Friday, November 30, 2018

Beauty: How to Apply Cake Mascara

Hey cupcakes! As you saw in my Lower-Waste Living: Makeup Essentials post, I now use a cake mascara due to my journey towards zero waste. :) Cake mascara avoids plastic, doesn't allow bacteria to grow in your makeup (which does happen in wand mascaras), and is super convenient when traveling! I wanted to write a quick post sharing with you all how I use a cake mascara, just in case any of you also want to switch over... Let's jump right into it!

Step 1: Locate some cake mascara. I bought mine on Etsy for around $15 from CleanFacedCosmetics. I love it because it can be used as a mascara AND eyeliner!

Step 2: Figure out what mascara wand you will be using. Some cake mascaras come with brushes, but I wanted to use a brush from one of my favorite mascaras. After cleaning it, I trimmed it down a bit and also bent it to an angle to make the application process easier.

Step 3: Open your cake mascara. Make sure you know if you need water to apply it or not (mine you do not need water!).

Step 4: If you don't need any water, dip your mascara brush into the cake mixture and apply to your eyelashes. If you do need water, put a couple of drops of water in the mixture and mix around before dipping.

Step 5: Let each layer dry and repeat as needed to get the coverage you want. :)

Step 6: Enjoy wearing your cake mascara!

What do your think of cake mascara? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

An Open Letter to Birth Control Creators

Dear birth control creators,

Why does the burden of birth control rest only on the shoulders of women? Even though women are the ones who actually get pregnant, they cannot physically do so unless there is another party involved... That's right: a man. Is the reason that women have to deal with birth control because they are more responsible? Have more at stake? Are more scared of an unwanted pregnancy?


It is because they are told by society that it is their duty and responsibility. That, in my opinion, is unfair. While yes, there may be some male birth control options (ie. condoms, vasectomies), the vast majority are exclusively for women. Why do women need to put foreign chemicals, drugs, or objects into their bodies when men do not?

Is it because the bodies of women are inferior to those of men?

I am sick and tired of being taught by the society that I live in that it is only my responsiblity to prevent unwanted pregnancies (or STIs). I don't want to have to alter my body's hormones, get nasty side effects, or put unnecessary chemicals into my body when my partner gets to do nothing but enjoy himself.

Man: "Are you on the Pill?"
Me, a frustrated woman: "No, are you?"

I am tired of my doctor laughing at me when I ask about natural forms of birth control, and his explanation of "Vatican Roulette" that I will be playing if I don't use "traditional birth control". I am tired of the fact that birth control is seen as a woman's job.

When will birth control be equalized?

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Check out all my other Birth Control posts!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Fashion: Teddy Coats to Pick up on Black Friday

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving :) Today is BLACK FRIDAY, which means lots and lots of deals in stores and online. I have been absolutely loving the cute teddy bear coat trend currently, so I thought I would share the cutest ones on the market that you can (possibly) purchase today). Let's get started!

1. Shawl Teddy Coat (boohoo, $40) - This jacket would be so perfect with dresses and any formal look. I personally think it is a great length for the winter, and the color will definitely give off the cuddly teddy bear vibes ;)

2. Pocket Teddy Coat (Forever21, $28) - As someone who loves soft/cozy things, this coat is something I definitely have on my wishlist. I LOVE the cute pockets!

3. Sherpa Jacket (Urban Outfitters, $150) - While more on the pricey side, Urban has a large selection of these teddy coats. As the quality is quite good at Urban, I think the price can be justified a bit.... For this coat, I absolutely love the button detailing!

4. Rust Colored Teddy Coat (ASOS, $50) - A lot of teddy bear coats are brown, white, or tan, so I really like how this color is different (yet still super cute)!

What is your favorite teddy coat currently? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post! :)

Jenna <3

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

What I've Learned from a Long-Term Relationship ft. 5 Year Anniversary

Hey cupcakes! I am so sorry for not posting on Monday; I was super busy with some school stuff before the Thanksgiving break. However, I am officially home enjoying some relaxing time with family (yay!).

My boyfriend and I also just recently celebrated our 5 year anniversary. <3 In celebration of this long-term milestone, I thought I would share some of the things I have learned from my relationship to pass on some of my wisdom to you all. Let's jump right into it!

~Relationships are difficult (and long distance makes them even worse): Even when you have been dating someone for so long, there will still be times where it is nothing like the fairytales in movies. My boyfriend and I have found that long distance makes our relationship even more stressful at times (especially during high stress times like finals week)... But, if you try to make them work, you will get wonderful results!

