pictures of it, who really cares? The value of this palette is amazing for the quantity of shadows you get and the quality of each shadow.

So, I thought I would share with you guys my most used shadows in the palette and also my favorite shadows in the palette. Obviously my most used are neutral and wearable daily and my favorite shadows are ones that I would wear when getting all jazzed up to go out.

MOST USED SHADOWS:

 

From bottom to top (left to right): Beam, Silk creme, M.F.E.O, Sissy, Butter, Pukey, Buns

FAVORITE SHADOWS:

 

From bottom to top: Firework, Queen, Roxanne, Meeks, Pool party, Royalty, Twerk, Jada

That’s it!! That’s all I have  I say about this beautiful palette. Hope you all loved this post, and don’t forget to keep up with me daily on Instagram @alexandra_avenue.

Muah 💋

Denise Alexandra

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Hello loves! Welcome to my first blog post, I am so glad that you’re here. I went back and fourth many times about what I wanted my first post to be about, should I do a get to know me post, outfit of the day, or a favorites post? just simply couldn’t decide. Then, I was coming home from work and checked my mail and my Boxycharm monthly subscription box had finally arrived. I always look forward to this box every month but this month I was super impressed. So, I decided right then and there that I should do a post on my Boxycharm box. Not only am I super passionate about the box every month, but I was genuinely inspired to try these products out.

Let’s get into it! Check out what was in my July 2017 Boxycharm.

Immediately, I was drawn to the Blinc “Electric Eyes” eyeshadow palette, which retails for $45. The colors are 100% the tones that I am obsessed with; warm, shimmery goodness! After swatching these shadows I was even more excited to try them out. They are creamy and hella pigmented, yet they don’t have much fallout which is amazing. The only negative thing I have to say about this eyeshadow palette is that it doesn’t have any matte shades, therefore you’ll need another palette or single shadow to complete an eye look. However, the shades are beautiful and you can create so many different eye looks with these shadows.

Wear test: After wearing these shadows for 4+ hours in the NYC summer heat I did not notice any slippage or fading. The shadows stayed in place and shimmered beautifully in the sunshine. My opinion A+++

 

Can I just say that I’m super impressed that a Bare Minerals product was in my box this month? Bare Minerals was one of the first non drug store makeup brands that I ever used and they constantly put out quality products. I was stoked when I saw that it was a powder duo, because you can never have too many quality powders in your makeup collection. This translucent powder duo in the shade “invisible light” didn’t swatch the best, it was a little gritty if I’m being honest, but I’ll give any product a fair shot. I used the matte side to set my under eye and t-zone with a fluffy powder brush and dusted the glow side on the rest of my face with a large powder brush to set my foundation. This product has a retail value of $32.

Wear test: After half a day, I noticed that my concealer was creasing under my eyes more than usual, which is not ideal. However, I won’t write off the matte powder just yet, I’ll try it with a different concealer first. As far as the glow powder goes, I love that its glow is more of a sheen and not glittery. I think it would be extremely flattering on mature skin. I’m definitely a fan of the glow side, as it did not sit on top of the skin, it just made me like healthy and hydrated.

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Sooooooooooo, I love Colourpop! My love for this brand is unreal. I have purchased many of their products on my own, so when I saw a Colourpop lippie I was a bit nervous that I’d already have the shade (which has happened before in other boxes.) Nonetheless, it never hurts to have a backup of a product. To my surprise, it was a shade that I didn’t have yet; their Ulta Matte Lippie in “Beeper.” This shade is extremely popular from my understanding, a shade that is similar to Kat Von D’s “Lolita.” I have to say, not my favorite shade on myself but I can see how it is very flattering on others.

Weat test: I put this on around 11am, ate brunch, walked around in the hot sun for two hours and it barely budged. It wore a little in the very center, but every liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried does the same thing. Overall, an amazing formula and very long wearing, just not a major fan of the shade for the summer. Although, this shade would be a perfect neutral for the fall.

Next up, the Uni-brow universal eyebrow pencil by WinkyLux, retail value of $12. I have never heard of this brand, but that’s part of what I love about this box. I’ve discovered many new brands from Boxycharm that their products have become some of my holy grails. This is my type of brow product because it has a pencil on one side and a spoolie on the other. It says the shade is universal which always makes me nervous, since my brows are honestly non existent, but let’s try it anyway!

Wear test: Not my favorite brow product I’ve ever used. I noticed throughout the day that it faded and I even hit my brow with my sunglasses at one point and the brow product transferred onto my upper brow which is never a good look. Also, I found shape of the pencil a bit difficult to work with considering my brows are fairly small and the product was a bit thick. The shade is also a bit too dark for my brows since I am sooooooooooo blonde and fair. Overall, not my fave.

The last product was the Spray. Set. Go makeup setting spray by Project Beauty with a retail value of $32. I must say that I am a huge fan of makeup setting sprays but I don’t usually vary in the brands that I buy. I have my go to’s and I don’t really mess with that part of my makeup routine. However, let’s try this thing!

Wear test: First off, I love the spray nozzle on this product. If you use setting sprays, you know what a disaster it can be if you are completely finished with your makeup and spray a setting spray on with a bad nozzle. It’s like giant droplets only there to ruin your day and your makeup. Okay, not that serious but you know what I mean. Once you’re done with your makeup, you want to be able to spray your face with a hydrating spray that makes your makeup last and go on with your day. I’ll have to test out this product more, but so far I think it did a great job of making my makeup last, plus it gets major bonus points for the fine mist.

 

The total value of this month’s box was $127. Whattttttt, I know! It’s crazy right? How do they get away with giving you $127 worth of products for $21? I’ll never understand, but I am totally here for it.

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Thanks for unboxing July’s Boxycharm with me! Follow me on Instagram @alexandra_avenue and Twitter @alexandraavenue to keep up with all of my posts!

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