Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: Nair Wax Ready-Strips for Face & Bikini

Hey cupcakes! If you have been following The Chic Cupcake for quite some time now, you will know that I decided to start waxing certain places this year (check out my hair removal routine here)... After running out of my Sally Hansen wax strips (see the review here), I opted to try another brand of wax to see how it compares. After combing the aisles of Ulta, I decided on the Nair Wax Ready-Strips for Face & Bikini.

Buy this at Walmart for only $6!
THESE ARE FREAKING AMAZING!!!!! While the Sally Hansen wax strips did the job pretty well, these do the job of removing hair perfectly!!! The first time I used them I was in absolute shock, and it was so satisfying to look at all the hairs that the strips ripped out. :D (I was going to insert a picture, but I thought it might gross some of you out)

I think one of the best features of this product is that you don't need to warm up the wax strips at all. I cut the strips into three or four pieces, and then you just pull them apart to start waxing! It's as easy as that! Another great feature is that the strips can actually be reused multiple times (or until the strip won't stick anymore). I was able to wax the whole area between my legs with only one and a half strips! Plus, the wax smells faintly like rose, which is an added bonus.

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For only $6, I think this product should be a must in every girl's beauty stash (heck - even boys should have this in the bathroom!). I am so excited that I found a cheap but effective product that is able to get rid of the hairs I don't want on my body. PLEASE GO BUY THIS PRODUCT AND TRY IT OUT! :D

What do you think about these wax strips? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake (help me reach 750 followers!)!

Love (the hair-less),
Jenna <3

Monday, June 26, 2017

Grecian Summer Lookbook ft. Farfetch Style

Hey cupcakes, welcome back! The summer months allow me to head to the beach, catch up on some good books, and the opportunity to do one of my favorite things: travel! Even if you can't head overseas, summer allows you to go on a roadtrip, explore your home city, and just experience new places like you never have before.

One of the major places I want to travel is Santorini, Greece. The white and blue buildings just seem so gorgeous, and I would LOVE to add some super cute photos to my Instagram (which if you aren't a follower of yet, follow me!!!)! ;) After reading an article on Farfetch's new online magazine, the Style Guide, I was inspired to create my own Grecian inspired summer lookbook for all of my beautiful followers who want to tap into their inner Greek goddess as the days grow hotter.

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Read the article here: https://www.farfetch.com/uk/style-guide/destination-style/santorini-the-style-sets-fashionable-holiday-haven/
Oufit #1: Casual Day -  This outfit would be the perfect look for any casual sightseeing day! A pair of high waisted shorts and a breezy tank top is essential to staying cool in the heat, and I think a crossbody bag is a great way to carry everything you need for your day on the town. Make sure your sandals are nice and comfortable; nothing is worse than a blister to ruin a day of seeing the sights!

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Click on the images below to see where you can purchase these items! :D



Outfit #2: Dress Like a Goddess - Searching to look like Aphrodite? Throw on this gorgeous blue and white dress with some adorable leaf bracelets and gold anklet! You will look like a goddess in no time :) This outfit would look stunning in a photo op by the beach!

Outfit #3: Skirt and Bralette - Nothing screams summer more than a skirt with a bralette. This baby blue jacket is the perfect way to accent all the white, and I think the sunglasses give the outfit just a little something special. So chic!

I hope this lookbook inspired you to add some Grecian inspiration to your summer style the next couple of months! :D I hope to some day visit Santorini, and when I do, I will keep you all informed with my magical pictures :P

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For now, just gaze longingly at this photo....
How do you add some Grecian inspiration to your wardrobe? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D Plus, feel free to check out Farfetch and their Style Guide for the latest and greatest fashion trend!

Love,
Jenna in a Toga

Saturday, June 24, 2017

DIY: Resin Jewelry 101

Hey cupcakes! Way back in 2015, I wrote a post about the basics of making resin jewelry (read it here!). I have been doing a bit more resin this summer, so I thought I would write a more detailed post about resin jewelry making (with a bit more pictures!!). Enjoy! :)

What You Need
-Resin (I use EasyCast)
-Stickers, glitter, etc. (things to actually have in resin charm)
-Molds (I prefer silicon molds because it is way easier to remove the charms)
-Small mixing bowl/cup (I bought a bunch of medicine cups online)
-Popsicle stick (for mixing!)
-Lighter (to pop any bubbles)
-Bail (jewelry finding)

Instructions:
1. Lay out your mold on a flat surface. With your stickers, pieces of glitter, etc., figure out what you want your charm to look like.