~High school relationships can actually work: I feel like a lot of people look down on "high school sweethearts", but I can personally tell you that they can actually work out (at least it has for my boyfriend and I so far).

~Romance is everything: Find what your significant other loves, whether that be some surprise flowers, a baked treat, a letter in the mail, or even a night watching their favorite film. Even in a long-term relationship, romance is still super important!

~Gifts aren't everything: My boyfriend and I have realized that showering each other with gifts is not essential to a good relationship. Sure, a nice present every once in a while is thoughtful, but every holiday does not have to break the bank. We have found that putting money towards traveling to see each other (and our future apartment!) is much more meaningful than a stuffed bear or chocolate.

~Communication IS key: I know everyone says that, but it is because it is true! Especially for a long-distance relationship, it is so important to be honest and communicate to each other (about the good, bad, and ugly). If you are ever arguing, I suggest doing it face to face or on the phone instead of over text (which normally makes things worse).

~Follow your heart: I'm a huge believer in gut instincts. If you truly are meant to be with someone, your gut will tell you. If not, it might be time to move on to something better <3

What has your long-term relationship taught you? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Friday, November 16, 2018

DIY: Quick & Easy Thankfulness Jar

Hey cupcakes! Thanksgiving (aka my favorite holiday!) is just around the corner, so I wanted to share a super easy turkey-day-inspired DIY with you all today... My family likes to write down a few things that we are thankful for each year and then we read them throughout Thanksgiving dinner. It is a great way to share memories and share our thanks, and it is something I would definitely recommend :) This DIY is an easy jar to store all of these thankful notes, and it would make a perfect centerpiece!

What You Need
-Jar of some sort (could be a mason jar or any other glass container)
-Paint or paint pen
-Stencil (optional)
-Other decorations (optional - some ideas include fake leaves, stickers, etc.)

What To Do:
1. Figure out what you want your jar to say. It could a simple "Give Thanks" or you could make it personalized for your family.

2. Either use a stencil or freehand your message onto the glass. If you want thinner/cleaner lines, I suggest using a thin paintbrush or even a paint pen!

3. Let dry completely.

4. Decor your jar with any other decorations. This could be ribbon, rhinestones, fake leaves, etc. Anything to make your centerpiece the star of your dinner table!

5. Ta-da! Let your family write on strips of paper and fill that jar to the brim :)

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How to Get into the Grad School of Your Dreams!

Hey cupcakes! As I said in my latest rant post, I recently got accepted into my master of accounting grad program. I know that some of my readers are younger than me and might be thinking about applying/going to grad school as well, so I thought I would share my tips and tricks since I just went through the application process. Let's jump right into it!

1. Have a budget in mind - I know this might sound crazy, but grad school is usually more expensive than undergrad... Having a budget in mind before you even start looking at programs might be a good idea! Especially if you are looking for out of state schools, it is nice to know upfront how much more it will cost you (and if you are able to even take out that many loans!).

2. Visiting/touring grad schools is just as important an undergrad - Your gut has a nice instinct, so trust it when you are on campus! A lot of websites can make it seem like the school is amazing, but that might not be the reality. I definitely suggest visiting where you think you want to go just to get a feel of the campus and the town/city it is located in.

3. Pick somewhere you want to end up - If you don't plan on staying in Idaho, then don't go to grad school there! You will make so many connections at the grad school you choose, so try to plan accordingly!

4. Have a strong letter of recommendation(s) - Some applications will ask for a certain person to write it, but if not, pick someone that knows all about you! While you may be tempted to have your boss or professor write it, make sure they actually know you on a professional and personal level and can write a strong letter that isn't just a paragraph long. :)

5. Consider financial aid opportunities! - When looking at schools, make sure they offer good financial aid or other ways that will help you pay for your higher education (like teaching assistant positions, research grants, etc.). Again, grad school is pricey and a school with lots of aid opportunities is definitely a win win!

6. Think outside of the box for your essays - Don't write about something boring or something typical. Let the essays reflect you and your personality (just make sure it makes sense and uses correct grammar please).

7. Have a back up plan - Apply to at least one safety school just is case :)

8. Stay positive! - Even if your test scores aren't as high as you'd like or your GPA got lowered by a difficult class, stay positive throughout your grad application process! You are AWESOME and will get into a school... If it isn't your first choice then it just wasn't meant to be <3

What are your tips for applying to grad school? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Monday, November 12, 2018

Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Release date: August 15th, 2018

Rating: PG-13

Hey cupcakes! My campus recently put on a free screening of Crazy Rich Asians, so of course my friends and I had to go :) I had heard nothing but good things about the film, but I still didn't know what to expect...Would the movie be the typical rom-com/chick flick with predictable plots and characters? NAH - I thought it was a great movie!

