Thursday, March 28, 2019

10 Basics Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

Hey cupcakes! As I am about a month away from graduating college (YIKES!), the "real world" is fast approaching. This realization has made me start going through my closet to evaluate if the clothes I have are adult enough... 🤔 Through this experience, I thought you all would appreciate if I shared the top 10 things that I think are essentials for any woman's wardrobe. 👚 Let's jump right into it!

1. Dark denim skinny jeans - I think every woman needs a pair of nice fitting denim skinny jeans, as they can be styled in so many different ways! Dark wash jeans have always been my favorite, as I think they add a bit more class to jeans in general compared to lighter washes.

2. Neutral cardigan (black, navy, or grey) - I basically live in cardigans (usually oversized ones), so of course I think some sort of neutral cardigan is a must-have in your closet! Pick the color that will go with most of your pants, dresses, skirts, etc.

3. Black pencil skirt - A classic black skirt can be styled up or down, so I think a pencil skirt is essential (even if you aren't a business person!). Plus, I love how pencil skirts hug all of the right curves. 😀

4. Nice sweater - Having a nice, dressy sweater is great! Bonus points if the sweater itself is super comfortable yet not too hot (as sweating in a sweater is never a fun experience).

5. Pair of neutral flats/heels - This definitely depends on your personal preference... I am not really a heels person (as I like to embrace my 5'3'' height) so my black flats are worn a TON!

6. Plain v-neck shirt - A plain v-neck is always great to have in your closet, as it can be dressed up or down and will never go out of style. Having a couple of colors to choose from is a smart idea too!

7. Classic "Little Black Dress" - A "LBD" can be styled in so many ways (check out my suggestions!), so you need to have one on hand at all times. 👍

8. Dressy blouse - Just like the plain v-neck, having a nice blouse will go a long way with the other essentials in this list. I suggest having a neutral colored one as well as a fun color (such as pink, purple, or a print/pattern) if you are a working adult. If you want a full list on my essentials for the working woman, check out that post here!

9. Sneakers - Depending on the brand, sneakers can also be dressed up or down. I suggest getting a pair from Nike or Keds if you are looking for a lot of versatility in your wardrobe.

10. Comfy t-shirt - I am always a fan of busting out a comfy t-shirt every once in awhile! My fave recently has been the Kennedy Space Center shirt I bought in this Thrift Haul. 🚀

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Should I Get a Menstrual Cup? - Pros and Cons

Hey cupcakes! As I use a natural form of birth control, I am still plagued by my period every month. 😬 While I wouldn't say it is the highlight of my month, I am grateful that my cycle is almost always regular/predictable using my Femometer. Ever since the start of my journey towards zero waste, I have been toying with the idea of getting a menstrual cup as it has been one of my major failures so far... I still have not made up my mind yet, so I wanted to share my personal pros and cons of using a menstrual cup with you all today! 👍

~Saves A LOT of waste: Just think about how many pads/tampons you use during one cycle of your period... And then multiple that by 12 months.... And then however many years you have had your period. That is a TON of waste. A menstrual cup is a great reusable alternative that diverts waste from heading to the landfill (and thus, damaging the planet).

~Less money!: While one menstrual cup might seem a bit pricey (they are usually around $40), they last for multiple years... Which will save you $$!

~Needs less attention throughout your period: Instead of having to change your pads/tampons throughout the day, a menstrual cup can stay in for 12 hours. That is a lot of time that you don't need to worry about any leakages!

~More natural and free from chemicals: Did you know that our periods only smell because of the chemicals in our pads/tampons and the fact that the blood is exposed to the air? Learning that fact made me want to switch to a cup right away, as I am always down for cutting back on the chemicals that are exposed to my body. Plus, smelling nice is always a bonus 😛

~Easy to use: You basically just insert it like you would with a tampon, which makes it easy for anyone to use!

~Easy to sanitize: After each cycle, you can sanitize your cup by boiling it water (but not for too long or the plastic could warp!).

