Thursday, August 17, 2017

Recent Book Reads and Random Food Reviews

Hey cupcakes! I have been doing some reading (and eating!) recently, so I thought I would combine a book review post with some random food reviews as well. :) If you enjoy these posts and would like to see more of them, please let me know in the comments!

Recent Books I Have Read

1. The Search for Nefertiti by Dr. Joann Fletcher

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As you could probably tell from my last book review post (read it here!), I am into reading nonfiction books because I love to learn about random topics that I discover in the library. Ever since I was a young girl, I have always been obsessed with Ancient Egypt and the amazing civilization that thrived so long ago. I started to have the urge to read some more books about Ancient Egypt, so I thought this book would be interesting. The book basically tells the story of Dr. Joann Fletcher and her journey to try to figure out if a random mummy walled up in a tomb is the mummy of Nefertiti. The book is quite informative and goes into so much depth about the time of Nefertiti, before her, and after. While there is no actual conclusion at the end of the book (because we will never truly know if the mummy is her or not), I totally believe that the mummy of Nefertiti has been found! This book can be dry at times if you aren't into history, but I would definitely recommend.
Rating: 8/10

2. The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun by Paul Doherty

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This book was fantastic!!!! I was lucky enough to see the actual treasures from King Tut's tomb when it was a traveling exhibit in Chicago, and the death of King Tut has always been so interesting to learn about. Most people think he was murdered by Ay, but this book looks at the physical features of King Tut to hypothesize that the "boy king" had Marfan syndrome, which would explain why he was always depicted as a child when he lived to be 18 years old (way past the average Egyptian's life span). This book was explained in "normal people terms" unlike the Nefertiti book, so I loved it! Great book to keep your mind thinking!
Rating: 10/10

Recent Food I Have Tried

3. Stroopwafel

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I saw these in a foreign supermarket and just had to give it a try! As you could probably tell from my last taste test post (read it here!), I have a sweet tooth :P And I loved these cookies/biscuits/whatever these are! The layer of caramel in the center was basically fused with the thin waffle, and it was the perfect amount of sweet. I will definitely be trying these again! 
Rating: 9/10

4. S'mores Tart from Tim Hortons

I was in the car with my family, and we decided to stop at Tim Hortons... I saw this homemade "poptart" and just had to get it! While I am not a big s'mores fan, I thought this was pretty good. The dough of the tart tasted like pie crust, and it was filled with fluff and chocolate (so it was pretty sweet). I don't think I would buy it again just because it was too expensive for such a small tart, but if you love s'mores then you should give this a try!
Rating: 6/10

5. Bauducco Triple Chocolate Wafer Cookies

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I was in Big Lots the other day and saw these, and they reminded me of those orange wafer cookies I used to eat as a kid. These were only $1 and were made in Brazil, so I gave them a try... They were actually really tasty! You can definitely tell they are chocolate, but you don't taste the three different types of chocolate like the package says. If you like the orange wafer cookies, you will like these too!
Rating: 8/10

6. Inka Plantain Chips

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I also found these for $1 in Big Lots, and I wanted to try them out. Plantains are basically the cousin of bananas, so I thought they would taste a lot like banana chips.... But they actually taste more like potato chips! They were really good, and I think they are more natural/healthy than a fried potato chip, so I will definitely be on the look out for more of these! 
Rating: 9.5/10

What books have you read recently and food have you tried? Comment below your thoughts on what I should read/eat next and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Try Anything Once Jenna

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My 5 Current Favorite Beauty Products!

Hey cupcakes! It has been SO long since I wrote a post about makeup and beauty products, so I thought I would change things up today and write a fun post about my latest beauty obsessions. Let's get started! :D

1. elf's Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara

I barely wear any makeup in the summer (usually just mascara and powder), so I love wearing a simple mascara that is also waterproof for summer fun! While this mascara is honestly not the best with water, I still love the brush and how it makes my lashes look!

2. NYC Smooth Skin Translucent Powder

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This is perfect for a summer day, and I love how light-weight it is! :) This is by far my favorite powder, and it is also super cheap... Definitely would recommend!

3. Boots Extracts Coconut Body Butter

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In the summer I, unfortunately, have to shave my legs a lot more than usual. To keep my skin healthy and hydrated, this body butter is my fav! It isn't thick like some body butters can be, so I love to use it after the shower. Such a great scent too!

4. Viva La Juicy La Fleur

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I have wayyyy too many body sprays/perfumes, so I decided to get rid of the ones I have before I purchase new ones. I ran out of my Viva La Juicy perfume in this double roller a long time ago, so I thought I would try out Viva La Juicy La Fleur... and I love it! The scent is super florally and perfect for summer!