First, the characters are actually well developed (which is honestly a feat for the rom-com/chick flick genre haha). And I'm not just talking about the main couple; there were so many great secondary roles that had some nice character development too. I think the awesome cast of actors and actresses helped with this also!

I was worried that the plot would be predictable because the name of the movie and even the trailer give away the major storyline... But, it was an emotional rollercoaster! The love story felt so real and relatable even with this outrageous idea that their family is uber rich (which is not that relatable for many/all of us). Plus, THERE WERE SO MANY GREAT PLOT TWISTS! I also think the addition of some subplots with the secondary characters also added to the overall story of the film. :)

As much as it was emotional/heart-warming, it was also hilarious!!! I was laughing SO hard at times, and it was a great addition to the rom-com feel of the film. The costumes and scenery were just gorgeous throughout the whole movie (ummm the wedding scene was just over the top extra and I loved it), and the soundtrack was also filled with some bopping bops.

Overall, I would watch this movie again in a heartbeat. If I was having a bad day, this would cheer me up. If I needed a good cry, this would do the trick. And if I wanted to laugh for hours - Crazy Rich Asians! ;) I'd definitely recommend! ALSO, the sequel is coming out in June 2019, and I'm here for it!

What did you like about Crazy Rich Asians? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Friday, November 9, 2018

My College Nighttime Routine :)

Hey cupcakes! Back in September I did a Morning Routine post here on The Chic Cupcake. As you all seemed interested in seeing how I get ready in the morning, I also thought you might think it interesting to see how I wind down for the night. :) Let's get right into it!

I'm usually back to my dorm at around 7 or 8 PM each night (sometimes earlier). As I enjoy being productive during the day, I normally only have a little more studying/homework to do.

At around 10 o'clock (after I have finished my work), it is time for my daily shower! I grab my pjs and shower caddy before waddling down the hall in my lovely shower shoes... (Remember these beauties when you were in college? :P )

My shower routine is pretty simple:

1. Shampoo - Paul Mitchell Tea Tree 
2. Soap - Yardley Almond and Oatmeal
3. Face wash - Proactiv 

If I am feeling it (which I normally never am haha), I will shave my armpits and/or legs with my stainless steel safety razor (YAY SUSTAINABILITY!). If you are interested to see what razor I use or how I shave with it, check out my whole post about it here

After toweling off, I apply my DIY apple cider vinegar toner on my face using a washcloth. This toner has honestly been a lifesaver for my skin, so I recommend making it too! :) I then squeak my way down the hallway back to my room. 

To enjoy the rest of my night, I usually catch up on the latest Food Network episodes or watch some YouTube videos. Some of my fav Food Network shows currently:

-Holiday Baking Championship
-Christmas Cookie Challenge
-Guy's Grocery Games
-The Pioneer Woman (she is vastly underrated, let me tell you why!)

If I'm feeling extra productive I might even go on Bloglovin' to see what my fellow bloggers are up to! When my eyes start to feel tired, I brush my teeth (electric toothbrush and Tom's of Maine toothpaste). 

The very last thing I do before heading to bed is set my alarm for 6:45 AM.... Which is when my Morning Routine will start again! ;) 

What does your nighttime routine look like? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Why I'm SO Over Senior Year

Hey cupcakes! As some of you may know, I am a senior in college this year... And I am ALREADY so sick of this year (and it is only November). I just want to be done with my undergrad; graduation in May could not come faster.

First, I recently got accepted into my master of accounting program! It is at the same school I am currently at, which means I will get to experience another year here. I am starting to get sick of the same all-girls dorm I have lived in all four years.... I still love this building and the people in it (don't get me wrong), but I will be living in a 2 bedroom apartment off-campus next year with my best friend.... So I am so excited for next year!

I also have a full-time job lined up with PwC that I will start after this program - September 2020 I will be entering the work force for my first real position! :D The fact that I already have this is making my motivation to study as hard as usual extremely difficult... I'm just ready to become an adult!

I am also getting really sick of living in the same room as someone. Sure my roommate could be worse, but she also could be better. Haha - I basically wrote My Tips & Tricks for Dealing with a Less-than-Ideal Roommate about her, so I am just ready to live by myself. As you all know, I lived in a studio apartment last summer while I did my internship, and because I will also be doing that same thing this summer I am just ready to have my own space.