~Easy to insert and remove?: While I say it is "easy to use" in theory, I am pretty sure it would take me quite a bit of time to figure out how to use it... I am also pretty scared that I might have an issue removing the cup... But, I definitely think that I would be able to learn how to insert and remove it correctly!

~A bit more messy: When you change your menstrual cup, you need to dump out the blood into the toilet, wash it, and then re-insert. This is one of the main reasons I haven't purchased one yet, as I currently live in a dorm with public restrooms. I think it would be difficult to change/clean the cup if you don't have your own place with your own bathrooms. 😬

~Can mess with implants/IUDs: While this doesn't pertain to me (as I use the Femometer as my birth control method!), I thought I would include this for others. Apparently, if you have an IUD or another implant in, a menstrual cup can mess with the strings and can possibly pull it down from where it is supposed to be... Just talk to your doctor to make sure using a menstrual cup is a good idea!

~Hard to find the right fit?: There are a bunch of different types of cups, and some people have a hard time finding one that gives them the right fit... I suggest lots of research beforehand!

What are some pros and cons of using a menstrual cup that I missed? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!


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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Charcoal Teeth Whitening ft. Primal Pit Paste! 😁

Hey cupcakes! My journey towards living zero waste has introduced me to so many great companies along the way... I've actually been astounded by how many firms are starting to create products that are both natural/chemical-free (and therefore good for your body!) and create less waste. After writing about my failures to find a zero waste deodorant in this post, I stumbled upon Primal Pit Paste. Not only does this company create deodorants in glass containers (aka super low waste!), it also has a bunch of other products like tooth powders.

I decided that I wanted to test out one of their deodorants, their Tough Teeth toothpaste powder, and their Charcoal Whitening tooth powder. As I am waiting until my current deodorant and toothpaste runs out to try those first two products (yay for not wasting products 😉), I thought I would share my experience with the Charcoal Whitening tooth powder with you all today! Let's get right into it! 🎉

First off, the glass container that the powder comes in is actually larger than I expected - there is so much product in it for only $11! Shipment was extremely fast and the box (and the brown paper package filler) were all recyclable. 🙌 The only downside that this packaging has is that the glass container was wrapped in a huge seal of plastic... While I know this is to make sure no precious powder gets out in the mail, I was just hoping that this product would be fully zero waste.

Overall, this product was SUPER easy to use - and it definitely worked! All you need to do is wet a toothbrush, scoop some of the powder onto the brush, brush your teeth until they are coated, let it sit for two minutes, and then brush/rinse away the powder. As the main whitening ingredient is activated charcoal, your teeth turn a hilarious shade of black which is the perfect opportunity to snap a photo and send to your friends (I may or may not be guilty of that 😝).

Before using this product, I was interested to see if I would be able to tell if it was working or not... And you definitely can! The first time you use it your mouth feels tingly as the product ingredients start working, which is a great way to know that something is actually going on! However, as there are only 8 ingredients in the powder it gives you a sense of relief that you aren't damaging your teeth/gums/mouth like other chemical whitening procedures (which tend to be quite painful). Plus, I actually have noticed a difference in the color of my teeth! My teeth were never extremely yellow or anything, but they are definitely more white now!

To sum up, I would definitely recommend this product if you are looking for some sort of natural teeth whitening solution! I have been using it about 2-3 times a week to start out, but you can use it more or less as needed. 😀 For the price, the results, and the low waste product itself, Primal Pit Paste definitely created a win with this sustainable charcoal tooth powder! 🎉

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*The Primal Pit Paste products were sent to me for free, but all opinions are my own! 🙂*

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Recipe: Saltine Cracker Crack

Hey cupcakes! I decided to give up dessert for Lent this year, so you better believe I ate way too much sugar when I was home over spring break! 😜 Because I wanted to eat my favorite sweets, I made a batch of my favorite Saltine Cracker Crack (aka Christmas Crack aka Saltine Cracker Toffee). This stuff is amazing, so I thought I should share the recipe with you all today; let's get baking!