This is what I want my charm to look like (without the background)
2. Before even mixing the resin, add whatever glitter, sequins, etc. that you want as the background of the charm (make sure to remove stickers, etc. before doing this! I always just set mine to the side).


3. Do this for multiple charms (because you will usually be able to make 4 - 5 charms with one batch of resin.

See how all the stickers have been set to the side? :P
4. Now for the fun part: pouring the resin! All brands of resin are poured/mixed differently, so make sure you read the instructions!!! For EasyCast, you need equal parts of the resin and the hardener, so the medicine cups are really handy! If you are new to resin, I would suggest laying down wax paper over your flat surface, as resin is really hard to get off!


5. After pouring, mix your resin according to the directions! 

6. Now, you can pour the mixed resin into the molds and over the backgrounds. Make sure you split up the resin evenly between charms so that they all dry the same. :)


7. Use the lighter to remove any bubbles from pouring (by running the flame over the surface of the charm). Cover the charms with a piece of paper and wait for it to get more tacky (for EasyCast, about 30 minutes to an hour).

The paper prevents any dust from getting in!
8. After the resin is tacky, it is time to put in the stickers! I normally use a toothpick to push them all they way to the bottom of the charm, but you could leave them floating in the middle or top if you want! :) Again, use the lighter to pop any bubbles and cover with a piece of paper.


9. Let your resin cure (will depend on brand of resin). Mine are usually fully hard after 24-30 hours. Pop out of the mold!


10. To turn into an actual necklace charm, add a bail to the back using strong glue.


11. Congrats - you just made some resin jewelry! :D


I think it is so fun to do resin, so I hope you all enjoyed this post! If you want to see more posts about resin (tips & tricks, resin updates, etc.), please let me know in the comments! 

Would you ever try resin? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Love,
Crafty Jenna

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Release date: June 2nd, 2017

Rating: PG-13

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Hey cupcakes! My boyfriend recently wanted to go see Wonder Woman in theaters, so I thought I would be a nice girlfriend and go with him (okay maybe I was kinda forced to go haha). I had heard about how it was doing really well rating wise, and I was all for a superhero movie with a female lead (plus a female director too!). As I probably have mentioned in other movie reviews, I am not a big fan of superhero movies.... But, this one wasn't as bad as some of the other ones I have seen.

There wasn't a whole lot of action/suspense/blood (which I am not into), so I thought it was decent. The costumes were so incredibly gorgeous even though Wonder Woman would probably fare better with more protective armor... 

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There were a lot of great actors in this film including good old Buttercup, Prince Charming, and Professor Lupin (aka Robin Wright, Chris Pine, and David Thewlis). The backstory for how Wonder Woman came to be was a little complex and far fetched (like aren't gods supposed to be immortal, so how does Ares kill them all?), and at parts it did get a bit boring. As for superhero movies, this one was pretty decent all said and done, BUT the ending made me incredibly angry...

****WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!****

Because the lead is a female superhero, I was so excited to see a woman win out in the end just totally kicking butt. The Amazon women in the film were so badass, and I was getting so hopeful that this movie would be female empowering to showcase girl power to the extreme... But then the battle between Wonder Woman and Ares took place at the end. Diana is literally losing the fight when Chris Pine aka the love of her life makes the ultimate sacrifice to stop a plane... Wonder Woman sees the explosion in the sky and gets super upset and THEN (only then) is she able to defeat Ares.

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Um, excuse me?!?!
Must a man ALWAYS need to help a woman succeed? Why couldn't Wonder Woman win the battle on her own accord by finding her own strengths? What happened to the female empowerment?! The Amazon women are literally the coolest women characters ever, and she couldn't fight her battle alone?

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I wish they wouldn't have made the ending this way because it left me angry and hurt that this superhero movie (one that ACTUALLY IS ABOUT A WOMAN SUPERHERO) just taught young girls that a man is still the only method to her success. Maybe I read into the ending too much, but I hope that Hollywood is able to eventually make a superhero movie with a female lead that can fight and win her own battles using just her girl power.

What did you think about the new Wonder Woman movie? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Love (the only slightly bitter),
Jenna <3
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