I'm also honestly over the whole "college" experience - the parties, drunk people, hook-up culture, etc. My roommate still gets completely wasted sometimes for "fun", and I just don't see the benefit especially since we are old enough to have real jobs. I think I'm in a place in my life where I am ready to move on from college, and I'm excited to see what the future has in store.

I hope this post doesn't seem like a bunch of whining to you all, but I just wanted to share where my head is at currently. :) Hopefully you all understand where I am coming from - let me know if you experienced the same thing during your senior year of college!  Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Monday, November 5, 2018

Fashion: My Favorite Burnt Orange Pieces

Hey cupcakes! In the fall-time I absolutely love to wearing burgundy and burnt orange. I think these colors are essential to have in your autumn wardrobe, so I thought I would share some of the cutest burnt orange pieces I have seen on the market. :) Let's jump right into it!

~Solid Pullover Sweater (Romwe, $15): This sweater is so perfect for fall; I can just imagine styling it with some denim and knee-high boots!

~Orange Romper (Forever21, $20): Ahhhhh this is such a cute romper! I love how it has buckles and resembles overalls... So adorable!

~Dr. Martens (Zappos, $140): I have always been a big fan of buying colored boots (instead of the typical black or brown), and I absolutely love the color of these! These definitely should be added to my list of My Fave Fall Booties :)

~Chiffon Blouse (H&M, $18): I'm a business student which is probably why I was drawn to this shirt (always looking for new work clothes haha), but I think it would be super cute layered with a nice fall jacket....

~Orange Tie Pants (Windsor, $25): Ugh, I am in love with these pants! I think they would be so fun to style and make a great transition piece into fall.

What are your favorite fall orange pieces? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Friday, November 2, 2018

Birth Control: Why I Chose the Natural Route

Hey cupcakes! Back in September I revealed that I would be starting to use the Femometer as a form of natural birth control. This thermometer (and its app) allows me to track my ovulation through the Basal Body Temperature method. So far, I have absolutely loved my experience with this product! It is easy to set up/use and my first months have been successful so far. :) Natural birth control is a topic that isn't discussed much, so I wanted to share the reasons why I personally chose "natural" over medical forms of birth control. Let's jump right into it!

1. No side effects - When I started to research the different forms of birth control, there were so many possible side effects that turned me off to many types. Acne was a big one for me, as my skin is already quite sensitive. The natural route allows my body's composition and chemicals to stay exactly the same, which prevents any unwanted side effects.

2. Less chemicals - While there is research that says breast cancer and other diseases are not caused by birth control, I just don't like the idea of so many foreign chemicals entering my body and changing my natural cycle. It seems like women have cycles for a reason, so stopping it from happening altogether was not something I was looking for.

3. Gets me in tune with my body - By forcing myself to learn about my cycle, I now feel a lot more in tune to my body. I feel like women's health and sexual organs are pretty taboo topics still, so using a natural form of birth control has allowed me to learn a lot about how amazing our bodies are. :)

4. Allows my cycle to stay the way that it is - My cycle is pretty long compared to the average one, so getting on a medical form of birth control would force my body to change into what the "typical" cycle should be (ex. the Pill). Choosing a natural route allowed me to monitor my own, unique cycle without conforming to what (mainly male) scientists think my cycle should be (or stopping it altogether).

5. It's free (but time consuming to learn) - While it does save money, I argue that the money I save using natural birth control is replaced by the cost of the time it takes to actually learn how to successfully use natural birth control. When you have something inserted inside your uterus or arm or take a pill everyday you don't have to think about it at all. Using natural birth control the correct way definitely requires some learning, which makes it a more rewarding system!

6. Makes it a "we" problem instead of a "you" problem - I have a whole post coming up in the next month or so where I will be talking about how unfair I think birth control in our society is... I think natural forms of birth control levels the playing field by making you AND your partner responsible for the consequences of your actions. In my case, my temperature signals when I can or cannot engage in any sexual activity, so my partner is able to understand when things can get heated and when they cannot. A lot of natural methods require tracking that be done by both partners, which shifts the responsibility from being just a women's health issue.

7. They can be just as effective as other birth control methods! - While most people think natural forms of birth control are ineffective, done correctly this is just not the case! For me, I am willing to put the full responsibility of my actions while allowing my body to not be affected by any outside chemicals, which is why I chose the Basal Body Temperature method.

What are your thoughts on natural forms of birth control? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! 

Jenna <3

Check out the other posts in my Natural Birth Control series here
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