What You Need:
-Saltine crackers
-1 cup unsalted butter
-1 cup brown sugar
-A package of 5-6 Hershey chocolate bars (or a bag of chocolate chips)

What To Do:
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Line your baking sheet (it must have an edge!) with some aluminum foil. Spray with a tiny bit of non-stick baking spray.
3. Place your saltine crackers into a single layer so that they cover the whole pan.
4. When the oven is fully preheated, combine butter and sugar in a small pan on the stove. Let it boil and then constantly stir for about 2 minutes - be careful not to burn it!
5. Take off stove and immediately pour over the crackers. If need be, use a spoon to ensure that all crackers are covered.
6. Put tray into oven and bake for about 3-5 minutes. Make sure to take it out of the oven after the whole tray is bubbly (but before it burns!).
7. Place chocolate bar pieces/chips immediately onto the sugar mixture and, as they melt, spread evenly.
8. Let cool completely.
9. Break into pieces and enjoy!! 😍 This stuff is honestly so good - I could eat it for days!

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Misconceptions About Living "Zero Waste"

Hey cupcakes! Even though my journey towards living a zero waste lifestyle started less than a year ago, I have heard so many misconceptions about being "zero waste" from friends, family, and strangers when I talk about my progress! While this isn't surprising (as many people aren't familiar with the concept of living without making waste), I thought it would be informative to share some of
the most common things I have heard to dispel some of the major rumors. 😀 Let's jump right into it!

1. Most "zero wasters" DO make trash - Being absolutely zero waste is quite the feat, so many people aim to be as zero waste as possible... But yes, this does mean trash is created! And no, this does not mean that people aren't real or good "zero wasters" if they create some waste. The whole point of the lifestyle is to limit your trash output as much as possible! 👍

2. The mason jar trash can is not ideal for everyone - I have seen so many articles about that one girl/guy in the inner city who is able to fit all their trash from the past twelve years in a mason jar... Good for them (because that is quite the feat!), but that is not the end goal for everyone who calls themselves "zero waste".

3. Being zero waste is "weird" or people will look at you differently - Again, maybe they will... But I have only been met with positive reactions when I ask for a drink without a straw or bring my own bag into a store. People are generally interested and even excited to learn about what lifestyle I am trying to live. If your friends judge your for trying to help the planet are they truly your friends?

4. You don't need to throw everything away and buy zero waste alternatives - That is actually quite the opposite of the lifestyle! Many Instagram photos romanticize the collections of zero waste products that a true zero waster should have, but the whole point is to make the belongings you have right now last until they NEED to be replaced. At that point you can then buy into products with the sustainable aesthetic.

Check out my Living a Lower Waste Lifestyle 101 or 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption for my top choices on sustainable products! 😊

5. It takes too much time to be zero waste - It takes time to do anything right? But as soon as you change your habits to be more sustainable, you spend the same amount of time doing the things you have always been doing (minus the endless hours spent retail shopping but that I personally haven't missed 😉)!

6. The zero waste lifestyle costs more money - I mean, it could be if you make it that way (I guess) but I have found the opposite! From shopping in bulk bins and thrift stores to reducing my spending on clutter in the home, I have saved a bunch of $$$ already.

7. One person being zero waste can't make a difference - WRONG. Because of my actions my family, friends, and even strangers are more likely to re-think their choices. I've seen those around me make small improvements to be more sustainable, and in my eyes, baby steps are still steps! ❤

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Movie Review: Fighting with my Family

Release date: February 22nd, 2019

Rating: PG-13

Hey cupcakes! Over Spring Break, my parents wanted to go see Fighting with my Family because they heard that it was good. I hadn't really heard anything about it, so I thought it would be fun to see what it was about... Overall, I thought it was a pretty good film!

The movie tells the story of Paige, a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star. It goes through all of the events in her life that got her into the WWE, which was definitely an entertaining story. I went in not knowing that it was a true story, but it was captivating whether the story was real or not. 🥊 As someone who has never watched WWE wrestling, it was super interesting to see how wrestlers get into it, how they train, how they fight, etc!