5. eos Honeysuckle Honeydew Lip Balm

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Lol - this is totally random, but I LOVE this lip balm. It keeps my lips moist all day,

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Haha sorry not sorry :P

and I love the scent/flavor.

What are your current favorite makeup products? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake (lol - you just have to after that A Cinderella Story gif)!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Movie Review: Rogue One

Release date: December 16, 2016

Rating: PG-13

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Hey cupcakes! I know I am totally late on seeing/reviewing this movie, but my boyfriend and I finally decided to watch the film when we found it on Netflix the other night. I was pretty skeptical of the film (hence why I never saw it in theaters), but I was actually surprised how well the plot fit in with the original Star Wars films. It was such a neat idea to show the viewers how the Death Star plans were given to Princess Leia, so I was uber happy they didn't fail at the plot line.

The movie itself was a little boring at times, but I thought the new characters were very well developed and pretty relatable (plus, there were some good jokes!). Some beloved old characters came back, and I loved the very subtle romance happening between the two main characters as well! Even though the ending was sad (SPOILER ALERT: literally the whole cast dies), I thought this was smart and definitely needed to match the original movies. It was the perfect ending in my opinion. 

Overall, I thought this film was better than expected! If you never saw it, I would definitely recommend checking it out sometime! :)

What did you think of Rogue One? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! <3

Rebel Jenna

Friday, August 11, 2017

Answering Unusual Questions Tag!

Hey cupcakes! :D I don't remember the last time I did a tag post on The Chic Cupcake (I think it was honestly over a year ago!)... And I was watching a YouTube video by PiinkSparkles where she answered some random questions and made a tag... So I thought I would FINALLY do another tag post! :)

1. Iced coffee or hot coffee? Neither - I actually do not like the taste of coffee... I'd  rather have water or occasionally tea.

2. Favorite type of flower? Sunflower - They are just so happy!!!

3. Have you ever thrown up on a fair ride? Heck no

4. What's the farthest you've gone to impress someone? In middle school I got my ears pierced to impress my crush...

5. Have you ever been a flower girl? Nooooo, but I wish I had been!

6. Neons or pastels? Pastels

7. Hot tubs or pools? Probably a hot tub because I hate being in cold water :P

8. What's the worst thing you've done in a game of truth or dare? I have never really done anything crazy during this game (I knowww I'm so boring!)

9. Do you ever doubt the existence of others than you? Yes, I want to see proof of things like aliens and not just believe in nothing.

10. On a scale of 1-5, how afraid of the dark are you? Probably a 3 :P

11. The person you would never want to meet? I would never want to meet Hitler or anyone who killed people for fun.

12. What is your favorite word? Inconceivable ;)

13. If you were a type of tree, what would you be? A willow tree!

14. When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? UGH, why am I awake this early?!

15. What shirt are you wearing? Lol - my boyfriend's old shirt as a pajama top :P (yup, I haven't gotten dressed yet)

16. What do you label yourself as? A positive Polly!

17. Bright room or dark room? Bright room to keep the happy vibes flowing!

18. What were you doing at midnight last night? SLEEPING

19. Favorite age you've been so far? Probably 19 or 20

20. Who told you they loved you last? My boyfriend <3

21. Your worst enemy? Probably my inner mind

22. What is your current desktop picture? A photo I took of the Alps in Italy :D

23. Do you like someone? Yeah, my boyfriend of almost 4 years! Haha

24. The last song you listened to? "Omigod You Guys" from Legally Blonde: The Musical

25. You can press a button that will make one person explode, who would you blow up? Um, no one I don't want to kill anyone...

26. Who would you really like to just punch in the face? Ex-boyfriend who abused me (read about him in detail here)

27. If anyone could be your slave for a day, who would it be and what would they have to do? Probably a famous chef who could cook delicious desserts for me!!

28. What is your best physical attribute? My eyes and/or my freckles

29. If you were the opposite sex for one day, what would you look like and what would you do? I would probably look a lot like myself but with shorter hair... I would probs just live a normal day lol.

30. Do you have a secret talent? Um, if I did it's a SECRET for a reason ;)

31. What is one unique thing you're afraid of? I have a weird phobia of belly buttons....

32. If you could only ever eat one sandwich, what would be on it? Ham, cheese, mustard, and maybe avocado.

33. You just found $100! How are you going to spend it? Probably head to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and spend it on bullet journal supplies.

I TAG ALL OF YOU! Comment below the links to your posts and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

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