Even with its documentary-like style, there were some pretty funny parts to the film. I am a huge fan of laughing when I go to the theater, so it was nice that the movie wasn't all serious. The actors did a great job of portraying their characters, and I thought it was super neat that they included home videos of Paige and her family during the credits. It added a nice personal touch. Also, the Rock made an appearance in this movie which is always a bonus to me (because I thought he was hilarious in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle). 😂

Overall, I would recommend checking this movie out if you are interested in documentary-style films and/or learning about the WWE! What did you think of Fighting with my Family? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Green Hair Accessories for St. Patty's Day! 🍀

Hey cupcakes! St. Patrick's Day is only 10 days away, so I wanted to share some green hair accessories with you all today. Instead of buying a shirt that you wear for only one day, accessories for your hair can be repurposed throughout the year! Plus, I think these are all super cute 😉 Let's jump right into it!

~Olive Boho Bandeau (Natural Life, $13): I've always been a fan of headbands, and these bandeaus can be used in so many ways for your hair (and also as an actual bandeau!). This olive green color does not scream "St. Fratty's Day" and could definitely look stylish all year long.

~Classic Green Bow (Forever21, $3.90): You honestly can't go wrong with a bow (just look at JoJo Siwa!)... I love how this one is attached to a hair tie so you can easily put it in your hair 👍

~Velvet Scrunchie (Amazon, $3): I don't know why, but I have been loving scrunchies recently. I think this color green is absolutely gorgeous, and the velvet gives off a lot of class.

~St. Patrick's Hair Ties (Etsy, $1.50): These are a bit more themed to the holiday, but they are adorable! I love this type of hair tie, and they would be such an easy way to wear green 🍀

~Rabbit Ear Headband (Walmart, $6): Rabbit ear headbands have been all the rage lately, and I love how they can spice up any casual outfit. I think green is a great color for the spring, so I would definitely wear this often!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: Clean-Faced Cosmetics Foundation Powder

Hey cupcakes! I posted on my Instagram recently that I purchased the Clean-Faced Cosmetics Foundation Powder in the shade "Light". After using their zero waste mascara religiously (and featuring it in my How to Use Cake Mascara post), I thought that I should try out their powder and see how I like it to continue on my journey towards zero waste. After using it for a month or so, I wanted to share my thoughts with you all today 😃

~Keeps me matte almost all day: I was worried that a natural product wouldn't work like a "normal" powder, but this keeps my skin matte almost all day! 👍 It definitely does his job!
~Perfect amount of coverage: I don't like a lot of coverage, so this powder is the perfect one for me. If you are used to a lot of coverage I would suggest using a foundation as well, but it can definitely be used by itself.
~Made with wayyyyy less ingredients/chemicals: This powder has three components (kaolin, tapioca starch, and cocoa powder) versus the 27 in the Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder (aka the old powder I used to use).
~Feels better on my skin: I don't know if it was the Neutrogena powder specifically, but my skin never felt that great when I was wearing powder. My pores felt suffocated, so I am so happy that this one feels so light on my face! 🎉
~Price: You literally cannot go wrong with a powder that is less than $10!!!
~Doesn't break me out: Maybe this goes back to the pores being suffocated, but this powder helps keep my skin clear (which I of course appreciate!). I have had sensitive skin my whole life, so it was super exciting that I found a powder that doesn't make me breakout.

~A bit tricky to use: The powder is loose and comes in a metal tin which makes it a bit difficult to use. However, after you figure out the way that works for you this isn't an issue at all. 😁
~Often lose product when you open the tin: Again, this goes back to how it is packaged... Especially if you travel and the powder gets moved around, you will lose a bit of powder when you open the tin. To counter this, I have found that hitting it on the counter a few times allows it to settle.

Overall, I would definitely suggest you check out the Powder Foundation from Clean-Faced Cosmetics! I think it is an excellent powder in general AND you get to be sustainable while using it (truly a win win)!

^Laura, the Etsy shop owner
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